Short Stories Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26
Stories for Children
stories for children. Short Stories.
short stories by subject or theme
Short stories arranged by subject or theme.
Thematic Guides to Aesop's Fables
Whether you're looking for a laugh or a life lesson, the following guides will help you find your way around Aesop's fables.
Analyzing Short Stories
analyze short story. Short Stories.
Short Stories by Author
Short stories by author.
Writing Short Stories
writing stories. Short Stories.
Thanksgiving and Thankfulness
Find stories about thankfulness and the Thanksgiving holiday for children and adults.
3 Contemporary American War Stories
Description of three exceptional short stories about the Iraq war.
4 Hilarious Christmas Stories
If you're looking for a little Christmas laughter, start with these 4 stories from Aloise Buckley Heath, Mark Twain, Ron Carlson, and David Sedaris.
4 Stories About the Generation Gap
Four stories from Anne Beattie, Alice Walker, Katherine Anne Porter, and Christine Wilks examine the generation gap between parents and their grown children.
9 Stories About Aging and Illness
Nine short stories explore facets of illness, aging, and mortality.
Analysis of 'Christmas Eve at Johnson's Drugs N Goods' by Toni Cade Bambara
Analysis of 'Christmas Eve at Johnson's Drugs and Goods
Discussion of the Brer Rabbit stories and some of the controversies around them.
Analysis: The Bear Came Over the Mountain by Alice Munro
Explores Alice Munro's short story 'The Bear Came Over the Mountain,' with an explanation of what the story's title means.
Analysis of 'The First Sense' by Nadine Gordimer
Analysis of Nadine Gordimer's short story 'The First Sense.'
Exploring Christine Wilks' 'Tailspin'
Christine Wilks short work of electronic literature, 'Tailspin,' smoothly integrates text, audio, and images to depict the family tensions created by a man's hearing impairment.
Dichotomies in Toni Morrison's 'Recitatif'
Toni Morrison's short story 'Recitatif' features two characters, Twyla and Roberta, one of whom is white and one of whom is black. Why does Morrison never reveal which is which?
3 Tips on Plot from Aristotle
Use Aristotle's ideas to improve your plot when you write short stories.
Stories by Title
Short stories by title.
Aesop's Funniest Fables
Aesop's funniest fables might not be his most famous, but when you read them you're sure to recognize people you know.
Children's Stories About Cooperation
There's strength in numbers and power in persuasion. Check out Aesop's fables about the importance of cooperation.
Children's Stories About Hard Work
In Aesop's world, hard work pays off. Unless your business partner is a lion.
Short Stories: Reviews, Analysis, Recommendations
Browse expert analyses of new and classic short stories, and find out what short stories to read next.
4 Tips for Using Textual Evidence
How to use textual evidence when analyzing short stories for school.
Overview of Alice Munro's 'The Turkey Season'
Alice Munro's short story 'The Turkey Season' offers a subtle look at workplace dynamics.
5 Stories About Fathers and Fatherhood
Looking for a great story about fathers and fatherhood? Take a look at these five classics from Raymond Carver, Frank O'Connor, Ernest Hemingway, Grace Paley, and John Updike.
4 Unusual Stories for Valentine's Day
Surprising short stories for Valentine's Day.
6 Stories About Jobs, Bosses, and Co-Workers
These 6 stories explore the crazy co-workers, blustering bosses, and unusual assignments that seem to go hand-in-hand with having a job.
8 Great Story Contests for Kids
Entering a story contest, especially one with a generous list of honorable mentions, can be a great way to encourage kids' interest in writing.
How to Write a Short Story Based on a Strong Character
How to write a short story. Short Stories.
Edgy, Illustrated Children's Stories Online
Illustrated, occasionally irreverent or astonishing classics for children.
Children's Tales About Gratitude
If you're looking for children's stories about gratitude, folktales offer a variety of perspectives on thankfulness and contentment.
4 Stories About Social Responsibility
These four stories about social responsibility from Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Deborah Eisenberg, and Ursula K. Le Guin portray the inertia that leads us to neglect our fellow human beings.
4 More Stories About Fathers and Father Figures
These stories show that being a real father has more to do with making a commitment than with genetics.
Where to Find Short Stories
A guide to finding short stories, whether you're looking for some free reading, trying to understand the classics, or anything in between.
3 Sweet, Surprising Thanksgiving Stories
Whether they're in a lumber camp or an asylum for the poor, the characters in these charming Thanksgiving stories find reason to be thankful.
A Selection of Snow Whites
Three versions of 'Snow White' each offer their own irresistible enticements.
Three Children's Fables About Fitting In
Aesop's bat fables can get kids talking about what it means to fit in.
Eight Innovative Online Magazines
Excellent online literary journals.
Fabulous Flash Fiction Sites
A guide to the best flash fiction sites on the web.
