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“The Soul of Wit” to be released on July 8, 2016!

soulofwit-web_mediumMany readers of classic literature, fantasy, and speculative fiction find that writing is contagious: they want to write like their favorite authors. From Hobbit Day (September 22) until Halloween 2015, Signum University ran its first-ever creative writing contest, hosted by Sørina Higgins, faculty member and Chair of the Department of Language & Literature. It was called the “Almost an Inkling” contest in honor of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and their friends in the creative writing group of Oxfordians that met throughout the 1930s and 40s. Many of the pieces submitted share something of their sensibility and their vision.

This contest called for submissions of tiny original works: creative, imaginative, wild, well-crafted pieces of what William Nelles calls “microfiction,” “flash fiction,” “sudden fiction,” “minute stories,” “short-shorts,” or what Luisa Valenzuela calls “iridescent insects.” These miniature works of fiction showcased writers’ skills in a microcosm, calling for deft handling of character, plot, action, and description in a bite-sized space—or the surface area of a smartphone screen.

Each week for six weeks, new prompts were posted, calling for minuscule stories on a variety of exciting topics. There were portals, dragons, knights, time travel, spells, and sonnets. Everyone was invited to submit entries to this contest; contestants did not need to be associated with Signum University or the Mythgard Institute to send in their work. Writers were encouraged to submit multiple entries to any prompt and to any week in any combination. The public was invited to vote on their favorite entries. There were one winner and two runners-up in two categories each week: one chosen by popular vote, one by the literary judges. There were frequently ties.

The result of this contest is a rich and varied body of short works of literature: immersive, captivating, speculative, funny, heartbreaking, breathtaking, and transcendent. Each is, in its own small-sized way, a work of compelling subcreation: the art of making a new secondary world out of pre-existing real-world and legendary elements in combination with astonishing imaginative creations. Perhaps Tolkien and Lewis would be proud.

The Soul of Wit will be released on Friday, July 8, 2016!

Oloris fairytale anthology: call for submissions

Have you always wanted to write a fairytale? We at Oloris want to read it! Throughout the month of January, you may submit your fairytale-themed stories and poetry to us . Be it original stories or your spin on a classical fairy tale, all stories are welcome! Stories...

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Oloris Adventure Quest Update

Eventually, the nervous aftershocks of the kobold attack wore off.  You'd been caught off guard by them.  You'd been walking away from the pile of dead kobolds and your hands had just started shaking for no reason you could determine.  At first, you'd worried that...

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Call For Submissions: Hallowe’en Anthology

Oloris Publishing is looking for spooky stories and poems for a Hallowe'en eBook anthology. If you have something that fits the bill, we want to read it! All poems will also be automatically considered for our Howling Poets Hallowe'en poster line as well. Stories...

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Oloris Publishing Sponsors Race On makeYes!happen

The Virtual Race For The Castle Has Begun With Oloris Adventure Quest 2015   GADSDEN, Ala. - Sept. 1, 2015 – You’ve grown up in a small village where nothing much ever happens. Well, nothing you think is interesting, anyway. The highlights of your life are...

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December 2014 Newsletter

  Cor Blok, Martin Springett, Jenny Dolfen in 2015 Book Catalogue If you've been waiting for one or some of our titles we have good news for you. Oloris Publishing will be releasing its 2015 book catalogue early next year and it includes fiction, non-fiction,...

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Calling all NaNo participants!

Oloris is looking for writers to submit to their first ever Oloris Does NaNo collection. So whether you're plugging away on a novella or just trying to fill out your word count with a lot of short stories, wewant to see what you've done this month. (And if you're not...

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Yay! We’re aliiive!

Welcome to the New and Improved Oloris Bookstore!  We're excited to be back up and ready to greet all those who love books, beauty, and inspiration. Our infinite love and gratitude to all those who have supported us over a turbulent summer. We promise that we have a...

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Oloris acquires YA series ‘Tijaran Tales’ by F.T. Barbini

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (March 1, 2014) -- Oloris Publishing is excited to announce the acquisition of Tijaran Tales by F. T. Barbini. A thrilling new series to be published through the Koru Books imprint. In 2550, Earth survived its first, and only, Chemical War… The...

