2019 and 2020 Novels Starts Eligibility Under Watty New Rules?

EDIT: Answered by Nick @post 15

So how will the rules work for Watty entry eligibility?

Does edit counts against the last eligible publication date, or does it only look at the date a chapter was last added?

If the book is completed and published entirely in 2019, is it eligible for 2020? Does editing dates matter? If chapters were still added in 2020, is it still eligible in 2020, or only in 2021?

For 2020 starts of the novels:

Anything that was started (first publication date as per book’s page in reader mode) after January 1st 2020 but prior to January 1, 2021.

Is it eligible for 2020 if finished prior to September 30, 2020?
Is it eligible for 2021 if finished prior to September 30, 2020?
Is it eligible for 2021 if finished after September 30, 2020 but prior to January 1, 2021?
Is it eligible in 2021 if it is finished between January 1, 2021 and the cut off date in 2021?

You can read this chapter for more information, Domi:
https://www.wattpad.com/837423560-the-2020-watty-awards-the-wattys-2020-changes

Here’s the guide: https://www.wattpad.com/story/213863111-the-2020-watty-awards

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I read it, and I don’t understand it. I want to see the clarification on the following:

  1. First day the first shred of content was published to be eligible for 2020
  2. Last day of the last shred of content was published to be eligible for 2020

The same questions for 2021, since it impacts writing and posting throughout 2020

  1. Does editing post the cut off date for publishing but prior to entry makes the story ineligible.
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Tagging @nick here ^^ :slight_smile:

Yes. As long as it went up after January 1st, 2017 it is eligible. So if it’s completely contained in 2019 (as one if my works was) you can submit it again.

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What if the work was started in 2019, but finished in 2020? Is it still eligible for W2020?

If not, would it be eligible for W2021, because it was finished during the preceding calendar year (2020) but before the entry deadline, or disqualified because it was started in 2019?

If the work was started in 2020, do I either have to finish it before September 2020 to enter 2020 Watty or unpublish it now, and start republishing after January 1, 2021 to be eligible in 2021?

In other words, I want the exact range of dates of publication, first page and the last page, for Watty eligible entries in 2020 and 2021.

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Yes, it is :slight_smile:

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What about going forward, is that always the start date then?

So, anything started after January 1st 2020 but before January 1, 2021.

Is it eligible for 2020 if finished prior to September 2020?
Is it eligible for 2021 if finished prior to September 2020?
Is it eligible for 2021 if finished after September 2020 but prior to January 1, 2021?
Is it eligible in 2021 if it is finished between January 1, 2021 and the cut off date in 2021?

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My impression is that next year it’s only novels written January 2021- September of 2021.

But this year is lax as far as publication dates and I am LOVING it.

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Not written. Published to Wattpad. So, you can’t start publishing anything between September 30 of preceding year and prior to January 1st of the contest year.

This rule will effectively eliminate everything we had started in 2020 and didn’t finish prior to September. It can be bypassed by unpublishing it.

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This, basically. Anything posted in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 (prior to submission closing date ofc) is eligible for Wattys 2020.

You can edit up to whenever, you won’t be disqualified for editing at any point. It’s just that HQ can’t guarantee edits beyond Sept 30th 2020 will be read by judges.

As for what is eligible for 2021 and onwards, this hasn’t been specified exactly as rules could change completely next year, but I imagine it’ll be stories posted from August 2020 - Sept 2021. This is an educated guess, though - HQ probably won’t be able to say for sure due to the possibility of rules changing.

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This is what I mean in my educated guess point above - I doubt HQ will say sod you to anything posted between Sept 2020 and Jan 2021. I imagine eligibility will run from August - Sept next year.

Again though, I wouldn’t think too much about 2021 Wattys. The rules could change completely, and it’s definitely much more worth your effort to focus on 2020.

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It’s obviously not perfect, but you could always just hold off on new projects between September and January in the future, which is why advanced notice is nice.

Which is the same as last year, I think?

Not so. I set aside my WIP that was started on January 26, 2020 in order to write the ONC.

If I cannot do both the ONC and finish/polish the novel prior to September 30, 2020…

I need to know the 2021 rules–at the moment, if I have to unpublish it, I will lose reading lists and reads at republishing. So, basically, depending on 2021 rules, I can either do business as usual, just letting the WIP sit with whatever odd comment/view it gains, or I have to stop circulating the WIP ASAP to minimize the unpublishing losses.

Hi, the rules were intensely simplified this year to avoid all of this.

If the Create Date is Jan 1 2017 or later, it is eligible. If it is not, it is not. That’s it.

For next year: If the create date is Jan 1 2020 or later, it is eligible.

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So, any first published date starting from January 1 of the preceding calendar year makes the novel eligible in the current calendar year Watty. Thank you so much for the clarification!

The new rules are perfect and a HUGE improvement.

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