4 Clever Celtic Tales
In these four Celtic tales, brains win over brawn every time.
A Closer Look at Alice Munro's 'Runaway'
Analysis of Alice Munro's 'Runaway,' a story about a young woman who refuses a chance to escape a bad marriage.
5 Fresh Science Fiction Stories
Descriptions of the five short story finalists for the 2013 Nebula Awards for science fiction and fantasy.
Analysis of 'The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'
Ursula K. Le Guin's short story 'The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas' imagines a city more joyful than any other. But the joy comes at a steep price.
What Is Electronic Literature?
Find out the characteristics of electronic literature.
Analysis of "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World"
A drowned man transforms a village from passivity to action in Gabriel García Márquez's story.
Spotlight on Siamak Vossoughi
Get to know the stories of Siamak Vossoughi, winner of the 2014 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.
Short Stories by Genre
short stories by genre
short story collections and anthologies
short story collections and anthologies
Stories by Country, Culture, or Movement
short stories by country culture movement
Film Adaptations of Short Stories
film adaptations of stories. Short Stories.
flash fiction. Short Stories.
literary magazines. Short Stories.
Short Story Authors
Short stories, analyses, and reviews arranged by author.
Analysis of 'My Father's Tears' by John Updike
In John Updike's story 'My Father's Tears,' even those of us who are 'going somewhere' end up back where we started.
Analysis of 'The Jilting of Granny Weatherall' by Katherine Anne Porter
In Katherine Anne Porter's 'The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,' Granny's self-reliance far overshadows her rejection by Prince Charming.
Get to Know Kweli
The online literary journal Kweli features new and emerging writers of color from all over the world.
Inevitability in Lionel Shriver's 'Kilifi Creek'
In Lionel Shriver's award-winning short story, 'Kalifi Creek,' maturity is inevitable. But so is death.
Analysis of 'Diamonds' by Colin Barrett
Analysis of Colin Barrett's story 'Diamonds' from his collection 'Young Skins.'
The Cowardly Compassion of Bartleby's Boss
In Herman Melville's short story 'Bartleby, the Scrivener,' Bartleby's boss cloaks his cowardice in compassion.
Analysis of 'And We Sold the Rain' by Carmen Naranjo
Analysis of 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find' by Flannery O'Connor
Take a closer look at the meaning of Flannery O'Connor's famous short story
Infantilization in 'The Jilting of Granny Weatherall' by Katherine Anne Porter
In Katherine Anne Porter's short story 'The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,' age is relative.
Analysis of 'She Unnames Them' by Ursula K. LeGuin
In Ursula K. LeGuin's short story
Analysis of Margaret Atwood's 'Happy Endings'
What's going on in Margaret Atwood's hilarious work of metafiction, 'Happy Endings'?
Unanswerable Questions in Elizabeth McCracken's 'Juliet'
In Elizabeth McCracken's short story 'Juliet,' a woman's murder demonstrates the limits to the answers you can find in a library.
Short Stories About Romance Gone Awry
Short stories about lost love and failed relationships.
Terror in 'The Tell-Tale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe
Is anyone safe from a murdering madman? Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart' keeps readers guessing.
Motives for Murder in Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Black Cat'
The narrator offers numerous possible motives for murder in Edgar Allan Poe's short story 'The Black Cat,' but he misses the mark.
"The Yellow Wallpaper" by C. Perkins Gilman - Analysis
Analysis of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's story of a woman descending into madness and freedom.
Analysis of 'The Story of an Hour' by Kate Chopin
Analysis of Kate Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour,' with an emphasis on Louise's gradual recognition of her own desire for freedom.
'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County' by Mark Twain
An exploration of Twain's use of humor and American themes in
Ordinary Magic in Dave Eggers' 'The Alaska of Giants and Gods'
In Dave Eggers' short story 'The Alaska of Giants and Gods,' Josie looks for magic in all the wrong places.
Playing Chicken in Sheila Heti's 'My Life Is a Joke'
In Sheila Heti's short story 'My Life Is a Joke,' a woman comes back from the dead to give an invited speech redeeming her life.
Analysis of 'Popular Mechanics' by Raymond Carver
In Raymond Carver's famous short story 'Popular Mechanics,' a man and a woman fight over their baby.
Charles Perrault's 'Sleeping Beauty in the Wood'
Charles Perrault's 'Sleeping Beauty in the Wood' presents an endearing and believable fairy-tale romance. Too bad Sleeping Beauty's ogre of a mother-in-law wants to eat her.
Analysis of 'Reborn' by Ben Jahn
In Ben Jahn's 'Reborn,' the narrator attends a surreal doll convention and decides to take a baby doll for a test-drive.
