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You've got a story. Let the world read it.

Everyone has a story to tell. Every year, the annual Watty Awards is your chance to tell yours.

The annual Watty Awards represent Wattpad’s hunt for completed novels across dozens of categories in 10 different languages. We search for undiscovered stories, fresh voices, and fan favorites. But all year round, Wattpad is a vessel that helps carry your courage, your creativity, and your passion for storytelling to the world. Hats off to you, Wattpadders, for your fearlessness and dedication to building new worlds and being agents of change for your community.

From the first inkling of an idea to a full-blown written story, we love being a part of your exploration of your own talent. The Wattys are so much more than just a contest or an award—they’re your chance to show everyone, and especially yourself, what you’re made of.

The 2021 Watty Award shortlisted entries are here.

Here’s to you. You wrote, you created, you conquered all the obstacles to get to this point. Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the work your community has created, too. Our judges reviewed your entries and we’re thrilled to release our 2021 Wattys Shortlist. Fresh voices. Undiscovered stories. Fan favorites. Be sure to add these stories to your cozy fall reading lists!

Final Watty Award winners will be announced December 3, 2021.


We know you're entering for the love of writing... But a juicy prize certainly does help motivate. Here's the orange carpet treatment Wattys 2021 winners will receive:

A social media kit to properly introduce your big story to the world;

Promotion on the Wattys profile on Wattpad, plus featuring opportunities across the site and app;

A Wattys Winner badge for your winning story because you deserve a humble brag;

Priority consideration by Wattpad Studios, for Wattpad Paid Stories, and for additional Wattpad Writers programs;

Guaranteed Paid Stories Program (or an equivalent program) selection for 3 winning stories;

Consideration for Wattpad Stars, our writer development program;

Consideration for a Wattpad Books publishing deal for winning stories in the Young Adult category, written in English, and;

Bragging rights because you deserve them for all your hard work.

Four extra awards will be handed out to the winning stories with the Best Characters, Most Engaging World, Biggest Twist, and Catchiest Hook!


Throw the old trope of not judging a book by its cover out the window. For this category, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

This year, we made Wattys history with the addition of a brand-new category: Best Cover presented by Canva! Bring your dream book cover to life using special templates created just for Wattpadders by Canva. We want to recognize the creativity and hard work that goes into bringing your cover to life—and you don’t have to be a design pro to do it.

Share your book cover design using Canva’s template, specially built just for Wattpadders.

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Wattys Milestones

Wattys open for entries

July 7th, 2021 at 12PM EST

Wattys close for judging

September 30th, 2021 at 11:59:59PM EST

Shortlisted stories announced

November 1st, 2021

Wattys winners announced

December 3rd, 2021


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Past Winners


Step back through the pages of the past Wattys winners. Read all the stories that took home Watty Awards in 2020.

Past Winners

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