Awards $1,000 Prize in First Annual Novel Contest; ‘Good Morning, Magpie’ Wins Editor’s Choice

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Zachary Gilpin wins Editor’s Choice award in AuthorStand’s First Annual Novel Contest for his novel “Good Morning, Magpie.”

Young author, Zachary Gilpin, takes home the coveted prize of Editor’s Choice in AuthorStand’s First Annual Novel Contest gaining free publicity and $1,000 for his novel “Good Morning, Magpie.”

Gilpin’s novel about a dove, a magpie and the world coming to an end adds to the growing list of Editor’s Choice winners on AuthorStand, an online community where aspiring authors post works to build readership and launch their writing careers.

When asked about receiving top honors, Gilpin said, “For someone who got their start writing fanfics and serial flash fiction on the internet, that is a tremendous ego boost.” Gilpin dishes about his novel and inspiration in his interview with AuthorStand founder Joe Niewierski.

Good Morning, Magpie” and thousands of other novels and short stories, in a variety of genres, are available for download, most for free, on

The AuthorStand First Annual Novel Contest kicked off in January 2011 and received nearly 150 qualifying entries in genres ranging from sci-fi, fantasy, crime, horror, humor and more.

To determine the first and second prize winners, the ratings given to each novel by members of the Authorstand community were combined with judges’ scores.

AuthorStand Founder Joe Niewierski says, “The contest was a huge success in helping authors gain exposure for their work and we’re currently taking entries for our Second Annual Novel Contest which wraps up later this year.”

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