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June 1, 2018

Sweek Flash Fiction Competition: #MicroDay

After #MicroGame we are not playing with you anymore! The word of this round is DAY! Could it get easier than that? 😁

What you have to do is: write a flash fiction (short story) of 250 words max., in which you include the word “day” anywhere within the story. You can even modify it to “today”, “Monday”, “Sunday” – wherever your imagination goes. Since the topic itself stays open we are counting on a creativity show-off, especially that now we’re introducing a new prize for The Most Original Story! 🏆🎉

Good luck! 😃

 

CONTEST SUMMARY

 

Write 250 words (max.) of prose including the word “day” anywhere within the story,

Add #MicroDay tag either in the main title of the story / its description / tags section to take part in the challenge,

– You can participate no matter where you are from although entries marked as #MicroDay must be written in English,

– You can take part in this challenge even if you already participated/won previously,

– It is your chance to get discovered and published via Sweek self-publishing!

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

 

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 #microday either in the title, description or tags section (which is a part of Story Details) and description

That’s it! Don’t forget to share with your friends and family to get more readers!

 

DURATION

 

Submissions open: 1st of June –  22nd of June (23:59 CET)

Winners announcement: 30th of June

 

  PRIZES

 

The Best Story: $50 cash prize + getting published in the Sweek book + a free copy of the bundle!

The Most Original Story: getting published in the Sweek book  + a special badge on the story + getting featured on Sweek + a free copy of the bundle!

The Best Feedback: $15 cash prize

The Most Popular Story: will be awarded a special badge

All shortlisted authors will get published in the bundle and will be featured on Sweek.

 

#MICRODAYFEEDBACK

How to join?

Step 1. Search for #microday on Sweek and read a story.
Step 2. Provide feedback/critique in a comment on the story.
Step 3. Add #microdayfeedback at the end of your comment so that we can find it.
Step 4. You can participate as many times as you like until 22nd of June 2018. You can take part even if you didn’t write a story on the topic!

 

  HOW DOES IT WORK

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Every round gives you a new word (here: “day”) that you must include in your story (open topic) or a specific theme to write about.
  2. Only prose is accepted.
  3. You can join the contest at any time (even if you didn’t take part in the previous rounds). Also, the winners and shortlisted authors of the earlier editions are welcomed to participate in the following editions.
  4. Every round you must tag your story with a hashtag that includes the word #micro + the word of that round (here: #microday).
  5. At the same time the contest is running in the following languages: English, Dutch, German, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Polish.
  6. You have 3 weeks to write, then the jury members along with the Sweek editorial team will be judging the entries.
  7. The winners will also be announced via our Social Media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), blog and e-mail on 30/06/2018.
  8. The Best Story prize will be based on the writing style, plot development of the story, originality, overall correct use of the English language (including grammar and punctuation) as well as interpretation of the given prompt. 
  9. The author of The Best Story will receive $50 and will be published in the Sweek Microfiction book with all the shortlisted stories via Sweek self-publishing.
  10. The Most Original Story must have an unexpected plot twist/ending, present unique insights or be written on a noteworthy topic. The author will be published in the Sweek Microfiction book via Sweek self-publishing.
  11. The Most Popular Story will be determined by the total number of likes and will receive a special badge on the story.
  12. Shortlist (excluding the most popular story) will be featured on Sweek and published in a bundle.
  13. There will be one winner in The Best Story and Most Original category, one person will get The Best Feedback title and one story will be awarded as The Most Popular Story.
  14. To win in The Best Feedback category you must tag your comments with #microdayfeedback.
  15. The shortlist will include 10-20 titles (all will be published in the bundle). If there are enough high-quality stories selected by the jury, the longlist will also be announced. However, the titles on the longlist will not get to the bundle.
  16. The new round will be announced on 01/07.

 

  RULES

Read these guidelines carefully before joining this writing competition!

