From Category: Literary Forums
[Spoiler Alert] is the online book club of The American Scholar, a well-respected magazine of literary criticism and essays. “We're a forum for swapping book recommendations, meeting editors and authors, and connecting with other readers across the country, culminating in regular livestreamed discussions about our book of the month.” Read the forum guidelines and submit a request to join their private Facebook group.
Visit the discussion forums to post poems, chat about literature, and exchange tips for getting published. Now offering free webpages for all its members, sponsored by eTribes, a leading UK blogging service.
Absolute Write's Bewares and Background Check forum is invaluable for discussions of questionable agents and publishers.
Friendly amateur poetry forum allows authors to comment on each other's work, advertise their websites and host contests on their pages. Basic membership is free. For an additional $4.95, you can add graphics to your poem. Most useful for beginning writers. Some of the featured poems on the homepage are quite entertaining.
BookRix is an online community where authors of poetry and prose can upload their work and receive feedback. Membership is free. The site is based in Germany but has an English-language section. BookRix offers several free contests throughout the year, with prizes up to $1,000; winners are decided by members' votes.
Critique Circle is a free online forum for writers of literary fiction, genre fiction, essays, and articles. Members can give feedback on each other's work, either on the public site or in a private group. The site includes tools for plot outlining, storyboarding, keeping track of submissions, and writing prompts.
Online forum for disabled writers to post poetry, fiction and articles, and receive feedback and news of writing opportunities. Website is managed by Just Services, with funding from Arts Council England.
This discussion forum hosted by the literary journal Able Muse is a place where writers can share work in a variety of genres, including free verse, formal verse, literary criticism, fiction, humor, and translations. This community is most appropriate for experienced writers (i.e. not an amateur poetry forum).
Online forum for poetry and short fiction offers frequent contests for members, with creative and offbeat writing prompts.
Along with peer feedback and member contests, this online writers' forum also boasts a classy site design, author interviews, and exclusive excerpts from new books. Figment was co-founded by Dana Goodyear, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and Jacob Lewis, the former Managing Editor at The New Yorker and Condé Nast Portfolio.
British site for writers of short-short fiction includes advice for writing in the genre, listings of markets and contests, and a peer critique forum.
Author and artist Ysabel de la Rosa launched this blog in 2011 to collect poetry, prose, brief essays, book reviews, and artwork on the theme of living with loss. She writes, “Grief is more a recovery process than a traditional 'healing' process. It is not something we get over, as much as it is a set of experiences and emotions that we learn to live with, as we live on in our own lives.” Check website for monthly themes for submissions.
The Internet Writing Workshop is a free online forum for writers to exchange critiques of their works in progress. There are groups for short fiction, novels, poetry, nonfiction, and young adult literature. There are minimum participation requirements for each critiquing list representing approximately one half-hour per week. In addition, there are discussion forums to share ideas about marketing, literary craft, and favorite books and movies.
Litopia advertises itself as the oldest writers' colony on the internet, with members in the UK, US, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Germany and the Caribbean. It was founded by literary agent Peter Cox of Redhammer Management. Free to join, Litopia includes critique and discussion forums, podcasts about publishing industry news and book reviews, and craft essays.
Online forums to post your poetry and prose, as well as several contests per year for the best work on the site.
Site focusing on poetry by African-Americans includes general-interest and Christian-themed poetry forums, as well as profiles of notable black poets.
This free online forum for mystery writers includes boards for writing advice, the publishing business (agents, conferences, and trends), and crowdsourced research about how crimes are committed and solved. Wondering about courtroom procedure, legal ethics, or how various weapons and poisons work? Ask the forum.
OpenMicVoices.com is a multimedia social networking site for poets of all skill levels. Your free profile page can include photos, audio, video, and text, and it can be linked to your profiles on other social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn. The site also holds monthly contests with cash prizes.
Well-organized writers' forum for stories and essays based on personal reflection and experience. Monthly contest offers $100 for most popular stories on the site.
Online writers' forum PenTales strives to empower people to share and discover stories through live events, collaborative books, and a curated online platform. They publish narrative poetry, flash fiction, and artwork. See website for currently open themes.
Free online poetry forum based in the UK hosts monthly themed contests with modest prizes, such as an Amazon.com gift certificate for 25 pounds. Poems posted on the site are easily shareable via social media, and users can track pageviews.
High-level poetic debates abound at this listserv populated by published authors and professors, which was launched in 1993 by Charles Bernstein, a founder of the avant-garde Language Poetry movement. As of January 2014, the forum is no longer accepting new posts, but the archives are worth reading.
Created in 2017 by poet Sue Benjamin, Screech Poetry Magazine UK Forum is a free online community for poets of all experience levels. Topic threads include love, politics, humor, erotica, and verse for children. Free themed contests offer prizes of Amazon UK book tokens (gift certificates), usually 15-25 pounds.
SFNovelist is a critique forum for writers of “hard science” fiction: sci-fi where the science is believable and central to the plot. The $10 yearly membership includes feedback on your writing, crowdsourced research on technical problems, and entry in their annual short story contest with cash prizes.
The nonprofit Preservation Foundation was born in 1976 to encourage and preserve the “extraordinary stories of 'ordinary' people.” Anyone can submit a personal life story or short fictional work for posting on their website. Their e-newsletter, the Storyhouse Weekly Reader, highlights one of the 1,000+ anecdotes in their archives.
StoryShelter is a free website that provides writing prompts for people who want to journal their life experiences or share them with others. Their weekly writing contest for site members awards a $25 Amazon gift card and social media publicity to the best story each Friday. In addition, every entry on StoryShelter has the chance to be selected for their anthology. Published authors receive a free copy as well as e-book downloads to share with a few friends and family.
A friendly, non-exploitative place to publish your poetry online. Most submissions are accepted. Some folks have placed hundreds of their poems on the site.
Wompo is a listserv devoted to the discussion of Women's Poetry. Membership is open to all individuals who are interested in discussing poetry written by women. The discussion covers women poets of all periods, aesthetics, and ethnicities.
Warren Adler, author of bestselling novels including The War of the Roses, launched this project to share stories about “Why I write”. The site is a community-based online forum that allows writers a stage to submit their reflections on why they began writing and the emotional significance it holds for them. Submissions should be 150-250 words.
In 1998, acclaimed film director Francis Coppola launched a website where writers could submit their short stories to his magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story. A community of writers quickly formed around the website. It became so popular so quickly that a few months later he created sites for novellas and screenplays. The Virtual Studio, which launched in June 2000, brings together the original sites as departments, plus includes new departments for other creative endeavors. Members can workshop a wide-range of film arts, including music, graphics, design, and film & video, as well as access some of the best e-collaboration tools.