NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Weekly Notices for the week of June 18, 2012
–12 Items: 4 NEW EVENTS & 15 NEW CONTESTS!
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BRANCH MEMBER NEWS
ITEM 1: EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD LAUNCH JUST IN TIME FOR CANADA DAY NEW!
Emily-Jane Hills Orford’s It Happened in Canada Book 3 has arrived! Following the very popular first two books, this award-winning North Gower author has written a third book in the It Happened in Canada series exploring the lives of another ten extra-ordinary Canadians. We really do have an exciting and vibrant history! Come and learn more about the extra-ordinary Canadians that have made this such a wonderful country!
OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATES:
Saturday, June 23, 2012 – 1-3 p.m. BookStop, 1 Jockvale Road (at Cedarview Road, Barrhaven)
Saturday, June 30, 2012 – 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Special Canada Day North Gower Farmers Market (Roger Stevens (just west of the lights) North Gower)
WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
ITEM 2: SCREENWRITING CAMP 2012 – TAKE YOUR STORY IDEAS TO THE BIG SCREEN
DATES: August 13 to August 17, 2012
LOCATION: Algonquin College, Woodroffe Campus Cost: $595
This five-day hands-on workshop from August 13th to 17th 2012 at Algonquin College will help writers bring their ideas into the reality of a feature film screen story. Participants will also learn the career potential of screenwriters in television and new media – one of the fastest growing business sectors in Canada. The Director is Tom Shoebridge, founder of the Canadian Screen Training Centre and the Summer Institute of Film and Television, which for 30 years brought world-class filmmakers such as Atom Egoyan, Sarah Polley, Norman Jewison, Paul Haggis, Denys Arcand, Anthony Minghella and others here to share their expertise with aspiring film and television creators.
In workshops led by seasoned industry professionals, participants will learn the fundamentals of story structure, scenes, sequences, acts, dialogue, and character and story arcs – the necessary elements of professional screen storytelling. Films will be analyzed, scripts dissected, and the writing of treatments and scripts encouraged. This will not be theory; this will offer practical professional insights into writing for the screen and pitching your story effectively.
For more information, please contact Lynn Tarzwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynn Tarzwell, Coordinator, Scriptwriting Program, Office: N208b, (613)727-4723 ext. 7888
DATES: October 22-27, 2012 – Newfoundland
Emerging and mid-level career adult writers are invited to apply to join faculty Michael Crummey, Don McKay and Lisa Moore for small-group workshops and one-on-one explorations of your writing. Social evenings, readings and a spectacular setting enhance the intensive Piper’s Frith five-day experience. Kilmory Resort is nestled in the Piper’s Hole River Valley amidst the wildness of Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula, about a two hours drive from St. John’s. The cost is $685 (Cdn) including all program fees, meals, accommodations and social events. Deadline to apply is August 14, 2012. To learn more and to apply: http://www.literaryartsnl.com/
New contest! The Literary Arts Foundation is sponsoring the 2012 Riddle Fence fiction contest. First prize: all-expense paid participation in Piper’s Frith! Learn more at http://www.literaryartsnl.com/riddlefencecontest.htm
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 4: SUBMISSION CALL TUPELO PRESS JULY OPEN READING PERIOD FOR BOOK-LENGTH AND CHAPBOOK POETRY COLLECTIONS
Postmark between July 1 and July 31
Throughout July, Tupelo Press will hold open submissions for book-length poetry collections (48-90 pages) and chapbook-length poetry collections (30-47 pages). Submissions are accepted from anyone writing in the English language (whether in the United States or abroad). Include a cover page with the title of your manuscript, your name, address, phone number and email address. There is a reading fee of $28 for each manuscript submitted. Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission is accompanied by a separate $28 reading fee. Manuscripts that have been submitted during this open reading period (July 2012) may not be revised and submitted again unless they are accompanied by an additional $28 reading fee. Manuscripts will not be returned. Our online submission manager will be accepting poetry manuscripts between July 1 and July 31, 2012.
We also accept manuscripts via postal mail. You may also include a SASE stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt of your manuscript and for results notification. An acknowledgments page listing previously published poems may be included.
Your manuscript must be postmarked between July 1 and July 31, 2012 and sent to: Open Submissions, Tupelo Press, P.O. Box 1767, North Adams, MA 01247.
Read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript: http://www.tupelopress.org/july_guidelines.php
ITEM 5: GEIST EMERGING WRITER OF THE MONTH
An enlightened online space for new writers to test-drive their work. How it works: Emerging writers are invited to submit short written works online. Geist chooses and publishes one piece each month on a dedicated web page. Geist readers and like-minded people are then invited to comment on the featured work. Who is eligible? Canadian students enrolled in secondary or post-secondary courses and/or writing workshops are eligible. The writer should have no more than 2 short works published in established print or online magazines, books or websites. (Blogs, zines and in-house school publications are exempt.) For full details: http://www.geist.com/gewm
ITEM 6: SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT BY WritingRaw, NEW!
a monthly literary magazine dedicated to new and emerging writers. Our goal is simple – to serve the literary community with the opportunity to have their work online and out in the world. In this world of disappearing literary magazines, WritingRaw is providing the blank pages for writers to fill. We are still looking for:
• 500 words or less essays about your struggle to write or published in the traditional sense (put Struggle in the subject line of the email). These essays can be read on the Tips/News page.
• Books to Promote between stories, poems and articles (we are closing the Bookstore and placing these book promotions on every page everyone can see them) Send us a jpeg of the cover, a brief synopsis, and ordering information with the actual link (put Promotion in the subject line of the email)
• And we are always needing Fiction, Poetry, Articles and Essays – all genres, all lengths
SPREAD THE WORD to all your writer, and reader, friends: Don’t let us die! Let the world know about WritingRaw and all the good and positive things we do for up-and-coming writers. http://writingraw.com/
ITEM 7: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
DEADLINE: July 15 for the August 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
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
ITEM 8: THE DUELING POETS
DATE: TUESDAY, JUNE 19 NOON TO 1:00 P.M.
LOCATION: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch 120 Metcalfe At Laurier, Ottawa
The Embassy of the United States of America and the League of Canadian Poets invite you to “The Dueling Poets” featuring Sydney Lea (poet laureate of Vermont) and John B. Lee (poet laureate of Brantford and Norfolk County, Canada) at the Ottawa Public Library, main branch, 120 Metcalfe Ave. Ottawa, from noon til 1:00 pm on Thursday afternoon, June 19th. Please RSVP via email email@example.com if you plan to attend.
ITEM 9: OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR SPRING 2012 EDITION
DATE: Saturday, June 30, 2012, noon to 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre at 320 Jack Purcell Lane Admission is free!
Don’t forget the pre-fair reading held the night before at The Factory Reading Series!
FRIDAY, JUNE 29 The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong St. (at Parkdale; upstairs). Doors open 7 p.m.
The Factory Reading Series pre-small press book fair reading will feature readings/launches by Ottawa writers Sonia Saikaley, Victoria Dunn and Michael Lithgow, and Gillian Wigmore of Prince George, B.C. Hosted by rob mclennan.
The book fair is run by rob mclennan through span-o, and question on renting a table, etc. can be directed to rob at firstname.lastname@example.org
ITEM 10: LIPS (THE LIVE POETS SOCIETY OF LANARK COUNTY) 2012 SEASON FINALS NEW LOCATION!
DATE: Saturday, June 23, 2012 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: The Factory Grind 1 Sherbrooke Street East, