In these perilous times, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has left many people around the globe homebound in an attempt to limit the spread of the pandemic. In times of social distancing and financial uncertainty, some people live in very stressful situations with their daily routines interrupted.
Please read more about this pandemic, to try preventing its spread: [World Health Organization]
While it is very stressful to be outside, let us work together to stay strong. Today we invite you to participate in a positivity challenge. Say something positive to at least five people, and then ask them to say something positive to at least five others. Let virtual positivity be the new ‘pandemic’.
As a bonus, leave positive comments on all the stories that you are reading, let the authors know that you appreciate and like their work.
We will start:
We want to thank everyone who has to venture out into the world at these times, and our hearts go out to those working in the health, food service and delivery, social work, public safety and essential industries to keeping our world running while the rest of us are stuck at home.
We also want to thank all of you here at Royal Road for being the best users in the world. Our operations are not affected at the moment as we are following a work-from-home model to begin with. But, we couldn’t do this without you. So we are now focused more than ever to keep improving the site to make sure you have something fun to do in this period.
Here are a few more challenges for you, so that you don’t get bored while stuck at home.
Challenge 2 for readers: Royal BINGO!
Read at least 20 chapters of a fiction that has the following categories
Each fiction can fit in only one category.
Try to search for stories that you haven't read before. But, you can read 20 more chapters of something you have read. Anything you read before this challenge does not count.
How to find these stories:
To enjoy the up-and-coming greats of the genres we sport here, go to our Trending List and see what caught people’s attention at this time.
We pride ourselves in constant updates, and our Latest Updates list is worthy of refreshing.
If you are new and haven’t yet check it out, head onwards to the Best Rated fictions and take your pick. Hours of fun await.
If you’re looking for something based on a specific genre or category, our Advance Search is here to help you generate lists based on your taste.
For more fiction lists, you can check the dropdown menu [read] in the site header. Including the [Surprise Me] random generator.
But don’t stop there! Our Forums are a great place to gather and discuss every manner of topic (related to stories), and it is a good way to satiate a socializing need.
Make every post count, gather Reputation, and make it to our top levels.
Challenge 3 for authors: Royal Road WRITATHON! [Ended]
Royal Writathon is Royal Road’s writing challenge to our users. To win you need to write at least 55,555 words in 5 weeks.
You can only participate with an Original novel.
It can be a new story, or you can continue an old one. But the 55,555 words have to be over one story.
Write at least 25,000 words by April 12 to qualify for the announced participants list (13:00 GMT).
The list will show the fictions that are seriously participating in this challenge, to make it easier for readers to find these stories.
Finish writing 55,555 words before April 30th.
If you complete this milestone by the deadline, you will count as a winner of this challenge (even if you didn’t make it in time for the first Milestone)!
List of Winners
All winners will receive a 1-month author premium (can be used, or gifted per request).
All winners will receive a limited edition achievement (badge) to their user account.
For the duration of the contest, the story can’t include sexual or traumatizing content.
How to submit your fiction:
Add [participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge] in the description of your story.
And register by filling this form [removed]
If this is your first fictional story submission, you can follow these steps:
- Register for an account on Royal Road if you have not already. This can be easily done here
- Click Write on the navigation bar, which will take you to the My Fiction page
- Click New Story
- Fill in the Title and Description. Select the genres and additional tags. Fill in your first chapter's title and the content of your first chapter.
- Upload a cover image that is 400x600 pixels or larger (this is optional)
- Click Submit
- All new submissions are manually checked for appropriate tagging and plagiarism, so expect it to take between 12-24 hours for a submission to be approved. Please be patient.
- Note: Please do not include links in your description.
- Note: If you do not select fanfiction for stories based on others' work, or do not choose the content Warnings appropriate for your story, the submission will be rejected.
- Once your fiction has been approved, you can find it by going to [my fiction] dashboard, found in your username dropdown menu (top right corner), or by clicking on [Write] in the site header.
- Add additional chapters by clicking [Add New Chapter].
Leave a comment down below and let us know what you think in these trying times.
Do you intend to participate in these challenges? How has your life been affected these past few weeks? How do you spend your time? What is your favorite work on Royal Road?
Keep up the good fight; don't let COVID19 bite.