WINNER: “A DARKNESS WITHIN” BY ALI HOUSE | KIT SORA FLASH FICTION PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST


After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the September 2020 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Ali House with the story, A Darkness Within!

A native Newfoundlander, House is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (MUN). She currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she works in arts administration and spends more time than a person should in and around theaters.

House is an avid traveler and foodie, and uses her adventures for her inspiration when she writes.


In addition to her first novel The Six Elemental, House is a prolific short story writer, with stories appearing in Bluenose Paradox, Unexpected Stories, Fantasy from the Rock, Chillers from the Rock, Sci-Fi from the Rock and Gathering Storm Magazine.


We had two judges for this contest:

Melissa Wong is a librarian, copyeditor, freelance journalist and published author who loves to write stories. Her work was recognized when she received the 2017 Atlantic Journalism Award. To become a writer, she earned a BA (Hons) from MUN and a journalism diploma from CNA.


Kit Sora Photography. Kit Sora is an artist and photographer from St. Johns, Newfoundland. Her photography draws inspiration from fantasy, dystopia, and thrillers to create evocative imagery that startles, inspires, and excites. Kit signed with Engen Books in 2018 as head photographer, producing the thrilling image for Chillers from the Rock and re-imagining the covers to the entire Black Womb series into the Coral Beach Casefiles series. Drew Power is a currently seated member of the Sci-Fi on the Rock committee. He was recently featured as the model on the cover of the bestselling collection Chillers from the Rock.


Runners up include Going Home by Amanda Evans, and The New Me by Amanda Evans.


The Flash Fiction Photography Contest is sponsored in part by FictionFirst Used Books, which specializes in previously enjoyed Sci-fi & Fantasy Novels, Roleplaying Manuals and Graphic Novels. It is run out of the Annapolis Valley and open by appointment only. Their inventory is currently over 5000 titled strong and they ship within Canada, USA and Europe. You can find them on Facebook, here.


The winning entry will be featured on this website as well as on the Fantasy Files newsletter (click to join!). Both runner-up entries will also be featured.

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