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
After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the August 18 2018 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Michelle Churchill with her story, Unicorn!
A Newfoundlander who was raised in Nova Scotia but returned, Churchill is the mother of two incredible children. She made her publishing debut in Chillers from the Rock with her chilling tale: Leopold’s
Continue reading Winner: “Unicorn” by Michelle Churchill | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest
I looked inside.
I know better now.
Never trust a mysterious door.
Especially in the woods.
I did once.
Curiosity is dangerous.
I found something unexplained.
Nothing in front, nor behind.
The door to a giant land.
I couldn’t believe my eyes at first.
I stepped onto a football field sized desk.
Bits of paper and matches scattered about.
A glass of whiskey lay to one side.
My heart pounded with fear and excitement.
Cautiously I crept among the debris.
I picked up a cane sized match.
I swung it around in amazement.
What else could be here?
Buttons the size of plates.
Rope-like thread spools.
Buckets of dust.
Boom, boom, boom.
Fear welled inside.
I ran, I hid.
My match friend with me.
The giant entered, and began searching.
He knew I was here.
I had to run.
Now or never.
He saw me.
Slamming fists, attempting murder.
To him I’m a pest.
I see the door.
I bolt to the wood frame.
Barrel fingers slam into the closed door.
I slump against the dark wood.
A white knuckled match clinger.
I strike the match.
Flames burst free.
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Words © 2018 Sara Burke. Image © 2018 Kit Sora.
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. 😉
After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the August 15 2018 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Sara Burke with her story, One Up, One Down!
Burke is a new author to the St. John’s writing scene. As of this month she is the first person to win the Kit Sora Flash Fiction contest twice.
There were two judges for this month of the contest:
Matthew LeDrew has written eighteen novels for Engen Books, Black Womb, Transformations in Pain, Smoke and Mirrors, Roulette, Ghosts of the Past, Ignorance is Bliss, Becoming, Inner Child, Gang War, Chains, The Long Road, Cinders, Sinister Intent, Faith, Jacobi Street, Infinity, The Tourniquet Reprisal and Exodus of Angels. Continue reading Winner: “One Up, One Down” by Sara Burke | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest
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! (Except this month, we’re giving everyone up to 400 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. Continue reading Flash Fiction/Photography Contest | Deadline August 18! |Engen Books | Kit Sora Photography!
It wasn’t supposed to end this way.
I threw my fist against the ice again, willing it to crack underneath my bloodied knuckles. How could anything be so thick? She was right there. I had to reach her. Then I could save her. I could tell her.
But the ice didn’t budge.
I screamed, falling to my elbows above her. She hadn’t moved in so long. Her lips were nearly violet. Her eyes, which had always been alight with life, were nothing but barren mirrors, reflecting my grief back at me. Continue reading “Frigid” by Catherine Rector | Short Story Winner