Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 22, 2014

FINALLY: All the Skinny On The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest

boysnow72 dpi - snow boy

This lovely January illustration was sent in by Felicia Lilley. Felicia is a Texas based artist who has gained attention with her colorful, vivid, thought – provoking portraits. It seems so perfect for this post, since I am sitting here watching the snow sweep by my window while working on it for you. Wish I had a cute little boy like the one in this illustration to roll around with in the snow.

The Seventh Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest is right around the corner. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to win a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing.

One Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract with a $50,000 advance, and four First Prize winners will each receive a publishing contract with an advance of $15,000. Visit the Prizes page for the full list of prizes and details.

The categories include five popular genres: General Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror and Young Adult Fiction. For complete eligibility details, view the Official Contest Rules. Visit CreateSpace to learn more.


1) Prepare a strong Pitch. More than a summary, your Pitch should highlight your concept, protagonist, setting, and writing style—all the elements that make your story unique. View sample Pitches from past entrants.

2) Select the genre that best fits your book: General Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror, or Young Adult.

3) Stay within the word count limits—Pitch, up to 300 words; Excerpt, 3,000 to 5,000 words; Manuscript, 50,000 to 125,000 words.

4) Remove all identifying information from your Pitch, Excerpt, and Manuscript, including: your name and/or pen name, author bio/resume, and any awards received for your book.

5) Submit all materials in English.

6) For complete entry requirements, view the Official Contest Rules.

7) Create an account with CreateSpace (if you haven’t already).

Talk tomorrow,



  1. thank you for using my illustration. This is the first time that I’ve been featured on anyone’s site. Totally made my day !!!


    • Felicia,

      My pleasure! Great illustration.



  2. Felica, loved your illustration. Thanks for the info, Kathy. 🙂


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