Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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Top 10 ABNA Finalists Announced

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Amazon and Penguin announced the Top 10 Finalists in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award on March 3, 2008. Amazon customers can go to the www.Amazon.com/ABNA site to download longer versions of each of the novels and then write a review. The following is taken from the Amazon ABNA site:

“Finalists will earn the following point values based on your star ratings:

•5 stars = 3 points
•4 stars = 1 point
•1, 2 or 3 stars = 0 points
•Download only (no review or star rating) = 0 points

The grand prize winner will be the finalist who earns the most total points from customer ratings. Only ratings with qualified reviews will be counted, and a customer may only rate and review each excerpt once.”

For the first two weeks, reviews will be posted on the site, but after that they will be hidden to maintain the element of surprise for the Announcement of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winner on April 7, 2008.

Good luck to all the Finalists!

Author: Valya

Valya Dudycz Lupescu is the author of THE SILENCE OF TREES and STICKS & BONES, as well as the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Born and raised in Chicago, Valya received her degree in English at DePaul University and her MFA in Writing as part of the inaugural class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since receiving her MFA, Valya has worked as a college professor, obituary writer, content manager, internal communications specialist, co-producer of an independent feature film, and Goth cocktail waitress.

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