Backspace Scholarship Contest Winners!

Based on a combination of popular vote and the votes from our panel of agent and author judges, the following 3 writers have been awarded full scholarships to the 2013 Backspace Writers conference May 23-25 in New York City. Congratulations to the winners, and a big thank you to everyone who entered.

First Place: 74 LITTLE ZEBRA by Terri Hardin Jackson

Second Place: 101 FLIGHT RISK by Bobbi Dempsey

Third Place: 91 STEALING HAPPY by Marianne Sheldon

Scholarships cover registration fees (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) and Lane Shefter Bishop’s evening logline workshop ($765 value). Travel, hotel, and incidental expenses are the responsibility of scholarship winners.

 

Honorable Mentions

Because the contest outcome was so very close, the following 2 authors have been awarded partial scholarships to the 2013 Backspace Writers conference.

Scholarships cover registration fees (Thursday and Friday only), and Lane Shefter Bishop’s evening logline workshop ($625 value). Travel, hotel, and incidental expenses are the responsibility of scholarship winners.

46 THE FUNERAL SINGER by Linda Acorn Budzinski

2 ALEX DAILY: SOMETIMES SUPERHERO by Ashley Keene 

Also receiving commendation from our judges are the following entries:

106 I AM NOT HER by Heather Pemberton
102 LOVE DEATH SEX BETRAYAL by Kate Kaiser
98 IN ALPHA’S WAY by Kimberly Lekman
95 FOSTER MOM by Alicia Bien
90 LICKING THE BONES by Anna-Christina De La Iglesia
89 ELEVEN STARS by Brooke Younker
85 THE INEVITABILITY OF RETURN by Jocosa Wade
82 THE DOLPHIN NEXUS by Jennye Kamin
81 THANK YOU LETTERS by Colleen Only
78 BECOMING by Karen Y. Bynum
76 DARK PENITENCE by Holly Montague
75 OZNOG: OCCUPY WALL STREET AND THE ODYSSEY OF AN OUTLAW PEN by Patrick M Arthur
73 MYTH MANOR by Kathryn Leonard-Peck
72 THE GOOD DEMON by Ryan Hill
63 MULESKINNER by Kim Van Sickler
62 FINDING LOSS AMIDST LOSS by Alphonsine Imaniraguha
61 A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO BOB by Elizabeth Stolar
56 FIRE AND BLOOD by Martine Svanevik
52 ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF DARKNESS by Peter Hannah
50 THE DOORMAKER by Bailey Seybolt
40 WAVING BACKWARDS by Vickilynn Brunskill
39 BREEDING GROUNDS by Pamela Loring
37 MY HEART IS A WILDERNESS by Molly Gleeson
35 YOU WERE FOREVER by Kathleen Donohoe
33 SPRUNG by Heather Rawlings
30 SURGE by Kerri Sparks
29 THE DEVIL ON MY LEFT by Elizabeth O’Connor
28 LIAR’S POKER by Shaun Harris
20 NIGHT FALLS by Amanda Knoss
18 DEATH BY HIGH HEELS by Holly Dennler
15 ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL by Jenni Wiltz
14 A BOOK FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE LOST & FOUND by Malia Beine
10 THE ART OF BREAKING by Susan Crispell
8 BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Miranda Doerfler
5 WHAT STEPS WE CARRY by Brent van Staalduinen
1 FRAGILE LINE by Nicole Steinhaus

If you would like to revisit the entries, you can read them HERE.

