Day 23: #AtoZChallenge
One of the most frequent questions asked by writers is : “What is an acceptable word count for _________” (fill in the blank). Most magazines, contests, or websites will define the type of fiction they’re looking for and the required word count or word limit. In my research, I found a number of sites with slightly different word counts, but all were generally within these limits.
Basic fiction classification and the associated word counts:
- Flash Fiction – under 500 but some accept up to 1000.
- Historical Fiction – 90,000-100,000.
- Literary – 80,000-120,000.
- Memoir – 80,000 – 90,000.
- Middle Grade Fiction – 25,000 -40,000.
- Mystery, Thrillers & Crime – 70,000 -90,000.
- Novella – 10,000 – 40,000.
- Novelette – 7,550 – 17,500.
- Picture Books – standard 32 pages (500-600 words).
- Romance Fiction– 50,000 – 100,000.
- Science fiction & Fantasy – 90,000 -120,000.
- Short Story – typically between 1,000 – 8,000.
- Women’s Fiction – as low as 70,000. Standard is around 80,000.
- Young Adult Fiction – 50,000 -70,000.
Remember, it’s recommended not to rely on your software program for an accurate word count, especially when words are limited as in a contest.
Shortcut for determining word count: Change document to Courier with one-inch margins, count the number of pages, multiply by 250. This is the adjusted number of words in your manuscript.
Want more info on word Counts? Check out these resources:
- Manuscript Appraisal Agency
- The Write Practice
- The Editor’s Blog
- The Writer’s Workshop
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