Prose Pieces

Below you will find links to websites with lists of authors, individual titles, or short story collections. NOTE: other ways to find short stories include doing a browser search for “short stories” and variations on that, or even going to Amazon/Barnes&Nobel/ETC. website and looking at the lists people have created of their favorite short stories.

The Literature Network
East of the Web
Classic Short Stories
On Our Shelves: 45 Favorite Short Story Collections
American Literature
Five Chapters
Short Story Archive
The Bristol Short Story Prize (list of authors and information about their publications of competition winners)
National Short Story Week
Nobel Prize
Franz Kafka: The Complete Stories by Franz Kafka
The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition by Ernest Hemingway
Stories of Hawaii by Jack London
More Jack London
Literature Network
Edgar Allan Poe Collection at The Literature Network
H. P. Lovecraft
Best Short Story Collections of the 21st Century (So Far) by Powell's Books
The Short List: Our Favorite Short Stories by Powell's Books

Joyce Carol Oats
50 Great Short Stories
The World's Greatest Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011: The Best Stories of the Year
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (The Best American Series (R))
The Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of the Small Presses (2013 Edition) (Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses)
Death Is Not an Option: Stories by Suzanne Rivecca
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011: The Best American Series
Six Shorts - The finalists for the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award
The BBC National Short Story Award 2013
Best Short Stories from the Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest 2014
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories
The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories
Historical Guide to American Literature
The Stories of Ray Bradbury (100 short stories, personally chosen by the author.)
Shirley Jackson: Novels and Stories (Contains The Lottery (a collection of short stories which includes The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle.)
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger (Contains A Perfect Day for Bananafish and For Esmé – with Love and Squalor.)
Welcome to the Monkey House: Stories by Kurt Vonnegut(Collection of 25 short stories
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six Others by Roald Dahl
American Short Stories Since 1945
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six Others by Roald Dahl
The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories
Pulp and Paper by Josh Rolnick
Power Ballads by Will Boast
The Journey Prize Stories 23 (Journey Prize Stories: Short Fiction from the Best of Canada's New Writers)
Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Stories by Jane Yolen
13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen
On the Fringe: Stories
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
S.: A Novel about the Balkans by Slavenka Drakulic
The Plague by Albert Camus
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The War: A Memoir by Marguerite Duras
A Very Easy Death by Simone de Beauvoir
The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 by Wladyslaw Szpilman
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin
The Film Club by David Gilmore
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville
Death by Scrabble by Charlie Fish
The Return by Fernando Sorrentino
No. 1 Branch Line: The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens
The Horla by Guy de Maupassant
Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker
The Body Snatcher Robert Louis Stevenson
The Children’s Wing by Joyce Johnson (from "In The Night Cafe")
Wailing Shall Be in All Streets by Kurt Vonnegut (from Armageddon in Retrospect)
Evil Robot Monkey by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Clockwork Atom Bomb by Dominic Green
Impossible Dreams by Tim Pratt (contained in the collection Hart & Boot & Other Stories)
A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman
A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka
The Happy Man by Jonathan Lethem (contained in the collection The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye)
A Party Down at the Square by Ralph Waldo Ellison
Don't Tell Me You Don't Know by Dorothy Allison (from the collection Trash)
Coming Home Again by Chang-Rae Lee
New York Day Women by Edwidge Danticat (from the collection Krik? Krak!)
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates
The Bubba Stories by Lee Smith (from the collection News of the Spirit)
A Solo Song: For Doc by James Alan McPherson (from the collection Hue and Cry: Stories)
Amapola by Luis Alberto Urrea (from the collection Phoenix Noir)
The Dead Roads by DW Wilson (from the collection Once you Break a Knuckle)

PAST PROSE STATE/SECTIONAL WINNING TITLES (Results were taken from Illinois’ Sectional Tournament. Since the results only list the title, finding the author/link was not always possible.)

