How to cite a short story in MLA
The format for citing a short story in MLA style varies depending on where it was published.
For example, if the story is published in an edited collection, list the book title, editor(s), publisher, year, and the page range on which the story appears.
|Format||Author last name, First name. “Story Title.” Book Title, edited by Editor first name Last name, Publisher, Year, pp. Page range.|
|Works Cited entry||Ballard, J. G. “Track 12.” A Science Fiction Omnibus, edited by Brian Aldiss, Penguin, 2007, pp. 219–224.|
|In-text citation||(Ballard 221)|
Citing a short story from a single-author collection
If the story you’re citing comes from a collection of stories by the same author, without a named editor, you can just omit the editor from the reference.
|Format||Author last name, First name. “Story Title.” Book Title, Publisher, Year, pp. Page range.|
|Works Cited entry||Schulz, Bruno. “The Comet.” The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories, Penguin, 2008, pp. 95–111.|
|In-text citation||(Schulz 99)|
Citing a short story from a newspaper or magazine
|Format||Author last name, First name. “Story Title.” Newspaper/Magazine Name, Day Month Year, pp. Page range.|
|Works Cited entry||Coetzee, J. M. “The Dog.” The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2017, pp. 15–19.|
|In-text citation||(Coetzee 15)|
Citing a short story found online
For a short story published online, whether in an online magazine or elsewhere, list the website name, the date it was published, and the URL.
|Format||Author last name, First name. “Story Title.” Website Name, Day Month Year, URL.|
|Works Cited entry||Hughes, Caoilinn. “A Woman of No Information.” Granta, 10 Jun. 2020, https://granta.com/a-woman-of-no-information/.|
Frequently asked questions about MLA citations
- When should I cite a book chapter in MLA?
- When each of the book’s chapters is written by a different author.
- When the book is a collection of self-contained works (such as poems, plays, or short stories), even if they are all written by the same author.
If you cite multiple chapters or works from the same book, include a separate Works Cited entry for each chapter.
- How do you write a book title in MLA?
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
The format is the same in the Works Cited list and in the text itself. However, when you mention the book title in the text, you don’t have to include the subtitle.