Several anthologies include short and sweet reads for young readers and teens.
The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War- 2014, illustrated by Jim Kay
Includes A Harlem Hellfighter and His Horn by Tanya Lee Stone.
Love and Sex: Ten Stories of Truth - Edited by Micheal Cart 2001
Includes a story called "Secret Shelf" by Sonya Sones.
Necessary Noise: Stories About Our Families as they Really Are - Edited by Micheal Cart 2003
Includes a story called "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde" by Sonya Sones and a piece by Nikki Grimes.
Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora - edited by Saraciea Fennell. 2021.
How They Met and Other Stories - David Levithan 2008
A collection of short stories about relationships. One, "What a Song Can Do," is written in verse. Find the same story in What a Song Can Do: 12 Riffs on the Power of Music, editied by Jennifer Armstrong, 2004.
This is PUSH, New Stories from the Edge - Edited by David Levithan 2007
One short story in this collection is in verse: Picking by Samantha Schutz.
19 Love Songs by David Levithan - 2020
Look for three love stories in this collection: “The Mulberry Branch” about two library patrons who find each other in the stacks; “Eight Song Memoir” is about pressing play on an old mixtape; “Give Them Words” is dedicated to “the Freedom to Read Foundation and all the librarians, teachers, booksellers, writers, and others who fight for such freedom.”
This is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us - Edited by Katherine Locke and Nicole Melleby 2021
Look for Menudo Fan Club by Aida Salazar
Black Boy Joy - Edited by Kwame Mbalia 2021
Includes the middle grade story "Extinct" by Dean Atta.
Sixteen: Stories About that Sweet and Bitter Birthday - Edited by Megan McCafferty 2004
Includes "Cat Got Your Tongue" by Sonya Sones.
Horses in the ’Hood- G. Neri 2012 (Published in Lunch Ticket.)
Cole's Daddy is a cowboy in North Philly. But don't call him Tex, or Cowboy, or Country.
Flying Lessons and Other Stories - Edited by Ellen Oh
Includes "Seventy-Six Dollars and Forty-Nine Cents: A Story-in-Verse" by Kwame Alexander.
Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices - Edited by Mitali Perkins 2013
Includes "'Under Berlin" by G. Neri and "Lexicon" by Naomi Shihab Nye.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do - Linda Sandoval, Niki Burnham, Ellen Hopkins, and Teri Clark 2009
A collection of four short stories (one written in verse) about the end.
Tomo - edited by Holly Thompson 2012
A collection of Japan teen stories with two in verse: Half a Heart by Mariko Nagai (which is an excerpt from Dust of Eden) and Ichinichi on the Yamanote by Claire Dawn.
Love at First Book - Sarah Tregay 2015
A stand-alone short story. From a distance, Lorelei falls in love with boy with book in his back pocket—but first she has to find him.
Car 393 - Kip Wilson 2017 (Published in Lunch Ticket.)
A stand-alone historical short story. Based on the true story one of Boston's trolley cars and its passengers.