New Webserial Writing Contest Giving 'Sex and the City' Fans a Chance to Strut Their Stuff;'s 'Corner Booth' Conducting a Creative Crowdsourcing Experiment

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Now, in an effort to give its readers a say in the lives of their favorite "Corner Booth" characters, the site is running a writing contest. Populated by five New York City fashionistas, the webserial is the perfect venue for "Sex and the City" types to showcase both their fandom and their writing talents.

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A new contest is urging "Sex and the City" fans to whip out their designer pens. Sponsored by, a Web portal with an emphasis on NYC bargains, the "Corner Booth" writing contest is embracing the millennium's crowdsourcing concept, whereby devoted readers determine the fate of their favorite characters by donning an authorial hat.

Currently under way and running through February 10, 2008, the contest affords both new and seasoned readers of the "Corner Booth" webserial a chance to take their favorite characters in the direction they'd like to see. "Sex and the City" fanatics who would like to take a stab at becoming the next Candace Bushnell can learn more about the contest online at

According to Wikipedia, the crowdsourcing concept was coined in a June 2006 "Wired" magazine article. "The term refers to the act of taking a task [that is] 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."

"Thanks in part to the success of the book 'The Wisdom of Crowds' by James Surowiecki, crowdsourcing has quickly become a business buzzword and phenomenon," says Mirela Gluck, Found4Less co-founder. When Gluck developed the site's "Corner Booth," she knew she wanted to give the webserial a "Sex in the City" flavor.

Inspired by many water-cooler conversations about "Sex and the City," "Corner Booth" follows the lives of five single New York women, along with their careers, loves and pets. Counter to their TV inspirations, however, the characters represent a melting pot of cultures and all live realistic subway-taking New York lives, inclusive of bargain hunting and living outside of Manhattan.

That "Sex and the City" flair accomplished, Gluck started brainstorming ways to develop a loyal fan base and readership. That's when the crowdsourcing idea started taking shape. "I thought to myself, 'I wonder if the crowdsourcing concept could work in the creative field?' Then I decided, what better way could there be to test that theory than to give my 'Corner Booth' readers something 'Sex and the City' couldn't: the opportunity to decide the fate of its down-to-earth characters. My ultimate goal with this contest is to turn 'Corner Booth' into an ongoing crowdsourcing experiment of human nature."

Through its contest, is looking for guest writers to continue the existing "Corner Booth" plot. Entrants are asked only to use the same lineup of characters that have already been developed for the webserial: Allison, Kyoko, Roxie, Graciela and Noelle, all New York City gals about town. The rest of the creativity is entirely up to the writer. The winner will be determined by visitor votes. Deadline for entry is February 10th and is free of charge. The highest vote-getter will be informed on February 14th, Valentine's Day.

For more information on's "Corner Booth" webserial writing contest, contact Mirela Gluck at (212) 599-3193. To enter the contest, visit the "Corner Booth" online at

Mirela Gluck
420 Lexington Avenue Suite 1653
New York, NY, 10170


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