BeaconLit Second Year 500-word comp Round 9 – April 2019 winners announced

Drum roll please… BeaconLit’s penultimate month’s results. The competition closes for overall judging at the end of this month!


We are delighted to announce the top three stories from April’s entries are (in alphabetical order):

Favourite stories:

  • A Public/Private Enterprise
  • The Shed
  • Upper Fiddling Town Council

Narrow missed out:

  • Missing Without Trace
  • Sausages
  • The Numbers Game

The three top stories will now go through to the final judging and the top ten prize-winning authors (not necessarily the same as the top ten stories as no author can win more than one prize) will be announced at the 2019 BeaconLit literary festival on Saturday 13th July. As with most months, there were more than three stories that could have made the top three but those that did were either closer to the theme or stronger (provoked more of a reaction after reading) so don’t be disheartened if yours hasn’t been mentioned.

If your story isn’t listed in the above three, you are welcome to do whatever you like with your…

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And Hitman Sam’s debut tour comes to a close

They say all good things come to an end and this has been way beyond good. The feedback I’ve received on my first born has been amazing…

The seventh and final day of the tour ended with…

I wrote the crime lad lit novella (48,000 words) Hitman Sam in 2008 and over the years, edited it, left it to marinate, re-edited it, put it back and finally this year (2016), I edited it again and sent it to my beta readers who were kind enough to give me their feedback which led to more alterations and finally, on November 2nd, it was published! It is available for 99c / 99p (or the equivalent in your country) via (links to Amazon in your country) or directly via etc.

Tagline: Newly-redundant Sam is looking for a new adventure – a cryptic advert gives him that and more.

Blurb: Newly-redundant software designer Sam Simpson is looking for a new adventure – a cryptic advert in his local paper gives him that, and more. With two women vying for his affection, going behind their backs isn’t the smartest things he’s ever done.

In case you missed any this tour kicked off at the following locations (arranged by the fabulous Sarah Hardy @BOTBSPublicity).

Monday 13th:

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