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Posted by inkpop on December 14, 2009

ic#1: 10 Things You Should Know About Me

To keep creative juices flowing, inkpop introduces “inkpop Challenges,” topical writing exercises in which random writers and commenters will receive prizes for participating.

There are no judges in inkpop Challenges, but inkpop encourages participants to flex their “editor/reviewer” muscles by providing Challenge writers with constructive comments. That’s what inkpop Challenges are all about—think of them as international online writing groups.

1st inkpop Challenge Topic: “10 Things You Should Know About Me”

inkpop Challenge Marker: ic#1

Description: What are the 10 most interesting things about you? Get creative with how you cover this topic. You could write a list of blurbs, capsule stories, an interview with yourself, a journalistic piece in which you get your friends to comment about your personality … you name it. Be sure to include the inkpop Challenge Marker (ic#1) in title of your submission, and announce your participation in this inkpop Forums thread.

Format: Short Story, Essay, or Poem

Genre: Any

Word Count: Maximum of 600

Launch Date: Monday, December 14, 2009

Deadline Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, noon EST

inkpop Challenge Marker: ic#1

Prizes: inkpop will select 2 random Challenge writers and 2 Challenge commenters, who will receive their choice of three HarperTeen books. The prize winners will be announced here, on the inkpop blog.

inkpop Challenges Rules and Details

Modeled after traditional writing groups or classes, inkpop Challenge deadlines range from a week and a half to up to a month.

Participants upload inkpop Challenge projects in the same fashion as any other inkpop project, and inkpop Challenge submissions are included in the site’s “regular activity” and ranking system, meaning that they are included in the same Top Picks process as non-inkpop Challenge projects. inkpop Challenges vary in topic, formats, word counts, and deadline schedules. inkpop Challenge details are announced via the inkpop blog and Forums.

There are no judges in inkpop Challenges (unless, of course, an inkpop Challenge project becomes a Top Pick, in which case it will be reviewed by the Editorial Board). inkpoppers are encouraged to provide feedback on fellow participants’ work and to add Challenge projects to their Picks lists if they so choose. The purpose of inkpop Challenges is to provide a supportive network and allow inkpoppers additional avenues to participate in community writing challenges.

How to “Flag” inkpop Challenge Submissions

Participants are required to flag their submissions in these three ways:

1. Include the inkpop Challenge marker in the project title. During the “Submit” process, when titling your project, include the inkpop Challenge marker in your project’s title, which will be specified in the initial inkpop Challenge description. The marker will be “ic#1,” “ic#2,” etc.

2. Include the Challenge marker in Tags.  In Step 3 of the “Submit” process, after selecting the genre for your project, include the inkpop Challenge marker in Tags.

3. Promote your inkpop Challenge project on Forums. After submitting your project, announce your submission on Forums and include the project’s URL, within the particular Challenge thread.

inkpop Challenges Prizes

inkpop awards prizes to random inkpop Challenge writers and to those who post comments on participants’ work. Prize details are announced at the time of the inkpop Challenge posting; winners are selected on the inkpop Challenge submission deadline date.

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