You can register as a Reader or a Writer.

Readers gain access to all of the writing in Pen48, including short stories, poetry and more. You’ll also be able to come along to the Virtual Coffee Club meetings; it’s like a book club, online. Chat about the stories you’ve read, meet the authors, share ideas and feedback and just make friends who share the same interests as you.

Once you register as a Writer, you’ll be able to publish your own writing on Pen48 and enter our regular writing competitions!

It’s a simple registration process and if you initially register as a Reader, you can upgrade your account to Writer at any time.

In an age when so much social media is free, you might wonder why we’re charging a small subscription to be a Pen48 writer. We thought long and hard about this, but here are some of the reasons for the subscription.

  1. Quality not Quantity: We want to ensure that Pen48 remains a positive club for aspiring writers and those who enjoy reading, free from the more negative aspects that seep into other social media channels. At the end of the day, for us it’s about the quality of the user experience; not the quantity of users. Your subscription helps fund the checks and balances that ensure our community stays true to its core values of respect, support and learning.
  2. Advertisement free: All websites cost money to run and operate. If there’s no subscription, then sooner or later websites will make money by selling advertising and/or your data. And, remember, your data has value to all sorts of people. We will never sell your data and we want to keep Pen48 free of the sort of intrusive, data-led advertising you might see elsewhere. A small subscription will help us achieve that.
  3. Promoting Literacy. Our mission is to promote creative writing, the joy of reading and literacy. We currently donate 25% of all subscriptions to charities that support world literacy, and at least 50% of any profit we make will go towards our social goals. Whilst the ability to read and write is something that many of us take for granted, 750 million adults in the world still don’t have access to these basic skills. Literacy skills help people achieve their potential, reduce poverty and improve health as well as simply experience the joy of the written word. Since two thirds of the world’s illiterate are women, they can also help improve gender equality.
  4. Customer Service: Your small subscription helps fund membership benefits like our Pen48 Coffee Club and writing competitions. It also ensures that no matter how fast our community grows, or how big it gets, we’ll still be able to provide a great customer experience.
  5. Ongoing Development: Your small subscription will help to fund future developments starting with a new IOS and GooglePlay app, which will make it even easier to access Pen48’s resources.
The Pen48 Coffee Club is an online book club with regular virtual meetings. You'll find a list of planned events on the Coffee Club page. You can register to join any meeting by clicking 'Register'. Then, when you go into 'Events I'm attending', you'll find a code to join the meeting. Just copy and paste this into your browser at the appropriate time to meet new friends (or old friends if you’ve attended before) and join in the fun and discussion. (The first time you attend a meeting, you’ll be asked to download a small app from Zoom, which is the system we use to host our meetings, if you’ve not used it before.)

Why not give it a go?
If you’re registered as an author, you can enter any competition we publish on our competition page. Just post your entry to Pen48 as normal and remember to select the #competition as one of your labels. The winning entry will be the one with the most likes on the closing date. (We reserve the right to shortlist entries and/or promote the most popular ten, twenty or fifty.)
You do. We will never try to take or claim ownership of anything you publish on Pen48. All rights to your original material remain yours.
We take copyright theft very seriously. If you have reason to believe that something published on Pen48 is stolen from someone else, please use the Report function to let us know. If you believe that your material has been stolen from Pen48 and published elsewhere by a Pen48 member, or someone else, email us at [email protected] We will immediately remove any material that breaches copyright and block any member guilty of copyright theft.