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Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest Open to Entries

The 5th Annual Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest opens 1 January 2020

Short fiction up to 750 words, for a top prize of $300. 

Your Earlybird Entry discount is on now at $10 until January 15, 2020.

Get an editorial critique for only $20 more. 

The Bumblebee Contest is judged by flash fiction master Bob Thurber,  winner of numerous awards and author of the novel Paperboy.

Contest opens:  1 January 2020
Deadline:  15  February 2020
Winner notified:  15 March 2020
Winner published in:  Issue 27, Summer 2020
Prize:  $300

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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 24 December

Today is the last day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 24, Autumn 2019

History is  a major theme in our Autumn 2019 issue, from 17th century France, to colonial BC, California in 1934, back to Germany and France in World War II, all under the moving cover, Vimy by Steve R Gagnon.

  • Experience the motley horrors of World War II, as featured author JJ Lee reunites us with his man of mystery and monsters in ‘The Man in the Long Black Coat: Bekker’, and Robin Malcolm unearths long-buried secrets in ‘The Bumblebee’s Daughter’.
  • The secrets continue in field and forest on Canada’s west coast with Chuck Lim’s ‘The Red Tiger’ and KT Wagner’s ‘Cabin Fever’.
  • Meanwhile, appearances intrigue and deceive in Adam Fout’s ‘Black Glass’ and FJ Bergmann’s ‘Yellow Paint’.
  • Magpies are the only birds that can recognize themselves in a mirror. Fitting that our Magpie Award for Poetry winners — Susan Haldane, Jack Waldheim, and Roxanna Bennett — captivate us with their reflections on humanity.
  • A journey through the generations awaits vampires and travellers alike, as Tyner Gillies in  ‘The Lord of Lawn Ornaments’ and Susan Pieters in ‘The Map According to Me’ show us that, indeed, wherever you go, there you are.
  • And intrepid adventurers seek their fortunes, whether by horseback to Paris in ‘The Shepherdess’ by JM Landels, or by Model A to California in The Extra: Frankie Ray Goes to Hollywood by Mel Anastasiou.
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The Mega-Deal

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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 23 December

With twenty-four fabulous back issues, one to mark each day of Advent, we hope to share with you the joy and magic of the season. When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the twenty-third day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 23, Summer 2019

Greetings, our spectacular cover painting by Akem welcomes you into Issue 23, where …

  • Featured author Kelly Robson shows us that wine making is a labour of love, and sometimes hate, in ‘Good for Grapes’.
  • Matthew Hughes’s magnum opus, What the Wind Brings, debuts aboard the Spanish galleon La Virgen, with an epic struggle brewing on the horizon.
  • Stella Ryman is ready for new adventures in Stella Ryman and the Locked Room Mystery by Mel Anastasiou, while Allaigna must make hasty goodbyes in the final chapter of Allaigna’s Song:  Aria by JM Landels.
  • It’s a dog-eat-dog world — or wolf-eat-dog world — in Christian Walter’s ‘Wolf, Dog, Sun’, and Zoë Johnson reminds us to take stock of everyday miracles in ‘Inherited Love of Unexplainable Things’.
  • Take a draught of heady poetry from Casey Reiland, Raluca Balasa, and Alison Braid.
  • Lena Mahmoud breathes new life into an old Arabian folk tale with ‘The Thieving Pot’, and Josephine Greenland dissects a Thai myth in the Bumblebee Contest winner, ‘Wife Giver’.
  • Deborah Davitt’s protagonists hold out for as long as they can in ‘On the Sixth Day’.
  • Come and get the good stuff in Susan Pieters’s ‘Black Market’, and see the dark(er) side of the financial district in Lola Street’s ‘Wall Street at Night’ illustrated by Chaille Stovall.
  • We have the two runners-up of the Surrey International Writers’ Conference Storyteller Contest in this issue:  ‘Biophilia’ shows us there’s hope in Margot Spronk’s post-apocalyptic world, but not necessarily for humans; while Deepthi Atukorala takes us down an emotional rabbit hole with ‘White Rabbit’.
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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 22 December

