CAA National Capital Region Literary Happenings Week of April 30


Weekly Notices for the week of April 30, 2012

 –16 Items 7 NEW EVENTS & 1 NEW CONTEST!

####Please send all submission and event notices to Carol Stephen at

****Remember to check out writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website


DATE:  TUESDAY, MAY 8  7:00 P.M.
Awards night is May 8th to honour the Short Story and Poetry winners and finalists of the National Capital Writing Contest.

Ottawa Public Library's Main Branch, designed ...

Ottawa Public Library's Main Branch (Wikipedia)

CAA-NCR                                        1ST Prize
The Ottawa Citizen                         2nd Prize
Collected Works Bookstore             3rd Prize

Finalists announced for 25th Annual National Capital Writing Contest

Alison Griffith, Nepean – A Writer’s Page  
Maureen Korp, King Edward Ave. Ottawa – Friday Afternoon
Joan McKay, Ulster Crescent, Ottawa – In the Beginning
Joan McKay, Ulster Crescent, Ottawa – In the Middle of this Century (Dust Covered)
Carol Stephen, Carleton Place – Walking in Thomson’s Red Sumac
Luminita Suse, Gloucester – Mammogram

Dick Bourgeois-Doyle, Felicity Crescent, Ottawa – Sylvain et Les Senateurs
James Hooper, Dorion Ave., Ottawa – The Shifting Sands
Roberta Jones, Rockhurst Road, Ottawa – The Stringhouse
Karen Massey, Glenora Street, Ottawa – Tar Man
Ken McBeath,  Perth – Walking the Tunnel
André Narbonne, Stewart Street, Ottawa – My mother is in shadow at the top of the stairs
Miriam Sciala, Lanark – Music Mag

“The National Capital Writing Contest is the biggest event of our program year,” says Sharyn Heagle, President – National Capital Region (Ottawa) Branch of the Canadian Authors Association. The contest was open to any writer within the National Capital Region.


Four days, four ways to access masters, muses & magic!
Win an iPad!  The first 50 registrants will be entered in a draw to win an iPad!
The draw will be held during the conference.

DATES:          Thurs. May 17, 2012 4:00 P.M. to Monday May 21, 2012 1:30 P.M.
LOCATION:  Lakehead University, Orillia Campus, 500 University Ave. Orillia, Ontario  L3V 0B9

Orillia Opera House

Orillia Opera House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Driving directions:,%20Orillia,%20Ontario,%20L3V%200B9,%20CA

Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of your day-to-day routine ? Are you suffering from a serious case of writers’ block?  Want to jump start those creative juices by talking shop with fellow writers? Could that draft you’ve been working on benefit from some constructive feedback from your peers or a professional editor? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, the Canadian Authors Association is delighted to invite you to our 91st annual writers’ conference. Join us for easy access to the following options:

* Personal writing time
* Writing circles – learn from your peers
* Blue pencil sessions – get feedback from professionals
* Hands on writing workshops
* Master classes for published and mid-career authors
* Voice coaching for truly effective readings
* Hands on help with social media tools and techniques
* Open mike readings
* Opportunities to promote and sell your book

More information and a link to register:

Questions about CanWrite? Feel free to send us an email or call our toll-free number.
And remember: Register soon for a one-in-fifty chance to win a brand new iPad.

Anita Purcell & Courtney Thompson
Canadian Authors Association
Tel: 705 719 3926 TF: 1 866 216 6222


DATE:          Sunday May 6  Time: 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Ottawa Citizen Building, 1101 Baxter Road, Ottawa

Ottawa Romance Writers Association is offering a workshop on Homicide. Well known in the criminal investigation community, Steve Roberts consults with and instructs agencies in the U.S. concerning police procedures. He has worked on movies as the police expert and is acknowledged in several fictional mysteries for helping authors with correct police procedure. He will be talking about homicides from the angle of what the Lieutenant Detective (the person in charge) is thinking about from the time the call comes in.

Guests pay a small fee. Find more details at

Hosted by Suzanne Harris, CAA – Alberta Branch member 

Mount Lycabettus, Athens, Greece. Français : L...

Mount Lycabettus, Athens, Greece (Wikipedia)

Registration deadline is May 15. Reserve your creative escape soon!

Writers, our Slow Down and Just Be retreat (September 2012) was designed with you in mind. Join us for a two-week experiential escape that encourages you to slow down and immerse in Greek village life, relax, and reset the balance in your life. The retreat will take you from the busy streets of Athens to a peaceful seaside village in the southern Peloponnese. You will leave relaxed and renewed, with new experiences to draw upon in your creative endeavours.

This retreat is largely unstructured, allowing you plenty of free time to do your own thing, while eliminating the worries of navigating a new culture and language on your own. We will be a small team of only 12. We’ve done all the planning and organizing. The only thing missing is you!   Visit for details.


Banff Centre

Banff Centre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apply by June 15, 2012 for the following writing programs:

 Mountain and Wilderness Writing
 October 26 – November 16, 2012 Manuscript Development: August 14 – October 15


Writing With Style (Fall) September 9 – 15, 2012

Apply Today

Wired Writing Studio October 1 – 13, 2012

Apply Today

Aboriginal Emerging Writers – Apply by May 1, 2012

Self-directed Writing Residencies – Ongoing


Carleton University River

Carleton University River (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“All good writing is swimming underwater and holding your breath.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Richard Taylor will offer the Summer Fiction Workshop, English 2903A, Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m. from May-August. This half credit course will appeal to anyone interested in writing post card stories, short stories, novels, and creative non-fiction such as blogs, personal essays, humour, travel and memoir writing. Time will be devoted to fun, stimulating writing exercises, learning how to balance inspiration and discipline, finding a personal voice, choosing a subject and developing a sense of structure. For one assignment, the class will be organized into groups of three writers and each group will write a three chapter mini novel. There will be group critiques of works-in-progress and creative revision and self-editing. The workshop will consist of beginners, and more advanced writers of all genres. On warm evenings some class time will be on the banks of the Rideau River. For more info, please check the English Department website; my website and e-mail Rick at

Rick has published a collection of short stories, a novel, many feature magazine articles and an Australian travel memoir, House Inside the Waves: Domesticity, Art and the Surfing Life. For 20 years he has taught over 100 writing workshops in Ottawa, Hong Kong, Australia and Tuscany. Since 1995, when he was Carleton writer-in-residence, he has taught the Fiction Workshop. This summer he will offer his Seventh Annual Write by the Lake summer writers retreat in Val-des-Monts Quebec near a waterfall at his beautiful lake house, Monet Bay. While surfing and swimming around the world, he is working on an unusual book about swimming with writers, Water & Desire. All memory is fiction – Spalding Gray


Date:  Various dates as noted
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.

Upcoming workshops:

# Punctuation and Mechanics: May 7, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
# The Secrets of Syntax: May 8, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NOTE: Space is limited. These workshops are open to everyone. EAC members receive a reduced rate.
CONTACT: Pat Patterson, Public Relations, EAC-NCR,



The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2012.

Editor Sandra McIntyre with Roseway Publishing (Nova Scotia & Manitoba) is seeking short story submissions for an upcoming anthology of political fiction. “Political” is open to interpretation—stories can be about politics, whether overtly or obliquely, or political by virtue of their stance, voice, point of view, or underpinnings.
Stories should be 4000 words maximum. There is no minimum length. Short graphic fiction is welcome. Simultaneous submissions are okay. Multiple submissions are okay. Submissions of previously published stories are okay. Canadian authors only. Payment: $100 for “anthology rights” (print and electronic rights).
Send stories by email to
Send stories by mail to:
Sandra McIntyre
c/o Roseway Publishing
32 Oceanvista Lane Black Point, NS B0J 1B0
To receive confirmation that your story has been received, please include an email address or a SASE with your submission.


DEADLINE:  May 15 for the June issue 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 and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor


Here is an opportunity to showcase and sell your books for children at the International Children’s Festival May 30- June 3rd 2012 in front of the War Museum. Baico Publishing has been approached by the festival to promote writing, reading and literacy for its annual
festival. With an expected 70,000 students and adults attending the five day event, 3 tents have been set aside for authors (two 20X20 foot tents for showcasing authors’ books and one 10X10 foot tent to do readings).
Authors with books for children (age level up to 16) have an opportunity to book a space at a table. Cost for half a table is $12.50 for half a day or $25.00 a day or $50 a day for a 6 foot
table. Book your spot, time and date by contacting George Laidlaw at or 613 831-2505.


ITEM 11: THE BYWORDS QUARTERLY JOURNAL PRESENTS POETRY & MUSIC                                                    NEW!

