Jaidyn Groth

Best described as 'a unicorn in pyjamas', I spend most of my days consuming too much coffee, writing contemporary YA, fantasy and murder mysteries and travelling around my home country of Australia. I am lucky enough to be working as a hiking tour guide in the middle of a global pandemic, which is a sentence I never thought I'd write. Recently, I have started a collaborative project with some fellow writers to launch a fantasy fiction magazine--a project that officially launches in Jan 2022.

When I'm not up all night thinking of ways that my characters can be delayed in their victories, I'm often found dancing in forests, hugging trees or attempting to run 5km without breaking an ankle. 

Teenagers in a mental health camp try to track down a mysterious author, all the while trying to deal with their own mental health issues. *Silver Linings Playbook meets Looking for Alaska*
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Keith Wheeler Thu, 17/06/2021 - 21:56

This is such a great story and about an important topic that isn't covered enough in modern writing. I typically don't like present tense in writing, but in this story it works so very well! This is the type of story that I want to see more of. You grabbed me in within just the first few paragraphs and kept me wanting to know what happens next. 

Both the story progression and the dialogue are captivating.

Great job!

Diane Callahan Fri, 18/06/2021 - 04:12

I’ve read this entry three times already because I loved it so much. The flow, the characterization, the humor, the VOICE—all incredibly on point. This story has serious John Green energy, and mental health is an evergreen subject in young adult fiction, as are sarcastic, jaded narrators. I already smell the enemies-to-lovers romance being set up, and I’m here for it (unless my foreshadowing radar is out of whack). Even though many of the tropes here are very familiar to me as a YA reader and writer, the vivacious style breathes new life into the subgenre.

Helen Hart Wed, 07/07/2021 - 14:33

Love your work. I enjoyed The Cursed Pirate and wanted to see more of your writing. I am not disappointed! This is sensational. You manage your characters with confidence and your dialogue is realistic and funny, while dealing with what feels like some pretty serious themes in this story. 

You have some great lines. One of my favourites is: tans like a steak on a grill...

Excited to see what you do next.

Keith Garton Sat, 28/08/2021 - 18:12

I was sure this was written by a male writer.  Excellent work!  I absolutely loved the spot-on ado banter.  I'd definitely want this novel in my collection!  As publisher of a controversial novel about a young boy on the spectrum, I know how important, but extremely difficult it is to get narratives told well dealing with issues like this one. 

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