Hi everyone! We have an exciting announcement to make.
On March 19th, creators will be able to participate in the first ever Tapas Writers Camp!
We wanted to show our novelists some love and give you all an opportunity to show off your creativity and talent while also helping you discover the works of other novelists on Tapas. To do this, we decided to put together a contest that will provide novelists a chance to compete to become one of the two Writers Camp finalists. Both finalists will be offered $1,000 and a Tapas Premium publishing deal.
What is Writers Camp?
Tapas Writers Camp is a month-long community event and competition that will take place from March 19th until April 19th. During this month, participants will publish their stories on Tapas with the tag #FirstWritersCamp in their series tags and submit them to the Tapas editorial team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants are also encouraged to check out other submissions by searching for the "FirstWritersCamp" tag on Tapas and voting for their favorites in the "FirstWritersCamp" search tag by subscribing to them.
What kinds of stories can I submit?
For this round of the Tapas Writers Camp, we are open to receiving all kinds of novel submissions. There are no limits with regards to genre or writing style, so long as you submit prose and follow the other rules listed below.
We do ask that your submissions conform to our Terms of Service and our Content and Community Guidelines. It’s also a good idea to check out our recommendations regarding story and format. But aside from all that, feel free to submit whatever kind of story you want to write!
Can I submit more than one story?
Since we are planning on doing multiple Writers Camps throughout the year, we ask that you limit your number of submissions to one story. We are excited to read all that you have to offer, but we also want to be able to give everyone a fair shot, so save any other submissions you have for the next Writers Camp or for non-contest submissions.
What are the rules for participating in the contest?
- The story you submit for the contest must be your own work.
- The story you submit must not have been published elsewhere previously. In other words, it should be a new, previously unpublished work.
- You must publish your story on Tapas within the submission period of March 19th to April 19th, 2018.
- Your novel must have at least 10 episodes that are at least 500 words each by the end of the submission period. You do not have to submit a complete story by April 19th, but it’s important to keep in mind that if you submit and win, you will need to finish the story at some point!
- You must be 18 or older to submit.
- You must send a link to your new Tapas novel to email@example.com
How will the winners be chosen?
There are going to be two winners. Each will be offered a Tapas publishing deal and will also receive $1,000 in prize money.
One winner will be selected based on their story’s subscriber count. Whichever story has the highest number of subscribers will win one of the prize slots. Disclaimer: Quality is important for all submissions. Tapas reserves the right to select another winner in the event that the story with the highest number of subscribers is not qualified for any of the reasons listed above and/or does not meet our editorial standards. If a story that is not of the kind of quality that Tapas is interested in publishing is the top winner in this category, we will move on to the second most subscribed series.
The second winner will be chosen by the Tapas editorial team. Having a high subscriber count is great, but we will be reading submissions and searching for high-quality, entertaining stories that may have been overlooked by readers.
Can I still participate in Writers Camp even if I’m not going to officially submit?
Yes! If you are unable to participate in the contest due to age restrictions or other conflicts, we still encourage you to interact with the community during this time and put new content out there. Whether you’re submitting to the contest or not, you can still vote for all your favorite participating stories by subscribing to them and strengthen the Tapas novel-writing community by commenting on stories and giving constructive feedback.
I want to submit but I don’t know where to start! Do you have any suggestions?
We do have a few writing prompts for those of you who love to write but aren’t sure where to begin! Using these prompts is by no means a requirement. They’re just an extra creative nudge for those of you who need one.
One night, while the main character slept, everything went wrong. When they woke up, it was to a world entirely different from the one they’d always known. As they talk to others, they hear that there is a land across the sea that may hold the key to restoring life to the way it was before.
Two lovers meet in an intergalactic spaceport. They are supposed to head in opposite directions, but how are you supposed to try and make a relationship work across multiple galaxies?
All they ever wanted to know is the truth. Now they know how to get it, but they’ll have to fight the gods for it.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them below and we'll be more than happy to help!
Serena and the Tapas Team