Joe De Matteo

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Information about Fiction, short fiction and essays.

Fictional narrative prose (generally):

  • Novel - 41,000 to 200,000 words, or 200 to 1,300 pages
  • Novella - 17,501 to 40,000 words, or 85 to 200 pages.
  • Novelette - 7,500 to 17,500 words, or 45 to 85 pages
  • Short Story - no more than 7,500 words or 38 pages
  • Short, Short Story - 1,001 to 2,000 words, or 5 to 10 pages
  • Flash - 500 to 1,000 words, or 2 1/2 to 5 pages
    (also called Sudden Fiction)
  • Micro - 300 words

   This is not a new genre in fiction writing, it is the wider recognition of it that is new.  That puts giving it a name into a state of flux.
   Hemingway's famous work of 6 words

"For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn."

is a piece of writing one could write a novel behind.  A reader could ponder it for hours.  While the same could be said of a 1,000 word Flash fiction piece, it would certainly be less remarkable.
   It has been suggested that everything under 2,000 words be called Flash Fiction.  There are those (this writer included) who like the definitions above, which recognizes the differences between a narrative of only 300 words and that of one that is 1,000 words, and furthermore, a work of 2,000 words. 
   Getting a full story in 2,000 words is remarkable, but getting one in under 300 words, well, that is a different thing all together.
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(Inspired by Hemingway, Wired Magazine decided to play with the form a bit.)

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