Could we talk about what is expected in different types of fiction? I know that I should always check guidelines before I submit to a publisher or magazine, but maybe knowing what is expected in general would help. Short stories: 1,000 to 7,500 words. Novella: 20,000 to 50,000 words. Novel: 50,000 to 110, 000 words. I also have heard that publishers expect the chapters to be all about the same length, especially for romances. Does anyone know how many chapters are usual? I understand that there should always be a plot point in the last 1/3 of the book where the romance seems to be over. I believe that at lest two wrong solutions are expected before the final solution in a mystery. Please post what you know. I am trying to get up a sort of check list of what is expected in different types of writing. Something that goes beyond just the submission guidelines to the expected form of a story.