Do You Want My Opinion? by M. E. Kerr (in Sixteen: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults)
Men Are Stupid and I Rock! an Ode to Dorothy Parker by Laurie Notaro (in The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Picnic at Treblinka by Susan Jane Gilman (in Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress)

Kissing Lessons by Caragh O’brien
My Boyfriend's Back and There's Gonna Be Laundry by Sandra Shamas
Explaining Death to the Dog by Susan Perabo
Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
Absolutely, Positively Not by David LaRochelle
Life in the Hot Seat by Caroline Burau
Finalist: Standing on a Rooftop Naked by Francess Lantz

Driving with Dead People by Monica Holloway
How I Trumped Rudolf Steiner and Overcame the Tribulations of Illiteracy, One Snickers Bar at a Time by Sufjan Stevens
An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love by Richard Carlson and Kristine Carlson
A November Farewell
Alumni Interview by David Levithan
Finalist: Not A Genuine Black Man by Brian Copeland

Right Off the Bat by William Frederick Kirk
Show Business by Shashi Tharoor
Going Nowhere Faster by Sean Beaudoin
Fur is Back
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita by Heather Armstrong

Marigolds by Eugenia Collier
The Gift Horse
The Perfect Love Story
Fur is Back
Where I Slept

Letting Go of God? by Julia Sweeney
Rules by Cynthia Lord
A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmeln
Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin

Sam the Cat by Matthew Klam
What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish? by Etgar Keret
Fox 8 by George Saunders
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Why I Wore Lipstick by Geralyn Lucas
After the Wink by Carolyn Steele Agosta
Lost At C by Jean Shephard (from A Fistful of Fig Newtons)
Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman (from Love in Vein II)
I Almost Kissed My Father Last Night
A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune by Chris Crutcher (from Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories)
Boys by Pamela Hanson
Dancing Backwards (multiple titles this might match, however the one by Forrest Christensen seems most apt)
I Want the Quiet Moments of a Party Girl by Joe Meno (from "Demons in the Spring")
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
. . . Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

A Plague of Tics by David Sedaris (from Naked)
Forgiveness (from The Terrible Girls) by Rebecca Brown
Wit's End by Karen Joy Fowler
Having Our Say by Sarah L. Delany
Super Assassin
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Glory Goes and Gets Some by Emily Carter
I Like Guys by David Sedaris (from Naked)
Scared Straight (could be this book by Dr. Robert N. Minor; not positive though)
Guide to Being A Groupie by Lisa Gabriele

Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
The Broken Letter by Carl Lawrence
Essay#3: Leda & the Swan by Eric Puchner (from Music Through the Floor: Stories)
Never Been Dissed Until Now by Shad Powers (from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III: More Stories of Life, Love and Learning (Chicken Soup for the Soul))
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Hatching Hope
The Isabel Fish by Julie Orringer (from How to Breath Underwater)
Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park
Almost Normal by Ann Kolsrud
The Center of the Universe: Yep That's Me! by Anita Liberty
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom with Elizabeth Sherrill and John Sherrill
Out There
Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs
Waiting For Her by Amina Henry
Breathing for a living: a memoir by Laura Rothenberg

A Secret Edge by Robin Reardon
Stolen Moments
Last Requests
The Good Guy
Knocking on Heaven's Door
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Ivy Briefs by Martha Kimes
Perseverance- True Voices of Cancer Survivors by Carolyn Rubenstein
Yes Means Yes by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti
Dragging the Dog
The Perfect Kiss

Almost Normal by Ann Kolsrud
700 Sundays by Billy Crystal
Let's Pretend This Never Happened (Dear Dumb Diary #1) by Jim Benton
Perfect Moments by Brenda Jackson
Pretend You're Good at It
A Portion of your Loveliness by Amy Bloom
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Raymond's Run by Toni Cade Bambara
I Want the Quiet Moments of a Party Girl by Joe Meno (from "Demons in the Spring")
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Out of My Mind
I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Resurrection of Wonder Woman by Eleanor Vincent (from "At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die")
Keep Going
Hiding in the Light