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50+ Short Bedtime Stories to read

Submitted by writers on Reedsy Prompts to our weekly writing contest. Everybody loves a story before bed, and our collection of bedtime short stories has got you covered.

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The Best Bedtime Short Stories

Bedtime short stories: likely our very first gateways to literature. You drifted off to The Three Little Pigs so many times as a child, that you can’t even remember how it ends. Then there was Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are, and the years you spent devouring Roald Dahl's books under the covers with a flashlight. Now, you might make your way through a novel in bite-sized chunks, but really you’d quite like to go back to the days of bedtime short stories. A golden nugget of a story, that doesn’t ask too much of you: no names to remember the following night, no rambling plotline to keep track of. Wouldn’t that be nice? Well, you’re in luck! Short bedtime stories for adults are having their moment, and we are here for it! 

Looking for a bedtime short story to curl up with?

This is the place to be! On this page you’ll find all the short stories submitted to our weekly writing contest that the authors have helpfully tagged as “bedtime” stories. There are no rules as to what constitutes a bedtime story, and these stories have been written in response to a huge variety of creative prompts, so don’t worry: you’re not in for a snoozefest! 

Whether you’re looking for short bedtime stories for kids, or something for yourself; stories to help you dream sweetly, or (for whatever reason) scary bedtime stories to keep you up — you’ll find it here. We’ve featured all the submissions that were shortlisted by our panel of judges at the top of the page, so you know where to find the best of the best. And don’t forget that you can enter Reedsy’s writing contest for free to be in with a chance of winning a cash prize!