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2019 Year of Authors: 7 – 11 Jan

Five years ago, we released our very first issue of Pulp Literature magazine.  It has been an amazing journey, made possible by the incredible talent of the writers and artists who are part of our Pulp Literature family.

In honour of our anniversary, and of all the people who have contributed to our success, 2019 will be our Year of Authors, celebrating the amazing artists and authors from the first twenty issues of Pulp Literature.

Every weekday we’ll feature 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 first week …

7th – 11th January 2019

Monday: Ace Baker, Issues 4 & 8

Kicking of our Year of Authors we have, entering the ring, local champion writer Ace Baker. Winner of the inaugural Magpie Award for Poetry in 2014 and first runner up in 2015, he is also author of ‘Victory Girl’ which won the SiWC Storyteller’s Award and was published in Pulp Literature Issue 4.

   

Tuesday: A.M. Soto, Issues 10 & 15

Image result for ada maria sotoAda Maria Soto is a New Zealand based Mexican-American expat. She is a mother, writer, cook, knitter, and sports fan. She can be found at adamariasoto.com.  Her poems were shortlisted for the Magpie Award in 2014 and 2015, and her short story ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ appeared in Pulp Literature Issue 15.

Issue 10 small   

Wednesday: Adam Golub, Issue 15

Image result for adam golubAdam Golub is an American Studies professor who teaches courses on literature, childhood, popular culture, and monsters at California State University, Fullerton.  His stories have appeared in The Bookends Review, 101 Fiction, The Sirens Call, and Winamop, and he is co-editor of Monsters in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching What Scares Us.  ‘The Pool Guy’ was Brenda Carre’s choice as first runner up in our 2016 Raven Short Story Contest and earned honourable mention in the 38th New Millennium Writings Award for Fiction. Adam lives in Fullerton, CA.

Thursday: AJ Odasso, Issues 17 & 18

Image result for aj odassoAJ Odasso is the author of three award-nominated poetry collections (Lost Books, The Dishonesty of Dreams, Things Being What They Are) as well as a handful of short stories.  She serves as Senior Poetry Editor at Strange Horizons magazine.  You can find her at twitter.com/ajodasso.  Her steampunk story ‘We Come Back Different’ appeared in two parts in Pulp Literature Issues 17 & 18.

   

Friday: Akem, Issues 16 & 18

Image result for akemi artAkem forgot she was an illustrator and writer for a few years and is making up for lost time. Her first picture book, a myth about before we were born, is in progress. Her painting Seabus was the cover for Pulp Literature Issue 16, Autumn 2017, and Windseeker graced the cover of Issue 18, Spring 2018.  You can find more of her fantasy illustrations at akemiart.ca.

   

Happy New Year from Pulp Literature!

Blast from the past … the founding editors and a surprise guest at our very first launch party!

Monsters in the Classroom with Adam Golub

Congratulations to Adam Golub on the release of Monsters in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching What Scares Us (McFarland 2017). Adam, with Heather Richardson Hayton, is  co-editor. “The contributors discuss the implications of inviting fearsome creatures into the classroom, showing how they work to create compelling narratives and provide students a framework for analyzing history, culture, and everyday life.” More here.

Adam’s short story ‘The Pool Guy’ was  Brenda Carre’s choice as first runner up in Pulp Literature’s  2016 Raven Short Story Contest. Here’s a taste …

The Pool Guy
by Adam Golub

Ty took a break from sexting Maddie to ask the pool guy about the leaf blower guy.

“I heard someone attacked him with a golf club,” said Ty.

“That’s right,” said the pool guy.  “Someone just walked up and cracked him, Goodfellas style.  Jesús tried to fight back with the leaf blower, and supposedly there was a duel for a few seconds, all King Arthur and shit, but police say this maniac was on a mission, he was hulking, all Rage-Virused out.  Jesús never stood a chance.  He’s got a skull fracture, man.  Lacerations on his arms.  Teeth are all busted up.”

“That’s terrible,” Ty said as his phone chimed.

And then I climb on top of you like a jockey on his favourite horse.  

Maddie was a simile sexter.

…  Read the rest in Pulp Literature Issue 15

Adam Golub with Zombies, in the News

Monsters in the Classroom: Teaching Can Be a Scream, CSUF News Service, August 1, 2017.

“Got a monstrous concept to teach next semester?

There’s a zombie for that.

Inviting creatures into the classroom helps students analyze history, culture and everyday life…” more here

Zombies and the Professor Who Teaches Them, Yes Weekly, June 27, 2017.

At Guilford College, the walking dead have been feasting on students who don’t cooperate to defend themselves. This is not a game or a Halloween zombie walk, the blood-splattered mayhem is a serious academic exercise requiring problem-solving, critical thinking and trust. More here…

About Adam Golub

Adam Golub is an American Studies professor who teaches courses on literature, childhood, popular culture, and monsters at California State University, Fullerton. His stories have appeared in The Bookends Review, 101 Fiction, The Sirens Call, and Winamop.

 

The Raven Contest: the judge has spoken!

And now the news you’ve been waiting for:  the winners of the 2016 Raven Short Story Contest, complete with judge Brenda Carre‘s comments

I loved reading all twelve stories on the editors’ short list and I want to congratulate each and every one of you for providing me with such a very difficult choice and such a varied, well-written selection of stories. If you want a more in-depth look at how I judged these I have a blog post here.

Third runner up

‘Swimming’ by Jerico Espinas, Oshawa ON, Canada

A nicely-written slice-of-life story with a poignant sense of loss on the part of the viewpoint character.  While I enjoyed this very much, the ambiguity at the end nudged it out of running for the top position.  I would love to see this story enlarged into a novel or novella.

Second runner up

‘Tarts’ by Judyth Emmanuel, Newton NSW, Australia

I loved the surreal play with language (e.e. cummings meets the Munsters) and very creepy look into the minds of the three main characters.  At times, the convolutions of word choice were a little overwhelming, but definitely a publishable piece.

First runner up

‘The Pool Guy’ by Adam Golub, Fullerton CA, USA

I really liked the dialogue here and the interplay of the sexting girlfriend and the talkative Pool Guy with Ty’s very calculating analytical personality.  I had a few laugh-out-loud minutes and was very torn between this and the winner.  A great read, and I look forward to seeing this in print.

The winning story

‘The Handler’ by Pat Flewwelling, Oshawa ON, Canada

This story wowed me, held me tightly to its very unique premise from beginning to end, and just got better with each successive reading.  A unique and torturously complicated look at life with a superhero.

Congratulations to all these superb writers.  ‘The Handler’ will be published in Pulp Literature Issue 14, Spring 2017, and we will attempt to place the other three stories in that or subsequent issues.  We’ve included the hometowns of each of the winners to show how far-flung our entrants are; and also to inquire as to what’s in the water of the small town of Oshawa Ontario, and can you bottle it for the rest of the country?

For those authors who requested critiques, our editors are working on them and should have them to you soon (before Christmas at least)!

Our next contest, the Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest for stories up to 750 words long opens January 1st 2017.

Fiction submissions are now open until November 30th.  We look forward to reading your stories!

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