NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Weekly Notices for the week of May 28, 2012
–17 Items: 5 NEW EVENTS & 6 NEW CONTESTS!
(includes 2 new contests with May 31 deadlines)
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ITEM 1: “POETRY OF PLACE” WORKSHOP WITH TERRY ANN CARTER presented by Canadian Authors Association – National Capital Region
DATE: Saturday, June 9, 2012, Room T230 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Algonquin College, Woodroffe Campus Room T230
COST: $45 for CAA-NCR members and $75 for non-members
During the morning session, Terry Ann Carter will lead participants through exercises to explore memory: where we come from, where we live now, the influences that shape the written word.
In the afternoon, Terry Ann will explore form: ballad, free verse, haiku, lyric, narrative in order to give shape to some of the morning exercises. Dramatic voices: apostrophe, mask, persona, conversation and experimental elements will also be considered. Participants will receive a twenty-page handout including references for creative writing and publishing.
Terry Ann Carter was shortlisted for the Archibald Lampman award (2011) for her collection of poems A Crazy Man Thinks He’s Ernest in Paris (Black Moss Press, 2010). She’s the author of two other collections: Transplanted (Borealis Press, 2006) and Waiting for Julia (third eye press, 1997). Two collections are forthcoming in the spring of 2012: Day Moon Rising from Black Moss Press, and Hallelujah from Buschekbooks. Lighting the Global Lantern A Teacher’s Guide To Writing Haiku and Related Literary Forms was published by Wintergreen Studios Press (2011). Terry Ann was the Random Acts of Poetry poet for the city of Ottawa from 2005 – 2010. To register e-mail email@example.com
CAA NATIONAL NEWS
ITEM 2: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION 2012 LITERARY AWARDS SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED BY CANADIAN AUTHORS NEW!
The shortlist for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2012 Literary Awards was announced at the association’s CanWrite! conference in Orillia, Ontario. The shortlist is as follows:
CAA AWARD FOR FICTION
- Patrick deWitt, Portland, Oregon, for The Sisters Brothers, House of Anansi Press
- Helen Humphreys, Kingston, Ontario, for The Reinvention of Love, HarperCollins Canada
- Miriam Toews, Toronto, Ontario for Irma Voth, Alfred A. Knopf
LELA COMMON AWARD FOR CANADIAN HISTORY
- Douglas Gibson, Toronto, Ontario, for Stories About Storytellers, ECW Press
- Richard Gwyn, Toronto, Ontario, for Nation Maker – Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times, Random House Canada
- Jonathan F. Vance, London, Ontario, for Maple Leaf Empire: Canada, Britain, and Two World Wars, Oxford University Press
AWARD FOR POETRY
E.D. Blodgett, Surrey, British Columbia, for Apostrophes VII: Sleep’ You’ a Tree, University of Alberta Press
Brian Henderson, Kitchener, Ontario, for Sharawadji, Brick Books
Goran Simić, Edmonton, Alberta, for Sunrise in the Eyes of the Snowman, Biblioasis
The winners of all three genres will be announced at the CAA Literary Awards dinner on Saturday, July 28, 2012, during the Leacock Summer Festival at the Leacock Museum National Historic Site in Orillia, Ontario. The shortlisted authors will be invited to read from their works during the Festival as well.
The Stephen Leacock House located at 50 Museum Drive in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Was Leacock’s summer cottage on Lake Couchiching (near Lake Simcoe) designed by architect Kenneth Noxon. It is now a museum and National Historic Site (designated in 1992). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Introduced in 1975, the CAA Literary Awards continue the association’s long tradition of honouring Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. The above nine finalists were selected from nearly 300 nominations. Founded by Stephen Leacock and several other prominent Canadian writers in 1921, the Canadian Authors Association has continued to carry out its goal of “writers helping writers” since its inception. Some 25,000 writers have been members of the CAA in its 91-year history, including Bliss Carman, Nellie McClung, and Robert W. Service. Information about the CAA Literary Awards and this year’s shortlisted authors is available at www.canauthors.org/awards
Anita Purcell, Executive Director, Canadian Authors Association, T 705 719 3926,
TF 866 216 6222, Cell 705 955 0716, E firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about the 2012 Leacock Summer Festival or the Leacock Museum National Historic Site: Fred Addis, Curator, Leacock Museum National Historic Site
BRANCH MEMBER NEWS
ITEM 3: SONIA SAIKALEY BOOK LAUNCH “THE LEBANESE DISHWASHER”
DATE: Tuesday, June 5 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: BOM Burgers on Main (upstairs), 343 Somerset St. West (between Bank and O’Connor) Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase. Drinks and food are sold through the restaurant.
