In a world that offers a veritable smorgasbord of literary prizes, a great many of which suffer from a giddy elitism that leaves the reading public perplexed, there is a place for something new. That something is a unique new festival that eschews elitism and searches for the accomplished, the innovative and the entertaining. The Kidwell-e Festival prides itself on its inclusiveness as it searches for writers with something new and different to offer the reading public.
A list of the judges can be found here.
The best unpublished or self-published British eBook submitted in the opinion of the Judges will receive the award of £10,000:
We are now closed for entries! The shortlist is below.
Caposcripti, by Zelda Rhiando
Fear and Magic, by Peter Poole
Merry Baker, by Steven A. Robinson
Curse of Ancient Shadows, by Rod Tyson
Devil's Chimney, by Tin Larrick
Read the entries for yourself!
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Kidwell-eFestival Trophy
The festival trophy was designed and sculpted by woodcarver, Neil Machin.
Neil loves a challenge and has carefully created a sculpture that encapsulates the quality and innovation of the festival. Neil’s love of wood started at an early age. While completing his apprenticeship as a cabinet maker he would spend much of his spare time carving. The skills that he learnt have enabled him to develop his innovative construction techniques which, combine with his love of a challenge and artistic finesse, enable him to shape wood in new and exciting ways.
In 2006 Neil made his home at Begelly House, a beautiful 17th century gentleman’s residence which he is carefully restoring to its former glory. Here he has established his studio where he displays much of his art. Neil is inspired by the scale of the marble sculptures of the Great Masters which has driven him to emulate the intricacy of their work adding the warmth and tactile nature of wood. Every piece created by Neil is unique and lovingly hand-crafted. Each sculpture benefits from the same high-level of care and attention to detail, whether it be the sinews of a galloping horse or the folds of an umbrella being blown in the wind.
Neil is always developing new pieces and will be bringing a selection of his work to display at the festival. If you are interested in finding out more have a look at the Begelly House Woodcarving Studio website, or feel free to come and visit the studio throughout the summer.
The Kidwell-e Festival is designed not only to richly reward the best contemporary popular fiction but also to serve as a focus for, and incentive to all writers throughout the English-speaking world, especially those as yet unpublished.
In the last few years the digital revolution has seen a mushrooming of writing talent and that phenomenon has prompted us to offer an award of £10,000 to a writer we feel best demonstrates the qualities of innovation, quality and entertainment in e-book fiction that we are looking to encourage.
Essentially the festival will look to celebrate innovative e-books from throughout the world at the same time inviting writers to submit their work to international scrutiny.
The Kidwell-e Festival Award which is open to all published or unpublished writers in English is designed to encourage raw, creative talent worldwide…