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2019 Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest Winner

No more bated breath … a winner has been selected.

‘Wife Giver’, by Josephine Greenland emerges as the victor of the 2019 Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest!

The Queen Bee of flash fiction, Bob Thurber, issued this proclamation:

It was a tight race and a close call with all the pieces selected as finalists, but in the end I found this well-blended post-modernized traditional folktale sparkled brighter than the rest.

We are of a hive mind, and can’t wait to share this piece with our readers in Issue 23!

Honourable Mention

The shortlist was incredibly strong this year, and even though there is no runner-up prize the editors and Bob all agree that Honourable Mention goes to ‘Inherited Love of Unexplainable Things’ by Zoë Johnson.

Many thanks to our contestants with their sharp submissions of flash fiction.  Keep an ear to the ground for the Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize opening May 1st!

Bumblebee collecting pollen

2019 Bumblebee Shortlist

We cringe at shorting lists, especially when it means getting rid of a wonderful group of bumblebees. However, there’s a prize at stake, so with warm regards to all the authors, we release the 2019 Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest shortlist. You will find the top ten stories below, listed by author’s first name.

2019 Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest Shortlist

Andrew Owen Dugas ‘Throwdown’
Jess Simms  ‘The Werewolf at the Farmer’s Market’
Josephine Greenland  ‘Wife Giver’
Kate Felix  ‘Class Party’
KT Wagner  ‘Meals Not Eaten’
Nancy Ludmerer  ‘Summation’
Nancy Ludmerer  ‘Complicity’
Ron Lavalette  ‘Crickets’
Soramimi Hanarejima  ‘The Sublime is Difficult to Replifake’
Zoë Johnson  ‘Inherited Love of Unexplainable Things’

Stay tuned for the big reveal of the 2019 Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest Winner on Friday, chosen by our long standing flash fiction contest judge, Bob Thurber!

And poets, don’t forget the Magpie Award for Poetry closes this Friday, March 15th.  Send us your bright and shiny words soon!

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2019 Bumblebee Longlist

The 2019 Bumblebee Flash Fiction Prize Longlist lives up to its name! The hive was packed full of busy bees this year, and the results of their hard work are golden, rich, and oh so tempting… Stay tuned for the release of the Bumblebee Shortlist mid March.

*Names appear in alphabetical order by first name. If you see a name more than once, that means an author has multiple pieces under consideration!

Andrew Owen Dugas
Erin Evans
Jenn Marx
Jess Simms
John Corry
Josephine Greenland
Kate Felix
Kate Felix
Kate Felix
KT Wagner
Laura Manuel
Lee Ching Kai
Mitchell Toews
Nancy Ludmerer
Nancy Ludmerer
Philip Scholz
Richard Arbib
Robin Lee Lovelace
Ron Lavalette
Ron Lavalette
Sarah Josephine Pendergraft
Scott C Bridges
Soramimi Hanarejima
Willow Croft
Zoë Johnson

Congratulations to all these talented authors for tempting us with their honeyed words.  Best of luck in the next round!


Pulp Literature Year 1 & 2

2019 Year of Authors: 25 Feb – 1 Mar

In the eighth week of our 2019 Year of Authors, we have a wonderful lineup of Pushcart and Rhysling poets… and Dave Beynon (award winning in his own right, just not a poet).

Here’s our line-up for the eighth week …

25th February – 1st March 2019

Monday: Daniel Aristi, Issue 13

Pushcart nominee and Issue 13 poet, Daniel Aristi, was born in Spain, and studied French Literature at the French Lycée in San Sebastian. He now lives and writes in Switzerland with his family. Daniel’s work has appeared in Queen’s Ferry Press Anthology 2016, LA Review, Brilliant Flash Fiction and Berkeley Poetry Review.

Tuesday: Daniela Elza, Issues 4 and 5

Another Pushcart nominated poet, Daniela Elza was a runner-up in the first ever Magpie Award for Poetry, published in Issue 4, as well as the first Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize in Issue 5. She holds a doctorate in Philosophy of Education and work tirelessly in Vancouver’s Literary community. Daniela’s latest poetry collection will be published by Mother Tongue Publishing in 2020, and she has a book on poetic collaborations forthcoming.

Wednesday: Darrell LindseyIssue 3

Donald Dewey has written some 40 books of fiction and nonfiction, including his latest Mosquitoes and Tortoises, from Sunbury Press.  As well he as contributed scores of stories to magazines and other periodicals. He has also had some 30 plays staged in Europe and the United States. Donald’s awards include those named after Nelson Algren and the Actors Studio. Dewey is a widower with one son and lives in Jamaica, New York. Darrell Lindsey makes our 4th Pushcart nominated poet this week. His poem, ‘Stone Horses’, appeared in Issue 3, and he won the 2012 Science Fiction Poetry Association Contest (Long Form category) while his haiku and tanka have garnered numerous international awards. 

