THE 14TH ANNUAL SHORTY AWARDS

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media and digital. View this season's finalists!

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From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards Best Author

When they’re not writing books on wizards saving the world, teenage girls becoming national symbols of rebellion, or stories of an astronaut stranded on Mars, they’re connecting with their fans around the globe through Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Instagram, and blogs.

Nominees

finalist
Andy Weir
Andy Weir’s novel The Martian was originally released on his website, but was so well written and r…
finalist
Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert is best known for her book Eat, Pray, Love, which was also turned into a feature …
Gary Shteyngart
Originally from what is now St. Petersburg, Russia, Gary Shteyngart pulls his writing from the expe…
winner
J.K. Rowling
Perhaps one of the most successful fictional authors of recent time, J.K. Rowling has truly made a …
Joanne Harris
Joanne Harris has written 15 novels, two collections of short stories, and three cookbooks. She is …
Jon Winokur
Every writer needs to learn from writers before him, so Jon Winokur offers some advice to writers, …
Paulo Coelho
A writer and a self-admitted “deleter of tweets," Paulo Coelho is a globally recognized author and …
Ryan O'Connell
Based in Los Angeles, Ryan O’Connell has been published on Thought Catalog, Vice, and The New York …
finalist
Saeed Jones
Saeed Jones is the Executive Editor, Culture at BuzzFeed and also the author of Prelude To Bruise, …
winner
Sarah Dessen
If you love summertime, stories, and strong female friendships, you’re likely a Sarah Dessen fan. A…
Simon Doonan
When he’s not being the Creative Ambassador-At-Large for Barneys, Simon Doonan is writing or tellin…
finalist
Sloane Crosley
Sloane Crosley is a New York Times bestselling author for two of her collection of essays I Was Tol…