After much deliberation, the editors are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2017 Hummingbird Prize. In alphabetical order by story, the shortlist is as follows:
- “A Pop of Purple” by Sarah Chamberlain
- “All Day Every Day” by CE Mandybura
- “Bequest” by Soramimi Hanarejima
- “Choosing Guns” by Linda Kirkby
- “Coasting” by Melanie Cossey
- “Commonplace Permit” by Ella Christie
- “Just Down the Hall” by Jeanette Topar
- “Late Blight” by KT Wagner
- “Pilgrimage” by Alex Reece Abbott
- “The Bruised Peach” by William Kaufmann
- “The Cure” by Salvatore Difalco
Congratulations to all the authors! The winner as chosen by Bob Thurber will be announced on July 15th.
Join us this Monday, July 10th from 6-9 pm at Steamworks Brew Pub in Gastown, as we celebrate our summer launch of Pulp Literature Issue 15, Summer 2017, and Allaigna’s Song: Overture, by JM Landels. There will be author readings, book signings, good food, good beer, and good cheer.
The launch is free to attend; we only ask that you RSVP.
Fabulous Door Prizes
Be sure to print and bring your ticket to enter for door prizes:
- Your choice between swords or horses: a duelling for two date at Academie Duello or a riding for two date at Red Colt Equestrian Co-op. (Duelling for two can also take place at Red Colt, if you prefer an outdoor setting).
- A critique of up to 5000 words of your manuscript by editor Susan Pieters.
- Colouring Paradise: A Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book by artist Mel Anastasiou
- A grab bag of Pulp Literature back issues, and more!
Have a Drink on Us
Reserve signed personalized copies of one or both books on the Eventbrite ticket page and we’ll buy you a beer (or the tipple of your choice) at the launch.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Pulp Literature Summer Launch
Monday 10 July 2017, 6 – 9pm
Steamworks Brewing Co
375 Water St, Vancouver BC
Hold on to your hats! (You’ll need them, with all this downright hot and sunny weather we’ve been having.) Our editorial team has come up with a longlist for this year’s Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize.
The longlisted stories, in alphabetical order:
- A Pop of Purple
- All Day Every Day
- Below the Line
- Choosing Guns
- Coco and Peanut
- Commonplace Permit
- Just Down the Hall
- Late Blight
- My Recurring Dream Each Time I Start to Drift on the Sofa
- The Bruised Peach
- The Collector
- The Cure
- The Taste Tester
Thank you to all the authors who submitted stories. It was a pleasure to read them. Winners will be announced on July 15th!
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The editors and judge Bob Thurber are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2017 Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest is “Crushed Velvet” by Ingrid Jendrzejewski.
Bob Thurber notes:
Among its merits are its playful, whimsical tone. Its seductive smoothness. Its refreshing eccentricity and, of course, its good fashion sense.
Congratulations, Ingrid! “Crushed Velvet” is a story to read and reread. Ingrid takes home the $300 prize and her story will be published in Issue 15, Summer 2017.
The judge’s nod for runner-up goes to “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” by Jay Allisan —
for its jaunty seriousness and obvious merit.
Well done, Jay! We hope to publish this story as well in an upcoming issue, space allowing.
For those authors who requested editorial critiques, you should start receiving your manuscripts back in the next few weeks as we work through them.
Thank you to all our contest entrants who submitted their carefully polished prose. We enjoyed reading your work. For the poets among you, the Magpie Award for Poetry is currently open, and for the rest, the Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize opens May 1st. To stay on top of submissions openings and contests, request our free monthly newsletter, and you’ll never miss an opportunity for glory again!
Writers and readers and other good folk, it is with great pleasure that we announce the shortlist for the Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest. Choosing between so many excellent stories was a challenge, but at last we narrowed the entries down to ten.
Here are the authors and stories, listed alphabetically by author’s first name:
- Charity Tahmaseb, “Lucky”
- Ingrid Jendrzejewski, “Crushed Velvet”
- Jay Allisan, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”
- Katie Gray, “The Pit”
- Laura Taylor, “A Royal Institution”
- Leslie Wibberley, “The Weight of Time”
- Melanie Cossey, “Even Steven”
- Soramimi Hanarejima, “The Utility of Mandatory Hilarity”
- Tristan Marajh, “Roshan”
- William Kaufmann, “Bedside”
Congratulations to these three authors! The winner chosen by our judge the brilliant Bob Thurber will be announced tomorrow …
PS: Poets, don’t forget that the earlybird entry fee rate for the Magpie Award for Poetry ends tomorrow too!
The Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest: short and sweet stories with a sting. The real sting, though, is choosing between so many excellent entries. The editors had to work hard to select a longlist. Thank you to everyone whose stories made choosing difficult.
Here are the authors on the longlist, alphabetically by first name:
- Amanda Truscott
- Candace Kubinec
- Catherine Raphael
- Charity Tahmaseb
- Claire Lawrence
- Colin Thornton
- Cornelia Hoogland
- David Perlmutter
- Soramimi Hanarejima
- Ingrid Jendrzejewski
- Jenny Fleming
- Jay Allisan
- Joel Freiburger
- Kat McNichol
- Katie Gray
- K. Kris Loomis
- KT Wagner
- Laura Taylor
- Leslie Wibberley
- Luo Yang
- Margaret Code
- Melanie Cossey
- Richard Arbib
- Rose Divecha
- Steven Kochems
- Tristan Marajh
- William Kaufmann
Congratulations, authors! We editors will steel ourselves to make a shortlist for contest judge Bob Thurber soon.
In the meantime, the Magpie contest opens tomorrow. Poets, prime your pens!