Adjudication is in progress! Expect to hear in the first week of July with a result.

The final decision will be made by a panel of credible authors.

Winnie M Li

Winnie M Li

Winnie M Li is an author and activist. Her debut novel Dark Chapter won The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and was nominated for an Edgar Award and the Best First Novel Award in the UK. It has been translated into ten languages and optioned for television. A Harvard graduate, Winnie previously wrote for travel guide books and produced independent feature films. She is originally from New Jersey but now lives in London. She appears regularly in British print, TV, and radio media, and has received grants from the Royal Society of Literature, and the Arts Councils of England and Northern Ireland. Winnie holds an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland in recognition of her writing and activism around gender equality. Winnie M Li

HS Paisley

HS Paisley

HS Paisley is in love with stories. Growing up in a bi-racial blended family in Toronto, Canada, Paisley can remember well the shelves of books around the house. More importantly to her, she remembers the extensive collection of books on tape. That’s right, books on cassette tapes. She was obsessed. Listening to those stories, and writing her own, Paisley was hooked. From Harry Potter to Anne Rice, Jurassic Park to Kinsey Millhone, Paisley loved them all. At the age of 18, Paisley left her hometown to play basketball for the University of Ottawa. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts and three All-Canadian awards to her name. In the fall of 2016, she signed her second professional basketball contract, this time in France. Basketball gave Paisley the freedom to write nearly full time. In her final year of professional basketball, Paisley self-published her first novel, Magic Required. HS Paisley

Lincoln Cole

Lincoln Cole

Lincoln Cole is a Columbus-based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster and wife. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen. He is best known for his critically acclaimed World on Fire series. Lincoln Cole

  • Winnie M Li
    Winnie M Li
    Winnie M Li is an author and activist. Her debut novel Dark Chapter won The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and was nominated for an Edgar Award and the Best First Novel Award in the UK. It has been translated into ten languages and optioned for television. A Harvard graduate, Winnie previously wrote for travel guide books and produced independent feature films. She is originally from New Jersey but now lives in London. She appears regularly in British print, TV, and radio media, and has received grants from the Royal Society of Literature, and the Arts Councils of England and Northern Ireland. Winnie holds an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland in recognition of her writing and activism around gender equality. Winnie M Li
  • HS Paisley
    HS Paisley
    HS Paisley is in love with stories. Growing up in a bi-racial blended family in Toronto, Canada, Paisley can remember well the shelves of books around the house. More importantly to her, she remembers the extensive collection of books on tape. That’s right, books on cassette tapes. She was obsessed. Listening to those stories, and writing her own, Paisley was hooked. From Harry Potter to Anne Rice, Jurassic Park to Kinsey Millhone, Paisley loved them all. At the age of 18, Paisley left her hometown to play basketball for the University of Ottawa. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts and three All-Canadian awards to her name. In the fall of 2016, she signed her second professional basketball contract, this time in France. Basketball gave Paisley the freedom to write nearly full time. In her final year of professional basketball, Paisley self-published her first novel, Magic Required. HS Paisley
  • Lincoln Cole
    Lincoln Cole
    Lincoln Cole is a Columbus-based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster and wife. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen. He is best known for his critically acclaimed World on Fire series. Lincoln Cole

We had said that the top 10 stories would go to the judges for final decision, but with a tie in voting, we took the top 11. Here they are no particular order:

In addition to the final cash prizes, each author with a story in the top 11 will receive a book written by each of our judges: Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li, Magic Required by HS Paisley and Raven's Peak by Lincoln Cole.

The general terms and conditions can be accessed here.