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February 1, 2018

Sweek Flash Fiction Competition: #MicroHeart

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Sweek and write a piece of flash fiction including the word “heart”  in your story!

Show emotions, write on romantic feelings, unconditional love, heartbreak – your story, your approach! Speak from your heart… and create your #microheart flash fiction! 💓 Let us feel the love in the air!

If you don’t really feel Valentine’s vibes, feel free to use satire 😉 or anything else (your story doesn’t have to be about anything specific as long as the word “heart” is included in it). The new rules (see the post with general info) allow you to write 250 words of prose.

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 #microheart 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 February –  22nd of February (23:59 CET)

Winners announcement: 28th of February

Prizes:

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

The Best Feedback: $15 cash prize.

The Most Popular Story: will be featured on Sweek and 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  (here the word is: “heart”) 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 winners will also be announced via our Social Media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), blog and e-mail on 28/02/2018.
  7. 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 likes.
  8. Every round you must tag your story with a hashtag that includes the word #micro + the word of that round (here: #microheart)
  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. 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).
  11. To win in The Best Feedback category you must tag your comments with #microheartfeedback.
  12. 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.
  13. The new round will be announced on 01/03.

GENERAL COMPETITION GUIDELINES

  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 #microheart (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. 

#MICROHEARTFEEDBACK

How to join?

Step 1. Search for #microheart on Sweek and read a story.
Step 2. Provide feedback/critique in a comment on the story.
Step 3. Add #microheartfeedback 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 February 2018. You can take part even if you didn’t write a story on the topic!

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

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.

 

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!

With our attention span constantly decreasing, we believe that flash fiction is the perfect modern form of storytelling which can be quickly written or consumed. 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! 😊

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 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 likes.
  8. 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!
  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. 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).
  11. To win in The Best Feedback category you must tag your comments with #micro[word]feedback.
  12. 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 (1st of February – 22nd of February) – ongoing

GENERAL COMPETITION GUIDELINES

  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. 

#MICRO[wordofhteround]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!

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!

SUMMARY

WHAT IS THE WORD LIMIT?

250 words max.

WHAT IS THE PRIZE?

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

The Best Feedback: $15 cash prize

The Most Popular Story: will be featured on Sweek and will be awarded with a special badge.

All shortlisted authors will get published in the bundle and will be featured on Sweek.

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.

 

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 22, 2017

Happy Holidays from the Sweek team and December Reading List

Dear Sweeker!

Thank you for being with us this year and helping us grow our Sweek community! To prepare yourself for the new year of numerous writing competitions, we hope that during Holidays you will not only enjoy this festive time but also take a warm blanket, hot chocolate, and… write on Sweek! As they say, practice makes perfect! 😁

Take this time to master your writing – there is no better way to do so than entering one of our fantastic contests!

Show your creative spirit and let your imagination flow! Transform your most desired fantasies, dreams and resolutions and write your 2018!

→ Enter #My2018 and win $200! Submissions close on 06/02/2018.

It’s your TIME to shine! Participate in the 7th round of our flash fiction contest and get published as well as win $50!

→ #MicroTime – open until 10/01/2018

This peaceful period is also a great moment that you can finally devote to reading! Below you can find our Holiday reading list with the best December stories!

Erwin Lima – “Face Value”

“Face Value” is a serial novel with a new chapter published every Tuesday and Thursday. It’s a perfect read for anyone who loves mysterious stories about love, money and society. Save some time because it will be hard to break the reading – Erwin Lima made sure the plot is gripping from the beginning until the end. Watch a Book Trailer

There is a chance of winning one out of three free Face Value hoodies, so go to Sweek and check it out!

M. Pheles – “Irony”

“Irony” will leave you with a little discomfort what makes it a perfect example of how to write a dystopian fiction. Not all the stories must have a happy ending.

Shahzoda Vareberg – “Two Roads Converged”

One of our youngest, yet most talented writers with a #ScareMe story. Might give you goosebumps.

Ishani Sinha – “Brown”

For all the fans of poetry – Ishani Sinha with “Brown” – a touching poem about beauty behind the skin colour.

Swatilekha Roy – “Monsoon Diaries”

A ghost story of an Indian valley with hidden secrets written by Swatilekha Roy. Be careful, it might pack a punch!

