Calgary, we know we don’t say this often enough but … we’re coming to see you!
A lot has happened since our last visit; we published a debut novel from Cowtowner, Michael Kamakana; we put out several new issues; and by the time we touchdown at YYC for When Words Collide, Matthew Hughes’s magnum opus, What the Wind Brings, will have landed as well. We’d love to catch up with you, so if you find yourself at Delta Calgary South for the 2019 WWC conference, stop by the Fireside room on Saturday (August 10th) at 2 pm.
In addition to Pulp Literature Presents, Jen Landels and Jessisca Fabrizius will be presenting at the following sessions:
3:00pm – Hiring the Right Editor
5:00pm – Common Manuscript Problems
6:00pm – Storytelling with Swordplay
12:00pm – Pitch session
2:00pm – Pulp Literature Presents
8:00pm – Autograph Session
11:00am – David vs Goliath: Writing the mis-matched fight scent
12:00pm – Live Action Slush – High Fantasy
1:00pm – Cover Art Trends
3:00pm – Live Action Slush – Urban Fantasy
4:00pm – Blue Pencil Cafe
5:00pm – Literary vs Speculative Fiction
Some of the other Pulp Literature authors in attendance at WWC include Jasmin Nyack, Michael Kamakana, Robert J Sawyer, Robert Runté, and Pat Flewelling. We hope to see you there as well!
Pulp Literature Presents Saturday 10 Aug, 2:00 – 3:00pm Fireside Room, Delta Calgary South
Face it — Toronto in August is muggy at best, and we know you’re looking for an escape. Thanks to a strong western wind, Pulp Literature is coming to Ontario, and we can provide the refreshment you’re looking for! Toronto local Kelly Robson rounds out Issue 23’s flavour profile, and it’s free to sample Thursday, August 8th.
Join editor Mary Rykov as she hosts local authors and poets Raluca Balasa, Dave Benyon, Joelle Kidd, Peter Norman, Kelly Robson, Douglas Smith, R Daniel Lester and more for another evening of genre-busing readings, book signings, book raffle, and good cheer.
Hear our writers, peruse our magazine issues and novels, and learn about submission opportunities. Help us celebrate Pulp Literature and launch the Summer 2019 Issue 23.
Sign up for 2 time-limited open mic spots available at 6 pm.
Thursday 8 August 2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Another Bar 926 Bloor Street West, Toronto
This week we move into the blaze of August, and Pulp Literature is going to be busy! Catch us in Toronto, Calgary, and of course, Vancouver for launch parties and other special events. Or, if that doesn’t jive with your end of summer schedule, stay tuned for our weekly author and artist deals. This is week 29 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors — get ’em while they’re hot!
Patrick Bollivar is a writer and an air traffic controller (do tell!) living in Vancouver, BC. His short stories have previously appeared in Tesseracts Nineteen: Superhero Universe, and The Outliers of Speculative Fiction.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Peter Norman received a Creative Writing BFA from the University of British Columbia in 1998 and has since lived in Ottawa, Calgary, Halifax, Windsor (Ontario), Montreal, Edmonton, and Toronto, where he now lives with his wife, fellow writer-editor Melanie Little. He is the author of a novel, Emberton, and three collections of poetry.
R Daniel Lester reads, writes and lives in Terminal City, aka Vancouver, BC. He is the author of the poetry collection It’s Allin the Interpretation, the short story collection Caffeine Fueled Revelation Machines and the novel, Die, Famous! His writing has been seen online in Geist, Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter, TheFlash Fiction Offensive and The Big Adios, and he was a semi-finalist in Broken Pencil’s Indie Writers’ Deathmatch.
In all but one career aptitude test Rebecca Gomez Farrell has taken, writer has been the #1 result. But when she tastes the salty air and hears the sea lions bark, she wonders if maybe, maybe, sea captain was the right choice after all. And when Rebecca says she’s a writer… she’s not joking. More than 20 published short stories, a romance novella, and an epic fantasy novel are just the tip of the iceberg. She’s also a television commentator and food/drink/travel blogger... basically, she puts us all to shame.
Rebecca Wurtz is the author of County, Kind of a Love Story, a novel in verse, and she was a runner up in the 2015 Texas Observer Short Story Contest with ‘Hands moving through hair’. She lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. ‘Xuefei and his Heart’ was the winner of the Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize in 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ofGhouls, and Helix: Scourge of Bones. Her story ‘The Handler’ won the 2016 Raven Short Story contest.
Hummingbirds are quite competitive, and this year we have 10 hummingbirds vying for the sweet $300 grand prize. The shortlist is in the hands of former closet writer and current flash fiction master, Bob Thurber. Best of luck to the following authors!
Ariel Basom Chad V. Broughman Dylan Sealy Emily Ruth Verona Hannah van Didden Mack Stone Mike Donoghue Patricia Sandberg Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki Teya Hollier
It’s not every year you get to celebrate publishing 20 issues of genre-busting literature. We want our readers to reap the rewards, and our contributors to shine in the spotlight, so every week we are offering up a selection of deeply discounted past issues, based on one of the authors, poets, or artists whose work fills the magazine’s pages. Welcome to week 27 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!
Mikayla Fawcett is a writer and artist currently inhabiting a mudflat within the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Occasionally Mikayla emerges from the mudflat to engage in a larger collaborative art project.
Milo James Fowler is a teacher by day and a speculative fictioneer by night. When he’s not grading papers, he’s imagining what life might be like in a dozen alternate realities. So far, his fiction has appeared in more than 150 publications, including AE SciFi, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction, Nature, and Shimmer.
