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    International Sweek Campaign: #HerStory

    February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018

International Sweek Campaign: #HerStory

Everyone should be able to be who they want to be, speak their mind and pursue their purpose in life. Yet many women from all over the world are still denied this freedom and we stand with them. We stand to inspire them to tell their story. To admire their strength. To make sure that they are not alone in this. To show the world that we seek change. To strive for equality.

International Women’s Day 2018 gives us the perfect opportunity to stand together through the power of storytelling. We invite you to write a story with a female protagonist – even if you’re male! It’s all about solidarity. From 28th of February until 15th of April, we’re collecting stories of women, their achievements, strength, obstacles, courage or just their daily lives, on Sweek, an international platform for reading, writing and sharing stories.

Your story can be on any topic, as long as it meets two rules: 1) the protagonist is female and 2) the story does not exceed 5,000 words (both prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction are allowed).

We want to encourage you to think critically about the role of women in our society, or you can simply write a story to tribute them. If you want to share your input for a better world, you can write about some of the main issues that need to be addressed nowadays:

  • Gender inequality
  • The stereotypical division of domestic labour
  • Violence against women and sexual harassment
  • The Glass Ceiling (discrimination at a workplace)
  • Image of women created by media.

These are just some examples, the topic is open! Or what about a superwoman who will change the world?

Together with our partners and ambassadors, we will put together a jury to select 10 best stories in English. They will be bundled and published via Sweek self-publishing as well as will receive a free copy of the e-book from us. Next to that, you will be able to contribute to the cause directly, as we are going to donate at least €1,00 per copy sold (e-book and paperback) to one of the global organisations supporting women. The finalists will be free to choose one non-profit to donate to (from Malala Fund, UN Women and Mama Cash).

Also, our Indian partners will publish many of these stories on their respective platforms!

HOW TO JOIN

Step 1: Download the Sweek app or use our website:

Website: https://sweek.com/

Android app: http://bit.ly/SweekforAndroid

iOS app: http://bit.ly/SweekforiOS

Step 2: Create an account or log in.

Step 3: Upload your story by going to ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’.

Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #herstory in the tags section in Story Details.

DURATION

Submissions close: 15th of April (23:59 CET)

Top 10 announcement: 24th of May

CONTEST SUMMARY

Join until 15/04/2018

All genres; poetry and prose; fiction and nonfiction

– The story can be maximum 5,000 words (can be less!)

Top 10 stories will be bundled and published via Sweek self-publishing as well as will receive a free copy of the e-book.

Global; jury members available in the following languages: English, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Turkish

PARTNERS, AMBASSADORS AND JURY MEMBERS

This campaign is supported by organisations and people on a mission to change lives.

Partners (More partners will be added during the contest!)

INTERNATIONAL

  • Women’s Rights News & LGBT News

https://www.facebook.com/WOMENSRIGHTSNEWS 

https://www.facebook.com/NEWSLGBT 

Women’s Rights News promotes, advocates and discusses a wide array of topics from global gender equality to feminism, shamming & bullying (all), body positivie, rape, rape culture, victim blamming, domestic abus eand the survivor stories, sheroes, human rights and more.

*The winning stories will be published on their pages.

INDIA

Being Feminist is a vibrant forum that allows an engaged and spirited dialogue between feminists ascribing to various strands of feminism. Feminists from nations all over the world, of many races, ethnicities and ages come together to talk about the pressing and contentious issues within the women’s movement.

  • Women’s Planet

http://womenpla.net

Women’s Planet is an open space where any and every woman can express, explore and share her ideas. They want to educate, empower and entertain women and are on online community and a charitable trust that wants to make the planet worth living.

  • The Art Galore

https://www.facebook.com/theartgalore/

The Art Galore intends to provide people with a platform to promote the art and artists of all forms. Arts, Literature, Travel, Cinema and lot more.

THE JURY

Radhika Sanghani
Radhika Sanghani is a freelance journalist, specialising in women’s issues and writing regularly for The Telegraph, The Guardian, Grazia and Glamour. She is also the author of two novels: Virgin and Not That Easy which have been published in more than 13 countries, and the founder of viral body positive movement #SideProfileSelfie that helps people see big noses as beautiful. 

