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June 12, 2018

Pride Month 2018: LGBTQ+ #SweekPride Writing Contest

Sweek launches #SweekPride campaign to celebrate diversity. We aim to popularise the literature written by the LGBTQ+ community and flood the Internet with their stories. That is why we are looking for light-hearted stories that put LGBTQ+ members in the center. 

Please keep in mind that stories spreading hate are forbidden. You can enter no matter how you identify.

 QUESTIONS ANSWERED 

 

What does LGBTQ+ stand for?

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning + intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual

Why in June?

  • June is known as Pride Month. To celebrate it, we are launching #SweekPride on Sweek to raise awareness and expand understanding of LGBTQ+. This month people around the world honour the Stonewall riots that took place in June 1969 in NYC (this event is considered to be the milestone for the Gay Liberation Movement in the US).

What is the Sweek’s goal and mission behind this contest?

  • Sweek organises #SweekPride writing contest to recognise the impact of LGBTQ+ community members on culture as well as promote love and respect towards every individual who identifies as LGBTQ+. 

Why does Sweek want to promote LGBTQ+ literature?

  • We believe that literature written by the LGBTQ+ members is still underestimated and often marginalised in the bookstores. Help us to change that and embrace diversity as #WeNeedDiverseBooks!  

 

CONTEST SUMMARY

 

Open topic as long as the main characters represent the LGBTQ+ community,

5,000 words max. (can be less!) of prose or poetry,

Existing stories are allowed,

– Please be respectful when writing the story. We will not accept hate towards LGBTQ+ community. 

 

  DURATION

 

Submissions open: 12th of June – 15th of August @23:59 CET

Winners Announcement:  17th of September 

 

  PARTICIPATING LANGUAGES

 

English, Spanish, and German

 

  PRIZES

 

The best story per language will receive a cash prize of $75,

Shortlist of 10 best stories will get featured on Sweek,

Top 20 most liked stories per language will get a special badge

 

 JURY MEMBERS

 

Will be announced during the contest

 

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 work by going to ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’.

Step 4: Publish your entries with the tag #SweekPride in the tags section in Story Details.

That’s it! Don’t forget to share your work with friends and family to get more readers!

Video tutorial on how to publish a story on Sweek!

 

 

  RULES

Read these guidelines carefully before joining this writing competition!

  • You can enter this contest no matter how you identify. 
  • Spreading hate towards LGBTQ+ is strictly forbidden. All the entries that promote hate will not be participating. 
  • You need to be 13 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  • To participate, the entry must be tagged #SweekPride in story details.
  • Your work cannot exceed 5,000 words. If it does, it will be disqualified.
  • Both prose and poetry are accepted.
  • Only stories submitted before 15/08 @23:59 CET will be accepted.
  • You can take part with all literary genres, excluding fan fiction (preferably YA, chick lit, romance, general fiction and nonfiction).
  • Entries do not have to be newly uploaded on Sweek (you can participate with previously published work).
  • Participation in the contest and using our website is free of charge.
  • Your entry does not have to be exclusive, meaning it can be already uploaded somewhere else.
  • The entry has to meet Sweek community guidelines.
  • The submitted work 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. There is no limit per person.
  • You can edit your entry until the submission deadline. After the deadline, you can no longer modify anything until the winners announcement (this will lead to disqualification).
  • You can win only one prize.
  • 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. 
  • Spamming on Sweek or falsification of your followers will lead to disqualification of your story with a prior warning.
  • Sweek reserves a right to disqualify any entry that breaks our community guidelines and rules of this contest. 
  • The cash prize will be transferred via Paypal (Sweek bears the transfer costs). If the winner is based in Europe, the cash prize can 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 are not responsible for currency conversion rate at the time of transferring the cash prize.
  • Participation in the contest constitutes acceptance of the official rules stated above.
  • The contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.

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? 😁

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! 🏆🎉

Good luck! 😃

 

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,

– You 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,

– It 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 #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, 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, 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 ‘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 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’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?

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.

 

🥇 WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT 🥇

The Best Story – “The Daylight” byb JoStewart

The Most Original Story  –  “The Bloody Revenge” by LijaDaniel

The Most Popular Story –  John Alwinson – “The Beginning of the End”

The Best Feedback  – @Royal888

 

April 18, 2018

Sweek Poetry Contest #SweekPoetsSociety

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the unexpectedly high amount of submissions, the winners announcement for the poetry contest has been pushed back to the 27th of August! We’re sorry for the inconvenience!

