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.

I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé
Scream and Scream Again!
How to Love a Jamaican
If You See Me, Don't Say Hi: Stories
The Steam Pump Jump (The Chronicles of St Mary’s, #9.6)
The Descent of Monsters (Tensorate, #3)
The Future is Blue
Portents (Cainsville, #5.7)
No Man of Woman Born
Street Spells: Seven Urban Fantasy Shorts
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fifth Annual Collection
The Nearest
Infinity's End
Now More Than Ever
Norse Mythology
The Rehearsal Dinner (The Wedding From Hell, #1; Firefighters #0.5)
Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie
The Pied Piper
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
A Little Big Rock (Big Rock, #0.5)
The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death
Slaying It (Chicagoland Vampires, #13.5)
Twisted Truth (Rogue Justice #1)
In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It
The Brick Slayer
Walking on Her Grave (Rogue River, #4)
Veiled (Bone Secrets #3.5)
Truth Be Told (Rogue Justice #2)
Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past by Paul CudeNICU II and Victoria's Incestuous Romance by Kenneth Jarrett SingletonCrashing Back Down by Kristen Hope MazzolaThe Fairfax Fix by Dorothy May MercerTaken By The Huntsman by Mistral Dawn
Indie Writers Unite!
781 books — 814 voters
Of Mice and Men by John SteinbeckThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings by Edgar Allan PoeThe Metamorphosis by Franz KafkaWelcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
Good short fiction
582 books — 482 voters

Animal Farm by George OrwellThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Stranger by Albert CamusThe Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Great Short Short Books
500 books — 371 voters
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakAgainst The Tide by John F. HanleyThe Last Boat by John F. HanleyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferThe Winds of War by Herman Wouk
Best 1940s Historical Fiction
263 books — 375 voters

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodAnne of Green Gables by L.M. MontgomeryThe Book of Negroes by Lawrence HillLife of Pi by Yann MartelThe English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Canadian Fiction
783 books — 538 voters
Nine Stories by J.D. SalingerThe Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan PoeDubliners by James JoyceA Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'ConnorThe Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Collections of Short Stories
2,416 books — 1,790 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
Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions
The Yellow Wall-Paper
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Unaccustomed Earth
Stories of Your Life and Others
The Lottery
The Lottery and Other Stories

Elizabeth Strout
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Katherine Mansfield
What can you do if you are thirty and, turning the corner of your own street, you are overcome, suddenly, by a feeling of bliss - absolute bliss - as though you'd suddenly swallowed a bright piece of that late afternoon sun and it burned in your bosom, sending out a little shower of sparks into every particle into every finger and toe?...
Katherine Mansfield, Something Childish But Very Natural

Junot Díaz
We all dream dreams of unity, of purity; we all dream that there's an authoritative voice out there that will explain things, including ourselves. If it wasn't for our longing for these things, I doubt the novel or the short story would exist in its current form. I'm not going to say much more on the topic. Just remember: In dictatorships, only one person is really allowed to speak. And when I write a book or a story, I too am the only one speaking, no matter how I hide behind my characters.
Junot Díaz

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