Congratulations go to Dan Holloway, for his entry The Man Who Painted Agnieszka's Shoes:
It's nearly midnight and I've watched Agnieszka die 103 times since I woke.Out of more than a thousand entries, Dan’s stood out for its concision, originality and element of intrigue. His was a first line that, above all, made us want to read on. Dan wins a suite of prizes, designed to help him self-publish with success, including an editorial review from HarperCollins, as well as a professional book cover, trailer, and epress kit, from the good people of Storiad and Crimson River.
However, as is so often the case when we run competitions at authonomy, the overall standard of the entries was incredibly high. As such, we can resist giving special mention to these runners up:
First runner up: Lucy Middlemass, Jinger Barley and The Murkle Moon:
Arthur was finding it difficult to die. He had lived much longer than seemed reasonable for a man of his age.
Second runner up: Sara Banerji, The Vienna Door Handle:
When Hannah was five, her mother locked her in a Viennese cupboard and whispered to Hannah to wait there till someone let her out.
Hannah’s mother did not come back. The door handle, like Wittgenstein’s, only opened on the outside.
We loved both these entries, and it was difficult coming to a final decision.