Seeking Advice/Opinions

Hi Folks,

I am looking for advice/opinions on short stories.  I am putting together a short story compilation e-book and I’m not sure how many words is acceptable.  I don’t mean that I want to abide by any literary rules but rather I wondered what’s the least amount of words a reader would deem acceptable, given they will have parted with money for the book?

I am still some way off actually publishing the stories so I’m thinking ahead a little.

I don’t know if there is such an expectation but thought I would check beforehand.  I wouldn’t like to gain a reputation for short-changing people.

Does anyone have any experience of short story e-books, whether it is as a writer or a reader?

I would love to hear from you.

Di 🙂



I have previously mentioned that I was taking up a challenge to write a 5000 word short story within 4 weeks for a competition.  I started off with 1500 words and I have been adding to it, with the target word count of 5000 words in mind.  Tonight, I realised I was wrong.  Reading the rules on the Bridport Prize webpage, I discovered that it is a MAXIMUM of 5000 words.  I’m not going to lie, I could have bulked up my story to 5000 words but I doubt it would be the best version of the story.  The version I have now is better than it was at 1500 words but I think that with a little bit of editing, I can make my story the best version yet.

I don’t know why I didn’t read the competition rules before I began but I have learned a lesson tonight – read and read thoroughly!

I’m just glad I realised it with a week to spare 🙂


The challenge – updated

Day 3 of the challenge and I still need 2670 words.  It’s far more difficult adding flesh to bones than it is picking it off but I can do it.  I just have to retain the positive mental attitude.  Per the Sylvia Plath quote I posted yesterday – The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

I will not be letting my enemy win.  Watch this space!