Hawthorne Prize Shortlist Includes Ares

Badge for Hawthorne Prize Shortlist Member Ares

AmericanWritingAwards.com announced that Ares by Jayson Adams has made the Hawthorne Prize shortlist. The Hawthorne Prize is an elite writing award founded in honor of renowned American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, celebrating literary excellence across the spectrum of authors and works

“I am thrilled and deeply honored to see Ares shortlisted for the Hawthorne Prize,” said Adams. “The judges’ acknowledgment validates the years of effort and passion that went into creating this story. It also affirms that the themes and characters resonate with a broader audience, which is deeply gratifying as an author.”

American Writing Awards announced Hawthorne Prize shortlist entries this week. This list represents a remarkable array of genres and literary styles, highlighting the rich creativity in contemporary literature. Finalists will be announced soon, and the overall winner revealed one week later. A team of judges selects the winning entry from among the year’s best works of fiction. The excitement is building as the literary community eagerly awaits the final results

Ares follows Commander Kate Holman, leader of the first manned mission to Mars, who learns a secret, military objective is the true reason for their journey. Shortly after landing, the mission’s security officer unearths an item from beneath the fabled “Face on Mars.” Is it an exotic, new element? Evidence of life? An alien artifact? Scurried away by the security officer, she can only speculate. An astronaut dies; systems malfunction. Some claim it’s the result of a Martian “curse” that won’t lift until the item is returned. When Kate uncovers the nature of the item, a secret some would kill to protect, can she overcome the powerful forces allied against her and make it back to Earth?

Ares is available now, in paperback and eBook, from Amazon. You can read several chapters by visiting our Ares page.

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