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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

Andrew Nast

As I'm sure is common for writers, I've been writing since I was a child. I began with a story focused on my family's dog as he was abducted by aliens, then returned to earth. Later in life I tried writing stories focused…
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Andrew Nast writing contest

bayu

live in ubud Bali, he is still young and playboy
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bayu writing contest

Yvonne J. Salvatierra

I'm a purveyor of justice by day and an aspiring writer by night. Laugh a lot, love with abandon, and hope to meet the love of my life, in this lifetime. -I'm also sarcastic and quite funny. I published my first short story…
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Yvonne J. Salvatierra writing contest

Danielle Beach

Danielle Beach graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Degree in Education. She has been writing for 17 years.
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Danielle Beach writing contest

Stephen DeVries

I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. I have lived in California for about 24 years now, but still feel like a midwesterner. Writing has been a hobby of mine since high school, but has become a passion over the last five…
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Stephen DeVries writing contest

Owlgirl

I thought of the things That made me me And it all came rushing Tearing through my soul It shook me, it broke I awake with the feeling That I'm still unsure But I'm here I'm real And I breathe in…
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Owlgirl writing contest

Antonio Alexander

I am a current resident of Wisconsin. Recieved my master of science in manufacturing engineering and a double masters in workforce education and development from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. For over a decade I…
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Antonio Alexander writing contest

incitetowrite

I am a proud wife to a wonderful, hard-working husband and the mother of 3 amazing boys. I teach middle school Language Arts and am currently pursuing an MSA at A&T State University. Based on a couple of the reviews I've…
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incitetowrite writing contest

Efreet P. Balarama

Born in year of wood-rabbit, 1975, a third-decan Scorpio by western approximations, also 13-Oc in the Mayan Long-Count glyphs, He is In-La'Kech. He is of Irish & Native American descent. Raised in a Navy family, moved regular…
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Kemp Sabourin

Hey my name is Kemp. I am a struggling writer from a small hole in the wall town in Pennsylvania. I love to completely surround people in my words when I write. I am very descriptive and like to paint the scene for even the…
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Kemp Sabourin writing contest

Joseph Olafson

My name is Joseph Olafson, I love writing. Writing allows you to not only see what is on your mind. It also allows you to create a new life. Writing is the artistic beauty of our imagination and feelings.
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Joseph Olafson writing contest

Kim Baetz

I can write stories and poetry all day, but I never know what to put in these boxes.
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Kim Baetz writing contest

Elle John

I live in East Texas. I love art, poetry, music, and creative writing. I like creativity and originality.
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Elle John writing contest

Leanne Herrera

Leanne was born in Salinas California, but has lived all over the world. She is a wife and mother to three daughters and received her BFA in 2010 from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Ceramic Sculpture. She hopes to…
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Leanne Herrera writing contest

Tammy A Evans

I'm a native Arkansan, born and bred in the middle of Hog Country. I've been married to my best friend for more than half of my life, and have three grown children. "The Sun and The Star" is my first attempt at a bedtime…
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Tammy A Evans writing contest

ROBERT WARD GILMORE

I am 56 years old and I work as a data manager in the juvenile prison system in Ohio.
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ROBERT WARD GILMORE writing contest

Michael Allen Pearson

I am a writer and entrepreneur. My business background includes selling everything from newspapers to construction projects to mortgages and more. I have founded or co-founded three different start ups. Two of those…
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Michael Allen Pearson writing contest

helix88

I lived in Zimbabwe and moved to Botswan. I enjy reading, writing, singing, acting, golf, soccer (football), tennis, hockey and athletics.
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helix88 writing contest

Alli Englehart

I am 20 years old and an English Major at Virginia Commonwealth University. I have been writing since I was 12. I find inspiration in every experience, emotion, and setting. My favorite thing about writing is having the freedom…
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Alli Englehart writing contest

Dave Hill, Jr

Dave has been writing for as long as he can remember. He is an active member of an online writer's workshop where he is reshaping years of documentary style reporting into narrative fiction. So far it's going really well. He…
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Dave Hill, Jr writing contest
DECEMBER 18th 2012
The winner of America's Next Author 2012 has been announced! [...]
DECEMBER 7th 2012
Questions and answers about the Battle Round. [...]
Goodbye For Now!
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I won't be America's Next Author this year, but maybe next year ... [...]
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!