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.

The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You: Stories
Hide and Don't Seek: And Other Very Scary Stories
Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories
Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be
An Amish Schoolroom: Three Stories
American Estrangement: Stories
In the Watchful City
Horse Girls: Recovering, Aspiring, and Devoted Riders Redefine the Iconic Bond
Something Wonderful: Stories
Light Chaser
Black Boy Joy
The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell
Living Beyond Borders: Stories About Growing Up Mexican in America
The Sixth Wedding (28 Summers #1.5)
The Lost Soul of the City (Nameless: Season Two #1)
Gentle Is the Angel of Death (Nameless: Season Two #2)
Kaleidoscope (Nameless: Season Two #3)
Zero In (Nameless: Season Two #6)
Corkscrew (Nameless: Season Two #5)
Norse Mythology
First Person Singular: Stories
Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless: Season One #6)
The Eighth Detective
Christmas in Quincy (The Edens, #0.5)
The Wreckage of My Presence: Essays
Say You'll Stay (Wishing Tree, #0.5)
Turning Point
Hearts in Darkness by Laura KayeLegally Wed by N.M. SilberThe Valentine Challenge by Marisa ClevelandAnonymity by Amber Lea EastonVenetian Love Knots by Normandie Alleman
Best Romance Novellas & Short Stories
669 books — 698 voters
Dark Forces by Kirby McCauleyThe Dark Descent by David G. Hartwell999 by Al SarrantonioSNAFU by Geoff BrownRead Us or Die by Jason Gehlert
Best Horror Anthologies
449 books — 725 voters

Free Four by Veronica RothDestroy Me by Tahereh MafiGlitches by Marissa MeyerHana by Lauren OliverSummer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa
YA Short Stories and Novellas
669 books — 1,351 voters
Nine Stories by J.D. SalingerDubliners by James JoyceA Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'ConnorThe Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan PoeInterpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Collections of Short Stories
2,718 books — 2,529 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
873 books — 1,335 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
1,013 books — 812 voters

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

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