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- A fantastic high-quality site featuring original stories interlaced with classic shorts. A surf through the Web's fiction is incomplete without a visit.
- An extremely sophisticated application that allows you to earn points by critiquing other people's stories, and then use those points to submit your own stories. Each story usually receives at least half a dozen high-quality crits from writers who are serious about their craft. There is also a lively discussion board.
- The online front of a national campaign to celebrate and promote short stories. The site boasts a selection of top-quality short stories, and excellent resources pages including lists of short story events and competitions.
- Not a short stories website, but a series of fantastic columns and resources about how to write screenplays. Mentioned here because these entertaining columns are an indispensable guide to improving your writing, screenplays or no.
- A British website with a good number of short stories on, as well as some resources including a busy online forum.
- An e-zine featuring a good variety of short stories, poetry, essays, art and photography.
- An archive with loads of short stories, poems and essays from every genre. Well presented.
- A regularly updated science fiction and fantasy e-zine with quite a few short stories and a sense of humour. Reasonable presentation. A good site.
- A simple, large, easily accesible site, with a huge number of stories on-line.
Plastic Surgery Short Stories
- This irreverent site deserves the wackiest genre award for short stories. You'll have to see it to believe it! The high quality stories are definitely worth a read. UPDATE - This site seems to have been usurped by a new owner, but it's still great!
- This US literary e-zine has a good number of stories online, as well as art, poetry, micro-fiction and more.
- A site that suffers from having too much content without an obvious way of filtering out the best stuff, or the featured stuff. There are good stories here if you're patient enough to find them. Has a lot of poems and flash/micro fiction.
David J Rodger
- An amazingly well presented site full of David J Rodger's unique brand of dark, imaginative 'cyber genre' tales.
- An effort has been made here to produce a poetry e-zine that demands attention. Fresh, intriguing, and yes - stirring.
- Sentence is a collection of Ralph Robert Moore's own stories, which range from rib-tickling to just sickening.
Halloween Stories and Poetry
- A wonderfully lively site, suitably creepy, with both classic and original short horror stories. Not that many stories, though.
Steven Schiff's Stories
- A load of instantly accessible SF stories, mainly with a VR theme. Some quite good. Worth a visit.
- A highly commercialised and fairly counterintuitive website comprising a large amount of mostly short poetry.
- An e-zine with loads of short stories, and the chance to submit your own, but it isn't being maintained very consistently. Well, that's an understatement. It's more than 7 years out of date.
Other (mostly) fiction sites:
All links last checked in August 2005
The 2nd Hand The 2nd Hand bestows upon you turbo love and kisses, stories, itineraries, literature from Chicago and beyond
2River Since 1996, 2River has been a site of poetry and art, quarterly publishing The 2River View and occasionally publishing individual writers in the 2River Chapbook Series
3AM Magazine From 'cutting edge short fiction' to political satire and music reviews
The 3rd Page An avant-journal of ongrowing natures featuring an international array of contemporary artists' texts, images, sounds and Internet-based artwork
Abyss & Apex "Whoever battles monsters should take care not to become a monster too, for if you stare long enough into the Abyss, the Abyss stares also into you"
The Age of Aurora A fictional - yet real - world of the cruel insanity of daily life, always getting worse by political maneuvering awaits you at the Downloads section, where the stories can be found.
Alexandria Press The first international book review in Serbia
Alt-X Mark Amerika's site "where the digerati meet the literati"
Amarillo Bay Amarillo Bay intends to be the premier provider of modern literature on the Web
The Anti-Naturals An online journal for the vanguard of total aestheticization
Archive of Online Fiction by Roger Frederick Several collections of stories (and a couple of novels) from Roger Frederick, a contemporary British author
Art & Letters Daily Provides links to some of the best cultural articles in English
Barcelona Review Fiction heavyweight in Spanish, Catalan, English and French
Be a Better Writer To be publishable, creative writing must be both original and well crafted, the work honed through training, practice, feedback, and multiple revisions. This site has been designed to assist writers in each of these important areas.