'Rainy Wedding' by Carrie MacKillop
In Carrie MacKillop's 'Rainy Wedding,' a mother tells her terminally ill child the story of the life he'll never get a chance to live.
Disease and Healing in Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Apollo'
In Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie's short story 'Apollo,' social boundaries separate friends irreparably.
Overbearing Parents in Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Apollo'
Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie's short story 'Apollo' presents a son who seems unable to break free of his overbearing parents.
'The Diverting History of John Gilpin' by William Cowper
William Cowper's rollicking ballad 'The Diverting History of John Gilpin' has captivated audiences for centuries with its runaway horse and its amiable rider.
Analysis of 'Girl' by Jamaica Kincaid
In Jamaica Kincaid's famous short story, 'Girl,' a worried mother offers her daughter a string of advice that sounds more like accusations.
Analysis of 'You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til the Well Runs Dry)'
In T. Coraghessan Boyle's short story 'You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til the Well Runs Dry),' tensions run high as a drought in the southwestern United States persists year after year.
Analysis of 'Mono No Aware' by Ken Liu
In Ken Liu's speculative story 'Mono No Aware,' Hiroto must choose between his short-term safety or the long-term survival of the human species.
Review of Kelly Link's Get in Trouble
The slipstream stories in Kelly Link's 'Get in Trouble' depict extraordinary characters in wildly absurd circumstances, but through it all, the problems they face remain remarkably recognizable to earthbound readers.
Understanding Kelly Link's 'The Summer People'
In Kelly Link's story 'The Summer People,' Fran pays an exorbitant price to get out of debt with her supernatural employers.
Get Spooked by Kelly Link's 'The New Boyfriend'
In Kelly Link's short story 'The New Boyfriend,' a teenage girl falls in love with a life-like Ghost Boyfriend doll. But perhaps she should have asked herself first why the doll has been subject to a recall.
Analysis of Ann Beattie's 'The Stroke'
Ann Beattie's short story 'The Stroke' examines whether it's possible to love one's adult children without necessarily liking them.
Get to Know the International Children's Digital Library
The International Children's Digital Library offers nearly 5,000 free children's books from around the world.
Analysis of 'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson tells a tale of a barbaric tradition held in an idyllic American village.
The Meaning of Maggie in Toni Morrison's 'Recitatif'
In Toni Morrison's short story 'Recitatif,' the girls of the orphanage revile the character of Maggie, the one person who is even more marginalized than they are.
Deborah Eisenberg's 'Your Duck Is My Duck'
Deborah Eisenberg's story 'Your Duck Is My Duck' examines the intersections of art, wealth, and social responsibility.
Race and Parenthood in Toni Morrison's 'Sweetness'
In Toni Morrison's 'Sweetness,' a light-skinned mother struggles to parent her dark-skinned child.
Analysis of 'Everyday Use' by Alice Walker
In Alice Walker's story 'Everyday Use,' sisters Dee and Maggie view their heritage through very different lenses.
Analysis of 'Sonny's Blues' by James Baldwin
James Baldwin's short story 'Sonny's Blues' examines darkness, light, jazz, and race in 20th-century America.
Examining 'Custom Orthotics Changed My Life' by Richard Holeton
Richard Holeton's electronic story 'Custom Orthotics Changed My Life' chronicles the protagonist's wild downward spiral and remarkable recovery.
Get to Know 'Inanimate Alice'
Inanimate Alice tells the story of a girl whose family travels the world and seems to be constantly in danger.
Analysis of 'Feathers' by Raymond Carver
Raymond Carver tells a story about a squawking peacock and the world's ugliest baby.
5 Reasons to State the Obvious in School Papers
It's a good idea to explain yourself thoroughly when you're analyzing a short story for school.
Analysis of 'Wants' by Grace Paley
Grace Paley's 'Wants' tells the story of a man who wants a sailboat and a woman who wants to be a different person. No wonder they got divorced.
Short Fiction Winners of the Pulitzer Prize
Short story collections really have to shine to steal the coveted Pulitzer Prize in Fiction away from the novels.
Analysis of 'A Worn Path' by Eudora Welty
In 'A Worn Path' by Eudora Welty, no obstacle can prevent Phoenix Jackson from reaching the medicine her grandson needs.
Where to Find Short Story Contests
Where to find short story contests.
'Bartleby' and the Lonely Nature of Contemporary Work
Herman Melville's Bartleby isolates himself from all human society.
'Bartleby,' the Original Office Comedy
Herman Melville's short story 'Bartleby, the Scrivener' looks like a 19th-century version of 'The Office.'
Analysis of 'How to Talk to a Hunter' by Pam Houston
Pam Houston's short story 'How to Talk to a Hunter' traces the gender gap in the language of love.
Analysis of 'Snow' by Charles Baxter
In Charles Baxter's short story 'Snow,' teenagers on a frozen lake explore the tension between thrills and boredom.
