2022 Novel Excerpt Contest Finalists!

April 25, 2023

We are ecstatic to finally share with you the winners of the 2022 Novel Excerpt Contest: Charmaine Craig has selected Robyn Jefferson’sCalling Out” as the grand prize winner!  Thank you to every single one of our submitters who made this year’s contest especially fierce. A round of applause for all of our shortlisted excerpts, and congratulations to our other finalists! Check back later this summer to read these magnificent excerpts.


Calling Out” by Robyn Jefferson

Second Place

Crybaby” by Mariah Adcox

Third Place

After We Drowned” by Jill Yonit Goldberg

Honorable Mention

The Blood Hustle” by Alice Hatcher


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