Amazon Announces Sixth Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

  Amazon Announces Sixth Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

   One Grand Prize winner will be chosen by Amazon customers and receive a
      publishing contract with Amazon Publishing, with a $50,000 advance

Finalists will be chosen in five categories—general fiction, mystery/thriller,
 romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction—and receive
                 publishing contracts with Amazon Publishing

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- December 04, 2012

(NASDAQ:AMZN)— today begins an exciting new chapter in the annual
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA), the contest in search of the next
great voices in popular fiction. Starting January 14, authors can enter the
contest in one of five categories—general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance,
science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction—for the chance to win
a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing. A finalist will be chosen in
each category, and a Grand Prize winner will then be selected by Amazon
customers and receive a $50,000 advance. The remaining finalists will also
receive a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing, with a $15,000 advance.

This year’s ABNA contest is open to unpublished and self-published
English-language novels, which can be submitted from January 14, 2013 through
January 27, 2013. The five finalists will be announced on May 21, and the
Grand Prize winner will be announced during a special ceremony at Amazon
headquarters in Seattle in June.

“Over the past five years, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award has helped
thousands of authors realize their dream of writing a novel, while connecting
them with their peers as well as readers and giving them the opportunity to be
discovered,” said Nader Kabbani, Vice President of CreateSpace and Kindle
Direct Publishing. “We’re excited to evolve the contest this year to recognize
talented aspiring authors in even more genres, with bigger advances, more
winners, and quickly bring the winning novels to readers around the world.”

Up to 10,000 eligible entries will be accepted for the ABNA contest this year.
The top 400 entries from each category will advance to the second round.
Amazon reviewers will then read excerpts of the entries and narrow the pool to
100 titles in each category. In the subsequent round, reviewers from
Publishers Weekly will read, review and rate the full manuscripts to find the
top five semi-finalists for each category. Amazon Publishing editors will then
choose a finalist in each of the five categories. In the final stage of the
contest, customers will vote for a Grand Prize winner.

“At Amazon Publishing we love introducing readers to outstanding books,” said
Daphne Durham, Editor-in-Chief, Amazon Publishing. “We’re thrilled to be a
part of ABNA this year, and look forward to the chance to build these books
into best sellers.”

CreateSpace, an Amazon company, will again this year host the contest entry
platform, which includes a community for authors that will keep them
up-to-date on the contest and help them prepare their entries.

Amazon Publishingis the publishing arm
AmazonPublishing’sWest Coast Groupincludes imprints AmazonEncore,
AmazonCrossing, Montlake Romance, Thomas & Mercer and 47North. Amazon
Publishing’sEast Coast Grouppublishes adult trade, children’s and young
adult titles. For more information about all imprints ofAmazon Publishing,
visit Publishingis a brand used
byAmazon Content Services, LLC.

For the complete Official Rules for the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
and more information about the contest, please

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