WATTPAD’S LARGEST ANNUAL WRITING CONTEST
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The 2022 Watty Awards are open for submissions
About the Wattys

The moment your writing career has been waiting for is here.  The 2022 Watty Awards are now open for submissions. The Wattys are Wattpad’s annual celebration of the galvanizing, inventive, diverse voices that choose to share their stories on Wattpad — the world's most-loved social storytelling platform — every year.

We’re searching for completed stories across 12 categories in 9 different languages. Winners will get front-row access to meaningful opportunities with Wattpad and a chance to see their winning story find the fanbase it deserves. Winners will be announced live at WattCon 2022 on November 19th.

Join a community of writers who believe in their stories and are ready to push their personal writing goals forward.

For more information on this year’s eligibility requirements, awards, and how to enter, see the official Wattys Rules & Regulations.

For full contest rules, please click here.

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Wattys Milestones
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Wattys open for
entries
July 22nd, 2022 at 11AM EST
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Wattys close for
judging
August 19th, 2022 at 11:59:59PM EST
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Wattys shortlist
announced
On or around October 19th, 2022
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Wattys winners announced
live at WattCon
November 19th, 2022
Grand Prize
This year we are adding one (1) Grand Prize winner per language, chosen out of the pool of 535 Winners. The Grand Prize winners represent the best stories submitted to The Wattys 2022 and will have achieved distinction in at least three of the four special prize categories listed below. The Grand Prize winners will also receive a cash prize of $5,000 USD.
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9 cash prizes of $5,000 USD
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Wattpad WEBTOON Book Group and Wattpad WEBTOON Studios prizes
Wattpad WEBTOON Studios (“WWS”) will consider, from all English language Winners, two (2) Winners, and from Winners in languages other than English, one (1) Winner per language - for a total of ten (10) Winners - for the exciting opportunity to receive entertainment adaptation offers. Additionally, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios will consider one (1) Winner in any language for an animation adaptation offer. WWS is looking for a wide range of authentic stories across diverse and marginalized communities to adapt for film, television, and animation.

The WWS Entertainment Prize will consider a Wattpad-originating fiction in any genre with strong underlying storytelling, compelling characters, and a unique hook that is suitable for film and/or television adaptation.

The WWS Animation Prize will consider a Wattpad-originating story with strong underlying storytelling and compelling characters, and a strong visual and/or world-building component best suited for animation film and/or television adaptation.

From all English language Winners in the Award Categories listed below three (3) will be considered for publishing deals with the imprints of Wattpad WEBTOON Book Group (“WWBG”). Winners need to be writing as themselves and must be comfortable with their name being published and be willing to engage in book promotion in order to be eligible.

WWBG is looking for a wide range of authentic stories across diverse and marginalized communities to develop:
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Shortlist
Announced on or around October 19th, 2022. All shortlisted stories will receive:
  • A Shortlist profile banner to show off your accomplishment to your followers
  • Promotion on the Wattys profile on Wattpad, and featuring opportunities to be featured across Wattpad
  • A Shortlist badge for your story 
Winners
Up to 5 Winners will be chosen from each of the 12 categories to receive the following:
  • A Winners' social media kit to share your accomplishment with the world
  • Promotion on the Wattys profile on Wattpad
  • Opportunities to be featured across Wattpad
  • A Wattys badge for your winning story
  • Priority consideration by Wattpad WEBTOON Studios for your story to be shown to entertainment and publishing partners
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Special prizes
From all Winners, four (4) additional special prizes will be handed out for the following categories:
The winners of these awards will receive acknowledgement of their prize on the Wattys website.
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Categories
Stories will be considered for the following genre-specific award categories:
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This award showcases the worlds we love, the characters we know, and the stories we’re so obsessed with we just had to take matters into our own hands. From your favorite K-pop group to Billie Eilish, TikTok stars to The Avengers, your fandom knows no bounds! This category aims to recognize Wattpadders who have challenged and changed beginnings, endings, and relationships while staying true to the heart of the story. We’re looking for fresh alternatives, rewrites, and divergent storylines for all our favorite characters or worlds so we can spend a little more time with them after the book closes or the credits roll.

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Fantasy Fantasy
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This award recognizes the worldbuilders; the writers who take us on fantastical adventures, heroic battles, and epic journeys to save people, kingdoms, or dynasties. In a world of your own imagination, fantasy explores the magical and mythical unknown, ancient folklore, and mythical creatures. Is your character a soon-to-be queen living in a magical kingdom, or a dragon riding the winds of an ancient land? If you are penning the next Descendants of the Crane, The Witcher, or Lord of the Rings, then share your world with us.

