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Life Happens on the Stairs by Amy J. Markstahler - 2018 Breakthrough Novel Awards Winner

We have concluded the 2018 Breakthrough Novel Awards for unpublished books.

Congratulations to the winner, Amy J. Markstahler, author of LIFE HAPPENS ON THE STAIRS

It was a very close competition and we would also like to recognize the 4 finalists.

THE ROAD TO DUSTY DEATH by Mari Clark (1st Runner-Up)
INSIDE THE ENEMY by Barbara Kline (2nd Runner-Up)
DANGEROUS ALLIANCE by Randal Krzak (3rd Runner-Up)
TO CROSS A BLADE AND A DAGGER by Chio Ojukwu (4th Runner Up)

We would like to thank all the contestants and our panel of judges for a successful competition. 
Special thanks to our sponsors, Books by Ken Fry and The Book Khaleesi for the prizes.

Watch out for the next competition opening this June.
For Published Books.

Be there or Be Square!

Dream Prizes Await the Winner of The Breakthrough Novel Awards

If your novel gets chosen, the following will happen....

Elimination Round Results for The Breakthrough Novel Awards 2018

The Final 5 has been chosen!
This round was a close fight, but 5 titles stood out from the rest and will be moving on to the Final Round.

Instead of choosing only one winner, we will be awarding prizes to the 4 finalists as well.
Technically, all finalists are already winners, we are simply looking for THE winner in the final round.

(In no particular order)

2018 Breakthrough Novel Awards is Closed for New Entries

What an exciting couple of months it has been!
But everything must come to an end and it's time to find the winner of this award.
For entries that are not eligible, we have refunded your entry fees.

The judges will now read the rest of the entries and we will receive the score sheet from them no later than May 10... or much earlier since they have already read half of the submitted manuscripts.

Those who will progress to the final round will receive an email from us, and they will need to submit the completed manuscript in Word format, without the author's name. Entrants can view the manuscript requirements HERE.

One Winner will be announced on or before JUNE 15, 2018.

We would like to remind the entrants that if the book is published before the announcement, it will be disqualified.

Good luck to all participants! and Thank You to everyone who shared this competition!

PUBLISHED AUTHORS, watch this space for the Breakthrough Indie Novel Awards for published fiction books. Self Published? Published by an Independent Publishing House? As long as you have not received a book deal from the top traditional publishers, your books are qualified to join the competition.

7 WINNERS will be chosen! 1 for each category.




Judging Criteria for The Breakthrough Novel Awards

And the search is on for the next bestseller!

What factors determine if a book will sell? If it will resonate with readers? If it can sustain a readership and rise in ranking on Amazon?

What makes a book a possible bestseller?

The Goal of The 2018 Breakthrough Novel Awards

The Breakthrough Novel Awards is NOT a voting contest which only proves how popular an author is, but a real competition to find the best fiction novel from the entries. Judged by industry experts and fellow writers.

We want to find the diamonds in the rough. The hidden gems.
And let the world know about them.

In the future, we will also hold genre-specific awards to fine-tune our search for the next bestsellers.

Our GOAL is not only to identify... but to empower.
To open up opportunities for the winning author.

What is a badge for if the book is not marketable, undeveloped, and unexposed?
What comes after you win?
Book development and marketing are costly and requires a high level of skill to produce positive results.

When we choose a winner, we will give that novel everything it needs to compete in this highly competitive and heavily saturated industry.

We will rally behind the book and make sure that readers will find it as engaging and entertaining as we did.

You did your best in writing your book.
We'll give you a boost as your reward.

That's what's in store for you if you win this competition.

Best of luck to you. It's time to shine!

The 2018 Breakthrough Novel Awards is Now Accepting Entries

We're looking for the next BESTSELLER.
Breakthrough Novel Awards will give the winning entry full publishing and marketing support.
If we choose your novel.... we'll back you up 110%

Prepare your manuscript and SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY NOW.
Submission Deadline - APRIL 15, 2018


Unpublished / Completed Manuscript

If the entry was previously published, it must be completely unpublished before submission.

You may enter multiple manuscripts but each novel will be considered a separate entry.

Minimum of 50,000 words

FICTION Novels only
Any Genre except Hard Erotica or Porn

Non-Fiction, Children's Books, and Memoirs are not accepted at this time.

Open to authors of any nationality writing in English.


Elimination round will end on May 15, 2018 and entrants who will progress to the Final Round will be notified.

One winner will be announced on June 15, 2018.

We reserve the right to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable grounds that fraud or copyright infringement has been committed or if any of the rules were violated.

We reserve the right to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control. 

We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant joining the competition.

All personal data submitted, including the manuscript, will never be shared or used without the written permission of the entrant.

Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these rules.


ELIMINATION ROUND: First 10,000 words only

FINAL ROUND: Complete Manuscript

Only Digital Entries Accepted

In WORD or PDF format

12 pt. Times New Roman

1.5 Lines (Line Spacing)

Chapters must be clearly defined



Submit the first 10,000 words of your novel when you join.

A Panel of Judges will start reading the entries by March 1, 2018

Deadline of Submission will be on April 15,2018


On May 15, 2018
Entrants whose submission will progress to the final round 
will be notified to email the full manuscript.

One Winner will be announced on JUNE 15, 2018


STEP 1: 
Copy the Transaction ID

After payment, you will be directed to an online entry form
that you need to fill up.

You will receive a confirmation of your entry

Wait patiently.
If you progressed to the final round, you will be notified via email to submit the full manuscript.
Updates will be posted on this website.


Full Editing Package
(Line Editing and Proofreading)

Ebook and Paperback Cover Design

Ebook and Paperback Formatting

6 Months Marketing Support
which includes:

Optimization of Amazon Author and Book Page
Social Media Promotion (Twitter and Facebook)
Customized Marketing Banners

Publishing Assistance, if required
Under the author's Amazon account.
You will keep all royalties.

Please check this link for more details.