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    SweekStars 2018

    October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018

SweekStars 2018

Sweekers – the time has finally come!

Last year, we held our most successful contest ever – SweekStars. With over 9000 entries in more than 9 different languages, SweekStars pushed the limits of the technical skills and creativity of the Sweek community. Now, we think it’s time to do so again.

The idea is simple. Everything that hasn’t already won a contest is eligible for entry. Old or new, poetry or prose, micro fiction or full-blown novel – we want it all. This is the contest that decides the best of the best work on Sweek, so pull out all the stops! There’ll be four categories to compete in: Micro, Short Story, Novel, and Poetry. You can submit an old story, write a brand new one, or both – there are no limits to the number of entries per person.

That’s the short version, anyway. Check out the Sweek story below to get a full overview of the rules, prizes and the duration of the contest. This is going to be big, ladies, gentlemen, and non-binaries – we hope you’re ready.



Launch date: 18th of October
Closing date: 21 January
Judging period: 22nd January – 25 February
Announcement of the winners: 18 March




Poetry  (10 finalists)

Micro-fiction –  250 words max (10 finalists)

Short story – 5000 words max (10 finalists)

Novel – over 10,000 words (10 finalists)

1 popularity prize

Honorific mentions will begiven to the most original, most inspiring and most addictive stories.


Red Hen Press


Red Hen Press

We’re extremely proud to introduce our sponsor for SweekStars 2018 – Red Hen Press. Based in Pasadena, California, Red Hen Press is committed to publishing works of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in local schools. They endeavour to keep the fundamentally human practice of creative literature alive, and are actively pursuing this goal through their writing schools, various publishing series, and writing contests. They’re an extraordinary organization that you should definitely check out!

Also, if you participated in our #SweekPride contest, you might be interested in their imprint, Arktoi Books – which publishes fiction and poetry by lesbian authors – or their publishing series Quill, dedicated to queer authors.




What follows are the prizes which will be awarded to the winner of each category, generously provided by our fantastic sponsor, Red Hen Press:


1. A written manuscript evaluation

2. A genre-relevant book bundle

3. Publication online through The Los Angeles Review*

Flash fiction 

1. A written manuscript evaluation

2. A genre-relevant book bundle

3. Publication online through The Los Angeles Review*

Short story

1. A written manuscript evaluation

2. A genre-relevant book bundle

3. Publication online through The Los Angeles Review*


1. A written manuscript evaluation

2. A genre-relevant book bundle

3. Publication pack, provided by Sweek**

In addition, all finalists of each category will receive a SweekStars Finalist Badge, to place on their story covers and promote their work.

*To be published, the winning entry must be an individual piece. Hence, if an entry is e.g. an anthology, a single entry will be selected for publication.

**A publication pack will include an ISBN, cover, promotion of the work via Sweek channels, and assisstance with formatting the script.

Hashtags for SweekStars Contest

Use these hashtags to enter your story into the appropriate category of the contest.






Promoting your story

Once entered, you can promote your story on Sweek or in the fan group on Facebook. Also, remember that an interesting cover attracts more readers! You can learn more about designing a cover for your Sweek story by checking out this blog post we wrote a while back.