Misha Handman has been writing fantasy and mystery stories for as long as he can remember. When not writing, he works as a manager for the performing arts in Victoria, BC, helping otherartists bring their own works to their audiences.
Mitchell Toews lives and writes at Jessica Lake in Manitoba. When an insufficient number of, “We are pleased to inform you …” emails are on hand he finds alternative joy in the windy intermingling between the top of the water and the bottom of the sky or skates on the ice until he can no longer see the cabin.
Nicholas Christian’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Lindenwood Review, Off the Coast, Poetry Quarterly, Gravel, Da ̆mfiˉno, and Panoply. He is currently living and teaching in China with his wife and fellow poet Kelli Allen.
I transformed my back patio into a hummingbird trap, and I have one very greedy female and her jellybean brood. It’s a delight to watch her flit back and forth between the blossoms and her babies, and it reminds me a lot of our annual Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize. The only difference? How many hummingbirds we get! See the longlist below and stay tuned for the shortlist coming Sunday, June 14th. If you see a name twice, the author has two stories worth celebrating!
2019 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize Longlist
Ariel Basom Beth Anderson Candice Rubie Chad V Broughman Chad V Broughman Colin Thornton Daniel Aristi Dawn Miller Dawn Vrablic Dietra Malik Dylan Sealy Elizabeth Cockle Emily Ruth Verona Gary Kirchner Hannah van Didden Janey Small Jeffrey Ricker Jennifer Gerves-Keen Joel Gutteridge Kate Felix Korena Di Roma Howley KT Wagner Leah Andelsmith Leah Andelsmith Mack Stone Mike Donoghue Nicole Iversen Nicole Iversen Norman Thomson Olubunmi Oyinsan Patricia Sandberg Paul Cresey Rhian Holvey Rita Donovan Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki Teya Hollier V Bjarna
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s not every year you get to celebrate publishing 20 issues of genre-busting literature. We want our readers to reap the rewards, and our contributors to shine in the spotlight, so every week we are offering up a selection of deeply discounted past issues, based on one of the authors, poets, or artists whose work fills the magazine’s pages. Welcome to week 25 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!
Matthew Hughes writes in many genres under many names including Matt Hughes and Hugh Matthews. He has won the Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada and has been short-listed for the Aurora, Nebula, Philip K Dick, Endeavour (twice), AE van Vogt, and Derringer Awards. He first appeared in Issue 13 with two stories, and now he has pulled out all the stops for a foray into historical fiction with What the Wind Brings, and we are thrilled to be his publisher for this endeavour.
Matt is a retired US Marine officer who deployed in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo. He currently lives and works near Dallas, Texas. His fiction can be read in Thuglit, Pantheon Magazine, and Blight Digest, among others.
Matthew Walsh is a writer from Nova Scotia. Their work has recently appeared in Sad Mag and Qwerty, with upcoming work in The Quotable, The Capra Review and Jonathan Magazine. Their recently released debut collection of poetry can be purchased through Goose Lane Press.
Megan Waring is a poet, playwright and fiber artist who currently resides in Boston. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Virginia Tech and is currently earning her MFA in poetry from University of Massachusetts. In between degrees, she worked in education and non-profits in China and California. She is the recipient of Virginia Tech’s Literary Award and her work can be read in Salamander, The Legendary, Aegir, and Germ Magazine, among others. Her second co-authored play, Archer and the Yeti, is being produced by Greene Room Productions in October 2019.
Acquisitions editor Mel Anastasiou co-founded Pulp Literature magazine in 2013. She helps writers develop through structural editing with the magazine, in addition to her weekly writing tips on melanastasiou.wordpress.com, the popular ‘Writing Muse’ twitter feed, and through her non-fiction workbooks, The Writer’s Boon Companion: Thirty Days Toward and Extraordinary Volume, and The Writer’s Friend and Confidante. Her fiction includes Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries, the Monument Studio Mysteries, and the Stella Ryman Mysteries. In addition she is the chief illustrator for Pulp Literature and has produced two colouring books of renaissance-inspired artwork: Colouring Paradise and Dragon Rock.
Everyday this week, the sun lingers just a bit longer — but these deals won’t! Take advantage of all that extra natural light as we build towards the the summer solstice and the 24th week of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!
Marta Salek lives out in the hills of Australia with her partner and assorted fluffy roosters, chickens, sheep, alpacas, and one dog (who may or may not have fleas). When not working, she passes the time trying to grow vegetables and running over irrigation pipe with her ride-on mower. In a past life, she spent her days programming (or screaming at) computers and writing lengthy emails which were reported to give her managers headaches. Now, she’s more gainfully occupied as a nurse, which legitimately allows her to amuse herself by asking people about their bowel habits. Marta’s computer is infested with short stories and a handful of novels at varying stages of completion. Some of the former have appeared in publications such as Aurealis, SF&F, Perihelion SF and Freeze Frame Fiction. The latter lurk. And wait.
Mary H Auerbach Rykov is a Toronto-based music therapist, editor, and educator whose research, poems and songs are found in literary and academic journals. Mary serves as proofreader for Pulp Literature and freelances as a scholarly-academic editor.
Matilda Berke has been recognized by YoungArts, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the LA Tomorrow Prize, the Molotov Cocktail’s Shadow Award, and the LA Youth Poet Laureate competition, among others. She will be double majoring in English and Economics at Wellesley College. In her free time, she hopes to take up sailing and to read as many books as possible.
Matthew Hooton is best known for his prize-winning novel Deloume Road, published with Knopf Canada and Jonathan Cape UK. Matthew has also written fiction and nonfiction for a variety of newspapers, magazines, and journals. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide in Australia.