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“Extinguished” by Jeff Slade | Short Story Winner

Night had snuck upon the woodsman. It’d been dusk one moment, then pitch black. He carried no game; all his quarry had evaded him without fail. The wind howled, avoiding him as it blew past. He decided to head home.

Tearing some fabric from his tunic, he wrapped it around the end of an arrow. A flick of his wrist across flint and he held the impromptu torch aloft, careful not to set any branches alight. Continue reading “Extinguished” by Jeff Slade | Short Story Winner

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Winner: “Extinguished” by Jeff Slade | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the April 14 2018 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Jeff Slade with his story, Extinguished!

We received over fifty submissions for this month’s collection, all of them spectacular in their own right. To find the winner we used a double-blind alternate-vote method, in which no judge knew the name of the person who had written any story. Each judge then compiled a list of their own personal Top Ten picks, and each entry was assigned a point title. The lowest entries were whittled down every round until only one remained!

There were four judges for this inaugural month of the contest:

Ellen CurtisEllen Curtis was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her aptitude for the written word began at a young age, when she began filling paper with stories and other scribbles. Those scribbles eventually began to make more sense, and in 2008 she published her first collection of short stories. Since then, she has gone on to co-author the Infinity series with Matthew LeDrew, among her other literary endeavors.


Matthew LeDrewMatthew LeDrew has written eighteen novels for Engen Books, Black Womb, Transformations in Pain, Smoke and Mirrors, Roulette, Ghosts of the Past, Ignorance is Bliss, Becoming, Inner Child, Gang War, Chains, The Long Road, Cinders, Sinister Intent, Faith, Jacobi Street, Infinity, The Tourniquet Reprisal and Exodus of Angels.


Drew Power is a currently seated member of the Sci-Fi on the Rock committee. He was recently featured as the model on the cover of the bestselling collection Chillers from the Rock.


Matthew Daniels was called in for a last minute tie-breaker vote… when three entries were tied for first place!


Runners up include Untitled by Michelle Churchill and Never Look Back by Peter Breau.


Jeff Slade is a St. John’s native currently residing in Salmon Cove, 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.


The winning entry will be featured on this website as well as on the Fantasy Files newsletter (click to join!). The second and third place entries will also be featured in the Newsletter.


What are your favorite Dystopian stories? | Ask the Authors

With submissions pouring in for our upcoming Dystopia from the Rock anthology, we thought it would be a great time to ask our existing stable of novelists: what are your favorite Dystopian novels?


Ellen CurtisEllen Curtis, author of Infinity and From the Rock editor: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, because it showcases how society struggles against willful ignorance and vice when those are presented as the easy options. Other recommended content: A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for one of the most chilling pieces of dystopian writing, and Stepford Wives, because f**k man, striving for utopia in tiny doses is still terrifying. Continue reading What are your favorite Dystopian stories? | Ask the Authors

Flash Fiction/Photography Contest | Deadline April 30! |Engen Books | Kit Sora Photography!

BannerEngen 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. No more than five entries per photo, per author. Entrant must share the contest post on facebook / social media / twitter. 🙂

For updates on winners and future contests from Kit Sora and all our fantasy authors, click to join the Fantasy Files newsletter and get a free book by Amanda Labonté and Ali House!

Send entries to: submissions@engenbooks.com with the subject: Kit Sora April 30! Deadline is April 30 2018!

This month’s entry is the ‘Wind Up’ 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.

Call for Flying Story 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 helped some new authors break through 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. In March 2018 the series’ third entry, Chillers from the Rock, went Bestseller on pre-orders alone!

And this year, we’re doing it again… twice!

After the colossal success of Sci-Fi from the Rock,  Fantasy from the Rock, and Chillers from the Rock, Engen Books has decided to continue the From The Rock line with a second entry in 2019: Flights from the Rock, to be available in Summer 2019.

Guest editor Lisa M. Daly helps explain this new collection: “2019 marks 100 years since the Great Atlantic Air Race when aviators left, or attempted to leave, Newfoundland to be the first to fly across the Atlantic. To celebrate, we are accepting submissions for Flights from the Rock, a collection of air powered stories! The theme is early aviation, from hot air balloons and dirigibles, to early aircraft and the technological advances of the war era, and those who dream of taking to the skies. Stories can range from science fiction to fantasy to dystopia to steampunk and all genres in between, as long as they are about flight. For inspiration, look to Newfoundland’s own aviation history, the early flights of Santos-Dumont and the Wright Brothers, or the science fiction writers of the 1800s whose characters traveled the skies and through space.”

