Many authors were overjoyed to hear that Alice Munro has just won the Nobel Prize in Literature for her short stories.
First, we are glad because Alice is a woman. We get excited any time a woman wins a big award in literature. :-)
And second, those of us who write short stories are especially glad because we hope it will bring about a "renaissance" of sorts in readers, and the publishing world. Yes, there are people who read short stories (thank goodness!), but the general feeling is that people don't really know how many there are out there.
There are numerous on-line literary magazines that publish short stories (many free to read), and many genre stories, too. No matter what kind of stories you like to read---whether they're horror, humor, nostalgia, memoir, mystery, romance, westerns, etc.---there are lots of new short stories being published these days. You can buy them in anthologies (a group of stories written by different authors on a common theme), or in collections (stories written by the same author, sometimes on a theme), and as short e-book singles on places like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.
I love reading and writing short stories because they take me into a different world that I can visit for a short time. They don't require a huge investment of time (well, writing does, but reading doesn't), and I can finish one while I'm waiting at the doctor's office, waiting for water to boil, during lunch, etc.
If it's been a long time since you've read a short story, why not try some new ones? Let's kindle a spark (heh heh) and get a whole short story renaissance started!
mysterious tales--tall and short,
Lone Star Death, 1880s Texas murder mystery,
"Nameless, Texas" short story series