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The results of the 2017 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Category are as follows:

 

Winner: The One I Left Behind by Wendy Clarke

Runner-up: Lucas by Steven Coombs

 

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

 

I would like to thank Lorraine Mace for allowing me to judge the Flash 500 Novel Introduction competition again. As every year, I’m bowled over by the vivid imagination authors display in their plots. Such an interesting variety!

The quality of the entries submitted was of a high standard, and, for me, it was a close run between all those shortlisted. A tough choice to make. The excerpts showed fascinating characters, intriguing plots, and a solid grasp of how to reel in a reader on the first few pages. Well done to all!

Alas, I had to choose a winner from this excellent selection.

So, first place goes to The One I Left Behind, which hooked me with a gripping introduction, and a thrilling plot to boot. Early on, the reader is introduced to the main character, and something intriguing about her, which has an impact on her life. The One I Left Behind has the makings of a page-turner. Many congratulations!

Lucas is a worthy runner-up – a novel about a stranded time-travel character with a straight-into-the-action beginning. You don’t want to stop reading. Congratulations to the author!

It was a pleasure reading all the shortlisted submissions. I wish all contestants best of luck in their publishing endeavours.

Stephanie Patterson

Senior Editor

Crooked Cat Books

 

Short list in alphabetical order

A Solitary Ash Still Standing by Jane D'Arcy Baker

Between Right and Wrong by Tracy Fells

French Connections by Beth Wellington

Locusts by Lorna Riley

Lucas by Steven Coombs

My Metaphorical Elephant by Deborah Bell

The Maid of Ranoc by Donna Brown

The Nameless by Stuart White

The One I Left Behind by Wendy Clarke

VOX by Christina Dalcher

 

Long list in alphabetical order

A Little Bit Broken by Caroline Day

A Necessary Fiction by Hannah Colby

A Solitary Ash Still Standing by Jane D'Arcy Baker

Between Right and Wrong by Tracy Fells

Coira: A Wolf Within by Charlotte Rebekah Davis

Festival by Philip Nash

Foreigners in a Familiar Land by Laurence Sullivan

French Connections by Beth Wellington

Klara by Hillary Burgess

Legacy of Deception by Lynne King

Locusts by Lorna Riley

Love or Something Like It by Brenda Crane

Lucas by Steven Coombs

Mr. Whitaker by E. J. Pepper

Murder at Macbeth by Samantha Goodwin

My Metaphorical Elephant by Deborah Bell

Precious Things by Helen Yendall

Protector by Miranda Malins

Reschen Valley: The Breach by Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

Silent Was Our Song by Connell Glynn

Stuck by Trish Bolton

The Accidental Time Traveller by Sylvia Bluck

The Boy of Orion by Emma Dykes

The Good Shepherd and the Last Perfect by Susan E Kaberry

The Immortalist by Tracy Fells

The Invisible World by Hannah Colby

The Kimono Tattoo by Rebecca Copeland

The Leopard's Daughter by Sarah Hegarty

The Maid of Ranoc by Donna Brown

The Nameless by Stuart White

The One I Left Behind by Wendy Clarke

The Other Mother by Nollaig Frost

The Return by Angelita Bradney

The Soldier’s Secret by Joanne Clague

The Unadjusteds by Marisa Noelle

The Wishbone Curse by Anna Orridge

Time and Tide by Gwenda Major

VOX by Christina Dalcher

What Survives by Shona Rutherford-Edge