Amazon Break Through Novel Award Contest

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On January 14th, Amazon opened the doors to their 6th novel award contest. Unlike previous years which awarded a $15,000 advance and contract with big-six publisher Penguin, this years contest offers a $50,000 advance and publishing with Amazon Publishing. Amazon states this will allow for a “a faster publishing timeline, higher royalties, ability to launch the books in multiple formats (print, audio, ebook) and worldwide distribution.”

The contest category submissions has grown to five categories: General fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction. A Grand Prize winner is selected by Amazon customers from the five finalists in each category. In addition, all five winners will receive a $15,000 advance and a contract with Amazon Publishing.

More Information: Create Space ABNA


  • You must have an account with Create Space to enter.
  • Entries are limited to the first 10,000 in five categories. In past years, that was 2,000 per category and they met their limit long before the closing date.
  • Select the genre that best fits your book.
  • Stay within the word-count limits — pitch, up to 300 words; excerpt, 3,000 to 5,000 words; manuscript, 50,000 to 150,000 words.
  • Remove all identifying information from your pitch, excerpt and manuscript, including: your name and/or pen name, contact information, any awards received for your book and an author bio/resume.
  • Submit all your materials in the English language.


Key Dates:

Jan 14 – Entry period opened at 12:00:01 AM (U.S. EST)

Jan 27 – Entry period ends at 11:59:59 PM
(U.S. EST)*

Feb 13 – Round 2 entries are announced

Mar 12 – Quarter-Finalists are announced

Apr 16 – Semi-Finalists are announced

May 21 – Finalists are announced. Customer voting begins on

May 21-29 – Customers vote on

Jun 15 – Awards ceremony and Grand Prize winner announcement

* The maximum number of entries is 10,000. The entry period will end earlier if the maximum number of entries is received before January 27, 2013.


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