If you haven't heard...
Last year's Breakthrough Novel Award contest hosted by Amazon, Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace (Amazon's self-publishing and distribution company) was so successful the trio has decided to offer the contest again.
Here are some details:
• Feb. 2-8 submit your manuscript, with semi-finalists announced April 15. Only 10,000 entries will be allowed. From those, 2,000 submissions are chosen by Amazon expert reviewers based on the novels' pitches. From those, 500 are chosen and displayed on Amazon.com
• Experts Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, and Sue Grafton, author of the Kinsey Millhone Mysteries, will review the three top manuscripts, which will be posted May 15-21, then customers vote for the first place winner, who will be announced May 22.
The Amazon info states that Publisher's Weekly and Penguin read and rank the top entries (the top 500 and 100, respectively). Last year's debut novel, Fresh Kills by Bill Loehfelm was published in August by Putnam.
If you're interested, you can sign up for updates.
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