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The 444 Greatest Stories

All literature tells stories. Here, however, we are looking at short stories, defined as prose fiction up to 17,500 words. Longer works are reserved for our Greatest Novels and Greatest Novellas lists.

Titles are chosen for this list based on the same extensive research and surveys that helped create The Greatest Literature of All Time list. They represent the best stories of all genres, cultures and eras.

This list is for standalone stories only. Anthologies, collections and story cycles are listed separately.

This Greatest Stories list is continually updated as new works are discovered and appreciation of older stories evolves.

Latest update: May 2, 2024

BCE
c.1990
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"The Shipwrecked Sailor"
Egypt, story
c.1875
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"The Tale of Sinuhe"
Egypt, story
 
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"The Eloquent Peasant"
Egypt, story
c.1500
"Poor Man of Nippur"
Anonymous
Babylonia, story
c.1200
"Tale of Two Brothers"
Anonymous
Egypt, story
c.1100
"Story of Wenamun"
Anonymous
Egypt, story
c.400
Anonymous
Israel, story
CE
c.800–1200
"The First Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor"
Anonymous
Persian, story
c.800–1400
"The Fisherman and the Jinni"
Anonymous
Persia, story
c.900
"The Butterfly Lovers"
Anonymous
China, story
1348
"The Heart of Guillaume de Cabestaing"
Giovanni Boccaccio
Italy, story
 
"The Story of Patient Griselda"
Giovanni Boccaccio
Italy, story
c. 1387–1400
"The Knight's Tale"
Geoffrey Chaucer
England, poem
 
"The Wife of Bath's Tale"
Geoffrey Chaucer
England, poem
1558
"The Misadventures of Bornet"
Marguerite de Navarre
France, story
1697
"Bluebeard"
Charles Perrault
France, story
 
"Cinderella"
Charles Perrault
France, story
 
"Little Red Riding Hood"
Charles Perrault
France, story
 
"Puss in Boots"
Charles Perrault
France, story
 
"Sleeping Beauty"
Charles Perrault
France, story
1710
"Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp"
Antoine Galland
France, story
 
"Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves"
Antoine Galland
France, story

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1805
"The Marquise of O..."
Heinrich von Kleist
Germany, story
1807
"The Earthquake in Chile"
Heinrich von Kleist
Germany, story
1816
"The Nutcracker and the Mouse King"
E.T.A. Hoffmann
Germany, story
1816
"The Sandman"
E.T.A. Hoffmann
Germany, story
1819
United States, story
1827
"The Two Drovers"
Walter Scott
Scotland, story
1828
"The Tapestried Chamber ...or The Lady in the Sacque"
Walter Scott
Scotland, story
1830
"The Elixir of Life"
Honoré de Balzac
France, story
 
"An Incident in the Reign of Terror"
Honoré de Balzac
France, story
 
"A Passion in the Desert"
Honoré de Balzac
France, story
1834
"The Queen of Spades"
Alexander Pushkin
Russia, story
1835
"Diary of a Madman"
Nikolai Gogol
Ukraine, story
 
"Nevsky Prospekt"
Nikolai Gogol
Ukraine, story
 
"Wakefield"
Nathaniel Hawthorne
United States, story
 
"Young Goodman Brown"
Nathaniel Hawthorne
United States, story
1836
Théophile Gautier
France, story
 
""The Nose"
Nikolai Gogol
Ukraine, story
 
"The Minister's Black Veil"
Nathaniel Hawthorne
United States, story
1837
"The Little Mermaid"
Han Christian Anderson
Denmark, story
 
"The Spectre of Tappington"
Richard Harris Barham
England, story
 
"The Great Carbuncle"
Nathaniel Hawthorne
United States, story
 
"Prophetic Pictures"
Nathaniel Hawthorne
United States, story
1838
"The Story of Mary Ancel"
William Makepeace Thackeray
England, story
1839
"The Fall of the House of Usher"
United States, story
1841
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"The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
United States, story
 
"A Descent into the Maelström"
United States, story
1842
"The Overcoat"
Nikolai Gogol
Ukraine, story
 
