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2019 Year of Authors: 1 – 5 April

We know readers might be wary of good deals this week, given the unofficial holiday we start the week off with, but rest assured, this is no joke:  it’s Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors! We want our readers to reap the rewards, and our contributors to shine in the spotlight, so every week we are offering up a selection of deeply discounted past issues, based on one of the authors, poets, or artists whose work fills the magazine’s pages. Welcome to week 13 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors — this week belongs entirely to the G’s.

1st – 5th April 2019

Monday: Gabriel CravenIssue 17

The self-described scruffy scribbler, Gabriel Craven is a comic artist from Steveston, BC. He has an unabashed love of the pulpy side of speculative fiction, especially that which deals with post-apocalyptic wastelands.  Check out his comic ‘Adrift’, co-written with Mikayla Fawcett in issue 17.

Issue 17 cover featuring stellar artwork by Britt-Lise Newstead

Tuesday: KG McAbee, Issue 4

While KG McAbee loves monsters of all sorts, zombies are far from her favourites, as she tends to prefer both wittier repartee and a sturdier attachment of body parts. But the walking dead do give an interesting flavour to a story, much like a many-tentacled, eldritch Old One of Mr Lovecraft’s might, if tossed into a fish stew. Cthulhu paella, anyone?

Wednesday: Genni Gunn, Issue 18

Genni Gunn’s eight books include novels, short fiction, poetry, and memoir. She has also written the libretto for the opera Alternate Visions, produced in Montreal in 2007, and has translated three collections of poetry from Italian. Her novel Tracing Iris was made into a film, and her novel Solitaria was longlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize. Busy Genni Gunn was Issue 18’s featured author, with the haunting short story ‘Stones’.

Thursday: George McWhirter, Issue 9

George McWhirter is Vancouver’s first poet laureate, a Professor Emeritus at UBC, and among many other things, he is Issue 9’s featured author. Originally hailing from Ireland, he is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and fiction, and he has won numerous significant literary awards for his fiction, poetry and translations. In addition to his fairy tale SF piece ‘Stalk’ in issue 9, he was also the inaugural judge for the Magpie Award for Poetry.

Friday: Glenn Pape, Issue 16

Glenn Pape is working on aging gracefully in his old house on a cul-de-sac in Portland, Oregon. Although captivated by reading and writing poetry since childhood, he only began submitting his work upon reaching his mid-fifties. He has been published in The North American Review, The Sun, Poet Lore, and The Rhysling Anthology for science fiction, horror, and fantasy poetry, among other journals.   He was shortlisted for the 2014 Magpie Award for Poetry, and runner up in 2017, with his poem ‘Ghost Town’.

Issue 16 cover art by Akem

Magpie Award Winners

The winners of the Inaugural Magpie Award for Poetry were announced last night at our Issue 3 Launch.

The shortlist, compiled by our poetry editor Daniel Cowper was, in alphabetical order by title:magpiesmaller

  • ‘Autumnal Equinox’, by Michael Patrick Eltritch
  • ‘Bear Medicine’, by Ryan Tilley
  • ‘Big Red Schoolhouse’, by Ace Baker
  • ‘Cocktail Noir: The Liquid City’, by Glenn Pape
  • ‘Grateful’, by Liya Khan
  • ‘Ice Fisher’, by Judith Neale
  • ‘intimacy requires more’, by Daniela Elza
  • ‘Riverbank’, by Ada Maria Soto
  • ‘The Arrangement’, by Judith Neale
  • ‘Wax-winged Icarus’, by Kate Austin

Contest judge George McWhirter was impressed with the overall quality of the entries, and from the shortlist selected the following poems, with this to say:

Honourable Mention

‘Riverbank’ by Ada Maria Soto, and ‘Cocktail Noir: The Liquid City’ by Glenn Pape.
The latter was “[A sparking piece that] … just couldn’t quit, like the persona, and if it had stopped after the first section, it would have been a contender for its seriously humorous subject and treatment of it.”

Second Runner-up

‘Autumnal Equinox’ by Michael Patrick Eltrich.
“… it is spare and unsparing, economical with its words and sad wisdom. The resonances in big words like ‘the end’ are orchestrated through the subject’s, the retired architect’s mind into an almost too-sharp perspective by the poet interpreting his position in time and his position on time. Very close to home for someone like me, in his seventies.”

First Runner-up

‘intimacy requires more’ by Daniela Elza
“[This poem] could have got tangled in the length of the analysis of this very delicate, but demanding subject, which itself is made up of demands.. It could have become too abstract, but then as its lines go, intimacy is more than being “shoved against    the wall/ opened       like a cupboard/ scribbled      on a scroll…” It’s hard to renew interest in things that rotate and reform, but they come back surprisingly in altered perspective with surprising phrasing. This is the kind of poem I would not normally keep reading, but I did with this one.”

Magpie Award Winner

‘Big Red Schoolhouse’ by Ace Baker
“The poem in 1st place, ‘Big Red Schoolhouse, keeps us up to our elbows in the muck of the moment and the situation with the calving.  I felt I was physically at the other end of the rope in my new jeans, and my uncle was a world away from where I was at and right beside me at the same time, handing me that rope to tie around the calf’s hocks to haul it out.  The poem is dynamic and dramatic in its details, as elegiac as it is realistic and beautifully sequenced through stanza and line.  I might even say choreographed, a choreographed chaos of feelings and action, dominated by a double dimension of obligation to the birthing and to the uncle.  Wonderful poem.”

We couldn’t agree more.  We were fortunate Ace was at the launch last night to receive his cheque for $500 and read his poem out loud.  We’re looking forward to publishing it and the runners-up, who will each receive a cheque for $50,  in the Autumn issue of Pulp Literature.  The contest was judged blind, so the judges had no idea when they selected Ace’s poem that it would end up published alongside his short story ‘Victory Girl’ in Issue 4.

Congratulations to all!