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How far we’ve come

Across a decade of Wattys, we’ve celebrated the journey millions of Wattpad writers undertake to bring their stories from their dreams and into the lives of readers around the world.

From the first seed of a story to the moment you type the final period on the last sentence of your final chapter—this is all part of that same journey. That’s why the Wattys are so much more than an award. They’re a celebration of what it takes to tell stories.

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The Watty Awards are now Closed

Thank you for sharing your Wattys 2019 stories. Our judges and data scientists are evaluating your submissions now. Writing is a discipline that takes practice. But the ability to build a new world, pull strange and wonderful ideas out of thin air? That can’t be taught. It’s something special inside all of you who choose to write and bravely put your stories forward. So thank you. Thank you for being part of The Wattys journey. The awards are now closed, and we look forward to sharing the winning stories soon.

Watty Awards winners will be announced on September 30th, 2019.

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Wattys Milestones

Wattys Open for Entries

June 4th, 2019

Wattys Close for Judging

August 1st, 2019

Wattys Winners Announced

September 30th, 2019

10 years of Wattys

In ten years of Wattys, we’ve discovered and elevated talented and diverse voices from around the world. Here’s a look back at just a few of the hundreds of stories that are now part of Wattys history.


The Wattys have impacted White Stag's journey in a really incredible way.Soon after winning a Watty, I got a book deal for White Stag and the Permafrost Series which made my dream of being a published author come to life.Read more

Kara Barbieri

author of White Stag

The Wattys have impacted White Stag's journey in a really incredible way. Soon after winning a Watty, I got a book deal for White Stag and the Permafrost Series which made my dream of being a published author come to life. I couldn't have done it without the Wattys which made it so many new people interacted with and read my story. I'm extremely glad I decided to enter and I don't know if I'd be where I was without it!


Since winning a Watty award for Cupid’s Match back in 2016 some amazing things have happened!Since posting the first chapter (and wondering whether anyone would want to read my story about cupid chaos, high school romance, and mythological drama!), to winning a Watty, to now – the journey has been incredible.Read more

Lauren Palphreyman

author of Cupid’s Match

Since winning a Watty award for Cupid's Match back in 2016 some amazing things have happened! A number of different translated versions of the story are being published across the world, we had a digital pilot episode made for CW Seed, an audiobook was released, and on October 1st 2019 the revised and edited copy of Cupid’s Match will be published as an actual book across the US and Canada!!! Since posting the first chapter (and wondering whether anyone would want to read my story about cupid chaos, high school romance, and mythological drama!), to winning a Watty, to now – the journey has been incredible. I’ve learnt lots, I’ve had so much fun with the readers who have been with me throughout the journey, my writing career has had a huge boost, and I’ve spoken to so many amazing people. The decision to post Cupid’s Match on Wattpad changed my life!


Winning the Watty’s has honestly been like a turbo boost to my writing career.After winning the 2018 Worldbuilders award, Given was selected to be published by Wattpad Books.Read more

Nandi Taylor

author of Dragon Given

Winning the Watty’s has honestly been like a turbo boost to my writing career. After winning the 2018 Worldbuilders award, Given was selected to be published by Wattpad Books, and will be available on bookshelves in Winter 2020! It’s a lifelong dream for me, and it happened because of the Wattys.


2019 Award Categories

This year, we’re introducing 12 categories that recognize the breadth of creativity and diversity of story genres around the world on Wattpad. So whether you’re a mystery maven or a bold new voice in YA, we want to hear from you!

ROMANCEThis award celebrates the swoon-worthy storytellers – the ones who tug on our heartstrings and demand our emotional investment, all while showing us the highs and lows of falling in love. From passionate summer flings and steamy rendezvous to epic love affairs and squee-worthy soulmates, the Romance award goes to those stories with love and relationships at its heart. Think you have what it takes to be the next Jasmine Guillory, Nicholas Sparks, or E.L James? If so, make sure your contemporary romance depicts a central love story with a compelling couple and an emotionally evocative resolution.


SCIENCE FICTIONThis award goes to the forward-thinkers – the 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, Westworld, or The Fifth Season, sci-fi stories challenge us to think big and different about the world we live in. Whether you’re writing a space opera set in a galaxy far away, a near-future dystopia, or an epic interstellar odyssey, your storytelling transports us to futuristic worlds and back again.


HORROR & PARANORMALThis award is for the fear-seekers – the writers who show us the best takes on our worst nightmares. Whether it’s the dead or undead, supernatural creatures, or the mysteries that go bump in the night, the Horror & Paranormal award celebrates stories that bring all the thrills and chills. These stories are so insidious as to make us question our own realities. Feeding on our deepest terrors, these stories join the likes of The Haunting of Hill House, It, and Let the Right One In.


