Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Community

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The Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize is back for its third consecutive year, and this time, they are partnering with Wattpad to give one young writer a chance at a £10,000 worldwide publishing contract.

If you are an unagented, unpublished writer aged 18-25, and you love to write novels for teens, then submit your original work to the Wattpad Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize by tagging your Wattpad story #youngwritersprize. Submissions close August 16th, 2014.

The winner will be selected by a panel of talented judges, including: author Katie Coyle, journalist and author Tom Huddleston, BBC Radio 1 DJ and presenter Jameela Jamil, author Maureen Johnson, bookseller Rachael Wing, and Hot Key Books publisher Emily Thomas, as well as two high schools in England.

If you’re under the age of 18 – there’s still good news. Due to popular demand, the competition is now open to 13 to 17-year-olds. The Young Writers Short Story is just for writers in this age group. It’s not to win a publishing contract, but you’ll win books plus a consultation with a senior member of the Hot Key Books team.

Learn more about the submission details here. Good luck to all the participants!

Hugh Howey joins Wattpad

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Community

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Hugh Howey, known for his blockbuster, self-published novel Wool, has joined Wattpad. Hugh has already shared some of his short stories and tips for writers with Wattpadders on his official Wattpad Profile.

Hugh Howey fans can also enter the Hugh Howey Booktrack & Wattpad Fan Fiction Contest. Fans are encouraged to write an original fan fiction story based on Howey’s novel Half Way Home. Those who post their story to Wattpad and create a soundtrack for the story on Booktrack will be entered for a chance to win from a $20,000 prize pool. Another way to win The Hugh Howey Booktrack Competition is through the Audio Contest, which gives fans the chance to create a  soundtrack for a chapter of Half Way Home. For more details and to enter, visit the contest page.

 

Ramadan Mubarak: Ramadan Greetings From Wattpad

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Community

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We first noticed Wattpad’s growing spiritual community when we stumbled on A Muslim’s Romantic Journey by KittyCrackers, a young writer based in London. Today this story, which tells of the religious courting of Safia by Yusuf, has almost 4.5 million reads. And it’s only one of almost 4,000 stories on Wattpad with Muslim themes.

AbdofRahman describes Wattpad’s Muslim community as “a wonderful big family” where “Despite the fact of our different nationalities, race, culture etc., we cheer, tease, critique, spam, go crazy about fictional characters, roll our eyes, guide, inspire, love.” Wattpadder how-about-no wants to help change the perception of Islam around the world:

It’s up to us – the Muslim community – to show what Islam really is, and how Muslims are just normal people. We come from all over the world, and we live in places all over the world; we study, we work, we have families, and we like to have fun, too. We might make different decisions, and do things differently based on our different beliefs, but, at the end of the day, we’re all human.

Check out the reading list Stories of My Ummah to learn more. Ramadan Kareem!

The Best of Stories, as judged by the community

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

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If you’re looking for your next quality read on Wattpad, you now have ten more to choose from. After some tough deliberation, our panel of judges from the Wattpad community have chosen the winners of the first-ever Wattpad Prize. The stories are all original works of fiction and non-fiction that have been recognized by theme, and you can read your way through the complete list on the Wattpad Prize winners page.

The Wattpad Prize is our first juried contest to celebrate the achievements of both readers and writers in the community.

Wattpad will remain free. Forever.

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in News & Updates

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Wattpadders have noticed that we’ve been experimenting with some new content and features lately. If you’ve seen some of these experiments, you may have also noticed that some of the new offerings are paid, unlike the rest of Wattpad’s free content.

To eliminate any doubt, we wanted to make one thing clear: these experiments do not signal a new, paid version of Wattpad.

There are millions of writers on Wattpad who dedicate a lot of time and effort to writing the stories that Wattpadders read for free.

Wattpad is running these experiments to find new and innovative ways to give value back to the writers, while keeping the stories that they write available for free. We believe in the connections between readers and writers, and we are eager to give readers a way to support the writers that they love.

