The Wattpad Prize is coming

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Community

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Introducing Wattpad’s very first juried writing contest: The Wattpad Prize. This April we are doing something completely different: we will ask a jury of Wattpadders to help us recognize original works of fiction and non-fiction. Winning stories will be chosen by theme, rather than by category or genre, and the jury will be made up of experienced readers and writers who are active in the Wattpad community.

Check back on April 2nd for full details.

The Art of Contrast

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Community, Content

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A book cover used to be something you’d notice on a table, or in a window display. It would usually be the product of a professional artist, in conjunction with a team of publicists, editors, designers, and authors. Wattpad has democratized the world of cover design, removing the barriers to entry and encouraging collaboration. Wattpadders as young as 13 can create entire visually-cohesive collections, working directly with writers and fellow designers. We surveyed a group of designers in our Multimedia Club where they told us covers can take anywhere from 15 minutes to up to four hours to design. (more…)

Quote Art: Stories just got visual

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Product

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Have you ever read a line in a Wattpad story that gave you goosebumps, or expressed your feelings perfectly? Wattpad’s new Quote Art feature lets you share these quotations in a beautiful way.

In the Wattpad App, just highlight the text you wish to quote, tap share, and choose a background image for the quotation. In just three taps you can hold on to the words that mean so much to you and share them with your friends. Download the update today.

Tackling Injustice and Harassment Through Story

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Tackling Injustice and Harassment Through Wattpad Stories

Wattpad empowers communities around the world by acting as a home for self-expression and social commentary. When protests broke out in India last month over the racially-motivated killing of student Nido Taniam, Delhi police encouraged Indian students in the northeast to use Wattpad to share their experiences with racism and harassment. (more…)

NaNoWriMo contest winner announced

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Community, Content

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Wattpadder clairehodson is the winner of our first-ever NaNoWriMo contest. Claire wrote an impressive 55,392 words during National Novel Writing Month 2013, and she actually managed to surpass the 50,000 goal a full week ahead of the target date of November 30th.

We’d like to thank all the Wattpadders who entered the contest, particularly those who undertook the additional challenge of posting their progress on their novels while they were writing.

You can read Claire’s completed NaNoWriMo novel, Fallout, on Wattpad.

Congratulations Claire!

Wattpad stories coming to a bookstore near you

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Content, Partnerships

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A few months ago some of Wattpad’s most popular writers hosted fan funding campaigns with the goal of raising enough money to see their Wattpad stories published as physical books. We are happy to announce that The Cellar by Natasha Preston and My Life With the Walter Boys by Ali Novak are now available from retailers around the world. Thanks to our publishing partner Sourcebooks, both stories have been professionally edited and expanded with plenty of content exclusive to these print and e-book versions.

If you’ve always wanted these stories to live on your bookshelf, order your copy today.

The Cellar by Natasha Preston
My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak

2013 Wattys Winners Announced

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Community

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Wattpad is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Watty Awards!

As the Wattys celebrate the most popular content on Wattpad, we relied on the opinion of the community to decide which stories should win in the Original Fiction, Popfic, and Fanfic categories. In the end, Wattpadders submitted more than 100,000 votes to determine which stories deserved the coveted Watty Award.

Thanks to our partnership with Sourcebooks, we were able to offer one very special prize for one lucky writer: the chance to work with a Sourcebooks editor to have his or her story developed for possible publication. Sourcebooks chose Kara_writes for the honor as they said she had “some of the strongest writing…and is very marketable with a great premise and good fit with the Young Adult print space.”

To read Kara’s story, as well as all of the others that won for Most Popular and On the Rise in each category, visit the Watty Awards page.

Interact more, online and off, with the new Wattpad App

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Product

We’ve just released a new version of the Wattpad App for Android and iOS with exciting new features.

Wattpadders can now post in-line comments, allowing you to more directly interact with the stories you love. Use in-line commenting to call out inspiring passages, to help your favourite writers edit their stories, or to share reactions with other Wattpadders who are reading along with you.

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 Download the Android Update
Download the iOS Update

You can also do more with Wattpad offline. Once you add a story to your library, it’s yours online and off. You can read, write, comment, and vote whenever you find time and wherever you find yourself. Nothing will get in the way of your reading.

Who needs love when you have love stories?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Community

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Stories don’t leave you hanging on Valentines day. They are with you through thick and thin, wherever you go. They keep your heart warm on lonely nights or long commutes. They make you smile, and they’re always by your side.

Tell someone how much they mean to you today, by referring to the greatest love stories ever told: Wattpad love stories.

An Emblem3 Valentine

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Content

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They play instruments, own the stage, have vocal talent, and even write poetry. Today, the heartthrob boys of Emblem3 are wishing readers a Happy Valentines Day! They are sharing three official fanfic stories, with a new chapter every week. (written by the popular Leah Crichton):

• Wesley (Madly)
• Keaton (Saving Cinderella)
• Drew (At First Sight)

Add these stories to your library today, watch for updates every month, and read about the guys who bring the California sun with them, wherever they go. Will you be their Valentine?

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