Harlequin and Wattpad hosted the So You Think You Can Write (SYTYCW) contest to discover four talented romance writers who would be asked to write for Harlequin. The community brought forth so much talent that Harlequin couldn’t pick just four winners; instead they picked six!
We’d like to congratulate the following writers on winning the chance to write for Harlequin. Each of the six stories appear below for your reading pleasure:
Sunday December 1st is World AIDS Day. To help spread awareness about this disease and how it still affects a significant number of people around the globe, Wattpad has partnered with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF). With the help of the Foundation, we have put together a reading list that shares the real stories of people who are living with HIV and AIDS: individuals whose lives have benefitted from the support of the ETAF.
The foreword to each story in the collection has been written by “Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev, who has long considered Elizabeth Taylor her professional role model. You can read Nina’s foreword and each of these moving stories in the Living with HIV/AIDS reading list.
We are also sharing stories and poems from writers in the Wattpad community as part of our Red Ribbon reading list.
For those who aren’t aware, Wattpad HQ is based in Toronto, Canada. And, yeah, we know our fair city has been in the headlines a lot lately due to the stranger-than-fiction adventures of our mayor Rob Ford.
However, it’s not all outbursts and drunken stupors around here. Some people still find time to write, and this week we were super excited to discover our first Ford-inspired fanfic: “High Times at City Hall“!
Writer Robin Spano, who coincidental already has one fictional story story about the mayor of Toronto, tells us she’s intrigued by Ford as a sort of tragically flawed Winston Churchill. Read her fictional take on this real life spectacle of international proportions.
Writing your own FordFic? Let us know by tagging it #FordNation and we’ll add it to our collection of too-good-to-be-true mayoral tales!
To recognize 50 years of Doctor Who, and all of the fantastic stories that our favourite Timelord has brought us, we’ve put together a reading list of Whovian FanFics from Wattpad. These stories reach beyond Gallifrey and Trenzalor, crossing over into the dimensions of Minecraft, Harry Potter, and, of course, One Direction. Read them all here.
Think you’d make a better companion than Clara? Make it happen by writing your own Doctor FanFic!
Excited for the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire? We’ve had some fun putting together reading lists that reimagine the world of the Hunger Games. Read these fresh stories to see Peeta’s point of view, or Rue’s, or to have new adventures in re-mixed versions of Panem. Or, once you’ve seen Catching Fire, take a shot at writing your own Hunger Games fanfic.
- What did Peeta, Rue, Clove, or Finnick see?
- Imaginative crossovers
- The Hunger Games in new settings
- May Fiction be Ever in Your Favor!
This is your final opportunity to enter your story in this year’s Wattys, Wattpad’s longest-running writing awards. Whether you are a new or a seasoned Wattpadder, the separate “Popular Works” and “On the Rise” prize categories mean that anyone could have an opportunity to be showcased.
For your chance to win, be sure to submit your story before 11:59 pm PST on Friday, November 8th, 2013.
Today is Wattpad’s 7th birthday, and to celebrate 7 years of enriching lives through stories, we have decided to feature 7 inspiring stories from the Wattpad community. These stories range from those of individuals who have relied on Wattpad to overcome adversity and bounce back from illness, to stories of people who are trying to change the world and are using Wattpad to do it. To read all 7 stories, visit our brand new Wattpad Stories site.
You’ll notice that there are, in fact, 9 stories on the Wattpad Stories page. The 8th story is the about where all of this came from: the story of how our founders Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen were inspired to create Wattpad.
The 9th story is about you. It is an open call to tell us how Wattpad has enriched your life over the past 7 years. To share your story, tweet it with the hashtag #WattpadLife.
The final deadline for entering your story into competition for the Wattys writing awards is Wednesday November 6th. That means there are only 5 days remaining for your chance to win the recognition, exposure, and, best of all, prizes that come with winning Wattpad’s longest-running award.
Come Friday, a whole pile of new novelists will begin battling their way through a November of words with the return of the annual National Novel Writing Month (or, as most participants call it these days, NaNoWriMo). This is an event that puts the act of writing above all else: asking only that participants write every day with the goal of completing 50,000 words (the length of a short novel) by November 30th. NaNoWriMo sets no penalties if participants fall short of their goals, and it makes no judgments about the content of the novels being written. It demands only that people try—only that people write.
This judgment-free celebration of creation is something Wattpad gets behind. So, not only are we sponsoring NaNoWriMo 2013, we are also offering a $2000 prize to one NaNoWriMo writer who posts his or her completed novel on Wattpad. Visit our NaNoWriMo page to find out how you can enter, and Happy NaNoWriting!