It is that time of year when nominating for awards gets down to business. Of course, nominating can’t happen without reading, so now is the time to push forth our favorite stories for consideration.

While there were a number of things that I published this year, I would only recommend reading one story for awards consideration. That story was The Stylized Unicorn Escapes Its Poster in a Seattle Teenager’s Bedroom in Galaxy’s Edge earlier this year. It is in the short story category.

I recommend it not just because I think it’s one of the best stories that I’ve written, but because I’ve received great reader and reviewer feedback for this particular story. None of these reviews were solicited by me (samples from the reviews as not to give away the story).

Realms and Robots Review

Sample from the review: “… is a beautiful story, filled with brilliant writing and tragic realities. This is a powerful story that shows how fantasy worlds can become lifelines to those in need of an escape. In the end, they become a part of our realities, giving us new perspectives on the world and our place in it. “

Tangent Online

Sample from the review: “…the author does a brilliant job indirectly portraying her economic state. Things like her closet being filled with only two Goodwill dresses, or parental fights over food money, show the depths of her poverty.”


Sample from the review: “… Good story with just the perfect ending. “

Locus Magazine

Sample from the review: “…a fairly effective take on the old trope of a girl with a fraught family situation who sees fantasy crea­tures and even a way to another world – an escape, perhaps – but ends up stuck in ours. It’s well told, and works emotionally, but the ending doesn’t quite convince.”


Thomas K. Carpenter

Thomas K. Carpenter is a full time contemporary fantasy author with over 50 independently published titles. His bestselling, multi-series universe, The Hundred Halls, has over 25 books and counting. His stories focus on fantastic families, magical academies, and epic adventures.

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