"The Masque of the Red Death"
United States, story
 
"The Pit and the Pendulum"
United States, story
1843
"The Ugly Duckling"
Hans Christian Andersen
Denmark, story
 
"The Birth-Mark"
Nathaniel Hawthorne
United States, story
 
"The Gold Bug"
United States, story
 
"The Tell-Tale Heart"
United States, story
1844
"The Purloined Letter"
United States, story
1846
"The Cask of Amontillado"
United States, story
1848
"A Christmas Tree and a Wedding"
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Russia, story
 
"White Nights"
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Russia, story
1852
"A Terribly Strange Bed"
England, story
 
"District Doctor"
Ivan Turgenev
Russia, story
 
"Mumu
Ivan Turgenev"
Russia, story
1853
"Bartleby the Scrivener"
Herman Melville
United States, story
1854
"The Seven Poor Travellers"
England, story
 
"The Lightning-Rod Man"
Herman Melville
United States, story
1855
"The Squire's Ghost"
Mary Gaskell
England, story
1865
"The Trial for Murder"
England, story
 
Mark Twain
United States, story
1866
"The Signal-Man
England, story
1868
"The Luck of Roaring Camp"
Bret Harte
United States, story
1869
"The Outcasts of Poker Flat"
Bret Harte
United States, story
 
"The Eclipse"
James Fenimore Cooper
United States, story
1872
"Green Tea"
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Ireland, story
 
"The Naughty Saint Vitalis"
Gottfried Keller
Switzerland, story
1873
"Marjorie Daw"
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
United States, story
1874
"A Fight With a Cannon"
Victor-Marie Hugo
France, story
1876
"The Meek One"
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Russia, story
 
"Scarlet Stockings"
Luisa May Alcott
United States, story
1877
"The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaler"
Gustav Flaubert
France, story
 
"The Sire de Malétroits Door"
Scotland, story
 
"The Dream of a Ridiculous Man"
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Russia, story
1880
"Boule de Suif"
Guy de Maupassant
France, story
 
"The Pavilion on the Links"
Robert Louis Stevenson
France, story
1881
"Thrawn Janet"
Scotland, story
1882
"The Knightsbridge Mystery"
Charles Reade
England, story
 
"Plautus in the Convent"
Conrad Ferdinand Meyer
Switzerland, story
 
"The Lady, or the Tiger?"
Frank R. Stockton
United States, story
1883
"The Three Strangers"
England, story
1884
"The Necklace"
Guy de Maupassant
France, story
1885
"The Huntsman"
Anton Chekhov
Russia, story
 
"The Looking Glass"
Anton Chekhov
Russia, story
 
"The Three Questions"
Leo Tolstoy
Russia, story
 
"Markheim"
Scotland, story
 
"The Griffin and the Minor Canon"
Frank R. Stockton
United States, story
1886
"Lispeth"
Rudyard Kipling
England, story
 
"The Happy Prince"
Oscar Wilde
Ireland, story
 
"Vanka"
Anton Chekhov
Russia, story
 
"How Much Land Does a Man Need?"
Leo Tolstoy
Russia, story
1887
"The Horla"
Guy de Maupassant
France, story
 
"The Canterville Ghost"
Oscar Wilde
Ireland, story
1888
Rudyard Kipling
England, Story
 
"The Nightingale and the Rose"
Oscar Wilde
England, story
 
"The Selfish Giant"
Oscar Wilde
England, story
 
"A Legend of Old Egypt"
Bolesław Prus
Poland, story
1889
"The Bet"
Anton Chekhov
Russia, story
 
"Chickamauga"
Ambrose Bierce
United States, story
 
"A Horseman in the Sky"
Ambrose Bierce
United States, story
1890
"The Courting of Dinah Shadd"
Rudyard Kipling
England, story
 
"Without Benefit of Clergy"
Rudyard Kipling
England, story
 
"The Bottle Imp"
Robert Louis Stevenson
Scotland, story
 
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
Ambrose Bierce
United States, story
 
