A StarkLight Press Definition of Speculative Fiction

Speculative fiction in the StarkLight Press sense is a very important and distinct concept.

Canadian fiction is rather rigidly structured to include a firm, “grownup” attitude toward other worlds, magic and the paranormal- these elements must happen in the ‘here-and-now’, in a tightly controlled geographical and/or dimensional locus. While particularly confined in the Canadian context, all conventional fiction adheres to this convention to a greater or lesser degree.

All windows in fiction thus open on the everyday world in which we live. The conceit is that the reader would be able to stumble upon the adventure from their own daily lives. Fiction is therefore written from a narrow and ultimately adult perspective.

Speculative fiction happens in a more openended, imaginative and energetic context that allows dimensional shifts, parallel universes and more creativity.

Conventional fiction is like Arthur C. Clarke; speculative fiction is like Carl Sagan.

Short Story Contest Number 4 Opens Today!

 

You should be.

Here it is, for all of our new fans and friends who can’t wait to submit their work for our next fantabulous StarkLight Anthology- the rules and regulations for our new short story contest!

Submission Length: 10 000 words maximum, flash fiction accepted.

Submission Content:
Any subject matter of a speculative, science fiction or fantasy nature involving either original characters or characters published under the StarkLight Press imprint (ie: GAF, Dorian, I’snian Characters or worldsets). Sadly, though we would love to hear your top notch fan fiction, we can’t accept any wider re-characterizations. Thinly veiled alterations of a truly original nature will be run past our legal department however, and will be considered for publication through our not-for-profit webpages.

Graphic novels, illustrated short stories consisting of grayscale (sorry, no color images) will also be accepted. Again, see content guidelines as above. We aren’t MAD magazine, so we can’t risk the litigation of a good caricature, even though we do enjoy them

Submission Format: ODT, RTF, PDF formats. Images in JPEG only please, either embedded in file or tagged separately, 300 ppi for black and white, 600 ppi for color.

Other requirements: For our first time submittors, please include a five hundred word maximum bio that describes a bit about you and your writing career.

Also include a five hundred word maximum overview of the worldscape from which your story springs.

Include email address, webpages, facebook sites etc. Also phone number if so desired.

Contest Deadline is April 15, 2015. All submissions meeting the requirements will be considered, and all submitters will be contacted by April 20, 2015.

StarkLight Volume 4 will be published in September 2015.

Each winning contributor will receive:
a copy of Starklight Vol. 4
a Prize Packet of promotional materials including posters for the compendium, GAF poster grab bag and a StarkLight t-shirt, hat, magic writer’s pen and mug plus other goodies.

-thorough, nay exhaustive publicity for the winner and their websites through StarkLight Media, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, web coverage
-an interview to be posted on the StarkLight Industries and Carraway Productions YouTube channel
– the winners will be signed on as part of our authors’ family (a non-exclusive arrangement, but one that guarantees your royalties to your story in this print and ebook incarnation in perpetuity)

All short stories considered for publication in StarkLight Volume 3 must be first run, not published in any other print media or copywritten e-means. StarkLight Press reserves the right to republish the works as per our standard contract and maintains first right of refusal for second connected media publishing of related stories or media- we want to keep publishing you, and aim to meet your publication needs! Subsequent publishing of accepted stories by other imprints is subject to StarkLight Press approval.

Contact starklightdesk@gmail.com or call 250-467-2995 between 4 p.m. And 12 a.m. seven days a week for details.

Dalton’s Daughter hits the Shelves Today!!

StarkLight Press is delighted to announce the publication of Dalton’s Daughter in ebook and print today!

A massive congratulations to author Virginia Carraway Stark on the publication of her masterful account of the Galaxy from an average girl’s perspective.

The thrilling autobiography of Sasha Wheaton, famed First Lieutenant of Detach Detachment, is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. While print books will take ten to fourteen days to ship from Amazon, we can send your very own copy to you tonight!

Just email starklightdesk@gmail.com and order your copy today.

Check starklightpress.com in January for AMAZING new Dalton’s Daughter merchandise- only from StarkLight Press!

Thought for the Day

Uncle Carl makes a very good point- so make certain that you turn off your t.v. and read an excellent science fiction book for your first act of 2015. Might I suggest StarkLight Vol. 3, available in snook starting January 1, 2015.

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Nawican Centre Gets Christmas Care Delivery

A Dawson Creek community institution received a helping hand from StarkLight Press and other businesses during the holiday season.image

 

In in the midst of a crowded Christmas dinner a brigade of helpers unloaded two pickup truck loads of food, toys, clothes and household items. Dinner guests clapped and cheered as the donations filled the administration office to bursting.

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The Nawican Friendship Centre is a small building nestled just west of Dawson Creek’s downtown core. Started in 1967 by local activist Anne House and lawyer Peter Gibb, the Nawican was a nurturing environment for the community. Here local drop ins were welcome, aid was given to those individuals and families in crisis, and friendships between the native and European communities were kindled. Local youth were provided an activity centre to provide a constructive alternative to the sometimes desolate culture of the urban north.

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This history was provided to me by Alex House, son of the late Anne House, while we waited for a magician to finish entertaining the crowd gathered for the celebration. The name Nawican, Mr. House told me, stood for Native White Canadian- symbolizing the founders’ wish for inter-community solidarity.

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Mayor Dale Bumstead, MLA Mike Bernier and Councilman Mark Rogers helped in the unloading and then prepared to serve the multi-course feast to the many friends of the Nawican.

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While the evening began with the large donation, the festivities continued with fellowship, reminiscences and a cornucopia of excellent Yuletide food  made by Rhonda, dedicated chef.

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A local magician who runs a dog sanctuary entertained the guests as the Mayor and local politicians mingled amongst the tables and decorations.image image image

Our First Christmas Party- Huge Success!

Thanks to the three waves of guests who broke upon our shores at the Pomeroy Hotel and Suites in Dawson Creek, B.C last night!

We enjoyed the fellowship, conversation and fun brought by all our guests.  Early arrivals from Mountainview Safety and other local businesses including Faking Sanity Bookshop stayed until 8, when yours truly had to take a skype. Serendipitously, our intrepid friends from Hythe and Grande Prairie showed up shortly before I finished, and stayed until midnight, when a surprise set of visitors arrived fresh from a harrowing journey through the Pine Pass!

Several guests wound up staying and chatting through the night about fiction, the Galactic Armed Forces, space piracy and galactic terrorism,hy, Tolkien, astronomy and, of all things, bidets. (Not included in suite, this subject seemed a bit of a wild card, although probably not at two in the morning).

After a fine breakfast, some of our guests chose to partake of the pool, and we closed the door on our first successful Christmas party at noon today!

For all of our friends who could not make it, here is a gallery of pictures from the first part of the evening, before the lights gave way to candles and the wine flowed as freely as the conversation.

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