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Kirkus Reviews Offers Three New $50k Book Prizes

By Edward Nawotka

Kirkus PrizeKirkus Reviews has announced its new Kirkus Prize, a significant — and rich — book prize to be awarded for fiction, nonfiction and young adult literature. The prize will each come with a cash award of $50,000 for each category.

Marc Winkelman, publisher of Kirkus Reviews, told Publishing Perspectivesthat “we felt it was important to honor the books that Kirkus deemed the best of the year in an appropriate way and with an appropriate reward.”

Only books that have received a starred review in Kirkus will be eligible for the prize, which amounts to approximately 700 titles (out of 7,000 reviewed) a year. In addition, Kirkus will include books that are starred under it’s program that reviews self-published titles, which essentially makes this the first major book prize open to self-published titles.

The prizes will be each judged by a panel of three people that will include a Kirkus Reviews critic, a notable author, and a bookseller or librarian.

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