The Short List

Award Winners 2016

Annoucement
A big thank you to the Half the World community, who have supported this award with passion and imagination. A special thanks to all our participants - your creativity has given a voice to some truly unforgettable characters.
After intense rounds of judging, we are delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 Half the World Global Literati Award!

OUR AWARDS

Grand Prize Winner

$50,000

Sister of Mine

Laurie Petrou

Sister of Mine is a upmarket psychological thriller that explores themes of loyalty, betrayal and debt through the lives of two sisters bound by a knot of secrecy. Young Hattie has always wanted to be like her sister Penny. From the time they were children, she has tried to emulate her older sister, to seek her approval. When their mother dies on Hattie’s watch as a teen, it becomes clear that Penny will never fully forgive or accept her...

People's Choice Award

$1,000
Plan B
The hour-long dramedy pilot PLAN B addresses the question “What happens when the dream you’ve had for your life crashes and burns?” If you have good friends around you, you might be the luckiest...

Best Novel

$1,000
Squeaky Wheels
My thirteen-year-old daughter Lilia can't walk, but she wants to travel the world. Born fourteen weeks premature, Lilia is deaf and affected by cerebral palsy. Her primary language is Japanese Sign...

Best Short Story

$1,000
Looking for Lostgirl
Jennifer, a college dropout in her mid-twenties, has always been afraid to go into alleyways: she knows that girls who do are bound to get mugged, beaten up, kidnapped, raped or killed. Then one day...

Best Screenplay

$1,000
Dancing on the Elephant
Two, old ladies, who talk like truckers, plot their escape from a retirement home. From discussing the merits of being bathed by a male nurse to side bets on their carpet bowling games, they gain the...
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Short List Finalists

The Moving

screen play / drama, horror, thriller
Children's book artist Noelle "Elle" Rowan, her husband Adam and their precocious six-year-old son Everett are struggling to put their family back together after Elle's gambling addiction nearly...

The Ten Most Common Stains

novel / drama
Tom Wittier walks out on his family one day in 1955, talking with him his Fuller Brush sample case, a clutch of household tools, and any trace he had once lived in the house on Elm Street. His wife,...

Looking for Lostgirl

short story / literary fiction
Jennifer, a college dropout in her mid-twenties, has always been afraid to go into alleyways: she knows that girls who do are bound to get mugged, beaten up, kidnapped, raped or killed. Then one day...

VERNETTE

novel / humor, memoir, literary fiction
VERNETTE is the story of a bright, young girl who's struggling terribly in school. It's the late 1970s in Toronto, Canada, a time before dyslexia is a known condition. Vernette is...

A Girl Walks Into a Bar

novel / drama
A Girl Walks Into A Bar tells the story of two unforgettable women; one, a woman in her prime, crushed by the death of her only daughter, is frozen, no longer able to care about anything except whisky...

Kinks, "The First Kink"

screen play / erotic, humor
Kinks is a single camera, character-driven serialized comedy about a self-conscious humor writer who explores her sexuality while she writes about the world of kink in New York City. Kinks will show...

Jell-O Girls: A History

novel / biography, memoir
Jell-O Girls is a 85,210 word exploration of a recent outbreak of mass psychogenic illness (formerly known as mass hysteria) among a group of girls in LeRoy New York. LeRoy is best known as the...

Nobody's Hero

novel / romance, science fiction
Most teenagers have responsibilities they’d prefer to avoid. For Delia Blake, those responsibilities include saving the world. In NOBODY’S HERO, a completed 102,000-word YA Superhero...

As They Never Were

novel / crime, drama, literary fiction
This is just a story about the lives of three generations of Indian women, affected by the times they live in and the men around them. Chitra is a woman uprooted from the state she grew up in and...

Trapline

screen play / drama
When her alcoholic father is killed in a car wreck, seventeen-year-old Scarlett Laurie of the Kaska Dene First Nation quits school and moves out to the remote Yukon bush to work her grandfather’s...

Ronja of the North

screen play / drama, fantasy
Ronja, 80, works nightshifts at a nursing home in Germany, comforting old souls waiting to pass on. Yet on the last night of her job, Ronja is held captive by Nick—a bitter, suspicious American Cold...

THE INVISIBLES

screen play / drama, science fiction, thriller
In a future where all forms of biotechnology are owned by the government, a former special agent begins an unsanctioned investigation into the terrorist organization that killed her son - and...

One Last Time Forever

novel / drama, mystery, romance
Sometimes, in the midst of happily-ever-after, a woman finds herself unexpectedly drawn to a man who is not her husband. But what kind of future can fate offer if the man who captivates her committed...

REFUSENIK

short story / drama, history
In the 1980s, during the height of the Cold War, teenager Allison's family opens their home to refugees from the Soviet Union, including a teenage boy named Daniil, soon to be called Danny. As Allison...

Squeaky Wheels

novel / biography, memoir
My thirteen-year-old daughter Lilia can't walk, but she wants to travel the world. Born fourteen weeks premature, Lilia is deaf and affected by cerebral palsy. Her primary language is Japanese Sign...

Run from Fire

screen play / crime, drama, thriller
Coleen Shanley, the director of the local women’s center, has lived in Amesbury all her life. So when the most recent distress call from a battered woman turns out to be someone she knew in high...

The Feminist and the Foodie

screen play / drama, humor
Logline A famous feminist artist goes after a popular celebrity chef after he unfairly fires her daughter. Synopsis Gillian Malfait, a famous feminist artist, has spent her lifetime fighting sexism...