Rosie Shepherd – “A Life on Land”

This is a winning story of the 6th microfiction round: #MicroLife. Well developed and perfectly executed flash fiction – all what should have this 1 minute read!

Damla Güvenç – “Love you, mean it.”

Damla Güvenç with “Love you, mean it” will take you for a trip to Bora Bora! An ideal story to read while rolled up in a warm blanket when the temperature outside makes you dream about some fun under the sun.

Artur Novais – “Infinity Glyphs”

An intriguing piece of fantasy written by a Brasilian author – Artur Novais. “Infinity Glyphs” tells a story about a 16-year-old boy who lives with his grandparents. One day his mundane reality changes when he receives a unique gift… Would you like to know what happened next? Watch Book Trailer  and read “Infinity Glyphs”

Until next time!

The Sweek Team

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!

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.

October 13, 2017

Sweek #ScareMe Challenge

Ghosts, Monsters, Wizards, Vampires,

This is what Sweek #ScareMe desires!

If Friday the 13th left you any courage,

Celebrate Halloween

With our new writing challenge!

Would you like to participate in our challenge and scare other Sweekers? Write a story of 1,000 words max. in a genre that is linked to Halloween (horror, crime, thriller, fantasy and sci-fi) between this Friday 13th and the 3rd of November.

Share it with your fellow writers and if your story gets at least 10 followers – you’ll be awarded with the special Sweek Halloween 2017 Challenge Badge!

The ten scariest stories, with the most number of followers per language, will be read by the Sweek Team and three of them will be featured on our social media channels as well as on the Sweek platform.

Finally, the author of our favourite story will receive a mug with his/her very own scary quote on it and the winning story will also be featured on Sweek. 🙂

? Prizes:

Best story (all languages): Mug with a quote from your scary story and featured on Sweek, Social Media channels. 

10 most popular stories (per language): will be read by the Sweek team and three of them will be featured on our platform and social media channels.

All participants with more than 10 followers: will receive a special Halloween badge.

? Duration:

Submission open: Friday 13th to November 3rd

Winner announcement: 15th of November

? COMPETITION GUIDELINES

  1. The story must be tagged with #ScareMe in order to join the contest.
  2. Word limit: 1,000 words (can be less).
  3. The story doesn’t have to be exclusive but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  4. The story must be written in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Dutch or German.
  5. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 3/11/2017, 23:59 CET.
  6. You can participate with multiple entries.
  7. Stories of all genres will be accepted, with a special focus on horror, crime &  thriller, Fantasy and Sci-Fi.
  8. The ten favourite stories will be determined by the number of followers (all the allowed languages are participating). The deadline for the followers’ count is 13/11/17, 23:59 CET.

? 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 #ScareMe either in the title, description or in the tags section of the Story Details (don’t forget to press enter to save it! 🙂 )
Step 5: Get ten friends to like your story to get our special Halloween 2017 badge

→ Here you have a step-by-step guide on how to upload your story: CLICK

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/

 

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 17, 2017

The winners of #Unbelievabletales contest!

Julian from The Nearly Complete Guide to Writing Your Novel and the Sweek editorial team were very impressed by the creative and original entries we received for this competition! Dragons, wolves, dystopian worlds, life and death and undiscovered creatures – you name it! Without further ado, we present to you the shortlist and the winners of our UnbelievableTales contest!

Top 10 shortlisted stories:

Lana and the Wolves – E.A.Maharajah
https://www.sweek.com/#/read/9/1700413937 
Stay in touch with me – baileyonbway
https://www.sweek.com/#/read/11/1300397955
Incomplete – Rachel Wollaston
https://www.sweek.com/#/read/43295/1400000162
A bewitching Hero – Crina Stanciu
https://www.sweek.com/#/read/39740/1400000162
Venator – the_legend_that_is
https://www.sweek.com/#/read/1/1400410976
Closure by Matthew Maloney – matthatter
https://www.sweek.com/#/read/1/1700394381
The beginning – Sharvari Narendra (Official)
https://www.sweek.com/#/read/132/2000209689
The Eighth Day – ddonohue78
https://www.sweek.com/#/read/42387/1400000162
When You Studied Birds – Fiona Skye
https://www.sweek.com/#/read/44187/1400000162
Under Dews – Manisha Sahoo
https://www.sweek.com/#/read/44511/1400000162

