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")

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