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Why The Authors' Cup is important?


13 days left. 13 days for the beginning of something huge, huge for Inkspired, but huge for writers as well. Now is your opportunity, your chance to achieve your goals. To have a group of specialized people who will offer interesting and fun writing challenges. This kind of challenges will help you grow as an author and they will be focused on things like: Start writing a novel, gain discipline, meet deadlines, improve spelling, grammar, polish your writing and learn the aspects you need to take in count before publishing a book. And in those challenges there will be people from all over the world working for the same purpose with the incentive of having a community that supports you and the enormous rewards that you can obtain such as personal achievements and cash prizes.


The Authors Cup is Inkspired signature competition, which will start on May 2 and last 4 months. Here any author within the platform can participate regardless of their nationality or literary genre. It is open for everyone! On Inkspired we believe it is important that writers participate in this kind of competition, since it will help them to achieve short-term goals and to evolve their writings. Practice is where you learn the most and within it, the best stories will be recognized and awarded.


According to Galo Vargas, Inkspired CEO, participating in The Authors Cup means challenging yourself and growing as a writer. "The idea is to: motivate yourself to continue writing, learn to promote your stories and connect with other authors in the community," he added.


The Authors Cup was created with the mission that writers carry out their projects, and discover how far they can go. That is the key.


Therefore, we have compiled a series of opinions about the importance of being part of The Authors’ Cup, in case there are still those who hesitate to register. 😊


"The Authors’ Cup is that bar that only by jumping it you will know how high you can jump. A writer constantly needs high bars, challenges, discomfort."
@jackievivianv - InkspiredContent Manager and jury member on the Authors’ Cup


"The Authors Cup is a space that allows amateur writers to publish their creations and start their career in the literary field."
Tania Torres - PHD in Hispanic Literature and jury member of the Authors’ Cup


“É uma oportunidade única de participar de um desafio internacional, com a chance de aprimorar sua escrita e competir por um prêmio incrível!”
(It is a single opportunity to participate in an internacional challenge, with a chance to improve your writing and to compete for an amazing prize!)
@alicealamo - Brazilian Leader Ambassador


"We are used to stay in our comfort zone, but when we participate, we challenge ourselves to leave that area and learn new ways of creativity and inspiration."
@Ginyales – Hispanic Leader Ambassador


"I think it's a good way to get inspiration and to prove yourself, your way of writing."
@Lydmacan – Ambassador
"An unique opportunity to meet hidden talents that are in everyone's sight. You cannot miss it!”
@milinvisibles – Ambassador
"I think the same as Lyd, it would be a challenge for everyone, to improve and learn with others, and to know our skills better."
@ flavii_chan82 - Ambassador
"It’s a way to prove ourselves, to show how far we can go and grow as writers."
@cafeadicta - Ambassador
"Porque é a chance de marcar história em uma plataforma que veio pra ficar."
(It's the chance of making history in a platform that came to stay.)
Kaline Bogard – Brazil’s Ambassador
"Você vai poder receber uma validação extra no seu trabalho as a writer and quem sabe sair com a dollars no purse, or that não é nada mau."
(You will receive an extra validation for your work as a writer and you will have the opportunity to finish a challenge with your portfolio full, is not it wrong, right?)
@anneliberton - Ambassador of Brazil
"Pois é uma ótima oportunidade de criar/aperfeiçoar seu hábito de escrita ao mesmo tempo em que se desafia." XixisssUchiha
It is an opportunity to create or improve your writing routine in the same time that you challenge yourself.
@xixisssuchiha – Brazil’s Ambassador
"Uma chance anual de testar suas habilidades com vários desafios, promover seu trabalho, interagir com os mais variados autores e ainda concorrer a um prêmio em dinheiro!" Akuma Lia
It is a yearly chance to put your abilities to the test with a lot of challenges, to share your work, to interact with different authors and to have a chance to earn a cash prize!
@akuma_lia - Ambassador of Brazil
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Update on 'From everyday routine, an art'

The contest "The history remains" has been closed, and after reviewing all the comics involved, the Inkspired editorial team has decided, unfortunately, to cancel the contest due to not reaching the minimum participants quota required. One of the conditions for our competitions to be official is that they have a minimum number of users involved (this is always written in the bases of each contest).


However, we want to publicly thank all the writers who did participate, and invite them to participate in the contests we constantly create. At the moment, we have a new one called 'From every day routine, an art". We hope we can count with your participation in this and other contests that we will publish soon.


