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Introducing Renée Saklikar, the Magpie Award Judge

It is our pleasure to introduce the judge for this year’s Magpie Award for Poetry, Surrey BC’s Poet Laureate Renée Sarojini Saklikar.

Renée Sarojini Saklikar writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle.  Work from the project appears in journals, anthologies and chapbooks.  Renée’s first book, children of air india, un/authorized exhibits and interjections, (Nightwood Editions, 2013) won the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for poetry and was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award.

Renée is currently a mentor and instructor for Simon Fraser University, and co-founder of the poetry reading series, Lunch Poems at SFU.  With Wayde Compton, Renée co-edited The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (Anvil Press/SFU Public Square, 2015).  She is currently at work on the long poem, “Thot-J-Bap”, excerpts of which can be found in Eleven Eleven, The Capilano Review, DUSIE and The Rusty Toque, as well as in chapbooks published by Nous-Zot and above/ground presses.

Renée is the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey and the 2017 UBC Okanagan Writer in Residence.  She collects poems about bees.

We are delighted to have Renée onboard as the Magpie Award judge. Thank you, Renée!

The 4th annual Magpie Award for Poetry is open until April 15th.  Contest guidelines  here.

The New Queen of the Hive: The Bumblebee Contest Winner!

The editors and judge Bob Thurber are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2017 Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest is “Crushed Velvet” by Ingrid Jendrzejewski. 

Bob Thurber notes:

Among its merits are its playful, whimsical tone. Its seductive smoothness. Its refreshing eccentricity and, of course, its good fashion sense.

Congratulations, Ingrid! “Crushed Velvet” is a story to read and reread.  Ingrid takes home the $300 prize and her story will be published in Issue 15, Summer 2017.

The judge’s nod for runner-up goes to “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” by Jay Allisan —

for its jaunty seriousness and obvious merit.

Well done, Jay!  We hope to publish this story as well in an upcoming issue, space allowing.

For those authors who requested editorial critiques, you should start receiving your manuscripts back in the next few weeks as we work through them.

Thank you to all our contest entrants who submitted their carefully polished prose.  We enjoyed reading your work.  For the poets among you, the Magpie Award for Poetry is currently open, and for the rest, the Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize opens May 1st.   To stay on top of submissions openings and contests, request our free monthly newsletter, and you’ll never miss an opportunity for glory again!

 

 

 

 

The Bumblebee Contest Shortlist

Drumroll, please.

Writers and readers and other good folk, it is with great pleasure that we announce the shortlist for the Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest.  Choosing between so many excellent stories was a challenge, but at last we narrowed the entries down to ten.

Here are the authors and stories, listed alphabetically by author’s first name:

  • Charity Tahmaseb, “Lucky”
  • Ingrid Jendrzejewski, “Crushed Velvet”
  • Jay Allisan, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”
  • Katie Gray, “The Pit”
  • Laura Taylor, “A Royal Institution”
  • Leslie Wibberley, “The Weight of Time”
  • Melanie Cossey, “Even Steven”
  • Soramimi Hanarejima, “The Utility of Mandatory Hilarity”
  • Tristan Marajh, “Roshan”
  • William Kaufmann, “Bedside”

Congratulations to these three authors!  The winner chosen by our judge the brilliant Bob Thurber will be announced tomorrow …

PS:  Poets, don’t forget that the earlybird entry fee rate for the Magpie Award for Poetry ends tomorrow too!

 

 

The Real Sting: Bumblebee Contest Longlist

The Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest: short and sweet stories with a sting.  The real sting, though, is choosing between so many excellent entries.  The editors had to work hard to select a longlist.  Thank you to everyone whose stories made choosing difficult.

Here are the authors on the longlist, alphabetically by first name:littlepen

  1. Amanda Truscott
  2. Candace Kubinec
  3. Catherine Raphael
  4. Charity Tahmaseb
  5. Claire Lawrence
  6. Colin Thornton
  7. Cornelia Hoogland
  8. David Perlmutter
  9. Soramimi Hanarejima
  10. Ingrid Jendrzejewski
  11. Jenny Fleming
  12. Jay Allisan
  13. Joel Freiburger
  14. Kat McNichol
  15. Katie Gray
  16. K. Kris Loomis
  17. KT Wagner
  18. Laura Taylor
  19. Leslie Wibberley
  20. Luo Yang
  21. Margaret Code
  22. Melanie Cossey
  23. Richard Arbib
  24. Rose Divecha
  25. Steven Kochems
  26. Tristan Marajh
  27. William Kaufmann

Congratulations, authors!  We editors will steel ourselves to make a shortlist for contest judge Bob Thurber soon.

In the meantime, the Magpie contest opens tomorrow.  Poets, prime your pens!

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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This week from @yourwritingmuseYou’ve got talent, persistence, and a great love of learning. Top success indicators. Congratulations from Your Writing Muse.

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!

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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