Rules for SweekStars Contest


  • Read these rules carefully before joining SweekStars 2018!
  • You need to be 13 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  • There is no limitation by country of residence or nationality.
  • The story must be tagged #SweekStars2018novel, #SweekStars2018shortstory, #SweekStars2018micro or #SweekStars2018poetry in story details.
  • Only stories submitted before January 21th 23:59 CET will be eligible for participation.
  • No topic restrictions.
  • The story doesn’t have to be new or exclusive. So, Sweekers, you are very welcome to join with your already existing work!
  • No finalists/winners from previous Sweek contests are allowed to participate (other contests outside of Sweek are fine).
  • The story meets Sweek community guidelines.
  • The story must be created by you. You can also write with a friend if you want to, but in case you win, the prize will be shared. It’s just one prize per story.
  • You can participate with multiple entries, as long as they all meet our guidelines.
  • You can edit your entry until the submission deadline. After the deadline, you can no longer modify anything in your story.
  • You can win only one cash prize, but you can win multiple other prizes.
  • The popularity prize will be decided by number of likes. The deadline for likes is 25th of February, 23:59 CET.
    Falsification of likes will lead to disqualification. The most popular story needs to meet quality requirements determined by the Sweek team. You can only win one popularity prize as a writer.
  • To participate in the Popularity Prize your story must be submitted after 18th of October.
  • Spamming on Sweek or falsification of your followers will lead to disqualification of your story with a prior warning.
  • The cash prize will be transferred via Paypal  (Sweek bears the transfer costs). If the winner is based in Europe, the cash prize will be arranged via a bank transfer. In case there is no option to create a Paypal account, we can arrange the prize via a gift card or a bank transfer for which the costs are split. Sweek is not responsible for currency conversion rate at the time of transferring the cash prize.
  • By entering in this competition, the author gives Sweek the right to publish your story in a book. In case the author does not agree, he/she must state in the short description that Sweek cannot publish the story in print.
  • By participating in this contest the user acknowledges that he/she is aware of and accepts the rules of SweekStars 2018.

SweekStars Jury

We wouldn’t be able to make this contest happen without our amazingly talented and wonderfully dedicated jury. Meet the people that are going to be evaluating your work!

camille di maioCamille Di Maio
Camille Di Maio is the bestselling author of several works of historical fiction. She has lived all over the United States and currently calls Virginia home, along with her husband, four children, dog, and cat. Her travels inspire her writing and she is often planning her next trip. Weekends find her at farmers markets and the beach.  Her books include The Memory of Us, Before the Rain Falls, The Way of Beauty, and The Beautiful Strangers.




Mike Jansen
 Mike Jansen writes and publishes Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror stories since 1991. He won the King Kong Award in 1992, Fantastels in 2012 and the ‘Baarn literary prize in 2012. He’s the founder of the EdgeZero Award. His stories, in both Dutch and English, have been published in various literary magazines.




Mica Scotti Kole
Mica is a developmental editor and the curator of Free Writing Events, a website calendar and Twitter account dedicated to promoting free writing and poetry contests, agent pitching events, conferences, and more. In 2018, Mica won third place in Writers of the Future, and second place in both the True North and Sapiens Plurum story contests, all for science fiction. Mica also writes YA novels in the fantasy genre.









Head over to Sweek to get started!




  • Monika, October 30, 2018 Reply

    Wow great opportunity

    • Monika, October 30, 2018 Reply

      Great opportunity of starting to live dreams

  • Yudila, November 2, 2018 Reply

    I guess it's time for all the stars to shine.

  • Francesco Kuias, November 3, 2018 Reply

    Sounds interesting.

  • Moutushi Bhattacharjee, November 10, 2018 Reply

    Excited to post my write ups

  • Agnieszka, November 11, 2018 Reply

    I had the most original story, but it was in a Polish competition (I mean - Polish version of Sweek). Can I public my histories in this competition?
    Another question, I must write it in English, yes?
    Will be this competition in a Polish version?
    Yes, I know. I have many questions, but I want to know it.
    Kind regards,

    • the Sweek team, November 12, 2018 Reply

      Hi Agnieszka,

      No worries, ask as many questions as you want! Regarding the story you want to enter - if it was the winner of the "Most Original"-category, then it cannot be entered into the Sweekstars 2018 contest, no matter what the original language was. This would be unfair to other users. If you enter a story in the English version of SweekStars, then the story must indeed be written in English, and we are sorry to say that we'll not be able to launch a Polish version of the contest this year.

      If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask us. We'll try our very best to help.

      the Sweek team

  • Laurel, November 14, 2018 Reply

    So, can I enter with fanfiction? The story is mine but the only thing that makes it a fanfiction are the names used. Also, must the story be finished already to enter?

    • the Sweek team, November 15, 2018 Reply

      As long as your entry conforms to one of the four categories, you're free to write whatever you'd like! And you can enter your story whenever you'd like, as long as it's complete by the deadline. :)

  • Dee, November 15, 2018 Reply

    Can I post two: poetry and a short story?

    • the Sweek team, November 15, 2018 Reply

      Absolutely - you can submit as many entries as you like! :)

      • Dee, November 16, 2018 Reply

        Thank you 😁

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