Where You Can Publish Short Stories Online Easily And For Free

Where To Publish Short Stories

Are you wondering where to publish short stories online?

You can find sites that accept short stories, but many have strict submission guidelines. Some don’t allow simultaneous submissions and only accept specific genres of short fiction.

If you are a short story writer and want to publish your work online, you want an easier way.

There are quite a few online writing platforms where you can publish short fiction and nonfiction stories for free and without all the hassle.

11 Sites where you can publish short stories online

Here are ten options for you to quickly and easily post and publish your short stories online.

All of them will help you find readers for your work and get feedback on your writing.

When you start writing, you want people to read it.

But waiting around for literary journals or a literary magazine to accept your submission is time-consuming.

You want a quick and easy way to publish your writing.

The sites I have listed below accept all styles and genres of short stories.

You might be writing romance, science fiction, speculative fiction, or creative nonfiction.

Whatever your style or genre, you can post your short stories immediately and for free.

Take a look and see which options are going to be the best for you.

Let’s get started.


1. Commaful

commaful publish short stories online

I have to start with Commaful for short stories because the site is just gorgeous.

It is a hugely popular site.

Because of this,  you’re bound to get a lot of interaction from readers.

There is no restriction on previously published work.

So it’s possible to use a short story to promote your other work.

You can even promote a book you published.

The best feature of Commaful is that you can publish picture book stories.

You can be creative with images to attract attention to your writing.

picture book short stories

You can let your imagination run wild.

With a little practice, you can create page-turning stories for your readers.

Take a look, and see why it’s a popular choice to publish short stories online.


2. Inkitt

Inkitt Color Logo

If you are looking for an alternative way to find readers for your writing, Inkitt might be for you.

When you upload your story to the platform, readers can access it.

According to TechCrunch, Inkitt has over seven million active users engaged on the site, so you have an excellent chance to find readers.

The site also has regular writing contests you can enter.

You can still use other publishing platforms, so there are no restrictions.

One other plus is that there is a possibility of gaining a Galatea publishing contract if your short story collection proves to be popular.

Take a look at Inkitt and see if it’s an option for you.


3. Wattpad

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You probably know about Wattpad, which has been the launching pad for a lot of published writers.

But there is a special section in Wattpad for short stories.

Every day there are newly published stories, and you can see from the stats that there is a lot of user interaction.

You can publish any type of story, from a personal essay to teen fiction to literary fiction. When there are so many active users, it’s a great place to start publishing your stories.


4. Medium

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You probably associate Medium with articles and content marketing.

However, there is a huge selection of Medium short stories.

Because it is such a popular platform, it gives you an excellent opportunity to share your writing.

Another great thing about Medium is that it is so quick and easy to publish your work.


5. Booksie

booksie short stories online

It’s not quite as pretty as some other sites, but it has a large following of readers and writers.

This makes Booksie for short stories an obvious choice to help you promote your writing.

Once you register, you are ready to go.


6. StoryWrite


I included this site in my list because StoryWrite specializes in short stories.

However, judging by the lack of likes on recently published stories, the site may not be very active.

But it might be worth a look.


7. Story Star

story star online short stories

This might be a site more suited to younger writers.

But Story Star for short stories looks like it might work if you can match what readers are looking for.

It’s a little lacking in style, but it’s an easy site to navigate.


8. Tumblr

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When you think of Tumblr, you probably associate it with being a blogging platform.

However, there is a vibrant community of short story writers on Tumblr.

The beauty of the platform is how easy it is to set up an account and start posting or reblogging your stories in a flash.

You have no restrictions on word count, genre, or even how often you post.

Take a look and get started.


9. Quotev


Quotev is a very active site for publishing stories in a variety of genres including fanfiction.

It’s probably a little more teen-focused than other platforms.

But well worth a look if you are trying to find readers.

There are also quizzes and surveys.


10. Archive of Our Own

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It certainly is not the most attractive website around.

But Archive of Our Own makes up for it with a huge database of writing and related posts and articles.

The structure of the site is a little challenging to navigate. But the search function works well to find what you are looking for.

It’s not at the top of my list, but it might suit you if you are into fan fiction.


11. Start a free blog for your short stories

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Of course, there is one last option you might want to consider for publishing your short stories online.

Starting your own blog for your writing means you are in control. Once you set up your blog, you can get comments from your readers and build relationships.

Another benefit is that you can share your short story posts on social media to create more buzz about your writing.

