Characteristics of a Short Story

* arresting opening
* interesting plot
* well developed and appropriate structure
* action
* tension
* clearly recognisable climax
* satisfying ending

* atmosphere
* effective use of language in word choice and imagery

* one or two well developed characters
* effective use of narrative voice
* revealing use of interior dialogue
* dialogue that makes a contribution to narrative development and/or to characterisation

* skilful exploitation of conventions of the chosen genre

* use of setting to enhance narrative

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