We love all the stories in our magazine, and choosing which ones to submit for prizes is like choosing between one’s children. But we only get to nominate six pieces for the Pushcart Prize, and this year’s nominees are:
- ‘Stalk’ by George McWhirter (Issue 9)
- ‘Taraxicum Officinale’ by Mary H Auerbach Rykov (Issue 9)
- ‘Uncanonical Murder’ by Carol Berg (Issue 10)
- ‘Vellum’ by Andrea Lewis (Issue 10)
- ‘How to Write a Successful Obituary for a Superhero’ by Matthew Hooton (Issue 11)
- ‘If You’d Like to Make a Call, Please Hang Up’ by Bob Thurber (Issue 12)
We have our fingers crossed and we wish these authors all the best of luck as we send their stories off.
To read these fine stories you can purchase all four digital versions of the 2016 issues for only $15 on the Something Novel Kickstarter (select the Digital Sampler). But hurry — only until 11pm today!
Some slippery characters are harder to catch than others, but poet Mary Rykov slung her net around the fish-tailed catch of ‘A Siren’s Song’ from Pulp Literature Issue 2.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness? A ship of Argonauts with no wax in their ears.
- What is your greatest fear? A ship of Argonauts with no wax in their ears.
- What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I sing the ones I love to death. <sigh>
- What is the trait you most deplore in others? Ear wax.
- On what occasion do you lie? I always lie.
- What do you most dislike about your appearance? Those bird feathers. I much prefer mermaid garb.
- Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Stop kissing my mouth.”
- When and where were you happiest? Circa 8 BCE at the height of my charms, singing on my lovely Mediterranean island beach.
- Which talent would you most like to have? To sing louder than Orpheus.
- What do you consider your greatest achievement? I am celebrated to this day by poets for my beauty and for my clear voice.
- What is your most treasured possession? My beauty and my clear voice.
- What is your most marked characteristic? My mythical status as metaphor for the binding power of death.
- Who is your favourite writer? Homer, of course!
- What is your greatest regret? Circe’s warning to Odysseus.
- How would you like to die? Too late, I’m dead. The ship sailed past, and I died.
- What is your motto? “My song of pleasure leads only to death.”
- What is something we’d never glean about you from ‘A Siren’s Tale’? I love the thrill of the catch, but not cleaning the fish …
Mary H Auerbach Rykov is a music therapist-researcher, writer-poet, educator and editor whose current focus is music-evoked imagery for writers and artists. She is also our dedicated Pulp Lit final proofreader. Read more at maryrykov.com.
You can find ‘A Siren’s Tale’ in the Spring 2014 issue of Pulp Literature, available through our Kickstarter page.