If you’ve never visited Amazon Shorts, you should definitely check it out; there, you can download short literary works digitally for only $.49, and currently, the contest for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is going on. The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is a contest designed to discover the next big author in fiction, and this years field of nearly 5,000 novel participants has been narrowed down to 836 semifinalists; each of these authors’ stories are available for free to read and review. As you read and post reviews, you will be eligible to win a prize package for providing the most insightful reviews. Winners will receive an Amazon Kindle (Amazon’s new wireless reading device), a $2000 Amazon gift certificate, and an HP photo printer. Read the full details. The writing contest includes categories such as General Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Science Fiction and Fantasy.