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

Everyone has a story to tell. Let the 2021 Watty Awards be the chance to tell yours. Wattpad is on the hunt for completed novels across more than a dozen categories in 10 different languages. Undiscovered stories. Fresh, new voices. Fan favorites. Winning stories receive front-of-the-line access to opportunities with Wattpad, and a chance to be read and enjoyed by the entire community and beyond. So whether your dreams are to be discovered, or just to finally finish. That. Story. This is your year. Get writing.

During the Wattys, you’re never writing alone. You join a community of thousands of Wattpadders around the world who use Wattys season as their chance to meet their personal writing goals. Now, take your work community wide and share your entry and Wattys pride on social media using the official Canva template.

The Wattys are officially closed

Submissions are now closed.

The end of your Wattys journey this year is on the horizon. You gave it your all. You wrote your heart out. You put on your writing cap and showed up for yourself. But most importantly, you came together with your community, lifted each other up, and celebrated every shining moment. That’s the true meaning of the Wattys—no matter who wins, we all win when we work together.

So, what’s next for you? There’s no right answer. Maybe you have some incredible momentum to take you right into your next story, or perhaps you want to take some breathing room and let your Wattys experience settle. Whatever you decide, our judges will be reviewing all of your work while you do it.

Submissions are now closed for the 2021 Wattys season while our judges deliberate and select some winning stories.

Shortlisted entries will be announced November 1st, 2021.

Until next year, Wattpadders… 👋


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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