Six years ago, I published a list of 15 websites where you can post stories for feedback. It was the most popular page on my website with nearly 40,000 views. For the post's three-year anniversary, I updated it on Oct. 18, 2013, and increased the list to more than 25 sites. The post now has more than 235,000 views, so it's time to do another update. I removed listings of sites shut down, updated quotes from sites, and increased the list to include more than 35 sites where you can upload original fiction and nonfiction short stories, chapters and books. Many of the websites added to the list were suggested by readers.
(Disclaimer: Vic's Lab, LLC, which operates VicsLab.com, is the publisher of my Vecto light novels, Vecto: Vengeance and Vecto: Voyage. You can visit my page at vicslab.com/members/reidkemper. I also use Wattpad.com.)
Below is the updated post with a list of more than 35 sites where you can submit writings for an online community to read. Feel free to share links to this article to help your fellow writers.
More Than 35 Websites Where You Can Post Stories for Feedback
Writers need feedback, and many beginning writers opt to post their stories on websites where others can rate them and comment on them. Of course, writers should be careful when posting stories online. Many publishers consider anything posted online to be published and may not accept those works. However, other publishers are now seeking out self-published works that have a strong following.
If you don't write, there are plenty of fiction to read on these sites, including science fiction. You may have to filter through some badly written manuscripts, though, to find a gem.
Ideally, local writing groups are good sources of feedback, but for those who want to share their original writings with the world or members-only online communities, here is a list of more than 35 websites where you can post stories (in alphabetical order with a quote from each website):
"Bookonlive.com is a web application opening the way to the edition, to the publication and to the sale of written works to each one of us. Authors can share texts in all kinds: novels, biographies, poems, stories, etc."
"Booksie is a free social publishing site that provides a place where writers and readers can connect from across the globe. Over the past ten years, tens of thousands of writers have posted hundreds of thousands of short stories, novel, poems, articles and more."
3. critique.org (started as critters.org)
"The site began life as Critters, an on-line workshop/critique group for serious Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror writers, then grew up into a set of workshops for every other kind of artistic endeavor. What that means is ... A bunch of writers (or artists, or creators) get together, review each others' work, and tell the creator how they felt about their piece."
"Critique Circle is an online writing workshop for all authors, whether they write literary fiction, genre fiction, articles or short stories. Our purpose is to provide a place for writers to give and receive feedback on their work, and thereby learn from one another. The Critique Circle also includes forums as well as helpful writing tools for manuscript progress, submission tracking, character generation and more. ... People have full control over their submissions, including the ability to either hide them from all other users or delete them at any time. People can also choose to have the stories only visible to those who regularly critique, or those who have critted in the past month." (Note: This was condensed.)
"Elfwood is a popular web-based art gallery devoted to original science fiction and fantasy art and writing. It is the largest science fiction and fantasy art site in the world. ... We offer a website where people who are passionate about Fantasy and Sci Fi can meet like minded people and share their art and enjoy other´s. Its a place to help inspire others and a place to learn. All we want to do here at Elfwood is to assist people to become better artists and author through this community." (Note: This was condensed and quoted from the site's Facebook page.)
"The #1 Site for Christian Writers on the Web! FaithWriters is an encouraging, safe and caring community to learn and grow in."
"Learn from feedback that will be written on everything you write. Share your poetry, stories and book chapters. Fun writing contests with cash prizes. Choose from over 50 writing contests every month. ... There is no limit to the number of contests that you can enter. ... You keep your copyright and all rights to your writing. Sell your work to others, publish it with others or do whatever you wish. ... A community for writers of all skill levels. Make connections and friends. Enjoy sharing your writing." (Note: This was condensed.)
8. fictionpress.com (fanfiction.net is its sister site)
"World's largest short story, fiction, and poetry archive and community where writers and readers around the globe gather to share their passion." (Note: This is quoted from the site's Apple app.)
9. figment.com (inkpop.com is now a part of this site)
"Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you're into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here." (Note: This is quoted from the site's Facebook page.)
"Launchora is a storytelling platform where you can write and share anything."
"LegendFire is a free, author-driven, online critique community. Our purpose is to provide a place where authors and poets of a broad range of genres can go to exchange feedback, make friends, and have fun!"
"Mibba is a creative writing community filled with resources for aspiring authors to connect with other writers around the world. Mibba grows each day into a more diverse community, featuring a variety of fiction and non-fiction stories, expository articles, poetry, blogging and social forums. Users are invited to design a personal profile to network with other authors, and to create unique layouts for their writing. Writing resources and extensive user feedback help authors grow and develop their writing. In addition to writing, Mibba provides users with a rich environment to discuss everything from literature and films to politics and current events."
