Just found about the contest. It looks like it's closed but there might be a few drops out so if you are really interested. You must still be in there with a chance.
Be the Next Breakthrough Author! Are you a writer longing to be discovered? Submit your manuscript for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. It’s the perfect opportunity to become the next great novelist: the winning author will receive a publishing contract from Penguin Group, including promotional support for their book on Amazon.com, and a media suite from Hewlett-Packard. All entrants are eligible to self-publish their novel with CreateSpace and sell it on Amazon.com. Enter your manuscript for consideration by November 5, 2007!
As of Monday, October 22, we have reached our registration limit.
Authors may still register for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award; however, any new author registering now will be placed on a stand-by list. If a submission spot opens up, we will notify authors on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once notified of an opening, authors must submit their novel for consideration within seven days of notice from Amazon.com. For those authors who have already registered and received a valid registration code, please be sure to complete the submission process (if you have not already) within the next seven days, or you may forfeit your submission slot. Only 5,000 submissions will be accepted, and all registrations will close on November 5, 2007.
Once the submission period ends, Amazon editors and top Amazon customer reviewers will read submissions and select authors for the semi-final round, beginning January 15, 2008. Each semi-finalist will receive a full review of their manuscript by Publishers Weekly and a book page on Amazon.com featuring a short excerpt from their novel that customers can download, read, and review. Penguin will select manuscripts to read from the semi-final round based on customer feedback and Publishers Weekly reviews and announce the Top Ten finalists on March 3, 2008. Amazon.com customers will then select the winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Award, to be announced on April 7, 2008.
Prizes The winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award will receive a full publishing contract from Penguin Group, including promotional support for their novel on Amazon.com, and a media suite from Hewlett-Packard. The nine remaining finalists will receive a free Total Design Freedom self-publishing package from BookSurge and a media suite from Hewlett-Packard. Semi-finalists will receive a review of their manuscript by Publishers Weekly. Upon conclusion of the contest all entrants will be eligible to make their books available for sale to Amazon.com customers via the CreateSpace self-publishing service at no charge. In addition, all entrants will receive discounted self-publishing services from BookSurge for custom cover design, formatting, and editing.