You all had three months to produce 5,000 words of speculative fiction, and now it’s come down to this!

We had over 40 entries, and now we’ve whittled it down to the 5 that stood above the rest. We are so impressed with the quality of work from everyone who participated, which made it so difficult to decide on a top 5. This is why we’re more than thrilled to have our judge, Jobie Baldwin, enter the picture and provide the final verdict!

The grand prize is a big one - $5000 in editing services and smaller packages for 2nd and 3rd place.

This contest is something we will be doing for years to come due to the high participation and feedback we’ve received from the worldwide writing community, so join our exclusive Author’s Hand Writing Community for all the earliest news and details on future contests that will give you a leg up on the competition. It’s also a wonderful space to share ideas, new book releases, and learn from fellow authors.

In the meantime, you can read the top 5 Author’s Hand Writing Contest speculative short stories below. Good luck to the Top 5!

Dogwood Stains - Kaleigh West

Elegy of the Gidat - Eme’ Savage

Glass and Thread - Jessi Johnson

Landanium - Shana Krisiloff

The Artifact - Adrian Holmes


JOBIE BALDWIN is the author of the Young-Adult Fantasy novels, Ink (2018), Flak (2019) and Raven (2019). She always wanted to be a poet when she grew up, but since her poetry sucks, and she needed to be able to feed herself, she trained to survey houses instead.

In 2010, Jobie joined a writers’ collective, Café Three Zero and contributed short stories to their published anthologies Tales from the Cafe and Red. She is currently working on the next book in her Pack Series, Sophie, and is planning to write the final instalment of her Tribe Series, Lexy, in 2020.

Jobie lives near London with her husband and their two rescue dogs Lori (the Greyhound) and Monty (the Podenco). She says, “I’m vegan, I’m a biker, but the thing I love most of all is writing down the stories my characters whisper to me while I'm asleep.”