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 Nick is dutifully squandering company time, albeit in a higher pursuit — struggling to write a short story. Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 His father manufactured hat ribbons and his uncle was Samson Raphaelson, who wrote the short story and the Broadway play that served as the basis for Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer (1927). Chris Koseluk, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 July 2022 But in expanding this short story into a feature-length movie, Derrickson fatally slackens the tension. A.a. Dowd, Rolling Stone, 23 June 2022 Hill, who has gone on to be a short story writer and playwright, has a marvelous style and a sly sense of humor that frequently surfaces. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 20 June 2022 Based on a short story by author George Saunders, director Joseph Kosinski’s film boasts an impressive pedigree, with a script from Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 June 2022 Derrickson penned the script with his Doctor Strange cowriter C. Robert Cargill from a short story by Joe Hill, and the slim source material tends to feel padded out accordingly. Leah Greenblatt,, 23 June 2022 But the boogeyman in this 1978-set, fiendishly shivery thriller — which Derrickson directed and co-wrote, with C. Robert Cargill, from a short story by Joe Hill, the son of Stephen King — is 100 percent flesh and blood. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 Spiderhead was adapted from a short story by George Saunders, but halfheartedly and with decidedly less wit. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 20 June 2022 See More

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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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9 Aug 2022

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“Short story.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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