Classification of Literary Fiction

Types of literary fiction in prose include:

  • Short story: A work of at least 2,000 words but under 7,500 words. The boundary between a long short story and a novella is vague.
  • Novella: A work of at least 7,500 words but under 50,000 words. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1899) is an example of a novella.
  • Novel: A work of 50,000 words or more.
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