Story Shelf

Before you follow this page of story links, I want to make something crystal clear: Stories that are just about sex are ten a penny. The stories that I have found here are stories about love. They involve the growing emotions between young men. They are about the dawning realisation of sexuality, and of people whose outlook on life is different from the established norms.

These are young men who have found things sometimes hard to bear, and who have found love.

Some stories are touching, some deeply erotic. The main theme, though, can be seen on the faces of the two in this picture:

People often ask if they may submit work to me for the site. And the answer is that of course they may, if the stories are "right for the site" and if I happen to like them. The process is explained here.

It is quite hard, though, to handle questions like "how do I write a story?", which I get sometimes. So I've created a guide that works pretty well.

Additionally please read the Copyright, Disclaimer, Privacy Policy at the foot of each page. Stories once submitted remain on the site under a non cancellable publishing right. Copyright always remains with the copyright owner.

A good story has few typos in it. Dialogue can be idiosyncratic, but the grammar is good, the spelling is good. Words like 'loose' and 'lose' are never confused. Apostrophes happen in the right places. But not every author is a grammar and spelling genius. So we do have some volunteer editors with whom you can work before submitting a story. If someone offers their services, either by email to me or on the forum, then I add their names and email addresses to this short alphabetical list:

Once you are ready, simply submit your story by email. If you don't hear anything within a few days please remind me. I don't accept everything I am sent, but I do read everything, and I always reply, so if I haven't then either I'm away or the email has gone astray.

Our publishing scheme

We publish stories very much like a paper magazine does. We try very hard to run a finite number of serials at any one time, and strive to post all the chapters in one serial before starting on another one, regardless of which author it's by. We intersperse short stories and poetry in the gaps in serials. This is because we have, usually, more serials than we have short stories and poems.

Sometimes there are anomalies. Authors of serials often send us chapters of their serial before the entire work is finished, and that's fine. We start to publish them hoping, but not expecting, that the remainder of the chapters will arrive before the publishing sequence finishes. And here's where the problem, if it is a problem, starts. When we run out of chapters we start another author's serial, and we try to run it to completion. This means that the author whose chapters have a production gap can feel neglected until we can restart their serial again. This is especially the case with very long continuing sagas. When we see it is about to be a real challenge we treat the unpublished chapters as a special case, but that can't always be immediate.

We often have a production queue of five to seven weeks, occasionally longer, before a new submission can start.

Other places

As I find more stories, I will add to the links on this page, so, if you like what I have found, come back often.

Cracker's Den
A very similar ethos to this site, but different writers
Comicality
Author of the New Kid in School series, and of many short stories. Follow the "Stories" button when you get to his site.
"The Best of Nifty and the Net"
An unofficial look at a top 100 from Nifty and from around the net. And sadly when I added this link none of mine were included. That's tongue in cheek! Honest!
Charlie
The word "Author" doesn't seem fair. Charlie writes of his lifetime with Kenny. This link takes you directly to this section of the Nifty Archive
Joseph Thoreau
The story of Joseph's Golden Boy