News and Announcements
- Call for Beta Readers New Years 2019
- Celebration Announcement Coming Soon.
- Projected 2nd draft completion in Winter of 2018.
- Beta Reader review complete on first draft.
- First edit of Supplicant finished as of October 2016.
Join me in congratulating this week's winner for the I Made the Darkness Halloween writing contest: Kevin Grover. Kevin is a horror-fiction author who has recently published his first novel, Father's Song, now available on Amazon. His stories have been published in Writing Magazine in the UK. Take a look at the Winner Awards page for further information on his book and website.
The contest is just getting started. The entries keep coming in, and all by very talented writers. I'm constantly amazed by the stories I am reading from all of you. There was not a single one that wasn't captivating or interesting. Each had a uniqueness to it that drew you into the story. It was difficult to decide on which story should win.
Each entry is judged based on several criteria, specific to this contest, and awarded points on that basis. The story that is awarded the most points wins that week's contest. I had to choose one that followed the expectations of the contest the most. Dread. Fear. Make me wonder if that is a shadow or something else. This story did that the best. It made me go to the internet to find if there was such a being as the Googleman. I found nothing. That stood out to me.
All of the submitted stories have been stellar. It was close. In most cases, I had to re-read to make sure that I didn't miss an element of the story that would help it rise above the rest. So, well done to everyone who has entered. Thank you for sharing them with us.
However, if you did not win the weekly winner for the week you submitted, don't count yourself out. You have another opportunity. In the case where I do not receive more than four entries in a given week, then previous submissions will be reconsidered for the week in question.
A new winner is selected out of the submissions received each week. That author will be placed on the awards page and I will read their story on the AuthorTrope YouTube channel. Each weekly winner will then be entered into the finals. The top winners will be chosen by the number of thumbs-up their story receives. Just as anyone can enter, anyone can vote, so be sure to share your video as soon as it comes out. Click the button below to find out how you can submit your own work into the contest.
And do not forget to give the short story, that you like the best, a thumbs-up in YouTube. Each thumbs-up is a vote towards the top three prizes at the end of the contest. So, don't forget to vote for your favorite. And if you won one of the weekly contests, make sure that you share it with your friends, and family so they can vote for you, too. Entrants can vote, also.
That's all for this week. I can't wait to see what horror awaits me next week. Until then, thank you for reading, watching, and listening!