The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is Down to the Final Six
The 5th Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) contest has undergone several rounds of judging but now six finalists have been announced in the international competition sponsored by Amazon.com, CreateSpace and Penguin Group (USA).
From now until May 30, Amazon customers can read excerpts from the finalists’ works and vote for their favorite novel to determine the winners in both the general fiction and young adult fiction categories at www.amazon.com/abna. According to MarketWatch there will be two grand prize winners, one in each category, adult fiction and young adult fiction, who will receive a publishing contract from Penguin Group (USA) which includes a $15,000 advance. This year’s ABNA winners will be revealed at a special awards ceremony in Seattle on June 16, 2012.
“This year’s ABNA contest saw thousands of submissions from talented writers around the world,” said Nader Kabbani, Director of Independent Publishing, Amazon. “According to the judges and editors, the quality of the entries continues to climb, making the contest more competitive each year. The finalists this year are among the best yet and Amazon.com customers will have a challenge picking a favorite.” (MarketWatch)
The nominees for the finalists spots are as follows: The Beautiful Land by Alan Averill, Grace Humiston and the Vanishing by Charles Kelly, A Chant of Love and Lamentation by Brian Reeves, Dreamcatchers by Cassandra Griffin, Out of Nowhere by Rebecca Phillips, and On Little Wings by Regina Sirois.