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Is this the month self-publishing becomes respectable in the UK?

Literary prize for self-published novelThe 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 with “Self-Published Book of the Month Submission” in the subject line. Find out more here.

Without quality controls, without an agent or a publisher to sift out the gems from the poorly written, the organisers are expecting to receive a lot of rubbish and advise that the short listing process will be brutal. Tom Chalmers, managing director of Legend Times said:.

“We are hoping to be a magnet to find the needle in the haystack. Everyone has a computer these days, and everyone is writing, which is brilliant, but it also means the market is completely flooded.”

Is this a major step forward – or has that happened already? Have you bought any self-published fiction – short stories or novels – from a writer you didn’t already know?

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23 comments on “Is this the month self-publishing becomes respectable in the UK?

  1. islandeditions
    April 24, 2014

    Reblogged this on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing and commented:
    This sounds like a great opportunity for all self-published authors …

    • bridget whelan
      April 24, 2014

      Thanks for re-blogging. Think it’s worth spreading the word about this one…

  2. The Story Reading Ape
    April 24, 2014

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Meet New (to me) Authors Blog and commented:
    Sounds like a great opportunity for all self-published authors – Anyone going to enter?

  3. drewdog2060drewdog2060
    April 24, 2014

    Reblogged this on newauthoronline and commented:
    Good news for self published authors.

  4. Reblogged this on Forget the Viagra, Pass Me a Carrot and commented:
    Charles Dickens, Deepak Chopra amongst many successful authors were self-published – at least for the first one or two books. It has always been respectable – just not respected. Great post thank you.

    • bridget whelan
      April 24, 2014

      Good point and more recently Roddy Doyle self published The Commitments. Thanks for re-blogging

  5. Reblogged this on Carte Blanche by Amelia Curzon and commented:
    This seems like a wonderful opportunity for self-published authors

  6. Carole Parkes
    April 24, 2014

    How would this work for those published with Amazon select?

    • bridget whelan
      April 24, 2014

      I can’t see that would be a problem. In Amazon select you’re making a book exclusive to Amazon and winning wouldn’t conflict with that, would it? Remember what’s at stake is a review in a national newspaper, The Guardian won’t be selling the book. (If readers know that I’ve missed something please jump in and put me right)

      • Carole Parkes
        April 25, 2014

        Thank you for that advice: I guess I’ll probably enter the competition then.

  7. DJ Kirkby
    April 25, 2014

    Thanks for blogging about this because I would have missed this news otherwise!

    • bridget whelan
      April 25, 2014

      Glad it helps – sometimes you think well, if I know about this everyone else must know as well…

  8. SleepyDragon1320
    April 26, 2014

    Reblogged this on Sleepy Book Dragon and commented:
    This competition any use to anyone? Has self-publishing become acceptable?

    • bridget whelan
      April 28, 2014

      Thanks for re-blogging and what a great name for a blog…

      • SleepyDragon1320
        April 29, 2014

        Thank you!

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  10. A.J. Van-Rixtel
    April 28, 2014

    Thanks for this I have re-posted this on my blog with a link to your blog Bridget 😀

    I am intending on Self-Publishing my debut novel in the middle of this year 😀

    • bridget whelan
      April 28, 2014

      Thanks for re-blogging & good luck with your debut. This could come in useful!

  11. siobhandaiko
    May 3, 2014

    Have shared this on my writer page.

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