With twenty-four fabulous back issues, one to mark each day of Advent, we hope to share with you the joy and magic of the season. When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the twenty-second day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 22, Spring 2019

Heed the tantalizing call of cover artist Herman Lau‘s Purple Siren and dive into this issue, where

  • Science Fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg births a new religion from a social experiment gone wrong in ‘The Pope of the Chimps’.
  • A father’s grief leads to a son’s identity crisis in ‘Snapshots’, by Leo X Robertson; and Susan Pieters shows us it’s all about perspective in ‘Spin Doctor’.
  • you’ll find devilish, cold, and ill-tempered poetry from David Ly, Mary Willis, and Heather Christle.
  • Kathryn Yelinek’s protagonist must work outside her element to save the man she loves in ‘The Nyx’s Wife’, and a young paralegal meets all sorts of interesting commuters in ‘Late Night Fun Facts on the No. 65’ by JTF King.
  • The 2018 Raven Short Story Contest winner, Cheryl Wollner, crafts a story of friendship that is impervious to fire with ‘Girls Who Dance in the Flames’.
  • We’ve got a new novella from Mel Anastasiou, The Extra, that is all the aces; and Allaigna must bid bitter farewells in the next instalment of Allaigna’s Song:  Aria, by JM Landels.
  • And our graphic short turns your whole world upside down in ‘The Endless Drop’, by Matthew Nielsen and Minna Hakkola.
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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 21 December

There are only four days left in our Advent Calendar — don’t miss out!  When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the Winter Solstice and the twenty-first day of Advent.  The issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 21, Winter 2019

  • Under the exquisite cover Frost and Snow by Melissa Mary Duncan
  • Our featured author, the esteemed Evelyn Lau, offers three poems riddled with grief and stolen moments.
  • Spencer Stevens takes a break from the front lines in the final Seven Swans instalment, ‘The Mystery of the Forgotten Soldier’, by Mel Anastasiou.
  • Echo wanes as Narcissus waxes in Joelle Kidd’s modern retelling, ‘Echo/Narcissus’; while a Pythia of Apollo unweaves 25 years’ worth of lies in ‘The Golden Feather’ by Jenny Blackford.
  • Space isn’t exactly lawless, but everyone bends the rules in Margot Spronk’s ‘Rules of Salvage’; and on the other end of the SF spectrum, Graham Darling’s ‘A Pleasant Walk, A Pleasant Talk’ neatly turns a Lewis Carroll poem on its head.
  • A seemingly useless power feeds a young woman’s resentment in Emily Lonie’s ‘A Seed in Every Womb’, and Michael Bracken’s ‘The Fishmonger’s Wife’ explores the dangers of dry land for mermen.
  • Search for the perfect stone in ‘Stonecold’ from Leslie Wibberly, the 2018 Creative Ink Festival’s flash fiction contest winner.
  • Explore new mythologies in Nicholas Christian’s ‘The Angler’, winner of the 2018 Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction; and the runner-up by Robert Runté, ‘Day Three’, examines the little things we miss the most.
  • Allaigna falls in with a new crowd in the latest installment of Aria by JM Landels, and a carnival fortune-teller shares valuable tricks of the trade in ‘Madame Sylvie’s Three Rules for How to Speak for the Dead’ by Susan Pieters.
  • And finally, find out what very old aristocrats do when they let get unlaced in Kris Sayer’s sequential short ‘Under Pale Flesh’
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The Mega-Deal

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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 20 December

Almost all the windows on our Advent Calendar have been opened, but there are still a few choice prizes to find.  When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the twentieth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 20, Autumn 2018

Dare to venture behind the intriguing cover by award-winning British artist Ben Baldwin and you’ll find that …

