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The opening line or lines of a story, written to
grab the reader's attention and make him want to read past the first page. The narrative hook is perhaps the most important tool in beginning a story, for
if the reader's attention is not grabbed from the very start, he might not continue reading,
and an otherwise spectacular story could go unread.
Writing award given since 1965 by the Science Fiction Writers of America
each year for the best science fiction/fantasy novel, novella,
novelette, and short story eligible for that
year's award. An anthology including the winning
pieces of short fiction and several runners-up is also
published every year. Entrants are voted on by SFWA members.
Writing that is not fictional; namely, it does
not make up stories. Nonfiction may be historical,
journalism, stereo instructions, etc.
A book-length work of fiction. According to the Science Fiction
Writers of America, a novel is 40,000 words plus.
A work of fiction longer than a short story but shorter than a
novella. According to the Science Fiction
Writers of America, a novelette is 7,500 to 17,499 words.
A work of fiction longer than a novelette but shorter than a novel. According to the Science Fiction
Writers of America, a novella is 17,500 to 39,999 words.