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1.9 What are the standard word counts for novels, short stories, et cetera? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)




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This article is from the misc.writing Writing FAQ, by Wendy Chatley Green wcgreen@cris.com with numerous contributions by others.

1.9 What are the standard word counts for novels, short stories, et cetera? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)

0 - 250 words:          Flash or sudden fiction
0 - 2,000 words:        Short-short story
2,000 - 10,000 words:              Short story
10,000 - 40,000 words:  Novella
50,000 - infinity  (or durned close to it):     Novel

A good length for a novel (by consensus of this newgroup) is
80,000 words.

Certain genre publishers require a maximum word count
because they produce a standardized paperback. Follow these
requirements.

 

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