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Shortlist

This year, a shortlist will be announced on or around October 19th, 2022. There is no set number of spots for the shortlist, and all shortlisted stories will receive:

A Shortlist profile banner to show off your accomplishment to your followers

Promotion on the Wattys profile on Wattpad, and featuring opportunities across Wattpad

A Shortlist badge for your story


Winners

The odds of winning prizes are dependent on the total number of entries per category. From the shortlist, approximately 535 total winners (the "Winners") will be chosen. Five winners will be chosen per category, per language (approximately 500 winners). And five additional stories will be chosen from Wattpad's Paid Stories program (with the exception of English, where 10 Paid stories will be chosen) in each language that has the Paid Program: English, Filipino, French, German, Indonesian, and Spanish (approximately 35 winners). Wattpad reserves the right to select fewer than 535 Winners, if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries.

Winners will receive the following:

A Winners' social media kit to share your accomplishment with the world

Promotion on the Wattys profile on Wattpad

Featuring opportunities across Wattpad

A Wattys badge for your winning story

Priority consideration by Wattpad WEBTOON Studios for your story to be shown to entertainment and publishing partners


Special Prizes

From all Winners, four (4) additional special prizes will be handed out for the following prizes:

Best Characters (for a story with characters that resonated with our judges and made us root for them every step along the way)

Most Engaging World (for a story with rich world building that makes the reader feel like they can truly immerse themselves into the setting)

Biggest Twist (for a story that shocks us with a twist we didn't see coming)

Catchiest Hook (for a story that builds off an idea that is fresh, imaginative, and exciting)

The winners of these awards will receive extra acknowledgement of their prize on the Wattys website at wattys.wattpad.com

Wattpad WEBTOON Book Group Prizes

From all English language Winners in the Award Categories listed below, three (3) will be considered for publishing deals with the imprints of Wattpad WEBTOON Book Group ("WWBG"). Winners need to be writing as themselves and must be comfortable with their name being published and be willing to engage in book promotion in order to be eligible.

WWBG is looking for a wide range of authentic stories across diverse and marginalized communities to develop:

The Wattpad Books YA Award will consider stories in the Young Adult category that represent an original point of view and strong underlying storytelling. We're seeking fiction entries across all genres. The W by Wattpad Books Award will consider stories in the New Adult and Romance categories that have broad commercial appeal in the marketplace. We're seeking fiction entries that have a strong happily ever after for the main characters.

The Frayed Pages x Wattpad Books Award will consider authentic love stories from unique voices that range across age and experience in any Award Category. We're seeking fiction that explores the wonderfully complex, sometimes messy and joyously diverse relationships that make loving our best form of living.

Wattpad reserves the right not to award WWBG Consideration if Winner submissions do not meet a minimum criteria or Wattpad cannot come to commercial terms, at Wattpad's sole discretion, on a WWBG publishing deal.

The approximate value of the prize will depend on the perceived market value of the entry chosen for WWBG consideration, but will be equivalent to other books published by Wattpad, and no less than $1000 USD.


Wattpad WEBTOON Studios Prizes

Wattpad WEBTOON Studios ("WWS") will consider one (1) Winner per language - for a total of ten (10) Winners - for entertainment adaptation offers ("WWS Entertainment Prize"). Additionally, WWS will consider one (1) Winner in English for an animation adaptation offer ("WWS Animation Prize"). WWS is looking for a wide range of authentic stories across diverse and marginalized communities to adapt for film, television, and animation. Winners will need to be writing original work as themselves and comfortable with their name being public.

The WWS Entertainment Prize will consider a Wattpad-originating story with strong underlying storytelling, compelling characters, and a unique hook that is suitable for film and/or television adaptation. We're seeking fiction entries across all genres.

The WWS Animation Prize will consider a Wattpad-originating story with strong underlying storytelling and compelling characters, and a strong visual and/or world-building component best suited for animation film and/or television adaptation. We're seeking fiction entries across all genres with a particular interest in comedy and high genres.

Wattpad reserves the right to not award WWS Consideration if Winner submissions do not meet a minimum criteria or Wattpad cannot come to commercial terms, at Wattpad's sole discretion, on a WWS deal.The approximate value of the prize will depend on the perceived market value of the entry chosen for WWS consideration, but will be equivalent to other titles optioned by Wattpad WEBTOON Studios in their respective countries.

Grand Prize
 

This year we are adding one (1) Grand Prize winner per language, chosen out of the pool of 535 Winners. The Grand Prize winners represent the best stories submitted to The Wattys 2022 and will have achieved distinction in at least three of the four special prize categories listed above. The Grand Prize winners will also receive a cash prize of $5,000 USD.


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