For Immediate Release: October 11, 2023


Senior Editor Carmella Gray-Cosgrove
Acting Executive Director Elisabeth De Mariaffi

St. John’s, NL: Riddle Fence Publishing Inc. is excited to announce that after a rigorous and competitive submission process, our Debuts imprint has acquired the first fiction release for its inaugural year of publication.

Edinburgh Short Story first prize winner Kate Segriff’s debut collection of short stories, ANIMALS IN CAPTIVITY will be published in May 2024. Segriff is working with editor Eva Crocker, and we could not be more thrilled to see this collaboration at work.

Canadian writer Segriff was announced as the winner of the 2023 Edinburgh Short Story Prize this past Saturday, September 30, for her story “The Many Coffees of Marissa”. Judge Ian Rankin had this to say about Segriff’s work: “So clever and fresh in its approach. The main character’s daily struggles at work are turned into fantasies as she imagines herself anew, based on misspellings of her name on her daily takeaway coffee cup… I hadn’t seen anything like it before.”

Full bios for our author and editor follow below. For more information, or to pre-order your review copy, please contact Riddle Fence Senior Editor Carmella Gray-Cosgrove.

Debuts is a non-profit publishing imprint that releases first titles from Canadian citizens or residents who have been previously published in Riddle Fence Journal of Arts & Culture. We are strictly a first-book imprint concentrated on securely propelling emerging artists from our pages into the professional world of publishing. We are an artist-run organization whose publishing focus is to serve the artist and the arts community. Our publishing selections and subsequent mentorship will reflect this organizational culture.

Riddle Fence Publishing Inc. is grateful for the support of the Government of Newfoundland, ArtsNL, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the City of St. John’s. 

Kate Segriff (she/her) is a writer and filmmaker whose work has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry, The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire Magazine, and Prism International, among others. She is excited to have her first collection of short stories published by Riddle Fence’s Debuts and is proud to have already had works of art, fiction, and poetry featured in the magazine. She won the Space and Time Magazine Iron Writer Award, The London Independent Story Award, and the Pulp Literature Bumblebee Award for Flash Fiction. Her feminist short films have been selected for over fifty film festivals worldwide. No stranger to Newfoundland, her short films and plays have been featured at the St. Johns International Women’s Film festival and the Woman’s Work Festival. She splits her time between Toronto and Cape Breton Island and tries valiantly to ride the chaotic wave of life with her high-energy spouse and three children. She is currently completing a Post Graduate Degree in Human Rights and International Ethics at the University of Leicester. 

Eva Crocker grew up in Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland) and lives in Tiohti:áke (Montreal).!Her debut novel All I Ask!was long-listed for the 2020 Giller Prize and won the 2020 BMO Winterset Award. Her short story collection Barreling Forward was shortlisted for Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQS2 Writers and won the Alistair MacLeod Award for Short Fiction and the CAA Emerging Author’s Award. Her forthcoming novel Back in the Land of the Living will be published by House of Anansi Press in 2023. She is a PhD student in Concordia University’s Interdisciplinary Humanities program where she is researching visual art from Newfoundland.