The Washington Post had a story about Kirkus Reviews and their unveiling of the Kirkus Prize – three $50,000 cash prizes going to YA, non-fiction and fiction books. Nice!! In order to be eligible for consideration, your book must have garnered a starred review by Kirkus.
Indie authors are also eligible as long as they have received a starred review. If you want to get your book reviewed by Kirkus, here is the link to the Kirkus Indie program. It's not cheap at $425 for standard service and $575 for express service. Has anyone tried this? I would be curious to hear about their experience.
One notable difference between indie and traditionally published books eligibility is that they are going by the date of the online review for indie books as opposed to the date of publication. Books with a starred review and an original publication date (or online reivew date for indies) between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, are automatically nominated for the 2014 Kirkus Prize.
Here's the story from the Washington Post:
Kirkus Reviews — long considered the book industry’s most ferocious trade publication — is showing some love, and lots of cash.
Tonight at a party on the eve of the BookExpo America convention in New York, Kirkus announced its creation of three new literary awards worth $50,000 each. The annual Kirkus Prizes, which will be among the largest cash awards in the literary world, will honor works of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature. Read entire story here.