Time for the most awaited writing competition! We are thrilled to announce the first Sweek Poetry Awards!

With almost two months of open submissions and an unlimited number of entries per person, we hope to receive a waterfall of poems, ready to reveal your poetic view of the world around you.

 

CONTEST SUMMARY

 

    • Word limit: 10 – 2,000 words
    • You can publish either one poem or a whole collection (if it does not exceed 2,000 words in total)
    • Global 
    • Previously published work is allowed
    • Open topic for poetry only (you poems can be on anything you want)

 

  DURATION

 

Submissions open: 18th of April – 25th of June @23:59 CET

Jury period: 9th of July – 6th of August

Winners announced: 15th of August

 

  PARTICIPATING LANGUAGES

 

English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish, Indonesian

 

  PRIZES

 

🏆 Grand prize: $100

🏅 Popularity prize: will get a special badge

🎁 Shortlist (10 titles) will receive feedback from the juries, will be featured on Sweek and be awarded a badge; It will be also published online via Milk Press (*read more in the ‘Partners’ section)

 

JURY MEMBERS AND PARTNERS

 

Partners

The Poetry Society of New York  this is a non-profit that aims to promote poetry by organising various projects and events. PSNY will provide jury members as well as publish the winners online via Milk Press

  

 

Jury Members

Beau  Christopher Taplin – is an internationally recognised author and social media sensation. Following a formative education at Melbourne Rudolf Steiner, Beau found some success as a songwriter before turning his passions to poetry and prose. His works include ‘Worlds Of You’ and ‘Bloom’.

 

 

Tara Skurtu – an American poet and translator based in Romania. She is a two-time U.S. Fulbright grantee and recipient of two Academy of American Poets prizes and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry. Her recent poems appear in Salmagundi, the Kenyon Review, and Poetry Review. Tara is the author of the chapbook Skurtu, Romania and the full poetry collection The Amoeba Game. She teaches creative writing in Bucharest.

 

 

Rachel R. Noall published her first collection of poetry, Play On Words, in December of 2017. She is currently a MA candidate at The University of Denver’s Creative Writing program and is the Editor-in-Chief of an art and literary magazine called From Whispers to Roars.

 

 

Papercrumbs by Erin Van Vuren – Erin is a published writer from Southern California. She is most well known for her world-renowned poetry. Before her success on social media, she worked as a professional speaker and a journalist as a young child. Her life’s mission is to bring hope and inspiration to the world through her art.

 

 

Writings of Vinati – Vinati Bhola is an internationally published poet from India. She’s a lawyer who falls back on poetry to keep up with the monotony of everyday life. Living by the motto ‘be a wildflower, grow wherever your heart beats’, she represented India in the “Dear India” campaign in Dubai and launched her first collection of English poems Udaari, which is an unbridled downpour of love, madness, chaos, and calm. The book is available on Amazon.

 

 

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 poem by going to ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’.

Step 4: Publish your poems with the tag #SweekPoetsSociety in the tags section in Story Details.

That’s it! Don’t forget to share your work with friends and family to get more readers!

Video tutorial on how to publish a story on Sweek!

 

  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’ permission.
    • To participate, the entry must be tagged #SweekPoetsSociety in story details.
    • The poem or pamphlet cannot have more than 2,000 words. If you upload a collection of poems, they will be judged as a whole, not on an individual basis (then each poem should be published as a new chapter). In case you want each poem to be judged separately, please upload each as a new story.
    • Only poems submitted before 25/06 @23:59 CET will be accepted.
    • It is a poetry contest. Prose will be disqualified.
    • Poems do not have to be newly uploaded on Sweek (you can participate with previously published work).
    • The poems do not have to be exclusive, meaning they can be already uploaded somewhere else.
    • Participation in the contest is totally free of charge.
    • The entry has to meet Sweek community guidelines.
    • The submitted work 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. There is no limit per person.
    • You can edit your entry until the submission deadline. After the deadline, you can no longer modify anything until the winners announcement (this will lead to disqualification).
    • 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.
    • Sweek reserves a right to disqualify any entry that breaks the community guidelines, contains plagiarised or explicit content.
    • The cash prize will be transferred via Paypal (Sweek bears the transfer costs). If the winner is based in Europe, the cash prize can 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 are not responsible for currency conversion rate at the time of transferring the cash prize.
    • Participation in the contest constitutes acceptance of the official rules stated above.
    • The contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.
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 – even 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 €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 ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’.

