The Best Short Stories to Read Online for Free

Plus, download a free copy of "The Yellow Wallpaper."

man reading on his phone
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"The Library of Babel"

by Jorge Luis Borges

The Library of Babel illustration by Erik Desmarizieres
  • Photo Credit: An illustration by Erik Desmazières for “The Library of Babel,” by Jorge Luis Borges

"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"

by Ursula K. Le Guin

"The Veldt"

By Ray Bradbury

"The Lottery"

By Shirley Jackson

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
  • Photo Credit: Miss Shari / Flickr

"The Daughters of the Moon"

by Italo Calvino

"The Embassy of Cambodia"

By Zadie Smith

"Sea Oak"

By George Saunders

Glenn Close in the pilot for Sea Oak
  • Photo Credit: Glenn Close in the pilot for Amazon's "Sea Oak." Amazon has passed on the dark comedy.

"Hills Like White Elephants"

By Ernest Hemingway


By James Joyce

"The Yellow Wallpaper"

By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

charlotte perkins gilman, author of short stories to read, including The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Photo Credit: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, c. 1900.