HOW TO SUBMIT

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Entry is simple! Visit the Story Details page of the story you wish to enter. If it's eligible, you'll be prompted to complete a short submission form. You'll receive confirmation that your story has been submitted. Your Story Details page is where you input the description, title, and so on.

 Your Story Details page is where you input the description, title, and so on

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Award Category:

Stories can only be submitted to the following categories: Fan Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Mystery & Thriller, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Wild Card and Sequels (English Only).

If you don't see a category that you feel matches your story exactly, please feel free to submit under the category that you think is the closest match or to Wild Card if your story defies genre expectations. We have processes in place to ensure that stories end up in the right category for judging, so your story will still have the chance to be considered.

To learn more about each category see the AWARD CATEGORIES chapter.

Story Subgenre:
This year our submission form includes subgenre categorizations for data collection purposes and to better understand the type of content submitted to the Wattys. Stories can only be submitted to one subgenre. If you don't believe your story fits into a specific subgenre, do not select one. Subgenres do not represent award categories, the award categories are distinct and can be found above. If you are interested in finding out more about the subgenres, see our FAQ.

Award Language:

This is where you select the language your story is written in. Even if your story is in multiple languages, it still must be submitted to one language, so select the one that best fits. Stories that do not fit under any of the languages listed will not be eligible to win.

Mature Themes:

These identify, if any, what mature themes your story has. If your story is rated mature, it will generally have at least one of these. Stories with any level of mature themes are eligible to win, as long as they abide by our content guidelines. Find them HERE.

Story Maturity:

This section is intended to help us understand how sexy a story is, if at all. Stories with any level of sexual content are eligible to win, as long as they abide by our content guidelines. Try to pick the one that best matches. The ratings are defined as follows:

No sexual content: No intimate touching whatsoever (e.g., Pride & Prejudice)

Steamy: Intimate touching and steamy kisses, but no sex (e.g., Twilight)

Fade to Black: There is sex, but it is not explicitly shown. (e.g., The Bachelor)

Explicit Sex Rare: 1-2 sex scenes where the sex is explicitly shown (e.g., Riverdale)

Explicit Sex Common: Explicit sex in multiple chapters (e.g., 50 Shades of Gray)


Target Audience:

This helps us understand what age group your story is aimed at or intended for.

Logline:

This is a brief summary and pitch for your story that is intended to both hook us into your story and describe the main plot of your story.

Plot Summary:

A plot summary should be at least 750 words and written in third person. It should identify the major characters, key moments of action, and how the story ends (including spoilers).

Is your story on another platform?

Please indicate if your story is currently on another platform such as Amazon, Inkitt, fanfiction.net, Tapas, Radish, Dreame, etc. Stories on Patreon do not count.

Exclusivity:

Shortlist Exclusivity: If your entry is selected for the shortlist round of the contest, you agree that you won't upload to (and you'll remove your story from) any other platform from the date we tell you you've made the shortlist until the date of The Watty Awards show. If your story is on another platform such as Amazon, Inkitt, fanfiction.net, Tapas, Radish, Dreame etc., and you are selected for the shortlist round, the story will need to be removed (Stories on Patreon do not count).

Winner Exclusivity: If your entry wins a Watty, you agree that you won't upload to (and you'll remove your story from) any other platform for one year from the date of The Watty Awards show.

Email:

You will need to enter and confirm the email address that you would like to be contacted at should we have updates on your entry.

Submit:

Once you are ready to submit your form, check off that you have read, understood, and agree to the contest rules and regulations, and then hit the submit button. It will take you to a confirmation screen showing you've successfully submitted your story.

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