Bria Burton is an award-winning author who has also been a contest finalist.
Royal Palm Literary Awards
2015 RPLA WINNER
In 2015, Sprinter won a First Place RPLA in the Unpublished Women's Fiction category.
2011 RPLA WINNER
In 2011, Livinity, won a First Place RPLA in the Unpublished Fantasy category. NOTE: I am now using the pen name Shayla Cole for Livinity. The actual award has the name Bria Burton on it because I did not have a pen name at the time.
High Praise for Little Angel Helper
At the 25th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards, Little Angel Helper scored the highest marks in every category. While judging is subjective and the novella didn't win in the inspirational category, this is what one judge had to say:
"LITTLE ANGEL HELPER is a well-told, uplifting novella that readers looking for a truly inspirational, heartwarming story, are sure to love. The fact that Marie's character is inspired by the author's real-life sister is a bonus and adds authenticity to the work. I think those who read this book will learn much, and be uplifted and inspired."
-Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
First Place: Journey Into Writing Contest
Date of Publication: May 13, 2019
Valla Hale is trapped aboard Earth S-1 Station where an unexplained mass casualty event has left her devastated and alone. But everything is on lock-down and she's running out of time to escape.
The sci-fi short story appears as a fullcast episode on the Journey Into podcast with voice actors, sound effects, and music.