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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

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

Francis Smith

I run my own Healthcare communications Agency. In my spare time I like to write stories that twist and turn, because Life's rarely straight and narrow.
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Francis Smith writing contest

Jellyjar

Retired teacher, self published author of "Captain McGee and the East Point Lighthouse."
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Xuan-Uyen

Xuan-Uyen is the pen name for Jen Tran. You can find more about the author here: www.jentran2020.com
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Xuan-Uyen writing contest

I. Wright

I held my breath, I stanched my heart, and hid my mind, while all the time - I was ready for the world's critique
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I. Wright writing contest

Adam Cross

Former Airman, country boy, all around crazy guy, but mostly writer. My work runs the gambit from 500 word microfiction to 30K novellas. Current plans include an anthology (Ordinary Adventures) which will include a three part…
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Adam Cross writing contest

GoldNMind

I grew up in the small town of Brinkley, Arkansas that had a population of roughly 5,000 people. I have been a teacher since I was 12 years old. I started playing the piano at the age of 6. My skills advanced rather quickly…
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GoldNMind writing contest

Rachel Starr

Rachel Starr Thomson is a homeschool graduate, a dweller in southern Canada, a lover of long walks, good books, and hot tea, and a counter-cultural revolutionary who thinks we’d all be much better off if we pitched our televisi…
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Rachel Starr writing contest

Rosemary McKinley

Rosemary McKinley has had an essay published online by the Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island. Another essay landed her a profile in the November 2006 issues of Money and Fortune Magazines. Several poems have been…
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Rosemary McKinley writing contest

Magdalene Thorne

Hello there! I would like to start off by saying that this is my very first real contest, hence I am very nervous! But I wanted to see how well I write. I don't have too high expectations of myself, but I genuinely believe…
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Magdalene Thorne writing contest

Jess E. Owen

Jess has been creating works of fantasy art and fiction for over a decade, and founded her own publishing company, Five Elements Press, to publish her own works and someday, that of others. This summer she released her debut…
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Jess E. Owen writing contest

Frank D. Wilson

I am a freelance screen and fiction writer as well as aspiring comic book author. I also think I have a pretty good sense of humorous.
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Frank D. Wilson writing contest

EBEEZ

I am a medical doctor by profession. Born in south east Nigeria, I am currently practicing in the capital city of Abuja in Nigeria. My favorite authors are Robin Cook and John Grisham. I also read Scarpetta novels. I love…
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EBEEZ writing contest

Bryan W Oliver

I am from Taylor and I love to write so I do it often. I like to create characters and them put them in bad situations.
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Bryan W Oliver writing contest
December 18th, 2012
The winner of America's Next Author 2012 has been announced! [...]
December 7th, 2012
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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!