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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

j gavin allan

J Gavin Allan’s tales profess one agenda. Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Homebound as a child due to illness, loneliness liberated imagination. Poe’s influence can be felt in his work. Membership in…
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M. N. Moore

Meg has been writing since she was a teen. At twenty-five, she has recently published her first short story and is eagerly awaiting the publication of her second, due out in January with Nightscape Press. In addition to her…
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M. N. Moore writing contest

Sheryl J. Dunn

I simply want to write good books that primarily entertain and that make people think about certain aspects of the world in which we live.
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Kara Jorges

Kara Jorges lives in Minnapolis. She is the author of nine self-published romance and romantic suspense novels sold on Amazon.com.
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Kara Jorges writing contest

Peter Brav

PETER BRAV is the author of the plays AFRICAN VIOLET, SOUTH BEACH and GOOD TILL CANCELED and the novels SNEAKING IN and THE OTHER SIDE OF LOSING. He lives with his wife in Princeton, New Jersey.
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Drew Turney

Writer, journalist, designer, vagabond
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Zaziel

Valkyri Ashaqua was born in Queens New York on March 26, 1953. She was the ninth child and third daughter of 15 siblings born to her father a Baptist Minister, and mother,a professional piano artist. Childhood was filled with…
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Zaziel writing contest

Samantha Lynn

I love to write. I hope some day to get my books publish. I love to run. It helps clear my thoughts and think up new ideas for stories and such. I am a person filled with tons of wanderlust and i am a freespirited person.
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R. G. Becerra

I was born in the United States to Mexican parents. I have always lived in Houston. I enjoy traveling whenever I can save up enough money to do so.
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R. G. Becerra writing contest
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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!