Congratulations to the Winners of the 2022 Launch Pad Prose Competition! We want to thank our industry judges and partners for their help in making these selections, and also want to thank all of the amazing writers who shared their stories with us.
We are thrilled to announce our two Grand Prize Winners, as well as our three Launch Pad Mentorship Selections, and our Guaranteed Signing Selection with partner Gravity Squared Entertainment.
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Grand Prize Winners
Winner – Best Book
THE PARIS CONNECTION by Lorraine Brown
Hannah and Si are in love and on the same track – that is, until their train divides on the way to a wedding. The next morning, Hannah wakes up in Paris and realises that her boyfriend (and her ticket) are 300 miles away in Amsterdam. Could one split second change her life forever?
Winner – Best Short Story
WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A NO ONE by Celia Rettenmaier
The Kairohan tribe passes down identities like family heirlooms: Every so often, Addie becomes Nerre and Nerre becomes Rawn and so forth in a way that’s as close to body swapping as possible without science fiction. So when an American anthropologist arrives, she’s forced to reconcile her own identity.
Selected by Mentor – Tommy Wallach
MEET JACK by Catherine Keane
Kathleen can work exceptionally hard to find a mediocre relationship with a man or she can test the waters with a new option.
Selected by Mentor – Britta Lundin
THE WRONGDOERS by Becca Mann
It’s finally time for teenage twins, rule-following Charlotte and rebel Zandra, to leave behind their post-apocalyptic society known as Purgatory for a simulated paradise. But when the twins discover there may be more beyond the desert community they grew up in, they’re forced to choose between each other and eternity.
Selected by Mentor – Scott Thomas
THESE WOODS by Allison Mick
Logging is the most dangerous job in North America, especially in the Humboldt County redwoods where the trees fight back.
Guaranteed Signing Selection with Gravity Squared Entertainment
ART OF THE KILL by Joe Cooke
When a troubled teen ends up on the street, a covert agency kidnaps her and pits her against two other girls in a brutal game of survival with the last one standing taking her place as the agency’s next young assassin.