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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 8 December

With twenty-four fabulous back issues, one to mark each day of Advent, we hope to share with you the joy and magic of the season. When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the eighth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 8, Autumn 2015

In this eighth Issue:

Travel through time and space with our cover hero, Mel Anastasiou’s ‘Albert Ball on Galactic Shore Leave’ to meet characters you will never forget.CoverJuly13

  • Go back to the Second World War to discover monsters and men of mystery in JJ Lee’s ‘The Man in the Long Black Coat’.
  • Then jump to the future so fast you can almost erase your past, in Julian Mortimer Smith’s ‘World of Dew’.
  • Closer to the present, try your luck at making a deal with the devil in Fred Zackel’s ‘The Devil’s Condom’ and take sibling rivalry to a new level in Tais Teng’s ‘Growing up with Your Dead Sister’.  
  • Top that off with a miracle pill in ‘Full Spectrum’ by Susan Pieters before attending a steampunk ball in your borrowed best with Donald Duncan’s ‘Cropper’s Ball’, and find out the real way to become a zombie in ‘Whole’ by Joanna Lesher.
  • Enjoy our graphic short about true heroes in Mel Anastasiou’s ‘The Dragon Archer’ before raising a toast to British Columbia talent in poems from our Magpie Award winners Diane Tucker, Ace Baker, and Jude Neale.
  • Last but not least, join Allaigna as she dances a reel and hides her royal blood from her relatives in the next instalment of Allaigna’s Song by JM Landels.
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As we begin this holiday season and our look back at the great issues of the past, I feel the same suspense I did as a child, knowing that with each day comes the treasure of the season’s familiar comforts and of the unexpected surprises along the way.

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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 7 December

With twenty-four fabulous back issues, one to mark each day of Advent, we hope to share with you the joy and magic of the season. When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the seventh day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 7, Summer 2015

In the Summer 2015 Issue:

  • Canada’s king of Science Fiction, Hugo and Nebula award winner Robert J Sawyer ventures into the realm of gothic fantasy with ‘Fallen Angel’.
    “I especially enjoyed the cover story, Sawyer’s “Fallen Angel”: captivating and chilling, it goes beyond what you thought you could imagine, while still convincing you it’s all real.  I recommend this literary magazine to anyone wanting something entertaining and thought provoking to read through. I’m looking forward to reading more!” – Nina M
  • Mel Anastasiou rounds out the first Stella Ryman Omnibus with ‘The Case of the Vanishing Resident’
  • Feel the summer sun scorch you from an alien world in Marta Salek’s ‘It was Summer When He Left’.
  • You will never feel the same about the lazy drone of insects after reading ‘Wings of Nemesis’ by Oscar Windsor-Smith … or about the scuttling of many tiny feet after Rina Piccolo’s ‘Centipedes’.
  • Fling yourself foolishly into midsummer and love with ‘The Wishing Well’ by Susan Pieters, and then cool off in the dangerous watery depths of Holly Walrath’s ‘Mermaid Hunt’.
  • Discover new secrets in Bastion and the Greatwood alike with the continuation of Allaigna’s Song by JM Landels.
  • All this beneath a glorious cover by JJ Lee!
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As we begin this holiday season and our look back at the great issues of the past, I feel the same suspense I did as a child, knowing that with each day comes the treasure of the season’s familiar comforts and of the unexpected surprises along the way.

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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 6 December

With twenty-four fabulous back issues, one to mark each day of Advent, we hope to share with you the joy and magic of the season. When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the sixth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 6, Spring 2015

In the Spring 2015 issue:

  • Let our Raven Cover Story Contest winner Krista Wallace launch you into our first adventure of the spring, with ‘The Inner Light’, a chilling tale of the theatre, and the sacrifices made for art.  Then hold your breath while runner-up Anna Belkine takes you beyond the great blue in ‘The Ravens’.
  • For a collection of sweet, savoury, and surprising tastes along the way, lift the lid on a basket of flash fiction by the devastatingly succinct Bob Thurber.
  • Meet two women you don’t want to mess with:  the seemingly normal and unassuming Jane from Laura Kostur’s ‘Super’, and the entrancing subject of ‘The Naked Woman’ by Theric Jepson.
  • Poetry and poetic short fiction by Kate Austin and Tobi Cogswell show us which relationships to hold on to and which to let go on the journey through life.
  • ‘Channel W’ with Sue Pieters takes you to a future that’s not what it seems to be.
  • Warm your heart at ‘The Love Offices’ by Kirsty Favell; and step into another world with FJ Bergmann’s ‘Opening Doors’.
  • Two mini horror stories will drag you out of your comfort zone:  Ev Bishop’s ‘Not All Magic is Nice’, and ‘Bite’, another five-page comic by regular contributor Kris Sayer.
  • In the next verses of Allaigna’s Song by JM Landels, journey with our heroine from the comfort of home into her new life as an anonymous page at the fascinating and intimidating Bastion of Rheran.

