NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Weekly Notices for the week of March 25, 2013
14 items: 4 NEW EVENTS, 5 NEW MAGAZINE CALLS, 2 NEW CONTEST LISTINGS
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ITEM 1: CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING APRIL, 2013
DATE: Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 P.M.
LOCATION: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Metcalfe & Laurier
Getting Yourself and Your Work Into the Media Speaker: Randy Ray, Ottawa-area publicist
Randy’s presentation will look at a mix of old-school and new ways to get publicity. By old school, he means hammering on doors, calling editors/reporters and sending emails. By new school, he means using social media which he will touch on.
In Randy’s own words: The gist of my presentation is that writing a book is the easy part and that the real work begins when an author must get publicity that will drive sales. I will explain that to land publicity for your project you must do plenty of networking and develop a solid list of up-to-date contacts. Then you must send each of your contacts a meaty, yet brief pitch that will catch their attention. I will also discuss following up the pitch and how getting turned down by one editor does not mean you cannot get publicity from another editor. I will explain some of the tricks I use to land publicity. I will illustrate my point with a number of anecdotes that demonstrate what I have done and continue to do to get publicity for my clients and my own projects.
Bio: Randy Ray is an author, freelance writer and publicist. He was a reporter for the London Free Press in London, Ont. for 13 years, including three years as the paper’s Parliament Hill correspondent. Since leaving the newspaper in 1989, he has worked as a freelance writer and has had articles published in most major Canadian newspapers. He has co-written nine books about Canada and contributed to four others, handled media relations for a variety of clients and helped authors and businesses line up publicity in newspapers and on television, radio and the Internet. He is a publicity director for Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW), a 160-member organization that represents the interests of authors, publishers, freelance writers and illustrators. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Applied Journalism Degree from Ryerson University in Toronto. He is married to Janis and has three sons and a dog. In his spare time he plays the drums.
CAA NATIONAL NEWS
ITEM 2: NEWS FROM NATIONAL!
1. CANWRITE! 2013 REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 12, 2013
Register online here: http://canadianauthors.org/conference/
2. CANADIAN AUTHOR WINTER 2013 LAUNCHED
If you missed the notice, it’s not too late to get your prototype copy of Canadian Author: Canada’s ezine for writers by writers. Published by the Canadian Authors Association, this digital magazine in a flip book format is available for desktop and tablet viewing at
[Hint: Place your cursor over the ezine cover page, and you'll see "Click to read". When you click, the magazine opens and you'll be able to move from page to page by clicking on the white arrow in the right margin.] Subscribe (free for members, free for all other only in 2013) and you’ll be able to download it and read it at your leisure. Feel free to spread the word about Canadian Author – your friends will love you!
3. CANWRITE! 2013 SHORT STORY CONTEST
It’s back! Canadian Authors’ short story anthology contest is back – and so is your chance to win cash, attend a great conference and get published. The top 10 stories will be published in an anthology to be launched at this year’s CanWrite! conference and retreat. Download entry form as well as guidelines for details.
Deadline: April 1, 2013. Prize: $500, $200 and $100 plus a free conference registration. Entry fee: $20 per entry. Details: www.canauthors.org or 866 216 6222
OTHER WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
ITEM 3: SUSAN HICKMAN SPRING WORKSHOPS
SPRING a time for writing to flourish
Susan is running a series of intensive workshops this spring, four weeks each, back to back, beginning last week of March through to mid May. These will be her last workshops until the fall as she’ll be in Europe this summer:
Under veteran journalist Susan Hickman’s guidance, a small group (about half a dozen) of writers meet weekly with their projects, share and get feedback on their latest writing, explore markets and learn how to pitch for those markets. By the end of the four weeks, with a bit of focus and “home work,” you should have something polished.
If you are interested, please email Susan at email@example.com as soon as possible. This is also a great workshop for previous students who have writing on which they want feedback.
Cost is $99 per workshop (March/April OR April/May) OR $185 to take both back to back.
Susan Hickman 613-290-7646
ITEM 4: EDITORS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA (NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH)
SEMINAR SERIES: CITE IT RIGHT
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
LOCATION: Capital Hill Hotel & Suites, 88 Albert St. (east of Metcalfe); Ottawa
Time: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Instructor: Carolyn Brown, a freelance science and medicine writer and editor with 18 years’ experience at Canada’s two largest scientific publishers. As an editor, she works on manuscripts for journals, reports, and material for the public and trains writers and editors.
When to cite, how to cite, what to cite, and how to check it.
Policy paper? Major scientific study? Master’s thesis? Doctoral thesis?
Whether you’re the editor or the author, you need to get all the citations and their references correct. That’s your job. Learn how to do it according to Chicago Manual of Style, APA and many more style guides.
For writers and editors of any scholarly work, citation is a key skill. This seminar takes participants through the principles of citation. Understanding the elements of citation helps writers and editors move seamlessly from one citation system to another. We will review major citation systems and look at editing approaches.
Also we will learn about reference management software and whether that might be the ticket for you. Registration fee (includes lunch, snacks, and HST):
• EAC member: $215 • Non-member: $290
Register in advance online using the secure registration processing site http://www.editors.ca/node/1876
More info (special needs, waiting list): email firstname.lastname@example.org
ITEM 5: START A NOVEL WITH RUTH LATTA NEW!
