How to Attract Readers to Your Short Stories

Wondering how to attract readers to your short stories? Interested in publishing your story online for free? Or better yet, you want to know how to get your short stories read online?

We have a solution.

So you have the hobby of writing short stories and now they’re just sitting in a folder on your laptop. When you start writing, you want people to read it. Who wants their hard work to get lost in the abyss?

Perhaps you don’t make a living writing fiction, but you still want to share what you created. Maybe you’ve tried facebook, created your own website, or submitted your fiction to a website only to find that a handful of folks, if any, read your story.

That’s where the not-so-obvious steps in.’s Alarmingly Strange Stories is a medium size website that is set up like a magazine and only features a few stories each week. Currently each featured story is on the front page for 6 weeks and will get 100-200 people reading your fiction!

As you might have guessed from the title, Alarmingly Strange Stories specializes in “Twilight Zone” type stories of humor, strange, and science fiction genres. The guidlines are light. Submit your own work, and avoid hate speech topics. That’s it!

Of course, we’re not the only solution to getting your story read. There’s a number of websites that will allow you to share your stories online. But many have strict submission guidlines and you have to create logins and passwords. Some sites like Wattpad have millions of users; however, often these type of sites feature so many options and stories that each piece of fiction only get a few readers.

At‘s Alarmingly Strange Stories you can get noticed and submit fiction with no password or login. Just cut and paste, and submit. Include a little background about yourself to be included in the “About the Author” section. We’ll include links to your webpage or social media if you like.

In addition to front page exposure, archived stories are randomly rotated on the front page, so even long after your submission, they still get well deserved attention. When you submit more than one piece of fiction, there’s a “More by this Author” section on the sidebar to attract more readers to your previous work.

All in all, Alarmingly Strange Stories is a great solution to getting your stories online and read by an appreciative audience.

Submit to Alarmingly Strange Stories and get noticed!

Bob Senitram

Webmaster and editor of I obtained a bachelor's degree in micro-biology around the turn of the century but was quickly tracked down and forced to return it to its rightful owner and pay a $25 fine. *** A fan of science fiction, I started this website in 1999 as a portal for science fiction stories that have never been published. *** Completely devoid of talent, I decided to call on the public to supply content. Shortly afterwards Stephen and I started writing weekly columns and have continued to this day.

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