The Kindle Singles program—which is not about individually wrapped cheese slices, but rather short ebooks consisting of novellas, short stories, essays and articles—has been running since the beginning of 2011, but Amazon hasn’t publicized the submissions process very much. The company just offered an email address and asked that only “serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers” submit. But last month, Amazon launched an official submissions page where it invites anyone to pitch content for consideration.
There’s a catch, however. In addition to pitches for unfinished work, Amazon will consider content that’s already published on the Kindle Store, but will reject anything that’s been published elsewhere. The content also can’t be available for free on the web. In other words, Amazon is attempting to build up a stable of exclusive content that its competitors can’t offer, which makes the Kindle Singles similar to what a magazine or book publisher does with new content.