Lock Wins Start Story Contest

Start Publishing, which invited readers to vote on the top five entries in a contest to write a 500-word short story using Neal Asher’s The Departure book cover as a starting topic, has named “The Shell Game” by Bob Lock the winner. Click on the link to read the full story, which begins —

Kyle Benedict’s eyes opened and took in the scene of devastation. The colony’s control room was wrecked. A last remaining monitor flickered intermittently whilst a thin ribbon of smoke curled up from the bullet-shattered desk. The smell of burnt flesh, cordite and plasma-discharge crept its way through his ruined suit’s filters. Benedict groaned. He’d survived the Prador incursion. ‘Shit!’

Lock will receive a signed Blu-ray copy of The Europa Report produced by Start Motion Pictures (formally known as Wayfare Entertainment) and poster.

Start Announces Halloween Contest Result

The winner of Start Publishing’s Halloween story contest is Daniel Soler’s “Train Fare.”

Entrants submitted 250-word Halloween horror tales. The winner was one of five randomly selected finalists judged by Michael J. Martinez.

Soler’s story is posted on the publisher’s blog here.

In addition to having his story published on Start’s blog and in the company’s newsletter, Soler will get to select a free eBook from the Start Publishing/Night Shade Books catalog.

Start Publishing’s Halloween Contest

Your 250-word tale of death, terror, madness or the supernatural could be a winner in Start Publishing’s Halloween horror story contest.

Submit entries to [email protected] by the deadline, October 21. Writers are also asked to tweet @startpublishing confirming the submission.

Start Publishing will randomly select five stories for Michael J. Martinez author of Daedalus Incident to choose one winner. Martinez is going to critique the winner’s horror story and give special writing tips.

The winner will be announced on Start Publishing’s Twitter and Facebook pages on October 31.

The winning horror story will be featured on the Start Publishing blog and the company’s November newsletter. The winner will also be able to select one FREE eBook from the Start Publishing/Night Shade Books catalog.