 

Make sure you check them out! More information about the partners, jury members and brand ambassadors will be released soon.

RULES

– We have teams of jury members for the stories in English, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Turkish but you can write in any language.

– Stories should always be respectful towards everyone, regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation and race.

– Your story and your behavior during the contest should meet the Sweek community guidelines. No spamming and disrespectful comments allowed. If you break any of the community rules, your story will be disqualified and your account might get blocked.

– You need to be 13 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission

– There are no genre or topic restrictions. Prose and poetry. Fiction and nonfiction. But the story cannot have more than 5,000 words.

– The story does not have to be exclusive, meaning you can have it published somewhere else. Of course, the story should be yours, no plagiarism is allowed.

– Stories that have been previously published on Sweek can join the competition as well, just make sure you added the #herstory tag.

– If you do not want your story to be bundled or featured on the partner’s website – let us know. Authors in the bundle will receive a free e-book but will not receive any royalties for sold copies. The proceeds will be used to cover only a part of the competition costs and for the donation to one of the following organisations: Malala Fund, UN Women or Mama Cash.

We look forward to reading Her Story!

 

24 Comments
  • Bhavna Tripathi, March 4, 2018 Reply

    Hello Sweek, I am your reader and writer from India. I love these competitions but ignorance of Hindi language and writers make me disappoint. I just wanna request that kindly show some attention towards Hindi writers and conduct some competitions.

    • Marta, March 6, 2018 Reply

      Hey Bhavna,

      Writers can participate in Hindi (and we have jury members and partners for that) but the stories will not be bundled.

      We will launch a new Hindi competition soon, so stay tuned. :)

  • TCSET, March 6, 2018 Reply

    To participate: Upload your story by going to ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’. Publish your story with the tag #microletter either in the title, description or tags section (which is a part of Story Details) and description. In order to take part in other contests, change the tag from #microletter to any relevant one (e.g. #herstory).

  • Aviral, March 10, 2018 Reply

    Nice

  • WHR, March 12, 2018 Reply

    Its a best platform to write and share our story.

  • Eya, March 13, 2018 Reply

    Nice

  • Rhea, March 17, 2018 Reply

    Hey, is it okay if we divide the story into chapters or does it have to be only one?

    • Sweek team, March 19, 2018 Reply

      Hi, you are completely free regarding the way you want to post it: it can be in multiple chapters, or just a single one :)

      • Rhea, March 19, 2018 Reply

        Thanks for letting me know! And I think this contest is actually so amazing! Especially the topic it deals with.

  • Fatima, March 31, 2018 Reply

    Hello, is it possible to submit multiple entries? For example, one short story and one poem, or am I limited to a single entry?

    • Sweek team, April 3, 2018 Reply

      Hi! You are welcome to submit as many entries as you'd like :)

  • Roshna Ikbal, April 2, 2018 Reply

    Can I write an article on a super woman I know. Or should it be fiction?

    • Marta, April 3, 2018 Reply

      Either fiction or nonfiction. Both will be accepted.

  • Dorota, April 11, 2018 Reply

    Hi, is the contest only for young participants? Is there any age limit?
    And in which language should / could the piece be written? English? German? Any other?
    Thank you!

    • Marta, April 12, 2018 Reply

      Hey Dorota,

      The minimum age to participate in our contests is 13. The languages of the campaign are as follows: English, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Turkish. It's better if you upload your story in any of these. Otherwise, we will not be able to provide any jury members or publications.

      • Dorota, April 12, 2018 Reply

        Ok, thank you. I was asking about the age limit , it means the maximum age. Is there any limitation here?

  • Atulya, April 11, 2018 Reply

    Hiii... I started with a story but now I want to change its title and add a book cover. How do I do this?

    • Marta, April 12, 2018 Reply

      Hey,

      Please find the 3-dot menu in the upper-right corner when you go to the story dashboard. Then choose 'Edit story basics' where you can change both the title and the cover.

  • Atulya, April 13, 2018 Reply

    Hey, I am unable to add the book cover. What file extension is required for a book cover?

  • Adrianne, April 14, 2018 Reply

    Hi. I see that you allow poetry and prose, but is playwright okay?

    • Marta, April 16, 2018 Reply

      Apologies for late reply. It would be also alright. We hope you submitted your entry!


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