42 Superb New Short Story Collections to Read in 2021

Posted by Sharon on May 20, 2021

Trying to bust a reading slump? No time to sink into a long novel? Prefer plots that can be contained in a handful of pages? Then a short story collection is always the right pick for you.

For fans of the form, 2021 is shaping up to be a tremendous year for the short story, with collections ranging from translated tales to explorations of sexuality to flights of pure fantasy. To help you find your next read, we've compiled these recommendations, including new releases from old favorites like Joyce Carol Oates and breakout new stars like Brandon Taylor and Dantiel W. Moniz.

Scroll over the covers to learn more about each book, and be sure to add the ones that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf!

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Do you enjoy reading short stories? Which collections would you recommend? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Joe (new)

Joe Holzer The Low Desert was masterful noir.

message 2: by Matt (new)

Matt Quann Love a good short story collection. Thanks for beefing up my TBR!

message 4: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Gehrecke Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl is one my favorite collections.

message 5: by Gerhard (new)

Gerhard Great so see such a shout-out for short fiction, thank you!

message 6: by Gerhard (new)

Gerhard For South African fans: Joburg Noir edited by Niq Mhlongo.

message 7: by Lena (new)

message 8: by Fay (new)

Fay Knowles As an author of short story collections myself, I am delighted to hear this good news. Thank you!

message 9: by Kim (new)

Kim Lockhart Verge, by Lidia Yuknavitch, is the best short story collection I have ever read.

message 10: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Stepping Up One of the best short story collections I've read. Every story has its own unique world through characterizations, vivid descriptions, and wonderful storytelling. The common thread is the humanity woven in every tale. The choices DC's characters face are between fear or transformation. DC also takes on sexism, racism, and homophobia. Highly recommend this book.

message 11: by Fay (new)

Fay Knowles Romantic novelist and short story writer Patsy Collins continues to put out some delightful short story collections. Her short stories regularly appear in UK magazines as well as those in Ireland, Sweden and South Africa.

message 12: by Kaye (new)

Kaye 'Dreamland' by John M. Floyd. '50 Mysteries', by John M. Floyd. Anything by John M. Floyd!

message 13: by Tim (new)

Tim Heintzman Any of the short story collections by either Lorrie Moore or Laura Van Den Berg. Superb.

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