DATES: Saturdays, April 20 through May 11, 2013 10:00 A.M. To Noon
LOCATION: St. Pius High School, Near Fisher & Baseline, Ottawa
Ruth Latta’s course, “Start a Novel” , at St. Pius High School (near the corner of Fisher and Baseline) begins Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and runs for four Saturday mornings, the last being May 11, 2013. To register, contact Kristie Van Bergen, Continuing Education Department, Ottawa Catholic School Board, 613-224-4455, extension 2337
ITEM 6: OIW ANNUAL RETREAT & WRITERS WORKSHOP -
“TUNE YOUR WRITING FOR SUCCESS”
LOCATION: THE GALILEE CENTRE, 398 JOHN ST. N., IN ARNPRIOR
Successful writers know how to use the tools of their craft to achieve the best possible results. Tune Your Writing for Success is designed to give emerging and experienced writers alike new insight toward improving all aspects of their story craft. This interactive tutorial workshop includes instruction, written exercises, group discussion and individual consultation on: – Getting Started [How to set realistic goals for success] – Critical Self-Review [How to evaluate your own story craft; how to accept criticism] – Postcarding [Turning ideas into stories: How to quickly establish what is/is not important to a story] – World Building [How to create believable story environments and meaningful characters] – Storyboarding [How to create a visual story arc as a prelude to writing a detailed outline] – Checklist for Success [How to conduct a final technical review of your manuscript] Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, journalism, or simply memos for the office, Tune Your Writing for Success will help raise the bar on the quality and effectiveness of your written craftwork. Participants in this workshop can expect to come away feeling focused, empowered and ready to inject fresh energy and perspective into their writing projects. The OIW Spring Writers Retreat & Workshop is open to members and non-members. The price includes accommodation and all meals. Single or double occupancy. Retreat & Workshop (Members) Single $336, Double per person $303; Non-Members Retreat and Workshop Single $386, Double pp $ 353; Retreat Only Members Single $256, Double pp $223. To see an application and information about the presenter and the venue, please open the attachment. For more information, contact Susan Jennings at email@example.com for more information. A $40 deposit is required at time of booking. Either mail a cheque (address below) or contact Bill Horne firstname.lastname@example.org for Visa payment.
Go to http://oiw.ca/events.php for the application form.
Contact: email: email@example.com
ITEM 7: INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITERS ASSOCIATION, LOS ANGELES
This came to us asking that we let members know about their FREE teleconference here: http://networkisa.org/#/free-teleconferences/4554218218
“We usually have 2 a month. Plus, we have a pretty big CRIME writers event we’re hosting on March 29th and 30th in Chicago. Anyone can join us Live in Chicago or they can watch it ONLINE from anywhere in the world. Let your members know they can SAVE $55 or more by registering with this code: ISACanada
Craig, International Screenwriters’ Association, Los Angeles, CA. www.NetworkISA.org
Check WRITING GIGS where PRODUCERS post requests for screenwriter’s material! http://networkisa.org/#/writing-gigs/4532967165
And check out the I.S.A. at SUNDANCE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItaA42KGYwA
ITEM 8: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY POETRY WORKSHOPS IN APRIL
The Ottawa Public Library is hosting four poetry workshops during the month of April to celebrate Poetry Month. All workshop are free. Register online with your public library card here: http://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/program
Poetry Workshop with Peter Richardson
Nepean Centrepointe Library 101 Centrepointe
Saturday Apr 06, 2013 (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm )
In a supportive, small-group environment, we’ll look at technical aspects of the craft as they relate to your poetry. Participants will be encouraged to provide constructive feedback. Once you’ve registered, submit up to four pages of poems, two weeks in advance, (as well as any questions) to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>. If you don’t have email, drop off your poems labelled Poetry Workshop Spring 2013 NC at the Nepean Centrepointe Library by March 22. Peter Richardson: Widely published, he is the author of three poetry collections with Vehicule Press, including Sympathy for the Couriers which won the A.M. Klein award. A fourth collection, Bit Parts for Fools, is slated for publication late this autumn or early in 2014 with Goose Lane Editions.
The Poetry Garage with Sandra Ridley
Rosemount Library 18 Rosemount Ave
Saturday Apr 13, 2013 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
A two-hour session on fine-tuning the mechanics and dynamics of your poems. Your work will be read and discussed in a supportive small-group environment, facilitated by Sandra Ridley (winner of the 2009 Alfred G. Bailey Prize and 2010 Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing, a finalist for the 2011 Ottawa Book Award, and shortlisted for the 2012 Archibald Lampman and ReLit Awards). All participants will be encouraged to provide constructive feedback. Once registered, submit three poems, up to a maximum of five pages, in advanc. Material to be workshopped will be selected by the facilitator. Material and contact info can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or dropped off labelled Poetry Workshop Spring 2013 RO at the Rosemount Library by April 5th. Photo by Pearl Pirie
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 9: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
DEADLINE: APRIL 15 for the MAY 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. Check out Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php. The calendar contains up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need more info, please Amanda know. (Photos above by Pearl Pirie)
ITEM 10: AYLMER, ONTARIO WIN A HOUSE ESSAY CONTEST! NEW!
Can you write a good essay? Need a house? Have $100? A couple in Aylmer, Ontario are holding a contest to give away their three-bedroom home. Entrants are asked to write about why the house would benefit them — plus send a $100 entry fee. The best essay wins.
CAA-NCR provides this for your information only. We have not verified this contest. Check out any contests carefully before submitting.
Deadline: Aug. 31, 2013.
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
DATE: TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013
LOCATION: SPECIAL LOCATION THIS EVENING AT CLUB SAW, 67 NICHOLAS STREET
This event will be held at Club SAW, part of the SAW Gallery at 67 Nicholas Street, just around the corner from the main Arts Court entrance.
Come out and read your poetry to an appreciative audience. The bar will be open!
6:45 p.m. Workshop – Using Your Voice with John Koensgen
8:00 p.m. Readings – Open Mic Readers
Cash bar will be available.
ITEM 12: OTTAWA INDEPENDENT WRITERS: MONTHLY MEETING
DATE: Thursday March 28, 2013 7:00 P.M.
LOCATION: Library & Archives Canada, Room 156, 395 Wellington St. Ottawa $10 for guests.
TOPIC: SELF-PUBLISHING A BOOK IN THE DIGITAL MARKETPLACE
Digital self-publishing exploded in 2011 with news of the success of authors like J.A. Konrath, Amanda Hocking, and E.V. Mitchell (Julianne Maclean). Self-publishing for the Kindle, Nook, Sony eReader, iPad and other digital devices, is easy… and complicated. It has big advantages and deep pitfalls. In this workshop, you”ll learn more about this intriguing new option for authors and get the info you need to help you decide if self-publishing is right for you.
