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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her very first short story was accepted for publication in a local journal
Recent Examples on the Web Following a six-figure bidding war for his debut short story collection last year, the 28-year-old Anthony Veasna So passed away unexpectedly in December. Vogue, 29 May 2021 The haunting debut short story collection from Dantiel W. Moniz finds a cast of characters navigating life’s biggest challenges: heartbreak, inheritance, grief and growing up. Lucas Wittmann, Time, 28 May 2021 The interlude with the real Molly works as a tragic short story, and then the asylum sequence is by far the liveliest thing in any of these six episodes. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2021 In any Hemingway short story or novel, whether it is filtered through a first- or third-person narrator, there is really only one perspective presented, one voice: that of the author. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 13 May 2021 Students are encouraged to share their own short story and book cover design. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 28 May 2021 At 16, she was invited to travel to New Orleans, La., to participate in William Faulkner’s Words & Music Festival, where her short story was placed as a finalist out of hundreds of worldwide applicants., 9 Apr. 2021 Teens can create a poem, lyrics, a comic, artwork, a short story, a long story, or anything that tells their story. cleveland, 21 May 2021 Includes a short story, and special guest appearance from Stanley the Panther. Mary Lou Cruz,, 17 May 2021

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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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22 Jun 2021

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“Short story.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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