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Submitted by writers on Reedsy Prompts to our weekly writing contest. Looking for stories that high schoolers actually want to read? The high school short stories in this collection are real and relatable for any teen.

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The Best High School Short Stories

Let’s face it, it can be hard to get high schoolers excited about reading short stories. Between the distractions of Netflix, TikTok, and the latest games, there’s a lot of things your high school students may prefer over analyzing a new story.

But what if you offered them stories that were fresh, feisty, and relatable? Instead of only presenting them with famous short stories that are at least 50 years out of date, our collection of high school short stories provides you with a consistently fresh and updated collection teens can actually get behind.

The freshest high school short stories

If you’re looking for new and emerging voices to keep your students engaged, you’ve come to the right place. We at Reedsy use our weekly short story contest to fill a never-ending well of exciting new short stories for high school students. These may not be the same old stories you’re used to teaching, but they’re ones that your teens are much more likely to actually want to read. Provided by writers from around the world, these stories present a picture of high school life both modern and historical, and are written in more styles than you could ever cover in a single semester.

So if you want to teach something modern and exciting, pull up a chair and get reading our collection of new high school short stories. We’ve highlighted our favorites at the top by pulling up stories that have either been shortlisted or won our contests, but each story here offers something unique. Your students will thank you.

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