WINNER: “ASCENT” BY DANI WEST | KIT SORA FLASH FICTION PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST



After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the March 2021 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Dani West with the story, Ascent!

A down-to-earth girl with her head up in the clouds and a touch of wonderlust. Dani West grew up in Lorneville, NB just outside of the City of Saint John. Her short story, Home is Where the Heart Is debuted in Engen's Mythology from the Rock, and her poem Lament for a City, will be released later this year in Partridge Island Publishing's Secrets in the Fog.

We had two judges for this contest:

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.

Matthew LeDrew. The author of over 25 novels, and the founder of Engen Books.


Runners up include The Diver by Karin Murray-Bergquist, and Circuit Breaker by Colleen Anderson.


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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