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Writers Loop Events' Rules and Guidelines
ArtoonsInn Writers Loop is created not only to encourage the art of writing but also to help writers build a network. Below are the default rules and guidelines for all the writings events.
01 Word Limit
The word limit for the respective writing events are below:
Five00: 450 to 500 words.
UniK: 950 to 1000 words.
Artales: 2000 to 3000 words.
Any endnotes will be excluded from the word count only when they stand independent of the story.
Examples of endnotes that will not be included in word count:
Glossary, Credits, Reference links.
Examples of endnotes that will be included in word count:
Epilogue, Author Notes (If the story depends on it for clarification), PostScript
02 One Entry Per Person
Only one entry is allowed. Entries should not be edited until the Recognition Day of the month. Entries must be original and not published before.
03 Where And How To Submit
You are expected to post your entry on the ArtoonsInn Writers Room website | writers.artoonsinn.com. Sign up on the website in case you haven’t already and click on the ‘publish’ button to submit your writing. Ensure you check the categories (Genre/Theme) that your story is most relevant to while submitting.
Upload a non-copyrighted cover picture(thumbnail) along with your writing. Refer to www.unsplash.com. Make sure to add photographer credits at the bottom of your writing.
ArtoonsInn Watchers will approve the entry on the website within 1 to 12 hours. Once the writing is approved on the website, share the link to the story in the Writers Room Facebook group using the hashtags #ArtoonsInn #WritersLoop #TitleOfTheEvent
Alternatively, if you have your own website hosted by ArtoonsInn Geeks Room, you can publish your story on your own website and post the link to it directly in the Writers Room Facebook group as your entry. If you don’t have a website, we strongly recommend having a blog or website as a writer with publishing goals. ArtoonsInn Geeks Room can help Writers Loop members with website design, hosting, and management for just Rs. 6600. Click here to get your website done.
Share your story in the Writers Room Facebook group before 18:00 IST on the 22nd of the month. Anything shared after the deadline will not be considered a competing entry.
Read this carefully to avoid confusion.
Rulfy is a request by a participant to a fellow participant asking for a comment/review on their story.
If you want to place a Rulfy request, add the hashtag #Rulfy at the end of your comment on your fellow participant’s story along with the link to your Facebook post.
If you are at the receiving end of the Rulfy request and wish to respond, go to their Facebook post, and write a comment/review on their story along with the hashtag #Rulfied.
Rulfy is pronounced as Rule 5. Although written as a rule here, it is not mandatory; but morally encouraged at ArtoonsInn. Read more about Rulfy here.
06 AI Content
Writers Loop encourages fair competition when it comes to choosing the winners. Participants found guilty of using any AI tools to write stories will be banned from Writers Loop without any prior notice.
07 Keep It Green
Keep it Green, or go to the Green Room.
Writers Loop encourages everyone in the community to create a friendly environment for each other. Anyone found otherwise may get an invitation to the Green Room.
We would have written what happens in the Green Room here, but whatever happens in the Green Room stays in the Green Room. Tip from those who visited the Green Room: Do not dare to go in there!
07 Cash Prizes
Winners will be announced on the Recognition Day which is celebrated on the last day of every month. The winners of Writers Loop Events would get Rs. 1000 cash prize, and the Runner-ups to get Rs. 500 as a cash prize. The cash prizes are considered only if the winners are from Octa Clubs. For non-octa winners, a book will be sent to their Indian address.
Activities by Octa Members
a) READS ~ An In-depth Analysis by Urmi Chakravorty and Kruti Bharadva
Writers who want their entry considered for a deeply analyzed review by them, leave the hashtag #READSREVIEW in your post description while sharing your entry in the Writers Room Facebook group.
-Beginner writers will be preferred.
-Only one story will be picked per event.
Note to the beginners
Here are some key points for Writers Loop members who are just getting started and have publishing goals:
Write consistently: Keep participating in the Writers Loop events. Start with Smuse(up to 50 words), a very short story writing activity at Writers Loop. When you are getting good at it, try Five00, a 500-word writing event followed by UniK, a 1000-word writing event, and then Artales, a 2500-3000 words writing event. Give at least an hour of your day to be consistent. Don’t worry too much about pleasing others or meeting market demands. Instead, write for yourself and what inspires you.
Read Regularly: Read widely in your genre or area of interest to understand what works and what doesn’t. Find and read more stories in the genre you are interested in. The stories are categorized on the writers.artoonsinn.com website for easy browsing.
Learn from others: Join an Octa Club and seek feedback from your fellow Octa members and other participants to learn more. Don’t miss out on reading the entries of established writers like Claws Club members and the ones who are consistently writing good stories at Writers Loop. Pay attention to their craft and techniques, and use them to improve your own writing.
Set realistic goals: As you get better at writing, set a goal to get invited to be a part of the ArtoonsInn’s Honorary Club for writers, the Claws Club. Further, aim to get published in one of the anthologies published by Writers Loop via ArtoonsInn Room9 Publications or The Archaic House of ArtoonsInn.
Research the publishing industry: Research the publishing industry to understand the different options for publishing, including traditional publishing, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing.
Build a network: It is important for a writer with publishing goals to build a network of followers/subscribers. Start building your author profile by creating a website or social media presence to connect with readers and other writers around the world. Focus on building an email list to notify your writing activity. We believe that for writers with serious publishing goals, building an email list is as important as writing read-worthy stories. The publishers always love and prioritize writers who have a network.
Be patient and persistent: The publishing process can take time and require persistence, so be prepared for rejections and keep submitting your work.
Keep learning: Continue to learn and develop your writing skills by following all writing-related activities by the members of Writers Loop.