Mariella Frostrup will join the judging panel for Amazon’s £20,000 Kindle Storyteller Award, as the prize returns for its third year.
The TV presenter and host of podcast Books to Live By will join last year’s winner Hannah Lynn, authors L J Ross and Mark Dawson and founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors Orna Ross, on the judging panel.
The winner of the award, which celebrates independent and newly published work in the English language across any genre, will receive a £20,000 cash prize, a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk and the opportunity to have their book translated.
Frostrup said: “I’m incredibly proud to be a part of an endeavour that, at its heart, champions open access to the literary world. Often the arts are perceived to be on a pedestal, out of reach and more of a fantasy than a potential career for the average person. The Kindle Storyteller Award gives both new and established authors the opportunity to tell their stories and have them read by millions.”
Candice-Carty Williams, author of bestselling debut Queenie (Orion) is supporting the award. She said “The amount of writing talent in the world is limitless, but for many authors, the barrier is getting your story in front of the right people. The Kindle Storyteller Award gives all authors, experience, gender or background aside, the opportunity to have their work seen and enjoyed by readers around the world. If you have a story in you, fiction or non-fiction, you’ve got to enter. We’re waiting.”
Authors have until 31st August 2019 to submit their work for judging. The Kindle Storyteller Award is open to submissions of new books in the English language from all authors and genres, and entries must be submitted using Kindle Direct Publishing. Full details on submissions can be found here. The winner will be announced at a central London award ceremony in October.