Simon & Schuster is writing the Taylor Swift book of your wildest dreams—that you can contribute to


Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 12.26.54 PMYesterday, December 13th, everyone’s favorite pop queen turned 26 years young. The day before, she wrapped up her sensational, headline-grabbing 1989 World Tour, and it’s clear her career is only on the rise. 2015 was the year of Taylor Swift, #SquadGoals, kangaroo selfies, and her various donations and activism. And now, Simon & Schuster is writing a T. Swift book that will turn out to be an amazing collaborative effort among some lucky Swifties. #SwiftFanBook!

In a statement released by the behemoth publishing house, they announced that they will be penning a Taylor Swift book to be released on October 24, 2016, exactly ten years after the release date of her first, self-titled album. The book will be a tribute not only to the long, influential career of the young singer, but also a testament to the love she’s inspired in her millions of fans all over the world. These fans will be called upon to contribute to the work. Here’s how:

There will be several contests held that Swifties can enter, and yes, each one comes with its own ca$h prize. First, there’s the Title Contest, which comes with a prize of $2,500 if you win. To enter, submit your title and a brief essay explaining why your title is perfect (in 250 words or less). If you win, you’ll receive the cash prize and the opportunity to be credited in the book.

Second, there’s the contest to be named the book’s honorary author, which sounds like the top prize, and comes with a whopping $10,000 and a book tour! To enter, upload a video of three minutes or less telling the publisher why you should be the honorary author. They’re looking for someone to pick the best content for the book, and act as the “public face” of the project in the media. If you win, in addition to ten thousand dollars, you’ll also have your name on the cover of the book (next to Swift’s!), a trip to New York for the press tour and a book signing, and the unending jealousy of your friends and family.

Third, they’re running a contest to begin on February 1, 2016, to create an original cover for the book, one that will “best capture the spirit of Taylor and her music.” If your cover is picked, it “may” be used on the published book, and you’ll also receive credit—and $5,000.

If none of that is up your alley, don’t worry. You can still contribute your ideas and thoughts with the publisher through this link, and be involved in this totally unique, fan-made tribute to the awesome power of Taylor Swift.

The book will also contain pieces by culture writers, including Sasha Frere-Jones, Ann Powers, Lizzie Widdicombe, Chuck Klosterman, Jody Rosen, and Jada Yuan. Senior editor at Simon & Schuster Jofie Ferrari-Adler spoke about her love for Swift during the announcement of the project:

“I’ve loved Taylor Swift’s work from the first song she released in 2006. Like many of my favorite artists, she is first and foremost an extraordinary writer, and I can’t wait until she decides to publish her own books. But until that day arrives, I hope that other Swifties around the country will want to get involved and help us make this book a worthy celebration of her first ten years.”

I’ve no doubt that her next ten years will be just as extraordinary as her first.

Lisa Lo Paro
Lisa is a freelance writer and bibliophile living on the outskirts of New York City. She likes 2 a.m. with a good book, takes cream in her coffee and heavily filters her photos. Check out her blog The Most Happy, her Instagram, and Twitter.

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