PenCraft Book Awards proudly announces its fictional book award winners for the 2023 7th Annual PenCraft Book Award Competition. Despite the chaos and tragedy that plague our world, our winning authors have crafted captivating tales that provide respite from it and instead transport you to incredible worlds, adventures, mysteries, romances, and more. Their stories have the power to make a lasting impact, whether by offering hope or simply evoking laughter. We are honored to present their award-winning stories to the world.
HOUSTON, Nov. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- PenCraft Book Awards announced the 2023 1st Place Fiction Winners of the 7th Annual PenCraft Book Awards Competition. The Awards give recognition of the outstanding literary talents of established and emerging writers, illustrators, poets, and historians. The winners were chosen from a pool of 1120 book submissions by an independent panel of judges.
The PenCraft literary book award is an impartial, authoritative, and enduring honor for writers. Our purpose is to shine a spotlight on these talented individuals and provide a platform for their works to be discovered by book lovers everywhere. In the past seven years, we have made great strides towards achieving this goal, curating a "must-read" book list from our winning authors.
"Supporting our talented authors is our top priority. That's why we launched the PenCraft Book Awards almost a decade ago," stated editor-in-chief David Hearne. "These awards proudly recognize and honor the remarkable range of fictional tales crafted by our talented authors."
Some of this year's winners have made their debut appearance in the PenCraft Seasonal Literary Awards. The 2023 fiction winners are a spectacular testament to the breadth of the literary landscape represented by the many submissions and the strength of the talented writing.
Throughout history, writers have played an essential role in society. They have the power to bring us joy, laughter, tears, and an array of emotions. Most importantly, they provide us with escapism - a temporary escape from reality. In the midst of tragedy and chaos, storytellers offer us a chance to forget about our own problems and immerse ourselves in their fantastical worlds. It is often that their work will have a profound impact on someone's life - offering hope or bringing laughter. The stories created by our award-winning authors are their gift to the world.
Our 2023 PenCraft Book Award 1st Place Fictional Winners are:
Fiction - Drama Cooper's Promise BY Timothy Jay Smith
Fiction - Fantasy A Lust for Blood BY K.C. Smith
Fiction - General Drunk Talk BY Mike Davis
Fiction - Historical The Silver Waterfall: A Novel of the Battle of Midway BY Kevin Miller
Fiction - Horror River of Ashes BY Alexandrea Weis
Fiction - Humor Water Memory BY Tom Strelich
Fiction - Intrigue Bucharest Legacy BY William Maz
Fiction - Mystery - General The Nocturnal Devil BY Miguel Angel Hernandez Jr.
Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth Murder in the Master BY Judy L Murray
Fiction - Paranormal Grave Secrets BY Cassandra Aston
Fiction - Realistic London Bridge BY Steven Dhondt
Fiction - Science Fiction ReInception BY Sarena Straus
Fiction - Short Stories/Anthologies Vengefully Yours BY J Rose Black
Fiction - Southern The Hammerhead Chronicles BY Scott Gould
Fiction - Supernatural The Stars At Knight BY Rob Bartley
Fiction - Suspense The Glades BY John Netti
Fiction - Thriller - General Stable BY Cam Torrens
Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist GUIDANCE TO DEATH BY Daniel Meier
Fiction - Women Moments Like This BY Anna Gomez Kristoffer Polaha
Graphic Novel/Comic There is No Shrimp... And Other Lies My Mother Told Me BY Kenny Loui
Audio Books Water Memory BY Tom Strelich
Children - 4th-6th Toby's Tale BY Jennifer Freedman
Children - Animals Books Dandelion BY Kim Carr
Children - Christian Books Girls Can BY Deb Preston
Children - Concept Children Who Dance in the Rain BY Susan Justice
Children - Dealing With Emotions The Golden Bee BY Dana Storino
Children - Early Childhood Education Baby Dragon's Big Sneeze BY Sheryl Bass
Children - Fantasy & Magic The Pennymores and the Curse of the Invisible Quill BY Eric Koester
Children - K-3rd - Fable ROO'S FINE FLAPPING DAY BY Auralee Arkinsly
Children - K-3rd - General Modern Farms BY Jacqueline Nix
Children - Literature TAYLOR BEFORE AND AFTER BY Jennie Englund
Children - Mystery & Wonders The Book Bandit BY Caron Pescatore
Children - Nature Books The Butterfly House BY Sarah John
