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The Contest



And the 2015 Winner is…

Terminal Regression by Mallory Hill

Mallory Hill is a nineteen-year-old anthropology major at Indiana University.  Here’s what she had to say about her contest winning novel, Terminal Regression: “Terminal Regression is set in a world where purpose is everything and passion is taken for grMallory Hillanted.  It follows Laura Baily, a self-proclaimed failure, as she embarks on a suicide attempt that results in her discovery of a secret, socially rejected community.  While her own life seems listless and without meaning, she becomes wrapped up in the trials and sufferings of those around her.  It becomes a sort of obsessive quest for justice and identity as she searches for a reason to live and fights to keep that reason safe.”

Regarding the contest-winning novel and its author, Lou Aronica, President and Publisher of The Story Plant, said, “Mallory Hill is a tremendously gifted writer. She was a runner-up in last year’s contest, and Terminal Regression took our imaginations for a ride. We are thrilled to have it as our winner and very excited about publishing it.”

And congratulations to our runners up….

Live Shadows by Heather Wittmer

Gambits by Kelly Shaw

The Game of Five by Robert Wayne McCoy

Diamonds in the Woods by Stef Kramer

The Future’s Dark Past by John Yarrow



2015 Short Story Contest Winners:

These three amazing stories will be included in the next Authors First anthology, which will come later this year and will also feature original contributions from other Story Plant authors.
Join by Eric Andersson
Ollie by Carmen Siegers
Tonic and Spirits by Craig Ham




This could be you!

Christopher SlaterThe first Authors First Novel Competition was won by Christopher Slater for his novel Pup. Christopher won a $5,000 prize, a book contract with The Story Plant, an iPad mini, and a year’s worth of Story Plant books. But more significantly, he found a dedicated publisher that has committed itself aggressively to publishing Pup well and launching this promising author’s career.

Learn more about last year’s winners


Pup CoverPup, subtitled “a novel of accidental heroism” will be published in paperback by The Story Plant and in digital by its sister company Fiction Studio Books on June 16, 2015. It will be marketed with a major social media campaign, bookseller promotion, e-mail marketing, a significant review effort, and more.


Cara SueMeanwhile, Pup wasn’t the only book deal to come out of the first Authors First novel contest. The Story Plant has also signed one of the runners up, Cara Sue Achterberg to a three-book deal. Her first novel, I’m Not Her, will be published on August 4, 2015, and Cara is already attracting film and translation rights interest.


Portable MagicThe eighteen winners of the first Authors First Short Story Competition will be published by The Story Plant and Fiction Studio Books in the anthology Portable Magic, which goes on sale July 7, 2015. The range of stories we received for this competition was truly impressive, and the anthology is a rich and varied reading experience.