America's Next Author background
  • Read our interview with ANA2012 winner Kate Baggott, and learn about the real-life experience that helped her write "Finnegan and Grandfather Cheng."
    Read more »
  • Read our interview with Jen Barton, wildcard nominee and ANA2012 runner up.
    Read more »
  • Read our interview with J.R. Verwey, the Round #8 nominee.
    Read more »
  • Chauncey Mabe, who we can only describe as a straight-shooter, answers our questions about writing, social media, and more.
    Read more »
  • 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!
    Read more »
  • 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.
    Read more »
  • Read our interview with Luke Swanson, the youngest ANA nominee, and find out which book he'd be embarrassed to be seen reading.
    Read more »
  • 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.
    Read more »
  • Read our interview with Lance Burson, who was chosen as the first wildcard nominee. He's funny.
    Read more »
  • 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.
    Read more »
  • 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?
    Read more »
  • Read part two of our interview with jury member Sandy Diaz and learn how to avoid the most common mistakes made by aspiring authors.
    Read more »
  • Read our interview with Round #3 nominee Bellakentuky and learn what writing advice changed his writing style, plus what the name "Bellakentuky" means.
    Read more »
  • Read part two of our interview with jury member Peter McCarthy and learn his advice for authors trying to get published.
    Read more »
  • 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).
    Read more »
  • 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.
    Read more »
  • 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.
    Read more »
  • 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.
    Read more »
  • 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.
    Read more »
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

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.
-
Laura Grace writing contest

William Burgon

William Burgon has just turned the tender age of 31. Ten years ago he imagined that by this time he would be a captain of a sea faring vessel, the bearer of a salty beard and teller of great adventures had upon the high seas.…
-
William Burgon writing contest

Renee Rose

How can i write fiction yet i cant write a bio on myself? Hmmm, lets see, where to start. When i was 4 i stuck a penny in a light socket. The very next day, i stuck a bobby pin in the same socket. Im not the quickest learne…
-
Renee Rose writing contest

Marina Kuten - Ouchi

I graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2011. Ever since my childhood I was fascinated by the imaginary world present in the books. “Devoured” more than many. I have been successfully writing since my…
-
Marina Kuten - Ouchi writing contest

Allison Rott

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. I loved to read as a child, and I have a huge imagination that I want to try to use to write stories.
-
Allison Rott writing contest

Rose Valenta

Rose writes a satirical column called “Skinny Dipping,” which spoofs current events. She believes that in a past life in England, during medieval times, she was a trusted member of the Counsel of the Jesters. She compares the…
-
Rose Valenta writing contest

Carys Jones

I'm 26 and live in Shropshire and have been writing from a young age. Whenever I'm not spending time with my puppy, Rollo, I'm busy writing!
-
Carys Jones writing contest

Aaron Oteze

Masters In Creative writing from the University of Manchester to boot, Novel in the offing (few pages short of being finished) and a passion for the written word, pretty much sums up Aaron's literary world. In other news he is…
-
Aaron Oteze writing contest

Whitney Tolliver

I'm an eighteen year old senior who loves to write. I live in Buena Vista, Colorado and I have two sisters and one brother, all younger than I am. My mother and father are very supportive of my writing and so is my mentor…
-
Whitney Tolliver writing contest

Crystal Bell

I am 21 Years old. I always loved writing and recently realized I wanted to become a Author. i am currently Studying bachelor of law and and Arts in Creative writing. But looking forward to going in communication next year.
-
Crystal Bell writing contest

Sherrill Willis

I am the Author of Ruby Lake, and A Wedding in Ruby Lake. I started reading when I was 3 and my parents encouraged me to start writing soon after. This has been my passion for my entire life. Thank you for your help in making…
-
Sherrill Willis writing contest

Prodigy

My name is Cheyenne, and people say that I have been through a lot in my life, and had to grow up pretty fast. People also say that I am a survivor, a strong person, and the best role model anyone can have. But there is a long…
-
Prodigy writing contest

vaye g.

born: Jackson Mississippi married five childern live in louisiana high school graduate with some collage training. unpublished writer, hobbies, writing, reading, and more writing.
-
vaye g. writing contest

Angelina K. Dees

I cannot recall a time that I didn't like to sit down with a good book or with my paper and pencil. I'm sure the stories I came up with as a child were simplistic and most likely worried my parents, I know they did my teachers.…
-
Angelina K. Dees writing contest

JJ webb

My name is Jenifer and I have lived near the Pittsburgh area my whole life. I have always loved the arts, painting, writing poetry and short stories and feel that each person on this planet has a gift to give to humanity. We…
-
JJ webb writing contest

Rena

I am a classical writer who was born and raised in L.A. Who enjoys bringing charactors to life through fiction and non-fiction , very bealievable stories. I am also a Mother that life has brought love and so many treasures…
-
Rena writing contest

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb is a former journalist turned teacher turned author/blogger. He has his BA in History from the University of Oregon, His MA in Education from Pacific University, and his degree in common sense from being an observe…
-
Chris Plumb writing contest

Summer Beth

Born and raised in Piqua, Ohio, writing has always been a passion for Summer Beth. At a very young age Summer and her twin sister would spend hours writing to see who could come up with the better short story. In fact, talk of…
-
Summer Beth writing contest

Grant Flint

Bio Grant Flint has been published in Story Quarterly, The Nation, The King’s English, Poetry, Weber, The Courtland Review, The Sun, Slow Trains, Northwind, and 37 other print and online journals. He won the memoir prize…
-
Grant Flint writing contest

Chloe JonPaul

About Chloe Her many achievements include: * Three published books since 2003: 2 non-fiction, 1 fiction * Title of Ms. Maryland Senior America…
-
Chloe JonPaul 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!
MYSTERY WRITER (7)
I won't be America's Next Author this year, but maybe next year ... [...]
America's Next Author

#ANA2012 | What Fans Have To Say

About

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!