The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award brings together talented writers, reviewers, and publishing experts to find and develop new voices in fiction. The 2012 international contest will 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.
Open submissions for manuscripts will begin on January 23, 2012 and run through February 5, 2012.
If you're unpublished (like I was in 2009 when I entered) or self-published, it can be a good way to get your book noticed, even if you don't win. This year the Top 500 manuscripts get Publisher's Weekly reviews. Find out more here.