Sony UK is sponsoring a new award at the Dylan Thomas Prize, with the winner’s novel to be published on its site. It is the first time that the company has published an original novel.
The Sony Reader Award for Unpublished Writers will use e-book formats for the entire process, from submission to publication, and is aimed at unpublished British novel-writers under the age of 30. The winner will also receive £5,000. The shortlist will be released in September, and the winner announced on 1st December 2010.
Although I've put a link to the Dylan Thomas Prize I can't find a link to the rules for submission for the Sony Award. And it seems the closing date for entries to the 'normal' Dylan Thomas Prize was 31 May, so I am assuming this Sony Award is a late entrant, as it has only just been announced to the press. You might like to contact the Dylan Thomas Prize organisers via their web site for further details.
Whether the winning novel will be published as a PDF or e-book via a publishing house has not yet been confirmed.
Sony has also said that digital book sales will overtake print sales earlier than it had previously thought. According to Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading business division, e-books sales will overtake print sales within five years. But then I guess he would say that.