CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION
NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Weekly Notices for the week of DEC. 19, 2011
–9 Items 5 new listings
SEASON’S GREETINGS TO EVERYONE! HOPING 2012 IS A GREAT YEAR FOR ALL!
****Remember to check out writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website: http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml
ITEM 1: CAA- NCR MONTHLY MEETING TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2012
DO’S AND DON’TS OF MARKETING YOUR WORK NEW!
PANEL : DAVE MULLINGTON, EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD, AND J.C. SULZENKO
LOCATION: MAIN BRANCH, OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY, METCALFE AND LAURIER 7:00 P.M.
The panel will discuss the do’s and don’ts of self-promotion, moderated by Sharyn Heagle, author and president of the CAA – NCR. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the successes and some of the pitfalls of self-marketing – what works and what doesn’t.
DAVE MULLINGTON, retired journalist, has published two non-fiction works, Chain of Office and Charlotte: The Last Suffragette. For the latter, he received the Ontario Historical Society’s Donald Grant Creighton Award this past June. Mullington began writing non-fiction books after taking early retirement following a 34-year career, working on newspapers across Canada, in Australia and in Hong Kong. For the last 19 years before retiring, he worked at The Ottawa Citizen as both reporter and copy editor.
EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD’S stories and novels reflect her love of writing about Canada and extra-ordinary Canadians. Herstories have appeared in History Magazine, Canadian Stories Magazine, and Western People. She’s written ten fiction and non-fiction books: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Ukulele Yukon, Letters From Inside, The Creative Spirit, It Happened in Canada, It Happened in Canada Book 2, Personal Notes, and The Whistling Bishop. An award-winning author, she was named a Finalist for the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for The Whistling Bishop.
JC SULZENKO’S poetry has been presented on radio and television and appears in several publications. She’s been featured at The Ottawa International Writers Festival and Ottawa Kid Lit Galas. JC has published six children’s books including Fat poems Tall poems Long poems Small and Boot Crazy. Her play for children about Alzheimer’s disease, What my grandma means to say, premiered at the Ottawa International Writers Festival (OIWF) in 2009, and is offered in The Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County’s education programs for youth. The storybook, adapted from the play, was launched at the OIWF in May, 2011. JC leads workshops for emerging writers of all ages.
SHARYN HEAGLE: Following a business career in Canadian private and public sectors in an administrative field, Sharyn Heagle moved to New England, worked in communications and was Contributing Editor of an association magazine. At the University of New Hampshire, she received two Writing Across the Curriculum awards, taught English as a Second Language. She earned a BA in Communications graduating with an MA in English in 1996. Sharyn then taught for two years at Shoin Women’s University in Kobe, Japan. Since returning to Canada in 1998, Sharyn has had work aired on CBC radio, been short-listed in the CBC Literary Awards and the Larry Turner Award contests, and published in Lichen literary magazine. Her first children’s story was self-published in 2006, and her novel, A Clear Range of Vision in 2008.
More information at: http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/meetings.shtml
Enter the 25th National Capital Writing Contest. The deadline is February 3, 2012 (the first Friday in February each year).
The 25th Annual National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC) is accepting entries in the following categories:
* Short Story (max. 2500 words)
* Poetry (not Haiku; max. 60 lines including title & blank lines)
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S CONTEST
Prizes (in each category) We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors:
* 1st Prize: $500 sponsored by CAA–NCR
* 2nd Prize: $250 sponsored by The Ottawa Citizen
* 3rd Prize: $100 Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeebar
See the Literary Awards page for full contest details and the winners from the previous year’s NCWC. http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/awards.shtml
ITEM 3: DECEMBER’S WRITESCAPE COMPANION with info on upcoming Writescape workshops! NEW!
The December Writescape Companion newsletter is available for download at www.writescape.ca. Stuffed as full as a Christmas stocking with eight pages of writing prompts, tips and links, you’ll discover everything you need to keep you writing through the busy holiday season. You’ll also find the news on Writescape workshops, courses and retreats to keep you writing through the New Year. Like these:
- Write to Win! in Aurora Saturday, January 21 with Dorothea Helms and Ruth Walker
- It’s Not What You Earn, It’s What You Keep January 28 Gwynn Scheltema’s one-day tax tips workshop for writers & artists
- Write On! January 23 to March 5
- From Query to Byline: Getting Published and Paid February 1 to February 29 A five-week course in magazine writing
- Registration is open for Spring Thaw 2012 at Elmhirst’s Resort March 30 to April 1—or April 3 if you choose the Extend-Your-Pen option
- A six-week creative writing for course for intermediate writers
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 4: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL NEW DEADLINE
DEADLINE: January 15 for the February issue
Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor
ITEM 5: GEIST EMERGING WRITER OF THE MONTH
An enlightened online space for new writers to test-drive their work.
How it works: Emerging writers are invited to submit short written works online. Geist chooses and publishes one piece each month on a dedicated web page. Geist readers and like-minded people are then invited to comment on the featured work.
Who is eligible?
- Canadian students enrolled in secondary or post-secondary courses and/or writing workshops are eligible.
- The writer should have no more than 2 short works published in established print or online magazines, books or websites. (Blogs, zines and in-house school publications are exempt.)
For full details: http://www.geist.com/gewm
ITEM 6: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM GREEN COLLEGE, UBC NEW!