The grand winners are…

The jury prizes:

Incomplete – Rachel Wollaston (Best English story)
https://www.sweek.com/#/read/43295/1400000162
Het galgenmaal – Eric van Berkel(Best Dutch story)
https://sweek.com/#/read/39512/1400000162

The crowd prize:

Past – sangrita
https://sweek.com/#/read/19/2200380317

Thank you all for giving us the pleasure of reading these unbelievable tales! Up for a new challenge? Submit your #Goexplore story until the 10th of August and win a GoPro Hero, or €150 in cash!

July 7, 2017

FAQ: How to participate in #IndiaCollegeClash writing contest

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 #IndiaCollegeClash 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! If you are an entry from an ambassador, put the tags specified by him/her. If you want your college to have a chance of winning the best college title, add the college abbreviation tag as well.

Where can I find all the details of the contest (word limit, deadline etc.)?

https://blog.sweek.com/sweek-student-writing-competition/

Can I participate with more than one entry?

Yes

Is poetry allowed?

Yes

Is Hindi 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). You can either use #IndiaCollegeClash or just IndiaCollegeClash (both are fine). If you are an entry from an ambassador, put the exact tag specified by him/her.

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/43452/1400000162. 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.

When is the deadline?

31/07, 23:59 CET

P.S.You can join the event on Facebook to get timely reminders! https://www.facebook.com/events/767759323384592/

 

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.

 

May 29, 2017

Sweek writing competition: #Storytellers

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

DURATION

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

PRIZES

Impress our jury to win the following prizes:

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

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

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

* The cash amount will be transferred to a bank account with a valid BIC code. The transfer fee will be paid by Sweek, but is not responsible for the conversion rate from Euro to a local currency the receiving bank uses. In case of non-availability of a bank account, a solution using Paypal or gift card to Amazon can be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  • The story must be tagged #storytellers in story details
  • Word limit: maximum 500 words
  • The story doesn’t have to be exclusive, but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek (so old stories cannot participate)
  • The story didn’t participate in previous Sweek competitions
  • The story is written in English
  • The story must be created by you. You can also write with a friend if you want to, but in case you win, the prize will be shared. It’s just one prize per story
  • The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 02/07/17, 23:59 CET
  • You can participate with multiple entries, as long as they all meet our guidelines
  • The story can be both fiction and nonfiction. Any genre, as long as it is related to the topic. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction, crime and it can have the form of both prose and poetry.
  • Crowd prize is determined by the number of followers. The deadline for the followers count is: 17/07/17, 23:59 CET. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDELINES ON HOW TO JOIN

Step 1: Download the Sweek app

Step 2: Sign up, click on “My stories” and then “Start a new story”

Step 3: Fill in the title of the story. You can also add an image and write a description (optional)

Step 4: Click on “Add a new chapter.” Then provide a chapter title and write your story in not more than 500 words

Step 5: Click Publish. Put the tag #storytellers in the tags section (on the web version do not forget to press Enter). Also fill in the story category and hit Publish again. Your story is now published!

You can also use Sweek on your desktop computer/laptop

That’s it!

Tips for submitting your story

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

Good luck, Sweekers!

April 15, 2017

Writing contest: #AspiringIndia – Celebrating Storytelling

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 16.05.17, 23:59 CET

Upload your story on sweek.com to enter in this writing contest!

Stories bring us together and let us immerge into a beautiful world. We believe that we owe  it to each other to tell stories and we want to celebrate the magnificent art of storytelling by inviting you to share your ‘Aspiring India’ story with the world. Grab your pen or keyboard and submit your fiction or nonfiction masterpiece in our writing contest.

Nonfiction: What are your aspirations for India, Indian society or Indian culture? How do you see India changing and what are you proud of? Or what are your hopes and dreams for your own future – what will you achieve?
Fiction: Let your creativity run freely and reflect the aspirations of India or Indian people in a fictional tale. Take the reader into a new science fiction world, into an epic love story or simply into a compelling anecdote.


