Greg Wyss receives national recognition through the New York City Big Book Awards

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The NYC Big Book Award recognized "When Life Was Like a Cucumber" by Greg Wyss in the category of Historical Fiction as a Distinguished Favorite. The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected winners and distinguished favorites are based on overall excellence.

Greg Wyss is being recognized for an evocative work of fiction that brings the personal, social and political hangover of the early 1970's into sharp focus when a young man is inspired by an angel to seek his place in the world. "When Life Was Like a Cucumber" is a humorous, surreal and unpredictable story of self-exploration, healing, liberation and growth.

In 2020, the NYC Big Book Award once again achieved worldwide participation. Entries remained strong during the worldwide pandemic. Book submissions streamed in from six continents and over 100 cities. Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America all participated. Across the globe, book entries poured in from places such as Budapest, Capetown, London. Los Angeles, Mumbai, New York City, Port of Spain, Vancouver and Victoria to name a few. Winners were recognized globally from Australia, Canada, England, India, Singapore, Uganda and the United States of America among others.

The breadth of publishers ranged from Amazon to Wiley, from Black Rose Writing to She Writes Press. Our award-winning authors are from all kinds of different backgrounds and enrich the program. The NYC Big Book Award is proud of the diversity of its winners and distinguished favorites.

"We are pleased to highlight these books, recognize their excellence, and share their achievements," said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak. The awards program "foments a strong interest in these authors and publishing houses and we expect our winners and favorites to receive a heightened level of attention." Olczak went on to say that "excellent books can be found globally, and we are happy to help bring them to a larger audience."

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