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What are Novelette, Novellas, Novels, Short Stories, and Flash Fiction?

In the world of book publishing, the typical length of a novel is determined by the genre. These averages represent industry standards rather than any hard-and-fast rule. However, when it comes to novelette, novellas, novels, short stories, and flash fiction, word counts are critical since they are the only distinguishing characteristics of these forms.


It is a short work of literature between 7,500-17,500 words in length. The Hugo and Nebula award criteria also refer to this spectrum.

It refers to any brief, fictional piece of prose storytelling. It includes fewer words than novels or novellas but more than other types of prose fiction, such as short stories. Even though novelettes do not have a page count of a full-length novel, they usually convey a comprehensive narrative. It is often referred to as extended short stories or mini novellas.

Generally, novelettes have emphasized whimsical, emotional themes. On the other hand, the contemporary novelette is more akin to the novella in that it may cover a variety of genres, including science-fiction, drama, and historical fiction.


It is a short work of literature that is longer than a short story or novelette but shorter than a full-length novel. Novellas have many of the narrative and structure features of novels-but, like novelettes, they often concentrate on a single point of view, a single-core conflict, and a rapid pace. It has a word count of between 17,500-40,000 words.


It is a long story written in literary language. The purpose of narrative writing is to amuse and convey a tale. It is a narrative that describes a series of events that includes a cast of characters, a location, and a conclusion. Novels may deviate from the preliminary conflict in order to explore the background and various perspectives. It has a word count beyond 40,000 words.

  • Historical Fiction: 100,000 words

  • Romance: 50,000-100,000 words

  • Science Fiction and Fantasy: 90,000-120,000 words

  • Thriller: 70,000-90,000 words

Short Stories

It is a work of prose fiction that is usually read in a single sitting and concentrates on a single event or sequence of connected episodes with the purpose of creating a single impact or emotion. Its word count ranges from 1,000-10,000 words.

Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is a kind of fiction that is described as a very brief narrative. While there is no fixed word limit (commonly less than 1,000 words) that distinguishes flash fiction from more conventional short tales, flash fiction may be as brief as a few lines (while short stories typically run for several pages).

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