Jan. 25th, 2010 12:01 AM EST
Submission Period Opens
Feb. 7th, 2010 11:59 PM EST
Submission Period Closes
-Amazon editors will review a 300 word Pitch of each entry. The top 1000 entries in each category (2000 total entries) will move on to the second round.
Feb. 25th, 2010
Round Two Entrants Announced
-The field will be narrowed to 250 entries in each category (500 total entries) by Amazon top customer reviewers from ratings of a 5000 word excerpt.
March 23rd, 2010
-Publishers Weekly reviewers will read the full manuscript of each quarterfinalist, and based on their review scores, the top 50 in each category (100 total entries) will move on to the Semifinals.
April 27th, 2010
-Penguin USA editors will read the full manuscript and review all accompanying data for each semifinalist and will then select three finalists in each category (six total finalists).
May 25th, 2010 12:01 AM EST
Finalists Announced, Voting Begins
-Amazon customers will vote on the three finalists in each category resulting in two grand prize winners.
June 2nd, 2010 11:59 PM EST
June 14th, 2010
2010 Grand Prize Winners Announced