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Name: Venkat Munukutla

NYU affiliation: Arts and Sciences

NYU status: Undergraduate

Did you enter last year?: No

Do you have any teammates?: Yes

How many, including yourself?: 5


Concept Name



High Concept Statement

This app is a Verbal Snapchat for Authors. Authors share short stories with other authors around the country, and enter weekly peer-judged competitions to become the “Author of the Month” and “Author of the Year”, and receive an opportunity to get published.


Status Quo

Authors around the world gather on a weekly basis for readings and collaborations, but don’t have a national forum to collaborate and bounce ideas. New York authors collaborate with New York authors, and Los Angeles authors collaborate with Los Angeles Authors.
For publishers, there exists a plethora of writers, and not enough good writers. Publishers need to sort through thousands of mediocre pieces to find the diamond in the rough that can be a publishable work.



There is currently no major app for authors. Most authors read literary magazines, or go to different forums around the internet. Publishers routinely hold contests for authors, but these contests never reach a national scale and don’t have a sustained audience or literary readership.



This app would allow poets and authors to anonymously share short pieces of their own with peers across the country to receive feedback. The app would hold weekly topic-based short story and poetry competitions which would then be peer judged. Winners would get the chance to compete in larger competitions that would allow them to get their short piece published.
Publishers would come to our app to streamline the process of identifying publishable pieces.



Revenue Model

Publishers have such a hard time identifying great stories and authors, this would be a breath of fresh air for them, and a great opportunity for aspiring writers. Publishers would pay us to connect with top authors on the app, to get their short stories and possibly longer stories published. Authors would pay us a monthly subscription to the app to be able to share their stories and read others’ stories.


Which platform would you like to launch your app on?

Android Phone


Which category best describes your app?

Social Networking