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Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is pleased to announce the launch of the BOOKS LIKE US First Novel Contest to facilitate accessibility to underrepresented writers and celebrate the diversity of readers across the United States. As the nation strives for progress, Gallery Books and Simon & Schuster aim to help catalyze that change by amplifying voices that represent us, by publishing books like us


In future seasons, the Books Like Us First Novel Contest will rotate among other Simon & Schuster adult imprints.


A two-week entry period will begin on Tuesday, June 1. At that time, writers are invited and encouraged to submit twenty-five pages of an original adult novel using the online form below. The publisher welcomes inclusive, entertaining, and ground-breaking reads with expert pacing, depth as well as heart, and irresistible characters who leap from the page. At the end of the submission period, the editorial, marketing, and publicity team at Gallery Books, will review all submissions for originality, relevance to today’s publishing climate, and writing quality. In December 2021, the author of the selected novel will be awarded the opportunity to enter into a $50,000 book deal with Gallery Books. 


  • Contest Entry Period: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - Monday, June 14, 2021

  • Semi-Finalists Notified: Tuesday, September 7, 2021

  • Finalists Notified: Tuesday, November 2, 2021

  • Grand Prize Winner Notified: Tuesday, December 14, 2021




Will the winner receive a book deal? 

The winner will be awarded the opportunity to enter into a $50,000 book deal with Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.


Will the winner be paired with a literary agent?

The winner will be provided a list of literary agents who have expressed interest in representation to choose from. The winner is also welcome to search for an agent on their own. Our intention is to allow the winner the option of signing with an agent of their choice.


Can I submit my young adult novel? 

We are only accepting adult fiction. 


Can I submit my novel in another language, other than English?

The submission must be in English. 


If I am a writer who isn’t 18, can I still enter? 

Participants must be at least 18 years of age. 


Are you accepting submissions from international writers? 

No, the contest is open only to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.


What if I have previously self-published my manuscript?

Self-published manuscripts are not eligible at this time.


Must my 25-page submission be the opening pages from a completed manuscript?

Yes, that’s correct. Semi-Finalists will be notified on or about September 7, 2021 and will have one week from notification to submit their final manuscript. For that reason, we recommend that entrants fine-tune their completed manuscripts prior to September.