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How To Enter the 2016 Wattys

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Welcome to Wattpad's annual Watty Awards— the world's largest online writing contest! The Wattys return this year to celebrate reader favourites, up-and-coming writers, and new and interesting ideas with a range of exciting awards categories.

To enter the Wattys, just add a #Wattys2016 tag to your story. You can enter as many stories as you'd like.

 You can enter as many stories as you'd like

The awards this year are the following:

Visual Storytelling

A picture is worth a thousand words, and this award recognizes the stunning stories told using in-line media. Got a Wattys-worthy graphic novel, magazine, recipe book, look book or any other type of story with in-line media? Nominate it by tagging it #VisualStory and #Wattys2016!


Some stories push the limits and break new ground—whether it's a fresh twist on an established genre or a complete departure from the ordinary. Is your story something completely different? Tag it #Trailblazers and #Wattys2016.

Writer's Debut

New to Wattpad and ready to get discovered? This is your chance to share your story and get it in the spotlight. To be eligible to win the Writer's Debut Award, you must have written your first story in 2016. Simply tag your story #Wattys2016 to enter.

Hidden Gems

This award sheds light on some up-and-coming Wattpadders with stories that sparkle. Think your story is a diamond in the rough and is ready for its moment in the sun? Tag it #Wattys2016 now!

Voracious Reads

This award celebrates the stories we couldn't put down—the Wattpad stories that had readers hooked, start to finish. Curious whether your story was an addictive read? Tag it #Wattys2016 and we'll let you know.

Talk of the Town

Some stories just can't help but spark conversation, spirited debates, and hoards of engagement. Sound like something you've written? Don't miss your chance to claim this award by tagging it #Wattys2016.

Collector's Edition

Wattpadders love to collect their favorite stories as permanent fixtures in their libraries so they can revisit them again and again. This category rewards the most added stories of the year. Do you think yours is one of the most coveted? Tag it #Wattys2016 to find out!

New Voices

Consider your chances of winning a Watty slim-to-none? Think again—the Wattys are all about finding new talent and promoting undiscovered writers. Tag your story #Wattys2016—you might be exactly what we've been searching for!

HQ Love

The HQ Love award recognizes the stories that are most-adored by staff at Wattpad HQ. Here at HQ, a great story goes a long way, and there is no shortage of brilliance on Wattpad to satisfy our eclectic tastes. Tag your story #Wattys2016 to find out if your story made our list of faves this year!

People's Choice

This award goes to the stories that earn the most Wattpadder tweets. If you've always wanted to have a say in which story claims a Watty, now is your chance to make it happen. Join us on August 1st, 2016 and vote for your favourite story on Twitter, using the following format:

Sample tweet:
I nominate "Story Title" #MyWattysChoice

International Wattys

The Wattpad community spans the globe, so this year we are introducing awards for the best stories written in different languages! Head over to the international profile for your country to enter:

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Don't see your language here? Enter anyway and you might get an honorable mention from us—tag your story #Wattys2016 for a chance to win.

Rules & Regulations

To be eligible to win, you must meet the following criteria:

- The Wattys are open to stories of all categories and ratings.

- Your story must be fully available on Wattpad (excerpts are not allowed).

- Your submitted story must be your own intellectual property.

- You can enter from anywhere in the world.

- Story must have been written in 2016, or updated with a minimum of 3 chapters in 2016.

- Deadline to enter is August 31st, 2016.

In order to celebrate as many great stories as possible, there is a limit of one award per story—but you are welcome to enter the same story for multiple categories.


Submissions Start: June 2016

Submission deadline: August 31st, 2016

Winners Announced: Fall 2016


Winning stories will be promoted on the Wattys profile, and other official channels, which may be and are not limited to Wattpad's official social media pages, newsletters, and other communications. Winners will be notified of the same.


No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win.

Wattpad reserves the right to change any rules regarding the Wattys (#Wattys2016), including cut-off dates, eligibility, awards, finalists, prizes, etc. However, we'll do our best to notify everyone of any changes being made. For the most up-to-date information, keep checking this page.

Do you have more questions? For more details on the contest, including how to increase your chances of being recognized, visit the Frequently Asked Questions chapter.

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