by Noel Alcoba
Wrenna aspires to be more than mere tech support for the Bureau of Stewardship. She wants to be a real superheroine, like her idol, Bellatrix. Or at least her sidekick. That is, until she sees how brutal and cruel Bellatrix can be, with her godlike powers unchecked. Maybe Bellatrix doesn’t deserve a sidekick; perhaps she needs a nemesis.
This 20,000-word dystopian sci-fi won the grand prize in the 2020 3-Day Novella Contest. And for good reason. The worldbuilding, the tone, the atmosphere, the characters, the action…everything about this novella set it above an already impressive roster of manuscripts. Unanimously selected by all four judges as the best of the best in 2020, this book will make you marvel that such a masterpiece could be penned in just three days!
Love After Life
by Ashley Shaw
Tony’s fate in life: death by the bottle. (Ironically, not while drinking it.) His fate in the afterlife: eternity with his horrible in-laws. (Minus the wife.) His only solace is his neighbor, Ami. Sweet, alluring, but off-limits. Unless he’s prepared to hatch a diabolical plot to be with her.
Imagine if you will, a supernatural romance that’s simultaneously heartwarming, thought-provoking, and totally hilarious. You’d be imagining Love After Life. No wonder this 30,000-word romance tied for 2nd place in 2020. A fun journey in the sweet hereafter.
by Gavin Masters
New to Bordertown, a safe-haven for monsters, journalist Gavin Masters wants to help Deputy Vikki Valentine catch a serial-killer. He thinks it’s the same unsub his former RCMP father pursued 6 years ago. He knows his father lied about why the trail went cold, and why the murders abruptly stopped. Now the killer is back, pissed-off, undead, and has his sights set on the Masters family.
This 40,000-word paranormal police procedural won 2nd place in the 2015 3-Day Novel Contest. It has since spawned an entire trilogy, with more books in the works.