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2019 Year of Authors: 18 – 22 Feb

In honour of Pulp Literature Press’s fifth anniversary and of all the people who have contributed to our success we have declared 2019 our Year of Authors, celebrating the amazing artists and authors from the first twenty issues of Pulp Literature.

Every weekday we are featuring one of these creators on our Facebook page, and the issues that person contributed to will be on sale for a whopping 50% off.  Make a note of the authors and artists you’re following and jump on these deals.  Some print issues are rare and getting scarcer, so nab them while you still can!

Here’s our line-up for the seventh week…

18th February – 22nd February 2019

Monday: Christine Leviczky Riek, Issue 20

Christine Leviczky Riek is a poet and photographer from Surrey, BC. Her evocative poem, ‘All I Need Is A Chair, My Red Piano, And’, was a runner-up in the 2018 Magpie Award for Poetry. She is also the winner of the Capilano Review‘s 2017 Robin Blaser Poetry Prize. Her 2017 chapbook, Inventory For A Voyage [da Capo sin’ al Fine], is available through Light Factory Publications.

Tuesday: Claire Gregory, Issue 14

Claire’s been everywhere, and her worldliness has informed her interests and her writing. She has been spinning stories all her life, both in the pages of her fiction and in her career as an archaeologist and historian. She combines her Irish storytelling heritage, a deep love of her local Australian landscape, and a particular interest in the darkest edges of human conflict, to explore the ways people lived and loved in the past. Her story, ‘Forget Me Not’ was the winner of the 2016 Surrey International Writer’s Conference Storyteller’s Award and was published in Issue 14.

Wednesday: Colin Thornton, Issue 14

Life has a roundabout way of leading one to writing. Colin Thornton studied drawing and painting in college, and played music for a few decades while he built a career in advertising. Now he’s settled into writing short stories, one of which you can read in Issue 14, titled ‘Candy-Apple Baby’.

Thursday: Conor Powers-Smith, Issue 3

Conor Powers-Smith grew up in New Jersey and Ireland. He currently works as a reporter on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts. Despite being a vocal Yankees fan, he has not, as of this writing, been murdered. His stories have appeared in AE, Daily Science Fiction, The Fog Horn, Nature, and other magazines. His short story, ‘Love For Sale’, appeared in Issue 3.

Friday: Cristina Crocker Escribano, Issue 9

Cristina Crocker Escribano’s work has appeared in The Meadow, Lake Effect, and elsewhere. She recently returned from Costa Rica, where she was a history and English teacher. A recent graduate  of the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, her flash fiction piece, ‘The Last Neanderthals’, won the 2015 Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction and appears in Issue 9.

ADVENT has launched!





It’s a new year and we’re amping up our productivity with five new novels set for release in 2019! First among these is Advent by Michael Kamakana. We’ve been teasing our readers with this release for quite some time, but the day has finally come… Advent is now available for purchase on our website and Amazon!

In honour of this momentous occasion, and to get a feel for the author and the novel, here’s an interview with Michael Kamakana, originally published along side an excerpt of the novel in Issue 19.

Feature Interview

Michael Kamakana

Pulp Literature: What drew you to writing science fiction in the first place?
Michael Kamakana: I read SF as a youth—award winners, names like Clarke, Le Guin, Dick, Lem. I admired scientists like my father. I knew I myself would not be a scientist as my
interest in math and physics was… time to sleep. I was interested in fantastic escape that I could imagine possible.

PL: What titles and authors inspired you in the early days?
MK: Fountains of Paradise by Clarke, then Left Hand of Darkness by Le Guin, then The Man in the High Castle by Dick, then Neuromancer by Gibson, then The Snow Queen by de Vinge. First non-SFwould be The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway, then Spring Snow by Mishima, then In the Labyrinth by Robbe-Grillet, then The Name of the Rose by Eco, then If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Calvino, then The Woman in the Dunes
by Kobo Abe, then…

PL: What kind of philosophy books do you read?
MK: I read almost entirely ‘continental’ philosophers of the 20th Century. My favourites at the moment are Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Edmund Husserl, Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze.

PL: You and your protagonist both survive a coma. How does your experience with trauma influence your storytelling?
MK: I always feel that when I truly understand any teaching or experience is when I can write a definitive story inspired by it. For now I keep writing, I keep hoping that someday I will understand the coma.

