Amazon have announced the return of their Kindle Storyteller literary competition. The winning author will receive a £20,000 cash prize and be recognised at central London award ceremony later this year.
Following the success of the first award in 2017 which attracted thousands of entries, the prize is open to all authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk from 1st May 2018 to 31st August 2018.
Readers will play a significant role in the competition with the award shortlist compiled based on a number of factors that measure customer interest in the titles, followed by a panel of judges made up of book and publishing industry experts who will select the Kindle Storyteller 2018 winner.
“We are delighted to bring back the Kindle Storyteller Award for a second year. Our aim is to encourage aspiring authors and those who have already been published, to start writing and release their first – or next – story. Publishing a book has never been easier.”
– Claire Johnson, Head of Kindle Content, Amazon UK
The Kindle Storyteller prize is open to submissions of new English language books from eligible authors and genres, and entries must be submitted using Kindle Direct Publishing. Titles must be previously unpublished, with a minimum of 24 pages in paperback. Readers can access all titles entered into the prize in print or in the Kindle store on any device with the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, PC and Mac, and on Kindle e-readers and Fire Tablets.
For the Kindle Storyteller Award, at least five books from all submissions will be selected for the shortlist. The shortlist is ultimately chosen by the readers themselves, as positive reviews are a focal point of the shortlisting process. The judging panel will then select a winner.
“Winning the 2017 Storyteller Award has been a dream, and its enabled me to go further in my career than I ever thought possible, taking my readers along with me. When I started publishing independently in 2011, Kindle Direct Publishing changed my life. I can’t wait to see what tales and stories authors come up with for this year’s competition.”
– David Leadbeater, the winner of the 2017 UK Kindle Storyteller Award
If you’re a budding author, get your typing fingers going and have you story ready to publish on the 1st of May and make sure you add storytellerUK2018 in the metadata of your book to take part. The sooner you publish the longer you can promote and the more downloads the better your chance of making the shortlist.