The 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award opened for submissions at 12:01 a.m. this morning. There are only two categories: General Fiction and YA, with a maximum of 5000 entries allowed in each. The deadline is February 6 or whenever 5000 entries are received.
Last week before I left for the Writer’s Digest Conference, iUniverse sent me the Word file representing the printed version of Separation of Faith in order to enter this contest. So I spent about nine hours reformatting things, working on the 300-word pitch (which was a little easier on the heels of the conference), and trying to get a photo down to the tiny pixel size they want.
Now the novel is officially entered. Writers will have until February 6 to go in and edit things, so I’ll review each section a time or two before “letting the entry go.” Fortunately, the “excerpt” portion is supposed to be the first 3000 (min)-5000 (max) words of the book (not counting things like the dedication, acknowledgements, etc.), and the first chapter of Separation of Faith is 4936. So, that worked out well. 🙂
Some of my blogging buddies are entering as well, especially Jacqui at worddreams, who did a great post on the contest (http://worddreams.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/abnas-back/#respond). If anyone else is entering, let me know.