For those who love to delve into a good piece of fiction, you’ll know it can be hard to find a place that consistently publishes free fiction. Be it a short flash fiction, a novella, or a full-length novel, there are plenty of online websites that offer fiction for free.
In today’s article, we’ll be giving you a rundown of 6 great places where you can broaden your reading portfolio with free stories.
To begin, we’ll start with;
Lore Publication is an online website dedicated to publishing short stories and flash fiction –completely free.
Primarily, Lore focuses on publishing four genres:
- Science fiction (aka Sci-Fi)
Each genre has its dedicated page for both short stories and flash fiction meaning you can find a story of the appropriate length for you.
Aside from free fiction, you can find a blog on Lore too. This blog features writing aids and inspiration for aspiring writers as well as publishing individual poems.
It’s a great place to start when gleaning the internet for quality fiction that won’t cost a penny. And for the writers, they do accept submissions.
Jump into insightful fiction on Lore now!
Project Gutenberg is another great place to browse for free fiction and has been around since 1971!
It is an online library that offers free e-books that are in the public domain. It is well known for its inclusion of classic fiction titles that are no longer under copyright and provides all kinds of genres, from fiction to non-fiction, poetry, and plays.
The best bit is that it costs nothing to use their site and their resources. It is run by volunteers that work to maintain and update the site regularly to ensure there are always new books to read.
Archive of Our Own
Another fantastic place to find free fiction is a website called Archive of Our Own – often abbreviated to AO3. It started back in 2008 and is one of the biggest online depositories of fan fiction currently around.
All of the content on the site is written by die-hard fans of your favourite characters, with dozens upon dozens of stories categorized via a labelling system. This makes it easy to find fan fiction related to your favourite franchise or story.
The Organisation of Transformative works – a non-profit – is behind the site and works around the clock to make sure it stays up. With the promotion of diversity and being inclusive, they defend freedom of speech but don’t condone any hate speech.
What’s more, the site has implemented a system through which readers and writers alike can submit their thoughts (as well as provide feedback) – building whole communities around fan fiction that’s written.
For this next entry on the list, we’ll be focusing on Librivox, a website first created in 2005 that specialises in providing free public-domain audiobooks for download.
The audiobooks themselves are read by volunteers from all areas of the world to allow audiobook versions of books to be accessible to all.
Every audiobook that’s featured on the site will be accessible on everything from a desktop PC, to a smartphone or tablet to ensure everyone who has a device can use their site.
It is a great place to delve into works of fiction in the audiobook format without needing to commit to buying a full audiobook subscription service. Everything on Librivox is free.
What are you waiting for? Delve into an audiobook.
The fifth entry on this list deviates from the rest of the list in that this site primarily offers educational content (but does offer the odd work of fiction).
It is known to provide high-quality business books, travel guides, and even textbooks to aid those looking to broaden their horizons without spending a dime.
Their online library features a wide array of different books on a variety of topics making it an ideal place to learn something new. For the writers out there, this provides an excellent way to research your next project.
Do take a look at what they have, fiction or otherwise.
The last entry on this list is by no means the least but does include paid titles and options (which is why it’s taking the bottom-of-the-barrel spot). While Google Books was set up in 2004 to serve as an online marketplace for books, it is home to a catalogue of free books including fiction.
Also worth mentioning in the Google Books Library Project. This project aims to upload digital versions of local libraries from all across the world.
Worth a look for the avid reader.
Finding free fiction online isn’t easy, but if you know where to look, you can find exceptional fiction without paying a thing.