Word counts are used to categorize short fiction. There are many opinions regarding what word count corresponds to what type of short fiction. SFWG uses the following breakdown:
- Flash Fiction: 1,000 words or less.
- Short Story: Between 1,001 and 7,500 words.
- Novelette: Between 7,501 and 17,500 words.
- Novella: Between 17,501 and 40,000 words.
- Novel: Anything above 40,000 words. SFWG does not promote this category.