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Hi, I just wondered, how do you define “short?” Is there a word limit you would consider people should stick to? My first attempt at a “novel” fell several thousand words shorter than most people’s! 🙂

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  • Hi Kate,  

    There's no hard rule but a novella usually starts at around 15,000/17,000 words so technically anything below is a short story, but looking at what general gets published in literary magazine and short stories tends to fall between over 1,000 to 6,000 words. 1,000 words and below is flash fiction. 

    I hope this helps.

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    • Yes it does thank you. Gosh! I might have written a novella.

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