News & Updates
We are on a quest to find for the most talented, most addictive, most original…the Sweekest writers! Impress our juries and the readers with your writing skills and get a chance to be discovered as well as win great prizes, including the grand prize of $1000!
SUMMARY OF THE SWEEKSTARS CONTEST
– Join until 30.11.17
– All genres; poetry and prose; old and new stories
– $4000 in prizes, grand prize $1000
– Global; participating languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Polish, Turkish, Hindi, Russian
All info here: https://sweek.com/sweekstars
GRAND PRIZE – $1000 (for all participating languages!)
Most active Sweeker* – $200 (for all participating languages!)
Juries 1st choice award: – $200 (per language)
Juries 2d choice award: – $100 (per language)
Juries 3d choice award: – $50 (per language)
OTHER PRIZES PER GENRE
General fiction – 5 finalists
Nonfiction – 5 finalists
Romance- 5 finalists
Poetry- 5 finalists
Fantasy- 5 finalists
Sci-fi- 5 finalists
Teen & Young Adult- 5 finalists
Fanfiction- 5 finalists
Mystery & crime- 5 finalists
Thriller & horror- 5 finalists
Most addictive story* – 5 finalists
Most original – 5 finalists
Most powerful – 5 finalists
Best short story (200 words max) – 5 finalists
Best serial (5000 words min) – 5 finalists
All the finalists will be given a badge on their story, be featured in the SweekStars section of Sweek and will be included in the SweekStars 2017 edition (e-book and printed book).
*Most active Sweeker – to help our Sweek community grow, we are looking for the most active and social Sweeker! What does it mean? The Sweeker who has the most new followers on all their stories wins! Interested in competing for this reward? Just put #activesweeker in your profile bio so we know you are participating. The deadline for the follower count is 30.11, 23:59 CET
*Most addictive story – with a special algorithm combining likes, followers, comments and reading behavior, we will determine the story which gets its readers hooked!
Submissions close: 30th of November (23:59 CET)
Winners announced: 16th of January
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDELINES ON HOW TO JOIN:
Video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=678cN58AL68
Step 1: Download the Sweek app or use our website:
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 #sweekstars in the tags section in Story Details
Read these rules carefully before joining this writing competition!
- You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission
- The story must be tagged #sweekstars in story details
- In order to participate, your story needs to have at least 3 followers. These can be new or old users. You can promote your stories in this fan group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/306066656501682/
- No word limit (unless you are running for the Best short story or Best serial)
- No genre restrictions
- Prose and poetry
- The story doesn’t have to be new or exclusive. So, Sweekers, you are very welcome to join with your already existing work!
- The story meets Sweek community guidelines (hyperlink)
- 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
- You can participate with multiple entries, as long as they all meet our guidelines
- 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, but you can win multiple other prizes, e.g. be in the finalists for poetry and also win most powerful category
- Spamming on Sweek or falsification of your followers will lead to disqualification of your story with a prior warning
- The cash prize will be transferred via Paypal (Sweek bears the transfer costs). If the winner is based in Europe, the cash prize will be arranged via a bank transfer. In case there is no option to create a Paypal account, we can arrange the prize via a gift card or a bank transfer for which the costs are split. We’re not responsible for currency conversion rate at the time of transferring the cash prize
Mike Jansen writes and publishes Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror stories since 1991. He won the King Kong Award in 1992, Fantastels in 2012 and the ‘Baarn literary prize in 2012. He’s the founder of the EdgeZero Award. His stories, in both Dutch and English, have been published in various literary magazines.
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 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.
American poet, in 2016 awarded with the “Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award.” His poems, reviews, interviews, and articles can be found at The Nation, The Guardian, The Advocate, Los Angeles Review of Books, American Poetry Review, Tin House, and more. He was teaching at “Poetry and Protest Movements” course at Columbia University.
Kristen Martin is the international Amazon bestselling author of “The Alpha Drive” trilogy and “Shadow Crown” series. As a YouTuber and Writing Coach, she loves connecting with like-minded people who are motivated to make their dreams come true and live their best lives.
Jay Lim is a writer and foreign language educator. He wrote four books on translation and interpretation, and two phrasebooks in English and Korean. He holds a PhD in linguistics from The University of Georgia.
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.
Denise Drespling – author of fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, and paranormal. Graduated in creative writing (MFA) from Carlow University. She is a freelancer and writes in many genres. 6 of her short stories got published.
