NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Weekly Notices for the week of August 20, 2012
–16 Items: 8 NEW events
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BRANCH MEMBER NEWS
ITEM 1: NEW POETRY CHAPBOOK, CAROL A. STEPHEN NEW!
Carol has just released her SECOND chapbook of poetry, ARCHITECTURAL VARIATIONS. Poems range from ones about cultural variations in design to musings on the life of a house, aspects of the lives of those living in the houses and memories and ghosts that may remain after the people have gone.
Carol will also be doing a mini-launch of her first and second chapbooks at Arts Court on August 26th at an event co-sponsored by Tree Reading Series and The Ontario Poetry Society. More details on the event in item 10 and 13.
Copies available by mail for $8.00. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a copy.
ITEM 2:OTTAWA BRANCH MEMBER DR. QAIS GHANEM BOOK SIGNING NEW!
DATE: Saturday September 1, 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Chapters Book Store, South Keys, 2210 Bank St, Ottawa
Dr. Qais Ghanem will be signing copies of his two novels: Two Boys From Aden College And Final Flight From Sanaa
Dr. Ghanem is the creator and host of Dialogue with Diversity Radio Show. His awards include: 2009 and 2010 CEMA Award for Radio, 2010 OCISO Media Leadership Award, 2010 United Way Community Builder Award. His show airs on CHIN Radio 97.9 FM: Wednesdays at 3 p.m. (613) 737-9393
WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
ITEM 3: ALGONKIAN NIAGARA WRITERS CONFERENCE: “NEW YORK COMES TO NIAGARA”
DATES: OCTOBER 25-28, 2012 in Niagara Falls.
he conference is offering a generous discount to any writer who has previously attended one of Barbara Kyle’s Workshops or Master Classes, or for whom she has done a Manuscript Evaluation. The discount is $100, so instead of $495 for the conference the cost to you, if you qualify, would be $395.
“New York Comes to Niagara” is geared towards those who are writing or have written a novel, and is designed to introduce promising and talented writers to the professionals who can help them achieve their goal of becoming published. The agents and editors who attend are actively seeking new talent. Most importantly, writers will gain valuable insights into the commercial viability of their work-in-progress, along with critical feedback on how to improve it.
Barbara will join Algonkian Writers Conferences founder Michael Neff in giving two days of workshops for participants.
To claim your $100 discount call Gail Mercer-MacKay at 905.510.3627 or email her at email@example.com and tell her which of Barbara’s past workshops you’ve attended, or that she’s given you a manuscript evaluation.
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 4: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL NEW DATE!
DEADLINE: September 15 for the October issue
ywords.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: SUBMISSION CALL FROM POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS
We are looking for works of short weird and uncanny fiction (of up to 3000 words) for the third volume of our (semi)annual anthology. We are open to a variety of approaches and styles, but are interested in original work that pushes and plays with(in) the boundaries of the fantastic, the marvelous, and the horrific.
While, as we are an unfunded and independent publication, we cannot currently afford to pay contributors, each will each receive two contributor’s copies of the volume, as well as the option of purchasing more copies at a low contributor’s rate.
While this is an open call with no fixed deadline per se, (meaning we will treat submissions on a first-read first-considered basis) we hope to make our editorial selection by February 2013, and to publish the volume by summer 2013.
Pease email submissions (as a word or rtf attachment including “PSTD III submission” and the story’s title in the subject heading) as well as inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
ITEM 6: WRITER IN RESIDENCE
Attention Writers, Poets, Illustrators:
Applications are invited from creative writers for the term position of Saskatoon Public Library/ Canada Council for the Arts Writer in Residence from September 1, 2013, to May 31, 2014.
Remuneration: up to $30,000 for nine-month term. Criteria are based on Canada Council quidelines; position subject to Canada Council.
www.saskatoonlibrary.ca, email@example.com, (306) 975- 7530
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
ITEM 7: OTTAWA CITIZEN IS ADDING AN EVENTS PAGE NEW!
that is solely dedicated to readers and reading events in the Ottawa and surrounding area. If you could let your members know this information that will be great! You can send updates on events to firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to Kirsten Endemann at email@example.com
ITEM 8: OTTAWA STORYTELLERS EVENTS FOR AUGUST
Campfire Storytelling at the Billings Museum is Back!
