Congratulations to the shortlisted writers of The Singularity50

Congratulations to the shortlisted writers of The Singularity50.

After months of reading we now have a shortlist of the best stories submitted to The Singularity 50.

We will enter the final phase of redrafting very soon, but for now, a drum roll for the writers and stories (not in any order) in the shortlist for The Singularity 50!


Feel free to use the 'laurels' image here on social media to shout about your success with #Singularity50 hashtag. And the winning 50 stories and writers will be announced some time in early Autumn.

OK so the winners are...

Class of '48 by Evan Marlowe
The Human Equation by brian Friefeld
The Dream Machine of Hollywood by Simon Schneider
As Good As True by Richie Brown
Legerdemain by Ahren Morris
The Youngest-Ever Female CEO on Wall Street by Nick Yates
Garvey by paul hamilton
The Tidy Wells Protocol by Diann Beck
Run for It! by Eileen Wilson
Brax's Choice by Mark Renshaw
Suqi by Elinor Perry-Smith
Automatic Drive by Mark Renshaw
Dot the Comm by Lee Betteridge
Whistleblower by Daniel Staniforth
Hive Mind by Christopher Stanley
Artificial Imagination by Maryna Gaidar
My Beloved by David Young
Getting Sinless with AI by Maryna Gaidar
Eve and Adam by Tom J Hingley
Jack and Bill by Simon Thomas
Zero1 by Claire Rye
Jared's Truth by Dan Horrigan
The Perfect Match by Andy Perry
R vs Martin Smith by Vera Mark
The Agency of Ellis by Clive Howard
The Big Night by Phil Town
Human_3RR0R by Paul Mackay
Echoes Of Zeus by Gary Curtis
Sweetcheeks by Matt George Lovett
The Palomnik by Matt George Lovett
Rothschild's Giraffe by Richie Brown
Pondlife by Ben Marshall
Just Perfect by Rebecca Howard
Cloud People by Tom Nolan
Turned on? by Claire Rye
By Any Other Name by Tara Basi
To whomever it may concern (before the end) by Lee Burgess
Citizens' Advice by Tara Basi
Buzz Kill by Ilesh Topiwala
Humanity Banjaxed by Tom Nolan
Friend Till the End by Sarah Newman
IF (we are), ELSE IF (we are not) by Steve Pool
Goodnight, Krissy. by Carrie Wachob
For The Love Of Jenny by Carmen Radtke
As Complex Things Can  Do by Stuart White
Wallpaper by James Lark
The Freedom Fighter by Nick Twyford
Seedsby Ashlee Renz-Hotz
Safe House by Carmen Radtke
Obsolete by Alison Hogge
Computer Says by Sue Heffernan Smith
Thoughts of a Dying A.I.Theist by David F. Jacobson
Shagabiity Quotient by Jade Syed-Bokhari
Long-Gone Gindi by Stephanie Wessell
Lions Led by Donkeys by Dee Chilton
Windows by Phil Town
The Real Thing Draft 3 by Rebecca Howard
Purpose by Geoff Stillwell
Product Testing by Melissa Szydlek
Almighty Dog's MEGA plan by Howard Ellison
Pretty by andrew baguley
Transference by Don McVey
The Birds Began To Sing by Jennifer Hawkins
Rex by Tim Guest
2B by Caroline Slocock
Dr@g0nH0@rd by Steve Pool
Regression by Patrick Skelton
Family Matters by Chris McAleer
Byte Me by Ryan Harris
Ancestor Simulation by David Wilks
Julian by Steve Wrench
Pepsi Pre-Suicide Outreach Department Draft 2 by Christian Ward
Tea for Two! by Michelle Hood
The TV Says You're Welcome by Julien Willis
Melody by Alex Thompson
Transaction Complete by Emily Mount
Company by Daniel Staniforth
Freehand by Eileen Wilson
The Image Room by Dana Pierre
Memory Stored by Bethany White
The First Casualty by Nick Jackson
50 Later by Chris McAleer
Holding Out For A Human by Dave Stevenson
Here Endeth The Lesson by Danielle Wager
Alterverse by Emma Pullar
The one and only lollypop by Yvetta Douarin
Let them eat cake by charlie robertson
ARAMIS by KT Parker
Dating with Del by Sarah Newman
House Keeping by Ann Rumsby
At Arm's Length by Tracy Shefras
Blip by Maggie Innes
Henry Is a Robot! by Michelle Hood
All Rise - Version 2 by Kim L. Wheeler
DementAI by Philip Trickett
Uncanny Valley by Michelle Hood
Falstaff Among the Machines by Kathleen Bryson
She was, like, the Fifth Dimension by Martin Kelly
Why? The destructive side of Singularity by Adrian Cave

Congratulations all, feel free to leave a comment below.

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Comments: 49
  • #1

    Clive Howard (Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:07)

    Awesome to make the shortlist. Owes a lot to those that provided great feedback and helped to make my story better. Good luck to everyone on the list!

  • #2

    Rachael Howard (Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:14)

    Well done everyone. I saw some of my favourites on the list.
    Now get editing to make them the best they can be.

  • #3

    Lewis Rice (Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:26)

    Well done to everyone involved. Looking forward to reading the final book.

  • #4

    stuart white (Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:32)

    Delighted and proud to have made the short list. Congratulations to everyone on it. There were some SUPERB tales on there and the judges will have their work cut out selecting the final fifty.

  • #5

    Susannah Heffernan (Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:34)

    I am overjoyed to be shortlisted. The experience of reading other stories and getting useful feedback on my own has been very valuable. Well done everyone, and here's to such a wonderful project!

  • #6

    Caroline Slocock (Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:47)

    Huge congratulations to everyone on the shortlist, and a big thank you to the fellow writers who gave me such thoughtful, valuable feedback. We did this together!

  • #7

    Eileen Wilson (Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:53)

    Well Done everyone! Thanks for the feedback and moral support. Good Luck for the next sift.

  • #8

    Carrie Wachob (Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:54)

    I'm thrilled to have made it this far and want to thank everyone who provided feedback. The collaborative nature of Create50 helps me improve my writing and I'm very grateful.

  • #9

    David Young (Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:55)

    If you didn't make it, keep writing. If you did, congrats. I didn't envy the judges their job. Lots of great stories. Thanks Chris and crew for making this happen, and to everyone that took the time to give feedback.

  • #10

    Jane Badrock (Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:08)

    Congrats to everyone on the list!

  • #11

    Susanne Pride Notman (Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:12)

    Hearty Congratulations to short-listed; a very talented, clever group. Happy to see that all my favorites/outstanding writing made the cut. Good luck to you all.

  • #12

    Nick Jackson (Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:25)

    So proud to be on this shortlist with such talented people. Well done everyone!

  • #13

    Patrick Ryder (Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:38)

    A huge thank you to the judges for shortlisting my story 'Regression'! And a big congratulations to all the other writers who made it! Fingers, toes, neck, and other assorted parts of my anatomy crossed for autumn...

  • #14

    Robin Lombaert (Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:39)

    Big congratulations to all who made it on the short list!

  • #15

    Ashlee Renz-Hotz (Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:45)

    Congratulations everyone! I'm honored to be included in a group with such talented writers, creators, thinkers. This community is such a gift to the craft, and to all of us individually. A huge thank you to everyone involved.

  • #16

    Kathleen Bryson (Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:06)

    Delighted to make the shortlist. Wish to say thank you to the writers in the greater community of Create50 who devote good time to helping us improve our stories. :)

  • #17

    TR Guest (Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:08)

    Amazing news - thank you! Well done to everyone - and thanks for the feedback x

  • #18

    Michele Florea (Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:09)

    Congratulations, everyone.Bummed I didn't make the list, but happy for those of you who did all the same.

  • #19

    Sarah Newman (Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:18)

    Congratulations to all! I'm so excited to have made the shortlist and be in such great company. Grateful for the camaraderie and helpful feedback/insights shared by the community of writers here. Write on, everybody!

  • #20

    Carmen Radtke (Thursday, 10 August 2017 21:35)

    Talk about mixed feelings. Chuffed for my friends who made it, sad for those who fdn't this time, and exhilarated for myself. This is going to be an amazing book.

  • #21

    Gary Curtis (Thursday, 10 August 2017 21:39)

    WOW!! I made it onto the list!!
    Many thanks to the Create 50 Team for selecting my story and congratulations to the other short listed authors. Create 50 has been a great experience in learning to craft better stories and I'd recommend it to any budding authors. Once again, thank you... I'm over the moon!!

    Good luck everyone.

  • #22

    Christopher Stanley (Thursday, 10 August 2017 21:43)

    Thrilled to be on the shortlist for this! As always, a big thank you to Chris, Emma and the Create50 team for making this happen. Good luck to all the shortlisted authors :-)

  • #23

    Howard Ellison (Thursday, 10 August 2017 22:11)

    I'm shouting wow wow wow! Lost for words to say how completely thrilled I am as a total newbie to get this far in this amazing community.
    Thankyou Create50, and you wonderful writers of experience and kindly warmth who help people like me to think and to improve. The prospect of some final tidying is very welcome.
    Well done all round!

  • #24

    Marina Gaidar (Thursday, 10 August 2017 22:20)

    I'm shortlisted! Have just shouted about it from my balcony! Congrats everyone shortlisted and good luck to us all!

