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The short story is a literary genre of fictional prose narrative that tends to be more concise and to the point than longer works of fiction such as novellas and novels. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Awards for science fiction define a short story as having a word count of 7,500 or less.

This subject includes well known or critically acclaimed short stories.

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Akutagawa Ryunosuke
   wrote   
Rashōmon
1915. Akutagawa Ryunosuke is regarded as the "Father of the Japanese short story. This was his first published story. Despite its name, it provided no direct plot material for the Akira Kurosawa movie Rashōmon, which was based on Akutagawa's 1921 short story, In a Grove.
Aleksandr Pushkin
   wrote   
The Queen of Spades
Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
   wrote   
Zakhar-the-Pouch
Alice Munro
   wrote   
The Bear Came Over the Mountain
Alice Munro
   wrote   
Post and Beam
2000. Alice Ann Munro (née Laidlaw; born 10 July 1931) is a Canadian short-story writer and three-time winner of Canada's Governor General's Award for fiction.
Alice Munro
   wrote   
Something I've Been Meaning To Tell You
Title story of a collection published in 1974
Alice Munro
   wrote   
Who Do You Think You Are?
Title story of a collection, 1978; winner, Canadian Governor General's Award
Alan Sillitoe
   wrote   
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Won the Hawthornden Prize in 1959
Ambrose Bierce
   wrote   
The Affair at Coulter's
Ambrose Bierce
   wrote   
A Horseman in the Sky
Set during the American Civil War
Ambrose Bierce
   wrote   
An Inhabitant of Carcosa
1886
Ambrose Bierce
   wrote   
Moxon's Master
(1909); one of the first descriptions of robots in English literature
Ambrose Bierce
   wrote   
My Favourite Murder
Ambrose Bierce
   wrote   
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
At least three films made from this story
Ambrose Bierce
   wrote   
One of the Missing
Amy Hempel
   wrote   
In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried
One of the most extensively anthologized stories of the last quarter century. Hempel won the Ambassador Book Award in 2007 for her Collected Stories, which was also named as one of the The New York Times' Ten Best Books of the year. In 2008 she won the Rea Award for the Short Story. In 2009 she won the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction with Alistair McLeod.
Andrea Lee
   wrote   
Brothers and Sisters Around the World
2000
Anton Chekhov
   wrote   
The Bet
Anton Chekhov
   wrote   
The Bird Market
1883
Anton Chekhov
   wrote   
The Bishop
1902
Anton Chekhov
   wrote   
The Black Monk
Anton Chekhov
   wrote   
A Boring Story
Anton Chekhov
   wrote   
The Darling
Anton Chekhov
   wrote   
A Doctor's Visit
1898
Anton Chekhov
   wrote   
The House With the Mezzanine
Anton Chekhov
   wrote   
The Lady With the Dog
1899
Anton Chekhov
   wrote   
Peasant Woman
1891
Anton Chekhov
   wrote   
Rothschild's Fiddle
1894
Anton Chekhov
   wrote   
Vanka
Anton Chekhov
   wrote   
Ward No. 6
Anton Chekhov
   wrote   
A Woman's Kingdom
1894
Barbara Kingsolver
   wrote   
Covered Bridges
Barbara Kingsolver
   wrote   
Homeland
Barbara Kingsolver
   wrote   
Stone Dreams
Barbara Kingsolver
   wrote   
Why I Am a Danger to the Public
Bernard Malamud
   wrote   
The Magic Barrel
Story Collection. National Book Award, 1959
Bram Stoker
   wrote   
Dracula's Guest
Published in 1914, two years after his death, in a collection entitled Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories
Bram Stoker
   wrote   
The Judge's House
In Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories
Bram Stoker
   wrote   
A Moon-Light Effect
In a collection called, Snowbound: The Record of a Theatrical Touring Party, (1908)
Bram Stoker
   wrote   
The Rose Prince
In a collection called, Under the Sunset, 1881
Bret Harte
   wrote   
How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar
1836-1902
Bret Harte
   wrote   
The Luck of Roaring Camp
Bret Harte
   wrote   
Tennessee's Partner
Charles Bukowski
   wrote   
A Couple of Winos
