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Breakthrough Novel Award
By IN House Staff
October, 2007, 07:40

Will you be the lucky winner of this first ever Amazon novel writing award?
Open to entrants world-wide, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and Japan, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award seeks to find the next great novel. Beginning October 1st and continuing through to November 5th, authors with an unpublished English-language novel manuscript can submit their work for consideration via CreateSpace at

CreateSpace, which IN reported on last month (D-I-Y P-O-D), is part of the group of companies providing authors, filmmakers, and musicians with on-demand self-publishing services and distribution through and other channels.

Vice President of books for Amazon, Russell Grandinetti, comments, "The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is an opportunity for our customers to have an exciting, significant voice in the process of discovering a new novelist. This contest is also an opportunity for us to give back to the author community by enabling all aspiring novelists who enter the contest to self-publish on CreateSpace at no cost."

The contest, conducted over the next six months, provides Amazon customers the opportunity to read, write about, and rate their favourites. Submissions will be reviewed first by Top Reviewers individuals recognized for the high-quality and frequency of their comments on the Amazon website.

The next stage of the review process will be conducted by reviewers from Publishers Weekly, editors from Penguin Group (USA), and then a panel of seasoned publishing professionals (a critic, an agent, a publisher, and an author) will give the submissions a once-over.

In the final month, ten finalists will be selected. customers will then vote on these finalists to choose the grand prize winner. The winner, announced April 7, 2007, will receive a publishing contract with Penguin Group (USA), including a $25,000 advance.

In addition to the Penguin publishing contract, the winning author will receive an entertainment technology package from Hewlett-Packard that will include an HP 50-inch Plasma TV, Digital Entertainment Center, HP Pavilion Notebook, HP LaserJet All-in-One and HP PhotoSmart Digital camera.

CreateSpace will also offer contest entrants free proof copies of their books via its self-publishing platform allowing authors to make their books available on-demand to a global audience through,, and author websites. BookSurge, part of the group of companies, will provide discounted publishing services to entrants, such as custom cover creation, formatting, and editorial services.

For complete terms and conditions on the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award as well as more information about the contest, please visit For more information on the CreateSpace Print on Demand self-publishing service, please visit For more information on BookSurge publishing services, please visit

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