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It’s no secret that for decades publishing houses have been cheating the system. A quick google of ‘best seller scandal’ returns over 5 million results detailing plot after pot of publishers and their cohorts cheating the system by bulk purchasing their own books to improve their ranking, or employing other companies to do so in their stead. So next time a major author or publisher bemoans the failing sales or ‘industry crisis’ maybe they should look inwards. After all, they’ve only got themselves to blame.   After much consideration, bribery, gratuity and schmoozing, we can release the winner for the VISIONS OF 2020 Award. Congratulations to Joey To. Joey’s ‘Uranus Journal’ is a tongue-in-cheek (which cheek? -Ed) deliberation on current trends. Absurdist, but still relevant. As one judge described it: “I …

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Special thanks to Daniel Norrish for donating his winnings back to the competition. Even though it was a slew of late entries we have some excellent submissions. A few tear jerkers in there are well. Check out the full short list here   One Good Turn by Sean C Grid Lock by Jason Fink The Nightmare by Charlie A Novak Raindrops by Little Miss Carmello Finnigan’s Wake by Evret Marr

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 CLOSED Winner: Sara Gates You can find the announcement and full Short List Here:   Write a piece of fiction around the theme of rural life and its relationship top metropolitan living. We are looking for a strong sense of place, interesting character dynamics, something a little out of the box. We’d also like you to include a Fabergé Egg in the story somewhere. Announced: 28 April 2014 Submission Date: 11 May 2014 Short List: 12 May – 25 May 2014 Winner Announced: 26 May 2014 Word Count: 600 – 1000 Prizes: $100 Winner, (AUD or equivalent) Eligibility: Open to everyone

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