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Issue 12 is here!

Even after 12 issues, there’s nothing like cracking open a fresh box from First Choice Books and admiring the stacks of freshly bound issues waiting to be delivered into readers’ hands.  We love that we can use a local printing house, and that they do such a beautiful job.

You can pick up your copy of Issue 12, Autumn 2016 in person this weekend at VCON, and if you’re lucky, get it signed by author Rhea Rose and cover artist Melissa Mary Duncan.  If you have time to stay around for a drink let us know — I’m sure there will be a few of us celebrating our 12th (!!) issue in the bar after the vendors’ hall closes.

img_4274For those of you who aren’t local, we’ll miss shaking your hands, but you can still order issue 12 at the pre-order discount till Friday night.

See you at VCON!

Issue 12 launching at VCON 41

Autumn_2016_cover smallThe Autumn 2016 issue of Pulp Literature will be hot off the presses in time for VCON 41 at the Sheraton Guildford in Surrey this weekend.  Author Rhea Rose and cover artist Melissa Mary Duncan will be on site and available to sign copies, as will many other previous authors and artists such as CC Humphreys, Robert J Sawyer, Eileen Kernaghan, Anat Rabkin, Laura Kostur, Susan Pieters, and JM Landels.  And, as a special bonus, our Raven Contest judge Brenda Carre will be there — this is your chance to pick her brain and discover what she loves to read!

Issue 7 coverRhea, CC, Robert, Eileen, Brenda, and Jen all have readings and panels throughout the weekend (and Jen will be picking up swords as usual at the Academie Duello demo on Saturday evening), so be sure look up their schedules and track them down.

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And of course visit our table at any time throughout the weekend.  Admission to the vendors’ room is free and we’d love to see you there!Winter-2014-cover-proof1

August Submissions Window is around the corner

Untitled-1Attention writers!  We will be opening for short fiction submissions for the month of August.  For this period we are specifically looking for:

  • Gentle humour and a light touch.  We like grim and dark, but we tend to get a lot of it.  See if you can warm our hearts or bring smile to our faces.
  • Literary with a twist.  Beautiful writing with unexpected endings.
  • Diversity.  We tend to get a lot of stories with straight, white, male protagonists.  We love you guys, but lets mix things up a bit!

Be sure to read our submissions guidelines carefully before sending us your polished prose.  We look forward to reading your work in September!

Congratulate Magpie Winner, Nicola Aime!

Magpie Award final judge Diane Tucker has revealed the three gems which will have everyone standing in line to purchase their Issue 12 copy of Pulp Literature (so order it now)!  Our winners spanned the continent, from Newfoundland to California, yet we are secretly pleased that this contest (judged blind) was won by a local Vancouver poet.  And mainly we’re glad because we’ll get to raise a toast to her in person at the book launch!  Without further ado,  Diane’s comments:

All the shortlisted poems contain clever and even beautiful imagery, emotion precisely and originally expressed, and an extraordinary amount of chutzpah. There isn’t a timid piece in the bunch.  But these three, in my opinion, do the work best.

Magpie Award ($500) to Nicola Aime for  “Dumb Love”
Judged by the contest’s own standard –  “a fusion of musicality, imagery, feeling, and thought” – “Dumb Love” is the winner in this group of poems. Every syllable in it serves the music and the rhythm and the story. The poem’s sustained metaphor, or family of metaphors, is never cheesily over-used or descends into mere punning. The poem’s perfect juggle of swooning passion and subtle and sardonic humour makes it a love poem truer than most to actual human love.  I feel it wants to be recited with a resigned smile.  And through all of this it sustains its music.  It is the most seamless of the entries, the most polished and fully-realized piece of work.

First Runner-Up: ($50) Katie Vautour for “Military Survival Training”
This is a dense, stony, jagged poem, longish but laser-focused, patient and cold and terrifying.  It’s a controlled, drawn-out pain, like a night of sleep spent clenching one’s jaw. Waking doesn’t make it better… It’s going to stay lodged in my head and make me think twice before I eat rabbit again.

Second Runner-Up: ($50) Marnie Eldridge for “Man.hunt”
Almost a complete contrast to “Military Survival Training”, “Man.hunt” is a hugely loose, flailing, overflowing tsunami of a poem.  It works as well as it does because its seemingly rambling passages have a fine strong thread running through them… Its chaotic music and gorgeous, determined fierceness sustain the patient reader.

Congratulations again to all our fine poets, and especially to Nicola!

Magpie Top 10 Shortlist!

Congratulations to these wonderful poets for being selected as top picks for our Magpie Prize!  This is an impressive pool of talent, and we are honoured to have such an embarrassment of riches in our contest.  We will unveil the winner on Thursday, so stay tuned!  Our poets, in random order:

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Daniel Aristi
Jude Neale
Marnie Eldridge

Katie Vautour
Elizabeth Armerding

Ada Maria Soto
Susie Taylor
Nicola Aime
Ruth Daniell

Meet the Judge: Bob Thurber

Pulp Literature invites short story writers from around the globe to enter our Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize.  It’s a humdinger of a contest,  judged by one of the sharpest pens on the planet, Bob Thurber.

