Penpee.com is an online platform to read, write and get paid for short stories, like Airbnb for writers.
It creates the next commercial opportunity for everyone that sees themselves as a writer and a story-teller.
Penpee.com sees itself as the Airbnb of this space, creating an opportunity where there existed none in its form before it. For the professionals to the amateur to the aspiring writer who would love an opportunity to publish their work. Penpee allows you to write short stories and earn each time someone new read pages of your stories.
No longer do you have to be a celebrity in order to get published, recognised and earn revenue from your interesting stories. Just like Spotify pays royalties to music artists, penpee is empowering everyone to earn royalties from their short stories. We make publishing your short stories easier and getting paid for them quicker.
We have combined some of the most frequently asked questions for you. If you do not find an answer , then reach out to us on the live chat below.
Who can be a member of Penpee.com?
Anyone, age 16 and over from everywhere around the world can join penpee.com
How do I become a writer?
You will be able to select your writer’s type at registration.
NOTE: If you wish to publish your stories on our platform, make sure that you have a valid profile photo of your self, not an avatar. Also ensure that you have edited your profile and filled in all the required profile information.
How much money can I make on Penpee.com?
It is not a get rich quick but a process that involves patience and perseverance. You should join penpee.com because, first, you enjoy reading and writing. You make money each time someone new read your story and gives you credit for it. That credit is converted to cash which is then paid out to you. Minimum balance you can withdraw is £5 to PayPal or £10 to bank accounts.
Note, because we are based in the UK, the basic currency is in British pounds which is converted into your local currencies at the time of payout. We cannot predict how much you can make. Good luck.
What are the various writer’s membership plans?
On Penpee.com we have two types of plan for writers.
Free: Membership is FREE. Maximum of 3000 words spanning a maximum of 6 pages per story, a maximum of 600 words per page and a minimum of 400 words unless it is the last page of the story. You will earn 45% lifetime revenue on every credit spent reading your stories. You will not get on the leaderboard contest. Three Reader’s tokens are required each time you want to post a story. You can only earn from a maximum of 4 pages per story.
PREMIUM: Membership cost £12.99 every 6 months subscription or £19.99 per annual subscription. Post Unlimited short stories. Maximum of 12000 words spanning a maximum of 20 pages with a maximum of 600 words per page and a minimum of 400 words unless it is the last page of the story. You will earn 70% lifetime revenue on every credit spent reading each page of your story. You will also be able to promote your fictional books on Amazon by sharing teasers with our readers. You can only earn from a maximum of 10 pages per story.
How can I get FREE credits?
You get free welcome credits when you signup – 4 free credits for free members and 100 credits for Premium members. Other ways to earn free credits are: By inviting your friends with your referral link, report a plagiarised story you see on our website to us. Best of all, each time you read a new story, make sure you rate and review it and you might win up to 50 credits for the best supporting review. Note: Daily login credits have been discontinued.
In addition to the convertible credits earned when your stories are read, the writers of the most read and engaged short stories will earn cash bonus likewise.
Only Premium writers will rank on the Leaderboard to get a chance in the monthly bonus rewards for the top 3 best read & engaged short story writers. Writers with Free accounts will not appear on the Leaderboard.
Challenge group: This is a dedicated group for the leaderboard. You must be a member of this group before you can rank on the Leaderboard when your story is read. You need to be Premium writer to be added to this group.
How much can a writer earn on the leader board?
Premium writers will earn a £1.50 bonus for each day they are ranked on the leader board.
When can I access the bonus?
The bonus will reflect in your account at the end of each month.
Does everyone on the leader board get the bonus?
No, it is only paid to Premium writers that made it to the top three at the end of the month.
I made it to the top ten writers, can I get the bonus?
Bonuses are only paid to the top three writers for now. We aim to expand this gradually to the top 100 in the near future. Keep checking back.
I was in the top three before but I no longer appear there?
It is very competitive. Appearing in top three today does not guarantee you will be there tomorrow.
How can I be consistent on the leader board?
Write good stories, share with your friends on social media, and invite your friends to read your stories. The more people that read your story, the more likelihood you will be there.
How do I post my short stories?
You will be able to post your story when you login to your account. It is pretty easy to do.
Who owns the copyright to stories published on penpee
Copyright remains yours, and you also retain the right to use your own work in ways that would not conflict directly with our efforts to disseminate it. See the full copyright information at the footer of this page
What do you mean by ‘’story by the page’’?
This means stories are posted one page after the other and you get paid each time a page of your story is read.
Do I need to complete the entire story before posting?