In "South of No North"
Charles Bukowski
   wrote   
The Killers
In "South of No North", 1973
Charles Bukowski
   wrote   
Love for $17.50
In "South of No North"
Charles Bukowski
   wrote   
This is What Killed Dylan Thomas
In "South of No North"
Charles Dickens
   wrote   
The Baron of Grogzwig
1812-1870
Charles Dickens
   wrote   
The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices
1857
Charles Dickens
   wrote   
The Poor Relation's Story
Charles Dickens
   wrote   
Public Life of Mr. Tulrumple
1837
Daphne Du Maurier
   wrote   
The Birds
Adapted into a film by Alfred Hitchcock
D. H. Lawrence
   wrote   
Odour of Chrysanthemums
First published in 1909
D. H. Lawrence
   wrote   
The Primrose Path
D. H. Lawrence
   wrote   
The Prussian Officer
From a collection of early stories, published 1916
D. H. Lawrence
   wrote   
The Rocking-Horse Winner
1885-1930
Donald Barthelme
   wrote   
At the Tolstoy Museum
In "Forty Stories"
Donald Barthelme
   wrote   
Conversations With Goethe
In "Forty Stories"
Donald Barthelme
   wrote   
The Flight of Pigeons from the Palace
In "Forty Stories"
Donald Barthelme
   wrote   
Great Days
In "Forty Stories"
Donald Barthelme
   wrote   
The New Music
From "Great Days"
Donald Barthelme
   wrote   
On the Steps of the Conservatory
"Great Days"
Doris Lessing
   wrote   
Homage For Isaac Babel
Doris Lessing
   wrote   
To Room 19
Dorothy Parker
   wrote   
A Telephone Call
1893-1967
Dylan Thomas
   wrote   
Adventures in the Skin Trade and Other Stories
1955. It comprises three short stories which were initially intended to be the opening chapters of a novel, and 20 short stories produced early in Thomas' career. Published posthumously.
Dylan Thomas
   wrote   
A Child's Christmas in Wales
New York Times Best Illustrated Books Award
Dylan Thomas
   wrote   
The Portrait of the Artist As a Young Dog
1940. Short story collection
E. B. White
   wrote   
The Door
1899-1985
Edgar Allan Poe
   wrote   
The Descent Into the Maelstrom
1841. It has been grouped with Poe's tales of ratiocination and also labeled an early form of science fiction.
Edgar Allan Poe
   wrote   
The Fall of the House of Usher
1839
Edgar Allan Poe
   wrote   
The Masque of the Red Death
1842
Edgar Allan Poe
   wrote   
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
1841. As the first true detective in fiction, the Dupin character established many literary devices which would be used in future fictional detectives including Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot.
Edgar Allan Poe
   wrote   
The Pit and the Pendulum
1842
Edgar Allan Poe
   wrote   
The Tell-Tale Heart
1843. "The Tell-Tale Heart" is widely considered a classic of the Gothic fiction genre and one of Poe's most famous short stories.
Edgar Lee Masters
   wrote   
The Spoon River Anthology
A collection of unusual, short, free-form poems that collectively describe the life of the fictional small town of Spoon River, named after the real Spoon River that ran near Masters' home town.
Edith Wharton
   wrote   
Afterward
1862-1937
Edith Wharton
   wrote   
Roman Fever
Edith Wharton
   wrote   
Souls Belated
Elizabeth Bowen
   wrote   
The Demon Lover
First published in 1945
Elizabeth Bowen
   wrote   
The Inherited Clock
Elmore Leonard
   wrote   
Fire in the Hole
2001; basis of the TV series 'Justified' about U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens
Ernest Hemingway
   wrote   
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Ethan Canin
   wrote   
Emperor of the Air
Ethan Canin
   wrote   
Star Food
Eudora Welty
   wrote   
Music From Spain
1948
Eudora Welty
   wrote   
Petrified Man
Eudora Welty
   wrote   
A Worn Path
Fielding Dawson
   wrote   
Krazy Kat
Fielding Dawson
   wrote   
The Vertical Fields
1930-2002
Flannery O'Connor
   wrote   
An Afternoon In The Woods
Flannery O'Connor
   wrote   
The Displaced Person
Flannery O'Connor
   wrote   
Everything That Rises Must Converge
Flannery O'Connor
   wrote   
Good Country People
Flannery O'Connor
   wrote   
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
From Millegenille, Georgia, she died young from lupus, wrote stories of the Southern gothic tradition.
