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June 12, 2018

Pride Month 2018: LGBTQ+ #SweekPride Writing Contest

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

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

 QUESTIONS ANSWERED 

 

What does LGBTQ+ stand for?

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

Why in June?

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

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

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

Why does Sweek want to promote LGBTQ+ literature?

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

 

CONTEST SUMMARY

 

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

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

Existing stories are allowed,

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

 

  DURATION

 

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

Winners Announcement:  17th of September 

 

  PARTICIPATING LANGUAGES

 

English, Spanish, and German

 

  PRIZES

 

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

Shortlist of 10 best stories will get featured on Sweek,

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

 

 JURY MEMBERS

 

Roz Bellamy is a freelance writer and journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. She has written about sexuality and gender identity for newspapers, magazines, literary journals and online publications, including the The Huffington Post, The Big Issue, Junkee, Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Life, SBS, Everyday Feminism, Kill Your Darlings, Going Down Swinging, and Ten Daily. She won the Stonnington Prize for Poetry in 2016 and her memoir writing was shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize.

 

 

 

Tahni J. Nikitins is an American writer and avid reader. She spent her last year of university in Sweden, finishing her master’s degree in comparative literature, graduating with honors and publishing her 2014 essay “The Deconstruction of Narrative Framing in David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress” in her department’s annual journal, Nomad. Her work has appeared in the online journal Eternal Haunted Summer, and was recently featured in the independently published “FLASH!”. Currently she’s eagerly awaiting the publication of her story “Only A Dream” in the upcoming anthology Terror Politico.

 

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

 

Step 1: Download the Sweek app or use our website:

Website: https://sweek.com/

Android app: http://bit.ly/SweekforAndroid

iOS app: http://bit.ly/SweekforiOS

Step 2: Create an account or log in.

Step 3: Upload your work by going to ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’.

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

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

Video tutorial on how to publish a story on Sweek!

 

 

  RULES

Read these guidelines carefully before joining this writing competition!

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

June 7, 2018

Sweek FanFiction Competition: #SweekFanFic

Fanfiction lovers, are you ready for this battle? 💥 Unexpected twists, story endings you always dreamt about, new qualities of your favourite heroes… this is SweekFanFic contest and all of this is allowed!

❗CONTEST SUMMARY❗

– No word limit,

– Only newly updated and completed fanfiction on Sweek (could be previously published somewhere else),

To enter the contest you need to put the tag #[fandom]. Read more below.

 

🏆PRIZES🏆

🏆 Main prize: $100 (per language) – chosen by the Sweek team,

🏅 Most Popular Story: $35 (per language) – most liked story by the Sweek users; selected during the voting phase,

🍀 Lucky Reader prize: one voter will receive $15 – 🎉 randomly chosen after the voting phase 🎉

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE👇🏼

Step 1: Download the Sweek app or use our website:

Website: https://sweek.com/

Android app: http://bit.ly/SweekforAndroid

iOS app: http://bit.ly/SweekforiOS

Step 2: Create an account or log in.

Step 3: Upload your work by going to ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’.

Step 4: Publish your entries with the relevant #[fandom] tag (read more above) in the tags section in Story Details.

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

Video tutorial on how to publish a story on Sweek!

CATEGORIES – PICK YOUR FANDOM! 

Choose your fandom and the tag

  1. Music #SweekFanFicMusic (examples: Kpop, One Direction, Harry Styles, Bandom)
  2. Books & literature#SweekFanFicBooks (examples: Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, Lord of the Rings)
  3. Anime/Manga – #SweekFanFicAnime (examples: Naruto, Hetalia – Axis Powers, Inuyasha)
  4. Cartoons & Comics & Graphic Novels – #SweekFanFicCartoons (examples: Avatar: Last Airbender, Transformers)
  5. Celebrities – #SweekFanFicCelebrities (for example about famous actors, singers, athletes)
  6. Movies #SweekFanFicMovies (examples: Star Wars, Avengers, Pirates of the Caribbean)
  7. TV shows –  #SweekFanFicShows (examples: Supernatural, Glee, Doctor Who, Sherlock)
  8. Games – #SweekFanFicGames  (examples: Pokémon, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy VII) 
  9. Other –  #SweekFanFic (if you haven’t found any matching category, please classify it as ‘other’).

