#short stories

The Ultimate Guide To YA Short Stories By Your Favorite YA Authors

A handy index of the YA short stories written by your favorite YA authors.

20 Must-Read Small Press Short Story Collections and Anthologies

Have a quick bite of these excellent small press short story collections and anthologies sampling a wide variety of genres, themes, and perspectives.

8 Outstanding Short Story Collections

Get to know a new author or read some shorter works by some of your favorites with these excellent short story collections.

20 Must-Read Fantasy and Sci-Fi Short Story Collections

Add some of the best fantastic, ambiguous, twisting, mysterious, and world-bending SFF short story collections out there right now to your TBR.

Genre Primer: Short Story Examples in (Almost) Every Genre

These short story examples are all free online, and every story has been paired with a novel in case you need more of that genre right away.

16 Funny Short Stories and Books to Brighten Your Mood

In the midst of researching news reports and washing your hands, here is a list of 16 funny short stories and books to brighten your mood.

How Do I Incorporate Short Stories Back Into My Reading Life?

A reader who fell out of love with short story collections ponders how best to make reading short stories part of the routine again.

In Praise of the Short Story

Do short stories get the short end of the stick when we talk about works of literature? Here's one reader on why the form deserves more praise.

5 Short Story Anthologies for February

It's time to get excited about stories again this year. And what better way to get our reading energy back than with some short story anthologies?

15 Science Fiction Short Stories To Take You Out of this World

We're in a new golden age of science fiction, especially science fiction short stories. These are some of the best stories you can read right now online.

4 of the Best Free Holiday Short Stories Online About Season’s Drama

If you find the holidays more foreboding than cheerful, find someone to relate to in these 4 free holiday short stories available to read online.

Have a Spooky Holiday With Christmas Ghost Stories

Christmas ghost stories were part of celebrations in Victorian England. These spooky tales are perfect to bring this tradition into the 21st century.

Why Some of the Best Fiction of 2019 is 1,000 Words or Less

A short fiction fan takes a look at some of the best recent examples of flash fiction available online and through literary magazines.

Reading While Bilingual: How Translated Books Helped Shape My Cultural Identity

How reading immigrant stories and working with translation helped one Rioter regain her identity as a multilingual reader and find common ground.

Where to Find Free Short Stories Online

Whether you're looking to break a reading slump or prefer short form writing, we've got the deets on where you can find free short stories online.