PL: You call the stories ‘essays.’ Why is that? Do you feel that each section is a separate topic?
MK: Well, the ‘reset’ and ‘reserve’ sections came first, and I was inspired by Munif’s ‘Endings’ to use the collective pronouns of ‘we’ and ‘they.’ Gradually both collapsing into ‘some people’, they have generalized, removed, clinical renderings of the times, not much identifiable personal psychology. I think ‘essays’ could be thought ‘fictions’ like Jorge Luis Borges.

PL: You’re a prolific writer. Do you work on more than one novel at a time?
MK: Actually I have about seven works at various stages and interest, with more ideas percolating.

PL: Did you spend time in Hawai’i as a child? How has this affected the
point of view of the narrator of your novel?
MK: I went to the islands about every winter as a child. We lived on the windward side of Oahu for a year in high school, and Father was working at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. I still go every February to my mom’s hometown, Waimea, on the island of Kaua’i. I can pronounce words in Hawai’ian but cannot converse. I guess I am multicultural as my background is usually one of the first things to learn about me. But I am fortunate that in Canada I look mostly like a dark white guy, whereas in Hawai’i most people recognize me as part Hawai’ian. So, I have never faced much racism here in Canada. I always identified with the ‘Indians’ in Westerns, with indigenous peoples anywhere. And this work was inspired by reading Red Gold by Hemming, which recounts what happened when the Spanish and Portuguese contacted Brazilian indigenes. I just decided to reverse polarities and think of us humans as the technologically primitive and the aliens as the invaders.

Only the start is set in Hawai’i. Most of the essays are not localized as generic North American. The biographical passages are many places. As a beginning, I remember the fear of nuclear war coming to end everything on a beautiful day in Waimea, so this Advent is a different end of the world.

PL: Did you always want to be a writer?
MK:I knew I was going to be an artist of some sort, only gradually did I realize it was going to be writing. Father’s elder sister is an author, Father’s younger sister was a visual artist, so this has always been possible, valued, and I suppose reading the first story in my aunt’s first collection clarified my desires to do narrative prose. On the other, I have for many years avoided using my family as material because that had upset Father early on in his sister’s work.

PL: Do you have any hopes that Advent will change the way people think about
their lives, about aliens, about our many assumptions?
MK: I hope readers are entertained, are even just momentarily inspired to see themselves and all other humans from an ironic perspective, an existential and historical attitude.

PL: Did the process of writing Advent change the way you felt about yourself
as a coma survivor?
MK: Actually the change developed during the writing: I knew the biographical sections would come down to ‘he’ then ‘I’, but only discovered what the aliens want at about the same time I wrote it. I have always had high expectations of myself and limited beliefs in myself, so I am first happy it will be published, then reconciled somewhat to the losses of the coma. Basically, like the aliens decide: I do not know what I would be if not an author.

Get Advent on sale till February 15th and be among the first to read this stunning debut novel.

 

2019 Year of Authors: 28 Jan – 1 Feb

In honour of Pulp Literature Press’s fifth anniversary and of all the people who have contributed to our success we have declared 2019 our Year of Authors, celebrating the amazing artists and authors from the first twenty issues of Pulp Literature.

Every weekday we are featuring one of these creators on our Facebook page, and the issues that person contributed to will be on sale for a whopping 50% off.  Make a note of the authors and artists you’re following and jump on these deals.  Some print issues are rare and getting scarcer, so nab them while you still can!

Here’s our line-up for the fourth week …

28th January – 1st February 2019

Monday: Arantzazu Martinez, Issue 4

An academic painter from Vitoria, Spain, Arantzazu Martinez attended the Fine Arts University of the Basque Country. She has been recognized as an ARC Living Master by the Art Renewal Center, and was awarded the William Bouguereau Award in 2013. Most of her artwork belongs to private collections but now we can see some of her paintings in the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain. Pulp Literature approached her on spec to see if any of her paintings were available as book covers, and we were thrilled to be able to purchase use of “The Fall of the Ego” for Issue 4.