"Brooksmith"
Henry James
United States, story
1892
"Kabuliwala"
Rabindranath Tagore
Bengal, story
 
"Our Lady's Juggler"
Anatole France
France, story
 
"The Yellow Wallpape"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
United States, story
 
"Christmas Every Day"
William Dean Howells
United States, story
 
"The Real Thing"
Henry James
United States, story
1893
"The Damned Thing"
Ambrose Bierce
United States, story
 
"Désirée’s Baby"
Kate Chopin
United States, story
1894
"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"
Rudyard Kipling
England, story
 
"The Outlaws"
Selma Logerlöf
Sweden, story
 
"Regret"
Kate Chopin
United States, story
 
"The Story of an Hour"
Kate Chopin
United States, story
1895
"A Farewell"
Arthur Schnitzler
Germany, story
 
"One Autumn Night"
Maxim Gorky
Russia, story
 
"The Yellow Sign"
Robert W. Chambers
United States, story
 
"The Altar of the Dead"
Henry James
United States, story
1896
"Little Herr Friedemann"
Thomas Mann
Germany, story
 
"The Reporter Who Made Himself King"
Richard Harding Davis
United States, story
1897
"The Fortune-Teller"
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
Brazil, story
 
United States, story
1898
"The Man Who Could Work Miracles"
H.G. Wells
England, story
 
Poland, story
 
"Gooseberries"
Anton Chekhov
Russia, story
1899
"The Darling"
Anton Chekhov
Russia, story
 
"The Lady with the Dog"
Anton Chekhov
Russia, story
 
"Twenty-six Men and a Girl"
Maxim Gorky
Russia, story
1900
"How Old Timofei Died With a Song"
Rainer Maria Rilke
Poland, story

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1901
"A Dark Brown Dog"
Stephen Crane
United States, story
1902
W.W. Jacobs
England, story
 
"How the Leopard Got His Spots"
Rudyard Kipling
England, story
1903
"A Dog's Tale"
Mark Twain
United States, story
1904
"The Mezzotint"
M.R. James
England, story
 
"'They'"
Rudyard Kipling
England, story
 
"Eveline"
James Joyce
Ireland, story
 
"The Red Laugh"
Leonid Andreyev
Russia, story
 
"The Cop and the Anthem"
O. Henry
United States, story
 
"The Other Two"
Edith Wharton
United States, story
 
"The White People"
Arthur Machen
Wales, story
1905
"The Burning of Egliswyle"
Frank Wedekind
Germany, story
 
United States, story
 
"The Last Leaf"
O. Henry
United States, story
1906
"Lazarus"
Leonid Andreyev
Russia, story
 
"The Gift of the Magi"
O. Henry
United States, story
1907
"Putois"
Anatole France
France, story
1908
"The Death of Bachelor"
Arthur Schnitzler
Austria, story
 
"To Build a Fire"
Jack London
United States, story
 
"The Secret Sharer"
Poland, story
 
"The Ransom of Red Chief"
O. Henry
United States, story
1911
"Casting the Runes"
M.R. James
England, story
 
"he Odour of Chrysanthemums"
D.H. Lawrence
England, story
 
"The Open Window"
H.H. Munro
England, story
 
"Sredni Vashtar"
H.H. Munro
England, story
1913
"The Judgment"
Franz Kafka
Czech., story
1914
"The Prussian Officer"
D.H. Lawrence
England, story
 
"The Schartz-Metterklume Method"
H.H. Munro
England, story
 
"The Dead"
Ireland, story
 
Ireland, story
 
Ireland, story
 
"Dracula's Guest"
Ireland, story
1915
"Before the Trial"
Franz Kafka
Czechia, story
 
""Rashōmon
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
Japan, story
1916
"Enoch Soames"
Max Beerbohm
England, story
1917
"A Country Doctor"
Franz Kafka
Czechia, story
 
"The Tale"
Joseph Conrad
England, story
 
"The Mark on the Wall"
Virginia Woolf
England, story
 
"A Jury of Her Peers"
Susan Glaspell
United States, story
1918
"A Madman's Diary"
China, story
 
