Winner: “Sea Monkeys” by Peter Foote | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

I won a writing contest!

Engen Books

After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the March 2018 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Peter Foote with his story, Sea Monkeys!

We received over forty submissions for this month’s collection, all of them spectacular in their own right. To find the winner we used a double-blind alternate-vote method, in which no judge knew the name of the person who had written any story. Each judge then compiled a list of their own personal Top Ten picks, and each entry was assigned a point title. The lowest entries were whittled down every round until only one remained!


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Chillers from the Rock becomes an Amazon Canadian Bestseller in 4 categories: Vampire, Werewolf/Shifter, Vigilante Justice, & Hot New Thriller Releases!

#1 Canadian bestseller!

Engen Books

Chillers from the RockChillers from the Rock, the third volume in the modern From the Rock series, hit #1 Bestseller in 4 different categories on March 18, 2018: a full 10 days before its release. The categories include Vampire Thrillers, Werewolves & Shifters, Vigilante Justice, and Hot New Releases – Thrillers. As of this writing it has reached #116 on the overall paid Amazon ca charts.

Chillers from the Rock features twenty-five short stories written by a diverse mix of some of the best suspense and horror authors in Atlantic Canada, including both award-winners, veterans of their craft, and brand new talent.

Edited by Erin Vance and accomplished genre author Ellen Curtis, this collection features the thrilling, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent, imagination, and prestige that Atlantic Canada has to offer.

Featuring the work of Paul Carberry (Zombies on the Rock), Kelley Power (Winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador…

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Author Peter Gillet penning second novel

Supporting Atlantic Canadian Genre Authors.

The Book Closet

Sources close to author Peter Gillet say he is “well underway into his second novel.”

His first book, Mind Full of Prose is the exciting first collection of short works by author Peter Gillet. Gillet’s imagination has created worlds of horror, fantasy, science fiction, and Lovecraftian genres in which believable characters play by their own rules. Interwoven with these are cartoons of whimsy and thoughtfulness. Gillet rounds out these offerings with album reviews of independent musical artists and other works.

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“Accepted & Rejected stories”

February was a month that “crashed & burned” from a writing perspective.

Other than my foray into flash fiction, nothing got accomplished. My NaNoWriMo novel sits unedited, a short story had little added, and my writing nook didn’t get organized.

Like most, juggling real life and its numerous commitments often pushes passions and pleasures to the back burner. However, a couple emails I received today might be enough to light a fire for March.

Email one was a rejection letter from a publisher for a short story I had submitted for their anthology. Rather than a basic form letter however, I received words of encouragement saying that while they enjoyed my story, it didn’t meet the theme for this anthology. They suggested a future collection would be a good home and to resubmit it then.

The second email made the smile on my face even wider. My short story “A Troll by any other name…” found a new home as a reprint for a year with a small press publisher in Manitoba, Canada. Only eight stories made the cut for this anthology, mine included.

A new month brings new goals, and motivation to see them through, wish me luck!

Adventures in creating “Flash Fiction”

A regional publisher (Engen Books) along with a local photographer (Kit Sora Photography) have offered a series of  contests entitled; “Flash Fiction Photography Contest”, and I tried my hand at it.

Flash Fiction is something I haven’t tried before, so a little homework was in order. As best as I could tell, anything between six (6) words and 1000 words is “Flash Fiction”, though there seems to be several sub-categories within that limit.

The rules seemed simple enough, write a piece of fiction inspired by the supplied photo in 250 words or less, seemed simple enough right? I should have known…

Draft 1: 458 words

  • I could tell right off that I was way over the limit, but I wrote it to the end. I felt finishing a complete story would give me a firm idea of what was important to the tale and what was unnecessary.

Draft 2: 336 words

  • My first major cutting was easy enough, I tend to “babble-write” so with some simple editing and liberal use of the red pen, I felt good about where it was going.

Draft 3: 269 words

  • This was by far the hardest draft for me to work on. I scrutinized each word to see if there was a way to convey meaning with fewer words, losing none of the impact. I also found that I swapped words (one for one) often in this edit, to find the “perfect” word.

Draft 4: 247 words

  • Three words under the limit, Hooray!!! I’m done right? Well, I thought so. Somewhat pleased with myself, I reached out to a writer friend (thanks Jenn) and asked her opinion. She suggested I cut the first 25% of my story, and to use those “extra” words to expand upon the ending.

Draft 5: 247 words

  • After cutting out the first quarter of my story and expanding upon the ending, I’m feeling good about my first piece of flash fiction. I will sit on it for a day or two, then give it a final “polish” before sending it off to the publisher.

This has been quite the experiment for me, one which took little time to do, but had big payoffs in skills learned. A worthy exercise for authors of all skill and ability, try it!