👇🏼HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT FANDOM👇🏼

What if my fanfiction can be considered as more than one category (for example Movies and Books)?

  • It does not matter which one you pick in this case. Choose the one that might bring you more readers.

What if my story is a crossover (a mix of two books/tv shows/movies etc.)?

  • It is also up to you which fandom you choose. We suggest selecting the one that represents a bigger part of your fanfiction.

 

 ⏲DURATION⏲

Submissions open: 07.06 – 26.08

Voting phase: 27.08 – 16.09

Winner announcement: 24.09

 

HOW WILL THE WINNERS BE SELECTED AND HOW CAN YOU VOTE?

  1. We choose 5 most liked stories per fandom (only if we receive more than 30 stories per category),
  2. 40 finalists will be reviewed by the Sweek team to select The Best Story.
  3. The Most Popular Story will be chosen on Sweek during the voting phase (out of the 40 finalists) by the Sweek users.
  4. There will be a special story created with the numbers assigned to each finalist.
  5. To vote you need to write the number with your favorite story in the comments.
  6. 🍀 One voter will be chosen randomly and he/she will receive $15. You can vote even if you didn’t participate in the contest. 🎉
  7. Only one comment/user is allowed.
  8. Falsification of users is strictly forbidden and will lead to your disqualification from the contest.

 RULES

Read these guidelines carefully before joining this writing competition!

  • You need to be 13 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  • To participate, the entry must be tagged the relevant #[fandom] tag (read more above).
  • Only stories submitted before 26/08 @23:59 CET will be accepted.
  • You can take part only with completed fanfiction.
  • Your entry does not have to be exclusive, meaning it can be already uploaded somewhere else but has to be newly published on Sweek.
  • Participation in the contest and using our website is free of charge.
  • The entry has to meet Sweek community guidelines.
  • The submitted work must be created by you. You can also write with a friend if you want to, but in case you win, the prize will be shared.
  • You can participate with multiple entries. There is no limit per person.
  • You can edit your entry until the submission deadline. After the deadline, you can no longer modify anything until the winners announcement (this will lead to disqualification).
  • Spamming on Sweek or falsification of your followers will lead to disqualification of your story from the contest.
  • Spam and falsified comments during the voting phase will be deleted and not taken into consideration.
  • Sweek reserves a right to disqualify any entry that breaks the community guidelines, contains plagiarised or mature/explicit content. 
  • The cash prize will be transferred via Paypal (Sweek bears the transfer costs). If the winner is based in Europe, the cash prize can be arranged via a bank transfer. In case there is no option to create a Paypal account, we can arrange the prize via a gift card or a bank transfer for which the costs are split. We are not responsible for currency conversion rate at the time of transferring the cash prize.
  • One user can win only one prize.
  • Participation in the contest constitutes acceptance of the official rules stated above.
  • The contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.

 

JUDGES:

Chapter by Chapter

Chapter by Chapter is a mother and daughter book blog that strives in helping spread buzz on books, authors, events, and anything bookish.  Their hope with this joint venture is to bring families closer together with the power of a book.

They’re also a virtual blog tour company that works alongside various publishers and authors.  With the power of the internet, they bring booknerds together across the globe to promote different types of books.

 

 

March 27, 2018

“How I got over 10,000 readers for my indie mystery novel” by E. Lima

Written by Erwin Lima (this article was originally published on Erwin Lima’s blog, here).

Gary Vee says we should celebrate small wins. I agree. My debut mystery novel Face Value, which I released as an online serial novel on Microsoft Sway and at www.facevaluethebook.com a little over a year ago, has recently crossed the 10,000 reader mark. How did I cross that threshold? And how do I keep growing?

My goal for readership of my debut novel, from the get-go was a sky-high 1 million readers, which was intentionally absurd. Looking back now I can say I’ve reached thousands of people and converted over 10,000 of them to readers, which is amazing.

I thought I’d share my thoughts and my journey with other (aspiring) writers who might not have gotten so lucky just yet.

The life of an online mystery novel

For the couple of billion of you that don’t know yet, Face Value is a mystery novel that revolves around a few key questions:

What if the key to having it all, was suddenly thrown into your lap one day? All of the money, success, love and attention you could ever have imagined. Would you be able to believe in it? What would be the value of it all? Would it be real?

