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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America gives these ranges: Short story: Fewer than 7500 words. Novelette: 7500 to 17499 words. Novella: 17500 to 39999 words. Novel: 40000 or more words. Note that these are defined in terms of word count, not page count. The number of pages depends greatly on formatting, so is imprecise as measure of story ...


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I don't know about Sweet72's reference to Japanese literature or how that relates to English literary forms. But in common American usage, a "novella" is a shorter work than a "novel". Some give formal definitions, like a novel is over 40,000 words while a novella is 20,000 to 40,000. But I think the real, practical definition is that a novel is a story ...


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You may be interested in this competition link for a novella. http://griffithreview.com/the-novella-project-2-call-for-submissions


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Just go directly to ebook through amazon. You can freely market it through FB by all of the various free FB apps. Self publish, it will result in a lot fewer rejection letters.


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As per Wikipedia's Light Novel article: A light novel is a style of Japanese novel primarily targeting middle and high school students. [...] They are typically not more than 40,000–50,000 words long (the shorter ones being equivalent to a novella in US publishing terms), rarely exceed 200 pages, often have dense publishing schedules, are usually ...


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I understand why you have reservations about self-publishing, but the market for novellas has always been thin. If none of the outlets you find through Duotrope et al. suit your story, and you don’t want to just publish it directly, your best bet might be to build up your professional portfolio with shorter stories, and then publish an anthology that ...



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