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


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

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