If 2016 was the year of the indie author, 2017 is the year when our voice is acknowledged by the big players in the publishing industry. Not earlier than mid-January, the prestigious Digital Book World introduced a one-day track for indie authors. A week later, Amazon announced the launch of The Kindle UK Storyteller Award.
If you have a great book idea, it’s the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and start writing it. Entries for the Kindle Storyteller Prize open on February 20. The last submission day is 19th May 2017. The lucky winner will get a cash prize￡20.000, a marketing boost on Amazon.co.uk and the glory of being the first person to win this award. The prize will be announced at a central London ceremony in July.
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 an esteemed panel of judges – made up of both Amazon experts and literary authorities – selecting the Kindle Storyteller 2017 winner, says an official statement on Amazon.co.uk.
The contest is open to authors in all genres, fiction and non-fiction.
According to Telegraph, this initiative aims at revitalizing a declining Kindle readers market as well as giving a boost to the ebook sales, which allegedly shrank 2.4% in 2105.