This is really a bummer and very disappointing news. Nothing will last forever, as they say. I guess after six years, Amazon’s decided to try something new this year. I don’t expect this new venture to be as popular, but time will tell.
Amazon introduced Kindle Scout back in September 2014. This year any contest will be in collaboration with this new addition to Amazon. This is a limited program as there are only three genres accepted for submission at this time and no one living outside the
participate. Perhaps Amazon is trying
this out as a pilot program. I’m hoping
they may revamp the ABNA and bring it back, as it was the most extensive free
writing contest out there.
With Kindle Scout, manuscripts are submitted and then it’s up to the writer to garner votes for their submission anyway they can get them. I think, in many cases; this will result in the book never being read at all. In the end, the book with the most votes will win the publishing contract. In my mind, this is almost worse than the way the ABNA contest was run.
With Kindle Scout, the advances are very small in comparison. This contest is also an ongoing thing, so nothing to look forward to like the ABNA in magnitude and dynamics. Writers can submit their work for consideration anytime throughout the year. Another difference is that all books submitted have to be polished, professionally edited, have a cover, and be ready to publish.
So much has changed. What I’ll miss is the camaraderie all the ABNA entrants shared. Everyone was willing to help others polish their pitches and give advice on writing questions. The contestants became like a family group. This was a wonderful thing. Everyone had fun while they waited for the next round to be announced and they also learned something at the same time. You can’t beat that.