Amazon UK has announced The Kindle Storyteller Award, a new literary prize recognising newly published work in the English language across any genre.
Open to all authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct between 20th February and 19th May 2017, The Kindle Storyteller Award will award a cash prize of £20,000 and a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk, as well as the opportunity to have their book translated for international sales to the winner.
The award shortlist will be compiled based on a number of factors that measure customer interest in the titles, followed by an esteemed panel of judges, made up of both Amazon experts and literary authorities.
“Great books deserve to be celebrated and that’s what we want to do with the Kindle Storyteller competition,” said Alessio Santarelli, EU Kindle Content Director, Amazon. “We hope to encourage aspiring authors and those who have already been published, to get writing and make their new stories available to readers across the world. Publishing a book has never been easier, and the Kindle Storyteller Award will reward the author whose story resonates most with both readers and literary experts.”
Best-selling author Rachel Abbott, who has sold more books in the UK through KDP than any author said: “I expect the calibre of work for the first ever Kindle Storyteller Award in the English language to be impressive, whether it’s from an established author or an aspiring writer who is encouraged by this prize to publish their first book. Kindle helped me achieve my dream writing career and I believe so many people have a bestselling novel in them just waiting to be written.”
Entries must be submitted using Kindle Direct Publishing and titles must be previously unpublished and a minimum of 5,000 words with no upper word limit. All books entered into the Prize will be available on Kindle and Fire devices as well as the Kindle reading app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets. Print copies will also available to buy on the Amazon.co.uk store.
For more information, authors can visit www.amazon.co.uk/storyteller