I've recently found some excellent short stories on the web. The list was somehow lost in draft status but it's all fixed now. I've also added approximate wordcounts for each piece – none are long, and all are worth reading:
- When the Toasts Stopped Being Funny by Steve Almond (125 words) – haunting and wistful.
- Plaits by Tania Hershman (240 words) – I'm amazed that such a short story is so detailed and well-structured.
- Nightfall by James Cooper (340 words) – another piece that produces strong emotions in few words.
- The Pomegranate by Katy Darby (1800 words) – I love contemporary stories based around mythology.
- Ten English Trees by Danny Birchall (2100 words) – this story braids together facts, myths and narrative. The structure works really well.