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.