And; who does she keep texting?

Face Value was released as a multimodal online series in September 2016, and revamped – with the help of reader feedback and a reading platform called Sweek – in late 2017. What were the factors involved in getting an unknown, indie writer in front of an audience of 10,000 engaged readers? There’s an incredibly competitive online media landscape full of content out there as it is.

Likely it was luck, honing the craft, and a lot of help from people who genuinely wanted me to succeed.

1. Chance, probably

Or call it luck – whatever you want to call it, it probably accounts for a fair amount of the 10,000 pairs of eyes I’ve moved with my debutant words. Because, as Nassim Nicholas Taleb has taught me, and Jennifer Taylor reminded me in the article below:

In every endeavour, there are a thousand factors at play, and you can only ever partly control a handful of them.

All I Know is That I Know Nothing (And That There is No Map to Success, Just Probability)
I can’t tell you how many Medium articles I’ve read that have mentioned the habits of Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger…medium.com

I got lucky with Sweek.com picking me up, with several online influencers sharing my updates and my story, and of course with the help of my wonderful team and my lovely readers. All of the choices from all of these people were largely beyond my control.

The things I could control were honing my craft, as I will dive into below; working hard at making the episodes as attractive as possible, visually, and being consistent with –

  1. Putting out the content through social media, book platforms and the like, and;
  2. Reaching out to people who could possibly improve my writing and readership.

Luck is something that grows with every new arrow you shoot.

2. Honing the craft

Although I consider myself an inexperienced author, I am a professional writer. I’ve had quality training in writing both in academics and in courses as a professional.

I’ve been working in marketing, copywriting and content strategy for over five years now, and summarize my job by saying “I get paid by the keystroke”.

I learn and try to improve with every piece of feedback I receive from one of my co-workers, clients or other stakeholders. I have learned a lot from reading about writing online, and through reflection upon my writing, with and without the help of others.

Pro tip: Try to be humble, and detach your personal feelings and self-worth — or ego — from your creative process. Keep the goal in mind and see how feedback and reflection can get you closer to it.

As far as my creative writing goes — I guess we could say that I’ve had a semi-professional career as a singer-songwriter in the past. But when it comes to writing as a novelist, I needed as much learning opportunities and feedback as I could muster.

So that’s what I did.

  • I read four or five of the most popular novels at the time (including the painful to read “50 Shades…”, seeing if I could figure out what the writers were doing stylistically and in terms of story arc and character development that readers respond to, to see what I could steal or borrow.
  • I asked people I trusted to provide feedback for my first ten pages, then again for my first forty or so pages, and then finally for my finished draft.
  • I asked people I hardly knew for feedback on my final “draft”, and continued to ask feedback from online readers after the first publishing online in 2016.
  • I used online data analytics for visitor numbers to my site and reads on specific chapters — to see where I was captivating readers’ interest and where they were dropping off from the story.
  • I improved my writing and Face Value specifically with the help of all of the above, resulting in the story you can find here, now.

3. A lot of help from friends and strangers

Firstly, my significant other (my very talented girlfriend) was a great help in supporting me to do something as ridiculous as self-publishing my debut novel as an online, multimedia series, for free.

A beautifully photogenic friend of mine read the story, and decided to lend her face and insane photo-acting skills to the photo- and video shoot we did for the project.

The same friend introduced me to the photographer (Tim Schipper) who did all of the photography and videography, and who decided to challenge himself to learn video-editing just for this awesome book trailer:

My girlfriend’s bestie helped out by doing the make-up for the visuals we were shooting. Friends and friends of friends acted as extras. Several awesome places in my hometown (Rotterdam) served as the venues and decor.

My friends and family who proofread were never obliged to. Neither were the English teacher and the published best-selling author who proofread parts of the story.

Let alone the online readers who decided to give Face Value a shot, or to share it with their friends.

Last but not least; Sabine van der Plas and Sweek, who decided to give the story a huge boost in the second run, by putting it up as a featured story in their English section — and promoting it with not one but two separate competitions among the readers on their wonderful online reading platform. It was Sweek that helped me grow from 6,500 readers to over 10,000. And that made my book available as a paperback.

Lest I forget; Horned Horses provided three free organic Face Value hoodies for one of the give-aways Sweek organised.

