Bria Burton is an award-winning author who has also been a contest finalist.

First Place: 2016 Journey Into Writing Contest

Journey Into the Dying Light of Stars

by Bria Burton

Date of Publication: April 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 will appear as an episode on the Journey Into podcast.


In 2016, Little Angel Helper won a Third Place Royal Palm Literary Award in the Published Novella category.


In 2015, Sprinter won a First Place Royal Palm Literary Award in the Unpublished Women's Fiction category.


In 2011, Livinity, won a First Place RPLA in the Unpublished Fantasy category.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

Contest Finalist

The Running Girls

2017 RPLA Finalist The Running Girls

Published Novella Category

2011 Able Muse Write Prize Semi-Finalist

"Flying With Daddy"