Where to publish stories online for free

Where to publish stories online for free

Today's post is in reply to a question about where to publish stories online that was posted to the Writers and Authors Facebook page.

When it comes to publishing your stories online you have a few options:
  1. Find someone else to publish it for you e.g. an ezine editor. There are huge amounts of ezines and website that publish short stories and many pay professional rates too. A simple search on google will give you a selection of places that are open to submissions.
  2. Self publish. You publish your work and make it available online.
Let's take a closer look at the second option.

In this case, the answer that automatically comes to mind is to create a blog. You keep all the rights to all work published on your site and get to present it just the way you want to. You can personalise the look of your site so it's the perfect match for your stories or design it so it expresses your personality.

If you want to create a professional showcase for your writing you might want to consider getting a domain name and setting up a website with professional hosting.

Following on from this, if you're interested in publishing your stories with the goal of gaining feedback from readers etc... then you might want to check out these sites:

  • Booksie.com This site offers the chance to post your stories online for free. You retain the full rights to your work and can get feedback from readers. You can find out more about how it works here.
  • StoryWrite.com  Again, completely free to use. You maintain ownership and copyright to your poetry, stories, or other original works of art you upload to their sites, including the right to publish it elsewhere. They also have contests and writing groups on site.
  • StoryStar.com A family friendly site where you can post your stories to be read and rated. Each month they select a story from each category to give extra recognition to and the stories with the most votes/readers also get highlighted. As with the others this site is completely free to use.
If you want to make some money from your stories consider publishing them as ebooks. Again you have various options. A popular way to go about it is by using a site like lulu.com or Amazon's kindle program to self publish your work and make it available to the public for purchase.

Have you published you stories online for free? Which route did you take and why?



  1. Hello,

    You can publish your writings by using the web application Bookonlive. http://www.bookonlive.com

    More than simple narrations, you can choose to publish living texts.
    As each new chapter is published, your subscribers receive a notification by e-mail.

    In that way, they can follow the development of your narrations as they evolve and through the forum of your livebook, share your impressions with your readers.

    Earn money by selling access to your texts, choose the price and the currency, get the payment of your committees on your Paypal account.

    Increase the impact of your writings by customizing the appearance of your livebook and by styling the characters.

    With Bookonlive the authors are the exclusive owners of any text published. http://www.bookonlive.com

    Have a nice day.

  2. Try www.typeitout.com
    They share the advertisement revenue based on pay per view. They accept stories too.

  3. potatopublishers.wordpress.com, publishing short stories and poems from new up and coming authors who need a place for their work to be appreciated.
    Unfortunately there is no payment to the authors as it is running on a free hosting site, but it is a place where people's work can be appreciated.

  4. I find www.qfeast.com simply gorgeous for story writing. It's much easier easier, free and you can write your owned stories, create scored quizzes and personality quizzes, polls, questions, groups.

  5. hi.. good idea for beginners.if you want and getting nerves.you could start with free blog sites like www.agryd.com and share your post with your friends to review it. this process will help to build confidence level and avoid silly mistakes . also get and apply professional tips for better performance.

  6. I am currently writing in Booksie.com. its free and really there is appreciation for work.

  7. For autobiographies, you might try irecordmystory.com. It costs $5 for your own site with your own subdomain name.

  8. If you have a speculative short story/novel, Nuff Said Publishing is a recently launched press accepting submissions.


  9. I prefer to self-publish my E-books I recently use Draft2Digital.
    If you don't know what kind of a self-publishing site is. I'll explain to you:
    It's a simple risk-free E-book publishing platform where you can easily publish books to desired vendors. Such as; Kobo, Scribd, Page Foundry, and Barnes & Noble Nook.
    Their site can walk you through publishing your content. And they also had a distribution with Create Space,--where you can publish your book in paperback format, that way, if some people don't have an E-reading device; they can read a print copy.
    You can take a look of their site at www.draft2digital.com

  10. I've done some publishing on Issuu but I don't really recommend that site. It's hard to get readers for your stories and the published stories aren't SEO-friendly.

  11. You will find this site amazing to share your stories and received by huge audience.

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  12. thank you for your post! I’ve read on this subject a lot, and I’ve kind of gave me a different prospective. I personally take ideas and resources on Keep going, I am sure many people will find it helpful.
    Have a great day!

  13. Hi! I wish you to know that I am one of those people who enjoy writing stories for fun, so I think it will be great to share my creations with the other people. Why not. I am not afraid of criticism! Thanks to you, I would like to choose Booksie.com site for a start! It is great that I can retain my full rights to my works! Hope I enjoy using this site!

  14. Thanks Jo Linsdell for your post. if you want and You can publish your ideas /writings online then visit https://www.helpmebuild.com/stories/

  15. https://www.helpmebuild.com/stories/

  16. Storify lets you write engaging stories that can go viral with live audiences. Now livefire is enabled

  17. Share your own story on storify and engage live audiences

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  19. Some other sites include fictionpress.com and ratemywords.com . The second one is not very popular, but there is a 5-star rating system and a way to read, write, and receive feedback on short stories, songs, poems, etc. FictionPress is for basically anything you want to write as long as it is within the guidelines.
    You can also try Wattpad.com, which has become rather popular in recent years. You can write anything there, from novels to fanfiction. Archiveofourown.org is also like this...

  20. i would also recommend getinkspired.com you can write and publish stories there (short, serial or even comics). Its free and its possible to rise some founds by creating crowdfunding campaign

  21. I recommend Short Stories 101. Great website for anyone to submit their story and receive readers' feedback.

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