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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?¬†ūüėĀ

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!¬†ūüŹÜūüéČ

Good luck!¬†ūüėÉ

 

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,

РYou 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,

РIt 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 ‚ÄėMy stories‚Äô and ‚ÄėStart a new story‚Äô

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 ‚Äėmy stories‚Äô 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‚Äôll 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.

 

ūü•á¬†WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT¬†ūü•á

The Best Story ‚Äď “The Daylight” byb JoStewart

The Most Original Story¬†¬†‚Äst “The Bloody Revenge” by LijaDaniel

The Most Popular Story ‚Äst¬†John Alwinson – “The Beginning of the End”

The Best Feedback¬†¬†‚Äď @Royal888

 

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 Рeven 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 ‚ā¨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 ‚ÄėMy stories‚Äô and ‚ÄėStart a new story‚Äô.

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

‚Äď Join until 15/04/2018

‚Äď All genres; poetry and prose; fiction and nonfiction

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

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

‚Äď 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‚Äôs 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¬†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.

 

 

Rachita Mittal¬†–¬† is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, LSR. Her interdisciplinary research interests emanate from her diverse educational background ranging from fields as varied as science and international relations, and explore issues like complexities of language in diplomacy, nexus between literature and soft power etc. She occasionally writes poetry and¬†harbors¬†a profound¬†interest in Indian classical dances.

 

 

Wafa Hamid РAssistant Professor in the Department of English, LSR. She is pursuing her doctoral research at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University on Poetics and Politics: A Study of Agha Shahid Ali’s Poetry under the supervision of Prof. G.J.V. Prasad and completed M.Phil in English from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, with her dissertation on Same Sex Love in the Perso-Urdu Ghazal.

 

 

WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT

Herby the shortlist of the¬†#HerStory¬†campaign! Well done to all the finalists!¬†ūüĎŹ

Unfortunately, not all of the submitted entries were written on the feminist topic (for example gender equality). Please remember that we always take it into consideration while judging the stories.

Also, some of the titles are marked as ‘mature content’ so please skip these if you are younger than 18 years old.

“Matryoshkas” – linaleigh

(Mature content) “The Price of Consent” – Tina Morlock

(Mature content) “My First Sexual Experience – Playing a Sexually Liberated Woman. Personal Essay.” – Yuliya Khaimovich

“The Victory” – Urvi Talaty

“How Blue is My Sapphire?” – Swatilekha Roy
 

“Too many” –¬†RileyJay7

“Stranded on an Island” –¬†Arya Ashok Dixit

 

 

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.

РYou 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.

РIf you do not want your story to be bundled or featured on the partner’s website Рlet 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!

 

February 1, 2018

Sweek Flash Fiction Competition [general information]

With¬†the new year of 2018, we launch a new version of our popular Microfiction challenge –¬†Sweek Flash Fiction Challenge 2018!

Our attention span is constantly decreasing, and we believe that¬†flash fiction is the perfect modern form of storytelling which can be quickly written or consumed. A limit of 250 words means that each story will take you only one minute to¬†get through! Check the winners of the previous edition –¬†Microfiction rounds of 2017¬†if you are looking for some gripping, yet short stories or want get an idea of what our juries are looking for.

Updated rules will give you a new way to challenge yourself and win attractive prizes!¬† Say a lot in a little!¬†ūüėä

 

CONTEST SUMMARY

 

–¬†Write 250 words¬†(max.) of¬†prose¬†including the word¬†of the round¬†anywhere within the story or write about a specific theme (check what is required),

–¬†Add a special tag: #micro[wordoftheround]¬†either in the main title of the story / its¬†description / tags¬†section to take part in the challenge,

РYou can participate no matter where you are from,

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

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

 

  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!

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.

 

  HOW DOES IT WORK

 

  1. Every round gives you a new word 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. At the same time the contest is running in the following languages: English, Dutch, German, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Polish.
  5. You have 3 weeks to write, then the jury members along with the Sweek editorial team will be judging the entries.
  6. The announcements of the new round will go live on the 1st of each month via our Social Media channels as well as via our official account on Sweek. The winners will also be announced via our Social Media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), blog and e-mail.
  7. 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. 
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. The Most Popular Story will be determined by the total number of likes and will receive a special badge on the story.
  11. Every round you must tag your story with a hashtag that includes the word #micro + the word of that round. Please note that the keyword and the tag will be different each round!
  12. 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. BUY THE FIRST MICROFICTION BOOK!
  13. There will be one winner in The Best Story category, one person will get The Best Feedback title and one story will be awarded as The Most Popular Story (read more about the prizes below).
  14. To win in The Best Feedback category you must tag your comments with #micro[word]feedback.
  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.

