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680+ African American Short Stories to read

Submitted by writers on Reedsy Prompts to our weekly writing contest. Whether you want to read about African American author's hopes and resilience or their unique struggles, you'll find what you're looking for here.

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The Best African American Short Stories

African Americans have produced some of the most profound and exciting stories the US has had to offer. From the memoirs of social reformers like Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X to the genre novels of Octavia Butler and N.K. Jemisin, the voices of Black authors have been key to guiding the direction of American literature for over 100 years.

Looking for new African American short stories?

On this page, you can find stories from Reedsy’s weekly writing contest that have been tagged as ‘African American’ by their authors. If the piece has been shortlisted by our panel of judges, it will appear at the top of the page, so our most acclaimed entries are easier to locate. We also compile winning stories from the contest in Prompted, our new literary magazine — you can download your free digital copy now!

When you read a story you like, ‘follow’ the writer and you’ll get a notification every time they publish something new. Who knows, you just might discover your next favorite writer on this page.

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