Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Each year Amazon have run a competition for novelists, aimed primarily at unpublished writers the ABNA (Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award) is a competition which allows writers to submit their novels. The price is a big advance and publication with Penguin.

For the last two years the competition has been split into adult and YA categories, with each winner getting the top prize.

The competition runs in several tiers – firstly the ‘pitch’ is read – this is  a short paragraph about the work, no more than 300 words. If it sounds interesting enough then the book goes through to the second stage.

If it passes round one, then an excerpt is judged – between 3000 and 5000 words of the book. Again, the best will go through to the next round, which is judging the full book.

The books entered  must not be under contract with a publisher, or have been published. However, books which have been self published are allowed to enter.

The judging panel for the adult books consists of includes novelist Linda Fairstein,  Anne Sowards, Executive Editor of The Berkley Publishing Group; and Donald Maass, literary agent.

The judging panel for the YA section is made up of author Andrea Cremer,  Regina Hayes, President and Publisher of Viking Children’s Books; and Charlie Olsen, literary agent for InkWell Management.

The competition has produced some great novels in the past and is well worth considering.

Entries are open until 5 Feb 2012


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