Finalists from the Kindle Storyteller Awards will have the chance to see their work made into a production with Amazon Studios for Prime Video, Amazon has revealed.
The finalists and winning titles from all six Kindle literary awards around the world, including the UK, will be evaluated by a panel of audiovisual experts from Amazon International Originals, and one book will be selected for an audiovisual option based on several criteria including creativity, originality, and boldness of storytelling.
The winner, announced online in March 2020, will be given the chance to sign an option contract for an audiovisual production along with an advance payment of $10,000 (£7,900). The option contract is an agreement for an exclusive, 36-month period for Amazon Studios to purchase the screenplay of their work.
Head of international originals for Amazon Studios James Farrell said: “We are always looking for original content from around the world for our Prime Video customers, and the next big idea and truly unique perspective can come from anywhere. To have a shortlist of great books evaluated by Kindle and by customers through the already successful KDP writing contests, and being able to pick one of them to develop as either a series or a movie will be fantastic.”
Kindle EU's Jose Chapa added: “We’re incredibly excited that the finalists from the UK Kindle Storyteller Award will have the chance for their writing to be turned into a Prime Video production. We’re amazed each year by the creativity and ingenuity of these authors, and today’s announcement gives an extra incentive to those who might be on the fence about entering their work.”
TV presenter and host of podcast Books to Live By Mariella Frostrup, last year’s winner Hannah Lynn, authors L J Ross and Mark Dawson and founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors Orna Ross, will judge the UK Kindle Storyteller Award, which in addition to the Amazon Prime opportunity, includes a £20,000 cash prize, a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk and the chance to have their book translated.