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“Unicorn” by Michelle Churchill |Short Story Winner

When Snow was a young horse, she lived in a riding school barn. It was a happy little place; there were always children smiling and laughing, and on good days some of the children brought apples which they would sneak to their favourite horses. Snow loved to watch children from her stall. She never took part in these lessons — she didn’t belong to the school, she belonged to her girl. They were the happiest pair in the world, galloping and jumping together as if they were one creature.

Then one day her girl didn’t come back.

Snow was sent away to a new barn with new horses and new people. Strange people; they seemed happy to be at the barn, although there was no joy in their eyes. Continue reading “Unicorn” by Michelle Churchill |Short Story Winner


Kit Sora Mystery Challenge! |Flash Fiction/Photography Contest |Engen Books | Kit Sora Photography!

First of all, thank you everyone for making the Kit Sora Flash Fiction/ Photography Contest one of the most prolific and popular in Atlantic Canada: we’re so excited and couldn’t e more grateful! Last month’s entry, Unicorn, marked the last entry for our current program: but fear not! The adventure continues, and to show our thanks we’re doing some exclusive fan-appreciation entries this September!

On September 1, 2018 an image and contest rules will be sent ONLY to followers of the Fantasy Files Newsletter! Click to join the Fantasy Files newsletter if you haven’t already! Only those subscribed will be eligible to win this month’s contest and see the image they’ll be penning the story for!

On September 30, an image and contest rules will be uploaded to the Engen Books Patreon! Only Patrons (of any amount, even $1!) will be eligible to participate!

Thanks to all those who have submitted to us for the last few months! We’ll be back to normal next month with a whole new selection of images from the amazingly talented Kit Sora, and updates as to what’s happening with the entries we have so far are coming soon. 😉

Winner: “Sweet Sixteen” by Nicole Little | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the June 15 2018 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Nicole Little with her story, Sweet Sixteen!

Nicole Little was born in St. John’s, although she traveled and lived in Australia for 5 years before returning to Newfoundland in 2011. She has run a home daycare and has 2 daughters, aged 2 and 7. When she was young she once told someone that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up and they laughed at her.  She has never stopped writing, just to prove them wrong. Sweet Sixteen is her first published work. Continue reading Winner: “Sweet Sixteen” by Nicole Little | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

Winner: “Tarnished” by Jennifer Combden | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the May 30 2018 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Jennifer Combden with her story, Tarnished!

Jennifer Combden is a meteorologist living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is a sponge for knowledge, and her love of learning is second only to her love of sharing that knowledge. Jennifer prefers to write science fiction, with a strong emphasis on the science, as a medium by which to explain complex ideas. When not explaining quantum physics to 12 year olds she can be found living on the (PG) Nerdcrafteria minecraft server where she volunteers, writing forecasts at work, and getting lost on Wikipedia. Combden’s work will be recognized by longtime short fiction readers for her stories ‘Sunny Days’ and ‘Immune’ in Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016).

We received over twenty submissions for this month’s image, all of them interesting 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! Continue reading Winner: “Tarnished” by Jennifer Combden | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

“Bubbly” by Sara Burke | Short Story Winner

In the end it was probably not the best idea to ship a person across country in safety wrap, but it was certainly cheaper.

As with everything, we must start at the beginning, as She did. Every bauble and bit, meticulously made was at first a tiny thought stretched over hours, days, weeks. Her bright tousled hair danced happily with her smile as she wrapped her creations for shipment. Her hands were rough from work, but it was a labour of love. She did well, except when she didn’t. Few complained, but those few hung heavy on her heart.

Ignorance sneers, “That cost is too much!” Or “I could make that myself!” Continue reading “Bubbly” by Sara Burke | Short Story Winner

Flash Fiction Memories | House Blog

Back when I was in University I didn’t have this thing called ‘Facebook’.  No, I put off joining that for years (I still remember getting and ignoring a ton of ‘your friend is on Fb & you should join them’ emails).

Back in those days I had something better.  I had… Livejournal!

I mostly wrote about what was going on in my life and kept up with friends who were in different cities. Also, you could have .gifs as your profile picture. It was the best.

Another thing I used it for was writing drabbles, which are an early type of flash fiction. There was one group I joined called X-Men 100, where you could write drabbles about X-Men characters. Each week they’d post a word or phrase for inspiration and then you’d have 7 days to write and post something that was only 100 words long.

Continue reading Flash Fiction Memories | House Blog