Common Word Lengths

Flirts:                           Under 1,000 words

Flash:                           1,000-1,500 words

Micro:                          3-5,000 words

Short Short:                  Under 3,000; 1,500-3,000 words; 1,500-5,000 words; 5-9,999 words

Short:                           3-7,000 words; 3-15,000 words; 10-14,999 words; 15-20,000 words; 12-18,000 words

Chapter Book:             5-6,000 words

Stories:                         7-15,000 words

Novelette:                    5-10,000 words; 15-35,000 words; 30-49,999 words

Novella:                       10-60,000 words; 15-29,000 words; 15-40,000 words; 19-30,000 words; 20-40,000 words; 35-50,000 words

Category:                     30-45,000 words; 31-60,000 words; 50-69,999 words; 55-60,000 words

Novel:                          40-85,000 words; 50-70,000 words; 45-70,000 words; 50-100,000 words; 60-65,000 words; 61-90,000 words; 70-75,000 words; 70-99,999 words

Plus Novel:                  70-100,000 words

Super Novel:                70-140,000 words

Saga:                            100,000 + words

Super XL Novel:          140-250,000 words

Super SSL Novel:        250,000 + words

Determining Manuscript Length for a Novel

(based on 250 words per double-spaced, 25 lines to a page)

Word Count                 Courier New               Times New Roman

40,000 words               160 pages                    133 pages

50,000 words               200 pages                    167 pages

60,000 words               240 pages                    200 pages

70,000 words               280 pages                    233 pages

80,000 words               320 pages                    267 pages

90,000 words               360 pages                    300 pages

100,000 words             400 pages                    333 pages

120,000 words             480 pages                    400 pages

Common Formatting Guidelines

Font:                Times New Roman, Courier New, Arial

Font Size:         12 pt

Spacing:           Single, 1.5, double

Margins:           1 inch

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