How could one ever thank any of these people enough?

March 22, 2018

UN Water of United Nations Acknowledges Sweek Writing Projects!

Written by Sweek Keeper: Chinthaka Nanayakkara

Unbelievable, huh? Check this link: UN World Water Day talks about Sweek Writing Projects You will see that I am not kidding! 🙂

Thanking Sweek in an official e-mail for its active engagement in the World Water Day campaign, UN Water of United Nations has expressed their confidence that Sweek’s “blogs and events would certainly be an inspiration to others” who are interested in the World Water Day which is due 22nd March 2018.
UN Water of United Nations further requested Sweek to “share photos from the preparations and activities” informing, “we will do our best to repost/tweet. Please make sure to include the official hashtag #WorldWaterDay so other organizations may easily find you and support you in your cause”
 
As one of its Brand Ambassadors, I take this opportunity to offer my heartfelt thanks to the United Nation’s World Water Day Team who promptly responded to my emails, welcoming me to “download and use all the resources available on the website, as long as following the guidelines”
This achievement would not have been possible without the kind cooperation and efficient coordination displayed by Ms. Veronika Kartovenko, Sabine van der Plas and Marta Palczewska who helped me a lot in putting up the official Sweek blog post on Water, Forest, Metrology and Happiness. Thanks very much!
 
Special thanks go to following Sweekers who sent me their stories with immediate effect since there was an urgent need to write them anew – owing to the fresh theme ‘NATURE FOR WATER’ ushered in by the United Nation’s World Water Day Team.

1. Arya Ashok Dixit – Heaven on Earth
2. Gigi De Grau – Water is Alive
3. Ryder Black – Epitome of Elegance, Lake Eufala
4. Olivia Werapermall – Perpetual Water Spring
5. Abhineet Agarwal – Mula River
6. Tania Mckenzie – The Source Of Life
7. John Alwinson – Colorless Honey, The Kaveri
8. Sanvedna – In Search of the Lost Springs
9. Toshiba – A Neglected Pond

Check my YouTube video that promotes these stories!
 
For all those enthusiastic Sweekers who are interested in my next writing project, be on the look out! Highly likely it would take place focusing on June 30th the International Asteroid day. If you are interested drop me a ‘hi’ at my well-known e-mail address – writesupp@gmail.com! Will be happy to respond!

Happy Sweeking, everyone! 🙂

Source: World Water Day Official

March 6, 2018

Submit Your Sweek Story to a New Writing Project that Focuses on Water, Forest, Meteorology and Happiness

Submit Your Sweek Story to a New Writing Project that Focuses on Water, Forest, Meteorology and Happiness!

Written by Sweek Keeper: Chinthaka Nanayakkara

The project was shared by the United Nations – World Water Day (check the link)

Hi dear Sweekers! Here is some exciting news!

As some of you guys are already aware, I organized two writing projects in January and February focusing on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and International Mother Language Day. They were very successful and won many hearts of Sweek authors and readers alike.

And I’m back with another project!

On behalf of you all, I am going to organize a big writing project during the first half of March! Even as you are reading this, I am out looking for great and exciting stories that have been written in English by you people – stories that so far eluded many enthusiastic readers and hence didn’t achieve due recognition within the Sweek community.

I will read carefully each and every story that I will receive from you and after selecting the best ones I will include it in a promotional video through Youtube! If the need arises, I will design each of you a really impressive and beautiful book cover, also!

Here are two promotional videos I did previously! This time YOU are going to be in it! Check it here and here.

In addition, your book would be promoted through my personal blog.

Here are my previous posts that you can refer in my private blogger site about the two projects I previously launched through Sweek.com!

If this project turns out to be a hit, your book will be considered to be mentioned in a Sweek’s official blog post too, be featured on Sweek’s Hall of Fame itself and also on its Social Media channels! Awesome, right?

Do you think I am kidding? See what happened in January and February!

So here is what you are going to do!

  1. Log in to Sweek
  2. Go to ‘My Stories’
  3. Select a book that you have written based on any of the following:
    • Water
    • Forest
    • Meteorology
    • Happiness
  4. Email a word document of the story to writesupp@gmail.com for careful scrutiny of the story and for editing, if needed.
  5. If possible, attach a JPEG image of the book cover too (600×900 px, less than 2MB). This is optional. Remember that the images should be free for commercial use (here are some tips how to create your story cover).

