French short stories
Thread poster: Ima Oduok

Ima Oduok
Local time: 22:06
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Jul 11, 2017

Hi everyone,

I want to get into literary translation and am looking for resources for short stories written in French. I'm especially interested in work by writers outside of metropolitan France. I've been searching the internet, but it looks like French literature doesn't favor the short form the way we do in American lit. You can find thousands of literary journals in English, but most of what I find in French are journals dedicated to literary criticism.

I appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks!


MARLENE LE DUC  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:06
English to French
a suggestion Jul 17, 2017

j'ai juste taper sur google courtes histoires en français, et j'ai trouvé ce site

peut-être serait-il judicieux de traduire des extraits et de les soumettre aux auteurs.

Il existe aussi un site nommé Tektime Traduzzione Libri, où les auteurs mettent leurs livres à traduire.

En espérant vous avoir aider


United States
Member (2009)
German to English
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It depends what you mean by... Jul 17, 2017

... "resources for short stories".


Stephanie Williamson
United Kingdom
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French to English
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I can't find a lot either, but... Jul 18, 2017

A couple of the links on this page that lead to online magazines work (some don't). I've had a quick search and a few publications are recent, although mostly all the same genre: sci-fi/fantasty. You'd have to dig around to see which ones you can access! I googled "fiction française magazine".


Alain Pluckers
Spanish to French
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Belgian literature in French Jul 18, 2017

A link to a site promoting Belgian literature in French


MK2010  Identity Verified
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Your key words Jul 18, 2017

should be "nouvelles" and "auteurs francophones" when searching in French. "Contes" would be a good word too. You're right, it's not a form that is super popular in France, compared to the U.S., though there have been majorly famous French short story writers like Maupassant. Wikipedia has a whole list of "French Short Story Writers." You could also add specific regional terms for Francophone writers, such as Caribbean, Maghreb, Africa. "Littérature maghrébine" etc. I'm sure lots of stuff will come up.

P.S.: I met Maryse Condé once and she is a hoot. Love her work.

[Edited at 2017-07-18 20:29 GMT]


Ima Oduok
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Thanks! Jul 19, 2017

Thanks everyone for all the helpful info. I really appreciate your tips.


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