Announcing the Squad Writer's Contest

Hello Episode Authors,

It’s time to start the next Writer’s Contest! This time the theme is… Squad!

When you have friends by your side, anything is possible!

The specific guidelines are:

  1. Your story must have “Squad” in the title. Stories without “Squad” in the title will be disqualified. While not required for entry it is strongly recommended that you format your title like this - “Squad: Cool Cats” This will help readers search for your story and identify it as a contest entry.

  2. You must completely fill out this Google form to enter. Be sure to include your story URL and NOT your share link. Your story URL is visible in the address bar of the web browser you use to access the Writer’s Portal and your script page. It should look something like this: https://www.episodeinteractive.com/write/story/My_Awesome_Story. (<- this part is very important, many, many people mess it up).
    In the event that you send the wrong link or make a mistake on your entry form, please send your story title, email address and the correct link in a support ticket so we can update your entry.

  3. Your story should center around 4 or more main characters. There can be a main character for the reader to be, but the story should focus on the group. This is an all genre contest.

  4. You may write in either Cinematic (full-body, animated) or Spotlight (animated upper bodies) Styles or a combo of the two. You can use any art style you prefer.

  5. We would love to see diverse characters in your stories! For example, characters who are people of color, non-heteronormative, or are of varying religions and socioeconomic backgrounds, just to name a few! To read more about diversity and inclusion on Episode go here.

  6. The submission window is 9 weeks. Your story must be published no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Monday, July 27th, 2020

  7. You may NOT use or re-title a previously published story. This must be a new and original work that has not previously been published to Episode or another platform. Sequels, prequels, spin-offs, etc. are not allowed.

  8. If you are an official Episode Director or Writer you may enter the contest, but only with original work outside the scope of your contract with us.

  9. Be sure that your story follows our content guidelines. Stories that do not follow or which violate our Content Guidelines may be disqualified and/or have their story banned from the app. If you are any doubts or questions about whether elements or themes of your story fit with our Content Guidelines please contact the Episode Review team here. We are happy to help you with ANY questions you might have!

  10. Winners are determined based on the highest levels of reader engagement, rubric score and fit to contest theme. Check out our Episode Explained articles on Creator’s Contests, the Grading Rubric and Reader Retention for more info on how they all work.

  11. There is no length requirement for this contest. You only need to have 3 completed chapters published by the entry deadline. Your story may be a complete short story or can be continued after the contest is over. Because you only need three complete chapters to enter you CAN publish new chapters after the deadline. However, you may not substantially alter or change your first 3 published chapters after the deadline (other than to make minor corrections).
    Fixing typos and errors are allowed after the deadline for contest entries. This includes things like character or speech bubble placement, spelling / grammatical errors or typos. You may not: add options to your CC, change or update your cover art, add additional scenes, choices, dialogue, backgrounds or overlays. When in doubt ask Support before you make any changes. Once the winner’s shelf has been made public you are free to make changes or updates to your story.

  12. Remember to allow at least 3 business days prior to the contest deadline for your backgrounds, overlays and story cards to be reviewed. This means you should plan on submitting them no later than Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020. You may not add, change or modify story cards, backgrounds, or overlays after the entry deadline until the winner’s shelf is announced.

Winners from this contest will be showcased in a special Squad shelf in the Episode app and get a shoutout on our social media account! Winners will be announced 3-6 weeks after the submission deadlines pass as the stories need time to gain reads in the app and for our staff to review them.

Happy writing!

Love,
The Episode Team

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So the only requirement is that it needs to be 4 and more people?
I was kinda hoping for a more ‘specific’ theme :slightly_frowning_face:

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Aww man and here I am with my already published story that has 9 MCs :joy: though I do have other story ideas… :thinking:

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Same tbh, but it’s quite broad so we can write a lot of different things with it.

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ughh, i would for sure enter if i wasn’t already working on three stories!!

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I know, but that’s the thing. I miss when contests had an actual topic/theme, not just “put magic in it” or “focus on 4 and more people.” This isn’t even a theme.

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Good luck to everyone who enters!

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When the story you’re writing highkey fits the theme :eyes: Do I dare?

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Ooo this one sounds fun! I might enter if I have the dedication :joy:

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Good luck to anyone who plans to enter! I wish the theme was more specific but i’m still excited nonetheless :slight_smile:

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Hm, I’ll enter this one, since I do have an idea in mind.

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A contest open to any genre…entering!

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Oooo yay I have an idea already!

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I think this is a great theme for a good horror story :eyes:

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Umm… I dunno about this one personally… I need to focus on my story that I didn’t finish in time for the Queer contest lol- I just realized how quickly Episode has been pumping out Writer’s Contests, not complaining though!

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I’m actually kind of excited because I think this could be an easy topic to write about :woman_shrugging:t2:

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I have a basic outline and plot, but I don’t wanna code it lol

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I love this theme! Allows for so many ideas and it’s more cinematic with 4 characters having the spotlight. Especially with a mystery.

Good luck to everyone entering! I’ll be reading most of them tbh.

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Glad to see that this theme includes all genres. I’m definitely excited to see a wide variety of stories!

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this is pretty damn cool😳

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