UK Paper The Guardian Launches Monthly Self-Publishing Award

[Press Release]

The Guardian and Legend Times launch ground-breaking self-publishing award

The Guardian and Legend Times have announced a new monthly writing prize, highlighting the best self-published novels. The winning novel will be selected by a panel of industry judges each month and reviewed in the Guardian.

Leading national newspaper The Guardian have created the prize with Legend Times, an award-winning independent publishing group, with companies including traditional fiction publisher Legend Press and a self-publishing company New Generation Publishing. The prize will be the first time a national newspaper has supported and championed authors in the self-publishing sector on the same scale as traditionally published writers, showcasing the fantastic quality of writing that can be found from independent authors.

The prize is launched in response to the growing presence of self-publishing within the book industry. No longer can the mainstream industry ignore what the general public have been reading and enjoying for a number of years, with many self-published authors outstripping the sales of novels published traditionally.

Judges for the prize will be The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency, Legend Press’ Commissioning Editor Lauren Parsons, and authors Stuart Evers and Polly Courtney.

Submissions for ‘The Guardian Legend Times Self-Published Novel of the Month’ will be open for the first fortnight of each calendar month, with authors permitted to submit one novel a year. All submissions must be submitted digitally and must be in the English Language, although translations are welcomed. The first round of submissions will start on 8th April 2014 and for details of the prize please visit:

Claire Armitstead, Literary Editor of The Guardian comments: “The phenomenon of self-publishing over the last couple of years has become too big for any of us to ignore. We’ve showcased some of the proven stars on the Guardian Books website. We’re confident that our partnership with Legend Times, who lead the way in industry innovation, will give us a chance to find the brightest and the best in this dynamic new sector.”

Tom Chalmers, Legend Times MD comments ‘As a publishing group we have championed both traditional and self-publishing for a number of years and believe there is a strong market for both. We are delighted to be working with the Guardian on this prestigious prize. There are some brilliant self-published books out there and the aim of the prize is to bring these gems to the forefront. People in the publishing industry and literary awards in general are often too quick to disregard the work of self-published authors, missing the wealth of creativity and innovative writing there is out there.’


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