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Archive for April 12th, 2015

anotherworld_square1Inkitt is a free writing platform where authors can get creative and watch their stories grow, and they’re opening their third writing contest for entries this spring. Inkitt is a place for writers and readers to collaborate, trading feedback and ideas to improve their work. In the long run, Inkitt’s goal is to help writers get the exposure they deserve and the publishing deals they want without worrying about the impediments and unfairness of traditional printing and self- publishing.

Writing Contest – Echo of Another World

Inkitt’s April contest is focusing on the sci-fi/fantasy genre. The theme is “Echo of Another World.” In honor the late great Terry Pratchett, they want stories that will take you to another world the way his novels did: bring you to outer space, to an enchanted castle, to a forest filled with fairies – anything with fantastical or science-fictiony leanings goes!

Submission Details

All fiction up to 15,000 words is eligible for entry. Novel excerpts are encouraged; fanfiction is not. The contest begins on April 7th and will close on May 5th. It’s free to enter, and you’ll retain all rights to any work submitted. Collect the most community votes to be bumped into the top 10% of entries, from which the Inkitt staff will choose the winners.

Prizes

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Winners will receive Amazon gift cards ($40, $30 and $20). The first place winner will also get five printed copies of their story, with a custom cover created by Inkitt’s designer!

Got fantasy in your fingertips, sci-fi on the mind? Enter the competition now at http://www.inkitt.com/anotherworld and do the Discworld proud!

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The Story Behind the Book

ximenaBehind my novel is the image of a woman who is strong, fiercely independent, ambitious, intelligent and attractive to both men and women, but who is at the same time a profoundly imperfect and flawed human being.  From the beginning, Ximena Godoy has been more an idea than flesh and blood, and I confess that as I crafted her life story, her image grew in me obsessively, compelling me to write the novel. Her complexity, the mystery of who she really is, more so than any of the other characters that I’ve crafted up to this time, inspired me.

As she developed I witnessed how Ximena Godoy seduced men, how she compelled them to fall in love with her, and to desire her.  She did this not for romantic or loving reasons, but prompted by ambition, or a way to gain freedom.  I also saw that when sexual ardor dimmed…

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