Topics to be covered include: The math: Why self-pubbing works; The technology: How self-pubbing happens; The business: What you should know before you take that step; The advantages: Why you might want to do it; The problems: What scary things to avoid
Contact: Susan Jennings: email@example.com Web site: www.oiw.ca
About Teresa Morgan: Teresa is the self-published author of “Cinderella and the Sheikh,” “Handcuffed to the Sheikh,” “Sheikh with Benefits,” and “Valentine Vegas Gigolo Sheikh” steamy contemporary romances, available now on Amazon. As Teresa Wilde, she also publishes funny paranormal romances and Young Adult books. Teresa has sold over 50,000 copies of her books online.
ITEM 13: THE FACTORY READING SERIES THURSDAY MAR. 28, 2013 NEW!
Presents: Deborah Poe (Westchester NY), Wanda O’connor (Montreal), + Lauren Turner (Ottawa)
DATE: Thursday, March 28, 2013; doors 7:00 p.m. reading 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Carleton Tavern (upstairs), 223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale)
lovingly hosted by rob mclennan (photo by: Pearl Pirie)
Deborah Poe’s books include Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords 2008), Elements (Stockport Flats 2010), Hélène (Furniture Press 2012), and the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats Press 2013). She has several published chapbooks, most recently Keep (above/ground press 2012). Deborah co-edited Between Worlds: An Anthology of Contemporary Fiction and Criticism (Peter Lang 2012) and is currently co-editing In/Filtration, a book of Hudson Valley New York innovative poetics, which will be published by Station Hill Press in 2013. Deborah’s work is forthcoming, or has appeared recently, in Coconut, Handsome, The Volta’s Medium, and Denver Quarterly. For more, please visit http://www.deborahpoe.com.
Wanda O’Connnor is a graduate of Concordia’s Creative Writing and Classics programs, and most recently completed an MA in Literature with a considerable focus on Robin Blaser’s stunning carmen perpetuum. damascene road passaggio is an excursus through transitions of semi-tones and silence, possessing no address nor addressee nor gaze nor superior flattery. Wanda is currently at work on a long poem manuscript and is an editor at Lemon Hound.
O’Connor will be launching her first above/ground press chapbook damascene road passaggio (selections).
Lauren Turner is an Ottawa-based poet and a recent graduate of Queen’s University. She is the recipient of the 2012 Diana Brebner award. Her poetry has previously appeared in several publications, such as Arc Poetry Magazine, Geist, ottawater, and various campus journals, as well as in the anthology Lake Effect 5 edited by Carolyn Smart.
ITEM 14: SHANE KOYCZAN, ALGONQUIN COMMONS THEATRE NEW!
DATE: Thursday March 28, 2013
Location: Algonquin Commons Theatre, Ottawa, Doors: 7:30 p.m., Show: 8:00 p.m.
*General Admission/All-Ages Event* – Tickets $10.00
The Algonquin Students’ Association will be hosting Shane Koyczan in
the Algonquin Commons Theatre.
Openers: Just Jamaal & Sarah Ruszala
Tickets : Algonquin Commons Theatre Box Office located at E104, in the Algonquin Student Commons Building, Monday to Friday 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. http://www.algonquinsa.com/theatre/box%20office.aspx
Tickets available online at ticketweb.ca: http://www.ticketweb.ca/snl/EventListings.action?pl=algonquinsa&orgId=137822 Please note that tickets purchased online will only be available on the day of the show.
Tickets also available at Vertigo Records. For more information on Vertigo Records, click here: http://www.vertigorecords.ca/
For Your Information: The Algonquin Students’ Association will donate 50% of ticket sales to the Charity Make Children Better Now. The SA acknowledges that Shane Koyczan has no direct affiliation with the charity.
Bio: Shane Koyczan is an award winning Canadian Poet, Author and Performer. You may recognize him from the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics where he wowed a live audience of over 60,000 people (over 1 billion world-wide) with his piece “We Are More.” To Date Shane has published three works of fiction. Visiting Hours (2005), Stickboy (2007) and Our Deathbeds will be Thirsty (2012). Shane’s first published collection, Visiting Hours, was the only work of poetry selected by both the Guardian and the Globe and Mail for their Best Books of the Year lists. In 2012, Shane released his first full length album with his band Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long. The album includes the viral hit “To This Day”.
MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:
NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:
The Ottawa Arts Review seeks prose submissions (including short fiction, personal essays, reviews, and interviews) relating to literary and visual arts, poetry, drama, and visual art. Guidelines: oar.uesa.ca/submissions/submission-guidelines/
Sweptmedia.ca, an online youth-culture magazine based in Toronto/GTA, is looking for original contributions in all print mediums: journalism, short fiction, poetry, etc. Also willing to consider other forms of visual communication modes: photography, painting, comic strips, etc. Contact info: sweptmedia.ca/index.php/contact-us
New online magazine The Island Review (international) seeks submissions of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, photography and art from islanders, island-lovers, and those whose work is influenced by islands, or explores ideas of islandness. Guidelines: http://www.theislandreview.com/submissions/
The recently-launched Northern Cardinal Review (Canada) is seeking creative and vivid poetry, non-fiction essays, and book reviews. Open to writers living in Canada, Alaska, or the northern border states of the U.S. Guidelines: http://northerncardinalreview.wordpress.com/submissions/
Comedy website The Higgs Weldon (US) seeks forms of writing (1000 words max.) and cartoons. Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines: http://thehiggsweldon.com/submit/
Kolaj (Montreal, QC) is a quarterly, print magazine about contemporary collage. Seeks critical reviews and essays, artist profiles, event highlights, articles on collage making, collecting, and exhibiting, and other contributions. Pays. Guidelines: kolajmagazine.com/content/submissions
ARC POETRY ANNUAL 2013 CALL. Arc Poetry Magazine is looking for submissions of poetry—or prose about poetry—that takes the North as its pole star. We are looking for writing from the North and/or about the North in its many guises. We don’t take the North as a given and encourage submissions that engage with and challenge ideas and histories of the North.
