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Friday, September 21, 2012

Could You Be America's Next Author?

America's Next Author is a major new writing contest that has just opened for entries.

It's free to enter and there is a $5000 grand prize. And the good news is that you don't have to live in the US or be an American citizen to enter - the contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

The contest is organized by veteran eBook retailer, reseller of eBooks from some of the world's biggest publishers such as Random House, Simon & Schuster, and MacMillan.

America's Next Author describes itself as "the first social writing contest". In the email I received about it, they say:'s built around a very unique concept: all contest entries will be visible to the public and the winner will be chosen by voters and our panel of judges. Readers will be able to comment on stories, give feedback to authors, and vote for their favorites. This gives authors a great opportunity to get feedback on their work and build an online following. It's also much more fun and exciting because in regular writing contests, only the winning stories are shown and nobody else ever finds out why they didn't win.
The competition will have eight nomination rounds. Each week, the top-ranked author will be nominated for the finals. And even if a story isn't nominated, it will remain in the contest and have another chance to be nominated each week. During this process, authors can increase their chances of winning by getting everyone they know to vote for their story.

In addition to being read by the public, the contest entries will be judged by a panel of experienced professionals from the publishing industry. These judges will read entries and provide feedback to authors. They will also nominate four additional wildcard authors, adding them into the final rounds of the competition.
The first deadline for the contest is October 9th. Enter your story by this date so you have the most opportunities to be nominated, because even if your story isn't nominated one week, you get another chance each week of the competition. You can enter a story any time until November 27th, but for the reason stated it's best to enter as early as possible.

Stories must be between 2500 and 5000 words. They must be written in English, be original, and not be previously published. All fiction genres are accepted, but no poetry or nonfiction.

For more information, and to sign up, see the contest website at

Good luck, and I hope you really are America's Next Author!

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Anonymous David Writer said...

This is like "The Next Star". My daughter auditioned for that, and will probably do so again next year. For writers, it is an awesome way to get recognition.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, David. The competition looks as though it should be fun as well.

2:38 PM  

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