After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the February 2019 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: JRH Lawless with his story, Heart of Avalon!
J.R.H. Lawless is a multiple award-winning Canadian SF author who blends comedy with political themes — drawing heavily, in both cases, on his experience as a lawyer and as Secretary General of a Parliamentary group at the French National Assembly. A member of SFWA and Codex Writers, his short fiction has been published in professional venues, and most recently in the Third Flatiron Press Terra! Tara! Terror! anthology, to great reviews, placement as 2018 Recommended Reading, and an award for Best Positive Future Story 2018. He is also a craft article contributor to the SFWA blog, the SFWA Bulletin, and Tor.com. His next story will be released on April 15th in the Third Flatiron Hidden Histories anthology. He would love to hear from you on Twitter, over at @SpaceLawyerSF! Continue reading Winner: “Heart of Avalon” by JRH Lawless | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest→
Engen Books is proud to introduce one of the exciting talents in genre fiction that will be returning in 2019’s Flights from the Rock collection: Teresita E. Dziadura!
Dziadura has steadily been making her voice heard in the Newfoundland writing scene more and more over the last two years, making her presence known at NaNoWriMo writing events and seminars as a force to be reckoned with, bringing wit and insight to every conversation she’s a part of!
Dziadura made her print debut last year in Chillers from the Rock with her short story Beyond No Man’s Land, a chilling tale that cemented her as one of the fresh new talents in the industry.
Engen Books is proud to announce one of the exciting new talents in genre fiction that will be appearing in 2019’s Flights from the Rock collection: Nicole Little!
Little has steadily been making her voice heard in the Newfoundland writing scene more and more over the year, making her presence known at competitions as a force to be reckoned with, bringing wit and insight to every conversation she’s a part of!
One of the great challenges writers face is creating a compelling conflict between their protagonist and antagonist. Too often the hero and villain exist within in their own respective vacuums. The hero saves the day because that’s their job while the villain twirls their moustache and exists as the hero’s make-work project.
I think a truly great hero/villain dichotomy is when the antagonist is a foil to the protagonist. That’s when the comparison goes deeper than their goals; their character traits are similar but differ in some striking ways. Moreover, by creating a strong contrast between your hero and villain, you can develop the themes of your story.
To illustrate this point I want to talk about the characters Cloud and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7. I chose FF7 because I want to show that this principle transcends media. And also because that game kicks ass and Sephiroth is the ultimate badass. FF7’s story is pretty bananas, but I’ll do my best to streamline and focus on the salient points.
Engen Books is proud to formally announce the editing team between 2019’s Flights from the Rock: Erin Vance, Ellen Curtis, and Lisa Daly!
Erin Vance is an editor and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program. She won the Arts and Letters competition when she was just 14 years old in 2007 with her short story, “Something White.” She is featured in the Nelson Literacy 7 Homegrown (Newfoundland Edition) with her poem “Rough Draft.” Continue reading Your ‘Flights from the Rock’ editors!→