Extending a Hand

Beatles quotes Write on Edge wouldn’t exist without our wonderful writers. Whether it’s receiving concrit from a writer you admire, finding a new blog to read, or teaming up with someone you met here for a joint collaboration, the community keeps things fresh and exciting.

5 Write on Edge writers are participating in the America’s Next Author short story contest. Unlike most writing contests, this is set up so writers can read other contributions. An 8-round contest, there will be 8 nominees and 4 wild card authors battling their way the final three spots, where they will compete head-to-head in two writing challenges.

A strong story isn’t the only thing that matters in the ANA contest; social media plays a role as well, as social media shares, public reviews, and votes (in the form of one word reviews) will all contribute to the selection of the nominees.

Please consider reading the selections from our Write on Edge writers and voting, reviewing, and sharing to help them advance. (Lance Burson has already been selected as a Wild Card Author – congratulations Lance! – but additional shares and reviews can’t hurt, as the exact formula for nominations and selections for the final round aren’t entirely clear.) A new round begins tomorrow, but shares and reviews count through the entire contest.

Intrigued? Entries to the contest are open until November 27; there’s still time to enter your 2500 – 5000 word short story.

If you are entered in the contest and not mentioned in this post, please let us know and we’ll remedy that. We want to support our whole community through this exciting contest.

As writers, how do you feel about the open format of this contest?


Lance Burson – Italian Radio

Cameron D. Garriepy – Left of Paradise

AmyBeth Inverness – The Peanut Gallery Rebellion

My Write Side (SAM) – Gloria

Jessie Powell (Jester Queen) – Flori and the Tourist

Write on Edge is not affiliated with the America’s Next Author contest.

12 Responses to Extending a Hand
  1. Jester Queen
    November 19, 2012 | 11:47 am

    Thank you thank you so very much. I’m supporting everyone, and I’m SO excited that Lance has been chosen as the first wildcard pick. I want to see ALL of us in the final round.

    • angela
      November 21, 2012 | 10:01 am

      That would be amazing! I hope to read more of Flori no matter what happens in the contest.

  2. Lance
    November 19, 2012 | 11:48 am

    Thank you. Please vote, review, rate, retweet, and facebook share each of these wonderful writers. Their stories are excellent.

    • angela
      November 21, 2012 | 10:01 am

      You’re welcome! It will be excited to see the contest into the later rounds. Good luck to the WoE writers!!

  3. Brianna
    November 19, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Having participated in something similar through a literary journal, and landing up in an anthology because of it, I’m a huge fan. I like the idea of the community having a say, rather than just student volunteers earning credit for reading stories for their college’s literary journal.

    • angela
      November 21, 2012 | 9:59 am

      I see positives and negatives to it. I wish I knew the formula (because I’m a dork like that.)

  4. Barbara
    November 19, 2012 | 1:52 pm

    I love this idea! How do you enter? Whether I enter or not I can’t wait to read the stories and support the community. Love what you all do here.
    Thanks!
    Barbara

  5. SAM
    November 19, 2012 | 4:57 pm

    Thank you for the shout out. I’m so pleased Lance made a wild card slot! I can tell you that all of us who entered would be so very grateful to receive your support. I’m in wonderful company.

    • angela
      November 21, 2012 | 9:55 am

      I reviewed! I loved the repetition. You did creepy very well without being overt or heavy-handed with it.

  6. AmyBeth Inverness
    November 20, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    Thanks so much for the plug, and congrats to Lance for his Wildcard win!

    I like the open format of the contest, although to me that meant “Don’t give them your baby!” as in don’t enter a story that you hope to market elsewhere soon. I had a story in the back of the drawer, and although it took a lot of work to get it down to 5k, it worked and I’m proud of it! I did a big push last week but ended at #31. I’m still hanging in, but no longer doing the constant promotion.

    • angela
      November 21, 2012 | 9:53 am

      I think the length of the contest is kind of a detriment. It’s hard to keep up the promotion for an extended period of time, let alone try to keep other people excited about it for the same amount of time.