2019 Year of Authors: 19th Aug – 23rd Aug

It’s not every year you get to celebrate publishing 20 issues of genre-busting literature. We want our readers to reap the rewards, and our contributors to shine in the spotlight, so every week we are offering up a selection of deeply discounted past issues, based on one of the authors, poets, or artists whose work fills the magazine’s pages. Welcome to week 32 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!

19th – 23rd August 2019

Monday: Sara Mang, Issue 20

Originally from Labrador, Sara was an artillery officer in the Canadian Forces before retiring to be at home with her three children. In 2017, Sara’s short stories were finalists for numerous awards including The New Quarterly’s Peter Hinchcliffe Award and the Disquiet International Literary Prize. She is currently an MFA candidate in UBC’s Creative Writing Program.

Issue 20 cover with tech-slum cover by Ben Baldwin

Tuesday: Sarah PinskerIssue 2

Sarah Pinsker is the author of the novelette “Our Lady of the Open Road,” winner of the Nebula Award in 2016. Her novelette “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,” was the Sturgeon Award winner in 2014 and a Nebula finalist for 2013. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, Fireside, and Uncanny and in anthologies including Long HiddenFierce FamilyAccessing the Future, and numerous year’s bests. Her stories have been translated into Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, among other languages.  This year she is celebrating the release of her debut novel Song for a New Day, as well as an acclaimed short story collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea.

 

Wednesday: Sarina Bosco, Issue  10 
Sarina Bosco is a chronic New Englander, full-time homeowner, and hiker of trails. She quietly pursues an interest in mythology from home. Her work has previously appeared in The Missing Slate, Corium Magazine, Town Creek Poetry, and others.
 

Issue 10 small  

Thursday: S.L. NickersonIssue 1

SL Nickerson, whose work has appeared in Analog and Kaleidatrope, is a Canadian astrophysicist at NASA Ames who recently completed her PhD in Zürich. She is an author of fantasy and science fiction.

 

Friday: Sophie PanzerIssue 18
Sophie Panzer recently completed a BA at McGill University and spent a year teaching English in Prague, Czech Republic. She is the author of the chapbooks Mothers of the Apocalypse (Ethel Press 2019) and Survive July (Red Bird Chapbooks 2019). She edits prose for Inklette and her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Coffin Bell Journal, Little Old Lady, Lavender Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, and Josephine Quarterly
 

 

2019 Year of Authors: 12th Aug – 16th Aug

It’s not every year you get to celebrate publishing 20 issues of genre-busting literature. We want our readers to reap the rewards, and our contributors to shine in the spotlight, so every week we are offering up a selection of deeply discounted past issues, based on one of the authors, poets, or artists whose work fills the magazine’s pages. Welcome to week 31 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!

12th – 16th August 2019

Monday: Robert J Sawyer, Issue 7
Robert J Sawyer is a Canadian science fiction writer. He has published 24 novels, including FlashForward, the basis for the ABC TV series of the same name, and the Hugo Award-winning Hominids. Rob is a member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario and one of the initial inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.
 

 

Tuesday: Robert T JeschonekIssue 11
Robert Jeschonek is an award-winning writer whose fiction,
non-fiction, comics, and poetry have been published around the world. He has won a Scribe Award and the grand prize in Pocket Books’ Strange New Worlds contest. A full list of his publications is on his Wiki page. Visit him online at thefictioneer.com and support him on Patreon.
 

Wednesday: Roy GrayIssue 18
Roy Gray’s short writings and poetry have appeared in magazines, anthologies, and online journals. Another Roy Gray writes erotic poetry online—do not confuse them. Roy’s chapbook The Joy of Technology (Pendragon Press, 2011—now a self-published ebook) could persuade some he is that other, but this Roy’s poetic efforts remain decidedly chaste. ‘Bone Dry’ is his first successful graphic short story.
 

Thursday: RS WynnIssue 19

R.S. Wynn lives in Maine in an antique farmhouse, which she shares with her family and the perfect number of dogs (four, in case you were wondering). She earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her short fiction won Pithead Chapel’s 2017 Larry Brown Short Story Award.

 

Friday: S Ross Browne, Issue  15
S. Ross Browne studied Communication Art and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, VA and Photography at The Corcoran School of the Arts in Washington, DC. Browne is a professional studio artist with over 23 years experience. With an emphasis on painting, he has exhibited domestically and internationally in over 70 gallery and museum exhibitions and is in multifarious private and public collections including the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Browne is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, paints and writes out of his studio in Richmond, Virginia.

 

Pulp Literature at When Words Collide

Calgary, we know we don’t say this often enough but … we’re coming to see you!

