#JustWriteIt: A 30 Day Writing Challenge

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Next week we will be kicking off #JustWriteIt, a 30 day writing challenge that will launch on Saturday November 1st, 2014.

This challenge is in support of initiatives like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which encourages people who might not think of themselves as writers to try their hand at writing a novel-length story. For #JustWriteIt, we’ll be challenging Wattpadders to pledge to write a 50,000-word story by the end of November. Since this is no easy feat, we’ll be helping you along the way by sharing writing tips from popular writers on Wattpad in daily videos and story updates.

Keep your eyes on this space for more information and the first videos next week, and get ready to take the pledge!

Wattys 2014 Now Live

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Community

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The Wattys return for a fifth year to celebrate your favorite, up and coming, and new stories. This year we have reinvented the Wattys with a brand new selection of fun awards that recognize all categories and ratings, giving an equal opportunity to works that target different ages and audiences. Wattpadders can nominate stories for the People’s Choice award, which will celebrate the most shared stories on Twitter and Facebook. Other awards will be decided by story activity, meaning anyone has the chance to win.

For more details on the various awards, including how to increase your chances of being recognized, visit the Wattys page.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler Contest

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

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In her new book Yes Please, Amy Poehler explains how she goes through life saying yes to every opportunity that comes her way. It’s opened her up to opportunities and given her chances. But what if you’re a teen girl with limited access to resources and role models, and very few opportunities come across your path? Amy has worked to make sure that girls get these opportunities through her work with Girls Write Now, New York’s first and only writing and mentoring organization for high school girls, and her own Amy’s Smart Girls.

In support of this initiative, Wattpad and HarperCollins are hosting the Yes Please by Amy Poehler Writing Contest. We want to head about a moment when your life changed because of saying yes? Share your Yes moment, and you could win a Yes Please prize pack that includes a tweet shout out from Amy’s Smart Girls.

Margaret Atwood presents: Freeze-Dried Fiction Contest

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Margaret Atwood, Wattpad’s long-time Fairy Godmother, has just released her newest book, Stone Matress, which features nine new short stories.

As part of the release, Margaret has shared the story Freeze-Dried Groom from the book on her Wattpad profile. It’s a dark, funny story about a man who bids on an auctioned storage space, only to find a surprise within.

The story leaves readers with a couple more questions than it answers. We’re looking for Wattpadders to answer some of these lingering questions. Write a piece of fanfiction inspired by Freeze-Dried Groom, and enter it in the contest by tagging it with #FreezeDriedFiction. The winning story will be chosen and recognized by Margaret herself.

Full details on the contest can be found on Margaret Atwood’s Wattpad profile.

 

The Return of the Vampire Diaries

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in FanFic

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The wait is finally over for fans of The Vampire Diaries. All of your favorite (and not-so-favourite) supernatural beings are back with season 6, which promises to keep fans on their toes. If you’re having trouble waiting until the next episode, why not try your hand at writing some Vampire Diaries fanfiction. You can also check out these stories that will take you to the Other Side.

Banned Books – The Call of the Wild

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

In recognition of Banned Books Week, every day we’ll be featuring a once-banned book that you can now read on Wattpad for free. 

Today’s book is Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, which was banned in dictatorships in Europe during the 1920s and 30s. 

Read The Call of the Wild on Wattpad.

Why Banned Books Week matters

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Community, Content

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In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde writes, “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” All of this week we’ve been celebrating Banned Books: stories that have, at one time or another, been challenged or deemed inappropriate or controversial. Banned Books Week calls upon bibliophiles across the globe to come together to support the freedom of thought, of ideas, and ultimately, the freedom to read. Wattpad strongly believes in the freedom to read, and we encourages you to be a revolutionary reader with you literary contraband of choice.

Today’s book is Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, which was once banned in South Africa’s apartheid regime.

Read Black Beauty for free on Wattpad.

Banned Books – The Merchant of Venice

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

In recognition of Banned Books Week, every day we’ll be featuring a once-banned book that you can now read on Wattpad for free. 

Today’s book is actually a play: The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, which was once banned due to its racial stereotypes.

Read The Merchant of Venice on Wattpad.

Banned Books – Gulliver’s Travels

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

In recognition of Banned Books Week, every day we’ll be featuring a once-banned book that you can now read on Wattpad for free. 

Today’s book is Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, which was once banned for political reasons.

Read Gulliver’s Travels on Wattpad.

Banned Books – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

In recognition of Banned Books Week, every day we’ll be featuring a once-banned book that you can now read on Wattpad for free.

Today’s book is Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which was once banned for including things like talking animals.

Read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Wattpad.

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