Top Emerging Writers

Ryan Glasgo 

Ryan captivated us with his hauntingly beautiful short story, The Rock Fortress. Be sure to have a read of this glorious work.

"What talent this Ryan has.
I was really, genuinely blown away.
It was a treat to read it."

- Peter James

Read the rull review of Ryan's story written by our guest author, UK crime writer, Peter James.

Runner-up - K.M. Zahrt shocked and wowed with his racy short story, Pink Panties, Chocolate Pudding and a Proposal.

Read our interview with rising star and self-publishing guru, Ken Zahrt on our blog, here.


Nancy Bachana

Nancy's grittily realistic tale earned her first place in The Pen Factor December 2015 International Writing Competition. The inspiration for Twenty-Three Hundred came from a real-life interaction with a co-worker at McDonalds when Nancy worked there during high school. Nancy started writing fiction in 2009 as an outlet from a creatively stifling job and is now in the process of revising her young adult novel. She dreams of being a published writer who can inspire girls and young women to take action, explore and accomplish things. She would be ecstatic to write books that readers will treasure and share long after they've been read.

Read Twenty-Three Hundred on our leaderboard.
Read Nancy's full interview on our blog, here.

Our December 2015 guest judge was Susan Moody, acclaimed British crime-writer.
This is what Susan wrote about Nancy's story:

"Twenty-Three Hundred. Extremely well-realized and sympathetic characters. Very believable 'plot' and well-portrayed rationale. Nothing predictable about this story and the poignant twist at the end was excellent. Like all good short stories, the author has captured a moment in time as precisely as a painter, and offered it to us without fanfare. So congratulations, Nancy Bachana."