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Amazon Idol premiers today!

Amazon has opened submissions on the second season of Amazon Idol—I mean, the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The deal is, the winner gets published by Penguin, but last year there were actually three or four contracts that came out of the contest.

This year the first round judging consists of rating a 300 word (max) "pitch" in which each author describes his or her book and why someone would want to read it. Those who make the cut on that round will have a 5,000 word excerpt of their novels rated. Submissions stop on February 8 or when they hit 10,000 books submitted, whichever comes first, so check it out fast if you're interested!

One caveat: Amazon makes everyone get a CreateSpace account to enter the contest. Even though there's no requirement to self-publish if you don't win, that kind of shows their motivation right there.

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Verrrry interesting --
Karen, I can't seem to figure out if this is just for writers who have never previously published a novel. Also, is it genre-friendly, can you tell?

I notice the deadlines are very tight.

Interesting! Thanks for this!
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Verrrry interesting --
Actually, it is genre-friendly in that last year's winner was technically a mystery (although the Washington Post reviewer said it should have been mainstream because the mystery was less developed than the relationships). Also, the genre choice list for submissions actually separates fantasy form science fiction, which is unusual in all-genre contests, as they tend to lump them together.

I don't think being published is a problem. I think the only rule is that the book you are submitting can't have been published before or be under contract somewhere else. Be sure to read the rules careful if you're interested.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Verrrry interesting --
Thanks, Karen. This looks too good to pass up, although I have about 20 other projects underway! I think I'll try to tart up my current novel project and submit it.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Verrrry interesting --
Go for it!

p.s. If you win, you owe me dinner!
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