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2019 Year of Authors: 22 – 26 July

It’s another week dominated by the poets! Week 28 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors starts out strong with two Magpie Poetry Contest winners, stays steady in the middle with two poets from across the pond, and finishes with the odd woman out — though something tells us that Pat revels in being the outlier.

22nd – 26th July 2019

Monday: Nicola Aimé, Issue 12

Nicola Aimé writes about the spaces in between, those places where people touch but never entirely find each other: immigration with its sacrificial gains, the ambiguous embraces of tango, the tangled demands of being a woman in the modern era, the vast failures of justice in an indifferent world. Her work has always been among words—stories, screenplays, editing, ESL, and literacy. Poetry arrived unbidden and took her by surprise. It continues to keep her curious and is her route both into herself and out into the world.

Issue 12 cover by Melissa Mary Duncan

Tuesday: Oak Morse, Issue 16

Oak Morse is a poet, spoken word artist, speaker and teacher who has travelled and toured across the Southeast as a performing artist as well as a teacher of performance poetry. He now is becoming recognized for his recent literary works, which aim to bring attention to a speech disorder known as ‘cluttering’, which Oak has worked tirelessly to overcome. Oak Morse now speaks and serves as an ambassador for cluttering and writes poetry which seeks to engage readers and immerse them into the cluttering experience. Oak currently lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia, where he works on his poetry collection titled When the Tongue Goes Bad.

Issue 16 cover art by Akem

Wednesday: Oscar Windsor-Smith, Issue 7

Oscar Windsor-Smith writes fiction, creative non-fiction, non-fiction and poetry from his home in Hertfordshire, UK. His stories have been finalists in the New York City Midnight Short Story Challenge and the University of Plymouth short fiction competitions.

Thursday: PA Levy, Issue 11
Born in East London but now residing amongst the hedge mumblers of rural Suffolk, PA Levy has been published in many magazines, from A cappella Zoo to Zygote In My Coffee and stations in between. He is also a founding member of the Clueless Collective.

Friday: Pat Flewwelling, Issue  14
By day, Pat is a senior business analyst at a major telecommunications company; by evening, she works at a brand-new micropress; on weekends, she runs Myth Hawker Travelling Bookstore; and by night, she fights ninja vampires using nothing but radioactive garlic and weapons-grade sarcasm. And sometime between Never O’Clock and the Second Tuesday of Next Week, Pat writes short stories and novels, including Helix: Blight of Exiles, Helix: Plague of Ghouls, and Helix: Scourge of Bones.  Her story ‘The Handler’ won the 2016 Raven Short Story contest.

Issue 7 Spotlight: Oscar Windsor-Smith

There’s a story behind Oscar Windsor-Smith’s Issue 7 story.  In Oscar’s own words:

‘Wings of Nemesis’ is a short story about the rehabilitation of a military drone pilot suffering posttraumatic mental breakdown.  The story began life as an entry for a multi-round international literary competition, where it achieved joint first place in its round.  But there’s a sting in tail, which led me into the most surreal situation of my writing life thus far.

A writer friend, who also happens to be a scientist, suggested he knew of a suitable home for ‘Wings of Nemesis’ in what he described as an anthology. This led to my submitting the story to a scientist friend of his at a well-known UK university.  I duly received an email telling me that ‘Wings of Nemesis’ had “been accepted for development into a full paper submission for…” [A scientific journal concerned with technological forecasting].  The email went on: “…from a very competitive field you have been selected… This is a very commendable achievement and we acknowledge your talents and skills in this newly emerging research area.”  So far, so bizarre, but it got even stranger.

I received detailed instructions as to how, when and in what form my “paper” should be submitted, under the overall title: “Creative science prototyping [truncated title]…” My story was further elevated to the status, variously, of an “extended abstract”, a “creative prototype” and a “vignette”, none of which made the slightest sense to me. What did become clear was:  in order to bring my humble, under 3000 word, story up to these lofty standards, I was expected to write at very least another 7500 words, at most 17,500.

Issue 7 coverResearch into the T&Cs of the scientific journal’s publisher revealed that, if published, I would lose my copyright and I would receive no payment, although the journal and articles it contained would be exorbitantly priced.  I declined this opportunity of unpaid scientific glory.

Which is why ‘Wings of Nemesis’ was available to take up its present happy home in Issue 7 of Pulp Literature, complemented by superb illustrations and surrounded by other excellent stories.

My experience of publication in Pulp Literature was very positive.  They’re a friendly and cooperative team to work with.  Oh, and they do pay – promptly.

Oscar Windsor SmithSounds surreal, eh? Don’t forget to pick up your own copy of Pulp Literature Issue 7, to read ‘Wings of Nemesis’ for yourself!  For more from Oscar see Nighthawks a Fable of New York, in The View from Here, Trumpet Volunteer, in Flash Fiction Online and No Alligators in Virginia, in Everyday Fiction. Or visit his blog at http://oscarwindsor-smith.blogspot.co.uk/