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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Dreaming of a Book Deal?

Ready to take your novel to the next level and get serious attention? Here's a contest you might want to consider... The 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

The annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) contest, which seeks great new voices in popular fiction, will open to submissions on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

Amazon Publishing is pleased to announce that one Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract with an advance of $50,000. In addition, four First Prize winners will each receive a publishing contract from Amazon Publishing with an advance of $15,000.

The ABNA contest is open to unpublished and self-published novels. Authors can submit their work in one of the following categories: general fiction; mystery/thriller; romance; science fiction/fantasy/horror; and young adult fiction. For complete eligibility details, review the Official Contest Rules. Visit the prizes page for the full list of prizes and details.

CreateSpace will host the submission platform for the contest. Visit CreateSpace to learn more about ABNA and create a free account (if you haven't already) for entry in the contest. You can also find key contest dates and connect in the ABNA community with other authors.

Prepare your entry today! The 2014 ABNA Contest submission period begins Sunday, February 16th

To enter, you must have a free CreateSpace account. If you haven’t already, sign up for your free CreateSpace account.
Round 1 (Pitch) – Amazon-selected editors will read and rate a pitch (up to 300 words) from each entrant. The top 400 entries in each of the five categories will advance to the second round.
Round 2 (Excerpt) – Amazon expert reviewers will read and rate excerpts (3,000 to 5,000 words) and provide feedback to the entrants. The top 100 entries in each of the five categories will advance to the Quarter-Finals.
Quarter-Finals (Full Manuscript) – Reviewers from Publishers Weekly will read and rate full manuscripts and provide feedback to the entrants. The top five entries in each of the five categories will advance to the Semi-Finals.
Semi-Finals – The Amazon Publishing judging panel, consisting of qualified representatives selected by Amazon Publishing, will review the manuscript and the accompanying reviews of eachSemi-Finalist’s entry to select a Finalist in each category (each, a “Finalist”) using the judging criteria.
Finals – Amazon customers will vote to determine the Grand Prize winner. All remaining Finalists will receive a First Prize.

Key Dates

February 16 – Entry period opens at 12:00:01 AM (U.S. EST)*
March 2 – Entry period ends at 11:59:59 PM (U.S. EST)*
March 18 – Round 2 entries are announced
April 14 – Quarter-Finalists are announced
June 13 – Semi-Finalists are announced
July 8 – Finalists are announced. Customer voting begins on
July 8 - 18 – Customers vote on
July 21 – Grand Prize winner is announced
* The entry period will end earlier if the maximum number of entries is received before March 2. The maximum number of entries is 10,000 for General Fiction, Romance, Mystery & Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror and Young Adult Fiction combined

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