Flannery O'Connor
   wrote   
The Life You Save May Be Your Own
Flannery O'Connor
   wrote   
The Peeler
Flannery O'Connor
   wrote   
A Temple Of The Holy Ghost
Frank O'Connor
   wrote   
Christmas Morning
Frank O'Connor
   wrote   
Guests of the Nation
1931
Frank O'Connor
   wrote   
My Oedipus Complex
F. Scott Fitzgerald
   wrote   
Babylon Revisited
F. Scott Fitzgerald
   wrote   
Basil and Cleopatra
One of several "Basil and Josephine" stories
F. Scott Fitzgerald
   wrote   
Bernice Bobs Her Hair
1920
F. Scott Fitzgerald
   wrote   
The Bridal Party
1930
F. Scott Fitzgerald
   wrote   
The Diamond As Big As the Ritz
1922
F. Scott Fitzgerald
   wrote   
Emotional Bankruptcy
1896-1940
F. Scott Fitzgerald
   wrote   
First Blood
A "Josephine" story
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
   wrote   
Big Mama's Funeral
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
   wrote   
Death Constant Beyond Love
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
   wrote   
Eva is Inside Her Cat
B. 1928
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
   wrote   
Miss Forbes' Summer of Happiness
From Strange Pilgrims
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
   wrote   
There Are No Thieves in This Town
From Big Mama's Funeral
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
   wrote   
A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings
From The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother
Gertrude Stein
   wrote   
As A Wife Has a Cow
A love story
Gilbert Sorrentino
   wrote   
The Moon in Its Flight
Graham Greene
   wrote   
Across the Bridge
1938
Graham Greene
   wrote   
Alas, Poor Maling
1940
Graham Greene
   wrote   
The End of the Party
1904-1991
Gustave Flaubert
   wrote   
A Simple Heart
Guy De Maupassant
   wrote   
An Affair of State
1850-1893
Guy De Maupassant
   wrote   
Bellflower
Guy De Maupassant
   wrote   
Miss Harriet
Guy De Maupassant
   wrote   
Mouche
Guy De Maupassant
   wrote   
A Queer Night in Paris
Guy De Maupassant
   wrote   
The String
Guy De Maupassant
   wrote   
The Wolf
Harriet Beecher Stowe
   wrote   
Captain Kidd's Money
1811-1896
Henry James
   wrote   
The Figure in the Carpet
1896
Henry James
   wrote   
The Jolly Corner
1908
Henry James
   wrote   
The Real Thing
1843-1916
Herman Melville
   wrote   
Bartleby the Scrivener
Herman Melville
   wrote   
The Fiddler
1819-1891
Herman Melville
   wrote   
The Lightning-Rod Man
H. G. Wells
   wrote   
The Door in the Wall
1866-1946
Honore De Balzac
   wrote   
The Brothers-In-Arms
Honore De Balzac
   wrote   
The Continence of King Francis the First
Honore De Balzac
   wrote   
Odd Sayings of Three Pilgrims
Honore De Balzac
   wrote   
A Passion in the Desert
