What constitutes a short story on these boards? I have several pieces between 8,000-20,000 words which I very much consider short stories. One of the most important aspects of creating a story for me though is creating an avenue for continuity of the story. I think this helps drive the word count up because I want enough meat on the stories bones to invest my self enough that continuing with the characters or settings are worth it. I find that often times my short stories work themselves into loosely cohesive collections of short stories which might have an over arching theme or long term goal but are very much their own stories.