“Corner Booth” Contest/ Experiment~~

Crowdsourcing seems to be the buzzword de jour. Wikipedia, an example of crowdsourcing in and of itself, defines crowdsourcing as “a neologism for the act of taking a task traditionally performed by an employee or contractor and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people, in the form of an open call. For example, the public may be invited to develop a new technology, carry out a design task, refine an algorithm or help capture, systematize or analyze large amounts of data.”

So what does crowdsourcing and software development have to do with writing a webserial? We want to take something that has become the norm in the technical field and been tried in religion, fashion, politics, and media, and use it in the artistic field. This is not without precedent–Penguin ran a more complex crowdsourcing a book project, A Million Penguins about a year ago. However, “Corner Booth” is more modest and just wants to see where the creative minds of many New Yorkers will take our characters.

We’ve all had fantasies of writing or rewriting an episode of “Sex and the City”. Why not use the opportunity now to become the guest writer for “Corner Booth”? Entry is free, and you have a shot at winning $200.

Jennifer Anthony is our last winner. Jennifer received her MFA in Writing for Children from Spalding University, and her MA in Psychology from San Jose State University. Her short story series, Tonics, appeared in the spring/summer/fall/winter 2007 issues of The First Line, and she was among the top ten winners in Per Contra Magazine’s 2007 short story contest. As a travel writer, she is a frequent contributor to Matador Travel and Tango Diva. When not writing or working at a not-for-profit education policy firm, she divides her time between travel, reading, and volunteering for Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Hands On Bay Area.

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