A parable is a short story of an everyday deed told to illustrate a religious teaching using people as character.
Example: The Tortoise and the Hare. It tells us that “Slow and steady wins the race”.
A fairy tale is a short to medium length story told to entertain using supernatural creatures (such as fairies, dragons and witches) and human as characters. Example: “Cinderella”
A myth is a short to medium length story told to explain natural phenomena and used as religious guide using superman and human as characters.
An anecdote is a short story drawn from everyday life told to entertain, enlighten and educate using human as characters.
A folk tale is a fantasy of unknown origin told to explain a natural phenomenon or occurrence. The cast of characters includes human and creatures. Example: The Jungle book.
A tall tale is a short story based on exaggerated human characters from everyday life told to entertain and to explain natural phenomena.
A bit or an exercise is a non-story story having same dramatic appeal of a story. The bit uses the audience as characters by asking them to take part in the presentation. The speaker structures a situation that involves the audiences which produces the story.
A chestnut is an anecdote so frequently retold that origination is lost.
A vignette is a slice-of-story drawn from everyday life told using humans as characters to evoke a mood. Mood is a paramount in the vignette, and it may have little action or plot.