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

Join until 15/04/2018

All genres; poetry and prose; fiction and nonfiction

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

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

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’s 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 – Assistant 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! 👏

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.

– You 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.

– If you do not want your story to be bundled or featured on the partner’s website – let 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! 😊

 

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,

– You can participate no matter where you are from,

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

– This 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 – word (1st of April – 22nd of April) – FINISHED, view the winning stories

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

Fifth Round: #MicroDay – word (1st of June – 22nd of June) – FINISHED – view 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, 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 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 ‘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!

 

 

  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 ‘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 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’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?

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 ‘old’ 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’ attention for weeks. From powerful poetry and page-turner sci-fi to nerve-wracking thrillers and microstories – 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 ‘Write your 2017’ 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 – let 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

– Join until 06/02/2018

– All genres; poetry and prose; fiction and nonfiction

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

– Grand prize $200; Best story per language: $50

– 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 ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’

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’ permission
  • The story must be tagged #My2018 in story details
  • The story can’t 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’t 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’re 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 – thank you to all the participants and congratulations to all the winners and finalists! 

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 ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’

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 – 16th 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.

September 20, 2017

SweekStars: Discovering the stars of storytelling!

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

PRIZES

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!

DURATION:

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:

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 #sweekstars  in the tags section in Story Details

RULES

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
JURY


 Mike Jansen
 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

juryK. 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.

 

 

Christopher Soto 
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 
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
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
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
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.

 

 

Bronte Huskinson
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.

 

 

Janet (Boekiewoogie)  
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
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. 

FAQ

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 support@sweek.com 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/

 

September 1, 2017

Announcing the winners of the #GoExplore contest!

?The winners of Sweek GoExplore contest!?
Sweekers, we are proud to present the winners of our GoExplore writing contest. Congratulations!
Curious about their special adventures? Be sure to give them a read ?

Best English story:
On Monday she travelled to India – https://sweek.com/read/50480/1400000162

Most popular story:
Exploring Lisa – https://sweek.com/read/4463/1200338400

July 31, 2017

Sweek Harry Potter fanfiction competition: #MyPotterWorld!

UPDATE

Dear Sweeker,

Thank you for participating in the #MyPotterWorld competition! It was great for the jury to read all those creative versions, new characters, backstories and alternative endings. We proudly present the shortlist and winning story!

The Lost Weasley. – ShakespeareGambit
https://www.sweek.com/read/1/2200493569

His daughter – sharonaC
https://www.sweek.com/read/2/1300468047

Shared Powers – Dana Alink
https://www.sweek.com/read/62598/1400000162

Two Become One – Hazzer123
https://www.sweek.com/read/54761/1400000162

The Valki School of Magic – Titas Choudhury
https://www.sweek.com/read/57843/1400000162

What If? – thehalfbloodprincess
https://www.sweek.com/read/54779/1400000162


And.. the winner!
I’ll sing you a lullaby of ruby blood dripping from your soul – TheCinderCrown
https://www.sweek.com/read/57038/1400000162

Happy birthday to our beloved queen J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter!

Today, we are celebrating the birthday of the author who changed our childhood forever; who brought magic into our lives and allowed us to discover the true power of literature and friendship. It is also the birthday of The Boy Who Lived! What could be a better day to organize our own tournament for all the Potterheads and let their imagination fly in our Harry Potter fanfiction competition?

No matter if it’s already an existing fan fiction story of yours, or something yet to be written, we invite you to upload it on Sweek with the hashtag #mypotterworld. No limitations – the story can be as long as you want, poetry or prose, about anything related to any of the Harry Potter books! The Potterhead with the best story will receive $100 in Harry Potter goodies of their choice!

But there’s more! Are you wise like a Ravenclaw or brave like a Gryffindor? Show your house pride and help it win the House Cup of Sweek! Add the hashtag of your house to your story and we will add 10 points to the hourglass of your house for every story you upload. The most popular story of each house will get a Hogwarts Scarf + Hat set

Get your quill and parchment out, come to Sweek and tell us your story!

