The Short Fiction Dilemma

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The Short Fiction Dilemma

Postby trovisar85 » Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:24 am


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The Short Fiction Dilemma

Postby trovisar85 » Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:24 am

How long does something have to be before it's NOT considered short fiction?
I've looked into some short story contests, feeling it would be a good springboard to getting published, but I always seem to go over the word limit for these things. What I think is a good short story is always way too long for these competitions, but not long enough to be a novel by any means. Do people even write "novellas" anymore? What's the appropriate definition of that term these days?
I'm going crazy with this concept! What to do? What to do!??! :o

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RE: The Short Fiction Dilemma

Postby jmar2 » Wed Feb 08, 2006 10:19 am

Yes we still write novellas. The SciFi market seems to be the most receptive to this length of story. As to the Short Story definition... There are several old threads on this scattered around the forum. Linda Adams and Jamesaritchie both had some good definitions.

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RE: The Short Fiction Dilemma

Postby trovisar85 » Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:40 am

Thanks for the info! I found a really good definition in the WD Q & A archives.
I just hope I can come up with a way to stay within contest guidelines. I have a tendency to be a Rock & Roll Tolstoy.


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