Guidelines

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Wattpad Pen Your Pride Write-a-Thon 

Guidelines

About
The Wattpad Pen Your Pride Write-a-Thon is an LGBTQ+ themed Write-a-Thon that encourages the community to share stories of LGBTQ+ experiences and allyship between 12:01 AM GMT June 1, 2018 and 11:59 PM GMT June 30, 2018. For every story tagged #WattPride during this time, Wattpad will donate $1 USD to the ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) up to $10,000.00 USD.

Sponsorship
Ben & Jerry's Canada (parent company Unilever Canada) is not an administrator of the Wattpad Pen Your Pride Write-a-Thon and is not associated with the administration of the Wattpad Pen Your Pride Write-a-Thon in any way other than its capacity as title sponsor in name.

Deadline
Stories must be published on Wattpad between 12:01 AM GMT June 1, 2018 and 11:59 PM GMT June 30, 2018

Submissions
• Create a new story on Wattpad, upload to your profile and tag it with the following tag: #WattPride
• Optional: Share your entry in the comment section below so other people can check it out.
• Optional: Let the world know about your story. Share a link to your story on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag: #WattPride

Rules
• Entries must be published on Wattpad and follow the submission guidelines outlined.
• Must be a new story (cannot have been previously published)
• Must be its own work (so not a part in an already existing short story collection).
• While submissions from all around the world will be accepted, only English language submissions will be eligible for featuring
• Stories marked "Mature" will be deemed eligible for donation so long as they do not violate our content guidelines (You can read the content guidelines .) Stories marked "Mature" will NOT be eligible for featuring.

Love and acceptance are values that are celebrated here at Wattpad, as such there will be a zero tolerance policy regarding any hate and negativity towards the LGBTQ community in entries or in comments. They will be removed immediately and action will be taken against the offending user.

Story Feature Selection
• On or about July 6, 2018, ten (10) stories as chosen by a combination of data-driven insights and manual review will be selected to be featured on the LGBTQ profile for a period of Seven (7) Days
• All English language stories submitted into the Write-a-Thon between 12:01 AM GMT June 1, 2018 and 11:59 PM GMT June 30, 2018 will eligible for featuring
• Selected stories will receive a sticker to showcase their achievement.
• Selected stories will receive promotion from all participating profiles.


FAQ
• Is mature content allowed?
Please refrain from posting mature content in association with this Write-a-Thon. Mature content will not be eligible for featuring (but they are eligible for donation). Anything that violates Wattpad's content guidelines will be removed. You can read the content guidelines here.

• I don't identify as LGBTQ+, can I still enter?
Everyone is free to enter, no matter how they identify.

• Can I write a FanFic?
While works of fanfiction will be accepted as part of the #WattPride Write-a-Thon (so they are eligible for donation), they will not be eligible for featuring. Do note that stories based on existing mythology do not count as FanFiction. However, stories using characters from existing universes (e.g. Marvel's Loki) do count as FanFiction and are thus not accepted.

• Is there a limit to the number of stories I can enter?
No, there's no limit. Feel free to write as many new stories as you want and tag them #WattPride

• Does the story need to be completed before the deadline?
No, it can still be ongoing.

• Is there a word limit?
No, there is no limit to what your word count can be, but do keep in mind that we are looking for content that tells a story.

• Is poetry allowed?
Yes. Prose, poetry, fiction and non-fiction are all allowed.

• Are non-English stories allowed?
While  non-English stories will be accepted as part of the #WattPride Write-a-Thon (so they are eligible for donation), they will not be eligible for featuring

• Can I write a story together with a friend?
Yes, collaborations are allowed.

• Can I also use this story for the Wattys?
Yes, as long as it also meets the Wattys submission criteria. More info on TheWattys here

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