eviltypewriterAssent Publishing’s Bad Day Books imprint is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2013 ROGUE WRITING Contest.

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 apocalypticchicago 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!

savagesAuthor 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.

TransplantAuthor 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.

bombAuthor 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?

MalakhAuthor 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!

Bad Day Books is accepting submissions. Scare our pants off! Please send your submissions to Les Denton at editor@baddaybooks.com.


About baddaybooks

Les Denton is the president of Assent Publishing, LLC, and managing editor of Bad Day Books, Assent’s horror, thriller, and suspense imprint. Les founded Assent to bring quality authors and readers together within this evolving book publishing industry. She is excited to be the only publisher to present Assent Academy, the first of its kind, which offers professionally taught marketing, book business curriculum, and customized advice at no charge to our authors throughout their careers with Assent Publishing. Les also writes and surrounds herself in that environment. When ebooks were just starting to heat up the market, a fellow writer approached her with stories of successes in the publishing realm. She recognized this fresh opportunity, an exciting new frontier where authors have more opportunity than ever before. Because of that readers are meeting new authors every day. Having spent the last decade as a knowledge management and technology executive, talent acquisition and motivation were her passion. The time seemed right to start bringing all the energetic imaginative resources she had found together. The result is Assent Publishing, a team of talented editors, artists, and marketing mavens with a splash of technologists. We are navigating an exciting new frontier where authors have more options than ever before. At Assent, the process begins by diligently scouring new material to find the jewels. Once we begin a relationship with an author, they have unparalleled access to resources and guidance that does not end upon publication of their book. As part of every contract, Assent Academy offers marketing and business curriculum and customized advice throughout our authors’ careers. We are dedicated to author success. Because of that readers are able to meet extraordinary new authors. Though she has returned to her native Pittsburgh, PA, Les has lived in varied climates and landscapes throughout the East Coast and Chicago. She is the proud owner of a wiener dog named Theodore who works in the community as a Therapy Dog and serves as the perfect ear for read-aloud editing opinions.
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