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2019 Year of Authors: 1 – 5 July

This week is one of national celebration for our Canadian and American readers and we don’t mind celebrating with stellar savings on seven issues this week. Only ten weeks remain in our year of celebration, so let week 26 commence with a bang as we raise a glass to friends, flags, and fireworks!

24th – 28th June 2019

Monday: Melissa Mary DuncanIssue 1, 512 & Allaigna’s Song: Overture

Fantasy artist and illustrator Melissa Mary Duncan lives in New Westminster, BC, with her husband, author dvs Duncan. An avid historic re-enactor, neo-Edwardian, and wishful thinker, Melissa has a passion for life, learning, and the creative process. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and her art has found homes in private collections from Japan to Great Britain. Her book, Faye—the Art of Melissa Mary Duncan, was released in 2013 and is available for sale through her website along with her 2019 calendar. Melissa was our frst cover artist. Her paintings The Beer Fairy, Fondly Remembered Magic, and The Storyteller have graced the covers of Pulp Literature and she is the cover artist for Allaigna’s Song: Overture from Pulp Literature Press as well.

Issue 12 cover by Melissa Mary Duncan

Tuesday: Michael Patrick Eltrich, Issue 4

Michael is a writer and an architect who, through his essays, short stories and longer works, explores the ways in which lives are forever changed by love, war and travel.  His book-length project, “The Wars I Fought”, is a recollection of his experiences as a 21-year-old infantryman in Quang Ngai province, Viet Nam, and his return there forty years later, hoping to find peace among people who, like him, have led lives marked by the desolate savagery of war. Michael lives in Denver with Capt. Blackie and Chloë, whose amazing feats have never been seen on Facebook or Youtube. His poem ‘Autumnal Equinox’ was a runner-up in our inaugural Magpie Award for Poetry in 2014.

Wednesday: Michael Kamakana, Issue 19, Advent

Michael Kamakana is a Calgary-based novelist with a talent for storytelling that holds readers rapt. He is a prolifc writer who works almost non-stop to get his work out of his head and into print.  His first novel Advent was excerpted in Issue 19 last year, and made its way into the world as a full novel in early 2019.  

Thursday: Michael G Ryan, Issue 11

Michael G Ryan has been an editor for over 25 years, beginning with the National Council of Teachers of English and currently as Publisher for Skull Island, an imprint of Privateer Press. After decades of writing short stories and novels, only to bottom-drawer as many as seven novels for some future time, he’s finally begun to submit them for consideration.

     

Friday: Michelle Barker, Issue  18

Michelle Barker is an award-winning author whose works include a poetry chapbook, a YA fantasy novel, and a picture book. Michelle also works as an editor and workshop leader. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. When she isn’t writing, Michelle does totally normal things like triathlons for fun, sailing, and traveling the world.  Her story ‘MVP’ was the winner of the 2017 SiWC Storyteller’s Award.

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!