I just want to make sure that people know what rights to their personal information they are giving up when entering the wattys. This is written in the official rules pdf that you check you read when you enter, but is not included in the 2019 Watty Awards book published by the wattys profile, which is what I think most people actually read.
When you enter, you are giving wattpad the right to use and publish your personal info in any way. Here is a screenshot of the relevant clause in the offical rules.
Again, this IS NOT acknowledged in the book published by the wattys profile. The closest they come is this, which is significantly less broad.
I am not trying to convince anyone not to enter the wattys. If you are comfortable with these clauses, I think that’s great. I am just posting because I think a lot of people skip reading through the pdf and this was not communicated well in the book on the wattys. Personally, as someone who wants to use a pen name and keep my writing life and my personal life separate, this might make me pass on the wattys.