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Initial post: Jan 17, 2014 9:26:07 AM PST
Amazon Publishing today announced that the annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) contest, which seeks great new voices in popular fiction, will open to submissions on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

Prepare your entry as one Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract from Amazon Publishing with an advance of $50,000. Four First Prize winners will each receive a publishing contract from Amazon Publishing with an advance of $15,000.

Authors can submit their work in the categories of general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction. The contest is open to unpublished and self-published novels. For complete eligibility details, view the Official Contest Rules. Visit the prizes page for the full list of prizes and details.

CreateSpace will host the submission platform for the contest. Visit CreateSpace ( to learn how the contest works, note key contest dates, and to prepare your entry. The submission period begins on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 9:59:36 AM PST
Hate to see such a momentous posting without a single reply Yea...that's it! THANKS!!!

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 10:41:01 AM PST
Betty K says:

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2014 10:22:37 AM PST
C.C. says:
Had not seen - THANKS for sharing!

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 9:36:36 AM PST
I so have this contest won this year. ;-)

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 9:43:09 AM PST
Lyn Lawrence says:
This is the year I will enter. I've been too late in the past, but this year I heard earlier enough.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 9:52:23 AM PST
Jessica J. says:
Well this is a surprise. I had already written this contest off. (Pun intended and delivered.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2014 10:56:23 AM PST
C.C. says:
In an attempt to settle all of our formatting questions, I contacted Amazon and received the following reply from ABNA-admin [] today, 1/20/2014:


Thank you for your interest in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. We will notify prize recipients of all other prizes by e-mail or phone no later than July 24, 2014. We do not outline specific formatting requirements for submission. Please note however, spacing, font selection, and formatting of your manuscript may not be retained after submission.

Best regards,
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Administrator

Thank you.
The "guidelines" listed by Createspace are their recommendations.
Just search ABNA formatting or the link is:

The first sentence in their reply answers my question about any 'Awards Ceremony' this year. Apparently, everything will be handled by email and/or phone (which is great!). I wanted to ask because I noticed that last year, the total ARV was around $125,000 and this year, it is $110,000; so it makes sense that something had to be different. I think anyone who just earns the title of "Finalist" will be thrilled (along w/the publishing contract, of course - lol!). I hope they continue this contest for a very long time.

I will post this in the other forums to help with some of the questions - the focus is the story as several of our very patient mentor writers have tried to convey. Thanks to all for sharing your experience w/newbies! :-)

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 12:52:14 PM PST
Farthion says:
I was doing my monthly checking of my publications status and noticed this contest was going to run this year. Interesting. I've got three new books in the final stages of re-writing (two re-writes/edits already done, two more to finish up the minor stuff and confirm consistency) that will be done by the submission date, but I have to question one, little thing: Do the submissions HAVE to be stand-alone novels?

Just curious about that. I don't recall any past winners or finalists having their book be part of a series or trilogy, and, frankly, series books sell the best (at least mine do). My readers I've talked with mostly aren't that interested in stand-alone novels. So I started writing for the demand. It's easier to write it and kind of fun.

Given the fickleness of the initial reviewers, their arbitrary levels of understanding of how book-writing is supposed to be, (such as the intention of things like "introductions"), and the uncertainty of whether a series-related submission will even fly, I'm inclined to NOT enter this year. The reviews aren't especially helpful to improve writing skills or marketability, either.

But I'd be interested in knowing if a series-related book was even worth trying to submit.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 4:48:01 PM PST
Feather says:
How exciting this is! I have a question (the answer to which I may have overlooked): say the person who wins already has a cover design for the novel...will it be allowed to remain with the novel?

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 6:28:39 PM PST
I'll bet Amazon will have the final say on that. A lot of publishers have their own set of illustrators that they work with, I don't know about Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2014 6:41:47 PM PST
Feather says:
Thanks Nikki! I'm just wondering if I missed some fine print related to the topic...if perhaps someone came across the answer :) I know the chances of a publisher accepting my cover along with my MS are slim, but as authors, we do have SOME say in the matter, right? I just hope I have the chance to at least present my cover design :) (providing that I win, obviously lol)

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 8:05:42 PM PST
Maggie Bloom says:
If history is any indication, the winning books will get new covers.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2014 8:34:34 PM PST
Bluu Kiboko says:
Worked all year getting my novel down to 150K words. Amazon changed the rules, now its 125K. Bummer, I guess I've got four weeks to do some more trimming. Anyone else have this problem?

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 8:44:30 PM PST
I have the opposite problem--getting my words UP to 50,000. :P

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2014 9:14:58 PM PST
Feather says:
Ahhhh man... :( that's a bummer

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 10:19:55 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 21, 2014 4:45:46 AM PST
Even though it's already been announced for a few days now I'm still so relieved and excited to have a ABNA 2014! Amazon had me second guessing there for awhile but it's fantastic to see the contest going strong for another year. Now it's just time to stop procrastinating and finish the final editing touches on my submission before February - easier said than done ;p Good luck everyone!

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 4:52:50 AM PST
Just a housekeeping note from an old-timer here, but it's odd that they deleted the "Congratulations to the Finalists" thread and replaced it with this one. In the past they've just unstickied the old announcement and let it drift off into the sunset. This time they poofed it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2014 6:55:20 AM PST
Sue Weaver says:
I have read every word of this ABNA announcement and can't find out if there is a fee and if there is a preregistration or registration! I would really hate for the entry date to come upon me and find that I was not registered or paid any fees that may be applicable.
Thank you so much for any assistance or if you can direct me to this information.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2014 7:20:03 AM PST
Maggie Bloom says:
The contest has always been free. (Way to go, Amazon!!!) As long as you have an account set up with Createspace, there is no need (or ability) to preregister. Just go to your Createspace dashboard once the contest opens and click on the submission link. You will then be prompted to enter the information required.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2014 7:29:24 AM PST
Sue Weaver says:
Thank you so much! Yes, Amazon...way to go! I love Amazon/Kindle and appreciate all the amazing opportunities they offer.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 9:22:53 AM PST
M. B. Dabney says:
Farthion, seems to me any book that qualifies is worth entering. The contest is free, so there is little to lose. I plan to just enter and generally stay away from the boards until I'm notified I have advanced -- or flamed out yet again.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2014 12:41:47 PM PST
S. Berger says:
Do you by any chance have a contact for Amazon licensing questions and past contests. Thanks, Sande.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 3:15:10 PM PST
Cate says:
Thank you, Amazon!
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