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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

BlueMalibu

I live in a small town on western Vancouver Island and enjoy writing.
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BlueMalibu writing contest

Emma Chant

Emma Chant has lived in Tokyo, Istanbul and New York.
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Emma Chant writing contest

Alice Kline

Alice Kline is a retired stay at home mother living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Now that her three sons are grown and left the nest, she has decided to dust off her writing folder and share it with the world. ~~~~~…
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Alice Kline writing contest

Chris Acosta

I am a 42 year-old personal trainer living in West Sacramento, CA. I specialize in validating all things mundane, beginning with myself.
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Chris Acosta writing contest

Chelsea Hicks Bryan

Chelsea Hicks Bryan is a literary non-fiction and short story writer who's written for Gadfly Online, Glass Comma Garden at the University of Virginia, newspapers, regional magazines and sports magazines. While at the Universit…
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Chelsea Hicks Bryan writing contest

Hannah Freedman

Hannah Freedman is a New Mexico native who is now exploring the wonders of DC as an English Major at The George Washington University. She is known for getting lost in her thoughts and telling stories. Hannah is an avid…
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Hannah Freedman writing contest

Eric Tallberg

Lived a typically American life, went to school, served in the Navy, worked, retired. Married and divorced, father of three. Now partnered with a fine lady, reveling in a life of leisure, thus . . . I write.
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Lisa Rose

Since the age of five, when my big sister taught me to read, I have had the desire to become a writer. But, to help with family obligations, I unfortunately had to drop out of highschool at eighteen. I returned four years…
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Lisa Rose writing contest

Jolono

Writer of short stories and novels. Have two books finished and hope to publish next year.
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Jolono writing contest

John Franey

My name is John. From very early on my head has been full of ideas, and the only way I've ever thought of getting them out was on paper. So I'm a writer. But really, I'm a communicator.
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John Franey writing contest

Brutus

I served for a long time in the military. There have been some good times and bad. I wrote this story to reflect those that came before me. This story reflects all of us. We all have our demons. Some just hide them…
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Brutus writing contest

Jeff West

Jeff West is a graduate student at California State University Northridge studying English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. A West coast native, born in Seattle and located in Southern California, Jeff enjoys adventures…
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Jeff West writing contest

Kellie Holway

Kellie Holway is from North Brookfield, Massachusetts where she started writing stories at a young age. She has lived in many places in the US as well as in Japan. In her ten years living overseas, Japanese culture proved to…
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Kellie Holway writing contest

Plutokaiser

Polite, thoughtful, and relentless are the three things that compass my actions. I like to write on society/ politics/economics. Life hasn't been easy, but trial and tribulation yields character.
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Plutokaiser writing contest

Jeffrey Bolden

I really hate doing biographies, but whatever. Listen, if you met me you'd love me. I'm a Scorpio born in 1987 in San Diego, CA. Spent all my life on a nationwide tour because I'm a rockstar and my mom was in the Navy. I've…
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Jeffrey Bolden writing contest

S.D. Rasheed

I'm an aspiring writer eagerly learning the tricks of the trade. Over the Summer I've published a handful of novellas and short stories that can be found on Amazon.com with more still to come.
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S.D. Rasheed writing contest

E P Kent

I've been writing since a very young age, though it took me many years to realize it was my passion. I'm 18 years old and currently writing my second novel. It's never been about the money for me and it never will, I just hope…
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E P Kent writing contest

Steven Fox, Jr.

I was born in Iowa, have lived in Iowa, and will, more than likely, die in Iowa. Stories have always been a part of my life. Whether I'm writing or playing guitar or whatever, stories somehow manage to sneak their way…
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Steven Fox, Jr. writing contest

Bigby Wolf

I'm 42 years old, live with my g/f and our two cats. I work for the William George Agency as a Residential Counselor.
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Bigby Wolf writing contest

unobtrusivescribe

Years of reading and leaving story ideas on every inch of free space on paper, I have finally come up with mystery/conspiracy- suspenseful story. Putting my thoughts on paper (on the computer), really helped me grow as an…
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unobtrusivescribe 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 ... [...]
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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!