Short Story Collections

“A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.”

– Edgar Allan Poe

While many definitions of short stories focus on word count (which varies widely), Edgar Allan Poe, often considered the first American short-story writer, suggested that a short story "should take 30 minutes to two hours to read". Short stories usually introduce a small number of characters and focus on one moment in time. They do not usually include in-depth character development or backstory.

This list contains short story collections, written by one author per book, as opposed to anthologies which contain stories written by a variety of authors. Here you'll find classics written by well-known authors as well as newly-published books by authors you may not have read before.

Click here for a great National Book Critics Circle article about the history of short stories


by Anthony Veasna So

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

by Mariana Enriquez

Filthy Animals

by Brandon Taylor

First Love Last Rites

by Ian Mcewan

First Person Singular

by Haruki Murakami

A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories

by Flannery O'Connor

The Interpreter Of Maladies

by Jhumpa Lahiri

Labyrinths Selected Stories & Other Writings

by Jorges Luis Borges

The Lottery And Other Stories

by Shirley Jackson

The Love Object

by Edna O'brien

Men Without Women

by Haruki Murakami

Milk Blood Heat

by Daniel W. Moniz

The Moons of Jupiter

by Alice Munro

The Office of Historical Corrections

by Danielle Evans

The Souvenir Museum

by Elizabeth Mccraken

The Telltale Heart and other writings

by Edgar Allen Poe

The Tenth of December

by George Saunders

Thank You, Mr. Nixon

by Gish Jen

That Old Country Music

by Kevin Barry

The Thing Around Your Neck

by Chimanda Ngozi

This is How You Lose Her

by Junot Diaz

Vampires in the Lemon Grove

by Karen Russell

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

by Raymond Carver

You Think It, I'l Say It

by Curtis Sittenfeld

You Will Never Be Forgotten

by Mary South

Your Duck is My Duck

by Deborah Eisenberg