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Welcome to the Writers’ Café and Centre Stage. Be Prolific, Publish Often, Get Paid.

ProfileJan22017Writers'cafeOne of the many reasons we began publishing our literary quarterly Pulp Literature was that there were very few magazines that paid, and many that did not.  We firmly believe in paying authors.

Writers have a deep reservoir of great pieces.  Opportunities for paid publication can be tracked down on the Internet, although they are apt to go out of date quickly.  And, when agents and publishing firms are happy to accept unsolicited manuscripts, you want to know it.

Somebody’s got to scour the web for these opportunities, and since Mel is a mystery writer, and Jen is unstoppable in mounted combat, we decided we are the women to take on the challenge.  We search for paying opportunities, for open submissions windows, for publishers who are willing to take on emerging and established writers, and we devised a meeting place where you can find them.

Welcome to the Writers’ Café and Centre Stage, where there’s a paying opportunity posted at least once every day.  Cheers to you and your career, may you be prolific, publish often, and get paid for your excellent work.

With three cheers, from your Pulp Literature Team!

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The Bumblebee Closes Tomorrow!

In between your chocolates and champagne, don’t forget to send in your sweet and fizzy short stories to the Bumblebee contest, which closes tomorrow at midnight!

loveofficesgirl2And once you’ve checked that box off your to-do list, relax with some candles and bubblebath, enjoying Valentine’s day content in the knowledge our judges will fall head over heels in love with your story.

Entry guidelines here.

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The Raven Contest: the judge has spoken!

And now the news you’ve been waiting for:  the winners of the 2016 Raven Short Story Contest, complete with judge Brenda Carre‘s comments

I loved reading all twelve stories on the editors’ short list and I want to congratulate each and every one of you for providing me with such a very difficult choice and such a varied, well-written selection of stories. If you want a more in-depth look at how I judged these I have a blog post here.

Third runner up

‘Swimming’ by Jerico Espinas, Oshawa ON, Canada

A nicely-written slice-of-life story with a poignant sense of loss on the part of the viewpoint character.  While I enjoyed this very much, the ambiguity at the end nudged it out of running for the top position.  I would love to see this story enlarged into a novel or novella.

Second runner up

‘Tarts’ by Judyth Emmanuel, Newton NSW, Australia

I loved the surreal play with language (e.e. cummings meets the Munsters) and very creepy look into the minds of the three main characters.  At times, the convolutions of word choice were a little overwhelming, but definitely a publishable piece.

First runner up

‘The Pool Guy’ by Adam Golub, Fullerton CA, USA

I really liked the dialogue here and the interplay of the sexting girlfriend and the talkative Pool Guy with Ty’s very calculating analytical personality.  I had a few laugh-out-loud minutes and was very torn between this and the winner.  A great read, and I look forward to seeing this in print.

The winning story

‘The Handler’ by Pat Flewwelling, Oshawa ON, Canada

This story wowed me, held me tightly to its very unique premise from beginning to end, and just got better with each successive reading.  A unique and torturously complicated look at life with a superhero.

Congratulations to all these superb writers.  ‘The Handler’ will be published in Pulp Literature Issue 14, Spring 2017, and we will attempt to place the other three stories in that or subsequent issues.  We’ve included the hometowns of each of the winners to show how far-flung our entrants are; and also to inquire as to what’s in the water of the small town of Oshawa Ontario, and can you bottle it for the rest of the country?

For those authors who requested critiques, our editors are working on them and should have them to you soon (before Christmas at least)!

Our next contest, the Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest for stories up to 750 words long opens January 1st 2017.

Fiction submissions are now open until November 30th.  We look forward to reading your stories!

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An Unkindness of Ravens: The Raven Contest longlist

What’s unkind about the Raven Short Story Contest?  Why, making us choose, of course!  It’s never easy deciding which stories will make the cut.  Sometimes it’s like choosing between apples and automobiles: both are useful, and many are beautiful, but I wouldn’t want to ride in one or eat the other.

But choose we must.  And so here are the authors on the longlist, alphabetically by first name:

  1. Adam Golub
  2. Amanda Truscott
  3. Charity Tahmaseb
  4. Charlene Kwiatkowski
  5. Claire Lawrence
  6. Darshan Thind
  7. David Perlmutter
  8. David Thompson
  9. Janice P Egry
  10. Jeannine Manji
  11. Jerico Espinas
  12. Joanna Koch
  13. Judyth Emanuel
  14. Kat McNichol
  15. Kelly Madden
  16. Kerry Craven
  17. KT Wagner
  18. Lisa Voisin
  19. Margaret Jameson
  20. Maria Neuda
  21. Mark Fabiano
  22. Mark Wagstaff
  23. Megan Clancy
  24. Mike Twist
  25. Nancy Christie
  26. Nancy Ludmerer
  27. Pat Flewwelling
  28. Richard Arbib
  29. Rose Divecha
  30. Soramimi Hanarejima
  31. Tammy Breitweiser

Yes, 31 is a strange number for a longlist.  Remember what we said about how hard it is to make a cut?  Sometimes we just make the list a little longer to put off the pain.

So thank you writers for being so unkind to us, and congratulations on winning us over this far with your words.  The shortlist will be published soon!

While you wait, why not head on over to our Something Novel campaign?  Your support of even $1 helps us by raising our profile on Kickstarter, and if you can share it with your friends you’ll help even more.  Don’t forget to subscribe for 2017 while you’re there: after all, two of the above names will appear in our Spring 2017 issue!

