I don’t know how many of you are aware of the Facebook group THE WRITERS FORUM. It’s well worth taking a look as it has over 100,000 members, is very active, and there are many prepared to help writers starting out with advice.

A couple of months ago, they launched a competition for the best books published since the beginning of 2022.

I entered my two books “Paranormal City” and “Shuttlers”. It seems that there were many entrants with works of exceptional quality

Last Tuesday (the 16th of May), the results were announced, and both my books had won! Here’s the announcement:

THE WRITERS FORUM… ‘Book of the Year Award.'

I'm proud to announce the results of ‘The Book of the Year Awards.'

After a very thorough judging process, which was extremely difficult due to the very high standard of work entered into the awards…

the results are as follows.


First place is awarded to –

STEPHEN OLIVER for his dual entry of Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy novels.




‘Jigsaw pieces of Douglas Adams, shavings of Vonnegut, shards of Philip K. Dick… stud these two novels like diamonds. Crammed full of a highly fertile imagination that spills from page to page in a glorious hemorrhaging of ideas, Stephen takes us on fantastic journeys. But you can relax and strap yourself in… because you're in the hands of a fantastic storyteller.'

Privately, the head judge told me they had discussions about which of my books should be in first place, so they decided to put them both there.

As you can imagine, I’m really chuffed!

On July 12th, I’m also up for the Imaginarium’s Imadjinn Award for Best Collection by a Single Author.

Onward and upward!

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