Today, we announce the winner of our sixth and last category. Next, we'll let the Final Round judges go to work reviewing all the year's genre winners. They'll have the tough job of determining which of those talented writers should be the winner of the crystal rocket trophy. Finally, in December, we'll announce who wins Grand Prize: not just a trophy, but an opportunity to place his or her winning entry on the desk of a specially-selected agent or editor, bypassing the slush pile.
Making that choice will be a challenge. This month, however, the judges had no difficulty choosing a winner for the Speculative Fiction category.
"Creating a believable narrative in a novel is challenging," said one judge. "Creating one in a speculative novel is even more arduous. This entry accomplishes this, and more. I was drawn in by the compelling characters and a richly layered plot that left me wanting to read the rest of the story."
The other judge agreed. "This entry had fantastic movement and compelling characters. It’s a rare treat in a contest to find an entry that makes you forget you’re judging and supposed to be commenting. The author has done their work in honing their craft! Very imaginative and fun! Well done!"
I guess they liked it. And we're happy to present to you this month's winning entry, Wyrmholes by Amelia Grimstad of Richland Hills, Texas.
When she's not coordinating the Launch Pad contest, Yvonne Anderson writes fiction that takes you out of this world.
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