Hey, want to find some web fiction sites?
Last year during the early days of the pandemic I made a list of as many web fiction sites as I could find, to help readers find new stories to read (and to help writers find new places to post). Now that it’s 2021 and the scene has changed a bit, it’s time for an update!
I’ll be defining “web fiction” broadly here. It includes prose stories, webcomics, and interactive browser-based fiction. As long as it’s available via a web browser or app, it’s not solely 18+, and it’s got lots of free content, I’ll list it. Lots of web fiction sites!
Heavy-Hitter Web Fiction Sites
These are the most popular web fiction sites right now, the ones that attract the most traffic and highest-profile stories. Many really huge stories AREN’T on these sites, but a big percentage are.
My go-to web fiction site and rapidly rising in the ranks. It has comics AND novels, unlike every single other item on the list, so that’s one big mark. So many amazing stories! The most-heavily promoted stories on the site tend to be Premium, but most are free.
For web novels of the fantasy or LitRPG variety, this site reigns supreme. Unlike other big web novel sites, this doesn’t even have an app, and it’s STILL huge. Other genres are well-represented here too, as long as you search them out.
The biggest webcomic site in the world and for good reason; it puts out countless high-quality stories every week. The user-submitted stories have major overlap with Tapas, but this site has many more originals.
Personally, I’m not a fan of Wattpad, but it’s the biggest web novel site and bigger than most all sites on this list combined. It’s mostly geared towards stories for teenage girls, but it does have work in all genres. It’s just hard to find due to the site’s faulty search function.
The premier indie webcomic syndicate. They have some of the best webcomics in the entire business! I have to recommend my #1 favorite humor comic, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
Now that you’ve gotten an introduction to the biggest web fiction sites, you might be thinking, “Gosh, that’s a lot of stuff!” My response: You ain’t seen nothing yet.
Web Fiction Sites – Novels (Primarily Western)
Aggregate site. Vote on your favorite stories and they’ll appear on the rankings. This used to be a component of Web Fiction Guide. However, as of this writing, accounts are invite-only, so you have to know another author to upload your story listings. You should vote for ATL though…
Aggregate site. Recommended!
Aggregate site. Extremely inactive.
Run by Penguin Random House.
Web Fiction Sites – Novels (Primarily Asian)
Aggregate site. Extremely inactive.
Web Fiction Sites – Webcomics (Primarily Western)
These are sites that exclusively feature comics. It’s actually rarer than you’d expect! Several large webcomic sites of years’ past have gone extinct, most notably Smackjeeves. Most non-webtoon comics are hosted on their own site, so aggregate sites may be the best bet.
Aggregate site. I didn’t list this site in “heavy hitters” only because it contains way too many NSFW banner ads. Also, yeah, NSFW. Vote for Starcrash though.
Shut down, but fully archived.
Also shut down, but almost fully archived. (Note: not fully uploaded yet.)
Includes from traditional comic publishers like Dark Horse, Boom Studios, Top Cow, etc.
Includes from traditional comic publishers like Archie.
Other Aggregate Sites
Webcomics Hub (inactive?)
Collective of Heroes (superheroes)
Web Fiction Sites – Webcomics (Primarily Asian)
Primarily Asian content, but has plenty of Western content too. The only one in this section that has free hosting for webcomic creators.
Also contains Western comics. This also contains traditional comics from Image, Kodansha, and others, so this is very non-indie.
Also has novels.
Comic Strip Sites
These sites are legacy holdovers from newspaper funny pages and feature comics under syndication. Not exactly web fiction, but it is on the web and they are free, so…
Fan Fiction Sites
This section is absolutely missing a ton of sites, so please let me know of any multi-fandom fan fiction sites I can add.
CYOAs, Visual Novels, Quests, etc. (either browser playable or app stories). Games start getting a little fuzzy, I know. But for the most part this only includes games with heavy text or little gameplay.
An indie games site that is home to many different interactive fiction works, and even web novels too. A lot of games are paid but many are free too.
(browser or app, but browser content is limited)
Reddit Web Fiction Forums
Some of these are very recommended for discovering new fiction! But most of these do not directly host stories; they are aggregates or discussion boards.
These go against the spirit of web fiction since they aren’t free but I am including them anyway. There are a LOT more romance-oriented apps, especially ones that rip off Wattpad. I’d say please help me list what I’ve missed, but… the world may be better off with just these lol.
Serial Box is actually one of the biggest web fiction sites. It has licensed stories from IP like Doctor Who, Marvel, and Orphan Black somehow! And yet it’s very rarely mentioned in other web fiction circles. I don’t know why. (EDIT: Oh, that’s because they have transitioned away from prose and have moved into audiobooks, with the text versions as backup bonuses.)
Etc. Web Fiction Sites
An online archive of public domain work, mostly readable on the web. This has more stories than you could dream of (but they are very old).
An archive of stories and other web fiction, but all set in one horror universe.
The site medium has plenty of fiction but is mostly for nonfiction articles. Navigating and discovery is not very good.
This site certainly has fiction but too unsorted to be of much use. Same thing with sites like WordPress.com and Tumblr; they aren’t designed as fiction websites so there is no good navigation. But they are perfectly good places to host a web serial!
This person does audio narration for many web fiction series and uploads them to Youtube.
…is supposed to be for finding magazines and journals to submit work to, but you can use it to find short stories and novels to read, too! Duotrope also exists but requires a subscription.
Basically has everything, not just comics.
A writing community that also has stories to read.
Note: This list has intentionally left out sites commonly mentioned as scams/spammers. Peruse those at your own caution.
So that’s the list of almost every web fiction site as of January 2021. What’s your favorite sites? What’s your least favorite? What amazing stories have you found across the internet? Let everyone know in the comments below.