Winter writing contest winners

Thanks to our talented and creative readers for submitting some compelling entries to our second annual winter writing contest. Entries ranged from fiction to memoir to poetry, with a wide range of subjects. As always, we asked a local author to provide an opening sentence to get the creative juices flowing. This winter’s sentence was […]

Beach Metro News winter writing contest is on

Attention all aspiring authors, working wordsmiths, and patrons of properly-penned prose: Beach Metro News is proud to announce our now-annual second winter writing contest. The rules, as always, are simple: write something – fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, dream journal entries – less than 1,000 words, and beginning with the sentence below: “A rainstorm etched away […]

Beach Books

Escape Plans By Teri Vlassopoulos 247 pages Invisible Publishing Teri Vlassopoulos’ debut novel jumps around in time and location, from Toronto to Montreal, and from France to Greece, following the sometimes painfully separate lives of the Kiriakos family. As major plot points go, Escape Plans gives away its ending – also the book’s beginning – […]

Beach Books

Death by Triangulation by John Oughton 168 pages Neopoiesis Press Reviewed by Jon Muldoon Death by Triangulation is purportedly a mystery novel. But as the plot twists and turns, and the action shifts between the present day and 1961, a larger story and – let’s not mince words – a larger conspiracy emerges. Using a […]

Enter our summer writing contest

To all authors, tall-tale-tellers, poets, essayists, and purveyors of the English language: we’re looking for a short story, fictional or true, to print in the pages of this newspaper. Beach Metro News and The Great Escape Bookstore are inviting writers to submit their best stories to our summer writing contest. Whether it be fiction of […]

Winter writing contest runner-up

In our last issue we printed the winning entry of our winter story contest, The Green Scarf, by Edward Hayes. George Elliott Clarke, East End resident, award-winning poet, and poet laureate for the City of Toronto, contributed an opening sentence, which was to start each of the entries. Due to the high quality of the […]

Winter writing contest

Thank you to all our readers who sent in entries to our seasonal writing contest. The quality of writing overall was excellent, and the content and ideas expressed varied and compelling. George Elliott Clarke, East End resident, award-winning poet, and poet laureate for the City of Toronto, was kind enough to contribute an opening sentence […]

Beach books

Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You By Dan Riskin, Ph.D. Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 260 pgs Reviewed by Jon Muldoon Dan Riskin was probably the first kid in his social circle during elementary school to break the news that Santa isn’t real. I don’t know this for a fact, but judging by Mother Nature is […]