The UK’s best sci-fi magazine, SciFiNow, and SF publishing giant Tor UK are pleased to announce that The Nemesis List, a new novel written by RJ Frith, has won the first ever War Of The Words competition.
Running since May of this year, the hugely successful War Of The Words competition saw hundreds of new authors across the world submit an original SF novel for the prize of a publishing contract with Tor UK. Ultimately, it was RJ Frith’s The Nemesis List that impressed both SciFiNow and Tor UK the most.
The Nemesis List follows a future where humanity has expanded into the stars, but at the price of its freedom under the confines of an autocratic and overbearing government. A result of human experimentation in a world where scientific achievement is strictly controlled, Jeven Jones finds himself caught up between soldiers, rebels, and more thanks to his ability for perfect recall, and the whims and desires of others to use it for their own agenda.
“Honestly, I never thought I would write professionally,” said Frith. “I’m dyslexic. I dismissed the idea completely and just wrote for fun at least until I bought my first computer and discovered spell-checkers. Then I discovered the Internet and a lot of very good writing friends who I know I wouldn’t be here without. Winning this competition is a testament to their encouragement, help and patience.”
“Although The Nemesis List absolutely deserved to win, what struck us most of all was the superb quality of all the entries,” said Aaron Asadi, Editor-in-Chief of SciFiNow. “It’s terrific that there are so many new and exciting SF voices ready to be heard. We put a great deal of faith in our readers when launching War Of The Words and that has undoubtedly been paid off ten fold.”
“We would envisage genre print and online advertising, hand-to-hand marketing during public appearances and at events and festivals,” said Chloe Healy, Tor UK’s press officer. “We will also ensure that RJ Frith plays a big role in our Tor online developments through our newsletters, social networking links, digital apps and with our sister company in the US. We also work closely alongside our sales team while they introduce retailers to this exciting new voice. Our aim is to ensure The Nemesis List is the name on everyone’s wish list for the new year.”
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