Friday, January 21, 2011

ABNA 2011

For those of you who don't know it, the story of how Regarding Ducks and Universes came to be published goes something like this: I entered the manuscript in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. The novel made the semifinals. It didn't win. About a year later, in late May of 2010, as I was revising and sending queries to agents (with very limited success), I got the offer from AmazonEncore, the new imprint of Amazon. The book will be published both in print and on Kindle on February 22.

This year's contest opens on Monday, with submissions accepted until February 6th. (Enough time for anyone interested in entering to get in one last edit of their manuscript before the deadline!)

The year I did it, there was only one grand prize, but this year, like in 2010, there will be two grand prizes, one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. Below is some basic information from the Amazon site about ABNA 2011. More details can be found here.


Amazon.com, along with Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace, is pleased to announce the fourth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, the international competition seeking the next popular novel. The competition will once again award two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance.
The Breakthrough Novel Award Contest brings together talented writers, reviewers, and publishing experts to find and develop new voices in fiction. If you're an author with an unpublished or previously self-published novel waiting to be discovered, visit CreateSpace to sign up for regular contest updates. Open submissions for manuscripts will begin on January 24, 2011 and run through February 6, 2011.