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Everyone has a story to tell. The 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.

And the 2021 Watty Award winners are...

Coming soon to Wattpad Books

Congratulations to Carolyn Hill, author of Mask of Celibacy. The Wattys judges selected this story to be developed into a book published by Wattpad Books. Follow @WattpadBooks on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and Wattpad for news on when it will hit bookshelves near you!

Best Cover Award presented by Canva

Sometimes, you CAN judge a book by its cover. At least where this award category is concerned. Canva’s very own design team has hand-selected 5 of their favorite covers to honor with our first-ever Best Cover Award. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Best Characters

This story features characters that resonated with our judges and made us root for them every step along the way.

Most Engaging World

This story features rich world-building that truly immerses the reader.

Biggest Twist

This story shocks us with a twist we didn’t see coming.

Catchiest Hook

This story builds off an idea that is fresh, imaginative, and exciting.

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About Canva

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Create your own award-worthy cover

Get inspired to create your own masterpiece. Check out a new gallery of Wattys-worthy templates from Canva.

To help you get inspired, check out these resources for designing your own cover using Canva.

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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