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So you’ve written a story!

So you’ve written a story!

Now what?

Let’s be honest – trying to get your work published can suck. You write a really awesome story, but when you go looking for somewhere to submit it you realize that publishers are a lot pickier than you expected, and your story doesn’t fit. Maybe it’s not enough words. Maybe it’s too many words. Maybe they’re only looking for vampire romance stories at the moment and you’ve written a really awesome Sci-fi story. What is a writer to do?

What I like about the “From the Rock” series is that Engen isn’t picky about what they’re looking for. They take submissions from new writers as well as published writers, and their parameters are pretty wide open. Just look at the submission requirements for their “Fantasy from the Rock” collection (stories due December 31, 2016).

Their guidelines are:

  • Fantasy stories
  • a PG rating
  • fewer than 20,000 words.

For those of us with a backlog of unpublished stories, it’s like submission Christmas.

And who knows, you might send Engen a story, and they might go “Wow, this world and these characters are really interesting. Do you have any more stories like this?” and then you might go “Yeah, I’ve got a few more stories!” or even “I’ve actually written an entire novel about this universe! Would you like to read it?” Then you send them your novel and they read it and the next thing you know you’re talking about covers and release dates, and you’ve got a novel coming out on October 31! (The Six Elemental – available in paperback and ebook format!)

So dig out your fantasy stories (or get writing them)!

You can’t get published if you don’t try.

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Ali House


Ali House The Six Elemental author

A native Newfoundlander, House is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (MUN). She currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she works in arts administration and spends more time than a person should in and around theaters.

House is an avid traveler and foodie, and uses her adventures for her inspiration when she writes.

In addition to her first novel The Six Elemental, House is a prolific short story writer, with stories appearing in Bluenose Paradox, Unexpected Stories, Fantasy from the Rock, Chillers from the Rock, Sci-Fi from the Rock and Gathering Storm Magazine.


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.


acceptanceUnexpected Stories by Ali House & Amanda Labonté
Series: Call of the Sea #0.5, The Segment Delta Archives, #0.5

The Pitch: Five amazing short stories from the talented minds of both Amanda Labonté and Ali House, featuring daring new YA fantasy fiction, links to The Segment Delta Archives, and the enchanting world of Call of the Sea!


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!


the-six-elemental_fireworksThe Six Elemental by Ali House
Series: The Segment Delta Archives, #1

The Pitch: In a world that has become accustomed to natural laws surrounding youths receiving power on their twenty-first birthday, Kit Tyler shatters those conventions by receiving the power of all six Elements. kit struggles to keep the nature of her newfound abilities secret as she tries to uncover the myth — and truth — behind The Six Elemental.


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

The Pitch: Nineteen short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best science-fiction and fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans and some of them new to the craft for the first time. 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 Kenneth Tam, Scott Bartlett, Jay Paulin, Alison House, & many more!

The Six Elemental — Available for Pre-Order!

There is a legend that in times of great need, a person wielding the power of all six Elements will come forth to bring peace to New Earth. The myth of the Six-Elemental is almost seven hundred years old, and the possibility of someone having the power of more than one Element has been thoroughly disproven by science.

None of this matters, however, when Kit Tyler receives the power of all six Elements on her twenty-first birthday. Unsure of how the world will react, or how to wield her powers, Kit keeps this information a secret, swearing that she will reveal it when she is stronger and more worthy. After all, the only thing worse than being a walking myth is being a disappointing one.

Continue reading The Six Elemental — Available for Pre-Order!

New Engen Author: Alison House

Alison House
Alison House

Alison House is a compulsive writer, traveler, and reader.

She is also a fan of the Oxford comma. A native Newfoundlander, Alison is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (MUN).

She currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she works in arts administration and spends more time than a person should in and around theaters.

Ali wrote the shorts The Gemini Project and Second Life, both of which were printed in Bluenose Paradox, released November 8th at Hal-Con 2013.

“She’s a great Newfoundland author with a bright future,” said Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “She’s also nowhere near as mean as she looks in this picture.”

Alison dealt the first Engen Universe poker game after the Stargazer Soiree on Saturday night and has been in talks with Ellen Curtis regarding an unknown project since.