Writers: Get Discovered with StumbleUpon!

July 11, 2012 § 3 Comments

First off, I promise I will put a real blogpost up soon. Something about characterization. I apologize for the long silence.

However, I do have a pretty exciting kick in the pants for you today: the Get Discovered Writing Contest from StumbleUpon.

Do you have a screenplay, stageplay, novel, short story, memoir or graphic novel saved on your computer right now? Have you always thought about being a professional writer but never thought you’d make it?

Here’s your chance to change the rest of your life.

Enter our “Get Discovered” Writing Contest to see what the StumbleUpon community and our panel of Hollywood talent agents and script doctors think of your work. If you win, you’ll get your work shown to a producer, playhouse or other appropriate company for the chance to see your work published, performed or produced! You may end up getting the phone call that amateur writer Isaac Marion got one day telling him that his short story “I Am a Zombie Filled with Love” – adored by Stumblers everywhere – had blockbuster potential.


1. Between now and July 24th, email a word document or PDF of your work to contests@stumbleupon.com. You can also share your work as a Google doc to this address if you’d prefer. We’ll accept any of the following:

a. The first 20 pages of a film/television script or stageplay.
b. A short story of 20 pages or less.
c. The first 20 pages of a novel or novella.
d. The first 10 pages of a graphic novel or comic series.
e. Three essays from a collection of essays.
f. The first 20 pages of a memoir.
g. The first 20 pages of a non-fiction work.

2. Between July 27th and August 10th, Stumblers will Stumble the Likes at the “Get Discovered” StumbleUpon profile and vote by indicating a “Like” for their favorite submitted Works through the thumb-up icon on the StumbleBar. Invite your friends to vote for your work but remember that they have to be StumbleUpon users to qualify (and we’ll be on the lookout for any possible fraud or dishonest voting. Be nice, folks!)

3. Our panel of judges (called the Content Collective) will choose among the top ten works chosen by Stumblers. They’ll choose a winner by August 27, 2012 and we’ll announce it here on our blog (and alert the winner, of course) and on our Twitter and Facebook pages. The winner will receive a “first-look” option opportunity.

According to the official rules, you also have to submit a release form with your entry, but there’s no link to that form. I emailed the contest address to ask, and will update this post if I hear back to them.

Thanks, Derek, for alerting me to this contest!

UPDATE: I got a very quick response: “We neglected to include a link to the form in the rules or the post, and that’s been rectified. You can find the form here: http://www.stumbleupon.com/help/stumbleupon-get-discovered-contest-release-form/. Keep in mind also that the winner must be a U.S. citizen and 18 years or older.”



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