The World’s Largest Online Writing Contest Gets Even Bigger

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In 2015, people from all over the world shared more than 75,000 entries to take part in The Wattys, Wattpad’s annual writing contest. This year, with the help of the passionate Wattpad community, we’re making the world’s largest online writing contest even bigger by accepting submissions in over 22 languages for the first time!

This global celebration ignites the Wattpad community as fans comment, vote, and search for the best stories tagged #Wattys2016. It also provides huge opportunities for participants.

“Since the launch of The Wattys in 2010, Wattpad has recognized thousands of writers and helped audiences discover some of the best works on Wattpad,” said Marc Shewchun, Wattpad’s Head of Community. “This year, we’re making the Wattys even bigger by opening up the contest to more languages than ever. We’ve also teamed up with Jollibee to offer three exclusive awards in the filipino community. Like Wattpad, The Wattys is a truly global phenomenon.”

Jollibee will sponsor three new awards in Wattpad’s third largest market. This partnership marks a milestone for Wattpad and solidifies what the company and many writers on the platform already know: Taking part in The Wattys is the best and fastest way to reach Wattpad’s monthly audience of over 45 million.

In addition to Jollibee’s regionally exclusive new award categories, Wattpad introduces two new awards for entries: Visual Storytelling and Trailblazers. The Visual Storytelling award recognizes the stunning stories told using Wattpad’s new multimedia feature. It celebrates the graphic novels, magazines, recipe and look books that are now available on Wattpad.

The second award, Trailblazers, recognizes the genre-bending skills of Wattpad writers. Winners of this award are inventive, innovative, and push their limits as modern storytellers. Trailblazers set the bar for content on Wattpad. Their stories challenge conventional writing to show us how different and diverse Wattpad stories are.

As hosts of the world’s largest online writing contest, we understand how exciting and rewarding this process can be for storytellers of all levels. For all updates and tips related to The Wattys, follow our official profile on Wattpad.

If you’d like to participate in this year’s Wattys for a chance to have your story recognized by the global Wattpad community, check out our contest page – here. You can also check out last years’ Wattys winners here.

The Mysterious World of Wattpad

On Wattpad, people love to get to the bottom of a good mystery. Since January, people have spent over 250 million minutes reading stories in Wattpad’s Mystery / Thriller category. To keep the global Wattpad community guessing, we invited 127 of Smashwords’ most riveting mystery makers to take part in #MysteryMay.

#MysteryMay uncovered some intriguing stories. After the launch of Wattpad’s official Mystery profile, our content sleuths revealed a world of sub-genres. Thanks to Wattpad’s content experts, mystery lovers can find legal thrillers, paranormal mysteries and everything in between on the profile. Those with their hands in the cookie jar may also be excited by a unique genre on Wattpad, culinary mysteries anyone?

The story doesn’t end there, though. Here’s the twist: #MysteryMay might be over, but the stories keep coming! Every month, 45 million people around the world use Wattpad to find  next favorite read. Mystery writers (and writers of any genre, for that matter), can get noticed by serializing their stories on the platform.

If you’d like to reach the people searching for a riveting mystery, we recommend adding Wattpad story tags like #mysterymay, #hard-boiled, #whodunit, and #cozymystery to your work. Unable to solve a case of writer’s block? No problem! You can follow regular writing prompts from Wattpad, here.

You never know what you’re going to find when you explore the mysterious side of Wattpad. If you’re looking for a clue to get started, however, we invite you to check out the great stories from Smashwords in mystery and detective or thriller and suspense.

5 Reasons You Should Take Part in The Wattys

Last year, The Wattys became the biggest online writing competition on the planet. Our annual writing celebration brought in over 75,000 entries from 180 countries to completely smash records from previous years.

The Wattys provide a world of opportunity for writers of all levels and launches this month on Monday, June 20th. Today, we’ll outline the top five reasons to get involved with the 2016 edition of The Wattys.

1) Exposure

Taking part in The Wattys is a great way to get started on Wattpad. A story tagged #Wattys2016 will help people find your work and help you get to the reads, votes, and engagement necessary to get your works discovered. Last year, The Wattys supported seven languages and people spent almost 1.2 billion minutes reading Wattys entries in English alone.

2) Instant credibility

Each Wattys award winner receives a custom digital sticker for their story cover. This badge of honor has become synonymous with quality content in the community. Additionally, Wattys winners are featured in multiple Wattpad reading lists and hosted on the winners page.

