Viewers have already seen every type of reality show: young people looking for love, singers and dancers making their way to the top, drag queens and models proving their skills. Now, the theme is writing! Are you America’s next great author?
Novelists’ Reality Show
If you think you’re the next big writer in the U.S., it’s possible to apply for the pilot episode for America’s Next Great Author (ANGA). Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, who founded a contest called Pitchapalooza in the past, created the show and will be the mentors. In addition, the two will also help the contestants with the storytelling challenges. That, and many other exercises will ‘show off a writer’s ability to use words, think fast, be creative,” Sterry explained to Publishers Weekly’s Joanne O’Sullivan. What about the genres? Well, the first season will be all about young adult and adult novels, as well as memoirs. That said, Both Sterry and Eckstut want to focus their attention on other themes in future seasons.
In the first stage, “the groundbreaking reality TV show for writers” will be touring around the American cities with a panel of judges and picking out the lucky individuals. They’ll have to present their novels in just one minute! New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds, Fox5 TV presenter Angie Goff, and stage writer and comedian Marga Gomez will be sending six people to the boot camp retreat in total, where contestants will spend one month together. In just one month, the authors will have to finish their own novel and undergo a vast collection of challenges.
What will the winner receive for overcoming those hardships..?
Chance To Get Published
While not all prizes are unveiled yet, we do know that the winner of the show will be crowned America’s Next Great Author, while the winner of the pilot is going to receive $2,500. ANGA is “the first reality show for writers produced by writers,” said Kwame Alexander, a presenting bestselling author of the show and its executive producer. “This is your chance, if you’re writing the Great American Novel or the great memoir masterpiece or something, this is your chance to get published,” he hints in the promotional video. Yet, it’s still unclear if the publishing deal is one of the prizes for the author.
The Newberry Medal winner has been extremely outspoken about the upcoming show. “America’s Next Great Author is dedicated to including writers who aren’t normally given a seat at the table in mainstream publishing,” reads the website. “Contestants don’t have to be graduates of elite MFA programs that basically guarantee an open door to the book business. The series will feature writers from communities and cultures all across America who bring their unique voices to readers and the world of literature.” Now, any writer can apply for the pilot episode for ANGA in San Francisco. Contestants will “come away with concrete advice from publishing industry professionals.” The most prominent figures will also get a lot of screen time in the episode.
The application form is open until September 15.