short short story

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short short story (plural short short stories)

  1. A work of fiction that is briefer than typical short stories.
    • 1936, E. M. Vickrey, "The Integration of Composition and the Short Story," Peabody Journal of Education, vol. 13, no. 4, p. 182.
      We do not mean the length of the average short story, but rather that of the "short short story" that ranges from 500 to 1200 words.