Places To Read Short Stories

I love reading short stories. So I’ve made a collection of websites with the best short stories I could find.

Enjoy!

  • by ASF Editors
    This year, we are delighted to launch the inaugural American Short Fiction Workshop. This May, we will welcome twenty-four writers to Austin to study with short-story masters Karen Russell and Dantiel W. Moniz. Today, we're so pleased to announce our initial cohort of ASF Workshop Fellows & Scholars. The post Announcing the […]
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    Join ASF for the latest installment of My Constellation of 8 on May 17th at 6:30 p.m. CDT, featuring award-winning author Cara Blue Adams, and benefiting The Center for Fiction in Brooklyn. The post My Constellation of 8: Cara Blue Adams appeared first on American Short Fiction.
  • by Leigh Newman
    The sign in my window says “Card Reader.” It is small, fuzzy, and lit up in a shade of 1960s pawnshop neon that implies my lack of card-reading expertise as well as a dwindling interest in the so-called future of my business. Still, people knock on my door and come […]
  • by Michele Mari, translated by Brian Robert Moore
    One summer night in 2030, in the garden of a nursing home, two old men began remembering. As a little boy I thought that dried apricots were ears, and I’d wonder who the unlucky soul was who’d had them chopped off. When I was forced to try one, picking it […]
  • by Naomi Kanakia
    Let’s say you work in a candy factory cleaning the chocolate vats, and the job is dull, but you’re like, It’s necessary so the kids can be safe. Except then you read an article about how your boss’s boss basically puts cocaine in the chocolate bars that makes kids go […]
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    After a COVID-19 hiatus, we're delighted to once again host our annual Stars at Night celebration. This year, we'll celebrate and honor literary stars Yiyun Li, Stacey Swann, Danielle Evans, and Meg Kuehn. For full details and to purchase your tickets, visit our Stars at Night events page. The post […]
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    Review by Asha Krishna Publisher: Alien Buddha Press 149 pages RRP: £8.05 ISBN: 9798458074070 Sara Siddiqui Chansarkar is an Indian-American writer, whose work has been nominated multiple times for Pushcart and Best of the Net awards. Her debut flash collection Morsels of Purple with its exotic sounding title immediately draws attention. It is a testimony […]
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    Review by Asha Krishna Publisher: Dahlia Books (2021) 180 pages RRP: £10.00 ISBN: 9781913624057 Reshma Ruia’s debut novel and collection of poetry have won accolades and her short stories have been published in many British and international journals. Mrs Pinto Drives to Happiness is her debut short story collection. The collection stands out for its characters and setting. […]
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    Review by Tom Conaghan Publisher: Canongate (2021) ISBN: 978 1 78689 709 1 Price £12.99 Is speculative fiction especially well-suited to the short story? There is certainly a strong tradition of writers who have created memorable work from combining the two. Ted Chiang, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, as far back […]
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    Review by Kate Tyte Publisher: Seren Books (2021) ISBN: 9781781725894 Price: £9.99 150 pages At the age of twelve, Jayne Joso read Angela Carter’s Japan-set story collection Fireworks, and decided she wanted to live in Japan one day. She finally fulfilled that dream by moving to Japan to teach English. Since then she has published four […]
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      Okapi Books is a new independent press, based in Sheffield. Okapi’s first book, The Storm – a collection of short stories by Somerset Maugham award-winner Akeem Balogun – was published in October 2020. Here, The Short Story speaks to one of Okapi’s founders, Brett Hackett.   The Short Story: What was the spark that […]
  • by TSS Publishing
    Review by Katy Darby Shorter fiction which has caught our reviewer’s eye. If there’s one thing the modern reader is short on, it’s time. So why not save yourself some by reading this round-up of recommended recent novellas and novelettes? Open Pen: Five Novelettes Quirky, risk-taking literary journal Open Pen recently branched out into publishing […]
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    Winner of the Cambridge Short Story Prize 2021 Hearts and Minds Prenatal | ˌprē-ˈnā-tᵊl | adjective Occurring or existing before birth. Providing or receiving prenatal medical care.   They are always busy. Every morning over coffee—his head sore from gin and tonics the night before—he watches Samantha line up her pills, taking her temperature and […]
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    3rd Place in the Cambridge Short Story Prize 2021 Phantom Pains ‘Mum?’ ‘Mmm?’ ‘Mum, I’ve been thinking.’ ‘Mmmm?’ ‘I don’t think there really is a tooth fairy.’ ‘Oh?’ ‘No… I think it’s really Father Christmas.’ * The first time, there’s just one.  I lift the corner of her pillow, stoop and incline my head. I […]
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    Jumi, a troubled refugee, tries to connect with his roommate Rudi, in Luke Beling's tragic tale. Five black jeeps, filled with men dressed in camouflage, stormed into my village while I was kicking a ball with my brother and father. My father put his hand over his mouth and looked at my brother and me with eyes so big I thought […]
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    College student Dan strikes up a relationship with a rich Korean woman that leads to dependency, obsession and death; by Charles David Taylor.You can never find a bus stop in Houston when you need one. I'd walked a few blocks from the cemetery through a misting rain, with no luck. I was about to splurge on an Uber when I finally […]
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    While canoeing on the lake, divorcé Kyle is caught in a storm that casts him on the shores of destiny, in Jeff Ingber's heart-wrangling story of forbidden romance. My paddle slices through silver-blue water, the morning sunrays dancing on the ripples. The monastic quiet is disturbed only by a squadron of buzzing flies and the splash of rainbow trout lunging for […]
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    Will the tropical remote island of Île Caché be far away enough for Dora to outrun the consequences of her crime? By Anne Dorrian. Ms Pammers' crystal tipped nail pierced the wind. When she spoke, her eyebrows danced above her sunglasses like caterpillars convulsing in a strange mating ritual. She pointed at the far side of the island. "You'll see it […]
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    An escaped prisoner commits another crime that might be his last; by Kara Bright Kilgore.Before my escape, I learned this prayer of north and south. I learned it from Ralphie, who heard it from Vinny, who heard it from Saul, who learned about it from J. Forsythe, who supposedly made it out ten years ago. Ralphie told me this among other […]
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    G. B. Prabhat gives us a glimpse into the culture of a traditional Indian family, when a surprising romance is triggered by the main character's grandfather having a stroke. This story first appeared in Unlikely Stories Mark V.In the summer of 1982, my paternal grandfather was felled by a stroke. Thatha must have been in his late eighties. The stroke was […]
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    Physicist Alice chides herself for agreeing to meet with her toxic ex; by Robin Cantwell. He takes one bite from his overstuffed sandwich, and it all comes flooding back. The embarrassment. The shame. The disgust for each and every moment exhausted by the presence of this emotionally stunted sad sack. The familiar flash of anger for having wasted the best years […]
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    When Paul Lamb's character is relegated to the fringes of the art fair, he is determined to come up with the next big trend.I knew I'd hit bottom when they put me by the toilets. Sure, there were years when I owned the best spots: at the entrance where fair goers were fresh and flush; at the nexus where everyone had […]
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    Doug Hawley reveals the inspiration behind Stephen King's first published novel in this comic short.You might think that you know me from the movie and book about me by the man I call BFA, for big famous author. Sometimes the "F" stands for something else, depending on my mood. I've always been irritated about his claim that he created his best […]
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    Hunter heads up a homicidal rock band existing on the edge of society and self-destruction in Martin Grise's dark tale. Hunter stood at the right edge of the stage, where he could barely hear Pulse's drums over Vik's screaming amp, and danced in place as he viewed the scene. Vik and Ron traded fours, Ron slapping down thumping variations of the […]