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
Writer & Journalist

Diane LaddDiane Ladd
29 November 1932, American
Actress

Donna DouglasDonna Douglas
26 September 1932, American
Actress

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson
14 December 1916, American
Author

Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie
15 September 1977, Nigerian
Writer
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
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
 

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

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
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
Anne PerryAnne Perry
28 October 1938, British
Writer
Roxane GayRoxane Gay
15 October 1974, American
Writer

Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson
20 December 1951, British
Novelist

Celeste NgCeleste Ng
30 July 1980, American
Novelist

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849, British, American
Dramaturge, Writer, Playwright, Children's writer,
Veronica RothVeronica Roth
19 August 1988, American
Novelist

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Louise ErdrichLouise Erdrich
07 June 1954, American
Author

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
Jean RhysJean Rhys
24 August 1890, Dominican, British
Writer

Muriel SparkMuriel Spark
01 February 1918, Scottish
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
Lydia DavisLydia Davis
15 July 1947, American
Writer

Radclyffe HallRadclyffe Hall
12 August 1880, British
Poet
Sarah Orne JewettSarah Orne Jewett
03 September 1849, American
Novelist

Jane SmileyJane Smiley
26 September 1949, American
Novelist

Natalia GinzburgNatalia Ginzburg
14 July 1916, Italian
Author

Bharati MukherjeeBharati Mukherjee
27 July 1940, Indian, American
Writer

Grace PaleyGrace Paley
11 December 1922, American
Author
Cynthia OzickCynthia Ozick
17 April 1928, American
Short Story Writer

Sara ParetskySara Paretsky
08 June 1947, American
Author

Penelope LivelyPenelope Lively
17 March 1933, British
Author

Qurratulain HyderQurratulain Hyder
20 January 1927, Indian
Novelist
Rose TremainRose Tremain
02 August 1943, British
Novelist

Eliza HaywoodEliza Haywood
1693 AD, British
British author
Ann BeattieAnn Beattie
08 September 1947, American
Novelist

Yūko TsushimaYūko Tsushima
30 March 1947, Japanese
Writer, Novelist, Short story writer, Literary

Caroline GordonCaroline Gordon
06 October 1895, American
Novelist, Short story writer, Critic
Higuchi IchiyōHiguchi Ichiyō
02 May 1872, Japanese
Author

Zhang AilingZhang Ailing
30 September 1920, Chinese, American
Writer
Dorothea Margaret TanningDorothea Margaret Tanning
25 August 1910, American
Painter