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3-Day Novel Contest Final Five

This week Anvil Press announced the shortlist for the 2020 3-Day Novel Contest.

After reading two hundred entries the shortlist is now reduced to these worthy five:

  • Isobel’s Mountain by Jan Redford
  • Light Yrself on Butterflies by Elijah Sparkman
  • Safety Behaviours by H.T. Smith
  • The Crossover at Clifton Hill by Mark Southern
  • Unrest by Emma Côté

Congratulations to all!

The winner, runner-up, and any honourable mentions will be announced soon.

There are three prizes:

  • 1st Prize: Offer of a publication contract by Anvil Press.
  • 2nd Prize: $500
  • 3rd Prize: $100

Sadly I didn’t make the shortlist. But I never expected to make the long-list, so I’m grateful.

Regardless I’ve registered for this year’s contest.

In the meantime, I’ve posted a version of the prologue of The Ravishing Corpse.

I’ve rewritten it, and several other sections, and added new material because even by the standards of writing a novel in three days, I thought the manuscript was in shambles.


Coming eventually!
The Ravishing Corpse

Nikki only wants what’s best for Jason. She’s helping him finish a “true crime novel” based on a local unsolved murder. She’s sacrificed so much. So he killed her. He’s certain he did. But now they’re living in a fieldstone house on the acreage where his grandfather murdered a man. In addition to adding new grotesque tricks to their already vigorous sex life, Nikki starts sending Jason on late-night “missions” to warn women who are soon to be killed by their partners, women who are very similar to lovers from Jason’s past.

As Jason comes to grips with his romantic and sexual past, warns women in danger and works to outwit the Vampires investigating Nikki’s murder, he discovers ex-dead Nikki has been enacting her own agenda for revenge.


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