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A free shot at a publishing contract with the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

ABNA is open for entries until Feb 5, 2012!

The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is a great opportunity to get published! Amazon.com, Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace co-sponsor the annual international competition seeking the next big novel. Amazon.com customers vote for two grand prize winners: one for general fiction and one for best young adult novel.

The contest proceeds through four phases of judging:

First Round: Amazon editors review a 300 word Pitch of each entry. The top 1000 entries in each category (2000 total entries) will move on to the second round.

Second Round: The field is narrowed to 250 entries in each category (500 total entries) by Amazon top customer reviewers from ratings of a 5000 word excerpt.

Quarterfinals: Publishers Weekly reviewers will read the full manuscript of each quarterfinalist, and based on thier review scores, the top 50 in each category (100 total entries) will move on to the Semifinals.

Semifinals: Penguin USA editors will read the full manuscript and review all accompanying data for each semifinalist and will then select three finalists in each category (six total finalists).

Finals: Amazon customers will vote on the three finalists in each category resulting in two grand prize winners.

The competition is open to novels that have been previously self-published. Submissions will be accepted from writers around the world early in the year, normally towards the end of January, on the CreateSpace platform. The two grand prize winners each receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance. It doesn't get much better than that!

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