The long-awaited Writathon challenge is here! Check out our new review contest as well.
To win the challenge, you need to write at least 55,555 words in 5 weeks. This is a personal challenge first and foremost, but we hope you will get into the habit of writing and get some motivation while participating with other authors with similar goals.
The Writathon starts now, until the 5th of May.
- You can submit a new story or you can continue an old one, but the 55,555 words have to be completed in a single-story, not across multiple stories.
- For the duration of the challenge, the chapters posted to the story cannot include any sexual content.
- You can only participate with an original fiction. The story cannot be a fanfiction.
- You can only participate with a word count written during the challenge period.
If you have a backlog of chapters, click [Participate] only when after backlog is published.
A backlog is any chapter that you wrote but did not publish before the start of the challenge.
If you are submitting a new fiction, the word count for it will start from the beginning of the Writathon challenge regardless of when you chose to participate. But, you must still click [Participate] to be a part of the challenge.
If your new story has a backlog, simply open a support ticket and a staff member will change the starting word count number for you.
For the spirit of the challenge, and to inform the other authors and readers - please add [participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge] in the description of your story.
As much as the challenge is a personal one, it is also a bit social. Accordingly, we opened the Writathon forum where you can leave your words of encouragement, frustration, or challenge to your fellow participants!
Write at least 25,000 words by the 15th of April to qualify for the announced participants' list.
The list will be announced to everyone, and it will show the fictions that are seriously participating in the challenge to make it easier for readers to find those stories.
Finish writing 55,555 words before the end of the 5th of May.
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)!
All winners will receive 1-month of Author Premium (this can be used or gifted to another user as per request).
All winners will receive an Achievement unique to the Writathon worth 5000 level EXP!
The challenge follows the IDLW timezone, which is the last timezone on earth. This means that as long as the date is still the 5th somewhere around the world, the challenge will continue! You can check out a countdown in the author dashboard as well.
How to submit your first story
Register for an account on Royal Road if you have not already. This can be easily done from our Welcome page or by clicking the “Login" button in the top right corner and selecting "Create an account" at the bottom of the login form.
Fill in the Title and the Description. Select the genres and additional tags. Fill in your first chapter's title and the content of your first chapter. Expanded detail on this can be read in the next section.
Note: Please do not include links for donations, Patreon accounts, or shortened links to other sites such as Discord servers 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.
Upload a cover image that is 400x600 pixels or larger (this is optional)
Then click Submit. You can read more about this in our new knowledge base
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. Make sure to follow our rules to not get rejected after waiting.
Once your fiction has been approved, you can find it by clicking [Write] on the navigation bar. Then click your fiction Cover to get to the [Fiction Dashboard], [page], and [Add Chapter] button.
The Review Contest
Update: Please check out the new blog post for the latest updates and new unlocked themes.
The review challenge is a contest that was run by community members in the Reviewer's Guild with the purpose to review more stories together. The results were automated by Consistent Milk's bot.
The contest is simple. You need to find stories to read based on certain themes. You can then review those stories and get points. If you have at least 21 points you will win!
You can review one fiction per theme.
You can only review after reading 5 chapters.
Your review must be relevant and unique to the story.
The review must not break the review rules.
Note that if any review was disqualified due to low effort, it could mean that you will lose the contest. So we recommend that you don’t participate if you only intend to do it with half an effort.
How to win:
You will get 2 points for an advanced review
And 1 point for a standard review.
At the end of the contest, we will verify your reviews, calculate your points, and award you.
One month author premium &
For those that get
21 points: A Bronze achievement worth 500 Exp
30 Points: A Silver Achievement worth 1000 Exp
40 Points: A Gold achievement worth 1500 Exp
It is now enough to submit a single review in the registration form and every new review you write will be automatically counted if it matches the themes. You no longer need to submit each review individually.
New themes have been unlocked. The older themes can still be used if you didn't participate yet.
April 1 themes;
- Review a story on the Promote your story, April Thread
- Review a story that has a Female Lead
- Review a story tagged as Space Opera
- Review a story that has [participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge] in the description (this could be from older events)
- Review a completed story
- Review a story with a Villainous lead
- Review a story tagged as a short story.
April 16 themes ;
- Review a story tagged as Comedy
- Review a story tagged as Artificial Intelligence
- Review a story tagged as Anti-Hero Lead
- Review a story tagged as Cyberpunk
- Review a story tagged as First Contact
- Review 2 stories from the list of Writathon participants above.
- Review 6 stories from the Writathon Winner list (each story counts as 1 theme)
- Review a story on the Promote your story, May Thread
Deadline May 12th.
The challenge follows the IDLW timezone, which is the last timezone on earth. This means that as long as the date is still May 12th somewhere around the world, the challenge will continue! You can check out a countdown in the author dashboard as well.
- You need to submit two reviews via the form. One for the story with the description [participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge], another for any one of the other categories, a list for them will be automatically generated.
- This is only for new reviews, don't submit reviews you've written previously
- You can still acquire the normal review normal achievements
The premium also includes a time-limited monthly Avatar border. The following borders are reserved for premium members for their support of the platform. To receive a Premium profile border, you must have an active Premium Subscription during the timeframe in which it is available.
The following are our current borders
March 1st - April 5th
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For those that already have premium, let’s see which faction wins more? For the next 5 days, select the border that you prefer (between puppies and kittens), and let us see who’s the favorite of the Royals!
We will show a graph of the results on April 5th, 14:00 GMT
The kitten Won!
44.4% Selected the Puppies' border
55.6% Selected the Kitten's border