Adventure Story Contest, My Writing Journey

Announcing the Winners of the ASF Short Story Contest!

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*Before you do anything else, push play on this video. You will want Victory music playing while you enjoy the inaugural ASF Short Story Contest results!*

Back in November, I got this hairbrained idea to put together a short story contest based off a book cover I’d randomly been designing just for kicks. I put some feelers out, and BAM! some people were like, “Heck yeah! I wanna do that.” SO here we are!

It was an absolute blast reading all the entries…well, all except the judging part. I would rather not do that part, but the stories are inspiring. It’s thrilling to see all the passion and talent.

Thank you to every person who submitted to the contest! The coolest part is that we’re going to put together an anthology of Adventurous Scifi & Fantasy stories. Once we’ve polished these babies up and made them shine, we’ll slap ’em into a BE-a-U-tiful book that everyone will want to read and pass around to their friends.

I CANNOT wait.

Now, without further Ado…

Your Adventure Scifi & Fantasy Contest Winners

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3rd Place goes to the talented Audrey Driscoll for “Blue Rose”

Woohoo! Congrats, Audrey!

3rd place receives

  1. An interview or author profile right here on this website w/social media shares on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram once a week for a month
  2. Inclusion in the anthology w/special recognition
  3. A Print copy of the Anthology (or ebook if outside the US)

Make sure to pop over to Audrey’s blog and congratulate her directly:

But there’s not just one winner here! Oh no, sirree!

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2nd Place goes to the extra talented Joy E. Rancatore for “Ealiverel Awakened”

Take a bow, Joy!

2nd place receives

  1. One custom ebook cover designed by Rachael
  2. An interview or author profile this here website w/social media shares on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram twice a week for a month
  3. Inclusion in the anthology w/special recognition
  4. A Print Copy of the Anthology (or ebook if outside the US)

Here’s where you can go to find and congratulate Joy directly:

And last but not least, we gotta give some props to our first place winner…

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First Place goes to the uber imaginative and talented R.J. Rodda for “Chosen for the Fox-dance”

Yeah, yeah, yeah!!! Woot woot! Congrats, Rebekah!

1st place receives

  1. One custom book cover designed by Rachael for both print and ebook
  2. Winning story shared right here!
  3. An interview or author profile w/social media shares on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram 2 times a week for 2 months
  4. Winning story included first in the anthology w/super special recognition
  5. 2 print copies of the Anthology (or ebook if outside the US)

And you’re in luck because RJ has a Wattpad account where you can read more of her inspiring work: RJ Rodda on Wattpad

Holy WOW!

I’m so excited about these winning stories and more! Some of the numbers were very close, and these three were only separated by a point each! Wowza!

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Congratulations to RJ Rodda, Joy E. Rancatore, Audrey Driscoll, Angie Thompson, Kylie Ludlow, E.E. Rawls, Roger Jacob, Victoria Lynn, Gary Jefferies, and Barb Taub for making it into the top ten! Congrats also go to Sha’Tara, Kristina P., Debbie Whittam, David Jesson, and V.P. Grey!!!! I cannot wait to work with you all more on this anthology!

Contest Ebook Cover

The next few months are going to be focused on any editing and revising we can do so that the anthology book will be polished to a blinding sheen and show off the shining talent of all the authors included within the pages. I am beyond excited to share their talent with you! Their stories will take you on adventures and startle your senses. Totally cannot wait!


What do you think? Is this something you might want to join in another round? I’m always looking for ways to encourage and grow talent, passion, and drive!

And in case you missed how this whole thing worked, here’s a link to the contest info and rules:

69 thoughts on “Announcing the Winners of the ASF Short Story Contest!”

    1. Haha IF there’s another time. I’m woefully short on time and this is a big project! But seriously, Simon, it would be so great to have you participate. Will you come back to Blog Battle, do you think? I believe we’ll get it restarted this summer. 😀


  1. Congratulations to the winners! I can’t wait to read the stories. 🙂

    And I can’t believe it took me so long to be get to this post. I really need to be more consistent in the blogosphere. :/

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  2. Thanks for organising the contest, Rachael! It was awesome being a part of it. Looking forward to reading all the other stories ^_^

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    1. So glad to hear it, Kylie! I’m working through notes, corrections, and suggested revisions right now. I’m so excited to get this anthology together! Thank you for being a part of it!


  3. Reblogged this on Fiction is Food and commented:
    Rachael Ritchey announced the winners of the ASF short story competition. Huge congratulations to the top three winners and accolades to the runners up who will be featuring in the up-coming anthology The Crux.

    I will be featuring a post dedicated to this soon. …

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    1. Good to know! It takes a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it to support my fellow authors with a fun contest and the possibility of publication in an anthology that supports a good cause! 🙂

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        1. I’m sure I will…after I recover from this one. haha j/k
          Actually, I used to run a writing prompt called #BlogBattle that a couple of my former participants are going to help me reinvigorate. It’s a great way to meet other writers, gain support, and work on the craft. Keep an eye out for that too!

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            1. I changed the format too much, I think, and participation petered out after. We’re going to revamp and move to a once a month model while returning to a slightly more freestyle approach again. It need to be a fun challenge and not feel like work! 🙂
              Thanks! I’m looking forward to getting it started again and having new names and faces join the crowd!

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  4. Reblogged this on heroicallybadwriter and commented:
    Remember Rachael’s SF/Fantasy competition. Well here are the results folks.
    Keep a look out on Rachael’s blog because there all sorts of interesting writing things popping up

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  5. This was a truly rewarding experience! Thanks Rachael for the opportunity! Looking forward to the next step.


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  6. I’m thrilled to be in the top 3 and delighted to see names I recognize from the blogosphere (Roger, Sha’Tara, Barb!) among the top 10 and in the anthology list. Thanks, Rachael, for having the idea and organizing the contest!

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  7. Congratulations to the winners and everyone that entered including the dear Rachael Ritchey for having the idea in the first place. Really looking forward to the next phase and seeing it all assembled into something rather special.

    Will reblog this tomorrow just because I can 😂

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  8. This was such a fun experience and I am so excited to work with you Rachel during the following process! Congrats to all the winners especially the top 3 😛 This was such a fun contest and I would definitely love to do something like it again!
    ~TTFN, Somebody, Somewhere over the rainbow

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