… Which may or may not have anything to do with children’s literature. What is Pulp Literature Press?
“Pulp Literature Press is the brainchild of Jen, Mel and Sue, a trio of writer-editors who took the advice “write what you want to read” one step further, to “publish what you want to read”.” (http://pulpliterature.com/about-us/)
Who are Jen, Mel, and Sue?
Jen is the brilliant woman who taught me the basics of riding this summer and who regularly kicks my rear at swordfighting. And then she gives good advice on what I’m doing wrong, and what to do instead to get better. She is also willing to talk books, editing, and costumes.
Mel, I’m pretty sure from the photo on the website, was the teacher-librarian at my elementary school. I knew her as Ms. Anastasiou, who I thought was probably the coolest adult I knew, because she recommended good books and played the guitar.
I haven’t met Sue yet, but based on the company she keeps, I expect that she’s intelligent, kind, has a good sense of humour, and cares about good writing. Also, she has an MA in English.
Jen, Sue, and Mel
Why bring this up?
Pulp Literature Press is in the fundraising stage, and there are two weeks left. The plan is for Pulp Literature Press to publish PULP Literature Magazine, which will contain a variety of works in an eclectic mix of genres (including graphic novels!) by both established and unknown authors.
The line-up for the first four issues (the first year) is impressive. The first issue will contain a short story by CC Humphreys of historical novel fame; his most recent work, Shakespeare’s Rebel, was launched this past summer at Bard on the Beach with readings, historical discussions, and swordfighting.
(the sword is not just for decoration; he actually knows how to use it)
The second issue will include a story by JJ Lee and (I bring this to your attention not because the rest of the lineup isn’t as noteworthy, but because anyone who takes up a martial art in order to figure out how to render her story and illustrations more precisely is seriously devoted) an excerpt of Kris Sayer’s graphic novel Tatterhood, which appeals to me particularly because “Tatterhood” is a little-known fairy tale with a most unusual protagonist. Expect goats and a giant wooden spoon!
(who, yes, fights with her giant wooden spoon)
The third issue will have a story that totally fits in with this month’s theme of horror.
The fourth issue will contain a short story by Joan MacLeod, a noted playwrite who has taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria; I highly recommend her play “The Shape of Girl.” Humphreys and MacLeod are Canadian authors whose styles and genres are quite different, which gives you a hint of what to expect from PULP Literature Magazine.
I’ll save the lecture about how important it is to have independent Canadian publishing houses for another day. I will note, however, that small houses (like this one) tend to be more experimental, and much more open to new writers who haven’t established themselves yet. That MacLeod and the other authors are willing to send in their work speaks to the quality of Pulp Literature Press (Neil Gaiman would add say something about their Canadian niceness, too).
So: why is this important?
Because this is a fantastic opportunity for writers (like myself) who aren’t published, for writers who are possibly local and Canadian (but not necessarily), for writers who want to study the craft and have their works published alongside big names. And get paid for it.
Because this is also a chance for illustrators, graphic artists, and other visual artists. Take a peek at the cover of the first issue and look at the submission guidelines. Illustrations will play a significant role in this magazine!
Because if you want to be able to take advantage of this excellent opportunity you might want to contribute within the next week and a half, so that Pulp Literature Press can become a reality. It doesn’t take much – and contributors are rewarded with a copy of the first issue. Or the first four issues, or even more, depending on how much contributors are willing to invest. I write invest, because I think that a new press like Pulp Literature will pay back richly, not only to those whose works are published but by introducing readers to new authors, whether this means an established author whose works appeal, or authors to watch for in the years to come.
Anyway. I’ll stop now. I really hope that PULP Literature Magazine goes to print, because I can’t wait to read what they have in store.
This is the cover illustration for the first issue of Pulp Literature Magazine.
Artwork by Melissa Mary Duncan
Oh yes, and their motto? “Good books for the price of a beer.”