A lot has happened since our last visit; we published a debut novel from Cowtowner, Michael Kamakana; we put out several new issues; and by the time we touchdown at YYC for When Words Collide, Matthew Hughes’s magnum opus, What the Wind Brings, will have landed as well.  We’d love to catch up with you, so if you find yourself at Delta Calgary South for the 2019 WWC conference, stop by the Fireside room on Saturday (August 10th) at 2 pm.

In addition to Pulp Literature Presents, Jen Landels and Jessisca Fabrizius will be presenting at the following sessions:

Friday

  • 3:00pm – Hiring the Right Editor
  • 5:00pm – Common Manuscript Problems
  • 6:00pm – Storytelling with Swordplay

Saturday

  • 12:00pm – Pitch session
  • 2:00pm – Pulp Literature Presents
  • 8:00pm – Autograph Session

Sunday

  • 11:00am – David vs Goliath: Writing the mis-matched fight scent
  • 12:00pm – Live Action Slush – High Fantasy
  • 1:00pm – Cover Art Trends
  • 3:00pm – Live Action Slush – Urban Fantasy
  • 4:00pm – Blue Pencil Cafe
  • 5:00pm – Literary vs Speculative Fiction

Some of the other Pulp Literature authors  in attendance at WWC include Jasmin Nyack, Michael Kamakana, Robert J Sawyer, Robert Runté, and Pat Flewelling.  We hope to see you there as well!

Pulp Literature Presents
Saturday 10 Aug, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Fireside Room,  Delta Calgary South

RSVP here

Pulp Literature Summer 2019 Launch Party: Toronto

Face it — Toronto in August is muggy at best, and we know you’re looking for an escape. Thanks to a strong western wind, Pulp Literature is coming to Ontario, and we can provide the refreshment you’re looking for! Toronto local Kelly Robson rounds out Issue 23’s flavour profile, and it’s free to sample Thursday, August 8th.

Join editor Mary Rykov as she hosts local authors and poets Raluca Balasa, Dave Benyon, Joelle Kidd, Peter Norman, Kelly Robson, Douglas Smith, R Daniel Lester and more for another evening of genre-busing readings, book signings, book raffle, and good cheer.

Hear our writers, peruse our magazine issues and novels, and learn about submission opportunities. Help us celebrate Pulp Literature and launch the Summer 2019 Issue 23.

Sign up for 2 time-limited open mic spots available at 6 pm.

Thursday 8 August 2019 
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Another Bar
926 Bloor Street West, Toronto

RSVP HERE

Good books, good cheer, and most importantly, cold beer!

PS: Cowpokes stay tuned for details on our Calgary appearance later this week!

2019 Year of Authors: 5th Aug – 9th Aug

It’s not every year you get to celebrate publishing 20 issues of genre-busting literature. We want our readers to reap the rewards, and our contributors to shine in the spotlight, so every week we are offering up a selection of deeply discounted past issues, based on one of the authors, poets, or artists whose work fills the magazine’s pages. Welcome to week 30 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!

5th – 9th August 2019

Monday: Rhea RoseIssue 12

Rhea Rose is a speculative fiction writer. She holds an MFA in creative writing from UBC, has edited poetry for Edge Press, and has hosted the Vancouver Science Fiction and Fantasy (V-Con) writers’ workshops. Her most recent work appears in Clockwork Canada and Tesseracts 20. Her three indie novels, The Final Catch: A Tarot Sorceress series, can be found at Amazon or through her website, rheaerose.weebly.com.

Tuesday: Richard E Gropp, Issue 4
Richard E. Gropp lives on the bottom of a lake in Central Florida. It is a shallow lake. He writes stories (mostly science fiction and dark fantasy), takes photographs, and lavishes attention on his husband Jim, and on his 3-year-old German shepherd, Ripley. His first novel, Bad Glass, won the Del Rey Suvudu Writing Contest and was a Bram Stoker Award finalist. His short fiction has appeared in Interzone, Wilde Stories, and Daily Science Fiction. His current novel-in-progress is an epic work of pornographic dystopia. It is only slightly autobiographical.
 

Wednesday:
Richard J O’BrienIssue 19

Richard lives in New Jersey where he teaches writing and literature at Rowan College at Gloucester County and Stockton University. His novels include The Garden of Fragile Things, Infestation, and Under the Bronze Moon. Visit Richard at obrienwriter.com and follow him @obrienwriter on Twitter.

