Writer Programs & Opportunities

Writers like you are the heartbeat of the Wattpad community. We work tirelessly to create programs to support creativity and growth, and opportunities to help writers connect their stories with new audiences. From online programs like The Wattys to IRL events like WattCon, there’s something for everyone.

Wattpad Futures is now closed.

The Wattpad Futures program is now closed. At Wattpad, we are dedicated to investing our resources in the right set of tools, resources, coaching, or programs that benefit the writer journey. Therefore, we are shifting our focus into providing monetization programs that provide more value for more creators, including Wattpad Studios, Wattpad Books, Wattpad Paid Stories, and opportunities with Wattpad Brand Partnerships.

To learn more about our Stars program, visit this link:

https://www.wattpad.com/writers/opportunities/stars/

To learn more about our Paid Stories program, visit this link:

https://www.wattpad.com/paidstories/writers-eng/

FAQ

What is Wattpad Futures? How did it work?

Wattpad Futures was an experimental program that allowed a select group of writers to make money from the ads that run on Wattpad. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for writers or provide the consistency they were looking for, so we’re sunsetting the program in the coming months. You can read more about the program here.

Why didn’t it work?

There were a number of issues with the program, all of which are key learnings for us going forward when we introduce beta program. First, we let Futures run in beta for too long, adding new writers, and scaling the program without optimizing it or building the infrastructure to improve it. We also added too many writers too quickly, without validating which types of content would perform well in the program. We didn’t educate participants about what to expect and what shifts in online advertising could mean for them. Adding to this, we also didn’t invest in the tools that would have made it more transparent to understand how content was performing. In the time since launching Futures, we’ve launched Wattpad Studios, Wattpad Books, Wattpad Paid Stories, and created new ways for writers to work with our brand partners. Wattpad Paid stories has been a particular success, and we’ve taken our learnings from Wattpad Futures to create a better path to on-platform monetization for Wattpad writers.

What’s happening to the writers who were part of the program?

Writers who were part of the program are still on Wattpad, writing amazing stories, and connecting with their readers all over the world. We’re grateful to everyone who was part of the program for their participation. All Futures writers will receive a final payout with the full amount of their earnings for the duration of their time in the program. There will be no minimum earnings to qualify for this final payout: any amount a writer has ever generated will be paid out in full. Some writers will be transitioned to Paid Stories and some will move to the Wattpad Stars Program. We’re also holding a Studios Pitch contest exclusively open to Futures writers. We’ll have more details about this contest shortly.

What is replacing the Futures program?

Wattpad Books, Wattpad Studios, Wattpad Brand Partnerships, and Wattpad Paid Stories all provide a path to monetization for writers. While no one program will be right for everyone, we offer a number of ways people can make money on Wattpad. We now have a variety of opportunities to support more people in the long term.