We encourage submissions of diverse Northern voices, poetry styles, and languages (submissions in English, French, Inuit languages, Dené, and Cree are welcome; however, submissions in languages other than English should be accompanied by author-approved translations). To submit poems online, go to our Submission page. Please indicate “The North” in your cover letter. https://arcpoetry.submittable.com/submit
Women, Work, and the Web: How the Web Creates Entrepreneurial Opportunities. Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press. Co-editor: Carol SmallwoodCo-ed., Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012) on Poets & Writers Magazine “List of Best Books for Writers.” Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers forthcoming from Scarecrow Press. Co-editor: Joan Gelfand, Development Chair for the Women’s National Book Association, member of the National Book Critics Circle, Joan blogs regularly for the Huffington Post, teaches writing, and is an award winning author. Seeking chapters of unpublished work from writers in the United States and Canada for an anthology. We are interested in such topics as: Women Founding Companies Existing Only on the Web; Women Working on the Web With Young Children or Physical Disabilities; Woman’s Studies Resources and Curriculum Development Webmasters; Women as Founding Editors of Webzines and Blogs; Surveys/Interviews of Women on the Web. FULL DETAILS here:
Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers. Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press. Co-editor: Carol Smallwood co-edited Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012), on Poets & Writers Magazine’s “List of Best Books for Writers”; edited Pre- & Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians (American Library Association, 2012). Co-editor: Dr. Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Journalism Option Program, Passaic County Community College, Paterson, New Jersey; Editor/Founder, Adanna Literary Journal; Author, Eve Asks (Muse-Pie Press, 2011). An anthology of unpublished 3,000-4,000 word chapters by successful, retired writers from the U.S. and Canada (up to 3 co-authors) previously following other careers than writing. Looking for topics as: Business Aspects of Writing, Writing as a New Career, Networking, Using Life Experience, Finding Your Niche, Getting Published, Following Dreams Put on Hold, Privacy and Legal Issues, Working With Editors, Time Management. With living longer, early retirement, popularity of memoir writing, this is a how-to for baby boomers who now have time to write.
FULL DETAILS HERE: http://adannajournal.blogspot.com/p/retirement-call-for-submissions.html
Formalist poetry review The Rotary Dial (Canada) seeks poetry from Canadian and international writers. Looking for work that rhymes and/or scans but isn’t too versey: blank verse, syllabic verse, etc. Response within two weeks. Guidelines: http://therotarydial.ca/submissions/
Garbanzo Literary Journal (US) is published in limited-run copies as part of a hand-created series of chapbooks. Seeks stories (1172 words max.) poems (43 lines max.), micro-fiction, macro-faction, creative nonfiction, and a variety of verse forms. Appreciates writing that disregards the rules.
BareBacklit is an online bi-monthly magazine seeking poetry, prose, and visual art. Accepts poetry (4 poems max.), fiction (2500 words max.), and flash fiction (1000 words max.). Prefers work that is “unpretentious, minimalist… entertains first, and provokes thought later.” Guidelines: http://www.barebacklit.com/Submissions.html
LWOT (Lies With Occasional Truth) seeks fiction from writers in Canada “(and sometimes by Americans who pretend, in their cover letters, to be Canadian)”. The term fiction is open to interpretation. Guidelines: http://lwot.net/submission.htm
Online journal Pithead Chapel seeks fiction (short and flash) and nonfiction (experimental, personal, lyric essays) “that moves toward something bigger… takes chances.” Accepts stories and essays 4000 words max. Reads year-round. Guidelines: http://pitheadchapel.com/submission-guidelines/
The New Inquiry welcomes short- and long-form pieces “from anyone who wants to write.” Looks for well-written, original posts on ideas, books, art, culture, and more. No fiction or poetry. Guidelines: http://thenewinquiry.com/submit-to-tni/
Literary journal Revolver (US) seeks “short range” (up to 1000 words), “long range” (1000-5000 words), and art for its next issue. Welcomes fiction, poetry, essays, lists, and art. Also accepting bar stories for “Shots with Strangers”. Guidelines: http://www.around-around.com/submit/
Website strange bOUnce accepts short stories, satire, and poetry, that have been “lightly brushed with sport.” Send work to IWantToWrite@strangebOUnce.com. No payment. http://strangebounce.com/
Biannual journal The Dos Passos Review (Longwood University, Farmville, VA) seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that demonstrates characteristics found in the work of John Dos Passos. Deadline: March 30, 2013. Does not accept electronic submissions. Guidelines: dospassosreview.com/submit/
Common Thread (US) is an new online literary journal started by students at Valparaiso University. Looking for poems, short stories, nonfiction, and artwork that fits under the theme of ‘Confessions.’ Deadline: March 31, 2013. Guidelines: scholar.valpo.edu/commonthread/
Seeking stories about travelling India by train. Short stories about train travels across India wanted for an anthology. Length: 750-6000 words. Seeks stories that are emotionally engaging, inspiring, and unique. Plans for a commemorative book launch in 2013. Deadline: March 31, 2013. No payment details. Guidelines: http://railonama.com/
Online journal Cactus Heart Literary Magazine (U.S.) seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, art, and photography for Issue #4. Looking for ‘spiny writing — sharp… coursing with energy and able to thrive in the harshest of places… maintaining a vulnerable, succulent interior.’ Deadline: March 31, 2013. Guidelines: www.cactusheartpress.com/submit
Buttontapper Press seeks ecological and nature submissions with an edge / angle / funk for a Haiku For Earth Day anthology. Submit up to 5 original haiku (traditional or modern) that sends a powerful message. “Not into frilly, frou-frou descriptions.” Deadline: March 31, 2013. Guidelines: http://buttontapper.com/submissions/
New Christian online and print magazine Praise Writers is seeking poetry, stories, meditations, and testimonies to uplift readers with inspirational content. Deadline: April 1, 2013. No payment. Guidelines: http://praisewriters.blogspot.ca/p/submit.html
Annual journal Echolocation (University of Toronto) seeks submissions for Issue 13. Accept short fiction (1000-1500 words), flash fiction (500 words max.), poetry (3-5), artwork, and b&w photography. Seeks work by writers in and around Toronto, and from North America. Deadline: April 8, 2013. Guidelines: https://echolocationmag.submittable.com/subm
RATTLE MAGAZINE CALL April 15th DEADLINE, we want to see as many poems written by Single Parents as possible. This is for the Fall 2013 issue. The poems don’t have to be about parenting, but simply must be written by those who identify as single parents—as always, the criteria is mostly self-selecting; just be honest about how you feel. We are also looking for personal narrative essays that are about parenting, and how it relates to and influences poetry. We still have plenty of room in this issue, so if you have friends who are single parent poets, please help spread the word. To submit, all you have to do is follow our regular guidelines (http://www.rattle.com/poetry/submissions/guidelines/) and mention that you are a single parent.