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Historical Fiction Historical Fiction
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This award recognizes the writers who take us on a journey through the past, who love writing about lush, historical settings, like an Aztec temple or the Scottish Highlands. Is your story a twist on a classic figure, like a female Napoleon? Has your main character been reincarnated as a Chinese empress, or are they looking for love in the Regency era? The Historical Fiction award is for stories that make us feel like we are living in a distant time. If your work is anything like Bridgerton, The Song of Achilles, and Memoirs of a Geisha your fictional history lesson belongs here!

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Horror Horror
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This award is for fear-seeking writers who give us terrifying takes on our worst nightmares. Whether it’s about a serial killer on the loose, an evil undead clown, or a brilliant cannibal, the Horror award celebrates stories that bring all the thrills and chills, and make us question our own realities. Feeding on our deepest physical and psychological terrors, these stories join the likes of The Silence of the Lambs, IT, and Get Out.

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This award honors the writers who keep us on the edge of our seats and glued to our screens. From solving crimes to racing against the clock to stop one from happening, the Mystery & Thriller award considers stories with suspenseful plots, high stakes, and satisfying endings. Writing something like Gone Girl, When No One Is Watching, or Behind Her Eyes? We’re hot on the trail for stories that bring out our inner detective.

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New Adult New Adult
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This award recognizes stories that highlight the golden moments between your late teens and early twenties. The New Adult award seeks stories that give voice to those trying to “adult” in this day and age, from finding first loves to making career moves. If your contemporary tale is anything like Pitch Perfect, The Deal, or Red, White and Royal Blue, we want to see it!

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Paranormal Paranormal
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This award showcases writers who unearth the unknown and explore what lies beyond the veil. The Paranormal award celebrates real-world stories, about unexplainable transformations and creatures, like vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, ghosts, and psychics. If you’re a fan of The Vampire Diaries, Stranger Things, or Cemetery Boys, this is the category you’re looking for.

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Romance Romance
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This award celebrates the swoon-worthy storytellers who tug on our heartstrings and demand our emotional investment. From passionate cowboys to billionaire rendezvous and squee-worthy soulmates, these stories focus on adult characters and themes within modern, real-world settings. The Romance award goes to stories that depict a central love story that compels us to hope for a happy ending.  Think you have what it takes to write the next The Kiss Quotient, The Hating Game, or The Wedding Date? If so, this category is for you.

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Sequels Sequels
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This award champions the ongoing stories that feature the same major characters facing new, exciting, and challenging circumstances. Sequels allow devoted readers to continue on in the worlds they love (think: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and The Hunger Games), with the characters they aren’t ready to say goodbye to yet.

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Science Fiction Science Fiction
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This award goes to the forward-thinking writers who evoke a sense of wonder, unravel new realities, and send us shooting into the void. The Science Fiction award recognizes stories that center around science and technology—like Star Trek, Fahrenheit 451, or The Fifth Season—and challenge us to think big and differently about the world we live in. Working on a space opera set in a galaxy far away, a near-future dystopia, or an alternate history? This is where your story needs to be showcased.

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Wild Card Wild Card
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This award celebrates stories that use characters and plot to transcend multiple genres. From old-school westerns with fantastical elements to mysteries that center around dystopian twists, stories in this category defy expectations and offer readers something completely new. If your story is similar to American Gods, The Kingdom of Back, or Life of Pi, this category is for you.

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This award champions stories that explore the teen experience, from coping with loss to exploring gender, and navigating high-school crushes and first sexual experiences. The Young Adult award recognizes modern, real-world stories that capture an authentic teen voice and the emotional stakes of growing up. We’re looking for coming-of-age stories from all walks of life, similar to the likes of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Hate U Give, and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

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Eligibility
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50,000 word minimum for English stories
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40,000 word minimum for international stories
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Story must be marked ‘complete’
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Story must have been posted after January 1st, 2020
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Must be written in one of the eligible languages and categories
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Watch the Wattys LIVE at WattCon
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The Watty Awards will be announced LIVE at WattCon 2022 on November 19th at Loews Hollywood Hotel and virtually.
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2021 Winners
Looking for some literary inspiration? Flip through the pages of past Wattys winners and read all the stories that took home a Watty Award in 2021.
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Meet past Wattys winners
loridee de villa
loridee de villa
“Every year there are so many amazing entries and I was astonished to see that mine was one of them. It was one of the most rewarding feelings ever.”
philline harms
philline harms
“Don't think about what the judges or the market will like, but write something that *you* love! This way, writing feels less like a chore, and I promise your enthusiasm will shine through in the final draft!“
vee lozada
vee lozada
“My advice to anyone working on their story for the Wattys: This is your story and no one else can tell it the way you can. So, write it, finish it. Your readers are waiting.”