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Short Stories and Novellas

A short story is currently defined as anything up to 7,500 words, while a novella is between 17,500 and 40,000 words.

The span between 7,500 and 17,500 is often defined as a "novelette", although some authorities state that a novella starts at 10,000 words.

Since it's all rather arbitrary, and defined mostly by literary contests, we are using the term "short novella" for novelette, because the term "novelette" is sometimes viewed as a work that is frothy or silly, or of limited literary value. One doesn't want one's work to be viewed as silly, now does one? :-). A reference on word counts is listed on the Rules page of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Nebula Awards.

Bogey the Magnificent
~ A story for every child who has ever lost a dog
Being a clever Wiggle Dog, he pulled back and forth until the old spring on his very personal leash went “Pop!” and he was off! He ran this way and that way, and up the yard and down the yard. Freedom was a glorious thing, and Bogey the Magnificent was Proud and Happy to be On the Run. more
The Day the Moon Smiled
The Master of the Moon was just finishing a detailed sketch of a dimple when the light over the message tube flashed red. He paused, and thoughtfully erased a smudge on the paper, trying to ignore the insistent flashing. He had been expecting it for days. more
The Republican Corpse
~ A Sarah Kim Escapade ~
It’s not every day that you find a Republican corpse stuffed upside down in a broom closet on Capitol Hill. The fact that the head of the victim was rudely jammed into a dirty mop bucket caused even more stir among the faint of heart gathered that morning in the Ways and Means Committee room on the first floor of the Longworth House Office Building. more
Birth
Being naked, hot, and dirty was normal for the small tribe that lived on the edge of the foothills on the East African plain. The daily struggle and violence of life a million and a half years ago made novelties like bathing entirely unnecessary. Thus, the actions of two of the women in the tribe seemed to the others to be an incomprehensible waste of time. Even the leader of the group, possessed as he was with superior strength and intelligence, gazed in bewilderment whenever the women walked into a river and bathed. more
The Last Person
It was the expression on the woman’s face that had caught the monk’s attention. It was one of those quiet, inscrutable expressions that gnawed at one’s mind, begging to be understood, yet at the same time running in full retreat from the cruelty of gawkers. more
The Bird that was Saved by a THING
(A Truly True Tale)
It was a Tuesday when it Happened. The baby sparrow, affectionately called Lewie by his father and mother (short for Llewellyn, of course), had decided that today was the Day when he could fly. His mother, Frances, had looked at him severely, and cuffed him with the tip of her left wing. "Fly? At your age? I don't think so!" more
The Angel Who Fed the Cat
The man woke suddenly, surprised that it was still dark. He rubbed his head as he glanced at his wife sleeping next to him, wondering if it was his headache that had awakened him. He could see their four children sprawled across the other bed and the floor of the motel room, limbs askew in impossible positions. more
Prince Tadin and the Naughty Mosquito
Once upon a time there was a handsome prince named Tadin. He was four years old, and he had blond hair and blue eyes. He wore a green cape, a red hat with a green feather, and golden boots. more
The Sad Tale of Rupert and Eggbert
Rupert was a peaceful cat. He lay in the sun all day, dreaming of nice things that walked on four legs. He was a playful cat. One day, a small, timid mouse named Eggbert danced across Rupert's nose. more
The Nest on Tymon's Head
When Tymon was very little he didn't like having his hair washed. Whenever he took a bath, his mother would say, "Time to wash your hair, Tymon." Tymon would yell, "No!" and try to make himself very small in the far corner of the tub. more
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