“History, Aristotle says, represents things only as they are, while fiction represents them as they might be and ought to be.”
— Albert J. Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man

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Sarah A. Hoyt

Sarah Hoyt was born in Portugal and lives in Colorado. In between, she’s worked at jobs ranging from dishwasher in a hotel in Germany to multilingual scientific translator for a company in South Carolina. She denies that she has a writing problem and insists she can give it up as soon as she wants to, but the longest she ever managed to go without writing was two weeks, and then a novel attacked her.

Sarah has published around 23 novels (she hasn’t counted lately) and 100 short stories with publishers like Berkley, Bantam, and Baen, and magazines such as Asimov’s and Analog, as well as a variety of anthologies. Lately, she’s decided to work only for Baen, the publisher that doesn’t drive her nuts, and as the other works revert, she’s republishing them herself.

She’s also independently publishing novels that aren’t appropriate for Baen. Her novel Darkship Thieves won the 2011 Prometheus Award for Best Libertarian Novel. The first book of her Musketeer’s Mysteries series was an alternate book club selection. Her first indie fantasy novel, Witchfinder, just came out.

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Jeff Patterson

By some fortuitous circumstance Jeff was born on September 1, 1962, the day the United Nations announced that the world population had exceeded three billion people, so he figures that was him.

He has been writing holiday-themed science fiction and fantasy short stories for some 17 years, which can now be found collected in Solstice Chronicles.

Jeff is a writer, illustrator, blogger, mastermind of Bad Day Studio, contributor to the Hugo Award–winning website SF Signal, frequent panelist on the SF Signal Podcast, and the least-educated (but better-looking) third of the podcast team known as The Three Hoarsemen.

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LFA/SFL Short Story Contest 2014

I must have been living under a rock for the past week and a half, because Students for Liberty published the special issue of their Ama-Gi magazine on May 9th, featuring the winners and runners-up from the short story contest we held earlier this year.

Once again, here are the 10 stories we selected out of 169 submissions. Head over to the Students for Liberty website or scroll down to read them in the digital magazine.

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Even in our supreme confidence (or was it naive optimism?), we didn’t expect to receive 169 submissions for the libertarian short story contest we held with Students for Liberty. But we managed to read through all of the stories and zero in on the best ones in time for our scheduled announcement today. You can read SFL’s official announcement on their website. I’m going to reproduce some of that information here and add a few words of my own.

Without further ado, here are the contest winners and runners-up:

The Winners

  • 1st Place: “The Coals Burned Low” by Ahmed Khalifa
  • 2nd Place: “House of Refuge” by Michael DiBaggio
  • 3rd Place: “A Masterpiece of the Literature of Liberty” by Jack McDonald Burnett

Runners-Up (in Alphabetical Order by Author)

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5 More Perfect Days by Mark Tullius (Dystopian)

Yesterday was the day the Internet fought back against NSA surveillance.

We took part by adding an interactive banner to LibertarianFictionAuthors.com.

Charter member Mark Tullius also decided to give away his new novella 5 More Perfect Days, companion to his dystopian novel 25 Perfect Days. Like its predecessor, the novella is a series of linked short stories.

Mark is giving away one story from the book each week via Smashwords until March 11th, when he’ll put the whole novella up for sale.

The first, “29-US89N4X,” was made available yesterday. Follow Mark’s blog to get updates when he releases the others.

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Gen LaGreca

Genevieve (Gen) LaGreca writes novels with innovative plots, strong romance, and themes that glorify individual freedom and independence.

Gen’s debut novel is Noble Vision. This romantic medical thriller won two important national literary awards. It was a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Finalist. It was also a finalist in the Writer’s Digest International Book Awards contest — one of only six picks honoring general fiction published by independent presses. Noble Vision garnered praise from magazine magnate Steve Forbes, Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, syndicated columnist Walter E. Williams, and other influential thinkers.

Showing her virtuosity across genre lines, Gen’s second offering is the historical novel A Dream of Daring. This antebellum murder mystery took Finalist in Regional Fiction in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and also Finalist in Multicultural Fiction in the same contest.

