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

Diane LaddDiane Ladd
29 November 1932, American
Actress

Donna DouglasDonna Douglas
26 September 1932, American
Actress

Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie
15 September 1977, Nigerian
Writer

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson
14 December 1916, American
Author
Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938, American
Writer

Holiday ReinhornHoliday Reinhorn
12 March 1964, American
Fiction Writer

Edith WhartonEdith Wharton
24 January 1862, American
Writer
Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967, British, American
Writer

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

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917, American
American novelist

Elizabeth GaskellElizabeth Gaskell
29 September 1810, British
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
Amy LevyAmy Levy
10 November 1861, British
Poet, Novelist, Essayist

Cristina Peri RossiCristina Peri Rossi
12 November 1941, Uruguayan
Novelist
Charlotte DeanCharlotte Dean
29 September 1982, American
Illustrator, Visual Artist

Elizabeth GilbertElizabeth Gilbert
18 July 1969, American
Writer

Diana GabaldonDiana Gabaldon
11 January 1952, American
Author
Tabitha KingTabitha King
24 March 1949, American
Writer

Flannery O'ConnorFlannery O'Connor
25 March 1925, American
Novelist
Roxane GayRoxane Gay
15 October 1974, American
Writer

Anne PerryAnne Perry
28 October 1938, British
Writer

Celeste NgCeleste Ng
30 July 1980, American
Novelist
Veronica RothVeronica Roth
19 August 1988, American
Novelist

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Louise ErdrichLouise Erdrich
07 June 1954, American
Author
Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson
20 December 1951, British
Novelist

Eudora WeltyEudora Welty
13 April 1909, American
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

Jean RhysJean Rhys
24 August 1890, Dominican, British
Writer

Anne TylerAnne Tyler
25 October 1941, American
Novelist

Maeve BinchyMaeve Binchy
28 May 1939, Irish
Novelist
Min Jin LeeMin Jin Lee
18 April 1968, American, South Korean
Novelist

Jennifer EganJennifer Egan
07 September 1962, American
Novelist

Radclyffe HallRadclyffe Hall
12 August 1880, British
Poet

Sarah Orne JewettSarah Orne Jewett
03 September 1849, American
Novelist

Lydia DavisLydia Davis
15 July 1947, American
Writer
Natalia GinzburgNatalia Ginzburg
14 July 1916, Italian
Author

Anna KavanAnna Kavan
10 April 1901, French, British
Novelist
Jean StaffordJean Stafford
01 July 1915, American
Writer

Grace PaleyGrace Paley
11 December 1922, American
Author

Qurratulain HyderQurratulain Hyder
20 January 1927, Indian
Novelist
Bharati MukherjeeBharati Mukherjee
27 July 1940, Indian, American
Writer

Jane SmileyJane Smiley
26 September 1949, American
Novelist
Rose TremainRose Tremain
02 August 1943, British
Novelist

Sara ParetskySara Paretsky
08 June 1947, American
Author

Cynthia OzickCynthia Ozick
17 April 1928, American
Short Story Writer

Penelope LivelyPenelope Lively
17 March 1933, British
Author

Laura RidingLaura Riding
16 January 1901, American
Poet
Ann PetryAnn Petry
12 October 1908, American
Writer

Alice Dunbar NelsonAlice Dunbar Nelson
19 July 1875, American
Poet

Eliza HaywoodEliza Haywood
1693 AD, British
British author

Mavis GallantMavis Gallant
11 August 1922, Canadian
Writer
Tess GallagherTess Gallagher
21 July 1943, American
Poet

Penelope GilliattPenelope Gilliatt
25 March 1932, British
Novelist
Ann BeattieAnn Beattie
08 September 1947, American
Novelist

Dawn PowellDawn Powell
28 November 1896, American
Author

Yūko TsushimaYūko Tsushima
30 March 1947, Japanese
Writer, Novelist, Short story writer, Literary
Sarah Chauncey WoolseySarah Chauncey Woolsey
29 January 1835, American
Author

Tillie OlsenTillie Olsen
14 January 1912, American
Writer
Keri HulmeKeri Hulme
09 March 1947, New Zealander
Novelist

Kay BoyleKay Boyle
19 February 1902, American
Novelist

Ding LingDing Ling
12 October 1904, Chinese
Author
Paule MarshallPaule Marshall
09 April 1929, American
Writer

Bing XinBing Xin
05 October 1900, Chinese
Writer
Linda HoganLinda Hogan
16 July 1947, American
Poet

Shirley HazzardShirley Hazzard
30 January 1931, American
Novelist

Charlotte MewCharlotte Mew
15 November 1869, British
Poet

May SinclairMay Sinclair
24 August 1863, British
Writer
Ana CastilloAna Castillo
15 June 1953, American
Novelist
Flora NwapaFlora Nwapa
13 January 1931, Nigerian
Author

Simin DaneshvarSimin Daneshvar
28 April 1921, Iranian
Novelist

E. Annie ProulxE. Annie Proulx
22 August 1935, American
Novelist

Angela ThirkellAngela Thirkell
30 January 1890, Australian, British
Novelist
Gertrude AthertonGertrude Atherton
30 October 1857, American
Author

Sara ColeridgeSara Coleridge
23 December 1802, British
Author

Dorothy Canfield FisherDorothy Canfield Fisher
17 February 1879, American
Educator

Patricia GracePatricia Grace
17 August 1937, New Zealander
Writer

Bobbie Ann MasonBobbie Ann Mason
01 May 1940, American
Novelist
Xiao HongXiao Hong
02 June 1911, Chinese
Writer

Zona GaleZona Gale
26 August 1874, American
Novelist
Pauline HopkinsPauline Hopkins
1859 AD, American
Novelist

Elena GarroElena Garro
11 December 1916, Mexican
Screenwriter
Grace OgotGrace Ogot
15 May 1930, Kenyan
Author
Constance Fenimore WoolsonConstance Fenimore Woolson
05 March 1840, American
Novelist