A common type of Prose Fiction and a good way for new authors to start out. Short stories are any stories that run up to 7,500 words in length, though some definitions place them as long as 20,000. Due to the discrepancy, short stories can overlap with the Novella and the Novelette but are usually categorized separately. Some people feel a story is only "short" if it can be read in one sitting, but "one sitting" is a very subjective definition due to differences in attention span - even among heavy readers.
Short stories are usually published in magazines and, more rarely, collections. There is a large Pulp Magazine industry that is much easier to break into than the book industry, which makes it a good place for a new writer to build up a resume. And a good place to stage Old Shame.
A lot of Fan Fic takes the form of Short Story.
Pseudopod.org makes a job of publishing audio version of short stories.
- The twelfth book in the Alex Rider series, Secret Weapon, was a collection of short stories featuring the character. Several of them had previously been published in newspapers (but were revised to make them a bit more substantial), and a couple of them were totally new.
- "Arcana Magi Zero" is a Web Original Short Story trilogy written by H-M Brown.
- Isaac Asimov:
- Dr Asimov edited the 1978 collection of 100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories. Yes, that's two "shorts" - not a single story is over five pages - most are two and a half. Sadly it's been out of print for a long time, but can still be found in used book distributors and stores.
- All the Troubles of the World: A Science Fiction story which was also republished as a 32 page children's book.
- "Homo Sol"
- "I'm in Marsport Without Hilda"
- I, Robot is a Novel Anthology consisting of short stories and Novelettes set within a Framing Device.
- Big Blonde by Dorothy Parker
- "The Birthmark", by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
- Books Of Blood by Clive Barker.
- "Brokeback Mountain" was originally a short story by Annie Proulx.
- "The Clone" by Theodore L. Thomas, which he later expanded into a full-length novel with co-author Kate Wilhelm.
- "c/o Mr. Makepeace", by Peter Phillips.
- "Cruel Sisters" by Patricia C. Wrede.
- "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was originally a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- "Daedalus", by Thomas Bulfinch.
- "The Dandelion Girl" by Robert F. Young.
- The Demigod Diaries, possess several stories much like its predecessor.
- The Demigod Files, possess several stories.
- "A Descent Into The Maelstrom", by Edgar Allan Poe.
- "Despoilers of the Golden Empire" by Randall Garrett.
- "The Egg" by Andy Weir
- "Exposure", by Eric Frank Russell.
- "The Extinction Parade" by Max Brooks, which was later adapted into a comic book.
- "Far Centaurus", by A. E. van Vogt.
- "Flying With Santa"
- "Games", by Katherine Mac Lean.
- GJ-bu is a strange case; it is marketed as a Light Novel but is more accurately a collection of short stories, all exactly 4 pages long.
- "Grandpa Gray" by Cass Hollander.
- "The Happy Prince", by Oscar Wilde.
- "The Hare and the Pineapple"
- "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut.
- "Hilda", by HB Hickey.
- "Holey Matrimony" by Kevin Strange.
- Robert E. Howard also made his career on short fiction, with every Conan the Barbarian story save The Hour of the Dragon being a short story. he also wrote "The Shadow of the Vulture"
- "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream", by Harlan Ellison.
- "Joey: A 'Mechanical Boy'"
- Stephen King has several collections of short stories in his bibliography, and many films have been based on these stories. The early stories were usually published in men's magazines, and King has pointed out that the income often took care of necessities the family couldn't afford otherwise. Many fans express a preference for King's shorter work over his novels.
- The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers is a short story collection.
- "The Library of Babel" by Jorge Luis Borges
- "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson.
- Most of what H. P. Lovecraft wrote was in the form of a short story. These include:
- "Lust Caution" was originally a short story by Eileen Chang.
- "Magic For Beginners" by Kelly Link.
- "A Model Life"
- The Moon Asks A Question, by E. Jade Lomax
- "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell
- Nobel prize winner Alice Munro works exclusively in the short story format.
- Short Stories were all that H.F Arnold ever wrote, one is a classic horror story, the other 2 are impossible to find.
- "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
- "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin.
- "Pareidolia And The Gilded Scar" is a collection of short stories connected by a common theme of expressing different mental health states though surealism (8 so far with the goal being to have one for each letter of the alphabet).
- "Project", by Lewis Padgett.
- "The Queen of Spades" by Alexander Pushkin
- "Romance with a Double Bass" by Anton Chekhov.
- "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner.
- Most of the Sherlock Holmes oeuvre consists of short stories.
- "Sleep No More", by James H. Schmitz.
- "The Son's Veto" by Thomas Hardy.
- "The Tamarisk Hunter"
- "There Shall Be No Darkness" by James Blish, also adapted into a movie, this time Amucis' The Beast Must Die.
- "There Will Come Soft Rains", a Ray Bradbury classic.
- The Thirteen Problems, a short story collection by Agatha Christie featuring Miss Marple
- "The Thought-Monster" by Amelia Reynolds Long, which was adapted into the classic sci-fi/horror film Fiend Without a Face.
- "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius " by Jorge Luis Borges
- Most of the Transformers: Timelines fiction consists of short stories, and issues of The Transformers and The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers had short stories published in them occasionally.
- Robert Westall wrote a great deal of what some consider his best work in short fiction form; notably "Break of Dark" and the best of anthologies Demons and Shadows and Shades of Darkness.
- "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", by Joyce Carol Oates.
- "The White People"
- "Worrywart", by Clifford D. Simak.
- Quite a few short stories vie for "shortest story ever":
- Margaret Atwood:
"Longed for him. Got him. Shit".
- Hemingway's bet-winning short story, though it's undetermined if Hemingway actually wrote this story.
"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."
- "Science Fiction for Telepaths" by E. Michael Blake:
"Aw, you know what I mean."
- "Sign at the End of the Universe" by Duane Ackerson:
"˙dn puǝ sıɥʇ"
- Spanish Literature has Augusto Monterroso with his short story "El dinosaurio:" note
"Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí".note .
- Margaret Atwood: