Announcing the Books Like Us First Novel Contest from Gallery Books and Simon & Schuster

Our Mission

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 to 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.

Full rules for the BOOKS LIKE US First Novel Contest from Gallery Books can be reviewed at



GALLERY BOOKS, a division of Simon & Schuster,is an imprint dedicated to publishing a variety of must-read books on a wide array of topics. Launched in 2010, Gallery is designed to showcase established voices and to introduce emerging new ones—in both fiction and nonfiction. Gallery Books is the publisher of Five Presidents by Clint Hill, The Way I Heard Itby Mike Rowe, Beautiful Thingsby Hunter Biden, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattooby Amy Schumer, One by One and The Woman in Cabin 10by Ruth Ware, The Problem with Everythingby Meghan Daum, American Like Me by America Ferrera, The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish, Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, and The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones.

Simon & Schuster, a ViacomCBS Company, is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Adams Media, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, and proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. For more information visit our website at