GrandCafeCorner

The Grand Cafe Management program is officially available and open for all applicants. Be sure to stop by and have a read through and apply!
          	
          	https://www.wattpad.com/story/227776224

qxeenrobin

hi there, im sorry to bother you, but i would just like to let you know that i’d like to withdraw my story from your “Grand Cafe Awards.” it’s nothing against the community, i just simply have lost interest in the contest and wish to give my place to someone else. thanks for the opportunity though and take care! 

GrandCafeCorner

~ IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ~
          
          (Please read ‘6 May 2020’ announcement first)
          
          Our community is heading towards 900 MEMBERS, whom I listen to and hold dear. So, as ambitious as I am to launch activities and books to your tastes, I must admit that I’m quickly becoming overwhelmed and need extra hands.
          
          I couldn’t be more thankful towards the Grand Café PANEL MEMBERS who have been diligent and consistent throughout my absence. But as the only user of this account, I often fail to upload and communicate on time. So as a measure, I will be launching:
          
          THE GRAND CAFE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME
          
          This annual program will recruit a few well-rounded community members to be trained towards becoming the OFFICIAL MANAGERS of this account and work beside me. You, as the community, will be given the opportunity to vote for the candidates before final selection. This will allow both myself and all of you, to trust that the managers will run various divisions of the community as one unit, in the case of my unanticipated absence. 
          
          Be on the lookout for a detailed book!
          
          Also, let me know what you think about this program.

whisperingofpages

It sounds exciting!!
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miaamigo

@GrandCafeCorner wonderful I can't wait!
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GrandCafeCorner

Part 1 (6 May 2020)
          
          Good day to you all! I hope you have all been in good health during the past month that I have been away. This will be a bit of an essay so bear with me.
          In my last announcement I had taken a short break to recuperate with the intention of returning that following Monday and getting down to business, but I never would have predicted how financial circumstances as well as lockdown would require me to completely disappear from social media as a whole for a little while. 
          
          Mind you, I have been in taking care of myself and none of my loved ones have contracted the virus in any form, so for those of you who were concerned for my health, I’m happy to report that all is good and I am following the governments protocol for social distancing and hygiene. 
          
          Those of you who have been following this account for a long time and reading all announcements know that I dropped out of my previous university this past December and it took a toll on me. To give you a brief background story, I went to university straight after high school and spent two years there before dropping out because I truly didn’t enjoy my course. 2020 was my gap year with the hope of 2021 being the year I get accepting into a different university to study chemistry. So to conclude this back story, I haven’t been doing nothing this year; I am doing a short course at a private institution for the year- a registered student.

Shyneema2468

@GrandCafeCorner oh my. I'm really glad you're ok!
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GrandCafeCorner

Part 1.5 (6 May 2020)
          
          Primary, secondary and tertiary student across many parts of the globe are not currently on campus, and governments are implementing online learning while they try to curve the spread of the virus before letting students go back to school. What does all of this have to do with me or Wattpad in general? As a student in a third-world country, I rely on my academic institution not only for learning but for Wi-Fi and internet access because I am not from a household that can afford personal Wi-Fi routers and expensive data plans. Cellphone network companies are businesses too so their data plans have become a lot more expensive during this time. Lockdown has also affected many parents’ ability to earn stable income- those who work for the government or the private sector have dealt with reduced salaries during this time. It is safer for parents to prioritize putting food on the table and paying monthly living expenses, rather than spending on internet access. So wattpad became more of a luxury because i couldn't access school work either.

GrandCafeCorner

Part 2 (6 May 2020)
          
          So academic institutions for tertiary students in South Africa recently started distributing laptops to less-fortunate students meeting up with cellphone network companies to organize monthly data plans for students registered in their respective institutions –free of charge.  This would all be financed by the government, for the most part, through a fund set in place. Private institutions were not included in the fund, so my current institution had to organize a data plan out of their own capacity to help their students but I am still charged a monthly fee to my student account. So I have internet now (as of May 6, 2020) and I am back on Wattpad. 
          
