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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

Marlin Williams

I've had a lot of experience as a free lance writer with many articles on health and fitness for many online publications. I also have experience as a published indie-author with one novel and three short stories.
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Marlin Williams writing contest

T. Lloyd Reilly

T. Lloyd Reilly is a writer with over twenty five years of writing experience. He does not adhere to any specific genre and is often taking journeys into new areas of fiction writing. If there were to be a genre assigned to…
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T. Lloyd Reilly writing contest

Susan Greer

Susan has always loved reading and writing has been a dream for the future. I decided the future had arrived and it was time to give it a try. Like many Americans, I know of great- grandparents that traveled to America…
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Susan Greer writing contest

M. J. Milner

You can see the story of my life in my face. I'm of the opinion that the writing must carry its own weight regardless of my story- or anyone else's. This story has taken on an odd, nice life of its own. I know I'm up against…
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M. J. Milner writing contest

Vanessa

Writing has always been part of my life since I was a little kid. I used writing as a way to be alone with myself. When I write it's like I can make the world anyway I want to, it's like I can make anything happen. Writing is…
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Vanessa writing contest

Angel1

For as long as I could remember, it has always been one of my dreams to become an author of fiction; writing stories for the next generation of dreamers, visionaries, idealists and optimists.
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Angel1 writing contest

Rick Iekel

Rick Iekel - husband, father of four, grandfather of ten, is currently enjoying the benefits of retirement. Though writing was always in his blood, there just wasn’t time. During a 35-year career in aviation as airline agent,…
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Rick Iekel writing contest

ucat42

ucat42 lives in rural Victoria, Australia. Member of the Australian Horror Writers Association.
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ucat42 writing contest

Kate Simon

The youngest of six, married forever and related to half the eastern seaboard and a portion of the Great Northwest. Storytelling is a big part of my Irish DNA. I started writing at forty as a way to get all these storie…
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Kate Simon writing contest

Holly Riordan

I'm a nineteen-year-old aspiring writer who wants nothing more than to have my work read and enjoyed.
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Holly Riordan writing contest

DouglasM

Douglas has written hundreds of sports related articles for SBNation, one fastest growing sports information sources on the Web. He also started the UBER blog – The Novel Road. Growing from only a few hits a month to hundreds…
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DouglasM writing contest

S. E. Cates

Words are whispers in my wandering mind. You can ask a thousand questions, and I'll tell you a rhyme. Wishes are blue jays that beg on the wind. These fables that haunt me, their wings growing thin, Are ready to fall…
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S. E. Cates writing contest

A. M. Kennedy

I could start out by saying I'm a 21-year-old student living in British Columbia, Canada who has been an aspiring novelist ever since grade three with the completion of "The Fairies Big Search" but that would be too easy.…
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A. M. Kennedy writing contest

Dame LeClair

Raised in a Cherokee family, around a kitchen table endless mythologies were rooted by family raconteurs in my early childhood. They fueled my youthful imagination as I marveled about the delicious tales life would color…
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Dame LeClair writing contest

The Wizard

Born and raised in the armpit of the states, Timothy Ryan Scully: aka the Wizard, has been writing novels and short stories since he was 14. While as of yet unpublished, this is due more to a lack of diligence then anything…
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The Wizard writing contest

Kim Logan

-Currently working as an Alpharetta Christian Living Examiner in the Religion and Christianity section for the Atlanta, Georgia-based Examiner.com writing articles up to 500 words. -VIP Membership Feb. 2010 Cambridge Who's…
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Kim Logan writing contest

Shalanna Collins

Denise Weeks (Shalanna Collins), a lifelong writer from Dallas, Texas, has been writing since she could hold a crayon. Like many homegrown Texas humorists, she is not funny. Novelist, pianist, belly dancer, baton twirler…
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Shalanna Collins writing contest

Telesphorian

Ryan's publications include a collection of comedy sketches by Meriwether Publishing, and various other skits for Brand X Comedy, a university performance troupe. He has a BS degree in Youth Leadership and is a member of SCBWI.
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Telesphorian writing contest

Tina Morris

Born and raised in Western New York, Tina graduated from SUNY Brockport in 2007 where she studied English/Creative Writing. Since then she has been gaining life experience, as an Army wife, while traveling with her husband,…
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Tina Morris writing contest

Dave Cassenti

I am a Math teacher and Learning Skills Specialist at Watkinson School in Hartford, CT. I have been a teacher for the past 12 years and have taught all sorts of weird and unusual subjects. I have had the chance to go to…
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Dave Cassenti writing contest
DECEMBER 18th 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!