NEW YORK, NY - May 28, 2014 - Bestselling author Hugh Howey and eBook soundtrack company Booktrack today launched The Hugh Howey Booktrack Competition, one of the world's largest literary competitions, with a total prize pool of $20,000. With two ways to win the fan-fueled competition, aimed at both writers and audiophiles, fans can either add a soundtrack to a chapter of Howey's recent bestseller Half Way Home, or write and soundtrack an original fan fiction story based around the novel.
"Storytelling can be so much more than mere words. I love what Booktrack makes possible. Now, a soundscape can heighten our reading experience," says bestselling author Hugh Howey. "And this competition is perfect for bringing fans into a creative collaboration. I can't wait to see what immersive and inspired experience they help create."
Booktrack has partnered with Wattpad to offer The Hugh Howey Booktrack & Wattpad Fan Fiction Contest. Fans can write and soundtrack an original fan fiction story based on Howey's novel Half Way Home. Booktrack and Indaba Music have also partnered to offer The Hugh Howey Booktrack & Indaba Audio Contest, giving fans the chance to soundtrack a chapter of Half Way Home.
Half Way Home is a speculative fiction novel set in a futuristic world, where humans are sent to colonize other planets. Howey will select the winners from five finalists for each contest, determined by the overall rating and popularity of the Booktrack. The soundtrack winner will collect $5,000 and the chance to co-produce a Booktrack for Howey's latest novel The Hurricane. The fan fiction winner will receive $5,000 and editorial feedback on up to 10,000 words from Howey. The remaining finalists will each receive a prize of $1,000.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with Hugh Howey, who is both an amazing author and publishing pioneer," said Booktrack CEO Paul Cameron. "We look forward to Hugh's fans amplifying his work with a customized music and ambient soundtrack on the Booktrack platform."
As a treat for fans, the first part to Hugh Howey's most recent novel Sand is now available to read for free with a soundtrack produced by Park Road Post Productions (Lord of the Rings) on www.booktrack.com and the Booktrack mobile reader available on iPads, iPhones and Android devices.
Partner Wattpad is the world's largest community of readers and writers. Indaba Music is the leading online community of musicians and marketplace for music opportunities. The fan fiction contest is also conducted in conjunction with Writer's Digest, the oldest and most respected media company dedicated to the advancement of writers.
Fans can enter the competition via www.booktrack.com, beginning today and running until July 31, 2014.
Booktrack synchronizes movie-style soundtracks to eBooks. Music, ambient audio, and sound effects are automatically paced to an individual's reading speed and synchronized to match the story while they read. Readers get instant free access to thousands of stories, while authors and publishers easily create their own Booktrack titles by matching their stories to an extensive library of over 20,000 free-to-use music and ambient audio tracks. The Booktrack Classroom application provides teachers and students with an enhanced creative writing and reading experience while instantly increasing comprehension (17%) and engagement (30%), as proven in New York University & Auckland University Studies. Backed by investors including Peter Thiel and Weta Digital, Booktrack recently completed $3 million in Series A financing led by Sparkbox Ventures. The Booktrack application is available from www.booktrack.com and in the Apple App Store, Google Play and Google Chrome Stores.
About Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey is an American author, known for his work independently published through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing system. His series Wool, published digitally on Amazon, became a sudden success in the fall of 2011. Originally just a novelette, demand grew, leading Howey to create the Omnibus series, which reached the #1 Bestseller in Science Fiction on Amazon, and was optioned by Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian for a potential feature film. Howey's work has been mentioned in Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Deadline Hollywood, and a number of other notable publications.