January 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the January 2017 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORSHORT Story – THE MISCREANT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish

ACTORSHORT Story – THE PAPERBOY
January 2017 Reading
Written by George G. Moore

ACTORSHORT Story – MURDER IS A BREEZE
January 2017 Reading
Written by M Maureen Skahan

ACTORSHORT Story – MARIONETTE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Melissa R. Mendelson

ACTORSHORT Story – SHADOWS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly J. Kratz

ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE IN BUTZBACH
January 2017 Reading
Written by D.K. Christi

ACTORSHORT Story – TELL ME TO GO
January 2017 Reading
Written by Thomas Cannon

ACTORNOVEL Reading – DEADLY SERIOUS
January 2017 Reading
Written by A.J. Thibault

ACTORNOVEL Reading – THE FOOTSTOOL INCIDENT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Karnaghan

ACTORNOVEL Reading – DAWN OF CHRYSALIS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Sam B. Miller II

ACTOR2016 CONTEST Poetry Readings
Watch the finalists.

 

 

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Chapter 2 of the Novel: Dawn of Chrysalis by Sam B Miller II

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

It is the 2nd book in the FORCE series. The aggressive aliens in the 1st book have to seek an alliance with Earth when their planet is overrun by a powerful, ruthless army of galactic killers. Whatsit and his human friends join with Chrysallaman scientists in the effort. The thrills and adventure continue as the tentative alliance must create advanced technology if there is any chance for success against the new threat.

Why should this novel be read by people?

The reader is transported to a new reality by the story. The book lets the reader’s mind free to virtually create its own universe guided by my imagination. For more imaginative insights into the world of F.O.R.C.E., visit my sites;
http://twitter.com/SamBMillerII
https://www.facebook.com/TheOriginofFORCE
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28397329-the-origin-of-f-o-r-c-e
https://www.amazon.com/author/sambmillerii

How would you describe this story in two words?

Non-stop adventure.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’. The first movie featuring Indiana Jones. The action, adventure and humor are quite engaging.

How long have you been working on this story?

The work has consumed about 9 months of effort.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

It’s a series actually. The Skylark of Space series by E. E. Doc Smith.

What motivated you to write this story?

After finishing the 1st book in the series, I felt compelled to continue the adventure. You can’t create a whole universe with so many options and then just end it.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

The ones who come to mind like Robert Heinlein are all dead unfortunately except for Stephen King. I’d love to meet him and see how he crafts his stories and goes through the mechanics of writing his books.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

As you become older and hopefully wiser, you begin to realize just how short a time you’re allowed on this Earth to help others. Helping people use their imagination, if only for a short time, is rewarding.

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

The professional work done by the festival with a reading of part of my first novel encouraged me to apply for a reading of part of my second novel. The Festival does quality work.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

You need a team. You need to have people you can bounce your story off of as you are building it. You need both young and old in the team. Family and friends. I can’t tell you how many times my 29 yr old daughter or my 28 yr old son would say, Dad, this sounds like it was written by some old guy. It’s not fresh. Or you need to describe this character better. Or this character needs more background so the reader can really understand why they act in a certain way. Your spouse will really not pull any punches and believe me I was punched plenty while writing my novel! All I can say is a team is very important!

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

2016 Novel Winning Readings (36 Total)

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the 2016 Winning Novel Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – GUARDING SHAKESPEARE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Quintin Peterson
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A CHANCE FOR LIFE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – HUSBANDS MAY COME AND GO BUT FRIENDS ARE FOREVER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Judith Marshall
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – ZOMBIE TURKEYS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Andy Zach
ACTORNovel Transcript – BECOMING HERO
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jen Finelli
ACTORNovel Transcript – GUARDIAN
November 2016 Reading
Written by Marc W Johnson
ACTORNovel Transcript – HAIR DAY AT FRIDA’S
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rachel Sutton
ACTORNOVEL READING – THE PESSARY
October 2016 Reading
Written by Juliet M. Nevins, MD
ACTORNOVEL Reading: HEARING THOUGHTS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Anthony Diffley
ACTORNOVEL Transcript – THE DRAGON OF TIME
August 2016 Reading
Written by Aaron Dennis
ACTORCHAPTER 1 Novel – OBITER DICTA
August 2016 Reading
Written by Lucian M.
ACTORNOVEL Prologue – THE ACE OF KINGS
August 2016 Reading
Written by Dan Levinson
ACTORNOVEL READING – WHAT PASSES BETWEEN WOMEN
July 2016 Reading
Written by Patty Fischer
ACTORNOVEL Reading – ALEX THE INVENTOR
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gordon Brynelson
ACTORNOVEL Reading – OBITER DICTA
June 2016 Reading
Written by Lucien M.
ACTOR1st Ch. Novel Transcript – WATER FOR BLOOD
May 2016 Reading
Written by Brett Bacon
ACTOR1st Ch. Novel Transcript – TJ S LAST SUMMER IN CAPE COD
May 2016 Reading
Written by Garfield Whyte
ACTORNovel Chapter 1 Reading – EXOTIQA
April 2016 Reading
Written by M. Black
ACTORNovel 1st Chapter Reading – MYSTIC VILLAGE
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jeannine Fortier
ACTORNovel Prologue Reading – IN THE WAKE OF WAR
April 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen L. Nowland
ACTORNovel Reading – PANTERRA: The Machinist
April 2016 Reading
Written by Gary L. Ward
ACTORNovel Transcript Reading – INTO THE SHADOWS
March 2016 Reading
Written by Marie Jones
ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – CONTRARY WARRIORS: BLOOD LEGACY
March 2016 Reading
Written by Sheryl Wright
ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – LIZARDIAN
March 2016 Reading
Written by Melissa R. Mendelson
ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – THE MAGIC PILLOW
March 2016 Reading
Written by K.J. Kratz
ACTORNovel Transcript – INTO AUTUMN
February 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Landgraf
ACTORNovel Transcript – WHAT HAPPENS AFTER HAPPILY EVER AFTER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Garrett
ACTORNovel Transcript – WHO KILLED HONOR BRIGHT?
February 2016 Reading
Written by Patricia Hughes
ACTORNovel Transcript – A LIFE SINGULAR
February 2016 Reading
Written by Lorraine Pestell
ACTORNovel Transcript – THE FIRST ONES
January 2016 Reading
Written by Regina Walker
ACTORNovel Prologue – CHEERAGE FEARAGE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Kimberly Dana
ACTORCHAPTER 1 Reading – Bader Field
JANUARY 2016 Reading
Written by Carl David
ACTORChapter 2 Reading – LARGE IS THE SMALLEST WE GOT
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jed Hamilton
ACTORChapter 7 Reading – THE FURLITES OF ARORIEL
January 2016 Reading
Written by Marie J.S. Phillips