Of course every other issue (Summer and Winter) has no theme, and we’re always looking for great poems for those issues, too, so don’t hesitate to send new work any time you’d like, no matter what kind of parent you are or are not.
NEW! New literary magazine Joypuke (Mount Allison University, NB) seeks fiction and creative nonfiction (1500 words max.) and poetry (100 lines max.) EMAIL submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: April 20, 2013.
NEW! Nickel95 Zine, an art and poetry, limited-run, handmade zine (London, ON) seeks submissions of poetry. Theme “kiss & make-up”. Looking for romance/love/falling out of love/etc. Payment: copy of the zine. Contact: email@example.com. Deadline: April 26, 2013. Guidelines: http://sanriapress.wix.com/nickel95zine
ROOM MAGAZINE submission call for the 36.4, Open issue. Deadline April 30, 2013. Room would love to consider your writing or art for our upcoming Winter issue, 36.4, edited by Lorrie Miller and Amy McCall. Send us your best work on any theme. Check out our guidelines to find out more. http://www.roommagazine.com/magazine/364-open-issue
Cairn Press: Cairn Press (US) seeks literary novel manuscripts with “prose that rises off the page” with strong characters and stories. Submission should include: a one-page query and the opening twenty pages. Deadline: April 30, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.cairnpress.com/pages/submissions
The Rusty Toque (Western University) is accepting literary and innovative writing in the following genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic short fiction. Accepted work paid a small honorarium (approx. $50). Deadline: April 2013. Guidelines: https://therustytoque.submittable.com/submit
Only Interconnect, an anthology exploring the intersection between social media and short stories, seeks writing whose content and/or form are inspired by social media. Send your tales told through texting, Pinterest prose, irony over Instagram, or Facebook flash fiction. Deadline: April 30, 2013 (extended). Guidelines: https://onlyinterconnect.submittable.com/submit
NEW! New food-based magazine Toast Point Press (Canada) seeks submissions for its inaugural issue (June 2013). Looking for short fiction and prose (2500 words max.), poetry, drawings, and photography. Prefers the witty, thoughtful, unique, and engaging. Deadline: May 31, 2013. Website still under contruction. Submission form: toastpointpress.com/submit/
NEW! CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: CARTOONING DEGREE ZERO: DESCANT’S GRAPHIC LITERATURE ISSUE. Submission deadline for this issue: June 7th, 2013. The comic strip, the funnybook, the graphic novel — whatever we call this melange of words and pictures, it all begins with the art of cartooning. This issue provides an opportunity to explore what cartooning looks like now, and where we find its limits. In writing that approaches the zero degree, Roland Barthes sees an “infinite freedom” shining forth, the creation of an “unexpected object” overflowing with possibilities. Can we say the same for cartooning degree zero? Contributors are encouraged to test out the affinities that exist between cartooning and poetry, comics and prose, drawing and writing. What are the stories that images tell, and what do they keep silent? What can comics recall about the past, or say about the present? What have we seen in the history of cartooning, and what can we expect for the future of the form? Descant welcomes cartooned strips, panels, and stories that address any topic and investigate the possibilities and boundaries of the medium. Traditional essays, poems, memoirs and fiction that deal in some way with comics and cartooning will also be accepted.
NEW! DESCANT ARTS AND LETTERS FOUNDATION CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BERLIN. “I still keep a suitcase in Berlin” – Marlene Dietrich. “”It’s a city that’s so easy to ‘get lost’ in – and to ‘find’ oneself, too.” – David Bowie, on his “Berlin Years”
Submission deadline for this issue: August 16, 2013. http://www.descant.ca/submit
UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS
NOTE: MSLEXIA, A U.K.-BASED MAGAZINE FOR WOMEN WHO WRITE, has posted links to numerous contests coming up, with deadlines from February through June. Includes youth, short story, poetry, plays, etc. Take a look here: http://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/listings/master.php?listing=2
Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. DEADLINE MAY 31, 2013 Total entry not to exceed 20 pages.
Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest: Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages.
Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems. DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2013
Entry Fee: Canada $25.00; the United States $30.00 (US funds); All others $40.00 (US funds) for either contest. Bonus: enter both contests for an additional $10.00. Enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription which will begin with the fall issue, 2013. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review. Mail submissions to: The Antigonish ReviewContest, Box 5000, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2G 2W5. ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RETURNED; only winners will be notified by September 1, 2013. List of winners will be available at our web site. For further information, email TAR@stfx.ca, Phone 902-867-3962 or visit our website at: http://www.antigonishreview.com/ Details on contest here: http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=62
Darker Times Fiction, a monthly short story competition for stories of 3,000 words and less in the horror genre or on the subject of ‘darker times’. All of the information can be found on the website – www.darkertimes.co.uk . It’s open to UK and international writers and ends on the last day of each month.
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.
