Katie Wyner

Poets have     much power

alters     by
unique     form     The
compelling text


lines obliterating

The Foundation
words     float

with     alternating tenderness     the uncertainties

always     push
polite society

Alicia Halliday

—    —only one
survived     rest     are missing
so that one


this form


used     text     comment     on
what     language

Sean Clemens

there is as much power in

poetry     only one poem has
survived     To indicate where words are missing or

independent     in
a unique     form of

its riveting account
by the mountain of information that

used the text for an erasure
shifting fields of language
For instance,
/ Its /    / adjust the /    / between
and / across /     / and / balance /     / against / the instruments
of / change / over every page

preserved words

Lanna Fuller

Poets have     as much power in words
as      those     brilliant
ancient Greek(s)
only one poem

is     trapped in
a blizzard
of     haunting     mind,
existing     by
an independent

(named for the mountains of the world.)

Sarah Harb

as in     a

where words
are     fragments
an essay
of     the best
text by

a unique



Poem(s)     send

dedicated     visual

approach     all areas.

Update: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

As we wrote about yesterday, this week is the submission period for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and it seems the occasion has stirred up debate about the merits of the award.

Yesterday, Mediabistro's GalleyCat posted a defense of the success of last year's winning book, Fresh Kills, in response to snarky reader comments. Another Galleycat post yesterday linked to an article published in N1BR, the new online book supplement to lit mag n+1, written by Darryl Lorenzo Wellington, one of last year's award judges. And, today, GalleyCat posted a correction to Wellington's article submitted by Jane Ciabattari, president of the National Book Critics Circle. Let's see what tomorrow brings.


Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

The submission period for the second annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award began yesterday and ends on February 8, or until ten thousand entries have been received. The grand-prize winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin Group, including a $25,000 advance.

Entries may be uploaded through a link on Amazon’s site, which also includes information about the multi-tiered judging process. Amazon readers will vote for the winner from three finalists. During the finals, an expert panel—made up of novelists Sue Monk Kidd and Sue Grafton, Penguin Press editor in chief Eamon Dolan, and literary agent Barney Karpfinger, whose client list includes Bill Loehfelm, winner of last year’s Amazon Breakthrough Award for his book Fresh Kills—will post comments for customers to consider while voting. The winner will be announced on May 22.

Also included on the site are tips for submissions, such as this one about the importance of choosing an excerpt to post on the site: “The first ten pages of your book are some of the most important that you will write. Imagine a reader looking through the first few pages of a book to decide whether or not to purchase it: Something special needs to happen at the start—whether that's a sharp plot twist, the introduction of a fascinating character, or a beautifully crafted opening scene—to make the reader want more. When you select your excerpt text, choose where to stop judiciously: It doesn't necessarily have to be at word 5,000. Quality counts. Be careful that you don't leave readers hanging mid-sentence.”

The award is given for an unpublished, English-language work of fiction, between 50,000 and 150,000 words in length; there is no entry fee.


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