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2012
Green College at the University of British Columbia invites applications from Canadian writers normally resident outside the Lower Mainland of BC, for the position of Canada Council Writer-in-Residence at the College. The term of the residency will be three months within the period between September 1 and December 15, 2012, subject to funding approval.
The Writer-in-Residence will work with the Green College community through consultations and workshops, and will create and coordinate a public series of literary events, as part of the College´s academic programming for the UBC and local community. She or he will be expected to live at the College for the term of the residency, and will be provided with reimbursement for economy-fare travel (within Canada) to and from Vancouver, room and partial board during the stay, and a stipend of $18,000. Additional funding will be available to support the public series of events. For its 2012 residency the College seeks a writer of established reputation in any genre/s (at least two books in print or equivalent public recognition) and with significant previous experience of arranging and hosting literary events. Only complete applications received by postal mail by the deadline are accepted.
Please send applications to:Writer-in-Residence Selection Committee Green College, The University of British Columbia 6201 Cecil Green Park Road Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
questions may be directed to Tatiana Tomljanovic, Communications Manager, at
email@example.com or 604.822.0676.
ITEM 7: THREE ANTHOLOGIES SEEKING SUBMISSIONS
BIBLIOTHECA FANTASTICA SUBMISSION PERIOD: Dec. 15 2011 – Mar. 31, 2012
Anthology from Dagan Books is looking for “Stories having to do with lost, rare, weird, or imaginary books, or any aspect of book history or book culture, past, present, future, or uchronic. Any genre. Although the fantastical is not essential per se, stories should evoke a sense of the fantastic, the unknown, the weird, wonder, terror, mystery, pulp, and/or adventure, etc.”
Full details on their sitehttp://daganbooks.com/2011/11/14/new-anthology-bibliotheca-fantastica-opens-for-submissions-dec-15-2011/
TESSERACTS SIXTEEN SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Feb. 29, 2012
From Edge Publishing, recently released the guidelines for the latest volume in their speculative anthology, which will be edited by Mark Leslie. They’re looking for stories and poems that “focus on art, music, literature and cultural elements which are integral to the story. ” This anthology is only open to Canadians citizens (including ex-pats), landed immigrants (aka permanent residents) and long time residents.
HERE BE MONSTERS ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 16, 2012
Here Be Monsters is seeking stories for their sixth issue, out in winter 2012. They will accept stories in any genre. This anthology is only open to Canadian residents.
ITEM 8: CONTESTS WITH DECEMBER DEADLINES
EARTHBOUND PUBLISHERS DECEMBER FLASH FICTION
DEADLINE: DEC. 31, 2011 SUBMISSIONS: Submit short stories up to 500 words. Payment is 5 cents a word. Also interested in stories up to 3000 words. For guidelines see: http://www.earthboundfiction.com/submissions#1_submissionsfiction.com/submissions#1_submissions
FREEFALL MAGAZINE ANNUAL PROSE AND POETRY CONTEST 2011
- DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2011
Winners will be published in Volume XXII Number 2. Stephanie Bolster will be the guest editor/ judge for this issue. Stephanie won the Governor General’s Award and the Gerlad Lampert Award in 1998 as well as the Archibald Lampman Award in 2000. She has taught creative writing at Concordia University since 2000. http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html
CONTESTS WITH JANUARY DEADLINES:
VERSEFEST OTTAWA PRE-FESTIVAL EVENT:
- THE POETRY FOR THE END OF THE WORLD CONTEST
DEADLINE JANUARY 7, 2012
Submit your poems here for the Poetry for the End of the World contest! Write on the subject of the end of the world (as you know it). Poems can be any length and style.
Contest open to residents of Ottawa (and those willing to travel to Ottawa for the party.) The winner and runners-up will be invited to perform at the Poetry for the End of the World fundraiser on January 21st, and the winning poem will be officially, and literally, launched to the end of the earth. Details:http://versefest.ca/?page_id=99
NOTE: VERSeFest OTTAWA WILL RUN FEBRUARY 28 TO MARCH 4, 2012, stay tuned for upcoming announcements!
GEIST 8TH ANNUAL LITERAL LITERARY POSTCARD STORY CONTEST DEADLINE: January 15, 2012 http://www.geist.com/articles/8th-annual-literal-literary-postcard-story-contest
OPL CONTEST: YOUNG POETS AND AUTHORS – ON YOUR MARK! GET SET! WRITE! DEADLINE: January 30, 2012 Details : www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca
ARC POETRY MAGAZINE’S POEM OF THE YEAR –CONTEST DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2012 For past winners, contest mailing address, entry fee and submission details, visit Arc Poetry Magazine at arcpoetry.ca
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
ITEM 9: FIRST EDITION READING SERIES NEW!
LOCATION: Backbeat Books, Music & Gifts 6 Wilson Street West, Perth, On. 613-466-0663
TIME: all readings begin at 7:00 p.m.
DEC. 30, 2011 A PEDLAR PRESS NIGHT…
A Pedlar Press Night of Nights featuring Beth Follett, Maureen Hynes, and Phil Hall, winner of the 2011 Governor General’s Award for poetry. Holiday treats will be served and wonderful Pedlar titles wrapped in ribbon will be available. Please call the shop at 613-466-0663 to reserve seats!