  • Issue 20 cover with tech-slum cover by Ben BaldwinFeature author, Kristene Perron, asks us to savour the simple things in life and question the validity of tradition in ‘Flavour of the Forsaken’.
  • Those of you who admire magpies for their intelligence and unique beauty will find these qualities in this year’s winners of the Magpie Award for Poetry, Kelli Allen, Christine Levickzy Riek, and Angela Caravan.
  • Great-Great-Grandpa stops by for a visit 90 years after his death in ‘Away Game’ by Mitchell Toews, and for some reason, we’re not at all surprised.
  • ‘Gross Motor’ by Sara Mang takes us back to kindergarten, while the hardworking folks in Mitchell’s Crossing contend with a nosy superhero and government officials in ‘Small Town Superhero’ by Dave Beynon.
  • Epiphany Ferrell exposes the dubious talents of a ne’er-do-well townsman in ‘Every Town Has One’, and Susan Pieters challenges us to walk in someone else’s shoes with ‘Waking Up Black’.
  • Love jewellery? We doubt you’ll want one of the bracelets in Summer Jewel Keown’s ‘Indebted’.
  • Alex Reece Abbott lands quick punches you won’t flinch from with ‘Alphabet Soup’, while coffee lovers and dreamers beware of ‘The Hub’, SiWC’s Honourable Mention by Erin Evans.
  • Mel Anastasiou’s graphic story ‘Meat’ involves a gargoyle who rises above his station, while the next instalment of Allaigna’s Song: Aria by JM Landels takes us deeper into unknown territory.
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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 19 December

With twenty-four fabulous back issues, one to mark each day of Advent, we hope to share with you the joy and magic of the season. When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the nineteenth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 19, Summer 2018

Tais Teng’s eerie and intriguing cover, After the Tsunami, invites us into a world that is familiar, and yet altered, prefacing the stories beneath ..

  • We lead with an excerpt from Advent, Michael Kamakana’s SF stunner of a debut novel, which opens with “When the aliens came it was not what we expected.”  Need we say more? Another debut, Jasmin Nyack’s ‘Five Minutes’, has a totally different, and hilarious, take on alien invasion.
  • Spencer Stevens travels to the age of steam in the newest Seven Swans novella by Mel Anastasiou, The Machineries of Progress, and we take a trip of a different kind in Maria Pascualy’s poem, ‘First Date’.
  • Alex Reece Abbott’s short story, ‘My Brother Paulie’, is a sharp study of an altered state of being, and ‘Guardian’, by Susan Pieters, turns personal safety into claustrophobia and morphs danger into desire.
  • We progress and evolve in new ways in Richard O’Brien’s ‘The Slade Transmutation’, another evolution occurs in ‘Ordinary’, by Sylvia Stopforth, and Allaigna adapts to her transformation from runaway to fugitive in the latest instalment of Allaigna’s Song:  Aria by JM Landels.
  • The grotesquery of flies has us itching for a swatter in James Norcliffe’s ‘He has this thing’, while Charity Tahmaseb’s ‘Potato Bug War’ has us rooting for the pests to survive.
  • Bumblebee contest winner RS Wynn weaves five tight narratives into one flash fiction piece titled ‘Lullaby, Valentine, Paper Crane’ alongside the Surrey International Writers’ Conference Storyteller Award runner-up, ‘Towing the Mustang’ by Keltie Zubko.
  • Last year, in the first chapter of Blue Skies Over Nine Isles by Joseph Stilwell and Hugh Henderson, we left Maxwell facing a threat and several questions.  In Chapter two, Max gets a hand up, but don’t think for a second that his rescuer is giving him a handout.
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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 18 December

With twenty-four fabulous back issues, one to mark each day of Advent, we hope to share with you the joy and magic of the season. When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the eighteenth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 18, Spring 2018

Under the beautiful, breezy ‘Windseeker’ by artist Akem we have fresh fiction to begin the new season