Historical Perspectives in Derrick Bell's 'The Space Traders'
Derrick Bell's science fiction story 'The Space Traders' draws parallels between American race relations and 19th-century abolitionist emigration schemes, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the history of German anti-Semitism leading up to the Holocaust.
Analysis of 'A New Year's Gift' by Guy de Maupassant
In Guy de Maupassant's short story 'A New Year's Gift,' a woman tricks her lover into proving his devotion.
Ambiguity in Alice Munro's 'The Turkey Season'
See how Alice Munro establishes the ambiguous character of Herb Abbott in 'The Turkey Season.'
Analysis of 'Oliver's Evolution' by John Updike
Analysis of 'Oliver's Evolution' by John Updike
Places to Hear Short Stories
No time to read? Try these fabulous fiction podcasts.
Analysis of 'The H Street Sledding Record' by Ron Carlson
In Ron Carlson's heartwarming Christmas story, 'The H Street Sledding Record,' a devoted dad revels in the magic of the season.
Analysis of 'A & P' by John Updike
Analysis and summary of John Updike's short story 'A & P.'
Guilt and Innocence in 'The Last Night of the World'
Ray Bradbury's 1951 short story 'The Last Night of the World' raises questions about whether being
The Precision of Pamela Painter's 'The New Year'
Pamela Painter's story 'The New Year' offers a compelling study in the methods of flash fiction.
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's Strange 'Christmas Masquerade'
The short story 'The Christmas Masquerade' by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman raises some difficult questions about social class and the value of once-a-year charity.
O. Henry's 'Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen'
O. Henry's short story 'Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen
Imagination in Flannery O'Connor's 'The Turkey'
In Flannery O'Connor's 'The Turkey,' a young boy learns that you shouldn't count your chickens (well, turkeys) before they've hatched.
Analysis of 'Good Country People' by Flannery O'Connor
Analysis of Flannery O'Connor's 'Good Country People,' focusing on the way the characters use platitudes to justify their perspectives.
The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs - Short Story
Analysis of 'The Monkey's Paw' by W.W. Jacobs.
The New Yorker
History and description of short fiction at The New Yorker.
A Closer Look at 'A Ghost Story' by Mark Twain
In 'A Ghost Story,' Mark Twain conjures up a real ghost from a fake corpse.
How to Write a Scary Story
Learn tips for writing scary stories from the masters of the form.
Analysis of 'The Open Window' by Saki
In Saki's short story
Gender in William Faulkner's 'Dry September'
In William Faulkner's short story 'Dry September,' persistent sexism helps fan the flames of racial violence.
Analysis of William Faulkner's 'Dry September'
Analysis of the violence in William Faulkner's 1931 short story 'Dry September.'
Definition and History of Flash Fiction
Flash fiction goes by many names, including microfiction, microstories, short-shorts, short short stories, very short stories, sudden fiction, postcard fiction, and nanofiction.
Analysis of 'The School' by Donald Barthelme
Donald Barthelme's 1974 story 'The School' describes a series of classroom calamities with a distinctly postmodern flavor.
Free Short Stories from Project Gutenberg
Introduction to reading free short stories at Project Gutenberg.
Analysis of 'Early Autumn' by Langston Hughes
Analysis of Langston Hughes' short story
Analysis of 'An Autumn Holiday' by Sarah Orne Jewett
In 'An Autumn Holiday,' Sarah Orne Jewett shows the inherent hopefulness of autumn.
Analysis of 'Gryphon' by Charles Baxter
Analysis of Charles Baxter's short story
"There Will Come Soft Rains" (Story Analysis)
Overview and analysis of Ray Bradbury's short story 'There Will Come Soft Rains,' including comparisons with Sara Teasdale's poem by the same name.
The Very Real Fears of Ichabod Crane
In Washington Irving's 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' there's one thing that frightens Ichabod Crane even more than the Headless Horseman, and that's real people.
Analysis of 'Paranoia' by Shirley Jackson.
Analysis of 'Tenth of December' by George Saunders
Analysis of 'Tenth of December' by George Saunders.
Humor and Violence in Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find'
How does Flannery O'Connor achieve uproarious comedy in such a violent story as 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find'?
Analysis of 'Hills Like White Elephants' by Ernest Hemingway
Discussion of Hemingway's Iceberg Theory as exemplified by never mentioning the word
Analysis of 'A Beneficiary' by Nadine Gordimer
South African writer Nadine Gordimer's short story about a woman whose actress mother never stops pretending, even offstage.
Children's Stories About Being Yourself
Aesop knows that people will see through pretense. And they may never forgive you for trying to be something you're not.
Alexie, Hendrix, and 'Star-Spangled Banner'
Sherman Alexie's story offers a complicated look at American identity.