Story Length

Story Empire

Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. Previously, I talked about the advantages of writing short stories and participating in anthologies. Today, I’ll cover story length and the various definitions used in fiction. Later, I’ll pose a question.

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There are several terms to define works of fiction based upon the length of the story. Check a dozen sources and you will likely get a dozen different answers but here is a general consensus of story type as defined by word count.

  • Micro Fiction is a subset of flash fiction and is generally defined as any story told in 300 words or less.
  • Flash Fiction—stories up to 1,000 words (some say up to 1,500 words). Virginia Wolfe’s A Haunted House (710 words)and Mark Twain’s A Telephonic Conversation (810 words) fall into the flash fiction category.
  • Short Stories are usually between 5,000 and 10,000 words but can be…

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