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“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

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Winner: “Little Star and the Shepherdess” by Peter Foote | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the September 30 2018 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Peter Foote with her story, Little Star and the Shepherdess!

Peter Foote is a Freemason and owner of the FictionFirst Used Bookstore, a bookstore located in Nova Scotia that ships used genre fiction and manuals worldwide. He is from Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia and currently resides in Kings County, Nova Scotia.In 2017, Foote endeavored to bring the Atlantic Canadian writing world together by forming a group known as the Genre Writers of Atlantic Canada (GWOAC) that seeks to cross promote and support authors working in the genre fields at any level, including hobbyists all the way up to experts in the field. The group is currently 244 members large and grows daily.

There were three judges for this month of the contest:


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Brad Dunne is a freelance writer and editor from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He began his writing career as an intern at The Walrus magazine and has published journalism and essays in publications such as Maisonneuve, The Canadian Encyclopedia, and Herizons. His short fiction has been featured in In/Words, Acta Victoriana, and The Cuffer Anthology.

His debut novel, After Dark Vapours, is available now. He maintains a blog at braddunne.ca

He’s also active on twitter (@braddunne1796) and instagram (@yoloflaherty).

 


Matthew LeDrewMatthew 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.


6S2A6303Kit Sora Photography. Kit Sora is an artist and photographer from St. Johns, Newfoundland. Her photography draws inspiration from fantasy, dystopia, and thrillers to create evocative imagrey that startles, inspires, and excites.Kit signed with Engen Books in 2018 as head photographer, producing the thrilling image for Chillers from the Rock and re-imagining the covers to the entire Black Womb series into the Coral Beach Casefiles series. Drew Power is a currently seated member of the Sci-Fi on the Rock committee. He was recently featured as the model on the cover of the bestselling collection Chillers from the Rock.


Runners up include The First Day of Spring by Jennifer Shelby and Imagine That by Nicole Little.


The Flash Fiction Photography Contest is sponsored in part by FictionFirst Used Books, which specializes in previously enjoyed Sci-fi & Fantasy Novels, Roleplaying Manuals and Graphic Novels. It is run out of my home in the Annapolis Valley and open by appointment only. Their inventory is currently over 5000 titled strong and they ship within Canada, USA and Europe. You can find them on Facebook, here.


The winning entry will be featured on this website as well as on the Fantasy Files newsletter (click to join!). The second and third place entries will also be featured in the Newsletter.


The first year’s worth of these amazing short stories have been collected in a lovely hardcover edition from Engen Books, featuring photos from the author and flash fiction stories from some of Canada’s top talent! Pre-order your copy today!

Kit Sora: The Artobiography

A stunning, hundred-plus page hardcover collection of over 80 of Kit Sora’s most ambitious photographs, paired with short fiction inspired by the art by Canada’s best authorial talents. Includes stories by USA Today Bestselling Author Kate Sparkes, USA Today Bestselling Author Victoria Barbour, and Bestselling Author Amanda Labonté.

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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

Winner: “Unicorn” by Michelle Churchill | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

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 Cherubs Princes.
Continue reading Winner: “Unicorn” by Michelle Churchill | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

“One Up, One Down” by Sara Burke |Short Story Winner

Curious.
Even, excited.
I looked inside.

I know better now.
Never trust a mysterious door.
Especially in the woods.
I did once.
Never again.
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.
And thunder.

Boom, boom, boom.

No, footfalls.

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.
Heart pounding.

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.
Crackle, crackle.
Relief.


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Words © 2018 Sara Burke. Image © 2018 Kit Sora.

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: “One Up, One Down” by Sara Burke | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

matchstick3After 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