This competition any use to anyone? Has self-publishing become acceptable?
The Guardian newspaper has joined with publisher Legend Times to offer a monthly literary prize to the best self-published novels written in the English language – translations are also eligible. Submissions are first read by a panel of Legend’s readers who will draw up a shortlist of up to 10 titles a month. The prize is respectability and exposure – the winning book will be reviewed in the Guardian. Claire Armitstead, the newspaper’s literary editor , explained why they had decided to launch the prize:
“the phenomenon of self-publishing over the last couple of years has become too big for any of us to ignore”.
Submissions will be open for the first fortnight of each calendar month. The book must have been self-published after 31 December 2011 and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Self-Published Book of the Month Submission” in the subject line. Find out morehere.
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