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STEP-BY-STEP ON 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 ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’

Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #mypotterworld and your house tag (#HouseGryffindor,  #HouseSlytherin, #HouseHufflepuff and #HouseRavenclaw)  in the tags section in Story Details

That’s it! Don’t forget to share with your friends and family to get more readers ?

DURATION

Submissions open: 31st of July – 28th of August [extended]

Winners announcement: 20th of September

PRIZES

Best story [jury]: $100 of Harry Potter goodies of your choice*

Most popular #HouseGryffindor story: Gryffindor scarf & hat

Most popular #HouseSlytherin story: Slytherin scarf & hat

Most popular #HouseHufflepuff story: Hufflepuff scarf & hat

Most popular #HouseRavenclaw story: Ravenclaw scarf & hat

All the stories of the winning house will receive a very special letter delivered by a virtual owl 😉

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  1. You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  2. The story must be tagged #mypotterworld and your house tag in story details
  3. No word limit
  4. The story doesn’t have to be exclusive, but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  5. The story is written in English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Turkish or Portuguese
  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: 28/08/2017, 23:59 CET
  8. You can participate with multiple entries
  9. Crowd prize is determined by the number of followers (all the allowed languages are participating). The deadline for the followers count is: 19/09/17, 23:59 CET. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.

*The goodies can be selected and purchased from https://worldofharry.com/. If the purchase is not possible for some reason, Sweek will transfer an equivalent cash/gift card amount to the winner.  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.

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.

July 12, 2017

FAQ: How to join #GoExplore writing contest on Sweek

WHAT IS SWEEK?

Sweek is a global platform for reading, writing and sharing stories. All over the world. For free. We are located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and have an international team from all over the world ?

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 work and fill in the tag #GoExplore 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!

WHAT IS THE WORD LIMIT?

3000 words max (can be of course less;))

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?

10/08, 23:59 CET

WHAT IS THE PRIZE?

You can choose between GoPro Hero camera or an equivalent cash amount of €150

CAN I PARTICIPATE WITH MORE THAN ONE ENTRY?

Yes

IS POETRY ALLOWED?

Yes

HOW DO I ADD A TAG AND EDIT MY STORY?

You need to add it to your Story Details (dont 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 in Sweek fanpage https://www.facebook.com/groups/306066656501682/ or here https://sweek.com/#/read/45278/1400000162. 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, 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.

June 28, 2017

Sweek writing competition: #GoExplore!

Do you know how to put your adventures into words or have you always imagined yourself exploring the world? Write your #GoExplore story in less than 3,000 words and win a GoPro Hero camera to get your adventures on camera, or alternatively €150!

Adventures make incredible tales – from Jules Verne’s classics to the modern travel stories we see today; they allow you to explore the world through the eyes of someone else. Adventures are exciting – whether they are about travelling, summer love, extreme sports, starting a new job, an unexpected turn of the day or something breathtaking in a fantasy world your protagonist lives in.

STEP-BY-STEP ON 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 ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’
Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #GoExplore in the tags section in Story Details

That’s it! Don’t forget to share with your friends and family to get more readers 😉

Read our FAQ to get answers to most of the questions you may have;)

DURATION

Submissions open: 26th of June – 10th of August
Winners announcement: 31st of August

PRIZES

Best English story [jury]: GoPro Hero camera (or €150 in cash)
Most popular story [most followers]: GoPro Hero camera (or €150 in cash)
Best feedback x 2 [jury]: €20 cash


Top 10 English stories (shortlist): featured on Sweek for 3 weeks + digital certificate

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  1. You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  2. The story must be tagged #GoExplore in story details
  3. Word limit: maximum 3,000 words
  4. The story doesn’t have to be exclusive, but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  5. The story is written in English, German, Dutch or Portuguese
  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: 10/08/2017, 23:59 CET
  8. You can participate with multiple entries
  9. 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, crime and it can have the form of both prose and poetry.
  10. Crowd prize is determined by the number of followers (all the allowed languages are participating). The deadline for the followers count is: 29/08/17, 23:59 CET. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.

We cannot wait to read about your adventures!

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#GOFEEDBACK

#GoFeedback is open for all #GoExplore stories! Help your fellow writers get even better! The 2 best critiques will receive €20 each. How to join?