Not your usual love story, here is an all-male version of Romeo and Juliet in which the Arab lovers find themselves threatened by society and worst of all by family prejudice and homophobia that culminates in a catastrophic climactic scene. The Lebanese Dishwasher is poetically charged, dramatically presented with engaging dialogue and employs a plot having almost fairytale symmetry. -Gillian Harding-Russell, author of I forgot to tell you (Thistledown, 2007)
ITEM 4: COLIN A. WRIGHT BOOK LAUNCH AND READING FROM HIS NEW BOOK, “A CUPBOARD FULL OF SHOES”
DATE: Wednesday June 6 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: The Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street, Kingston
Colin’s new story collection, A Cupboardful of Shoes, And Other Stories, is now available at www.trafford.com as well as at Amazon sites. The official launch will be at The Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street, Kingston, on Wednesday, 6th June, from 7 to 9 p.m., when, as well as signing copies, he’ll be talking about the stories and reading from one of the shorter ones: closing, of course, with questions and comments. Colin is pleased to invite all those in the Kingston area (or who can make it to Kingston) to attend. For further information (and for those who won’t be at the reading), please see: http://www.cupboardfulofshoes.com where there is information on how to order, as well as a general description of the stories and questions for reading groups.
WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
ITEM 5: WRITING CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Do you have a passion for creative writing? Perhaps you work in a field that requires strong writing skills? Whatever your reasons for wanting to be a better writer, University of Calgary Continuing Education can help.
Three writing certificate programs are offered, all of which are delivered completely online. When you enrol in a course, you will be required to work within scheduled start- and end-dates and will be expected to meet assignment timelines. During the duration of the course, you will work whenever-and from wherever-you choose, as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection. Each program requires 200 hours of instruction time, and in some cases, courses can be applied to more than one certificate. One or more of the following certificate programs may be exactly what you need:
Professional Writing specializing in Business and Technical Writing
Professional Writing specializing in Marketing and Public Relations
For more information, go to http://conted.ucalgary.ca/writing/
ITEM 6: POETRY POSSIBILITIES AT THE BANFF CENTRE
Apply by June 15, 2012 REMINDER!
Imagine a place that exists for artists — to provide them with the time, space, and support to grow professionally and creatively. This place is The Banff Centre, and we invite you to join us!
Upcoming application deadlines for three of our Literary Arts programs have several possibilities for poets that may be a perfect fit for you or someone you know.
Apply by June 15 for:
* Wired Writing Studio Poetry faculty: Don Domanski, Barbara Klar On-site: October 1 – 13 Off-site: October 31, 2012 – March 30, 2013
* Writing With Style (Fall) Poetry faculty: David O’Meara September 9 – 15
* Mountain and Wilderness Writing Faculty: Tony Whittome, Marni Jackson Off-site: August 14 – October 15, 2012 On-site: October 26 – November 16, 2012
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 7: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS SHORT STORIES
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 email@example.com
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.
ITEM 8: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
DEADLINE: June 15 for the July 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: BAICO PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITY FOR OTTAWA AUTHORS AT THE INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL MAY 30 – JUNE 3, 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 613 831-2505.
ITEM 10: ARC POETRY MAGAZINE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: KIDSPO! DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 6
Arc Poetry Magazine fall 2012 annual themed issue. Canada’s poetry magazine is looking for
poems for kids & youth
really good illustrations
kids to review poems (lend us your kids!)
your favourite poem as a kid
your published book of kids’ poems
articles & criticism on kids’ poetry
Submit your work online; pitches and queries to email@example.com
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
ITEM 11: EDITORS’ ASSOCIATION OF CANADA CONFERENCE 2012: HITTING THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT MOTHERLODE
DATE: JUNE 1 TO JUNE 3
LOCATION: OTTAWA CONFERENCE CENTRE, 55 COLONEL BY DRIVE, OTTAWA
This year’s conference, taking place June 1 to 3, 2012 at Ottawa’s spectacular, newly renovated Ottawa Convention Centre, presents an outstanding program during an inspirational weekend of learning and socializing. Most sessions are in English, but some are in French.
