Amazon Announces 2013 Breakthrough Novel Award Contest
Earlier this month, Amazon announced the rules and prizes for its sixth annual Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. This time around, some things have changed. First, and most unsurprising, the online retail giant dropped Penguin as their publisher and distributor, opting instead to handle everything in-house through Amazon Publishing. Second, entrants will now choose between five genres to classify their submission. They are as follows:
- General Fiction
- Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
- Young Adult Fiction
There will be one Grand Prize winner in each category. Each winner will receive a $50,000 advance and a full Amazon Publishing Contract. Note that the royalties are preconfigured and the contract is non-negotiable. Four First Prize winners get the same contract, but they only receive a $15,000 advance. Second and Third Prize honors will be awarded, though winners won't receive any tangible spoils. Check out the full breakdown of prizes here.
The submission period begins on January 14 and lasts until January 27, or until Amazon has received 10,000 entries, so if you're interested, act fast. If maximum capacity is reached, the doors will close until next year. Submissions are managed through CreateSpace, so you'll need to sign up for a free account there.
All entries go through a vetting process, in which Amazon Expert Readers and reviewers from Publisher's Weekly critique manuscripts and offer feedback to authors. Oddly enough, though, the winners are ultimately decided by Amazon customers, who will read excerpts from the polished texts and vote on their favorites. No word on whether these are specifically selected customers or it's just a free-for-all.
Who here thinks they have what it takes? Or are the rules and regulations unsatisfactory, even for up-and-coming, unpublished authors? Anybody familiar with the past winners' work?
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