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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.

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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.

Winner: “Sea Monkeys” by Peter Foote | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the March 2018 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Peter Foote with his story, Sea Monkeys!

We received over forty 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!


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Chillers from the Rock becomes an Amazon Canadian Bestseller in 4 categories: Vampire, Werewolf/Shifter, Vigilante Justice, & Hot New Thriller Releases!

Chillers from the RockChillers from the Rock, the third volume in the modern From the Rock series, hit #1 Bestseller in 4 different categories on March 18, 2018: a full 10 days before its release. The categories include Vampire Thrillers, Werewolves & Shifters, Vigilante Justice, and Hot New Releases – Thrillers. As of this writing it has reached #116 on the overall paid Amazon ca charts.

Chillers from the Rock features 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!

Engen Books would like to congratulate editors Curtis & Vance on this achievement, and thank her fans and peers who helps make this possible. We also extend gratitude an congratulations to authors and contributors: Kit Sora, Drew Power, Peter Foote, Teresita E. Dziadura, Dale Jarvis, Eryn Heidel, Sam Bauer, Maggie Carroll, Matthew Daniels, Kelley Power, Lynn Reicker, Paul Carberry, Michelle Churchill, Jon Dobbin, Chantal Boudreau, Jeff Slade, Ali House, Bronwynn Erskine, Chelsea Bee, Anastacia Hopkins, & Shannon Green!

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

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Engen 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! Deadline is April 14 2018!

This month’s entry is the ‘the lantern’ 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.

Supernatural Causes: The Complete First Season | Amanda Labonté

College freshmen Liesel Andrews spends her days studying pre-med and her nights stitching up werewolf bites. As a human who has the rare capacity to see the vampires, werewolves and witches who live in the shadows, Liesel pays her tuition by moonlighting as a medical intern at St. Benedict’s Hospital for the Underworld.

Supernatural Causes: The Complete First Season
Amanda Labonté

SeasonOne

Purchase (eBook):
Episode One: Going Viral
Episode Two: Critical Condition
Episode Three: System Failure
Episode Four: Code Blue

Purchase (Physical):
Amazon (USA)

Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1926903729
Release Date: January 15, 2018
Status: Available
Book Type: Paperback (5 x 8 in)
Cover Price: Buy Local: $20 / EBook
Page Count: 362

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Reviews

“I appreciated the new mythology for the vampires. Good storyline that makes the reader want another installment.”
Barnes & Noble Customer Review

“Labonté adds to the pre-existing mythology of vampires, giving it some new blood (pun intended), and adding a level of curiosity to the virus (just… how?). As the first installment, Going Viral sets up the world and introduces key characters, giving you enough information to understand what’s going on, while leaving enough unanswered questions to keep you curious.”
Ali House, author of The Six Elemental

“[Supernatural Causes] kept me coming back to read more. Another must-have with serialized fiction is to end on a high note. This was the home run for “Supernatural Causes.” Labonté’s scene reveals an understanding of what serials require for continued readership and success.”
AJ Ryan, author of Kinetic.