Ready for 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest?

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014It’s January. That means the annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest is right around the corner. ABNA Grand Prize is an advance of $50,000 and a publishing contract with Amazon. How did that work out for last year’s winner, author Rysa Walker of Timebound? Her book has well over a thousand reviews and is still the #36 best selling paid book at Amazon. Sounds like it’s doing pretty well.

Four First Prize winners will also get an Amazon Publishing contract and a $15,000 advance. There are other prizes as well but you must enter between Feb 16th and March 2nd–only 10,000 entries, which should go fast due to the explosion of Indie author books. Amazon Publishing will be tremendous exposure, plus it will get print books into bookstores. Factor in the international Amazon expansion that’s going gangbusters–well, you get the picture. Open to new books and previously self-published titles provide you maintain worldwide distribution rights. Click for FAQs.

Genres include: General Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy/, Horror, Romance, Young Adult Fiction.

You must register at to enter the Contest. Once you have registered, follow the instructions on the entry form and upload: (1) the complete version of your manuscript that is between 50,000 and 125,000 words (“Manuscript“); (2) up to the first 5,000 words, but not less than 3,000 words, of your Manuscript, excluding any table of contents, foreword, and acknowledgments (“Excerpt“); (3) a pitch of your Manuscript consisting of up to 300 words (“Pitch“); and (4) the personal information required on the entry form. (1-4 collectively, an “Entry“). We will not review any Entry that does not comply with these Official Rules.

The ABNA contest is open to unpublished and self-published novels. Authors can submit their work in one of the following categories: general fiction; mystery/thriller; romance; science fiction/fantasy/horror; and young adult fiction. For complete eligibility details, review the Official Contest Rules.

No fees to enter, a nice feature for a book contest imo. What are your thoughts?

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5 Responses to “Ready for 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest?”

  1. virajrohancircar Says:

    Thank you for the info Jason. really appreciate it.

  2. laphillips52 Says:

    Reblogged this on Book World Marketing and commented:
    Enter and increase your visibility!

  3. Laurie Says:

    No charge. That’s a good start. Can illustrated children’s ebooks gain entry? If not , are there places they can be entered?

    • Jason Matthews Says:

      Hi Laurie. I don’t see a category at ANBA for illustrated children’s ebooks unfortunately. I’m not sure of other events for that, especially without an entry fee and with the same kind of positive exposure but there might be some. Maybe try Google searches for “Children’s Book Contest” and see what comes up. Do beware of many contests though and research them for complaints first, especially if they have an entry fee, because many are a scam.

      • Laurie Mcelroy. Says:

        Thanks for the reply Jason I’ll try Google searches. My email has been bombarded lately with, what appears to be a lot of various ( get your book into high ranking) scams. I’m currently reading your book and finding it full of insightful tools and methods for promoting Self published books. Thanks. Laurie.

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