A Batesville publishing company and a Melbourne writer will be awarded two of the twelve 2012 Pulp Ark Awards for pulp fiction publications on April 21, 2012. Pro Se Presents, a pulp magazine created by Batesville publishing company Pro Se Productions, won Best Pulp Magazine. Tommy Hancock of Melbourne, a Batesville native, won Best Novel for his publication Yesteryear. An awards ceremony for the twelve winners will take place in Batesville on Saturday, April 21, 2012, during the 2nd Annual Pulp Ark Convention and Writers Conference. The winning publications and artwork will be featured in a silent auction during the convention, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project.
Pulp Ark 2012 award winners will additionally be honored by the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project on Thursday, April 19th, in a reception at Morningside Coffee House. The winning publications and artwork will be on display, and pulp authors will read from their works throughout the evening. The reception is open to the public and will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Batesville's Pulp Ark Convention and Writers Conference is the leading pulp culture convention in the south. It will be held at the Independence County Fairgrounds on April 20-22, featuring celebrity guests such as Felix Silla, best known for his role as “Cousin Itt” in the Addams Family television show, and Stephen Jared, who is involved with the popular Nickelodeon program iCarly. Other attractions will include the jazz music of Searcy native Ryan Hoyle; Order of Tyr, a cutting edge video game metal band; and a viewing of the first Tarzan movie ever made.
Pulp fiction refers to inexpensive fiction magazines published in the first half of the 20th century. Pulps were the successor to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short fiction magazines of the 19th century. Modern superhero comic books are sometimes considered descendants of "hero pulps". Modern day pulp writers and artists draw from the content and style of the pulp publications of the 1900s.
The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project is pleased to support local authors and to welcome dozens of pulp writers and artists from around the United States to Batesville. For more information about the Literacy Project, call (870) 793-5912 or visit www.literacyindependence.org. For more information about the Pulp Ark Convention and Writers Conference, call 870-834-4022 or visit pulpark.blogspot.com.