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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

Stacy Kingsley

An award winning author, Stacy has been writing since the age of 9. Her first book was about her favorite subject, her stuffed tiger Jake. Her second book Zombies Are People Too! is the first in a series of 4 zombies based…
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Stacy Kingsley writing contest

S.A. Chun

Born in Hawaii. College in Wisconsin. Teacher in China. Now in Texas.
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S.A. Chun writing contest

Kira Larsen

Kira Larsen's writing focuses on human interactions. She has a deep interest in why people do what they do, how they feel, why they feel that way, and how healing can come. She holds a degree in Creative Writing and attempts…
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Kira Larsen writing contest

Julie Bradley

Julie Bradley has always wanted to make a difference. As a Manager for 20 years she has met a wide range of people. Being involved with a horse recue and always taking in an animal in need, she believes in giving animals a…
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Julie Bradley writing contest

Terry J. Benton

Terry J. Benton grew up in the small town of Sylvania, Georgia. Terry’s true passion lies in books. As an escape from the stresses of the workplace, he would often peruse the aisles of the local Barnes & Noble on his lunch…
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Terry J. Benton writing contest

Renee Sansaricq

I am from Boca Raton, Fl and I am currently an Elementary Education student at Florida Atlantic University. I teach American Kenpo to elementary aged students and have trained in the art for over 12 years. I write short…
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Renee Sansaricq writing contest

Pauline Mac

I’m a middle aged woman (good lord, can’t believe I’m using that term to describe myself!), who took up writing fan fiction about three years ago. In the course of that time I’ve made some wonderful friends from all around our…
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Pauline Mac writing contest

Quasata Leigh

Quasata Leigh grew up between living on her grandparent's farm and on military posts in Germany. This left untold time to herself where she enveloped her life deep in stories; either written or in her imagination. After many…
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Roy Blokker

I was born in the Netherlands in 1950. My parents immigrated to the United States when I was two. I graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1971, married and helped raise four children to adulthood. I…
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Alan D. Harris

Alan D. Harris is a student of gerontology. He writes short stories based upon the oral histories and historical fictions of family and friends. His writing has found kind editors on four continents and has been translated in…
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Mary Clista Dahl

Mary Clista Dahl has been a freelance writer and humorist for more than twenty years. Her work has been published in Reader’s Digest, Wall Street Journal College Journal, National Business Employment Weekly, and the Buffalo…
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Mary Clista Dahl writing contest

~CRK (Penguingirl1210)

I am a young writer trying to find her place in the world. I love writing, editing, and baking.
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~CRK (Penguingirl1210) writing contest

Christopher J. Lloyd

I've been writing all my life and can't get enough of it. My Genre of taste is Urban fantasy, YA fantasy
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Christopher J. Lloyd writing contest

William J. Hammon

I'm just a guy who likes to tell stories. Hopefully people enjoy them. If they do, awesome. If they don't, meh. Name me one writer throughout history that has absolutely universal appeal. Even Shakespeare had people who…
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William J. Hammon writing contest

Colette Butler

Colette is the mother of 4 beautiful daughters and four grandchildren. Recently she's proud of completing her book Bone of His Bone, poetic romance. The book is filled with romance, passion, eroticism, sensuality and the Word…
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Colette Butler writing contest

Savage

Started writing aged six but rarely managed to finish stories. After a stint as an historian, managed to finish articles and even a book. I now find I can finish my stories and even a novel! I like the idea that history…
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Savage writing contest

Cindy Griffin Smith

Cindy Smith grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio and earned her journalism degree from The Ohio State University while working for the Columbus Citizen-Journal. After graduating, Smith moved to Austin, Texas to work in the…
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Cindy Griffin Smith writing contest

Karl Bjorn Erickson

Karl Erickson, who resides in Salem, Oregon with his wife and children, considers himself primarily a fiction author. Tristan's Travels was published by Rafka Press a couple years ago. Kimberly Erickson is its wonderful…
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Karl Bjorn Erickson writing contest

Little Savage

Born in 1964, I was adopted into Sacramento, CA. family. After moving to southern California and starting school in the lovely mountain town of Crestline, my parents separated and we moved back to Sacramento One of the first…
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Little Savage writing contest

Laura Grace

Hi all authors and readers alike! I'd love to welcome you to my little world. I tend to write very teenage oriented stuff which I hope you enjoy.
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Laura Grace writing contest
DECEMBER 18th 2012
The winner of America's Next Author 2012 has been announced! [...]
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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!