- Entries are invited for The New Quarterly Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. Prize: $1000. All submissions considered for paid publication (payment: $250) in the magazine. Submit essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer’s personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line. Canadian writers only. Deadline: March 28, 2013. Entry Fee: $40 (includes subscription). http://www.tnq.ca/contests
- City of Toronto Book Awards. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money. Each finalist receives $1,000 and the winning author receives the remaining prize money. Deadline: March 29, 2013. Prize: $15,000; $1000. Entry fee: none. Details: www.toronto.ca/book_awards/about.htm
- Entries are invited for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction (US). Submit essays 5000 words max. Subject: Open. Prize: $250 publication in next issue of Lunch Ticket. All submissions are considered for publication. Deadline: March 30, 2013. Guidelines: http://lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award/
- The Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award in Creative Nonfiction. This award was established in Diana’s memory by her family, friends, and the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA community. Twice each year an author of a work of creative nonfiction will be selected for the DWM award by the Woods family, a member of the AULA MFA faculty in creative nonfiction, and a special guest judge. Deadline: March 30, 2013. Prize: $250 + and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Entry fee: none. Details: http://lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award/
- The Flying Elephants Short Story Prize is an international contemporary short-story writing competition for both published and emerging writers, and sponsored by “Ashes & Snow” artist Gregory Colbert, in honor of AndWeWereHungry’s debut issue. Deadline: March 31, 2013. Total prize fund: $5000, One prize of $2000; three prizes of $1000, eight additional runners up. All winning and shortlisted entries published in the online debut issue. Entry fee: none. Details: http://andwewerehungry.org/prize-rules/
- Annual Eric Hoffer Award. Deadline: March 31, 2013. The Annual Eric Hoffer Award is now accepting submissions for short prose. Writers of fiction and creative nonfiction have a shot at winning the grand prize worth $250. The award is open to short prose in English, including translations of less than 10,000 words. More info: http://www.hofferaward.com/
- The Hudson Prize is awarded annually for any unpublished collection of poetry or short stories. Prize includes book publication, $1,000 cash award, and ten author copies of the book. Deadline: March 31, 2013. GUIDELINES http://www.blacklawrence.com/hudson.html Entry Period: February 1 – March 31
- Deadline updated. New online literary magazine AndWeWereHungry is open to entries for their inaugural short fiction contest: the Flying Elephants Short Story Prize. Grand prize: $2000. Also seeking other prose (flash fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, & essay), photography, and visual artwork for the debut issue. Theme: “And we were hungry” or “hunger” (open to interpretation). Deadline: March 31, 2013. No entry fee. Guidelines: https://andwewerehungry.submittable.com/submit
- writing fellowship: SmokeLong Quarterly. DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2013. SmokeLong Quarterly is excited to announce that we are once again hosting a Kathy Fish Fellow. The 2013-14 Fellow honors Kathy Fish, a former editor here at SmokeLong, a fantastic writer herself, and a continuing champion of new and emerging writers. Applications for the fellowship will be accepted starting Friday, March 1 and the submission period will run through Sunday, March 31. The winner of the 2013-14 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a “writer in residence” at SmokeLong for four quarterly issues (June 2013, September 2013, December 2013 and March 2014). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner. The winner of the Fellowship will also receive $500.00, to be paid as follows: $100.00 on announcement of the winner, and $100.00 upon publication of each of the four issues in 2013-14. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with SmokeLong staff and participate in online writing workshops. All writers previously unpublished in SmokeLong Quarterly are eligible to apply. Following are the guidelines for application and the terms of the award itself: Please see application guidelines at http://smokelong.wordpress.com/
- The Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award is offered annually to an author with at least one-but no more than two-book of fiction. The winner receives a $20,000 grant, though there is a $100 fee. Deadline: April 1. APPLICATION DETAILS HERE: http://sherwoodandersonfoundation.org/2006/07/how_to_compete_for_a_grant.php
- Gain Exposure For Your Self-Published Book! 21ST ANNUAL WRITER’S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED AWARDS. You could win: Up to $3000 in cash, National exposure for your work. the attention of prospective editors and publishers, A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City! Early Bird Deadline: April 1, 2013 Enter your book into one or more of these categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age), Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Children’s/Picture books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult books, Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books), Poetry. Read the rules and get the details: Writer’s Digest Self-Published Awards. http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished?et_mid=599186&rid=233037386
- Print journal Grain magazine (Canada) invites entries for the 25th annual Short Grain Contest. Prizes: $4500 CAD overall; $1000 first prize in each category. Categories: Poetry (100 lines max.) and short fiction (500 words max.). Entry fee $35 (includes subscription). Deadline: April 1, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.grainmagazine.ca/contest.html
- Entries open for Indiana Review‘s 2013 Poetry Prize. First prize: $1,000 and publication. Submit three poems per entry, 8 pages maximum. Entry fee: $20 (Note: +$7 for Canadian entrants). Fee includes one-year subscription. Deadline: April 1, 2013. Guidelines: http://indianareview.org/prizes/2013-poetry-prize-guidelines/
- Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. (no fee) Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2013. Winning Writers invites you to enter the 12th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. We’ll award $2,000, including a top prize of $1,000. Submit one humor poem online. No length limit. Both published and unpublished poems are welcome. No fee to enter. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. http://winningwriters.com/contests/wergle/we_guidelines.php
- Gemini MAGAZINE fourth annual Gemini Magazine Short Story ConTest. Deadline: April 1, 2013. Grand Prize $1,000. Second place $100, three honorable mentions at $25 each. No restrictions on content, style, genre or length—just send your best. All five finalists will be published online in the June 2013 issue of Gemini. Entry fee: $4 (almost free!). Enter by email or snail mail. http://www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html
- PLOUGHSHARES Emerging Writer’s Contest Opens. Submit now to the 2013 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest! The contest is open from today to April 2 at 12:00 noon EST. One winner in each genre—fiction, poetry, and nonfiction—will receive $1,000 and publication. The submission fee is $24 and includes a one-year subscription to Ploughshares, so it’s a win-win situation. Psst, if you are subscribed through the 2013 Winter Issue, you can submit for free! We consider you “emerging” if you haven’t published or self-published a book. For more information, or to submit, visit https://www.pshares.org/submit/Emerging-Writers-Contest.cfm. You can read winning submissions from last year on our website. We look forward to reading your work!