Children - Preschool Mystery Feelings BY Joy Gallivan
Children - Preteen Erift's Journeys: Secrets of The Sealed Forest BY J.T. Tenera
Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi Guardian Angel Academy BY Tamara Hart Heiner
Christian - Fiction Outside of Grace BY Anna Daugherty
Christian - Historical Fiction Porch Music BY Kathy Maresca
Christian - Living Learning on the Fly and Laughing Till I Cry BY Deb Preston
Christian - Romance God Must've Spent a Little More Time on You BY GIOVANNI FLORES
Fiction - Action INTHE LAIR OF LEGENDS BY David Buzan
Fiction - Adventure As Far As You Can Go Before You Have To Come Back BY Alle C. Hall
Fiction - Chick Lit Paloma In A Pickle BY Annette G. Anders
Fiction - Cultural The Paper Route BY Jacqueline Cayer Nelson McDonald
Poetry/Music A Brighter TOMORROW BY Lori Schneider
Romance - Contemporary The Outcast BY Eve Riley
Romance - Erotica Dragum BY K.c. LaSaga
Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Chimera Bounty BY Ember Holt
Romance - Historical Falling for Elizabeth Bennet - 2nd Edition BY Debra-Ann Kummoung
Romance - Suspense Chasing Justice BY Kathleen Donnelly
Young Adult - Coming of Age Thaddeus of Beewicke BY Louis Sauvain
Young Adult - Fantasy/Sci-Fi Discovery of the Five Senses BY K.N. Smith
Young Adult - General The Mental Fight Of Your Life BY Freddie Floyd Jr
Editor-in-Chief David Hearne stated, "Literature lies at the core of our comprehension of our role in the world, and it gives me immense joy to recognize the remarkable intellects, writers, and illustrators who have made exceptional contributions in the literary world. It's writers like our first-place winners who hold the power to shape the future of the literary realm. We hope that our endorsement of their creative endeavors will inspire them to persist in their work. Numerous contemporary authors, who have become renowned in the present day, owe their discovery and recognition to literary awards that have validated and thrust them into the limelight."
In the vast sea of new books, it's easy for authors to fade into obscurity. In today's world, the journey to literary success is arduous and very solitary. However, winning a book award can be a game-changer, increasing visibility, credibility, and setting authors apart from the crowd. Winning a book award has the power to transform an author's career, making them stand out among their peers. The win not only helps to expand an author's audience but also instills confidence in buyers who choose a book adorned with the gold PenCraft Book Award Seal.
Throughout history, writers have played an essential role in society. They have the power to bring us joy, laughter, tears, and an array of emotions. Most importantly, they provide us with escapism - a temporary escape from reality. Amid tragedy and chaos, storytellers offer us a chance to forget about our problems and immerse ourselves in their fantastical worlds. It is often that their work will have a profound impact on someone's life - offering hope or bringing laughter. The stories created by our award-winning authors are their gift to the world.
The PenCraft Book Award competition is an annual literary contest that strives to give all authors an equal opportunity for recognition of their works to the reading public. Its goal is to make the competition inspiring, fun, and open to all authors. The PenCraft Book Awards receive hundreds of nominated books, but only a small percentage win. Editor-in-Chief, David Hearne stated, "We think our winners are the best. We hope to continue being a conduit to introducing new authors and their fantastic new books to the reading public."
PenCraft Book Awards started with an idea—from an author in 2015 who felt it was unfair that many authors were excluded from numerous book competitions because of who published their book or the prohibitive entry fees. So he gathered a few people together and set up shop to launch a new company that would allow all authors to compete on the same level.
What PenCraft Book Awards would look like today was unknown, but the founders knew their commitment to empowering all authors to succeed—wouldn't change. Since then, PenCraft Book Awards have bolstered authors worldwide, and they will continue looking for new ways to help authors achieve recognition and financial rewards for their creativity.
For media inquiries and interviews with the winners, please contact:
David Hearne, PenCraft Book Award Editor-In-Chief
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