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Publishing: New Award For Indie Authors From HNS

Publishing: New Award for Indie Authors from HNS

The historical novelist Helen Hollick

Helen Hollick, Managing Editor of the HNS Indie Reviews

The distinguished historical novelist Helen Hollick who is both self-published and trade-published, announces a new award especially for indie authors of historical novels from the Historical Novel Society. This excellent innovation chimes with ALLi's #publishingopenup campaign.

I am delighted to announce the Historical Novel Society Annual Indie Award.

As Managing Editor for HNS Indie Reviews I have been working for some time to organise an Historical Novel Society Indie Award for self/indie published historical fiction writers, and I am pleased to announce that the first annual Award will be made at the HNS London 2014 Conference in September.

How The New Award Scheme Will Work

Any indie novel reviewed by the HNS Indie Review teams in the UK or US (and eventually Australasia) that receive an Editor’s Choice accreditation will automatically be entered onto a long list for the Award (usually 16-18 books, but numbers may vary).

From these, the US and UK Editors will nominate nine books to go forward as a short list to be independently judged in order to select four finalist choices.

For this exciting inaugural Award, however, we have chosen a short list from the past Indie Editor’s Choice selections, as published on the HNS Indie Review pages.

Announcing the Judges

I am proud to announce that for 2014 two eminent writers have kindly consented to be our judges. Orna Ross, bestselling literary novelist and Director of The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) will be our short list judge, and the four finalists selected will be judged by New York Times bestselling and award-winning novelist, Elizabeth Chadwick. My thanks to both ladies.

There is no entrance fee, but authors short-listed will, if they wish to take part (there is no obligation) be required to provide, at their own expense, a PDF (or equivalent) file and two hard copy editions (hardback or paperback) of the selected book.


There will be a first prize, donated by Orna Ross of £100 (or current $ exchange rate) and a year’s free ALLi Membership, and a runner-up prize of £50 (or $ current exchange rate) sponsored by IndieBRAG with BRAG Medallion credits for all four finalist books.

The winner and runner-up will be announced at the HNS London Conference on September 5th–7th 2014.

The short-listed authors and the full rules are available here.

Here's our suggested tweet to help you spread the word via Twitter:

“Great news for @IndieAuthorALLi's #publishingopenup campaign: a new award for indie authors via @HelenHollick: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/new-indie-award”



Author: Helen Hollick

USA Today Bestselling author Helen Hollick writes historical novels and pirate-based adventure fantasy. She is trade published in the USA and self-published in the Uk via author services provider SilverWood Books. Her author website is at www.helenhollick.net and she blogs at ofhistoryandkings.blogspot.co.uk. Helen's novel "Harold the King" was selected by the readers of The Guardian newspaper as one of their most highly recommended self-published books.


This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. This is exciting! HNS is so supportive of writers, including us indies. It’s one of the few organizations that remembers it’s all about connecting readers and writers through the joy of great stories. Looks like a great line-up for the inaugural event!

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