Amazon Publishing will award one Grand Prize $50,000 advance and
publishing contract and four $15,000 advances and publishing contracts
across five categories—general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance,
science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction.
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 17, 2014--
Amazon Publishing today announced that 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. Authors
can submit their work in the categories of general fiction,
mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young
adult fiction. A finalist will be chosen from each category with one
Grand Prize winner receiving an Amazon Publishing contract and a $50,000
advance. Four additional finalists will receive an Amazon Publishing
contract and a $15,000 advance.
The 2014 ABNA contest is open to unpublished and self-published
English-language novels submitted from February 16, 2014 through March
2, 2014 or until 10,000 eligible entries are received, whichever is
CreateSpace, an Amazon company, will again host the contest entry
platform, which includes a community for authors to keep them up-to-date
on the contest and help them prepare their entries.
Once the contest has closed to submissions, the selection process is as
First Round: Amazon-selected editors will choose the top 400 pitch
entries from each category to advance to the next round.
Second Round: Select Amazon Vine reviewers will read excerpts of the
entries and narrow the pool to 100 titles in each category. Throughout
the year customers are invited to become Amazon Vine reviewers based
on the trust they’ve earned in the Amazon community for writing
accurate and insightful reviews.
Quarter-Finals: Reviewers from Publishers Weekly will read,
review and rate the full manuscripts to find the top five
semi-finalists for each category.
Semi-Finals: Amazon Publishing editors will lead a panel of judges who
will choose a finalist in each of the five categories, announced on
July 8, 2014.
Final Round: In the last stage of the contest, Amazon.com customers
will select the Grand Prize winner from among the five finalists.
On January 1, 2014, Skyscape, Amazon Publishing’s imprint for young
adult and crossover fiction, published the 2013 ABNA Grand Prize winner Timebound
by Rysa Walker.
“Entering Timebound in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award was
absolutely the best decision I’ve ever made as a writer, and I’m pretty
sure I’d say that even if it hadn’t won the Grand Prize. The feedback I
received during the various stages of the contest was truly beneficial
to me as a new author, and the ABNA community on the discussion boards
kept me entertained during the many tense moments as we awaited the
results,” said Walker.
“Reader response to the 2013 ABNA Grand Prize winner Timebound—an
average star rating of 4.5 over 1,046 reviews—is a great
indicator that ABNA continues to discover and amplify talented new
authors. We are looking forward to seeing what terrific books come out
of the ABNA class of 2014!” said Daphne Durham, Publisher of Adult Trade
and Children’s Group.
For the complete Official Rules for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel
Award and more information about the contest, please visit www.amazon.com/abna.
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