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    Sweek writing competition: #Storytellers

    May 29, 2017

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!

205 Comments
  • nancy, May 29, 2017 Reply

    Is there any topic/theme for the story?

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 30, 2017 Reply

      Hi Nancy, the topic is open! The challenge is to write a compelling story in less than 500 words, but whether that's e.g. fantasy, crime, romance or nonfiction is up to you. Good luck!

  • erin, May 30, 2017 Reply

    Can it be written in the form of poetry?

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 30, 2017 Reply

      Hi Erin, yes - we allow poetry as well. Good luck!

  • Kat Bybee, May 30, 2017 Reply

    What about fanfiction...my specialty? And if so, previously unpublished, correct?

  • Kat, May 30, 2017 Reply

    What about fanfiction...my specialty? And if so, previously unpublished, correct?

    • Sweek team, May 31, 2017 Reply

      It doesn't have to be newly written :) And sure, we accept all the genres!

  • pc, May 30, 2017 Reply

    I can't find the sweek app on my Microsoft phone's windows' store.

    • Sweek team, May 31, 2017 Reply

      Hi, we have iOS and Android versions only. You can still use Sweek website either on your laptop/computer or your phone.

  • Anjali Saigal, May 30, 2017 Reply

    if i write children stories on my blog can i submit one of those or does it have to be totally newly written

    • Sweek team, May 31, 2017 Reply

      Hi! The story doesn’t have to be exclusive ?

  • Geetha Pradeep, May 30, 2017 Reply

    Hey can I share the ones I published on my blog?

    • Sweek team, May 31, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes! The story doesn't have to be exclusive :)

  • Pallavi, May 30, 2017 Reply

    Hi, can it be based on someone's true life story?

    • Sweek team, May 31, 2017 Reply

      Hi, sure :)

  • Neha, May 31, 2017 Reply

    Can I participate I'm 30yrs

    • Sweek team, May 31, 2017 Reply

      Hi, of course you can!

  • Vaishnavi dubey, May 31, 2017 Reply

    It mean topic is per our own wish???

    • Sweek team, May 31, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes!

  • Girija, May 31, 2017 Reply

    Hi, we are from India. Can my son participate

    • Sweek team, June 1, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes, of course!

  • Priya Bhowal, May 31, 2017 Reply

    Hi, is this contest open for writers from any country? I had written a story, not on Sweek but elsewhere, that was around 2000 words, can I write the same story in 500 words and submit?

    • Sweek team, June 1, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it is an international contest :) So you can do that!

  • Vipin, June 1, 2017 Reply

    I am very new to a competition like this. I have a doubt here. How can I submit the work? Is it okay if I do ma work on MS Word and upload here?
    Please help me attend it.

    • Sweek team, June 1, 2017 Reply

      Hi, you need to upload your story on Sweek as text. But you can definitely write it in MS Word first and then paste it on Sweek. Let me know if you have any questions!

  • Ria, June 1, 2017 Reply

    Hi. Umm so, I have a poem, where the first few stanzas tell a story but the stanzas later address the issue on which the poem is based. Will that be considered as a story- poem?

    • Sweek team, June 2, 2017 Reply

      Interesting ;) This will be considered as a story (plus we also accept poetry to our submissions:))

  • Sakshi gupta, June 1, 2017 Reply

    may someone send more than a story or only one story per sweeker is permitted ?

    • Sweek team, June 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi, you can submit multiple entries to a contest :)

  • garima, June 1, 2017 Reply

    Hey it is 1 June , what about result of tomorrow competition???

    • Sweek team, June 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi Garima, there was a small delay due to the large amount of stories. The winners will be announced on the 6th of June. Our apologies for the delay.

  • Asif, June 2, 2017 Reply

    What if it exceeds 500 words..?

    • Sweek team, June 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi, the jury will judge the story based on 500 words from it

      • Shilpi, June 2, 2017 Reply

        Can you please tell me the steps to upload my story on Sweek which I have written in MS Word using a laptop.

        • Sabine van der Plas, June 2, 2017 Reply

          Of course!

          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 copy in your story
          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
          Good luck!

