Amazon has revealed the third annual UK Kindle Storyteller Award shortlist after receiving more entries than ever before.
The shortlist for the £20,000 award features five independent authors who have been judged by readers on customer interest in the books.
The list includes The Bookshop of Hopes and Dreams by Hannah Ellis, I Have Sinned by Caimh McDonnell, The Army of Wolves by Claire Moore, Tragedy at Piddleton Hotel by Emily Organ and The Picture On The Fridge by Ian W Sainsbury.
The winner will be announced by at a ceremony in London in October, and awarded the cash prize, a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk, and the opportunity to have their book translated.
A panel of book and publishing industry experts will judge the shortlist including 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.
In July Amazon announced the finalists and winning titles from all six Kindle literary awards around the world will be evaluated by experts from Amazon International Originals. One finalist will be selected to enter into a development and rights option agreement with Amazon and have their entry developed for potential adaptation into a Prime production.
Kindle EU’s Jose Chapa said: “It’s been another great year for the Kindle Storyteller Award, with more entries than we’ve ever received before, and some brilliant work on show from across the UK and beyond. It’s truly an exciting time to be a self-published author, and we’re looking forward to crowning this year’s prize winner in October.”
Frostrup added: “It’s brilliant to have had so many independent authors entering the Award this year. What makes this literary prize so special is that readers play a significant role in selecting the winner, and to see such a varied shortlist is a fantastic reflection of the landscape. It isn’t going to be an easy task, but I am incredibly excited to be a part of the judging panel to select the 2019 winner.”
The UK Kindle Storyteller Award recognises newly published work in the English language across any genre and was open to all authors who published their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk between 1st May and 31st August 2019.