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Stella is a Leacock Medal Contender

Things that bring us joy:

  • Great books
  • Good beer
  • One of our authors being longlisted!

Mel Anastasiou has been longlisted for the
71st Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour!

Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries is one of ten books out of seventy that are under consideration for this prestigious award. The shortlist will be announced May 2nd, followed on June 9th by the announcement of the winner.

More information on the longlisted authors, as well as the history of the Medal, membership, and all the previous winners, is available on the Leacock Associates’ website at leacock.ca.

Stella Ryman’s sleuthing adventures were first serialized in Pulp Literature Issues 1, 3, 5, and 7, and were complied into our first novel publication in 2017.  We’re incredibly proud of this book and delighted it is being recognized by such an esteemed jury.  Please join us in congratulating Mel, and be sure to check out Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries.

Already read the novel and want more Stella Ryman?  Check out Pulp Literature Issue 18, Spring 2018, containing a preview of Mel’s second Stella novel, Stella Ryman and the Mystery of the Mah-Jongg Box.

 

 

 

Author News: Greg Brown

Pushcart Prize 2018 CoverAt Pulp Literature, we know our writers are talented, and we want the rest of the world to know too! That’s why every year we nominate six of the authors whose pieces have especially inspired us for the prestigious Pushcart Prize. Touted as “the best of small presses”, Pushcart awards honour those writers who excel at their craft. This year we are pleased to announce Pulp Literature author, Greg Brown, has been nominated by Pushcart judges for his short story, ‘Love’ (Issue 16).

Greg Brown is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He is a recipient of UBC’s Roy Daniels Memorial Essay Prize, and you can find his stories, criticism, and essays in Postscript, Paragon, The
RS500, Lenses: Perspectives on Literature, and Tate Street. His surreal short story ‘Bear’ appeared in Pulp Literature Issue 14.

We will find out if Greg’s story makes the final cut in May. Until then, we’ll give you a taste of the story that has Pushcart judges sitting up in their seats…

 

‘Love’
Greg Brown

We agreed as a family that the only thing to do was to bring Mom home for the next few months or weeks, whatever it would be. It’ll be hard, Dad said. But maybe it can be fine, too. Denisa was suspicious about the cost of it all — like the private nurse we’d have to pay for, where at the hospital it was free — although she didn’t put it like that, said that we’d be crazy to bring Mom into a place where there wasn’t any immediate care, because what if there was a problem like before, the thing with her stent that plugged up and caused some internal bleeding that almost wasn’t staunched in time?

She could’ve, Denisa said.

The oncologist had said October, and the late pale fog had come and now the
sky was mostly dimmed and gone by suppertime.

I said that I would only do it if we agreed that Pastor Karen would not come to
the house; I was not comfortable with Pastor Karen coming to the house. Jon and Dad looked at me a moment and said, Okay.

Denisa said, I don’t get what you don’t like about Pastor Karen.

And I explained why I didn’t like Pastor Karen.

And Denisa said, Well I don’t think it’s really fair to call her a liar.

And I explained why I thought it was fair to call Pastor Karen a liar.

And Denisa said, Well, by that standard they’re all liars. And then we’d all be
liars, too. The whole thing would be a lie. We don’t need lies right now.

I agreed with Denisa, especially about how we didn’t need lies right now.

Read the rest of ‘Love’ in Pulp Literature Issue 16. And check out Greg Brown’s ‘Bear’ in Issue 14, currently on sale!

 

 

 

Awards Nomination Season: the 2017 Round Up

We love awards! As a multi-genre publisher we try to nominate our authors for as many awards as we can to help their careers along. For fan-based awards we rely on you, our fans who are members of organizations like the CFFSA and SFWA to nominate your favourites.  To help you sort out eligibility here’s a list of everything we’ve published this year, with the exception of reprints and novel exerpts, sorted by genre.  Stories that overlap genres may be listed more than once.

If you are interested in receiving complimentary review copies of any of these works please fill out the form at the bottom of the page, and don’t forget to put us down for consideration in your respective circles!

2017 Publications

Asterisks * indicate Canadian authors.  Contest winners are identifed following the title.  For lists of specific author identities, such as women writers, writers of colour, or self-identified LGBTQIA writers please email us at info (at) pulpliterature.com.

Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror

Debut Fantasy Novel
Allaigna’s Song: Overture by JM Landels *

Novellas & Novelettes
Pulp Literature Issue 13, Winter 2017
‘The Case of the Cavalier’s Rapier’ by Mel Anastasiou *
Pulp Literature Issue 15, Summer 2017
‘The Highwayman’s Deception’ by Mel Anastasiou *

