Open to all and anyone over 18, not only to US citizen, the “First Social Writing” contest gives you an opportunity to win a grand prize of $5000 for a story of between 2500 and 5000 words.
Running under the name America’s Next Author, it is a major new writing contest that has just opened for entries.
The contest is organized by veteran eBook retailer eBookMall.com, reseller of eBooks from some of the world’s biggest publishers such as Random House, Simon & Schuster, and MacMillan.
Self-defined as “the first social writing contest”, America’s Next Author email stipulates that :
…it’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.
For more information, and to sign up, see the contest website at http://www.ebookmall.com/americasnextauthor.