The awards will be held in Kidwelly - or should that be Kidwell-E?
A new £10,000 pound prize to find Britain's best ebook has been announced.
Kidwell-e Ebook Awards is the UK's first literary prize aimed
exclusively at digital books and comes at a time of massive growth in
the number of people choosing to read books on electronic devices.
prize – set up to celebrate "innovation, quality and entertainment" in
the burgeoning medium of electronic publishing – is open to all British
writers with separate categories for first-time and established authors.
There are also awards for the best international ebook author and best eShort story submitted by a young writer.
winners will be decided by a panel of celebrity judges and revealed at
the inaugural Kidwell-e Festival, taking place in the Welsh village of
Kidwelly this summer.
Festival founder and best-selling author
Julian Ruck says that the new award will "finally bring literary
recognition" to the popular ebook format.
Speaking from his home
in Wales, he said: "Electronic books have been around for over a decade
but though there are prizes around the world specifically for ebooks,
they seem to have been either overlooked or ignored by British literary
"This seems unfair as digital publishing has proven
incredibly popular with authors and readers alike. It has levelled the
playing field, enabling talented new writers to reach their audience
directly and readers to discover more fantastic books than ever before.
is only fitting then that there should be some form of award for the
best of British ebooks and the aim of the Kidwell-e Ebook Awards is to
finally bring literary recognition to the digital medium."
Kidwell-e Ebook Awards joins a handful of literary prizes around the
globe dedicated to electronic books, including America's EPIC eBook
Awards, run by the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition, and the
Global Ebook Award.
And with a £10k ($16,000) cash prize for the
best unpublished or self-published eBook by a British author, as well as
two additional prizes of £3,000 ($4,000) and £2,000 ($3,000) to the
best ebook by an established British author and international author, it
offers the largest prize fund of its kind in the world.
who will be on the Awards judging panel alongside a number of
"well-known" authors and VIPS yet to be announced, added: "Our motto is
'inclusive, not exclusive' and we are looking to reward the popular as
opposed to the highbrow or self-consciously elite.
The Tainted Archive will be attending the eFestival and bringing you all the news.