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List Rules Anthologies and edited collections of short fiction

List of the best collections of short stories with most written by one author or stories edited into a compilation that have the same theme. The list is categorized by the first publication date for these short story collections.

 This list asks, “What is the best collection of short stories?” with authors ranging from all time periods and covering various topics. Authors included are James Joyce, Anton Chekhov, David Sedaris, Stephen King and many more. Some authors show up on the list multiple times, so be sure to vote on the author’s work and not just the author themselves. These short story collections will be ordered depending on their ranking by voters.

Short stories have started to become more popular as the internet has given more opportunities for creativity and exposure through digital options. Short stories and the collections of them can be more popular as readers are busier and only have time to devote to a short story instead of a novel.

If your favorite short story collection does not appear on the list to vote on then be sure to add it to the list so that other readers can share their opinion on whether it is the best by voting on it.
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71 32
The complete poems and stories... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

2
56 25
Nine Stories is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
J. D. Salinger

3
55 25
Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
James Joyce

4
43 17
The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Ray Bradbury

5
43 19
The Complete Short Stories of ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

6
40 18
A Good Man Is Hard To Find is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

7
34 17
Forty stories is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Anton Chekhov

8
27 14
What We Talk About When We Tal... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

9
26 15
Ficciones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
-1458483568554 added Jorge Luis Borges

10
27 18
The Lottery and Other Stories is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

11
27 18
The Turn of the Screw and Othe... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

12
12 4
Miss Helen E is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
brancourt added Mike Cartwright

13
26 20
Where I'm Calling From is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Raymond Carver

14
16 11
Don't Look Now is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Daphne du Maurier

15
23 20
In Our Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Ernest Hemingway

16
34 32
Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Stephen King

17
25 23
Welcome to the Monkey House is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

18
11 10
Leaf Storm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Gabriel García Márquez

19
15 16
The Collected Stories of Kathe... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

20
8 9
The Life to Come (and Other St... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
stubb added E. M. Forster

21
14 16
Tenth of December is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
George Saunders

22
4 5
The Long Valley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added John Steinbeck

23
12 15
Jesus' son is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Denis Johnson

24
11 14
Interpreter of Maladies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Jhumpa Lahiri

25
10 13
Girl boy etc is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Michael Weinreb