  • Mandeep, June 2, 2017 Reply

    I have submitted my story, following the steps as mentioned above and tagged it as #storytellers. It's less than 500 words do i need to do anything else?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi, no, your story is now part of #storytellers. But of course, share your story with friends and family and connect with other writers on Sweek. :)

  • Shilpi, June 2, 2017 Reply

    Hello Team,
    Could you please let me know if my story "Dreams of Newlywed Bride" has been registered for #Storytellers contest?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi Shilpi, there is no tag to your story yet. Please go to 'edit story details' (on your story dashboard, 3 dot menu) and add the tag. Don't forget the press enter after typing Storytellers. Good luck!

      • Shilpi, June 3, 2017 Reply

        Hello Sabine, Thanks for providing me guidance. I did the same as per your instructions. Please confirm me whether tag is now added to my story or not.

        • Sweek team, June 4, 2017 Reply

          Hi, it is now tagged correctly :)

  • Sakshi, June 3, 2017 Reply

    What is the judging criteria?
    Is it on a vote basic or some jury will judge it!??

    • Sweek team, June 4, 2017 Reply

      Hi, we normally have the following structure for prizes on Sweek: one prize based on the number of followers, and one based on the selection of the jury. So it is both :)

      • Sakshi, June 8, 2017 Reply

        So basically number of followers of writers matter or the views on the story?

        • Sabine van der Plas, June 9, 2017 Reply

          Hi, if you have more followers you'll get higher in the list and more people will see your story. The jury prize is not based on the followers, the popularity prize is. Good luck!

  • Mridul Rastogi, June 3, 2017 Reply

    My daughter is 12 years old .can she submit her story

    • Sweek team, June 4, 2017 Reply

      Hi, the age limit for using Sweek is 14 years old. However, you could create an account and upload it from your name saying it is your daughter’s story? Could be a solution? :)

      • mridul rastogi, June 17, 2017 Reply

        HI! where can I disclose that it is my daughter's story??

        • Sabine van der Plas, June 17, 2017 Reply

          Hi, in the description is fine :) (edit story basics)

  • Aaniya, June 5, 2017 Reply

    Where to tag you?

    • Sweek team, June 5, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, do you mean where to tag your story in order to participate?

  • Sarah Ahmed, June 5, 2017 Reply

    Hi,can you please tell me if my story is published and tagged as #storytellers in this competition?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 5, 2017 Reply

      Sure, please share the title with us and we'll check!

      • Sarah Ahmed, June 5, 2017 Reply

        The title is " The Ginger Cat"

        • Sweek team, June 6, 2017 Reply

          Hi, it is tagged correctly and is participating :)

  • Muskan, June 6, 2017 Reply

    Hi. In the facebook link it was written that we can submit poems also. So can we submit poems because it doesnt seem from the description above.
    Thanks.

    • Sweek team, June 6, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes you can :)

  • Ankita Dey, June 7, 2017 Reply

    hi.. i have participated in three competitions and published four stories. i didn't win. so i'm concern about my mistakes. i badly need feedback on my stories as i want to improve my writings. i wanna be a writer.. if you could help me. i'll be thankful. stories are "she is his secret girlfriend", "the last letter", "Uncertainity", "Metamorphosis".

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 7, 2017 Reply

      Hi Ankita, if you don't win in a contest with 2000 participants doesn't mean you're not a good writer ;) you're off to a good start, but you could improve on your punctuation. Just check some sources for the rules on when to use commas etc. Also, to get more in depth feedback, check our Facebook page as we're introducing #Sweekreadme soon! https://www.facebook.com/sweekstories
      Keep on writing, practicing and joining!

    • Oma Edoja, June 8, 2017 Reply

      Ankita, you could try getting an editor to go over your work and give feedback. There are reasonably priced ones and it's an investment to hone your craft. You could put out an enquiry on social media and make a selection. That's what I do. I have learnt a lot from working with editors from around the world, in different genres and publications.

  • Abigail, June 8, 2017 Reply

    Does it have to be a complete story with an ending in 500 words, or can it be a 500-word piece that's part of an unpublished longer form story?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 9, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it can also be part of a longer story. However, make sure your 500-word story has a good beginning and end :) good luck!

  • anurag bajpai, June 8, 2017 Reply

    hi..
    can i send my poem in hindi

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 9, 2017 Reply

      Hi, this contest is unfortunately only English-speaking! Stay tuned for upcoming competitions with judges who speak Hindi :)

  • Mariam Shehzad, June 8, 2017 Reply

    Hi,I need to say that if i donot win then plzz email me and tell me my mistakes so that i can improve

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 9, 2017 Reply

      Hi Mariam, we unfortunately can't give everyone feedback right away, but if you send us an email with the title of your story we'll take a look and ask the jury if they had any feedback.

