There are two types of short stories: A.) Pop Stories; B.) Literary Stories.
Type A dominated up until about 1940, when Type B took over through the rise of writing programs and elitist magazines like The New Yorker. After 1950 the idea of populist and popular fiction was devalued.
The period of the Pop short story was a period of success. From both the sales and artistic viewpoint the period of the literary short story has been one of unbroken failure.
The way to win at endeavors from picking stocks to sports betting is to understand which products are overvalued and which undervalued. Today’s literary system has overvalued the literary story. It’s all that’s being produced. Meanwhile, no one is writing the other kind of story. In other words, the Losing model is consistently followed. The Winning model isn’t being tried.
This sets up fantastic opportunity for those willing to jump at it.