DURATION

20th of April – 16th of May

PRIZES

Impress our jury to win the jury prize or gain the most followers on Sweek to win the crowd prize:

Jury prize: 5000 + featured quote on Scribbled stories
Crowd prize: 5000 + featured quote on Scribbled stories

Next to these prize winners, we’ll select top 10 stories to be featured on Sweek for 3 weeks! The winners will be announced on the 5th of June on the blog, social media and via email.

JURY

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

Avnika Gupta is a Spoken Word Artist at National Youth Poetry Slam and street theater artist. She writes at Berlin ArtParasites, Thought Catalog, Terribly Tiny Tales and Gender Pages Project. She’s also Chief Editor at Survivors of India. Find more about Avnika Gupta on her Facebook page.

Atul Purohit is the author of bestselling novel ‘Love Vs Destiny‘, serial entrepreneur and ethical hacker. You can find more about Atul Purohit on his Facebook page.

Anuradha Goyal is a travel blogger, book reviewer, speaker, author of The Mouse Charmers – Digital Pioneers of India, co-author of CII India Innovates Report and blogger on innovation. Read more about Anuradha on her Facebook pages (IndiTales & AnuReviews), her IndiTales travel blog and Anureviews book review website.

Pragya Sharma is a blogger, book reviewer, and clinical psychologist. Find more information about Pragya on her Facebook page or her website ReviewingShelf.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • You need to live in India OR be of Indian origin to participate
  • You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  • Your story needs to be written in English or Hindi
  • The story must be tagged #aspiringindia in story details
  • Word limit: maximum 1,000 words
  • The story doesn’t have to be new or exclusive, but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  • The story didn’t participate in previous Sweek competitions
  • The story must be created by you. You can also write with a friend if you want to, but in case you win, the prize will be shared. It’s just one prize per story
  • The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 16/05/17, 23:59 
  • You can participate with multiple entries, as long as they all meet our guidelines
  • The story can be of any genre, as long as it is related to the topic. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction, crime and it can have the form of both prose and poetry.
  • Crowd prize is determined by the number of followers. The deadline for the followers count is: 04/06/17, 23:59.
  •  Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.

* The cash amount will be transferred to a bank account with a valid BIC code. The transfer fee will be paid by Sweek, but is not responsible for the conversion rate from Euro to a local currency the receiving bank uses. In case of non-availability of a bank account, a solution using Paypal or gift card to Amazon can be considered.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDELINES

Step 1: Download the Sweek app
Step 2: Sign up, click on “My stories” and then “Start a new story”
Step 3: Fill in the title of the story. You can also add an image and write a description (optional)
Step 4: Click on “Add a new chapter.” Then provide a chapter title and write your story in not more than 1000 words
Step 5: Click Publish. Put the tag #AspiringIndia in the tags section. Also fill in the story category and hit Publish again. Your story is now published!
You can also use Sweek on your desktop computer/laptop

#MYFEEDBACK challenge!

#Myfeedback challenge is open for all Aspiring India participants! Celebrate storytelling and help your fellow writers get even better. The 3 best critiques on any Aspiring India story will receive ₹ 1000 prize each. How to join?

1. Search for #aspiringindia on Sweek and read a story

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

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

4. You can participate as many times as you like until June 4th

You can participate even if you didn’t write a story on the topic 🙂

SHORT CONTEST SUMMARY

Max. 1,000 words // all genres // fiction and nonfiction // prose and poetry

Tip: see who’s commenting on your story via the app!

iOS app: http://apple.co/2kFB2IR
Android app: http://bit.ly/2jSwcrX

Good luck, Sweekers!

April 4, 2017

Sweek writing competition: #Tomorrow!

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

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

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

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

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

DURATION

4th of April – 15th of May

PRIZES

Impress our jury to win the following prizes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next to these prize winners, we’ll select top stories for each language to be featured on Sweek for 3 weeks. The winners will be announced on the 1st of June on the blog, social media and via email.