Thursday: Rina Piccolo, Issues 7, 16

Rina Piccolo is a cartoonist and writer. Her body of work spans thirty years, and includes a diverse collection of comics, cartoons, illustration, flash fiction, and animation. Rina’s syndicated daily newspaper comic strip “Tina’s Groove” ran from 2002 to 2017. She was also a contributor to the syndicated gag panel strip “Six Chix.” Her cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, Parade, Glamour Magazine, and more. Rina is co-author and illustrator of “Quirky Quarks: A Cartoon Guide to the Fascinating Realm of Physics.” (Springer Publishing 2016).  In 2017, Rina joined up with cartoonist Hilary Price to collaborate on the daily syndicated comic “Rhymes With Orange.”

Issue 16 cover art by Akem

Friday: Rob Taylor, Issue  5
Rob Taylor lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. His poetry has appeared in numerous print and online magazines, and he has published a chapbook, entitled splattered earth. He is a co-founder of SFU’s High Altitude Poetry.
 

2019 Year of Authors: 29th July – 2nd Aug

This week we move into the blaze of August, and Pulp Literature is going to be busy! Catch us in Toronto, Calgary, and of course, Vancouver for launch parties and other special events. Or, if that doesn’t jive with your end of summer schedule, stay tuned for our weekly author and artist deals. This is week 29 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors — get ’em while they’re hot!

29th July – 2nd Aug 2019

Monday: Patrick BollivarIssue 10 & 16

Patrick Bollivar is a writer and an air traffic controller (do tell!) living in Vancouver, BC. His short stories have previously appeared in Tesseracts Nineteen: Superhero Universe, and The Outliers of Speculative Fiction.

Issue 10 smallIssue 16 cover art by Akem

Tuesday: Peter Norman, Issue 12

Born and raised in Vancouver, Peter Norman received a Creative Writing BFA from the University of British Columbia in 1998 and has since lived in Ottawa, Calgary, Halifax, Windsor (Ontario), Montreal, Edmonton, and Toronto, where he now lives with his wife, fellow writer-editor Melanie Little. He is the author of a novel, Emberton, and three collections of poetry.

Issue 12 cover by Melissa Mary Duncan

Wednesday: R Daniel Lester, Issue 5

R Daniel Lester reads, writes and lives in Terminal City, aka Vancouver, BC. He is the author of the poetry collection It’s All in the Interpretation, the short story collection Caffeine Fueled Revelation Machines and the novel, Die, Famous! His writing has been seen online in Geist, Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter, The Flash Fiction Offensive and The Big Adios, and he was a semi-finalist in Broken Pencil’s Indie Writers’ Deathmatch.

Thursday: Rebecca Gomez FarrellIssue 5

In all but one career aptitude test Rebecca Gomez Farrell has taken, writer has been the #1 result. But when she tastes the salty air and hears the sea lions bark, she wonders if maybe, maybe, sea captain was the right choice after all. And when Rebecca says she’s a writer… she’s not joking. More than 20 published short stories, a romance novella, and an epic fantasy novel are just the tip of the iceberg. She’s also a television commentator and food/drink/travel blogger... basically, she puts us all to shame.

Friday: Rebecca Wurz, Issue 13

Rebecca Wurtz is the author of County, Kind of a Love Story, a novel in verse, and she was a runner up in the 2015 Texas Observer Short Story Contest with ‘Hands moving through hair’. She lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. ‘Xuefei and his Heart’ was the winner of the Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize in 2016.

Issue 13 cover by Zoran Pekovic

2019 Year of Authors: 22 – 26 July

It’s another week dominated by the poets! Week 28 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors starts out strong with two Magpie Poetry Contest winners, stays steady in the middle with two poets from across the pond, and finishes with the odd woman out — though something tells us that Pat revels in being the outlier.

22nd – 26th July 2019

Monday: Nicola Aimé, Issue 12

Nicola Aimé writes about the spaces in between, those places where people touch but never entirely find each other: immigration with its sacrificial gains, the ambiguous embraces of tango, the tangled demands of being a woman in the modern era, the vast failures of justice in an indifferent world. Her work has always been among words—stories, screenplays, editing, ESL, and literacy. Poetry arrived unbidden and took her by surprise. It continues to keep her curious and is her route both into herself and out into the world.

Issue 12 cover by Melissa Mary Duncan

Tuesday: Oak Morse, Issue 16

Oak Morse is a poet, spoken word artist, speaker and teacher who has travelled and toured across the Southeast as a performing artist as well as a teacher of performance poetry. He now is becoming recognized for his recent literary works, which aim to bring attention to a speech disorder known as ‘cluttering’, which Oak has worked tirelessly to overcome. Oak Morse now speaks and serves as an ambassador for cluttering and writes poetry which seeks to engage readers and immerse them into the cluttering experience. Oak currently lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia, where he works on his poetry collection titled When the Tongue Goes Bad.