Editors Ellen Curtis and Erin Vance are scheduled to return to helm the project, along with special-guest editor Lisa M. Daly.

Many authors have expressed interest, but anyone can submit to be a part of this Spring 2019 collection! Deadline is February 15, 2019 but get your stories in as quick as you can, as it gives our wonderful editors more time to work with you and make sure it is as good as it can possibly be!

What is the target audience?

For this specific collection, we’re going for an equivalent of PG to PG-13. Rather than limit our authors creatively, we encourage them to write from the heart and allow us to work with them to fine-tune the work after the fact.

Example: for Sci-Fi from the Rock, Christopher Walsh’s story had featured a fair amount of cursing. As a compromise, we settled on switching it out for classic-comic style “#@$#” bleeps. We feel it captured the classic all-ages style we were going for while remaining true to his work, and both parties were happy with the arrangement.🙂

What genres will be accepted?

This year we will be focusing on the theme of flight. We will be accepting any genre of tone to the story, so long as the story involves the act of flying in some way.

What does it pay?

Payments start at a minimum of $0.01 CAD per word to an upper limit of 3000 words. Our pay scale is intrinsically tied to how well the collection did in its previous year of publication, and is intended as a starting point to grow from. Authors may find that when discussing contracts for their stories upon accepting the per-word and word-cap may both be higher than presented here.

Are there minimum/ maximum word limits?

There are not minimum word limits. In the past we have had stories as short as 700 words. We have set 10,000 words as a maximum word limit, only because we anticipate many submissions and want to fit as many as we can in.🙂

Can someone submit more than one story?

Of course! We may take one or both! We have had the same author in the same collection multiple times in the past.

Who can submit?

Any Canadian author looking to celebrate great Canadian genre writing! We do this as a link to our partner, the Sci-Fi on the Rock convention. This link does not have to be substantive! It can be someone involved with the convention, an Engen Books author, an author from Newfoundland, an author from Atlantic Canada, or any author looking to celebrate great genre writing!

Example: In Sci-Fi from the Rock, Peter Foote wrote “The Silence Between Moons” and asked if, even though he had never been to Sci-Fi on the Rock, if he could submit. We said as long as he wanted to help celebrate the genre and the act of coming together as a community around stories we all love, he was welcome, and his tale is one of the best in the collection!

There is also no age restriction. Anyone over Canadian Age-of-Consent (16 years of age) can submit and sign the print release on their own. Entrants younger than that will have to sign the print release with a parent of guardian.🙂

Who keeps the printing rights?

You do! Engen merely gains the right to print your story in this one collection. You keep the rights to your story and property: so if it takes off and becomes a huge hit, you keep all the benefits!🙂

Do you accept reprints?

Yes, so long as you hold the copyright to allow us to publish it in the collection and the other criteria for the collection are met.

How do I submit?

All submissions should be directed to submissions@engenbooks.com and should be sent from a reliable email address that you check regularly (we will contact all applicants through email with the status of their submission once the deadline has passed).

When do submissions close?

Feb 15, 2019 11:59 PM Newfoundland Standard Time.

Do you have questions?

Ask them below by commenting on this post, we will answer you post haste!🙂

Happy Writing!


We regret that due to the volume of submissions we receive we will be unable to acknowledge receipt of entries.

Titles by Chelsea Bee

Chelsea Bee is the author of 2 works published through Engen Books and its partners, including novels and short-form stories.

londonLondon Calling by Chelsea Bee

The Pitch: Olivia Williams used Shakespeare’s timeless words to comfort herself through childhood sexual abuse, disordered eating, and a toxic relationship.
She thought a summer studying in London in the legendary Globe theatre would be the healing learning experience she always longed for.
Surrounded by new friends, beautiful culture, and budding romance, Olivia knows her life is about to change.
She doesn’t expect this, though.

 


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!

Chelsea Bee

15112749Chelsea Bee is a debut author living in Newfoundland, Canada with her partner, noisy calico cat, and a very anti social hedgehog. She has an Arts degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Her first novel, London Calling, was published on July 15, 2017. In March 2018 she was one of the authors featured in the bestselling anthology Chillers from the Rock.