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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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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Some Trick, a slim collection of short stories, is just DeWitt’s third book in almost 20 years. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "The Anguished Comedy of Helen DeWitt," 25 June 2018 Startup company Bibliobath offers waterproof versions of classics by Mark Twain, Shakespeare, and Yeats, while Melcher Media sells compilations of short stories appropriately titled Beach and Poolside. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Waterproof Books Let You Read While You're In the Pool and Bath," 15 Nov. 2016 The outings of the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Boston’s Chris Sale turned into short stories. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Aces out: Sale, Kershaw chased early in Series opener," 23 Oct. 2018 The variety show included music, dance, poetry, film, and short stories—all written, directed, and performed by emerging and established female artists. Julia Russo, Vogue, "An Evening Under the Stars: We the Women Collective Hosts a Variety Show at the Venice Beach House," 18 Sep. 2018 That’s another great thing about short stories: There’s something for everyone. New York Times, "Brief Tales for New Readers and Little Listeners From Philip Stead and More," 29 June 2018 Florida is a blistering series of short stories set in a state where calm and intensity work hand in hand. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Summer Reads of 2018," 21 May 2018 A couple years ago, startup publisher Serial Box launched with an aim to publish stories in a slightly different way: tell a longer story by breaking it up into manageable, shorter stories, written by a team of writers. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Serial Box is experimenting with super-short fiction with Microfiction Mondays," 28 June 2018 Summer Writing Workshop: Work on your memoir, novel, essay or short story. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of short story

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of short story was in 1877

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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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