Press Release: Hugh Howey and Booktrack Announce Winners of Global Literacy Competition
NEW YORK - (September 8, 2014) - Bestselling science fiction author Hugh Howey, and eBook soundtrack company Booktrack (www.booktrack.com), today announced the winners of The Hugh Howey Booktrack Competition, one of the world's largest literary competitions, with a total prize pool of $20,000. The global competition offered self-published writers and sound enthusiasts the unique opportunity to submit their work for prizes and a chance to collaborate with Howey. The winner of the fan-fiction writing category is Elodie West for her submission "World Eater," based on Howey's recent bestseller Half Way Home. Jamie Terry is the winner of the soundtrack category for her soundtrack submission accompanying a chapter from Half Way Home.
When asked about the winning submissions, Howey responded: "When done right, nothing sets the mood for an engaging read like a great Booktrack. I love what the winners-and all of the finalists-pulled off. There is no greater honor than seeing others play in your sandbox and watching them build something more beautiful than you yourself imagined."
The winning entries from West and Terry were selected by Howey from among more than 200 submissions. In total, competition entries were read more than 50,000 times during the two-month contest period.
West's fan-fiction piece can be found on the Booktrack site here: http://www.booktrack.com/hughhowey-fanfictioncontest
Terry's Half Way Home soundtrack can also be accessed via the website here: http://www.booktrack.com/hughhowey-soundtrackcontest
West and Terry will each be receiving $5,000 for their winning submissions. In addition, Howey will be offering Terry the opportunity to co-produce a Booktrack for his latest novel The Hurricane, and West will receive editorial feedback from Howey on up to 10,000 words of original writing.
Other finalists in the fan-fiction category included: Elayne Griffith for "Glory, The Gospel of Oliver;" Emily MacGowan for "Half Way Home: LOADED;" Peter John Ravlich for "Coming of Age;" and Roz Marshall for "The Final Solution." Finalists in the soundtrack category included: Clayton Smith; Jim Knowes; Randolf Smeets; and Sue Copsey for their Half Way Home accompanying soundtrack submissions. All finalists will each receive a prize of $1,000.