Teen Writing Competition FINALISTS!

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Competitions, News, Teen Writers | 0 comments

Teen Writers Only

It’s time to announce the Teen Writing Competition FINALISTS!

The overall standard of the entries was extremely high, making this a tough decision. I read and reread entries considering a number of factors such as how well they read as young adult fiction, how well they incorporate diversity, and the usual story factors such as plot and characterisation (not to mention that X-Factor). Based on these factors, each story was given a score out of 10 and our finalists were chosen.

Without further ado, your finalists in alphabetical order are:

“Black Frost” by Joel Wheeler

“California Dreaming” by Gil Segev

“Glass House” by Raven Moore

“Limited” by Allison Mulder

“Living Paint” by Samantha Ward

“On the Run” by Jessica Holmes

“Silence” by Jasmine Brown

“Standing Up” by Ashtyn Stann

“The Cadence of Hope” by Alana Rainosek

These stories have now been sent to our final panel of judges, who will vote on their favourites.

Your judges are:

Kelly Matsuura – Kelly is a Visibility Fiction author, with ‘Hell’s Village’ published last year and “The Banshee Initiate” soon to be released. Her writing focuses on contemporary and fantasy stories with Asian characters and settings, however she enjoys writing western-style stories occasionally as well. Kelly has been entering short contests since August 2011 and has placed in numerous international competitions. She has self-published a collection of 6 Japanese literature stories, titled ‘Stirring Winds’.

Emma Kate – Emma is an avid fan of pop culture, spending many, many hours watching movies and television shows. She has had one piece of short fiction published. She was an Aurealis Awards judge for Fantasy Novel 2011 and is for Horror Novel and Short Story 2012. She reads every night before sleep and sometimes instead of. She lives with her daughter and a horde of cats in Hobart, Tasmania. You can find Emma Kate’s blog here.

Stevie Schafer – Stevie Schafer helps administrate Visibility Fiction and is generally Holly Kench’s minion for creating social change through popular culture.  She has a degree in Classics and enjoys reading philosophy and speculative fiction.  Wanting to see a better world for all, Stevie likes to support projects that promote social justice and cultural change.  When she’s not acting as Holly’s minion, Stevie is the co-host and co-producer of an animal rights and veganism podcast – Team Earthling.

We will announce the winners within a few weeks, once our judges have had time to absorb and judge the wonderful finalists. Winners will be notified by email. After that, the winning stories will be edited and prepared for publication!

To those entrants who did not make the list of finalists: please keep in mind that there were so many amazing entries. As such, many truly great stories had to be cut from this list. I was very impressed by the quality of writing as well as the thoughtful inclusivity of the stories that we received. If you would like more feedback on your story, please don’t hesitate to send me an email at info@visibilityfiction.com and I will email you a short critique of your piece.

Holly Kench

Visibility Fiction

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