Questions I frequently see asked are for length definitions for various categories of writing. Below I have two different sets of definitions for lengths/names. Of the two versions: one is from a writing site I belonged to years ago and was claimed to have been taken from SFWA. [The SFWA definitions may have changed since back then.] The other is from Absolute Write Water Cooler.
- Flash: Under 500 words is generally considered flash fiction, although some markets consider as high as 1,000 words to be flash. Up to 1,000 words.
- Short Short: Under 2,000 words.
- Short Story – Under 7,500 words. USA: 2,000-7,500 words; UK & Commonwealth: 1,000-12,000 words.
- Novelette – Between 7,500 – 17,500 words. General Fiction: 7,500-15,000 words; SF & Fantasy- 7,500-17,500 words.
- Novella – Between 17,500 – 40,000 words. General Fiction: 15,000-30,000; SF & Fantasy: 17,500-40,000 words.
- Novel – Over 40,000 words. General Fiction: over 30,000 words; SF & Fantasy: over 40,000 words.
Average word counts of novels per genre appear here in an article by Aaron Stanton http://storytime.booklamp.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Average-Book-Length-Book-Genome2.png