I'm just wondering. I've recently entered a competition for short stories where the word limit is 55. This in my opinion, though a worthy and fruitful endeavour, does not constitute a short story. Luckily the competition was called The Short Short Story Competition to avoid such a problem. I've read short stories on this site that I would consider stories, beginning, middle and an end etc, that weigh in at under 1000 words - which is still not many. Does that constitute a short story? I've read classic 'classic' short stories, which read like plays, and 'classic' short stories which take between an hour and six to read. Your thoughts please.