The Guardian Legend Times Self-Published Book of the Month prize has been established to celebrate and showcase the best self-published novels out there. The winning novel will be selected by a panel of industry judges each month and reviewed in the Guardian.
The Guardian is the first national newspaper to champion self-publishing on a regular basis. The prize has been created with Legend Times, an award-winning independent publishing group, with companies including traditional fiction publisher Legend Press and a self-publishing company New Generation Publishing.
The prize is launched in response to the growing presence of self-publishing within the book industry. No longer can the mainstream industry ignore what the general public have been reading and enjoying for a number of years, with many self-published authors outstripping the sales of novels published traditionally.Judges for the prize are Lauren Parsons (Commissioning Editor, Legend Press), Sophie Lambert (Literary Agent, Conville & Walsh) and authors Stuart Evers and Polly Courtney. Submissions will open on 1st of each calendar month and close on 18th.