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Judging process[ edit ] After the initial submission period is over, the contest is made up of five rounds: Each contestant must submit a short pitch about their novel, with selected Amazon editors judging the pitch on its quality, strength and originality.
The editors will select up to 1, pitches from each category to progress to the second round. Excerpts from each novel will be read, reviewed and rated by Amazon editors and top reviewers.
They will be judged on a scale of one poor to five excellent based on the excerpt's overall strength, prose, style, plot, hook and the originality of the excerpt.
The entrants progressing to this category will have both their excerpts as well as the reviews from round two posted on Amazon for reading and reviewing.
However, the judging for this category is done by Publishers Weekly reviewers who will select the top 50 entries from each category to writers on writing amazon to the semi-finals. At this round the top 50 entries will be judged by a panel of judges selected by the publishing company Penguin, who will choose the top 3 entries for each category to progress to the finals.
During this round the top excerpts for each category will be posted on the main ABNA page with links for the Amazon customer to vote for their chosen entry. Each contestant will also receive a review from a celebrity panel consisting of "at least one well-known author, one agent, and one editor.
A maximum of 5, manuscripts were accepted during the contest period,  which ran between October 1, and November 5, In mid-Januaryup to authors were selected as semi-finalists and received a capsule review of their manuscript from Publishers Weekly.
On February 19,semi-finalists had their manuscripts read by Penguin editors. On March 3,the top ten finalists were announced. All received a prize package from HP and a self-publishing package from BookSurge.
The top three received a trip to New York City. Finalists were announced May 15, Sue GraftonNew York Times-bestselling author, said about the winning entry, "This is what reading is about and what a good book is supposed to do.
Amazon announced that for the competition they awarding grand prizes in two categories, young adult and general fiction. Another change from the previous competition was that the total amount of submissions allowed entry was raised to 10, entrants, double the amount of the competition.
The top six finalists for the competition were announced on May 25,with Amazon customers voted for the grand-prize winner for each category.
The top six finalists for the competition were announced on May 26,with the winners announced on June 15, Smith competition[ edit ] In late Amazon and Penguin Group USA released details of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, with the dates for the elimination rounds being the same as the previous year.
While the previous years' winners had all been residents of the United States of America, the contest would be open to international contestants' entries. The top six finalists for the competition were announced on May 22, In this part of the book Hal and Steve walk you through the various ways writers can make cash from writing: self publishing books, freelance writing, or the more traditional route with traditional publishing.
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