Here is a chance to invest in yourself—whether you’re a freelancer meeting potential contacts/clients and gaining skills to increase your market value, or you’re an in-house editor wisely utilizing training budgets and learning plans to expand your skills set and help advance your career path at work.
ITEM 12: THE SOUTHAMPTON CHILDREN’S LITERATURE CONFERENCE NEW!
DATES: July 11-15, 2012
LOCATION: Stony Brook University, Southampton, NY
PRICE: Varies, depending on whether participants attend the conference for college credit and whether they’re commuters or residents. The highest price is $1,495, room and board inclusive.
Runs concurrently with a general writers’ conference, a screenwriters’ conference and a playwriters’ conference all at Stony Brook University. Participants are welcome to attend electives from other conference. Attendance: 5 tracks with 12 participants in each. At least one workshop in each of the main children’s writing disciplines: picture books, chapter books, middle-grade novels, and YA.
Past faculty (2011) included Newberry, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Andrea Davis Pinkney; New York Times bestselling author Chris Barton; middle-grade author Tor Seidler; young-adult author Patricia McCormick; and NY Times bestselling author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds.
For more information: http://www.stonybrook.edu/writers/children
ITEM 13: INDEPENDENT WRITERS’ RETREAT AUG. 5 – 10
Work independently on your manuscript and enjoy the support of the beautiful Tatamagouche Centre. Option to workshop your writing each evening with one of two facilitators. $550 all inclusive. Youth scholarship available. For details contact Gwen Davies: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Details: http://www.tatacentre.ca/index.php/programs/details/1762
Also available Writing for Children: Exploring the Process with Sheree Fitch NEW!
Aug 24 – 26, Fri 7 p.m. to Sun 1 p.m. Come ready to play and discover the rich inner world of your imagination.
Meghan MacCulloch, Promotions Coordinator, Tatamagouche Centre, 259 Loop Route 6
Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0, 1-800-218-2220, 902-657-2231, www.tatacentre.ca
ITEM 14: ACCESS COPYRIGHT REMINDER: THE DEADLINE TO MAKE YOUR PAYBACK CLAIM IS MAY 31
Registration with Access Copyright is free. Reproduction of your content shouldn’t be.
Every day across the country individuals in schools, businesses and government copy excerpts from published works to obtain the valuable content they need to get their jobs done. But are you – the owners of that content – being compensated? By registering with Access Copyright, you’ll be paid whenever they find your works copied under one of their licences. Through its licensing framework, Access Copyright provides users with access to valuable content while passing the royalties on to creators like you. Remember:
- Registration is free
- You receive royalties whenever your works are copied and copying is reported to Access Copyright.
- Registration provides eligibility for Payback.
For more information or to register, go to www.accesscopyright.ca
ITEM 15: WRITE IN WALES AT MYTH, MOUNTAIN & IMAGINATION
August 18-24, 2012 NEW!
Get away from the grind to write and be inspired. join us for a week of writing, relaxing and exploring this spectacular, lesser known Celtic gem. Memoir, novel, creative nonfiction, poetry — all genres and levels. Learn more: www.writeinwales.com
ITEM 16: MAY 28 to JUNE 3 EVENTS AT COLLECTED WORKS
1242 WELLINGTON STREET WEST AT HOLLAND Check Facebook for full details or visit http://www.collected-works.com/pages/events.htm
Every Sunday in MAY! 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.
Thursday, May 31 7:00 p.m. Arleen Paré reads from Leaving Now
Join Collected Works in welcoming one of British Columbia’s most talented writers on a bit of a tour to our fair city to read from her stunning work, Leaving Now. Set in the volatile 1970s and ’80s, when social norms and expectations were changing rapidly, Leaving Now is the emotionally candid story of a mother’s anguish as she leaves her husband to love a woman. In this second book, Paré masterfully blends aspects of her personal journey with her own version of a well-loved fairy tale. Gudrun, the five-hundred-year-old mother of Hansel and Gretel, appears hazily in the narrator’s kitchen–presumed dead, all but written out of her own tale, but very much alive. Gudrun spins a yarn of love, loss and leaving, offering comfort and wisdom to the conflicted young mother.
Friday, June 1 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Deux Voiliers Publishing House Open House NEW!
