Women Short Story Writers

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 29, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 6, 1888
Novelist and short story writer Louisa May Alcott is best remembered as the author of the 1868 novel Little Women and its sequels, Little Men and Jo's Boys. She initially wrote using the pseudonym “A. M. Barnard.” She never married and remained a life-long feminist and abolitionist.

 2 Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: August 3, 1964

 3 Holiday Reinhorn

Holiday Reinhorn
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Famous As: Fiction Writer
Birthdate: March 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Holiday Reinhorn is the author the bestselling book Big Cats. She has written for various literary magazines such as Zoetrope: All-Story and Gulf Coast. She and her husband, actor Rainn Wilson, both follow the BaháΚΌí faith. Reinhorn has also co-established a non-profit for Haitian women interested in writing, named Lide.

 4 Tabitha King

Tabitha King
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 5 Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: January 12, 1976

Even after four decades after her death, Agatha Christie remains an influential figure in the world of literature and entertainment as most of her books continue to serve as inspiration to films, TV series, and video games. With over two billion copies of her novels sold, she holds the Guinness World Records for best-selling fiction writer of all time.

 6 P. L. Travers

P. L. Travers
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian, British
Died: April 23, 1996

Australian-British author and Shakespearean actor Pamela Lyndon Travers, known by her pseudonym, P. L. Travers, soared to fame with her Mary Poppins series of children's books. Disney later bought the rights to her Mary Poppins series and released a film version. It was later made into a Broadway play, too.

 7 Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 8 Donna Douglas

Donna Douglas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 1, 2015
Donna Douglas is best known as Elly May Clampett from the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. After retiring from acting, she juggled with a number of careers, becoming a real-estate agent, a motivational speaker, and a gospel singer. She has also written a Bible-themed children’s book and a cookbook.

 9 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Nigerian

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer and feminist. She is popular for writing novels, such as Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun. She is credited with popularizing African literature among a new generation of readers, especially in the United States. In 2015, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

 10 Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 8, 1965
Shirley Jackson redefined the genres of horror and mystery through her works, which include over 200 short stories and six novels. Her iconic novel The Haunting of Hill House was made into a popular Netflix series and several movies, including the 1963 and 1999 versions of The Haunting

 11 Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British, American

 12 Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 24, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 11, 1937

 13 Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: February 4, 1995

 14 Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 15 Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 16 Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 17 Anne Perry

Anne Perry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 18 Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing
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Famous As: Novelist, Short Story Writer
Birthdate: October 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: November 17, 2013

 19 Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Famous As: Renowned Author & Aviator
Birthdate: June 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 7, 2001

 20 Edna O'Brien

Edna O'Brien
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Irish

 21 Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi
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Famous As: Human rights activist, Writer, Poet, Novelist, Educator, Short story writer
Birthdate: January 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: July 28, 2016

 22 Katherine Mansfield

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Birthdate: October 14, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: New Zealander
Died: January 9, 1923

Katherine Mansfield was a New Zealand modernist writer best remembered for her short stories. Her life and career inspired several films, plays, novels, and TV series. In 1973, she became the subject of a BBC miniseries titled A Picture of Katherine Mansfield. In 2011, actress Kate Elliott played Mansfield in a TV biopic titled Bliss.

 23 Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: December 17, 1957

 24 Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 29, 1810
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: November 12, 1865

 25 Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers
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Famous As: American novelist
Birthdate: February 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: September 29, 1967

 26 Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 27 Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 28 Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 13, 1909
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: July 23, 2001

 29 E. Annie Proulx

E. Annie Proulx
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 22, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 30 Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 1, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Scottish
Died: April 13, 2006

 31 Jean Rhys

Jean Rhys
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 24, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dominican, British
Died: May 14, 1979

 32 Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 33 C. J. Cherryh

C. J. Cherryh
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo

 34 Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 35 Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 28, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish
Died: July 30, 2012

 36 Janet Frame

Janet Frame
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Famous As: Novelist, Essayist, Poet, Writer, Short story writer
Birthdate: August 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: New Zealander
Died: January 29, 2004

 37 Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 38 Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 17, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: May 9, 2014

 39 Katherine Anne Porter

Katherine Anne Porter
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Famous As: Journalist, Essayist, Writer, Novelist
Birthdate: May 15, 1890
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: September 18, 1980

 40 Radclyffe Hall

Radclyffe Hall
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 12, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: October 7, 1943

 41 Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 42 Zhang Ailing

Zhang Ailing
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Chinese, American
Died: September 8, 1995

 43 Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American, South Korean

 44 Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Haitian

 45 Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 7, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish, British
Died: February 22, 1973

 46 Dorothea Margaret Tanning

Dorothea Margaret Tanning
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: January 31, 2012

 47 Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 48 Cynthia Ozick

Cynthia Ozick
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Famous As: Short Story Writer
Birthdate: April 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 49 Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 50 Grace Paley

Grace Paley
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 22, 2007