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AND THE WINNERS ARE!
FORT LAUDERDALE, JULY 2003: At last! It's time to announce the winners of our 2003 American Writers Contest. It wasn't easy making these choices but here they are:
First Place: The Ice Floe by Joyce Tracksler
Second Place: Scorn THIS by Scott D. Zachary
First Place Winner
The Ice Floe by Joyce Tracksler was chosen as the winner of the 2003 American Writers Contest because "it is beautifully written with strong characters and interesting ideas." It was a difficult decision; we had many wonderful books to choose from.
The Ice Floe is "a mystery of sorts" that traces the life of its heroine, Mallory, from her first encounter with death ("I was thirteen when I murdered my grandfather. I didn't really do a very good job, but I did the best I could.") to her last. Named for the Eskimo tradition of sending the dying on their final journey aboard an ice floe and into the ocean, The Ice Floe is about the right to die—and the right to choose the time and mode of death. Mallory becomes a sort of consultant for the dying, but when her husband is murdered, she has to deal with death on another level while also trying to solve the mystery.
"I am absolutely delighted," Joyce said. "Llumina Press has brought my dreams to life." Her newest mystery, Murder at Malafortuna, is currently being published by Llumina Press and Joyce says of the process "[It’s] difficult…to publish a book [traditionally]. There is a tremendous amount of rejection in the publishing world, but POD has allowed me to hold the book in my hand instead of a rejection letter. Instead of being a would-be author, I am an author."
The Ice Floe will be published through Llumina Press and will be available in October 2003.
Second Place Winner
Our second place winner is Scott D. Zachary, author of the thriller novel Scorn THIS (see his press release in the July issue of e-Writer Magazine). Scott said, "This just knocks me off my feet!" We believe readers will be similarly "knocked off their feet" upon reading Scorn THIS, which is a thriller with a moral thread woven throughout, twisted just enough to send the reader spiraling toward an outcome that can’t be imagined. Scorn THIS is now available for review and will be published in October 2003. We have already received many advance orders. Scott’s romantic adventure short story, "Cruisin’ Skipper’s Dream," also appears in the July issue of e-Writer Magazine at www.ewritermagazine.com.
The judges were very impressed with the quality of the entries and look forward to next year’s contest. The 2004 American Writers Contest will be open for submissions from October 2003 through April 2004. To enter, visit Llumina on the web at www.llumina.com. The winner will be awarded in July 2004.