The top prize in the Wattys 2019 has been won by Sheila Bravo for her novel Historically Inaccurate and the book will be published by Wattpad Books in autumn 2020.
Historically Inaccurate is the story of Soledad ‘Sol’ Gutierrez trying to keep her life together after her mother is deported. She joins The History Club and finds herself caught up in events that change the course of her life.
Sheila Bravo is a 24-year-old writer in Texas, who immigrated from Mexico when she was 12. She has been writing on Wattpad for nearly a decade and started writing Historically Inaccurate in 2017. Her stories have had over 52 million reads on Wattpad.
2019 is the 10-year anniversary of the Watty Awards, the world’s largest writing competition. Over the 10 years, a total of 1.12 million stories have been submitted to the Watty Awards. This year, writers from around the world submitted more than 169,000 stories and Wattpad picked more than 500 winners in 11 languages. A full list of winners is available on the Watty Awards website.
Watty Award winners are also considered for monetization opportunities with Wattpad, including Wattpad Studios development deals and space in Wattpad’s Paid Stories program, where writers make money from their work directly on Wattpad.