Amazon's 'Pen to Publish' contest

Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing has launched a ‘Pen to Publish’ contest to recognise literary excellence in the English language. The winning author will receive a prize of Rs 10 lakh, a print publishing deal with Westland Publishing and will be mentored by a popular author.

The contest is open for submissions of new English language books from all genres. Participants need to visit to self-publish their book and participate in the contest.

All eBooks entering the contest will be available on Kindle as well as the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, PC and Mac as well as for Kindle e-readers.

Five finalists will be short-listed and one final winner will be selected from this group. The best work will be selected based on several criteria such as creativity, originality, commercial viability and quality of writing.

The judging panel will include authors such as Joan Collins, Chetan Bhagat and Ashwin Sanghi and V K Karthika, a publisher with Westland. The winner will be announced in early 2018 at a well-known literary festival.

The contest is open till November 10. For more information, authors can visit

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