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September 1, 2018

Sweek Flash Fiction Contest: #MicroSecret

Psssst, Sweekers!

The theme for this round of the Sweek Flash Fiction contest is a secret – or several, if you prefer. For this flash fiction round, #MicroSecret, we want you to write a story dealing with just that – whether it is the revelation, keeping, or public exposure of a secret, or perhaps something else entirely is completely up to you and your imagination. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

SUMMARY OF THE CONTEST:

Write 250 words (max.) of prose including the word “secretanywhere within the story.

Add #MicroSecret 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 #MicroSecret must be written in English.

– You can take part in this contest even if you’ve already participated/won previously.

– This 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 #MicroSecret either in the title, description or tags section (which is part of Story Details).

That’s it, easy-peasy – you’re published! Don’t forget to share with your friends and family to get more fans!

🗓 DURATION 🗓

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

Winners announcement: 30th of September

🏆 PRIZES 🏆

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

The Most Original Story:  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 featured on Sweek!

💬 #MICROSECRET FEEDBACK 💬

How to join?

Step 1. Search for #microsecret on Sweek and read a story.

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

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

Step 4. You can participate as many times as you like until the 22nd of August 2018. You can take part even if you didn’t write a story on the topic!

📜  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. This is an international contest open to every country (if you participate in another language than English, make sure that you write a correct, language-specific tag). Entries marked as #MicroSecret must be written in English.
  3. The story cannot exceed 250 words.
  4. Your story doesn’t have to be exclusive (for instance, it can be from your blog) but needs to be uploaded on Sweek during the submission period.
  5. The story must be tagged with #MicroSecret (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. The most popular story is determined by the number of likes. The deadline for likes is 30th of August, 23:59 CET
    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 prize 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. By participating in this contest the user acknowledges that he/she is aware of and accepts the rules of said contest.

🖋  HOW DOES IT WORK? 🖋

Step-by-step instructions

  1.    Every round gives you a new word/sentence (here: “secret”) 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 welcome 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: #microsecret).
  5.    You have 3 weeks to write, then the jury members along with the Sweek editorial team will be judging the entries.
  6.    The winners will also be announced via our Social Media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), blog and e-mail on 31/08/2018.
  7.    The Best Story prize will be based on writing style, the plot development of the story, originality, the overall correct use of the English language (including grammar and punctuation) as well as the 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.
  10. The Most Popular Story will be determined by the total number of likes and will receive a special badge on Sweek.
  11. The shortlist (excluding the most popular story) will be featured on Sweek and published in a bundle.
  12. There will be one winner in The Best Story and Most Original category, one contestant will get The Best Feedback title and one story will be designated as The Most Popular Story.
  13. To win in The Best Feedback category you must tag your comments with #microfearfeedback.
  14. 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 published in the bundle.
  15. The new round will be announced on 01/09

WINNERS:

Best Story: No One Should Know by @Risti Ghosh

Most Original Story: Golden Crowns by @Jane W.

Most Popular Story: Babel by @Elvissavir

Best Feedback: @SilverStockings

🤓 JURY MEMBERS  🤓 

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

 

juryJulian 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, photographyblogging, 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, the contest is 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. If you want 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?

The absolute 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. The link to share your story can be found 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 definitely participating. However, if you’d like to know for sure, 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.

September 21, 2017

Sweek flash fiction competition: #MicroLight!

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 ‘light’ 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 fourth round is LIGHT. 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 ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’

Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #Microlight 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: 21st of September – 13th of October

Winner announcement: 19th of October

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 #Microlight in order to join the contest. Word limit: maximum 200 words
  2. Variation of the word is allowed, as long as the word ‘light‘ is fully in the variation (e.g. the word lightbulb is allowed)
  3. You can join any round of the challenge (so you can participate in the fourth 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: 13/10/2017, 23:59 CET
  7. You can participate with multiple entries
  8. The story can be any genre, as long as the word ‘light’ 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 followers count is 18/09/17, 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

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.

 

 

jury

Amie Mcnee
Amie Mcnee is a writer from Sydney, Australia. She has just completed her first manuscript, a y/a fantasy and is mid way through her next work in progress, a historical fiction novel. Amie blogs about the ups and downs of the creative life, and reveals the tears, smiles and occasional breakdowns on her Instagram @inspiredtowrite.

August 31, 2017

Sweek flash fiction competition: #MicroDream!

UPDATE!

Thank you for participating in the #MicroDream writing contest! We were more than impressed with the creative entries we received for this contest and your great writing skills!
This is the list of the finalists:

Red Rose – KKush
https://sweek.com/read/61/1500497476
Those Dog’s Days – Wayomi
https://sweek.com/read/65575/1400000162
What Dreams Do Dreamers See at Night? – Shahzoda Vareberg
https://sweek.com/read/66475/1400000162
The River’s Love – Titas
https://sweek.com/read/63413/1400000162
RECURRENT (#MicroDream) – T. S. Garrett
https://sweek.com/read/63869/1400000162
#Microdream – EJCallahan
https://sweek.com/read/2/1600529593
The King – Srivalli Rekha
https://sweek.com/read/64516/1400000162
The Colorful Graveyard – FlaneursFootsteps
https://sweek.com/read/65381/1400000162
Nightmare #MicroDream – Dylan Connors
https://sweek.com/read/65941/1400000162
The Best Drug – Swatilekha Roy
https://sweek.com/read/68255/1400000162

And here are the winners!

