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

160+ Short Happy Stories to read

Submitted by writers on Reedsy Prompts to our weekly writing contest. A good story doesn’t need a devastating twist. Nor does it have to plumb the darkest depths of the human conditions. These happy short stories might be exactly what you’re looking for in these uncertain times.

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The Best Happy Short Stories

While conflict is essential to good storytelling, it doesn’t need to manifest itself as “two characters shouting at each other in a bar.” All you need is a relatable character with an inherent need that they’re hoping to fulfill. They may need to make some sacrifices along the way, but perhaps with the help of good friends and a can-do attitude, they get what they need.

Happy stories can take many forms and can span almost any genre. They can take place in a medieval castle, a modern-day hospital, or even in a galaxy far, far away. The one thing that unites them is a sense of positivity and hope that will hopefully infect even the most stone-faced of readers.

Where can I get my hands on happy short stories?

We’re so glad you asked! Every week, hundreds of short stories are submitted to Reedsy’s writing contest. Each entry is based on a writing prompt set by our team and shortlisted by a panel of judges. This page collects every story that has been tagged as “happy” by the writer, with shortlisted (and prize-winning) pieces featured right at the top.

If you like any of these stories, just ‘follow’ the writer and you’ll be notified whenever they publish their next mini-masterpiece. Reedsy’s short story collection is home to some of the best new talent on the web, so don’t be surprised if you find a future bestseller right here.