Wattpad celebrates World Pride

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Today marks the beginning of World Pride, which is being hosted in Toronto this year. Toronto is also the home of Wattpad HQ, and we couldn’t be more happy for our city to be hosting such a prestigious event.

In honour of World Pride, we’d like to celebrate the very vibrant LGBTQ community that has come together on Wattpad by sharing the words and experiences of some Wattpadders who are most active in the community.

Wattpad has over 60,000 stories dealing with LGBTQ themes, and many of those stories have inspired people who were questioning their sexuality. “When I first signed up with Wattpad, I was still questioning, and it was this site that helped me come to realize who I really was,” said Tristan-Walker who helps run the WattPride account, “I just hope I can return the favour for someone, some day.”

Writers and readers from the community described Wattpad’s LGBTQ family as vast, vibrant, tight-knit, uplifting, and overwhelmingly positive. “Nowhere else have I seen such strong convictions for the LGBTQ community,” Wattpad user RaeKitano says. “The writers and the readers I have been involved with have been supportive, encouraging and often given strength when needed to those who might struggle in their real life situations. I’ve never met with any hostility or negativity. On a whole the community is one I am very proud of.”

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Superheroes Exist

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Community

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Some dads can fix a toilet; some can help with your math homework. There are fathers who can give legal advice, or perform brain surgery, or can do 100 pushups. These small acts, in the eyes of children, can make many fathers seem like superheroes. But if they really were superheroes, magically thrown into your favorite blockbuster, what kind of masked defender would your father be?

This Father’s Day we’ve collected stories of supernatural abilities to prove that Superheroes Exist. There are men who take the form of masked vigilantes (no capes, please), other “elites” of the future just trying to act normal, and the occasional detective charged with investigating costumed crime fighters who don’t exactly follow the laws. We have heroes who received their powers from lab experiments gone awry, or by accidentally sticking their fingers in a light socket.

This Father’s Day, write dad into his own comic-worthy story. What crazy accident resulted in his superhuman strength? What costume would he wear? Who is your father’s arch-enemy, and how will he defeat the threat to humanity?

Write your story on Wattpad and tag it “superdads” for the chance to be added to our reading list. And happy Father’s Day to all those real-life heroes, whether they’re hiding out in Gotham City, or in the workshop down the hall.

Your True Stories

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

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May was Memoir Month at Wattpad, so we asked for your true stories, and you recorded them in droves. We heard tales of heartbreak, accounts of summer camp catastrophes, stories of overcoming adversity and ill health, travelogues from around the world, and even a possible UFO sighting. We have collected some of our favorites in this Memoir Month reading list on the Wattpad profile.

We’ll keep adding to the list through the month of June, so continue crafting your memoirs. Be sure to categorize them as Non-Fiction and tag them “memoirmonth.”

If you’re looking to share a memoir, but you’re not sure where to start, get acquainted with the memoir genre with these great tips: (more…)

It’s time to get noticed, Wattpadders!

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Product

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You’ve got brilliantly curated reading lists, funny inline comments, and amazing stories. So of course we want to help you get more followers and more reads. Today Wattpad launched a new discovery tool to make it easy for people to find your Wattpad profile. Place them on your blog, Tumblr, or website and let others know where to find you.

Step 1: Login to your account at www.wattpad.com

Step 2: Go to your Profile and hit Edit

Step 3: Choose a Button type

Step 4: Paste the code into your website or blog

Step 5: Get more Followers and Reads

 

Shipping News

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

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This week the Oxford English Dictionary announced its latest entry: a new definition of shipping, made popular by online fanfiction. To ship is to wish for an imagined relationship between two characters or people. It is often signified by creating a portmanteau of two names; the example the OED gives is that many people ship Molly and Sherlock, or Sherlolly. Wattpad has over 2,000 shipped Sherlock stories.

A glance at Wattpad’s Hot List today reveals at least four stories of shipped love, from YouTube stars to band mates. Some of our favorite ships over time have been Jumeo (Romeo and Juliet), Kathniel (Filipino stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla), and our own invention, Alleva (Wattpad CEO Allen Lau and his wife, Eva).

So, who do you ship?

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