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May 28, 2017

Writing contest: Unbelievable Tales

Sweek and The Nearly Complete Guide to Writing Your Novel have partnered up for  #UnbelievableTales writing contest! We invite you to write a story that will take our breath away – full of epic love, adventures, magical creatures, superheroes or mysteries. Are you up for a challenge and can you write unbelievable fiction in less than 1,000 words? Write your story in any genre, upload it on Sweek and have a chance of winning a personalized gift box with your face or character on it – uniquely designed just for you!


DURATION

Submissions open: 31th of May – 26th of June
Announcement results: 17th of July

PRIZES

Best English story: personalized gift box with a notebook, a poster and a mug
Best Dutch story: personalized gift box with a notebook, a poster and a mug
Most popular story: personalized gift box with a notebook, a poster and a mug

Top 10 English stories (shortlist): featured on Sweek for 3 weeks
Top 10 Dutch stories (shortlist): featured on Sweek for 3 weeks


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  • The story must be tagged #UnbelievableTales in story details
  • Word limit: maximum 1,000 words
  • The story doesn’t have to be exclusive, but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  • The story didn’t participate in previous Sweek competitions
  • The story must be written in English or Dutch
  • The story must be created by you
  • The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 26/06/2017, 23:59 CET
  • You can participate with multiple entries
  • The story can be 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 and crime.
  • Crowd prize is determined by the number of followers. The deadline for the followers count is: 15/07/17, 23:59 CET. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues


STEP-BY-STEP GUIDELINES

Step 1: Download the Sweek app. iOS app: http://apple.co/2kFB2IR, or Android app: http://bit.ly/2jSwcrX
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 #UnbelievableTales in the tags section. Also, fill in the story category and hit Publish again. Your story is now published and part of the writing contest!
You can also use Sweek on your desktop computer/laptop

TIPS FOR THE WRITING CONTEST

Get microfiction writing advice from the Sweek team here or learn good writing practices from The Nearly Complete Guide to Writing Your Novel.

Good luck, Sweekers!

 

April 4, 2017

Sweek writing competition: #Tomorrow!

SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS CONTEST ARE CLOSED. THE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE 6TH OF JUNE

Upload your story on sweek.com to enter in the competition!

TOMORROW. There is always so much more to this word. Your future can be exciting, uncertain or promising. Let your dreams, fears or expectations inspire you for a story (real or fictional;)) to participate in our next writing competition!

Planning a backpacking trip this summer? Your tomorrow will likely be full of adventures 😉 About to graduate? In that case you might have some important decisions right ahead of you! Just met the love of your life? Tomorrow seems very happy and promising! Do you need a fresh start? Go ahead and write your tomorrow. Or perhaps, write the future of a fictional character you just created!

Whatever it is, the future holds amazing stories and we’re excited to read them! All genres; all forms; fiction and nonfiction.

DURATION

4th of April – 15th of May

PRIZES

Impress our jury to win the following prizes:

Grand prize [jury prize]: cash prize worth €250

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

Best Portuguese story [jury prize]: cash prize worth €50

Best English story [jury prize]: cash prize worth €50

Best German [jury prize]: cash prize worth €50

Best Dutch story [jury prize]: cash prize worth €50

Best Polish story [jury prize]: cash prize worth €50

Next to these prize winners, we’ll select top stories for each language to be featured on Sweek for 3 weeks. The winners will be announced on the 1st of June 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 #tomorrow in story details
  • Word limit: maximum 3,000 words
  • The story doesn’t have to be new or exclusive, but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek if you compete for the crowd prize
  • The story didn’t participate in previous Sweek competitions
  • The story is written in one of these languages: English, German, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese
  • 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: 15/05/17, 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: 31/05/17, 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 3000 words
Step 5: Click Publish. Put the tag #tomorrow 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

 

That’s it!

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!

March 31, 2017

Announcing the winners of the #Sweeklove contest!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for: the WINNERS of the Sweeklove contest! These authors made us want to read their stories again and again! We recommend that you do the same 🙂

Best story: Dandelions – Chellperry (English)
https://sweek.com/#/read/19695/1400000162

Most popular: No puedo evitar enamorarme de ti (Spanish)
https://sweek.com/#/read/18803/1400000162

Most original: Lieveling – Casuelle (Dutch)
https://sweek.com/#/read/8/2000196807

Best plot twist: The Experiment – Gothica (English)
https://sweek.com/#/read/18070/1400000162

Best characters: SECRETO QUETZAL (Spanish)
https://sweek.com/#/read/19942/1400000162

Best writing style: Memorias de un amor desorientado (Spanish)
https://sweek.com/#/read/20248/1400000162

Most compelling: Aisling – SamChaucer (German)
https://sweek.com/#/read/20625/1400000162

New writing contest is starting next week! So stay tuned! 😉

February 9, 2017

Annoucing the winners of ‘Write your 2017’!

Dear Sweekers!

Thank you again for your participation in the ‘Write Your 2017’ competition. It was a very tough job for the jury to choose only five stories, we had so many good ones to pick from! That’s why decided to give away a total of 8 prizes, adding 3 extra prizes of a €25 gift card each! Hereby are the winners who blew us away with their stories! 🙂

Best Story: Finding Kelly Strattan – Lexicon (English)

Most Original: Beziehungsmüll – Scilla (German)

Most Compelling: Una Historia Regalada: Brígida o La Maldición del Frío Eterno –  Lapeca (Spanish)

Best Writing Style: Insônia – Guilhermy Camargo (Portuguese)

Most Followers: Taxonomía de Una Mariposa – Ohbany (Spanish)

3 extra prizes for the runner-ups:

Runner-up: The Emotional Rollercoaster – Sharvari_Narendra (English)

Runner-up: Op de Spaanse trappen – Kaat_Smeyers (Dutch)

Runner-up: Karahindiba – vanvleesenbloed (Turkish)

Thank you once again for joining our competition! We hope you enjoyed writing as much as we enjoyed reading!

Last but not least, we wanted to let you know about our new love story competition #SWEEKLOVEhttps://blog.sweek.com/writing-competition-sweeklove/!

Best,
the Sweek team