          Some of you may think I'm being unnecessarily detailed but i believe in honesty and will always be forthcoming if I believe you guys deserve to understand what's going on. I started this and its community my responsibility to make sure that I uphold its promises. Many of you guys tell me that Wattpad isn’t that serious and we’re all here for fun, but remember that there are hundreds of you and some of you take this very seriously so I try to accommodate both types of community members. I hold this community dear to my heart and I don’t want to disappoint myself or any of you guys so the one thing that can definitely give you peace of mind is that I will never give up or abandon this account and I never disappear on purpose. So for this week, please be patient with me because I have to do damage control for Grand Café Corner.
          
           I will be back by Friday with another announcement explaining my plans for this account moving forward. Stay tuned because it’s going to be a big announcement and many of you will be excited too and pleased with my decision. I'm sorry for keeping you waiting for so long.

black-cypher

Woah you live in South Africa? ThTs pretty cool! My family lives in the west and I’m currently here riding out this virus lol
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Asteryn17

Welcome back, we missed you! I'm extremely happy to know you're safe and doing well, it was quite scaring not hearing from you for a while. 
            Thank you for writing this update, I feel like everyone was needing a little bit of reassurance that you're ok and that the awards are still happening. But besides that, thank you for taking Wattpad seriously, I'm sure it means a lot for everyone in the panel (including me).
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whisperingofpages

@GrandCafeCorner I have actually filled out a form to your book club—which I’m excited about!—so thank you so much! And it’s my pleasure dear XD
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sxmmlu

I just wanted to say this is a beautiful community, and I absolutely love it. It's too bad you're not hiring graphic designers, since I am one, but you're absolutely awesome.

GrandCafeCorner

@samlubooks thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. I'm so glad you found our community to be one that interests you. I'm sorry we aren't hiring at the moment but nothing is final as of yet since we ran into delays. However there will always be opportunities for you to showcase your talents and participate in our community, so be sure to keep in touch! XD ♡
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GrandCafeCorner

I'm just letting you guys know that I've received your messages regarding the awards and I'll address them with a fresh mind tomorrow morning.  I understand that its pressing seeing as I have closed the awards for judging and said that I won't be making last-minute changes. My PM is open for concerns and queries for the rest of today. Please just be patient with me, the sun has just set here and I haven't eaten all day because I was applying for university so now that that's done, I have peace of mind :)

black-cypher

Good luck!! Stay safe and eat well
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YA_bibliophile

@GrandCafeCorner dw, take your time- I don't want your health to get affected :)
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TrushaJi

@GrandCafeCorner please eat something first. Remember health is the top priority.(◍•ᴗ•◍)
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GrandCafeCorner

.·:·.✧ The Judging  period for the Grand Café Awards 2020 has officially begun ✧.·:·.
          
          PS: no further changes will be made to entries and judges from today onward. Good luck to everyone and have fun! 

_not_dead_yet_

Does updating our book count as changing the entry?
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RaghavBhatia7

@GrandCafeCorner woo-hoo! So not a long time before results arrive, rh?
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GrandCafeCorner

Happy Sunday! This is a general announcement to clear up any confusion:
          
          ▸▸ Panel members: all submissions of any kind should be done via email to grandcafecorner@gmail.com
          
          ▸▸ prospective panel members waiting for communication from me will recieve emails and relevant communication during this coming week
          
          ▸▸ Judging for Grand Café Awards will commence 1st April 2020 but judges are welcome to begin now 
          
          ▸▸ Judges were emailed a handbook last night. Some of the emails bounced so if any judge still needs a handbook, PM me. The handbook contained a timeline and grading rubric that are both located in the awards book. 
          
          ▸▸ Entrants have all been tagged so that they can find they entries easier and communicate the relevant changes before 1st April. Please do so by then. Once the lists have been edited, inline tags will be lost. I will not be tagging you all again.