It is a brief fictional work of narrative prose that is shorter than a novella, or a fictional prose narrative that is shorter than a novella. It is also an invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot.
√ The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Aesop
√ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Wilhelm Grimm and Jacob Grimm
√ When the Sun Goes Down by Goro wa Kamau.
√ The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde.
√ The Magic Shop by H.G. Wells.
> The short story is shorter than the novel and the novella.
> Because of its short length, the short story usually has only one conflict or problem. This makes its plot less complicated than the plot of the novel.
> The short story will mostly have only one setting (that is the place in which the story is set).
> The short story covers a shorter period of time. Novels can span many days, months and years.
> The short story tends to focus on one main character.
> Short stories have fewer characters than novels.