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Many online resources such as World-English.com, Free-Online-Novels.com and WattPad.com offer free short stories. OpenCulture.com is an online portal that provides links to thousands of free stories.


Some popular short stories available online include "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe. The Project Gutenberg website provides free electronic books and offers many other short stories online for free.


"Everyday Use" by Alice Walker is one example of a great short story. Walker is famous for writing "The Color Purple," which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.


A short story has no set definition, except that it is a narrative and is shorter than a novel. According to Writing-World.com, a short story is between 1,000 and 7,500 words, though other sources suggest it is between 1,000 and 17,000 words, or even up to 30,000 words.


Write a short story summary by describing the story's main idea and its most relevant details. The goal of a summary is to provide a condensed, overall description of what the story is about and the message it communicates to the reader.


Short stories in Spanish are available online at E-Stories.org or in hard copy via Amazon.com. E-Stories.org lets you find stories based on the language in which they're written in or the topics of the stories.


Some popular examples of short stories for children are Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit tales, the Mary Poppins collection by P.L. Travers, the Little House stories by Laura Ingles Wilder and the complete Winnie-the-Pooh tales. There are also the contemporary Berenstain B...