- Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest
- January 26th, 2012
Anybody out there got a completed novel they're hoping to publish? The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is now open and accepting applications for one of their 5000 slots in two categories, General Fiction and Young Adult Fiction. It's free to enter and if you win, you get a publishing deal with a $15,000 advance.
Judging is done in several tiers. The first one, you write a 300 page 'pitch' for your book. They read through them and disqualify 80% of them. The second tier they read your first chapter or two (5000 words) and narrow it down to 250 each category. Then they read your entire book and pick 3 semi-finalists. The winner wings a $15,000 advance on royalties and gets their book published by Penguin Books.
I submitted Book 1 of my 6-book fantasy series 'Sword of the Gods.' Why not? If you make it to the third stage, you get some editorial feedback about your writing from a real editor or agent to improve your craft. If you are one of the three finalists, most of them end up with some sort of book deal as well (just not as much as the 'mid-level advance' the grand prize winner will get).
Don't take my explanation of the rules as gospel ... I'm summarizing. If you want more info, go to www.amazon.com/abna
Oh ... and if anyone ones to repost this or get their own info for their friends ... go right ahead.
Happy publishing! And don't delay ... once they hit 5000 applications ... or February 5th ... whichever comes first ... the contest closes.