These are the challenges at the core of The Authors' Cup. You may choose to participate in any amount of challenges you wish. The more you participate and complete, the more points you will get. Just beware of each challenge's deadline!Before participating in the challenges, read them very carefully. If you have questions, feel free to contact us via our @authorscup Twitter or Instagram, via e-mail, or using the community groups for this competition. Remember that in order to make your challenges count you must click on 'Participate' and then 'Mark challenge as Completed' when you finalize all tasks. Only challenges that are marked as Completed will enter a 'review process' by our staff and the result will determine if the points are allocated to your ranking or rejected. Challenges left unmarked as completed will not count. Furthermore, challenges that are 'marked as Completed', and are not completed in reality, will get the points rejected. Warning: if you get points rejected, you will not be able to -re apply- to the challenge and you will lose those points. More challenges will be appearing each month and, as a matter of fact, some can appear from one day to another without warning (Flash Challenges). So if you want to snatch those vanishing challenges, keep an eye on our official social media channels and this page.
For every story you have published for The Authors’ Cup throughout the competition, you need to have posted about it on at least 2 social media channels in between: Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram mentioning our @getinkspired account, and the hashtag #TheAuthorsCup.
Write a story based on real-life events from your personal experience: Even though it must be personal and based on your real experiences, you can add some fictional elements to enrich the plot. Avoid using real names. Use memoir as narrative. Describe real places and locations. You are the protagonist.
Write and publish a romance story with a main character that has at least one of the following profiles: -A serial killer -A person with schizophrenia -A witch -A person with a diagnostic depression -A thief
Write and Publish a drama story with an interesting plot. It must have, at least, 4 characters involved. The first chapter of the story must be written in 3rd person POV, and each of the following chapters must be written in each character’s point of view.
Publish a fiction story about a creative perfect crime, written in "first person" using the main character’s point of view, and with at least 4 different endings. The first chapters must develop the introduction and the plot. And the endings must be placed in different chapters.
Write 45 entries with Writing Prompts. Each blog entry must contain a separate writing prompt, and all of them must contain at least one different user following your writing prompt in the comments. We recommend asking your readers’ help with this one!
Write and Publish a screenplay with the genre, subject, and character that will be given to you by our Authors’ Cup staff. Take in mind that you need to write the script in the correct way with the proper format and rules. You can learn a little bit about how to write a film script in our Writer’s Blog, but we also recommend that you investigate more by yourself.
Every month create a video tutorial with creative writing tips and publish it on Youtube with the hashtag #TheAuthorsCup and mention @getinkspired. Mention the “The Videomaker” challenge of Inkspired’s Authors’ Cup in the video. The content must be valuable and helpful for every author. Get over 1000 views to earn the maximum punctuation of the challenge. Or at least above 350 views to earn the “uncompleted” task punctuation.
Read 1 different story each week, from any author within the platform, and leave *review* in the story using the "send review" option on the website and/or the mobile apps. What are the strengths, the weaknesses, the things to improve, etc… The reviewed stories must be from different authors. You cannot repeat the same author twice.
Publish at least 15 microfictions on Inkspired and your Social Network, using 3 hashtags. All microfictions must be quality stories, well written, and connected in a way that, if read together, they should make a story, but each individual microfiction should also be able to be understood as standalone microstories.
Write a short story from the Historical category, based on some of the events that have marked history (Discovery of America, World War I and II, The first time a man reached the moon, The Holocaust, Twin Towers, African Americans rights, etc). The story should address the chosen topic, but may not be completely real.
Publish a story that contains at least 10 of the following words: “blue moon”, “volcano”, “sword”, “Alchemist”, “wizard”, “artist”, “unicorn”. “lords of darkness”, “enemies”, “galloping nightmare”, “white demon”, “red angel”, “winged shadow”, “two-headed dragon”, “eternal torment”, “blind hope”, “endless lands”, “frozen mountains”, “dead walkers”, “ice nation”, “eastern empire”.
Write and Publish a story in the form of a chronicle about anything you have witnessed in the past 3 months. It can be any real fact you have experienced or seen, but it should be written in 3rd person POV and be interesting. A chronicle must have details, it must evoke emotion and it should make you feel as if you were there.
Post a picture of one of your stories published on Inkspired in your Facebook and/or Instagram account, using The Authors' Cup logo on one of the corners. Try to get the most likes as possible until the final day of the challenge, and when marking it as "completed" enter the URL (or link) of your post. The user with the most likes will win this challenge. There are also points for the second place.
Write a microstory of in between 150 and 200 words about any country that you choose. It should include the name of the country and portray a positive insight into its culture and/or history. Be creative and interesting.