Five authors have emerged as finalists in Amazon’s sixth annual Breakthrough Novel Award contest. For a two-week window in January, the e-tailer and publisher invited submissions; according to Amazon’s press release, 10,000 entries poured in to vie for the grand prize of a $50,000 contract with Amazon Publishing.
The authors, chosen by a staggered mix of judges including reviewers from Amazon’s Vine program and Publishers Weekly, reflect the best submissions of their respective categories. It Happened in Wisconsin by Ken Moraff seized the General Fiction distinction. Jo Chumas’ The Hidden won the Mystery/Thriller category. Evelyn Pryce took the Romance honors with A Man Above Reproach. J. Lincoln Fenn’s POE was judged to be the best sci-fi submission, and Rysa Walker’s Timebound earned the YA prize.
“In the final — and current — stage of the contest, Amazon.com customers will vote to select the Grand Prize winner,” the press release explains, to be announced on June 15, 2013. The category winners who do not gain the popular vote will receive a $15,000 advance and Amazon Publishing contract.