Deadline: $25,000 Writing Contest From Amazon

The deadline for Amazon’s Storyteller contest is now just 11 days away – and counting. To enter the contest, you’ll need to publish your book by August 31st, 2019.

To entice authors to publish their writing on the Kindle platform, Amazon is offering a huge prize: £20,000, which equals around $25,000. (Though, the British currency is rather unstable right now, because of the Brexit situation, so the actual conversion rate may be rather unfavorable when the prize is released.)

The contest requires writers to publish their entry via Kindle Direct Publishing, as both an ebook and a print book. Entrants are also required to enroll in “KDP Select,” which requires the book to be exclusively available from Amazon for 90 days. Amazon makes it very easy to publish both versions, including cover design, layout, etc.

Keep in mind that self-publishing with KDP will make the book “published” in the eyes of publishers, and will make it significantly harder to publish with traditional publishers.

This contest seems to be a recruitment drive for Amazon, in an attempt to build their roster of books.

The entry does not need to be a full length manuscript. It must be at least 24 pages for the print edition.

Judging will happen in stages, with the first round being determined by reader reviews, as well as expert judges. The final winner will be determined by a panel of judges, which have not yet been announced.

Writers from all over the world are welcome to enter the contest.

To enter the contest, authors must publish it on the Kindle, and add the keyword “StorytellerUK2019” in the keywords metadata field. The book must also be enrolled in the KDP Select program, which offers some benefits, as well as additional restrictions.

If you were already planning on self-publishing, this is a great opportunity. If not, be aware that entering this contest may not be worth the cost of publishing on the Kindle, especially if you were aiming for a traditional publishing company.

To learn more, read the contest’s submission guidelines.

 

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