"Discover a world with free access to thousands of stories (movellas). Movellas is a social writing platform for teenagers and young adults who love to read, write, and unfold their creative sides. Movellas gives you the opportunity to share stories with friends worldwide on our online, social community that connects people around the world through personal movellas. Share your experiences with other users, participate in fun competitions, follow your best friends, and get tips from professional writers on Movellas. There’s a great selection of thousands of free stories on our website and mobile app. Everything from Sci-Fi to Sherlock, fantasy to fanfiction, and much more. All our movellas can be read offline – you can read them anywhere, anytime."
"Protagonize.com is a multiple award-winning online writing community based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada, established in late December of 2007. It's owned and operated by Taunt Media. The site caters to both amateur and experienced authors interested in online collaborative creative writing, and is currently home to over 29,300 members from around the world."
"Come on in! Qfeast is the easiest way to create online quizzes, stories, questions, polls, interest pages, all in one place."
"Scribd is the membership for readers. Our mission is to change the way the world reads. We aim to empower readers to indulge their curiosities and expand their knowledge. ... In addition to making the best membership book service around, we've also built the world's most popular open platform for publishing and sharing documents of all kinds. To date, people all over the world have shared more than 60 million documents via Scribd, from landmark court filings to business presentations to academic papers from scholars around the world." (Note: This site now requires paid membership.)
"Scribophile is a respectful online writing workshop and writer’s community. Writers of all skill levels join to improve each other’s work with thoughtful critiques and by sharing their writing experience. We’re the writing group to join if you want to get the best feedback around, to learn how to get published, and to be a part of the friendliest and most successful writing workshop online."
"Share my Stories is a website for young people aged between 4 and 13 where they can share and discuss the short stories they write." (Note: This is quoted from the site's Facebook page.)
"Shortbread Stories. was founded by author Robin Pilcher and bookseller William Thomson to develop a concept for publishing short stories."
"ShortStories101.com is a platform for people who want to read and/or write short stories online. Users can publish their short stories online, or simply harness the website's functionality to find more stories to enjoy reading."
"Stories Space is a free web site where you can read, vote and comment on stories or publish your own fiction. You must be sixteen or over to become a member."
"Story4u.in provides a writing platform for it's user's to write their story article poem jokes shayari and much more. And It also provide easy tool for connecting the other users of the story4u.in."
"StoryMash, the future of collaborative fiction. A creative writing community for authors, amateur writers, readers and anyone interested in collaborative fiction and collaborative creative writing. Authors and writers hone your creative writing skills. Collaborate on new fiction stories, or branch an existing fiction story in a different direction by writing the next chapter or even a chapter into its middle! Authors, earn money for every chapter you write and self-publish on StoryMash. StoryMash rewards your creative writing talents by sharing at least 50% of the advertisement revenue."
"Story writers may publish and share their short stories with the world. Story lovers are invited to read the original stories published here and motivate our budding stars by rating their stories and sharing them with friends and family. Stories with the most votes and the highest ratings will find their way to our front page where the writers who published them can enjoy the stardom they have earned and shine brightly for the world."
"Designed as a big writing group, every story gets several encouraging comments. We also have private forums for friends or focused critiques. ... The best stories are featured, and some have won national contests. Experts encourage amateurs to improve - everyone is welcome. ... Dozens of free contests are started every day, some with cash prizes. Let clever prompts and fair judging inspire you."
"Textnovel was launched in 2008 as a social sharing network for authors and readers of serial fiction. It is also the first English language website to recognize the cell phone novel and largest source for cell phone novels now. Members can write and read fiction with their cellphones or computers, using the mobile website m.textnovel.com, the eMobo iPhone app, text messaging, email and online tools. Textnovel runs contests for fiction writers, allowing them to demonstrate the market potential of their work through its unique serial publication and voting format. Many Textnovel members have gone on to publication and writing careers onwards. We are always seeking passionate individuals, working on improving, developing new projects and working on other cool features too."
"TypoTic is a community-oriented website designed for writers. Share your stories, poems, and literary pieces with thousands of readers around the world. While your content is being reviewed by real people with a love for reading, you can also earn money based on the popularity of your submissions."
"VicsLab.com is a community for fans of: English Light novels (Japanese-style stories that are short but fun and easy to read) and action science fiction and superhero fantasy stories. We are also a book distributor and the first American company to publish an original English light novel. Become a member, submit your story, and we may select it for publishing. Or simply enjoy what others have written." (Note: Sentences were originally in a bullet list.)