  1. You need to be 13 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  2. The contest is international and is open to every country (if you participate in other language then English, make sure that you write a correct, language-specific tag). Entries marked as #MicroDay must be written in English.
  3. The story cannot exceed 250 words.
  4. The story doesn’t have to be exclusive (for instance, it can be from your blog) but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek.
  5. The story must have the #microday (in the main title of the story / its description or within the tags section).
  6. 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. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited and actions may be taken against those involved in plagiarism.
  7. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline. Don’t edit your story afterwards – it will lead to your disqualification from the contest.
  8. You can participate with multiple entries.
  9. You can join any round of the contest at any time.
  10. The story can be in any genre, as long as it’s prose, not poetry. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction and crime.
  11. Most popular story is determined by the number of likes. Falsification of likes and followers 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.
  12. Spam comments/messages with promotion of your story (except for a special story dedicated to promotion) will result in disqualification and possible account deletion if the behavior continues.
  13. If winners do not respond within a timeframe of two weeks, then the price will be given to the second place.
  14. By entering in this competition, you give 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.
  15. 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. We’re not responsible for currency conversion rate at the time of transferring the cash prize.
  16. Participation in this contest means that the user is aware of and accepts the rules of this contest. 

 

 JURY MEMBERS

Together with the Sweek editorial team, our jury members choose the shortlist and the winners.

 

 

K. Banning Kellum
K. Banning Kellum is a life-long resident of New Orleans, LA. A documentary actor, article writer and horror author, Kellum is best known for his Hyraaq Tobit series of horror stories. A proud husband and father, Kellum credits his love of family and the haunted history of New Orleans as his source of inspiration.

 

 

Melanie Faith
Melanie loves flash so much that she wrote a craft book about the genre to inspire fellow writers, In a Flash!: Writing & Publishing Dynamic Flash Prose (Vine Leaves Press), and her next craft book, Poetry Power, will be published (Vine Leaves Press) in late October 2018. In her free time, she loves crossword puzzles and shoe shopping, photography, blogging, and visiting her darling nieces.

 

 

Melissa Goodrich
Melissa Goodrich is the author of the story collection Daughters of Monsters, the poetry chapbook IF YOU WHAT, and a collaborative fiction collection forthcoming from Goldwake Press.  She earned her MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona.  Her stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, The Kenyon Review Online, Passages North, PANK, and others.

 

 

  FAQ 

Answers to all the Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHAT IS THE WORD LIMIT?

250 words max.

CAN I PARTICIPATE WITH MORE THAN ONE ENTRY?

Yes, you can.

IS THE CONTEST AVAILABLE IN OTHER LANGUAGES THAN ENGLISH?

Yes, at the same time there will be flash fiction contest running in the following languages: English, Dutch, German, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Polish. 

HOW DO I ADD A TAG AND EDIT MY STORY?

You need to add it to your Story Details (don’t forget to press Enter on the website).

For each contest, you can edit your story as many times as you want before the deadline. To access your story: log in, go to ‘my stories’ and click on your story. To edit your story title/description, go to the 3dot menu in your Story Dashboard and click Story Basics; to edit your tags/other story details, go to the 3dot menu in your story dashboard and select Story Details.

HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER MY STORY IS PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST OR NOT?

If you see the tag on your story page after you searched for it, it is participating. If you are not sure, contact us via Facebook and we can check it for you.

HOW DO I PROMOTE MY STORY?

Best way is to promote your story via your own Social Media and network. You can also promote it on the Sweek platform (for the official ‘Promote Your Story’ post, created for each round) or share it in the Sweek group on Facebook: Sweek Fan Group. You can find the link to share your story when you search for your story in the search bar and click on it. Here you’ll find the share button on the story info page!

DO I GET A CONFIRMATION OF PARTICIPATING IMMEDIATELY?

No, but if your story is tagged, you are surely participating. However, if you’d like to know for sure you are participating, please ask us.

HOW CAN I SEARCH FOR MY STORY?

The current search is based on the title, the description and the tag. So you can search for either of those.

WHAT IF I CAN’T FIND MY STORY ON SEARCH RIGHT AWAY?

No worries, sometimes it can take a few minutes after publishing to become visible on all the platforms. If you still can’t find your story the next day, please contact us.

WHERE WILL THE WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?

We will e-mail all the shortlisted authors within 3 days after the announcement, but you can find them first on our Facebook page!

WHEN CAN I EXPECT THE SWEEK MICROFICTION BOOK?

We will bundle the winners and finalists of each round and publish them via Sweek self-publishing (every 3-4 rounds, depending on the number of shortlisted stories). If you do not wish for Sweek to publish your story participating in this competition, please indicate this in the short description of your story.

