As you may know, Amazon.com and Penguin Group (USA) recently announced the second annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA), an international competition seeking fresh new writing voices. ABNA is an opportunity for emerging fiction writers to join a community of authors on Amazon.com, showcase their work, and compete for a chance to get published. This competition is a fantastic opportunity for students and alumni of graduate writing programs. In fact, the winner of the inaugural contest, Bill Loehfelm, is an alumnus of the graduate creative writing program at the University of New Orleans. In addition, four other finalists last year secured publishing contracts with Penguin.
One Grand Prize winner will receive a full publishing contract with Penguin including a $25,000 advance. Sue Monk Kidd and Sue Grafton will be writing reviews of the three finalists. Amazon customers will pick the winner from the three finalists. Contest details are listed below, and further information and official rules can be found at www.amazon.com/abna.
- What is the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award?
- The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is an opportunity for emerging fiction writers to join a community of authors on Amazon.com, showcase their work, and compete for a chance to get published. Sponsored in partnership with Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award first launched in October 2007 and received more than 5,000 initial entries. In the inaugural contest, Amazon customers voted and named Bill Loehfelm the winner with his novel, Fresh Kills. Several of the other Top 10 finalists also received publishing deals with Penguin.
- What is the grand prize?
- A full publishing contract with Penguin to market and distribute Grand Prize winner's winning manuscript as a published book, including promotion for the published book on Amazon.com and a $25,000 advance.
- How do interested authors enter?
- Contest submission period begins February 2nd, 2009 at 12:01 a.m. (U.S. Eastern Standard Time) and ends February 8th, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Standard Time), or when the first 10,000 entries have been received, whichever is earlier. There is no entry fee.
- How do interested authors get more information about the contest?
- Visit www.amazon.com/abna to sign up to receive contest updates, get tips on how to enter, participate on the ABNA message boards as well as find full contest rules.
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