Thursday: Dave Beynon, Issue 20

Another author with a background too varied to list, Dave Beynon’s stories have appeared in periodicals and anthologies, received an honourable mention in The Best Horror of the Year, and he was shortlisted for the inaugural Terry Pratchett Prize.  He grew up on farmland in Southern Ontario and now lives in a small town outside of Toronto with his family.

Friday: David Clink, Issue 2 & 14

Another Rhysling Award nominee this week! David Clink has four collections of poetry including The Role of Lightning in Evolution from Chizine Publications. He hosts and  organizes the annual Dead Poets Society Night in Toronto. His poem ‘A sea monster tells his story’ won the Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song in 2013.

2019 Year of Authors: 18 – 22 Feb

In honour of Pulp Literature Press’s fifth anniversary and of all the people who have contributed to our success we have declared 2019 our Year of Authors, celebrating the amazing artists and authors from the first twenty issues of Pulp Literature.

Every weekday we are featuring one of these creators on our Facebook page, and the issues that person contributed to will be on sale for a whopping 50% off.  Make a note of the authors and artists you’re following and jump on these deals.  Some print issues are rare and getting scarcer, so nab them while you still can!

Here’s our line-up for the seventh week…

18th February – 22nd February 2019

Monday: Christine Leviczky Riek, Issue 20

Christine Leviczky Riek is a poet and photographer from Surrey, BC. Her evocative poem, ‘All I Need Is A Chair, My Red Piano, And’, was a runner-up in the 2018 Magpie Award for Poetry. She is also the winner of the Capilano Review‘s 2017 Robin Blaser Poetry Prize. Her 2017 chapbook, Inventory For A Voyage [da Capo sin’ al Fine], is available through Light Factory Publications.

Tuesday: Claire Gregory, Issue 14

Claire’s been everywhere, and her worldliness has informed her interests and her writing. She has been spinning stories all her life, both in the pages of her fiction and in her career as an archaeologist and historian. She combines her Irish storytelling heritage, a deep love of her local Australian landscape, and a particular interest in the darkest edges of human conflict, to explore the ways people lived and loved in the past. Her story, ‘Forget Me Not’ was the winner of the 2016 Surrey International Writer’s Conference Storyteller’s Award and was published in Issue 14.

Wednesday: Colin Thornton, Issue 14

Life has a roundabout way of leading one to writing. Colin Thornton studied drawing and painting in college, and played music for a few decades while he built a career in advertising. Now he’s settled into writing short stories, one of which you can read in Issue 14, titled ‘Candy-Apple Baby’.

Thursday: Conor Powers-Smith, Issue 3

Conor Powers-Smith grew up in New Jersey and Ireland. He currently works as a reporter on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts. Despite being a vocal Yankees fan, he has not, as of this writing, been murdered. His stories have appeared in AE, Daily Science Fiction, The Fog Horn, Nature, and other magazines. His short story, ‘Love For Sale’, appeared in Issue 3.

Friday: Cristina Crocker Escribano, Issue 9

Cristina Crocker Escribano’s work has appeared in The Meadow, Lake Effect, and elsewhere. She recently returned from Costa Rica, where she was a history and English teacher. A recent graduate  of the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, her flash fiction piece, ‘The Last Neanderthals’, won the 2015 Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction and appears in Issue 9.

ADVENT has launched!

It’s a new year and we’re amping up our productivity with five new novels set for release in 2019! First among these is Advent by Michael Kamakana. We’ve been teasing our readers with this release for quite some time, but the day has finally come… Advent is now available for purchase on our website and Amazon!

In honour of this momentous occasion, and to get a feel for the author and the novel, here’s an interview with Michael Kamakana, originally published along side an excerpt of the novel in Issue 19.

Feature Interview

Michael Kamakana

Pulp Literature: What drew you to writing science fiction in the first place?
Michael Kamakana: I read SF as a youth—award winners, names like Clarke, Le Guin, Dick, Lem. I admired scientists like my father. I knew I myself would not be a scientist as my
interest in math and physics was… time to sleep. I was interested in fantastic escape that I could imagine possible.

PL: What titles and authors inspired you in the early days?
MK: Fountains of Paradise by Clarke, then Left Hand of Darkness by Le Guin, then The Man in the High Castle by Dick, then Neuromancer by Gibson, then The Snow Queen by de Vinge. First non-SFwould be The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway, then Spring Snow by Mishima, then In the Labyrinth by Robbe-Grillet, then The Name of the Rose by Eco, then If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Calvino, then The Woman in the Dunes
by Kobo Abe, then…

PL: What kind of philosophy books do you read?
MK: I read almost entirely ‘continental’ philosophers of the 20th Century. My favourites at the moment are Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Edmund Husserl, Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze.