3) Global reach

In 2015, we opened up The Wattys in 7 languages for the first time ever. Winning stories were selected in English, Filipino, Turkish, Russian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. This year, we’ve gone even bigger with a total of 22 languages supported. If you want to reach Wattpad’s monthly audience of 45 million people, The Wattys is a great place to start.

4) More ways to win

There are multiple awards up for grabs this year in ten categories. New categories, like Visual Storytelling, will award unique uses of Wattpad’s multimedia feature while the new Trailblazers award aims to uncover the most innovative voices on Wattpad. Follow the official Wattys account, here, to find out more about these categories as soon as the information is available.

5) Community

The Wattys is an annual event like no other. Awards aside, The Wattys help connect the passionate storytellers on Wattpad with the massive and engaged audiences in the Wattpad community. More than a contest, The Wattys is a celebration. This global carnival is marked on the calendars of every passionate Wattpadder because it stirs up energy, conversation, and great original stories. By participating in The Wattys, you’ll find out why people spend over 15 billion minutes every month on Wattpad.

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Frights, Camera, Action: Turner Joins Forces with Wattpad for First-of-Its-Kind Collaboration

Just over a month ago, we announced an exciting new chapter in the Wattpad story: The launch of Wattpad Studios, a new division that will partner with the entertainment industry to co-produce Wattpad stories for print, film, television, and digital platforms. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up with Turner, the global content leader, for a first-of-its-kind partnership where select Wattpad stories will be adapted for the Turner networks.

The initial focus of the partnership will be The Tales from the Crypt, the eagerly anticipated horror programming from Turner’s TNT and executive producer M. Night Shyamalan.  TNT and Wattpad will invite writers around the world to bring their story ideas forward through contests and other opportunities that will be announced on the official Turner profile on Wattpad and on social media.

“Our partnership with Wattpad is a perfect intersection of content and fan engagement, where fans actually have the chance to directly influence and, in some cases even have their material optioned and developed by our networks,” said Justin Williams, senior vice president of digital ventures for TNT and TBS. “We’re especially excited to kick off our collaboration with a focus on TNT’s Tales from the Crypt horror block, which will tap into Wattpad’s strength in the horror genre”

In addition, Turner will also tap into Wattpad’s sophisticated, data-driven models to help identify fresh new talent and ideas from the Wattpad community.  TBS and TNT’s development teams will review stories with an eye toward finding great ideas for television, digital and/or mobile platforms. The networks will also work with Wattpad to share story ideas and other material with the Wattpad community in order to receive immediate feedback from audiences around the world.

With insights on approximately 250 million original story uploads and access to over two million creators, Wattpad is in a unique position to partner with the entertainment industry. “There are many ways we can help the entertainment industry zero-in on new voices and stories with massive, built-in fan-bases. Through our partnership with Turner, Wattpad’s powerful insights, roster of influential writers, and hyper-engaged community of fans will help define the new scary,” said Aron Levitz, head of Wattpad Studios. “The eagerly-anticipated Tales from the Crypt horror block marks the future of television where leading networks source content from fans and build programming together with the audience.”

Wattpad’s partner in the entertainment space, United Talent Agency, helped structure the deal with Turner.

If you’d like to learn more about how Wattpad Studios can help you uncover new talent and diverse content, please contact us.  

Wattpad at Banff World Media Festival

On Sunday June 12th the Banff World Media Festival, a conference that brings top leaders from across the media landscape to the Canadian Rockies kicks off in beautiful Banff Alberta.

Recently Wattpad announced the launch of Wattpad Studios. Operating as a multi-channel network (MCN), Wattpad Studios will partner with the entertainment industry to co-produce Wattpad stories for print, film, television and digital platforms.

To add further to this dialogue and to highlight how entertainment companies are working with influencers to guide programming and promotion, Wattpad will host a panel at Banff World Media Festival called How Entertainment Companies Are Winning Big With Influencer Content.

The panel will be moderated by Head of Wattpad Studios, Aron Levitz and will feature guest panelists Justin Williams – SVP Digital Ventures from Turner Broadcasting, Damon Berger VP Business Development from Fullscreen, and Wattpad Stars and influencers Leah Crichton and Ninya Tippett.

