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cdalebrittain

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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 10, 2017 4:59 PM   in response to: DDKimberley in response to: DDKimberley
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Yes, they've recently changed it so they will take recently published books, last week of February through when the contest closes next month. I got an email today.

And yes, it has to be in print. "Available in print" cannot be interpreted other than as "in print and available."
angelina tan

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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 10, 2017 5:00 PM   in response to: DDKimberley in response to: DDKimberley
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DDKimberley wrote:
thrasherll wrote:
Eileen Bird wrote:
so what that is saying is that because I uploaded 3 weeks ago it can not be entered in story telling competition

Yes, but that's a standard rule in any writing contest. Writer's Digest has an annual contest. These requirements are given in the "how to enter" information: must be original, unpublished and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission." Many writing contests just say "no published authors may submit entries."

L. L. Thrasher

The invite letter specifically asks if you have recently published--and gives a start date of Feb 20, 2017. The way I read the invite and the FAQ, it simply has to be published thru KDP and entered in KDP Select between Feb 20 and May 19.

Hi DD Kimberley,

The letter you received is a "brush stroke" so to speak.

You must read the full TOS and 'how to get started'. Please forgive me if I sound like a broken record, Google Amazon.co.uk:Storytelling Competition.

Everything you need to know is there.

Blessings,

Angelin

DDKimberley

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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 10, 2017 5:32 PM   in response to: angelina tan in response to: angelina tan
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angelina tan wrote:
Hi DD Kimberley,

The letter you received is a "brush stroke" so to speak.

You must read the full TOS and 'how to get started'. Please forgive me if I sound like a broken record, Google Amazon.co.uk:Storytelling Competition.

Everything you need to know is there.

Blessings,

Angelin


Yes, Angelin--I followed the link to their site, read the FAQ and the terms and conditions--and while both repeatedly say 'previously unpublished' the dates of Feb 20 to May 19 are also repeated several times. I gather them to mean they want NEW TITLES released within that time frame thru KDP, and never published BEFORE that time frame.
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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 10, 2017 6:04 PM   in response to: DDKimberley in response to: DDKimberley
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The email I got today was pretty explicit that a book published in the last 6 weeks is eligible. I quote.

"Working on your next book or published a new title recently? You may be eligible to win £20,000!"

My guess is that they were afraid they wouldn't get enough entries.
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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 10, 2017 6:18 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
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It's pretty clear...though seems the requirement that it must be in print form as well is to limit the number of entries - esp. with a 5k word minimum.
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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 10, 2017 6:52 PM   in response to: Tony Wallbank in response to: Tony Wallbank
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Hi!

If I published 5 titles via KDP during the 20th of February and mid-April, and put those 5 volumes into a bundle of all 5 volumes, can I enter that bundle in the Kindle Storyteller Competition? I wrote a 5 part series that will be completed on April 21st, with all titles released in March and April of 2017. Think how Lord of the Rings was 3 separate books, but when finished, was released as one book with three volumes.

Am I able to enter all five parts, the complete series, as a bundle into the Kindle Storyteller Competition, even though four of the five stories will have been published on Amazon before, as single stories, during the entry period?

Does anyone know how we can contact Amazon about this? The email listed in the T+C of the contest isn't receiving email. I already used the contact us button on KDP.

Thank you in advance!
Thomas Rendall

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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 10, 2017 8:01 PM   in response to: Thomas Rendall in response to: Thomas Rendall
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Perhaps others can parse/interpret this contest requirement more conclusively than I can.

"Entrant must enroll the Book in KDP Select and make it available for sale as an eBook and in print exclusively through Amazon from the date of submission of the Entry until the expiration of the Entry Period, and if selected as a Finalist, until the Grand Prize winner is announced"

Specific requirement's emphasis seems to be exclusivity through Amazon, although it states the eBook must be made available for sale as an eBook and in print. Yet the contest is open to writers around the world (with exceptions) and submissions must be 5K words minimum. I don't know - perhaps a dumb question - but can one print an EBook via CS or Amazon without it being available on KDP Select?

If submitted eBook must be available in print form as well as electronically, the requirement stands as written. But would that not eliminate a slew of potential entrants unable to provide their submissions via CS's or Amazon's paperback publishing services? (Are those services available across all countries?) And wouldn’t short stories of 5k words not available in print form (except as one of a short story collection) be ineligible?

There is no comma after "and in print".

The 5K word min. seems silly under the apparent requirement. It should be much higher given the requirement for printed version of submitted piece.

Do some writers create a paperback version of a 5k word story? I can’t imagine doing that but perhaps it happens.
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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 10, 2017 10:29 PM   in response to: James D Claitor in response to: James D Claitor
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James D Claitor wrote:
PS I see now I'm not eligible since mine are all KDP
No idea what you mean by that. Of course they are in kdp. KDP is the publishing arm of Amazon. Let's get this straight, shall we? They must be enrolled in KDP SELECT, not just KDP which they would have to be to be included on Amazon at all.

