The Summer Writing Project 2017 was a two-month-long web serial novella challenge presented by Jukepop Serials and 1888. The submission period was July 1st through August 31st. Writers posted installments of their novellas one chapter at a time and readers could critique and vote on each chapter.
At the beginning of September, the editing staff at 1888 reviewed the top 25 novellas based on reader retention and reading time. The results were announced on September 12th.
Kathy Joy’s “Last One to the Bridge” was selected as the winning novella and will be published with cover artwork by artist, David Moscati.
Last One to the Bridge follows Reva after she awakens in transit to a colony on Proxima B to find the crew have been slaughtered. As part of the terraforming team, Reva knows nothing about space travel – she doesn’t even know how to open the doors.
The chances of survival are slim. Whatever killed the crew is hunting her down. Her only hope is Adam – a fellow survivor trapped on the bridge. With only his voice to guide her, she must somehow make it to safety on the bridge.
The Summer Writing Project 2017 shortlist included the following novellas:
Bran’s uncle is the Grand Archemage, the most powerful of the ten great Archemages, the ruling council of all white magicians. When Bran decides to borrow his great Uncle’s identity upon seeing an invitation which forms on the mirror to help someone retrieve his lost magic he has no idea what’s in store for him. Transported to a sorcerer’s lair he and his best friend Isi, a powerful witch in her own right, must find a way to defeat the prince of demons who stole the sorcerer’s magic or die trying.
When Sale, a lowly Lineman in the sprawling megalopolis of Wereldstad, comes across a woman’s plea for help while fixing datastreams, he is drawn to action in a world that punishes those who go against protocol. Sale finds himself falling deeper into a conspiracy that will force him into the highest offices and darkest corners of Wereldstad, all to find the truth that could change the course of the last known outpost of humanity.
I can hear my neighbor’s heartbeat downstairs. I can smell his blood. I can see through my skin straight down to the bones. I can feel a new row of teeth growing behind my old ones. I can’t go out into the sunlight without burning.
I didn’t used to be this way – I think it’s my new medication.
What would you do if approached by a complete stranger who seems to be telling you that he has carried out a murder? Why would he tell you? Why you?
What the Bones Say by Tonya Moore (Yours Truly!)
Niara’s people inhabit a village within a walled enclosure on an alien planet. To carve out a future for humanity, she must disobey their alien benefactors and venture beyond the wall. She joins forces with Wendi, tribal queen of the eastern village. The two women forge a bond stronger than blood as they uncover the secrets of their buried history and incite the wrath of an advanced alien force.
Congratulations to Kathy Joy, kudos to the other short-listed authors, and well done to all of the amazing authors who participated in this years challenge!