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July 20, 2017

Sweek Flash Fiction Competition [general information]

Can you say a lot in a little? Join Sweek Microfiction competition! We are challenging you to write a compelling story, with an exciting plot and with jump-off-the page characters, in less than 200 words!

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Writing good flash fiction requires the ability to come up with an original idea, to play with words and to develop a storyline that will hook the reader. In order to challenge your writing skills and creativity, every three weeks we will launch a new round of our MicroFiction contest.

How does it work?

  1. Every round, we announce a new word that you must incorporate into your story. The story doesn’t necessarily have to be about that word, you only have to incorporate it. There are no genre restrictions.
  2. The word is announced on Thursday every three weeks on our social media and blog.
  3. The writers have time until Sunday of the second week to submit their stories. On Thursday we announce the winners as well as the word of the next round. You can compete for the jury and the crowd prize. The jury prize will be based on the writing style, originality and plot development of the story. The most popular story will be determined by the total number of followers.
  4. 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!
  5. Each winner will receive $50 and will be published in the Sweek Microfiction book with all the winning stories
  6. You can join any round you’d like, the rounds are independent from each other.

First Microfiction Book (buy it via publish.sweek.com)

First round: #MicroCoffee (20th of July – 10th of August) – *finished*. Check out the winning story!

Second round: #MicroBook (10th of August – 27th of August) – *finished*. Check who is the winner!

Third round: #MicroDream (31st of August – 17th of September) – *finished*. Check out the winners!

Fourth round: #MicroLight (21st of September – 13th of October) – *finished*. Check out the shortlist and the winners

Second Microfiction Book (to be published):

Fifth round: #MicroFreedom (19th of October – 16th of November) – *finished*. Check out the shortlist and the winners!

Sixth round: #MicroLife (22nd of November – 13th of December) – *finished*. Check out the shortlist and the winners!

Seventh round: #MicroTime (20th of December – 10th of January) – *finished*. Check out the shortlist and the winners!

GENERAL COMPETITION GUIDELINES

  1. You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  2. The contest is international and is open to every country. Nonetheless, the micro fiction must be written in English.
  3. The story cannot exceed 200 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.
  7. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline. Don’t edit your story afterwards.
  8. You can participate with multiple entries
  9. You can join any round of the contest at any time.
  10. The story can be any genre, as long as the word from the round appears in the story. 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 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.
  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. Participation in this contest means that the user is aware of and accepts the rules of this contest. 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Louise Blackwick   
Louise Blackwick is a next-generation fiction writer, author of several experimental novels and short stories. Blackwick is particularly known as the writer of the Vivian Amberville book series, a bestselling philosophical fantasy saga about a girl whose thoughts can control and reshape reality.

 

 

 

FAQ

DO I NEED TO DOWNLOAD THE APP?

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 ‘My stories’ and then click on ‘New story’. 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 ‘Publish’ – your story is now published and part of the writing contest!

Video tutorial on how to publish a story on Sweek!

WHAT IS THE WORD LIMIT?

200 words max

WHAT IS THE PRIZE?

$50 cash prize + getting published

CAN I PARTICIPATE WITH MORE THAN ONE ENTRY?

Yes

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 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 or share it in the Sweek group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/306066656501682/?ref=br_rs. 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?

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 participants 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! 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.

May 29, 2017

Sweek writing competition: #Storytellers

Here at Sweek we believe that everyone has a story to tell and that to be human means to tell stories. In the end, this is why we created Sweek 😉 We invite all of you to share your best story with the world! But this time, we have a different challenge! Can you say a lot in a little? Submit your short story in 500 words or less to our new Sweek writing competition and get a chance to win awesome prizes. The rest is up to you: prose or poetry, fiction or nonfiction!

DURATION

29th of May – 25th of June  2nd of July [extended]

PRIZES

Impress our jury to win the following prizes:

Grand prize [jury prize]: cash prize worth €75

Most popular story [crowd prize]: cash prize worth €75

Next to these prize winners, we’ll select top stories to be featured on Sweek for 3 weeks. The winners will be announced on the 18th of July on the blog, social media and via email.

* 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.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  • The story must be tagged #storytellers in story details
  • Word limit: maximum 500 words
  • The story doesn’t have to be exclusive, but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek (so old stories cannot participate)
  • The story didn’t participate in previous Sweek competitions
  • The story is written in English
  • 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: 02/07/17, 23:59 CET
  • You can participate with multiple entries, as long as they all meet our guidelines
  • The story can be both fiction and nonfiction. 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: 17/07/17, 23:59 CET. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDELINES ON HOW TO JOIN

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 500 words

Step 5: Click Publish. Put the tag #storytellers in the tags section (on the web version do not forget to press Enter). 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

That’s it!

Tips for submitting your story

Especially for this contest, we have prepared Sweek tips on how to write a compelling micro story!
https://sweek.com/#/read/36993/1400000162

Good luck, Sweekers!

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: 5000 + featured quote on Scribbled stories
Crowd prize: 5000 + 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 ₹ 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!