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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Launching a New Grand Prizewinner Out of the Slush Pile

Four... Three... Two... and, ONE of our entrants is cleared for take-off!

With record numbers of entries, choosing the single best of numerous good entries was a challenge. We had to call in reinforcements to make the final call, with a total of four Novel Rocket staffers putting their heads together to solve the dilemma.

As for me, I stood on the sidelines throughout the last round, only able to anxiously await the result.

But now the decision is made, and I'm pleased to announce it to the world!

The 2013 Grand Prizewinner of Novel Rocket's LAUNCH PAD Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile is......

Rachelle Harp
with her story,
The Breakout

If you've been following our contest, you'll recognize Rachelle as last month's Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category winner. Now, as the winner of the Grand Prize, Rachelle will receive a hand-blown glass rocket much like the one pictured above, except personalized.

Better yet, she will also work with the Novel Rocket staff to match her up with an agent.

Does this sound like an opportunity you might like to get in on? We'll announce the 2013 edition of our contest next month. It will work pretty much as it did in the past, but with a few small changes and one major one: we plan to introduce a Nonfiction category next year. Stay tuned for the full details.

Meanwhile, join us in wishing Rachelle a hearty congratulations!

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Yvonne Anderson has never won a contest, but nevertheless writes fiction that takes you out of this world.

Check out what readers are saying about her space fantasy series, Gateway to Gannah:
Book 1: The Story in the Stars “…captivates readers from exciting start to satisfying finish…”
Book 2: Words in theWind is “…a thoughtful and nuanced piece… remarkably solid…”


  1. Congratulations Rachelle! I am so proud of you.

  2. Congratulations Rachelle! This was quite an accomplishment with as many great entries as we had this year!

  3. Rachelle, what a fantastic Christmas present for you. Congrats.

    DiAne Gates

  4. So thrilled for you! I hope God uses this to truly propel you to publishdom, because I want to read your book! :) Congrats!

  5. Congratulations Rachelle, I am happy for you. Would love to read your book.

  6. I have to say that I read the excerpt and have thought of it in my daily life since wondering what happened. THAT to me is the sign of a fantastic story! I truly can't wait to read this novel. Please let us know when it finds its publishing home. :)

    1. Thanks, C.J. I'm so excited to hear that! I'll definitely let you know!

  7. Rachelle, congratulations on being launched! I wish you every success with your novel and look forward to seeing it in print. The excerpt promises a compelling read.

    I'd also like to thank Novel Journey and the team for sponsoring this contest. I was honored to participate.

    God Bless!

    Debi Canon

  8. Thanks so much for all the congrats! I am so thrilled. Thanks to the Novel Rocket team for this opportunity!

  9. Rachelle - congratulations! Wow.
    May the Lord continue to bless you on this journey!



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