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What is Wattpad?

Updated on August 22, 2016

Just What in the World is Wattpad?

Do you enjoying writing for fun, then Wattpad may just be the website for you. You may be asking, "What exactly is Wattpad"? Well, the simplest answer is that Wattpad is an eBook community, more layman's terms; Wattpad is a site where indie writers write their stories in an online social networking setting. You can also download the Wattpad application onto your application supporting phone, as long as it supports Java, to read the stories that you love from your favorite authors at Wattpad.

That Wattpad Moment

Wattpad mobile app
Wattpad mobile app
The Watty Awards Logo
The Watty Awards Logo

Wattpad is 100% free; the Wattpad phone application has been downloaded over 5 million times! Though there are a lot of the younger generation indie authors on the site, there are a lot of jewels throughout the site, a little something for everyone. You can publish your whole novel, poetry, short stories, etc. on the site to get reader feedback and it may just give you a confidence boost.

Wattpad holds several contests a year, their biggest contest on the site is called "The Watty Awards". The Watty Awards is the biggest contest on Wattpad, it's Wattpad's annual reader's choice awards. The The Watty Awards Prizes ranges from $1,000 to a Kindle eBook Reader, and other cool prizes as well!

Let's Take a Tour

What's Hot

What's Hot is Wattpad's highest viewed publications. If you make the list, the more exposure you get to your story.

What's New

With this feature you can discover new indie authors' published manuscripts on Wattpad.


Discover is essentially just discovering other authors' works on Wattpad. Wattpad has a wide range of genres to choose from. Like:

  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Mystery/Suspense
  • Humor
  • Science Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Fan Fiction
  • Paranormal
  • Poetry
  • Short Story
  • Vampire
  • Thriller
  • Adventure
  • Horror
  • Undiscovered Gems
  • What's Hot


The clubs on Wattpad is a place to connect with other authors, publishers, and readers that share the same interests as you! Need advice on how to promote your work? Need to find an illustrator or would you like advice? This would be the best place on Wattpad to do this.


On this part of the website you can find all the information you need on the contests running at that time, and who won the past contests. This is a very good place to hone your writing skills!


On the Mobile Tab of Wattpad you can find the links to where you can download (not purchase, because it's a free app) Wattpad onto your mobile device to read your favorite Wattpad authors on the go!

Our Blog

This is Wattpad's blog on updates, news, and information about Wattpad. This feature allows you to see photos, Wattpad's favorite links, videos from behind the scenes, and recommended reads!


The Upload Tab provides you the means of uploading your story to Wattpad. You write your title, submit your story, and it's on the site for the 5 million+ regulars on Wattpad to read, or at the very least, take a gander at!

How to Create a Wattpad Account


Wattpad is a writer's social networking site that, if you haven't heard of it, you may just possibly like a lot... if you like to read and/or write stories. It's very addicting, in a good way, and it gives you something to do while you're sitting on the bus or in a doctor's office. Check Wattpad out, you may just be pleasantly surprised!

Wattpad Mobile App


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