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As we begin this holiday season and our look back at the great issues of the past, I feel the same suspense I did as a child, knowing that with each day comes the treasure of the season’s familiar comforts and of the unexpected surprises along the way.

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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 5 December

With twenty-four fabulous back issues, one to mark each day of Advent, we hope to share with you the joy and magic of the season. When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the fifth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 5, Winter 2015

In our fifth issue of Pulp Literature Magazine:

  • We dare you to be held captive by Eileen Kernaghan’s ‘The Robber Maiden’s Story’, and then try to escape alongside the intrepid Stella Ryman as she attempts a jailbreak in The Four Digit Puzzle by Mel Anastasiou.
  • Next, travel by boat and by bus to places you’d rather not go, with the fantastical ‘Polycarp on the Sea’ by Stephen Case and the gritty detective Finley in ‘The Pledge’ by Donald Dewey.
  • Three pulp poems by Mark J Mitchell will prepare you for the cruel transformations of ‘Thlush-a-lum’ by Rebecca Gomez Farrell and ‘Some Say the World Will End in Fire’ by R Daniel Lester.
  • These are followed by a few stories of wishing for more, in ‘A Discussion of Keats’s Negative Capability’ by Susan Pieters and Margaret Kingsbury’s ‘The Longing is Green when Branches are Trees’.
  • A treat lies in store as we publish the winners of the first annual Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction, followed by the short, sharp horror cartoon ‘Bait’ by Kris Sayer.
  • For dessert, we hope you’ve saved room for the next installment of Allaigna’s Song. It’s the perfect way to round out a good family feast.
  • All this beneath a beautiful new cover entitled “Fondly Remembered Magic” by our first cover artist Melissa Mary Duncan.

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As we begin this holiday season and our look back at the great issues of the past, I feel the same suspense I did as a child, knowing that with each day comes the treasure of the season’s familiar comforts and of the unexpected surprises along the way.

Sign up for our Advent Calendar here, and explore back issues of the magazine here.

Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 4 December

With twenty-four fabulous back issues, one to mark each day of Advent, we hope to share with you the joy and magic of the season. When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the fourth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 4, Autumn 2014

In our fourth issue of Pulp Literature Magazine:

  • “The Fall of the Ego”, a haunting cover by the extraordinary Spanish artist Arantzazu Martinez.
  • a tale of William Wallace’s Scotland … and the undead … from Susanna Kearsley in ‘Soldier, Wake’.
  • An adult twist on the gingerbread man in “Dough Boy Lovers and the Appetites of Desire” by Karlo Yeager.
  • “Blackthorne & Rose: Agents of DIRE”, by KG McAbee, a steampunk romp through undead-infested London with Burton, Poe, Verne, Babbage, Lister and Faraday.
  • The beautiful blend of poetry and story in “Victory Girl” by Ace Baker.
  • Time travel in the streets of Vancouver with “The Death of Me” by Keith Mabbs
  • Alien encounters with a twist in “Things to Live For” by Richard E Gropp
  • A sequential art adaptation of slam poet Kimberleigh Roseblade’s “The Wolf”
  • Winners of the Inaugural Magpie Award for Poetry
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As we begin this holiday season and our look back at the great issues of the past, I feel the same suspense I did as a child, knowing that with each day comes the treasure of the season’s familiar comforts and of the unexpected surprises along the way.

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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 3 December

With twenty-four fabulous back issues, one to mark each day of Advent, we hope to share with you the joy and magic of the season. When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the third day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 3, Summer 2014

In our third issue of Pulp Literature Magazine:

Behind the evocative cover, “Youth Hostels of Faery” by Tais Teng, you’ll find …

  • Joan MacLeod’s ‘The Salt Tour’, an exceptionally beautiful story from the gstella chairolden age of European backpacking.
  • ‘The Poison Pen Affair’, where Mel Anastasiou’s intrepid amateur sleuth Stella Ryman defies the constraints of her care home.
  • Gritty storytelling that continues to amaze us in ‘Wager’ by Bob Thurber.
    Poetry by Diane Tucker, Darrell Lindsey and Jeffrey C Alfier.
  • Susan Pieters’ ‘Invisible’, Laird Long’s ‘The Big Con’, and Conor Power-Smith’s ‘Love for Sale’, all stories that involve different kinds of love, and different kinds of blindness
  • Our graphic novel adaptation of Sylvia Stopforth’s ‘Dragon Rock’, describing the biggest blind spot of all.
  • Issue 13 cover art by Tais TengQuantum physics in a handbag and stalker mascots in a theme park with Deborah Walker’s ‘Aunty Merkel’ and Fred Zackel’s “Snow White is Mine!”
  • And our next installment of Allaigna’s Song, in which our heroine learns to illuminate the ordinary.

