If your bucket list includes seeing your name in a byline, well, you’re in luck. There are a ton of places to submit your writing for feedback, to gather raving fans, and to make money. If you can write with specific guidelines in mind, you might even find yourself with a byline in a prestigious magazine. Check out our top ten places to start, and then make sure to check out the links at the bottom of the page – they’ll take you to more paid submission ideas for publication.
Wattpad is the perfect place to start gathering feedback and readers for your short stories or even chapters of your next novel. Anyone can publish writing on Wattpad, and you retain all rights to your work.
Like Wattpad, Booksie is a place where you can submit your work, gather feedback, and start to build a fanbase. Anyone can publish on Booksie, and you retain all rights to your work.
Eastoftheweb vets all short story submissions, which means you have to get past the editors of the site before your work is published. The site gets half a million visitors per month, so if your work is accepted, you have a higher chance of being read than some of the open submission sites. For authors looking to market their work, they also offer placement in their newsletter, which goes out to 150,000 readers.
Anyone can submit children’s stories on this site, and stories are checked for appropriateness, proofread, and corrected. Children’s-Stories.net has readers from around the world, and you can submit work that is illustrated or not. By submitting your work here, you grant the site a non-exclusive right to publish in perpetuity.
There are not a lot of places where you can submit children’s stories, but Highlights Magazine is one. With Highlights’ various publications, you can submit stories, poems, illustrations, photography, Hidden Pictures® scenes, cartoons, puzzles, songs, and more, and many accepted submissions are paid.
Any Length of Writing Will Do
DeviantArt is well known as a hub for visual artists, but there is a sizeable literature section as well. Poetry, short stories, chapters of novels – it’s all here for you to browse and draw inspiration from. You can then share your writing with the 41 million members and even sell your work in the DeviantArt shop.
ABCtales is a community of writers and readers, and it is an easy way for you to get advice and feedback about your writing. The included tools allow you to write and format your work within the site, and when you’re feeling stuck, you can head on over to the forums and get some expert advice from your writing peers. You can also link together related chapters or collections so readers can follow along as you complete your novel.
If you haven’t heard of Patreon, you need to check it out. Patreon allows prolific artists of many stripes to collect monthly donations from patrons in exchange for exclusive access to certain types of their work. Patrons can donate anything from $1 per month to stay up to date to $1000+ per month to get more exclusive bonuses and interactions – think of it as an ongoing Kickstarter for your creative career.
Kobo is an e-reader with a self-publishing platform called “Writing Life.” The steps to publishing your work are simple: describe the contents and add a cover, submit the content (multiple formats are accepted and will be converted to ePub), choose the content rights, set the price, and publish!
We left this one for last because to make a book successful on Amazon, you need to put a fair amount of effort into marketing. However, if your primary goal is just to see your book for sale, the process is easy (and very similar to the Kobo process above). With Amazon, you can earn up to 70% royalties on every sale of your work of any length, from a short story to the multiple-volume opus that you’ve been planning in the back of your mind. The great thing about Kindle is that readers don’t need a Kindle device to read your work – the Kindle app is available for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. With Kindle Direct, you can even have your book printed on demand so readers can have the option of ordering a paper book that will be created when it is ordered.
Most of the ideas above are non-paid; you also have the option, if your writing is strong and original, to submit to magazines and e-zines for paid publication. Other sites have put together excellent lists, so check them out below.
Magazine Awards: A Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines & Journals
Freedom with Writing: Where to Submit Writing to Get Paid