Dictionary Stories

Very short stories composed entirely of example sentences from the dictionary.

About the author

About the author

Photo by Daniel Agee

Jez Burrows (b. 1986) is a British designer, illustrator, and writer. He is the author of Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings (Harper Perennial, 2018) and his writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Smith Journal, and It's Nice That. As an illustrator he has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, WNYC, Cards Against Humanity, and others. He grew up on a farm in Devon, studied graphic design at the University of Brighton, and now lives in San Francisco.


Underlined words are those responsible for each example sentence.