#ArmchairBEA Day 3 ~ Short Stories and Novellas

Even though there seems to be thousands of short stories and novellas out today, they are not a new trend. Authors have been penning these tiny tidbits for decades. These tales tend to paint a picture in less than 40,000 words.

There seems to be a variation of what is a short story and what is a novella. A short story is typically at least 3,500 words but can be as long as 30,000 words. So, what is a novella then? Some sources say at least 15,000 words, others say at least 17,500 or 20,000. It is all really confusing. What we know for sure is that both are under 40,000 words.

Can a gem be created with so little? Absolutely. Some of the greatest pieces of literature are told this way.

The Gift of the MagiThe Gift of the Magi by O. Henry is one of the most famous short stories in American literature. A heartwarming tale that has reached millions and carries such a moving message is told in less than 30 pages.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
A creepy narrative published in 1820 gives us a picture of a young schoolmaster named Ichabod Crane and his life in the possessed town of Sleepy Hollow.

The Tell-Tale Heart and Other WritingsThe master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe, has a vast body of short stories. One he is most known for is one man's journey into madness, The Tell-Tale Heart.

Scarlet StockingsMade famous for the penning of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott's Scarlet Stockings, has been praised as one of the best short stories in American literature.

Will the short stories and novellas of today carry the weight of these classics in a hundred years? Who knows, but there are so many wonderful ones out there that we can enjoy in an afternoon. It would be a shame not to find out.

Check out some of my own short stories/novellas and judge for yourself.

Holiday Cure for the Cursed

Not the Same Season


  1. Who could forget Sleepy Hollow? One of the best short stories out there.

    1. It is really one of my favorites so I knew I had to include it.

  2. Love some of those classic stories, though I had no idea they were shorts. I haven't read a ton of classics, only watched the film adaptions.
    I love the cover for Fireworks!

    1. Yes, good things do come in small packages.

      Mayhem Cover Creations created the cover for Fireworks. I'm so happy with the way it turned out.


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