Excerpt from – Guarding Shakespeare by Quintin Peterson

Performance by Michelle Alexander

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Watch Transcript Reading:

Get to know the author:

What is your novel about?

Guarding Shakespeare is a noir mystery thriller set against the backdrop of the world renowned Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, which contains the world’s largest collection of First Folios and Shakespeareana. Long-time security guard Lt. Norman Blalock, who is being forced into retirement, has been tasked by a wealthy businessman and his lovely emissary to steal a priceless artifact hidden within the institution’s underground bank vault that will not be missed and become a wealthy man, with no one the wiser.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Noir mystery thriller.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Heist job.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Casablanca.

How long have you been working on this story?

This published novella took me a year to write.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

What motivated you to write this story?

I was inspired to write Guarding Shakespeare by working at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Jacob Lawrence.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Working on my artwork, film study, and playing Chess.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I’ve done a lot of book readings and was curious to hear someone else read my work.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Aspiring fiction authors should first pick the genre they are most interested in, read a lot of work in that genre, and write a lot. Enter contests in that genre and surf the Net for anthologies in that genre seeking submissions.
 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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Best of 2016 BIOGRAPHY Novel Loglines

Submit your Novel to the Festival Today: https://novelwritingfestival.com

CLICK the LINK and read the best of 2016 BIOGRAPHY Novel Loglines: 

WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME, by David P. Perlmutter

LUNA TREE: THE BABY PROJECT, by Maya Berger

THE MAVERICK EFFECT, by George Verdolaga

THE LION THE LEGEND AND THE COAL MINERS DAUGHTER, by Anne Mayhew

THE GIRL IN THE SHADOWS, by Kim Oshea

IT’S ALL ABOUT TRUST, by Sue Malcolm

A TURNKEY OR NOT, by Tony Levy

THE RABBIT CULTURES, by Antonio Capaldo

TEACHING FOR WHAT, by Michael J. Fusco

JOHARIS WINDOW, by Suzy Davies

ENCOUNTER IN NINEVEH, by Mahmoud Nafousi

RECOLLECTIONS OF MY LIFE, by John Findley

A SPECIAL GIFT, by Wanda Brown

WHO KILLED HONOR BRIGHT, by Patricia

LIFE ALIGNED WITH MARY MAGDALENE, by Renee Michelle Christian

JACK DAWKINS, by Charlton Daines

A WOMAN WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED, by Lucie Novak

THEREALYOUTUBESTORY.com, by Eric Skaggs

TO FLY AGAIN: PORTRAIT OF A BIPOLAR LIFE, by Rachelle Hasnas

AS DARKER GROW THE SHADOWS, by MJ Roe

 

Watch Winning Novel Performance Readings:

November 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the November 2016 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

 

ACTORNovel Transcript – GUARDIAN
November 2016 Reading
Written by Marc W Johnson

ACTORNovel Transcript – HAIR DAY AT FRIDA’S
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rachel Sutton

ACTORNovel Transcript – BECOMING HERO
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jen Finelli

ACTORSHORT Story – SUPERMARKET SAVAGERY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joan Grindley

ACTORSHORT Story – THE QUANDARY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Ann Barlow

ACTORSHORT Story – EMMA’S GIFT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reynolds

ACTORSHORT Story – SEQUOIA SEEDS
November 2016 Reading
Written by Mattheus Carpenter

ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS REUNION
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin

ACTORSHORT Story – A GIFT OF VALUE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Nancy Janes

ACTORSHORT Story – PROBLEMS WITH MY MASTERCARD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Richard Kearns

ACTORSHORT Story – THE OLD MAN
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joseph Tsujimoto

ACTORSHORT Story – SMALL TOWN NEWSPAPER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rachel Sutton

ACTORSHORT Story – HILDA’S LAMENT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish

 

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

September 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the September 2016 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORSHORT Story – PARTNERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rupert Aspden
ACTORNOVEL Reading: HEARING THOUGHTS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Anthony Diffley
ACTOR7 Author Short Stories
September 2016 Reading
Written by Barry Brennessel
ACTORSHORT Story – DUALITY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Devin Klos
ACTORSHORT Story – THE STAGE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rae Niehaus
ACTORSHORT Story – 1ST WORLD PROBLEMS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Mathieu Riva
ACTORSHORT Story – GOD’S CREATURES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT Story – SUMMER HILLS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rochelle Potkar
ACTORSHORT Story – THE GRAVE DIGGERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Joseph Tsujimoto
ACTORSHORT Story – DOUBLE FACE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Amira El Dahshoury
ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson