Semifinalists from 33 States and Seven Countries Are One Step Closer to Landing a Publishing Contract with Penguin Group (USA)
SEATTLE & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 15, 2009--
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Penguin Group (USA) (NYSE: PSO)
today revealed the 100 semifinalists in the second-annual Amazon
Breakthrough Novel Award, the international writing competition in
search of the next popular novel. Penguin editors are now evaluating the
manuscripts from this group of 100 semifinalists and will choose three
finalists, to be announced on May 15, 2009. Amazon customers will then
select the Grand Prize winner from these three finalists.
The 100 semifinalists were chosen based on ratings from Publishers
Weekly and Amazon expert reviewers. They hail from 94 cities, 33
U.S. states and seven countries. The semifinalists’ entries are
comprised of a wide assortment of literary genres, including general
literature, science fiction, romance and mystery, among others. New York
City boasts the largest number of ABNA semifinalists with four, and the
semifinalist farthest from Seattle – over 9,000 miles away – comes from
Duncraig, Western Australia.
“This year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award drew compelling entries
spanning a broad range of literary fiction from an extremely gifted pool
of writers,” said Jeff Belle, vice president, U.S. Books, Amazon.com.
“While reviewing excerpts, we were impressed with the amount of untapped
writing talent out there. We are pleased to collaborate with Penguin to
help bring these authors’ works to the reading public on Amazon.com.”
Once Penguin selects the three finalists, a panel of esteemed publishing
professionals—including bestselling authors Sue Grafton and Sue Monk
Kidd, literary agent Barney Karpfinger and Penguin Press Editor-in-Chief
Eamon Dolan—will read and post their critiques of the top three
manuscripts on Friday, May 15, at www.amazon.com/abna.
Amazon customers will then have seven days, from May 15-21, to vote for
the Grand Prize winner. The winner will receive a publishing contract
with Penguin, which includes a $25,000 advance.
“The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award has energized the competitive world
of writing and publishing, and Penguin is delighted to partner with
Amazon again in this exciting venture. We look forward to discovering a
great new voice and bringing the winning novel to readers everywhere,”
said Tim McCall, Penguin’s vice president of online sales and marketing.
This year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, which began Feb. 2, 2009,
drew a talented pool of entrants representing all 50 states and 21
countries around the world. The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is
co-sponsored by Amazon, Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace.
For complete terms and conditions on the Amazon Breakthrough Novel
Award, the full list of semifinalists and to view free excerpts from
their novels, please visit www.amazon.com/abna.
About Penguin Group (USA)
Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally
renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S.
adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of
imprints and trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, The
Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books,
Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel,
Grosset & Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin
is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.
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