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February 14, 2014

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Sounds interesting. What if you already have a book up on kindle? Can you 'unpublish' it and then enter?

Assuming you can't (which isn't unreasonable), I can see another issue (given that author anonymity is a stipulation): you may have published something and then unpublished it a year or so ago. Links to the book will still be popping up all over the place, making it relatively easy for the judges to identify the author. I had something up on Amazon in 2011, and still occasionally come across links to it, even though I took down the book itself the same year.

Hello Aonghus,

You'll need to check those rules but I believe it is fine to enter if your book has only previously been available on Kindle and, trust me, the judges are going to be too busy reading things to worry about online links or mentions.

I only wondered because of the second rule - 'Manuscripts should not contain the name of the author or a pseudonym anywhere on the manuscript or synopsis. The name of the author should only appear on the entry form.'

Yeah, but they want submissions in Word format so no need to have name on that, no matter if it has been published as an ebook before. Anyway, I am not expert on the rules so best check with them!

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