New Delhi, Oct 25 (IEBusiness) Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Pen to Publish Contest which celebrates the work of self-published authors, across all genres, will launch its second edition this year.
The contest will be bigger than ever as it is now open to writers in Hindi and Tamil languages in addition to English.
Winning authors in each language for long-form content (more than 10,000 words) will receive a prize of Rs five lakh and a merchandising deal for the winning work, as well as one-on-one mentoring by a popular author.
Additionally, the contest will also accept entries for short-form content (between 2000 to 10,000 words) in Hindi, Tamil and English languages. Winners in the short-form segment, one for each language, will get Rs 50,000 each.
All shortlisted finalists across both forms of contents will win a Kindle E-reader. To participate, authors need to publish their original and new work through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.in from November 10 to February 9, 2019.
In addition to customer feedback, contest entries will be judged on creativity, originality and quality of writing. Up to five finalists will be shortlisted for each language and content form combination, and one winner will be selected from each segment.
The judging panel for the contest includes best-selling authors Ashwin Sanghi, Rashmi Bansal, Divya Prakash Dubey and Sundari Venkatraman.
Sudha Nair, who won the contest last year and has since published three more bestselling titles, says, ”The KDP Pen to Publish Contest has been a stepping stone in enabling me to take up writing as a full-time career. I believe that it will empower more writers sitting on the edge to turn their passion into a career.”
”After a successful first year, we are delighted to make the contest even bigger this year. This time, we aim to unearth great stories and storytellers in Hindi and Tamil languages too and make them available to readers across the world,” said Sanjeev Jha, Director – Kindle Content, India.
The contest is open for submissions of original and previously unpublished content across all genres in English, Hindi and Tamil languages.