Earlier this week, we announced the names of 100 semifinalists for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award--50 in General Fiction, and 50 in Young Adult Fiction. (The Young Adult award is new to this year's contest, but has generated quite a few tantalizing entries.)
Several of our favorite authors are expert reviewers this year, including Tana French, whose highly anticipated Faithful Place is already one of my must-reads for the summer. After the experts weigh in, we'll announce the six finalists (three each in General Fiction and Young Adult Fiction), and we'll open up voting to Amazon customers on May 25th.
Each Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance. The contest is in its third year, and it continues to be a great opportunity for aspiring novelists--and one that generates constant chatter in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award community, including one particularly impressive post detailing all the ABNA submissions that have been published or are slated to be published soon.