I’ve been meaning to add another comment to this post for awhile. Looking back at the Inkshares Contest history, there have been 13 contests over a 3 year period. That is a lot(!), when you consider that most sites that offer writing contests only occur once, maybe twice, per year. The most notable exception to this would be the Writers of the Future contests which are quarterly.
Addressing some of the posts below about the site being dead, I disagree. I just think that the staff have taken on too many projects too quickly. My intent in starting this thread was the hope that I could persuade the Inkshares team to devote someone to provide at least monthly updates on what’s happening.
I, like many others in this community, joined Inkshares to enter one of the many writing contests in the hopes of becoming published (aside from simply self-publishing - not that there’s anything wrong with that!). And also, like many others, have stayed (I first joined about two years ago) because I found the creativity and support of the other writers on Inkshares to be an incredible resource and motivation. However, I have found that my "participation" in the forums over the last few months has been sparse. I would pop into the site, browse the latest forum posts (if there were any), and usually jump to another author/reader site to see if there were any threads being discussed there.
There is no dearth of posts by fellow authors looking to drum up interest and followers to their projects. Don’t get me wrong, I expect that. This is a crowdfunding site, after all. But I think what I feel is missing is more active up-to-date news on what is currently happening at Inkshares and what is coming next. Some thoughts: what changes can we expect to the website? what books that are in production will soon be coming out? what will be the next contest and when will it start?
Perhaps there could be a weekly or biweekly update to the major "goings-on" behind the scenes? What do you think? Is that possible?
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