Nothing But TroubleBob’s a short story writer’s short story writer, yet his works could be printed on the backs of beer cans to make you laugh. (Hey, now there’s a good marketing idea…) His flash fiction frequently wins online kudos at 50-Word Stories and his story collections are available on Amazon. His gritty novel Paperboy is being re-released this month by popular demand.  Bob’s stories have been printed in issue 3 and issue 6 of Pulp Literature, and he’s agreed to be our feature author for Issue 12.  (Yeah, we’re fans.)

Bob has blogged advice about the “Anatomy of a MicroFiction” on his website, but we thought it better advertising to just give you a taste of his own medicine:

Guillotine Guys
The guillotine guys handed out silk neckties and scarfs to the men and jeweled necklaces to the women. These items had belonged to previous prisoners. To the families they sold Band-Aids and iodine, steel needles and surgical thread, all in a boxed set with a pamphlet full of bad advice.hummingbird5

Think you can do better? Don’t let Bob have the last word! Get those contest entries in to us ASAP.  $300 goes to the best short fiction we can find, up to 1000 words. The deadline is June 15th, but entries are limited to 300, so get yours in now.  Enter the Contest Here!

Bumblebee Brilliance!

bumblebee1Congratulations to our Bumblebee Micro-fiction Award winner, John Meyers! We had a swarm of entries, but final judge Bob Thurber was able to pick the story that carried the most weight per word count. Thank you to all our entrants for the hours of entertaining stories. To view John’s story in final form, in either print or digital version, order your copy of Issue 11 now! But because we aren’t so cruel as to make everyone wait that long, here’s the winning entry in all its glory.

Motorbike, by John Meyers

Fingers crossed, heart fluttering, you’re waiting for a redneck Hercules named Chuck to kick start his dusty Harley. Finally the motor catches, sending vibrations up the back of your baby chick neck, confirming in your seven-year old mind that this greasy-haired teenager with blood on his cowboy boots is god.  

Magpies take flight!

Poets, this is your chance to earn solid money, and what a pleasure it is for our magazine to be able to offer this opportunity to you again this year. The Magpie Award for Poetry gives $600 in rewards to the writers who can capture our judge’s eye, ear, and heart.  We are pleased to announce that last year’s Magpie winner, Diane Tucker, will be the final judge for this year’s contest.  Early bird entries begin March 1st at the discounted rate of $20 for the first poem, and all entrants receive a digital 1-year subscription to Pulp Literature. To get the poetic juices flowing, we are giving you a taste from Diane’s storehouse …

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little peach, little ball of pale
sunset, soft palmful of summer

when you’ve ripened
and I cut you open
you pull away from your stone
easily; you disgorge your heart
you’ve learned
how to let the centre go

and when we really apply the heat
to you, you let yourself dry, become
leather; this sharpens all your flavours
and fills you especially full of iron

so you are for the blood
and the tongue, all this
after you’ve fed the eyes
and the nose
and the hand’s dry palm
with your mole-soft skin

What’s the Buzz?

bumblebee1Microfiction is the grey zone between poetry and prose, in my books. It all depends on how you read your words.  Do you memorize the lines and slam them from a stage?  Then it’s poetry.  If you write with your own blood and slip the page under the door of your ex-wife?  Then it’s flash fiction, or micro if you’ve restrained yourself (or run out of blood).

Microfiction is ambivalent, is cross-genre, is both/and.  It’s like the fuzzy cuddly bumblebee that could, of course, sting you and kill you if you are allergic.  Bumblebees usually don’t, but they could; they are built better than honey bees, and don’t die after they sting.  So humans have the option of killing the poor insect first, squishing it to mushed proteins on a sidewalk.  Or you can do what my local librarian has done, and tattoo the little critter on your arm. Bob Thurber

All this is to say, we’re open for entries for our Bumblebee Microfiction Contest until February 1, 2016. If you want to brush up on the jewels of the genre, look no further; our final judge Bob Thurber is an acknowledged master of the craft, and you can see his delicate gems in Pulp Literature Issue 6, online at 50 Word Stories, and through his Amazon books.

Th51UBPQnoHgL._AC_UL115_is contest is free. In addition to a full year print subscription of Pulp Literature, the winner will receive a personally signed copy of Nickel Fictions by Bob Thurber.  It that doesn’t sound like honey for the soul, not sure what will.

Retreat Afterglow

Bowen Breakfast LSTGourmet food, historic bedrooms, island sunshine, and the Muse guiding our pens … Last weekend on Bowen was a writer’s paradise in every way, and four steps towards our manuscript goals, as we used the Hour Stories cards four times in three days.Bowen writing

Writers know better than to rely solely on the Muse to inspire creativity; discipline is the only thing we daily control. But when nine writers join together for timed writing exercises, the energy flows more easily, and both discipline and inspiration combine to empower writing.  Add to this the magical environment of Bowen Island, where Pulp Literature was conceived, and it creates a recipe for literary pixie dust.  Most of us wrote 4000 words!Bowen lounge KTW

If only the walls had ears, they would have heard time-management wisdom from Mel Anastasiou, murderous backfiring from Laura Kostur, oracle-like insight from Jane Durant, bizarro machinations from KT Wagner, romantic yearning from Kate Austin, fantastic captures from LS Taylor, photographic memories from Carol McCauley, comic counselling from Susan Pieters, and the conclusion of Allaigna’s trilogy by JM Landels.

Yes, a feast all around.  We can’t wait for next time!

Bowen ferry home LST

Thanks to Laura Taylor and Katherine Wagner for the photos!