Top 3 Online Creative Writing Communities To Get Feedback On Your Work

Nancy Messieh 02-08-2010

<firstimage=”//” />creative writing social networkIt’s easy to sit down at your computer, or with a notepad and pen, and write. Whether you’re writing short stories, poetry, or even working on a novel, the hard part is knowing if you’re on the right track. And the even harder part is finding an audience to read what you’ve written.


Below is a list of social networks where you can share your creative writing, whether you’re looking for a friendly community to interact with, or you’re looking for a serious critique. What stands out with all of these sites is their sense of community – once you have put in a little bit of effort and interacted with the people on the site – it will become a very rewarding experience.


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On ABCTales, signing up for a free account gives you a profile page which lists all of the pieces that you have posted on the site.

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After you have posted your writing, you can receive comments from other users, and if you want an in-depth critique, you can always post to their forums requesting one.

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A group of anonymous editors read all of the work submitted to ABCTales and they “cherrypick” the very best, highlighting it for others to see.

Other features of ACBTales include a story and poem of the week selected by the editors and is featured on the front page, as well as a weekly inspiration point to help you out if you’re suffering from a case of writer’s block.


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Pick ABCTales if you’re looking for a simple portfolio, and are more likely to interact with people on forums.

The Heel Press

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The Heel Press used to be open only to people who had university email accounts, but has long since abandoned that idea, and has opened up its doors to anyone who wants to join. Like ABCTales, you get a profile page featuring your latest work, but the page itself is more elaborate featuring more information such as your favourite authors, books, music and websites.


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Another significant difference is that The Heel Press also accepts photography and art submissions to be added to your portfolio.

Other members can comment on your work. rate it, and add it to their favourites. The Heel Press is more of a social network than ABCTales, making it easy to follow other members work by adding them as your friends.

The front page features art and writing by members, that has gone through a critique panel, as well as a list of the most popular content – as judged by user ratings.


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There are two ways you can submit your writing. You can submit it straight to your profile or portfolio, which means it will not appear on the front page, or you can submit it to the critique panel, where it will be judged by other users, according to the kind of critique you request.

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If it receives a high enough rating, it will be displayed on the front page. The anonymity of the critique panel allows other users to give an honest opinion on your work.

Other features on The Heel Press include a forum, groups, and you’ll often find competitions to enter on the site.

Pick The Heel Press if you’re looking for a more elaborate critique, and a social network experience.


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DeviantArt is well known as a place for photographers and artists to share their work, but it also has a significant writing community. Despite the fact that paid subscribers can ask for an in-depth critique of their work, in our experience, we’ve found that DeviantArt is not the best place to go if that’s what you’re really looking for.

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Signing up for a free account gives you a profile page on which all of your submitted work will be displayed.

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Like The Heel Press, your profile page on DeviantArt is much more elaborate, allowing you to share more information about yourself, and you also get a space to update your own DeviantArt journal.

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Like The Heel Press, DeviantArt has a strong social network aspect to it, where you can add other users work to your favourites, as well as add them as friends on the site.

The front page features the latest work, as well as Daily Deviations – works which are selected by the site moderators on a daily basis, singled out as the best on the site, one of which is always a literature piece.

Pick DeviantArt if you’re looking for an elaborate profile page and a social network experience.

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Do you have a favourite social network where you share your creative writing? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 8, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I know one such website, which has become bridge between businesses and writers. is very good community of such. So they are also paying very good amount to writers.

    • Bob Foster
      January 27, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Great pleasure for me!

  2. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 6:10 pm


    What do writers, bloggers, painters, musicians, photographers, and dancers all have in common?

    They’re artists, of course.

    But what makes an artist??

    The answer is talent.

    “What is talent but the ability to get away with something?” –Tennessee Williams, playwright

    Now we want to challenge you to share it with a community that’s committed to excellence. That community is Prose.

    Take a look around. If you like what you see, sign-up (it’s free) and follow @Prose.
    Step into the ring. Bleed on the page.

  3. nate
    September 10, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Please add to that list. We are a creative writing community that launched recently. Members can write, comment and vote on each others work, and create sub-communities on the site complete with discussion forum and space for members writings. Check us out!

  4. Q9r4t6a
    August 5, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Heel Press seems to be a goner. nobody home, no visitors, no activity. The time between forum posts is measured in years, not hours. Not a good place to go if you want anybody to see your work. I joined today, posted a piece, and so far I've had one view, and I'm not entirely sure that one view wasn't me...

  5. Been There, Lost Rights
    August 3, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    There is one problem with every one of the sites that you mention: as soon as you post your work on these sites, you have lost "first publication rights". And, unless you're already so well established that you don't need these sites, those are the only rights a publisher will ever pay you for...

    • nm
      August 4, 2010 at 7:14 am

      Not entirely true. I've had a book published (albeit by a small independent publishing house) - and some of it was already available online. And I also work at a major publishing house and know for a fact that not all publishers will be that rigid with online "publishing," and I use the term publishing here loosely.

    • Michael Rush
      November 24, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      One good way around that issue is to join a site like Forage Poetry Forum - - The critique board is hidden from guests and search engines, so your work won't show up in searches.

  6. Saikat Basu
    August 3, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Hey, I didn't know that DeviantArt has a writer's community! These sites are also great for creating your profile and spreading your skills around (at the same time improving on them). Thanks for the post, Nancy.

    • nm
      August 4, 2010 at 7:15 am

      Thanks Saikat. I was pretty involved with the dA writing community for a while and there are some incredibly talented writers on there.