  • Muskan, June 9, 2017 Reply

    Hi, I have just published a poem. How do we know whether we are leading in the competition or not and what is the status of our entry?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 9, 2017 Reply

      Hi, if your story is tagged with storytellers and it's published - it's participating. You can also give us the title and we'll check if all is well!

      • Muskan, June 10, 2017 Reply

        Its a poem titled as 'Am I A Victim?'

        • Sweek team, June 11, 2017 Reply

          It is tagged correctly and is participating in the contest:)

  • Rajlaxmi singh, June 10, 2017 Reply

    I have written a teenfic. Its not published but has many chapters. So can i submit the prolouge? Or will it be considered incomplete?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 10, 2017 Reply

      Hi, if it can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone as well that's totally fine. You can update the other chapters after the competition ends. Good luck!

  • Deepak Das, June 10, 2017 Reply

    how to register for the competition in the web site help needed!!!!

    • Sweek team, June 11, 2017 Reply

      Hi, did you already check step-by-step guidelines at the end of the blog post?

  • Anmol, June 10, 2017 Reply

    May I submit it in Hindi too, or it has to be in English ?

    • Sweek team, June 11, 2017 Reply

      Hi, for this contest it's just English, but we are launching a new contest also in Hindi some time soon :)

  • Vaia Patta, June 11, 2017 Reply

    Where can I find the terms and conditions for the contest? If I submit a story, do I still own the rights to my story? I understand that I would be giving you the right to distribute the story through your website and other means. Do I retain the right to publish it elsewhere as well? Thanks :)

    • Sweek team, June 11, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, yes you always keep your rights on Sweek, unless it is explicitly specified otherwise

      • Vaia Patta, June 11, 2017 Reply

        Thank you :)

  • Ankur, June 11, 2017 Reply

    Can i write the story in form a poetry in hindi language

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 12, 2017 Reply

      Hi, you can write poetry but this competition is only for English stories. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to find out about an upcoming competition for which you can also submit stories in Hindi!

  • Bajrang Sultania, June 12, 2017 Reply

    I have submitted my poetry named as The unconditional love: School Romance.. Could you please check and reply whether its published correctly or not.

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 13, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes, it's correctly published and tagged and thus participating in the contest. :)
      Have you already checked out the Sweek app?
      iOS app: http://apple.co/2iIPnDV
      Android app: http://bit.ly/2k7IjNC

  • Pia, June 13, 2017 Reply

    Only English no other language. Can the poetry be written in hindi???

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 13, 2017 Reply

      Hi Pia, yes, the current competitions do not include Hindi, as there is no Hindi-speaking jury member for these contests. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for an upcoming competition, for which Hindi is allowed! https://www.facebook.com/sweekstories/

  • zeba sadia, June 13, 2017 Reply

    Hi, my name is zeba sadia. My story name is - The long eye lashes. Can you please check whether it is published or not

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 13, 2017 Reply

      Hi, I don't see any published story on your account. Do you see your story if you go to 'my stories'?

      • zeba sadia, June 13, 2017 Reply

        No. It also tells me to log in again:(

        • Sweek team, June 13, 2017 Reply

          Hi there, I think you might be experiencing an issue we had some time ago. Are you using an Android version? If so, can you please update the app to the latest version and then log out and log in again.

  • saranya, June 13, 2017 Reply

    Hi , can i have publish multiple poems ? each as single chapter ? is there any constraint of total words ?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 13, 2017 Reply

      Hi, if you publish a series of poems in one story, they should be in total under 500 words and will be evaluated as a whole. If you want them to be evaluated separately, please create separate stories. Good luck!

      Have you already checked out our app?
      iOS app: http://apple.co/2iIPnDV
      Android app: http://bit.ly/2k7IjNC

  • Debbie, June 13, 2017 Reply

    I cannot sign up using my email id. It always shows 'email/username already used', although I do not have a previous account. How to sign up?!

    • Sweek team, June 13, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, can you please let us know which which email address are you trying to sign up? If you'd rather keep it private, please send it to us at support@sweek.com, and we'll look into this asap.

