Scholarship Winner

Your Novel

Ashley Tetzlaff submitted to The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship


Mabel lives alone on the Texas plains, trapped in an isolated life while her father wanders the plains of the great state looking for treasure. But her simple life is turned upside-down by a string of disasters that wipes out all she knows and leaves her with nothing to do but go search for her father and his gold. Given the choice between her father's gold and the discovery of the rest of the human race, where will Mabel's heart and instincts lead her? Which blood source runs deeper: close family ties or the ancient blood that runs through and connects us all? And what if they lead in very different directions?


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About Ashley

Colorado Technical University

Ashley Tetzlaff lives in Washington State, where she serves as a councilmember for the Town of Albion, WA; core volunteer for the Albion Food Pantry; boardmember and Secretary for the Guy-Albion Historical Society; and Friend & Fundraiser for the Albion Public Library. She is pursuing her Master of Science in Management with a focus in Public Administration at Colorado Technical University Online. Some of her favorite authors — and influences on her work — are Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, G.A. Henty, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain.

Her winning entry, Your Novel, was selected for its keen depth of character and gripping voice.