Digital book retailer eBookMall.com is launching its first annual America's Next Author competition, somewhat modeled after American Idol. In the search for new talent, readers will judge entries even before the official jury, and authors will get feedback about their writing.
To enter the contest, writers can sign up here and enter a short story between 2,500 and 5,000 words. Participants started entering stories on Sept. 13, 2012, and you have a week left to enter. Voting begins on Oct. 9, 2012.
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.
Entering the contest is free, and the grand prize is $5,000.
To see the complete official rules for America’s Next Author, click here.
eBookMall.com offers digital books from the world’s biggest publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster and MacMillan. Books are available in PDF and ePub formats for Windows and Mac computers, Android tablets, dedicated eReaders and mobile phones.