Summer Writing Project (SWP)

Black Hill Press and JukePop are collaborating with the Santa Clara County Library District and California Public Libraries to advocate writing and support reading with their Summer Writing Project (SWP).

Both Black Hill Press and JukePop champion two abandoned mediums. Black Hill Press fights for the novella—a distinctive, often overlooked literary form that offers the focus of a short story and the scope of a novel, while JukePop is rejuvenating the lost art of the serial, pioneered at the dawn of publishing, when authors such as Charles Dickens received critical acclaim and feedback from mass audiences by serializing novels a chapter at a time.

This joint venture presents authors with the opportunity to craft their novellas a chapter at a time with immediate quantitative and qualitative feedback from their readers, while also broadcasting their words to an audience eager for the next great storyteller.

Our second annual Summer Writing Project begins on June 1, 2015 and continues through August 31, 2015.

  1. Write a novella* and submit chapters via**
  2. Selected novellas will be distributed to partner libraries based on reader analytics (retention + reading time) and presented in conjunction with Summer Reading programs
  3. Black Hill Press will select three (3) novellas to be published as a special Summer Writing Project collection with cover artwork by a featured artist.

* Accepted novella word range: 10,000 to 30,000 (Black Hill Press, however, is less interested with word counting and more concerned with compelling characters and evocative moments.
** All entries must follow JukePop’s criteria for submissions (