7 Places to Read Short Stories Online

Are you interested in short stories but don’t know where to start? Do you need a break from your daunting TBR pile? Do you need stories to listen to during your commute (thank you), while you’re doing the dishes, taking a shower, or hiding from the rest of the people in your house? We’ve got you covered with these seven places to read (and listen to) short stories online!  

This speculative fiction magazine posts new material online every week. They strive to show a global and 21st century perspective of speculative fiction. They feature fiction, poetry, non-fiction, podcasts, and art.

Head over to Strange Horizons and check out “Inventory,” by Carmen Maria Machado.

Tin House is a name you’ve likely heard before, but did you know that every Friday they post a new piece of flash fiction? It’s a great place to start reading flash fiction.

Go peruse the catalog over at Tin House, and while you’re at it, start with “Alien Hunters,” by Dylan Brown.

A big name in the literary world, The Iowa Review features both established authors and the established authors of tomorrow. Celebrating fifty years of publishing, there is a reason they have been around so long. The magazine features fiction, poetry, non-fiction, translations, and photography in the 3 issues they publish yearly.

Want a story to help you dive into The Iowa Review? Why not try “Frosted Glass,” by Gabriela Garcia.

Looking for something a little scarier? This horror podcast has been producing audio horror stories for nearly fifteen years! They post new episodes every week. Warning, this content is for mature audiences only.

To have your life changed, check out “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose,” by Kelly Link (and read by Anson Mount) on Pseudopod.  

This podcast brings you writers reading their short stories and is the next best thing to going to a reading at your local bookshop. Features big name authors like George Saunders, Joyce Carol Oates, and Zadie Smith. They post new episodes every week.

For a proper introduction to The Writer’s Voice from the New Yorker, check out Garth Greenwell reading “Harbor.”

This science fiction and fantasy magazine has been producing content for nearly fifteen years. They post new issues monthly that feature interviews, articles, and fiction, and they also have their own fiction podcast.

Dive into Clarkesworld with “Things with Beards,” by Sam J. Miller.

The oldest publication on this list, Granta, from Cambridge University, has been in business for over one hundred years. This literary quarterly review is known for its “Best of Young” issues which have introduced a plethora of eminent voices.

For a taste of what Granta has to offer, check out “Days of Awe,” by A.M. Holmes. 

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