Your stories are a work of art.


With light and inspiration,

The Inkspired team

March 28, 2019, 4:35 p.m. 1 Report Embed 0
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The first lines always matter



Have you ever think about how your favorite stories begin?


The first lines that introduce us to the story have a complicated function: to be an invitation to readers to continue reading. Writers often find it hard to decide how to start our novels. A good way to find ideas for this is to pay attention to the first lines of our favorite books and/or writers.


There are many ways to start a novel or a story, but one thing they have in common is that the most memorable beginnings are the ones that say much more that we can notice at first sight.


Think about how J.M Barrie introduces us to his story "Peter Pan": "All children grow, except one." With a few words, not only manages to capture the attention and curiosity of the reader, but it presents the central plot of the story, and, indirectly, his character and the outcome. The same happens with the beginning of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: "It was a pleasure to burn". Four shocking words that invite the reader to continue reading.


Another iconic beginning is the one of "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. "It is a world-renowned truth that a single man, who owns a great fortune, needs a wife." As in Peter Pan, the story begins telling the very heart of the plot and the author doesn't need large descriptions, or explanations of society, to present the conflict. But that is not all, these words manage to reflect the tone that will characterize the novel. The sarcasm and social criticism that are Austen's own are visible in just the first sentence.


Something similar can be found in Franz Kafka and his novel "La metamorfosis". "When Gregorio Samsa woke up one morning after a restless sleep, he found himself on his bed turned into a monstrous insect." Once again, the author brilliantly introduces both his protagonist and the conflict of the story, without needing great explanations or descriptions. The disturbing tone behind this introduction defines this story and will stay with the reader until the last page.


Another important characteristic of the first lines is to lay the foundations of the universe that is unfolding. In fantasy stories, which need a more detailed construction of the universe, we also find iconic beginnings that stand out for their simplicity but that say much more if they are carefully analyzed.


For example, the beginning of "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien says: "In a hole in the ground, lived a hobbit. Not a wet hole, dirty, disgusting, with the remains of worms and the smell of mud, nor a dry hole, naked and disgusting, with nothing to sit on or eat: it was a hole-hobbit, and that means comfort. " This introduction to the fantastic world of Tolkien not only presents the main character of the story (without any other detail but the fact that it is a hobbit), but describes, through the word comfort, their way of life. Those who have read the book will know that the trip that is narrated later, will be anything but comfortable and that is why the first paragraph will serve as a point of comparison between the life of the protagonist before and during his adventure.


A similar strategy uses J.K. Rowling to start the saga "Harry Potter". "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, from number 4 Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal and very grateful for that. They were the last people one would expect to find involved in something strange or mysterious, because they did not accept that nonsense. " Establishing in this first paragraph the personality and way of life of the secondary characters, Harry's uncles, manages to capture the attention of the reader (since it presents some unusual characters in a fantasy story) and also prepares them for the fantastic event that will modify the "normality" of the Dursleys. There is no mention of magic in its early lines, but the possibility that strange and mysterious things may happen, despite the denial of the Dursleys.


Other authors such as Philip Pullman prefer a more direct start to the fantasy universe without giving great explanations. His trilogy "The Dark Matter" begins like this: "Lyra and her daemon crossed the dining room, whose light was dimmed at times, trying to keep to one side of it, out of the field of view of the kitchen." Through the opening paragraph he introduces us to the protagonists, Lyra and his daemon. He could stop to explain what a daemon is, but he does not. It is not the time to do it and, in a certain way, encourages the reader to continue reading to discover it. It is limited to continue the narrative establishing an action ("crossed the dining room") and making it clear that they do not want to be seen, allows the reader to deduce that it is an action that is not allowed. Again the mystery is behind the text.


Another function of the first lines of a story may be to anticipate the end. Gabriel García Márquez begins "One Hundred Years of Solitude" with these words: "Many years later, in front of the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía had to remember that remote afternoon when his father took him to see the ice." He uses the same technique to start "Chronicle of an announced death": "The day they were going to kill him, Santiago Nasar got up at 5:30 in the morning to wait for the ship in which the bishop arrived." It is possible that knowing how a story will end is discouraging for some, but the author plays with the curiosity of the reader by posing an action after establishing the outcome, which invites us to continue reading until we discover if they really have to die in the end.