Her 1st self-published novel “Never Mind My Thigh Gap” was out when she was 16. Bronte is currently in the third year of a Publishing & Creative Writing degree and works closely with several authors and publishers, taking creative photographs for their social media and marketing campaigns.
Mica Scotti Kole
Mica is a developmental editor and the curator of Free Online Writing Events, a website calendar and Twitter account dedicated to promoting free writing and poetry contests, agent pitching events, conferences, and more. Mica also writes her own books in the fantasy genre. Her most recent novel, “The Goddess Candidate”, is currently under consideration by several agents.
Boekiewoogie is a Dutch platform that shows people in a minute if a book is suitable for them or not, by providing visually appealing and to the point reviews. Book enthusiast Janet reads in English and Dutch.
John Fox provides resources for writers at Bookfox, which has received mentions from The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Writer’s Digest, Publisher’s Weekly, and The Huffington Post. His book of short stories, “I Will Shout Your Name,” is published by Press 53, and he has won the Third Coast Fiction Contest, the Shenandoah Fiction Award, and been published in the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. He earned an MFA from the University of Southern California and an MA from New York University, but after teaching at the collegiate level for a decade, he decided to focus on Bookfox full time.
HOW CAN I KNOW IF MY STORY IS PARTICIPATING? DO I GET A CONFIRMATION EMAIL?
You do not get a confirmation email when publishing your story. As long as your story is tagged correctly, it is participating. If you go to your reading screen and see the tag in the tags section, you are all good
HOW AND WHERE DO I PUT THE TAG?
The last step before publishing a story is filling in your story details (category, rating, etc.) You need to put the tag #sweekstars in the ‘tags’ section (don’t forget to press Enter!). If it is already a published story, you need to go the 3-dot menu in your story dashboard, select story details and add #sweekstars in the tags section
DOES MY STORY HAVE TO BE NEW ON SWEEK?
No it doesn’t. If your story was already published, you only have to add the #sweekstars tag.
CAN MY STORY BE PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN PRINT OR ON ANOTHER PLATFORM?
Yes, sure! That’s no problem
I AM NEW TO SWEEK. IS IT FAIR THAT OLDER STORIES ARE PARTICIPATING?
All the stories are judged by the juries. Previous interaction on the story is not taken into consideration, only the quality of your work.
DOES MY STORY NEED TO BE FINISHED?
Yes. Your story should be complete plotwise.
CAN I ENTER WITH A CO-AUTHOR?
Yes, you can, but if you win, you have to split the prize amongst yourselves.
CAN I STILL EDIT MY STORY AFTER I SUBMITTED IT?
You can edit your story any time until the submission deadline, but after the deadline you can no longer make any changes to your story (this also includes the description, details, etc.)
WHY DOES MY STORY NEED TO HAVE AT LEAST 3 FOLLOWERS?
We want to support authors and want to get their work read before the jury evaluates the stories. Also, this way everyone joining in the competition also becomes part of the Sweek community. You can bring either new users or connect with already existing Sweekers.
WHO WILL BE JUDGING MY STORY?
The Sweek editorial team as well as other external juries with expertise in various genres will be judging your stories. During the contest, we will be revealing the juries!
HOW CAN I SHARE MY STORY?
You can share your story in two ways: 1) In your story dashboard there is an option ‘Share my story’ in the 3-dot menu. 2) On the reading screen of your story, there is a Share button via which you can share your story on all different social media channels.
WHERE CAN I PROMOTE MY STORY/HOW DO I GET NEW FOLLOWERS?
You can promote your story via your own network, different reading and writing groups and also within the Sweek community. Be sure not to put the link on other writers’ stories, but on the ‘promote your SweekStars story’ story on Sweek. If you follow other writers on Sweek or leave valuable feedback on their story – they might return the favor!
You can also share your story in Sweek Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/306066656501682/
IS THERE A WORD LIMIT?
No, there is no word limit for this contest, unless you are running for Best short story or Best serial.
CAN I SUBMIT POETRY?
Yes, definitely 🙂
I WON PREVIOUS SWEEK CONTESTS, CAN I STILL JOIN?
Yes, you are very welcome to join!
WHAT IS SWEEKSTARS 2017 EDITION?
We will create a special edition book which includes the stories of all the winners and finalists of the contest (both as a paper book and e-book). Depending on the length of the stories, there will be multiple editions per language. We’ll inform all participants once the book is available. The book will be published via Sweek self-publishing. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more about publishing your work yourself!
HOW WILL THE WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?
The winners will be announced on social media, on our website and via email. Do you want to be the first to find out? Follow our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sweekstories/