Stories are evaluated by an array of factors.
Here’s what we look for in a story we consider:
- You must be a Wattpad Star
Stories don’t usually skip this step (with some exceptions, like The Wattys). Even if a story is going straight to Paid, it’s going to also go into Stars first so Stars entry should be your primary goal. The Stars program is the gateway that links to all of the other opportunities across Wattpad.
- Your story must be completed, either on Wattpad, on Wattpad in draft, or offline in a manuscript.
- Your story must be at least 50,000 words. There is no upper limit on word count.
- Stories can be of any genre, except the following: Fanfiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Classics, Random
- Your story must be original and wholly owned by you or be based on a story in the public domain and must be based on the version in the public domain.
- There is no minimum required read count
What the Paid Stories team is looking for in general:
- All genres are welcome. While we might have some particular interests at times, it doesn’t mean the door closes on other opportunities. Anything can technically be the next trend before you know it.
- Stories need to have a clear focus either on being aimed at commercial viability or niche audiences. Either of the paths is totally fine, and you should pick one and lean into it over the other. Go for a unique voice not used previously, or go for something with a lot of mass or pulp appeal. Be the story for a subset of readers, or be one of many stories that a bunch of readers devour.
- As per the above, stories need to be finished, and there is no minimum read count. Focus on the writing, not the stats.
- We enjoy stories that feel like they could only exist on Wattpad or that really have a home here. Be they hyper-trope content people can’t get enough of, or mash-ups of genres that would never fly in traditional publishing, we like stuff that feels very Wattpad.
- Themes that are currently interesting to us:
- New Adult stories around university or post-university life (first “real” job, finding an apartment, serious dating, dumping your lazy college bf) are really important. Most people on Wattpad are in the 18-25 range (not 13-17)
- Adult-oriented romance, as a lot of those engaging with Paid content, tend to be even older than that 18-25 demo
- Historical fiction across mostly any time period
- Character-driven fantasy (sorry epic-scale world building)
- Character-driven science-fiction (sorry epic-scale science peeps)
- Paranormal romance, particularly of new creatures. Currently, fae is a trend. So don’t write fae. Gorgons probably won’t sell but everything else might be fair game
- LGBTQ+ content, with special nods to stories that aren’t focused on discovery or coming out. One coach has put in a request to see steamy, tasteful lesbian romance because she feels it’s underrepresented in the market. Also, the worlds of aces, polyamory, pan, demi, NB, the list goes on, they’re all of interest to us.
- PoC content, with a special request for both PoC viewpoints/stories that aren’t getting told and some good old trope stuff with PoC characters, because, as one of the coaches puts it, “why can’t there be PoC Hallmark movies?”
- Some very compelling mystery, thriller, or horror plots. They’re very hard to do and we’re tough critics, but if you’re willing to try, you should go for it.
At the moment Paid Stories are available in English, Spanish, Indonesian, Filipino, French, and German. When expanding the program it’s important for our team to provide the appropriate resources for our writers and readers. While we plan to expand the program to additional languages, we are currently only accepting stories in these languages.
To find more information about Paid Stories click here.