Diamonds In The Roughest: Guardian Announces Monthly Prize For Self-Published Novels

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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Gordon Highland's picture
Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore April 10, 2014 - 12:18pm

I think anything that helps qualify/curate the huge amount of self-published slush out there into quality, contemporary recommendations (of which there are plenty, it's just a low percentage) is a noble endeavor. Those poor contest readers, though. Can you imagine?

Also: UK only, so I'm out.

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Chacron from England, South Coast is reading Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb April 10, 2014 - 12:24pm

Good news for me I guess, as I'm in the UK and I'm getting ready to give self publishing a shot. Chances of me getting noticed by this seem pretty remote, but it would be cool; The Guardian's a decent paper.

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Veronika Kaufmann April 11, 2014 - 4:47pm

Definitely a good move. No matter where the book comes from, it needs more than tweets and a fan page to attract attention,. UK only is a bit of a bummer though. Anything similar for US citizens? Talking to you NY Times. 

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami April 14, 2014 - 12:40am

I'm ultamately skeptical of the move, as many authors like Poe are appreciated for their craft within their lifetime.

That's not to say that one isn't great for winning, but someone isn't not great simply because they didn't win.

But I'm just a poet, what do I know.

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman April 16, 2014 - 12:50pm

Anyone got a self-published title they really enjoyed?  No fair listing your own book, BTW.