You don’t need to spend a cent to start your writing blog. You can choose from many free blogging platforms.

But my recommendation would be WordPress as the best choice. The free version is all you need.

But if you find it a bit technical, Wix has a simple drag-and-drop interface that is easy to use, and the free version offers everything you need in a blog.

Lastly, there is Google’s Blogger. It’s been around for a long, long time, so it looks a bit old-fashioned.

But it has a huge community, so it’s a great way to interact with other users, bloggers, and fellow writers.



If you love writing short stories and want to share them with the world, there’s nothing to stop you.

You don’t need to wait around for publishers to accept your submissions and then be in a long line to have your stories published.

There’s nothing to stop you from publishing your stories online in an instant. That means you are in control and can use your writing in any way you wish.

Don’t forget that you also have the option to self-publish your short stories if you want to earn money from ebook sales.

Perhaps you are writing a book and want to use your short stories to attract readers. Another option is to link your story sites to your social media accounts.

There are so many possibilities for you to try.

But of course, make sure you check your writing before you publish your stories.


Related reading: Free Sites Where You Can Publish Poetry Online

Derek Haines

A Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author with a passion for writing and all forms of publishing. My days are spent writing and blogging, as well as testing and taming new technology. More about Derek

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21 thoughts on “Where You Can Publish Short Stories Online Easily And For Free

  • Avatar for Pamela Weaver
    May 30, 2023 at 12:25 am

    Thank you for being so helpful with this comprehensive information. WOW!

  • Avatar for Dafny Anessa Guiali
    March 27, 2023 at 10:48 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I have lots of drafts and I’m just looking for a site where I can post this writing hobby and share it with others.

  • Avatar for Daniel Renuart
    March 1, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    I’m doing some research about the sites you mention.
    I was wondering if there are sites accepting short stories with adult containt, as obviously these stories can’t be shared with young readers.

    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      March 1, 2023 at 4:55 pm

      Adult content is usually a problem on open sites like these, Daniel.

      You will need to hunt the web for sharing sites that might accept adult content.

  • Avatar for Wendy kegley
    November 25, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    What is the limit on how many words I can are can not have.

    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      November 25, 2022 at 6:39 pm

      I’m not sure these sites have strict word limits, Wendy.

      But in general, short stories are usually 1,000 words or more.

  • Avatar for Patience Ikhayere
    October 13, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    i would like to publish my short stories . Can you please give me advice on how to do this ?
    i rang yesterday and was told that i should upload on ‘file assessment’. Can you please help

  • Avatar for Daniela
    September 22, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Which app is better for post a story? How many line I can make my story ? Can my story can be happy and sad and put a little drama

  • Avatar for Emma
    June 12, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Do you lose rights to a story when you post it on these websites?

    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      June 12, 2022 at 9:05 am

      Generally no, Emma. Most of these sites do not ask for the rights to your work.

      But you can check the FAQs or conditions on each site to be sure.

  • Avatar for Nthabiseng
    April 6, 2022 at 12:04 pm

    Am looking for someone who can help me to publish my stories.even if someone who can be my editor.

  • Avatar for Clinton Narzary
    February 16, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    Can I write single short story

  • Avatar for Wayne Haning
    February 10, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Finally a great article that isn’t misleading in its title. Thank you for writing this. _Wayne

  • Avatar for Emma
    February 3, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    it’s my first time here I’m learning so much about publishing my stories

  • Avatar for Viola Maria Nalunkuma
    January 10, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    I want to start writing but when it comes to giving chapter titles, problem .

  • Avatar for Valerie haberland
    December 8, 2021 at 3:01 am

    I have wrote a small true story it’s in England when I was born to 11 I just want for my family to be handed down

  • Avatar for H. James Harrington
    March 29, 2021 at 1:48 am

    I’m trying to find a copy of the form that I need to fill out when making a comment on the book I bought from Amazon. Can you send me a copy of the form I should be using.

      • Avatar for Mounika
        March 4, 2022 at 4:28 pm

        Which app is better for post a story?
        I can’t find out!

    • Avatar for Mary
      December 23, 2021 at 6:32 am

      Hi, I was wondering if on Commaful, is it possible to share the stories you post throughout your social media accounts or website? I’m trying to decide on one of these platforms and making my own site as long as I don’t have to post multiple times.

      • Avatar for Derek Haines
        December 23, 2021 at 9:21 am

        Yes, there’s a share button on each story. It’s small, but look at the bottom of a story and you’ll see it.


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