The Santa Clara County Library District, which includes the Los Altos main and Woodland libraries, has joined forces with JukePop Inc. and Black Hill Press to promote writing and reading with the launch of the Summer Writing Project.
A collaborative effort to identify up-and-coming literary talent, the Summer Writing Project provides aspiring authors the opportunity to create novellas (written, fictional narratives normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel) and submit them one chapter at a time for immediate quantitative and qualitative feedback from readers.
Writers are encouraged to submit chapters via jukepop.com through Aug. 31. All entries must follow JukePop’s criteria for submission, outlined at jukepop.com/home/submissions. Novellas should be 10,000-30,000 words long, though compelling characters and evocative content are deemed more important than word count.
Based on JukePop reader analytics (retention plus reading time), the library district website will feature the novellas.
“JukePop Inc. is excited to bring this project to a community of readers, writers and library users,” said Jerry Fan, founder and CEO of JukePop. “It’s really simple. The Summer Writing Project benefits the community, is free for writers to join and is reinventing Santa Clara County Library District’s role in this new publishing era.”
Writers 18 and older are invited to participate in the Summer Writing Project.
“Do we have another Jack London, John Steinbeck or Amy Tan among us? I don’t know, but it will be fun to find out,” said Gail Mason, the library district’s library services manager for collection development and reading services. “This project provides the perfect complement to our annual Summer Reading Program, which encourages and celebrates reading for all ages.”
After the contest ends, Black Hill Press will select three novellas from submitted entries and publish them in a Summer Writing Project collection with cover artwork by artist Jeannie Phan. In addition, JukePop and Black Hill Press will promote contestants’ serial e-book works at public libraries throughout California.
For more information, visit sccl.org/Browse/eBooks-Downloads/Summer-Writing.