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Penguin and Amazon Team Up Again for $25,000 Writing Prize

Penguin and Amazon are launching their second annual search for the next great fiction writer .  The prize is a hefty $25,000 advance (that's big money, particularly in today's publishing economy unless you are a celeb or writing a Dan Brown knock off).  Amazon reviewers get first crack at the slush pile and the top 500 manuscripts go to PW. PW then reduces the number to 100.  The 100 are then sent to Penguin were the editing staff must read and choose three finalists.  The Amazon readers then pick the winner.  Critiques of the top three will be provided by Sue Grafton and Sue Monk Kidd along with agent Barney Karpfinger and Penguin Editor-in-Chief Eamon Dolan.  

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. Evangeline
    Feb 03, 2009 @ 12:42:34

    Lit fic again, based on the judges.

  2. DS
    Feb 03, 2009 @ 13:56:08

    Sue Grafton writes the Kinsey Milhone mysteries.

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