Can I put an existing project into the Launchpad contest?

Created over 1 year ago by TCC Edwards with 11 comments
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2017 11 10 18.40.38 1 TCC Edwards · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 3 likes
After some emails to, my project, Far Flung, is now a contest entry.  Thank you to the folks at Inkshares and my followers!
Lxftacps Brian Marsden · Author · added over 1 year ago
I was under the impression we were to wait until after July 29 to  start campaigning. And we had to wait for a message saying we made the cut or were in the top 100 or something.  The top 25 isn’t supposed to happen until Sept. Am I wrong  on that?
Mine is still in draft mode waiting either way.

2017 11 10 18.40.38 1 TCC Edwards · Author · added over 1 year ago
Well, there are three book projects now in the contest that can be easily found from the Launch Pad contest Leaderboard. I hope there’s a way to see all the contest entries easily on the Inkshares side - looks like it takes time to confirm entries or something. Anyone else manage to get a draft that was up before the contest "registered" as a contest entry?
2017 11 10 18.40.38 1 TCC Edwards · Author · added over 1 year ago
Okay, I just submitted my 50 page pdf to Launch Pad and paid. As @Helen McKeon said, there was no option offered during this submission that would connect it to Inkshares. Now, if I try to enter through Inkshares, it looks like this will create an entirely new draft with no connection to my existing work.

Should I 
a) Copy the title and sample chapters from the earlier draft into an ’official’ entry on the Inkshares side?


b) See if some link can be made between my earlier draft and what I just sent to Launch Pad?
Screen shot 2018 10 22 at 10.04.47 am Elena Stofle · Inksharesian · edited over 1 year ago · 2 likes

Hi all! Great questions, thank you for asking. 

@TCC Edwards  : Yes, you can enter a current draft into the contest. If anyone has a funding project they want to enter, they have to start the campaign over (no head starts). 

We are adjusting the dates to better accomodate you, please standby for those changes. 

Let me run through the process: 

Step 1. Enter the Launch Pad contest:

Step  2. Enter the Inkshares contest as a draft (without selling pre-orders yet). 

Step  3. Await results. 

Step  4. If chosen in the the top 25 finalists, you will be notified that your project has been selected to enter the Inkshares Publishing Contest, and you will show up on the leaderboard.

Step 5: Start selling pre-orders in the Inkshares competition along with the other 24 finalists. The top 3 will get a full publishing deal. 

@Helen McKeon  : If your book is funding now, thats fine, but you will have to start over once the Inkshares portion begins (again, dates are changing for the better, so check back about those, I will also post an update here). Also, the two contests are not strictly related; you do not have to start an Inkshares project to enter Launch Pad, but you DO have to enter the Launch Pad Competition to win the Inkshares prize. 

Please email me at if you ever have any questions. I am here to help! 

Me Helen McKeon · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 3 likes
I just saw this conversation, and an update by Brian Marsden about submitting through Inkshares and having your story in draft.   

Just wanted to add my two cents and say that I entered my manuscript through Launchpad’s website directly yesterday and there was nothing on their entry form to say I had to register with Inkshares as well to be eligible, or that my book had to be posted anywhere else.  In fact the only mention of Inkshares in the Rules is:

  • All submissions will remain the property of the writer(s) throughout the contest, however if selected as a finalist you agree to grant Launch Pad and partners an exclusive 90-day window (from announcement) to all film, television and publishing rights. During this period of time you agree to not submit your book or manuscript to a literary agent, TV or film, agent, manager, or publisher other than Inkshares, without express written consent by Launch Pad. The exception to this is if you are already represented, in which case we look forward to collaborating with your representatives.
  • If within 90 days of being selected as a finalist you are not successfully signed by a literary agent, TV or film, agent, manager, or selected to be published by Inkshares, you are free to submit your book or manuscript to any agent, manager, or publisher.
  • Employees and their immediate families (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside or those living in the same households, whether or not related) of The Tracking Board, LP, Energy Entertainment, Paradigm Talent Agency, Inkshares (together with LP, the “Promoter Parties”) and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees, ...
I had no trouble registering, and my book is in funding.
I also wasn’t required at any point to link anything back to my Inkshares page.
I can understand Inkshares wanting to cross-pollinate, but Launchpad isn’t an Inkshares exclusive competition.  

Anyway, hope that is of some interest/help.

Img 2511 Jane-Holly Meissner · Author · added over 1 year ago
That I don’t know - I’d email Inkshares to find out if I were you.
2017 11 10 18.40.38 1 TCC Edwards · Author · added over 1 year ago
The story I’m thinking of is in draft mode, actually. So there’s two submission buttons for this - one here on Inkshares, and one on the Launch Pad site - perhaps after I submit to Launch Pad, I can ’connect’ the submission to the story here on Inkshares?
Img 2511 Jane-Holly Meissner · Author · added over 1 year ago
Your entry would have to be draft mode now, or you’d have to refund everything and start over for the new contest, if you wanted to enter an existing project.
Img 2511 Jane-Holly Meissner · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 2 likes
As far as I know as long as you pay your $50 on the Launchpad site you can enter whatever book you want. The Inkshares part doesn’t start until later.
2017 11 10 18.40.38 1 TCC Edwards · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
Title says it all - I want to put a current draft stage project into the running for Launchpad 2017. Is this possible? Does it have to be completely new?


On the Launchpad site, it says the deadlines are April 15 for early entries, May 15 for regular, plus additional dates for late entries. On Inkshares you say campaigning opens April 10, and submissions are due April 30. Could you clear that all up a bit?