* The cash amount will be transferred to a bank account with a valid BIC code. The transfer fee will be paid by Sweek, but is not responsible for the conversion rate from Euro to a local currency the receiving bank uses. In case of non-availability of a bank account, a solution using Paypal or gift card to Amazon can be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  • The story must be tagged #tomorrow in story details
  • Word limit: maximum 3,000 words
  • The story doesn’t have to be new or exclusive, but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek if you compete for the crowd prize
  • The story didn’t participate in previous Sweek competitions
  • The story is written in one of these languages: English, German, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese
  • The story must be created by you. You can also write with a friend if you want to, but in case you win, the prize will be shared. It’s just one prize per story
  • The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 15/05/17, 23:59 CET
  • You can participate with multiple entries, as long as they all meet our guidelines
  • The story can be both fiction and nonfiction. Any genre, as long as it is related to the topic. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction, crime and it can have the form of both prose and poetry.
  • Crowd prize is determined by the number of followers. The deadline for the followers count is: 31/05/17, 23:59 CET. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDELINES ON HOW TO JOIN

Step 1: Download the Sweek app
Step 2: Sign up, click on “My stories” and then “Start a new story”
Step 3: Fill in the title of the story. You can also add an image and write a description (optional)
Step 4: Click on “Add a new chapter.” Then provide a chapter title and write your story in not more than 3000 words
Step 5: Click Publish. Put the tag #tomorrow in the tags section. Also fill in the story category and hit Publish again. Your story is now published!
You can also use Sweek on your desktop computer/laptop

 

That’s it!

Tip: see who’s commenting on your story via the app!

iOS app: http://apple.co/2kFB2IR

Android app: http://bit.ly/2jSwcrX

Good luck, Sweekers!

March 31, 2017

Announcing the winners of the #Sweeklove contest!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 6, 2017

Writing competition: #SWEEKLOVE!

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS

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

Let’s talk about love! With Valentine’s day slowly approaching and love vibes in the air, it is time for a new Sweek competition. This time for all our love & romance fans: #SWEEKLOVE! Of course, other genres are more than welcome to participate, as long as your story has a love plot!

We asked Sweekers to vote for their favorite theme, and as voting on the topic came really tight (and who are we to limit the choice of a love story? ;)) We’ve decided to give you two topics to choose from! Fiction, non-fiction – we leave it up to you!

Topic 1: Secret love

An ideal topic for all those who have secret crushes, secret relationships, secret passions…you name it! Based on a true story or not, doesn’t matter, as long as it’s a catchy depiction of secret love 😉

Topic 2: Imperfect love

No one is perfect, they say. But is it also the case with love? Most Romance novels are based on the troubles and barriers we have to overcome in our relationships. A perfect love story would indeed be a little boring, right? This topic invites you to tell a compelling tale about love with imperfections: different backgrounds, heated arguments, disapproving families or simply loving against all odds. And of course, imperfection doesn’t mean it can’t be epic!

Duration

6th of February – 15th of March

Prizes

Impress our jury to win the following prizes:

Best story [jury prize]: 1 gift card worth 100

Most popular story [crowd prize]: 1 gift card worth 100

Most original [jury prize]: 1 gift card worth €25

Best plot twist [jury prize]: 1 gift card worth €25

Best writing style [jury prize]: 1 gift card worth €25

Most compelling [jury prize]: 1 gift card worth €25

Best characters [jury prize]: 1 gift card worth €25

Next to these prize winners, we’ll select top stories for each language to be featured on Sweek for 3 weeks. The winners will be announced on the 31st of March on the blog, social media and via email.

Submission guidelines
  • You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  • The story can be in English, Spanish, Turkish, German, Dutch, Hindi or Marathi. Writers from all parts of the world are invited to join.
  • Word limit: up to 10,000 words
  • The story doesn’t have to be new or exclusive, but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  • The story didn’t participate in previous Sweek competitions
  • The story must be created by you
  • The story must be tagged #sweeklove in story details
  • The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 15/03/17, 23:59 CET
  • You can participate with multiple entries, as long as they all meet our guidelines
  • The story can be of any genre, as long as it is related to the topic. It can be a combination of young adult, fantasy, science fiction, poetry etc. with a love plot!
  • Crowd prize is determined by the number of followers. The deadline for the followers count is: 30/03/17, 23:59 CET. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.
  • Prizes will be converted to local currency and given for a webshop that’s available in your country.
How to publish a story on Sweek (video tutorial)

http://bit.ly/2kviDha


Tip: see who’s following your story via the Sweek app!

iOS app: http://apple.co/2kFB2IR 

Android app: http://bit.ly/2jSwcrX 

Good luck, Sweekers, and let love win!