The contest is designed to search out the "next great voices" in popular fiction and publish them online. Authors can enter Jan. 14-27. Up to 10,000 eligible entries will be accepted.
The company says finalists will, for the first time, be chosen in five categories: general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction. Winners will receive publishing contracts with Amazon Publishing. The grand prize winner will be chosen by Amazon customers and will get a $50,000 advance along with a publishing contract from Amazon. The other finalists will receive an Amazon publishing contract and a $15,000 advance.
"Over the past five years, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award has helped thousands of authors realize their dream of writing a novel, while connecting them with their peers as well as readers and giving them the opportunity to be discovered," Nader Kabbani, vice president of Amazon's CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing units, said in the company's press release. "We're excited to evolve the contest this year to recognize talented aspiring authors in even more genres, with bigger advances, more winners, and quickly bring the winning novels to readers around the world." The five finalists will be announced on May 21, and the grand prize announced at Amazon headquarters in Seattle in June.You can go to this site to read the entire article here. I've talked to 3/4 of my editors and they've all said the same thing: Go for it! The only reason why I'm even hesitating is because the contest isn't due until January 14 to 27th. And not only that, I'm still only on chapter eight on the first draft. Forget about the rewrites!
However, maybe I should remind myself that I've accomplished eight chapters (although some are extremely long) already with 50,000 words under my belt with many more to go. I can do this! And hopefully I will win this contest too.
Do you think you could enter a contest like this for yourself? Why or why not?