Amazon launches £20,000 prize for self-published ebooks

From The Telegraph:

Online retailer Amazon UK has taken on big awards such as the Man Booker and Costa Book Awards by launching its own literary prize – for self-published ebooks.

The Kindle Storyteller Prize carries a cash award of £20,000: far smaller than the £50,000 Man Booker Prize, but equal to the winner’s purse offered by the country’s two biggest poetry book awards, the TS Eliot Prize and Forward Prize.

The prize is open to any author who publishes their book through Kindle Direct Publishing between February 20 and May 19 this year. Entries from any genre are eligible – including fiction, non-fiction and collections of short stories – so long as they are more than 5,000 words and previously unpublished. Once published, individual printed copies of any of the books can also be ordered via Amazon’s print-on-demand service.

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“Great books deserve to be celebrated and that’s what we want to do with the Kindle Storyteller competition,” said an Amazon spokesperson. “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.” Amazon will use readers’ interest in different titles online to help decide the shortlist, before the winner is chosen by an as-yet-unannounced panel of “both Amazon experts and literary authorities.”

Link to the rest at The Telegraph and thanks to Valerie for the tip.

PG suggests Amazon would have been more disruptive if it had offered a prize larger than the Mann Booker Prize.

3 thoughts on “Amazon launches £20,000 prize for self-published ebooks”

  1. That’s too bad since I’m sure with the sheer number of scam books that will be out, those will get looked at first. 🙂 I’m betting this won’t be based on the actual merit of the tens of thousands of books, but rather selected from those that sell best. Who can read every single book published at KDP?

    If they have enough people to actually read them all, then there’s no excuse for their customer service.

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