Amazon Publishing Announces Seventh Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

Amazon Publishing will award one Grand Prize $50,000 advance and publishing contract and four $15,000 advances and publishing contracts across five categories—general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction.

SEATTLE--()--Amazon Publishing today announced that the annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) contest, which seeks great new voices in popular fiction, will open to submissions on Sunday, February 16, 2014. Authors can submit their work in the categories of general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction. A finalist will be chosen from each category with one Grand Prize winner receiving an Amazon Publishing contract and a $50,000 advance. Four additional finalists will receive an Amazon Publishing contract and a $15,000 advance.

The 2014 ABNA contest is open to unpublished and self-published English-language novels submitted from February 16, 2014 through March 2, 2014 or until 10,000 eligible entries are received, whichever is earlier.

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

Once the contest has closed to submissions, the selection process is as follows:

  • First Round: Amazon-selected editors will choose the top 400 pitch entries from each category to advance to the next round.
  • Second Round: Select Amazon Vine reviewers will read excerpts of the entries and narrow the pool to 100 titles in each category. Throughout the year customers are invited to become Amazon Vine reviewers based on the trust they’ve earned in the Amazon community for writing accurate and insightful reviews.
  • Quarter-Finals: Reviewers from Publishers Weekly will read, review and rate the full manuscripts to find the top five semi-finalists for each category.
  • Semi-Finals: Amazon Publishing editors will lead a panel of judges who will choose a finalist in each of the five categories, announced on July 8, 2014.
  • Final Round: In the last stage of the contest, customers will select the Grand Prize winner from among the five finalists.

On January 1, 2014, Skyscape, Amazon Publishing’s imprint for young adult and crossover fiction, published the 2013 ABNA Grand Prize winner Timebound by Rysa Walker.

“Entering Timebound in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award was absolutely the best decision I’ve ever made as a writer, and I’m pretty sure I’d say that even if it hadn’t won the Grand Prize. The feedback I received during the various stages of the contest was truly beneficial to me as a new author, and the ABNA community on the discussion boards kept me entertained during the many tense moments as we awaited the results,” said Walker.

“Reader response to the 2013 ABNA Grand Prize winner Timebound—an average star rating of 4.5 over 1,046 reviewsis a great indicator that ABNA continues to discover and amplify talented new authors. We are looking forward to seeing what terrific books come out of the ABNA class of 2014!” said Daphne Durham, Publisher of Adult Trade and Children’s Group.

For the complete Official Rules for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and more information about the contest, please visit

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Release Summary

Amazon Publishing announces that the annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) contest, which seeks great new voices in popular fiction, will open to submissions on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

Contacts, Inc.
Media Hotline, 206-266-7180