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Sue Copsey

I wasn't going to enter the Booktrack Hugh Howey competition – I had only ever created soundtracks for my own writing, and hadn't a clue about fan fic. Well, apart from being vaguely aware of stories my teen daughter writes on Wattpad about a cute YouTuber.

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Emily MacGowan

When I saw the announcement for the Hugh Howey Fanfiction Contest on Twitter, I knew I had to enter. I'd read Half Way Home a few months earlier, and the characters were still alive in my mind. I considered a few ways of looking at the story, like expanding on a scene with some of the minor characters, or looking into the future to see what might have happened. I eventually decided that the thing which most intrigued me was the question: What would the corporation have done with the information in the payload? Not just the information about the vinnies, but about the behavior of the colonists. In an alternate ending to Half Way Home, I tried to answer that question.

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Serialized fiction is an old trend that is enjoying a resurgence due to indie publishing. The first novel serials appeared in the 19th century, when the invention of moveable type made it possible to print larger runs of books. That, combined with rising literacy, allowed authors like Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas and Herman Melville to release their works in short-form bites.

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There are only a few weeks left till the closing date of the Hugh Howey Booktrack Competition! The race is on to the finish line – 11.59pm Pacific Standard Time, July 31. If you're a little stuck, here are some great inspirational ideas to get you started, or keep you going.

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The Booktrack Short Story Competition closed a few weeks ago. We had some really strong entries come in, so it was a tough decision choosing three winners. But in the end, three short stories stood out that were strong in storytelling, character realization and had good soundtracks.

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