BookExpo America announced the 18 startups that have been selected to participate in its BookExpo Startup Challenge, where publishing startups compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to pitch to venture capitalists.

The BookExpo Startup Challenge will take place on May 29, with selected participants exhibiting at Startup Alley in the convention's Digital Zone. Six finalists will be chosen to present to a panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes—$10,000 for first place, sponsored by Ingram Content Group. Second place winners receive $5,000, sponsored by Sourcebooks.

The selected participants include: Active Spud, Alta Editions, Beneath the Ink, Bookmate, Bookopolis, Chinese Cubes, Enskri, Iflist, Kadaxis, Library for All, Mountcastle, Novelry, Pubslush, Qlovi, Riffle, Screwpulp, Snapplify, and Take Pride Learning.