I can’t pretend that Halloween is anything other than my absolute favourite holiday, and this year it couldn’t be more exciting. When I was swimming to work the other day (that rain was incredible!), I had a chance to reflect on all the things that have marked this past October. Quattro launched some fantastic Fall Books including the theatrical and fantastic Emu Dialogues, some moving and poignant new poetry and a short story collection and novella which sweep us away to far-away places and open us up to the important questions we are often afraid to ask ourselves.
It is important to us as a small press, to thank everyone who attended one of, or both events; your continued support is so important and appreciated.
I also want to thank everyone who helped in producing these books. We couldn’t do what we do without you.
In the midst of this Fall frenzy, we were reading all the wonderful, strange and interesting manuscripts submitted to us during the past year for both unsolicited publications and the Ken Klonsky Novella Prize submissions.
Some standout mentions include: A cat detective, a Catcher in the Rye themed punk story, Rodney Dangerfield, cigarettes, eco terrorists, and an undercurrent regarding the tragedies and treatments of those suffering from varieties of mental illnesses.
At the end of the reading period, we concluded that one manuscript stood out above the rest…
Congratulations to Adam Pottle, author of The Bus, he is the winner of the 2015 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest and will be published in Fall 2016!
Congratulations to those who were on the short list:
Psychomachia by Sanita Fezjić
Influence by Steve Thornton
God is Watching Five Weeks a Month by Kaziwa Salih
Humidor by Nancy Johnston
The Other Oscar by Cora Siré
Thanks for all the impressive submissions. We look forward to reading what comes in to us in 2016.
We hope you eat a lot of candy (but not too much), and maybe don a clever or fun costume or maybe enjoy a scary novel or short story this Halloween.