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WORD: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award submissions open Jan. 25; YA category added

Amazon.com, Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace announced the third annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, an international competition open to the public that seeks the next popular novel. Contest organizers said this year's competition will include a young adult category in addition to its general fiction contest.

Both the general fiction and YA winners will receive a publishing contract with Penguin and a $15,000 advance, the publisher said in a press release. Open submissions for manuscripts run from January 25, 2010 through February 7, 2010.

For more information on the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest -- which is free to enter -- check out the Penguin annnouncement as well as Amazon's submission form here.

Judges handling general fiction submissions are author Tana French (In the Woods); Molly Stern, Editorial Director and Executive Editor of Viking Books; and Julie Barer, of Barer Literary, LLC. YA fiction judges include authors Sarah Dessen (Along for the Ride) and Nancy Werlin (Impossible); Ben Schrank, President and Publisher of Razorbill; and Amy Berkower, President of Writers House, LLC.

Contest organizers appear eager to shuffle the deck in a bid to continue growing the annual competion. After 6,500 entrants eclipsed its first annual contest's 5,500 entrants, Amazon and Penguin opened the 2010 competition to novels that have previously been self-published. That will likely shoot up the total submission number by another 1,000 novels.

Viking will publish 2009 Breakthrough Novel Award winner James King's novel, "Bill Warrington's Last Chance," in August 2010.


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