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Here are 107 contemporary short fiction writers I feel you should read. I’ve looked around the web, and I didn’t see a large list of short story writer recommendations. I would really like to add to this list. I have picked contemporary  short story writers who are “the best” of today or of at least the last 50 years. It’s not comprehensive of course, but if you are looking to read some short fiction writers who are at the top of what they do, here they are:

  1. Adam Desnoyers

  2. Alexi Zentner

  3. Alice Adams

  4. Alice Monroe

  5. Alice Sebold

  6. Andrea Barrett

  7. Ann Beattie

  8. Anne Tyler

  9. Ann Harleman

  10. Annie Proulx

  11. Anthony Doerr

  12. Barbara Kignsolver

  13. Ben Fountain

  14. Bradford Morrow

  15. Brittani Sonnenberg

  16. Caitlin Macy

  17. Carolyn Ferrell

  18. Charles D’ambrosio

  19. Cynthia Ozick

  20. Dale Peck

  21. Dan Chaon

  22. David Malouf

  23. Denis Johnson

  24. Dorothy Parker

  25. Douglas Light

  26. Edith Perlman

  27. Edwards P. Joines

  28. El Doctorow

  29. Elizabeth Stuckey French

  30. Evan S Connell

  31. Flandry Oconner

  32. Fred G. Leebron

  33. Gail Godwin

  34. Gail Joines

  35. Gish Jen

  36. Gordon Lish

  37. Ha Jin

  38. Hortense Calisher

  39. Jane Smiley

  40. Joan Silber

  41. John Barth

  42. John Edgar Wideman

  43. John Gardner

  44. John Updike

  45. Joyce Carol Oats

  46. June Spence

  47. Junot Diaz

  48. Kevin Brockmeier

  49. Lee K Abbot

  50. Liza Ward

  51. Lore Segal

  52. Lorrie Moore

  53. Louise Erdrich

  54. Margaret Atwood

  55. Marjorie Kemper

  56. Mark Helprin

  57. Mary Gaitskill

  58. Mary Swan

  59. Michael Chabon

  60. Michal Parker

  61. Michel Faber

  62. Molly Giles

  63. Nancy Reisman

  64. Nell Freudenberger

  65. Olaf Olafsson

  66. Pam Durban

  67. Pam Huston

  68. Paula Fox

  69. Peter Ho Davis

  70. Ray Bradbury

  71. Raymond Carver

  72. Richard Ford

  73. Rick Bass

  74. Rick Moody

  75. Robert Stone

  76. Robyn Joy Leff

  77. Roger Mcdonald

  78. Ron Rash

  79. Rose Tremain

  80. Ruth Prawer

  81. Salman Rushdie

  82. Saul Bellow

  83. Shannon Cain

  84. Sheila Kohler

  85. Shirly Jackson

  86. Stanley Elkin

  87. Stephen King

  88. Steven Millhauser

  89. Sue Miller

  90. Tc Boyle

  91. Ted Solotaroff

  92. Tessa Hadley

  93. Thom Jones

  94. Tim Gautreaux

  95. Tim Johnston

  96. Tim Obrien

  97. Timothy Crouse

  98. Tobias Wolff

  99. Tony Tulathimutte

  100. Walter Mosley

  101. Wendell Berry

  102. Wendell Mayo

  103. William H. Gass

  104. William Kittedge

  105. William Trevor

  106. Yiyun Li

  107. Zz Packer