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