Content Guidelines

Content Guidelines

We love stories at Wattpad. Storytelling is our thing, and we want it to be your thing, too. That’s why our goal is to create a safe and comfortable space for everyone to discover and create.

That’s why we need to make sure you’re fully aware of the types of content you might find and read on Wattpad, and the types of content you can and cannot post.

So, before you post anything on Wattpad, please consider the following guidelines:

  • The story you’re about to post, as well as all associated media, is appropriate for the community, and has been correctly rated. See: Rating Your Story & Prohibited Content below.
  • The story is entirely your own original work, or you have the author’s permission to post it. See: Copyrighted FAQ.
  • The story has been placed in the correct category (such as Romance, Science Fiction, Fanfiction, etc.). See: Content Categories.

If you come across any content that violates our guidelines, let us know by reporting it. See here for how to do that.


Rating Your Story

All creators are expected to rate their stories as either Mature, or for Everyone, according to the guidelines provided below. If you come across a story that has been rated incorrectly, you can let us know by reporting it (see our guide here). Please note that we will change your rating if it does not comply with these guidelines.


Mature Rating

Mature stories are intended for an audience that is 17 and up. There are restrictions on discovering Mature stories on Wattpad that help ensure they reach the correct audience. A story may be rated Mature if it contains any of the following:

  • An explicit sex scene (R-rated)
  • Self-harm themes or scenes (including suicide and eating disorders)
  • Graphic depictions of violence


Prohibited Content

The following guidelines list content that is not allowed on Wattpad. This is not an exhaustive list, and we reserve the right to remove any content that we deem inappropriate.

Sex on Wattpad

The following sexual content is not allowed on Wattpad, and will be removed:

  • Pornographic stories
    A story is considered pornographic when it exists solely for the purpose of sexual stimulation. These stories focus on sexual acts, rather than telling a story. “Telling a story” means the work must have a plot unrelated to the sexual scene/s, or must show a progression or growth in its characters.
  • Stories containing sexual content with persons under the age of 16
    or that are in violation of Canadian law
    Sexual content involves sexual intercourse, or sex acts such as oral sex, as well as implied sexual content that is not detailed.
  • Stories encouraging or promoting non-consensual sex
    Non-consensual sex includes rape, sexual assault, kidnapping for sexual purposes, or sexual slavery, regardless of whether the character or their guardian “voluntarily” accepts such conduct.
  • Stories intended solely for sexual roleplay or messaging
    Actively seeking messages of a sexual nature is not permitted. This includes posting works which encourage private messages, on or off Wattpad, or posting rules for public or private roleplay that is sexual in nature. This also includes posting works which contain roleplay characters who can be chosen for sexual roleplay.
  • Stories which encourage any other illegal sex acts, such as bestiality or necrophilia.


Media on Wattpad

Media on Wattpad includes images, videos, gifs, and sound clips. The following Media is not allowed on Wattpad, and will be removed:

  • Media containing full exposure of any private parts, such as genitalia, breasts and buttocks.
  • Media displaying sexual intercourse, or any other sexual act, regardless of whether private parts are visible.
  • Media displaying self-harm or suicide
    Self-harm includes any imagery of self-inflicted wounds or cuts, or utensils used for self-harm that are covered in blood or are meant to allude to self-harm. Any imagery of suicide, such as a person hanging from a noose or with a gun, is also prohibited.
  • Images of people posted without their consent, except for public figures and celebrities.
  • Any other media which captures an illegal act.


Talking about Others:

Sharing opinions on stories and the quality or style of writing is ok, but don’t post any content that:

  • Bashes a user purely for personal reasons
  • Reveals any personally identifying information about other people, including real names, addresses, other contact information, physical descriptions, or private photographs/videos
    Due to the fictional nature of stories and the chances of real names being used coincidentally, we are unable to remove a work for having the same or similar name to a real person. Only if there is additional identifying information, such as the city you are from or your work/school, is there a violation of our content guidelines.
  • Actively promotes violence or hatred. The promotion of hatred on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age, or sexual orientation, or content that is intended to bully, threaten, or harass others, is also strictly prohibited. We aim to create a safe community for everyone on Wattpad, so be kind, respectful, and please treat others as you would want to be treated
    General expressions of opinions are allowed, but they cannot be discriminatory. For example, someone is entitled to the opinion that they dislike homosexuality, but they cannot encourage others to attack people or diminish them due to their sexuality. Additionally, posting a negative opinion of a celebrity or public figure is not considered hate speech.


