We hope that you are sitting down because today Inkubate officially announces our 2012 Literary Blockbuster Challenge. The prizes total $10,000 and a shot at publication for the best attempts at merging literary and commercial fiction.
This contest is inspired by the recent publication of James W. Hall’s, Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century’s Biggest Bestsellers. In his book, Hall outlines a formula for writing a mega bestseller.
Inkubate's Jay Gale and authors Sally Sloan and Evie King discuss the Literary Blockbuster Challenge in LA.
Write or Revise a “Hybrid” Novel: Inkubate and the panel of judges headed by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley, are looking for writers who have successfully blended a profound, well-crafted novel with a page-turning addictive read—think Moby Dick meets Jaws.
Judges: Joining Smiley on the panel of judges is Hall, Larry Beinhart (Wag the Dog and How to Write a Mystery), and prize-winning authors Jennifer Clement (President of PEN Mexico) and Martha Frankel (Hats and Eyeglasses).
Tell us about your Work: To supplement your novel entry, we invite you to visit InkubateVoices, our YouTube channel. Here, you may submit a short video (90 sec. to 3 min.) about your writing life and literary goals. This is an opportunity for you to tell us about your work—what influences you draw upon and what makes you tick—the story behind the story. Our goal is to give you a voice beyond the pages of your work and to turn the heads of industry professionals who will undoubtedly be intrigued by this venue.
Grow your Platform: These videos will be made public and we’ll invite viewers to share their favorites. We encourage you to use them to grow your platform and to direct your friends and colleagues to see you “live” on Inkubate!
Speak to Publishers & Agents: The videos are also a valuable tool for the publishing industry. Watching writers speak about their work provides publishers and agents a preview of how each author will engage with an audience. Publishers and agents have told us that they want writers who can market themselves and build successful platforms of their own. This is your chance to do just that.
Submit your Video: Writer videos may be submitted here: www.youtube.com/user/InkubateVoicesPlease note that all entries will become the property of Inkubate and we may edit them to ensure compliance with our standards of practice. You will see your video appear only after it has been reviewed and approved.
Submit your Novel: You may submit your novel to Inkubate through March 31, 2013. You will see the informational contest link on our homepage and you’ll find the submission link on your Writer Dashboard. If you have any questions, we are here to help. Contact Co-Founder, Stacy Clark at email@example.com or 214-505-9953.