Tonight Collected Works Bookstore is hosting Deux Voiliers Publishing for an open house. Come in to meet the publishing team and hear four of their authors read from their works. Whether you’re in the business, a starting author looking for someone to help with those first steps or just in the mood for hearing some excellent writers reading from their books then this is the place to be tonight. From the Deux Voiliers line up we will be entertained by Brenda Ray (author of Marching to Byzantium, Stephen Bennett author of Last of the Ninth, Chris Turner (author of countless science fiction stories including Tales of Other Worlds), and Con Cu (author of Solidier Lily, Peace and Pearls). www.deuxvoiliers.com
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!
ITEM 17: WRITING CONTESTS COMING UP
WEEKLY TWITTER WRITING CONTEST! DEADLINE: EVERY THURSDAY AT 11 AM
Scribendi.com is hosting a weekly writing contest that I think would be of interest to your audience. How it Works: Every Friday at 11 AM, we will announce the topic of the week. Entrants must write a 140-character-or-less tweet, mention @Scribendi_Inc, and summarize the topic of the week. The contest closes the following Thursday 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.
CONTESTS MAY DEADLINES
- 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 www.tnq.ca/contests
- 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: www.canauthorsniagara.org/ResourcestPoetryContest.html
- 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: http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/citizenship/honours/bartleman.shtml 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: http://www.antigonishreview.com/; 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: http://www.qwf.org; tel: 514 933 0878
- NEW! SPORTS POETRY & PROSE CONTEST Online Submission Deadline: May 31, 2012. New from Winning Writers, our Sports Poetry & Prose Contest will award $5,000 in total prizes, including a $1,500 top prize for poetry and a $1,500 top prize for prose (fiction and nonfiction). Submit an unpublished entry of 1-2 poems or one work of prose on a sports-related theme, up to 6,000 words in all. Fee is $15 per entry. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. http://www.winningwriters.com/contests/sports/sp_guidelines.php for the complete guidelines.
- NEW! ON THE PREMISES SHORT STORY CONTEST (NO FEE) ONLINE SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MAY 31. The premise of the current contest is And Now For Something Completely Different. We dare you to write a short piece of fiction that makes us laugh, or at least smile. If you can make us laugh and think, or laugh and feel deeply about someone or something, all the better. Details and instructions for submitting at http://www.onthepremises.com/current_contest.html.
- 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. 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 http://www.aspiringpoetscontest.org/How-To-Enter.html for contest rules and guidelines.
- GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARDS DEADLINE JUNE 1, 2012 The Governor General’s Literary Awards are given annually to the best English-language and the best French-language book in each of the seven categories of Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Children’s Literature (text), Children’s Literature (illustration) and Translation (from French to English). Each laureate receives $25,000 and a specially crafted copy of the winning book. In addition, publishers of winning titles receive a $3,000 grant for the promotion of the prize-winning book. The Canadian Council for the Arts, Box 1047, 350 Albert Street, Ottawa ON K1P 5V8. Deadline: June 1, 2012 Prizes: $25,000; $1000 Entry Fee: None Details: http://www.canadacouncil.ca/prizes/ggla/zu127826964756111003.htm 1 800 263 5588 (toll-free) or 613-566- 4414, ext. 5573
- gritLlT WRITING COMPETITIONS DEADLINE JUNE 1, 2012 Poetry: A suite of poems may be up to 300 lines, on any subject. The submission may be made up of a single poem or multiple poems (up to 15) so long as the total number of lines in the submission is 300 or less, including titles. Fiction: submitted story may be up to 3,000 words, on any subject. All three winning submissions of fiction and of poetry will be published in the gritLlT Writing Competition Anthology and may also appear on the grirLlT website. gritLlT: Hamiliton’s Literary Festival, 102 – 69 Hughson Street North, Hamilton ON L8R 1G5. Deadline: June 1, 2012 Prizes: $200; $100; $50 x 2 categories Entry Fee: $20 Details: http://gritlit.ca
- NEW! WRITERS’ TRUST OF CANADA AWARDS : ROGERS WRITERS’ TRUST FICTION PRIZE * WRITERS’ TRUST HILARY WESTON NON-FICTION PRIZE Deadlines: 06/06/12, 08/01/12 depending on publication date. See guidelines at the link below. Sponsored by Writers’ Trust of Canada (The) Authors must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Books must have been published in Canada during the year in which the deadline falls. See guidelines for each award here: http://www.writerstrust.com/Awards.aspx