Self-Harm on Wattpad:

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please know that help is available. For residents in the U.S. and Canada, please contact 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Help for other countries:

  • Any content that encourages or gives instruction on self-harm will be removed. Self-harm includes suicide and eating disorders
    Encouragement means a story actively promotes a behavior or act by portraying it as a positive action that should be imitated. Instruction means the story provides steps or details on how to commit it. For example, a diary that features instructions on how to be anorexic or bulimic.
  • Discussions about recovery and support are completely acceptable on Wattpad. Stories or discussions which aim to place a negative light on the consequences of self-harm and eating disorders are not a violation.



  • Any content that advertises products or services unrelated to, or not sanctioned by Wattpad is not permitted and will be removed.



[For a full copyright FAQ, you can check here]

At Wattpad we value the incredible amount of dedication and commitment that goes into the creation process, so helping creators protect their rights is our top priority.

  • Posting the copyrighted works of others without their legal consent is strictly prohibited. This applies to all stories, images, and media.
  • Posting on behalf of an author and giving credit to them is still a violation of copyright. Consent is always required from the author.
  • Adaptations or slight alterations to a work, such as changing names, are a violation of copyright.
  • Any works posted in violation of these rights will be promptly removed and multiple violations may result in immediate account closure.

If you believe that your copyrights have been violated, please report it to us immediately by submitting a ticket to or by submitting a formal Digitial Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice to The Wattpad community is also encouraged to report any instances of copyright infringement by clicking on the story’s ‘Report’ button. For more information on our Copyright Policy, please see our Terms of Service.


Content Categories



With love as a driving force, a romance is a form of fiction that traces the growing relationship between two individuals, and oftentimes, the struggle to reconcile their differences or their pasts. The protagonists typically undergo personal development, equally challenged and changed by their beloved.

Example: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen



Fantasy is a form of fiction which takes place within an alternative world - an imaginary realm wherein magical and supernatural forces pervade. Fantasy stories explore archetypal truths and experiences of an ordinary protagonist, as he or she embarks on an extraordinary quest. Legendary, mythological, and folkloric traditions characterise the genre, thus fantasy stories are often rife with dragons, trolls, wizards, and knights. Typically, fantasy deals with universal themes, such as the struggle of good against evil or the struggle of an individual against society.

Example: Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien



Paranormal is a form of fiction that occurs in a modern-day setting, but contains creatures or happenings that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding or “normal” human experience. Paranormal stories often explore a human protagonist within a paranormal world, as well as their encounter with paranormal beings or individuals with paranormal abilities, such as ghosts, angels, vampires, werewolves, clairvoyants, or telekinetics.

Example: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris.



Horror is a form of fiction that intends to scare or disturb through a protagonist’s experience with an uncanny or menacing force. Horror evokes an emotional, psychological, or physical response (i.e., fear) within the reader and intrudes on a reader’s comfort level. Horror stories usually involve a protagonist’s confrontation with the unknown and the malevolent aspects of humanity, as well as the unsettling realisation that human knowledge is limited.

Example: The Shining by Stephen King

Historical Fiction

Historical fiction usually recounts a famed event of the past or a memorable, recognizable period time period as experienced by fictional characters, but may also describe a historical figure (in their perceived likeness) that must deal with a variety of imagined situations. Historical fiction attempts to accurately capture the essence of history and realise as fully as possible the way the world once was. Striving for plausibility and authenticity, historical fiction allows the reader to both live and learn history, often showcasing political or social issues of the time.

Examples: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell.


Fan Fiction

Fanfiction is writing that remixes characters, places, or plots from existing narratives to tell new, original stories. Existing narratives could mean things like popular books, tv shows, movies, games, comics, or plays. Some types of fanfiction even cast real people as characters in the stories. Fanfiction can expand the story world (like sending Katniss into the 76th Hunger Games) or can take known characters in completely new directions (like having Katniss battle it out with Pikachu).

Example: Definitive Therapy by F. Paul Wilson


Short Story

Short stories are works of brief narrative prose, which usually focus on a limited number of characters and a single, decisive plot incident. Significantly shorter and more compact than novels, short stories leave the reader with a snapshot or slice of life.

Example: The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe.



Spiritual fiction often involves a protagonist who embarks on a journey of self-reflection and self-actualisation, which includes spiritual, although not necessarily religious, experiences. Spiritual fiction nourishes the soul, captivates the emotions, and attempts to explain existential questions such as why are we here, what is the meaning of life, and what happens when we die.