“My favourite of the four volumes; ‘Love for Sale’ and ‘Wager’ are two brilliant stories. The rest is good too :)”  – Guy Windsor, Finland

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As we begin this holiday season and our look back at the great issues of the past, I feel the same suspense I did as a child, knowing that with each day comes the treasure of the season’s familiar comforts and of the unexpected surprises along the way.

Sign up for our Advent Calendar here, and explore back issues of the magazine here.

Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 2 December

With twenty-four fabulous back issues, one to mark each day of Advent, we hope to share with you the joy and magic of the season. When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the second day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 2, Spring 2014

In issue 2, things come in pairs

  • "This Double" by Mel Anastasiou
    “This Double” by Mel Anastasiou

    We have two offerings from JJ Lee, the acclaimed author of The Measure of a Man: the Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit“Built to Love” is a  satiric and chilling sci-fi tale, and it comes with a fabulous painted cover by JJ.
    JJ Lee’s “Built to Love” was so good! I really liked his book Measure of a Man – this is completely different but just as intriguing. The whole issue was a joy to read, and a lot of the stories you can read in spare moments. Good and pulpy.”  – Amanda

  • Two very different stories of the undead in the Old West and the New: “Mercer’s Ghost” by Milo James Fowler and “Not Dying in Central Texas” by Sarah Pinsker.
    “[‘Not Dying in Central Texas’ is] unbelievably refreshing, touching, and beautiful.” – Alex Ristea
  • Two stories that take you literally to the edge: “Falling” a cautionary paranormal adventure into  temptation by Angela Dorsey, and the beautiful, heartrending “Poor Thing” by KM Vaghela.
  • Two takes on inspiration: “Techne” by EL Firestine, and “The Capture of the Muse” by Susan Pieters.
    “[Capture of the Muse is]  powerful, poignant, beautifully crafted and the multi-layered  . . . Lovely work,”  – Jacqui Hartwood
  • A double length excerpt of Allaigna’s Song by JM Landels.
  • And finally you’ll meet the improbable heroic duo of a witch and her goat in an excerpt of Tatterhood, the brand new graphic novel from the ludicrously talented Kris Sayer.

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As we begin this holiday season and our look back at the great issues of the past, I feel the same suspense I did as a child, knowing that with each day comes the treasure of the season’s familiar comforts and of the unexpected surprises along the way.

Sign up for our Advent Calendar here, and explore back issues of the magazine here.

Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 1 December

With twenty-four fabulous back issues, one to mark each day of Advent, we hope to share with you the joy and magic of the season. When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the first day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 1, Winter 2013

In our first issue of Pulp Literature Magazine:

  • Michael1OctWhere the Angels Wait, a haunting contemporary short story by  CC Humphreys
    “I was immediately enchanted by the flow of words, the beautiful pictures painted and the emotions evoked by the writing.  The story struck close to my heart.“ – Erin Ensor
  • Stella Ryman and the Third Option, a novella by Mel Anastasiou
    “Stella Ryman is my new hero! I love the way the very observant author has woven dementia and lucidity and humour together. “ – SL
  • Poetry by Beverly Boissery
  • Post-apocalyptic imaginings with classic Canadian tone in Only the Loons Know,  by SL Nickerson
  • A touch of swordplay and slapstick, buddy-cop style, in Of Siege and Sword, by Tyner Gillies
    “Straight-up funny!” – ND
  • The award winning short story, Glass Curtain, by Susan Pieters
    “Just re-read [Glass Curtain].   I enjoyed it even more the second time through.  The narrator’s voice is almost painfully honest, vulnerable, inviting the reader in.  And there is this strong tide of yearning. Like an undertow.  Very well done.” – S. Stopforth
  • The Mechanics, a cautionary tale by talented cartoonist Angela Melick.
  • Epic Fantasy and base sibling rivalry in Allaigna’s Song by JM Landels
    “Love [this] fantasy, so atmospheric” – CC Humphreys
  • Exquisite cover art by Melissa Mary Duncan!

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As we begin this holiday season and our look back at the great issues of the past, I feel the same suspense I did as a child, knowing that with each day comes the treasure of the season’s familiar comforts and of the unexpected surprises along the way.

