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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

short′ sto′ry(n.)

  1. a piece of prose fiction, usu. under 10,000 words.

    Category: Literature

Princeton's WordNet

  1. short story(noun)

    a prose narrative shorter than a novel

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. short story(noun)ʃˈɔrts

    a piece of fiction told in just a few pages

    a book of short stories and poems


  1. short story(Noun)

    A work of fiction that is shorter than a novel.


  1. Short story

    A short story is a brief work of literature, usually written in narrative prose. Emerging from earlier oral storytelling traditions in the 17th century, the short story has grown to encompass a body of work so diverse as to defy easy characterization. At its most prototypical the short story features a small cast of named characters, and focuses on a self-contained incident with the intent of evoking a "single effect" or mood. In so doing, short stories make use of plot, resonance, and other dynamic components to a far greater degree than is typical of an anecdote, yet to a far lesser degree than a novel. While the short story is largely distinct from the novel, authors of both generally draw from a common pool of literary techniques. Short stories have no set length. In terms of word count there is no official demarcation between an anecdote, a short story, and a novel. Rather, the form's parameters are given by the rhetorical and practical context in which a given story is produced and considered, so that what constitutes a short story may differ between genres, countries, eras, and commentators. Like the novel, the short story's predominant shape reflects the demands of the available markets for publication, and the evolution of the form seems closely tied to the evolution of the publishing industry and the submission guidelines of its constituent houses.


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