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Registered: 07-2005
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What did I write?


So you wrote a story but you don't know exactly what it was that you wrote!

The Science Fiction Writers of America uses these definitions for its Nebula awards, and most people consider them to be pretty standard:

Short fiction: under 7,500 words
Novelette: 7,500-17,500 words
Novella: 17,500-40,000 words
Novel: 40,000 words and up

Shorter stories use different techniques, and have different kinds of subjects, so the Short Mystery Fiction Society subdivides the shortest categories further for their Derringer Awards:

Flash story: up to 1000 words
Short short story: 1001 - 4000 words
Long short story: 4001-8000 words
Novelette: 8001-17,500 words

NaNo says a novel is 50,000 words.

The Manuscript Appraisal Agency says that books over the 110K word count are usually considered ‘epics’.

Baen tells us that a novel shorter than 85,000 words will not be considered for print publication.

I didn't find any definitions describing epub word counts...

So what was it you said you wrote again?

Last edited by Pastor Rick, 4/29/2017, 12:15 pm


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