Novella Explained

Some of you have asked what a novella is. I suppose one could say that it is a short novel. Without getting into tedious things such as word counts, suffice it to say that a novella is longer than a short story and a novelette, but shorter than a novel.

You could definitely kill a bug with a printed novella, and perhaps you could maim a smallish rodent, but you would be hard pressed to dispatch cattle with it.

These are the numbers that SFWA uses:

  • Novel: a work of 40,000 words or more
  • Novella: a work of at least 17,500 words but under 40,000 words
  • Novelette: a work of at least 7,500 words but under 17,500 words
  • Short story: a work of under 7,500 words
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