January 20, 2015

20lines – Connecting Writers & Readers

20lines is giving some of the most creative people on the Internet a place to share their work with a wider audience. The web-based application connects talented writers with avid readers, offering tools for writing, publishing, and consuming short stories on desktop computers and mobile devices.

If you’re an amateur writer looking for a place to share your short stories, then 20lines has a three-step process for publishing your work. Just type up a story that’s 240 lines or less into 20lines, making sure to save any drafts as you go to prevent losing your work. When your story is complete, you can add a cover image and publish it on 20lines. 20lines gives you the option to publish stories under your own name or anonymously.

As a reader, you can browse through the stories that others writers have published on 20lines. Search for stories by theme or author. You also have the option to interact with writers directly, vote on your favorite pieces of work, and share stories with your friends on other social networks like Facebook or Twitter. 20lines is accessible on both desktop and mobile devices, which means you can engage in the content on 20lines regardless of whether you’re sitting in front of a computer.

Practical Uses:

  • Write a short story about your childhood
  • Publish your writing anonymously
  • Build a fan base for your written work
  • Discover short stories by undiscovered writers

Insider Tips:

  • Download the iPhone or Android app
  • Sort stories by trends, most recently published, or genre
  • Vote on the stories you enjoyed the most
  • View the most popular authors in the past week or month

What we liked:

  • All the stories that readers find on 20lines are free
  • Authors can give fans a preview of their upcoming books
  • Readers can “follow” their favorite writers
  • 20lines will occasionally post special challenges for writers

What we didn’t like:

  • Writers are capped at how long their stories can be


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2013
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Alessandro Biggi, Francesco Scalambrino, Pietro Pollichieni, Marco Pugliese
  • Web site:


  • Free

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