This is not the Swedish pop band from the early 70’s. ABNA is the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. This is the contest I entered on Sunday. It’s put on through CreateSpace which is a site I suggest for any downtrodden writers thinking about self-publishing. If you don’t have an account, they’re free and you can get rid of it afterward. But it’s free to join and they take the first 10,000 entries total. The deadline is March 2nd, so if you ever wanted to try and expand your horizon, this is it.
The first phase is writing a pitch. Granted, you will have to submit a pitch, 3-5,000 word sample and a full manuscript when you enter (can’t just go a step at a time). From there, they will select 400 entries in each genre. Those 400 will have their samples read and judged by select Amazon Vine reviewers and editors to select 100 to go on to the quarter finals. The Quarter Finals will have editors go through and review the full manuscript and weeded down to the Semi Finals consisting of 5 writers per category. A Grand Prize winner will be selected by Amazon readers and receive a $50,000 advance and have their book published on Amazon. The runner ups will get a $15,000 advance and have their book published.
If nothing else, it’s an experience to attempt. And, if editor’s read your work, guess what? Your name is getting out their a little at least. So, give it a shot if you’re willing. Links are below!