Self Published Thriller Wins Inaugural Amazon Storyteller Award

By August 1, 2017Literary Awards, News

Self published author David Leadbeater is thrilled to have won the £20,000 inaugural Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award for his novel The Relic Hunters, an archaeological thriller.

Leadbeater has been publishing his own work online for about five years, having published more than twenty thrillers to take. Now writing full time, Leadbeater estimates he has sold more than 750,000 ebooks and is thrilled to be the first winner of the Amazon award, describing it as ‘a dream come true’.

The new Amazon Storyteller Award received thousands of entries, and those were then whittled down to a shortlist of six using sales data, user ratings and customer reviews. The retailer then switched to a more traditional report, using a panel of judges to eventually settle on the winner.

The prize opens up traditionally self published authors to the view of established publishing houses, making the £20,000 prize much more valuable than you’d expect. A lot of the snobbery surrounding ebooks and self publishing is falling away and many self published authors with a good track record, are now finding deals with publishing houses for print books.

As well as the $20,000 cash prize, the winner of the Amazon Storyteller Award also receives a dedicated marketing campaign, the chance to have the winning book translated for other languages and receives access to mentoring.

This is the first year for this new award, but it’s likely to attract attention from both readers and publishing houses as Amazon’s voice becomes all the more respected in the literary world.

National Book Award Winners 2017 Announced

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The final winners of the National Book Awards 2017 was announced this week at the 68th National Book Awards ceremony. Last month we brought you the list of all the National Book Award finalists, and now we have the final winners in each category.

The National Book Awards is one of the oldest and most prestigious literary prizes known and each year honours winners in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature and this year also honoured Annie Proulx, and Richard Robinson, Chairman, President & CEO of Scholastic. Read More

Wales’ Book of the Year 2017 Announced

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Pigeon by Alys Conran has been named Wales’ Book of the Year 2017. The award given out by Literature Wales are a celebration of Wales’ very best writers and gives prizes across several categories including Welsh language works.

Alys Conran was awarded with three prizes at the awards ceremony including the people’s choice winner. Pigeon is a tale of childhood, growing up and the complications that come with that, and while it’s set on a Welsh hillside, it’s likely to speak to people the world over. Read More

The YA Book Prize Opens for Submissions

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Do you know anyone who’s written a brilliant young adult novel? If so you may want to give them the heads up as submissions open for the YA Book Prize 2018.

The YA Book Prize has been running in the UK and Ireland since 2014, and serves to champion the breadth and brilliance of Young Adult writing. The deadline is a couple of months away yet so authors have time to prepare! Read More

American Author George Saunders Wins Man Booker Prize

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The 2017 Man Booker Prize has been awarded to American author George Saunders for his first full-length novel Lincoln in the Bardo. The book is inspired by the night that Abraham Lincoln buried his 11-year-old son in a cemetery in Washington. Bardo is a Tibetan Buddhist word meaning limbo and the story follows the dead as they watch the young boy await his father’s return. Read More

BBC 100 Women 2017 Tackles Illiteracy

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What is BBC 100 Women?

BBC 100 Women is an annual, multi-format series examining the role of women in the 21st century. It began in 2013 by BBC Controller Liliane Landor and BBC editor Fiona Crack, to address the under-representation of women in the media.

A survey in 26 different languages was set out and gained responses from women all over the world. Participants of 100 women were chosen to attend a conference in which they discussed challenges they faced in their daily lives. Since the first series they have covered topics such as education, healthcare, equal pay, genital mutilation, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.

Each annual series provides women with a platform to examine every day sexism they face and discuss how to improve the world. Women from all over the globe, and diverse fields of expertise, are included on the BBC 100 Women list. The list includes some celebrities, and many unknown heroic champions of women.

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