What We Carry Home Contents
Purchase at the Ascent Bookstore
After You Go
Mouth the Surreptitious One
Brushing Her Teeth
The American Dream
J V Birch
The Absent Consult
Describing Suncrest Subdivsion(circa. 1950s
- mid 1980s) To a Twenty Year Old
Hospitality To a Germ
Exonerated Second Prize Poetry
The Jacket Third Prize Fiction
On Your Surviving an Accident in a
Far Province the Night of the Tsunami
Beer Cans Second Place Fiction
Get Thee Gone, Romeo
Sign of the Times
Reattach the Umbilici
This is How we Love the World
Simon & Garfunkel
Debbie Okun Hill
In Awe And Wonder
The Cypriot Boy
New Portrait of a Raven
Dreams of a Soulmate
Fiction Honourable Mention Fiction
John B. Lee
Watching Two Cormorants Floating on Ice
in the Lake in Late January
The Final Image
What I Carry Home to the Grandsons
Picking up Flotsam Down at the Marina
Remembering Larry Sweeney First Place Fiction
The Ring - Honourable Mention Fiction
Diane Attwell Palfrey
Omagimaakos (The Ugly One)
Aluvion at Yungay Honourable Mention Poetry
When the Rhodesians Came
A Life Apart
Loose Ends - Honourable Mention Fiction
At The Shrine
Less a Stillness, More a Lover of Flight
This Morning the Clouds Are Lying Low Third Prize Poetry
Heffley Creek Revisited
Old Dog Tales Honourable Mention Poetry
The Poet Spiel
Childplay First Prize Poetry
Lamb Honourable Mention Poetry
Better Than Bingo
The Height of Fashion
Promise of Silver
The People Upstairs
S. J. White
What to Do if You Should Find Me Dead
Kim Drew Wright
How My Day Went
Our theme is open, however there are word limits. Poetry is to be no more than 30 lines including the spaces between stanzas, so that the poem printed in 11 pt. font Times Roman will fit on one page. Flash Fiction prose is to be no more than 600 words, so that the prose printed in 11 pt. font Times Roman will fit on two pages.
To clarify our criteria for this anthology, hone your words, and be a minimalist. Create narratives with concrete detail, without abstractions. Prune your adverbs and adjectives and be sparse with your articles, especially in the poetry. We are looking for stories in both the poems and the flash fiction pieces, but we want you to show us your narrative, rather an tell us directly. Leave your readers in suspense and have them work to fill in the gaps. Maybe take us in one direction and then surprise us in the end. You can write about personal and global issues, conflicting opposites, and unusual relationships. Consider yourself a witness. The content is wide open.
Here are some poets we admire, who do this. Dorianne Laux, Sharon Olds, Patrick Lane, Lorna Crozier, Jack Gilbert, Susan Musgrave, and Tom Wayman. Here are some prose writers we admire, who do this. John Gould, Raymond Carver, Michael Winter, Ivan Coyote.
The anthology (ISBN) will be judged and compiled for the early summer of 2013.
The publication will be a perfect-bound book (ISBN rather than ISSN) with a colour art designed
First Prize for Poetry - $100 (CND) & 1 copy of the anthology
First Prize for Flash Fiction - $100 (CND) & 1 copy of the anthology
Second Prize for Poetry - $50 (CND) & 1 copy of the anthology
Second Prize for Flash Fiction - $50 (CND) & 1 copy of the anthology
Third Prize for Poetry - $25 (CND) & 1 copy of the anthology
Third Prize for Flash Fiction - $25 (CND) & 1 copy of the anthology
Plus 6 - $10 (CND) honourable mention awards with 1 copy of the anthology
Plus all additional contributors in the collection will receive one copy of
The goal is for the contest to generate the costs for publishing the anthology.
If the entry fees and sales of the anthology exceed the costs, then the additional
money will be used to fund future print anthologies with prize money
being more widely distributed among all the authors who appear in the anthology.
Rules & Guidelines
The anthology will contain poetry and flash fiction.
Poems and flash fiction can be published elsewhere as long as the author holds the copyright, or be unpublished and not sent
elsewhere. Submit your poem(s)/flash fiction with a brief bio, by e-mail to
In the subject heading say Summer 2013 Narrative Anthology.
By mail with your contest fee include a cover page with the poem(s)/flash
fiction title(s) and the first line beside each title, your
name, address, phone number and e-mail. IN ADDITION ALSO INCLUDE
EACH POEM/FLASH FICTION ON A SEPARATE PAGE WITHOUT YOUR NAME.
We will be using the printed copies of your poems for judging
and the electronic copies sent by email for the designing of
the book pages should you be included in the anthology.
Maximum length of each poem is 30 lines and spaces between the stanzas
count as lines. The maximum length for flash fiction is 600 words.
Contest Fee: $5 for one poem or 3 poems for $10. $10 for each piece of flash fiction.
You can send as many poems/flash fiction pieces as you wish.
Send your entry information, and POEMS/FLASH FICTION with payment to:
either David Fraser, or Ascent Aspirations Publishing
1560 Arbutus Drive
Nanoose Bay, BC
Please do not send a SASE as in the past, as we will be publishing the winners'
list on the web and will notify everyone.
All submissions will remain the copyright of the author.
*Additional copies of the perfect-bound anthology will be available at time
Retail Prices without shipping costs $19.95 CND/19.95 US
The prices of additional copies including shipping and handling are
In Canada and USA ($20.00 CND and 23.00 US)
To Other International Destinations ($25.00 US)
Advanced Ordering of the Summer 2013 Issue can be done by email.
Orders are being accepted in advance. email: email@example.com
Return to Table of Contents