Example: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.



Classics are stories written over 100 years ago that stand the test of time as works of high literary merit and artistic qualities. Classics are universally appealing to readers and their themes endure and resonate in contemporary society. Classics are also traditionally accepted as influential in shaping culture.

Examples: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Emma by Jane Austen.


Science Fiction

Science Fiction typically revolves around a futuristic or space-age world wherein imaginative scientific and technological innovations are possible within the story’s established laws of nature. Science Fiction deals with the consequences and impact of science (actual or imagined) on individual and societal levels, and often includes advanced devices, such as time-machines, or other life forms, such as aliens.

Examples: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.



Humor stories seek to entertain and amuse with fun, fancy, or ridiculousness, while simultaneously constructing a narrative that resonates with the reader. Sometimes these works take the form of Satire, wherein a story that may seem serious on the surface is carrying out a tongue-in-cheek critique of some cultural or societal element.

Example: Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.


Mystery / Thriller

Mystery stories feature a protagonist who investigates a crime, problem, puzzle, or some sort of unknown. The protagonist, whether an actual detective or an amateur, often struggles to achieve his or her goals and endures various psychological and physical obstacles, but gradually deduces the solution through facts, logic, and working backwards. These stories encourage the reader to actively engage in solving the mystery for themselves and require the reader to pay careful attention to clues, suspects, and evidence presented in order to intellectually satisfy.

Example: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


While thriller stories also focus on uncovering mysteries, they move at a faster pace and are driven by action, tension, excitement, and violence. Thriller stories are often quite sensational, and involve larger-scale criminal offenses with higher stakes, such as conspiracy or espionage. Thrillers also include dangerous situations which the protagonist endures while trying to solve the greater problem.

Example: Casino Royale by Sir Ian Fleming.


Action / Adventure

Risk, danger, and excitement inform adventure fiction, which focuses on a particular challenge, quest, or journey which the protagonist, or hero, must undertake and successfully complete. Adventure fiction includes a villain or other antagonistic forces which the hero thwarts with wits and ingenuity, rather than violence.

Example: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.


Teen Fiction

Teen Fiction traces the ins, outs, ups and downs of growing up through the emotional, physical, and social experiences of a teenaged or young adult protagonist with which readers identify. Teen Fiction often takes place within a high school setting and may serve as a “coming-of-age” story, documenting the awkwardness of adolescence and the challenge of coping with difficult social issues.

Example: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Looking for Alaska by John Green.



ChickLit concerns itself with the struggles of modern womanhood. While romantic elements often exist in ChickLit, stories typically focus on the female protagonist’s relationships with friends or family.

Example: Short Writings by Marian Keyes



As William Wordsworth said, poetry is “the spontaneous outflow of powerful feelings.” Indeed, poetry employs rhythm, language, rhetorical devices, and figures of speech to convey an imaginative, emotional experience. Poetry contrasts with prose, or everyday writing, and often uses elaborate diction and figurative language which conceals deeper meaning.

Example: Fire and Ice by Robert Frost.



Vampire fiction concerns itself primarily with the subject of vampires who feed on living creatures in order to survive. While vampires were traditionally horrific and villainous, modern interpretations often reimagine the fanged bloodsuckers as more nuanced and complex entities. Vampire fiction usually deals with the human protagonist’s encounter with a vampire, their romantic relationship with a vampire, or his or her transformation into a vampire themselves. Other conflicts may include vampire-hunting or drama within the vampire coven.

Example: Dracula by Bram Stoker.



Werewolf fiction concerns itself primarily with the subject of werewolves or other human/beast forms from folklore and monster myths. Werewolf fiction often focuses on lycanthropy - the supernatural transformation of a human into a wolf - and its repercussions, but may also include associated drama within the hierarchy of the pack and the struggle for the protagonist to repress primal impulses and bestial urges.


General Fiction

General Fiction, sometimes called contemporary fiction, focuses on the everyday experiences and conflicts of a protagonist, usually an adult, with detailed characterization and background. General Fiction is intended for older readers and has more mature themes.



Non-Fiction is writing that focuses on real events, people, and experiences. The genre includes (but is not limited to) memoirs, travelogues, biographies, and business advice.

Example: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.



Not every work of writing easily fits into these categories, and we are fully aware that these content categories may need to change over time. Until they do, we have included a "Random" category to capture writing that lives outside these defined genres.

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