Individual short story and poetry titles are surrounded by quotation marks. Italicize the titles of short story and poetry anthologies. Separate multiple titles with commas.
For example, Andre Dubus's short tale "The Intruder" appears in his book Dancing After Hours.
Short stories and poems between 150 and 200 words in length are often called tales or sketches. Short stories are also called narratives if they are longer than 100 words. Poems are usually referred to as poems.
All short stories start with an italicized introductory phrase such as the following: "A man comes home," or "In a little town near Melbourne there lived a young girl named Alice." This is followed by a question mark and then the main story begins. The ending will usually contain a period (full stop) or a question mark.
Titles can be used to identify what type of writing a story is when it isn't obvious from the content itself. For example, "A Man Comes Home" is a narrative because its beginning gives away that it is going to tell a story. "I love you" is a declaration and not a question; therefore, it is a statement rather than a question-and-answer pair. A question-and-answer pair can only appear at the beginning of a story.
Generally, novels are titled with their main character's name followed by the word "the".
Poems, articles, short tales, and chapters should have their titles in quotation marks. If the name of the book series is italicized, titles of volumes that create a greater body of work may be put in quotation marks. For example, if a book called "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" were being discussed, readers might assume that each chapter was written by someone else until informed otherwise. In this case, only the title itself is in quotes.
Short stories are different from other literary forms because they usually consist of just one piece of writing, although some short stories are divided into sections with titles such as "the first part", "the second part", and so on. Short stories need a clear title that explains what the story is about. Some examples of short story titles include: "A Small Town, A Long Time Ago", "The Monkey's Paw", and "You Get What You Deserve".
Short stories are often published in magazines, but some people also call novels shorter stories. Short stories are typically between 1,000 and 6,000 words long, while novellas are generally between 7,500 and 40,000 words. Full-length novels are usually between 100,000 and 250,000 words long.
In addition to short story titles, writers sometimes use subheads to explain the theme or plot of their stories.
Full-text titles, such as books or newspapers, should be italicized. For example: "The Lord of the Rings" is a series title, while "Two Towers" and "The Return of the King" are volume titles.
Put quote marks around the names of short poems, song titles, short tales, magazine or newspaper articles, essays, speeches, chapter titles, short films, and TV or radio program episodes. In indirect or block quotes, do not use quotation marks.
The MLA standard for referencing a short story differs depending on where it was published. Citing a newspaper or magazine short story
|Format||Author last name, First name. “Story Title.” Newspaper/Magazine Name, Day Month Year, pp. Page range.|
|In-text citation||(Coetzee 15)|
A title elicits anticipation and expectation, or it may elicit apathy. The title is frequently what determines whether or not someone reads a tale. Short stories are often referred to by their genre: fairy tales, anecdotes, fables, etc.
The title of a short story should always be included in the text, although it can be as simple as "An Old Man and a Young Girl". A good title should evoke curiosity about what will happen next in the story, while also being interesting enough on its own to make readers want to learn more.
Short stories tend to be less serious than novels, so they usually have titles that play upon this fact. Titles such as "A Light-hearted Look at Marriage" or "A Child's View of the World" reflect the humorous approach many short stories take with certain subjects. Others focus on romance (e.g., "A Little Love Story") or adventure (e.g., "The Three Bears").
Titles can also refer to specific characters or events that help tell the story. For example, "Cinderella" tells us that a young girl named Cinderella lives in a large house with seven other sisters. The title also hints that she might be the reason for the season: the Christmas holiday.
This strategy involves rereading your tale to seek for unusual turns of phrase or images. Highlight or scribble them down as you go. When you're finished, go through the list and see if any of them may make a good title. Feel free to change things like tenses, plural/singular, and so on to produce a better title. In fact, this is what I usually do!
Also, think about the story's theme or subject matter and try to include some reference to that in the title. For example, if your story is about betrayal, you could call it "One Day My Best Friend Will Leave Me".
Finally, don't be afraid to use a pun or play on words. A short story can only have so many words in it, after all, and a clever title will get readers interested enough in find out what happens next.