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Anthology Four 2007 Poetry/Flash Fiction

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The contest is now closed and judging decisions have been made.

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Anthology Four Fall 2007 - Borderlines

Award Winners


First Place Award - Merlene Fawdry for "City Father"

Second Place Award - Jan Wood for "…finding the words"

Third Place Award for Poetry - Lynn Tait for "No Safe Harbor"

Award Winners

Flash Fiction

First Place Award for - Steve Newton for "Dust Devil"

Second Place Award - Heather Campbell for "Big Shoes"

Third Place Award - Bonnie Zobell for "Movement in the Wire"

Honourable Mentions

Poetry and Flash Fiction Combined

Pat Smekal for "Brakes"

Deborah Nickle-Vail for "The Sandbox"

Leila Kulpas for "Volatile"

Michelle McLean for "Placebo Boy"

Jill Harrington-Fox for "When the Smoke Clears"

Carla Braun for "Sushi on 4th"


Alphabetical List

Becky Alexander, Lene Andersen, David Axelrod, Penny-Anne Beaudoin, Carla Braun, Ronnie R. Brown, Heather Campbell, Heather Cardin, Donnie Cox, Linda Lee Crosfield, Caroline H. Davidson, Alvin G. Ens, Merlene Fawdry, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Peggy Fletcher, Cynthia French, Rhonda Ganz, Katherine L. Gordon, Jill Harrington-Fox, Joelene Heathcote, Barbara Hunt, Marcelle Kasprowicz, Leila Kulpas, Amy Leask, Barbara Lefcourt, Sue Littleton, Julie MacLellan, Michael Marks, Elizabeth McCallister, Andrea McKenzie, Michelle McLean, David Merrifield, Michael Mirolla, Annabelle Murray, Martina Reisz Newberry, Steve Newton, Deborah Nickle-Vail, Debbie Okun Hill, Diane Palfrey, Amy Pedersen, Stella Mazur Preda, Roy Roberts, Sheryl Salloum, Josie Di Sciascio/Andrews. John Michael Simon, Pat Smekal, Susan Snowden, Colin Stewart, Luminita Suse, Lynn Tait, Mildred Tremblay, Wendy Visser, Julie Waugh, Jan Wood, Ed Woods, Charlene Zatorski, Bonnie Zobell

Borderlines, our title for the fourth Ascent Aspirations Magazine anthology, deals with the theme of human relationships. Since our last issue reflected issues concerning relationships with our natural world, we felt we'd contrast our theme with having a setting reflecting human relationships in a more urban setting. We'd like the poetry and flash fiction to have an edge and to engender raw emotion in the reader.

Poems and flash fiction should be able to touch on some aspect of the issues and concerns related to any of these ideas.

We are not looking for pedantic all encompassing expressions but rather personal creations that reflect the writer's connection with any of these ideas. Subtlety and lyrical imagery in free verse and prose that emotionally grabs the reader is what we are looking for.

The submissions will be judged in April and the anthology will be produced in Summer/Fall.

The publication will be a perfect-bound 120-140 page book with a glossy art designed cover. Since Ascent is a non-profit publication, offering the print edition as a contest will provide the funding for the book. This contest will run for half a year and the print edition will appear in the fourth quarter of 2007. At the same time Ascent Aspirations Magazine will continue to publish the electronic editions each quarter separate from any print editions.

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 Poetry - $25 (CND) & 1 copy of the anthology

Plus 5 - $10 (CND) honourable mention awards from either poetry or flash fiction with 1 copy of the anthology

Plus all additional contributors in the collection will receive one copy of the anthology.

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 editions of Ascent Aspirations Magazine with prize money being more widely distributed among all the authors who appear in the anthology.

Rules & Guidelines

The fourth print edition will contain poetry and flash fiction.  

Poems and flash fiction can be published elsewhere as long as the author holds the copyright or can be unpublished but not sent elsewhere. Submit your poem(s)/flash fiction  with a brief bio by e-mail only to In the subject heading say Borderlines Edition.

By mail with your contest fee include a cover page with the poem/flash fiction title or poem/flash fiction titles and the first line beside each title, your name, address, phone number and e-mail.

or submit payment and address information by Paypal

For multiple submissions of three poems or flash fiction use the quantity button.

 Maximum length of each poem is 60 lines and spaces between the stanzas count as lines.

 Maximum length of each piece of flash fiction is 800 words.

Contest Fee (Poetry): $5 for one poem or 3 poems for $10.

Contest Fee (Flash Fiction:) $10 for each piece of flash fiction.

You can send as many poems or pieces of flash fiction as you wish.

Send your entry information, (not your poem/poems or flash fiction) with payment to:

either David Fraser, or Ascent Aspirations Publishing

1560 Arbutus Drive

Nanoose Bay, BC

V9P 9C8

*Enclose a #10 s.a.s.e. (Self-addressed stamped envelope) if you are interested in receiving an official printed winners' list. (If you are outside Canada please use Canadian stamps or an international coupon.) Regardless the winners and contributors list will automatically be sent to you via e-mail and it will be posted on the web site.

*Poems send by regular mail will not be judged or returned.

*All submissions will remain the copyright of the author.

*Additional copies of the perfect-bound anthology will be available at time of publication.

Retail Prices without shipping costs $16.95 CND/16.95 US

 The prices of single additional copies including shipping and handling are as follows:

Shipped to Canada($19.95 CND)

Shipped to USA ($22.95 US)

To Other International Destinations ($24.95 US)

Pricing at this point is an estimate based on current postal rates and may be subject to slight changes without notice when advanced ordering is announced.

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