Industry Notes: New £20,000 ‘Kindle Storyteller’ Award; BookCon Announces Panels

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The new Amazon UK Kindle Storyteller Award is open to writers everywhere, as BookCon in New York announces Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown for June 3 and 4.

Although based in Amazon.co.uk, the Kindle Storyteller Prize program is open to international writers in English.

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Reader Ratings Play a Role in Winning
TKindle Direct Publishing (KDP) division at Amazon UK has announced a new £20,000 (US$24,838) prize that’s open to authors worldwide who publish a book through KDP on Amazon.co.uk between February 20 and May 19.

The Kindle Storyteller competition requires that a book be published in English, but it can be in any genre as long as the author is over the age of 18 and uses the phrase StorytellerUK2017  when submitting by way of KDP. A book submitted for prize consideration must be 5,000 words or more in length and must be in the KDP Select program. Titles must be previously unpublished and must be available in both ebook and print formats.

In the FAQ provided with the competition, authors are learning that, “Readers will play a significant role in the competition, with the award shortlist compiled based on customer ratings for the titles, followed by an esteemed panel of judges–made up of both Amazon experts and literary authorities–selecting the Kindle Storyteller 2017 winner.”

Judges are to be announced soon, and is to comprise industry specialists both inside and outside Amazon. The shortlist is to be announced in early June, with an announcement of the winner at an event in central London in July.

In addition to the £20,000 cash prize, the winning book will be given a marketing campaign on Amazon.co.uk and a chance to have the winning book translated, presumably by the AmazonCrossing team.

Full details are here.

BookCon panel discussion promotional artwork features authors Jeff Kinney and Dan Brown, and actor Krysten Ritter.

Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood, Shea Serrano Named for BookCon

In its announcement of a “first wave” of panels for the June 3 and 4 BookCon public-facing event that follows BookExpo at New York City’s Javits Center in New York City, organizers at ReedPOP have named headliners Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown, and Shea Serrano.

Those authors are to appear with Hollywood personalities including:

  • Krysten Ritter;
  • Mayim Bialik;
  • Jeffrey Tambor;
  • Chad Michael Murray;
  • Bill Nye;
  • Marc Maron; and
  • Janet Mock.

In addition, organizers list YouTube personalities Ryan Higa and Natasha Bure, and BookTubers including Kat O’Keeffe, Christine Riccio and Jesse George.

More authors named for the event are Rainbow Rowell, Veronica Roth, Victoria Aveyard, Danielle Paige, Cassandra Clare, E. Lockhart, Jeff Kinney, Kwame Alexander, Scott Kelly, Cory Doctorow, and V.E. Schwab, as well as actor Andrew McCarthy.

In a prepared statement, BookCon’s event director, Brien McDonald, is quoted, referencing the effort to serve a wide range of readers’ interests, saying, “We’ve been working hard to develop a show that has something for every type of book lover to enjoy.” There are, McDonald says, more such announcements to come.

Topics of some of the panel events and appearances planned include Jeff Kinney on the 10th anniversary of his Wimpy Kid series; Marieke Nijkamp, Barry Lyga, and Seph Lawless on Confronting the Social Issues of 2017; and Atwood speaking with showrunner Bruce Miller on The Handmaid’s Tale and its series production on Hulu.

More information on panels and screenings at BookCon is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 2019 International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for trade and indie authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson also has worked as a senior producer, editor, and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA, and as an arts critic (National Critics Institute) with The Village Voice and Dallas Times Herald.