I've been writing short stories for about a year now and i've been having problems with the proper length to make them. I read a lot of short story novels mostly King though and i find his shorts are rather long. 10+ pages and it makes me question how short a short story actually has to be. My stories are usually 1500-2500 words max. that's generally 2-3 pages. So my questions are how short does a short have to be? Or is there no real rules on this? How many words usually make up a short story?