      • Debbie, June 17, 2017 Reply

        I mailed the mail id to support@sweek.com and got no response.

        • Sabine van der Plas, June 17, 2017 Reply

          Hi, I just replied!

  • Haha, June 14, 2017 Reply

    Okay I see you are promoting your application. That's gullible that we need to download your app.

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 15, 2017 Reply

      Hi, you don't need to if you don't want to. We believe it improves the Sweek experience as you can easily reply to comments and can check what's happening on your story, that's why we tell people about it.

  • Ivaylo, June 14, 2017 Reply

    Can you as well publish a short list of top stories from the competition?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 15, 2017 Reply

      Hi Ivaylo, each competition we publish the winners + a shortlist of 10 - sometimes more - stories a few weeks after the deadline. Or did I misunderstand your question?

  • Ankita Deka, June 14, 2017 Reply

    Hello,
    I have submitted my story titled, "Russian Roulette". I am unsure whether I published correctly. Could you please verify if my entry is valid for the competition?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 15, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes you have 'storytellers' as a tag and it's published so you're participating in the contest! Did you already check out the app? You can easily keep track of your comments :)

  • Jonathan Khare, June 17, 2017 Reply

    Am I allowed to promote my submissions through Facebook?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 17, 2017 Reply

      Hi, of course! You can promote your story on any social media you want.

  • Inba, June 17, 2017 Reply

    Hi, do you consider the short form in the 500 words? For example, contraction I have as I've.

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 18, 2017 Reply

      Hi, 'I've' will be counted as one word. Standard contractions are allowed!

  • Roha Khan, June 17, 2017 Reply

    Hi. I wanted to ask if there is any particular topic or theme or can we just write on any topic we desire.

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 18, 2017 Reply

      Hi Roha, no, you can write on any topic as long as the story is under 500 words! Good luck :)

  • mridul rastogi, June 17, 2017 Reply

    Hi, can you tell if my story is correctly tagged and is participating?? the title is 'THE NEW WORLD'

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 18, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it's published but there is no tag on your story. You can add it via 'edit story details'. Don't forget to press enter and click back to save!

  • Adnan, June 18, 2017 Reply

    I have submitted the story but I mistakenly instead of #storytellers tag have put storytellers tag only this is the link to my story.
    https://web.sweek.com/#/story/Am8BBQkDDQEEDgALbAEB
    Can anything be done???

    • Adnan, June 18, 2017 Reply

      This is link to my story
      https://web.sweek.com/#/story/Am8BBQkDDQEEDgALbAEB

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 18, 2017 Reply

      Hi, the tag is fine! Your story is participating ;)

  • Christina, June 19, 2017 Reply

    Can it be in a dialogue format?
    Thank you!

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 20, 2017 Reply

      Hi Christina, of course! Curious to read the result :)

  • Christina, June 21, 2017 Reply

    Hello again! I just submit my dialogue entitled, "A Mimetic Stutter". I just want to make sure I put the proper tag (#storytellers), and that it is participating in this contest. Also, I did not see a word count before (or once) it was published. I believe it was around 443 words (including character names), but I just want to ensure it is under 500 words! Thanks!

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 21, 2017 Reply

      Hi Christina, yes it's under the word limit and correctly tagged. Looks like an interesting story, I look forward to reading it! Did you already check out our app to keep track of your interaction?
      iOS app: http://apple.co/2iIPnDV
      Android app: http://bit.ly/2k7IjNC

  • Debbie, June 21, 2017 Reply

    Hi,
    I have put up my story 'Scheherazade'. Is it tagged correctly, and under the word count? How can I promote it?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 22, 2017 Reply

      Hi, I replied regarding the word count on your other comment ;)

      About the promotion, you can leave a comment with your story and a small compelling description here:
      https://sweek.com/#/read/38149/1400000162

      You can also join the Sweek fanpage, where the Sweek Keepers (ambassadors) choose a story weekly to promote!
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/306066656501682/

      Leaving valuable feedback on other writers' stories can also get you readers in return :)

  • Yann-Axel, June 22, 2017 Reply

    Hello, I submit my story entitled "unexpected evening (or nearly)" and i wanted to make sure that it is participating in the contest. Thanks.