1799-1850
Isaac Babel
   wrote   
First Love
Isaac Babel
   wrote   
Guy De Maupassant
Isaac Babel
   wrote   
My First Goose
Isaac Bashevis Singer
   wrote   
A Crown of Feathers
Isak Dinesen
   wrote   
The Old Chevalier
Pen name of Karen von Blixen-Finecke
Ivan Turgenev
   wrote   
Byezhin Prairie
Ivan Turgenev
   wrote   
District Doctor
Ivan Turgenev
   wrote   
Khor and Kalinych
Ivan Turgenev
   wrote   
Raspberry Water
Ivan Turgenev
   wrote   
Yermoly and the Miller's Wife
Jack London
   wrote   
A Piece of Steak
Jack London
   wrote   
To Build a Fire
1876-1916
James Joyce
   wrote   
After the Race
James Joyce
   wrote   
Araby
In the collection, Dubliners, (1914)
James Joyce
   wrote   
Clay
In Dubliners
James Joyce
   wrote   
The Dead
James Joyce
   wrote   
An Encounter
James Joyce
   wrote   
Eveline
James Joyce
   wrote   
Ivy Day in the Committee Room
In Dubliners
James Joyce
   wrote   
A Little Cloud
1883-1941
James Joyce
   wrote   
The Sisters
James Michener
   wrote   
The Remittance Man
One in the collection, Tales of the South Pacific
James Thurber
   wrote   
The Secret Life of Walter Mittty
1939
James Thurber
   wrote   
The Unicorn in the Garden
1939
John Barth
   wrote   
Lost in the Funhouse
John Cheever
   wrote   
The Enormous Radio
John Cheever
   wrote   
The Five-Forty-Eight
John Cheever
   wrote   
The Swimmer
John Gardner
   wrote   
King Gregor and the Fool
In The King's Indian
John Gardner
   wrote   
Pastoral Care
Collected in The King's Indian
John Gardner
   wrote   
The Ravages of Spring
In The King's Indian
John Gardner
   wrote   
The Temptation of St. Ivo
Collected in The King's Indian
John Updike
   wrote   
Licks of Love in the Heart of the Cold War
John Updike
   wrote   
My Father On the Verge of Disgrace
John Updike
   wrote   
New York Girl
John Updike
   wrote   
Personal Archeology
2000
John Updike
   wrote   
Scenes From the Fifties
John Updike
   wrote   
The Women Who Got Away
Jorge Luis Borges
   wrote   
Borges and I
Jorge Luis Borges
   wrote   
The End of the Duel
Jorge Luis Borges
   wrote   
The Garden of Forking Paths
1941
Jorge Luis Borges
   wrote   
The Library of Babel
1941
Joseph Conrad
   wrote   
The Lagoon
1896
Joseph Heller
   wrote   
Catch-23
Yossarian Lives
Joseph Heller
   wrote   
Yossarian Survives
Made from an excluded chapter of Catch-22
Joyce Carol Oates
   wrote   
The Lady With the Pet Dog
Joyce Carol Oates
   wrote   
Last Days
Published 1984
Joyce Carol Oates
   wrote   
Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars.
Joyce Carol Oates
   wrote   
Theft
1981
Joyce Carol Oates
   wrote   
Unmailed, Unwritten Letters
Joyce Carol Oates
   wrote   
Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?
