$25,000 Writing Contest From Amazon

Amazon UK is launching their Storyteller contest on May 1st, 2019, and offering a huge prize: £20,000, which equals over $25,000.

The deadline to enter is August 31st, 2019.

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 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 “StorytellerUK2018” 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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