Short Stories

A short story is a short work of prose fiction. It may be in any genre of fiction, and the exact definition of "short" will often depend on the genre.

Short stories are often collected together with other short stories, poetry, art, and/or essays in order to form a larger book, although it is becoming more common for short stories to be released as stand-alone ebooks.

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love
For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon
The Kinsman Universe
Bound - A short story (Book of the Ancestor, #2.5)
The Future of Work: Compulsory (Murderbot, #0.5)
Reindeer Games: A Holiday Romance Anthology
Ice Cream Man, Vol. 2: Strange Neapolitan
One Bed for Christmas (Baldwin Village, #0.5)
The Last Council
Old Wounds New Scars
Family in a Snowstorm (Snow Globes, #2)
How Long 'til Black Future Month?
Prisoner of Night (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #16.5)
Atomic Marriage
Norse Mythology
Close to the Bone (Widow's Island, #1)
What Child Is This
A Bone to Pick (Widow's Island, #2)
The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Eragon (Tales from Alagaësia #1; The Inheritance Cycle World)
The Guy Who Died Twice (Detective D.D. Warren, #9.5)
The Christmas Scorpion (Jack Reacher, #22.5)
Christmas Eve, 1914
Twisted Truth (Rogue Justice #1)
Truth Be Told (Rogue Justice #2)
The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
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Mr. Salary
Sally Rooney
NICU II and Victoria's Incestuous Romance by Kenneth Jarrett SingletonBentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past by Paul CudeA Conceptual Circus by Kenneth Jarrett SingletonCrashing Back Down by Kristen Hope MazzolaThe Fairfax Fix by Dorothy May Mercer
Indie Writers Unite!
893 books — 876 voters
The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings by Edgar Allan PoeThe Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan PoeThe Martian Chronicles by Ray BradburyThe Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol 1 by Arthur Conan DoyleDubliners by James Joyce
Best Short Stories
1,603 books — 918 voters

The New Jim Crow by Michelle AlexanderBury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownThe Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm XThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Books White People Need To Read
799 books — 1,094 voters
The Joy Luck Club by Amy TanThe Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniThe Namesake by Jhumpa LahiriThe House on Mango Street by Sandra CisnerosInterpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Immigrant Experience Literature
782 books — 1,169 voters

Love Least Expected by Meredith BondForever Friends by Shelagh WatkinsEnd of the Road by Jacques  AntoineGetting Lucky by J.L. BeckThe Adventure of Creation by Holly Lisle
Best Anthologies
779 books — 749 voters
The Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeAnimal Farm by George Orwell
Works of Pure Genius
465 books — 615 voters

Interpreter of Maladies
Tenth of December
Nine Stories
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
The Yellow Wall-Paper
Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions
Her Body and Other Parties
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Stories of Your Life and Others
The Lottery
The Lottery and Other Stories

Kelly Link
Kelly Link Get in Trouble
Her Favorite Magic Realism: The short fiction writer recommends "books of the uncanny and the strange," not unlike her new story collection, Get in Trouble.
More Good Minds Suggest…
Neil Gaiman
Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.
Neil Gaiman

Jill McCorkle
If a nuclear disaster occurred, and you had to live out those final painful days just stretched out somewhere thinking about your life--This is who I am. This is what I love. This is what I believe--who would you want hearing your whispers? Or perhaps better: Who do you trust to hear your whispers? Whose breath do you want mingled with your own? Whose flesh still warm beside you?
Jill McCorkle

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