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Winner: “Coming Out” by Hannah Jenkins | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the February 2020 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Hannah Jenkins with the story, Coming Out!

Hannah Jenkins is a new writer currently residing in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, where she is completing a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature. She founded the creative writing society at her university and sits on the editorial board of the school’s journal, Paper Mill Press. She is the recipient of the 2020 Moynes-Keshen John McCrae Poetry Award and is currently in the midst of producing her first chapbook of poetry entitled The Birds Come Back in the Spring.

We had three judges for this contest: Continue reading Winner: “Coming Out” by Hannah Jenkins | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

‘From the Rock Stars’ becomes Amazon Bestseller!

This isn’t why we did this by a long shot, but From the Rock Stars just became a Amazon Bestseller on the Amazon CA free titles list.

With COVID-19 in full swing and the world in isolation, we thought of no better time and way to show our thanks than to offer this collection of short fiction for free during the course of the crisis, and at no more than cost for the print book. Please enjoy these stories at no cost, and we hope that the worlds they bring you to are brighter ones. Continue reading ‘From the Rock Stars’ becomes Amazon Bestseller!

‘Pulp Science-Fiction from the Rock’ becomes Amazon Bestseller!

Pulp Science Fiction from the RockPulp Science-Fiction from the Rock, the sixth volume in the modern From the Rock series, hit #1 Bestseller on March 31, 2020 at 1:14 PM Newfoundland Standard Time.

The eBook is being released ahead of schedule due to shifts in schedule surrounding COVID-19. Purchasers will have it delivered on April 3, 2020.

It reached #1 in the category of ‘Science Fiction Short Stories (Books). As of this writing it has held that #1 spot for nearly 24 hours, and topped out at #522 on the overall paid Amazon ca charts.

A century ago, pulp magazines brought the fresh ideas of science-fiction and exploration to the masses with its rough, inexpensive format, and lit the imaginations of a generation on fire. Those inspired became the greatest storytellers of their time, producing stories that would shock, awe, and inspire. That legacy of the new, the different, and the strange lives on today in the minds and pens of genre writers all over the world.

Pulp Science-Fiction from the Rock seeks to honour that legacy with twenty-two short stories highlighting the best of the modern interpretations of Pulp Science-Fiction, from minds like Ali House (The Segment Delta Archives), Jon Dobbin (The Starving), and Sherry D. Ramsey (Beyond the Sentinel Stars)! With introduction from sci-fi legend Kenneth Tam!

Engen Books would like to congratulate editors Ellen Curtis, & Erin Vance on this achievement, and thank its fans and peers who helps make this possible. We also extend gratitude an congratulations to authors and contributors: Peter Foote, Ali House, Matthew Daniels, Nicole Little, Sherry D. Ramsey, Jeff Slade, Chantal Boudreau, Shannon Green, Jennifer Shelby, Jon Dobbin, Melissa Bishop, Brad Dunne, Corinne Lewandowski, JRH Lawless, Lisa Daly, Andrew Pike, Julie Aubut Gaudet, Daniel Windeler, Alissa Hickox, Andrew McDonald, CS Woodburn and Steve Power!

Returning Rocker: Prize-Winning author Peter J. Foote announced as returning for ‘Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock’!

Engen Books is proud to announce the triumphant return of author Peter J. Foote to this year’s From the Rock collection, Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock.

Peter J. Foote is a bestselling speculative fiction writer from Nova Scotia. Outside of writing, he runs a used bookstore specializing in fantasy & sci-fi, cosplays, and alternates between red wine and coffee as the mood demands.

His short stories can be found in both print and in ebook form, with his story “Sea Monkeys” winning the inaugural “Engen Books/Kit Sora, Flash Fiction/Flash Photography” contest in March of 2018. As the founder of the group “Genre Writers of Atlantic Canada”, Peter believes that the writing community is stronger when it works together. Continue reading Returning Rocker: Prize-Winning author Peter J. Foote announced as returning for ‘Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock’!

Slipstreamers Author Announcement | Spotlight on Peter J Foote

There are very few authors who have grown and excelled as much, while helping grown and expand the genre community in Atlantic Canada, as Peter J Foote. He has been featured in all the open-call anthologies of short fiction from Engen Books to date, and as every year the competition gets harder and harder, Foote’s skills grow and grow.

Engen Books is proud to reveal the first author announced as writing for the new Slipstreamers line of novellas, Peter J Foote! Continue reading Slipstreamers Author Announcement | Spotlight on Peter J Foote

What do these three writers have in common? | LeDrew’s Blog

They are, collectively, the only people who will ever be able to say they’ve been featured in every From the Rock collection: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Chillers, Dystopia, and now Flights from the Rock.

Over the last five years, the From the Rock series has become one that is routinely among the bestselling anthologies in Canada. It has become a series that makes authors bestsellers. With that success has come increased competition: the first volume, Sci-Fi from the Rock, featured many reprints from previous defunct Engen volumes, as we only received a dozen or so submissions. Now we routinely receive over a hundred, typically 300,000 words worth of submissions.

To put it bluntly, the competition has gotten fierce.

Which makes it all the more impressive that there are three authors who have made it into every, single, collection: Ali House, Peter J Foote, & Matthew Daniels. Continue reading What do these three writers have in common? | LeDrew’s Blog

Returning Rocker: Prize-Winning author Peter J. Foote announced as returning for ‘Dystopia from the Rock’!

Engen Books is proud to announce the triumphant return of author Peter J. Foote to this year’s From the Rock collection, Dystopia from the Rock.

Peter J. Foote is a bestselling speculative fiction writer from Nova Scotia. Outside of writing, he runs a used bookstore specializing in fantasy & sci-fi, cosplays, and alternates between red wine and coffee as the mood demands.

His short stories can be found in both print and in ebook form, with his story “Sea Monkeys” winning the inaugural “Engen Books/Kit Sora, Flash Fiction/Flash Photography” contest in March of 2018. As the founder of the group “Genre Writers of Atlantic Canada”, Peter believes that the writing community is stronger when it works together.

You can visit him at www.facebook.com/peterjfooteauthor/, and @PeterJFoote1 on Twitter.

Foote’s submissions have gained entry into each of the four modern From the Rock volumes. His story ‘The Silence Between Moons’ appeared in 2016’s Sci-Fi from the Rock, ‘A Troll by Any Other Name…’ in 2017’s Fantasy from the Rock, and ‘A Friend in Shadow’ in 2018’s Chillers from the Rock. Foote has proven himself to be a renaissance man of genre fiction, capable of rising to the occasion of any challenge thrown his way. As competition over placement in the From the Rock series has improved, so has Foote steadily grown in his authorial abilities. His newest story in titled ‘Final Edict.’ Continue reading Returning Rocker: Prize-Winning author Peter J. Foote announced as returning for ‘Dystopia from the Rock’!

“Little Star and the Shepherdess” by Peter Foote | Short Story Winner

“Hello little star, are you awake?” Emma whispers through the panels of the door to the mud brick lamb pen where she had rolled the wounded star several days ago.

The soft golden light inside beats a steady rhythm as a response, provoking a smile to cross Emma’s face. Crouching  beside the door, Emma thinks back to how she had discovered the  injured star while searching for a wayward lamb.

Blackened and battered, the tiny star had plummeted to earth after being knocked out of the heavens. Her heart filled with compassion, Emma rolled the flickering star into the safety of the lamb pen before the rising sun could weaken it further. Continue reading “Little Star and the Shepherdess” by Peter Foote | Short Story Winner

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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