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