In The Wheel of Love and Other Stories, 1970
Kate Chopin
   wrote   
Desirée's Baby
Kate Chopin
   wrote   
Regret
Kate Chopin
   wrote   
The Storm
1898
Kate Chopin
   wrote   
The Story of An Hour
1894
Katherine Anne Porter
   wrote   
Flowering Judas
1930
Katherine Anne Porter
   wrote   
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
1930
Katherine Anne Porter
   wrote   
María Concepción
1922
Kelly Link
   wrote   
The Faery Handbag
2005 Hugo and Nebula Award
Kurt Vonnegut
   wrote   
All the King's Horses
Kurt Vonnegut
   wrote   
Report on the Barnhouse Effect
Collected in Welcome to the Monkey House
Kurt Vonnegut
   wrote   
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Title is reference to a speech in Macbeth
Langston Hughes
   wrote   
Conversation on the Corner
Leo Tolstoy
   wrote   
The Death of Ivan Ilych
Leo Tolstoy
   wrote   
God Sees the Truth, But Waits
Leslie Silko
   wrote   
Storyteller
Leslie Silko
   wrote   
Yellow Woman
Native American, b. 1948
Liam O'Flaherty
   wrote   
The Sniper
Set in the early weeks of the Irish Civil War
Liam O'Flaherty
   wrote   
Two Lovely Beasts
1937; revised, 1956
Louise Erdrich
   wrote   
The Red Convertible
Margaret Atwood
   wrote   
The Bad News
From the collection, "Moral Disorder", 2006
Margaret Atwood
   wrote   
Hairball
Margaret Atwood
   wrote   
The Headless Horseman
From "Moral Disorder"
Margaret Atwood
   wrote   
Moral Disorder
From the collection by the same name
Mark Twain
   wrote   
Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven
Mark Twain
   wrote   
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Samuel Longhorn Clemens, 1835-1910
Mark Twain
   wrote   
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
1900
Mark Twain
   wrote   
My Late Senatorial Secretaryship
Mark Twain
   wrote   
The Stolen White Elephant
Mark Twain
   wrote   
A Story Without An End
Mark Twain
   wrote   
Was It Heaven? Or Hell?
Maxim Gorky
   wrote   
Her Lover
Maxim Gorky
   wrote   
One Autumn Night
Mohammed Mrabet
   wrote   
The Boy Who Set the Fire
Mohammed Mrabet
   wrote   
The Saint by Accident
Translation by Paul Bowles
Mohammed Mrabet
   wrote   
The Witch of Bouiba Del Hallouf
Nadine Gordimer
   wrote   
A Chip of Glass Ruby
Nathaniel Hawthorne
   wrote   
The Ambitious Guest
1804-1864
Nathaniel Hawthorne
   wrote   
Ethan Brand
Nathaniel Hawthorne
   wrote   
The Great Carbuncle
Nathaniel Hawthorne
   wrote   
The Minister's Black Veil
Nathaniel Hawthorne
   wrote   
Rappaccini's Daughter
Nathaniel Hawthorne
   wrote   
The Wedding-Knell
Nathaniel Hawthorne
   wrote   
Young Goodman Brown
Nikolai Gogal
   wrote   
The Overcoat
Nikolai Gogal
   wrote   
St. John's Eve
1831
Nikolai Gogal
   wrote   
Taras Bulba
The basis for an opera of the same name
O. Henry
   wrote   
A Blackjack Bargainer
William Sydney Porter
O. Henry
   wrote   
The Count and the Wedding Guest
O. Henry
   wrote   
The Furnished Room
1906
O. Henry
   wrote   
The Gift of the Magi
1862-1910
O. Henry
   wrote   
The Hiding of Black Bill
O. Henry
   wrote   
The Last Leaf
O. Henry
   wrote   
The Ransom of Red Chief
In which kidnappers pay the father for the return of an obnoxious boy
O. Henry
   wrote   
Transients in Arcadia
O. Henry
   wrote   
The Whirligig of Life
Paul Bowles
   wrote   
The Delicate Prey
Paul Bowles
   wrote   
The Fourth Day Out from Santa Cruz
Paul Bowles
   wrote   
How Many Midnights
Paul Bowles
   wrote   
In the Red Room
Paul Bowles
   wrote   
Pages from Cold Point
Paul Bowles
   wrote   
The Story of Lahcen and Idir
Paul Bowles
   wrote   
Tea on the Mountain
Paul Bowles
   wrote   
You Have Left Your Lotus Pods on the Bus
Paul Goodman
   wrote   
The Dream of a Little Lady Painter
Paul Goodman
