10 Writing Forms and Their Lengths   Leave a comment


  1. Novels: 80,000+ words or about 300-350 pages. Epics are usually longer.
  2. Novella: 15,000 – 80,000 words
  3. Short Story: 15,000 words or less
  4. Flash Fiction: 1 – 2 pages, but some are even shorter.
  5. Poetry: Generally if you are submitting to a magazine they prefer one page or less, but different styles have different lengths. Epic poetry can be novel length and haiku are usually only a few short lines.
  6. Dissertation: 6,000 – 20,000 words
  7. Article: 250 – 800 words (depends also on where it is to be published).
  8. Essay: 1,500 – 6,000 words
  9. Research Paper: 3,000 – 6,000 words
  10. Movie Screenplay: 100 – 110 pages, but generally less is more.

More forms and lengths to come which ones would you like to see?

by Elizabeth Huff

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Posted April 5, 2012 by Elizabeth Huff in Education, General Writing

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