The 2016 Illumination Silver Medal Winner.
Twenty-year-old Sam Addison is marked by both good and evil.
Sam is plagued by thoughts of his parent’s violent and mysterious deaths, making survival during a major economic collapse in the United States difficult to endure on his own.
Before he loses all hope, an ethereal being visits him in multiple dreams and visions, trying to ignite his faith. Sam tries to forget what he saw, but it’s something that simply can’t be ignored when he finds an odd marking burned onto his wrist.
He becomes consumed with unanswered questions about his purpose in life and what the mark could mean or even do. Until, he meets the beautiful Ashlin Ammon, the adopted daughter of the popular presidential nominee, and who some call the “savior” of the dying country, Marcus Ammon, who sees a lot of himself in Sam.
Once invited to join the campaign trail as an assistant for Marcus, Sam is pulled into a war no man could ever survive. He is left with a choice that will not only change himself, but mankind forever.
Losing Harp placed 6th in the entire young adult category for the 85th annual Writers Digest Competition.
The story highlights the everlasting impact a friendship has even after death.