Summer Writing Project

The Summer Writing Project is an annual collaboration between 1888 and JukePop that advocates writing and supports reading. This joint venture presents authors with the opportunity to craft their novellas one 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.


  1. SUBMISSION PERIOD July 1 – August 31
    • Submit novella chapters via
    • A minimum of one chapter must be submitted for consideration
  2. WINNER ANNOUNCED September 5
    • 1888 editors select one (1) novella based on reader analytics (retention + reading time) to be published with cover artwork by David Moscati


Throughout the Summer Writing Project we present a series of free educational essays, lectures, and podcast episodes to support our writers and the community. 1888 is a publisher of classic dime novels, contemporary novellas, and The Cost of Paper, an annual anthology of international short stories. Click here to visit our complete catalogue.


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