Annie's Got Body Issues

screen play / humor
Annie has lost a job and her boyfriend, Grant. Both of them to her work colleague Sophia. Annie wakes up the morning after a house party with hazy memories and Sophia's dead body on her sofa. Annie...

Kat and Birdie

screen play / drama, humor
Birdie Hastings (25) has been estranged from her dysfunctional family for years. When she’s called home unexpectedly to attend her mother’s funeral over the Thanksgiving holiday, she drops...

Matryoshka

screen play / crime, drama, mystery
Matryoshka A television pilot by Angela Berliner MATRYOSHKA is an hour-long serialized television drama about a girl brought up by a European crime boss. She grows up to become a secret agent tasked...

Sister

screen play / drama
A young transgender woman follows the calling to become a nun, but once she enters a monastery she endures overwhelming physical and spiritual challenges in trying to adjust to a contemplative...

The Talkers

novel / drama, fantasy, thriller
The Talkers is a young adult novel (80,000 words) told from a third person omniscient perspective. It follows Chris, a fifteen-year-old, highly intelligent but emotionally tangled girl, as she seeks...

EKO

novel / fantasy, science fiction
Sydel, a medical apprentice hungry to prove her worth, is tasked with healing a strange woman’s gunshot wound. When Sydel is successful, her commune suddenly votes to expel her. Taking pity on the...

SLAY

screen play / crime, drama
When the world's top model kills herself under mysterious circumstances, it's up to her estranged sister to infiltrate the seedy underbelly of the fashion world and prove the death is actually a...

Scarborough Stories

novel / drama, humor
CO-WINNER OF THE ASIAN-CANADIAN WRITERS' WORKSHOP 2015 EMERGING WRITERS AWARD FOR FICTION Scarborough Stories follows the lives of three children who inhabit Toronto’s low-income east end. Bing,...

Madrugada

novel / literary fiction
Secrets uncovered in a crumbling Mexican courtyard. A woman seeking to reconcile her relationship to art, the past, and memory. Two sisters, one dark, one light. Madrugada opens when Belle Adler’s...

Cougars

screen play / erotic, humor
Logline: If you’re half our age, we’re interested! Pitch: Genre: Sitcom Target Audience: Men: 25-55, Women: 30-55 Episodes: 10 Running time: 30 min. Follow four women, in their 40’s and up,...

Lil Surfer Girl

screen play / humor
Overweight teenage girl, JO WIDMERE(16) dreams of surfing but most of her time is spent hiding in the shadows and enduring bullying. When a mortifying video of Jo attempting to climb the rope in gym...

Sari Swinging: An American Mother Opts All the Way Out

novel / memoir
India with a baby? Friends in California thought we were crazy, toting our newborn around the globe, but to me and my husband, Tim, it made perfect sense. I was a budding novelist. He was a graduate...

Plan B

screen play / drama, humor
The hour-long dramedy pilot PLAN B addresses the question “What happens when the dream you’ve had for your life crashes and burns?” If you have good friends around you, you might be the luckiest...

The Serpent's Wake: A Fairy Tale for the Bitten

novel / literary fiction
Drawing upon Marie von Franz, Bruno Bettelheim and Sheldon Cashdan’s interpretations of fairy tales, ‘The Serpent’s Wake’ is intended for adults exploring how, once fractured, we may mend....

SEYON

screen play / crime, drama, mystery
It’s 1955 and the Robitzer family packs up the woody Jeep for a move to the 5,000-acre Seyon Ranch in Vermont where Papa plans to hunt, fish, and live out his days in a way that might have impressed...

Run, Run, Run

novel / thriller
When Golden Meadow, a wealthy tobacco-producing farm in Zimbabwe, gets taken over by armed bandits who proceed to kidnap the entire workforce with the view to selling them into slavery, this marks...

Dancing on the Elephant

screen play / drama, humor
Two, old ladies, who talk like truckers, plot their escape from a retirement home. From discussing the merits of being bathed by a male nurse to side bets on their carpet bowling games, they gain the...

What Got Did

screen play / humor
Paige Tran’s in a rut. She’s hit a glass ceiling at work where she is constantly ignored and passed over for promotions by men who are younger, whiter and less qualified. After a...

The Mulberry Courtesan

novel / history, romance, literary fiction
A novel set in 1850s Delhi about a young Afghan woman who is kidnapped from her home sold and as a slave/dancing girl into the Lal Qila. It is also the story of Laale's king, Bahadur Shah...

Sister of Mine

novel / crime, thriller
Sister of Mine is a upmarket psychological thriller that explores themes of loyalty, betrayal and debt through the lives of two sisters bound by a knot of secrecy. Young Hattie has always wanted to...

The Recovery

screen play / crime, drama
THE RECOVERY is a the pilot for a serialized drama television series about a troubled single father Jack Lee whose daughter was kidnapped 7 years ago. When his daughter Adele mysteriously returns...

BLUECHIP BAGLADY

screen play / drama, romance
BLUECHIP BAGLADY SYNOPSIS Her gray hair tucked in a stretched-out watchcap Emmy doesn’t look like much standing in a subway station, holding out a metal cup for coins. But when Frank, a young...

The Bang Bang Girls

screen play / drama, humor, romance
Rei Boyer hasn’t been back in her hometown since she was chased out by rumors of her epic sluttiness. But now, unable to hold down a job or sustain a healthy relationship, she is again living with...