As you can see, a captivating beginning is, in short, the most direct entry door to attract the attention of the reader, and, in turn, lay the foundations of the universe and the tone that will characterize the narrative. Generating a good first impression through the first paragraph can be what distinguishes that story over others.


As writers we should not underestimate the influence of the first lines in the opinion of the readers and it is good to make an effort to start our narrative with impact.


What do you think? Have you notice the importance of the first lines? How your favorite stories begins?


Text by:

Flavia Menchaca

Ambassador

@ flavii_chan82

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#NewWritingContest - From every day routine, an art

How would you explain the instructions to get out of bed every morning in an artistic and fun way? What words would you use? What resources would you add? Something so simple, but at the same time so complex. This is the moment when we want to exploit everyone's creativity. Therefore, we have opened the new contest of the month, which is called "From every day routine, an art". The mission is to write a short story - of 400 words maximum- with instructions on how to get out of bed each morning in a original way. The most creative and humorous text will be the winner.


This contest has been inspired by the famous writer Julio Cortázar who wrote: "Instructions on how to climb a staircase" in a very artistic way. If you need an example for your participation, you can read his work here.


Start date: March 15, 019

Fecha de cierre: April 10, 2019


How does the contest work?


1. You must write a short story with instructions on how to get out of bed every morning and publish it on your Inkspired profile. Make sure that the story is written in a creative and fun way, and that it contains a maximum of 400 words.

2. Once published, you can edit it until deadline.

3. The story must be published as a Short Story within the Humor category.

4. You must tag your story with the hashtag #Humor in the hashtags section.

5. The story must have a title, a proper cover and a brief description.

6. It must be unpublished and exclusive of Inkspired during the time of the contest

7. Once the contest is over, the story must remain published on the platform for a minimum of 6 months.

8. The contest will have a single winner. This will be announced from the third week of April.

9. The jury will be comprised by the editorial team of Inkspired, which includes Jackeline Vargas -Content Manager and Gin Les, leading ambassador. The winner's selection will be based on the creativity of the story, the writing style and the author's humor. Grammar will also be taken into account, as well as the respective fulfillment of the contest rules.

10. A minimum of 20 participants is required for the contest to be official.

11. To get additional points, just upload and share your story in one of your Social Networks (Instagram or Facebook) and tag us @getinkspired.


Terms of the contest


1. People from any part of the world can participate, but the story must be written in English.

2. The story must contain a maximum of 400 words, and be published in the Humor category.

3. The story must be your own, we do not accept any kind of plagiarism and there may be legal action if this is violated.

4. The story must be exclusive for the duration of the contest.

5. If you are not a current user of Inkspired and want to participate, you just have to register. It's free!

6. The story should have general instructions on how to get out of bed each morning, however, the instructions to use will be chosen from every author's point of view.

7. The story must have the hashtag #Humor in the hashtags section. In addition, it must have a title, a cover and a brief description of the work.

8. This time you can participate with a maximum of 3 stories per author.

9. Anyone who spam will be disqualified.

10. The terms of the contest must be fulfilled. No work that exceeds this term will be accepted.

11. Stories can be edited only during the contest term. Once closed, no changes will be accepted.

12. Once the winners are announced, they should write to info@getinkspired.com to coordinate the delivery of the prizes. If the winner is not pronounced within 15 days, the prize will be awarded to the second place.

13. You do not need to participate from the first day, you can do it whenever you want while the contest is open.

14. Participation in this contest means that the user knows and accepts the bases thereof.

1. We also have contests in other languages ​​-Spanish and Portuguese-, you can see them in the contests section of each language.


AWARDS


BEST STORY

First place: An audio story with winner text narrated by one of our staff, similar to what Cortázar did with his. In addition, the story will be featured for 3 weeks on our homepage and will also be promoted in our networks.



How to publish a story in Inkspired?

1. Go to www.getinkspired.com

2. Register as a user (if you are not already), you can do it manually or via Facebook

3. Click on CREATE A STORY

4. Choose the type of story you wish to publish, in the case of the contest it would be: SHORT STORY

5. Write the title of your story and the category (in this case it would be HUMOR). The title can be edited later if you wish.

6. Write your story as a single chapter.

7. Once written click on 'save' and then 'close and go to the profile of the story'.

8. Here you can add the hashtag #Humor, the description, the cover and the language.

9. Then you will have to go down to where the title of your chapter or story is to click on the publication status button that says 'Draft' and change it to 'Published'.

10. You can see a video tutorial on how to post here: https://getinkspired.com/faq/

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