Call for Dystopian Submissions!

Over the last three years, the From the Rock series has become one of the preeminent anthology series’ in Atlantic Canada. We have been home to some amazing established talent and ‘broken’ some new authors that have gone on to dominate their fields, becoming genre bestsellers in their own right. From the Rock is a title readers consistently ask for, review well, and a great way for avid readers to get introduced to indie talent they might find interesting.

And this year, we’re doing it again! Continue reading Call for Dystopian Submissions!

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Write Place, Wrong Time

I did a dumb thing. In the grand scheme of things it’s not that big of a deal, but I’m still sighing about it.

One of my resolutions* for this year was to get more rejection letters. I say this, because even though I’d much rather get acceptance letters, I tend to prepare myself for the worst. If I try and get accepted then Yay me! If I try and get rejected, then I’m succeeding at my resolution! Yay me!

I don’t care if the glass is half-full or half-empty, but I’d like to know if the liquid inside is poison.

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Flash Fiction/Photography Contest | Deadline March 14! |Engen Books | Kit Sora Photography!

logoEngen Books is proud to team with the imaginative and creative people of Kit Sora Photography to bring you the “Flash Fiction Photography Contest”!

Every month we’re going to upload one of the photos from the amazingly talented Kit Sora, a local Newfoundland artist known for her stunning work with props, lighting, and imaginative designs. Kit uses her art in a variety of fantastical settings, so we’re tasking the authors and creative minds of the Atlantic Provinces to write short fiction based on the subjects!

The catch: these entries must be short: a maximum of 250 words! Thus we have the Flash Fiction/ Flash Photography Prize from Engen Books and Kit Sora Photography. Every month Engen and Sora will select a winner from eligible entrants.

Winners will be crowned the prize-winner for that month and be allowed to use the title of “Prize/Award Winner — X Month” on their writing CV / resumé! Winners will be paid at a rate of 10 cents a word for their fiction and may be featured in an upcoming collection of Sora’s photography!

In order to be eligible, entrants must be Canadian citizens and the work must not have been previously published.

Send entries to: submissions@engenbooks.com with the subject: Kit Sora March! Deadline is March 14 2018!

This month’s entry in the ‘patient mermaid’ photo seen in the banner atop this page. Happy writing!


Image copyright 2018 Kit Sora Photography, used with permission. Logo and distinctive ‘oval spike’ design copyright 2007 Engen Books.

Eryn Heidel announced as a ‘Chillers from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to introduce one of the exciting new talents in genre fiction that will be making their short story debut in 2018’s Chillers from the Rock collection: Eryn Heidel!

A native of North Battleford, Saskatchewan who currently resides in St. John’s, Heidel makes her publishing debut in Chillers from the Rock with her chilling tale: The Pursuit. Continue reading Eryn Heidel announced as a ‘Chillers from the Rock’ author!

Lynn Reicker announced as a ‘Chillers from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to introduce one of the exciting new talents in genre fiction that will be making their short story debut in 2018’s Chillers from the Rock collection: Lynn Reicker!

A native of New Brunswick who currently resides in Nova Scotia, Reicker makes her publishing debut in Chillers from the Rock with her chilling tale: Extinction.


Three other authors will be joining Dale Jarvis, Teresita E. Dziadura, Paul Carberry, Anastacia Hopkins, Jon Dobbin, Bronwynn Erskine, Peter Foote, Chelsea Bee, Sam Bauer, Ali House, Shannon Green, Michelle Churchill, Jeff Slade, Chantal Boudreau, Matthew Daniels, Maggie Carroll, and Lynn Reicker for the 2018 Chillers on the Rock collection, to be launched March 28 2018!

We still have an award-winning author and an author with over a dozen novels in the genre to his credit to announce! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


For exclusive content and FREE books, be sure and check out the Engen Books Patreon.

Maggie Carroll announced as a ‘Chillers from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to announce one of the exciting new talents in genre fiction that will be appearing in 2018’s Chillers from the Rock collection: Maggie Carroll!

Carroll is a St. John’s native with over a half-dozen credits to her name, including “When They Turn On You”, Demonic Visions; “Spring Heeled Jack”, Demonic Visions 2; “Falling Like Flies”, Demonic Visions 4.

In 2013 she received Honorable Mention for the Writers of the Future award.

Her short story Falling Like Flies will be appearing in Chillers from the Rock.


Four other authors will be joining Dale Jarvis, Teresita E. Dziadura, Paul Carberry, Anastacia Hopkins, Jon Dobbin, Bronwynn Erskine, Peter Foote, Chelsea Bee, Sam Bauer, Ali House, Shannon Green, Michelle Churchill, Jeff Slade, Chantal Boudreau, Matthew Daniels, and Maggie Carroll for the 2018 Chillers on the Rock collection, to be launched March 28 2018!

We still have an award-winning author and an author with over a dozen novels in the genre to his credit to announce! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


For exclusive content and FREE books, be sure and check out the Engen Books Patreon.

Chantal Boudreau announced as a ‘Chillers from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to announce one of the exciting new talents in genre fiction that will be appearing in 2018’s Chillers from the Rock collection: Chantal Boudreau!

A Toronto native currently living in Sambro, Nova Scotia; Boudreau is an avid and prolific author with over fifty credits to her name. She is the author of the Fervor series of novels, as well as the Masters & Renegades series and The Snowy Barrens Trilogy.

Continue reading Chantal Boudreau announced as a ‘Chillers from the Rock’ author!

Jeff Slade announced as a ‘Chillers from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to introduce one of the exciting new talents in genre fiction that will be making their debut in 2018’s Chillers from the Rock collection: Jeff Slade!

A St. John’s native currently residing in Salmon Cove, Slade is an avid reader who enjoys both making and hearing puns, playing the guitar, and cats. Slade makes his publishing debut in Chillers from the Rock with his chilling tale: The Culling.


Seven other authors will be joining Dale Jarvis, Teresita E. Dziadura, Paul Carberry, Anastacia Hopkins, Jon Dobbin, Bronwynn Erskine, Peter Foote, Chelsea Bee, Sam Bauer, Ali House, Shannon Green, Michelle Churchill, and Jeff Slade for the 2018 Chillers on the Rock collection, to be launched March 28 2018! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


For exclusive content and FREE books, be sure and check out the Engen Books Patreon.