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ELIGIBILITY

Does my story need to be written in 2019?

How many parts does my story need to be?

Is there a minimum amount of words I need in order to enter?

To be eligible, the story you submit must have been posted to Wattpad between August 2, 2018 (after the end of last year's Wattys) and August 1, 2019 (the end of this year's Wattys) and contain the specified word counts of at least 10,000 words for all categories except for poetry (see the word count qualification for poetry below.) If your story was posted prior to August 2, 2018, then it must have been updated with new story content of at least 10,000 words (except for poetry) in order for it to qualify.

Submissions to the following award categories must contain 10,000 or more words: Fanfiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror & Paranormal, Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Non-Fiction, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Submissions to Poetry must contain 1,000 or more words.

Submissions can have as many (or as little) parts as they like.

Does my story need to be finished to be eligible?

Not necessarily. Incomplete stories are still eligible. However, they must have 10,000 or more words (or 1,000 words for Poetry collections) posted on or after August 2, 2018.

Can I submit:

A. More than one story?

Yes. You can enter as many stories as you like, as long as your submissions meet our eligibility criteria.

B. If I've won a Watty in the past?

Of course! We welcome previous Wattys winners to submit a story that hasn't won a Watty before to the current Wattys season—all eligible stories are welcome! However, previous winners aren't given priority; it's an equal playing field for all. Stories will only be selected based on their ability to fit the criteria per category, and the quality of their writing.

C. A story that has already won a Watty?

To encourage and support new writers on the platform, stories that have previously won a Watty are ineligible to enter this year. We're working on new ways to support and celebrate Watty winners' continued growth and success!

D. A story I co-wrote with another writer?

Group or collaborative stories are eligible for The Watty Awards. However, the award itself will only be presented to the account the story was originally published on.

E. A mature story?

Yes. Remember: stories must abide by our content guidelines.

F. A comic or graphic novel?

Yes.

G. The same story I entered last year?

Yes, if your story satisfies our eligibility requirements and so long as this story did not win.

H. A bilingual story?

Yes. Should the story win, you will be rewarded in whichever language is the majority. For example, if your story is written primarily in German, but sentences and minor conversations are had in Spanish, you will be given a German language award.

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