 

đŸ„‡Â WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENTÂ đŸ„‡

The Best Story – “The Daylight” byb JoStewart

The Most Original Story  –  “The Bloody Revenge” by LijaDaniel

The Most Popular Story –  John Alwinson – “The Beginning of the End”

The Best Feedback  – @Royal888

 

April 18, 2018

Sweek Poetry Contest #SweekPoetsSociety

UPDATE: WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT

WINNER: Monday Lunchtime

Feedback:

“I enjoyed this for its powerful emotional punch and conciseness. The title pairs well with the content of the piece, too.”

This is a clever little poem! I love how Monday Lunchtime becomes a pub that equals a cemetery. Nice layered metaphor (and done by the end of the first line)! If you were to revise this: I’d think about how cemeteries are immediately and always associated with bodies—is there a way to remove bodies and turn it into something less expected? 

FEEDBACK FOR OTHER SHORTLISTED PARTICIPANTS:

Don’t Evade the Divine Moonlight by Ashley Middleton

“Cleverly and beautifully written. Fantastic imagery.”

The villanelle—what an ambitious form! This poem oscillates between pentameter and tetrameter, the sound flows, and it’s nice that some lines don’t end in a complete thought. It’s hard to tell what’s happening in this poem though—I think it could benefit from more specificity and some less familiar, less expected associations (e.g. “crimson streams”) so that when the repeating lines land together at the end the reader will feel and understand more of the transformation and arrival. You might know of this poem already, but I highly recommend studying Bishop’s “One Art”: it’s a great example of a villanelle that plays with the refrain lines and really builds and lands its arrival.

Bipolarity of Nothingness by Ashley Middleton

“The lyricism in the poem’s rhymes was beautiful. And I particularly enjoyed the closing line.”

This poem has a nice momentum to it.  I think it could be revised to be more vivid, to have much more of a unique life. Some of the descriptions are familiar, use clichĂ© associations; “on a chessboard called life” (life is a game of chess); perhaps chessboard could become something less familiar, stranger, and just as specific. The last line of the poem explains what the previous line states. Here I’m thinking of that classic teaching tool “show don’t tell”—the poem sets the scene to watch the self’s performance—what if we saw, felt, heard, something in it instead of being told what it means?

A Self Portrait by Scarlettmedz

This poem has potential. The adjectives and adverbs weigh it down, and it would be much better without most or all of them. Tip: Try to use specific verbs that do the work of the adverb (for instance, there is no need to say “slam hard” because slam does the work of hard. The same goes for “flash brightly”—to flash is to “shine in a bright but brief, sudden or intermittent way” (definition from googling). And as for adjectives, they can be just as bad as they are good, and when used too much, the reader must swim through the language to try to picture the actual description. Also, think of ways to turn some of the clichĂ© associations (eyes like diamonds, Cupid’s bow) into less familiar and more unique ones. Some of the lines in this poem explain what was said right before (“Dark folds upon folds” tells the reader that nothing can be seen). Important tip: Before submitting poems, always reread and fix typos (“bumpd” “filled it”).

Came. by Devna Pandya

“Sharp, biting language made this an entertaining read.”

This is a courageous poem to write, and a difficult subject to write about well. It could be revised to become more unique and unexpected. Some of the descriptions are familiar, use clichĂ© associations; “I sold my body,/ Not my soul.” The first three lines explain to the reader what lines 4 through 7 show quite well. “Pushed a dime between the legs  (“the” —> “my”)” shows all of this, but in a much more specific and less familiar way. 

Also, what if each line didn’t end in a complete punctuated thought? I’d play with the line breaks—the poem could become more surprising. Lastly, there’s extra punctuation (specifically commas—where they’re not grammatically needed—that interrupt the pace and flow).

Springtime in Treblinka by Augustus Wind

The specificity of this title grabbed me, the rhymes flow well, and I appreciate that each line doesn’t end with a complete thought. This poem could be revised to become more unique and unexpected. In the beginning, hell is “colorful and vibrant”—this could be more specific (maybe some detail of Treblinka or an image, sound, etc. that the reader could experience?). Some of the descriptions are familiar, use clichĂ© associations and phrases: crisp blue skies, hopes and dreams, muffle the screams, all good things come to an end. How could you describe these in a less familiar, stranger, more specific way that’s unique to how you, the author of the poem, experience and perceive?

If We Were Messenger Bird by AbigailMarie

A lovely metaphor that remained consistent throughout the piece gave it a beautifully moving quality.”