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Tarrin Lupo

Tarrin is a modern day renaissance man who seems to have already lived three lifetimes. He is best known as an author, but he is also recognized as a national liberty activist. Tarrin has self-published over 20 stories, five of which have made it to the Top 100 on Amazon. One of his novels was the #1 highest-rated historical fiction eBook on Amazon for more than five months straight. As an independent author, he competes with very well-established authors and the powerhouses of the publishing world and is still beating many of them in eBook sales. Tarrin has spent almost no money on marketing but instead leverages social networking to compete.

Background

Tarrin grew up in Springfield, Virginia and started winning awards in elementary and high school with his writings. Tarrin spent most of his youth playing and coaching rugby while becoming the youngest head coach in the country for the women’s club at Radford University. Over the last 20 years, he has played for many teams and coached high school, college, and women’s clubs.

He graduated with degrees in biology, chemistry, and jewelry repair and design. Tarrin went on to four more years of chiropractic school, graduating with honors. His postdoctoral training specialized in motion x-ray technology and animal chiropractic.

Dr. Lupo went on to develop one of the largest and most successful practices in West Virginia. Eventually, he grew disenfranchised because of the increasing insurance regulations and government encroachment into healthcare. After selling his practice, he tried some other businesses while starting to write.

Tarrin started an online jewelry business for which he made and sold custom silver pieces with a freedom theme. He used the profits of the sales to finance his first book.

Writing

Tarrin started out writing a joke book about all the silly pranks he pulled on his friends. He followed it with a manual on secret hiding places and a book on agorism. His first fiction work, Pirates of Savannah, broke the rules for self-publishing and climbed its way to the #1 highest-rated historical fiction on Amazon for fall and winter 2011. Tarrin continued by writing a group of Savannah-centered, scary short stories. He has also published a young adult series and even a children’s book. His current dystopian novel One Nation Under Blood is getting fantastic reviews. Even his historical romance novella If It Ain’t Got That Swing is getting attention. Few authors write in so many genres; it seems Tarrin is trying to make his own bookstore. Being such a prolific author is a big accomplishment, since Tarrin battles severe dyslexia every day.

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Sandy Sandfort

Sandy Sandfort

Sandy Sandfort was born the same year as the atomic bomb, so he has seen a lot of change in the world. He was radicalized at an early age by Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Further radicalization and focus came from reading Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged in university.

Sandy has lived in five countries and visited many others. He started writing in earnest after he returned from Singapore in ’92. His early work was mostly nonfiction for such publications as ReasonWired, Mondo 2000, Soldier of Fortune, LA Times, and others.

For the last several years, Sandy’s emphasis has been primarily on anarcho-libertarian science fiction. He was one of the winners of the Robert A. Heinlein Centennial Short Story Contest in 2007. Sandy’s winning story, “World Ceres,” became the first story in his short-story series collection, Adventures in Human Space. The series was adapted into the popular web comic and graphic novel, Escape from Terra. As always, new writing projects are underway.

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Mark Tullius

Mark Tullius is an Ivy League grad and former fighter who is training with and interviewing MMA fighters for his book, documentary, and sociological study, Unlocking the Cage. He has published two dozen short stories and has three novels currently available on Amazon.

Mark’s first novel, Brightside, is a sci-fi thriller about a group of telepaths the government imprisons in a beautiful mountain town.

Mark’s second novel, 25 Perfect Days, is a dystopian nightmare that warns of what could happen if we don’t change our ways.

Try Not to Die is the new interactive series Mark is working on with various authors. These graphic novels are similar to the Choose Your Own Adventure books he loved reading as a child.

In 2014, Mark will release 5 More Perfect Days (a companion novella to 25), Woman With a Gun (a graphic novel), Unlocking the Cage, Try Not to Die in Brightside, and a few other books.

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It is our pleasure to announce that we have teamed up with Students For Liberty to hold a contest to find the best libertarian short stories.

There is no fee to enter the contest, and you stand to win a number of prizes, including up to $300, a full year of supporting membership in the association for free (a $60 value), and publication in SFL’s creative arts magazine Ama-Gi and an anthology.

Follow the link below for the contest rules and entry submission form:

Enter the Contest

We believe that dramatizing our values in fiction is one of the most important ways we can spread the message of liberty. So send us your visions of liberty, but make sure you don’t forget to craft a work of art while putting that vision into words.

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