Science Fiction Writers Workshop:
Story Lengths

When submitting to a market or hoping to fit a certain award category, it's important to know what length constitutes what form. Here's the SFWA standard, with the super-shorts appended:

  • Novel: a work of at least 40,000 words. Most adult novels are at least 60,000 words.
  • Novella: at least 17,500 words but fewer than 40,000 words.
  • Novelette: at least 7,500 words but fewer than 17,500 words.
  • Short story: fewer than 7,500 words.
  • Short-short: fewer than 2,000 words.
  • Flash: fewer than 1,000 words.

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updated 5/30/2013

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