- CAPITAL CRIME WRITERS’ 2013 SHORT STORY CONTEST. Capital Crime Writers announces its 2013 Short Story Contest. It is open to all residents 18+ in the National Capital Region. Entries must be unpublished original works of fiction with a crime theme and be no longer than 3500 words. The submission deadline is April 2, 2013 and the entry fee is $10.00 ($25.00 if you request a written critique). A shortlist will be announced in April. Awards will be presented in June. First prize: $200.00. Further information and submission instructions are at http://capitalcrimewriters.com. Contact: Joe Italiano, Vice President, Capital Crime Writers, 613-722-5194, firstname.lastname@example.org
- CV2 ANNUAL 2-DAY POEM CONTEST 2013. Registration is open for CV2‘s annual 2-Day Poem Contest 2013. Write an original poem in 48 hours including the ten words provided (released at midnight, Friday April 12). First prize: $500 +publication. Also “a whole weekend of wordy entertainment.” Entry fee: $16/26 (includes subscription). Deadline: April 5, 2013. Guidelines: www.contemporaryverse2.ca/index.php/contests/2-day-contest
- BY GEORGE! A SPECIAL TICKET TO WRITE COMPETITION FOR PLAYWRIGHTS. Closing date Friday April 5, 2013. To mark the 70th anniversary of the birth of George Harrison, four out of the eight plays chosen for 2013 will have a George theme: Entries can be about his work, his music, his life – any legitimate story about this beloved member of the Fab Four. The other four plays can feature any aspect of The Beatles: Their lives, music, work. They can include some, all or none of the group. All plays submitted must be about 15 minutes long and have a maximum of four characters. We are beefing up the chances to win this year: Instead of a final with three plays battling it out for the prize money all EIGHT plays staged will have a chance to win £150. COMPLETE DETAILS HERE: http://www.acedrama.co.uk/6.html. For any queries contact Jamie Gaskin at email@example.com
- Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest Honouring the Memory of Dr. William Henry Drummond. Deadline Monday April 15 2013. Cash prizes totalling $1200 for poems in English. http://www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com/03-drummond.htm
- The 2013 EVENT Non-Fiction Contest. DEADLINE: APR. 15, 2013. $1500 in prizes available, plus publication. EVENT reserves the right to award the prize money as the judge sees fit (i.e., two prizes at $750 each, or three at $500 each, or one at $1,000 and one at $500). Publication in EVENT 42/3 (December 2013), with standard publication payment. Other manuscripts may be published. Preliminary judging by the editors of EVENT. DETAILS HERE: http://eventmags.com/contest-3/
- EVENT magazine. Entries are invited for the EVENT 2013 Non-Fiction Contest. Submit manuscripts exploring the creative non-fiction form. Prizes: $1500, plus publication. Length: 5000 words max. Entry fee: $34.95 (includes subscription). Deadline: April 15, 2013. Guidelines: eventmags.com/contest-3/
- ESSAY CONTEST OPEN TO STUDENTS WORLDWIDE NEW! THE FOUNTAINHEAD ESSAY CONTEST INFORMATION. Eligibility: 11th and 12th Graders. Entry Deadline: April 26, 2013. FIRST PRIZE: $10,000, 5 SECOND PRIZES: $2,000, 10 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000, 45 FINALISTS: $100. 175 SEMIFINALISTS: $50. Full details here: http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/TheFountainhead.aspx?theme=blue
- NEW! Ascent Aspirations 2013 Anthology Contest. Extended Deadline: Contest closing date is April 30th, 2013. Our theme is open, however there are word limits. FOR DETAILS: http://www.ascentaspirations.ca/ascentspring2013.htm
- 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize. The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013. Open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 (about $12.83) per story. Full details and rules at www.bristolprize.co.uk
- 4th Annual International Book Awards Deadline: April 30, 2013. The 4th Annual International Book Awards are specifically designed to be a promotional vehicle for authors and publishers to launch their careers, open global markets, and compete with talented authors and publishers throughout the world. Open to all books published in English with an ISBN. Winners in each category will receive a 6-month full webpage on USABookNews.com among other prizes. More info at http://www.internationalbookawards.com/
- Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest, DEADLINE APRIL 30, 2013. http://winningwriters.com/contests/tomstory/ts_guidelines.php Now in its 21st year. Prizes of $3,000, $1,000, $400 and $250 will be awarded, plus six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. Submit any type of short story, essay or other work of prose, up to 5,000 words. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. $16 entry fee. 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.
- Dan Poynter’s 2013 (3RD ANNUAL )Global EBOOK AWARDS. DEADLINE APR. 30, 2013. MORE THAN 100 CATEGORIES. MORE DETAILS HERE: http://globalebookawards.com/
- University of Iowa Press Iowa Poetry Prize. Deadline: April 30, 2013. Entry Fee: $20. Website: http://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/authors/iowa-prize.htm. Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Call or visit the website for complete guidelines.
AND LATER DEADLINES:
- Quarterly Ruminate Magazine (US) invites entries for their sixth annual Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. First prize: $1500 and publication in the Fall 2013 Issue. Entry fee: US$18 (includes copy of the Fall 2013 Issue. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Guidelines: ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/poetry-prize/
- The Malahat Review (BC) invites entries for the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. Open to authors whose fiction has yet to be published in book form. Submit one short story, 3500 words max. Prize: $1000 CAD and publication. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Entry fee: $25 (includes subscription). Guidelines: Malahatreview.ca/contests/far_horizons_fiction/info.html
- AWARD TO RECOGNIZE EXCELLENCE IN FIRST NATIONS, METIS AND INUIT YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE Submissions deadline May 1, 2013. The Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature . The Award will be given annually to three English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis or Inuit authors. A First Prize of $12,000, a Second Prize of $8,000 and a Third Prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the authors and translators (if applicable) of the winning titles. For further details, submission guidelines etc. on the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, go to http://www.codecan.org/get-involved/burt-award-canada
- POETRY LONDON COMPETITION 2013 Deadline: May 1 2013. The Poetry London Competition 2013 is now open for entries. First Prize £1000, Second Prize £500, Third Prize £200. plus publication in Poetry London. Four commendations will be awarded, of £75 each. Entries must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another poet. Entries must not have been previously published, in print or online. The maximum length is 80 lines. Entry fee is £3 per poem for Poetry London subscribers, for non-subscribers £5. For competition rules and entry form please download the form here: http://www.poetrylondon.co.uk/competition
- 2013 Leapfrog Fiction Contest. First Prize: publication contract offer with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards ($150 and manuscript critiques). Open to adult and children’s fiction (middle grade and YA) in novella- or novel-length. Minimum length: 22,000. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Entry fee: $30. Guidelines: http://www.leapfrogpress.com/contest.htm
- WRITERS’ DIGEST 82ND ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES. EARLY BIRD DEADLINE May 6, 2013. Categories include * Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious) * Memoirs/Personal Essay * Magazine Feature Article *Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.) * Mainstream/Literary Short Story * * Rhyming Poetry * Non-rhyming Poetry * Stage Play * Television/Movie Script * Children’s/Young Adult Fiction. FULL DETAILS HERE: http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition?et_mid=602268&rid=3195308
- Pandora’s Collective: Kisses and Popsicles Spring Poetry Contest: Deadline May 15, 2013, Winners announced June 15, 2013 Entry Fees: Adults – $5/poem Teens (14 to 19) – $4/poem. Children (13 and under) – $3/poem Prizes: Adults – 1st: $100 & publication, 2nd: $50 & publication, 3rd: publication. Teens – 1st: $75 & publication, 2nd: $35 & publication, 3rd: publication. Children – 1st: $40 & publication, 2nd: $20 & publication, 3rd: publication. Guidelines: visit website for full info. This contest is open to poets world wide. http://www.pandorascollective.com/what-we-do/contests
- MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE COMPETITION PERIOD: Jan. 15 2013 to May 15, 2013. Get your poems ready! The not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize is offering $20,000 for one original, unpublished poem of no longer than 40 lines written in any English dialect. Competition open from January 15 to May 15, 2013. Online entries only. Entry fees vary. Please see montrealprize.com for details. To find out more about the competition and more about who the 2013 editors are, please visit montrealprize.com.