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2019 Raven Contest Shortlist

It wasn’t easy winnowing the longlist for the Raven Short Story Contest down to ten finalists, but in the end, we succeeded.  Here, in alphabetic order by author first name, is the shortlist

  • Claire Lawrence for ‘Life Supports’
  • Hannah C. Van Didden for ‘The Pang’
  • Jonathan Sean Lyster for ‘Dad’s Ghost’
  • KT Wagner for ‘Wax Agatha’
  • Matthew Vickless for ‘Understudy’
  • MFC Feeley for ‘Dannemora Sewing Class’
  • Michael Donoghue for ‘Life4Sale’
  • Rob McInroy for ‘Zoroman’s Cave’
  • Robert Bose for ‘The Last Wave’
  • Soramimi Hanarejima for ‘Controlling the Means of Production’

Congratulation to these authors for claiming the next rung in the pecking order.  Tomorrow we’ll discover the final verdict from judge JJ Lee!

The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Contest Closes Saturday

Just a few left to enter the Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize, so polish up your flashiest flash fiction for submission!

Looking for inspiration? Peruse these snippets from past Hummingbird Contest winners. All that furious fluttering should get the juices flowing.

2018 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize Winner, Issue 21
‘The Angler’
by Nicholas Christian

It’s said Jeki la Njambe has one crow’s foot and an antelope’s hoof besides. Jeki, they say, huddles around little liver-pecked fires, has one arm and it’s a real Misha. They say he fishes with it and you’ll know it’s that time by the smell of wet maple and iron-wood, or the whistling of hollow bamboo. Sure, they ramble such as it’s cooked, but you don’t go blaming a fire for making smoke. So just gather your ears from the field. I’m to straighten things, if my name ain’t Jeki la Njambe, and I tell you I know the right of it …

2017 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize Winner, Issue 17
‘Just Down the Hall’
by Jeanette Topar

Truth was, Mrs Cole had become a little afraid of 902.
Late in the evenings she’d hear 902’s footsteps slide across the tiled hallway, hesitating outside her door. “Is this my place?” her neighbour would ask. Mrs Cole would mute the volume on her TV and hold her breath as she sat quietly in her tidy living room waiting for the woman to shuffle away. The last few times Mrs Cole had encountered her, 902 was wearing nothing but a gray slip that blended with the colour of her skin and matched her hair — she appeared little more substantial than a shadow or dust mote hovering in the hall …

2016 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize Winner, Issue 13
‘Xuefei and his heart’
by Rebecca Wurz

Xuefei sat on a metal stool in the corner of the operating theatre. He’d been awake all night, and now, sitting in the quiet of the deserted room, he felt drowsy. He had transported the heart of the criminal executed at dawn from the prison infirmary to the university hospital’s surgical suite, built especially for this demonstration. American transplant surgeons, collaborating with Chinese colleagues, were scheduled to do the first heart transplant on Chinese soil …

2015 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize Winner, Issue 9
‘The Last Neanderthals’
by Christina Crocker Escribano

You say, No one is going to eat us, but I know better. The path of the forest is necklaced in footprints. The surface of the snow is scuffed and bloodied. They left no remains of skin or bone, just a fistful of hair that looks like our own. We stop and watch, for a long time, as if the blood was an outline, a shadow, a spirit blooming in the ice. You say the soul lifts from the body, but I see that it doesn’t …

2014 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize Winner, Issue 5
Here I Lay Down My Heart
by Rob Taylor

Hayim lifted Mima toward the dhow.  The captain knelt, grabbed her by her armpits and lifted her up, then lowered her into the hull.  Hayim tossed in his duffle bag and for a moment, in the thin skim of ocean and sand that skirts Bagamoyo, stood apart from all that mattered in his world.  Then he hoisted himself on board. Mima was already playing with the livestock and making friends with the other children. In the weeks since their arrival in Tanzania she had learned a mouthful of Swahili and was now in full song.  Samaki! Kuku! Mbuzi! she pointed and guessed, and the children laughed and nodded and were impressed.  Hayim climbed atop a mound of rice bags, maybe seven or eight deep, and pressed his duffle bag into the curve of the hull, punching it here and there with his fists, pounding out their shape.  Between punches images of Tel Aviv flashed in his mind — their old apartment, the table and chairs, dishes and books he’d filled it with. Those few weeks when Mima had gone to preschool and life had felt normal and the word normal had plumped with meaning.  Then Hayim lay down and his mind cleared …

The 2019 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize close June 15th. We hope to see your submission soon!

Read Hummingbird Contest winners and runners-up of years past in Issue 5, Issue 9, Issue 13, Issue 17, and Issue 21.
 Issue 5,  Winter 2015
 Issue 9, Winter 2016
 Issue 13, Winter 2017
 Issue 17, Winter 2018
Issue 21, Winter 2019