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Amazon, Penguin and HP Partner to Host Writing Competition, 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.’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.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Ann Bruce
    Oct 01, 2007 @ 19:33:11

    Wow. Writing contests are the new trend.

    BTW, I think the winning novel will be chosen in March 2008.

  2. Maya Reynolds
    Oct 02, 2007 @ 03:54:20

    Entries are only accepted now through November 5th, not January 14th. The qualifying round ends January 14th.

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