Have you always dreamed of becoming an award-winning author? Enter your self-published story for this year’s Kindle Storyteller Award to be in with the chance of winning £20,000 and a marketing campaign on Amazon.co.uk.

Entries for the Kindle Storyteller Award are open now until 31st August 2024, and this year Sara Cox and Vick Hope will be joining the judging panel. If you have a story waiting to be told, read below to find out how to enter the competition.

Sue Perkins and Floella Benjamin presented the 2023 Kindle Storyteller Award - a £20,000 literary prize celebrating exceptional writing from independent authors who publish in any genre.

What is the Kindle Storyteller Award?

Amazon’s Kindle Storyteller Award is a literary award celebrating the UK’s best self-published story. The award champions and offers recognition to the nation’s best independent writers, both new and established and across any genre. Each year, the winning author receives a £20,000 prize fund and a marketing campaign for their title on Amazon.co.uk.

Previous winners have included Peter Gibbons’ historical Viking fiction book King of War, Anna McNuff’s Llama Drama, which documented her epic adventures in South America, and Hannah Lynn for her contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist, The Afterlife of Walter Augustus.

Who are the judges?

This year, broadcaster and bestselling author Sara Cox and presenter, author and journalist Vick Hope are joining Amazon’s hunt for the nation’s best self-published storyteller.

Sara Cox said “I am so excited to be joining the judging panel for this year’s Kindle Storyteller Awards. Championing independent authors is so important because writing a book and putting it out into the world is no easy feat! This award celebrates the hard work that goes into publishing your own book, showing budding authors that anyone can do it! I can’t wait to start reading the shortlisted books later this summer.”

Vick Hope added “I’ve always been so passionate about reading and writing, so being a judge for this year’s Kindle Storyteller Awards is such an honour. It’s incredible that this award exists to champion independent authors and help amplify diverse stories and characters that deserve to be shouted about! I’m really looking forward to seeing who makes the shortlist this year.”

We believe that if you write a book, you should be able to publish it. Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) empowers you to do just that—it's an easy-to-use self-publishing service that lets anyone who has a story publish it.

The judging panel is also made up of other industry leaders including a representative from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), key spokespeople from Amazon including Jen Barrett, UK Books Editorial, Amazon UK and Darren Hardy, Senior Manager, EU+UK Author/Agent & Editorial Programmes at Amazon, and last year’s prize winner, author G J Ogden.

2024's Kindle Storyteller Award judges Sara Cox and Vick Hope
2024's Kindle Storyteller Award judges Sara Cox and Vick Hope

Who can enter?

The Competition is open to writers aged 18 or over publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing. You can review our submission guidelines here.

For authors around the world, sharing their story with readers is a lifelong dream. Amazon launched Kindle Direct Publishing to empower authors to fulfil that dream.

How is the winner decided?

Readers play a pivotal role in helping to choose the initial shortlist of stories with bestseller rankings and reader reviews taken into account. A panel of esteemed judges, including top figures from the world of publishing and Amazon Books, judging the shortlisted titles to decide who should be crowned this year’s winner. A range of factors including plot, originality, creativity of content, and the quality and style of writing are taken into consideration.

2023’s Kindle Storyteller Award winner GJ Ogden, with last year’s judges Baroness Floella Benjamin and Sue Perkins
2023’s Kindle Storyteller Award winner GJ Ogden, with last year’s judges Baroness Floella Benjamin and Sue Perkins

How do I enter?

The Kindle Storyteller Award is now open for entries until 31st August 2024, accepting English language submissions newly published through Kindle Direct Publishing. All titles must have a minimum of 24 pages in paperback and must be enrolled in Kindle Direct Publishing Select while they are in the competition. For further information, visit www.amazon.co.uk/storyteller.

Discover last year's Kindle Storyteller Award winner and runner-ups.