This poem has a nice logic, but it’s a little tricky to follow—especially at the start of stanza 4 (“signed me” —> signed by me?). The “we” is a bit confusing as well. I think it could also be revised to be shorter, and could explain less to the reader. Maybe it could even swerve away from the birds and into an experience, memory, etc.

Lost in Reality by Anastasia Shepherd

” […] excitingly mature and deep understanding of the nature of life and its development.”

This poem has an interesting logic. I think it could benefit from another title—one that’s not so familiar, maybe something specific that the poem represents. As is, this draft feels like it’s explaining a world and the processing of it to the reader, but without giving the reader a window or any specific descriptions or experiences at all. I think it could benefit from a complete revision (in the literal sense, “to see again”) that includes specific images, senses, moments, etc.

Irrevocable Love (Just a Dream) by Ahana Hom Roy

“It captured the reality of longing post-heartbreak.”

The strength of this poem is in the description of the moment-by-moment details and actions. When it’s not doing this, the poem is doing a lot of explaining to the reader (this is making me think of that classic teaching tool: “show don’t tell”). Some descriptions are given twice, but need to be said only once (e.g. “thousands of bodies” implies a crowd; a sigh is an audible thing, so “out loud” doesn’t necessarily add meaning). Some of the descriptions are familiar, use clichĂ© associations and phrases: drink away your sorrows, fallen in love, force a smile, slideshow of memories, making new memories, claim the stars, blanket of stars, pitch black. How could you describe these in a less familiar, stranger, more specific way that’s unique to how you, the author of the poem, experience and perceive? I think this poem could be much shorter. I recommend playing with the line breaks—some lines might be more interesting if they give a little more information before ending. Also, one of the most common motifs is to have the narrator realize at the end that the experience was a dream. If you do decide to keep this ending, I’d recommend rethinking the title because it spoils it from the start. Tip: Always reread for typos before submitting work (“atleast”).

Time Out by Sean

“Strong, consistent style and vivid imagery.”

I think the most interesting part of this long poem is in the Saturday section. I think the whole poem might exist somewhere in there and just needs to be rewritten and revised. A number of the descriptions are familiar, use clichĂ© associations and phrases: thudding of your heart, losing time, fighting a losing battle, slipping through your fingers, memories fading (memory of memories fades), losing track of the days, heart pound. How could you describe these in a less familiar, stranger, more specific way that’s unique to how you, the author of the poem, experience and perceive? I also think this poem could be much, much shorter (as is it repeats a lot of information throughout, but not necessarily in a way that brings surprise or transformation). I think it could benefit from a complete revision (in the literal sense, “to see again”) that includes specific images, senses, moments, etc.—more like the moment that occurs in Saturday, when the broken clock is taken down.

 

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Time for the most awaited writing competition! We are thrilled to announce the first Sweek Poetry Awards!

With almost two months of open submissions and an unlimited number of entries per person, we hope to receive a waterfall of poems, ready to reveal your poetic view of the world around you.

 

CONTEST SUMMARY

 

    • Word limit: 10 – 2,000 words
    • You can publish either one poem or a whole collection (if it does not exceed 2,000 words in total)
    • Global 
    • Previously published work is allowed
    • Open topic for poetry only (you poems can be on anything you want)

 

  DURATION

 

Submissions open: 18th of April – 25th of June @23:59 CET

Jury period: 9th of July – 6th of August

Winners announced: 15th of August

 

  PARTICIPATING LANGUAGES

 

English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish, Indonesian

 

  PRIZES

 

🏆 Grand prize: $100

🏅 Popularity prize: will get a special badge

🎁 Shortlist (10 titles) will receive feedback from the juries, will be featured on Sweek and be awarded a badge; It will be also published online via Milk Press (*read more in the ‘Partners’ section)

 

JURY MEMBERS AND PARTNERS

 

Partners

The Poetry Society of New York  this is a non-profit that aims to promote poetry by organising various projects and events. PSNY will provide jury members as well as publish the winners online via Milk Press. 

  

 

Jury Members

Beau  Christopher Taplin – is an internationally recognised author and social media sensation. Following a formative education at Melbourne Rudolf Steiner, Beau found some success as a songwriter before turning his passions to poetry and prose. His works include ‘Worlds Of You’ and ‘Bloom’.

