In addition to twenty-four books, five hundred poems, and one hundred miscellaneous pieces, L.M. Montgomery published over five hundred short stories throughout her career (including a dozen or so multi-chapter serials), between 1895 and 1940, in a wide range of magazines and newspapers in North America and beyond. Earlier versions of all the stories appearing in Chronicles of Avonlea (1912) and Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920) were published in periodical form, as were most of the stories in The Blythes Are Quoted (2009), edited by Benjamin Lefebvre. In addition, over one hundred stories have appeared in trade collections compiled and published after Montgomery’s death: The Doctor’s Sweetheart and Other Stories (1979), compiled by Catherine McLay; Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans (1988), Along the Shore: Tales by the Sea (1989), Among the Shadows: Tales from the Darker Side (1990), After Many Days: Tales of Time Passed (1991), Against the Odds: Tales of Achievement (1993), At the Altar: Matrimonial Tales (1994), Across the Miles: Tales of Correspondence (1995), Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories (1995), all edited by Rea Wilmshurst; After Many Years (2017), edited by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christy Woster; and Around the Hearth: Tales of Home and Family (forthcoming in 2022), edited by Joanne Lebold and originally selected by Rea Wilmshurst.
Twice upon a Time: Selected Stories, 1898–1939, a collection of short stories featuring early incarnations of well-known characters, storylines, and settings from Montgomery’s books, will be published as part of The L.M. Montgomery Library in May 2022. It will be followed by volumes of her complete short stories, organized chronologically.