Short Story Contest Deadline Extended

By popular demand, StarkLight Press has extended its contest deadline to September 30, 2014.

We wish to welcome the fabulously intrepid new additions to our fanbase and encourage everyone to send in a submission to StarkLight Volume 3 this September!

Welcome to StarkLight Press- send in your stories today to

Here’s a link to our contest guidelines here:

Reasons why Shakespeare Rocks #14

Was an active advocate for the betterment of British highways and transportation… while working on A Winter’s Tale, Cymbeline, Macbeth and The Tempest.


“1611, 11th September – List of Contributors. William Shakspere’s name appears on a list of those supporting “the Charge of prosecutynge [a] Bill in parliament for the better Repayre of the highe waies and amendinge divers defectes in the Statues alredy made” “ – from the Parliamentary Register.

Last Week to Send Your Short Story Submissions



Don’t sweat over the details of your short story submission- send in your short story before the deadline August 31 at midnight PST!

Join the ranks of our other illustrious authors like Hal Friesen, Robert Marquiss, Will Norton, E.L. Caine and more!

Visit our standing page for guidelines and submission addy

StarkLight Press does 70’s Lunch

photo(12)If you’re around mile zero this afternoon, come visit us at Hug a Mug Cafe in downtown Dawson Creek, where we will be at the sweet 1970’s lunch party!

We’ll be chillin’ in the back before we keep on truckin’ through our short story contest submissions and fab poetry anthologies! Can you dig it?

Interview with E.L. Caine

At long last, here is the interview for StarkLight Press from E.L. Caine, winner of our StarkLight Short Story Contest with her entry, “Watcher at the Door.”

Interview with E. L. Caine about her short story ‘Watcher at the Door’.

  1. Do you have any sources of inspiration for your world?

    I think bad thoughts, like the worst ‘what ifs’ and then I write them down and hope that’s like knocking on wood and will keep the horribles in the closet where they belong.

  2. What do you love most about writing?

    It’s a disease, incurable and ever present. I love it like I would love a hardcore case of psoriasis.

  1. Who are your favourite writers? Why are they your favourites?

    I’ve always like comic books a lot but I’m not actually sure who they are by, Alan Moore for sure and Bryan Talbot. There are tons of other amazing authors out there but that’s all that’s really coming to mind, I’m sure I’ll kick myself later. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett kick ass. I loved it when they teamed up in ‘Good Omens’. I’m hoping to take a crack at writing in the GAF universe, a whole galaxy should be big enough to play in.

  1. What is the most unique aspect of your universe?

    I don’t really have a universe exactly. I have an idea of how the universe should probably work based largely off of half heard superstitions, dreams and probably last night’s meatloaf.

  1. What is your favourite part of your universe?

    Definitely last night’s meatloaf. I don’t know, I guess I resent being questioned about any aspect of my universe since I am, effectively God in it and if I have a favorite I have a least favorite and that would make me less than omnipotent and I won’t have that called into question. I’ll stick with the meatloaf answer.

  1. What do you think people will most enjoy about your universe?

    The meatloaf. It was excellent.

  2. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

    You already know that I had meatloaf last night, this is getting personal. Well, I guess I can say that one of my favorite things in life is comfortable clothes. I really like them. Big sweaters, pajama pants, you get the idea. I generally like fictional people and places better than real life ones and I enjoy being persnickity whenever I can get way with it when confronted with reality.

  3. Any words of advice of struggling writers?

    Stop struggling and let the drugs do their work… no, I’m kidding, don’t do drugs and stay in school. Seriously, just keep writing and do it because you like the result and it’s the only socially acceptable way that you can play God. I mean, you get to play at being God and you’re complaining that you want to get paid too???? You’ll be fine, just keep truckin’ and don’t listen to anything I tell you.

Morality and Death

Why does a character exist in a story?

To further the plot, of course, say all the literature undergrads out there.

Most of us have read dreadful, self-serving fanfiction and horrible “debut novels” whose characters are floating in a miasma of interior thought, activity and poseurship. A character’s presence in these stories serves only one purpose- to be seen being themselves. Whether Harry Potter, or Jack Bauer, or Zack and Cody, a story in which characters have nothing to do but be seen being themselves bores our suspension of disbelief to death. A character is at their best when they are doing something, or making those necessary actions required to be available to do something at just the right moment in the Plot.

The only time a character, even a much-beloved one, serves a purpose in static action is to achieve enlightenment of purpose or fullness of character. Internal enlightenment and fullness of character, however, are meaningless if the character does not take that growth and use it in the plot of their story.

How does this literary truth translate into real life?

Each of us are characters in the story of the world. Call it God’s story if you will, or Mother Nature’s, or even a serendipitous Magnolia-esque tale meant to provide meaning in its own mechanics. Every being on the planet is a character in this great story.

We therefore have two responsibilities as characters, ones with which any author would indeed concur.

1. We must spend our time as characters advancing the Plot. Sometimes this means introspective actions, or montages of learning, working or being with family. Sometimes this means being at the forefront of plot arcs by standing up in the community amongst our fellow characters. As characters we fall to the level of bad, bad fanfiction if we live our lives as debutantes, existing merely for the sake of being seen as the personalities we think we are.

2.  As characters therefore in the story of the world, we owe it to those who watch us in ways we cannot conceive to remain available to the story. Anyone who has watched serial television can attest to the swelling of affinity and happiness one feels at the return, even for a cameo, of a well-known character to the plot. We must make ourselves available for a guest appearance in the lives of other characters we may think hold us in little regard, or have moved on from our own stories. We must also make ourselves available to be the bit player in another’s story so that the smallest of our actions may unfold for the good of the whole in unexpected ways.

Removing ourselves as characters from the world removes the ability of the author of the Story to use us to further the plot of which we are all a part.  As any devotee of a fictional universe victimized by the untimely and largely senseless death of a character would agree, it is the worst, most senseless action to remove a character from a story before its work with the plot is complete. It makes all the other characters in the story have to run to pick up the frayed threads left behind when the character was ripped away. Death leaves a large hole in our ficitonal worlds, and it leaves a gaping maw full of resentment and unanswered questions in real life.

If we exist in the world as beings, we are therefore here to advance the Plot.

As authors of our own stories in the greater Plot, don’t be the sort of writer who writes bad fanfiction, where the characters’ time is spent wallowing in how they feel they are perceived, or worrying over plot points that may seem insurmountable.

Also, don’t be the sort of cheap writer who removes a character just for the sake of some cheap, sweeps-week oriented energies.

Be a good character and a good author. Do what you can every day to make yourself available for plot advancement.  Keep yourself available, because you never know when your character’s comeback is just what the Plot may need.

– Tony Stark.