20 Award-Winning Short Story Collections

May 15, 2024

In recognition of May Short Story Month, here are 20 award-winning short story collections spanning various genres and styles!


1. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri — Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2000)

2. Tenth of December by George Saunders — Folio Prize for Fiction (2014)

3. Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson — National Book Award for Fiction (1992)

4. The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr — Barnes & Noble Discover Prize (2002)

5. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan — Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2011)

6. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien — National Book Critics Circle Award (1990)

7. Black Light by Kimberly King Parsons — Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize (2019)

8. The Boat by Nam Le — Dylan Thomas Prize (2008)

9. The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever — Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1979)

10. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson — National Book Critics Circle Award (2018)

11. A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor — National Book Award for Fiction (1972)

12. The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel by Amy Hempel — Ambassador Book Award (2007)

13. The Color Master by Aimee Bender — Shirley Jackson Award (2013)

14. You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon — PEN Center USA Literary Award (2011)

15. Drown by Junot Díaz — The New Yorker Debut Fiction Award (1996)

16. Every Kiss a War by Leesa Cross-Smith — Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (2012)

17. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado — National Book Award for Fiction (2017)

18. In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried by Amy Hempel — Pushcart Prize (1990)

19. Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff — PEN/O. Henry Prize (2009)

20. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — O. Henry Prize (2003)


Be sure to check out these collections and submit to SDWI’s 20th Anniversary 20-Word Short Story Contest before May 18, 2024 at 11:59 PM! Learn more here



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