The jury prize, best English story: Covet Thy Neighbour – Zsak Keziah
https://sweek.com/read/63630/1400000162

The popularity prize: Tribute – Pooja03
https://www.sweek.com/read/350/2000459800

Congratulations to the winners and finalists – your stories are now featured on Sweek! Thank you all for giving us the pleasure of reading these unbelievable flash fiction. Keep on writing!

You can already participate in the next round: #MicroLight.

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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 ‘dream’ 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 third round is DREAM. 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 ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’

Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #Microdream 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: 31st of August – 17th of September

Winner announcement: 21st of September

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 #Microdream in order to join the contest. Word limit: maximum 200 words
  2. You can join any round of the challenge (so you can participate in the third round if you didn’t join any previous rounds)
  3. The story doesn’t have to be exclusive but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  4. The story must be written in English
  5. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 17/09/2017, 23:59 CET
  6. You can participate with multiple entries
  7. The story can be any genre, as long as the word ‘dream’ appears in the story. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction and crime
  8. Most Popular Story is determined by the number of followers (all the allowed languages are participating). The deadline for the followers count is 20/09/17, 23:59 CET.
  9. By entering in this competition, you give Sweek the right to publish your story in a self-published book. In case the author does not agree, he/she must state in the short description that Sweek cannot publish the story in print

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.

 

 

jury

Amie Mcnee
Amie Mcnee is a writer from Sydney, Australia. She has just completed her first manuscript, a y/a fantasy and is mid way through her next work in progress, a historical fiction novel. Amie blogs about the ups and downs of the creative life, and reveals the tears, smiles and occasional breakdowns on her Instagram @inspiredtowrite.

August 10, 2017

Sweek Microfiction Competition: #MicroBook!

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 ‘book’ and win any course you’d like from Masterclass 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. The word of this second round is BOOK. 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 ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’

Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #MicroBook 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: 10th of August – 27th of August

Winner announcement: 31st of August

Prizes:

Best Microfiction: Masterclass gift card for the class of your choice (We can definitely recommend checking out their writing courses, one of them is given by James Patterson!) + getting published in the Sweek Microfiction book

Most Popular Microfiction: Masterclass gift card for the class of your choice + getting published in the Sweek Microfiction book

Top 10 best stories (shortlist): Digital certificate

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

  1. The story must be tagged with #MicroBook in order to join the contest. Word limit: maximum 200 words
  2. The story doesn’t have to be exclusive but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  3. The story must be written in English.
  4. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 27/08/2017, 23:59 CET
  5. You can participate with multiple entries
  6. The story can be any genre, as long as the word ‘book’ appears in the story. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction and crime
  7. Most Popular Story is determined by the number of followers (all the allowed languages are participating). The deadline for the followers count is 30/08/17, 23:59 CET.
  8. By entering in this competition, you give Sweek the right to publish your story in a self-published book. In case the author does not agree, he/she must state in the short description that Sweek cannot publish the story in print

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.

 

 

jury

Amie Mcnee
Amie Mcnee is a writer from Sydney, Australia. She has just completed her first manuscript, a y/a fantasy and is mid way through her next work in progress, a historical fiction novel. Amie blogs about the ups and downs of the creative life, and reveals the tears, smiles and occasional breakdowns on her Instagram @inspiredtowrite.

July 20, 2017

Sweek Microfiction Competition: #MicroCoffee!

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 ‘coffee’ and win any course you’d like from Masterclass 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. The word of this first round is COFFEE. Coffee is one of the main sources of inspiration for many writers. Do you have what it takes to write compelling flashfiction? 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 ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’

Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #MicroCoffee 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: 20th of July – 6th of August

Winner announcement: 10th of August

Prizes:

Best Microfiction: Masterclass giftcard for the class of your choice (We can definitely recommend checking out their writing courses, one of them is given by James Patterson!)

Most Popular Microfiction: Masterclass giftcard for the class of your choice

Top 10 best stories (shortlist): Digital certificate

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

  1. The story must be tagged with #MicroCoffee in order to join the contest. Word limit: maximum 200 words
  2. The story doesn’t have to be exclusive but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  3. The story must be written in English.
  4. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 06/08/2017, 23:59 CET
  5. You can participate with multiple entries
  6. The story can be any genre, as long as the word coffee appears in the story. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction and crime
  7. Most Popular Story is determined by the number of followers (all the allowed languages are participating). The deadline for the followers count is 09/08/17, 23:59 CET.
  8. By entering in this competition, you give Sweek the right to publish your story in a self-published book. In case the author does not agree, he/she must state in the short description that Sweek cannot publish the story in print

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.

 

 

jury

Amie Mcnee
Amie Mcnee is a writer from Sydney, Australia. She has just completed her first manuscript, a y/a fantasy and is mid way through her next work in progress, a historical fiction novel. Amie blogs about the ups and downs of the creative life, and reveals the tears, smiles and occasional breakdowns on her Instagram @inspiredtowrite.