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What is short story?

A short story is a piece of brief literature, usually written in narrative prose. Short stories can be written in a variety of formats, but the most typical features a small cast of characters with names and focuses on a single, self-contained incident. Short stories make use of a plot and other normal literary components, just to a lesser and shorter degree than a novel. They also vary in length.

Short Story

Edited by Sudipta Kumar Paul

Story is an important tools to teach or learn a lesson by reading, listening or telling

Cassification Of Story

  1. Folk Tale
  2. a tale or legend originating and traditional among a people or folk, especially one forming part of the oral tradition of the common people.

  3. Fable
  4. A fable is a succinct story featuring anthropomorphic creatures (usually animals, but also mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature) to tell a story with a moral. Often the moral is explicitly told at the end. A fable is similar to a parable, but differs most in the fact that fables use animals to tell a story but parables do not. The most well-known example of a fable would be any of the many told in Aesop’s Fables.

  5. Anecdote
  6. An anecdote is a short account of something interesting and amusing, which usually tells a story about a real person and/or incident. Often, anecdotes are used to illustrate or support a point in an essay, article, or chapter. They are very short, but have no specific limits.

  7. Drabble
  8. A drabble is an exceptionally short piece of fiction, usually of exactly 100 words in length – not including the title. The purpose of a drabble is extreme brevity and to test an author’s skill at expressing himself/herself meaningfully and interestingly in a very confined space.

  9. Feghoot
  10. A feghoot is an interesting short story type also known as a story pun or a poetic story joke. It is a humorous piece ending in an atrocious pun. It can be very short, only long enough to sufficiently illustrate the context of the piece enough to lead up to the pun.

  11. Flash Fiction
  12. Flash fiction refers to an extremely short piece of literature. It has no widely accepted length, but has a debated cap of between 300 and 1000 words.

  13. Frame Story
  14. A frame story is also known as a frame tale or a nested narrative. It is a literary technique of placing a story within a story, for the purpose of introducing or setting the stage for a main narrative or a series of short stories.

  15. Mini-saga
  16. A mini-saga is a short story told in exactly 50 words. It is a test in brevity – about saying a lot with a little.

  17. Story Sequence
  18. A story sequence, also called a short story cycle or a composite novel, is a group of short stories that work together to form a longer piece, while still functioning as complete short stories on their own.

  19. Sketch Story
  20. A sketch story is a shorter than average piece containing little or no plot. It can be merely a description of a character or a location. Character sketches are common, and a good way to build a character that will eventually be part of a longer piece.

  21. Vignette
  22. A vignette is a short, impressionistic piece that focuses on a single scene, character, idea, setting, or object. There is little emphasis on adhering to conventional theatrical or literary structure, or story development. It can be a stand-alone piece or part of a larger work.

  23. Animal lore
  24. Folklore
  25. Myths
  26. Fairy tales
The wolf and the shepherds

One day a wolf was chased away from a farm for trying to steal some of the sheep for food. Later that week, the wolf came back to the farm hoping to find some food. He peeped inside the house and found the farmer and his family feasting on lamb roast.

“Aha!”, he thought. “If I were to do the same thing that the farmer and his family are doing now, I would be shunted and chased, or even killed for killing a weak, innocent lamb.”


We are quick to judge and condemn others for what they do, but see nothing wrong in doing so ourselves.