Diamonds In The Roughest: Guardian Announces Monthly Prize For Self-Published Novels
This week The Guardian announced that it will begin awarding a monthly prize for the best self-published novels.
Let's skip to the good stuff. If you're an author and you've got a self-published novel that was released after December 31, 2011, your book is eligible. All genres, all subject matter is welcome. Get the full rules and regulations here.
If you're a reader, this is great news for you as well. As it turns out, nearly 400,000 books were self-published in the U.S.. in 2012. The Guardian will make a shortlist of ten titles each month and pick a winner. What does this mean for you? Simply put, you've got someone combing through those half a million titles and bringing you the cream of the crop.
Many readers and writers are familiar with success stories such as Hugh Howey's Wool and playwright David Mamet's shot at self-publishing with 2013's The Secret Knowledge. Certainly the door has been opened, and it's great to see The Guardian paying self-publishing its due.
Thinking of entering? Link us to your book below.
A bigger question: do you feel like this is a good move, letting a larger institution cull this giant collection, or do you feel it's a return to tradition, larger forces in the world of publishing vying to control a free market?
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