KEEP IN MIND:

  1. Each Sweeker can submit only one story to this project.
  2. By submitting, you grant the right to the project coordinator to edit and enhance your story as deemed suitable.
  3. Because of the sheer volume of entries your emails may not be individually acknowledged. But if your story is selected you would be duly notified.
  4. The story should not exceed 2,000 words. Minimum word count is 500.
  5. No poetry is accepted. Sweek will be organizing a special contest on poetry which you will be informed through a separate post.
  6. Plagiarized content will not be tolerated.
  7. Book covers and images used to design book covers have to be free for commercial use. No misuse of copyrighted material!
  8. Only stories that were not previously published on other sites or in magazines will be accepted.
  9. All the elements need not be present in your story. Presence of one element is enough.
  10. Mentioning of a particular element as a word in a sentence is not enough. The story should ‘revolve’ around that element making it a crucial factor in the story plot.
  11. Once a certain number of stories are received, acceptance of further entries will be automatically stopped.
  12. No gifts will be awarded to the entries. But they will be considered to be featured in a promotional video and / or a blog post as decided by the project coordinator.
  13. This contest is organized by one of the Sweek Keepers and not by Sweek administration itself. Hence all disputes should be forwarded to writesupp@gmail.com
  14. Depending on the popularity of the writing project you may be asked to further develop your story.

Confused? No worries! Visit writesupport.wordpress.com and drop me a hello!

February 21, 2018

21/02: International Mother Language Day

Sweekers,

On the Februrary 21st we celebrate the International Mother Language Day! 🤗

The idea behind it is to raise awareness about the cultural diversity, promote multilingualism and protect all the mother languages spoken around the globe. According to the UN it helps to “ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy”.

Check this YT video made by one of our Sweek Keepers to know more about the IMLD project on Sweek! For this occasion our team of Sweek Keepers published some stories to emphasise the importance of saving your mother language, tradition and cultural heritage in a globalised world.

📖 You can read all the stories for free on our platform! 📚

Recommendations from our Sweek Keeper, Chinthaka, who made this project happen.

A story about an Indian who after a long time returns from Paris to his motherland.

A Nigerian girl faces cruelty living on emigration but one day bumping into a stranger changes everything…

What is so important about your mother language? Ama, asked during a lecture, surprises everyone with her answer.

A touching story about a deaf girl whose reality changes dramatically when she discovers a power of speech.

A German-speaking author tells a story about her life experience and learning both American and British English.

A fictional story about a witness of the historical Language Movement events of 1952 and opening fire by Pakistani Authorities against the students of the University of Dhaka. R.A.Rooney dedicates it “to those who stood up and who will continue to stand up for the preservation of their mother language – disregarding the risks to their own lives”.

A story on the challenge of teaching your kids your native language while living abroad.

“This book is dedicated to those who stood up and who will continue to stand up for the preservation of their mother language – disregarding the risks to their own lives.”

“In An Unknown Land, Meeting My Own” tells a story about a girl traveling across Japan to fulfill her ambitions.

What is your mother tongue? Are you able to speak this language every day? 

February 1, 2018

Sweek Flash Fiction Competition [general information]

With the new year of 2018, we launch a new version of our popular Microfiction challenge – Sweek Flash Fiction Challenge 2018!

Our attention span is constantly decreasing, and we believe that flash fiction is the perfect modern form of storytelling which can be quickly written or consumed. A limit of 250 words means that each story will take you only one minute to get through! Check the winners of the previous edition – Microfiction rounds of 2017 if you are looking for some gripping, yet short stories or want get an idea of what our juries are looking for.

Updated rules will give you a new way to challenge yourself and win attractive prizes!  Say a lot in a little! 😊

 

CONTEST SUMMARY

 

– Write 250 words (max.) of prose including the word of the round anywhere within the story or write about a specific theme (check what is required),

– Add a special tag: #micro[wordoftheround] either in the main title of the story / its description / tags section to take part in the challenge,

– You can participate no matter where you are from,

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

– This is your chance to get discovered and published via Sweek self-publishing!