  • In ‘Stones’ by featured author Genni Gunn,  a tourist confronts demons, both personal and cultural, lurking in an ancient Cambodian temple.
  • What are the chances that out of four million people, Max wins a trip to the moon?  But that’s only one of a lottery’s unexpected outcomes in ‘The Brightness of Things’ by Jessica Barksdale.
  • With the conclusion of AJ Odasso’s ‘We Come Back Different’, you’ll enjoy a page-turning mix of strange science and mysterious disappearances in an alternate Steampunk past; and poets Susan Alexander and Angela Rebrec open our eyes to beauty with verse.
  • Catch up with your favourite heroines as Stella Ryman sleuths out the thief who stole Thelma Hu’s fortune in Mel Anastasiou’s ‘Stella Ryman and the Mystery of the Mah-Jongg Box’; and in the latest episode of Allaigna’s Song:  Aria by JM Landels, our heroine finds herself safely out of the frying pan and well into the fire, with magic her only way to escape.
  • ‘Bug in my Ear’ by Susan Pieters might make you hear something new, and in Sophie Panzer’s ‘The Commute’, demons on the Metro mean that being late for work is the least of your problems.
  • We’re not sure whether ‘Bone Dry’ by Roy Gray and Ben Baldwin counts as bathroom humour or bathroom horror — either way, this quirky short comic will give you a shiver.
  • This issue is full of contest winners, with the winner of the Surrey International Writing Contest Storyteller’s Award, ‘MVP’ by Michelle Barker, as well as the winner and runner-up of our fourth annual Raven Short Story Contest:  ‘The Tape’ by Elaine McDivitt, and ‘Meggie’ by Kerry Craven.
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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 17 December

With twenty-four fabulous back issues, one to mark each day of Advent, we hope to share with you the joy and magic of the season. When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the seventeenth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 17, Winter 2018

Britt-Lise Newstead’s  Patron Saint of the Inevitable Death of the Universe guards the treasures within Issue 17:

  • Issue 17 cover featuring stellar artwork by Britt-Lise NewsteadJJ Lee’s ‘Desdemone’ opens our winter issue with an exquisite Edwardian haunting of a most personal kind.
  • Emily Osborne’s poem ‘Devonian’ sends us across time, deep into the primeval world; needles inform lives in John Davies’s ‘Tattoo’;  Kelli Allen’s ‘You don’t know your life anyway’ gives us a complicated relationship in a few great lines; and ‘Sea Changes’, by Matilda Berke, weaves Celtic myths with water.
  • With ‘One Safe Place,’ Erin Slaughter takes us on a road trip we’ll never forget, and ‘We Come Back Different’ from AJ Odasso gives us the first half of a gripping steampunk tale of strange science and mysterious disappearances in an alternate past.
  • ‘Embers’ by Misha Handman tells of an old woman’s last struggle against the darkness she’s been fighting for a lifetime, and Anat Rabkin’s ‘For the Love of Grey’ reaffirms that attitude is everything, even in Hell.
  • In two tales that demonstrate the power of words, Susan Pieter’s ‘Lineman’ puts readers up a ladder among live wires and Soramimi Hanarejima’s ‘Theft of Confidence’ takes language to a new level.
  • In this issue we also present the winning stories of The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize. Jeannette Topar’s ‘Just Down the Hall’ opens a door to something unexpected; and our first-prize story, William Kaufmann’s ‘The Bruised Peach’, pleases as it alters perception through a strange encounter.
  • Spencer Stevens takes another stab at happiness with the help of the Seven Swans pub in the fifth instalment of Mel Anastasiou’s Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries, ‘The Bridgewater Canal Mystery’.  And our heroine is up to her sword hilt in new dangers in the latest episode of Allaigna’s Song:  Aria by JM Landels.
  • And finally, it’s the end of the world, but skies are blue in the cheerful post-apocalyptic comic ‘Afloat’ by Gabriel Craven and Mikayla Fawcett.

We hope you’ll find the same delight and satisfaction in reading this brilliant selection that we did in finding them.

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