Simily’s Story of the Month

A haunting tale

Andy Spears
2 min readApr 19, 2022


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I’ve written a lot about my journey on the fiction focused platform Simily.

Sure, there’s a lot that’s frustrating about Simily. Slow loading platform, slow growth, relatively low earnings — there are also some positives.

One positive is the “Story of the Month.” This is a feature that allows readers to nominate a story they like and then for all readers to vote so that a writer gets their story featured prominently. Today, the email from Simily announced that TzeLin Sam’s “The Monastery” is the new Story of the Month.

I have to say, this story is relatively short and a haunting read. It’s definitely worth checking out.

I also want to add that I wish Simily was doing more to promote writers. That said, this is a great benefit. Even with only 3400 members, this piece is sure to get a boost because of the email and promotion.

I’ve been publishing on Simily for 14 weeks now and I’ve enjoyed reading the fiction (and other writing) there. I still believe the platform has potential.

In case you’re curious, here’s one of my stories there:

What are your thoughts? Where do you publish fiction? What more can Simily do to support writers?



Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .