NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Weekly Notices for the week of January 30, 2012
–13 Items 4 new calls and events, 2 new contests
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ITEM 1: NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC) 2012
LAST CALL DEADLINE FEB. 3RD!
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 2: CAA-NCR WRITERS RETREAT
Dates: Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29, 2012
Location: The Cove Country Inn, Westport, Ontario
Best-selling Author BARBARA KYLE, Workshop Leader, has taught her “Writers Boot Camp” for the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and offers twice-yearly Master Classes that focus on workshopping each participant’s novel-in-progress. Visit www.BarbaraKyle.com
Details now available at our website: http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/events.shtml
Or to obtain a brochure and for more information please e-mail Phyllis Bohonis: email@example.com
ITEM 3: CAA – NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION MONTHLY MEETING
FOLKTALE, MYTH, FAIRY TALE, DREAMS, URBAN LEGEND: CONTEMPORARY FANTASY
DATE: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 7:00 P.M.
LOCATION: Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library, Metcalfe And Laurier
SPEND A MAGICAL EVENING WITH CHARLES DE LINT chatting and discussing the genre of contemporary/urban fantasy.
Charles de Lint is a full-time writer and musician who lives in Ottawa. With 36 novels and 35 books of short fiction published, he is known as a pioneer and master of the contemporary fantasy genre. Under My Skin, the first book of a new young adult series called The Wildlings is due to be published by Penguin Canada in March 2012. Charles also recently released Old Blue Truck – a music CD of his original story songs.
For more information, visit his Web site at www.charlesdelint.com.
ITEM 4: CAA-NCR WORKSHOP WRITING LIVES WITH CHARLOTTE GRAY
DATE: Saturday, February 25, 2012 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Algonquin College, Room T230, 1385 Woodroffe Ave. Ottawa
Charlotte will cover both her own life as a writer (schedule, approach to research, organisation etc.) and also the challenge of biographical narrative. She invites workshop participants to bring one paragraph or page of whatever they are writing, for class feedback. This is not mandatory.
Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known writers, and author of eight acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. Her most recent book is Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike. Her previous seven books were all award-winning bestsellers. Born in Sheffield, England, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, Charlotte currently chairs the board of Canada’s National History Society, which publishes the magazine Canada’s History (formerly The Beaver.) Charlotte is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
To register please e-mail Arlene Smith firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information please visit: http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/workshops.shtml
ITEM 5: NERYS PARRY VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR JAN. 23–Feb.3, 2012
Man & Other Natural Disasters by Nerys Parry on tour with NURTURE Virtual BOOK Tourz™ “Shortlisted for the Kenneth R. Wilson Canadian Business Press Award, FreeFall’s Fall Fiction Contest, and the Event Non-Fiction Award.” The schedule for the book tour can be viewed on-line at www.nerysparry.com/upcoming-events. Main stops are listed below:
* January 30th – Jaidis S. @ Juniper Grove
* January 30th – Jennifer @ Mad Moose Mama
* January 31st – Lindsay H @ Everyday Is An Adventure
* February 1st – Morgen B. @ Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog
* February 2nd – Gail An. @ Gail Anderson-Dargatz
* February 2nd – Laurie J. @ Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews
* February 3rd – Bobbie @ Nurture Virtual Book Tourz™ Blog
ITEM 6: EAC—NCR SEMINAR SERIES 2012
TOPIC: EIGHT-STEP EDITING
Date: February 8, 2012
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Editors’ Association of Canada offers seminars with a hands-on approach to many facets of copy editing and writing. Editors, writers, and communicators can refine their skills, enhance their knowledge base, and improve their communication expertise with seminars taught by industry experts at the highly regarded National Capital Region Branch seminars.
NOTE: Space is limited. The workshop Is open to everyone. EAC members receive a reduced rate.
CONTACT: Pat Patterson, Public Relations, EAC-NCR, email@example.com
ITEM 7: TWUC WORKSHOP: HOW TO BE YOUR OWN PUBLICIST!
The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is offering the Professional Development Workshop HOW TO BE YOUR OWN PUBLICIST in Toronto, Winnipeg , Calgary , Vancouver , and Victoria, in February and March of 2012. The workshops take place from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. For those who can’t attend in one of the participating cities, a 3-hour webinar will be offered, distilling the highlights of the workshop.
Authors Elizabeth Ruth and Ann Douglas will present on traditional but innovative book marketing strategies as well as new media opportunities for writers. Kelly Duffin, Executive Director of The Writers’ Union of Canada, will update participants on the latest evolutions in the publishing landscape. The price of this symposium is $89.00 and covers costs, including lunch, $75 for members of The Writers’ Union of Canada. For registration information please go to http://www.writersunion.ca/registration.pdf . Please circulate this information to writers you think might be interested in coming to this event. Space is limited so register today.
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 8: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
DEADLINE: February 15 for the March 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 9: 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.
ITEM 10: VALLUM 9:2 – URBAN LANDSCAPES / HIDDEN CITY NEW!
Deadline: 10 April 2012
The cityscape has fascinated people since the flâneurs of Paris and beyond. An explosion of mechanical and other structures surrounds us. But what is unseen, underground or hidden often eludes us. What are some of these hidden aspects of the cityscape or the urban landscape? No electronic submissions. Please mail submissions to: Vallum, P.O. Box 598, Victoria Stn, Montreal, Quebec, H3Z 2Y6, Canada
ITEM 11: BIFF BAM POP! ANNOUNCES OPEN CALL FOR SHORT
HORROR/THRILLER/SUSPENSE ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSIONS
DEADLINE: 11:59 P.M. APRIL 1, 2012
Now accepting submissions for the inaugural BIFF BAM POP! Short Story Anthology.
Writers must submit their original prose before 11:59pm April 1st, 2012 deadline. A panel of BIFF BAM POP! representatives will review every submission received, and those selected will be published in the Short Story Anthology to be released this Fall.
Submissions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org (RTF or Microsoft Word files). Please see the official submission guidelines for complete information about submitting to the BIFF BAM POP! Short Story Anthology.
About BIFF BAM POP! Established in August 2008, Biff Bam Pop! is a website devoted to the world of pop culture, from comic books and video games, to movies, books, and music. For additional information, visit www.biffbampop.com.
For more information, please contact: Andy Burns, Editor-In-Chief, BIFF BAM POP!
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
ITEM 12 : JAN. 30 to FEB. 5 EVENTS AT COLLECTED WORKS NEW!
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Friday, Feb. 3 7:00 P.M. Carmen Aguirre reads from Something Fierce
When Carmen Aguirre was six, she and her family were among the many Chileans who fled to Canada as refugees from the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, which overthrew Chile’s democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in 1973. Five years later, her mother decided to join the Chilean resistance movement in South America, and she moved back to Bolivia, bringing Carmen and her younger sister along with her. Something Fierce is Aguirre’s memoir of growing up living a double life, torn between her dedication to the cause and a teenage girl’s normal preoccupations of boys and pop music. There’s both drama and humour in the stories of her harrowing adolescence and young adulthood. Something Fierce, which was published just last spring, has garnered rave reviews and was named to the longlist of the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.
This event is presented in association with the Great Canadian Theater Company.
Sunday, Feb. 5 2:00 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M. Meet Aubrey Verboven, author of Border Crossings
Aubrey Verboven spent most of the 1990’s living and travelling in Eastern Europe with his wife. During this time, he worked for various aid groups and international organizations including Médecins Sans Frontières, CARE Canada, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration.
Border Crossings is his first novel and he will be in the shop this afternoon to talk about his experiences, sign copies of it and answer questions about both his experiences and his awesome new book.
WRITING CONTESTS COMING UP
ITEM 13: CONTESTS WITH FEBRUARY DEADLINES
The CBC Literary Prize: Short Story Competition
The CBC Literary Prizes recognize the best in original, unpublished writing by Canadians.
Three contests to enter:
CBC Poetry Prize. Competition opens December 1; deadline February 1.
CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Competition opens March 1; deadline May 1.
Visit http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/ for full contest details
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.
The Malahat Review’s 2012 Novella Prize Deadline: February 1, 2012 Prize: $1500 CAD
Read full guidelines here: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/novella_contest/info.html
OPL CONTEST: YOUNG POETS AND AUTHORS – ON YOUR MARK! GET SET! WRITE! DEADLINE: EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 6TH. Details: www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca
7th Annual Accenti Writing Contest Deadline: February 7, 2012 http://www.accenti.ca/writing-contest The contest is open to prose works on any topic. Send your short stories, travel writing or personal essays to Accenti Magazine. Multiple entries welcome. Top Prize is $1,000 and publication. Winners will be Celebrated at the 14th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, April 18 to 23, 2012. Also check out Accenti’s photo contest at https://www.accenti.ca/photo-contest
GEIST 8TH ANNUAL LITERAL LITERARY POSTCARD STORY CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED: February 15, 2012
THE NEW QUARTERLY NICK BLATCHFORD OCCASIONAL VERSE CONTEST DEADLINE: Postmarked February 28, 2012
$1,000 for one glorious poem written in response to an occasion, personal or public – poems of gratitude or grief, poems that celebrate or berate, poems that make of something an occasion or simply mark one. Another $1,000 in prize money will be distributed as the judges fancy. The best of what we see will be published in The New Quarterly at our usual rates, and posted on our website. For full details, see www.tnq.ca/contests
NEW CONTEST NOTICES
The 2013 KEN KLONSKY Novella Contest http://www.quattrobooks.ca/submissions/ Quattro Books will publish the two best novella manuscripts by a Canadian author as part of their 2013 Publishing list. The novella manuscript should be completed, neatly typed, and not less than 20 000 words or more than 40 000 words. Note the number of words on the cover. Your name may appear in the manuscript’s header or footer. Please take a look at the type of novellas Quattro publishes; we publish literary fiction and do not publish genre fiction (Science fiction or Romances.) You may send your manuscripts anytime between March 01, 2012 and June 01, 2012. Send your manuscript, along with a $15 reader’s fee and your email address, to: Quattro Books Inc, CSI second floor, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 2R4. Manuscripts will not be returned. Reader’s Fee $15
Grain Magazine’s 24th Annual Short Grain Writing Contest Deadline April 1, 2012 (postmarked). Grain awards $4,500 in cash prizes! Winning entries will be published in the pages of Grain! The entry fee is $35 which includes a FREE one-year subscription to Grain Magazine! Our judges are counted among Canada’s finest writers! One entry fee allows you to enter a maximum of two entries in either of two categories: Poetry in any form to a maximum of 100 lines; Short Fiction in any style to a maximum of 2500 words. Judges are: rob mclennan, Poetry, and Lawrence Hill, Fiction. Three prizes will be awarded in each category: 1st prize = $1,000, 2nd prize = $750, 3rd prize = $500. Consult Grain’s website, grainmagazine.ca, for complete rules and guidelines. http://www.grainmagazine.ca/contest.html