Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee

My entry is an ABNA Semifinalist!


I received my email announcing that I have made it into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist Round! Now the grassroots effort begins to rally friends and family to download the book and review it.

The link to my ABNA Contest entry is:

The following is from my congratulatory email:

“Thank you for participating in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. We received thousands of submissions and were impressed by the incredible talent and creativity seen in the entries. We are happy to inform you that you have been selected as a semi-finalist.

You can find your entry on via the following link: , and access the main contest page where all entries are located at

When you can, please download the excerpt and give it a read and review. Voters must have an account to download, rate and review excerpts. Voting ends at 11:59:59 p.m. on February 28, 2008.

The Official Rules of this next Semifinals phase are on the Amazon ABNA Web site. They also offer you, the Customer Reviewer, incentive prizes for reviewing, including an Amazon Kindle, a $2,000 gift certificate, and an HP photo printer) for providing the most–and the most high-quality–reviews.

I will continue to post more information here and on the main Web site.

Thank you for your support and stay tuned!

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.


  1. This is great news! I hope that many get an opportunity to read your work, and better yet, vote for it. I know I will be 😀

  2. I am one of the many who got an opportunity to read the excerpt from Silence of the Trees, thanks to one of Valya’s Chicago friends’ “grassroots efforts” to rally support. She reached all the way to Tokyo, and I am reaching out to Amazon with a review.

    Wishing you all the luck in the world!


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