East Texas Writers Guild First Chapter Book Awards

Murder on Edisto by C. Hope Clark was the first place winner in the East Texas Writers Guild First Chapter Book Awards.
Murder on Edisto by C. Hope Clark was the first place winner in the East Texas Writers Guild First Chapter Book Awards.

THE EAST TEXAS WRITERS GUILD is proud to announce the winners for Category I, published works, of its first annual First Chapter Book Awards.

According to Roger Middleton, president of the Guild, “We received an overwhelming number of entries from around the world, including authors submitting from Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Cyprus, Italy, South Africa, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas.”

Each entry was judged by three different judges from a panel representing, editors, authors, educators, and avid book readers. An additional three judges were brought in to select winners from the finalists.

Judges reported that the critical and overriding factor in determining the winners was this: Will the first chapter make me want to read the rest of the book?

The top three winners, five finalists, and ten semi-finalists will all receive digital badges which can be placed on the covers of eBooks, printed and placed on paper books, or added to Websites, blog sites, or emails. The badges may be used in any way the author chooses to showcase and promote his or her book.

The finalists and semi-finalists are not listed in any particular order.

First Place

  1. C. Hope Clark

Murder on Edisto

A Mystery

South Carolina

 *

Second Place

Jennifer Chase

Dark Pursuit

A Crime Thriller

California

 *

Third Place

Heather Siegal

Out from the Underworld

A Memoir

New York

 

Top Five Finalists

Carroll Sinclair

Tree of Justice

Historical Fiction

Texas

*

Ray Stone

Twisted Wire

A Political Thriller

Cyprus

*

Janis Thornton

Dust Bunnies and Dead Bodies

Cozy Mystery

Indiana

*

Gae-Lynn Woods

A Case of Sour Grapes

A Mystery

Texas

*

Helen Osterman

Song of the Rails

A Romance

Illinois

Top Ten Semi-Finalists

Shalanna Collins

April, Maybe June

Young Adult/Fantasy

Texas

*

Jim Ainsworth

Rails to a River

Mainstream Southern Fiction

Texas

*

Philip L. Levin

Princess Priscilla’s Dragon at the Door

Tween Fantasy

Mississippi

*

Richard Brawer

Love’s Sweet Sorrow

Romantic Suspense

New Jersey

*

Oliver P. Chase

Blind Marsh

Mystery Thriller

Mississippi

*

Maryann Miller

Doubletake

A Mystery

Texas

*

JoAnn Smith Ainsworth

Expect Trouble

Paranormal Suspense

California

*

Scott Bury

Army of Worn Soles

World War II Memoir

Canada

*

Stavros Halvatzis

The Land Below

Postapocalyptic

South Africa

*

Bill Flynn

The Beddington Incident

Historical Fiction

New Hampshire

 

WINNERS, FINALISTS AND SEMI-FINALISTS OF CATEGORY II WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON VENTURE GALLERIES ON MONDAY.

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