Step 1. Search for #GoExplore on Sweek and read a story
Step 2. Provide feedback/critique in a comment on the story
Step 3. Add #GoFeedback at the end of your comment so that we can find it
Step 4. You can participate as many times as you like until August 29th. You can participate even if you didn’t write a story on the topic!

Don’t hesitate to contact us via support@sweek.com for any questions!

June 28, 2017

Sweek student writing competition!

*The winners: https://blog.sweek.com/announcing-winners-indiacollegeclash-writing-competition/*

Dutch company Sweek is looking for young talented writers! Do you want to win cash prizes to cover a part of your tuition, take a weekend break from studying or treat your family to a great dinner? Start writing now and get a chance to win over ₹35,000 in cash in our student writing competiton! As long as your story is less than 3,000 words, you can write in any genre and on any topic: a thrilling mystery, a breathtaking fantasy, or an epic love story!

HOW TO JOIN IN 5 STEPS?

Step 1: You must be registered to a college in India. If you graduated any time in 2017, you can still participate ?

Step 2: 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 3: Create an account or log in

Step 4: Go to ‘My stories’ and then click on ‘New story’. Create a chapter and write or copy in your story.
Step 5: Publish your work and fill in the tag #IndiaCollegeClash in your story details.  Finalize by ‘Publish’ – your story is now published and part of the writing contest! If you would like your college to win the best college award (so not mandatory!), put the abbreviation of your college in the tags section, or write the university and college full name in the short description of your story.

RULES & REGULATIONS
  1. Your story needs to be written in English or Hindi
  2. The story must be tagged #IndiaCollegeClash in the story details
  3. Word limit: maximum 3,000 words
  4. The story doesn’t have to be new or exclusive (so it can be a story from an existing blog for instance), but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  5. The story must be created by you
  6. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 31/07/17, 23:59
  7. You can participate with multiple entries
  8. 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

PRIZES
Jury prizes
Jury 1st choice award: ₹10,000 cash + printed certificate
Jury 2nd choice award: ₹5,000 cash + printed certificate
Jury 3rd choice award: ₹2,500 cash + printed certificate
Jury 4th – 10th choice: printed certificate
Best college award: ₹5,000 cash + all entries get a printed participation certificate

Community prizes
Most popular story award: ₹5,000 cash
Most active reader award: ₹2,500 cash
Best feedback award: ₹2,500 cash
Best cover design award: ₹2,500 cash
Predict the winner award: ₹2,500 cash

*Find the rules regarding the prizes below

DURATION
Participation: June 20th – July 31st
Winner announcement: August 22nd

Good luck! For any questions, don’t hesitate to comment below or contact us via support@sweek.com. Sweek is based in the Netherlands, Europe.

 

*EXTRA INFORMATION*

JURY
Your story will be read by these expert jury members and the Sweek editorial team.

Pragya Sharma is a blogger, book reviewer, and clinical psychologist. Find out more via ReviewingShelf.

Avnika Gupta is a Spoken Word Artist and street theater artist. Check out her Facebook page!

We’re sure you don’t want to miss the deadline, so join the Facebook event to get timely reminders!

PARTNER CLUBS
Although any student and literary club can join for this contest, our official partners are great literary clubs who help us make this competition possible. Introducing:

Literary Committee, LNMIIT. Visit them on Facebook!
KalamKaar: the Literary Society of DDUC. Check them out on Facebook!
Literary & Debating Club | NIT Calicut. Follow them on Facebook!
University Debating & Literary Club – AMU. Read more on Facebook!

PRIZE EXPLANATIONS

Best college award goes to the college with the highest total score. The score is based on number of entries multiplied by the average score of the stories on a scale of 1 to 5, given by the jury. If the college has a literary club, they will be awarded the prize. If not, the college will be contacted.

Most popular story award goes to the story with the highest number of followers. The deadline for the followers count is: 15/08/17, 23:59. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.

Most active reader award goes to the reader that gave the most likes, follows and comments on any Sweek story. Be sure to add #IndiaCollegeClash in your profile ‘about’ section to let us know you want to participate. You don’t need to have written a story yourself to participate. The deadline for the activity count is 15/08/17, 23:59

Best feedback award goes to person who gave the most useful feedback to a story that participates in the #IndiaCollegeClash competition. Simply add #IndiaCollegeClash to the end of your comment to have the jury read your comment. You don’t need to have written a story yourself to participate. The deadline for writing your comment is 15/08/17, 23:59.

