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The 444 Greatest Stories of All Time

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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.

Please note, this list is for standalone stories only. Anthologies and story cycles may be found on the separate list of Greatest Story Collections.

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

Latest update: November 30, 2022

Click linked titles and authors for details, critiques and other information.

BCE
c.1990
Egypt
Story
c.1875
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
The Book of Jonah
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
Poetry
 
The Wife of Bath's Tale
Geoffrey Chaucer
England
Poetry
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
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
Thumbelina
Hans Christian Andersen
Denmark
Story
 
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
The Nose
Nikolai Gogol
Ukraine
Story
 
The Minister's Black Veil
Nathaniel Hawthorne
United States
Story
1837
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 Man That Was Used Up
United States
Story
 
The Fall of the House of Usher
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
1845
The Snow Queen
Hans Christian Andersen
Denmark
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
Mademoiselle Fifi
Guy de Maupassant
France
Story
 
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
 
Ward Number Six
Anton Chekhov
Russia
Story
 
The Yellow Wallpaper
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
 
The Clown
Germany
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
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
Algernon Blackwood
England
Story
 
Putois
Anatole France
France
Story
1908
The Death of Bachelor
Arthur Schnitzler
Austria
Story
 
To Build a Fire
Jack London
United States
Story
 
The Blue Cross
England
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
 
The 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
 
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
A.V. Laider
Max Beerbohm
England
Story
 
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
 
Prelude
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
 
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
 
New Zealand
Story
 
The Fly
New Zealand
Story
 
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
The Rocking-Horse Winner
D.H. Lawrence
England
Story
1927
My First Goose
Isaac Babel
Russia
Story
 
Hills Like White Elephants
United States
Story
 
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
 
Guests 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
1933
The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown
Damon Runyon
United States
Story
1934
Canada
Story
 
Silent Snow, Secret Snow
Conrad Aiken
United States
Story
 
Twilight
John W. Campbell
United States
Story
 
Over the River and Through the Woods
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
Novella
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
 
A Christmas Memory
Truman Capote
United States
Story
1957
The Adulterous Woman
Albert Camus
Algeria
Story
 
The Guest
Albert Camus
Algeria
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
 
United States
Story
1960
Borges and I
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentinia
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
 
The Lame Shall Enter First
Flannery O'Connor
United States
Story
 
'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman
Harlan Ellison
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
 
Lost in the Funhouse
John Barth
United States
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
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
 
Parker's Back
Flannery O'Connor
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
 
The Sandkings
George R.R. Martin
United States
Story
1980
The Shawl
Cynthia Ozick
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
 
The Happy Man
Jonathan Lethem
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
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
Hearts in Atlantis
Stephen King
United States
Story
 
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
Alexie Sherman
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
2013
Godspeed and Perpetua
A. Igoni Barrett
Nigeria
Story
2016
Seasons of Glass and Iron
Amal El-Mohtar
Canada
Story
2017
Funny Little Snakes
Tessa Hadley
England
Story