- WYN LIT 24 HOUR SHORT STORY WRITING CONTEST DEADLINE JUNE 9, 2012 Once every month, Canadian members of Wynterblue Publishing have the opportunity to enter the 24 hour short story competition Wyn Lit 24 free as part of their membership. An email will be sent including the details of the particular month’s 24 hour short story writing contest. The contest dates sometimes change, so please check the website for updates. Wynterblue Publishing Canada Inc., 128 Rivers Rd E – Unit 22, Callander ON POH 1 HO. Deadline: June 9, 2012 Prizes: Publication Entry Fee: $5; free to members Details: http://www.wynter.ca 705-752-4586
- THE TORONTO FRINGE’S 24 HOUR PLAYWRITING CONTEST DEADLINE JUNE 10, 2012 One of the most anticipated writing contests of the year has up to 60 participants attempting to write a new play in 24 hours. Playwrights show up, are given 4 objects that MUST be incorporated into the script and are given 24 hours to complete a script. The winning play is presented to the public in a free staged reading on the final night of the Fringe Festival featuring noted Toronto area performers. The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival, 344 Bloor Street West, Suite 208, Toronto ON M5S 3A7. Deadline: June 10 , 2012 Prizes: $500 and a staged reading of the winning script; $300; $150 Entry Fee: None Details: Http://www.fringetoronto.com/artist_opp/24_hour_con.html 416-966-1062.
- JUST WRITE! WORD ALIVE PRESS ANNOUNCES 9TH ANNUAL CANADIAN PUBLISHING CONTEST DEADLINE JUNE 15, 2012 The search for great Canadian authors has begun! Have you written a book or novel? Do you dream about getting published but you don’t know where to start? This could be exactly what you need. Word Alive Press is launching their 9th Annual Free Publishing Contest and will select two winning Canadian manuscripts – one fiction and one non-fiction winner – to publish, market and distribute in both book and e-book format. The total prize package is worth over $10,000 ($5,000 for each winner). For more information contact Caroline Schmidt, email@example.com. Deadline: June 15 , 2012 Prizes: $10,000 Entry Fee: None Details: Www.wordalivepress.ca/2012Contest.html 1.800.967.3782
- ACORN – PLANTOS AWARD DEADLINE JUNE 15, 2012 The award is open to any living poet who is a Canadian citizen or landed Immigrant. The work may be entered by the poet or the publisher. The award itself honours the poet. For volumes that follow in the People’s Poetry tradition of Acorn, Livesay, Purdy, Plantos and others by being accessible to all people in its use of language and image, published during the previous year. Acorn-Plantos Award c/o Jeff Seffinga, 36 Sunset Avenue, Hamilton ON L8R 1V6. Deadline: June 15, 2012 Prizes: $500 + People’s Poet Medal Entry Fee: $25 Details: firstname.lastname@example.org; 905-521-9196 http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Acorn%20Plantos.htm
- WESTERN MAGAZINE AWARDS FOUNDATION DEADLINE JUNE 15, 2012 Open to magazine publishers, editors, art directors and freelance contributors working in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories in the following categories: Magazine writing, Photography, Illustration and Art direction. Western Magazine Awards, 875 Prairie Avenue, Port Coquitlam BC V313 1R9. Deadline: June 15, 2012 Prizes: $1000; $500; Entry Fee: $60+HST Details: http://www.westernmagazineawards.ca/ 604-945-3711
- BRUNSWICK ARTS BOARD AWARDS DEADLINE JUNE 15, 2012 Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for High Achievement in the Arts * Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in English Language Literary Arts * Pascal Poirier Award for Excellence in French Language Literary Arts. Nominees must have been born in New Brunswick or have resided there for at least five full calendar years and must have distinguished themselves for their contributions to the literary arts. artsnb, 61 Carleton Street, Fredericton NB E313 3T2. Deadline: June 15, 2012 Prizes: $5,000 Entry Fee: None Details: http://www.artsnb.ca/en/awards.php 506-444-4444
- 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 http://www.greberwritingaward.com/submissions.htm 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 email@example.com. If you do not receive an answer within twenty four hours, please contact Brent Gushowaty at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone him at 1-604-727-8437
- Room Magazine’s Annual Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest
Calling all women writers: Room magazine is accepting submissions for its 2012 annual Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Deadline: June 15, 2012. First prize in each category is $500, 2nd prize $250, plus publication in the summer 2013 issue of Room. Judges: Cathleen With (fiction), Miranda Pearson (poetry), and Kathy Page (creative non-fiction). $30 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Canada’s oldest literary journal by and about women. Please visit http://www.roommagazine.com/contest for complete details.