Tuesday: Ashley-Elizabeth Best, Issue 9

Ashley-Elizabeth Best lives and writes inKingston, Ontario. Her work can be seen in Fjords, Tampa ReviewCV2, The Columbia Review, Berfrois, The Rusty Toque, The Battersea Review, The PuritanZouch Magazine, Union Station Magazine, Grist, Ambit Magazine, Poetry Salzburg Review and Branch Magazine, among other publications. Her debut collection of poems, Slow States of Collapse, was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her poem ‘Wintering’ appeared in Pulp Literature Issue 9.

Wednesday: AY Dorsey, Issue 2

In her own words, AY Dorsey has written too many YA novels for her own good, but we believe that a productive writer is the best kind! With a total of 35 books and numerous short stories and screenplays available for public consumption, AY Dorsey is certainly productive. Her paranormal short story, ‘Falling’, appeared in Pulp Literature Issue 2,Spring 2014.

Thursday: Ben Baldwin, Issues 18 & 20

Ben Baldwin is a self-taught freelance artist from the UK who works with a combination of traditional media, photography, and digital art programs.  He has been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist for the last seven years and has also been shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Artist.  In 2013, he won Best Artist of the Year in the annual This Is Horror Awards. His short horror comic ‘Bone Dry’ with writer Roy Gray appeared in Pulp Literature Issue 18, and he is the cover artist for PL Issue 20.

Friday: Benjamin Hertwig, Issue 15

Benjamin Hertwig’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Literary Review of Canada, Prairie Fire, Pleiades, THIS, Freefall, Matrix, QWERTY, Sugar House Review, Maine Review, and Word Riot. His debut book of poems, Slow War, was a shortlisted finalist for the Governor General’s Award for English-language poetry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What the Wind Brings: Matthew Hughes’s Magnum Opus





We are delighted to announce that we’ve entered into a contract with Matthew Hughes to publish his spectacular historical novel, What the Wind Brings. 

What the Wind Brings by Matthew Hughes

In the mid 1500s shipwrecked African slaves melded with the indigenous peoples of coastal Ecuador and together they fought the Spanish colonial power to a standstill, to remain independent for centuries.  The story of the people of Esmeraldas is told through the eyes of three characters: Alonso, an escaped slave; Expectation, an a-gender shaman; and Alejandro, a priest on the run from the Inquistion.

With its slipstream elements this novel carries a flavour of South American magical realism tradition into a grand historical epic.  Both sweeping and intimate, it is a delight to read from beginning to end, and we are honoured that Matt has decided to entrust his grand work to us.

We can’t wait to show it to you later this year.  In the meantime you can follow Matthew Hughes on his Patreon feed for more news as we approach publication.

Here’s to what the wind is bringing in 2019!

Celebrating 5 Years of Literary Magic





In the publishing game, five years is significant, and we know who to thank: our authors, artists, and loyal readers who make it all possible. Join us on Sunday, December 16th, at our Literary Launch and Swordfighting Salon for a civilized afternoon of author readings, an artisan craft fair, tea and pastries, book sales & signings … and swordfighting!

Literary Launch & Swordfighting Salon

This event is a co-fundraiser for Academie Duello’s Youth Outreach Program and Pulp Literature Press.  It is also the launch party for our five year anniversary issue—Number 21— featuring Evelyn Lau. There will be readings from JJ Lee, Matt Hughes, Emily Lonie, Mitchell Toews, Graham DarlingMargot Spronk, Laura Kostur, Greg Brown, Patrick Bollivar, Jessica Fabrizius, Susan Pieters, and JM Landels.

Take a breather from the holiday rush to enjoy readings from local authors, swordplay demonstrations by Academie Duello and ample time to chat with authors, drink tea, and scoop up last minute stocking stuffers by our talented artisans.

We’d love to see you there!

Literary Launch and Swordfighting Salon
Sunday 16 Dec 2018, 11am – 5pm
Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay
412 West Hastings St, Vancouver

RSVP

2018 Raven Short Story Contest Shortlist





November 15th draws near, and soon the winner of the 2018 Raven Short Story Contest will be announced! As the days grow shorter, so to does the list of contenders. Below, listed alphabetically by author first name, are the authors whose stories have made the shortlist.

