Friday, April 08, 2011

Friday Fun: The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Have you heard about the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award?  Established in 2008, this contest offers a reward of a publishing contract and cash advance to the winner (this year, the publisher is Penguin).  In 2010, a Young Adult award was added.

How does the contest work?  250 quarterfinalists are selected in both the General Fiction and Young Adult Fiction categories, which are then judged by a group of reviewers (including me, in fact, to provide full disclosure).  100 semifinalists in each category will be evaluated by a panel made up of YA author Gayle Forman, VP & Publisher of Putnam's Books for Young Readers Jennifer Besser and literary agent Julie Just.

The 2010 ABNA for Young Adult Fiction went to Amy Ackley for Sign Language.  If you want to find out more about this year's quarterfinalists, you can read excerpts of each manuscript.  And if you've got a Kindle or a Kindle app, you can even download them to read on the go!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for mentioning this award, I hadn't heard of it before.

Melissa Rabey said...

You're welcome, Jessica! There hasn't been much coverage of it around, which is interesting since it's presented by such a big name. I'm glad to have brought the ABNA to your attention!