On Penpee.com, stories are posted by the page, hence, having a complete story before posting does not matter. Once you finished a page, you can post it and start earning from it while you are still thinking of how to write the next page. Further more, you’ll be able to engage with the readers, read their reviews and know what they are expecting of you in your next page.
What categories can I write on?
There are variety of sections to write on Penpee.com ranging from Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Humour, Fiction, Romance, Spiritual and a host of others. There is no limit to what you can write
Do you verify writers?
We accept all stories once you sign-up as a writer but your work will not be published until we have verified you are who you say you are. This is necessary to avoid pirating and plagiarism. All writers are expected to upload a valid profile picture of themselves (Not photos of your dog)
Why have I lost my writer’s status?
This could occur if your membership fee has expired without renewal or when your profile picture was removed because it does not meet our photo quality standards or if you have removed your profile photo. We do not approve people without profile photos as writers on penpee.com. We could have also removed your writer’s status if we had provisionally approved you as a writer but you did not update your profile photo within the stipulated time frame. If none of those reasons is applicable to you, then you may have violated one of our policies. Contact us to request a review.
Can I change my username?
Yes, you can. Login and go to settings to change your username.
How much credits do I earn each time my story is read?
You earn up to 2.8 credits which is 70% of 4 credits for each page of your story that is read by a new person. 3 credits is worth 6 pence (£0.06).
Do I earn credits by publishing teasers of my Amazon books on penpee.com?
No. The essence of sharing teasers with our readers is to help promote your books to them. We give them the option to buy it on Amazon if they like the teaser.
How do you differentiate between short stories and teasers?
With short stories, we do not provide any external link for our users to go purchase them elsewhere. A teaser is an excerpt with the intent to help you build awareness and draw attention to the full book on external site, in this case Amazon.
How soon can I begin to earn from my story?
You earn once your story is read. We inform our community and your followers when you post a new story or a new chapter. You can also share the link to your story on your social media accounts.
Will you accept my story?
At Penpee.com we do not reject stories. We thrive on distinction. Once we verify your story is not pirated or plagiarised, your story will be accepted. Communication is key and we give everyone an equal platform to express themselves through creativity. If your story has ever been rejected elsewhere, penpee wont reject you. So, feel free to share your story through the eyes of penpee.
Can I post my story here if it has already been posted elsewhere?
You can post your story here if it has already been posted elsewhere, as long as the story belongs to you.
If you accept any story, how do you distinguish between the standard of work?
We classify works based on standard and grammatical context. We will apply quality standard filter to every work from A, A+ to D. With an A+ rating indicating the top most level of professionalism and quality of the writer’s work. So if you are not comfortable reading works of a C or D rated writer, you can use the filter. We rate each story and not each writer.
What is “Unclassified” in the quality standard?
We group stories that have not gone through our editorial team for review as unclassified. We review stories again from time to time to reclassify them.
Would you review my story for free?
Sure, we review all stories before they are published on our site and we will tell you if your story would be better with proper editing or if it just needs a bit of editing. This does not mean we won’t accept your story, but your content and standard will be used to determine the quality standard rating we use to grade your story.
Would you edit my story for FREE?
No, we no longer edit your story for free but we will offer a soft edit of your story for £7 per every thousand words. This is crazily cheap because we are in business to encourage reading and writing. It is just a passion to us and our passion is our business. This does not mean we won’t accept your story but your content and standard will be used to determine the quality standard rating we grade your story
Would you create a cover image for me for FREE?
No. We no longer create cover images for you for free but we will design a very basic cover for your story for $7. If you are interested, contact our creative department.
Do you have a standard size for story image?
Ensure that your story image is high resolution and less than 200KB. The height must be 1.6 times bigger than the width. Minimum width is 300px. We will reject any story cover that does not look good enough.
Could you publish my story if the cover image is not yet ready?
We wont publish any story without a cover image. The first thing we look out for in every submission is the cover image and we wont even review your story without a cover image.
How much does it cost to read a page of my story?
A maximum of 4 credits which is an equivalent of 0.08pence (8 pence). The writer can choose to make the story free.
How can I get FREE credits?
You get free credits when you sign-up. Other ways to earn free credits are: invite your friends with your referral link, log in into your account, or report a plagiarised story you see on our website. You will also earn daily login credits and can request for CrVC. Please visit the credits and reader’s token page to learn more about credits.
Can I read a story for FREE?
You will find Paid and Royalty-Free stories on penpee.com. The Royalty-free stories are free to read while you will need credits to read the paid stories.
Why do I require credits to read a story?
Penpee.com’s approach is to give worthy recognition to the work of writers, and we use credit as an incentive to them in order to energise them to keep writing. We will give an incentive to you too if you wish to write. Penpee encourages the world to write and not fight. We make the credits cheap so that everyone can afford them so you can possibly accumulate, in a day or even hours, as our network grows, enough credits to feed an entire household in Africa or buy your groceries.