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The Raven Takes Wing

September is like a second new year.  Even to those of us who are no longer in school, the slightly cooler but still-sunny days breathe fresh life into projects that have been lying dormant in the heat of summer, and invigorate us to pick up our tools of the trade and return to work with renewed vigour.

Brenda CarreThat makes September the perfect time to launch our third annual Raven Short Story Contest.  We’ve dropped the entry fee by $5 this year, and the number of entrants are limited to 200, making your chances of winning superb!  And we’re delighted to welcome back Brenda Carre who has graciously agreed to be our final judge again this year.

So take wing on fresh breeze of September, and send us your best short stories.  May the finest-feathered fiction win!

See contest guidelines here.

Spring 2015 cover image smallFor inspiration, and to glean what catches our judges’ eyes, you can read Raven winners and finalists from previous years in Pulp Literature Issue 6 and Issue 10.Issue 10 small

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8 Reasons to enter the SiWC Writing Contest!

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  1. At $15 (Canadian dollars) it’s about the cheapest contest around, yet has a $1000 prize.
  2. The winner and runner-up are offered publication in Pulp Literature alongside our 2017 feature authors!
  3. Did I mention the $1000 prize? (about $775 USD)
  4. You’ll ensure you write a finished story by the Friday, September 23rd deadline!
  5. The dozen or so shortlisted authors will be read by Diana Gabaldon and Jack Whyte, and that in itself is a reward.
  6. You’ve got good odds.  Despite the high award amount, this isn’t a well-known contest.   As far as I know, they place no paid advertisements and don’t put listings on free sites.  So lucky you for reading this blog post!
  7. Did I mention the $1000 prize?  (No wait, that’s now $800 USD…)
  8. You’ll be joining forces with a spectacular community of writers.  The “Surrey Conference” is known as the friendliest writing conference in North America, for good reason.  We highly recommend it!   (If you’re considering attending, hurry to sign up! They’ve almost sold out!)
    SiWC 2016 Contest Guidelines here!

 

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The Hummingbird 2016 Shortlist

We’re pleased to announce the finalists of the 2016 Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction!

  • ‘Saturday in the Penthouse’ by Liana Jahan Imam
  • ‘Xuefei and his heart’  by   Rebecca Wurtz
  • ‘Funerals’ by Jamie Grove
  • ‘Refugee Circus’ by Stephen Frech
  • ‘Painted Nails’ by  Jenna Park
  • ‘Neighborhood Watch’ by Yasmina Madden
  • ‘In My Drawer’ by Patricia Berry
  • ‘Now You See It’  by Nancy Ludmerer
  • ‘Waiting’  by Jesse Sensibar
  • ‘Scathed’ by Holly Woodward
  • ‘In the Valley of the Sun’ by Gleah Powers
  • ‘Fall on Your Knees’ by Nancy Ludmerer
  • ‘Whale in the Park’ by Stephanie Vernier
  • ‘Chameleons’ by Curtis VanDonkelaar
  • ‘Better Watch Out’  by Anna Belkine
  • ‘Them Bones, Them Bones’ by Colin Thornton
  • ‘Wedding of the Junk Dealer’s Daughter’ by Jesse Sensibar

We tried to keep the list to 15, but these stories were all so good it would be too hard to leave any one of them off the shortlist.  Congratulations to these fine authors, and stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on Friday!

 

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Counting Our Lucky Stars

Winter_2015_Cover_altEvery author loves reviews, and we’re no different here at Pulp Literature.  To thank you, our generous readers, for your reviews we are offering a prize draw for a free 1-year digital subscription.

Spring 2015 cover image smallTo enter the draw, simply post a review of an issue of Pulp Literature — it could be your favourite, your least favourite, or one in between — on Amazon or Goodreads.  Enter the link on the prize entry form, and we’ll draw the winner at the end of August.Issue 7 cover

Aside from your chance to win a subscription you will also earn our deep thanks.  Reviews on these sites help make the magazine more visible to search engines and let us reach a wider audience.

There is no cost to enter the draw.  Entries close August 31st at 11:59pm Pacific time.

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Review sites:

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The Hummingbird Longlist

Thank you to all the wonderful storytellers who submitted to this years’ Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize.  Every year the number of quality stories grows, making our jobs as first judges ever more difficult.  This year we brought in a fourth prelimary judge, Katherine Howard, who helped us narrow our longlist down to 30 excellent pieces.  In no particular order the top thirty are:

  • Saturday in the Penthousehummingbirdissue7
  • Xuefei and his heart
  • Harmless
  • Silk
  • Arabesque
  • Golden Snowflake
  • Painted Nails
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Funerals
  • Looking East from Heckethorn
  • My Brother’s Therapist
  • Texture of the Sea
  • In My Drawer
  • Scathed
  • Refugee Circus
  • Now You See It
  • Animal Eyes
  • Still Your Mother’s House
  • In the Valley of the Sun
  • Fall on Your Knees
  • Better Watch Out
  • Chameleons
  • Hell in Paradise
  • Whale in the Park
  • Them Bones, Them Bones
  • Ford
  • Button
  • The Deathbed
  • Venetian Blind
  • Ascending
  • A Mailman Drinking a Milkshake
  • Early Harvest
  • Waiting
  • The Yellow Blanket
  • The Wedding of the Junk Dealer’s Daughter

Congratulations to these authors who will remain anonymous until our final judge, Bob Thurber, has finished his deliberations, and to all the writers who submitted stories that made our job so difficult, yet enjoyable.

Stay tuned — we will be publishing the shortlist and the winners on July 15th!

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