Yesterday's Publishers Weekly (PW) reported on a new opportunity for writers.
Amazon announced the first "Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award" in cooperation with Penguin and Hewlett-Packard.
Amazon is accepting submission through November 5. They will accept up to 5,000 entries. The winner will win a $25,000 advance and have his/her novel published by Penguin.
"The contest is free and open to unpublished authors in 20 countries who have English-language manuscripts." Go here for complete contest rules.
Amazon plans for the reviewers who have posted the most and best reviews on its site to be the preliminary judges for the first round, cutting the submissions to the top one thousand. Then a panel put together by PW will give a full review to each manu-
script. Each review together with an excerpt will be posted online for comment. "The PW team--of existing and new reviewers--will be paid to administer the reviews, and reviewers will remain anonymous. Amazon is paying PW's administrative costs only."
Penguin will serve as the second round judges, cutting the 1,000 manuscripts down to 100. Those hundred will go through the complete editorial review process, expected to cut the submissions to ten.
Those final ten will be posted again on Amazon where customers will vote on them.
"Voting will close March 31 and the winner announced April 7." Penguin will release the book "in the appropriate format" and will plan to have the galley available at BookExpo America in Los Angeles (meeting May 29 to June 1).
Get busy, writers!