  • #25

    Kim L. Wheeler (Thursday, 10 August 2017 22:55)

    Oh wow, some of my absolute favourites on here. Congratulations to everyone who entered; I bet this was a tough call for the judges. Chuffed to be part of this ongoing process, it's gonna be a cracker! Let's get polishing! :)

  • #26

    Michelle Hood (Thursday, 10 August 2017 23:14)

    Absolutely thrilled to be on the shortlist and huge congratulations to everyone in the Create50 community, you are a generous and talented lot. See you on the other side! ; )

  • #27

    Claire Rye (Friday, 11 August 2017 00:11)

    So happy to see some of my favourite stories on the list. I would hate to responsible for choosing only 50! If it was me the book would be called Singularity 198 :-)

  • #28

    Mark Renshaw (Friday, 11 August 2017 11:31)

    Congratulations to all who have been long listed for this very exciting sci-fi project. I hope to be raising a glass to many of you at a book launch party sometime in the near future...before the A.I.s take over!

  • #29

    Paul Franklin (Friday, 11 August 2017 12:49)

    Can we get feedback on why we didn't make the cut?

  • #30

    Chris Jones (Friday, 11 August 2017 16:55)

    @Paul I will ask if there were any notes - no promises

  • #31

    Dana Pierre (Sunday, 13 August 2017 17:36)

    I'm thrilled to be included in the shortlist! Big congratulations to all on the list! Well done to all who submitted a story, I feel that even if I hadn't made it on the shortlist I have achieved a great deal just from submitting. The reviews and feedback I received and read from other people's stories has been an enriching experience. Well done to all who participated, and a big thank you to the #Singularity50 team.

  • #32

    brian friefeld (Sunday, 13 August 2017 18:13)

    Surprised and thrilled to make the shortlist. Thank you to all who read and gave me advice.

  • #33

    Marina Gaidar (Monday, 14 August 2017 10:20)

    Hi everyone! Is this just me who hasn't received an email with the link where we can sign our contracts? Or it's too early for it?

  • #34

    Philip F. Webb (Monday, 14 August 2017 11:41)

    Congrats to every one who made the short list - well done and good luck with the nest stage!

    Although I didn't make it I got some fantastic feed back and improved my 2 submissions, discovered I really like writing 'hard' sci-fi, thanks to every one who reviewed my work.

  • #35

    Chris Jones (Monday, 14 August 2017 11:58)

    @Marina contracts not gone out yet as it's LSF time. Will email this week.

  • #36

    Adrian Cave (Thursday, 17 August 2017 11:14)

    Strange that I'm on board with my weakest piece ...!
    Congratulations to all those shortlisted...

  • #37

    Chris Jone (Thursday, 17 August 2017 11:25)

    @adrian, artists are usually poor judges of their own best and least good work. Audiences get to make that choice. And it's all subjective anyway. Your story may have been very similar to another too. Remember we are building a book that will need to be different stories.

  • #38

    Diann Beck (Thursday, 17 August 2017 21:23)

    Congrats to everyone who submitted a story and a special well done to folks who made the short list!

  • #39

    David Wilks (Saturday, 02 September 2017 00:13)

    It is not very clear how you can re-submit your latest Draft? There is no re-submit button. Logging in to the site does not give you any options.

  • #40

    Chris Jones (Saturday, 02 September 2017 09:16)

    Login and hit the red Submit button at the top right of the site.

  • #41

    Phil Trickett (Wednesday, 13 September 2017 15:26)

    Hi, has the deadline for redrafts passed yet or is it still okay to resubmit?

  • #42

    Chris Jones (Wednesday, 13 September 2017 15:47)

    Yes Phil you can still upload

  • #43

    Yvetta Douarin (Monday, 18 September 2017 09:57)

    Hi!I was wondering if it is not too late to submit the re-write.

  • #44

    Chris Jones (Monday, 18 September 2017 13:33)

    No not too late

  • #45

    Howard Ellison (Friday, 22 September 2017 13:26)

    It's fascinating, though not truly surprising, that such diverse tales bring out the noughties zeitgeist.
    You can sense concern, occasionally optimism, about machine intelligence starting to run the show - making a good or bad job of it, as we mere humans do.
    At the moment, it's still in our culpable hands. But if chips try to write stories, or judge them...

  • #46

    brian friefeld (Monday, 09 October 2017 20:48)

    Very cool to be a part of this process. Congratulations!

  • #47

    Patrick Ryder (Friday, 13 October 2017 18:38)

    Over the moon to be on the second shortlist for 'Singularity 50'!

    The feedback I received has definitely helped me improve my story and my writing in general. That's what makes this the best writing competition I have ever discovered! Even if you don't win, you still win!

  • #48

    Tom Nolan (Wednesday, 08 November 2017 12:45)

    I'm confused by Patrick's mention of a second shortlist for Singularity 50. I've heard nothing since the original announcement. What is the current situation on 8 November 2017?

  • #49

    Chris Jones (Thursday, 09 November 2017 10:11)

    The list above is the only Shortlist, so if you are on it, you are shortlisted.

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