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Announcing the 7th Annual Self-Published E-Book Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 6th Annual Self-Published E-Book Awards! Grand Prize               Steel Hand, Cold Heart by Rachel Menard (rachelmenard.com) Fantasy First Place Willow of Ashes by Ellie Raine  (ellieraine.com)   Honorable Mentions Fog & Mist: The Canens Chronicles, Book 1 by Kelsie Engen (kelsieengen.com/publications)...

Leslie Lutz: Letting Go to Find Writing Success

In this author spotlight, Leslie Lutz, author of Fractured Tide, shares her experience of rewriting the middle of her novel, learning to let go of writing that doesn’t work, and more. Leslie Lutz Leslie Lutz is the author of Fractured Tide (HarperCollins/Blink) as well as a devoted fan of scuba diving and creature horror. Her writing has appeared...

Meet Alexandra Hill, Grand Prize Winner of the 15th Annual WD Popular Fiction Awards

Congratulations to Alexandra Hill, grand prize winner of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here’s a look at her writing process. Read Hill’s winning short story, “A Life Measured in Moons” Looking for writing inspiration, Alexandra Hill found a prompt on NYC Midnight that gave a genre, location, and theme for a short story:...

Young Adult First Place Winner: “Life After Dusk”

Congratulations to Douglas Jern, first place winner in the Young Adult category of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. Here’s his winning short story, “Life After Dusk.” [See the complete winners list.] Life After Dusk 1 Motes of dust swirled in the air, gleaming like gemstones in the blood-red light of the sunset. The wind...

Romance First Place Winner: “Just a Little Push”

Congratulations to Leslie Wibberley, first place winner of the Romance category in the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here’s the winning short story, “Just a Little Push.” [See the complete winners list.] Just a Little Push The choppy waves toss the ferry back and forth as we approach the shore. I wonder again why I thought...

Horror First Place Winner: “Tree Gifts”

Congratulations to Benjamin Barbour, first place winner in the Horror category of the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here’s his winning short story, “Tree Gifts.” [See the complete winners list.] Tree Gifts The first gift I received was a six-inch-tall plastic action figure of Leonardo, the leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He...

Mystery/Crime First Place Winner: “A Cowgirl Farewell”

Congratulations to Mary Lou Condike, first place winner in the Mystery/Crime category of the Writer’s Digest 15th Annual Popular Fiction Awards! Here’s her winning story, “A Cowgirl Farewell.” A Cowgirl Farewell [See the complete winners list.] A line snaked out the door of the Dallas funeral home. All those people couldn’t be here for my baby...

Thriller First Place Winner: “Jin’s Baby”

Congratulations to Edgar Mahaffey, first place winner in the Thriller category of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here’s his winning short story, “Jin’s Baby.” [See the complete winners list.] Jin’s Baby Nothing was right. Everything was wrong. The guard wasn’t supposed to die. Jin sprinted from the only all-woman prison...

Sci-Fi/Fantasy First Place Winner: “The Inhibitor Check”

Congratulations to Christopher Wyer, first place winner in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here’s his winning story, “The Inhibitor Check.” [See the complete winners list.] The Inhibitor Check The spider’s legs tapped against the glass furiously, repeatedly striking against the walls of the...

15th Annual Popular Fiction Awards Winning Short Story: “A Life Measured in Moons”

Congratulations to Alexandra Hill, winner of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here is her winning short story, “A Life Measured In Moons.” [See the complete winners list.] A Life Measured in Moons A young woman invites a young man for a walk in the woods. Their feet whisper and crunch through fallen leaves, and barren branches...

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