The Hindu Lit for Life 2019 is excited to be a Literary Partner for the Amazon KDP Pen to Publish Contest 2018! This is the second edition of the contest and it recognizes literary excellence of self-published authors across all genres. The contest is bigger than ever as it is now open to writers in Tamil and Hindi languages in addition to English. Winning authors in each language for long-form writing (more than 10,000 words) will receive a prize of ₹5 lakh and a merchandising deal for the winning work, as well as 1-on-1 mentoring by a popular author.
Additionally, the contest will also accept entries for short-form content (between 2000 to 10,000 words) in Hindi, Tamil and English languages. Winners in the short-form segment, one for each language, will win ₹50,000 each. All shortlisted finalists across both forms of contents win a Kindle E-reader. To participate, authors need to publish their original and new work through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.in from 10th November 2018 to 9th February 2019. They need to add keyword pentopublish2018 in search keywords and enroll the book in KDP Select programme.
The judging panel for the contest includes best-selling authors Ashwin Sanghi, Rashmi Bansal, S. Ramakrishnan, Era Murugan, Divya Prakash Dubey and Sundari Venkatraman.