LOCATION: COLLECTED WORKS bookstore, 1242 Wellington St. W.
DATE:          Sunday, May 6, 2012 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Free event. a hat will be passed for donations in exchange for copies of the BQJ.
with music by John Gilles & poetry readings by A.M. Benoit, Mary Lee Bragg, Seymour Mayne & S. Elizabeth McGee Contact Info: Amanda Earl Tel (613) 868-1364;


DATE: Sunday May 13, 2012, 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Café Ninety 7, 97 Main Street Ottawa (near St. Paul’s University)
$5 at the door, $12 for families Craft table for kids
When Flowers seem boring
And brunch feels blasé
Show moms some love with poetry
On Mother’s Day
Hear some of Ottawa’s most creative
Poets and artists of spoken word
Pay their respects to all things

A donation will be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society on behalf of the “Mom on a Mission,” Campaign. (read Abby’s story at )


A street sign for Queens Quay West in the Harb...

Queens Quay West Harbourfront neighbourhood Toronto, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DATE: Thursday, June 21, 2012
LOCATION: Harbourfront Centre – Toronto
COST:  Early Bird until April 30, 2012: $142.50 Regular: $166.25 Students/Seniors: $92.75
All prices include HST

We now have more options than ever when it comes to what we read. New genres, formats, platforms, and publishing opportunities mean there is now an abundance of content to explore, but how exactly do readers make their choices?
Book Summit 2012 examines ways to connect with your audience and encourage sales. We look at new models within all sectors of the book industry, and are guided by panels of experts through the practicalities and creative considerations of reader engagement.
This event begins in the Fleck Dance Theatre located at 207 Queens Quay West.
For more information, contact the Book and Periodical Council at or view updates at

Presented by the Book and Periodical Council and Humber College in association with Authors at Harbourfront Centre.

DATE: June 5 – 8

Members of the Canadian Authors Association qualify for the members’ registration rates and are welcome to attend the events. Simply click on the droplist beside <Select for Member Rate> and select CAA. Early bird rate ends May 4, so check it out now.

MagNet, happening June 5 – 8 in Downtown Toronto, is Canada’s premiere public policy, professional development and networking conference for magazine professionals.
MagNet is the destination to network and learn, and to celebrate Canada’s dynamic magazine industry.  MagNet attendees include publishers, editors, digital media managers, printers, circulators, designers, art directors, managing editors, bloggers, freelancers, photographers, and people interested in starting a magazine. For all the information, registration and guidelines, go to Overview of MagNet at:

1242 WELLINGTON STREET WEST AT HOLLAND Check Facebook for full details or visit

Every Sunday in April! Rugrat Readers  – 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Parents, are you looking to get you and your rugrats out of the house? Looking for ways to get your child interested in reading? In need of an hour of “me” time? Then come on down to Collected Works on Sundays and have your child introduced to the love of reading by a Rugrat Reader, while you peruse the books and enjoy the coffee bar! Readings for children 5 and under from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and for children 6 and older from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, May 4 The Ottawa Storytellers present “200 Years of Grimm”  – 7:00 p.m.

Which of us hasn’t grown up hearing at least one or two of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm? Collected Works welcomes Kathie Kompass and Mary Wiggin to entertain us for an spell with some of the best tales culled from two hundred years of the Brothers Grimm.

Saturday, May 5 Playwright Creation Workshop – 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

In cooperation with the City of Ottawa cultural board in celebration of National Youth Arts Week Collected Works is pleased to be hosting a youth playwrighting workshop.
This workshop is an opportunity to explore your inner writer in a dramatic context. Playwright Karen Balcome will teach participants some new writing tools designed to inspire your imagination and allow you to express your point of view. Individual exercises and group feedback will shape the process, as we bring your theatrical voice to life.
It is open to anyone from the ages of 13-18 who has always wanted to explore the effects of words and the magic they create on the stage. There is no purer magic then that! There will be workshops at both 9:30 AM and again at twelve noon and each can accommodate 10 people.

To register contact Chris C. or call 613-722-1265

Saturday, May 5 Meet Andrew Hood, author of The Cloaca  – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Cloaca will make you make you laugh out loud now, feel bad later. Andrew Hood, one of Canada’s best short fiction writers, has done it again with this collection of strange, almost confessional stories. From community flea markets to early-morning encounters with neighbourhood drunks, each offering presents a sort of everyday spectacle you won’t be able to look away from. And why would you want to? Hood’s fictions are a literary pleasure.

Saturday, May 5 Catherine McKenzie reads from Forgotten  – 7:00 p.m.

As Emma comes to the grips with the loss of her mother, she discovers that her mother’s last act was to buy her an open-ended ticket to Tswanaland. A world away from her life, Emma decides to put her promising career as a litigator on hold to fulfill her mother’s dying wish. Early into her trip, however, Emma gets sick and is just recovering when a massive earthquake hits, turning her one-month vacation into a six-month ordeal.
When Emma returns home, she heads right to her apartment and finds that it isn’t her apartment anymore. She soon discovers that her friends and family have thought her to be dead for the past six months and life has continued on without her.
Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. A graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School, Catherine practices law in Montreal. An avid runner and skier, her novels Spin and Arranged are national bestsellers.

Sunday, May 6 Spring edition of the Bywords Quarterly Journal Launch  – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Collected Works is happy to once again host the launch of the latest quarterly edition of Bywords (the best little journal put out in Ottawa)! Join us for some readings by poets A.M. Benoit, Mary Lee Bragg, S. Elizabeth McGee & Seymour Mayne. Music by John Gilles.
This, as always, is a free event but a hat will be passed in exchange for copies of the Bywords Quarterly Journal.

A note from Chris Carroll at Collected Works Bookstore: You thought we were awesome before… late this spring we will be completely remodeled, capable of double capacity for author events and still taking local authors on consignment! If you have books, we WANT to sell them!


  CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION EMERGING WRITER AWARD Deadline: April 30, 2012 Prize: $500 plus membership Entry fee: none;; tel: 1 866 216 6222 (toll-free)

Canadian Writer’s Journal Short Fiction Contest Deadline: April 30, 2012 Prize: $150, $100, $50, plus publication Entry fee: $5 Details:; email:; tel: 705 647 5424

Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award Deadline Extended from March 12 to April 30, 2012. The revised filing deadline is Monday, April 30 at midnight, Pacific Time. Questions, contact: Barbara Gaughen (“gone”), +1-805-968-8567 See


The Frances E. Russell Grant Book Award Deadline: May 1, 2012 Prize: $1000 Entry fee: none Details:; email:

The Malahat Review Far Horizons Award for Poetry  Deadline: May 1, 2012 Prize: $500; publication $40 per printed page Entry fee: $25 ($30US for US entries, $35US for entries from Mexico and outside North America Details:; email:; tel: 250 721 8524

Short Story, Poetry And Black & White Line Art Contest Plus Self-Published Book Prize. The CANADIAN STORIES literary folk magazine is pleased to offer the 4th Contest for Short Stories, Poetry, Black & White Art and a Self-Published Book Prize. A total of over $3000 in prize money will be awarded.  DEADLINE: May 1, 2012. Notification Approximately June 15, 2012. CONTEST DETAILS AT:

The CBC literary prizes recognize the best in original, unpublished writing by Canadians.   CBC creative nonfiction prize. Competition opens March 1; deadline May 1. Visit FOR FULL CONTEST DETAILS

Writers Digest Annual Competition. Deadline May 1, 2012. Enter the 81st Annual Writing Competition and gain access to agents, to editors, to your peers, to readers. Winning entries will be on display in the 81st Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection and entrants will gain the spotlight they deserve. Compete and Win in 10 Categories!

OPEN TO INTERPRETATION: A Juried Book Competition of Photography, Poetry and Prose Current Calls for Writers Intimate Landscape. Submission Fees $10 per entry. New Extended Deadline: May 1, 2012 photos: Writing guidelines: Submit writing

Writers’ Collective Marie Barton Postcard Fiction Contest Deadline May 4 2012 Send three copies of your postcard – good quality photocopies are acceptable – along with a story that relates to the image. The relationship between the story and postcard can be as tangential as you like, so long as there is some clear connection to the image or place. Stories must he original, unpublished works of fiction of 100 words or less. Cheques should be made payable to the Writers’ Collective. Writers’ Collective Marie Barton Postcard Fiction Contest, University of Winnipeg, 4th Floor Library, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9 Prizes: $100; $50; $25 + publication Entry Fee: $5 Details:; tel: 204 786 9468

Winnipeg Free Press / Writers’ Collective Short Fiction Contest Deadline May 4, 2012  Original, unpublished works of fiction between 1,000 and 1,500 words. Author’s real name should not appear on the manuscript. Each entry must come with a $10 entry fee, or $5 for Writers’ Collective members, payable to The Writers’ Collective. Only one prize awarded per person. To receive an entry form, please call or email. All submissions MUST include an entry form. Confirm from website closer to deadline. Writers’ Collective University of Winnipeg, 4th Floor Library, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9 Prizes: $200; $150; $100 (+ publication) Entry Fee: $l0 or $5 member Details:; tel: 204 786 9468

In Places Between – The Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Fiction Competition Deadline May 5, 2012 Open to writers with fewer than 3 published short stories (paid) or 1 novel in the genre. All stories must be science fiction, fantasy or horror. Entrants may submit two stories. Entrants must submit three copies of each story. Maximum length of stories is 5,000 words and must be previously unpublished. The top five entries will be asked to submit a digital copy (disk or email) and a brief biography for inclusion in the next edition of In Places Between. In Places Between, Box 31014, Bridgeland Postal Outlet, 112 – 4th Street NE, Calgary AB T2E OCO  Prizes: $125: $100; $75; 2 x $25 Entry Fee: None  Details:
Hindu Temple Youth Corps Story/Article Writing Contests Deadline: May 10, 2012 HTYC invites children between the ages of 5 and 16 to write small stories in English, based on Hindu stories from Puranas/RamayanaA’lahabharatha etc. and submit them to the Youth Corps. One winning entry will be published on the temple website every month, along with the child’s profile and photograph. Entries must be received before the 10th of each month. Hindu Temple Youth Corps Prizes: Publication Entry Fee: None Details:  http://www.thehindutemple.caIHTYC.htm
Wyn Lit 24 Hour Short Story Writing Contest Deadline: May 12, 2012 (monthly contest; dates may vary) Once every month, Canadian members of Winterblue Publishing have the opportunity to enter the 24 hour short story competition Wyn Lit 24 free as part of their membership. If you’re not a member ($30/year), the one-time entry fee is $5 per entry. An email message will be sent including the details of that particular month’s 24 hour short story writing contest. The contest dates sometimes change, so please check the website for updates.  Prize: Publication  Entry fee: $5 per entry; free to members Details:; tel: 705 752 4586

West End Writers’ Club Contest Deadline: May 13, 2012 – mailed submissions; May 15, 2012 – online May be changes; re-check website. Contest results will be emailed to the WEWW membership and contest entrants, and posted on webpage. 750 words maximum for prose or two one-page poems will be accepted. $10 CAD fee per prose entry or up to two poetry entries. Cheques and cashier’s cheques payable in CAD to West End Writers. Now offers online payment and entry. West End Writers’ Club, c/o Chairperson, 30 – 1535 Nelson Street, Vancouver BC V6E I M2. Prizes: $75; $50; $25 Entry Fee: $10 Details:
Kisses and Popsicles Spring Poetry Contest Deadline: May 15, 2012 We do not accept previously published poems. The maximum number of lines for a single poem is forty. Poems can be of any theme or form as long as they do not exceed the forty line max. Cheques should be made out to Pandora’s Collective and the envelope should be labelled “Poetry Contest Submission.” All rights return to the poet after publication. Pandora’s Collective (Poetry Contest Submission), 5505 Main Street, Vancouver BC V5W 2S3 Prizes: $100, $50, + publication (three levels) Entry Fee: $5 Details:
The Lush Triumphant – subTerrain ‘s Annual Literary Awards Competition Deadline: May 15, 2012 Entrants may submit as many entries in as many categories as they like. The winning entries in each category will receive a $500 cash prize and will be published in our Fall issue. All entries MUST be previously unpublished material and not currently under consideration in any other contest or competition. Entries will NOT be returned (so keep a copy for yourself). Results of the competition will be announced in the Summer issue of the magazine. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to subTerrain. Lush Triumphant, subTERRAIN Magazine, Box 3008, MPO, Vancouver BC V6B 3X5 Prizes: $750; $250 + Publication & Subscription x3  Entry Fee: $25 Details:; tel: 604 876 8710
City of Vancouver Book Award Deadline: May 23, 2012 The book may be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or drama written for adults or children and may deal with any aspects of the city: history, geography, current affairs, or the arts published anywhere in the world, may be entered as long as they contribute to an appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s history, character, or of the achievements of its residents. The book must not have been copy-righted prior to the previous year. Official entry form found on website. City of Vancouver – Cultural Services Department, Suite 501, 111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC, V5Y 1H4 Prizes: $2000  Entry Fee: $20 Details:; tel: 604 871 6434

NEW! WRITER’S DIGEST COMPETITIONS  SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS DEADLINE MAY 21, 2012. We know it takes time to get your book back from a publisher. We have had many writers tell us so. So, now you have time. Get on the phone now and tell your self-publisher that the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards has been extended. We will be accepting entries through May 21, 2012.

The New Quarterly Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award Deadline: May 28, 2012  sponsored by St. Jerome’s University English Dept. Winning Story: $1,000 Entry Fee: $40 per submission*  For a work of short fiction by a Canadian writer in the early stages. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing. There is no word limit; all submissions are judged blind.Though there is only one prize, all submissions will be considered for publication. For full details, see

THE SAVING BANNISTER POETRY ANTHOLOGY CONTEST Deadline: May 31, 2012  Poems must be titled, previously unpublished, not being considered elsewhere. Please indicate where you heard about our contest. Submissions will not be returned. Only poets included in the anthology will he notified. By entering the contest your give Canadian Authors Association, Niagara Branch first rights to publish your poem in The Saving Bannister Poets retain all other rights for further publications. Decisions of the judge are final. Canadian Authors Association – Niagara Branch Poetry Anthology, Box 1069, Fonthill ON, LOS lEO.  Prizes: $200, $100 & $50. Publication Entry Fee: $15/3 poems Details:

James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award Deadline: May 31, 2012  Every year up to six Aboriginal students will receive this award for their creative writing talent. Creative pieces may include, but are not limited to short stories, poems, essays. plays, or songs and must be original work created by the student. Maximum length is 2,500 words. For each category there will be an ‘up to 12 years of age’ and ’13 to 18 years of age’ recipient. Nomination forms online from the website. Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration 400 University Avenue, 4th Floor Prizes: $2500  Entry Fee: Nominations Details:   tel: 1 877 832 8622 / 416 314 7526
Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize Deadline: May 31, 2012  Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages. Entry Fee is $25, outside of North America $35 USD. This includes a one-year subscription to ‘JAR which will begin with the fall issue. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review. The Antigonish Review Contest, St. Francis Xavier University, Box 5000 Antigonish NS, B2G 2W5. Prizes: $600, $400, $200 & Publication  Entry Fee: $25 Details:; tel: 902 867 3962
Northern Ontario Poetry Competition Deadline: May 31, 2012. All entrants must be Northern Ontario residents. Poems must be titled and previously unpublished. Make cheques out to White Mountain Publications. There is no official entry form. A SASE will be used to invite you to the awards night and launching of the Anthology in September, the first Saturday after Labour Day. By entering the contest you are giving White Mountain Publications first Canadian rights to publication. White Mountain Publications, Box 1178, New Liskeard ON, POJ IPO Prizes: $100, $75, $50 & Publication  Entry Fee: $5  Details: http://www.wmpub.calnopc.htm; tel: 705 647 5424
Quebec Writers’ Federation Awards Deadline: May 31, 2012. QWF holds an annual juried competition for published books by Quebec authors in five categories: A. M. Klein Prize (Poetry) McAuslan First Book Award Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize Fiction Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction QWF Prix de traduction / Translation Prize Quebec Writers’ Federation, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Suite 3, Montreal QC, H3Z 1X4 Prizes: $2,000 Entry Fee: $25  Details:; tel: 514 933 0878


  The 2013 KEN KLONSKY Novella Contest  Quattro Books will publish the two best novella manuscripts by a Canadian author as part of their 2013 Publishing list.  You may send your manuscripts anytime between March 01, 2012 and June 01, 2012  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.

ASPIRING CANADIAN POETS CONTEST APRIL 1 TO JUNE 1 2012  Recognizing and Developing Unpublished Canadian Poets. This contest invites the participation of Canadian poets who have not published any of their original creative writing (poems or prose). What are you waiting for? Click on for contest rules and guidelines.

DAVE GREBER FREELANCE WRITERS AWARDS from Monday, March 12, 2012 until Friday June 15, 2012 at 5 PM PST.  Freelance writers wishing to apply for the book or magazine award can submit their work. Criteria for the awards is set out in the Call for Submissions at The separate book and magazine awards recognize excellence of writing and research in the area of social justice writing and also provide support for independent freelance writers during the publishing process. The Book Award for 2012 has been increased to five thousand dollars. Thanks so much to our generous donors.  If you have questions about  the Call for Submissions please call Shirley Dunn at 1.403.259.5689 or e-mail If you do not receive an answer within twenty four hours, please contact Brent Gushowaty at or phone him at 1-604-727-8437

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