- PRAXIS SCREENPLAY COMPETITION DEADLINE JUNE 22, 2012. In order to attract the best scripts in the country, we cover all workshop costs. Writers must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. All rights remain with the writer. Praxis has no proprietary interest in any of the projects. Due to the number of screenplays we receive, we regret that we cannot provide any feedback on an individual submission. See website for more detail. Praxis Centre for Screen Writers, 3305-149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC V6B 1H4. Deadline: June 22, 2012 Prizes: One week workshop, advisor Entry Fee: $45 Details: http://www.praxisfilm.com/en/competitions/featurefilmscreenpla/default.aspx 778-782-7880
- CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2012 bpnichol CHAPBOOK AWARD Deadline June 30, 2012 A $2000 prize will be awarded for the poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada in 2011. Chapbooks should be no less than 10 pages and no more than 48 pages. Submissions should include a brief C.V. of the author, plus address, telephone number, an email address. Send to: Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award, PO Box 26, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S6. The closing date for submissions to the 2012 competition is June 30, 2012. (Submissions must be received by this date.) Please email Meet The Presses for more information: email@example.com.
- EDEN MILLS WRITERS FESTIVAL LITERARY CONTEST DEADLINE JUNE 30, 2012. Contest is open to new, aspiring, and modestly published writers age 16 or over. Writers may submit either a short story (max. 2500 words), poetry (max. 5 poems/5 pages) or one-act play. There is also a submission protocol to be asked to read at the Eden Mills Festival-see website for details. As the coordinators and addresses sometimes change between our press time, and their deadline please recheck the website closer to the due date. Eden Mills Writers Festival Literary Contest, c/o Susan Ratcliffe, 57-295 Water Street, Guelph ON NIG2X5. Deadline: June 30, 2012 Prizes: $100 + HM Entry Fee: $15 Details: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/EMWF/contests 519-822-8236
- GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST DEADLINE JUNE 30, 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 JOHN GLASSCO TRANSLATION PRIZE DEADLINE JUNE 30, 2012 BUT PLEASE CHECK WITH ORGANIZATION RE DEADLINE AS WEBSITE SHOWS JULY 1, 2012 Awarded by the Literan’ Translators’ Association of Canada each fall, the $1000 prize, created in memory of writer and literary translator John Glassco, is awarded for a translator’s first book-length, literary translation into French or English, published in Canada during the previous year. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s literature are eligible. The translator must he a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Submissions may be made by anyone interested. Literary Translators’ Association of Canada, Glassco Prize Committee, Concordia University, LB 631, 1455, boul. de Maisonneuve ouest, Montreal QC H3G 1M8. Deadline: June 30, 2012 Prize: $1000 Entry Fee: None Details: http://www.attlc-ltac.org/2011-john-glassco-translation-prize-winners 514-848-2424
- NEW! MARGARET REID POETRY CONTEST FOR TRADITIONAL VERSE POSTMARK DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2012 Now in its ninth year, this contest seeks poetry in traditional verse forms. Both published and unpublished poems are welcome. Prizes of $3,000, $1,000, $400 and $250 will be awarded, plus six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. 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. http://www.winningwriters.com/contests/margaret/ma_guidelines.php
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- NEW! THE DREAM QUEST ONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST Postmark deadline: July 31, 2012. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original. Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details and enter! All contest winners will be announced on August 31, 2012. Prizes: Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100. Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50. Entry fees: $10 per short story. $5 per poem.
- NEW! SEÁN Ó FAOLÁIN INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION (IRE) Deadline 31 July. The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition is run by the Munster Literature Centre in Cork. It is a not-for-profit institution, (Irish Registered Charity No.12374), and all proceeds go to benefit writers and writing. Sponsor: Munster Literature Centre Contest Type: Prize for a single short story. Details: http://www.munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html . The Munster Literature Centre, Frank O’Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork City, +21 431 2955
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. Aesthetica is inviting all writers and poets to submit to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012. here 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