Are You America’s Next Author? If So, Then You Could Win $5,000!
eBookMall is sponsoring America's Next Author, a short story contest modeled on American Idol. Billed as a social writing contest, entries are judged by the general reading public, plus a panel of industry experts.
The rules are pretty simple. Participants must be over 18, stories should be original and between 2,500 and 5,000 words, with no restrictions on genre. No poetry. The winner will receive $5,000, plus help publishing a book. First and second runner up both get $500.
In a statement, eBookMall’s managing director Martijn Leenders said:
“In most writing contests, authors are left in the dark without ever knowing what other people entered or why they didn’t win, and the general public is often left out of the equation all together. This contest will be transparent, a social experience that reveals what real people really want to read.”
I'm not sure who makes up the panel of industry experts (I could very well have missed that, so if anyone sees it, let us know in the comments), but still, seems like it could be a cool little thing. Though the public voting system favors people with strong social media followings, these so-called experts will also nominate stories in a "wild card" type scenario, so it's not just limited to people with the most friends.
Anyone thinking of entering?
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