“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before” ~ Neil Gaiman
As we all continue to navigate this strange new world, we find ourselves seeking connection and community from behind closed doors — and the world wide web of artists has delivered! From virtual gallery tours to writing workshops, from painting tutorials to live-streamed raves, businesses and events are reaching out digitally to connect, uplift, and inspire.
And we at Pulp Literature are honoured to offer you some literary light. Here’s what we’re doing for our community of readers and authors:
- We’re offering 25% off of anything in our online shop. Just load up your cart and save when you enter the coupon code COVID19.
- We have linked our Patreon income to scaling pay rates for authors and artists. We’ve just raised our maximum short story rates by $0.01 per word ot $0.08. When we reach $300 a month, our max will increase to $0.09 per word and go up to $0.10 per word at $400. You can see more details on the Patreon page.
- We will be livestreaming readings from authors every Friday at 10am pacific time starting today! Each week will feature three different authors who will read and answer questions from the audience between 10:00 and 10:30.
Friday’s live line-up
This week on Friday Live, we bring you Jessica Barksdale, KT Wagner, and Douglas Smith.
Jessica Barksdale, author of ‘The Brightness of Things’ (Issue 18), is a Pushcart Prize, Million Writers Award, and Best-of-the-Net nominee. Her fourteenth novel, The Burning Hour, was published by Urban Farmhouse Press in April 2016. Her novels include Her Daughter’s Eyes, The Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in the Waccamaw Journal, Salt Hill Journal, Little Patuxent Review, Carve Magazine, Palaver, and So to Speak. She is a Professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and teaches novel writing online for UCLA Extension. She holds an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the Rainier Writers Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. You can read more at jessicabarksdaleinclan.com.
KT Wagner, author of ‘Cabin Fever’ (Issue 24), is a collector of strange plants, weird trivia, and obscure tomes. She graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Writers Studio in 2015 (Southbank, 2013). Her short stories are published in or podcast at Daily Science Fiction, Factor Four, The Twisted Book of Shadows, The Centropic Oracle, Toasted Cake, and several anthologies. In the Federation of British Columbia Writer’s 2018 BC Short Fiction Contest, ‘Cabin Fever’ received a first honourable mention. Find KT online at northernlightsgothic.com and @KT_Wagner.
Douglas Smith, author of ‘The Last of a Thing (Issue 12 ), is an award-winning Canadian author whose short fiction has appeared in over thirty countries. His books include a novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, and the collections Chimerascope and Impossibilia, and the writer’s guide, Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction. Doug is a three-time winner of Canada’s Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, CBC’s Bookies Award, Canada’s juried Sunburst Award, and France’s juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. His website is smithwriter.com.