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America's Next Author
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.


The Battle Round Has Begun

December 5th, 2012 | Read this news post for an overview of how the Battle Round works.

The Battle Round has begun!

Here's how it works: The fourteen nominees will be randomly paired in seven head-to-head battles. You must carefully consider these two nominees and choose the author with the best story. After you vote on the first pair, you'll be presented with another pair, and another, until you've seen all nominees.

Each author has provided a paragraph of text to tell you why he or she should win. We also want to encourage you to read the authors' stories, even if you're just here to vote for a friend or family member, so you can make the best decision possible. 

You can only go through this voting process once, so make it count! If you complete all seven voting rounds, you can enter to win an iPad. 

A Battle Ranking will be calculated based on your votes. This will be updated daily, and you'll have to be logged in to see it. If you return to the website to check the ranking without being logged in, you'll see a prompt to login. This is because you can't see the current ranking until you've finished voting (otherwise your choices could be influenced unfairly).

At the end of the week, the three authors with the highest score will move on to the Jury Round. Our jury will decide which two of these authors will win $500, and which one will win $5000 and the title America's Next Author.

Start The Battle Now! 

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!
I won't be America's Next Author this year, but maybe next year ... [...]
Like a Criminal
Mystery Writer (6)
We're not all cut out for a life of crime. [...]
Big Breaks and Little Breaks
Mystery Writer (5)
How one Facebook message brought me from frustrated and upset to excited and motivated. [...]
The Future Bestsellers
Mystery Writer (4)
The wild ride continues ... who will be the first wildcard nominee? Will I learn enough about online promotion to get hired for a job in marketing? ;) [...]
Image Is Everything
Mystery Writer (3)
This week I put a lot of effort into improving my ANA author page, and I think it's starting to pay off. [...]
My First Week Experience
Mystery Writer (2)
Voting, reviews, Facebook, Tweets, links ... so busy! [...]
Seven more rounds!
Mystery Writer (1)
When I first got the email notifying me that my story was accepted for America's Next Author, I was really excited and even a little nervous. [...]
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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!