Short Stories
Pulp Literature Issue 13, Winter 2017
‘The Green Thread and the Blue’ by Carolyn Oliver
‘Mermail’ by Eric Del Carlo
‘How to Lose a Week’ by FJ Bergmann
‘Xuefei & His Heart’ (Hummingbird Prize Winner) by Rebecca Wurz
‘Better Watch Out’ by Anna Belkine
Pulp Literature Issue 14, Spring 2017
‘Jonathan S Primrose Gets Eaten by a Bear’ by William Charles Brock
‘The Handler’ (Raven Contest Winner) by Pat Flewwelling*
Pulp Literature Issue 15, Summer 2017
‘Gret’ by Brenda Carre *
‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ by AM Soto
‘A Knight at the Royal Arms’ by Charity Tahmaseb
‘Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang’ (Bumblebee Contest Runner-up) by Jay Allisan *
Pulp Literature Issue 16, Autumn 2017
‘The River’ by KC Dyer *
‘Clearing Out Nests’ by Brandon Crilly *
‘The Olde Town Haunt’ by Patrick Bollivar *
‘Think Tank’ by Susan Pieters *
‘The Wind of a Train’ by Erin Kirsh *
‘For Your Convenience’ by FJ Bergmann

Graphic Arts Short Stories
Pulp Literature Issue 14, Spring 2017
‘Blue Skies Over Nine Isles’ by Joseph Stilwell & Hugh Henderson *
Pulp Literature Issue 15, Summer 2017
‘Gruff’ by Kris Sayer *
Pulp Literature Issue 16, Autumn 2017
‘The Vanishing Dot’ by Rina Piccolo *

Mystery

Debut Mystery Novel
Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries by Mel Anastasiou *

Novellas & Novelettes
Pulp Literature Issue 13, Winter 2017
‘The Case of the Cavalier’s Rapier’ by Mel Anastasiou *
Pulp Literature Issue 14, Spring 2017 
‘Stella Ryman and the Case of the Fallen Crusader’ by Mel Anastasiou *
Pulp Literature Issue 15, Summer 2017
‘The Highwayman’s Deception’ by Mel Anastasiou *
Pulp Literature Issue 16, Autumn 2017
‘Stella Ryman and the Ghost at the End of the Bed’ by Mel Anastasiou *

Contemporary, Literary, and Historical

Short Stories
Pulp Literature Issue 13, Winter 2017
‘Piano Music’ – by Susan Pieters *
‘Painted Nails’ (Hummingbird Prize Runner-up) – by Jenna Park
Pulp Literature Issue 14, Spring 2017
‘The Ankle Bracelet’ by CC Humphreys *
‘Bear’ by Greg Brown *
‘Candy-Apple Baby’ by Colin Thornton *
‘Robin Hood’ – by Susan Pieters *
‘Forget Me Not’ (SiWC Contest Winner) by Claire Gregory
Pulp Literature Issue 15, Summer 2017
‘Cannery Row’ by Susan Pieters *
‘The Pool Guy’ by Adam Golub
‘Crushed Velvet’ (Bumblebee Contest Winner) by Ingrid Jendrzjewski
‘Sourdough’ (SiWC Contest Runner-up) by Angela Post *
Pulp Literature Issue 16, Autumn 2017
‘Love’ by Greg Brown *
‘Think Tank’ by Susan Pieters *

Graphic Arts Short Stories
Pulp Literature Issue 13, Winter 2017
‘It Rained Then Too’ by Anat Rabkin *
Pulp Literature Issue 16, Autumn 2017
‘The Vanishing Dot’ by Rina Piccolo *

Poetry

Pulp Literature Issue 13, Winter 2017
‘The Third Day of Spring’ by Susie Taylor *
‘Amazon’ by Daniel Aristi
‘About Light’ by Jude Neale *
‘F/G/C/F (Country Love Sestina)’ by Elizabeth Amerding*
Pulp Literature Issue 14, Spring 2017 
‘Birdhouse’ by David Clink *
‘Detroit V, VII’ by Ian Haight
Pulp Literature Issue 15, Summer 2017
‘A Wassail in Ink’ by Nicholas Christian
‘The Hair in the Bag’ by Jenny Blackford
‘Inglewood Courts, Edmonton’ by Benjamin Hertwig *
Pulp Literature Issue 16, Autumn 2017
‘Garbage Disposal’ (Magpie Award Winner) by Oak Morse
‘Krang’ (Magpie Award Runner-up) by Leah Komar
‘Ghost Town’ (Magpie Award Runner-up) by Glenn Pape

Artwork

Cover Art
Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries cover art by Kris Sayer*
Allaigna’s Song: Overture cover art by Melissa Mary Duncan*
Pulp Literature Issue 13, Winter 2017 The Shadow by Zoran Pekovic*
Pulp Literature Issue 14, Spring 2017  Blue Skies Over Nine Isles by Hugh Henderson*
Pulp Literature Issue 15, Summer 2017 The Huntress by S Ross Browne
Pulp Literature Issue 16, Autumn 2017 Seabus by Akem *

Illustrations
Body of work, Mel Anastasiou: Pulp Literature Issues 13 – 16, Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries, inks for Allaigna’s Song: Overture.

Body of work, JM Landels: Illustrations for Allaigna’s Song: Aria in Pulp Literature Issues 13 – 16; pencils for Allaigna’s Song: Overture.

Layout & Design
Cover design for Allaigna’s Song: Overture and Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries by Kris Sayer.

Interior layout for Allaigna’s Song: Overture by Kris Sayer.

Interior layout for Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries by Claire Milne.

 

 

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