Accolades are always nice to get. I have been privileged to win a few small writing competitions.




During November of 2013, I wrote a wholly original novel with over 51,000 words, thereby making me a winner of NaNoWriMo.

The novel is called Untrustworthy, and it was published by Riverdale Avenue Books, in 2014.

I also won NaNoWriMo in 2014, with the second story of the Obolonk trilogy, The Polymer Beat. In 2015, I won NaNo with The Enigman Cave. And in 2016, I won with the first novel in a trilogy, The Real Hub of the Universe.


In March of 2014, Revved Up became a featured story!

In September of 2014, the Fanfic profile added three stories to their Star Trek reading list: Before Days, The New Captain’s Woman, and Biases.

Before the Wattpad website underwent an overhaul, a lot of my fan fiction was in different sections. Here are the best rankings it’s gotten so far –

Before Days #328 Gen’l Fiction #414 Science Fiction
Coffee #58 Science Fiction #300 Short Stories
Concord #239 Historical Fiction #410 Sci Fi
Conversation with Heroes #344 Sci Fi #556 Gen’l Fiction
Crackerjack #301 Historical Fiction #537 Science Fiction
Loving the Alien #88 Science Fiction #403 Gen’l Fiction
My Favorite Things (like kibble) #70 Non-fiction #438 Humor
Revved Up = #27 in Gen’l Fiction & #46 in Humor
Social Media Guide for Wattpad #30 Non-fiction #186 Random
The Dish #200 Short Stories #286 Gen’l Fiction
The Golden Lady and the Knave #70 Sci Fi #307 Poetry
The New Captain’s Woman #476 Sci Fi
There is a Road #425 Short Stories #672 Gen’l Fiction

Ad Astra

"Barking So in January of 2012, Paving Stones Made From Good Intentions won the Pathways challenge. This challenge was all about character childhoods and backgrounds.

Then in October of 2012, Day of the Dead won the Burdens of Command challenge. This was all about why command isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.Barking up the Muse Tree | Janet Gershen-Siegel | jespah | Day of the Dead |






In May of 2013, Where No Gerbil Has Gone Before won the On the Levity challenge. This was of course a humor challenge.

Barking up the Muse Tree | Jespah | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Where No Gerbil Has Gone Before

Where No Gerbil Has Gone Before



In March of 2015, Colleagues won the Mentors challenge. Quite obviously, the challenge was all about writing a mentor/protegé relationship.








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In December of 2012,  The Further Adventures of Porthos – The Stilton Fulfillment won the Ironic Wish Fulfillment challenge. The concept was to show how sometimes you shouldn’t get what you wish for.

Barking up the Muse Tree | Jespah | Janet Gershen-Siegel | The Further Adventures of Porthos – the Stilton Fulfillment


In March of 2013, Bread won the Independence challenge. However, initially, the challenge concerned becoming independent. Instead, I wrote about Diana Jones losing her independence. I felt it was more poignant to see it all slipping away, and readers agreed.

Barking up the Muse Tree | Jespah | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Bread


By default, Theorizing won the crossover challenge for the Summer of 2014. The crossover is between Star Trek: Enterprise and Quantum Leap.

Barking up the Muse Tree | Jespah | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Theorizing


Future Competitions

So I used to enter challenges all the time. I don’t write to win. Instead, I write for my own artistic reasons or to fill in gaps in my Star Trek fan fiction. But it is kinda nice to win accolades.

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