Grand Champion of The Great Novel Contest 2015 – Zach Boddicker

The Great Novel Contest 2015We are pleased to announce the winners of The Great Novel Contest 2015!  After sorting through a multitude of submissions, our two-tier judging committee has selected the Grand Champion and Runner-Up.  All submissions were judged blind (no names or identifying information).

The Essential Carl Mahogany by Zach Boddicker is the Grand Champion of The Great Novel Contest 2015!  Congratulations Zach!

Mr. Boddicker will take home the $1,000 grand prize.  His manuscript will also receive priority consideration from four esteemed publishers – Columbus Press, Elephant Rock Books, PageSpring Publishing and Raw Dog Screaming Press.

Zach Boddicker is a Colorado-based writer and musician. His most-recent publication is a short story in A Decade of Country Hits: Art on the Rural Frontier (Jap Sam Books, 2014). A general sense of his current path can be found at

Our Runner-Up is The Galvanized Man by David L. Day!  Congratuations David!

Mr. Day will be awarded the $500 prize, and his manuscript will receive the same priority consideration from these four great publishers.

David L. Day is a dark fantasy novelist living in the Columbus, OH, area. When not reading, writing, or spending time with his wife and sons, David can usually be found watching a horror movie, playing video games, or training for his black belt in Taekwondo. Sometimes he can even be found attempting to skateboard or snowboard, although not as often as he’d like (but probably more often than he should at his age). David holds a BA in English and an MBA from Ohio University, as well as an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. His first novel, TEARSTONE, was published by Belfire Press in March 2013. His snazzy but woefully neglected website can be found at

The judging committee would also like to make note of The Tell-Tale Art by Richard Novotney, which was the undisputed next choice. While Mr. Novotney will not receive a prize, we are pleased to recognize the excellence of his work.

Find a complete list of The Great Novel Contest 2015 Finalists here.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a novel manuscript to this year’s contest.  As always, we were completely blown away by the talented pool of submissions that we received, and we are forever grateful that you trust us with your work.  Running a contest with integrity that presents legitimate opportunities is something that we take very seriously, and it wouldn’t be possible without the participation of so many fantastic writers.

Thank you to all of our volunteers, from the crew who helped publicize and promote the contest, to those who helped us organize and facilitate the submissions, to those who served as part of our judging committee, you folks are fantastic, thank you!  Our group is a product of its outstanding members, and you guys are the cream of the crop!

A special huge thanks goes to our Contest Coordinator, Mr. Todd Metcalf, as well as Deputy Director Emily Hitchcock and Director Brad Pauquette, for their tireless efforts, without which this contest would never be sustainable.

Congratulations to Mr. Zach Boddicker and Mr. David L. Day for their tremendous accomplishments.  Keep an eye out for these novels from a publisher soon.

Don’t forget that we will be opening submissions for our next anthology, Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II on June 1!  Find the details here.