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Submissions Closed for Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock

At 12:01 AM Newfoundland Standard Time on November 1, 2019, we closed the submissions folder for Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock, the newest in the bestselling lineup of short fiction anthologies. All told we received over 60 entries amounting to over 200,000 words.

Ali House Lightbulb ForestThat will take some time for our returning series editors, Ellen Curtis and Erin Vance, to get through. Entrants can expect emails to start coming through near the end of the month, with public announcements of authors to start in early 2020. A quick glance at the titles submitted show some returning friends and a lot of new talent as well: we can’t wait to see how this shakes out.

Thanks for your patience, and stay tuned for the announcement of the next “From the Rock” theme! Also, keep your eyes peeled for the first From the Rock Presents title hitting stores in early 2020: The Lightbulb Forest: The Collected Short Fiction of Ali House.

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Flights from the Rock launch: a huge success!

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Flights from the Rock launched on July 14 2019 to huge success from The Admiralty House Annex in Mount Pearl. Authors and fans from across the province gathered in The Annex to celebrate the launch with cake, lemonade, readings and games.

Readings included Nicole Little reading from her story ‘Far Out’ about people exploring a distant planet in a space-faring plane, to Jeff Slade’s partial reading of his story ‘The Flight of the Puffin,’ revolving around the work of a very special aircraft.

“The space was beautiful and the people wonderful,” said Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “We’re blessed to have such wonderful fans of our work, and Admiralty House has all our gratitude for allowing us to use the space and the Field to Flight exhibit.” Continue reading Flights from the Rock launch: a huge success!

‘Flights from the Rock’ becomes Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories!

Flights from the Rock, the fifth volume in the modern From the Rock series, hit #1 Bestseller on June 12, 2019 at 5:19 PM Newfoundland Standard Time: a full month before its release. It reached #1 in the categories of ‘Military Historical Fiction,’ and ‘War Fiction.’ As of this writing it has reached #127 on the overall paid Amazon ca charts, #1 in Military Historical Fiction, #1 in War Fiction, #1 in Hot New Releases in Historical Fiction, #38 in Historical Fiction overall, and #70 across all Genre Fiction.

Bestseller in War Fiction

Flights from the Rock features twenty-seven short stories celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the first Trans-Atlantic Flight! Stories by wonderful bestselling authors as well as new talent, and edited by Erin Vance, Lisa Daly, and Ellen Curtis! This collection features the thrilling, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent, imagination, and prestige that Canada — both in the Atlantic region and beyond — has to offer. Continue reading ‘Flights from the Rock’ becomes Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories!

‘Dystopia from the Rock’ becomes Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories!

Dystopia from the Rock

Dystopia from the Rock, the fourth volume in the modern From the Rock series, hit #1 Bestseller on February 21, 2019 at 8:22 AM Newfoundland Standard Time: a full month before its release. It reached #1 in the category of ‘Science Fiction Short Stories,’ and ‘Cyberpunk.’ As of this writing it has reached #1086 on the overall paid Amazon ca charts, #7 in Cyberpunk Science-Fiction, and #10 in Genetic Engineering Science-Fiction.

Dystopia from the Rock features thirty-two short stories written by a diverse mix of some of the best speculative fiction and thriller authors in Canada, including both award-winners, veterans of their craft, and brand new talent. Continue reading ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ becomes Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories!

Erin Vance returns as editor for ‘Dystopia from the Rock’!

Erin Vance returns as one of the editors of 2019’s Dystopia from the Rock!

Erin Vance is an editor and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program.

Erin won the Arts and Letters competition when she was just 14 years old in 2007 with her short story, “Something White.” She is featured in the Nelson Literacy 7 Homegrown (Newfoundland Edition) with her poem “Rough Draft.” Continue reading Erin Vance returns as editor for ‘Dystopia from the Rock’!

Erin Vance at the #LOLANL Writer’s Circle!

009In just 10 days at the Arts and Culture Center, local St. John’s author and editor of of Fantasy from the Rock Erin Vance will be co-hosting the first Engen Writer’s Circle of 2017!

Hosted as a part of the ‘Love Our Local Authors’ month going on all through February at the AC Hunter Public Library, the Writer’s Circle is a round table discussion with four of the indie writing community’s top talents: the people in charge of taking your submissions (Ellen Curtis), the author of Call of the Sea (Amanda Labonté ), the author of more than 15 novels (Matthew LeDrew) and of course Erin Vance, the author of Song of the Mockingjay and the revolutionary editor behind Sci-Fi from the Rock and Fantasy from the Rock!The #LOLAnl event has already featuring amazing local Newfoundland talent, such as Glenn Deir, Victoria Barbour, Heather Reilly, and Kevin Major! The Writer’s Circle aims to answer any question you might have about the writing and publishing process, not matter what stage of the process you’re at, from professionals with a combined 25 years experience in the competitive small-press market.

Come and get answers to your questions, meet the authors of some of the province’s most thrilling genre fiction, gets books signed and learn the different avenues to success with writing! Admittance is free, although Arts & Culture encourages calling ahead to reserve seats at: 709-737-3950. The event will be 6:30pm-8pm on Feb 22 2017 at the Arts and Culture Center, 95 Allandale Rd, St. John’s, NL A1B 3A3. To join the Facebook event and get more information, click here.


Erin Vance is an editor and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program.

Erin wrote her Honors thesis paper, Song of the Mockingjay on exploring the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. She is creative, spiritual, and loves reading, writing, and anything to do with words.

Erin is the co-editor of the From the Rock anthology series, which highlights Newfoundland talent in genre writing.

Erin is an editor for Engen Books on a work-for-hire basis and is currently accepting proposals from more editing work in both copy and content from authors of all backgrounds and skill sets, subject to right-to-refusal and prices to be negotiated based on the amount of time each project is estimated to take. Potential authors wishing to work with Erin should write erinvance@engenbooks.com and allow up to four weeks for a response.