Our third contest was a tough one: write a story to go with the intriguing and detailed cover painting, ‘Pesky Summer Jobs’ by Dutch artist Taïs Teng. Some of the stories submitted merely touched peripherally on the theme of ravens or the ancient artifacts, while others made full use of the visual images, but all of the finalists had something, whether in the theme, the writing, or cleverness of the plot, that caught our eye.
We congratulate once more our finalists:
- ‘The Hemisphere Stone’ by Mike Glyde
- ‘Dear Louis’ by Sara Cedeno
- ‘Claws In’ by Ace Baker
- ‘Odd Jobs’ by KL Mabbs
- ‘Family Relics’ by Katherine Wagner
- ‘The Ravens’ by Anna Belkine
- ‘The Inner Light’ by Krista Wallace
- ‘The Jealous Valley’ by Kiril Lavarevski
From this list the editors would like to make special mention of ‘Odd Jobs’ by KL Mabbs, which was a witty encounter with Babylonian mythology, and ‘Family Relics’ by Katherine Wagner, which managed to encorporate almost all the elements of the painting in an excellent story.
The winner and runner up were both so good that we have decided we will publish both stories in Issue 6, with the runner up receiving our regular per word rate. We would love to be able to award first prize to both of these, but a favourite must be chosen. The Runner up in the 2014 Raven Cover Story Contest is
- ‘The Ravens’ by Anna Belkine.
And the winner is …
- ‘The Inner Light’ by Krista Wallace!
Actor, author and swordsman CC Humphreys took time out of his busy speaking and writing schedule to choose our winner, and he had this to say:
“The subtlety of Inner Light won me over. I loved the total immersion in a clearly realized world. Of course I am an actor and I get the references. But the story works on many levels other than the theatrical. The writing is clear, precise from the beginning. The unease is there, but subtly, making me want to read on. In such a short piece, the several characters are distinct. Matilda is nicely nuanced, the arrogance of an award winning director, the fear of someone dealing with forces beyond control. There’s a distinct sense that the characters will go on – except perhaps for one who won’t! Sacrifices must be made for art. For success. As Macbeth discovers. Bravo!”
Our congratulations to Krista Wallace for writing the winning story — and even more for garnering such praise from the brilliant CC Humphreys!
Krista Wallace will be the featured author for Issue 6 of Pulp Literature. Along with publication and her name in large font on the cover she will receive a prize of $500.00. We are so pleased!
Congratulations and thanks to everyone who took the time to write such wonderful stories for our contest.
From Jen, Sue and Mel