Debut writers face an uphill battle with getting their titles noticed. It can be quite challenging to convince online reviewers to read a specific title or get newspapers to write an article. Kobo wants to help, the company has just announced their second annual Emerging Writer Prize.
The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize identifies and rewards exceptional debut authors in three categories: Literary Fiction, Romance, and Non-Fiction. Each winning author will be awarded a $10,000 CAD cash prize as well as promotional, marketing, and communications support, with the winners announced in June.
This contest is only available for Canadian writers who are traditionally published or self-published. Nominated books from each category will be chosen through a judging process led by top Canadian authors – Camilla Gibb for Non-Fiction; Gail Anderson-Dargatz for Literary Fiction; and Lynsay Sands for Genre Fiction (Romance).
“We know how challenging it can be to find an audience for a first book, especially in digital where new authors can struggle to find exposure. With that in mind, we are pleased to present this award to help highlight just a few of the incredible new voices that we have found while serving Canada’s booklovers,” said Michael Tamblyn, CEO of Kobo.
“Canada’s authors are our national treasures. Through them we learn about ourselves, our country and where great writing can take us. We are proud to play a part in ensuring that Canada has both a great literary past and a stellar literary future,” says Tamblyn.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.