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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

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

ErikGustafson

I spent 20 years serving in the United States Air Force, and have lived all over the world, including Iceland, Germany, and in a tent for a year in Saudi Arabia. Always an artist at heart, I produced many paintings…
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ErikGustafson writing contest

Rachael Makowski

From California to Wyoming, Oklahoma to Colorado, I've lived and experienced many different lifestyles. I am in love with my best friend, I am more of a dog person, and I enjoy any and all forms of physical activity. I have…
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Rachael Makowski writing contest

Ann Mason

Aspiring writer. Attorney. Someone who can't write anything coherent about herself, other than the above. Oh, and I live in suburbia with my nice normal family. Where else would I get such creepy story ideas?
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Ann Mason writing contest

Nora Faust

The author finds herself best described in terse terms. Christ-follower, writer, dreamer. Someday she hopes to publish novels, with the end result of the stories glorifying God. However, the author despises the stigma…
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Nora Faust writing contest

pen2paper

I was born and raised and still live in Alabama. I am an unemployed wanna be writer who makes pony plushies in my spare time. I also like to crochet.
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pen2paper writing contest

D. S. Laboure

Hello my name is Diane Labouré I live in a small village in the East of England in the UK. I am married to a wonderful man called Jacques and I have three lovely daughters and 7 wonderful grandchildren. I gained my qualificatio…
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D. S. Laboure writing contest

Kristina Howells

Kristina Howells is published author and poet. She currently live in Calais in France, she is a British expat. She has written non-fiction and fiction works. Her works include: A Hatter goes Mad Te Deum Una…
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Kristina Howells writing contest

Benjamin Cheah

I'm an independent writer based in Singapore. I've written 3 stories for my Michael Chang mystic thriller series, and I'm working on other tales. My reading preferences lie mainly in urban fantasy, thrillers, and science fictio…
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Benjamin Cheah 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

Margaret Alice

My great aunt, Margaret Alice, inspired my mother to read everyday. Following in the footsteps of her aunt, my mother has instilled within me the same love of reading and writing Margaret Alice gave her. I am writing under the…
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Margaret Alice writing contest

Teresa Garcia

Teresa wanted to be an author, artist, college professor, and volcanologist since she was two (growing up close to several volcanoes probably contributed to that). She kept English class interesting by using vocabulary assignme…
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Teresa Garcia writing contest

Scott Middlemist

This story was inspired by the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their scars of sacrifice. While writing it, I leaned on my experience as a former infantry officer and current English teacher.
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Scott Middlemist writing contest

Kai Jarvis

I'm originally from Hawaii. Just moved to Portland a few years back. This story was a work of inspiration. I really enjoyed the process, and I hope you enjoy it's fruits.
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Kai Jarvis writing contest

Sierra Fran

Hello world!! My name is Ashley and I am from Connecticut. i spend most of my time working two jobs or bonding with my sisters and family. The type of work I do can be highly stressful. I am a counselor for one job and a job…
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Sierra Fran writing contest

Andy Freedman

I am a writer. I have written Shortstories, Screenplays, and songs. While I unfortunately haven't sold a screenplay, song, or the great American Novel yet. I was a Quarterfinalist in the Scriptapalooza Reality TV writing catego…
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Andy Freedman writing contest

Malia Adal Wakanda

Malia lives in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys nature and outdoor activities. She is known for her animal rescue work and applies her carpentry skills to creating safe habitats. Her story "Missy" was inspired by the antics of…
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Malia Adal Wakanda writing contest

donnieg

During the day i'm a one man IT depart for 8 clinics nestled in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and at night i'm a fledgling writer. I have written several short stories and two books of poetry. I currently have one novel…
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donnieg writing contest

RobR

The creator of soaring heights attained and insurmountable obstacles overcome, villains vanquished and heroes raised--jokes told and jabs made. Just another day in the life of... your typical storyteller
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RobR 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. [...]
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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!