August 24, 31 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. $6 per person, $10 for 2, $16 per family
Join us for stories for adults and stories for children. And of course marshmallows to roast over the fire! http://www.ottawastorytellers.ca/billing-bridge-estate/
Historical Stories at the Bytown Museum
Every Thursday in the summer (July 19th to August 30th), the Bytown Museum is hosting a story series about the people and events that shaped Ottawa. Storytellers will start at 7 p.m. sharp. This program is free and admission to the Museum is free on Thursday evenings. The Museum is located alongside the set of eight locks on the Rideau Canal between arliament Hill and the Château Laurier hotel. 1 Canal Lane Ottawa, (613) 234-4570
On the first Thursday of every month (12 months a year), the Ottawa StoryTellers host a story swap / open stage. Admission is free, and everyone is invited to come and tell a story and / or listen to the stories. Light refreshments are served during the break. Stories should be 10 minutes or less and must be told and not read.
More info. http://www.ottawastorytellers.ca/storyswaps/
ITEM 10: AUG 20 to AUG. 26 EVENTS AT COLLECTED WORKS NEW!
1242 WELLINGTON STREET WEST AT HOLLAND Check Facebook for full details or visit http://www.collected-works.com/pages/events.htm
Wednesday, August 22 6:30 p.m. Tim Ward reads from Zombies on Kilimanjaro
A father and son climb Mount Kilimanjaro. On the journey to the roof of Africa they traverse the treacherous terrain of fatherhood, divorce, dark secrets and old grudges, and forge an authentic adult relationship. The high-altitude trek takes them through some of the weirdest landscapes on the planet, and the final all-night climb to the frozen summit tests their endurance. On the way to the top father and son explore how our stories about ourselves can imprison us in the past, and the importance of letting go. The mountain too has a story to tell, a story about climate change and the future of humankind – a future etched all too clearly on Kilimanjaro’s retreating glaciers.
Tim Ward is an author, publisher, teacher, and traveler. He has written five books about his travels through Thailand, India, China, Tibet, Greece and Southern Europe, and most recently East Africa. His stories have appeared in 13 anthologies, including Traveler’s Tales Best Travel Writing 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Tim is the publisher of Changemakers Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing, dedicated to books on personal and global transformation. Tim also co-owns a global training business, Intermedia Communications Training, with his wife and business partner, Teresa Erickson. They teach scientists, economists and development experts how to communicate effectively. They live in Maryland, where Tim spends his spare time kayaking in the Potomac and planning his next mountain trek.
Saturday, August 25 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meet M.P. Mongrain, author of As It Was in the Beginning
On the shores of the St. Lawrence River one sultry summer day, the Leblanc family lived out their daily routine of hardship and poverty until, not a Prince Charming on a white steed, but a pudgy waddling politician in a shiny model T Ford arrived to spread the good word of riches. It was the dirty thirties, but on Wall Street, Claxton Financial Institution had been invited to Quebec City to lend money for the development of the vast resources of the province and the country. Against the backdrop of history, the characters, fictional and historical, take their place on the stage. Stubborn, determined Veronique Leblanc meets stubborn, determined Morgan Claxton. And an indestructible bond is forged. As the children of the forties and fifties grow into adults they become fractious and restless for change. The mood turns ugly, toxic. It is absorbed into the very oxygen of life. Events become cataclysmic and violent. And revenge will not be served cold, but scorching, vicious, and irreparable.
Sunday, August 26 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ottawa Independent Writers meet and greet
Collected Works hosts the largest selection of local writers work to be found in the city, and to celebrate this we would like to spend the day giving as many of them as possible the chance to come in and read from, sign and show off their books. If you’re already in our store, please get in touch with Chris F (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to participate! If you’re not carried by us yet by all means feel free to drop a line and get in on the fun!
ITEM 11: PLAN 99 NORTH
DATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2012 2:30 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.
LOCATION: Kaffé 1870, 715 Riverside Drive, Wakefield, Quebec J0X3G0
What better way to spend an August Saturday afternoon taking in the sights and sounds of Wakefest–Wakefield, Quebec’s Premier Arts Festival–having a bite to eat in one (or several) of its delicious restaurants, going for a swim off the Covered Bridge, and then dropping in to Kaffee 1870 for a beer and readings from three extraordinary Canadian writers? Plan 99 is proud to host Ken Babstock, Linda Besner and Steven Heighton as they read from their latest books. For more information on these talented writers, check out the events page here:
ITEM 12: TREE READING SERIES & THE ONTARIO POETRY SOCIETY PRESENT SUMMER WHEN IT SIZZLES POETRY FESTIVAL
DATE: Sunday August 26, 2012 1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Ottawa Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario
Featuring The Amber and Gold Raffle Sponsored by McClelland & Stewart, Guernica Editions, Brick Books, Serengeti Press, HMS Press, Creative Vocalization Studio, Magni Frame, Hidden Brook Press, Canada Cuba Literary Alliance, The Azrieli Foundation & Snowapple Press, Many Exciting Prize Packages of Brand New Books & CD’s to win!
Tickets are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10 Free Admission, Members Readings, Open Mic
For Directions go to www.mapquest.ca
IITEM 13: ALICE MUNRO FESTIVAL NEW!
DATES: September 28, 29 & 30, 2012
LOCATION: All events are taking place in Wingham and Blyth Ontario as shown below:
The Alice Munro Festival of Writing (originally hosted by the Wingham Horticultural Society) has been revitalized with a new name and new dates in 2012 to provide a forum for writers to develop their craft and connect with like-minded literati.
During Culture Days, September 29 and 30, 2012, we’ll celebrate literacy by featuring guest readers, offering developmental workshops for emerging and experienced writers, co-ordinating a book fair, organizing a gala dinner and awards presentation event and planning brunch with an author. Enjoy the art and culture of the literary world.
The festival is now produced by Huron Arts & Heritage Network, a not-for-profit organization mandated to:
. Educate & Engage our communities
. Embrace & Advocate the everyday work of art
. Build awareness and audiences for locations, sites and celebrations
. Enhance & Enrich our creative community spirit
Schedule of events and locations:
Friday, September 28 … Stories About Storytellers – Blyth Memorial Hall, Queen Street, Blyth Ontario N0M 1H0
We’ve added an ACT II – Panel Discussion – Reading Munro, the pleasures of the Text that same evening, in Blyth.
Saturday workshops will be held at the North Huron Museum (273 Josephine Street, Wingham, Ontario) and Wingham Branch of the Huron County Library (281 Edward St.). A Book Fair will be held at the Council Chambers in the Wingham Town Hall (290 Josephine Street). The Gala event on Saturday evening will be held at the Wingham Golf & Curling Club. More information will be coming out shortly about all these activities as we’re just finalizing contracts with our workshop leaders and guests.
For more information, see http://alicemunrofestival.ca/
ITEM 14: WEAVING WORDS: SHARON TEMPLE STORYTELLING FESTIVAL NEW!
DATE: Sunday, September 30, 2012 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
LOCATION: The Sharon Temple in Sharon, Ontario.
An exciting full day festival at the Sharon National Historic Site as storytellers, musicians and performers from across the Province celebrate everything that is special about who we are, where we have come from and where we are going. With stories about new beginnings, resourcefulness, the War of 812 & the Rebellion of 1837, world cultures and so much more, there will be stories and activities for every age. Produced in collaboration with Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library, the East Gwillimbury Library and with the support of the Town of East Gwillimbury. Watch for more details on this terrific new York Region festival!
For more information, go tohttp://www.sharontemple.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=39&Itemid=97
ITEM 15 : KINGSTON WRITERSFEST 2012 NEW!
DATES: September 26 to September 30
LOCATION: Holiday Inn, Kingston Waterfront
To promote awareness and appreciation of the literary arts in all forms and to nurture literary expression. Speakers, Writer Studios, and Youth Events coming up from September 26 to the 30.
