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Submitted by writers on Reedsy Prompts to our weekly writing contest. Keeping the attention of a middle schooler is hard. But our collection of gripping middle school short stories will do the trick!

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The Best Middle School Short Stories

Sometimes the thought of a thick novel like Dickens’ or Twain’s can be overwhelming, especially at the end of a long day. The solution? Middle school short stories. Offering middle schoolers the immediate gratification they so often crave, short stories are also a great way to introduce teens to new authors and genres. And there’s no reason to expect them to be any less meaningful or engaging than a novel. Some of the biggest names in the business — and we’re talking names like Neil Gaiman, Gabriel García Márquez, and Kurt Vonnegut — would count their short stories among their best works. 

Want to get your hands on some middle school short stories?

Whether you’re still in middle school or not, these middle school short stories — written with perpetually tired teens in mind — are the perfect reading material for anyone looking for a quick fix of the written word. 

They’ve been gathered together from submissions to Reedsy’s weekly short story competition, in which writers are given a creative prompt and asked to write a story between 1,000 and 3,000 words. The ones you’ll find here have been tagged as “middle school” short stories, hopefully because they’ve been written to engage middle school students and not because they’re set in the hallways of a middle school (that could bring back some traumatic memories). But either way, you’re in for a rollercoaster ride! 

At the top of the page, you’ll find all the stories that stood out to our judges as being a cut above the rest — so what better place to kickstart your reading. 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!