Finalists of Amazon’s global literary prizes will have the chance of seeing their work made into an Amazon Prime Video production
The UK Kindle Storyteller Award is open for entries until 31st August, with the winning author receiving a £20,000 cash prize and a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk
Luxembourg — 2nd July 2019 — Amazon announced today that the finalists from the Kindle global literary awards - recognising outstanding work by independent authors and including the UK Kindle Storyteller Award – will have the chance of seeing their work made into an audiovisual production with Amazon Studios for Prime Video.
The finalists and winning titles from all six Kindle literary awards around the world will be evaluated by a panel of audiovisual experts from Amazon International Originals, and one book will be selected for an audiovisual option based on several criteria such as creativity, originality, and boldness of storytelling.
The winner, announced online in March 2020, will be given the chance to sign an option contract audiovisual production along with an advance payment of USD 10,000. The option contract is an agreement for an exclusive, 36-month period for Amazon Studios to purchase the screenplay of their work.
James Farrell, Head of International Originals for Amazon Studios, said: “We are always looking for original content from around the world for our Prime Video customers, and the next big idea and truly unique perspective can come from anywhere. To have a shortlist of great books evaluated by Kindle and by customers through the already successful KDP writing contests, and being able to pick one of them to develop as either a series or a movie will be fantastic.”
Jose Chapa, Kindle EU, said: “We’re incredibly excited that the finalists from the UK Kindle Storyteller Award will have the chance for their writing to be turned into a Prime Video production. We’re amazed each year by the creativity and ingenuity of these authors, and today’s announcement gives an extra incentive to those who might be on the fence about entering their work.”
As well as the chance for their work to be made into an audiovisual production for Prime Video, the winner of the UK Kindle Storyteller Award 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. Authors have until 31st August 2019 to submit their work for judging. The winner of the UK award will be announced at a central London award ceremony in October.
The Kindle Storyteller Award is open to submissions of new books in the English language across any genre, and entries must be submitted using Kindle Direct Publishing. Titles must be previously unpublished and a minimum of 24 pages in print with no upper word limit. All books entered into the prize will be available on Kindle and Fire devices as well as the Kindle reading app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets. Print copies will also be available to buy on the Amazon.co.uk store.
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a fast, free and easy way for authors to publish their books in print and digital to a global audience, and receive up to 70 per cent royalties on their work. On any given day, up to 25 per cent of the Top 100 books on the UK Kindle store are published by authors who have decided to keep control of their work through KDP. For more information, authors can visit www.amazon.co.uk/storyteller