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Limited Edition: Robyn Stone-Kraft’s ‘Uncertain Rustling’

 "It's a heart! She cried  in delight lifting the shaped stalks  of bamboo, forced to grow  in a proscribed shape." Uncertain Rustling features 20 select poems from Oloris Publishing Spring 2013 Poetry Competition winner, Robyn Stone-Kraft. Read Ms. Stone-Kraft's...

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Silver Leaves Issue 5: The Hobbit — Now Available!

Issue 5: The Hobbit is now available! Place your order for this or any issue of Silver Leaves on September 22 and we'll send you a special thank you gift with every print copy. Highlights from this issue include articles from Sarah Bauerle, Kelly Cowling, and...

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Wrath, Ruin and a Red Nightfall Video Release

Oloris Publishing is pleased to announce the release of a video by artist/photographer John Cockshaw for his book Wrath, Ruin and a Red Nightfall. This lavish art book is scheduled for release in 2014, but a sneak peek is available now by way of the film. Cockshaw...

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Announcing David Rowe’s ‘The Proverbs of Middle-earth’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 9 2013) – Oloris Publishing is pleased to announce David Rowe's The Proverbs of Middle-earth, scheduled to be released later this year. Proverbs are ships in which wisdom sails. On his great Tree of Tales, it is the leaves – the tiny...

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If you ever wanted LotRProject posters, there’s good news!

To new and established Tolkien fans alike, we have to admit that there has probably been a somewhat frustrating point in our journeys into Middle-earth where we wished that there were visual guides right in front of us to help keep track of the extensive history of...

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LotR Project posters from Emil Johansson and Oloris Publishing

Oloris Publishing is proud to work with Emil Johansson of the Lord of the Rings Project by making some of his work available as posters. Lord of the Rings Project, commonly shortened to LotRProject, is a creative web project dedicated to documenting details in the...

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Oloris Publishing Acquires Silver Leaves Journal

Via Lily Milos of Middle-earth News: As The White Tree Fund closes its doors, the Silver Leaves Journal finds a new home. Oloris Publishing is excited to announce the recent acquisition of Silver Leaves, formerly the official journal of The White Tree Fund. On January...

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Silver Leaves Journal: Call for submissions

Silver Leaves Journal is calling for submissions for our fifth issue, to be published by Oloris Publishing. The theme of this issue will be 'The Hobbit.' Silver Leaves is welcoming artwork submissions, and all academic, journalistic, reflective, and creative...

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‘Glorious Warriors’ and a call for artists!

Oloris Publishing is pleased to announce an exciting new title to be published early next year: Glorious Warriors and That Which They Defend: War and Politics in Middle-earth by Timothy R. Furnish, Ph.D. Tolkien's legendarium has been dissected and deconstructed from...

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Attention, artists!

Oloris Publishing is seeking passionate artists and craftspeople who may be interested in working with us on an upcoming project. We are looking for: Illustrators working in either traditional or digital media, specialising in manuscript illumination or Celtic,...

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Press Release: Oloris Publishing Announces Release of Ebook

"Seer: A Wizard's Journal" is now available as an eBook in both EPUB and iPad formats Oloris Publishing is pleased to announce that “Seer: A Wizard’s Journal” is now published in EPUB format, an open source eReading digital format that is the industry standard and...

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EPUB version of ‘Seer’

The EPUB version of Seer: A Wizard’s Journal by renowned artist and illustrator Jef Murray will soon be available from Oloris! Keep watching this space for the most up-to-date news on all of Oloris' titles. The print version of this title can currently be purchased...

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MEDIA ADVISORY

Oloris Publishing unfolds its wings with the release of its inaugural book. What: Oloris Publishing is excited to announce that Seer: A Wizard's Journal, the first full-length title from author and illustrator Jef Murray, will be released on May 31st. This thoughtful...

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‘Seer: A Wizard’s Journal’ by Jef Murray

Seer: A Wizard's Journal takes us on a mystical journey through the seasons. Wending our way through time and space, we meet monks, elves, dwarves, angels, apparitions, and, of course, wizards. We venture into the hidden world that is all around us, the world that...

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‘Seer: A Wizard’s Journal’ by Jef Murray

We are excited to announce that 'Seer: A Wizard's Journal,' the first full-length title from author and illustrator Jef Murray, will be released on May 31st. This thoughtful and beautifully-illustrated book will be available in both soft-cover and electronic formats,...

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