The Minor Literature[s] Prize

Literary awards, we all love them. Especially indie literary awards. There is a certain je ne sais quoi to the word “indie”, the more so when attached to the word “award”. True that winning one rarely materialises into huge book sales or literary stardom for the lucky awardee. But they are a veritable who’s who of the scene. Running, judging, and being involved in an award exudes literature. We want to exude literature too. We want to exude indie literature[s].

For these reasons we are proud to announce the launch of The Minor Literature[s] Prize. Its goal: to celebrate the best independent book of the year. This will be a worldwide celebration: no borders, no genres, just literature, in its broadest sense.

The process will be simple. We invite the public to vote in the comments section of this post. What is your favourite indie book published this year? Indie is a contested label — please use your common-sense.

We invite the public to vote in the comments section of this post. What is your favourite indie book published this year?

We are aware that awards with open voting systems are liable to abuse. It isn’t unheard of writers spamming their mailing lists in order to beg for votes, turning the whole exercise into a writerly popularity contest. This is always a matter of great concern for the organisers, who — when faced with the obvious collusion — have to go against the popular vote, in order not to come across as farce-enabling fools. But this is also disappointing for the offending writers, who — after putting so much effort into fruitless self-promotion — continue to bask in literary obscurity. With this in mind, we invite all self-aggrandising-accolade-hungry authors to actively participate in our award, not only spamming their contacts but also voting for their own titles. Creating sock puppet accounts in order to promote one’s own work is not only not frowned upon but encouraged. In a gesture of radical honesty, The Minor Literature[s] Prize will be the first openly rigged literary award.

All said and done, the award will be decided by a panel. Your votes in the comments section — although of anecdotal relevance — will not impact on the panel’s decision. But it will still be nice to collect your data and converse about what you have been reading this year. We also need more views, as things have been a bit slow since the summer. If this is dispiriting please have a hissy fit in the comments section, inform others on social media, and invite everyone to visit our site to express their disgust. We don’t depend on adverts and clicks but traffic massages our egos. 

In a gesture of radical honesty, The Minor Literature[s] Prize will be the first openly rigged literary award.

This year’s panel will be formed by Sean Preston, editor of Open Pen, the infamous magazine and press. It could be argued that one person is hardly a panel. But we trust that — at 220lbs of pure East End muscle — Sean will carry his weight and choose wisely. 

The winner will be announced on Friday 20, December 2019 at 11:43am. We haven’t yet decided on what the “award” in itself will be. But we are thinking of £9.99 in Papa John’s Pizza vouchers, a Minor Literature[s] branded beer mat, a tin of Kenco coffee (200 grams), or nothing at all. Literary glory, after all, is priceless.