 

 

Tara Skurtu – an American poet and translator based in Romania. She is a two-time U.S. Fulbright grantee and recipient of two Academy of American Poets prizes and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry. Her recent poems appear in Salmagundi, the Kenyon Review, and Poetry Review. Tara is the author of the chapbook Skurtu, Romania and the full poetry collection The Amoeba Game. She teaches creative writing in Bucharest.

 

 

Rachel R. Noall published her first collection of poetry, Play On Words, in December of 2017. She is currently a MA candidate at The University of Denver’s Creative Writing program and is the Editor-in-Chief of an art and literary magazine called From Whispers to Roars.

 

 

Papercrumbs by Erin Van Vuren – Erin is a published writer from Southern California. She is most well known for her world-renowned poetry. Before her success on social media, she worked as a professional speaker and a journalist as a young child. Her life’s mission is to bring hope and inspiration to the world through her art.

 

 

Writings of Vinati – Vinati Bhola is an internationally published poet from India. She’s a lawyer who falls back on poetry to keep up with the monotony of everyday life. Living by the motto ‘be a wildflower, grow wherever your heart beats’, she represented India in the “Dear India” campaign in Dubai and launched her first collection of English poems Udaari, which is an unbridled downpour of love, madness, chaos, and calm. The book is available on Amazon.

 

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

 

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 poem by going to ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’.

Step 4: Publish your poems with the tag #SweekPoetsSociety in the tags section in Story Details.

That’s it! Don’t forget to share your work with friends and family to get more readers!

Video tutorial on how to publish a story on Sweek!

 

  RULES

Read these guidelines carefully before joining this writing competition!

    • You need to be 13 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
    • To participate, the entry must be tagged #SweekPoetsSociety in story details.
    • The poem or pamphlet cannot have more than 2,000 words. If you upload a collection of poems, they will be judged as a whole, not on an individual basis (then each poem should be published as a new chapter). In case you want each poem to be judged separately, please upload each as a new story.
    • Only poems submitted before 25/06 @23:59 CET will be accepted.
    • It is a poetry contest. Prose will be disqualified.
    • Poems do not have to be newly uploaded on Sweek (you can participate with previously published work).
    • The poems do not have to be exclusive, meaning they can be already uploaded somewhere else.
    • Participation in the contest is totally free of charge.
    • The entry has to meet Sweek community guidelines.
    • The submitted work 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.
    • You can participate with multiple entries. There is no limit per person.
    • The winner of the popularity prize will be determined by the number of likes.
    • You can edit your entry until the submission deadline. After the deadline, you can no longer modify anything until the winners announcement (this will lead to disqualification).
    • You can win only one cash prize.
    • Spamming on Sweek or falsification of your followers will lead to disqualification of your story with a prior warning.
    • Sweek reserves a right to disqualify any entry that breaks the community guidelines, contains plagiarised or explicit content.
    • The cash prize will be transferred via Paypal (Sweek bears the transfer costs). If the winner is based in Europe, the cash prize can 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. We are not responsible for currency conversion rate at the time of transferring the cash prize.
    • Participation in the contest constitutes acceptance of the official rules stated above.
    • The contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.
April 15, 2017

Writing contest: #AspiringIndia – Celebrating Storytelling

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 16.05.17, 23:59 CET

Upload your story on sweek.com to enter in this writing contest!

Stories bring us together and let us immerge into a beautiful world. We believe that we owe  it to each other to tell stories and we want to celebrate the magnificent art of storytelling by inviting you to share your ‘Aspiring India’ story with the world. Grab your pen or keyboard and submit your fiction or nonfiction masterpiece in our writing contest.

Nonfiction: What are your aspirations for India, Indian society or Indian culture? How do you see India changing and what are you proud of? Or what are your hopes and dreams for your own future – what will you achieve?
Fiction: Let your creativity run freely and reflect the aspirations of India or Indian people in a fictional tale. Take the reader into a new science fiction world, into an epic love story or simply into a compelling anecdote.


DURATION

20th of April – 16th of May

PRIZES

Impress our jury to win the jury prize or gain the most followers on Sweek to win the crowd prize:

Jury prize: â‚č5000 + featured quote on Scribbled stories
Crowd prize: â‚č5000 + featured quote on Scribbled stories

Next to these prize winners, we’ll select top 10 stories to be featured on Sweek for 3 weeks! The winners will be announced on the 5th of June on the blog, social media and via email.

