Gathers.com, Simon & Schuster and Borders collaborated to run a writing contest that resulted in two well received mystery novels published in September 2007. Currently, the same three companies are running a writing competition for romance novels.
Amazon must have seen the benefit of this and joined with Penguin and Hewlett-Packard to host “Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel” award. The winner will be awarded with a Penguin contract and an advance, $25,000, and a 50″ plasma TV and Digital camera from Hewlett-Packard. Gather.com’s prize money was only $5,000.00.
Only the first 5000 manuscripts will be considered for this contest and submissions are accepted from October 1 through January 14th. Like the Gathers contest, Amazon readers can rate the semi-finalists with the customers choosing the winning novel in March 2008.
Link for submission here.