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2019 Year of Authors: 22 – 26 July

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.

22nd – 26th July 2019

Monday: Nicola Aimé, Issue 12

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.

Issue 12 cover by Melissa Mary Duncan

Tuesday: Oak Morse, Issue 16

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.

Issue 16 cover art by Akem

Wednesday: Oscar Windsor-Smith, Issue 7

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.

Thursday: PA Levy, Issue 11
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.
 

Friday: Pat Flewwelling, Issue  14
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 of Ghouls, and Helix: Scourge of Bones.  Her story ‘The Handler’ won the 2016 Raven Short Story contest.
 

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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