Our friends at Amazon are presenting an exciting opportunity: the chance to be their 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novelist!

Sign Language, by 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Winner Amy Ackley.

The fourth Amazon Breakthrough Award is looking for new literary voices in two categories: General Fiction and Young Adult. This annual contest is open to novelists of all levels who are at least 13 years of age. Participants submit their manuscripts for a chance to secure a publishing deal with Penguin and a $15,000 advance. Read More

Magic City. Drew Lerman. 2007 Gold Medal, Novel Writing. Published by PUSH, 2007.

NaNoWriMo! November 1st marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. Each year, professional and aspiring novelists around the country unite with one mission: to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

Here at the Alliance, we’re also encouraging you to get started on your novel. In fact, research tells us that 81% of all Americans think they have a book inside them. But unlike National Novel Writing Month, we’re not challenging you to complete the entire book. Instead, we’ve teamed up with Scholastic Inc.’s PUSH imprint to present the novel writing category of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Read More