Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Entry Opens TodayBy Mercy Pilkington
For the 10,000 author whose works has the potential to become the next breakthrough novel, today marks an important milestone. The ABNA contest opened for submissions today, allowing a record number of writers to vie for the grand prize, or for first prizes in several new categories.
“Over the past five years, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award has helped thousands of authors realize their dream of writing a novel, while connecting them with their peers as well as readers and giving them the opportunity to be discovered,” said Nader Kabbani, Vice President of CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing, in a press release. “We’re excited to evolve the contest this year to recognize talented aspiring authors in even more genres, with bigger advances, more winners, and quickly bring the winning novels to readers around the world.”
With the field of entrants expected to double this year, from 5,000 entries in previous years to 10,000 this year, the only logical way to hold a contest of this size for full-length works of fiction is to assign even more categories than in the past. Authors now enter one of five categories, unlike previous years which only offered General Fiction or Young Adult designations.
The contest opened at 12:01am Eastern time today, and will close when the maximum number of entries has been submitted or January 27th. Click HERE for contest and entry details.
Mercy Pilkington is a young-adult author and a teacher in a correctional facility. She does not have a single textbook in her classroom. With the top-of-the-line technology at her disposal and the low reading ability of many of her students, there’s no need for standard paper texts. Instead she relies on e-readers, iPads, desktop PCs, Polycom video conferencing equipment for virtual field trips, live streaming for science demonstrations, and text-to-speech read-aloud software to teach English and science. Within the next ten years, public school classrooms across the country are going to look a lot more like Mercy’s classroom because the educational possibilities with these kinds of technologies are limitless. Have a question? Send an email to email@example.com