About Us

ZenPens—short story blog


ZenPens is a website created and committed to promoting writing from all over the world. We are different from other literature and writing blogs. This is because we’re a home for writers of all skill levels and readers of good works of literature and fiction. It is an avenue for readers and publishers to discover new authors of short stories and poems. Writers can also share their work, gain recognition, and connect with their audience and each other. Are you an enthusiastic, creative writer looking for the perfect place to store and display your writing online? Or a casual reader searching for good stories and poems? ZenPens is your website.

Therefore, as a writer, this is a place to showcase your creativity. For a reader, here you can feast to your heart’s content. This site is a community bursting with activities, inspiration and creativity. Register to join in the fun of writing and enjoy all the benefits. Each membership will also include a writing portfolio and a community. You also get the chance to meet and bond with fresh creative minds. The goal of ZenPens is to provide writers with an easy way to publish and promote their work. We also hope to provide readers with access to the best of creative writing on the Web. We have organized and catalogued our posts for easy browsing.



  • Post Short Stories, Stories in Series, Poetry, and Interesting Articles.

  • Receive and respond to comments.

  • Connect with other writers and their readers.


  • Serve as editors

  • Give feedback and critique

  • Comment, rate and vote.

  • Become a fan and subscribe to receive a writer’s updates.

  • Communicate, interact, and support your favourite writers.


We’ve received tons of contributions since we started ZenPens. Thanks to all who have sent in your stories and poems! However, we do have standards for submission. This is to ensure that the stories are easy to categorise and continue to be of high quality. If you intend to be an author on this website, please read the submission guidelines. Please note the following:

  • Ensure your contribution is the right length; between 400 and 2500 words for stories, between 50 and 500 words for poems, and between 250 and 1500 words for articles. If your contributions are longer, please break them up into instalments or episodes. If your story is less than 750 words, please categorize it as ‘Flash Fiction’.

  • You are encouraged to tag your contributions with relevant keywords so that you can easily find all the stories/poems that you have published through the tag cloud or by search.

  • Categorize your contributions so that readers can find them in the appropriate category (Flash Fiction, Love and Romance, Life and General Fiction, Suspense, etc.). At the very least, each story should have one category. We will not publish uncategorised contributions.

  • Do ensure that you submit your post and not save as draft. We won’t publish posts saved as draft, as we’ll take it that you’re not yet done with it. Leaving posts as drafts for extended periods may result in deletion.

  • Please make sure your story has a title. We will not publish stories that do not have a title.
  • Space out your contributions. Try not to send more than one story a day. If you send in more than one story on the same day, we may not publish all of them. Since we like our readers to have a variety of stories to read.

If you have any questions about any of this, please send an email to [email protected]

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