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What is the appropriate range for the size of a typical short story?

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    JoeyBivensposted 8 years ago

    What is the appropriate range for the size of a typical short story?

  2. yoshi97 profile image70
    yoshi97posted 8 years ago

    Pulling from my own experience, short stories are easier to sell in the 1500 to 2500 word range, though I have sold stories that were shorter and stories that were longer.

    As most published short stories wind up in magazines, stories of this length fit well on a page with a picture and a short introduction, which is why the 1500 to 2500 word length is favored.

    Regardless, if your story needs more words then write it with more words. There's always a chance you can cut some words in your final revision and if it stays longer there are publications out there that will publish a longer story.

    I hope this helps. smile

  3. Cupideros profile image73
    Cupiderosposted 8 years ago

    5 to 1,000 Words as Flash Stories.
    1,000 to 2,000 Words as Semi-Flashes.
    2,000 to 10,000 Words as Short Stories.

    Hope this helps.

  4. Rebecca E. profile image81
    Rebecca E.posted 8 years ago

    basically it depends on where you're going to sell it but for most places no more than 10,000 words. 

    Sme have even stricter limits, and will say that 5,000 words are the max.  It again depends.  If you go for magazines, 2,500 is perfect.

    A more literary magazine might allow for longer.  When in doubt check the publications.

    For my own personal rule is no more than say about 3,000

    Hope this will clear things up