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  • Read our interview with ANA2012 winner Kate Baggott, and learn about the real-life experience that helped her write "Finnegan and Grandfather Cheng."
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  • Read our interview with Jen Barton, wildcard nominee and ANA2012 runner up.
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  • Read our interview with J.R. Verwey, the Round #8 nominee.
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  • Chauncey Mabe, who we can only describe as a straight-shooter, answers our questions about writing, social media, and more.
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  • Read our interview with Round #7 nominee Kellene Killmer and find out how she grew her Twitter following from 17 to 1,300 during ANA!
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  • Read the second part of our interview with jury member Autumn Stephens, in which she claims to be 5,000 years old and to enjoy reading books printed on papyrus.
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  • Read our interview with Luke Swanson, the youngest ANA nominee, and find out which book he'd be embarrassed to be seen reading.
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  • Jill Amber Menard, the Round #5 nominee, did an awesome job of getting votes for her story while also going to school and running a non-profit dance company, so the rest of us have no excuse.
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  • Read our interview with Lance Burson, who was chosen as the first wildcard nominee. He's funny.
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  • Read our first interview with jury member Autumn Stephens and find out what she will be looking for when reading the America's Next Author stories.
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  • Read our interview with Round #4 nominee Dom Goodall and find out how she managed to stay at the top of the Author Ranking each week. Plus: why is she so fascinated with wolves?
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  • Read part two of our interview with jury member Sandy Diaz and learn how to avoid the most common mistakes made by aspiring authors.
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  • Read our interview with Round #3 nominee Bellakentuky and learn what writing advice changed his writing style, plus what the name "Bellakentuky" means.
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  • Read part two of our interview with jury member Peter McCarthy and learn his advice for authors trying to get published.
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  • Read our interview with Round #2 nominee Lin Clements and find out how to prepare for the inevitable zombie takeover (plus a few things about writing).
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  • Read part one of our interview with jury member Sandy Diaz and find out what she will be looking for when reading the America's Next Author stories.
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  • Read our interview with Round #1 nominee Elizabeth A Reeves and find out how she managed to get to the top spot for week one.
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  • Read our first interview with jury member Peter McCarthy and find out what he will be looking for when reading the America's Next Author stories.
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  • Writing is an inside job with no heavy lifting. Who said that, Terry Pratchett? It has it’s challenges, like anything that feels worthwhile, but I certainly don’t regret choosing it as a career.
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America's Next Author
THE FIRST SOCIAL WRITING CONTEST!
America's Next Author is the first real social writing contest. Winners will be chosen based on a unique combination of votes from readers and publishing industry experts.

Author Ranking

The nominees for America's Next Author 2012 have been chosen, but you can still read all of the stories that were entered into the competition. Use this page as a hub to browse through all of the America's Next Author contestants and read their stories. Each contestant has their own author page, which displays an author bio, photo, their rank during each week, and the full text of their story.

Authors found: 449

Merri

Hi my name is Merri and i'm random and like doing 1 million things at once. I am poetic by nature and inspired by the crazy world of dreams and symbols. Culture has always been something i'm interested in and I believe that we…
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Merri writing contest

Frances Macaulay Forde

Born in 1950 in Blyth, Northumberland, UK my parents took me to the middle of Africa when I was 4 and a half. Before we travelled, I had nightmares of crocodiles swimming underneath our rondavel on stilts with enormous spiders…
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Frances Macaulay Forde writing contest

Judy Copek

An information systems nerd for twenty-plus years, Judith is a survivor of Dilbert-like re-engineering projects, 3:00 a.m. computer crashes and the Millennium Bug. In her writing, she likes to put a literary spin on technology…
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Judy Copek writing contest

Martha Jette

Martha Jette was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario. She has two college degrees including 3-year Print Journalism at St. Clair College in Windsor where she graduated with the Dean’s Award for Top of Class with a 4.0 grade point…
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Martha Jette writing contest

