Amazon has opened its sixth annual Breakthrough Novel Award contest, dropping Penguin as its traditional publishing partner and using Amazon Publishing instead. In addition, the contest now includes categories for five genres: general fiction, romance, mystery/thriller, science fiction/fantasy/horror and young adult fiction.

Submit early, the contest will close after 10,000 entries. The grand prize winner will get a publishing contract and $50,000 from Amazon Publishing. Four other first prize winners will also get a publishing contract and a $15,000 advance. Click here to read the fine print about the book contract and royalties at this link.

Publishers Weekly has joined the contest as well, delivering “full-manuscript reviews” for all the semi-finalists.

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