Having trouble writing your short story? Try reading other short stories to examine the authors’ techniques. Longreads’ article features various brands of storytelling, such as author Viet Nguyen’s 2016 Pulitzer Prize (for fiction) winning work “Fatherland.” Accompanying Nguyen is Jhumpa Lahiri’s “A Temporary Matter” which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2000.

The article includes more than short fictional stories; it also features contemporary styles, journalistic approaches, and other popular short stories. Read Longreads’ reviews to help narrow the selection.

Etgar Keret is my favourite contemporary short-story writer. “Suddenly…” begins with a bearded man holding a gun demanding the author to tell him a story… I don’t know how to describe the remaining story, because it is easier to tell this story than describe it.

Yiyun Li writes such graceful prose — “The Proprietress” is a story about Mrs. Jin, who gives shelter to Susu after the execution of Susu’s husband and a woman journalist who comes from Beijing to take Susu’s interview.