An annual that flourishes with its slick practitioners of the short story rounds up a batch of 20 for popular entertainment. On view are Nicholas Monsarrat, Kay Boyle, Conrad Richter, Paul Gallico, Robert Standish, John and Ward Hawkins, Jacland Marmur, Neill M. Gunn of wide reputation and others known to SEP audiences. There's history, humor, romance and fantasy, and sentimental as well as slick cleverness- all streamlined for the market demanding a story rather than a mood or a moment. From tax evasion in England, to Eskimo beliefs; animal stories to combat with the elements; war tales to domestic dramas; culinary secrets to devil dispossessing; painting to a moral gunboat; -- there is a far range of material and interest for the avid short story reader. An assured assembly.