Best cover design award goes to the most beautiful and original cover. For participation you need to upload the cover on Instagram and add in description #indiacollegeclash and tag @sweekstories. The winner will be selected by the Sweek team together with the Sweek Keepers.

* The cash amount will be transferred via paypal or to a bank account with a valid IBAN and 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 either, a gift card to a webshop can be considered. The printed certificates for the top 10 will be personalized and sent to their home address. The certificates for the college award will be sent to one address of the literary society or university and are not personalized.

 

June 20, 2017

Sweek writing competition: India College Clash

*The winners: https://blog.sweek.com/announcing-winners-indiacollegeclash-writing-competition/*

Dutch company Sweek is looking for young talented writers! Do you want to win cash prizes to cover a part of your tuition, take a weekend break from studying or treat your family to a great dinner? Start writing now and get a chance to win over ₹35,000 in cash in our student writing competition! As long as your story is less than 3,000 words, you can write in any genre and on any topic: a thrilling mystery, a breathtaking fantasy, or an epic love story!

HOW TO JOIN IN 5 STEPS?

Step 1: You must be registered to a college in India. If you graduated any time in 2017, you can still participate ?

Step 2: 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 3: Create an account or log in

Step 4: Go to ‘My stories’ and then click on ‘New story’. Create a chapter and write or copy in your story.
Step 5: Publish your work and fill in the tag #IndiaCollegeClash in your story details.  Finalize by ‘Publish’ – your story is now published and part of the writing contest! If you would like your college to win the best college award (so not mandatory!), put the abbreviation of your college in the tags section, or write the university and college full name in the short description of your story.

PRIZES

Upload your story on Sweek with the hashtag #IndiaCollegeClash and get a chance to win prizes below!

Jury prizes
Jury 1st choice award: ₹10,000 cash + printed certificate
Jury 2nd choice award: ₹5,000 cash + printed certificate
Jury 3rd choice award: ₹2,500 cash + printed certificate
Jury 4th – 10th choice: printed certificate
Best college award: ₹5,000 cash + all entries get a printed participation certificate

Community prizes
Most popular story award: ₹5,000 cash
Most active reader award: ₹2,500 cash
Best feedback award: ₹2,500 cash
Best cover design award: ₹2,500 cash
Predict the winner award: ₹2,500 cash

DURATION
Participation: June 20th – July 31st
Winner announcement: August 22nd

RULES & REGULATIONS

  1. You must be registered to a college in India. If you’re a prize winner, you need to be able to hand over a proof of enrollment. If you graduated any time in 2017, you can still participate 🙂
  2. Your story needs to be written in English or Hindi
  3. The story must be tagged #IndiaCollegeClash in the story details
  4. Word limit: maximum 3,000 words
  5. The story doesn’t have to be new or exclusive (so it can be a story from an existing blog for instance), but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek and the story didn’t participate in previous Sweek competitions
  6. The story must be created by you
  7. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 31/07/17, 23:59
  8. You can participate with multiple entries
  9. 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

Good luck, Sweekers!

*EXTRA INFORMATION*

Sweek is based in the Netherlands, Europe.

JURY
Your story will be read by these expert jury members and the Sweek editorial team.

Pragya Sharma is a blogger, book reviewer, and clinical psychologist. Find out more via ReviewingShelf.

Avnika Gupta is a Spoken Word Artist and street theater artist. Check out her Facebook page!

PARTNER CLUBS
Although any student and literary club can join for this contest, our official partners are great literary clubs who help us make this competition possible. Introducing:

Literary Committee, LNMIIT. Visit them on Facebook!
KalamKaar: the Literary Society of DDUC. Check them out on Facebook!
Literary & Debating Club | NIT Calicut. Follow them on Facebook!
University Debating & Literary Club – AMU. Read more on Facebook!

PRIZE EXPLANATIONS

Best college award goes to the college with the highest total score. The score is based on number of entries multiplied by the average score of the stories on a scale of 1 to 5, given by the jury. If the college has a literary club, they will be awarded the prize. If not, the college will be contacted.