"Bliss"
New Zealand, story
1919
"In the Penal Colony"
Franz Kafka
Czechia, story
 
"The Interlopers"
H.H. Munro
England, story
 
"Kew Gardens"
England, story
 
"Loneliness"
Sherwood Anderson
United States, story
 
"The Fourth Man"
John Russell
United States, story
1920
"Bernice Bobs Her Hair"
United States, story
 
United States, story
1921
"Rain"
W. Somerset Maugham
England, story
 
"The Daughters of the Late Colonel"
New Zealand, story
 
"I Want to Know Why"
Sherwood Anderson
United States, story
 
Sherwood Anderson
United States, story
1922
"A Hunger Artist"
Franz Kafka
Czechia, story
 
"In a Grove"
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
Japan, story
 
"The Horse Dealer’s Daughter"
D.H. Lawrence
England, Story
 
"The Garden Party"
New Zealand, story
 
"The Fly"
New Zealand, story
 
"The Doll's House"
New Zealand, story
 
"I'm a Fool"
Sherwood Anderson
United States, story
1923
"Theater"
Jean Toomer
United States, story
1924
"The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket"
Yasunari Kawabata
Japan, story
 
"Di Grasso"
Isaac Babel
Russia, story
 
"The Most Dangerous Game"
Richard Connell
United States, story
 
United States, story
 
"The Golden Honeymoon"
Ring Lardner
United States, story
1925
"The Witness for the Prosecution"
England, story
 
"The Story of My Dovecote"
Isaac Babel
Russia, story
 
United States, story
 
"Haircut"
Ring Lardner
United States, story
1926
D.H. Lawrence
England, story
1927
"My First Goose"
Isaac Babel
Russia, story
 
"ills Like White Elephants"
United States, story
 
United States, story
 
"The Colour Out of Space"
H.P. Lovecraft
United States, story
 
"The Trumpet Sounds"
Mary Roberts Rinehart
United States, story
1929
"The End of the Party"
Graham Greene
England, story
 
"Big Blonde"
Dorothy Parker
United States, story
 
"Theft"
Katherine Anne Porter
United States, story
 
"The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"
Katherine Anne Porter
United States, story
1930
William Faulkner
United States, story
 
"A Telephone Call"
Dorothy Parker
United States, story
 
"Flowering Judas"
Katherine Ann Porter
United States, story
1931
"The Story of Babar"
Jeean de Brunhof
France, story
 
"uests of the Nation"
Frank O'Connor
Ireland, story
 
"Terra Incognita"
Vladimir Nabokov
Russia, story
 
"Dry September"
William Faulkner
United States, story
 
""That Evening Sun
William Faulkner
United States, story
 
United States, story
1932
"A Sick Call"
Canada, story
 
"The Baby in the Icebox"
United States, story
 
"A Natural History of the Dead"
United States, story
1934
Canada, story
 
"Silent Snow, Secret Snow"
Conrad Aiken
United States, story
 
"Twilight"
John W. Campbell
United States, story
 
United States, story
 
John O'Hara
United States, story
 
"Wash"
William Faulkner
United States, story
 
"A Martian Odyssey"
Stanley G. Weinbaum
United States, story
 
"The Basement Room"
Graham Greene
United States, story
 
"The Foreigner"
Francis Steegmuller
United States, story
1936
"Spring in Fialta"
Vladimir Nabokov
Russia, story
 
"The Devil and Daniel Webster"
Stephen Vincent Benét
United States, story
 
"The Graveyard Rats"
Henry Kuttner
United States, story
 
"The Leader of the People"
United States, story
 
"Big Boy Leaves Home"
Richard Wright
United States, story
1937
"Call Me Joe"
Poul Anderson
United States, story
 
"In Dreams Begin Responsibilities"
Delmore Schwartz
United States, story
 
"The Chrysanthemums"
United States, story
1938
"Leiningen Versus the Ants"
Carl Stephenson
Germany, story
 