Kingston WritersFest offers events for readers of every age and taste, designed to stimulate, surprise, provoke, and delight. Hear authors read from their work and discuss the ideas that shape our world and stir our hearts. Join the conversation, too, during the time set aside for questions from the audience. Later, chat with authors in the Festival Café as they sign books following their onstage appearance.
Tickets and a limited number of festival passes now on sale.
A concise listing of all events is located here: http://www.kingstonwritersfest.ca/events.php
For more information, go to http://www.kingstonwritersfest.ca/
ITEM 16: WRITING CONTESTS COMING UP
Malahat Monostiches SUMMER-LONG CONTEST, AWARDS EVERY TWO WEEKS!
Tweet your pithiest 1-line, 140 character (or less) poems to @malahatreview
The battle of the monostiches begins on June 18 and closes on September 10. Four new books donated by Canadian publishers will be awarded to a semi-finalist every two weeks. On October 1, a special grand prize will be given to the best of the six bi-weekly winners.
Semi-finalists and the grand-prize winner will be tweeted, posted on our website, and announced on Facebook. Enter as many times as you like! Read full contest guidelines on our website. http://www.malahatreview.ca/announcements/twittermonostich.html
MONTHLY TWITTER WRITING CONTEST! DEADLINE: LAST DAY OF THE MONTH AT 11 AM
Scribendi.com is hosting a weekly writing contest that I think would be of interest to your audience. How it Works: The first day of every month at 11 AM, we will announce the topic. Entrants must write a 140-character-or-less tweet, mention @Scribendi_Inc, and summarize the topic. The contest closes the last day of the month at 11 AM.
Summarize This! promotes concise and precise writing skills in a fresh, fun way (http://www.scribendi.com/summarize_this). Prizes range from free editing to Scribendi.com swag.
- SPEAKER’S BOOK AWARD Deadline: August 31, 2012 This award aims to bring awareness to books written by Ontarians covering historical, regional, cultural or parliamentary aspects of the province. Special consideration will be given to works focusing on parliamentary heritage and on provincial discourse. Fiction and non-fiction submissions are accepted, in either French or English. For more information, please contact Irene Chalmers at email@example.com. Speaker’s Book Award Parliamentary Protocol and Public Relations Branch, Room 191, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M7A 1A2. Prize: $1000; Speaker’s special guest at 2013 Awards Reception; book featured at the Legislative Gift Shop and in the Legislative Library Entry Fee: None Details: www.ontla.on.ca; (416) 325-0270
- GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST DEADLINE AUG. 31, 2012 Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems. This includes a one-year subscription to TAR which will begin with the fall issue. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review Contest, St. Francis Xavier University, Box 5000, Antigonish NS B2G 2W5. Deadline: June 30, 2012 Prizes: $600, $400, $200 & Publication Entry Fee: $25 Details: http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php 902-867-3962
- The Ted Plantos Memorial Award Deadline: August 31, 2012 There is no age barrier. Anyone can apply, as long as they don’t have a full collection of their poems previously published, even self-published. This award is offered to poets who live and/or work in Ontario only. In exchange for financial support, the recipient will acknowledge the financial assistance of The Ontario Poetry Society. The Ontario Poetry Society, Attention: L.B. Iskov, 710 – 65 Spring Garden Avenue, Toronto ON M41N 6119. Prize: $100 + certificate Entry Fee: None Details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Tedplantosawardapplication.html
- Quebec Writing Competition Deadline: August 31, 2012 The competition is open to all residents of Quebec with the following exceptions: employees or long-term contractors with any of the sponsoring bodies: and winners of previous Quebec Writing Competition. Short fiction or creative nonfiction, maximum length is 1,200 words. The three winning stories will be broadcast on CBC Radio One’s Cinq a Six (heard Saturdays at 5 p.m.). Quebec Writers’ Federation, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Suite 3, Montreal QC H3Z 1X4. Prize: $1,500; $1,000; $500 + broadcast Entry Fee: $10 Details: http://www.qwf.org ; 514-933-0878.
