Talk to a Real, Live Girl and Other Stories
Winner
2021 Los Angeles Book Festival

Paul Clayton

A love story, Talk to a Real, Live Girl explores the convergence of the MeToo movement, and the rise of the robotic companion.
On the mining planet Kratos, Alex ignores the sexbots and courts the only real girl there.
However, powerful forces exact a high cost for his transgression.






The Lambda Factor
Honorable Mention
2021 Los Angeles Book Festival

Dimple Patel Desao When a category five hurricane threatens a hospital, patients and nonessential personnel are required to evacuate. Doctors Diza and Sen, are tapped, along with a skeleton crew, to stay during the storm and care for remaining patients. Forced into quarantine, they must struggle to survive the ravages of the hurricane, a shortage…

Act Like You’re Having A Good Time
Honorable Mention
2021 Los Angeles Book Festival

Michele Weldon In this honest and tender collection of essays, award-winning memoirist Michele Weldon asks what it means to be a mature woman seeking a life of purpose and meaning through work, family, and relationships. Facing ageism and invisibility within popular culture, Weldon examines the effects of raising children, striving for applause, failing expectations, forming…

Grant Justice
Honorable Mention
2021 Los Angeles Book Festival

Robert Gregory Fegers Grant Justice is the true untold story of Grant B. Cooper’s life from his days as: a high school dropout; to his fight against the mob in 1940’s Los Angeles, then characterized as “the most corrupt city in America”; to delivering the finest closing argument in modern history in his representation of…

Put Off My Sackcloth: Essays
Runner-up
2021 SLos Angeles Book Festival

Annie Dawid Put Off My Sackcloth is a mosaic of essays about one writer’s journey through a life fraught with crippling interior darkness in an uncertain world to the salve she finds in her “shored-up ruins” and new maternal life beneath the lambent glow of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range in South-Central Colorado.

Abandon Brandon: A Memoir
Winner
2020 Hollywood Book Festival

Brandon James McDermott Brandon spent his childhood living in and out of foster care. The abuses, poverty and lack of support he experienced as a child molded and motivated him to do more and be more than he was shown. His story is one of survival, resilience, redemption, and hope.

As Butterfly To A River
Honorable Mention
2020 New England Book Festival

Gedda Ilves The fifth book of poetry from this highly respected Los Angeles poet, including new poems and selected poems from earlier books. Born in Harbin, China, Gedda Ilves grew up in Harbin and Shanghai, emigrating in 1949 and eventually arriving in Los Angeles by way of South Africa and Brazil.

Truth to Origin
Winner
2020 Hollywood Book Festival

Gregg K. Jann Self Discovery during North Bay Fire Strike leaving over 20,000 homeless, causing a link from soul searching from Founder of Reconciling Methodist Christian movement of stolen Intellectual Property of Peace Themes regarding the internet by way of his own use in his election he utilized in a school district untouched on the…

Moonlight Beach
Winner
2020 Hollywood Book Festival

Yurie Kiri Moonlight Beach and its neighboring hamlet of Rancho California, is a sleepy enclave where median home prices top $5,000,000. However bodies have been washing up on the Beach. Could it be sharks – hungry, hunting, doing what they do best? Or something else? Something sinister, dangerous, even supernatural?

The Last Lumenian
Winner
2020 New York Book Festival

S.G. Blaise This is a coming of age story of Lilla who is a princess and a rebel-in-disguise, fighting for the refugee’s freedom. But there is a bigger war on the horizon. She must learn to control her magic and defeat the dark god before He finds her.