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The Winning Entry in the ‘Pieces of Everything’ Contest is…

…going to be forced to wait a few more days to find out just who won! I’m kidding. I’m also a bit delirious from the staggering amount of reading I’ve done over the last week. It’s been tough. Hell, it’s been unbelievably tough. This contest yielded our greatest number of submissions by an absolute landslide. To be honest, we’ve never fielded remotely near as much work. The writers got busy for this one, no doubt about it.

It may have required countless hours to really dig into each and every entry, but it’s done… finally. I’ve got to say, I’m very pleased with the stories to hit my inbox. There were more than a fair number of duds, make no mistake (normalcy, as we’re not all stellar storytellers just yet), but the amount of enjoyable stories proved quite surprising. The talent level seems to rise with each release and contest we put together, and that’s exactly what I want to see, as a fan of good fiction, and as a “critic” in the field. Evolution is extremely important, and so many of you have exhibited a clear willingness to patch holes, and invest the time and energies required to really take things to another level. I respect and applaud you.

I’m also taking important notes, you know, so I can avoid some pitfalls in the future.

Up to this point I’ve kept writers as close to the project and process as possible. I’ve tried to be as timely as possible with these events, and I’ve attempted to inform you guys of our intentions. I’ve repeatedly given you announcement dates. That ends now.

I’ve always wondered how it could possibly take a publisher anywhere from one to three years (not uncommon time frames) to sort through fiction submissions. Well, I get it now. I really get it. All contests from this point on will unravel without one specific detail: the announcement date for the winning story. I simply cannot afford to put my entire life on hold for a stretch of days to get through this and try to avoid disappointing the HNR crowd. It’s too much. I respect the hell out of you all, but announcements will come when they can realistically come, henceforth.

I do appreciate everyone’s patience. Thank you for understanding the workload that comes with running and completing a contest of this nature. Your professionalism is valued. Especially when I can’t meet my own damn deadlines, and subsequently look a bit unprofessional myself!

Anyhow, enough with my rambling.


Martin Rose is the winner of this contest.

Rose’s refined, insanely technical writing is one of the key elements that really distanced him from the rest of the pack (for the record, there were a handful of excellent stories that were in close contention with Rose. Sheldon Woodbury, Tim Meyer, Richard Farren Barber, Patrick MacAdoo and Wendy Potocki are a few that really, really shined). When you consider the entertainment value provided by Rose’s short, “Floating Hospital”, and the charming vintage vibe of the tale, as well as the intriguing and thought provoking spin on extraterrestrial terror, it felt quite proper awarding him the victory.

Congrats, Mr. Rose – compensation is around the corner!

Keep an eye out for details on the release of Pieces of Everything. We’re working on putting it together, but I’ve got a world of promotional work to make happen as well, so it’s going to take some time to get everything in order.

Signing off in an attempt to relocate my senses…


About The Overseer (1669 Articles)
Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

16 Comments on The Winning Entry in the ‘Pieces of Everything’ Contest is…

  1. Dave Watkins // June 4, 2014 at 7:11 pm // Reply

    Congratulations! And well done, Matt!


  2. Matt Barbour // June 4, 2014 at 7:20 pm // Reply

    Congrats to Martin. I am excited to read the story.


  3. Martin Rose // June 4, 2014 at 8:04 pm // Reply

    I think I just screeched in a very unseemly manner.

    Thank you, thank you. I’m well and truly gobsmacked.


  4. Reblogged this on Martin Rose and commented:
    Thanks go out to Matt Molgaard at Horror Novel Review. I’m floored and excited that Floating Hospital made it in.


  5. Wayne C. Rogers // June 4, 2014 at 11:24 pm // Reply

    Congratulations to you, Martin. You beat out the best of Matt’s players. That says a lot for the high quality of your short story. Now, I’m dying to read it.


  6. Congrats, Martin! Can’t wait to read it!


  7. Vitina Molgaard // June 5, 2014 at 7:00 am // Reply

    Congratulation to you on this. I am glad to see Matt was able to get this finished and announced….Martin Rose…To so many other I am aware just how difficult this work was this time and as he mentioned there were so many of you who submitted excellent work. I am looking forward to reading this myself ….Vitina Molgaard


  8. Big congrats to Martin! Really looking forward to reading his story!


  9. Congratulations, Martin.


  10. Hey, Congrats! I’m just coming up for air. Your work sounds awesome and I can’t wait to read!


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