America’s Next Author Contest: no fee, win $5000

Today I was going to post a book review but I found something better, a no fee writing contest with a huge prize. On the off chance that I’m not the last to know, I’m posting the following press release with permission and thanks to Karen Bauer, PR and Marketing Manager at, for her quick response. Like eBook Mall, I am also thrilled to announce America’s Next Author Contest.

First Social Writing Contest with Grand Prize of $5,000 for Most Popular New General Fiction Author

PORTLAND, OR [September 13, 2012] — announced the first annual “America’s Next Author” competition, a new competition that’s reinventing the standard writing contest. This contest is the first to involve the general public in judging entries even before the official jury, and authors will get valuable feedback about their writing.
“This is not your average writing contest. In most writing contests, authors are left in the dark without ever knowing what other people entered or why they didn’t win,” said Martijn Leenders, Managing Director of “We wanted to change all that and make our writing contest a transparent and social experience. So instead of being boring and frustrating, America’s Next Author is fun and exciting.”
America’s Next Author is now accepting entries for the world’s first social writing contest. Unlike standard writing contests, the winning story will be chosen based on votes from fans and readers. Entering the contest is free and the Grand Prize is $5000. Contestants can get started today at
The competition will have eight nomination rounds in which the top-ranked author of each week will be nominated for the finals. Authors can join during any week of the competition, but joining sooner will increase their chances of winning. In this open system, even if an author’s story doesn’t get nominated during an initial round, it will remain in the competition until the final nomination round.
In addition to being judged by visitors, stories will be read by a panel of experienced professionals from the publishing industry who will be overseeing the contest. 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 competition.
“Getting feedback from the judges and readers will be a great learning opportunity for new authors. On top of that, while contestants are gathering votes online they will also be creating worldwide exposure for themselves, which will be a career boost whether they make it to the finals or not,” said Leenders.
As in all writing contests, well-written, engaging stories are essential, but America’s Next Author is different in one important way: contestants can influence their chances of winning by mobilizing their fans online. Encouraging friends and family to vote will be crucial to an author’s success.
To enter the contest, writers will sign up at
and enter a short story between 2500 and 5000 words. Participants can begin entering stories on September 13, 2012, and voting begins on October 9, 2012. A unique aspect of this contest is that people can join during any state of the competition, which gives authors plenty of opportunity to participate in America’s Next Author even if they’ve missed the first deadline.
To see the complete official rules for America’s Next Author, please visit or click on the logo below:

America’s Next Author is being organized by veteran eBook retailer, reseller of eBooks from the world’s biggest publishers such as Random House, Simon & Schuster, and MacMillan. eBookMall has been a leader in eBooks since 1999 and sells digital books in the popular PDF and ePub formats that can be read on Windows and Mac computers, Android tablets, dedicated eReaders, and mobile phones.
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Thanks for visiting and be sure to come back on October 1 for the Fang, Fur, and Fey Giveaway hop. Please leave a comment and tell me whether you think you’ll enter this writing contest. I might want to vote for your story! 

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  1. Sounds like a great opportunity. I plan on submitting something. How about you?

  2. Hey, Suzanne, I think your stories are so good I wouldn’t stand a chance. Send your link when you submit!

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