RESULTS

  • Entry #2: ALEX DAILY: SOMETIMES SUPERHERO | Middle Grade Superhero Fantasy (31%, 2,340 Votes)
  • Entry 74: LITTLE ZEBRA : Memoir (8%, 599 Votes)
  • Entry 96: LOCKER 103 : MG Paranormal (8%, 570 Votes)
  • Entry 93: THE AMBROSIAL INVADER : Science fiction/fantasy (8%, 565 Votes)
  • Entry 66: IROQUOIS ANOMALY : Historical Mystery Romance (4%, 315 Votes)
  • Entry 36: THE VERRIER FILES | Suspense/Mystery (4%, 299 Votes)
  • Entry 63: MULESKINNER : Upper MG historical fiction with paranormal elements (4%, 269 Votes)
  • Entry 14: A BOOK FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE LOST & FOUND | Young Adult/ Sci Fi – Fantasy (4%, 261 Votes)
  • Entry 90: LICKING THE BONES : Paranormal/Urban fantasy (3%, 235 Votes)
  • Entry 68: NEW SMYRNA SWING : Mystery (3%, 222 Votes)
  • Entry 56: FIRE AND BLOOD | Urban Fantasy (3%, 219 Votes)
  • Entry 75: OZNOG: OCCUPY WALL STREET AND THE ODYSSEY OF AN OUTLAW PEN : Gonzo Journalism / Creative Non-Fiction (2%, 141 Votes)
  • Entry 40: WAVING BACKWARDS | Commercial Fiction (2%, 134 Votes)
  • Entry 13: BE ALL MY SINS REMEMBERED | suspense (2%, 125 Votes)
  • Entry 78: BECOMING : New Adult Urban Fantasy (2%, 112 Votes)
  • Entry 29: THE DEVIL ON MY LEFT | YA Supernatural (1%, 99 Votes)
  • Entry 108: THE PERENNIALS : Upmarket Women’s Fiction (1%, 83 Votes)
  • Entry 41: A POLISH VACATION | General Fiction (1%, 71 Votes)
  • Entry 52: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF DARKNESS | Alt-History/Steampunk/Sci-fi (1%, 69 Votes)
  • Entry 82: THE DOLPHIN NEXUS : Middle Grade Fiction (1%, 68 Votes)
  • Entry 103: ALTERNATE MERGE : Commercial fiction (1%, 66 Votes)
  • Entry 28: LIAR’S POKER | Commercial Fiction (1%, 64 Votes)
  • Entry 98: IN ALPHA’S WAY : Science Fiction (1%, 58 Votes)
  • Entry 83: WHEN THE WIND SINGS : Literary Fiction (1%, 56 Votes)
  • Entry 47: DEAR DIARY | Contemporary Romance (1%, 55 Votes)
  • Entry 84: THE SILENT MARCH : Young Adult Fiction (1%, 54 Votes)
  • Entry 16: CHOKE CHAIN | Urban Fantasy Romance (1%, 46 Votes)
  • Entry 109: THE IRON KNIGHT : Fantasy (1%, 46 Votes)
  • Entry 91: STEALING HAPPY : YA Contemporary (1%, 45 Votes)
  • Entry 101: FLIGHT RISK : YA realistic fiction (1%, 43 Votes)
  • Entry 39: BREEDING GROUNDS | Literary Fiction (1%, 42 Votes)
  • Entry 70: EYE OF THE STORM : YA Fantasy (1%, 40 Votes)
  • Entry 72: THE GOOD DEMON : YA Paranormal (0%, 34 Votes)
  • Entry 104: WHAT THE NIGHT BRINGS : suspense thriller (0%, 34 Votes)
  • Entry 25: THE END OF SEPTEMBER | Commercial Fiction (0%, 34 Votes)
  • Entry 59: BOOK OF JOBS | Memoir/Humor (0%, 29 Votes)
  • Entry 51: UNCONCEIVABLE | Adult Sci Fi (0%, 29 Votes)
  • Entry 102: LOVE DEATH SEX BETRAYAL : Non-fiction – Memoir (0%, 28 Votes)
  • Entry 89: ELEVEN STARS : YA Thriller (0%, 27 Votes)
  • Entry 38: EVENTIDE CHRONICLES | Fantasy (0%, 27 Votes)
  • Entry 32: DEAD MAN SINGING | Crime thriller (0%, 26 Votes)
  • Entry 37: MY HEART IS A WILDERNESS | memoir (0%, 26 Votes)
  • Entry 22: ANOTHER WAR YEAR | Young Adult (0%, 26 Votes)
  • Entry 106: I AM NOT HER : Mystery/Thriller (0%, 25 Votes)
  • Entry 110 | THIS GENERATION, TRIUMPHANTLY | Historical Fiction (0%, 25 Votes)
  • Entry 71: CHANGE OF HABIT : Fiction (0%, 24 Votes)
  • Entry 31: MISSING ALLELE | YA Futuristic Sci-Fi (0%, 23 Votes)
  • Entry 97: THE UNDERGROUND : YA Fiction (0%, 23 Votes)
  • Entry 81: THANK YOU LETTERS : Humor/Narrative Nonfiction/Religion (0%, 23 Votes)
  • Entry 95: FOSTER MOM : Fiction/fantasy (0%, 21 Votes)
  • Entry 65: BLOOD UNDER THE BRIDGE : Thriller (0%, 21 Votes)
  • Entry #7: UNSPOKEN | YA Fantasy (0%, 20 Votes)
  • Entry 77: REVEALED : Contemporary YA (0%, 19 Votes)
  • Entry 18: DEATH BY HIGH HEELS | Mystery (0%, 18 Votes)
  • Entry 61: A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO BOB | Literary Fiction (0%, 18 Votes)
  • Entry 87: PRIMAL UNION : Adult Science Fiction (0%, 17 Votes)
  • Entry #1: FRAGILE LINE | YA Suspense (0%, 17 Votes)
  • Entry 49: FACE CONTROL | Literary Fiction (0%, 16 Votes)
  • Entry 69: ABOVE THE GAME : Literary Fiction (0%, 16 Votes)
  • Entry 100: VIRAL : YA Action/Adventure (0%, 15 Votes)
  • Entry 58: HIGHWAY OF MIRRORS | espionage/suspense (0%, 15 Votes)
  • Entry 105: DEFYING GRAVITY : YA Sci-Fi Adventure (0%, 15 Votes)
  • Entry 107: UNBEARABLE LOSSES : Murder Mystery (0%, 14 Votes)