- The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award, sponsored by the St. Jerome’s University English Dept. Winning story: $1000. Deadline: May 28, 2013. This contest, is named in honour of Peter Hinchcliffe, who was instrumental in the founding of the magazine and has made an impact in the lives of many students in his longstanding role as lecturer at St. Jerome’s University. The $1000 top prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction by a Canadian (citizen or resident) writer who has not yet published a first novel or short story collection. Though there is only one top prize, all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. All submissions will be judged blind. Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly. Eligiblity: see website. http://tnq.ca/peter-hinchcliffe-fiction-award
- The Black River Chapbook Competition (Spring). Awarded twice annually for a chapbook (16-36 pages) of poetry or short stories. Beginning with the Spring 2009 competition, winner receives $500 and 25 copies of chapbook. Entry Period: April 1 – May 31 Deadline: May 31, 2013. GUIDELINES http://www.blacklawrence.com/BRCCContestPage.html
- The Saving Bannister 28th Niagara Branch of Canadian Authors Association ANNUAL POETRY ANTHOLOGY CONTEST Deadline for entries is May 31, 2013. For residents of Ontario. See website for full details. First Prize-$200 Second Prize-$100 Third Prize-$50 http://www.canauthorsniagara.org/
- THE ANTIGONISH REVIEW’S 2013 WRITING CONTESTS: GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST & SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE. $2,400 in Prizes: First prize:$600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication for each of the two contests. Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by May 31, 2013. Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2013. Guidelines: see website. http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=62
- The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book and Magazine Awards for Social Justice Writing are seeking submissions commencing Monday, March 4, 2013. The closing date is Friday, June 14, 2013 at 5 PM PST. Information about the awards can be found on the website http://www.greberwritingaward.com. Detailed eligibility requirements can be found at http://www.greberwritingaward.com/submissions.htm. Meet the winners at LitFest In October. http://www.litfestalberta.org/
- Poetry Foundation Ghana invites entries for inaugural (2013) Ghana Poetry Prize. Prize: $1000. The aim of this prize is to support younger emerging poets. Open to international entrants. Submit up to two poems, 30 lines max. No entry fee. Deadline: June 30, 2013. Shortlist announced in July. Winner announced in September. Guidelines: poetryfoundationghana.org/index.php/featured/poetry-news/item/674-ghana-poetry-prize-is-opened
- NEW! VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY 2013. MAX. 3 POEMS, UP TO 60 LINES PER POEM. Entry fee $20 includes 1 yr. subscription. 1st prize $750. 2nd prize $250. Plus publication in Vallum. Mail to Vallum Poetry Contest, PO Box 598, Victoria Station, Montreal, PQ H3Z 2Y6 DEADLINE JULY 15, 2013. (online link not available yet)
- The Ontario Poetry Society is accepting contest entries for The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Award. Prize: $50 and 50 chapbooks. Submit manuscripts of 24 poems or one long poem. Poems may be previously published. Open to Canadian residents. Deadline: July 31, 2013. Entry fee: $15. Guidelines: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Grassrootscontest%202013.htm
- The St. Lawrence Book Award. Awarded annually for any unpublished collection of poetry or short stories. Prize includes book publication, $1,000 cash award, and ten author copies of the book. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Entry Period: July 1- August 31 GUIDELINES http://www.blacklawrence.com/stlawrence_1.html
- Win £500 and publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition! The Creative Writing Competition is a fantastic opportunity for existing and aspiring writers and poets to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Two categories for entry: Poetry and Short Fiction. Deadline for entries: 31 August 2013. Finalists will be announced on the 31 October 2013. Winners will be announced on the 1 December 2013. Prizes: There will be two winners; one Poetry winner and one Short Fiction winner. Each winner will receive £500. Each winner will receive a selection of books from our competition partners. Winners and finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. Winners and shortlisted finalists will receive a complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting
- poetry book contest: Red Mountain Press. DEADLINE SEPT. 15, 2013. The 2013 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry will award publication of a full-length book of poetry. The most important criterion is that the manuscript manifests significant themes in beautiful, strong and evocative language. The winner will receive publication with our standard contract and a $1000 award. All entries may be considered for future publication. SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL SUBMISSION DETAILS: http://redmountainpress.us/poetry-prize/ SUBMIT through the electronic submission manager https://redmountainpress.submittable.com/submit
- The Black River Chapbook Competition (Fall) Awarded twice annually for a chapbook (16-36 pages) of poetry or short stories. Beginning with the Fall 2009 competition, winner receives $500 and 25 copies of chapbook. Entry Period: September 1 – October 31. Deadline: October 31, 2013. GUIDELINES http://www.blacklawrence.com/BRCCContestPage.html
- Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2013. DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2013. Go online at http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html. First Prize $1,000, Second Prize $250, Third Prize $100. Top ten entries are posted on our site. The entry fee for each submission is $25. One Act Plays of from 10 minutes to 70 minutes may be submitted by mail or email. By mail to Bottle Tree Productions, 445 Southwood Drive, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7M-5P8. Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions. For environmental and storage reasons email submissions are preferred. By email to contest (at) bottletreeinc (dot) com. Go online at http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html for Paypal options and further details and to see past winners and their contact info.