20 Favorite Stories for Short Story Month


While November may be novel writing month (NaNoWriMo), and April is poetry month, thanks to the “Story a Day” project, May is short story month. “Story a Day” challenges writers to write a new short story every day for the whole month of May. While that may sound like a lot of writing—and it is!—the stories can be any length. As short as Twitterature or 50 word stories, or as long as fully-realized narratives.

Though I won’t strictly be participating in “Story a Day,” I do try to dedicate 3-6 hours a day on fiction writing. And when I’m not writing, I’m always looking for new stories to spark my own creative work. So in honor of Short Story Month, I’m sharing links to 20 of my all time favorite short stories!

Some New Favorites:

“State Facts for the New Age” by Amy Sauber — The Rumpus

“Prakt Means Splendor” by David Ebenbach — The Kenyon Review

“Night Garden” by Shruti Swamy — Prairie Schooner

“Ancient Rome” by Kyle McCarthy — American Short Fiction

“The Removal” by Lauren Schenkman — Writer’s Digest

“Joplin and Dickens” by Padgett Powell — Idaho Review

“Bigfoot Stole My Wife” by Ron Carlson


Some All-Time Favorites:

“L. Debard and Aliette” by Lauren Groff — The Atlantic

“The Midnight Zone” by Lauren Groff — The New Yorker

“Interesting Facts” by Adam Johnson — Harper’s

“People Like That Are the Only People Here” by Lorrie Moore — The New Yorker

“Caiman” by Brett Anthony Johnston — AGNI

“White Angel” by Michael Cunningham — The New Yorker

“In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried” by Amy Hempel

“Hunters in the Snow” by Tobias Wolff

“Oh, Joseph, I’m So Tired” by Richard Yates

“The Smoking Room” by Shirley Jackson

“Tenth of December” by George Saunders — The New Yorker

“Lull” by Kelly Link — Conjunctions

“Reeling for the Empire” by Karen Russell


Happy writing, friends! Comment below with other favorites!




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