Announcing V. F. Mariner, Steve Carr, and, Ali House in 'ACCEPTANCE.'



Engen Books and Quadrangle are proud to reveal three more authors to-be-featured in their collaboration anthology featuring stories by and about the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.


Quadrangle’s mission is to create a community centre for 2SLGBTQAI+ individuals and organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador, a space that is a resource for building community resilience and connection, and that provides supports for existing initiatives of our 2SLGBTQAI+ community. As a registered charity, both working toward having a community centre, and taking up projects like this one contribute to Quad’s vision of contributing to sustainable, positive, community connections. All profits from this collection will go towards that goal.


The title of this year's collection will be Acceptance: Stories at the Centre of Us. Stories were selected by Ailsa Craig, Sulaimon Giwa, AJ Ryan, and, Sarah Thompson.


V. F. Mariner is a fresh talent from Grand Manan, New Brunswick celebrating their first published work in Acceptance with their short story Inheritance, which wowed all four judges with its unique voice and style. Mariner sits on the Spoken Word committee in Fredericton, and says they feel "honoured to be included in this unique collection and thrilled that my first time being published is in a queer anthology."


Secondly, Engen is proud to announce that Steve Carr will be joining our collection. A exceptionally prolific author with over 500 writing credits to his name, Carr honours us with his short story When Wizards Sing. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. In 2019, he was on the cover of the Inner Circle Writers' Magazine inaugural issue and dubbed "The King of Short Stories." His first novel, Redbird, was released in 2019. A person of great accomplishment in many fields, Carr spent seven years in the military prior to 1980 in two different branches, and in neither did he hide that I was gay. He says he is proud and honored to be a part of the Acceptance collection.


Thirdly we have an author that should be familiar to all readers of Engen Books, the enigmatic and illusory Ali House. To date, House has appeared in every open-call short story anthology from Engen, including the eight From The Rock volumes (most recently Mythology from the Rock), Terror Nova, Kit Sora: The Artobiography, and, Bluenose Paradox. She is an award-winning, bestselling Newfoundland author. She is a master storyteller whose work has helped define the landscapes of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror writing in Atlantic Canada. Her short fiction was collected in 2020 in The Lightbulb Forest. Previous novels include The Six Elemental and The Fifth Queen, both a part of her creator-owned Segment Delta Archives series, and this February she will release Variety Show, a suspense thriller from within the Engen Universe. Other works include the fantasy series Choose Your Own Adventurer, the Santa Claus Protection Program, and The Island Adventure as a part of the Slipstreamers series of novellas. She brings with her her story Star Crossed.


Interested parties can click here to preorder Acceptance: Stories at the Centre of Us from Engen Books, expected in the Fall of 2021. All profit from the collection goes toward Quadrangle's community efforts.


Acceptance: Stories at the Centre of Us will feature twenty-two stories from twenty amazing authors. Stay tuned to Engen Books for more author announcements and reveals.

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