Higher Results Consultancy

Characteristics of the 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

  • strong themes