"Helen O'Loy"
Lester Del Rey
United States, story
 
"Pigeons From Hell"
Robert E. Howard
United States, story
 
"Flight"
John Steinbeck
United States, story
 
"The Use of Force"
William Carlos Williams
United States, story
1939
"The Wall"
Jean-Paul Sartre
France, story
 
"Barn Burning"
William Faulkner
United States, story
 
"The Door"
E.B. White
United States, story
 
"The Chaser"
John Collier
United States, story
 
"Girls in Their Summer Dresses"
Irwin Shaw
United States, story
1940
"Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius"
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentina, story
 
"The Roads Must Roll
Robert A. Heinlein
United States, story
 
"It"
Theodore Sturgeon
United States, story
 
"The Man Who Was Almost a Man"
Richard Wright
United States, story
1941
"The Garden of Forking Paths"
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentina, story
 
"The Lottery in Babylon"
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentina, story
 
"Nightfall"
United States, story
 
"A Girl from Red Lion, PA"
H.L Mencken
United States, story
 
"Microcosmic God"
Theodore Sturgeon
United States, story
 
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
James Thurber
United States, story
 
"The Hitch-Hikers"
Eudora Welty
United States, story
 
"Why I Live at the P.O."
Eudora Welty
United States, story
 
"A Worn Path"
Eudora Welty
United States, story
1942
"Sorrow-Acre"
Isak Dinesen
Denmark, story
 
"The Quilt"
Ismat Chugtai
India, story
 
"Foundation"
Isaac Asimov
United States, story
 
"The Catbird Seat"
James Thurber
United States, story
 
"The Weapon Shop"
A.E. van Vogt
United States, story
 
"Rear Window"
Cornell Woolrich
United States, story
1943
"A String of Beads"
Somerset Maugham
United States, story
 
"Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper"
Robert Bloch
United States, story
 
"Mimsy Were the Borogroves"
C.L. Moore, Henry Kuttner
(as Lewis Padgett)
United States, story
1944
"Beware of the Dog"
Roald Dahl
England, story
 
"Arena"
Fredric Brown
United States, story
1945
"The Aleph"
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentina, story
 
"The Small Assassin"
Ray Bradbury
United States, story
 
"First Contact"
Murray Leinster
United States, story
1946
"First Love"
Samuel Beckett
Ireland, story
1947
"The Enormous Radio"
John Cheever
United States, story
 
"Smoke Ghost"
Fritz Leiber
United States, story
 
"With Folded Hands..."
Jack Williamson
United States, story
1948
"Signs and Symbols"
Vladimir Nabokov
Russia, story
 
"Mars is Heaven!"
United States, story
 
"Miami–New York"
Martha Gellhorn
United States, story
 
"That Only a Mother"
Judith Merril
United States, story
 
"The Lottery"
Shirley Jackson
United States, story
 
"Scanners Live in Vain"
Cordwainer Smith
United States, story
1950
"The Veldt"
United States, story
 
"Little Black Bag of Magic"
C.M. Kornbluth
United States, story
 
"Coming Attraction"
Fritz Leiber
United States, story
 
"For Esmé—With Love and Squalor"
United States, story
1951
"Bestiary"
Julio Cortázar
Argentina, story
 
"Christmas Not Just once a Year"
Heinrich Böll
Germany, story
 
"Goodbye, My Brother"
John Cheever
United States, story
 
"Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland"
Carson McCullers
United States, story
 
"The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin"
Tennessee Williams
United States, story
1952
"The Birds"
Daphne du Maurier
England, story
 
"Surface Tension"
James Blish
United States, story
 
"A Sound of Thunder"
United States, story
 
"A Child's Christmas in Wales"
Dylan Thomas
Wales, story
1953
"The South
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentina, story
 
"The Nine Billion Names of God"
Arthur C. Clarke
England, story
 
"Three-Ten to Yuma"
Elmore Leonard
United States, story
 
"A Good Man Is Hard to Find"
Flannery O'Connor
United States, story
 
"Gimpel the Fool"
Isaac Bashevis Singer
United States, story
 
"Man Fom the South"
Roald Dahl
Wales, story
1954
"Fondy Fahrenheit"
Alfred Bester
United States, story
 