What’s the exchange rate per credits to dollars?
If 50 credits = £1. Then 3 credits will be £0.06 (6 pence) and 1 credit will be £0.02 (2 pence).
Why do you charge so low when eBooks cost a lot more?
Because we are passionate about reading and we want the world to start reading and writing again, we will be secluding a large section of the world from reading your work if we charge too high. Besides, our rate is fair compare to the average £0.99 which you will pay to buy ebooks on Amazon. Lets to do that. If an average ebook of 50,000 words on Amazon cost £0.99 ,this means at every 6000 words you are earning £0.11 on Amazon. Penpee charges £0.30 for the same 6000 words.
Penpee.com is making it even more exciting to earn better through gamification of your activities thereby adding more value to your content for writers and resulting in rewards for everyone. This approach has led to the birth of badges.
What is a Reader’s token?
Reader’s tokens are rewards you earn for reading a story. You earn a reader’s token when you have read at least 80% of a completed story. Writers with Free memberships require three reader’s tokens to publish stories on penpee.com at anytime. This is not a requirement for Premium membership writers unless it is a contest. Reader’s tokens cannot be bought or sold.
How do I earn a Reader’s token?
You will earn a Reader’s token when you have read at least 80% of a completed story.
I have been reading but I haven’t received any Reader’s token?
Before you could earn a Reader’s token, the story must have been completed by the writer and must be at least 4 pages long and you must have read at least 80% of the story.
What can I do with a Reader’s token?
Writers with Free memberships require three reader’s tokens to publish stories on penpee.com while Premium writers require three reader’s tokens to enter a contest to win cash prizes of any value from £25 up to £1000.
How can I get my story featured on the homepage?
You can get your story featured on the homepage and the category page for 10 credits per day.
Can I participate in contest if I am not a registered writer?
No! You will need a writer’s account to participate in our contests.
My writer’s account was suspended. Can I register for a new writers account?
You can only register once as a writer and once suspended you wont be approved again. Don’t hold your breath if you get through, we review accounts from time to time and we will suspend your account again.
What is the meaning of the + sign behind the cash prize?
Whenever you see a + sign behind a cash prize, it simply means the basic prize pot will increase by 5% or other percentage value (depending on the contest rules) of the current prize pot whenever a new, unique person submits an entry into the contest.
For example, a 5% for a starting prize pot of £50 means the starting prize pot of £50 will be activated when the first entry is submitted by a unique person and the prize will increase by £2.50, i.e 5% of £50 to a total of £52.50 when another person submits an entry and the next unique entry will increase the prize pot by £2.63 to a total of £55.125 and so on.
What is the minimum withdrawal amount?
You can request withdrawal at anytime as soon as you have accumulated £5 or more in earnings.
How do I get paid?
We can transfer payments directly to most bank accounts around the world through worldremit and we can also pay you via PayPal.
How much is your withdrawal fees?
We charge 5% commission on total amount you wish to withdraw.
Can I have two accounts?
No member is permitted to have any more than one account. We reserve the right to suspend both your accounts if this rule is violated.
Do you verify my ID?
We may request to verify your ID at anytime and we also do random checks from time to time. Make sure your profile photo matches that on your ID.
How do I pay to read a story?
Any story that requires credit will display the credit amount. Just click and it will automatically deduct the credit from your balance.
How do I buy credits?
You buy credits from our credit store HERE or through your profile page.
Can I transfer my credits to someone else?
What happens if I don’t like a story?
If you don’t like a story, you don’t have to read the next page. You will only use credit for the pages you have read unless it is free.
I found a story on the internet. Can I post it here?
Piracy..run ,run, run! It is a criminal offense to post a story that was not written by you or which you do not have the writer’s permission to post. We do not accept plagiarised work either. Both these offenses are punishable by law. It will result in your account suspension and we will report offenders to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
My story has been plagiarised. How do I report?
If you identify any plagiarised/pirated story in our system, report with proof to our admin at [email protected]. We will reward you with credits just to say thank you.
Why must a writer add a profile picture?
We would like to know who our writers are and to help fight copyright theft and plagiarism.
What is the minimum age to use penpee.com?
All members including writers should be at least 16 years old.
Can I work for Penpee?
Penpee recruits staff from all around the world. But to work for us, you must know what we do and to know what we do you must have been using our service for a while. That is our ethos
Where are you based
Penpee.com, a short story service is part of Penpee Ltd and is based in England and registered in England and Wales with the company registration number 07517023.