- AESTHETICA CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2012. The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition is now open for entries! The competition celebrates and champions creative writing, nurturing talent and bringing work to international attention. There are two categories for entry, Poetry and Short Fiction, and a selection of fantastic prizes including: £500 prize money – Poetry winner. £500 prize money – Short Fiction winner. Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. A selection of books from our competition partners. For more information and to enter please visit: http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/submission_guide.htm Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Entry is £10 and allows for the entry of two works into any one category. Deadline: 31 August 2012
- Gemini Magazine Fourth Annual Flash Fiction Contest Deadline: August 31, 2012 Entry Fee: $4 Prizes: $1000, $100, $50 Guidelines: Must be previously unpublished. No restrictions on content, style, or genre. Simply send your best, most powerful work under 1000 words. Details: http://www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html
- Red Hen Press (US) is accepting submissions of unpublished poetry manuscripts for the 2012 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Prize: US$3000 plus publication of the selected collection. Length: 48-96 pages. Entry fee: US$25. Deadline: August 31, 2012. http://redhen.org/awards-2/bsa/
- Registration is now open for the Canadian-born 35th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest. First prize: publication; additional prizes available. Fee: $50/$55. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION AUG. 15, FINAL Registration deadline: August 31, 2012. Can you produce a masterwork of fiction in a mere 72 hours? The annual International 3-Day Novel Contest is your chance to find out. The contest runs every Labour Day long weekend, as it has since 1977, and it now attracts writers from all over the world. It’s a thrill, a grind, and an awesome creative experience. How many crazed plotlines, coffee-stained pages, pangs of doubt and moments of genius will the next contest bring forth? And what might you think up under pressure? The 35th Annual 3-Day Novel Contest will take place September 1-3, 2012. Registration is now open. http://www.3daynovel.com/
- Snake Nation Press: Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry Postmark Deadline: August 31 Now in its twenty-second year, Snake Nation Press announces the 2012 Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry: • $1,000 prize and publication • $25 entry fee must accompany the manuscript • 50-75 page manuscript; previously published poems eligible. Please mail your entry and fee to: Snake Nation Press, Attn: Poetry Contest, 2920 North Oak Street, Valdosta, GA 31602
- Also at Snake Nation Press: Serena McDonald Kennedy Award Postmark Deadline: August 31. Submit a novella of up to 50,000 words or a manuscript of short stories up to 200 pages long. Fiction and nonfiction accepted. Any well-written manuscript on any topic will be considered. Previously published works may be entered. An entry fee of $25 must accompany the submission. Winner receives $1,000 award and publication. Please mail your entry and fee to: Snake Nation Press, Attn: Serena McDonald Kennedy Award, 2920 North Oak Street, Valdosta, GA 31602
- TIGER’S EYE PRESS Chapbook Competition. Deadline: August 31, 2012. Guidelines: Winner receives $100 and 25 copies. Send 20-25 pages of poetry, a title page, table of contents, and an acknowledgements page, all with no identifying information. Send a second title page with your name and contact information. Please include a short bio, SASE or email address, and a $15 reading fee per contest manuscript. Tiger’s Eye Press, P.O. Box 9723, Denver, CO, 80209
- Naugatuck River Review’s Fourth Annual NARRATIVE POETRY CONTEST will be judged by Pam Uschuk. Contest submissions are now open from July 1 – Sept. 1. First prize is $1000 and publication in NRR. Second prize $250 and publication in NRR. Third prize of $100 and publication in NRR. FULL DETAILS: http://naugatuckriverreview.com/contest/
- NEW DEADLINE ! THE SECOND ANNUAL GEIST ERASURE POETRY CONTEST DEADLINE SEPT. 1, 2012. Get your erasers ready! Geist is pleased to announce the opening of the Second Annual Geist Erasure Poetry Contest. Writers are asked to create their own poetic masterpiece from an excerpt of How Should a Person Be?, a creative non-fiction novel by celebrated author Sheila Heti. There’s $1000 in prizes, plus publication! $20 entry fee includes an entire year of Geist. Visit www.geist.com/erasure for more information. Good luck and happy writing!
- 2012 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose Deadline: September 1. Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2012 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 25.2, due out in April 2013, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website. MORE INFO: http://www.gulfcoastmag.org/index.php?n=7
- Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition DEADLINE SEPT. 7 Encouraging new playwriting for young performers and audiences. Entry for Trinity’s third annual International Playwriting Competition is now open, and there are amazing prizes on offer to aspiring playwrights worldwide. The winning playwright in each category will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000 and will travel to London to see their plays performed at the Unicorn Theatre. There are also prizes for Highly Commended plays and special awards for the Most Promising Young Playwrights. MORE INFO: http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=1996
- ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION CONTEST FOR CHILDREN. RemeMbrance Contest. DEADLINE SEPT. 8 2012. For many, many years, The Royal Canadian Legion has sponsored the Annual Literary and Poster Contest that is open to all Canadian school children. The youths that participate in the contest assist the Legion in one of our primary goals – fostering the tradition of Remembrance amongst Canadians. The contest is divided into four categories: Primary (Poster Contest only) – grades 1,2 and 3; Junior – grades 4, 5 and 6; Intermediate – grades 7, 8 and 9; and Senior – grades 10, 11, 12. The Poster Contest has two divisions — Colour and Black & White. The winning entries for the four categories (school grades) are displayed at the Canadian War Museum from 1 July to 1 May of the following year. FOR DETAILS: http://www.legion.ca/Poppy/contests_e.cfm
- Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition Deadline: September 14, 2012. Whatever your genre, we’ve got the category for you. Choose your favorite genre and enter your best in 4,000 words or less. Each of the 6 categories offers the a place for everybody’s story. Compete and Win in All 6 Categories! Wondering what’s in it for you? A chance to win the Grand Prize including $2,500 and a trip to the 2013 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. A chance to win one of the six $500 Category First Prizes . Get your fiction story Featured in Writer’s Digest and on WritersDigest.com. Win $100 off a purchase at www.writersdigestshop.com . Receive a copy of the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Complete info at: http://www.writersdigest.com/popularfictionawards?et_mid=542024&rid=233037386
- International poetry contest with no fee. Entries are invited for the Cha ‘The Past’ Poetry Contest (China, UK). Theme: The Past. First prize: £50, Second: £30, Third: £20. Free entry. Submit two poems. Six winning poems published in a special section in the September 2012 issue of Cha. Deadline: September 15, 2012. http://asiancha.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/cha-past-poetry-contest.html
- THE SUMMER DREAMS POETRY CONTEST Deadline: September 15, 2012. Pandora’s Collective poetry contests are open to writers world wide and of all age categories. Please read our guidelines before submitting. Poems can be of any theme or form as long as they do not exceed the forty line max. We do not accept previously published poems. All rights return to the poet after publication. Pandora’s Collective (Poetry Contest Submission), 5505 Main Street, Vancouver BC V5W 2S3. For more info please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Prize: $100, $50, + publication (three levels) Entry Fee:$5 Details: http://www.pandorascollective.com/what-we-do/contests
- BLOODROOT POETRY CONTEST Reading period runs April 1 through September 15. http://www.bloodrootlm.com/contest.html $15 FOR THREE POEMS. Three prizes of $200, $100, $50, three honorable mentions and publication in 2012 Bloodroot Literary Magazine edition. All entries are considered for publication. Submit original, unpublished, free verse, ten lines to two pages. The competition is open to any poet who writes in English.
