short story

noun

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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Synonyms for short story

Synonyms

narrative, novelette, novella, story, tale, yarn

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Examples of short story in a Sentence

her very first short story was accepted for publication in a local journal

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Winners have been named in the San Diego Public Library’s inaugural short story contest. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Winners named in library's inaugural short story contest," 6 June 2018 Flash fiction, short stories, and novelettes don’t usually get the same amount of attention as their longer counterparts, which is a shame. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "11 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out in late November," 15 Nov. 2018 Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music that reflect his Native American heritage and traditions for over 40 years. Courant Community, "Community News For The Killingly Edition," 17 Apr. 2018 One of the most exciting fiction debuts of the year is Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s Friday Black, a darkly satirical short story collection that plays on our ideas about race, capitalism, and dystopia. Constance Grady, Vox, "The author of Friday Black explains why he reimagined Black Friday as a zombie plague," 23 Nov. 2018 Audiences have fallen in love with The Kissing Booth, the Beth Reekles's Wattpad short story turned YA novel and most recently adapted into a wildly-popular Netflix Original starring Joey King, Joel Courtney, and Jacob Elordi. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "“The Kissing Booth” Sequel: Everything We Know About the Possible Movie," 12 July 2018 The novel imitates life, where the short story is bony, and cannot wander. S. Kirk Walsh, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Last Stories,’ by William Trevor," 24 May 2018 These short stories grew into a successful blog, which in turn inspired a surf and yoga camp. Matilde Wergeland, Vogue, "Where to Surf and Stay on Sri Lanka’s South Coast," 17 Jan. 2018 Before the posthumous publication of Lucia Berlin’s collection of short stories, A Manual for Cleaning Women, in 2015, her son, Jeff Berlin, remembers being reminded to not to keep his hopes up. Bridget Read, Vogue, "How Lucia Berlin Became A Literary Superstar 11 Years After Her Death (And Is About to Publish A New Collection)," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of short story

1877, in the meaning defined above

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short story

noun

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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