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Call for Flying Story Submissions!

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. In March 2018 the series’ third entry, Chillers from the Rock, went Bestseller on pre-orders alone!

And this year, we’re doing it again… twice!

After the colossal success of Sci-Fi from the Rock,  Fantasy from the Rock, and Chillers from the Rock, Engen Books has decided to continue the From The Rock line with a second entry in 2019: Flights from the Rock, to be available in Summer 2019.

Guest editor Lisa M. Daly helps explain this new collection: “2019 marks 100 years since the Great Atlantic Air Race when aviators left, or attempted to leave, Newfoundland to be the first to fly across the Atlantic. To celebrate, we are accepting submissions for Flights from the Rock, a collection of air powered stories! The theme is early aviation, from hot air balloons and dirigibles, to early aircraft and the technological advances of the war era, and those who dream of taking to the skies. Stories can range from science fiction to fantasy to dystopia to steampunk and all genres in between, as long as they are about flight. For inspiration, look to Newfoundland’s own aviation history, the early flights of Santos-Dumont and the Wright Brothers, or the science fiction writers of the 1800s whose characters traveled the skies and through space.”

Editors Ellen Curtis and Erin Vance are scheduled to return to helm the project, along with special-guest editor Lisa M. Daly.

Many authors have expressed interest, but anyone can submit to be a part of this Spring 2019 collection! Deadline is February 15, 2019 but get your stories in as quick as you can, as it gives our wonderful editors more time to work with you and make sure it is as good as it can possibly be!

What is the target audience?

For this specific collection, we’re going for an equivalent of PG to PG-13. Rather than limit our authors creatively, we encourage them to write from the heart and allow us to work with them to fine-tune the work after the fact.

Example: for Sci-Fi from the Rock, Christopher Walsh’s story had featured a fair amount of cursing. As a compromise, we settled on switching it out for classic-comic style “#@$#” bleeps. We feel it captured the classic all-ages style we were going for while remaining true to his work, and both parties were happy with the arrangement.🙂

What genres will be accepted?

This year we will be focusing on the theme of flight. We will be accepting any genre of tone to the story, so long as the story involves the act of flying in some way.

What does it pay?

Payments start at a minimum of $0.01 CAD per word to an upper limit of 3000 words. Our pay scale is intrinsically tied to how well the collection did in its previous year of publication, and is intended as a starting point to grow from. Authors may find that when discussing contracts for their stories upon accepting the per-word and word-cap may both be higher than presented here.

Are there minimum/ maximum word limits?

There are not minimum word limits. In the past we have had stories as short as 700 words. We have set 10,000 words as a maximum word limit, only because we anticipate many submissions and want to fit as many as we can in.🙂

Can someone submit more than one story?

Of course! We may take one or both! We have had the same author in the same collection multiple times in the past.

Who can submit?

Any Canadian author looking to celebrate great Canadian genre writing! We do this as a link to our partner, the Sci-Fi on the Rock convention. This link does not have to be substantive! It can be someone involved with the convention, an Engen Books author, an author from Newfoundland, an author from Atlantic Canada, or any author looking to celebrate great genre writing!

Example: In Sci-Fi from the Rock, Peter Foote wrote “The Silence Between Moons” and asked if, even though he had never been to Sci-Fi on the Rock, if he could submit. We said as long as he wanted to help celebrate the genre and the act of coming together as a community around stories we all love, he was welcome, and his tale is one of the best in the collection!

There is also no age restriction. Anyone over Canadian Age-of-Consent (16 years of age) can submit and sign the print release on their own. Entrants younger than that will have to sign the print release with a parent of guardian.🙂

Who keeps the printing rights?

You do! Engen merely gains the right to print your story in this one collection. You keep the rights to your story and property: so if it takes off and becomes a huge hit, you keep all the benefits!🙂

Do you accept reprints?

Yes, so long as you hold the copyright to allow us to publish it in the collection and the other criteria for the collection are met.

How do I submit?

All submissions should be directed to submissions@engenbooks.com and should be sent from a reliable email address that you check regularly (we will contact all applicants through email with the status of their submission once the deadline has passed).

When do submissions close?

Feb 15, 2019 11:59 PM Newfoundland Standard Time.

Do you have questions?

Ask them below by commenting on this post, we will answer you post haste!🙂

Happy Writing!


We regret that due to the volume of submissions we receive we will be unable to acknowledge receipt of entries.

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Jeff Slade announced as a ‘Chillers from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to introduce one of the exciting new talents in genre fiction that will be making their debut in 2018’s Chillers from the Rock collection: Jeff Slade!

A St. John’s native currently residing in Salmon Cove, Slade is an avid reader who enjoys both making and hearing puns, playing the guitar, and cats. Slade makes his publishing debut in Chillers from the Rock with his chilling tale: The Culling.


Seven other authors will be joining Dale Jarvis, Teresita E. Dziadura, Paul Carberry, Anastacia Hopkins, Jon Dobbin, Bronwynn Erskine, Peter Foote, Chelsea Bee, Sam Bauer, Ali House, Shannon Green, Michelle Churchill, and Jeff Slade for the 2018 Chillers on the Rock collection, to be launched March 28 2018! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


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Returning Rocker: Peter J. Foote announced as returning for ‘Chillers from the Rock’!

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

Foote is the first of our announced authors to have performed a ‘hat trick,’ with his submissions gaining entry into each of the three modern From the Rock volumes. His story ‘The Silence Between Moons’ appeared in 2016’s Sci-Fi from the Rock and ‘A Troll by Any Other Name…’ in 2017’s Fantasy 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 ‘A Friend in Shadow.’ Continue reading Returning Rocker: Peter J. Foote announced as returning for ‘Chillers from the Rock’!

“What is Dystopia?” | Dystopia from the Rock

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

Looking Ahead to 2018 | Engen Books

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

NaNoWriMo Engen Books / The Tutoring Center Events: All November long!

Kickoff NaNoWriMo 2017 with Engen Books and T.H.E. Tutoring Center! Come state your personal writing goals and mingle with other authors!

There will be snacks and beverages, and a quiet room available for those who want to actually take this time to kickoff writing! ♥

We’re going to be having events every Friday in November! Come write, discuss, and stay on track! ♥

Join the Facebook event and learn extra details here. 🙂

Supernatural Causes becomes a #1 Occult Bestseller on Amazon!

Supernatural Causes, Going Viral, Amanda Labonte, coverGoing Viral, the inaugural episode of Amanda Labonté’s medical thriller Supernatural Causes, hit #1 on the Amazon.ca in the ‘Occult’ category. The novella hit Bestseller status at 11:45PM Newfoundland Standard time on September 26, 2017, peaking at #129 on the overall Amazon.ca charts.

The novella has been steadily climbing for the past few days in anticipation grows for the fourth — and final — book in the serial’s first series: Code Blue. The series explores a medical student who takes a job as an intern at a hospital that caters to vampires, and the consequences that follow.

When asked for comment about the accomplishment, Labonté texted forty-two exclamation marks in a row, then expressed the need to celebrate with Pumpkin Spiced Lattes.

Amanda Labonté lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she gets much of the inspiration for the characters and places about which she writes. Though she knew she wanted to be a writer since the eighth grade, it was many years before she finally walked into a creative writing class and found a new home. As the co-owner of an educational business and mother of two she spends much of her day with kids of all ages. They give her some of the best reading recommendations.

Engen Books would like to congratulate Labonté on this achievement, and thank her fans and peers who helps make this possible.