The White Man and the Pachinko Girl Won a Wattys, the World’s Largest Online Writing Competition Award

Hong Kong writer Vann Chow is a winner of 2016’s The Wattys, the world’s largest online writing competition hosted by Wattpad. Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company for original stories, transforms how the world discovers, creates, and engages with stories. Vann’s story, The White Man and the Pachinko Girl, was selected from among almost 140,000 entries to win the 2016 Wattys under the Hidden Gems category.

The White Man and the Pachinko Girl is a suspenseful, psychological thriller. The story begins with a chanced encounter between middle-aged American expat Smith and 18-year-old Japanese pachinko parlor hostess Misa, whose paths crossed because of a murder investigation.The White Man and the Pachinko Girl is the book one of the Tokyo Faces trilogy, inspired by actual events of social injustice against women and underprivileged community in Japan.

Vann Chow will receive premium exposure to Wattpad’s community of 45 million people and their work will be recognized as one of the most-loved Wattpad stories from the millions posted every year. It will also be featured alongside other 2016 Watty award winners through a promoted Wattpad reading list and official Wattys story cover badge. Vann Chow has also signed on to the Wattpad Star Program which supports successful writers by providing exciting opportunities to work with leading brands and partners in various media.

This year, almost 140,000 writers entered The Wattys by tagging their original work with #Wattys2016 on the Wattpad App or website. Millions of people in the community read, voted, and shared their favourite stories online to help Wattpad select the 2016 list of winners. Overall, people spent 13 billion minutes engaged with Wattys content this year, including Vann’s story.

“The Watty’s is a writing contest like no other. It’s a chance for storytellers of all levels to get recognition from a global audience,” said Marc. “The Wattpad community is obsessed with the annual competition and has spent 13 billion minutes reading and engaging with this year’s submissions.”

The Wattys highlight the love the community has shown for the most popular genres on Wattpad, and recognizes the effort of writers in the international community. Numerous Wattys winners have worked with top brands like Mondelez, Paramount Pictures, and Kraft through Wattpad’s Brand Stories native ad program. Some have even seen their work produced for film, print, television, and digital platforms through Wattpad Studios.

See all Wattys winner here: http://wattys.wattpad.com/winners/en/

See Vann’s response on winning the Wattys here: https://www.wattpad.com/332427981-wattys-2016-watty-winner-spotlight-vannchow

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