Amazon Announces Winners in Sixth Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

  Amazon Announces Winners in Sixth Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

    Voting now open for Amazon customers to choose their favorite in five
 categories; Grand Prize winner to be announced at special awards ceremony in
            Seattle on June 15 and will receive a $50,000 advance

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- May 21, 2013

(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon began a new chapter with its sixth annual Amazon
Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA), introducing five categories for submission
and exciting new prizes. Ten thousand entries came in from around the
world—the most entries ever in the history of the contest—and after several
rounds of judging, Amazon Publishing has selected one winner in each of five
categories: general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science
fiction/fantasy/horror and young adult fiction. From now through May 29,
Amazon customers are encouraged to read excerpts from the winning books and
vote for their favorite novel at www.amazon.com/abna to choose the Grand Prize
winner. The Grand Prize winner will be revealed at a special awards ceremony
in Seattle on June 15, 2013 and will receive a contract from Amazon
Publishing, as well as a $50,000 advance. The remaining winners will each be
awarded a publishing contract with a $15,000 advance.

“We were blown away by the quality of submissions for the Amazon Breakthrough
Novel Award, which made it hard to narrow the list down to just one winner in
each category,” said Daphne Durham, Editor-in-Chief, Amazon Publishing. “Now
we leave it to Amazon customers to decide who will take home the Grand Prize.
I’m looking forward to revealing the winner at our awards ceremony in June.”

The five winners are:

General Fiction: It Happened in Wisconsin by Ken Moraff, Lexington, MA

A native of Ithaca, NY, Moraff has been an environmental lawyer in Boston for
over twenty years. In his nostalgic and humorous novel, a baseball team sets
out to change the world under the shadow of the Great Depression. It Happened
in Wisconsin follows an aging ballplayer who looks back on his teammates’
battle for justice, the struggle between ideals and temptation, his own
bittersweet love story, and his glory days barnstorming the back roads and
dusty ballparks of the old Midwest.

Mystery/Thriller: The Hidden by Jo Chumas, Barcelona, Spain

An experienced journalist and editor, Chumas’s writing has appeared in
publications around the world. The Hidden is a fast-paced thriller that takes
place during the political turmoil of 1940s Egypt. Worlds collide when a
popular young university professor is brutally murdered in the Sinai desert,
leaving his new bride, a 20-year old Egyptian-born teacher, to search for
answers and justice.

Romance: A Man Above Reproach by Evelyn Pryce, Pittsburgh, PA

In the past, Pryce has fronted rock bands, written comics and done performance
art. She currently studies literature and history while working on her second
novel. Her debut novel, A Man Above Reproach, is a Regency romance featuring a
stoic duke who falls for a mysterious piano player at a brothel and then must
navigate the choppy waters of class, identity and love.

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: POE by J. Lincoln Fenn, Haiku, HI

Fenn began her career in horror when as a seventh grader she terrified her
friends at sleepovers. In POE, a 23-year old obituary writer and college
dropout runs afoul of an evil spirit while on a haunted house assignment and
must uncover the common link between (among other things) a string of
killings, his own deceased parents, and the strange numbered “code” that
obsesses him.

Young Adult Fiction: Timebound by Rysa Walker, Cary, NC

A Scrabble, Galaga and yoga enthusiast, Walker grew up on a cattle ranch in
the South. Timebound was inspired by her love of history and science fiction
that explores how the choices we make affect our future. In the novel,
seventeen-year-old Kate learns that she’s inherited a genetic license to time
travel when her grandmother shares a strange blue medallion, an even stranger
tale about future historians, and the unshakeable conviction that the fate of
half the planet lies in Kate’s hands.

The five winners were selected after several rounds of judging, beginning with
an evaluation of submission pitches to narrow the number down to 400 entries
from each category. Next, Amazon Vine reviewers and editors evaluated excerpts
to narrow the submissions down to 100 per category. In the subsequent round,
reviewers from Publishers Weekly read, reviewed and rated the full manuscripts
to find the top five semi-finalists for each category before Amazon Publishing
editors selected winners in each of the five categories. In the final—and
current—stage of the contest, Amazon.com customers will vote to select the
Grand Prize winner.

Amazon Publishing is the publishing arm of Amazon.com. Amazon Publishing is
comprised of ten imprints: AmazonEncore, AmazonCrossing, Montlake Romance,
Thomas & Mercer, 47North, Little A, Amazon Children’s Publishing (Skyscape &
Two Lions), Grand Harbor Press, and Amazon Publishing. For more information
about all imprints ofAmazon Publishing, visit www.apub.com. Amazon Publishing
is a brand used by Amazon Content Services, LLC.

The 2013 ABNA contest was hosted by CreateSpace, an Amazon company, which
includes a community to keep authors who entered up-to-date on every stage of
the contest. For the complete Official Rules for the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough
Novel Award and more information, please visitwww.amazon.com/abna.

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