Big Bridge Michael Rothenberg's poetry e-zine. One of a kind
Black Gate Adventures in Fantasy Literature
Black Obelisk Software Home of the Liquid Story Binder software for authors, poets, and screenwriters
Blithe House Quarterly BHQ features a diversity of new short stories by emerging and established gay, lesbian bisexual and transgendered authors. "The central publishing arm of new queer fiction" - OUT Magazine
Blue Ear Global writing worth reading
Brady Magazine An online writer's trade directory dedicated to putting writers on the map. We also provide many services to personally help writers succeed.
The Cafe Irreal International imagination
Christopher Ford Join Ford on his search for such mythical things as ghosts, demons, and parking in San Francisco. It's pop-culture humor with a dash of horror
Complete Review Hundreds of book reviews
Compulsive Reader Reviews of new release books by some of the hottest writers working today, along with author interviews, a free e-zine, giveaways, literary criticism, author sites, and lots more
Debauchery's Reward Engage on a journey into the world of the truly bizarre. The truly tasteless. If you want fast paced short fiction for short attention spans, you've come to the right place
Dirty Red Kiss Online novel
Drought Verse and brief prose with the intensity of unforgiving weather - has now ceased publication
Eclectica Eclectica was founded in October 1996 with the goal of providing a sterling quality literary magazine on the World Wide Web
Eleven Bulls Eleven Bulls is an organization dedicated to promoting new artists and writers and encouraging a discussion on the future of the Arts
Em Writing and Music Short fiction, drama and artwork published in book form with a CD of hip global music sounds. English independent publishing at its best
Evergreen Review The old classic goes online
Eyeshot Fresh fiction prepared with zest, swerve, pizzazz for the ill and literate. Updated nearly every day
Fail Better Fiction, poetry, art; pick your poison
Faulkner Fiction Novels by Lewis Faulkner
Fence Simply one of the best
The Fiction of Douglas Lain The complete bibliography of Douglas Lain, plus profiles, reviews, and Diet Soap
Fictionette The Portal for enthusiasts of Fiction. Become a member today and receive upates on the latest competitions, events, awards and industry news.
Gadfly Online Gadfly Online picks up where Gadfly magazine (1998-2001) left off. A unique voice crying out in the cultural wilderness - archived material only
GKSammy On Line Stories and poems by GKSammy from Trinidad & Tobago
Hobart Fiction, reviews, interviews and other stuff
Hey Joel At HeyJoel.com we're dedicated to creating exciting ebooks for middle readers through young adults including science fiction, romance and historical fiction. Begin your adventures by scrolling below. Enjoy your first stories on us!
Identity Theory The Athens of the Internet
Jack Magazine Another classic. Edited by Mary Sands and Michael Rothenberg
January Magazine Book reviews and interviews
Jimmy Wilde - Writing & Photography Hello there and welcome to my website, where I will be publishing my novel, short stories and photography. Please take some time to check out the various scribblings and photos
Locust Magazine An electronic bazaar for all those who are instinctively adverse to: Personal phlegm & heartburn; Appalling regionalism (both green and grey); Political porridge; Social tweet! tweet! Stammering experimentalism...BEAM! BIN!! Street Poetry or Beggar's Poetry
Mageworld Critical literature, poetry and philosophy
McSweeney's Dave Eggers' quirky and highly successful literary journal. Site updated daily
Melic Review Meaning, Economy, Lyricism, Innovation, Clarity
Milk Magazine Larry Sawyer's cutting-edge e-zine
Myshortstory.net Myshortstory.net is the place for new short stories by amateur writers on the web.
The National Association of Writers' Groups Do you belong to a writing group? Are you a short story writer, a novelist, a playwright, a poet, a non-fiction writer? Then there's something for you on the NAWG website.
Nerve A wicked zine of erotic fiction and articles
The New Writer The team at The New Writer are committed to working with their readers to increase the chances of publication
nowCulture Excellent online multi-media site. Literary & visual arts
nthposition.com nth position is a free online magazine/ezine with politics & opinion, travel writing, fiction & poetry, reviews & interviews, and some high weirdness
Oyster Boy Review Print & Online Journal of Fiction & Poetry
Plots with Guns A cutting edge literary crime/noir magazine in which every story has a gun. Home of the Crimedogs
The Poetry and Erotic Prose of Sean Farragher Collected poetry & fiction of Sean Farragher. Includes his latest works, The Books of Joss, Vietnam Elegy, Narratives of New Netherland and TxM6 Hyperfiction. Graphics by the poet & Kathleen Farragher
The Poetry Market E-zine
Problem 6 My site is just about writing and short stories poetry, and a bunch of other random stuff.
