Toronto, Canada, June 09, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Wattpad, the world's most popular ebook community, has launched its annual writing contest, The Watty Awards. During the MTV Movie Awards on June 6th, Wattpad joined thousands of fans online to chat about the show and announce The Watty Awards.
In 2009, Wattpad's writing contest generated almost 10,000 submissions and contributed to some stories being read over four million times. This year, Wattpad has expanded its annual contest to include even more prizes and awards categories.
The contest is similar to how the MTV Movie Awards work; readers can vote for their favorite stories in brand new categories such as Best Cast, Best Imaginative Setting, Best Fictional Couple, Best Sci-Fi Novel and Best Mystery. Writers will post their stories on Wattpad and then choose their dream cast of celebrities to play the fictional characters. The stories with the most votes will be nominated for the finals.
To accommodate the growing number of users who access Wattpad on their mobile devices and iPads, readers will be able to vote for their favorite stories using the new Wattpad app for iPad/iPod. Additionally, readers can vote for entries on www.wattpad.com, by liking a story on Facebook and by tweeting it on Twitter.
“Building off the success of last year’s event, we expect to see an increase in the number of writers participating in the 2010 Watty Awards,” predicts Wattpad CEO and co-founder Allen Lau. “Wattpad contests are a great way to encourage writers to create original content and take advantage of Wattpad’s unique social networking platform to grow their fan base. Last year’s winning story has been read almost three million times on Wattpad and the author was interviewed by mainstream news media including ITV in the UK.”
The winner of the Watty Award for “Best Overall Story” will win a Masterpiece Package from Wattpad publishing partner Lulu. Thousands of dollars in additional prizes will be awarded to winners in dozens of other categories.
Founded in 2006, Wattpad is now the world’s most popular ebook community. Wattpad has revolutionized the way people read written works by providing a social networking platform for readers and writers to discover, share and connect. Anyone can publish what they have written on Wattpad – a romantic story, a piece of science fiction, poetry, an essay or a novel – and interact with readers and make fans. Content is easily accessible through Wattpad's website (www.wattpad.com), mobile site (m.wattpad.com) or with Wattpad apps available for over 1,000 mobile devices including iPad/iPhone, BlackBerry, Google Android, Nokia and Samsung.
Wattpad has experienced explosive growth since its inception and has become the world's most popular destination to publish and read ebooks. Wattpad delivers billions of pages from its library of hundreds of thousands of works created and published by the Wattpad community. Millions of readers visit Wattpad every month on www.wattpad.com and by downloading their mobile apps.
For more information about The Watty Awards, please visit http://www.wattpad.com/watty
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