As the Wattys season approaches, I though I would repost the Longlist Data I compiled from Wattys 2018.
Use this data to help you prepare your entries for this year.
A lot of this data nullifies the following complaints heard last season:
Misconceptions about The Wattys
♕ Only the most popular win
♕ A certain number of stories from each genre are selected
♕ It’s rigged
♕ Being an ambassador gives you an edge
♕ Only a bot chose the Longlist
♕ If I don’t make the Longlist, Shortlist, or Winners List, my story is awful.
♕ I can’t enter a story I started before the new awards date.
Truths about The Wattys
♕ What they’re looking for changes each year (well, some of it).
♕ The categories change each year.
♕ In 2018, The Wattys were specifically looking “to reflect the vibrancy and diversity of our global community.” [BEHIND THE WATTYS]
♕ You can enter a story you started before the new awards date. You just have to have written five new chapters since that time. Some stories were submitted and made the Longlist in 2018 that were first published in 2014!
♕ AI software does cull the 251K+ entries in English for the judges, but humans do review the stories it selected. [According to The Wattys 2018 book, AI was used to determine the caliber of grammar and the frequency of spelling errors.]
♕ Being an ambassador has no bearing on selection (many were not chosen).
♕ They give hints in The Wattys book what they are looking for.
♕ You could have an excellent story, but it’s not what they’re looking for this year.
♕ HQ listens to feedback: result—we have a Longlist for the first time in 2018 due to feedback.
♕ They were selecting books, regardless of genre, that best meet the requirements of their categories and that they could market through Wattpad Studios. (primarily)
♕ Most of the judges were from Wattpad Studios.
Graphics to follow in the posts below.
Wattys 2018 Shortlist Data is here: