What Is Short Fiction?

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.