Gerald Darnell

AUTHOR’S BIO - Gerald W. Darnell Longwood, FL Geralddarnell@msn.com http://carsonreno.wix.com/carson A Florida native, Gerald grew up and attend…
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Gerald Darnell writing contest

Keddy Marshall

Keddy Marshall is 46 years old and has three grown children. She was born and raised on a farm in Illinois before moving to Northern Wisconsin in 1997. Prior to committing to writing, she has been a waitress, a cook and an…
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Keddy Marshall writing contest

Tegon Maus

Dearheart, my wife of forty three years and I live in Cherry Valley, a little town of 8,200 in Southern California. Everyone that writes, everyone who tells you how to write, all say the same thing... Write about what you…
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Tegon Maus writing contest

Trevor Ogden

My name's Trevor, I'm 21 years old and I've lived in Vermont my whole life. I figured out how to fly when I was four, but unfortunately I couldn't figure out how to land and the result was a broken foot. I guess that's the…
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Trevor Ogden writing contest

Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson is the editor of the weekly literary magazine Wild Violet (http://www.wildviolet.net) and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry, keeps an online journal, and is working on a book,…
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Alyce Wilson writing contest

King-Galaxius

King-Galaxius Riggoletto-Vladmir Stravinsky, was born in the year 1975 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Her "creative juices" have been flowing since the tender age of five, when an aunt of hers, who was five years her senior constantly…
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King-Galaxius writing contest

Sharon Evans

Sharon Evans is an author, entertainer, and a writer/producer of variety shows. A native of Los Angeles, California, where she currently resides, Miss Evans has been a fan of detective fiction in film, television, and in…
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Sharon Evans writing contest

Charles Siefken

Charles Siefken is a recent graduate of high school. he is working as a service tech at a local store. He currently resides in rural central Iowa where he enjoys reading sci/fi books and playing video games among other things.…
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Charles Siefken writing contest

Nikhil Dhingra

I have loved writing for as long as I can remember. I have always loved to write and read, and have published many stories as a child. I like to do other tasks as well like hang out with friends and play basketball. I am hoping…
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Nikhil Dhingra writing contest

Kris Noel

I'm 24. I'm a writer and a film enthusiast. I'm very awkward and proud of it. You can follow my writing blog at krisnoel.com!
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Kris Noel writing contest

Alex LP Monroe

Writing has always been a passion of mine. Originally born and raised in Hartford, I was an only child for nine years and in those years I grew to have a very vivid and expressive imagination. So it was at a young age that I…
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Alex LP Monroe writing contest

Annette Taylor

I live in Portsmouth, Virginia and have been writing since 1985. My work has appeared in The Funny Paper, The Ultimate Writer, and Conceit Magazine and an upcoming one to published by Art Times in 2013. Two of my short storie…
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Annette Taylor writing contest

Miranda Leerholm

Miranda has a passion to write, not only writing stories but to share Christ with the broken and lost. She currently lives in Canada and enjoys the time to be with family. If she's not writing, you can find her spending time…
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Vanessa Carrera

Bachelor in Social Work from the University of Zaragoza. External practices conducted in the Fundación Ramón Rey Ardid in the Department of Development and Communication. (2006-2009) Master of Advanced Studies in Art History…
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Vanessa Carrera writing contest

Zack Truelson

Zack Truelson is a midwestern student pursuing a degree in psychology at Augustana College. He enjoys writing of all kinds, from political polemics to limerick battles. When not dealing with text, he participates in theatre…
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Zack Truelson writing contest

Bethany Bouchard

I am currently a sophmore at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. My major is English and History and I hope to be a journalist some day. I am 19 years old. I have been writing since I was in 6th grade.
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Bethany Bouchard writing contest
DECEMBER 18th 2012
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America's Next Author is the first social writing contest. Friends, family, fans and publishing industry experts will read authors' submissions and nominate their favorite to be America's next major author. Everyone can participate!