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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest and Agency/Agent News

It’s that time of year again! The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest opens on January 23 and closes to submissions on February 5.

Prizes will be awarded to winners in General Fiction and Young Adult Fiction. What do winners get? A publishing contract with Penguin and a $15,000 advance! You’ll have to submit your whole manuscript (as well as a few other items), so make sure you polish until your pages shine!

General Info
How to Enter
Official Rules

Agency Reopenings:
Danielle Chiotti of Upstart Crow reopens to queries January 23.
Nelson Literary (Kristin Nelson and Sara Megibow) reopens January 4.
kt Literary (Kate Schafer Testerman) reopens January 9.
*Feel free to let me know about others in the comments!

A few tasty Agent Tweets from mid-December to now:

JillCorcoran Jill Corcoran, The Herman Agency
would love to see PLAYING FOR PIZZA or THE ART OF FIELDING for teens! If you got it, pls sub to queryjillcorcoran@gmail.com #fb

JillCorcoran Jill Corcoran

sarahlapolla Sarah LaPolla, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Writers: Please make your 2012 resolution be to stop querying vampire/werewolf/zombie novels. Amazed by how many I still get.

sarahlapolla Sarah LaPolla
Don't throw them away. Just shelf them. If you're still seeing 1,000 similar titles in bookstores it means yours probably won't get through.

EyeOnFlux Brian Farrey-Latz , Flux Editor
Wish list for Inbox 2012: no more car wrecks resulting in memory/identity loss. (I lost count of how many I read in 2011.)

jennybent Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency
Romance writers! TBA is actively looking for romance clients. Follow guidelines on website, subject line: ROMANCE. http://bit.ly/hS6UJE

*On a personal note, thank you so much for your comments regarding my sister's situation (see the post before this one), and for sticking around the blog despite my break in posting. This community means so much to me, and I look forward to catching up with everyone!


  1. Jess, thanks for the contest link! I need to look into that :) And as always, I love your tweet posts. No, I'm not on twitter yet. Urg. I know!

    And I hadn't read about your sister until just barely. I'm so sorry. I can't imagine what that's like.

    Hugs and thanks again for the posts!

  2. I've been praying for you and your sister's family.

    Thanks for these updates.

  3. What great information! Perfect for starting out the new year. Thank you for sharing!

    And Happy New Year! :)

  4. Thanks for all the great info as usual!

    Happy New Year, Jess!

  5. Wait...is Sarah LaPolla possibly hinting rather strongly that the saturation point has been reached with zombie, werewolf, and vampire novels?

    I'm shocked.

  6. Great info, Jess! Thanks for sharing, and best wishes to you and your family.


  7. Yay! You're back. {hugs}
    And brought an awesome post as usual. {hugs} some more. :)

  8. Glad you are back and sharing some great stuff. Thanks for the information.

    Many hugs and more for your loved ones.

  9. I'm so glad that you're posting again, and hope that your sister and her family are starting to recover. I'm sure you were a wonderful support for her.

    I always enjoy these round up posts. Even though I subscribe to many of these agents' tweets, I often miss some of their comments.

  10. Nice to see you're back. I hope things are going well.

  11. Welcome back, Jess! I hope your sister is finding some peace and starting to heal. Continuing to send you and your family positive thoughts. Thank you for the updates!

  12. I've debated numerous times about submitting my manuscript to Amazon...this might be the year that I actually do it.

    Welcome back! :)

  13. Oh my a contest by amazon? I'm checking that out thanks!

  14. Great info! I sent a link off to my crit partners, too. This is the second time I've seen a request for contemporary YA romance. GREAT news, since I'd love to see a resurgence in that genre!

  15. OMG, I can't believe it's already time for the ABNA again! Thanks so much for the agent info and links. I don't tweet, so I would have missed out.

    I'm so sorry about your sister's loss, and can only imagine how hard it's been on your family, especially during the holidays.

  16. Very cool. Much luck to all that enter.

  17. Thank you for all this info. I have my ABNA manuscript ready! I'll look into querying these agents in January.

  18. So glad you're back Jess - and prayers still going up for your sister.
    Thanks for all the tips! You're so helpful, as usual.

  19. Even though I follow agents I never catch all the tweets you do. "no more car wrecks resulting in memory/identity loss." - do you think I could get away with a space ship wreck resulting in temporary blindness? :)

  20. I missed you and have been thinking about you a lot. I'm so glad you're back!

    Thanks for all the info!

  21. Thank you so much for your comment- I'm really excited to see your back at blogging!
    I'm definitely looking into this competition..

  22. Thanks for all the info! Good stuff there.

  23. Thanks Jess and welcome back! Hope you're beginning to 2012 has been spectacular:)

  24. i sure hope she's managing well.

    on the info here, everytime i see the name of one of these mentioned agents, i can't help but feel a little giddy inside.

  25. Glad to see you back and blogging again! Happy New Year!

  26. Hope your sister is doing okay, despite her loss. Thanks for the updates here; interesting how agents are still getting those vampire or werewolf or zombie queries. Old stuff!

  27. I've added you to my blog roll so hopefully I will be more up to date with your posts! I haven't read your sister's situation post yet, but will do so after this.

    Thanks for all the Twitter info, it's very useful for one such as me who sucks at keeping up with Twitter!

  28. These tweets just keep reminding me how fresh and original we need to be as writers.

  29. Been thinking of you, Jess, glad to see you back. Thanks for all the super links.

  30. Lots of information to chew on.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope your sister is coping okay.

  31. Welcome back, Jess, and thanks for all the awesome info, as usual! Here's wishing you and your whole family the best in 2012.

  32. Jess, thank you for all the great information. I'm so sad to hear about your family's loss.

  33. Thanks for all this amazing information! Now I"m going back to the previous post to see what happened :(