Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Call for Volunteers!

I’m looking for people to help put up posters for the FotM short story contest! Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to take one-or-more posters to your local library branch, bookstore, college/university campus or cafe and ask them very nicely if they would be willing to display them.

Volunteers must be able to pick their posters up from the Bob Miller Book Room at Bloor & Avenue Rd (Toronto.) I also have a limited ability to arrange other pickup points – let me know what might work for you!

A FotM Contest poster in the wild.


If you are interested, drop me an email at Thanks!

One Month Down, Two to Go!

Submissions have been open for one month, but no fear – they are open for two more! Our readers are poised and eager to see what else you have for us.

Want to help the contest in another way? Help spread the word by posting our poster on your webpage, in your local bookstore, or anywhere else writers might see it.

This year’s Merril Contest poster has been illustrated by Toronto artist Jenn Desmarais (as has our new header.) Working in digital as well as paper mediums, her work is influenced by Laurie Lipton and H.R. Giger. Check her out on Facebook!

The poster is available as a digital download by clicking above. Paper copies are also available – contact if you’d like to post one local to you.

And, of course, don’t forget those stories! Full guidelines here. Queries and questions can be directed at the contest administrator, Charlotte Ashley, at