QuarterReads is a new website for readers who love short pieces. $5.00 buys up to 20 ‘reads’ of up to 2,000 words.
The website offers self-contained short stories, flash, and poetry in most genres (it’s a family-friendly site, so erotica is politely declined).
Each story only costs a quarter to read, and once you purchase it the story remains in your online library forever. The authors get paid $0.22 out of each 25 cents, and readers have the option to tip the authors an extra quarter (or more!) for stories they really like. Writers get to keep 100% of their tips.
The stories are reviewed prior to being accepted. I took a quick spin around the site before jumping in as a contributor; most of the stories I read were quite good, so it’s well worth the $5.00 to check out. I have two stories up at QuarterReads: “Chill”, a dark flash fiction piece (also currently in When You’ve Been Bad), and “Smokes”, an experimental prose poem. You can find my author page here.
Tons of other wonderful authors are also on QuarterReads, including authors I’ve been following closely for the past few years: writers like Cat Rambo, Alexis A. Hunter, Milo James Fowler, and Sandra Odell. The full list of authors is quite impressive — best of all, there is great representation of women and writers of color. This website’s a great place for newer writers to gain exposure, for veteran authors to find new readers, and for readers who’d rather check out a new mystery short story than play Candy Crush in the grocery line to discover their next favorite writer.
TL;DR – QuarterReads doesn’t suck. 100% worth checking out.