If you’re looking for a way to make some extra money, freelancing can be a great option. Freelance fiction writing, in particular, can be a fun and rewarding way to start building a second income doing something you love.

If you’re interested in freelance writing job opportunities, you’ll find below a comprehensive list of 35 popular sites, including popular writing job boards, content creation agencies, and writing marketplaces.

Can I Make a Living Writing Fiction?

The short answer is yes, you can definitely make a living writing fiction. Freelance fiction writing jobs abound and there are plenty of ways to make money by writing stories for magazines, websites, blogs, and, of course, Relay Publishing!

That said, make sure to keep your writing portfolio up to date and polished. In order to land work consistently, you need to be prepared to market yourself and your services at all times.

It’s also important to be familiar with industry standards and writing guidelines so that you can deliver quality work on spec.

But with dedication and patience, you’ll be able to turn your passion into a lucrative career path, and over time turn a side hustle into a full-time career.

What Skills Do You Need to Be a Freelance Fiction Writer?

creative writing skills

If you’re interested in becoming a freelance fiction writer, there are certain skills and traits that will help you achieve success.

For starters, you need to be an excellent storyteller — skilled at crafting plots and characters with depth and emotion.

You also need strong writing skills, creativity, good research skills, and most importantly, flexibility.

While there are sites like Relay Publishing who exclusively look for fiction writers like yourself, be prepared to work on a variety of genres and assignments since writing job opportunities will come from different corners, from corporate blog writing to fiction book ghostwriting.

Where Are Different Places to Get Freelance Fiction Writing Jobs

Below, is a comprehensive list of freelance sites, where you’ll find most of the writing job postings available on the market right now.

Unlike massive job sites like Monster, Indeed, and LinkedIn, the sites below cater to writers like yourself.

Some sites list general writing job postings while others specialize in specific areas, such as content marketing, corporate communications, and so on.

Also, some sites post jobs for free while others offer curated postings in exchange for a monthly subscription fee.

Finally, some sites will want to approve your writing portfolio before they send you writing job opportunities.

So, without further ado, here’s a list of the best places where you can find freelance fiction writing jobs:

Freelance Job boards

In the sites below, you’ll mostly find writing job postings for one-time gig work. Having said that, once you build a relationship with your client and you deliver quality work on time, you may land a continuous stream of commissions that may last for several months and in some cases years:

Blogging Pro



Freelance Writing Gigs

Smart Blogger

All Freelance Writing


Best Writing

Freelance Content Creation Platforms

content creation platforms - non fiction writing

The sites below connect companies looking for content creators with freelance writers like yourself. Although most assignments will cater to nonfiction writers, sometimes companies do look writers with strong storytelling skills:

People Per Hour

Writer Access

The Freelance Creative


We Work Remotely



The Writer Finder

Freelance Job Postings (monthly membership required)

The sites below give you access to curated writing job opportunities in exchange for a monthly membership fee:





Freelance Writers Den

Writers Work


Freelance Corporate Gigs

corporate gigs

The sites below cater mostly to large corporate clients looking for top-tier freelance writers. These sites usually have very high standards, so be prepared to present an impressive portfolio:



Constant Content





Freelance Gig Marketplaces

Finally, the sites below are general purpose freelance marketplaces that cater to multiple disciplines, including freelance writing:





In Conclusion

Freelance writing offers you a great pathway to start a second income, and paid fiction writing assignments can be especially rewarding. However, you need to be willing to put in the time and effort to develop a consistent clientele.

But with the right skills, disciplined job search, networking, and knowledge of the market, you can build a stream of freelance gigs that overtime will turn your side hustle into full-time income.

So, make sure to keep your portfolio as polished and professional as possible, browse the above sites for job opportunities, pitch your services to potential clients, and above all stay committed — especially at the beginning, when the frequency of the work can be unpredictable.

Freelance fiction writing jobs are out there. Just make the habit of checking the above sites regularly and don’t forget to check our job postings at Relay.

Good luck in your search!


Harry Wallett is the Founder and Managing Director of Relay Publishing. Combining his entrepreneurial background with a love of great stories, Harry founded Relay in 2013 as a fresh way to create books and for writers to earn a living from their work. Since then, Relay has sold 3+ million copies and worked with 100s of writers on bestselling titles such as Defending InnocenceThe Alveria Dragon Akademy Series and Rancher’s Family Christmas.

Harry oversees the creative direction of the company, and works to develop a supportive collaborative environment for the Relay team to thrive within in order to fulfill our mission to create unputdownable books.

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