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This is Round 6 - the final round of The Chosen One Competition!  

  We are one step away from having The Chosen One of the Fantasy and Science Fiction Genres, as well as our runner-up, and we couldn't be more excited! These two authors are amazing and both deserve to win, but alas--there is only one Chosen One

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  We are one step away from having The Chosen One of the Fantasy and Science Fiction Genres, as well as our runner-up, and we couldn't be more excited! These two authors are amazing and both deserve to win, but alas--there is only one Chosen One.  

This round is based on judge votes

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This round is based on judge votes.

Below are the two final pitches from the authors themselves. Judges will be judging primarily from the pitches, but will use YOUR final comments to aid in their decision-making.

If you have one final pitch you'd like to give for which story you think should win, write it in the comments below. You may only give your final recommendation for one of the two books below.

Our Top 2 Finalists

moonlightbearer - Venery

To be as one implies a united front- as two fast friends working on a collaborative effort and bringing perspectives from the east coast to the west coast, unity and dedication have been the driving forces that have made our first work, Venery, a success. To be the one, in our eyes, is an honor awarded to authors dedicated to bringing fresh perspectives, ideas and depths to the science fiction and fantasy genres. Our dedication to the writing process and to one another, has allowed us to develop a story we are proud of and a friendship that transcends the six months we have been working together. To be The Chosen One is an honor that would inspire us to continue our storytelling while promoting our favorite genres together. It is platforms such as this contest that elevate the writing process and written product, and we are honored to have taken apart in this competition.

squirrelg - Before Noon

Before Noon marks the start of many journeys for me. When I started writing the story this time last year, I was depressed about the death and illness around me, anxious about changing my future trajectory, and daydreaming about the apocalypse. "I remember how the world ended" was the first sentence I wrote, sleep-deprived one night with a sudden idea. That line, which has since been amended to fit in Chapter 3, subtly changed me. I drew a line and looked at how the world wasn't ending for me; in fact, it was going to be a turbulent but rewarding year with many new friendships, lessons and achievements. I hope that with the honour of being the Chosen One, I can use the platform to inspire people to look at life differently, similar to what it did for me. Every book that I write looks at human nature, and Before Noon is no exception. I would personally describe the book as a rollercoaster thriller about perseverance, sacrifice and teamwork, with extremely high stakes that will keep a reader on the edge of their seats and leave them contemplating afterwards. What I want to get across is that no one is born great, and anything that you do produces a significant ripple in the lives of everyone on the planet. The protagonist in Before Noon is a cowardly but tough nobody in Melbourne, Australia (let's get more sci-fi set where I grew up), not even the chosen heroine (we meet the hilarious chosen one 20k words later), but when she bites the bullet and tries to solve the mystery of the apocalypse, she gives the world the tiniest sliver of hope. I think that the people in our world also need this sort of spirit. Isabel's journey in Before Noon has been/is being written with my belief that if you look hard enough and work hard enough, you get to the closest possible version of how you imagine your story to pan out. This is something that writing this book has helped me realise—without working hard on my writing and not expecting anything in return, without exposing some raw feelings publicly in words, Before Noon wouldn't be what it is today. I have been very touched to read about how my readers have personally connected with my work through the Chosen One competition, and look forward to influencing more lives through this book. I hope that the judges will deem my book worthy of being the Chosen One. But let's put the competition aside for a moment. Anyone with an intention to put their time aside to better someone else's life is a chosen one in my eyes. It's never about one person—the world needs everyone.

Hopefully, Before Noon will send that message

Winner will be posted Sunday, January 21st.  

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