Cheryl Wollner for ‘Girls Who Dance in the Flames’

Colin Thornton for ‘Ten Minutes in Maine’

Erin MacNair for ‘Camping with Narwhals’

Jody Hadlock for ‘She Walks Alone’

KW George for ‘Shadows’

Kate Felix for ‘Fingered’

Kim Clark for ‘Pissing in the Pocket of the Lone Arbutus Estates’

Margot Spronk for ‘The Web’

Shanon Sinn for ‘The Proposition’

Stephanie Vernier for ‘Cashew Milk’

The big reveal from judge CC Humphreys is just around the corner.  Sign up for the Pulp Literature newsletter to receive updates on our submission windows or future contests.

 

2018 Raven Short Story Contest Longlist





What a fantastic turnout for the Raven Short Story Contest! After long hours of reading and debating, we’re ready to release the longlist. Below in alphabetical order by author first name is the 2018 Raven Short Story Contest longlist!  Authors listed more than once have multiple stories under consideration.

The Longlist

Anneliese Schultz
Cheryl Wollner
Cindy Phan
Colin Thornton
David Roberts
Erin MacNair
Helen Richardson
Jeanine Manji
Jody Hadlock
K W George
Kate Felix
Kate Felix
Kim Clark
Kim Martins
KT Wagner
Leslie Wibberley
Margot Spronk
Mitchell Toews
Richard Arbib
Shanon Sinn
Stephanie Vernier

This was the biggest batch of raven submissions yet, and we wish to thank all authors who submitted. Good luck to the longlisted authors in the coming week as we prepare to release the shortlist!

Upcoming Contests and Openings

While you wait, why not polish up some more short stories for submissions?  We will be opening for short fiction from November 1st – 15th, and the Bumblebee Flash Fiction contest opens on New Year’s Day 2019!

And if you are busying yourself with NaNoWriMo this coming month, The Writer’s Friend and Confidante is just the supportive and companionable guide to keep you on track all month long … and beyond.

Only $10, and only available during NaNoWriMo!

 

 

Greg Brown’s ‘Love’ is a Journey Prize Finalist





We were delighted beyond words when two of Greg Brown’s stories in Pulp Literature made it into the Writers’ Trust 2018 Journey Prize Longlist:  ‘Bear’ (Pulp Literature Issue 14) and ‘Love’ (Pulp Literature Issue 16).  Today we learned that ‘Love’ has climbed higher, and is a finalist along with ‘Mute’ by Shashi Bhat and Liz Harmer’s ‘Never Prosper’.

You can read more about the prize and Greg’s story on the Writers’ Trust of Canada site.

The first place winner will be announced in Toronto on November 7th.  In the meantime, we picked Greg’s brain a bit and will share with you his thoughts on writing, reading, and the intersectionality of it all. Enjoy!

Interview: Greg Brown

So, here’s that annoying question people always ask: when did you first feel the urge to be a writer? And what did you do about it?
The first time I realized that I wanted to be a writer writer waswhen I was sixteen and I read John Irving’s novel The World According to Garp. Until then I’d been making comic books. Garp was the first grownup book I read, the first book I read that dealt with grown-up things. I think I wanted to be part of that adult seriousness. I’m more fun now.

I don’t know how to answer the second question, though I think it’s an interesting one. All I can say is that I tried to write, but didn’t figure out much of anything until I started sharing my work with other writers, which happened at some workshops in my twenties and then in grad school more than ten years after that original impulse.

You’ve earned several degrees in literature and creative writing. Can you tell us where you studied and how the programs were of value?
I studied English Literature as an undergrad at the University of British Columbia and then as a grad student at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I also completed an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. The MFA was a gift. I was paid–paid!–for two years to study writing and to write. Every day I got to hang out with some of the most talented writers I’ve ever met and talk shop. It’s hard even to imagine that such a thing is possible.

Tell me about your current day jobs? And how do you fit in time to write?
During the year I teach in Vancouver at the Creative Writing for Children Society and during the summers I teach at the University of Virginia’s Young Writers Workshop. I also help run the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival and work for an education and publishing consultancy in New Westminster. Saying this aloud makes it sound like a lot. And it is. But I’m still able to find several hours in the morning to write. If it’s important, it gets done. Not to sound too hard-assed about it. What I’m really trying to say is, I need to write so I have to find time for it. So I do.

