I'm working on what I think will be a short story. I'm doing the initial draft and want to know what word count I should get the finished product down to when I have finished editing. As I am on the initial draft I am just doing a word dump and getting the basic story elements down. Once this has been finished I'll edit it to a reasonable number of words and clean up the text somewhat. The only question I have though is how many words should I limit myself too when writing a short story? I've heard people mention 4000 or 5000 words but I don't know what the short story publishers like to accept. Is there an industry standard for the maximum number of words in a short story? Thanks for any help .