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A novelette (or novelet) is a piece of short prose fiction. The distinction of novelette compared to other literary forms, like a novel, is usually based upon word count. The Hugo and Nebula awards for science fiction define the novelette as having a word count between seven thousand five hundred (7,500) and seventeen thousand five hundred (17,500) in length. A word count is the number of words that a document contains. ... The Hugo Award is given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy stories of the previous year, and for related areas in fandom, art and dramatic presentation. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...

Other classifications of fiction based upon word count are:

  • Epic: A work of 200,000 words or more.
  • 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 at least 1,000 words but under 7,500 words.
  • Flash fiction: A work of less than 1,000 words.

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The Novelette - web fiction for and about women (192 words)
Early one bright October morning, Kitty Walker stood outside the front door of her house for the last time.
If you’re enjoying the story, why not print it out to read later or to share it with a friend?
Click here for your free download copies of each section of the novelette.
Novelette, Witold Lutoslawski (302 words)
Composed very much with him in mind and dedicated to him, it was subsequently commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London, at one of whose concerts he gave the World Premiere.
Novelette is in five movements and despite the work’s almost miniature character, its total duration is eighteen minutes.
As has happened in some of my other works, the last movement is more substantial than those which precede it, forming a kind of counterbalance to them.
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