Fiction writers won in all categories in the 2021 edition of the annual Pen to Publish Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) competition, Amazon announced on Friday. The competition, now in its fourth year, is presented to celebrate the outstanding work of self-published authors and rewards literary excellence among authors of all genres in the long and short format categories in English, Hindi and Tamil.
“We are happy to see thousands of entries in the fourth edition of this competition with authors from different backgrounds such as business professionals, doctors and housewives; this underlines the growing popularity of the contest over the years, ”said Amol Gurwara, director of Kindle Content India, Amazon.
While Apeksha Rao for “The false fiancé of the Maharaja” (in English), Deepti Mittal for “Oye! Master ke launde ”(Hindi) and Araathu for“ Open Panna ”(Tamil) were declared winners in the long format writing category, the first prizes in the short format category were awarded to Vijay Kakwani for“ The Unusual Bond), Chandrabhanu Solanki for “Faltu ke Kagaz” (Hindi) and Sasikala Murugesan for “Thayumanavan” (Tamil).
“Kindle Direct Publishing has been instrumental in making my dream of becoming a published author come true. I have had the opportunity to reach a large audience and generate consistent royalties from my existing books on KDP, ”said Apeksha Rao, winner in the Long Format Writing category.
The nominations, according to the organizers, were judged on the basis of several criteria including “originality, creativity and quality of writing” by the jury.
The panel consisted of bestselling authors Durjoy Datta, Anand Neelakantan, Divya Prakash Dubey, Anu Singh Chaudhary, Charu Nivedita and C Saravanakarthikeyan in English, Hindi and Tamil. The winning entries in each language for the long format category received a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each, a merchandising agreement and a chance to be mentored by the panelists. The first finalists received a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each, while the second finalists received Rs 50,000 each. For the short format category, the winners received Rs 50,000 each while the first and second finalists received Rs 25,000 and Rs 10,000 each respectively.