short story


Definition of short story

: an invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot

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Examples of short story in a Sentence

her very first short story was accepted for publication in a local journal
Recent Examples on the Web But one in particular spoke to my writerly sensibilities, and prompted me immediately to write a short story. Washington Post, "Amid the pandemic, a writer finds inspiration in century-old travel stories," 26 June 2020 The group plans to create a content list every month, consisting of a movie, podcast, article and short story, among other mediums. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "A California teen started an anti-racism book club with an Instagram post. She expected 15 people. Hundreds signed up.," 23 June 2020 Shakoor also has worked as an actor, stand-up comedian, comedy writer, short story author and playwright. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Virtual storytelling event in Detroit to spread message of its title: 'Black Men Count'," 17 June 2020 The Lightness, which hits shelves on June 16, began as a short story in 2014., "'The Lightness' author Emily Temple grapples with releasing a novel "into two pandemics"," 15 June 2020 While the novel is set in 1964, later in Jackson's life, Shirley takes place in 1948, right after The New Yorker has published Jackson's most famous short story, The Lottery. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Elisabeth Moss gives a brilliantly subversive performance in Shirley," 7 June 2020 Jackson, who was known for her creepy tales and gorgeous, smart prose, published six novels and seven short story collections (some of which were published posthumously). Gina Vaynshteyn,, "Shirley Jackson Books To Read After You Finish Hulu’s Shirley," 5 June 2020 Washington’s short story collection is set in Houston, but the intricacy and inter-connectivity of the stories could convey the imaginary borders that appear throughout any urban center. Andrew Dansby,, "The 30 most essential books about Texas," 31 May 2020 Over more than half a century, Mr. Fonseca wrote short stories, novels, and screenplays that titillated and shocked Brazilians with their terse style and seamy content. Michael Astor,, "Rubem Fonseca, giant of Brazilian literature, at 94," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of short story

1877, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jul 2020

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“Short story.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of short story

: a short written story usually dealing with few characters : a short work of fiction

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