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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

Rose Burke

Twenty-six year old avid reader, writer, artist… always seeking new adventures and inspiration…can never decide when a piece is complete…usually writes erotica...overuses the word ‘cock’. www.roseburke.com
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Rose Burke writing contest

Shelby Wolfinger

I have loved to write my whole life, but I am just now becoming serious about it. I have not published anything yet, but I hope to have a book published soon.
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Shelby Wolfinger writing contest

Cory Wilson

Cory Wilson was born and raised in West Texas. He now lives and works in Omaha with his beautiful wife and amazing little boys. He has always loved to tell a good story but has only recently began to punch them out on a keyboar…
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Cory Wilson writing contest

Elantil

Aspiring game writer spending her spare time writing asinine flash fictions, the occasional game reviews and the even rarer short stories.
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Elantil writing contest

Fred Ruark

Born in Baltimore. I am retired, four times over, and spend my time now researching and writing a historical novel set in 17th century Ireland. I enjoy listening to and playing Celtic music. I have been happily married for 55…
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Fred Ruark writing contest

Kris Piano

I'm a mom of a toddler, an avid reader and bibliophile, and a wannabe author. I live in the US and write in what little spare time I can find.
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Kris Piano writing contest

Kendra Ayers

My name is Kendra and I want to be America's Next Author. Whether it is through this contest or other avenues, I won't quit until I become a published author. Dreams are great to talk about but I am making mine happen. Thank…
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Kendra Ayers writing contest

Audrey Semprun

Audrey Semprun lives in the heart of Prescott, Arizona with her husband and the youngest of her six children. This Short Story titled: Character Chat explores dialog; using personal narration and a chat with her characte…
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Audrey Semprun writing contest

Anne Monique

Reading and telling stories has been one of my main passions since childhood, and in 2003 I took a writing course with the Institute of Children's Literature. 'Unhappy Mary' popped into my mind one morning while I was getting…
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Anne Monique writing contest

Richard Mercado Jr

I'm Richard, I'm 19 and I was born in Brentwood, New York where I still live. I never really did write before till my English teacher in my Senor year of high school said that my creative writing skills were the best he has…
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Richard Mercado Jr writing contest

Andre`

Brian Andre` Kirton is a 22 year old senior at Marygrove College. Michigan: Majoring in Marketing. I am a blogger and free-lance writer. Originally from Barbados. I am not a very emotional person, but when I write, it's my…
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Andre` writing contest

Anne

Coming of age in the “me” generation, loving oneself was Nirvana. I had a nervous breakdown. ‘Me’ wanted everything. A man, mansion, mini people and lots and lots of money. Those who do, do. Those who don’t, write about…
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Anne writing contest

Joshua Whiteman

Joshua is a self-professed Shadowrun fanatic and Star wars junkie, in addition to being one of the few who also digs Star Trek and won't hate on either. He is of the belief that the art of writing exists to tell the story, not…
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Elly Helcl

Elly Helcl is a stay at home mom who lives in Blaine, Minnesota with her husband, two young daughters and three cats. When she isn’t writing you can usually find her curled up reading a book or cross-stitching. Elly…
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Elly Helcl writing contest

Victoria Riley

I was born and raised in Montana,but have lived in Minnesota most of my adult life. I am married and have 4 children.I discovered the joy of writing when I turned 40 and my daughters became more independent of my constant…
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Victoria Riley writing contest

Wendy Siefken

Currently working full time at a local store as a cashier and from home as a published author with MasterKoda Select Publishing company writing stories. I am a virtual assistant to those in need of an extra pair of hands online…
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Wendy Siefken writing contest

Emma2812

Emma Williams is freelance writer who has previously worked in healthcare. Emma runs and manages her own blog site and has ghost written several factual books. At present Emma is working on her own fiction book.Emma has two…
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Emma2812 writing contest

Skald

I really want to be able to make a living as a writer. I like telling stories and I've done pretty well in competitons I've entered in the past.
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Skald writing contest

Finn

I would like to submit my short story, "End Game." I have won four PEN America prizes for fiction and nonfiction and have published two volumes of poetry. My fiction and nonfiction have appeared in anthologies in the US and…
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Finn writing contest

JulieNoble38

Julie Noble: Writer-Momma Julie has five children and several award-winning pieces of writing. A graduate of Lancaster University in 1990, in 2004 she self-published ‘Talli’s Secret’, a children’s novel about dyspraxia,…
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JulieNoble38 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 ... [...]
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!