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3160+ American Short Stories to read

Submitted by writers on Reedsy Prompts to our weekly writing contest. Looking for great American short stories you can read for free? Whether they’re written by American authors, set in the USA, or just have that ever-elusive quality of Americana, this is the page you’re looking for.

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The Newest American Short Stories

America tends to conjure very different images for each person. You might be thinking of Manhattan streets crowded with iconic yellow taxis, cactus-ridden Arizona deserts, or long highways and cheap motels. There’s no shortage of distinct scenes in American literature, as the country’s expansive nature allows for remarkable variety. 

America is buzzing with the excitement of potential and possibility. Anyone could be the next Jack Kerouac, Toni Morrison, or John Steinbeck — in other words, a voice shaping the way America is seen by generations of readers. Some of these future voices could be on this page.

Contemporary American short stories, every week

This page features American short stories submitted to Reedsy’s writing contest. Written fresh every week, these stories are both very timely and enduring, with chronotopes that roam free into the past, the present, and the future.

You can find any American short stories that have won our contests (or made the shortlist) up top for your convenience. They vary wildly in genre and in mood: you’ll come across short stories about hope as well as despair, stories that explicitly thematize Americanness and stories that take it for granted, turning their focus elsewhere. But as you’ll see, the sheer range of these stories reflects the range of American life. And if you'd like to read the best of the best entries from across 40+ genres, be sure to check out Prompted, our new literary magazine — there's a free copy waiting for you!