PL: You and your protagonist both survive a coma. How does your experience with trauma influence your storytelling?
MK: I always feel that when I truly understand any teaching or experience is when I can write a definitive story inspired by it. For now I keep writing, I keep hoping that someday I will understand the coma.

PL: You call the stories ‘essays.’ Why is that? Do you feel that each section is a separate topic?
MK: Well, the ‘reset’ and ‘reserve’ sections came first, and I was inspired by Munif’s ‘Endings’ to use the collective pronouns of ‘we’ and ‘they.’ Gradually both collapsing into ‘some people’, they have generalized, removed, clinical renderings of the times, not much identifiable personal psychology. I think ‘essays’ could be thought ‘fictions’ like Jorge Luis Borges.

PL: You’re a prolific writer. Do you work on more than one novel at a time?
MK: Actually I have about seven works at various stages and interest, with more ideas percolating.

PL: Did you spend time in Hawai’i as a child? How has this affected the
point of view of the narrator of your novel?
MK: I went to the islands about every winter as a child. We lived on the windward side of Oahu for a year in high school, and Father was working at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. I still go every February to my mom’s hometown, Waimea, on the island of Kaua’i. I can pronounce words in Hawai’ian but cannot converse. I guess I am multicultural as my background is usually one of the first things to learn about me. But I am fortunate that in Canada I look mostly like a dark white guy, whereas in Hawai’i most people recognize me as part Hawai’ian. So, I have never faced much racism here in Canada. I always identified with the ‘Indians’ in Westerns, with indigenous peoples anywhere. And this work was inspired by reading Red Gold by Hemming, which recounts what happened when the Spanish and Portuguese contacted Brazilian indigenes. I just decided to reverse polarities and think of us humans as the technologically primitive and the aliens as the invaders.

Only the start is set in Hawai’i. Most of the essays are not localized as generic North American. The biographical passages are many places. As a beginning, I remember the fear of nuclear war coming to end everything on a beautiful day in Waimea, so this Advent is a different end of the world.

PL: Did you always want to be a writer?
MK:I knew I was going to be an artist of some sort, only gradually did I realize it was going to be writing. Father’s elder sister is an author, Father’s younger sister was a visual artist, so this has always been possible, valued, and I suppose reading the first story in my aunt’s first collection clarified my desires to do narrative prose. On the other, I have for many years avoided using my family as material because that had upset Father early on in his sister’s work.

PL: Do you have any hopes that Advent will change the way people think about
their lives, about aliens, about our many assumptions?
MK: I hope readers are entertained, are even just momentarily inspired to see themselves and all other humans from an ironic perspective, an existential and historical attitude.

PL: Did the process of writing Advent change the way you felt about yourself
as a coma survivor?
MK: Actually the change developed during the writing: I knew the biographical sections would come down to ‘he’ then ‘I’, but only discovered what the aliens want at about the same time I wrote it. I have always had high expectations of myself and limited beliefs in myself, so I am first happy it will be published, then reconciled somewhat to the losses of the coma. Basically, like the aliens decide: I do not know what I would be if not an author.

Get Advent on sale till February 15th and be among the first to read this stunning debut novel.


2019 Year of Authors: 28 Jan – 1 Feb

In honour of Pulp Literature Press’s fifth anniversary and of all the people who have contributed to our success we have declared 2019 our Year of Authors, celebrating the amazing artists and authors from the first twenty issues of Pulp Literature.

Every weekday we are featuring one of these creators on our Facebook page, and the issues that person contributed to will be on sale for a whopping 50% off.  Make a note of the authors and artists you’re following and jump on these deals.  Some print issues are rare and getting scarcer, so nab them while you still can!

Here’s our line-up for the fourth week …

28th January – 1st February 2019

Monday: Arantzazu Martinez, Issue 4

An academic painter from Vitoria, Spain, Arantzazu Martinez attended the Fine Arts University of the Basque Country. She has been recognized as an ARC Living Master by the Art Renewal Center, and was awarded the William Bouguereau Award in 2013. Most of her artwork belongs to private collections but now we can see some of her paintings in the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain. Pulp Literature approached her on spec to see if any of her paintings were available as book covers, and we were thrilled to be able to purchase use of “The Fall of the Ego” for Issue 4.

