The Swallows Sequential Short Story Contest opened on New Year’s Day, and I’m thrilled to announce that the fine folks at The Comicshop in Vancouver will be our judges. Not only do veteran funny-book connoisseurs Brent, Keith, and Tim have a fine eye for the best in comic book art and storytelling, they’ve been managing my comics reading list for years and I have utter faith in their judgement.
What are we looking for in this contest? Aside from the nitty gritty details of size and format, which you can find on the Contests page, we are looking for what we always want between the pages of Pulp Literature: beautiful art and good storytelling. To give you an idea of our taste here are a few sample pages from previous sequential shorts we’ve published.
‘The Mechanics’ by Angela Melick
‘Unwanted Visitors’ by Kris Sayer
‘Dragon Rock’ by Sylvia Stopforth & Mel Anastasiou
‘The Wolf’ by Kimberleigh Roseblade & JM Landels
So sharpen your pencils, get out your brushes and digital pens and send us your best 1 to 5 page long short comic. The earlybird entry fee is only $20 until January 15th, which includes an e-subscription to Pulp Literature, and the contest deadline is February 15th. First prize is $500 plus publication in issue 7 of Pulp Literature, alongside feature author Robert J Sawyer!
Contest rules and guidelines are here.
Today’s interview is with the wise and witty Mouse from Sylvia Stopforth’s cautionary tale ‘Dragon Rock’, adapted to graphic novel format by Mel Anastasiou and first seen in issue 3.
Artwork for ‘Dragon Rock’ by Mel Anastasiou
- What is your idea of perfect happiness? A hot, freshly steeped pot of tea; a companion who can accurately define the word “humble.”
- What is your greatest fear? Being stepped on.
- What is the trait you most deplore in others? An inability to see past the obvious. A lack of imagination. A tendency to mock … which can, on occasion, prove dangerous.
- Which words or phrases do you most overuse? The tea is getting cold.
- What is your most marked characteristic? Not suffering fools gladly; also the delightful hint of sulphur on my breath.
- Who are your favourite writers? Kate DiCamillo (The Tale of Despereaux); Leo Lionni (Frederick); EB White (Stuart Little); Brian Jacques (Redwall). I am also fond of Douglas Adam’s Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy; he had a good grasp of species hierarchy.
- How would you like to die? I should like to die of a surfeit of satisfaction.
- What is something we’d never glean about you from ‘Dragon Rock’? I am fond of clocks, and loathe farmers’ wives.
Sylvia Stopforth is a university archivist and research librarian whose fiction has appeared in Room, The New Quarterly, and Pulp Literature. She has had a smattering of book reviews published, as well as an essay in an anthology, Shy (University of Alberta Press, 2013). For ten years she has served as a regular column editor for BC History Journal. Sylvia lives near the ocean with her husband.
You can find the delightful Mouse amid the pages of ‘Dragon Rock’, in the Summer 2014 issue of Pulp Literature.