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How do I sign up for America's Next Author?
Go to the Sign Up page and enter all required information.

If I already have an eBookMall account, do I need to create a new account for America's Next Author?
No. You can use the email address and password that you use to login to your eBookMall account.

When is the deadline for entries?
Submissions will close November 26th at 8 PM EST.

What kind of story can I enter?
A short story between 2500 and 5000 words. Stories must be written in English, be original, and not previously published. All fiction genres are accepted. No poetry or nonfiction. See the official rules for more details.

I sent in my story but realized it has some errors. What can I do now?
Due to the large amount of submissions, we can not honor reformatting requests unless you've noticed a textual error in your story. For example: typos or a missing sentence or paragraph.

If you have this kind of edit to make, you may email us at [email protected] with the corrected full text of your story and we'll swap it out.

Important notes:

Please send your file as either Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), rich text (.rtf) or plain text (.txt).

We can only update your text once, so make sure that you thoroughly proofread your story. We will not make any textual edits after the story has already been online for a couple weeks, because this could give your story an unfair advantage.

Cosmetic formatting like italics or bold text can not be shown. This is something that we'll take into consideration for next year's contest.

When will my story appear on the website?
New stories are reviewed during the week before the next nomination round begins. Rejections usually go out sooner than acceptances. Acceptances start the day before the next round starts and continue into the first day of the next round, depending on how many stories have to be processed. Each new round starts on Tuesday.

I would like to send you an author photo or change my current author photo.
Login to your eBookMall account and click on the "My Author Page" tab. You can upload a new photo, update your author bio, and enter your Facebook and Twitter information.

Note: You won't see the "My Author Page" tab until your story has been reviewed and accepted into the contest. You will get an email notifying you when your story has been accepted or rejected.

How can I edit my author bio?
Login to your eBookMall account and click on the "My Author Page" tab. You can upload a new photo, update your author bio, and enter your Facebook and Twitter information.

Note: You won't see the "My Author Page" tab until your story has been reviewed and accepted into the contest. You will get an email notifying you when your story has been accepted or rejected.

What is going to appear on my Author Page?
Your name or pen name.
Your author photo (or avatar/illustration if you've chosen to upload one of those instead).
The full text of your story.
The summary of your story.
Your author biography.

How are the Author Rankings calculated?
America's Next Author uses an Author Ranking system that calculates each author's position based on a large number of different factors. These include social media activity, reviews, and votes cast on each author's page. See this news article for an outline of how the system works and answers to common questions.

What can I do with my Author Page?
Your Author Page gives you an opportunity to share your story with the world and gain exposure for yourself as an author. You should use it to represent yourself in the best way possible. Many people will be reading the stories at America's Next Author, including agents and representatives from publishers. You can add a banner, author photo, autho bio, YouTube video, and answer author interview questions.

What are the publication rights that you require?
By submitting a story you grant eBookMall publication rights to your entry during the contest and 12 months after the completion of the contest. The rights are worldwide, non-exclusive and limited to electronic publications. Read the full official rules for more details.

Why do I have to grant America's Next Author the publication rights to my story?
Entering a story in America's Next Author means that your story will be published. The unique nature of this contest is that all stories can be read on the contest website, and they will also be made available as PDF ebooks. This allows visitors to read the stories and vote for their favorite. Without publication, there wouldn't be a contest!

We'd like to stress that this is a non-exclusive agreement, so you can still publish your story elsewhere. And we do not have any intention of using your story in ways that are not connected to this contest.

Why would I submit a story that I could sell elsewhere?
If you're a successful author, this might not be the thing for you. Having said that, we've already seen some established writers amongst the contestants so far. America's Next Author is about getting exposure and getting direct feedback from your readers. It's a different, fun way of participating in a writing contest. For those willing to take the risk, there might be great returns!

How many stories can I enter?
One story may be entered per person.

What are the prizes?
Grand Prize: $5,000 and support in getting a book published
First Prize: $500
Second Prize $500

I've entered a story but I don't see where it's displayed.
Your story is included on your author page. There are now three reading options:

1. Download: This is a blue button in the center of the page that allows you to download a PDF of the story.
2. Send to iPad: This is next to the Download button and lets you use Readmill to send the story straight to your iPad.
3. Read Online: There is a link below the story description that says "READ THIS STORY ONLINE". Clicking this link displays the story in your browser.

If you don't see any of these options, it usually helps to refresh the page.

What are the official rules?
The full official rules can be seen here.

Is the contest open to people who don't live in the United States?
Yes! Even if you're not American or don't live in the US, you can still enter.

What are "nomination rounds"?
Every week, stories will be ranked based on a unique combination of factors, including votes from the public and activity on social media like Facebook and Twitter. The highest ranked story each week will be nominated for the finals. All stories remain in the competition during all nomination rounds, so they have another chance to be nominated each week.

Are you doing anything to prevent voting fraud?
Yes. Security is in place that will prevent visitors from voting multiple times. We will not accept votes intended to subvert the voting process or those generated by script, macro, or other automated means. Finalists are prohibited from obtaining votes by any fraudulent means, including offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public.

This sounds like it's just a popularity contest. What if I can't get people to vote for my story?
Our panel of judges will be reading all entries and choosing four wild cards that will be sent straight to the finals. If your story isn't voted through by the public, the judges might still recognize your talent and choose your story as a wild card.

What if someone just enters a bunch of gibberish and then gets a ton of people to vote for it?
We will be pre-screening entries to verify that they comply with our official rules and are real stories. No gibberish will be allowed into the contest.

Have more questions?

For technical support or general questions, email [email protected].

For media inquiries, email [email protected] and please see our Press page for more information.


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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!