About Maaja

Maaja Wentz — Author

Maaja Wentz is an award-winning writer and teacher-librarian in Toronto, Canada. She reads and participates in panel discussions at public cultural events as well as book-oriented Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions.

Maaja Wentz is a regular at Words of the Season Readings

Maaja Wentz reading at Words of the Season

Maaja’s Awards & Published Works

    • “You,” won a short story prize in the national Norma Epstein Foundation competition for Creative Writing, University of Toronto
    • “When Johnny Mars Turns Five,” was a finalist in the Science Fiction Poetry Association contest
    • “Fallow God” appears in EDGE’s Urban Green Man Anthology
    • “Wild Caving” is published in the WCDR Amprosia anthology. It was a finalist in the related short story competition, which offers a $1000.00 top prize
    • Maaja’s second ever slam piece, “Flimflam,” won the 2016 WCDR poetry slam competition.

 

Amprosia launch with my brother Sean.

Maaja at Amprosia launch with her brother Sean.

Mystery/Thriller Novel: Feeding Frenzy

  • HQ Love Watty award. (Given to the stories most read and recommended by Wattpad staff)
  • Selected as a “Featured Story” by Wattpad
  • # 11 in Mystery/ Thriller

Feeding Frenzy is a supernatural thriller which explores our obsession with food. Sweet but chubby Tonya isn’t privy to her town’s darkest secrets, but when campus is overrun by a deadly obesity epidemic, only she can resist a hidden mind-controlling entity. Can Tonya uncover the mystery of its power before it’s too late?

It’s a witch’s brew of intrigue with a dollop of comedy, a teaspoon of romance, and a pinch of horror.

Feeding Frenzy by Maaja Wentz wins a Watty Award.

Feeding Frenzy by Maaja Wentz, wins the Watty Award

Student Drama

As a teacher, Maaja has written and produced four plays with students, as well as a movie, The Fiendish Plot of Doctor Cyclone. To thank her students for their hard work, the script was published as an ebook and offered to them as a free gift. The screenplay is published on Amazon via this associate link.

SF Script by Maaja Wentz, The Fiendish Plot of Doctor Cyclone

The Fiendish Plot of Doctor Cyclone by Maaja Wentz

Can a handful of kids defeat a cyborg army — and their parents? When parents on a Moon base start acting strangely, it’s up to their kids to unravel the mystery and battle a mad scientist with a heart of titanium.

Community Drama

The Alumnae Theatre in Toronto produced Maaja’s short play, “Midnight Fran-Pire” for Nuit Blanche and presented her other shorts as staged readings.

Maaja directed Flora Danziger’s drama about Apartheid in South Africa, “Eulalie and the Great March,” for Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival.

Eulalie and the Great March

Eulalie and the Great March directed by Maaja Wentz

Maaja’s Creative Writing Online

Selected links to Maaja’s Creative Writing: “Blasted Bloomers,” (Link to get the free ebook from all major ebook stores) This is a prequel to Feeding Frenzy. When sweet but chubby Tonya scores a date with a bright, athletic hunk, she wonders what he sees in her. To assure her date is a success, she decides to …

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