Rakuten Kobo, one of the world’s leading digital reading services, is accepting submissions for its Fourth Annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. Kobo is working to raise the profiles of three debut Canadian writers. The prize identifies and puts at the forefront of the competitive publishing industry, exceptional books written by first-time Canadian authors in three categories – Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction (this year Mystery; a different genre is showcased each year), and Non-Fiction. The winning authors will be announced in June and will be awarded a $10,000 (CAD) cash prize as well as marketing and communications support.
The reason for focusing on debut authors? “Finding an audience for a first book can be challenging at the best of times, and when it comes to digital books, it’s even harder for new authors to fight their way to prominence,” said Michael Tamblyn, CEO of Rakuten Kobo. “Making it in the world of digital books sales depends on many factors, all of which are that little bit harder for someone just getting started. That’s why, in addition to the monetary prize, Kobo’s award provides promotional support for the winning titles to help these books find the audiences they deserve.”
This year, the winners will be selected by top Canadian authors – Lori Lansens for Literary Fiction, Linwood Barclay for Mystery, and Jay Ingram for Non-Fiction. They’ll choose from a shortlist determined by Kobo’s team of booksellers, taking into account reading data. Submissions are now open, and will be accepted at www.kobo.com/emergingwriter until Friday, March 2 for debut books published in 2017 by Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents of Canada. Submissions can be made by publishers or directly by authors. Traditionally published and self-published books are also eligible for submission. To explore the winning titles of the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, please visit: https://www.kobo.com/emergingwriterprize.
Eligibility: The award is open to Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents of Canada who have published debut books during the 2017 calendar year in the categories of Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction (Mystery this year), or Non-Fiction. All submitted books must be available at Kobo.com. The author judges will select winners from a shortlist created by Kobo booksellers based on a combination of literary merit and reader engagement. Completion rates, ratings and reviews may also be considered.