This panel aims to highlight how influencers, entertainment companies and innovators are leading the curve by embracing a new programming methodology that is changing the face of entertainment.

Panel Date: Monday June 13th, 2016

Time: 2PM

Location: Cascade Ballroom, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Join us for this exciting panel and some exciting announcements.

Join Us for Social Media Week Toronto (SMWiTO)

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As part of Social Media Week Toronto Wattpad will host a panel session about  How Brands + Influencers Can Create Story Magic Together.  The panel examines how brands can work with influencers to drive higher engagement for their brands.  The event takes place at Wattpad’s head office in Toronto from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.  

We have a top tier panel lined up and are looking forward to hosting many of the city’s top marketers, influencers, and advertisers for some engaging discussions.

Panel: 6pm – 6:30PM

Networking Mixer: 6:30 – 8:30PM

Where: Wattpad HQ – 36 Wellington Street East, Toronto

Panel Moderator / Chris Stefanyk, Business Ops & Strategy Lead @ Wattpad

Panelists:

Peter Verlinden / Senior Associate Manager, Media & Content Development, North America @ Mondelez

Romi Moondi / Wattpad Star + Influencer

Azia Merilynn-To / Wattpad Ambassador + Voracious Reader


Please RSVP for this event as capacity is limited.

Social Media Week Toronto delegates and non-delegates are welcome.

RSVP here to reserve your seat.

Admission is free


Thank You to our Incredible Sponsors

This event was made possible with tremendous support from the following sponsors:
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Meet the Wattpad Stars: Jen Wilde

Today we introduce you to Jen Wilde, Aussie fangirl extraordinaire with a penchant for zombies and the paranormal. Jen joined Wattpad in 2012 and was instantly hooked. Today, her stories have received over four million reads and her writing has been featured in the epic anthology, Imagines: Celebrity Encounters Starring You, produced by Gallery Books in partnership with Wattpad Studios.

When asked about her start on Wattpad, Jen had this to say: “I started posting my first story, As They Rise, and made friends with other writers whose stories I loved. In the years since, I’ve made more friends and written five stories. I self-published my zombie series, my paranormal romance is published by Limitless Publishing and I landed a dream-come-true deal with Swoon Reads. It’s been an amazing experience so far and I have to say joining Wattpad is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!”

For Jen, the decision to join Wattpad would ultimately result in her acceptance into the Wattpad Stars program. A milestone moment that left Jen buzzing. “I was at home, in my kitchen, staring at my laptop screen in jittery excitement. I’d been wanting to be a part of the Wattpad Stars since I first heard of it, so it was an amazing feeling to know I’d made it.”

Jen is truly unique in her approach to storytelling. Her fiction plays with the paranormal in a way that appeals to variety of audiences. For that reason, her works have been used to promote films like The Fifth Wave and Pride, Prejudice, & Zombies on Wattpad. “I loved having the creative freedom to create my own story based on those worlds and had a lot of fun writing them,” says Jen. “These projects helped me grow my writing skills and also introduced new readers to my work.”

Aside from working with the biggest names in entertainment, it’s the connection with new readers that keeps Jen coming back to Wattpad. “I think social media has provided more opportunities for creatives to express themselves and gain recognition for their work. It also creates a direct line for writers to connect with their readers, which I personally love. Being able to talk with readers and get to know them – whether we’re talking about my stories or the latest episode of The Walking Dead – is so much fun for me.”

Jen is currently working on Queens of Geek, a story set to be published next year. Astonishingly, wIth so much on-the-go Jen still finds time for her favourite Wattpad Stories: “I have so many Wattpad stories that I can’t wait to catch up on, like Spook by @jeepersgigi and Paper Wishes by @spencerhoshino.”

Like many of the Wattpad Stars, Jen advises people on Wattpad to stay active and engaged within the Wattpad community. “Try not to judge your worth or the worth of your writing on how many reads or votes it gets.” says Jen, “I’ve found the best way to reach people on Wattpad is to keep writing, keep posting chapters, and make friends. Read other people’s stories, give positive feedback, and make genuine friendships with people.”

Perhaps the best piece of advice Jen can offer writers aiming to reach the Stars program, however, is this: “If writing is something that makes you happy, don’t give up on it.”

Stay tuned for more instalments of Meet The Wattpad Stars. If you’re a brand looking work with these Stars or an entertainment studio hoping to partner with Wattpad Studios to find your next hit story, Get in touch!