Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing has announced the launch of the Pen to Publish contest that recognizes literary excellence in English language. The winning author will receive a prize of Rs.10 lakh, a print publishing deal with Westland Publishing for this winning work and 1-on-1 mentoring by a popular author. The winner will be announced in early 2018 at a popular literary festival.
The winner will be selected based on several criteria, including creativity, originality, commercial viability and quality of writing. Five finalists will be short-listed and one final winner will be selected from this group. The judging panel for the contest includes international best-selling authors Joan Collins, Chetan Bhagat and Ashwin Sanghi. It also includes best-selling KDP author Sundari Venkatraman and V.K. Karthika, who is a publisher with Westland.
Authors can participate in the contest by publishing their books using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). KDP is a fast, free and easy service for authors to self-publish their books in digital format to a global audience and receive up to 70% royalties on the sale of their eBooks. Currently, nearly 20% of the Top 100 books on the India Kindle Book Store are self-published through KDP. “The contest aims to not only celebrate great stories but also make them available to a global audience” said Sanjeev Jha, Director – Kindle Content, India.
According to bestselling KDP author Sundari Venkatraman, “KDP helped me to achieve my dream writing career. I am now a published author with readerships of tens of thousands across the globe. I believe the contest will open the doors for more aspiring authors to find similar success.”
The KDP Pen to Publish contest is open for submissions of new English language books from all genres. Participants need to visit kdp.amazon.com to self-publish their book, and participate in the contest. All eBooks entering the contest will be available on Kindle as well as the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, PC and Mac as well as Kindle e-readers. The contest is open till 10th November.