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 22, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes it's correctly tagged and published! Did you already check out the Sweek app for keeping track of your interaction? :)

  • Rahul, June 22, 2017 Reply

    Hello Admin. Has my story " A Dark Reality ", been entered into the competition?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 22, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes it's correctly tagged and published! Did you already check out the Sweek app for keeping track of your interaction? :)

  • Divya, June 22, 2017 Reply

    Hi
    I have submitted my story. I wanted to know whether it is participating in the competiton. I think i hvnt added the tag
    Could u pls tell me?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 22, 2017 Reply

      Hi Divya, I can check. What is the title of your story?

    • Divya, June 23, 2017 Reply

      Sir pls reply is my story participating? Is it correctly tagged?

      • Sabine van der Plas, June 23, 2017 Reply

        Hi, you story 'Illuminating Darkness' is participating as it's correctly tagged. Did you already check out the app to keep track of your interaction?

  • Sakshi, June 22, 2017 Reply

    Can we upload story in 2 parts? And both the parts will together we covering 500 words?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 22, 2017 Reply

      Hi, Sakshi, we count the words per story, so if both chapters are for example 250, it's fine. If they are both 500, it won't be accepted. In that case, please create two separate stories Sweek and add the #storytellers tag to both. Good luck!

  • Debbie, June 22, 2017 Reply

    Hi,
    I have submitted my story 'Scheherazade'. Is it tagged correctly, and under the word count?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 22, 2017 Reply

      Hi Debbie, I'm getting 736 words as your word count. You can either shorten it to join #storytellers (500 words max) or join #UnbelievableTales (1000 words max) with this story. Storytellers is until Sunday, UnbelievableTales until Monday. Good luck!

  • Nympha B. Carrera, June 23, 2017 Reply

    hi sweek team i just wanna ask if I can also join the contest I'm from Philippines actually. thanks. :)

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 23, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes you can, as long as your story is written in English :) Fun fact: the winner of the #tomorrow contest was from Malaysia!

  • Divya, June 23, 2017 Reply

    The title is "Illuminating Darkness."

  • Aman, June 23, 2017 Reply

    Does the story needs to be restricted to a single chapter. Or can it have a few?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 23, 2017 Reply

      Yes, as long as you stick to 500 words in total, you can divide the text over as many chapters as you want. Good luck!

  • Aman, June 23, 2017 Reply

    Is the format restricted to single chapter. Or can we have multiple chapters? While keeping the word count in check.

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 23, 2017 Reply

      Yes, as long as you stick to 500 words in total, you can divide the text over as many chapters as you want. Good luck!

  • Meenu Katariya, June 23, 2017 Reply

    hii.. I have submitted my story. How do I get to see it and the link of the published story?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 24, 2017 Reply

      If you go to your profile and click on the story, you'll see a share button on the story information page. Here you can get the link to share it :)

  • Rashmi, June 23, 2017 Reply

    Hello, I am new Sweeker. I drafted a story. I am trying to edit the title of the story and update the photo. But not able to do so. Please guide. Also, how can I delete any of my story if I want to?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi Rashmi, you can go to My stories - then click on your story - then click on the 3 dots in the upper right corner - click on 'Edit story basics'. Here you can change the information, and click on the back button < to save. Good luck! You'll also find 'delete story' and 'delete chapter' in the 3 dots menu.

  • Rahul, June 24, 2017 Reply

    Hello Sweek team,
    I have written two stories thus far, but I do not understand how to promote them. How come some of the popular stories have hundreds of reads? How does this work?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi! I haven't checked your story as I don't know which is yours, but of course make sure to have a gripping cover and description. To promote it, you can do the following:

      You can leave a comment with your story and a small compelling description here:
      https://sweek.com/#/read/38149/1400000162

      You can also join the Sweek fanpage, where the Sweek Keepers (ambassadors) choose a story weekly to promote!
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/306066656501682/

      Leaving valuable feedback on other writers' stories can also get you readers in return :)

      When your story wins a competition (we always create a shortlist with finalists) you'll be featured which also gives you a lot of exposure. So, make sure your story is as best as it can be :D

      • Rahul, June 25, 2017 Reply

        My stories are ' A Dark Reality' and 'A Ray Of Hope'

        • Sabine van der Plas, June 25, 2017 Reply

          Hi, they're both part of one of our competitions as they're correctly tagged. Did you already check out the app to keep track of the comments?

