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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

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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Heidi Angell

Biography Heidi Angell has been passionate about writing since she "published" her first book in her first grade class! She has written thousands of short stories, plays, books and poems. Her first published e-book is Creati…
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Heidi Angell writing contest

R. Morrow Little

Writer in progress.. studied at Oberlin College before leaving on a soul's sojourn, travelling the Americas teaching English as a second language before returning to study media arts now on Hilo side of The Big Island in Hawaii…
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R. Morrow Little writing contest

Tracey Joseph

I began my writing journey during the summer of my eighteenth birthday. Around that time, I had no idea what I wanted to do career wise and wanted to give writing a shot. I ended up falling in love with it after writing 30,000…
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Tracey Joseph writing contest

Doward Stevens

I am a single father who likes to write as a hobby. I love horror and suspense thrillers with unexpected twists. I live in Ohio with my daughter Melody. I am trying to gather enough of my short stories to compile a book for…
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Doward Stevens writing contest

Paul A. Barron

Paul A. Barron lives in Co Wexford, the sunny south east of Ireland. He has recently completed a Creative Writing diploma with the Open University and as a result decided to publish his work on Amazon. One of his short…
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Christine DeFalco

Christine DeFalco currently lives in South Jersey with her husband and puppy. When she is not spending time with family and friends, she is busy reading, crocheting, and enjoying the outdoors. Christine's heart thrives for…
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Christine DeFalco writing contest

Peter Lahanas

My perspective on life changed after my recent near death experience, I left my average job with the full support of my family to pursue my love for the written word. In my original bio, I mentioned lack of education in regards…
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Peter Lahanas writing contest

Katesa Wesche

I am a poet preparing my first publication. Raised 3 beautiful daughters I turned myself around a few years ago to achieve new goals. Now I inspire young people from around the world to face their own challenges,…
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Katesa Wesche writing contest

Hannah Onoguwe

Hannah Onoguwe lives and works in Jos, Nigeria, the setting of her fondest childhood memories. One of her short stories has been published by Adanna Literary Magazine. She loves to travel, watch romantic comedies and try new…
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Hannah Onoguwe writing contest

A. Jarrell Hayes

A. Jarrell Hayes is a poet and fiction writer. He has independently published over a dozen books of poetry, fantasy, and fiction. His writing has appeared in over twenty publications. He invites you to visit his website www.ajh…
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A. Jarrell Hayes writing contest

Darlene Elizabeth Williams

Darlene is a historical fiction author and reviewer. She operates the popular Darlene Elizabeth Williams HF Reviews. Sometimes, Darlene will be sidetracked into a contemporary story - as in this case! Several of…
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Darlene Elizabeth Williams writing contest

Katherine Diamond

There is one thing that I learned from a video interview of Ray Bradbury, that you should write with joy, and have fun while doing it, thus you can send the same feeling towards the reader. Here is a little bit about me : I…
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Katherine Diamond writing contest

Eamon Rhude

A US Army veteran, Eamon Rhude spends his time writing, painting, and enjoying life with his wife Kara and their three kids Lili, Ian, and Izzy. After serving in the infantry and Rangers for sixteen years he strives to put his…
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Eamon Rhude writing contest

Snow Queen

Ch’kara SilverWolf lives in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges in Victoria, Australia with her ever-patient partner and two beautiful Maine Coon cats. She travelled around the world in her early twenties worked in the film…
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Snow Queen writing contest

Heather Crews

My name is Heather and I live in Las Vegas with my husband and son. We're expecting twins in December. We have a cat and a dog. I am not a dog person. I have popcorn for dinner at least once a week.
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Heather Crews writing contest

leahe

I found my love for writing as a child. I would read various books and go on diverse adventures. My sister and I would spend countless hours making up stories, and putting them down on paper to see which of us had written the…
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Susan Gale Wickes

"Writing scares me. It's like giving people a glimpse into your soul and hoping they like what they see." Susan Gale Wickes is an aspiring author, born and raised in the midwest. She has won awards in song writing and poetry…
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Susan Gale Wickes writing contest

Janie Brown

My life is somewhat of a sitcom. I grew up on Balboa Island, and for those of you who are unfamiliar with this little bit of paradise along the California Coast, it’s between Los Angeles & San Diego. My childhood was slightly…
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Janie Brown writing contest

Y Tracy

Books have always been my personal sanctuary and writers my idols. When you write, no matter what the subject matter, you expose tiny bits of your own psyche. I applaud everyone in this contest for having the courage to do…
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Y Tracy 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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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!