I’ve been trying to do a little digging on the history of webfiction, to discover the main events and key turning points that have led to the exciting community I am part of today. This is definitely something we’ve been thinking of dedicating an issue to on Ergofiction, but the problem is that it is an area that is very hard to research.
Therefore, this post is an appeal to all you webfictioneers out there. Help me flesh out the timeline below. What are the landmarks of the evolution of webfiction?
THE HISTORY OF WEBFICTION
June 1995 – The Spot, amongst the first ever webfictions launched [reference]
? – EpiGuide
July 1 1997 – The Spot closes [reference]
Oct 15 1998 – Fanfiction.net founded
? – Fictionpress
2000 – Stephen King serializes The Plant online, to mixed success.
2000 ? – Writing.com launched.
June 2001 – Shadowmarch by Tad Williams begins serializing. [reference]
April 23 2006 – Novelr founded [reference]
Jan 26 2007 – Novelr relaunched [reference]
July 5 2007 – Alexandra Erin begins posting online [reference]
Dec 6 2007 – Pages Unbound, open for business [reference]
Feb 2008 – MeiLin Miranda begins posting online
July 2008 – Web Fiction Guide is founded
Aug 2008 – Pages Unbound closes, Muse’s Success is founded
2008 ?? – Digital Novelists is founded
Jan 2009 – Rose & Bay Award launched [reference]
Jan 2009 – Fluffy-seme is founded
Nov 2009 – Top Web Fiction is founded
Dec 2009 – Ergofiction launches!
? 2010 – Pandamian will be founded.