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.
Promote at least 5 of your stories and 5 of your favorite Inkspired writers on your Instagram and/or Facebook profiles for the next 2 months. The promotion must contain information that encourages anyone to read that story. These 'posts' must be published progressively.
Write and publish a microfiction of any topic you want. You must finish it with a cliffhanger, and prompt other users to continue the story using the comments section. Get at least 30 different users to continue the story from where you left. In the end, the microfiction story should be able to be read like a thread from the beginning to the end of the comments.
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 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 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.
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 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!
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.
Write a story based on ONE of the following genres: Werewolves, Vampires, Zombies or Wizards. The story must be written in third-person POV. It must contain at least 4 characters: 1 main character, 1 antagonist and 2 or more secondary ones.
Write and publish a brand new children's tale. Remember that children like images, so you must add images to every chapter. This time we don't require a specific amount of chapters, but you must write 2500 words for the whole story.
Go to our Writer's Blog, check all the articles we have written, and write one that fits in there. The article must be about a subject we haven't talk about yet, but it should be useful for writers and/or readers. It must also contain good research and helpful information. The best articles could actually be featured on the official blog under your name!
Each week create a contest on Instagram and/or Facebook in which your followers must write an 8-word micro-story about a particular topic (for example love, summer, fears, animals, lack of love, etc. They should write their micro-story in the comments of your post and tag @getinkspired and 2 friends inviting them to participate. The contest should be called #MicroExpressing + (AND THE THEME SELECTED) Example: #MicroExpressingLove.
Publish a serial novel where its characters are trying to solve any mystery. The story plot must be developed across the first 5 chapters and must have 5 alternative endings (one ending per 1 of each of the last remaining chapters; 10 chapters in total). Use a first person POV as narration style.
Write and publish a parody based on a trending contemporanean issue in the world. The story must be inspired on a real fact, but you can add fictional facts, and it must be stated in the description as a parody and must be funny as well.
Create a writing InstaChallenge on Instagram or Facebook. The challenge can be about any topic you consider fun, but one of the rules should be that participants need to tag 3 friends and @getinkspired using a hashtag with the name of your challenge. The challenge should be brief and not last more than 7 days. In the end, you must have had at least 25 participants.
Create a fun video by introducing yourself as a writer in which you briefly tell about the stories you publish on Inkspired, your preferred genre and what is your goal as a writer. The video has to be published on your social networks and on YouTube with the Inkspired logo as a watermark or with the text: getinkspired.com. Also, you must tag 3 friends.
Choose a recent movie, and create a comic based on it. It is not necessary to detail the entire film in the comic, but at least you must publish (in 2 different chapters) 2 distinctive or famous scenes. In the description, you must detail what movie it is about.
Post a story of the genre you want-written with another Inkspired user. Both are going to be Co-Authors of this work. The form and style in which you write it will depend on you. The story must be published by one of the users (not both) and in the description of the work, you should specify the user name of the other co-author.
Write a short story based in the following phrase: "The color of her blood was the least of my worries...". This phrase should be included within the story, whether in the beginning, middle or end, and the plot must be developed around it.
Write a fantasy short story about any of the following writing prompts. You must write on the story’s description of what prompt did you use. - You suddenly realize that you have supernatural power. - You start realizing that at least one aspect of every dream you have becomes true the next day. - You wake up one day living on a different planet. What do you do? How does it look like? What’s the journey back home? - You must destroy a demon that gets inside people's minds. - You find a black dragon in a cave, and you realize you can read its mind.
Publish a short story written entirely as a dialogue. You cannot write or describe anything else as a narrator; everything should literally be written as a conversation. All the information must be communicated by the characters at all times. The dialogue could involve as many characters as you wish; it could between 2, 3 or more characters. To develop the story plot, choose one of the following settings: 1) the characters are inside a house in fire; 2) the characters are trying to escape a crumbling castle tower; 3) the characters are in a hijacked plane by terrorists; 4) the characters are on a sinking boat in the middle of the arctic ocean; 5) the characters are fighting a medieval war between 2 armies between men with swords and wizards that can use magic; 6) the characters are about to invade a country.
Choose one of your stories (published on Inkspired) and make it a film script. You need to write it with the respective dialogue-based format. On the story's description, you must state which story you choose. The screenplay must have the same amount of chapters as the original story.
Write and publish a Fanfiction story of at least 3 chapters based on one of the worlds of these famous authors: J.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin. You must write in the story's description which author you chose. You craft whatever kind of plot, but it must be based on the settings as described in those fantasy worlds and its characters.
Take a minimum of 10 photos, publish them in a gallery as a visual story, that narrates the story of ONE of the following characters: - A homeless person - A foreigner living in a new country - A professional or semi-professional athlete - A writer - A Paralympics athlete
Publish a Drama story -of 3 chapters minimum- that develops on a Mental Hospital and in which the main character is someone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness, but it isn’t true. You will have to create the scenario, describe the place, the character, the conflict, and the solution, but you can't use the word "madness", "mental illness" and/or any of their synonyms in the whole story.
If you participated in the Flash Challenge "The Horror Author - Part 1", now it's time to continue writing your horror story. You must write 9 more chapters during this month. The whole story should have a minimum of 10 chapters and remember that it needs to be scary. If you didn't participate in the Flash Challenge, don't worry, you can still participate in this one, but you will need to write 10 chapters instead of 9.
Draw a funny comic about any ordinary daily life situations; example, a day in a school/university. You will have to publish it as Visual Story of 10 chapters. Each week, at least, 3 new chapters of the Comic must be published; until the month ends. You will not be allowed to publish the 10 (or more) chapters at the same time; you need to do it periodically throughout the month.
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.
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.
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.
Publish a post on your Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook with a creative microstory written by you about a recent dream you had. The post needs to have Inkspired logo or “getinkspired.com” somewhere on the image.
Find 5 unverified stories in Inkspired that have spelling and/or grammar mistakes, and post your comments with constructive feedback, so they can correct them. You should not necessarily point out every single mistake. When you are about to mark the challenge as completed, enter the 5 stories' URL links.
Get on Inkspired's Instagram profile (@getinkspired) and choose the post that seems the most useful to you. Re-post it in your profile and in your InstaStories. Collect more than 50 likes and get the full points.
Invite at least 25 friends to join the platform, and all of them must publish at least 1 story or 2 microfictions, in any category.
Write a poem of 350 words maximum, about a famous character real or non-real without writing his/her name. The description needs to be so accurate and precise, but at the same time not so obvious. Your readers must guess who this person is on the comments of the story. And the jury should guess too.
Look for a Golden Star in every single page of the website (except the web pages of stories and chapters). Finders keepers: if you see it, click on it and you will have completed this challenge. The first 3 persons who find the stars get the full points. The challenge will be closed afterward.
Tell a story using "announcements"! Yes, it's quite different. On your Inkspired's homepage, you have the option to "Share updates" on your User Profile. Each message can only contain a maximum of 300 characters. Share 1 different message for 3 days, written in first person, about any topic you want. Use the hashtags #TheAuthorsCup and #TheAnnouncer at the end of each message.
Get 100 NEW likes in one single story before the expiration date of this challenge. The likes can be either split among all chapters of one of your stories or accumulated only in one single chapter. Only the "likes" done AFTER clicking on "Participate in this challenge" will count.
Create the first chapter of a new horror novel. It can be about any subject that you want, but it has to be scary and have a plot twist and a cliffhanger at the end of it.
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.