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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

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

Charlie Serocold

I am a graduate of English and French - Language and Literature from the University of Manchester, England, UK I am a lawyer, and have a Masters in Business Administration I am a freelance writer based in New York City,…
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Charlie Serocold writing contest

Tina Morris

Born and raised in Western New York, Tina graduated from SUNY Brockport in 2007 where she studied English/Creative Writing. Since then she has been gaining life experience, as an Army wife, while traveling with her husband,…
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Tina Morris writing contest

Nichole

Nichole prefers to roam the realms of imagination rather than dwell in such a silly reality. Stories are what she lives, breaths, and eats (though they don't taste as great as doughnuts). After graduating as a graphic designer…
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Nichole writing contest

Henry

I'd put more here, but the character limit is 100. Not enough room for me. :/
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Henry writing contest

Hanna Kalafarska

Born and raised in a small Polish town called Rybnik. At the age of 18 I set of to experience American dream as an au-pair in Florida, New York and rainy but beautiful Washington. It was just the right time to learn English…
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Vijayshree

A struggling freelance writer, who would love to see, truth, getting published, even, if it is, in the form of fiction. Writes about anything that touches her heart, and believes, that, a story should be both engaging and…
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Vijayshree writing contest

Addai Agyemang

Addai Agyemang is a student who is looking to pursue a career in the two things she loves most: art and writing. She finds the best way to capture the everyday moments of life, both the pivotal and the seeming inconsequential…
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Addai Agyemang writing contest

Erin MacLellan

Erin is a university student with the goal of being a successful writer when she graduates. Her many thanks to those who read and review her story!
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Ross Cavins

Ross Cavins is author of the award-winning and often ridiculed book, "Follow The Money" (you can find it here on EBookMall.com). A self-appointed disciple of Elmore Leonard, he writes from his home in North Carolina where he…
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Ross Cavins writing contest

Robert Walsh

I'm a freelance writer, have been for several years now and I'm currently based in Truro in the UK. I specialise in short fiction and articles on true crime, sporting history, motorsport, military history, general history and…
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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
December 18th, 2012
The winner of America's Next Author 2012 has been announced! [...]
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America's Next Author

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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!