The window for submitting to the Amazon Breakthrough novel contest has closed. Did you enter? Did you even know about it?
With a $50,000 first prize, it does cause quite a stir.
When I first found out about it months ago, I brushed it off because my current WIP, Fire in the Woods was complete, but hovering at a pitiful 42,000 words and didn’t make the minimum word count. Then a few weeks ago people started talking about it again as the submission window opened, and guess what? I was now ABOVE THE REQUIRED WORD COUNT.
So, did I enter? You bet your left butt cheek I did!
Do I have high hopes? Well, 1 in 10,000 is really not all that bad in odds, if you consider that 50% of the entries will probably be junk. I’m a realist though…
Round one is based on your pitch. Pitching is not my strong point. I like my pitch, but I have no idea if it is good enough to be selected as a top choice. When I looked at the pitches of past winners, I had to scratch my head. If I saw some of those, I would have passed them over… so who knows what they are REALLY looking for (or were all the others really that bad?) Ha!
So, I have no idea how I will do… but what this did force me to do is speed up my editing process, and completely re-write my beginning. My manuscript is a lot sharper now than it was a few weeks ago, so if anything, that’s a plus for me.
Do I have a chance of winning? Well, I kind of look at it like this… I looked at past winners, and I felt the same way as I do about the Oscars. Movies that win an Oscar are the ones that I would rather get a root canal than have to sit through. To me, Oscar=boring. That’s the way I feel about a lot of the past Breakthrough Novel winners as well. I am sure they were well written, but not “my cup of tea”.
So, no…. Fire in the Woods is not the “Artsy” type that usually wins this type of thing. But I entered. At least I tried — and I did a lot of polishing to get it there.
Who knows? This year might be the year of the manic chase/explosion novel!
Good luck to everyone who entered!
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