News & Updates
March 6, 2018
Submit Your Sweek Story to a New Writing Project that Focuses on Water, Forest, Meteorology and Happiness
Submit Your Sweek Story to a New Writing Project that Focuses on Water, Forest, Meteorology and Happiness!
Written by Sweek Keeper: Chinthaka Nanayakkara
The project was shared by the United Nations – World Water Day (check the link)
Hi dear Sweekers! Here is some exciting news!
As some of you guys are already aware, I organized two writing projects in January and February focusing on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and International Mother Language Day. They were very successful and won many hearts of Sweek authors and readers alike.
And I’m back with another project!
On behalf of you all, I am going to organize a big writing project during the first half of March! Even as you are reading this, I am out looking for great and exciting stories that have been written in English by you people – stories that so far eluded many enthusiastic readers and hence didn’t achieve due recognition within the Sweek community.
I will read carefully each and every story that I will receive from you and after selecting the best ones I will include it in a promotional video through Youtube! If the need arises, I will design each of you a really impressive and beautiful book cover, also!
In addition, your book would be promoted through my personal blog.
Here are my previous posts that you can refer in my private blogger site about the two projects I previously launched through Sweek.com!
- International Holocaust Remembrance Day (by Chinthaka)
- International Mother Language Day (by Chinthaka)
If this project turns out to be a hit, your book will be considered to be mentioned in a Sweek’s official blog post too, be featured on Sweek’s Hall of Fame itself and also on its Social Media channels! Awesome, right?
Do you think I am kidding? See what happened in January and February!
So here is what you are going to do!
- Log in to Sweek
- Go to ‘My Stories’
- Select a book that you have written based on any of the following:
- Email a word document of the story to email@example.com for careful scrutiny of the story and for editing, if needed.
- If possible, attach a JPEG image of the book cover too (600×900 px, less than 2MB). This is optional. Remember that the images should be free for commercial use (here are some tips how to create your story cover).
KEEP IN MIND:
- Each Sweeker can submit only one story to this project.
- By submitting, you grant the right to the project coordinator to edit and enhance your story as deemed suitable.
- Because of the sheer volume of entries your emails may not be individually acknowledged. But if your story is selected you would be duly notified.
- The story should not exceed 2,000 words. Minimum word count is 500.
- No poetry is accepted. Sweek will be organizing a special contest on poetry which you will be informed through a separate post.
- Plagiarized content will not be tolerated.
- Book covers and images used to design book covers have to be free for commercial use. No misuse of copyrighted material!
- Only stories that were not previously published on other sites or in magazines will be accepted.
- All the elements need not be present in your story. Presence of one element is enough.
- Mentioning of a particular element as a word in a sentence is not enough. The story should ‘revolve’ around that element making it a crucial factor in the story plot.
- Once a certain number of stories are received, acceptance of further entries will be automatically stopped.
- No gifts will be awarded to the entries. But they will be considered to be featured in a promotional video and / or a blog post as decided by the project coordinator.
- This contest is organized by one of the Sweek Keepers and not by Sweek administration itself. Hence all disputes should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Depending on the popularity of the writing project you may be asked to further develop your story.
Confused? No worries! Visit writesupport.wordpress.com and drop me a hello!
December 13, 2017
Write your 2018!
After a very successful ‘Write your 2017’ contest last year, Sweek is back with the second edition of this inspiring writing contest!
At the end of each year we take time to reflect upon our life and to make plans for the upcoming year. With a little bit of creativity you can transform your contemplations into an adventurous sci-fi story, a thrilling mystery or an epic love story. Look for inspiration around you! Already have plans for New Year’s Eve? Turn them into an exciting adventure story! Are you starting a new study soon? You might meet a handsome classmate on your first day and get tangled up in a passionate romance! Whatever your 2018 brings – let the words flow and create a story about it! Fiction or nonfiction, poetry and prose, as long as your entry is related to the upcoming year of 2018!
– Join until 06/02/2018
– All genres; poetry and prose; fiction and nonfiction
– The story can be maximum 5,000 words (can be less!)
– Grand prize $200; Best story per language: $50
– Global; participating languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Polish, Turkish, Russian
Impress our jury to win the following prizes:
Best story [international]: $200 cash
Best story per participating language: $50 cash
Best feedback per participating language: $20 (see below)
10 finalists per language: featured on Sweek for 3 weeks. All stories that have over 25 followers, will receive a special Fireworks badge on their cover! The deadline for the follower count is 6th of February (23:59 CET)
Participating languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Polish, Turkish, Russian
Submissions close: 6th of February (23:59 CET)
Winners announced: 26th of February
Step 1: Download the Sweek app or use our website:
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 #My2018 in the tags section in Story Details
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
- The story must be tagged #My2018 in story details
- The story can’t have more than 5000 words
- No genre restrictions. Prose and poetry. Fiction and nonfiction
- The story needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek.
- The story doesn’t have to be exclusive, meaning it can be published somewhere else
- 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.
- You can participate with multiple entries
- 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
- 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. We’re not responsible for currency conversion rate at the time of transferring the cash prize
#My2018Feedback is open for all #My2018 stories! Help your fellow writers get even better! For each language, the Sweeker who leaves the best critique receives $20. How to join?
Step 1. Search for #My2018 on Sweek and read a story
Step 2. Provide feedback/critique in a comment on the story
Step 3. Add #My2018Feedback at the end of your comment so that we can find it
Step 4. You can participate as many times as you like until 6th of February 2018. You can participate even if you didn’t write a story on the topic!
Congratulations to these authors who made it to the top! We chose them because of the writing style, originality of the story or its unexpected ending.
Thank you to almost 500 participants (in English only) we had. Good luck in the upcoming contests!
“The Best #My2018 Story” title goes to a Russian writer, Natalia Spososbina. Kyril, the main character of “Pcyol” is a perfectionist and a workaholic. He doesn’t prioritise time with his family and struggles with finding time for his beloved ones. To somehow break out the working routine, he starts reading a blog of a photographer and adventurer. He dreams about reaching out to him and getting to know him better. Time goes by and his dreams remain to be just dreams… until Christmas comes. This day changes Kyril’s life and brings him a new resolution for 2018. The famous blogger happened to be his own brother, that he never had time for in real life, however, he spent hours scrolling through his blog.
We found this story to be very accurate in today’s world and it shows that sometimes we know so little about our own family, yet – we have time to follow strangers on Social Media…
“The Muse” by Mark Groenen was chosen to be the best one written in English. Congratulations to this Dutch writer! We really love the idea behind the story and its surrealism.
Read it here: https://sweek.com/read/119305/1400000162
We also received many comments to compete in the “Best Feedback” category. @GinaFairchild left a couple of helpful comments but the one on “Heart Attack” caught our attention.
Here’s the link to the story: https://sweek.com/read/4/1800938358
“Beyond My Wildest Imagination” – Z
“Who will miss me when I’m gone?” – PandaRi
“Midnight’s Kiss” – sofiaggasque
“A visit from the lady in a black abaya” – reiyhdah
“My 2018” – earthtomorgan
“Murder Become Her” – Tracey Domalik
“To the Paradise” – Anshul Ghiloria
“My world #My2018” – ItsAbhineetAgarwal
Once more – thank you to all the participants and congratulations to all the winners and finalists!