Throughout history, there have been many women short story writers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female short story writers such as P. L. Travers, Joyce Carol Oates, Doris Lessing, Louisa May Alcott, Jhumpa Lahiri.The women short story writers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.
Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
29 November 1832, American
Writer
Diane LaddDiane Ladd
29 November 1932, American
Actress

P. L. TraversP. L. Travers
09 August 1899, Australian, British
Writer

Donna DouglasDonna Douglas
26 September 1932, American
Actress

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson
14 December 1916, American
Author

Holiday ReinhornHoliday Reinhorn
12 March 1964, American
Fiction Writer
Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie
15 September 1977, Nigerian
Writer

Anne Morrow LindberghAnne Morrow Lindbergh
22 June 1906, American
Renowned Author & Aviator

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938, American
Writer
Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967, British, American
Writer

Edith WhartonEdith Wharton
24 January 1862, American
Writer
Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919, British
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893, British
Writer

Katherine MansfieldKatherine Mansfield
14 October 1888, New Zealander
 

Elizabeth GaskellElizabeth Gaskell
29 September 1810, British
Novelist

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917, American
American novelist
Deborah EisenbergDeborah Eisenberg
20 November 1945, American
Writer

Katherine Anne PorterKatherine Anne Porter
15 May 1890, American
Journalist, Essayist, Writer, Novelist

Edwidge DanticatEdwidge Danticat
19 January 1969, Haitian
Author

Grazia DeleddaGrazia Deledda
27 September 1871, Italian
Nobel Laureate in Literature
Cristina Peri RossiCristina Peri Rossi
12 November 1941, Uruguayan
Novelist

Amy LevyAmy Levy
10 November 1861, British
Poet, Novelist, Essayist
Charlotte DeanCharlotte Dean
29 September 1982, American
Illustrator, Visual Artist

Celeste NgCeleste Ng
30 July 1980, American
Novelist

Diana GabaldonDiana Gabaldon
11 January 1952, American
Author
Flannery O'ConnorFlannery O'Connor
25 March 1925, American
Novelist

Tabitha KingTabitha King
24 March 1949, American
Writer
Roxane GayRoxane Gay
15 October 1974, American
Writer

Anne PerryAnne Perry
28 October 1938, British
Writer

Louise ErdrichLouise Erdrich
07 June 1954, American
Author
Veronica RothVeronica Roth
19 August 1988, American
Novelist

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Anne TylerAnne Tyler
25 October 1941, American
Novelist
Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson
20 December 1951, British
Novelist

Eudora WeltyEudora Welty
13 April 1909, American
Writer

Jean RhysJean Rhys
24 August 1890, Dominican, British
Writer

Mahasweta DeviMahasweta Devi
14 January 1926, Indian
Human rights activist, Writer, Poet, Novelist,
Janet FrameJanet Frame
28 August 1924, New Zealander
Novelist, Essayist, Poet, Writer, Short story
Muriel SparkMuriel Spark
01 February 1918, Scottish
Novelist

Edna O'BrienEdna O'Brien
15 December 1930, Irish
Novelist

Maeve BinchyMaeve Binchy
28 May 1939, Irish
Novelist

Min Jin LeeMin Jin Lee
18 April 1968, American, South Korean
Novelist
Dawn PowellDawn Powell
28 November 1896, American
Author

Jennifer EganJennifer Egan
07 September 1962, American
Novelist

Elizabeth Dorothea Cole BowenElizabeth Bowen
07 June 1899, Irish, British
Novelist

Lydia DavisLydia Davis
15 July 1947, American
Writer

Radclyffe HallRadclyffe Hall
12 August 1880, British
Poet
Natalia GinzburgNatalia Ginzburg
14 July 1916, Italian
Author

Grace PaleyGrace Paley
11 December 1922, American
Author
Sarah Orne JewettSarah Orne Jewett
03 September 1849, American
Novelist

Sara ParetskySara Paretsky
08 June 1947, American
Author

Penelope LivelyPenelope Lively
17 March 1933, British
Author
Jane SmileyJane Smiley
26 September 1949, American
Novelist

Cynthia OzickCynthia Ozick
17 April 1928, American
Short Story Writer
Anna KavanAnna Kavan
10 April 1901, French, British
Novelist

Susanna MoodieSusanna Moodie
06 December 1803, Canadian, British
Author

Qurratulain HyderQurratulain Hyder
20 January 1927, Indian
Novelist

Bharati MukherjeeBharati Mukherjee
27 July 1940, Indian, American
Writer

Tess GallagherTess Gallagher
21 July 1943, American
Poet
Ann PetryAnn Petry
12 October 1908, American
Writer

Rose TremainRose Tremain
02 August 1943, British
Novelist

Eliza HaywoodEliza Haywood
1693 AD, British
British author

Yūko TsushimaYūko Tsushima
30 March 1947, Japanese
Writer, Novelist, Short story writer, Literary
Bing XinBing Xin
05 October 1900, Chinese
Writer

Ann BeattieAnn Beattie
08 September 1947, American
Novelist
Laura RidingLaura Riding
16 January 1901, American
Poet

Penelope GilliattPenelope Gilliatt
25 March 1932, British
Novelist

Alice Dunbar NelsonAlice Dunbar Nelson
19 July 1875, American
Poet
Jean StaffordJean Stafford
01 July 1915, American
Writer

E. Annie ProulxE. Annie Proulx
22 August 1935, American
Novelist
Ding LingDing Ling
12 October 1904, Chinese
Author

Mavis GallantMavis Gallant
11 August 1922, Canadian
Writer

Shirley HazzardShirley Hazzard
30 January 1931, American
Novelist
Keri HulmeKeri Hulme
09 March 1947, New Zealander
Novelist

Tillie OlsenTillie Olsen
14 January 1912, American
Writer
Dorothy Canfield FisherDorothy Canfield Fisher
17 February 1879, American
Educator

Linda HoganLinda Hogan
16 July 1947, American
Poet

Ana CastilloAna Castillo
15 June 1953, American
Novelist

Angela ThirkellAngela Thirkell
30 January 1890, Australian, British
Novelist
Kay BoyleKay Boyle
19 February 1902, American
Novelist
Charlotte MewCharlotte Mew
15 November 1869, British
Poet

Bobbie Ann MasonBobbie Ann Mason
01 May 1940, American
Novelist

Simin DaneshvarSimin Daneshvar
28 April 1921, Iranian
Novelist

May SinclairMay Sinclair
24 August 1863, British
Writer
Gertrude AthertonGertrude Atherton
30 October 1857, American
Author

Andrée ChedidAndrée Chedid
20 March 1920, Egyptian, French
Poet

Elena GarroElena Garro
11 December 1916, Mexican
Screenwriter

Flora NwapaFlora Nwapa
13 January 1931, Nigerian
Author

Patricia GracePatricia Grace
17 August 1937, New Zealander
Writer
Paule MarshallPaule Marshall
09 April 1929, American
Writer

Sara ColeridgeSara Coleridge
23 December 1802, British
Author
Xiao HongXiao Hong
02 June 1911, Chinese
Writer

Luise RinserLuise Rinser
30 April 1911, German
Writer
Belva PlainBelva Plain
09 October 1915, American
Author
Zona GaleZona Gale
26 August 1874, American
Novelist