JURY

Your story will be read by these expert jury members and the Sweek editorial team. Introducing:

Avnika Gupta is a Spoken Word Artist at National Youth Poetry Slam and street theater artist. She writes at Berlin ArtParasites, Thought Catalog, Terribly Tiny Tales and Gender Pages Project. She’s also Chief Editor at Survivors of India. Find more about Avnika Gupta on her Facebook page.

Atul Purohit is the author of bestselling novel ‘Love Vs Destiny‘, serial entrepreneur and ethical hacker. You can find more about Atul Purohit on his Facebook page.

Anuradha Goyal is a travel blogger, book reviewer, speaker, author of The Mouse Charmers – Digital Pioneers of India, co-author of CII India Innovates Report and blogger on innovation. Read more about Anuradha on her Facebook pages (IndiTales & AnuReviews), her IndiTales travel blog and Anureviews book review website.

Pragya Sharma is a blogger, book reviewer, and clinical psychologist. Find more information about Pragya on her Facebook page or her website ReviewingShelf.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • You need to live in India OR be of Indian origin to participate
  • You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  • Your story needs to be written in English or Hindi
  • The story must be tagged #aspiringindia in story details
  • Word limit: maximum 1,000 words
  • The story doesn’t have to be new or exclusive, but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  • The story didn’t participate in previous Sweek competitions
  • 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
  • The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 16/05/17, 23:59 
  • You can participate with multiple entries, as long as they all meet our guidelines
  • The story can be of any genre, as long as it is related to the topic. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction, crime and it can have the form of both prose and poetry.
  • Crowd prize is determined by the number of followers. The deadline for the followers count is: 04/06/17, 23:59.
  •  Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.

* The cash amount will be transferred to a bank account with a valid BIC code. The transfer fee will be paid by Sweek, but is not responsible for the conversion rate from Euro to a local currency the receiving bank uses. In case of non-availability of a bank account, a solution using Paypal or gift card to Amazon can be considered.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDELINES

Step 1: Download the Sweek app
Step 2: Sign up, click on “My stories” and then “Start a new story”
Step 3: Fill in the title of the story. You can also add an image and write a description (optional)
Step 4: Click on “Add a new chapter.” Then provide a chapter title and write your story in not more than 1000 words
Step 5: Click Publish. Put the tag #AspiringIndia in the tags section. Also fill in the story category and hit Publish again. Your story is now published!
You can also use Sweek on your desktop computer/laptop

#MYFEEDBACK challenge!

#Myfeedback challenge is open for all Aspiring India participants! Celebrate storytelling and help your fellow writers get even better. The 3 best critiques on any Aspiring India story will receive â‚č 1000 prize each. How to join?

1. Search for #aspiringindia on Sweek and read a story

2. Provide feedback/critique in a comment on the story

3. Add #myfeedback at the end of your comment so that we can find it

4. You can participate as many times as you like until June 4th

You can participate even if you didn’t write a story on the topic 🙂

SHORT CONTEST SUMMARY

Max. 1,000 words // all genres // fiction and nonfiction // prose and poetry

Tip: see who’s commenting on your story via the app!

iOS app: http://apple.co/2kFB2IR
Android app: http://bit.ly/2jSwcrX

Good luck, Sweekers!

December 28, 2016

Write your 2017!

*UPDATE: Submissions to this competition are now closed*

At the end of each year we take time to reflect upon our life and to make plans for the coming year. With a little bit of creativity you can transform your contemplations into an adventurous travel story, a thrilling mystery or epic love story. Give your real life story a fictional layer and let the words flow. Write your 2017!

Did your bike just get stolen? Get a dream team of your best friends together, put your detective glasses on and get some help from the FBI to solve this crime. Are you starting a new job soon? You might meet a handsome co-worker on your first day and get tangled up in a passionate romance!

Impress our jury to win one of the following prizes:

Best story [jury prize]: Samsung Galaxy Tab A
Most original [jury prize]: gift card worth €50
Most compelling [jury prize]: gift card worth €50
Best writing style [jury prize]: gift card worth €50
Most followers [popularity prize]: gift card worth €75

Enter the competition by uploading your story on Sweek using the tag #my2017. No word limit. Any genre. The story has to be new on Sweek and be uploaded between 28th of December and 31st of January (the deadline: 31/01/2017, 23:59pm, CET). We’ll announce the winners on the 9th of February 2017.

We can’t wait to read your masterpiece!

 

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