New Kindle Storyteller Award

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Update: BookCon has announced Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown for June 3 and 4 as panellists. Judges are to be announced soon, and will comprise industry specialists both inside and outside Amazon. The shortlist is to be announced in early June, with an announcement of the winner at an event in central London in July.

Amazon has announced The Kindle Storyteller Award, a new literary prize recognising recently self-published work in the English language across any genre on the KDP platform. It is the second time that Amazon has launched a literary competition in the UK, in a bid to boost interest in the KDP platform.

The Kindle Storyteller prize is open to submissions to all authors and genres. Entries must be submitted using Kindle Direct Publishing and must be previously unpublished and a minimum of 5,000 words with no upper word limit.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 reading apps.

Kindle content director at Amazon, Alessio Santarelli said: “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.”

Along with being awarded a cash prize at a central London ceremony in July, the winning author will be given a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk and the opportunity to have it translated for international sales.

FAQ

How is the winning book selected?

Readers will play a significant role in the competition, with the award shortlist compiled based on customer ratings for the titles, followed by an esteemed panel of judges – made up of both Amazon experts and literary authorities – selecting the Kindle Storyteller 2017 winner.

Who can enter?

Subject to certain restrictions set out in the Terms and Conditions , the prize is open to anyone over the age of 18 who publishes their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk between 20th February and 19th May 2017. All titles must be entered into the KDP Select programme and must be available as an eBook and in print for the entry period to be considered. For more information, authors can visit here.

Can any book be entered?

Yes. All entries must be previously unpublished and a minimum of 5,000 words with no upper word limit.

How can you enter your book into the prize?

The Kindle Storyteller prize is open to submissions of new English Language books from all authors and genres, and entries must be submitted using Kindle Direct Publishing. Titles must be previously unpublished and a minimum of 5,000 words with no upper word limit. Kindle Storyteller opens for entries on 20th of February and titles must be entered into the KDP Select programme during the entry period to be considered.

How is the winning book selected?

Readers will play a significant role in the competition, with the award shortlist compiled based on customer ratings for the titles, followed by an esteemed panel of judges – made up of both Amazon experts and literary authorities – selecting the Kindle Storyteller 2017 winner.

What factors are taken into consideration as part of the customer ratings?

A number of factors from sales, to borrows and customer feedback.

Who are the judges?

The judges will be announced soon. The panel will be made up of industry experts within and external to Amazon.

How will the winning author be recognized?

The prize will be announced at a central London ceremony in July, with the winning author being rewarded with 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.

What is KDP?

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a fast, easy and free way for authors and publishers to keep control and publish their books worldwide on the Kindle. Independent publishing gives all authors more choices than they’ve ever had in deciding how to bring their writing to readers. The availability of independent publishing options has resulted in a more robust and diverse set of voices telling their stories and then making those stories available to readers than ever before.

Authors who use KDP retain their rights, can get to market as fast as they wish, earn royalties of up to 70%, keep control of how their work is published, distribute globally and in multiple languages, and do it all for free. The self-service nature of these platforms is important, because they allow thousands of people to boldly experiment and create in a way that would otherwise be impossible or impractical.

What is KDP Select?

KDP Select is an optional programme that gives authors the opportunity to reach more readers and earn more money. Enrolling in KDP Select grants authors access to a set of promotional tools, including Kindle Unlimited, Free Book Promotion (readers worldwide can get your book free for a limited time) and Kindle Countdown Deals in the US and UK (limited time promotional discounting for your book). In order to be eligible to win the Kindle Storyteller competition titles must be enrolled into the KDP Select programme.

How are KDP authors being paid for their sales?

Authors can earn up to 70% royalties for each sale in the Kindle Store and up to 60% for print sales. Authors who enroll into KDP Select can benefit from the additional revenue stream from Kindle Unlimited as well as other unique benefits. KDP Select authors have earned over $180 million in royalties and all-star bonuses in the last 12 months just from Kindle Unlimited and more than $290million since Kindle Unlimited launched.

When will authors hear back as to whether or not they have been successful?

The shortlist will be announced in the beginning of June.

More information here