2020 Awards Highly Commended

Congratulations to our Highly Commended entrants! Please join us in congratulating them and wishing them well in their writing journey. You can leave comments at the bottom of their profile.

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Kitiera Morey is a lively perfectionist with the mouth of a drunken sailor. When she’s not singing off-key for the entire world to hear or feeding her Sonic the Hedgehog addiction, Kitiera searches for the next action adventure or supernatural book to devour in a single night. She lives in New York

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Hi, I'm Chas, I come from a film background, so I'm going from one form of storytelling to another hoping I can better broaden my craft and keep creative in these uncertain times. I've made a few award-winning short films and I always have a script on the back-burner, but I am excited to venture

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RICHARD ATTREE grew up in London in the 1960s—an exciting time, and place, to be a teenager. By the mid-1970s, he had a degree in philosophy and was playing keyboards in various unsuccessful jazz, rock, and soul bands. He always wanted to be a writer, but was diverted into writing music rather than

Rosemary Esehagu is a novelist and poet.

Rosemary Esehagu is a mom, a novelist, a and a poet who was born in Nigeria. She is a believer in pursuing different interests and embracing one’s self. Her works typically focus on identity, self-concept, and social issues. The mind and the role external and internal forces play to shape the mind

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I've spent my life working as a traveling musician. Along the way, I've met some interesting people and seen some indescribable things. Although my books are works of fiction, they are based on real people I've met and the amazing places I've been. For over 4 decades, along with my wife Dana, we

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"The Unfolding of Time," by Peryn Roel, is about three siblings who embark on an incredible adventure through the Realms of Llalethar. The story centers around a prophecy said to involve three human children and is filled with eccentric creatures that are met along the way. Peryn's ideas drew from

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I am a writer who has recently found true joy in fatherhood and story writing from a Creative Writing degree from the University of Washington. Now in Colorado with wife and child, I have continued to explore my fascinations in the concepts of complex emotions and the elusive soul; finding my own

David N Robinson

A while ago, I was a partner and chief operating officer in a major accounting firm, and latterly held the same role in an international law firm. It took me 36 years and several million air miles to do, arguably, what I should have done several years earlier: give up the day job and focus on a

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Walt Larimore is a Colorado-based family physician and a prolific writer having authored or co-authored over 30 books and over 1000 in a wide variety of lay and professional journals and magazines. His best-selling books include the "Bryson City" memoirs, four novels, and books on health, marriage

Oliver Richbell

After spending over a decade as a lawyer Oliver now runs a dispute resolution consultancy that helps businesses avoid, manage and resolve their commercial disputes through dialogue and negotiation. He is also Chairman of Bedfordshire’s region of Wooden Spoon, a national charity that helps socially

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Rhoda Baxter writes romantic comedies about strong women and nice guy heroes. She also writes multicultural women’s fiction, under her real name, Jeevani Charika. Her books have been shortlisted for various awards. She was born in the South of England, but spent much of her childhood in Sri Lanka

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C.L. Wells is an indie author who writes in a variety of genres including murder mystery, YA, and paranormal fiction. He is the founder of Creative Writing with a Mission.

Emily MacNevin

Emily MacNevin is a freelance music journalist, currently writing for Prog, Spin (USA) and Record Collector magazines. She has been freelancing since she was 21 after completing multiple work experience placements at local newspapers including West Sussex County Times and Dorking Advertiser where

BrookeSivendra

Brooke Sivendra lives in Adelaide, Australia with her husband and two furry children—Milly, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and Izzy, an Australian black Kelpie who keeps Brooke running around in her down time! Brooke has a degree in Nuclear Medicine and worked in the field of medical research before

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Halima Khatun is a former journalist (having worked for ITV and the BBC), writer and PR consultant. Since she was a child, she knew that words would be her thing. With a lifelong passion for writing, Halima wrote her first novel - a coming-of-age children’s story - at the age of 12. It was politely

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As writer, director, and editor, my films include THE GREENSTONE NARRATED BY ORSON WELLES (34 minutes available on YouTube), THE FIFTH VICTIM WAS TRUTH (45 minute Cinemascope thesis film from Boston University, also available on YouTube), and comedy feature AS LONG AS IT TAKES currently on festival

Portrait of the author Dominic Hayes

Since childhood Dominic enjoyed stories. An avid reader in his youth, he had always wanted to write fiction, but rarely found the time. After University, he taught for three years at a secondary school in the West Midlands, followed by two years in West Africa. On his return to the UK, he married

John Righten

John has delivered medical aid to orphanages and hospitals across the globe, including Romania during the revolution, and South America and Bosnia during the war. His Rogues novels are based on the characters he encountered during his many dangerous missions, when he enlisted unlikely support from

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Jeff Elkins's work blends a deep love for people and life in an urban setting with supernatural, plot-twisting, fast-paced storytelling. He loves writing diverse heroes, making readers experience deep emotions, and telling stories that keep readers guessing. In 2014, after working in nonprofits for

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Hi! I’m Suzanne; a proud Mum & Mamgu (Welsh for Grandmother), English Teacher, Usui Reiki Master Teacher, NLP Practitioner, Mental Health First Aider, Counsellor and Coach from South Wales who currently lives and works in West Yorkshire. I like to consider myself as the honorary English settler who

Richard F Novak in his sculpture studio

Novak divided his time as a physician between teaching medical students and working in his sculpture studio. To further his passion for sculpture he spent a year travelling throughout Italy studying the Italian sculptors. His academic position required the usual dictum, “publish or perish” and he

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Robert Fear has lived in Eastbourne, on the south coast of the UK, for half his life. He moved there to be with Lynn, his future wife, and is still there with her over thirty years later. As cat-lovers they have taken on several rescue cats over the years and are owned by three at the moment. For

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Michael Jack Webb graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida and obtained his J. D. from the same university. Over the past forty years he’s travelled the world in search of adventure. He’s a history buff, both ancient and modern, and is fascinated by the intersection of the scientific

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I am a retired police officer, retiring at the rank of Captain, in charge of the Criminal Investigation Division at the Dubuque, Iowa, Police Department. At Arm's Length is my first book, and am currently working on two other books.

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Jessica Bird is best known for her loving, cheerful approach to life. Her work is written from a place of vulnerability, honesty, and a desire to truly empower readers to live their full potential. Jessica lives on the Oregon coast, a dream-come-true central to the publishing of her second book

Min Day

Min Day is a freelance writer and has worked with public and health organisations as well as in the corporate world. Min developed Love Letters, a dark, psychological novel, after writing about domestic abuse for a local authority. In the book, Min delves into the deepest flaws of her characters to

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An award-winning novelist, Beth Barany writes science fiction and fantasy for young adults and adults. Her first novel Henrietta The Dragon Slayer won Grand Prize in a California Indie Author contest. Based in Oakland, California, with her husband, Ezra Barany, also a novelist, Beth has lived abroad

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A Murder on the Border formed in my mind over the course of nearly ten years. It filled my dreams, haunted my steps on the treadmill, and robbed my attention during meetings at work. Finally, in 2018, I decided I would write the story, if only to get it out of my head. Although I had always been