 

  PRIZES

 

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

The Most Original Story: getting published in the Sweek book  + a special badge on the story + getting featured on Sweek!

The Best Feedback: $15 cash prize.

The Most Popular Story: will be awarded a special badge.

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

 

  HOW DOES IT WORK

 

  1. Every round gives you a new word that you must include in your story (open topic) or a specific theme to write about.
  2. Only prose is accepted.
  3. You can join the contest at any time (even if you didn’t take part in the previous rounds). Also, the winners and shortlisted authors of the earlier editions are welcomed to participate in the following editions.
  4. At the same time the contest is running in the following languages: English, Dutch, German, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Polish.
  5. You have 3 weeks to write, then the jury members along with the Sweek editorial team will be judging the entries.
  6. The announcements of the new round will go live on the 1st of each month via our Social Media channels as well as via our official account on Sweek. The winners will also be announced via our Social Media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), blog and e-mail.
  7. The Best Story prize will be based on the writing style, plot development of the story, originality, overall correct use of the English language (including grammar and punctuation) as well as interpretation of the given prompt. 
  8. The author of The Best Story will receive $50 and will be published in the Sweek Microfiction book with all the shortlisted stories via Sweek self-publishing.
  9. The Most Original Story must have an unexpected plot twist/ending, present unique insights or be written on a noteworthy topic. The author will be published in the Sweek Microfiction book via Sweek self-publishing.
  10. The Most Popular Story will be determined by the total number of likes and will receive a special badge on the story.
  11. Every round you must tag your story with a hashtag that includes the word #micro + the word of that round. Please note that the keyword and the tag will be different each round!
  12. The author of the best story will receive $50 and will be published in the Sweek Microfiction book with all the shortlisted stories via Sweek self-publishing. BUY THE FIRST MICROFICTION BOOK!
  13. There will be one winner in The Best Story category, one person will get The Best Feedback title and one story will be awarded as The Most Popular Story (read more about the prizes below).
  14. To win in The Best Feedback category you must tag your comments with #micro[word]feedback.
  15. The shortlist will include 10-20 titles (all will be published in the bundle). If there are enough high-quality stories selected by the jury, the longlist will also be announced. However, the titles on the longlist will not get to the bundle.

 

ROUNDS OF THE FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE 2018

 

First Round: #MicroHeart – word (1st of February – 22nd of February) – FINISHED –  view the winning stories

Second Round: #MicroLetter – theme (1st of March – 22nd of March) – FINISHED – view the winning stories 

Third Round: #MicroKey – word (1st of April – 22nd of April) – FINISHED, view the winning stories

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

Fifth Round: #MicroDay – word (1st of June – 22nd of June) – FINISHED – view the winning stories

Sixth Round: #MicroDoor – theme (1st of July – 22nd of July) – FINISHED – view the winning stories

Seventh Round: #MicroFear – word (1st of August – 22nd of August) – FINISHED – view the winning stories

Eighth Round: #MicroSecret – theme (1st of September – 22nd of September – FINISHED – view the winning stories

 

 

#MICRO[wordoftheround]FEEDBACK

How to join?

Step 1. Search for #micro[word] on Sweek and read a story.
Step 2. Provide feedback/critique in a comment on the story.
Step 3. Add #micro[word] at the end of your comment so that we can find it.
Step 4. You can participate as many times as you like during each round. You can take part even if you didn’t write a story on the topic!

 

 JURY MEMBERS

Together with the Sweek editorial team, our jury members choose the shortlist and the winners.

 

jury

Julian Tunru
Julian Tunru is the author of the Dav Iven historical fiction series, creator of The Nearly Complete Guide to Writing Your Novel, and self-confessed semicolon enthusiast.

 

 

 

K. Banning Kellum
K. Banning Kellum is a life-long resident of New Orleans, LA. A documentary actor, article writer and horror author, Kellum is best known for his Hyraaq Tobit series of horror stories. A proud husband and father, Kellum credits his love of family and the haunted history of New Orleans as his source of inspiration.

 

 

Melanie Faith
Melanie loves flash so much that she wrote a craft book about the genre to inspire fellow writers, In a Flash!: Writing & Publishing Dynamic Flash Prose (Vine Leaves Press), and her next craft book, Poetry Power, will be published (Vine Leaves Press) in late October 2018. In her free time, she loves crossword puzzles and shoe shopping, photographyblogging, and visiting her darling nieces.