"Wattpad takes everything you love about storytelling, and turns it into a social, on-the-go experience. The result is a one-of-a-kind adventure in creation and discovery. To date, more than 45 million people around the world have joined Wattpad. We’re proudly based in Toronto, Canada, but Wattpad stories transcend borders, interests, and language."
"WE are the leading place on the web for the discovery of new, talented writers! ... WE bring together tens of thousands of writers, published authors, avid readers and almost 100 established literary agents, to create an energetic hub of activity where talented writing is celebrated and undiscovered gems can be rooted out and polished into literary diamonds. WE believe that by letting our community rate who’s great, we will find the genuine talent, we will find books that people genuinely want to read and we will find authors that we can publish. Yes, that’s right – PUBLISH! ... WE are WEbook and we believe that a collaborative community input is the key to creating the perfect book. So come and , become part of the WE and show us why you should be the next big thing!" (Note: This was condensed.)
"Widbook is a digital collaborative community where you can read, write and publish ebooks for free in an innovative and modern environment. If you love books, this is the right place for you. Whether you’re an indie or established author, a reader, journalist, teacher or a novice, we invite you to join us, get connected with people from all over the world and uncover a new way to write and discover many books to read!"
"Worthyofpublishing.com gives authors / writers the opportunity to gain free market feedback on their manuscripts, and the possibility of attracting a publisher is there is strong market demand for their book."
"Writers-Network is a FREE creative writing community created in 2004 to provide a place for writers and poets to share their writing, get constructive feedback and interact with other writers who share their same passion. If you're an author looking for a place to share your poems and short-stories as well as read writing from a diverse group of writers, you have come to the right place. After all...Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body (Joseph Addison). So, what are you waiting for?"
"WritersCafe.org is an online writing community where writers can post their work, get reviews, befriend other writers, and much more. Post your poetry, short stories, novels, scripts, and screenplays. Get reviews and advice from thousands of other writers. Enter hundreds of free writing contests. Join writing groups or start your own. Take and subscribe to free online writing courses. Search publishers, literary agents, and literary magazines. Befriend and subscribe to other writers. Talk about writing in the WritersCafe.org forum. Save your favorite writing to your own library. Easily share your writing with all your friends." (Note: Sentences were originally in a bullet list.)
"Writersky is a platform for you to Read, Write and Share. Imagination starts somewhere. These thoughts of random scenarios and story lines that come and go so fast everyday, how do we share them? Where would we put them? What if everyone had a story to share? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a centralized place to store all these great stories, and allow readers to discover them freely? A place for writers to paint their stories like they would paint the sky for everyone to see. This is why we created Writersky; to provide a place for writers to share and to provide the best reading experience for our readers."
"Writing.Com, the premier online community for writers of all interests and skill levels, has been going strong since 2000. We provide an extremely creative environment for authors, offering hundreds of unique writing tools and opportunities for creation and inspiration. Whether you are a writer looking for the perfect place to store and display your masterpieces or a reader willing to offer feedback for our writers and their work, this is the website for you. No other website services the writing world better than we do! ... Free online writing portfolio. Easy way to share your work. Countless contests and activities. Numerous writing tools. Full email services. Meet and bond with fresh, creative minds just like you!" (Note: Some sentences were originally in a bullet list.)
"Formed in 2004, the Young Writers Society serves as a keynote global community for young writers. We aim to promote creative writing as a pastime, prepare aspiring authors for future publication, and create lasting bonds across continents and cultures alike. The Young Writers Society is an ideal place to grow as a writer and creator. All the content on the Young Writers Society is created and shared by its members. Each day, our members collectively contribute hundreds of literary works, reviews, and forum posts. Users actively share original writing and art, while the community provides constructive feedback necessary to push creators to the next level."
"YouWriteOn was established in 2006. Leading publishers such as Random House and Orion - who publish world bestselling writers such as Dan Brown Dan Brown and James Patterson – provide feedback to YouWriteOn.com's highest rated writers. YouWriteOn is free to join and use. ... YouWriteOn's premise is simple: members upload opening chapters or short stories and the YouWriteOn system randomly assigns these to another member to review. You then review another member's story excerpt - assigned to you at random - each time you want to receive a new review back in return. After 5 reviews a story enters our chart system."
(Note: To my knowledge, booksie.com, fictionpress.com, wattpad.com, webook.com, and worthyofpublishing.com have a "no copy-paste" feature. I'm not sure if any of the other sites have that feature.)
What are some other sites where authors can share their writings online for community feedback? Leave a comment in the section below.