Tuesday: Ashley-Elizabeth Best, Issue 9

Ashley-Elizabeth Best lives and writes inKingston, Ontario. Her work can be seen in Fjords, Tampa ReviewCV2, The Columbia Review, Berfrois, The Rusty Toque, The Battersea Review, The PuritanZouch Magazine, Union Station Magazine, Grist, Ambit Magazine, Poetry Salzburg Review and Branch Magazine, among other publications. Her debut collection of poems, Slow States of Collapse, was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her poem ‘Wintering’ appeared in Pulp Literature Issue 9.

Wednesday: AY Dorsey, Issue 2

In her own words, AY Dorsey has written too many YA novels for her own good, but we believe that a productive writer is the best kind! With a total of 35 books and numerous short stories and screenplays available for public consumption, AY Dorsey is certainly productive. Her paranormal short story, ‘Falling’, appeared in Pulp Literature Issue 2,Spring 2014.

Thursday: Ben Baldwin, Issues 18 & 20

Ben Baldwin is a self-taught freelance artist from the UK who works with a combination of traditional media, photography, and digital art programs.  He has been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist for the last seven years and has also been shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Artist.  In 2013, he won Best Artist of the Year in the annual This Is Horror Awards. His short horror comic ‘Bone Dry’ with writer Roy Gray appeared in Pulp Literature Issue 18, and he is the cover artist for PL Issue 20.

Friday: Benjamin Hertwig, Issue 15

Benjamin Hertwig’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Literary Review of Canada, Prairie Fire, Pleiades, THIS, Freefall, Matrix, QWERTY, Sugar House Review, Maine Review, and Word Riot. His debut book of poems, Slow War, was a shortlisted finalist for the Governor General’s Award for English-language poetry.









What the Wind Brings: Matthew Hughes’s Magnum Opus

We are delighted to announce that we’ve entered into a contract with Matthew Hughes to publish his spectacular historical novel, What the Wind Brings. 

What the Wind Brings by Matthew Hughes

In the mid 1500s shipwrecked African slaves melded with the indigenous peoples of coastal Ecuador and together they fought the Spanish colonial power to a standstill, to remain independent for centuries.  The story of the people of Esmeraldas is told through the eyes of three characters: Alonso, an escaped slave; Expectation, an a-gender shaman; and Alejandro, a priest on the run from the Inquistion.

With its slipstream elements this novel carries a flavour of South American magical realism tradition into a grand historical epic.  Both sweeping and intimate, it is a delight to read from beginning to end, and we are honoured that Matt has decided to entrust his grand work to us.

We can’t wait to show it to you later this year.  In the meantime you can follow Matthew Hughes on his Patreon feed for more news as we approach publication.

Here’s to what the wind is bringing in 2019!

Celebrating 5 Years of Literary Magic

In the publishing game, five years is significant, and we know who to thank: our authors, artists, and loyal readers who make it all possible. Join us on Sunday, December 16th, at our Literary Launch and Swordfighting Salon for a civilized afternoon of author readings, an artisan craft fair, tea and pastries, book sales & signings … and swordfighting!

Literary Launch & Swordfighting Salon

This event is a co-fundraiser for Academie Duello’s Youth Outreach Program and Pulp Literature Press.  It is also the launch party for our five year anniversary issue—Number 21— featuring Evelyn Lau. There will be readings from JJ Lee, Matt Hughes, Emily Lonie, Mitchell Toews, Graham DarlingMargot Spronk, Laura Kostur, Greg Brown, Patrick Bollivar, Jessica Fabrizius, Susan Pieters, and JM Landels.

Take a breather from the holiday rush to enjoy readings from local authors, swordplay demonstrations by Academie Duello and ample time to chat with authors, drink tea, and scoop up last minute stocking stuffers by our talented artisans.

We’d love to see you there!

Literary Launch and Swordfighting Salon
Sunday 16 Dec 2018, 11am – 5pm
Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay
412 West Hastings St, Vancouver


2018 Raven Short Story Contest Shortlist

November 15th draws near, and soon the winner of the 2018 Raven Short Story Contest will be announced! As the days grow shorter, so to does the list of contenders. Below, listed alphabetically by author first name, are the authors whose stories have made the shortlist.

Cheryl Wollner for ‘Girls Who Dance in the Flames’

Colin Thornton for ‘Ten Minutes in Maine’

Erin MacNair for ‘Camping with Narwhals’

Jody Hadlock for ‘She Walks Alone’

KW George for ‘Shadows’

Kate Felix for ‘Fingered’

Kim Clark for ‘Pissing in the Pocket of the Lone Arbutus Estates’

Margot Spronk for ‘The Web’

Shanon Sinn for ‘The Proposition’

Stephanie Vernier for ‘Cashew Milk’

The big reveal from judge CC Humphreys is just around the corner.  Sign up for the Pulp Literature newsletter to receive updates on our submission windows or future contests.