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Looking for a steady supply of adventure short stories? Every week thousands of writers submit stories to our writing contest.

2430+ Short Adventure Stories to read

Submitted by writers on Reedsy Prompts to our weekly writing contest. From riding the high sea to climbing behemoth mountains, there isn’t any action that’s out of reach when it comes to adventure stories.

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The Best New Adventure Short Stories

Adventure stories are a staple in literature — pretty much everyone grows up having followed a courageous character on an exciting and unexpected journey somewhere far away. Whether it’s a fight for survival or a search for a treasure, whether it features mythical creatures or real-life monsters, adventure stories provide a spark for your imagination, transporting you to exhilarating landscapes from the comforts of your home. 

Adventure short stories aren’t exactly the same as novels — they don’t get the space to tell a complete journey, from start to finish. What they do give you is a healthy dose of adrenaline by plunging you and the characters into a wild, awe-inspiring, and yet dangerous place, even for the briefest moment. A lot of world-building goes into an adventure short story, yet not so much that it seems overwhelming — in other words, just enough to leave you wanting more. 

Looking for more adventure short stories?

We’ve collected a list of adventure shorts right here for you to peruse. Hop from one expedition to another with a diverse cast of characters created by our promising writers in their submissions to our weekly contests. At the top of the list are adventure short stories that stand out against hundreds of pieces in other genres submitted on the same weeks. They’re the ones that show impressive creativity and storytelling — and definitely not ones to miss. 

And if you want to try your hand at crafting an action-packed short story, join our contest. You might even walk away with next week’s prize.