- ON THE PREMISES WEB-BASED CONTEST #18 launched July 8, 2012. Its premise is TIME: Time matters in every story, of course. But for this contest, we want time to play an especially important role. Send us a story where time, or some aspect of time, or some idea directly related to time, is vital to the characters and the plot. Any genre except children’s fiction, exploitative sex, or over-the-top gross-out horror is fine. Your challenge: In at least 1,000 but no more than 5,000 words, write a creative, compelling, and well-crafted story that clearly uses the premise. If you have questions, ask us at Questions@OnThePremises.com. Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Friday, September 28, 2012. That’s Friday, September 28. MORE INFORMATION AND TO ACCESS SUBMISSION LINK: http://www.onthepremises.com/current_contest.html
- POETRY KIT SUMMER POETRY COMPETITION 2012. DEADLINE: BEFORE MIDNIGHT 30th SEPTEMBER 2012. Poems on the theme of “the natural world” (this can be broadly interpreted). No style or length restrictions but a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one. ONLINE ENTRY ONLY. Entry is by email to email@example.com after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of firstname.lastname@example.org and all entries must be received before midnight 30th September 2012 Entries received after this time will be discarded. First prize is £100 and the winning poem plus those selected for special commendation will be published at the Poetry Kit website. Entry fees are as follows: 1 poem £3.50, 3 Poems £8.00, 5 poems £10. Competition Judge: Lesley Burt. Full details at http://www.poetrykit.org/comp2012.htm
- 23RD ANNUAL REUBEN ROSE POETRY COMPETITION DEADLINE: SEPT. 30, 2012. Voices Israel announces the 23rd annual Reuben Rose Poetry Competition. Judges: Kenneth Salzmann of USA, Yakov Azriel, last year’s first prize winner and Dina Yehuda, last year’s 3rd prize winner. First prize – $500, second prize – $150, third prize – $50. Ten honorable mentions. Prizewinners and all honorable mentions will be published in the Voices Israel 2013 Poetry Anthology. The competition is general and not necessarily on Jewish or Israeli subjects. Challenging, humorous and/or curious poetry is welcome. Poems should be unpublished, no more than 40 lines, including stanza breaks but not including title. Use the online submission form at http://www.voicesisrael.com/reubenrosecompetition.htm to submit your poems. Poems are judged anonymously. Competition poems must be received during the period June 1-Sept.30, 2012 Cost: Voices Israel members: US$5.00 for one poem, $10 for 3 poems, $15 for 6 poems. Non members: US$6.00 for one poem, $12 for 3 poems, $18 for 6 poems. Payment by PayPal or by check (full details on the website http://www.voicesisrael.com/reubenrosecompetition.htm)
- Dark Tales Short Story Contest Deadline: September 30, 2012 Entry Fee: £3 for non-subscribers, free to subscribers Prizes: £500, £250, £100, publication in Dark Tales Guidelines: Horror and speculative fiction stories of under 5000 words. Details: http://darktales.co.uk/contest.php
- Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2012. Now in its tenth year, this contest seeks poems in any style, theme or genre. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. Prizes of $3,000, $1,000, $400 and $250 will be awarded, plus six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. New this year, there will also be a special $250 bonus prize for humorous verse. The entry fee is $8 for every 25 lines you submit. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners. http://www.winningwriters.com/contests/tomstory/ts_guidelines.php
- PHILIP LEVINE POETRY BOOK PRIZE 2012 Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2012. $2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press Final Judge: CORNELIUS EADY . Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-100 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. The entry fee is $25. FULL DETAILS AT: http://www.fresnostate.edu/english/mfa/levine/guidelines.shtml
- PURITAN MAGAZINE The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence invites submissions of fiction and poetry. Winners receive $650 (fiction) or $350 (poetry), books from a variety of well-known Canadian presses, and publication in best-of anthology. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: September 30, 2012. http://www.puritan-magazine.com/
- Red Hen Press (US) is currently accepting submissions of original, unpublished poetry for the 2012 Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award. Entry fee: US$20 for up to three poems, 120 lines max. Award: US$1000 and publication of the selected poem in The Los Angeles Review. Deadline: September 30, 2012. http://redhen.org/awards-2/rpa/
