Last year Kindle announced its first ever Storyteller Award for authors who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing in the UK. Last year the thriller, The Relic Hunters won the first ever award and now it’s announced that the award is back for a second year.
On 10th April Amazon UK opened this year’s awards, a literary prize recognising outstanding work by self published authors. To qualify for the 2018 award you must have published your book via Kindle Direct Publishing, between 1st May 2018 and 31st August 2018.
Readers help to choose the winner as customer interest in the book is a big factor in creating a shortlist. In addition to this a panel of esteemed judges from the book and publishing industry who will then select the Kindle Storyteller 2018 winner in the Autumn.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony to be held in central London in the Autumn, and the winner will receive a £20,000 cash prize, a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon and the chance to have the book translated for international sales.
Kindle Direct Publishing means it’s never been so easy to publish a book and this award is strong encouragement for that and the chance for self-published authors, who are often excluded from esteemed literary awards, to receive recognition for their work.
For the award at least five books from all the submissions will be selected by a shortlist, created by readers and their interest in the books. The judging panel will then select a winner.
If you’re an author and you’d like more information on the award you can find out how to enter, and find more information at amazon.co.uk/storyteller.
In August four authors were shortlisted, Haruki Murakami of Japan, who soon withdrew himself from the competition, Vietnamese-Canadian writer Kim Thúy; Maryse Condé of Guadeloupe; and British author Neil Gaiman who is based in the USA.
The winners for each category will be announced on November 14th, but for now let’s take a look at those finalists and the books that made the final cut.
Last weekend at a glittering award ceremony the 2018 winner was announced as Hannah Lynn for her book The Afterlife of Walter Augustus. She was handed the award by celebrity judge Lorraine Kelly and will now receive a host of prizes and benefits.
The scandal first came to light last November when the Dagens Nyheter newspaper wrote of allegations by 18 different women all accusing Arnault of rape, sexual harassment, physical abuse and harassment over a period of more than 20 years. Eight of those women filed formal complaints however, all but one have been dropped due to lack of evidence or exceeding the statute of limitations.
The 72 yr old ‘photographer’ denies all charges and his lawyer has stated he will appeal if convicted.
We have that shortlist here so without further ado here are the books in the running for the 2018 Man Booker prize.
The 2018 winner will be announced on Tuesday 16th October, about a month from now in London’s Guildhall. The winning ceremony will be aired on the BBC and we’ll bring you news of that winner as soon as it breaks!