"All Summer in a Day"
Ray Bradbury
United States, story
 
"The Country Husband"
John Cheever
United States, story
 
"The Five-Forty-Eight"
John Cheever
United States, story
 
"The Cold Equations"
Tom Godwin
United States, story
1955
"A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings"
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Colombia, story
 
"Good Country People"
Flannery O'Connor
United States, story
 
"Toba Tek Singh"
Sadaat Hasan Manto
Pakistan, story
1956
"The Night Face Up"
Julio Cortázar
Argentina, story
1957
"The Adulterous Woman"
Albert Camus
Algeria, story
 
"The Guest"
Albert Camus
Algeria, story
 
"A Bond for Two Lifetimes—Gleanings"
Fumiko Enchi
Japan, story
 
"The Habit of Loving"
Doris Lessing
United States, story
 
"Sonny's Blues"
James Baldwin
United States, story
1958
"The Challenge"
Mario Vargas Llosa
Peru, story
1959
"The Landlady"
Roald Dahl
Wales, story
 
"The Sacrificial Egg"
Chinua Achebe
Nigeria, story
 
"The Soldier's Peaches"
Stuart Cloete
South Africa, story
 
"The Ledge"
Lawrence Sargent Hall
United States, story
 
"Flowers for Algernon"
Daniel Keyes
United States, story
 
"Defender of the Faith"
United States, story
1960
"Borges and I"
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentinia, story
 
"A Horse and Two Goats"
R.K. Narayan
India, story
 
"Patriotism"
Yukio Mishima
Japan, story
1961
"The Tomorrow-Tamer"
Margaret Laurence
Canada, story
 
"I Stand Here Ironing"
Tillie Olsen
United States, story
 
"A&P"
John Updike
United States, story
 
"The Moon Moth"
Jack Vance
United States, story
 
"Harrison Bergeron"
Kurt Vonnegut
United States, story
1962
"Let Them Call It Jazz"
Jean Rhys
England, story
 
"Novotny's Pain"
Philip Roth
United States, story
 
"Pigeon Feathers"
John Updike
United States, story
1963
"Gogol's Wife"
Tomasso Landolfi
Italy, story
 
"The Jewbird"
Bernard Malamud
United States, story
 
"A Rose for Ecclesiastes"
Roger Zelazny
United States, story
1964
"The Swimmer"
John Cheever
United States, story
1965
"Going to Meet the Man"
James Baldwin
United States, story
 
"'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman"
Harlan Ellison
United States, story
 
"Parker's Back"
Flannery O'Connor
United States, story
1966
"The Saint"
V.S. Pritchett
England, story
 
"Glittering City"
Cyprina Ekwensi
Nigeria, story
 
"We Can Remember It for You Wholesale"
United States, story
 
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
Joyce Carol Oates
United States, story
1967
"The Night Driver"
Italo Calvino
Italy, story
 
"Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?"
Raymond Carver
United States, story
1968
"Boys and Girls"
Alice Munro
Canada, story
 
"Henne Fire"
Isaac Bashevis Singer
United States, story
1969
"How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Correction and Began My Life Over Again"
Joyce Carole Oates
United States, story
1979
"Super-Toys Last All Summer Long"
Brian W. Aldiss
England, story
 
"Private Tuition by Mr Bose"
Anita Desai
India, story
1971
"Don't Look Now"
Daphne du Maurier
England, story
 
"Inconstant Moon"
Larry Niven
United States, story
 
"The Suitcase"
Cynthia Ozick
United States, story
1972
"Goat Song"
Poul Anderson
United States, story
 
"Naga"
R.K. Narayan
India, story
 
"Eurema's Dam"
R.A. Lafferty
United States, story
1973
"The Whimper of Whipped Dogs"
Harlan Ellison
United States, story
 