Issue 16 cover art by Akem

Wednesday: Oscar Windsor-Smith, Issue 7

Oscar Windsor-Smith writes fiction, creative non-fiction, non-fiction and poetry from his home in Hertfordshire, UK. His stories have been finalists in the New York City Midnight Short Story Challenge and the University of Plymouth short fiction competitions.

Thursday: PA Levy, Issue 11
Born in East London but now residing amongst the hedge mumblers of rural Suffolk, PA Levy has been published in many magazines, from A cappella Zoo to Zygote In My Coffee and stations in between. He is also a founding member of the Clueless Collective.
 

Friday: Pat Flewwelling, Issue  14
By day, Pat is a senior business analyst at a major telecommunications company; by evening, she works at a brand-new micropress; on weekends, she runs Myth Hawker Travelling Bookstore; and by night, she fights ninja vampires using nothing but radioactive garlic and weapons-grade sarcasm. And sometime between Never O’Clock and the Second Tuesday of Next Week, Pat writes short stories and novels, including Helix: Blight of Exiles, Helix: Plague of Ghouls, and Helix: Scourge of Bones.  Her story ‘The Handler’ won the 2016 Raven Short Story contest.
 

The 2019 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize

It was a hard fought battle between our top ten feisty hummingbird entrants, and the skirmish between the final two was fierce indeed.  After careful scrutiny, our judge declared the winner by a feather to be …

‘Afterlife’ by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

Judge Bob Thurber had this to say:

In ‘Afterlife’, the author skillfully tiptoes around grief and heartache, presenting a nicely woven, quirky portrait of life coming at you, whether you’re ready for it or not.

‘Featherweight’ by Chad V Broughman

The runner-up, ‘Featherweight’,  was a close contender with an ache all its own. Two fine stories with dynamic voices.
– Bob Thurber
These two stories will be published in Pulp Literature Issue 25, Winter 2019.  Congratulations to the winners as well as the top-notch shortlist, which included:
  • ‘The Decline of the Human Race: Volume 01100’ by Mike Donoghue
  • ‘One Human Swimming’  by Patricia Sandberg
  • ‘An Aerial Photograph of Home’ by Mack Stone
  • ‘Playing Late’ by Ariel Basom
  • ‘Picture Window’ by  Emily Ruth Verona
  • ‘The Lion’ by Hannah van Didden
  • ‘Mercy’ by Dylan Sealy
  • ‘Slow Night’ by Teya Hollier

Hummingbird 2019 Shortlist

Hummingbirds are quite competitive, and this year we have 10 hummingbirds vying for the sweet $300 grand prize. The shortlist is in the hands of former closet writer and current flash fiction master, Bob Thurber. Best of luck to the following authors!

Ariel Basom
Chad V. Broughman
Dylan Sealy
Emily Ruth Verona
Hannah van Didden
Mack Stone
Mike Donoghue
Patricia Sandberg
Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki
Teya Hollier

 

2019 Year of Authors: 15 – 19 July

It’s not every year you get to celebrate publishing 20 issues of genre-busting literature. We want our readers to reap the rewards, and our contributors to shine in the spotlight, so every week we are offering up a selection of deeply discounted past issues, based on one of the authors, poets, or artists whose work fills the magazine’s pages. Welcome to week 27 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!

15th – 19th June 2019

Monday: Mikayla FawcettIssue 17

Mikayla Fawcett is a writer and artist currently inhabiting a mudflat within the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Occasionally Mikayla emerges from the mudflat to engage in a larger collaborative art project.

Issue 17 cover featuring stellar artwork by Britt-Lise Newstead

Tuesday: Milo James Fowler, Issue 2

Milo James Fowler is a teacher by day and a speculative fictioneer by night. When he’s not grading papers, he’s imagining what life might be like in a dozen alternate realities. So far, his fiction has appeared in more than 150 publications, including AE SciFi, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction, Nature, and Shimmer.

Wednesday: Misha Handman, Issue 17

Misha Handman has been writing fantasy and mystery stories for as long as he can remember. When not writing, he works as a manager for the performing arts in Victoria, BC, helping otherartists bring their own works to their audiences.

Issue 17 cover featuring stellar artwork by Britt-Lise Newstead

Thursday: Mitchel Toews, Issue 20
Mitchell Toews lives and writes at Jessica Lake in Manitoba. When an insufficient number of, “We are pleased to inform you …” emails are on hand he finds alternative joy in the windy intermingling between the top of the water and the bottom of the sky or skates on the ice until he can no longer see the cabin.

Issue 20 cover with tech-slum cover by Ben Baldwin

Friday: Nicholas Christian, Issue  15
Nicholas Christian’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Lindenwood Review, Off the Coast, Poetry Quarterly, Gravel, Da ̆mfiˉno, and Panoply. He is currently living and teaching in China with his wife and fellow poet Kelli Allen.