  • Entry 79: THE HEAT CONNECTION : Science Fiction (0%, 13 Votes)
  • Entry #10: THE ART OF BREAKING | young adult (0%, 13 Votes)
  • Entry 11: HERO | Middle Grade Fiction (0%, 13 Votes)
  • Entry 94: JUST A COUPLE OF DAMES : Historical Fiction/fantasy (0%, 13 Votes)
  • Entry #3: CHOKECHERRY | Contemporary Fiction (0%, 12 Votes)
  • Entry #8: BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW | fiction (0%, 12 Votes)
  • Entry 35: YOU WERE FOREVER | Literary fiction (0%, 11 Votes)
  • Entry 33: SPRUNG | Women’s Fiction (0%, 11 Votes)
  • Entry 17: TRISKELEON | YA fantasy (0%, 11 Votes)
  • Entry 92: SWEET DREAMS : Mainstream/romantic (0%, 11 Votes)
  • Entry 46: THE FUNERAL SINGER | Contemporary YA (0%, 11 Votes)
  • Entry 73: MYTH MANOR : Upper Middle Grade Paranormal (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Entry 19: ONE DREAM AWAY | horror (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Entry #4: SECONDS | young adult (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Entry 80: EYESORE : Contemporary Romance (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Entry #5: WHAT STEPS WE CARRY | Upscale/Literary (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Entry 88: IT FELT GREAT : YA Fiction (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Entry 12: BEANBLOSSOM VERSUS BOMBASTIC BANDITS | Middle Grade Mystery (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Entry 15: ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL | literary (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Entry 27: REVIVAL: THE DONALD BRASWELL STORY | Memoir (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Entry 30: SURGE | YA Sci-Fi (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Entry #6: THE GRAND DAM OF 250 YEARS OF HORSE RACING CHAMPIONS | historical (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Entry 67: BULLDOG : Criminal Suspense (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Entry 43: TRINITY | Women’s Fiction (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Entry 26: AZTEC SURFBOARD | Mystery (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Entry #9: THE WINTER JOURNEY | romantic thriller (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Entry 76: DARK PENITENCE : Mystery (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Entry 60: ALL THE WRONG GUYS | Up market commercial fiction/chick lit (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Entry 50: THE DOORMAKER | Middle Grade/Tween Fantasy (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Entry 45: NOT MY WILL, BUT HIS | Fiction (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Entry 54: INVISIBLE | YA Fiction (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Entry 86: AN OCCUPATION IN PARENTING : Parenting Non-Fiction (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Entry 23: THE STONETALKER | MG Fantasy (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Entry 24: LOSING MEADOW BROOK | Upmarket Fiction (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Entry 34: THE LAST SQUIREEN | Narrative Non-Fiction/Biography (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Entry 53: UNEASY LIES THE HEAD | Mystery (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Entry 48: UNDERAGE INNOCENCE | Mystery (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Entry 20: NIGHT FALLS | YA Fantasy (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Entry 99: THE ACADEMIC : Adventure Thriller (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Entry 55: THE LAST RE-WRITE | Science Fiction (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Entry 21: THE MAD KING OF BEAVER ISLAND | Alt History (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Entry 64: THE WIND CLOSET MEMORIES : Thriller/Mystery (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Entry 57: DARKNESS BETRAYED | YA paranormal (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Entry 42: ISSUE 339 | YA Up-market (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Entry 85: THE INEVITABILITY OF RETURN : Upmarket (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Entry 44: AN UNCOMMON BLUE | YA sci-fi (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Entry 62: FINDING LOSS AMIDST LOSS | NonFiction/Autobiography (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 7,435