  • vidhi, June 24, 2017 Reply

    Hi. Is it okay if I submit multiple entries as multiple chapters in the same book, or do I need to create separate stories for separate entries. I'm thinking of submitting 2 entries for #Storytellers, so I was wondering if I could include both in the same book, but as different chapters maybe? Thank you.

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, each story will be counted (for the word count) as one story regardless of the number of chapters, and the jury will review the two chapters as one story. Therefore, you'll have to upload them separately. Good luck!

      • vidhi, July 2, 2017 Reply

        Thank you, and I'm so sorry to bother you again.
        Usually I check the tags myself, but when I search the tags up to the end of the page, I see only one story underneath the hashtag. I have submitted three stories, so it would be great if it could be confirmed if all 3 (Rix, Heartbeats that Save, War - Zone) have entered successfully.

        • Sweek team, July 2, 2017 Reply

          Hi there, great to see all your stories :) Yes, all tagged correctly!

  • Benny, June 24, 2017 Reply

    What is the difference between story title and chapter title? Can they be same when it comes to writing a short story such as the micro-fiction since it is not a novel whereby it include chapters? Thanks

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, the story title will be displayed on explore and on top of your story information page. Yes, you can keep them the same if it's just one chapter ;)

  • Chumki, June 25, 2017 Reply

    Hello Team, I have uploaded three poems as entries for #storytellers. Please confirm .

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 25, 2017 Reply

      Hi, all three are correctly tagged with storytellers and are thus participating. Good luck! Did you already get the Sweek app to keep track of your interaction?

  • renato o. de belen, June 25, 2017 Reply

    Hi! Can a 74 years old writer wannabe submit a story? Been wanting to join a writing contest before alshiemer sets in.

    • Sweek team, June 26, 2017 Reply

      Hi, of course you can! We look forward to reading it! Please let us know in case of any questions you may have :) Good luck!

  • Chumki, June 26, 2017 Reply

    Hello Team, I have submitted a story as my entry for #Unbelievable tales, please confirm.

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 26, 2017 Reply

      Hi, we can check, yes. What's the title of your story?

      • Chumki, June 27, 2017 Reply

        It's " The Magical Rainbow"

        • Sabine van der Plas, June 28, 2017 Reply

          It's part of the UnbelievableTales competition and will be read by the jury soon :)

  • Mahikaa, June 27, 2017 Reply

    Hello.
    Is it true? The submission date is extended until 2 July? Can we submit our entries now?

    • Sweek team, June 28, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, indeed, you can still submit your entries :)

      • Mahikaa, June 28, 2017 Reply

        Hello.
        i just posted a poem for this competition. can you please confirm whether it is tagged properly?
        Its title is : Harry Potter - The Wizarding World

        • Sabine van der Plas, June 28, 2017 Reply

          Hi, yes, it's correctly tagged, so you're participating in the competition! Did you already get the app to keep track of the comments on your story?

  • SSERUGUNDA JOHN, June 28, 2017 Reply

    Hello am john from Uganda in Eastern Africa aged 22 years. Am i allowed to participate in the contest?. And when is the deadline for submission. thanks

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 28, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes, the competition is worldwide and long as your story is in English - you can participate! The deadline is this Sunday 2nd of July at midnight. Good luck!

  • Rashi mital, June 28, 2017 Reply

    Can I submit a story written by me but published on my website?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 28, 2017 Reply

      Hi Rashi, yes, that's no problem! Good luck :)

  • B. Kantrowitz, June 28, 2017 Reply

    I feel silly, but where is the app? How do I download it? And what does it mean to 'tagged #storytellers'?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 28, 2017 Reply

      When you publish your story, you can type a tag in the tags section. It's also explained in this video:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPP3Lsz2QkY
      You can download the app via these links:
      iOS app: http://apple.co/2iIPnDV
      Android app: http://bit.ly/2k7IjNC

  • GillFriend, June 30, 2017 Reply

    Hello
    It says to create a new chapter, my story is 500 words so do I need different chapters or is it ok to just write one?
    thanks

    • Sweek team, July 1, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, this is totally up to you. You can put your story as one chapter or multiple ones, doesn't matter :)

      • GillFriend, July 2, 2017 Reply

        thanks very much:)

  • Debbie, June 30, 2017 Reply

    Hi,
    I have shortened my story. Is the word count for 'Scheherazade' okay now?

    • Sweek team, July 1, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, is this the exact title of your story? I cannot see it in our database

      • Debbie, July 2, 2017 Reply

        Yes. Please check the word count.

