Round 2 Winners

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We've said it enough -- our schedule is what keeps this contest going. But sometimes things don't always go to plan, or life throws us a lemon or two! You have our heartfelt apologies for the delay in announcing the Round 2 winners, but here they are, and we're so happy to award them this spotlight.  A big congratulations!


First place:

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First place:

Story: AERN by LindseyStell

Blurb: Hannah was promised a self-sustaining colony on a new world, but thanks to a row of broken life-pods, she found herself abandoned on an island in the middle of an alien ocean. The small group of survivors did their best against the odds, but they were no match for the wild island. They thought all hope was lost until a secret held beneath the ocean's surface changed everything.

AERN is a conversational sci-fi adventure story told in the first person by the spontaneous and light-hearted Hannah. She might not have been the best choice for the mission. But she's okay with that.


Second place:

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Second place:

Story: Gifts From The Sky Goddess by Di_Rossi

Blurb: Seti, a humble civil servant at the Office of Information, is incomprehensibly selected for an important mission to retrieve a cluster of 'fallen stars' with very special, and very secret, properties.

But why has he -- ambitionless and without influence as he is -- been chosen? And just who wants these particular stars at all costs? As Seti becomes more and more involved in the machinations of shadowy figures, he realises he has his own personal mission to fulfil, and it has nothing to do with the one he was selected for. A punk genre thriller set in ancient Egypt following the Open Novella prompt #2. (Wicked Meteors)

 (Wicked Meteors)

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Third place:

Story: My Darling Clementine by spicygf

Blurb: Robert Sharpe, a true gentleman of the Victorian era, knows how to please women. He knows how to charm them with a single look and pry the pearls straight from their necks, how to tilt his head and beam with faux-pleasant conversation. He knows all of these things - until he meets Clementine Laurent one fateful spring night.

She's the perfect woman with the perfect interests and the perfect looks. She knows how to please men, how to keep them in awe, nearly just as much as she knows to be wary of them. But it's not enough - and, one impromptu crime of passion later, Robert has a dreadful lesson to learn: that he has killed the wrong woman, as well as buried her far too close to where he sleeps.

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We're not just saying it, but the quality of stories this year has blown us away. We can tell you've poured your hearts into them and that makes it all the more special that you've decided to enter this big ol' contest of ours. What makes a winner special isn't really known until it's discovered, and we're pretty excited to be going in with an open mind and seeing what stories await us.

Each story is a craft in its own right and that's something that makes deciding the winners so difficult. Even if your story wasn't listed as a winner this time, you never know, it may have just been one of those we've been deliberating over all this time. 

Thanks as always for giving this contest everything you've got. It shows. And we love it.

Don't forget! The final deadline for you to submit your completed novella is 2nd April 2019 at 23:59 GMT (London and Dublin timezone).

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