Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ah… It’s that time of year again…

Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award Contest (ABNA) 2012!

Very exciting… in about an hour, I will be submitting my novel (Terra Incognita) – this is my second time submitting but with the same novel. The deadline for submissions in February 5th, 2012. Every unpublished or self-published novel is eligible, as long as they meet all the requirements (length, etc). The prize (in two categories – young adult and general fiction) is a $15,000.00 publishing contract with Penguin USA. Of course, many people have had success without winning.

Another thing I enjoy about participating in this contest is the community of writers it connects. The forum is extremely helpful and… entertaining, at times.

The contest requires a Pitch (no more than 300 words), Excerpt (first 3,000 – 5,000 words of novel), and the full manuscript…

Last year, my pitch made it through the first round but my excerpt didn’t make the cut in the second.  I’m hoping for a different outcome this year (one where I make it further, that is).  Of course, I wasn’t all that happy with my pitch from last year so I wrote a completely new one.   I’ll wait until the first round winners are announced before I post it (just to be on the safe side).

If any of you have a completed novel (self-published or unpublished) I suggest you look into this contest.  Check out the rules and requirements to determine if it’s right for you… it doesn’t hurt to try.  Plus, it’s free!  😉

Good luck to everyone who enters!  See you on the other side!

Also, if you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them!

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