I find the instructions contradictory. The email asks if I have a new book or a recently published one then the instructions say it must be previously unpublished. Now everyone is saying it is ok to have been published, as long as it was published after the February date. I also read it to say the print version must be via KDP Print.

I shall go ahead and submit my latest book and see what happens. I don't think it is possible to have a fair competition with all genres thrown in together, but I will give it a go.
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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 10, 2017 10:42 PM   in response to: Jigsaw in response to: Jigsaw
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Jigsaw wrote:

I find the instructions contradictory. The email asks if I have a new book or a recently published one then the instructions say it must be previously unpublished. Now everyone is saying it is ok to have been published, as long as it was published after the February date. I also read it to say the print version must be via KDP Print.


Hi Jigsaw,

It didn't say specifically KDP print. Just available in print.

So, my understanding is you could use Create Space or any other POD of your choice. The main idea is the exclusivity of publication, not the exclusivity of printing.

Blessings and good luck,

Angelin
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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 10, 2017 11:38 PM   in response to: DDKimberley in response to: DDKimberley
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DDKimberley wrote:
thrasherll wrote:
Eileen Bird wrote:
so what that is saying is that because I uploaded 3 weeks ago it can not be entered in story telling competition

Yes, but that's a standard rule in any writing contest. Writer's Digest has an annual contest. These requirements are given in the "how to enter" information: must be original, unpublished and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission." Many writing contests just say "no published authors may submit entries."

L. L. Thrasher

The invite letter specifically asks if you have recently published--and gives a start date of Feb 20, 2017. The way I read the invite and the FAQ, it simply has to be published thru KDP and entered in KDP Select between Feb 20 and May 19.

What invite letter? The only way I could find to submit is to put the code into my keywords.
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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 11, 2017 12:24 AM   in response to: angelina tan in response to: angelina tan
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Hi all,
I've spent hours reading the T&Cs of this competition and in my humble opinion, this is the key bullet point

Entrant must enroll the Book in KDP Select and make it available for sale as an eBook and in print exclusively through Amazon from the date of submission of the Entry until the expiration of the Entry Period, and if selected as a Finalist, until the Grand Prize winner is announced

I think this is a way to encourage authors to use the new KDP print option, as it appears from this rule that entries must be published exclusivley through Amazon in BOTH eBook AND print format.

There is no mention of being able to use Create Space as a print option. I do understand the two companies are linked and Create Space comes under the Amazon umbrella, but hey-ho, I wish they'd clarify this point.

Anyone else think the same?

One day later - I took a look at some of the entries, and it seems I am wrong. The print version can be by Create Space. Here goes. I'm putting my recently published novel into the pot. Wish me luck.

Edited by: Pearl A Gardner on Apr 11, 2017 12:30 AM

Edited by: Pearl A Gardner on Apr 11, 2017 11:55 PM
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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 11, 2017 12:55 AM   in response to: Jigsaw in response to: Jigsaw
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The invite letter. You know, the one they sent out yesterday to tell us about something that started seven weeks ago. That would be my issue. I could go back and add the code to the keywords, but the T&C read like it had to be there when the thing was published.
Jigsaw

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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 12, 2017 1:12 AM   in response to: angelina tan in response to: angelina tan
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angelina tan wrote:
Jigsaw wrote:

I find the instructions contradictory. The email asks if I have a new book or a recently published one then the instructions say it must be previously unpublished. Now everyone is saying it is ok to have been published, as long as it was published after the February date. I also read it to say the print version must be via KDP Print.

Hi Jigsaw,

It didn't say specifically KDP print. Just available in print.

So, my understanding is you could use Create Space or any other POD of your choice. The main idea is the exclusivity of publication, not the exclusivity of printing.

Blessings and good luck,

Angelin

available for sale as an eBook and in print exclusively through Amazon That says to me that both the e-book and the print version must be exclusive to Amazon. That means kdp print, doesn't it? If I put my book in Createspace, it turns up on Barnes and Noble and some others as well.
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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 12, 2017 5:11 AM   in response to: Jigsaw in response to: Jigsaw
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Jigsaw wrote:
available for sale as an eBook and in print exclusively through Amazon That says to me that both the e-book and the print version must be exclusive to Amazon. That means kdp print, doesn't it? If I put my book in Createspace, it turns up on Barnes and Noble and some others as well.

CS books only end up at B&N and other places if you select those channels. My CS books are only available in the CS store (Amazon owned, but I dunno whether they'll ding me for it or not) and Amazon. Choosing the other channels bumped the price too high on some of my titles, so I stick with the Amazon markets.
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Re: Amazon kindle story teller competition
Posted: Apr 12, 2017 6:22 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
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I had posted earlier on about this, but post disappeared - was just going to say there only seemed to be 95 entries this morning. I just looked at the entries again and it's jumped to 327 !
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