We have a lot of ground to cover today, so take your seat and hold on for a thrilling ride!
Before we get to our Rebirth Award Winners, we wanted to give our June stories some love. Here’s the scoreboard for June:
Readers’ Favorite June Stories
The stories that received the most lightning bolts for June were
Thriller Thursday’s Backward by Christine Smith and
Thriller Thursday’s Murmurations by Stephanie Scissom
making Thriller Thursday the most popular genre for June!
Topping off our other genres for June, we have
Mystery Mondays’s Ghost of the Golf Course by Kristiana Sfirlea,
Techno Tuesday’s Luminous Matter by Zackary Russell,
Wacky Wednesday’s The Devil Went Down to Costco by Stephanie Scissom, and
Fantasy Friday’s Misfire by Abigayle Claire.
June’s Top Readers
Alex McGilvery, Florid Sword, Lilakimsauthor, Michael Dolan, and DebH top the list of Super Readers for June. They were automatically entered for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
Thank you for your support of Havok and its stories. We love that you take the time to read and comment!
Editors’ Choices for June
Our editors picked their favorite June stories. Here were the finalists for our first anthology and the reasons for their selection, straight from our Hive mind:
Ghost of the Golf Course by Kristiana Y. Sfirlea for its unique author voice and compelling protagonist.
Museum Piece by Abigail Falanga because who doesn’t enjoy a time travel story where love is on the line?
Luminous Matter by Zackary Russell for its haunting and beautiful portrayal of meeting an ethereal being.
Finnegan Transmitting by Eva Schultz: A shocking tale of how one’s actions can come back to haunt them.
Alan and the Magic Lamp by Michael Dolan for brilliantly wrapping a weighty life message about moving on from past mistakes in words of wit and wacky imagery.
The Devil Went Down to Costco by Stephanie Scissom for phenomenal characterization and utterly wacky yet relatable tension.
Murmurations by Stephanie Scissom for its haunting, beautiful picture of loss, memories, and regret.
Salvage and Reclamation by Abigail Falanga for the hope it offers after the ravages of war.
Misfire by Abigayle Claire because of the twist at the end involving the main character.
The Transfer by Katie Hauenstein because it shows how our decisions can have eternal consequences, and how sometimes what seems initially like an untenable choice can in fact be the best choice.
SEASON ONE AWARDS
Editors’ Choice Award
Life Cycle 63 by Just B. Jordan
Readers’ Choice Award
When Magic Died by Michael Dolan
Super Reader Award
Readers’ Top 10
Season One hosted 129 magnificent stories. You read, you rated, and we listened. While our editors picked the top story for each genre and month to include in our anthology, there were some very great stories that you loved that weren’t selected (it’s a contest, after all). We wanted to take a moment to recognize your 10 favorites for Season One. Congratulations, authors!
- When Magic Died – Michael Dolan – Wacky Wednesday
- Life Cycle 63 – Just B. Jordan – Techno Tuesday
- Words – Katherine Vinson – Techo Tuesday
- Sins of Fire and Metal – Emileigh Latham – Techno Tuesday
- Dead Magic – Tracey Dyck* – Thriller Thursday
- A Symphony of Words – Kerry Nietz – Techno Tuesday
- Bitten – Jessi L. Roberts – Thriller Thursday
- Worth Saving – Stephanie Scissom*– Thriller Thursday
- Feathered Corpse – Bill Bibo Jr – Mystery Monday
- Of Life and Breakfast – A. R. Hildebrand* – Wacky Wednesday
*Only available in our online archive
HAPPY LAUNCH DAY
to our Season One: Rebirth Anthology!
Click on the cover below and go get your copy from Amazon. The anthology is filled with our 30 Anthology winners (announced last week) and 16 exclusive stories from our Featured Authors and Havok Hive.
THANK YOU for being part of Season One’s success!!!