How Long Is a Short Story? What’s the Perfect Length?

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Friday September 9, 2022 at 3:43pm

Obviously, a short story is the shortest form of prose. But how long or short is a short story?

This isn’t an easy question—of course we know that a short story is typically a ‘short’ piece, but so is a novelette. What’s the unique and appropriate scope (word count and brevity) for a short story.

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