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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Titles by Kit Sora

Kit Sora’s work has appeared in 1 works published through Engen Books and its partners, including cover art and photography books.


Cover Art

Chillers from the RockChillers from the Rock by Erin Vance & Ellen Curtis
Series: From the Rock, 2018

The Pitch: Twenty-five short stories written by a diverse mix of some of the best suspense and horror authors in Atlantic Canada, including both award-winners, veterans of their craft, and brand new talent.
Edited by Erin Vance and accomplished genre author Ellen Curtis, this collection features the thrilling, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent, imagination, and prestige that Atlantic Canada has to offer.
Featuring the work of Paul Carberry (Zombies on the Rock), Kelley Power (Winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters competition), Matthew LeDrew (Coral Beach Casefiles, Infinity, Xander Drew), Ali House (The Six-Elemental), an introduction by Dale Gilbert Jarvis, & much more!

Kit Sora

6S2A6303Kit Sora is an artist and photographer from St. Johns, Newfoundland. Her photography draws inspiration from fantasy, dystopia, and thrillers to create evocative imagrey that startles, inspires, and excites.

Kit signed with Engen Books in 2018 as head photographer, producing the thrilling image for Chillers from the Rock and re-imagining the covers to the entire Black Womb series into the Coral Beach Casefiles series.

Her first published book of photography from Engen Books is expected for a late 2018/ early 2019 release.

Those looking to purchase prints of her work can do so here.


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Christopher Walsh

chris walsh, author bio photoChristopher Walsh is an author from Brigus South, Newfoundland. His fantasy series Gold & Steel, began it the epic As Fierce as Steel, released in early 2016, and has since continued in various short form anthologies. The sequel, The Worth of Gold, will be available soon.

When not writing, Chris works as an apprentice carpenter and enjoys reading a variety of material with particular interest in other fantasy works. He’s also an avid video gamer and hiker.

Chris is an active member of the writing community in the Atlantic Provinces, and currently serves as a member of the WANL (Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador) board.

Titles by Christopher Walsh

Christopher Walsh is the author of 3 works published through Engen Books and its partners, including novels and short-form stories.

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gold and steel, as fierce as steel, christopher walshAs Fierce as Steel by Christopher Walsh
Series: Gold and Steel, #1

The Pitch: After a heated fight at sea between twins Ben and Alex, Ben vanishes from their boat without a sound or even a ripple in the water. Unwavering in his dedication to find his brother, Alex begins the adventure of a lifetime armed only with the help of a local girl named Meg and his own mysterious musical abilities… the key to which, and to the mysteries that surround him, may be tied to the alluring song of the dangerous girl he finds among the ocean’s frothing waves.


Short Fiction

promo_cover7_webFantasy from the Rock by Erin Vance & Ellen Curtis
Series: From the Rock, 2017

The Pitch: Twenty-One short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans of their field and some of them new to the craft! Edited by Erin Vance and veteran science-fiction author Ellen Louise Curtis, this collection features the heartfelt, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent and charm Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Nick Morine, Christopher Walsh, Shannon Green, Heather Reilly, Ali House, Amanda Labonté, Paul Carberry & many more!


Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016

Sci-Fi from the Rock by Erin Vance & Ellen Curtis
Series: From the Rock, 2016

The Pitch: Twenty-One short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans of their field and some of them new to the craft! Edited by Erin Vance and veteran science-fiction author Ellen Louise Curtis, this collection features the heartfelt, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent and charm Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Nick Morine, Christopher Walsh, Shannon Green, Heather Reilly, Ali House, Amanda Labonté, Paul Carberry & many more!

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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.

Continue reading Write Place, Wrong Time

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!