This week, Engen Books announced its 2019 call for submissions and focused in on Dystopia as the genre of choice for their anthology collection. As Dystopia is slightly separate from the ‘Big Three’ genres we’ve explored to far (Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror), we thought it would be appropriate to ask the question: “What is Dystopia?”
The word Dystopia comes from Greek heritage, where it means a society or community that is undesirable or frightening. Directly translated it means ‘not a good place’ and is used as an opposite for Utopia. In fact, many successful Dystopian stories use elements of both Utopia and Dystopia, in which a seemingly-Utopian society is revealed to be Dystopian for those of a lesser class. For a great example of this, see the 2005 Micheal Bay film, The Island description.
Dystopian stories are often allegorical. They have a hard time not being so, as depicting what we imagine to be a troubled future cannot help but have some reflection on how the author — and the reader — views the present. Dystopian novels seem to often start with the goal of answering the question: “If we continue down X path, how bad could things get?” A common hallmark of dystopian stories is that often enough time has passed that the protagonists cannot directly remember what the world was like before or were not present for the changed, making a society so different from our own that it may as well be alien.
Continue reading for some great examples to read to prep for writing your own Dystopian epic!
Continue reading “What is Dystopia?” | Dystopia from the Rock
2017 was a crazy, nonstop roller-coaster ride of a tenth anniversary year here at Engen Books, but if anyone thought that we were going to shift down a gear in 2018 they guessed wrong! 2018 is looking like it’s going to to be the biggest year yet for Engen Books, with new titles, new authors, and new entire divisions of our company starting to peak over the horizon!
We can’t say much about some of these deals until the contracts are finalized and the ink is dry, but here’s a brief look at what we can tell you is in store from Engen Books in 2018: Continue reading Looking Ahead to 2018 | Engen Books
*Submissions for this thread are closed*
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.
And this year, we’re doing it again! Continue reading Call for Dystopian Submissions!
Well everyone it’s been ten long months, but the submissions call for Chillers from the Rock is finally closed! We have gotten a metric ton of submissions this year, and our submissions editor Ellen Curtis has already dutifully begun going through them!
We have gotten over fifty short story submissions this year! Over the next month or so these are going to be divided into different categories, read, and discussed at length by our team. The deadline was changed to October this year so that we could have time to work with authors whose work needs just a little touching up, giving us a chance to do some back and forth and get even more of the talented people in our region in. 🙂
Submitted authors will be notified as soon as we can narrow down the submissions to a manageable number, and we will start formally announcing your From the Rock team for this year in January.
Also in January we will be announcing the next From the Rock genre, so be sure and keep an eye out for that! It’s going to be a fun one! 🙂
Good luck to everyone who submitted. Have fun to those of you who are moving on to try NaNoWriMo, remember to take a breather in December and spend some time with family & friends to recharge, then come right back here in January for announcements and encouragement towards our next collection!
Never Look Back! ❤