- CANADIAN SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION Deadline: September 30, 2012. Extensive guidelines on the website. The entered screenplay must not have been previously optioned, sold or produced. The submitted Material must be original works, and the sole property of the Applicant(s). Screenplays of any genre will he considered and must be the original work of the author submitting it. Each Competition Entrant will receive an email notifying them of the competition results. Canadian Short Screenplay Competition c/o Year of the Skunk Productions, 1108-33 Mill Street, Toronto ON M5A 3R3. For more info please email email@example.com. Prize: $1,500; $350; and $250 + option Entry Fee: $75 Details: http://yearoftheskunk.com/
- WRITERS’ VILLAGE COMPETITION: DEADLINE SEPT. 30, 2012. Win a £500 ($800) cash prize for your short fiction in the autumn 2012 competition. Cash prizes totalling £1000 ($1600) can be won in the Writers’ Village autumn 2012 ‘Best Writing’ competition for prose fiction in any genre up to 3000 words. The first prize is £500 ($800), with a second prize of £250 ($400) and a third of £100 ($160). A further three shortlisted entrants will receive £50 ($80). Every entrant wins because… everyone, winner or not, gets back personal tips on how they could improve their stories. This terse helpful critique is unique among low-fee writing contests. It’s worth the entry fee in itself. http://www.writers-village.org/
- LATER DEADLINES:
- Telegraph-Journal, New Brunswick’s provincial daily newspaper. The Salon Fiction Prize. Deadline: Entries must be received by Oct. 1, 2012 The winning piece For a work of short fiction in English between 1,500-3,000 words will be published in an issue of the Telegraph-Journal’s art and culture section, Salon, and $1,000. The winner will be selected by a trio of judges from Atlantic Canadian universities: Thomas Hodd (University of Moncton); Alexander MacLeod (Saint Mary’s University); and Sue Goyette (Dalhousie University). Open to all residents of Canada. All entries must be unpublished material and not under consideration in any other contest of competition. Entries will not be returned, so keep a copy. Submissions may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 210 Crown Street, Saint John, N.B., E2L 3V8. Entries must include a contact email and telephone number where the author may be contacted. For more details and information, email email@example.com.
- SIXTEENTH ANNUAL ZOETROPE: ALL-STORY SHORT FICTION CONTEST. The contest will open for entries July 1. Entries must be complete by October 1, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PDT. First prize: $1,000 Second prize: $500 Third prize: $250. The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, Aitken Alexander Associates, Barer Literary, the Gernert Company, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. Important Dates: Results will be announced at the website December 15 and in the Spring 2013 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Spring 2013 issue. Complete Guidelines: We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or less; and accompanied by a $20 entry fee per story. There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible. We welcome multiple entries ($20/story) and entries from outside the U.S. We will e-mail contest updates and results to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories. Once a story is submitted, we cannot accept an updated draft. (However, an entrant is welcome to submit an updated draft as a new entry.) Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions.
- The “SCARE THE DICKENS OUT OF US” Short Story Contest 2012 & The JUNIOR “SCARE THE DICKENS OUT OF US” Contest 2012 FOR AGES 12-18 CONTEST PERIOD: JULY 1ST TO OCT. 1ST 2012. Sponsored by the Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas. First prize, $1000.00 and a trophy. Second prize, $500.00 and a ribbon. Third prize, $250.00 and a ribbon. Junior contest prize $250.00 and a trophy. Full details and entry forms here: http://clarklibraryfriends.com/
- Winston Collins / Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem DEADLINE: OCTOBER 12, 2012. Descant is pleased to announce the 2012 Winston Collins/ Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem valued at $1000! This annual prize is in memory of Winston Collins, writer and enthusiastic teacher of literature at the universities of Cincinnati, Princeton and Toronto. The prize will perpetuate his remarkable talent for encouraging self-expression through writing. One (1) Winner will receive CAN $1000, plus payment for publication* in Descant. FOR RULES AND ENTRY INFORMATION: http://www.descant.ca/winstoncollins
Deadline for entries: October 12, 2012
- NEIL POSTMAN AWARD FOR METAPHOR (no fee) Rolling Deadline. Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience. In honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on October 5, 2003, we have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate) Postman’s work and the typographical mind. Each spring the editors will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle during the previous year. The author of the chosen poem will receive $500. There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit electronically, visit our website: www.rattle.com