Wow! What a contest. We really enjoyed reading submissions from every corner of the world and the genre spectrum. There were nights we slept with the lights on, some we were up all night reading, and others spent all night laughing. Emotions ran high as we were lead through the desperation of an apocalypse, bit our nails as we rapidly turned the pages to see what came next in a thriller, and occasionally grabbed a tissue to catch tears of laughter from a bit of stress relieving humor.
With rich characters tugging at our shirt sleeves and such great talent to choose from, we rigorously reviewed the best of the best and chose the winners of the Bad Day Books Rogue Writing Contest.
Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER is author Kurt Schuett with his wildly imaginative apocalyptic thriller Insurgency. OCD afflicted Alan, a Generation-X do-gooder turned serial killer, is the only thing standing between the President and his assassination at the G20 Summit. Insurgency is Kurt Schuett’s debut novel, a speculative work of fiction that encompasses elements of urban suspense, thriller, and horror.
Kurt Schuett knew early on that he wanted to write. Upon graduating from high school, Kurt Schuett won the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Poetry in 1993; this honor, coupled with professional publication in The American Goat literary anthology in 1993 with The First Time and Harmony literary magazine, where he won the esteemed Guy Cooper Poetry award for Tree House Blues, all fueled the realization that Kurt could and should write, dabbling in everything from poetry and short works of fiction to professional essays and lengthier works of fiction during and after his college years. He completed his undergraduate in English at Culver-Stockton College before tackling a Masters of Education at Graceland University. Currently, he is entering his seventeenth year as an educator, formerly as a German instructor and presently as a high school English teacher, working in the suburbs of Chicago. He lives in the northern suburb of Libertyville, Illinois. Mr. Schuett recently published a Southern Gothic ghost story titled Calamity James in the Belle Reve Literary Journal, a work that was just nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Mr. Schuett has contracted with Assent Publishing and receives all benefits offered including professional editing, professional cover design, print and ebook formatting, distribution, intense marketing training through the Assent Academy, and the unparalleled Assent Publishing commitment to author success. Among his prizes are a two thousand dollar promotional announcement blitz when Insurgency is released in 2014, ten one-on-one sessions with Author Success Coach Deborah Riley-Magnus, a membership with Horror Writers Association, and a Kindle Fire! Tune in for his posts on the ROGUE WRITING Grand Prize Winner Blog!
Author Christina Bergling dives deep into the dark side of humanity in Savages. Two survivors travel the ruins of post-apocalyptic America. He remains convinced other survivors are out there, humans who did not become the savages all around them. She follows him, haunted and conflicted, lusting after him, as he pushes them west. Together they navigate the remains of society, until one discovery changes everything.
Author John Reinhard Dizon takes the healthcare debate to the next level with Transplant, a tale of murder and mayhem that unfolds as a missing supermodel found in the streets of NYC leads the police to an East Harlem brownstone. They discover four Bellevue doctors trapped in a basement under siege by kidnapped NBA superstar Jerome Browne and a robotic-limbed man known as Combo. The police find other kidnap victims who have been subjects of medical experiments. Yet the doctors’ alibi proves airtight as they assign blame to a mysterious Dr. Cyclops who has masterminded the diabolical project.
Author Tom Lyons has been a writer for over forty years. Shark in the Water – Book #1 of the Cold War Chronicles is his first historical fiction suspense novel. In the San Francisco Bay Area at the end of World War II, Doctor James T. Palmer, a nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project disappears. JT Palmer, his twenty-eight year old son, tries to uncover what happened to his father. Still on active Navy duty, JT was a Master-at-arms (Military Police) aboard the ill-fated USS Indianapolis. Is Palmer’s disappearance connected to his work on developing the first atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan?
Author Janine-Langley Wood has been writing since childhood, firstly in the form of comic strips. At around nine years old she cut her teeth on horror reading, sneaking the Pan Books of Horror off her auntie’s bookshelves. Melt finds us in an ever more crime blighted world, the cry goes out for a newer, tougher superhero: enter The Malakh, a shape-shifting entity with a penchant for comedy and an unstoppable appetite for cold hard justice. Father Fionn Malloy is the faith-shaken priest who unwittingly resurrects the entity, but to what fateful end?
Congratulations to all our winners!