Here's a crazy question. What is a short story? The first book that I wrote was a novel and it was about 100,000 words. Since then, in order to get more interest in my character, I've decided to start a short story series called "Covert-World." In case you haven't guessed, they are spy thrillers. They range in length from 13,000 words to just under 23,000 words, but anytime I see contests to enter short stories, they all have to be under 1500 words. 1500 words? Unless it's a children's book, I just can't imagine writing something that was only 1500 words. Is there a category I need to be looking for in order to fit my stories in that category? Medium stories perhaps? Just curious.