Writers need feedback, and many beginning writers opt to post their stories on websites where others can rate them and comment on them. 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.
Ideally, local writing groups are good sources of feedback, but for those who want to share their writings with the world or members-only online communities, here is a list of websites where you can post stories:
Booksie is a free social publishing site that provides a place where writers and readers can connect from across the globe.
The site began life as Critters, an on-line workshop/critique group for serious Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror writers, and then grew up into a set of workshops for every other kind of artistic endeavor.
StoryMash is 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. StoryMash rewards your creative writing talents by sharing at least 50% of the advertisement revenue.
Wattpad is the world’s largest community for discovering and sharing stories. It’s a new form of entertainment connecting readers and writers through storytelling, and best of all, it’s entirely free. Wattpad is the only place that offers a truly social and entirely mobile reading experience.
Storywrite is a big writing group where members encourage and critique each other. They also offer private writing groups with chat and forums. Free classes are available on plot, character development, and more, all at your own pace.
Elfwood’s mission is to provide a place for amateurs from all over the world to share, teach, and inspire a new generation of dreams. They strive to promote the creation of art and fiction as a serious and meaningful hobby for the young generation, introducing them to painting and writing, helping them to create their own material and finally giving them the option to publish what they have created.