What do you like to read? Any recommendations?
How much time do we have? Here are some of my favorite books from the last twelve months: Next Year, For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson, Everything, Then and Since by Michael Parker, Genevieves by Henry Hoke, The Dark and Other Love Stories by Deborah Willis, Oh, My Darling by Shaena Lambert, Galore by Michael Crummey, and Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson. I’m also in the middle of reading a great memoir by Sarah McColl. It’s called Joy Enough. It’s beautiful. Out early next year. Check it out!

When did you write “Bear”?
If you can believe it, I wrote the first draft of “Bear” about seven years ago. It started out as a flash piece and then became a longer story and then became a flash piece again. The idea came out of an anecdote a biologist told me about a group of research scientists trying to scare deer by putting on bear skins and hiding in the forest. For science.

When did you write “Love”?
I wrote the first draft of “Love” a couple of years ago. It’s more or less the size and shape of that original draft, although it took me some time to settle on the characters’ names. Even rereading it now I feel a strong desire to change the characters’ names.

Any words of comfort, encouragement, or warning to impart to other writers?
I tell my students that their only responsibility is to follow their own curiosity. Don’t worry so much about the rules and traditions and the expectations of the market. Art-making isn’t about correctness or salability. Every great story violates some deeply held “wisdom.” Better just to follow your own curiosity and see what weird territory it uncovers.

What’s your favourite part about living on the West Coast of Canada?
Canned answer: The ocean, the trees, the mountains, the wildlife.
Truth: The people, who are endlessly interesting and decent.

Find ‘Love’ in Pulp Literature Issue 16

Look for ‘Bear’ in Pulp Literature Issue 14

 

 

Author News: Greg Brown





Every year, we nominate our most recent crop of authors for as many awards as possible. It’s one way of passing forward the good fortune we had in publishing them in the first place. This year, we’re proud to announce Greg Brown has been placed on the 2018 Journey Prize Longlist for his short stories ‘Bear’ (Pulp Literature Issue 14) and ‘Love’ (Pulp Literature 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.

The Journey Prize annually recognizes emerging writers for the best short story first published in a Canadian literary journal, and we’re eagerly awaiting the shortlist announcement, September 12th.  Until then, enjoy these excerpts and get a taste of what the Journey Prize jury will pass judgement on in the next month.

Pulp Literature Issue 14, Spring 2017
‘Bear’
Greg Brown

We yawn our way through the ranger’s warning.
“Sure sure,” Dilly says.
“Got it,” I say.
Later, Dilly’s disappeared and I’m staring into a tangle of tree branches and darkness.
The stars in the night sky: glint of teeth.

The teeth are literal teeth: a grizzly bear …

 

 

Pulp Literature Issue 16, Autumn 2017
‘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 …

2018 Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction Winners





Bob Thurber has released his final thoughts on this year’s Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize!

Runner up: ‘Day Three’ by Robert Runté

Winner: ‘The Angler’ by Nicholas Christian

On ‘The Angler’, Bob had this to say:

I adored this selection from the first read, and appreciated the narrative’s strong current and free-flowing authenticity on all subsequent readings.

The language of “The Angler” blisters like sunburn. The edges of this very short (under 600 words) story are prickly bright and they’ll leave blind spots on your eyes for days. Congratulations to the winner, and thank you for the enjoyable daze. Your story outshined a long, sunny list of finalists.

Double congratulations are due to Nicholas Christian for his recent marriage to the 2018 Magpie Award for Poetry winner, Kelli Allen!

 

You might recognize Bob Thurber from Issue 12 as our feature author, and as the returning judge for the 2018 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize judge.

Bob was recently declared legally blind, but true to form, he hasn’t let that slow him down.
“I have enough ‘tunnel vision’ to still  work (read & write & edit) every day, using various magnifying tools and software, though my work sessions are shorter. More stories and more books are coming.”

We look forward to his upcoming short story, ‘Winter of the Frozen Moon‘, to be published in the 2018 issue of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library.

A big thank you once again to everyone who participated in the 2018 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize. If flash fiction drives you, set a reminder for the annual Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest, opening Jan. 1st, 2019.