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Amazon’s Changes to its Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel

By Rebeca Schiller

During the past few weeks the publishing industry has been abuzz with changes: new imprints that are solely dedicated to digital books, mergers, talks of mergers, warehouses closing down and questionable collaborations.

Now, Amazon is also announcing it’s big news which centers on the Annual Breakthrough Novel. The big change is that the Grand Prize winner will not be published by Penguin Books (most likely because of its recent merger with Random House), but by Amazon Publishing. Some writers may be disappointed, but they can console themselves with a $50,000 advance—a meaty sum for a debut author. The remaining finalists will also receive a contract with Amazon and a $15,000 advance.

The contest is open from January 14 through January 27, 2013. Writers can enter in the following genres: general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror and YA fiction. Up to 10,000 eligible entries will be accepted and the top 400 will advance to the next round. The finalists will be announced May 21, 2013 with the Grand Prize winner to be announced during a special ceremony at Amazon HQ in Seattle, Washington.

To learn more about the contest and to enter, please visit www.amazon.com/abna.

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