WINNER: “THE GLOWING LURE” BY MELISSA WONG | KIT SORA FLASH FICTION PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST


After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the March 2020 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Melissa Wong with the story, The Glowing Lure!


Melissa E Wong was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland; she is a librarian, journalist, copy editor, copy writer, creative writer, artist, blogger, YouTuber, and WANL writer-for-hire. She graduated with a BA(Hons) English from MUN, 2016, and received a Journalism diploma from CNA, 2019.


Melissa’s writing has appeared in The Saltwire network, The Kicker, Overcast, Newfoundland Quarterly, CBC, The Newfoundland Herald, and Engen Books. In 2016, she was one of the Visual Art winners for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Arts and Letters. Her painting, In the Pink Sky, was exhibited at The Rooms. She also received the 2017 Atlantic Journalism Gold Award.


We had four judges for this contest:

Matthew LeDrew has written twenty novels for Engen Books, Black Womb, Transformations in Pain, Smoke and Mirrors, Roulette, Ghosts of the Past, Ignorance is Bliss, Becoming, Inner Child, Gang War, Chains, The Long Road, Cinders, Sinister Intent, Faith, Family Values, Touch Your Nose, Jacobi Street, Infinity, The Tourniquet Reprisal and Exodus of Angels.


Kate Sparkes is a USA Today Bestselling author of Fantasy and Urban Fantasy. She currently lives in beautiful central Newfoundland, a magical island at the very eastern edge of North America. She has two kids, one husband, and a handful of pets keep her plenty busy when she’s not writing. She also writes under the name Tanith Frost, and it is under this name that her most recent novel, Temptation, has been released! It’s the fifth book in a series about vampires in St. John’s Newfoundland: we wholly recommend giving it a try!


Born in Newfoundland, Canada and raised in France, Lawless came into his own as an author while living near a twelfth century abbey in rural England. Lawless is an attorney by day and a speculative fiction author by night. He draws on his education and professional experience, including at Sciences Po Paris and the French National Assembly, to craft worlds that look ahead to the political, social, and economic challenges that face us all. He draws on his love of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams to ensure his works are full of tongue-in-cheek humor and never take themselves too seriously, even when tackling subjects that could not be more serious. Now living in Atlantic Canada with his beautiful family, Lawless looks forward to sharing his worlds with as many people as possible.


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 imagrey 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 Voice of the Fog by Lisa M Daly, New Angles by Colleen Anderson, and Murky Waters by Shannon Fay.


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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