Prose Ax Prose, poetry, visual art
Retort Magazine Live journal of new international art and literature based in Brisbane Australia edited by Brentley Frazer and guests. Retort - home of the deliquent genius - think forward answer back
Richmond Review An excellent cultural journal from Britain
Ripe Magazine To provide a forum for BC-based writers & photographers to gain exposure for their work, juxtaposing the theme-based imagery and creative non-fiction writing, and have a good time
RITRO A web community based on Real Insight Through Raw Opinion. We offer DAILY articles, DAILY inspirations, voting polls, newsletters, message boards, gift shop, horoscopes and more!
Scrawl Online and print magazine from Wales
Seeker Magazine A monthly web page publication for the exploration of ideas, cultures and mind opening points of view, in all media...graphics, sound and text.
The Short Story Page The stories and poems on this page are of wildly diverse genres. Currently featured are Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Anime Fan Fiction, and a collection of links
Short Story Radio www.shortstoryradio.com was created with the aim of promoting the short story genre and writer.
Small Spiral Notebook An online publication featuring evocative poetry, amazing fiction and inspiring non-fiction and art
Spark Online Exploring electronic consciousness
Storyteller Although Canada has a reputation for great writers and a wide and literate audience, Terry Tyo couldn't find a Canadian magazine devoted to the short story that published mystery, or adventure, or even comedy. Thus was born the concept of Storyteller
A Stranger in the House? Website of author Alan Hubbard (also hosting others)
Sullivan's Short Stories Free short fiction online. Scifi, fantasy, horror, romance, and more. Also poetry, nonfiction, and writing tips.
Taint Magazine So big that you have to arch your back and crane your neck just to see the top of it. Bloody good stuff
Tatlin's Tower The on-line magazine of new fiction published the first Thursday of each month
Three Penny Review For literature in the traditional sense to continue in America, we must continue to have serious, eccentric, imaginative magazines. The Threepenny Review is one of the few, one of the very best
Tin House Make yourself at home with the liveliest writing around
Todays Woman A supportive online writing community for both men and women over 18. We have many features, such as a poetry and story board, authors interviews, calls for submission, interactive forums, dictionary, classifieds, regular columns, writing lessons, book store, book reviews and many more features.
TTA Press Publishers of the acclaimed cutting edge magazines The 3rd Alternative, Crimewave and The Fix. The website includes info, extracts, secure online ordering and an interactive forum
Turbula Our purpose is to have some fun while writing about the things that matter in life - music, art, theater, technology and literary pursuits.
Wag A magazine for decadent readers
Web Del Sol Biggest and best literary portal in cyberspace
Wind River Press Windriverpress.com is the new home for Wind River Books, design, ghostwriting, and editing services, advertising guidelines, submission guidelines, and much more
Winternight Productions Welcome to the home of alternative publishing! Good stories should not be hard to find. We offer our readers sets of serials (ahort- to medium-length fiction) in which the first story is free and each successive story costs 99 cents.
Word Smitten Crisp writing, dry humor, and wet beach towels. The Cove chat room brings authors, editors, and writers together. Read the St. Petersburg Times book editor's comments on the publishing labyrinth
Words Magazine Here at Words Magazine you can enter great writing competitions to win real cash prizes while helping a charity. You can order audio tapes or eBooks compiled from entries to those events. You also get all the inspiration, support and advice for your writing that you could ever need.
The World Wide Story An online "novel" that shall progress as and when people buy letters, using these to create words and sentences throughout, whilst simultaneously advertising their website(s)
The World's Greatest Novel With help from other writers from around the world you will get your opportunity to create the World's Greatest Novel. Each writer will be able to write up to 500 words for inclusion in the book. Every month a writer's work will be selected for inclusion in the book.
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