   wrote   
The Facts of Life
From the title collection, Stories, 1940-1949
Paul Goodman
   wrote   
On the Rocks Along the River
Philip K. Dick
   wrote   
The Minority Report
First published in Fantastic Universe, 1956
Philip K. Dick
   wrote   
The Variable Man
First published, 1952
Ralph Ellison
   wrote   
Battle Royal
Ray Bradbury
   wrote   
Arrival and Departure
In "We'll Always Have Paris"
Ray Bradbury
   wrote   
Massinello Pietro
From "We'll Always Have Paris"
Raymond Carver
   wrote   
Cathedral
1981
Raymond Carver
   wrote   
Fat
Raymond Carver
   wrote   
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Richard Wright
   wrote   
The Man Who Was Almost a Man
Ring Lardner
   wrote   
The Golden Honeymoon
1885-1933
Ring Lardner
   wrote   
Haircut
Roald Dahl
   wrote   
Beware of the Dog
1916-1990
Roald Dahl
   wrote   
The Bookseller
First published in Playboy, 1987
Roald Dahl
   wrote   
The Champion of the World
From the collection, Kiss Kiss (1959)
Roald Dahl
   wrote   
Death of an Old Man
From the collection, Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying (1946)
Roald Dahl
   wrote   
Lamb to the Slaughter
1954
Roald Dahl
   wrote   
Man From the South
Roald Dahl
   wrote   
Nunc Dimittis
From the collection, Someone Like You (1953
Robert Louis Stevenson
   wrote   
Markheim
1850-1894
Rudyard Kipling
   wrote   
The Conversion of Aurelian McGoggin
First published, 1887
Rudyard Kipling
   wrote   
The Elephant's Child
1865-1936
Rudyard Kipling
   wrote   
How the Leopard Got His Spots
Rudyard Kipling
   wrote   
Mary Postgate
Rudyard Kipling
   wrote   
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Rudyard Kipling
   wrote   
The Tomb of His Ancestors
First published in The Day's Work, 1898
Rudyard Kipling
   wrote   
The Wish House
Ruth Rendell
   wrote   
The Beach Butler
From a collection entitled, Piranha to Scurfy
Ruth Rendell
   wrote   
The Clinging Woman
From the collection, "The Fallen Curtain"
Ruth Rendell
   wrote   
Computer Seance
From "Piranha to Scurfy"
Ruth Rendell
   wrote   
The Fallen Curtain
From the collection by the same name
Ruth Rendell
   wrote   
Means of Evil
Title story in a collection of stories featuring Inspector Wexford
Ruth Rendell
   wrote   
Walter's Leg
From 'Piranha to Scurfy"
Sherwood Anderson
   wrote   
Death in the Woods
Sherwood Anderson
   wrote   
Hands
Part of the novel Winesburg, Ohio
Simon J. Ortiz
   wrote   
The End of Old Horse
Simon J. Ortiz
   wrote   
Feathers
Native American writer
Simon J. Ortiz
   wrote   
Men On the Moon
1999, in a collection of stories by the same name
Stephen Crane
   wrote   
The Open Boat
1897
Stephen Vincent Benét
   wrote   
By the Waters of Babylon
1937
Victor Hugo
   wrote   
Claude Gueux
1834
Victor Hugo
   wrote   
A Fight With a Cannon
1802-1885
Virginia Woolf
   wrote   
A Haunted House
1882-1941
Virginia Woolf
   wrote   
The Mark on the Wall
Virginia Woolf
   wrote   
Moments of Being
Virginia Woolf
   wrote   
The String Quartet
Vladimir Nabokov
   wrote   
The Aurelian
Vladimir Nabokov
   wrote   
First Love
Vladimir Nabokov
   wrote   
Lips to Lips
First published in 1956
Vladimir Nabokov
   wrote   
Mademoiselle O
Vladimir Nabokov
   wrote   
Signs and Symbols
1946
Vladimir Nabokov
   wrote   
Spring in Fialta
Washington Irving
   wrote   
The Devil and Tom Walker
Washington Irving
   wrote   
Rip Van Winkle
A Posthumous Writing of Diedrich Knickerbocker
Willa Cather
   wrote   
Double Birthday
1929
Willa Cather
   wrote   
Paul's Case
1873-1947
William Carlos Williams
   wrote   
The Use of Force
1883-1963
William Faulkner
   wrote   
Dry September
William Faulkner
   wrote   
A Rose for Emily


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