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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (2008-2010)

Amazon is proud to announce Amy Ackley and Patricia McArdle as the winners of the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
Young Adult Fiction Award: Amy Ackley.  Sign Language
General Fiction Award:  Patricia McArdle. Farishta

2009 Finalists:

The 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalists are:
Ian Gibson, Victoria BC, for Stuff of Legends
James King, Wilton CT, for Bill Warrington's Last Chance
Brandi Lynn Ryder, Napa CA, for In Malice, Quite Close

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) is a contest sponsored by Amazon.com, Penguin Group, Hewlett Packard, CreateSpace and BookSurge to publish and promote a manuscript by an unknown or unpublished author.

2008 competition
Amazon introduced the Breakthrough Novel Award in 2007. The first competition began in late 2007 and ended in early 2008. A maximum of 5,000 manuscripts were accepted during the contest period, which ran between October 1, 2007 and November 5, 2007. In mid-January 2008, up to 836 authors were selected as semi-finalists and received a capsule review of their manuscript from Publishers Weekly. On February 19, 2008, 100 semi-finalists had their manuscripts read by Penguin editors.

On March 3, 2008, the top ten finalists were announced. All received a prize package from HP and a self-publishing package from BookSurge.
1. The Hellraiser of Hollywood Hills (?) by Jennifer Colt The Butcher of Beverly Hills
2. Casting Off by Nicole R. Dickson
3. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan
4. The Wet Nurse's Tale by Erica Eisdorfer
5. The Butterflies of Grand Canyon by Margaret Erhart Crossing Bully Creek
6. Ring of Lies by Karen Laugel (nothing found by her)
7. Fresh Kills by Bill Loehfelm -- winner!
8. Motherless Children by Randall Luce (nothing found)
9. The Prospect of My Arrival by Dwight Okita (nothing found)
10. Wrecking Civilization Before Lunch by John Ring (nothing found)

Amazon customers voted to pick the grand-prize winner. The top three received a trip to New York City. On April 7, 2008, Fresh Kills by Bill Loehfelm was announced as the first winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Loehfelm won a larger prize package from HP and a $25,000 advance on a publishing contract with Penguin.

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