Definition of short story in English:

short story


  • A story with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter and less elaborate than a novel.

    • ‘You can talk about great novels, short stories, movies, or urban legends about the subject.’
    • ‘Here, however, is a brief summary of the history of the short story as conceived by our literary masters.’
    • ‘He has since written short stories, a novella, novels and even a thriller set in the Pacific.’
    • ‘Lots of writers use the short story to develop a scene from a greater, future work.’
    • ‘Jancar's work includes novels, short stories, theatre plays, film scripts and essays.’
    • ‘She then took an office job to help her get by while she wrote short stories, novels and poems.’
    • ‘Like writing a novel or a short story or a poem, songwriting is the art of telling a story.’
    • ‘Too often, what we're getting these days are short pieces of fiction and not short stories.’
    • ‘When she is writing poetry she will devour novels, biographies and short stories.’
    • ‘She completed over 100 novels, twelve collections of short stories, and three plays.’
    • ‘Was it difficult for you to be shopping around a book of short stories as your first book?’
    • ‘His short stories and novels continue to delight and entrance readers all over the world.’
    • ‘I even put chapters inside the short stories to give convenient stopping points.’
    • ‘When I write I always send my novels or even short stories to three or four other writers.’
    • ‘The first work of mine to be published in a book wasn't a short story or a novel.’
    • ‘If I want to include a dead celebrity as a character in a short story or novel what is stopping me from doing so?’
    • ‘I want to imagine you not having a life other than writing novels and comics and short stories and films!’
    • ‘Before coming to Hollywood he was well known for several novels and short stories, and a play.’
    • ‘Maupassant's short stories raised the art of story telling to a pitch rarely equalled.’
    • ‘Later, it comes out in the form of a short story or a novel and that is the best way for a writer to react.’
    story, short story, narrative, anecdote, report, account, record, history
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