Simon & Schuster Crowdsources Content for Sci-Fi Imprint

simon451New science fiction Simon & Schuster imprint Simon451 will officially debut at ComiCon 2014 in New York City. Now, so will a novel culled from a student writing contest the publisher is organizing to coincide with the imprint’s launch.

Undergraduate writers are being asked to submit proposals for a full-length work of science fiction, fantasy, or speculative fiction to be published by the new imprint. Ten finalists will be announced in April, with a winning novel chosen in time for a fall publication date.

Publishers of genre fiction, and especially romance, are well accustomed to seeking new material among self-published and unpublished authors. Simon & Schuster’s writing contest marks another effort at circumventing the agent-driven system for sourcing content, at the same time creating publicity among young readers for the new imprint.

With publishers now finding new authors and titles among self-published best-seller lists and workshopping platforms like Wattpad and Book Country, the concept of crowdsourcing content from readers has a short history in publishing.


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