 

 

Melissa Goodrich
Melissa Goodrich is the author of the story collection Daughters of Monsters, the poetry chapbook IF YOU WHAT, and a collaborative fiction collection forthcoming from Goldwake Press.  She earned her BA in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University and her MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona.  Her stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, The Kenyon Review Online, Passages North, PANK, and others.

 

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

 

 

You can use the app or the web version, it is up to you. There is slightly more functionality present on our app version currently though. For example, receiving notifications when you have a new comment on your story!

Website: https://sweek.com/
Android app: http://bit.ly/SweekforAndroid
iOS app: http://bit.ly/SweekforiOS

 

HOW DO I PUBLISH A STORY?

 

Step 1: Download the Sweek app or use our website.

Step 2: Create an account or log in.

Step 3: Go to ‘My stories’ and then click on ‘New story’. Create a chapter and write or copy in your story.

Step 4: Publish your story and fill in the correct tag in your Story Details (if you are using the website, do not forget to press Enter!). Finalize by ‘Publish’ – your story is now published and part of the writing contest!

Video tutorial on how to publish a story on Sweek!

 

 

  RULES

Read these guidelines carefully before joining this writing competition!

 

  1. You need to be 13 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  2. The contest is international and is open to every country. Nonetheless, your story must be written in English.
  3. The story cannot exceed 250 words.
  4. The story doesn’t have to be exclusive (for instance, it can be from your blog) but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek.
  5. The story must have the #hashtag that includes the word of that round (micro + word of the round).
  6. The story must be created by you. You can also write with a friend if you want to, but in case you win, the prize will be shared. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited and actions may be taken against those involved in plagiarism.
  7. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline. Don’t edit your story afterwards – it will lead to your disqualification from the contest.
  8. You can participate with multiple entries.
  9. You can join any round of the contest at any time.
  10. The story can be in any genre, as long as it’s prose, not poetry. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction and crime.
  11. Most popular story is determined by the number of likes. Falsification of likes and followers will lead to disqualification. The most popular story needs to meet quality requirements determined by the Sweek team. You can only win one popularity prize as a writer.
  12. Spam comments/messages with promotion of your story (except for a special story dedicated to promotion) will result in disqualification and possible account deletion if the behaviour continues.
  13. If winners do not respond within a timeframe of two weeks, then the price will be given to the second place.
  14. By entering in this competition, you give Sweek the right to publish your story in a book. In case the author does not agree, he/she must state in the short description that Sweek cannot publish the story in print.
  15. The cash prize will be transferred via PayPal  (Sweek bears the transfer costs). If the winner is based in Europe, the cash prize will be arranged via a bank transfer. In case there is no option to create a Paypal account, we can arrange the prize via a gift card or a bank transfer for which the costs are split. We’re not responsible for currency conversion rate at the time of transferring the cash prize.
  16. Participation in this contest means that the user is aware of and accepts the rules of this contest.

 

  FAQ 

Answers to all the Frequently Asked Questions

 

CAN I PARTICIPATE WITH MORE THAN ONE ENTRY?

Yes, you can.

IS THE CONTEST AVAILABLE IN OTHER LANGUAGES THAN ENGLISH?

Yes, at the same time there will be flash fiction contest running in the following languages: English, Dutch, German, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Polish. 

HOW DO I ADD A TAG AND EDIT MY STORY?

You need to add it to your Story Details (don’t forget to press Enter on the website).

For each contest, you can edit your story as many times as you want before the deadline. To access your story: log in, go to ‘my stories’ and click on your story. To edit your story title/description, go to the 3dot menu in your Story Dashboard and click Story Basics; to edit your tags/other story details, go to the 3dot menu in your story dashboard and select Story Details.

HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER MY STORY IS PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST OR NOT?

If you see the tag on your story page after you searched for it, it is participating. If you are not sure, contact us via Facebook and we can check it for you.

HOW DO I PROMOTE MY STORY?

Best way is to promote your story via your own Social Media and network. You can also promote it on the Sweek platform (for the official ‘Promote Your Story’ post, created for each round) or share it in the Sweek group on Facebook: Sweek Fan Group. You can find the link to share your story when you search for your story in the search bar and click on it. Here you’ll find the share button on the story info page!

