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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

Funnyhair

I love Sci Fi and crime novels. In my spare time I act and go Job hunting. I also love to write, and watch TV. I may be a nerd but I do like sports, my Favorite teams are the New york Giants, and the New York Jets.
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AmyBeth Inverness

A writer by birth, A redhead by choice, and an outcast of Colorado by temporary necessity. AmyBeth is a writer of SciFi and romance. She has two short stories coming out this year, and several novels hopefully to…
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AmyBeth Inverness writing contest

Phyllis Burton

I am the writer of two published books: PAPER DREAMS and A PASSING STORM (See my website: http://www.phyllisburton.com), many short stories, three one-act plays and a few poems. I live in the county of Surrey in southern…
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Phyllis Burton writing contest

DA Kelley

Every since I learned to read & write, it has been a passion and a love of mine. I want to tell stories that the world can read & love.
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Jessica Hauser

Have you ever met that one girl that simply refused to do things the right way and the easy way? Or how about that girl, that no matter how many times she was knocked down, she still got up? How about that mother or wife who…
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Jessica Hauser writing contest

Barbara Glover

I'm 23, christian and an avid reader. Writing is my hobby and a reflection of my thought patterns. My style of writing is what I call reality fiction. Its fiction because its never happened, but its reality because it reflects…
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Barbara Glover writing contest

Brannon Charles

Brannon Charles is studying for his Bachelors degree in English in the Pacific Northwest. He writes within all genres with a current emphasis on screenwriting. At the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival he received the…
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Brannon Charles writing contest

Christine Sutton

I am a thriller/horror fiction author from Central California. At 37 years old, I have begrudgingly abandoned my dreams of becoming a billionaire rock star. I have decided to do what I love and love what I do. I work as a…
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Christine Sutton writing contest

JennaDanielle

I'm a 25 year old writer from Calgary, Canada! I love to read, write, drink tea, and snuggle my dogs. My favourite writer is Libba Bray.
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JennaDanielle writing contest

Nefermeta

Professional storyteller Almeta Whitis lives in Rochester, NY spending more time these days writing stories than telling them. For over thirty years, she has traveled the world researching connections between ancient and contem…
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Nefermeta writing contest

Gabi Becker

I first began writing stories when I was in 2nd grade, and discovered that books came from actual people and didn't just magically appear on the shelves. I am currently a student at the University of Idaho studying Creative…
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Gabi Becker writing contest

Knikki Cinocco

A lifelong ski-bum living on the fringes of the wilderness in the coast Mountains of Alaska. A mother of two beautiful girls, blessed to be raising them in this remote and wondrous world.
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Knikki Cinocco writing contest

Oron Gilmore

A recent college graduate, Oron Gilmore currently lives in a small town in Idaho, where he spends his time playing videogames, reading books, and generally looking for the best story he can find, and occasionally tries to make…
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Whoa!Susannah

I am a freelance writer, humor blogger, mother of two and wife of one. I once got a fortune cookie that said "You have a way with words and should write a book." I followed the cookie's advice, and I'm currently working on a…
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Whoa!Susannah writing contest

DINA

I was born in Miami, Florida. I am a proud graduate of North Miami Senior High School, home of the Pioneers. It was during my years at this school that I discovered my talent for writing. This talent quickly became a passion…
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SalSal

I am trained as a barrister and work in Change Management in the Financial Sector, but I have written for as long as I remember. I love the feeling of stringing words together to create a literary piece that will evoke emotion…
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Ira Rubinson

I Graduated Chatsworth High in 1975. I then spent six years on grounds crew and building maintenance staff at Pepperdine University in Malibu during which time I took up surfing. I left Pepperdine in 1983 to go back to college…
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Ira Rubinson writing contest

Mike Gasaway

An over 20 year veteran in the animation field, Mike Gasaway is an award winning director with over 6 years of directing/producing experience, specializing in computer animation. He’s directed on three award winning shows…
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Mike Gasaway writing contest

A.C. Degnats

Alec Degnats is a graduate of the University of North Florida where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in Music performance and Philosophy. His philosophical interests include those in aesthetics, ethics, language, and music. Recentl…
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A.C. Degnats writing contest

Odah

African child, passionate about writing. I try to Live one day at a time
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Odah 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!