MYSTERY & THRILLERThis award honours the writers who keep us on the edge of our seats and glued to our screens. Whether we’re solving a crime, or racing against the clock to stop one from happening, the Mystery & Thriller award considers stories with intricate plots, high stakes, or lots of suspense. Writing something like Gone Girl, The Widow, or The Hound of the Baskervilles? We’re hot on the trail for stories that bring out our inner detective.


FANTASYThis award recognizes the worldbuilders – the ones who take us on fantastical adventures, heroic battles, and epic journeys to save people, kingdoms, or dynasties. From Middle Earth to Narnia and beyond The Wall, the Fantasy award celebrates stories that explore new lands, ancient folklore, magical abilities, or supernatural creatures. Penning the next Golden Compass, An Ember in the Ashes, or American Gods? Share your world with us.


YOUNG ADULTThis award champions emerging writers (or the young at heart!) that are navigating the teen experience. Whether it’s coping with loss, exploring gender and sexuality, or dealing with a high school crush, the Young Adult award recognizes present-day stories that capture an authentic teen voice and the emotional stakes of growing up. Think: first loves, first losses, first conflicts, first sexual experiences. We’re looking for coming-of-age stories from all walks of life, from stories like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before to The Hate U Give and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Give us a teenaged tale that resonates.


FANFICTIONThis award showcases the worlds we love, the characters we know, and the stories we’re so obsessed with we have to take matters into our own hands. From BTS to One Direction, Riverdale to Game of Thrones, your fandom knows no bounds! The Fanfiction category aims to recognize Wattpadders who have challenged and changed beginnings, endings, and relationships while staying true to the heart of the story. We are looking for fresh alternatives, rewrites, and divergent storylines for all our favorite characters or worlds so that we can spend a little more time with them after the book closes and the credits roll.


NEW ADULTThis award recognizes stories about the ups and downs of work, life, and love in that golden moment between your late teens and twenties. Maybe your character is living with roommates, or trying to find a job post-graduation, or discovering their sexuality for the first time. The New Adult award is seeking stories that provide a voice for those trying to “adult” in this day and age. If your contemporary tale is anything like Pitch Perfect, Tell Me Lies or Slammed, we want to see it!


HISTORICAL FICTIONThis award recognizes the writers who take us on a journey through the past, who love writing about lush, historical settings, gothic architecture, Roman battle tactics, and everything in-between. Does your story have a new perspective on Ancient Greece or a twist on the tale of Joan of Arc? Has your main character traveled back in time to the Wild West, or been reincarnated as a Chinese empress? The Historical Fiction award is for stories that give us a glimpse of what it was like to live during a different time period through the eyes of well-loved historical figures or original characters. Think The Kite Runner, The Song of Achilles, and All the Night We Cannot See. If your story fits here, give us a history lesson!


NON-FICTIONThis award shines a spotlight on real-life narratives that aren't afraid to put their truths to the page. The writers who tell real stories through prose, and can encapsulate unknown realities. Whether your story deals with political realities or is brimming with personal essays, we want to read it. Think Roxane Gay’s Hunger or Cheryl Strayed’s Wild. If you’ve got a true story to tell, share it with us!


LITERARY FICTIONThis award recognizes the writers who artfully weave language and navigate prose with style – the ones who put character over plot. The Literary Fiction award recognizes contemporary stories that focus on various life issues in a profound and moving tone. We’re looking for enlightening and slow-paced narratives like The Road, Less, and Exit West.


POETRYThis award celebrates the poets – the ones who shape language and form to evoke emotion. The Poetry award celebrates talented wordsmiths who radically reconstruct language to tell a story, and use images and words to draw out visceral feelings. Strong poetry collections carry themes and characters along the way. Just like Morgan Parker, Rupi Kaur, and Sherman Alexie, poets know how to reshape language, create a narrative, and incite a reaction.



The Watty Awards are Wattpad’s annual celebration of storytelling. 5 winners will be selected across 12 categories. In celebration of the Wattys win, awards recipients will receive

A winners' digital kit to share your accomplishment with the world
Promotion on the Wattys profile on Wattpad, and other official Wattpad channels, which may include (but are not limited to) Wattpad's official social media pages, newsletters, and other communications
A Wattys winner certificate signed by Wattpad co-founder and CEO Allen Lau
A limited-edition Wattys 2019 badge for your story cover
White-glove treatment from our Content and Creator Development team, including Wattpad Best Practices and Insider Tips and Tricks and priority consideration by Wattpad Studios for your story to be shown to entertainment and publishing partners
Consideration for Wattpad Paid Stories, our monetization program where writers earn money directly on Wattpad.
This year, the Wattys have partnered with Wattpad Books to provide an additional opportunity to one lucky writer. Wattpad Books aspires to recognize and reflect diverse voices by taking Wattpad stories to published book and onto bookshelves around the world! One Wattys winner will also receive an offer to publish their story with Wattpad Books.

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