Literary Evaluation in Online Communities of Writers and Readers

Peter Boot


To date, there has been very little research into online writing communities, largely as a result of the perceived low quality of writing produced in these communities. This article examines literary evaluation within online writing communities. Specifically, the Dutch site Verhalensite, which publishes both poems and stories, is analyzed in an attempt to determine why one work may be rated more highly than another, and whether a work’s ratings create an enduring reputation for its author.


Online writing communities; Literary evaluation; Poem online; Verhalensite; Online writing; Online publishing

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