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The results of the 2013 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Category are as follows:

 

Winner: Karibu Mama Alice by Chloe Mesanges

Runner-up: Skyjacked by Shirley Golden

 

Judge’s Report from Steph Patterson senior editor at Crooked Cat Publishing

Karibu Mama Alice

Exciting setting; a fascinating plot; secretive back story. Expectation of great character development throughout the story.

Skyjacked

Intriguing premise; a Han Solo type main character who draws you in; a plot full of conspiracy and danger.

Very close runners-up were The House at Zaronza: A Tale of Corsica by Vanessa Couchman and The Land Between by Sarah-Jane Page. Both had fascinating locations, interesting characters with a personal past to unravel and intriguing plots.

The decision to find a winner and runner-up was tough. The competition was so close; I could have easily chosen several winners.

All submissions showed writing of a high calibre, even though the range of settings and eras could not have been more varied. The intriguing plots piqued my interest, and the sample submissions drew me right in.

From ancient historical locations through contemporary places (women’s fiction to horror) to futuristic homelands in outer space, the authors all set the scene very well. You could experience what their protagonists saw and felt. The authors provided you with a feel of the land, of the people, or the times, whether the setting was Argentina, ancient Egypt or Tanzania. A dash of romance here, unfolding dramatic historical events or a whiff of voodoo horror there – the plots drew you in.

I am honoured to have been permitted to judge this competition, and I wish all the authors well for the future. We won’t have heard the last of them all.

*** Crooked Cat Publishing have invited the authors mentioned above to sumbit their full manuscripts for consideration.

 

Short list in alphabetical order

Egyptian Music by Amanda Huskisson

Freefall at Midnight by Sarah-Jane Wade

Golden Tesserae by Elizabeth Willcox

Illicit Encounters by Katie Martin

In the Snow by Jasmina Svenne

Karibu Mama Alice by Chloe Mesanges

Nataverra by JW Hicks

Skyjacked by Shirley Golden

Ten Seconds by Kristin Meachem

The House at Zaronza: A Tale of Corsica by Vanessa Couchman

The Land Between by Sarah-Jane Page

Unearthed by Tracey Brown

 

Long list in alphabetical order

Adoration by Laarni Hannan

Black Tongue of Fire by Rebecca Johnson

Blood Rubies by Kathleen Daly

Crumb Begging Baghead by Hazell Ward

Death in Autumn by Jennifer Pulling

Egyptian Music by Amanda Huskisson

Freefall at Midnight by Sarah-Jane Wade

God Bless Tracey Lemon by Paul Gapper

Golden Tesserae by Elizabeth Willcox

Hallelujah Bay by Jo Barker Scott

Illicit Encounters by Katie Martin

In the Snow by Jasmina Svenne

Karibu Mama Alice by Chloe Mesanges

Libra Arbil by Helen J Reynolds

Mekong Dawn by William Swiggs

Nataverra by JW Hicks

On Monsters by Annetta Berry

Rosebuds by Antony Dunford

Sewing the Shadows Together by Alison Taylor-Baillie

Skyjacked by Shirley Golden

Ten Seconds by Kristin Meachem

The Dormouse Disciples by Tracy Fells

The Duke’s Shadow by Jo Lamb

The Fortune Hunters by Kate McLean

The Great Tulsa Coin Toss by Joanna Pocock

The House at Zaronza: A Tale of Corsica by Vanessa Couchman

The Kraals of Ulundi by David Ebsworth

The Land Between by Sarah-Jane Page

The Perfect Life List by Vanessa Savage

The Raven's Sacrifice by Malcolm Gentle

Unearthed by Tracey Brown

Waseem's Tunnel by Jeremy Fletcher