        • Sweek team, July 2, 2017 Reply

          Hi, it is 498 words now:)

  • Debasmita Banerjee, June 30, 2017 Reply

    Hi, I am unable to share the story with my friends, as it is not visible them. Can this sorted??

    • Sweek team, July 1, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, could you please give me the title of your story?

      • Debasmita Banerjee, July 1, 2017 Reply

        Departure

        • Sweek team, July 2, 2017 Reply

          Hi there, this is the link you can use to promote it :) https://sweek.com/#/read/39/1800262937

          • Debasmita Banerjee, July 4, 2017

            Is it properly tagged??

          • Sabine van der Plas, July 6, 2017

            Hi, you missed a letter so it wasn't recognized by our database. I'll add it manually to the list of entries!

  • Mahikaa, July 2, 2017 Reply

    hello
    i just posed anentry for the contest. please confirm
    The title is: Kindness Still Prevails

    • Sweek team, July 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, it is tagged correctly and is participating

  • Emerald, July 3, 2017 Reply

    Hi, I published and tagged my story on 1st july . I am new to the site , please can u confirm if I have tagged my poem properly or not. The title of my poem is Rising - A Girl's Story .

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 3, 2017 Reply

      Hi there! Yes, it's correctly published and tagged, so you're participating with the contest! Did you already check out the app to keep track of your interaction?

      • Mahikaa, July 3, 2017 Reply

        i do have the app but ho to keep track?
        and if i ask something in the comments and someone replies, then can that too be seen in the app?

        • Sabine van der Plas, July 6, 2017 Reply

          Hi, you'll get notifications when you get likes, follows and comments on your own story. Unfortunately we don't have a notification yet when someone replies on yours on another story. Working on it!

      • Emerald, July 4, 2017 Reply

        I am not using the app, just the on web version. I had another question how do we get ppl to be aware abt our stories?

        • Sabine van der Plas, July 6, 2017 Reply

          You can leave a comment with your story here:
          https://sweek.com/#/read/37817/1400000162

          You can also join the Sweek fanpage, where the Sweek Keepers (ambassadors) choose a story weekly to promote!
          https://www.facebook.com/groups/306066656501682/

          Leaving valuable feedback on other writers' stories can also get you readers in return :)

          And don't forget to share with friends & family!

  • Amara Khan, July 4, 2017 Reply

    how do i enter?

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 6, 2017 Reply

      Hi, this one is already closed but you can participate with https://blog.sweek.com/sweek-writing-competition-goexplore/ or https://blog.sweek.com/sweek-student-writing-competition/!

  • saranya, July 15, 2017 Reply

    Hi,
    I have edited the story with tags storytellers , i forgot to add it before, i couldnt see the stories while i search with #storytellers , can you please check and tell me ? A tribute to harry potter series and poetic medley

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 16, 2017 Reply

      Hi Saranya, the jury is already deciding on the winners and shortlist, so it's too late to still participate. You're on time for the #GoExplore competition, so you can change the tag if you would like! https://blog.sweek.com/sweek-writing-competition-goexplore/

      • saranya, July 17, 2017 Reply

        oh that was pretty bad miss. for goexplore, that should be like adventure right ?

        • Sabine van der Plas, July 17, 2017 Reply

          Hi, yes, the theme is adventure. It doesn't have to be related to travel, it can be all kinds of adventures!

  • Isha, July 18, 2017 Reply

    When are the results out?

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 18, 2017 Reply

      They,ll be announced today! Keep an eye on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sweekstories/

      • Isha, July 18, 2017 Reply

        Great!
        What time, and which time zone?

        • Sabine van der Plas, July 19, 2017 Reply

          They have been announced a few hours ago!

  • Janhavi Singh, July 22, 2017 Reply

    When will the result of this competition be out ?

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 23, 2017 Reply

      Hi, you can already find it on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/sweekstories/

  • Deepti, August 13, 2017 Reply

    I need to share my Sweek story link on my FB page. From where can I get this link? Also, do my readers have to sign up for Sweek to read my story? And do check if my story "The Typewriter" is published.
    Thanks!

    • Sweek team, August 14, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, your story is published: https://sweek.com/read/58506/1400000162. Readers do not need to sign up to read it, but if they want to comment on it, or like it, they do need to be logged in.


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