Sharing Longreads: Community Guidelines

Longreads is an open community dedicated to helping people find and share the best storytelling (nonfiction and fiction) on the web. We invite all readers, writers and publishers to post their favorite stories.

How to share a story

From your Twitter account, tweet a link to the story and add the #longreads hashtag at the end. Stories should be over 1,500 words. Or you can email us directly: hello@longreads.com.

What kind of stories count as ‘longreads’?

Longreads can be any story over 1,500 words—this includes long-form journalism, fiction, book excerpts, historical texts, interview transcripts, screenplays, and academic or science papers. 

We try to highlight interesting, informative work from a wide range of well-known and undiscovered writers and publishers, from diverse regions or backgrounds. 

Is it okay to post a story that I wrote or published? 

Yes, absolutely. Writers and publishers post their own stories all the time. 

The best way to have your work seen and read is to participate even when you’re not promoting your own work. That way, people can get to know your interests, tastes and specialties.

What is not allowed on Longreads?  

Any behavior that disrupts or degrades the service that Longreads and the #longreads tag provides to readers.

A word about direct links

We encourage the Longreads community to post direct links—that is, links to the work of the original publisher.

Our community works best when you share URLs that are not “framed” so using the original link also helps us properly credit the author and publisher of the work, and better index the word count and reading time. 

I shared my first longread! Now what? 

After you’ve shared a few stories, you might also want to share your own Longreads Page—it’s a reading list of your recent story picks. Here are some examples.

No sign-in or registration is required: Just go to Longreads.com/yourtwitterusername to see a running list of your recently shared stories. Share a link to your reading list, and remember to use the #longreads hashtag if you’d like the community to see it. 

Tips for creating your own Longreads Page

In addition to creating your own user page, we also encourage publishers, authors and other curators to create their own channels on Longreads. If you are curating certain topics or categories of storytelling, drop us an email and we'd love to help you promote your efforts. 

Use of the Longreads name

In order to avoid brand confusion and to protect the Longreads trademark, we ask that you refrain from creating user accounts, websites or Twitter feeds that include "Longreads" in the name.  

I do not want my #longreads tweets or my stories featured in the community feed. How do I opt out? 

Send an email to us and we’ll make sure you are filtered out. You can also opt out if you are a publisher or writer and do not want your stories featured on Longreads. 

One last thing

Longreads is a small company of curators, designers and developers. If you like what we do, and want to see more of it, consider becoming a Longreads member. It will allow us to keep building tools to help make the web a little more enjoyable. 

We are all readers and fans of great storytelling, and our intention is to maintain a community that helps people find, share and support this work. We always want to hear from you about how we can succeed in that mission. Drop me a line directly: hello@longreads.com

Thanks for your support.