DO I GET A CONFIRMATION OF PARTICIPATING IMMEDIATELY?

No, but if your story is tagged, you are surely participating. However, if you’d like to know for sure you are participating, please ask us.

HOW CAN I SEARCH FOR MY STORY?

The current search is based on the title, the description and the tag. So you can search for either of those.

WHAT IF I CAN’T FIND MY STORY ON SEARCH RIGHT AWAY?

No worries, sometimes it can take a few minutes after publishing to become visible on all the platforms. If you still can’t find your story the next day, please contact us.

WHERE WILL THE WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?

We will e-mail all the shortlisted authors within the days after the announcement, but you can find them first on our Facebook page!

WHEN CAN I EXPECT THE SWEEK MICROFICTION BOOK?

We will bundle the winners and finalists of each round and publish them via Sweek self-publishing (every 3-4 rounds, depending on the number of shortlisted stories). If you do not wish for Sweek to publish your story participating in this competition, please indicate this in the short description of your story.  BUY THE FIRST MICROFICTION BOOK!

 

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 21, 2017

Sweek flash fiction competition: #MicroTime!

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 ‘time’ 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 (your micro-fiction doesn’t have to be about that word, the word just needs to be somewhere in the story). The word of the 7th round is TIME. 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 #microtime 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: 20th of December –  10th of January

Winner announcement: 17th of January

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 #microtime in order to join the contest. Word limit: maximum 200 words
  2. Variation of the word is allowed, as long as the word ‘time‘ is fully in the variation
  3. You can join any round of the challenge (so you can participate in the 7th 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: 10/01/2018, 23:59 CET
  7. You can participate with multiple entries
  8. The story can be any genre, as long as the word ‘time’ 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 09/01/2018, 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.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

 

November 22, 2017

Sweek flash fiction competition: #MicroLife!

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 ‘life’ 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 the 6th round is LIFE. 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 #MicroLife 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: 22nd of November – 13th of December

Winner announcement: 20th of December

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 #MicroLife in order to join the contest. Word limit: maximum 200 words
  2. Variation of the word is allowed, as long as the word ‘life‘ is fully in the variation
  3. You can join any round of the challenge (so you can participate in the 6th 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: 13/12/2017, 23:59 CET
  7. You can participate with multiple entries
  8. The story can be any genre, as long as the word ‘life’ 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 19/12/17, 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.





August 22, 2017

#Sweektips: Create a great story cover!

Hey Sweekers!

Read this article to learn how to create your Sweek story cover. 🙂

What makes a good cover?

The story cover image is the first impression that might either encourage or discourage your potential audience. Makes them read it or scroll past your story.  The starting point is finding an adequate and eye-catching image. Treat your story as your business product – and promote it well. A cover is like a packaging – nicely wrapped one might show that you are delivering a story of high quality. Choose the picture that will also correspond with your audience.

Below you can find 10 useful websites that are great sources of free images. Each of them has a CC license (Creative Commons Zero) under which you are also able to legally modify and distribute the photographs for your personal, as well as commercial use. They also represent high-quality and offer many categories to choose from.

  1. Unsplash
  2. Pexels
  3. PicJumbo
  4. Pixabay
  5. StockSnap
  6. Pikwizard
  7. Kaboompics
  8. Tookapic
  9. Picography
  10. BarnImages
  11. Skitterphoto

What’s next?

To create a customised cover you need more than a nice photo. For designing it, you can either use a special design software like Photoshop or look for a free site that does not require you to possess a designing experience or technical skills to create it.

Here are some examples of free tools that you can experiment with: PicMonkey, BeFunky, Canva or Pablo.

Remember: great covers should draw attention, create engagement and express the quality of the story and its content.

**Note: Don’t forget that on Sweek you can post only copyright-free images with the 1:1.5 ratio that do not exceed 2MB.


Want to read some extra tips? We prepared a few useful articles to check out:

14 Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover

Best free online graphics editors for making your own book cover designs

5 Ways a Book Cover May Hurt Sales and How To Fix It

Yes, We Really Do Judge Books by Their Covers

8 cover design secrets publishers use to manipulate readers into buying books

Do you find this article useful? What would you like our team to write about for the next week’s #sweektips?