Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Wednesday Discussion: Are You Submitting to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award?

The time is quickly approaching for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.   The submission period opens January 24 and closes February 6.  If you're not familiar with the contest, click the link. 

The competition is open to unpublished and self published novels in the YA and adult fiction categories. There are two winners, one from each of those categories and the prize awarded to each is a $15, 000 publishing contract with Penguin USA and distribution of the novel on Amazon.com.

This time last year I rushed to finish the last three chapters of a novel I was working on. I submitted, but didn't make the first cut.  Since then, I've rewritten those last three chapters and revised the whole thing.  I've also been submitting to agents and publishers, but as of yet, haven't received any bites.  However, my last rejection letter was actually personalized and mentioned one of my my characters by name.  That alone made my day!

When I got the email about the ABNA  contest a few days ago, I wasn't all that excited about submitting the same book again, but my husband and kids talked me into it!

What about you? Will you be submitting something? Tweet me @: maria_mckenzie. Thanks for stopping by!

14 comments:

Melissa said...

I won't be submitting (my novel isn't ready) but I wish you all the best!

Saumya said...

I had not even heard of this until reading your blog! Thanks so much for informing me.

The Happy Whisk said...

Go Hubby and kids. What a fantastic support group. Best of luck and Happy Writing.

The Golden Eagle said...

No, I'm not submitting--I don't have anything to submit. :P

Good luck!

Donea Lee said...

I'm thinking about it...revising as we speak(type). Just depends on if I think it's good enough by 1/24. Best of luck to you!!

Pk Hrezo said...

Good luck!!! I'm seriously considering it. Depends on if I have my ms revised again by that time.

Nas Dean said...

All the best for your submission!

Carol Riggs said...

I considered it, but my WIP is still unfinished, and my last ms is tied up as a full request.

Yay for personalized rejection letters! Yes, that would make your day. I totally understand. :)

Old Kitty said...

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!Yay for your hubby and kids for pursuading you!! I have everything crossed for your novel!! Take care
x

Gale said...

Yes, I'm in it with you. Unlike many other contests, there is no entry fee. I have a novel with a premise that might fare better than the novel I entered last year. Good luck. I'll look for your book in the first cut list--and you can look for mine.

Myne Whitman said...

I've just heard about the award and will be entering for the first time. Fingers crossed!

Joanna St. James said...

good luck pretty mama (in my best johnny bravo voice) ya never know what might happen, all the same tell ur banker to create space in your acct for 15 good ones, a contract is just bound to happen sometime this year

ozma914 said...

I've got three complete novels ready to go, so ... why not?

William Kendall said...

I'm considering it.