Mumbai: Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company for original stories, has introduced the Wattpad India Awards. Modelled on The Wattys, Wattpad’s annual global writing competition and the largest writing competition on the planet, the Wattpad India Awards aim to engage Wattpad’s growing community of readers and writers in India. Budding writers can submit their entries until December 3, 2019, on Wattpad by https://w.tt/WattpadIndiaAwards2019 . Winners will be announced on 26th December 2019.
The first edition of Wattpad India awards will feature a jury of renowned Indian authors and publishing leaders, including: Kulpreet Yadav, bestselling author of Queens of Crime; Swati Daftuar, Senior commissioning editor, HarperCollins India; Prashasti Rastogi, Director at German Book Office of the Frankfurter Buchmesse; Sid Jain, Founder, StoryInk; Neil D’Silva, bestselling author of Yakshini; and Aditi Maheshwari Goyal, Executive Director, Vani Prakashan Group.
Wattpad India Award winners will receive Wattpad India certifications and an opportunity to be featured on the Times Network. Winners will also receive professionally designed covers for their stories, Wattpad merchandise, and promotion on local Wattpad social media forums.
“We are excited to introduce our first edition of the Wattpad India awards,” said Devashish Sharma, Wattpad’s India Country Manager. “We want to recognize and reward the amazing creativity of our Indian community, and the diverse, empowering stories Indian writers upload every day.”
The criteria for Indian authors entering the awards is that they should be previously published on Wattpad (any year). In addition, narrative stories must contain at least 10,000 words or 15+ chapters, and poetry entries should have a minimum of 500 words.