Most popular story award goes to the story with the highest number of followers. The deadline for the followers count is: 15/08/17, 23:59. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.

Most active reader award goes to the reader that gave the most likes, follows and comments on any Sweek story. Be sure to add #IndiaCollegeClash in your profile ‘about’ section to let us know you want to participate. You don’t need to have written a story yourself to participate. The deadline for the activity count is 15/08/17, 23:59

Best feedback award goes to person who gave the most useful feedback to a story that participates in the #IndiaCollegeClash competition. Simply add #IndiaCollegeClash to the end of your comment to have the jury read your comment. You don’t need to have written a story yourself to participate. The deadline for writing your comment is 15/08/17, 23:59.

Best cover design award goes to the most beautiful and original cover. For participation you need to upload the cover on Instagram and add in description #indiacollegeclash and tag @sweekstories. The winner will be selected by the Sweek team together with the Sweek Keepers.


* The cash amount will be transferred via paypal or to a bank account with a valid IBAN and 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 either, a gift card to a webshop can be considered. The printed certificates for the top 10 will be personalized and sent to their home address. The certificates for the college award will be sent to one address of the literary society or university and are not personalized.

 

June 11, 2017

Announcing the winners of #AspiringIndia contest!

Sweekers, we were extremely delighted to see the enthusiasm and excitement around our #AspiringIndia contest. This was a festival of storytelling indeed – we got to read so many moving, encouraging or simply great stories.

Now, the most anticipated moment of this week: who are the winners of #AspiringIndia contest? The jury was most impressed by… Feeling Indian by bhavikabhuwalka! Paper Boat, by Subhashree lyer, was the most popular story and also happened to be one of the jury favorites. Congratulations! We’re proud to have these amazing stories on Sweek and urge you to read them both.
Feeling Indian: https://www.sweek.com/#/read/2/1600316574
Paper Boat: https://www.sweek.com/#/read/26104/1400000162

We were also extremely happy to see so much interaction and constructive feedback on Sweek. We also present you the 3 winners of our feedback challenge!

writing contest winners

And let’s not forget about the finalists, who made it to the shortlist by blowing the jury members away with their inspiring stories!

Moonlight eyes: https://sweek.com/#/read/1/2200272318
A letter from grandma: https://sweek.com/#/read/26559/1400000162
Digital India?: https://sweek.com/#/read/25730/1400000162
Best smile ever: https://sweek.com/#/read/3/1600289071
Hope?: https://sweek.com/#/read/4/1100272988
When I see: https://sweek.com/#/read/34078/1400000162
Pandemonium of Young Hearts: https://sweek.com/#/read/1/2200308886
The dream: https://sweek.com/#/read/14/1700265076
Against all odds: https://sweek.com/#/read/13/2200347027
A new beginning: https://sweek.com/#/read/5/2000272355
Expressed through words: https://sweek.com/#/read/24/1100313608
Stoking the flames: https://sweek.com/#/read/35131/1400000162
The colours of acceptance: https://sweek.com/#/read/39/2000209689

writing contest shortlist

We hope all of you keep on writing and that you join our new ongoing competitions: #Storytellers and #UnbelievableTales!

June 6, 2017

Announcing the winners of #Tomorrow contest!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for: the winners of our #Tomorrow competition! CONGRATULATIONS!
Once again it was an incredibly hard to choose the winners, but here we are:
Grand prize: Tomorrow – Theng
https://sweek.com/#/read/26915/1400000162
Best English story: The Day Tomorrow Fell in Love – Shahzoda Vareberg
https://sweek.com/#/read/33528/1400000162
Most popular story: Tudo é futuro – Blue
https://sweek.com/#/read/102/2100290144
Best Dutch story: Als de tuin klaar is – AmyGreren
https://sweek.com/#/read/31076/1400000162
Best Portuguese story: Amanhã Talvez Seja Tarde – Cesar de Alencar
https://sweek.com/#/read/31007/1400000162
Best German story: Wenn ich morgen noch lebe… – Farbtupfer
https://sweek.com/#/read/17/1100319797
Best Polish story: Cywilizacja 2.0 – Alpha
https://sweek.com/#/read/27178/1400000162

Thank you all for participating and sharing your stories! Keep on Sweeking and don’t forget to check out our new contests!

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!

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!