You only need to click “Sign Up” on the bar placed on left of the home page and fill in a brief questionnaire. You can also access from your Facebook account. Free registration.
The user’s real identity and contact details are needed in order to manage won prizes and services demanded: you cannot sign up using a false or incomplete name, but you can use a pseudonym as your public name (the one other users can see). Under no circumstances will information related to your real identity be displayed on your profile.
From any. Writings Club participation is open to all countries (although certain competitions may have a more restricted nature).
You must be over 16, except in those competitions open to children and young adults. Club users under 18 need the authorization of their legal guardian to participate in competitions and become eligible for their prizes.
You can directly access your Disqus profile from your user profile. You can also access it from the comment section, in any competition or under any work, where it will be indicated how to sign up in Disqus if you are not registered.
Comments will mainly serve as a critical exercise that may help the work’s author and other readers. Under no circumstance will this space be used to make personal allusions or to promote one’s own work by adding a link to the comment. Disqus, the program that manages the comments, will classify it as spam and the user may be blocked.
It is important to read the terms of each competition carefully before participating. If you notice that you do not comply with any of the rules before the admission deadline is over, you must correct it. If it is already closed, the jury can disqualify you. Failure to cast the required minimum number of votes during the voting period automatically disqualifies the user.
The user can only present one work in each competition, unless otherwise specified in the competition terms. Publishing several works with different profiles is ground for disqualification and banning from the Club.
Yes, if the originals admission deadline is open. Take advantage of your fellow members’ comments to improve your story. Once the originals admission deadline is closed, works cannot be modified.
You only need to go to your profile and unpublish your work (by clicking on the icon above on the right). Access the draft again, modify it and republish it. You can change it as many times as you like until the originals admission deadline is closed.
Readings do not get lost. You can modify a work without losing readings or comments.
The title stays out of the space set aside for the work: the counter does not add it to the total. However, if a competition requires adding a name to the story, these words do count in the final calculation.
You cannot upload images and videos with copyright without the permission of its author. The user is solely responsible if faced with a copyright claim. It is expressly prohibited by the Writings Club. But, aside from legal issues, it does not make much sense to work on a text, giving it shape and being creative with the words, and then publish it alongside a random photograph or video taken from the Internet, diminishing its personality. We encourage you to take part in these elements of your stories: taking a picture (and also a short video) is available to all, you just need a mobile phone.
To upload images, simply click on the icon “Insert images” in the toolbar to access to the images stored on your hard drive. You cannot paste it directly or together with the text from a word or pdf file. Images must be in jpg, png or gif format. The maximum size of each photo should be less than 1MB, although the recommended size would be around 150KB-200KB (and between 800 and 1000 pixels maximum width).
A professional and independent jury chooses the winning work and the finalists (unless otherwise specified in a competition). The prize given by the popular vote and the first prize are independent, and they do not need to coincide. The jury’s decision is not subject to appeal.
Winners expressly transfer the distribution rights of the presented works to the Writing(s) Foundation from the moment of its presentation for publication in the formats and under the conditions to be determined, which in no case require exclusivity, the author being able to distribute the work as desired after entering the competition. The distribution rights are meant for everyone and by the maximum period allowed by the applicable legislation in Spain. Participants will transfer the publication rights of the works chosen to take part in a possible collective electronic book. Any distribution will be made under the name of the author (who, of course, retains his copyright at all times). The organization reserves the right to withdraw from the competition any work that is considered to not meet the terms.
The Writings Club is a space to be read and receive comments, but also to read and comment on other’s works. Using a methodology close to that of the Fuentetaja creative writing workshops, the Club seeks to stimulate the critical and self-critical capacity of its users and create a community, building bridges between the participants.
There are several search engines in the Club. You can search for them in the “Author” sections, in the “Works” section (independent works out of competition) or in the works of a competition. There are also different lists to order authors and works.
In the voting period, you can rate the other participants’ works with stars, from 1 to 5 on an increasing scale (5 is the maximum score). Not voting for a work is assigning it 0 votes. You can enrich this rating with a critical and generous comment to explain your opinion to the author and the rest of users.
It is likely you have created several profiles (you have signed up various times) and voted with a different profile than the one used to participate as an author. Permanently delete the duplicate profiles.
Until the minimum number of votes indicated in the competition are cast by the user, these votes are not added up.
These tabs remain inactive during certain periods so user’s decisions on readings are not excessively influenced. In any case, the number of votes and readings in each work are collected at all times.
If the work is written in another text editor, it is necessary to clean the styles provided by it before copying the content into the Writings Club editor. For this, the document has to be saved as a plain text (.txt file): you only need to choose to save it as plain text (.txt) in the “Save as” menu. Once saved, you can copy the text in our editor and apply any style you wish. If you copy the text with a specific format, we recommend you to take a look at the text afterwards: some changes to the format may occur when moving the text from one editor to another.
We ask you not to do so. We understand your interest in making your texts known, but the Writings Club has other mechanisms for this matter: the icons to share your work that appear right next to it and the possibility to follow authors, so people can keep up with their new publications. Comments have a didactic purpose: they should be used only to comment –with some critical ambition– on other’s works or on one’s own. Using comments to include a link is considered spam and Disqus, the external program managing the comments, removes them directly in many cases.
You can remove your independent works (published outside of competitions) and those sent to a competition until the closing of its admission deadline. Those texts that have participated in a competition cannot be deleted so as not to alter the participations statistics and remove the comments tied to them, although they can be separated from their author by changing the name for a code.
Yes, you can do it yourself from your profile if you have not published any work in a competition whose originals admission deadline is already closed. If you have participated in any competition, you must contact us in order to delete your profile and delete all your data, but this cancellation does not imply the removing of the works submitted for competition (which will remain with an identification code).