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2014 Key Dates

February 16 – Entry period opened at 12:00:01 AM (US EST).*

March 2 – Entry period ends at 11:59:59 PM (US EST).*

March 18 – Round 2 entries are announced.

April 14 – Quarter-Finalists are announced.

June 13 – Semi-Finalists are announced.

July 8 – Finalists are announced. Customer voting begins on Amazon.com.

July 8–18 – Customers vote on Amazon.com.

July 21 – Grand Prize winner is announced.

* The entry period will end earlier if the maximum number of entries is received before March 2. The maximum number of entries is 10,000 for General Fiction, Romance, Mystery & Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror and Young Adult Fiction combined.

The 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest entry period has closed. Thanks to everyone who entered.

The ABNA contest provides authors with an incredible opportunity to win a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing.

$50,000 Grand Prize

Four $15,000 First Prizes and 
Amazon Publishing Contracts

Just like Rysa Walker, author of Timebound, one Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract with an advance of $50,000, and four First Prize winners will each receive a publishing contract with an advance of $15,000. Visit the Prizes Page for the full list of prizes and details. Preview the highlights of the Amazon Publishing contract.

We’re looking for novels in five popular genres: General Fiction, Romance, Mystery & Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror and Young Adult Fiction. And we're accepting entries from countries around the world. For complete eligibility details, view the official contest rules.

Here’s what CreateSpace authors are saying:

Theresa Ragan

General Fiction

Ken Moraff
It Happened in
Wisconsin


“The Amazon contest was a great way to get in the door.”

James Altucher

Science Fiction / 
Fantasy / Horror

J. Lincoln Fenn
Poe

“Books that don’t fit a specific genre can thrive and find an audience.”

James Altucher

Romance

Evelyn Pryce
A Man Above
Reproach


“Everyone at Amazon has been amazing and completely author focused.”

James Altucher

Mystery & Thriller

Jo Chumas
The Hidden

“When I got the call, I thought it was a dream.”


Here’s how the contest works:

Round 1 (Pitch) – Amazon-selected editors will read and rate a pitch (up to 300 words) from each entrant. The top 400 entries in each of the five categories will advance to the second round.

Round 2 (Excerpt) – Amazon expert reviewers will read and rate excerpts (3,000 to 5,000 words) and provide feedback to the entrants. The top 100 entries in each of the five categories will advance to the Quarter-Finals.

Quarter-Finals (Full Manuscript) – Reviewers from Publishers Weekly will read and rate full manuscripts and provide feedback to the entrants. The top five entries in each of the five categories will advance to the Semi-Finals.

Semi-Finals – The Amazon Publishing judging panel, consisting of qualified representatives selected by Amazon Publishing, will review the manuscript and the accompanying reviews of each Semi-Finalist’s entry to select a Finalist in each category (each, a contest Finalist).

Finals – Amazon customers will vote to determine the Grand Prize winner. All remaining Finalists will receive a First Prize.

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