eBookMall.com is looking for authors to participate in its ”America’s Next Author” competition.

The writing contest is modeled after the popular TV show American Idol. Like the show, the contest will be judged by readers from the general public, as well as a panel of publishing experts. eBookMall’s managing director Martijn Leenders explained in this statement, “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.”

You can submit your story by following this link. Here are more details about what eBookMall is looking for: “Submissions should be between 2,500 and 5,000 words and feature only original material that has not been published anywhere else. Entering the contest is free and the grand prize is $5,000 – not to mention priceless exposure as an up-and-coming author. Two runners-up will receive $500.”