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Submitted by writers on Reedsy Prompts to our weekly writing contest. From tales of the miraculous to stories of extraordinary people overcoming incredible odds, you’ll always find something uplifting in our collection of inspirational short stories.

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The Best Inspirational Short Stories

Sometimes you just need a story that’s going to lift you up. To make you believe that things will turn out all right, that hope and goodness will prevail, and that faith will guide you forward. When times are tough, it’s important to turn to things that inspire you.

Which is why we’ve put together this collection of the newest inspirational short stories. These tales will warm your heart and brighten your spirits, inspiring you to set your sights higher and keep trying. No matter how dark it may get, there will always come a light.

The newest inspirational short stories, fresh every week

Our collection of inspirational short stories is fueled by our weekly short story contest. Every week, writers from around the world come together to write stories based on themed writing prompts. We gathered the best of them at the top of the page, highlighting stories that have either been shortlisted or have won. 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.

Whether you’re looking for a spiritual pick-me-up or just want to see the better side of humanity, these stories are exactly what you need to boost your spirits. Who knows, you may even discover the next great inspirational writer at their beginning!