"The One Who Walks Away From Omelas"
Ursula K. Le Guin
United States, story
 
"Everyday Use"
Alice Walker
United States, story
1974
"Five-Twenty"
Patrick White
Australia, story
 
"How I Met My Husband"
Alice Munro
Canada, story
 
"I Bought a Little City"
Donald Barthelme
United States, story
1975
"Rape Fantasies"
Margaret Atwood
Canada, story
 
"Roses, Rhododendrons"
Alice Adams
United States, story
1976
"The Bicentennial Man"
Isaac Asimov
United States, story
 
"The School"
Donald Barthelme
United States, story
1977
"Jeffty Is Five"
Harlan Ellison
United States, story
1978
"The Beggar Maid"
Alice Munro
Canada, story
 
"Why Don't You Dance?"
Raymond Carver
United States, story
1979
"The Hockey Sweater"
Roch Carrier
Canada, story
 
"Sandkings"
George R.R. Martin
United States, story
1980
"The Shawl"
Cynthia Ozick
United States, story
 
"The Ugly Chickens"
Howard Waldrop
United States, story
1981
"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love"
Raymond Carver
United States, story
 
"Coin of the Realm"
Charles L. Grant
United States, story
 
"The Reach"
Stephen King
United States, story
1982
"Calling Card"
Ramsey Campbell
England, story
1985
"The Chosen Husband"
Mavis Gallant
Canada, story
 
"Greasy Lake"
T. Coraghessan Boyle
United States, story
1986
"Communnist"
Richard Ford
United States, story
 
"The Way We Live Now
Susan Sontag
United States, story
1987
"Buffalo Girls, Won't You Come Out Tonight"
Ursula K. Le Guin
United States, story
 
"The Things They Carried"
Tim O'Brien
United States, story
1988
"The Management of Grief"
Bharati Mukherjee
United States, story
1989
"You're Ugly, Too"
Lorrie Moore
United States, story
1990
"A Real Doll"
A.M. Homes
United States, story
 
"Meneseteung"
Alice Munro
Canada, story
 
"Bears Discover Fire"
Terry Bisson
United States, story
1991
"Never Marry a Mexican"
Sandra Cisneros
United States, story
 
"Emergency"
Denis Johnson
United States, story
 
"The Pugilist at Rest"
Thom Jones
United States, story
1992
"I Want to Live!"
Thom Jones
United States, story
1993
"In Plain Sight"
Mavis Gallant
Canada, story
 
"The Elephant Vanishes"
Haruki Murakami
Japan, story
 
"The Second Bakery Attack"
Haruki Murakami
Japan, story
 
"Silver Water"
Amy Bloom
United States, story
1994
"In Dancing Bear"
Doug Allyn
United States, story
1997
"Tiny, Smiling Daddy"
Mary Gaitskill
United States, story
 
"The Half-Skinned Steer"
Annie Proulx
United States, story
 
"Bullet in the Brain"
Tobias Wolff
United States, Story
1997–1999
"Brokeback Mountain"
Annie Proulx
United States, story
1998
"Sea Oak"
George Saunders
United States, story
1999
"Interpreter of Maladies"
Jhumpa Lahiri
United States, story
2000
"Bee Honey"
Banana Yoshimoto
Japan, story
2001
"The Bear Came Over the Mountain"
Alice Munro
Canada, story
2003
"What You Pawn, I Will Redeem"
Sherman Alexie
United States, story
2004
"Runaway"
Alice Munro
Canada, story
2005
"Two Hearts"
Peter S. Beagle
United States, story
2009
"A Tiny Feast"
Chris Adrian
United States, story
2010
"Safari"
Jennifer Egan
United States, story
2011
"The Paper Managerie"
Ken Liu
United States, story
2013
"Godspeed and Perpetua"
A. Igoni Barrett
Nigeria, story
2015
"Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers"
Alyssa Wong
United States, story
2016
"Seasons of Glass and Iron"
Amal El-Mohtar
Canada, story
2017
"Funny Little Snakes"
Tessa Hadley
England, story

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