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2019 Year of Authors: 8 – 12 April

Daffodils, birds singing, and select Pulp Literature issues on sale for 50% off — must be spring! It’s not every year you get to celebrate publishing 20 issues of genre-busting literature. 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 14 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors — soak up the savings!

8th – 12th April 2019

Monday: Greg Brown, Issue 1416

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, a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee and the winner of the 2018 Grouse Grind Lit Prize for V. Short Forms. Two of his stories were longlisted for the 2018 Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. You can find his stories, criticism, and essays in Postscript, Paragon, The RS500, Lenses: Perspectives on Literature, and Tate Street. Oh, and those two stories nominated for the Journey Prize? They were ‘Bear’ and ‘Love’, from Issues 14 and 16, respectively. Not to brag…

Issue 16 cover art by Akem

Tuesday: Greg Walklin, Issue 9

Greg Walklin is an attorney by day and a freelance writer by night. Aside from writing for the city newspaper in Lincoln, Nebraska, his fiction has appeared in Palooka magazine, Midwestern Gothic and online at Lawyerist. In 2014 he was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s New Writers Contest.

Wednesday: Gregg Chamberlain, Issue 10

Gregg Chamberlain is a community newspaper reporter who lives in rural Ontario with his missus and four cats, who allow their humans the run of the house. His work has appeared in the Daily Science Fiction website, SciPhi Journal, Prose ‘n’ Cons Mystery Magazine, and in the Alternate Hilarities anthology series from Strange Musings Press.

Issue 10 small

Thursday: Holly Walrath, Issue 7

Holly Lyn Walrath’s poetry and short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Luna Station Quarterly, Liminality, and elsewhere. Her chapbook of words and images, Glimmerglass Girl, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2018. She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Denver.

Friday: Hugh Henderson, Issues 14 & 19

Hugh Henderson is a Vancouver-based artist who is doing a terrible job convincing himself that he knows what he is doing. He has been constructing and refining the visual landscape of the comic for over five years.  He was the cover artist for Issue 14, Spring 2017, and his comic series with Joseph Stilwell, Blue Skies Over Nine Isles appeared in both Issue 14 and 19.

The 2014 Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction

For the past few weeks author, raconteur, and stylish man-about-town JJ Lee has been reading through the longlist of flash fiction stories for the Hummingbird Prize.  That list, compiled by a panel of three readers was:

  • ‘WFF – Worst Friends Forever’ by  Ace Baker
  • ‘The Importance of Documentation’ by  William Masters
  • ‘Beauty Takes Care of Itself’ by  Bob Thurber
  • ‘Mermaid Hunt’ by  Holly Walrath
  • ‘Waiting for Twilight ‘ by  Daniela Elza
  • ‘Testing the Waters’ by  Ryan Seifert
  • ‘Last Train to Strasbourg’ by  Alexis Larkin
  • ‘Here I Lay Down My Heart’ by  Rob Taylor
  • ‘Canoeing in the Tropics’ by  Hannah van Didde
  • ‘The Fundamental Clarity of Light’ by  Michael Patrick Eltrich
  • ‘Not All Magic is Nice’ by  Ev Bishop
  • ‘3D Monarch’ by  Katherine Wagner

Of the finalists, contest judge JJ had this to say:

“Short short stories demand much of writers: concision; commitment to a single, sometimes simple, idea or image that can resonate in a reader long after reading is done; and a willingness to somehow find space to bow the arc of narrative in the tightest of spaces. It is hard to get it right. The form is unforgiving.  So congratulations to all the finalists for their stories.”

Editors’ Choice

The variety of tone, genre and style in all these well-written stories makes picking favourites like choosing between apples and helicopters.  Once we editors read all the finalists we realized we wanted to publish more than two, so we each picked an honourable mention from the remainder of the longlist that we would like to place in a future issue of Pulp Literature  at our regular rates.  We’ll be contacting these authors directly.  The editors’ picks in no particular order are:

  • ‘WFF – Worst Friends Forever’ by  Ace Baker
  • ‘Beauty Takes Care of Itself’ by  Bob Thurber
  • ‘Mermaid Hunt’ by  Holly Walrath


‘Waiting for Twilight ‘ by  Daniela Elza
These contests are judged blind, so JJ had no way of knowing that the author of his runner up for the Hummingbird was also runner up for the Magpie Award.  Daniela will receive $75 for her story, which will be published in our Winter 2015 issue.

Hummingbird Prize Winner

‘Here I Lay Down My Heart’ by  Rob Taylor
Rob wins the $300 prize and publication in the Winter 2015 issue of Pulp Literature.  Here’s what judge JJ Lee has to say about this poignant story:

“On the strength of its setting, naturalism, and the pleasure it takes in the search for language, ‘Here I Lay Down My Heart’ wins the Hummingbird Flash Fiction contest.  Its author has created a small gem about a nighttime boat trip and a missing child. The author avoids sloppy dialogue and needless back story and, in less than 600 words, crafts a compelling tale which readers will rush to reach to the end.”

Congratulations to all the contestants who made the job of judging so difficult, but of reading so enjoyable!

The Raven Cover Story Contest opens today, so sharpen your quills and delight us with more of your work!

To read some of JJ Lee’s own short fiction, pick up issue 2 of Pulp Literature, featuring ‘Built to Love’, the story of a girl her bear, and the rise of the appliances.