 

ROUNDS OF THE FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE 2018

 

First Round: #MicroHeart – word (1st of February – 22nd of February) –¬†FINISHED, check the winners

Second Round: #MicroLetter – theme (1st of¬†March – 22nd of March) –¬†FINISHED, view the results¬†

Third Round: #MicroKey Рword (1st of April Р22nd of April) РFINISHED, view the winning stories

Fourth Round: #MicroGame – theme (1st of May – 22nd of May) –¬†FINISHED – view the winning stories

Fifth Round: #MicroDay Рword (1st of June Р22nd of June) РFINISHED Рview the winning stories

Sixth Round:¬†#MicroDoor –¬†theme¬†(1st of July – 22nd of July) – FINISHED¬†

 

 

#MICRO[wordoftheround]FEEDBACK

How to join?

Step 1. Search for #micro[word] on Sweek and read a story.
Step 2. Provide feedback/critique in a comment on the story.
Step 3. Add #micro[word] at the end of your comment so that we can find it.
Step 4. You can participate as many times as you like during each round. You can take part even if you didn’t write a story on the topic!

 

 JURY MEMBERS

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

 

jury

Julian Tunru
Julian Tunru is the author of the Dav Iven historical fiction series, creator of The Nearly Complete Guide to Writing Your Novel, and self-confessed semicolon enthusiast.

 

 

 

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 BA in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University and 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.

 

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

 

 

You can use the app or the web version, it is up to you. There is slightly more functionality present on our app version currently though. For example, receiving notifications when you have a new comment on your story!

Website: https://sweek.com/
Android app: http://bit.ly/SweekforAndroid
iOS app: http://bit.ly/SweekforiOS

 

HOW DO I PUBLISH A STORY?

 

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

Step 2: Create an account or log in.

Step 3: Go to ‚ÄėMy stories‚Äô and then click on ‚ÄėNew story‚Äô. Create a chapter and write or copy in your story.

Step 4: Publish your story and fill in the correct tag in your Story Details (if you are using the website, do not forget to press Enter!). Finalize by ‚ÄėPublish‚Äô ‚Äď your story is now published and part of the writing contest!

Video tutorial on how to publish a story on Sweek!

 

 

  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. Nonetheless, your story 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 #hashtag that includes the word of that round (micro + word of the round).
  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 behaviour 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.

 

  FAQ 

Answers to all the Frequently Asked Questions

 

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 ‚Äėmy stories‚Äô 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‚Äôll 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 the 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.  BUY THE FIRST MICROFICTION BOOK!

 

January 16, 2018

The winners and finalists of the SweekStars international writing contest

We are proud to announce the winners of the very first edition of our biggest annual writing contest #SweekStars! With over 8.500 published entries submitted in 9 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Polish, Turkish, Hindi and Russian), we are delighted to present 29 prize winners and more than 500 finalists in 15 different categories. All the winners and finalists will be bundled in the special SweekStars 2017 edition and will be offered to publish their work via publish.sweek.com.

Sweek editorial team as well as over 70 jury members, comprised of writers, poets, journalists and were working day and night to ensure the best stories are chosen in their respective categories. Up to 5 finalists have been chosen in different genres, as well as in the following categories: Most Addictive Story, Most Original Story, Most Powerful Story, Best Short Story and Best Serial.

We were thrilled to see that both ‚Äėold‚Äô¬†Sweekers¬†as well as new users took on a challenge to become one of the stars of storytelling! These excellent storytellers (both previously published and aspiring authors) captured the judges‚Äô attention for weeks. From powerful poetry and page-turner sci-fi to nerve-wracking thrillers and microstories ‚Äď we promise these will be reads to remember. Combined, these stories have already been read over 170.000 times and got over 67.000 followers on Sweek!

Go to sweek.com/sweekstars to see the full list of winners per language and celebrate these stars of storytelling by reading and sharing their Sweek stories!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SWEEK STARS!

 

December 13, 2017

Writing Contest: #My2018!

Write your 2018!

After a very successful ‚ÄėWrite your 2017‚Äô 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 Рlet 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!

CONTEST SUMMARY

‚Äď Join until 06/02/2018

‚Äď All genres; poetry and prose; fiction and nonfiction

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

‚Äď Grand prize $200; Best story per language: $50

‚Äď Global; participating languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Polish, Turkish, Russian

PRIZES

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

DURATION

Submissions close: 6th of February (23:59 CET)

Winners announced: 26th of February

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDELINES

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 ‚ÄėMy stories‚Äô and ‚ÄėStart a new story‚Äô

Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #My2018 in the tags section in Story Details

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‚Äô permission
  • The story must be tagged #My2018 in story details
  • The story can‚Äôt 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‚Äôt 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‚Äôre not responsible for currency conversion rate at the time of transferring the cash prize

#MY2018FEEDBACK

#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!

WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT

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

SHORTLIST

“Beyond My Wildest Imagination” – Z
https://sweek.com/read/122691/1400000162

“Who will miss me when I’m gone?” – PandaRi
https://sweek.com/read/117340/1400000162

“Midnight’s Kiss” – sofiaggasque
https://sweek.com/read/4/1701410089

“A visit from the lady in a black abaya” – reiyhdah
https://sweek.com/read/109434/1400000162

“My 2018” – earthtomorgan
https://sweek.com/read/102096/1400000162

“Murder Become Her” – Tracey Domalik
https://sweek.com/read/110079/1400000162

“To the Paradise” – Anshul Ghiloria
https://sweek.com/read/101299/1400000162

“My world #My2018” – ItsAbhineetAgarwal
https://sweek.com/read/13/1201228428

Once more Рthank you to all the participants and congratulations to all the winners and finalists! 

November 22, 2017

Sweek flash fiction competition: #MicroLife!

Are you capable of saying a lot in a little? Welcome to the Sweek¬†MicroFiction Challenge! Write a short story of 200 words max, incorporating the word¬†‘life’¬†and win $50 as well as get published in the Sweek Microfiction book!

In each round, you need to incorporate a given word in an original and creative way (you micro-fiction doesn’t have to be about that word, the word just needs to be somewhere in the story).¬†The word of the 6th round is¬†LIFE. Join now!

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 ‚ÄėMy stories‚Äô and ‚ÄėStart a new story‚Äô

Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #MicroLife 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:

Submission open: 22nd of November Р13th of December

Winner announcement: 20th of December

Prizes:

Best Microfiction: $50 + getting published in the Sweek Microfiction book

Most Popular Microfiction: $50 + getting published in the Sweek Microfiction book

Top 10 best stories (shortlist): Featured on Sweek for 3 weeks

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

  1. The story must be tagged with #MicroLife in order to join the contest. Word limit: maximum 200 words
  2. Variation of the word is allowed, as long as the word¬†‘life‘ is fully in the variation
  3. You can join¬†any round of the challenge¬†(so you can participate in the¬†6th round if you didn’t join any previous rounds)
  4. The story doesn’t have to be exclusive but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  5. The story must be written in English
  6. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 13/12/2017, 23:59 CET
  7. You can participate with multiple entries
  8. The story can be¬†any genre, as long as the word ‘life’ appears in the story. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction and crime
  9. Most Popular Story is determined by the number of followers (all the allowed languages are participating). The deadline for the count of followers is 19/12/17, 23:59 CET
  10. By entering in this competition, you give Sweek the right to publish your story in a self-published book. The author keeps all the rights. In case the author does not agree, he/she must state in the short description that Sweek cannot publish the story in print
  11. Most popular story is determined by the number of followers. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues. 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.

Want to know more about our monthly MicroFiction Competition in general? Check out this blog post!

THE JURY

jury

Julian Tunru
Julian Tunru is the author of the Dav Iven historical fiction series, creator of The Nearly Complete Guide to Writing Your Novel, and self-confessed semicolon enthusiast.

 

 

 

jury

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.





October 19, 2017

Sweek flash fiction competition: #MicroFreedom!

Are you capable of saying a lot in a little? Welcome to the Sweek¬†MicroFiction Challenge! Write a short story of 200 words max, incorporating the word¬†‘freedom’¬†and win $50 as well as get published in the Sweek Microfiction book!

In each round, you need to incorporate a given word in an original and creative way (you micro-fiction doesn’t have to be about that word, the word just needs to be somewhere in the story).¬†The word of this¬†fifth round is FREEDOM. Join now!

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 ‚ÄėMy stories‚Äô and ‚ÄėStart a new story‚Äô

Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #MicroFreedom 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:

Submission open: 19th of October Р16th of November

Winner announcement: 22nd of November

Prizes:

Best Microfiction: $50 + getting published in the Sweek Microfiction book

Most Popular Microfiction: $50 + getting published in the Sweek Microfiction book

Top 10 best stories (shortlist): Featured on Sweek for 3 weeks

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

  1. The story must be tagged with #MicroFreedom in order to join the contest. Word limit: maximum 200 words
  2. Variation of the word is allowed, as long as the word¬†‘freedom‘ is fully in the variation
  3. You can join¬†any round of the challenge¬†(so you can participate in the fifth round if you didn’t join any previous rounds)
  4. The story doesn’t have to be exclusive but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  5. The story must be written in English
  6. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 22/11/2017, 23:59 CET
  7. You can participate with multiple entries
  8. The story can be¬†any genre, as long as the word ‘freedom’ appears in the story. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction and crime
  9. Most Popular Story is determined by the number of followers (all the allowed languages are participating). The deadline for the count of followers is 21/11/17, 23:59 CET
  10. By entering in this competition, you give Sweek the right to publish your story in a self-published book. The author keeps all the rights. In case the author does not agree, he/she must state in the short description that Sweek cannot publish the story in print
  11. Most popular story is determined by the number of followers. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues. 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.

Want to know more about our monthly MicroFiction Competition in general? Check out this blog post!

THE JURY

jury

Julian Tunru
Julian Tunru is the author of the Dav Iven historical fiction series, creator of The Nearly Complete Guide to Writing Your Novel, and self-confessed semicolon enthusiast.

 

 
 

jury

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.