The Story of Story Sites

If you’re a regular visitor to the mammoth tg fiction archive Fictionmania, you’ve been going through some serious story withdrawal for the past two months. What the hell is going on? According to Sapphire, one of the fabulous Fictionmania Task Force, they’ve been having server troubles, and since it’s all run by volunteers, it’s taking a while to get it all back online again. Sapphire addressed some of the rumors about Fictionmania’s demise in this post on Crystal’s Cyberboard at Storysite.org.

Storysite is another mammoth tg fiction archive that came into being at a time when it looked like Fictionmania was truly gone and never coming back. Unfortunately, Storysite is experiencing its own troubles, stemming from being a massive free archive with no income-generating business behind it. Crystal addresses these troubles in this post, and also gives us a glimpse of the early days of tg fiction on the web. The upshot is, Storysite will not be adding new stories for awhile, although you can still go there and read thousands of great stories for free. You can also donate, if you want to see them stay afloat.

So where can you find new tg fiction? TopShelf is one of the sites worth investigating, although you will have to register in order to see everything that’s there and take advantage of all the search functions. TopShelf is the current incarnation of the site formerly known as Big Closet, and most regulars still refer to it as Big Closet. The advantage it has over Fictionmania and Storysite is, authors can directly post their story to the web, rather than submitting it to a volunteer task force to be read, formatted and catalogued. So you wouldn’t have to wait months to see your story online. There are still a few issues that are not fully addressed by this setup … I don’t fully understand how they can prevent an “author” from posting spam or kiddie porn or fatwas from Osama. The other problem is, lots of people are reluctant to log in. Not all tg’s are bold pioneers. Many of us cherish our anonymity.

Where else might you get your story fix? Stardust and TGFiction.net are both worthy of mention, although I haven’t delved into them deeply enough to comment on either. Both seem to follow the conventions established at TopSite, allowing authors to post directly to the site and inviting visitors to register and log in at each visit.

In the “no login necessary” category, there are some great stories at Sapphire’s Place, although it has not been updated in a few months. The Nifty TG Archive has been around forever, and they’re still around. Nifty is part of a larger archive of gay and lesbian stories, that’s why a few big strapping ultramasculine dudes feature in so many of the tg stories there. The ASSTR archive will let you do transvestite and trans-gender keyword searches within their larger archive of “sex stories.” Other available keywords: vegetables, robots, voraphilia (love of being eaten alive), bible, and oviposition (google it!). There’s a lot of stuff here but I’m not crazy about sorting through it all.

Literotica also has a “transsexuals and crossdressers” story section with over 2,000 stories. I found a post on how to search their archive here.

About a year ago I predicted the demise of Petticoat Discipline Quarterly, however they are still going along fine under the management of Auntie Helga. PDQ is mostly in the form of short letters, and they deal with some themes that not everyone will like, but they certainly deserve a mention.

If you’ve read this far, and are still reading, I’m impressed. Hopefully I’ve inspired you to look into a few new sites, instead of repeatedly hitting that Fictionmania link and getting “site not found.”

Let me know if you find something you like.

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3 Responses to “The Story of Story Sites”

  1. geekbrat Says:

    Hi there 🙂 I was just looking thought the Google site reports for one of my websites (tgfiction.net) and noticed your nice posting. I thought I would post a bit of a clarification on some things. 🙂

    BigCloset TopShelf, TGFiction.Net and Stardust all rely on a team of administrators/contributors and general “community outcry” to help police the sites. While it’s hard to keep the trolls out, we are all seeming to manage 🙂

    TopShelf for one is a bit more liberal about what it allows for stories, compared to what I @ TGF will allow, and what Bob @ Stardust will allow.

    As an added extra effort, I require every author’s first post to be “moderated” by the admins, and after a show of good faith (the author showing they can read and follow the rules) we then “validate” their account so that all stories will post live. We have strict guidelines for content, ratings and such and our users are always happy to help if there becomes an issue.

    BTW, Whilst I don’t participate often myself, I am a member of GirlTalk myself, and have been to Camp once 🙂 I’ve always dreamed of building a LG Centric Story Site, and once even tried to step forward with my own GirlTalk like site called LilBrats 🙂

    -Kirstyn Amanda Fox (aka PiggilyTails)

  2. little giselle Says:

    Heehee, yes I remember meeting you at camp!

    Thanks for finding my little post, and commenting.

    It looks like the community-based input model used by TGFiction and others is the way fiction sites will be moving for now. Fictionmania will be back eventually, I guess, but the loss of goodwill in the past few months may hurt them in the long run.

    Girltalk is running a story contest right now. You can find some good ones there in the Story Time forum.

    I remember Lil Brats … It’s too bad that site didn’t catch on.

  3. geekbrat Says:

    LilBrats was a great experiment, but when it didn’t take off, I unfortunately lost interest, and the site festered, died, and is now one of the many domains I have donated to the spam artists of the world.

    I would like to say, something that I forgot to say in the previous posting, @ TGFiction.Net you are not required to login to Read stories or Comment on them, only if you want to save personal settings or publish your own content 🙂 We are even working on adding an automated spam monitoring system so that we can remove CAPTCHA 🙂

    BigCloset has a similar system, where you can login to a “Guest Reader” account and post comments their that way.

    -HuGgLeS-
    Kirstyn Amanda Fox (the lil one with all the names…)

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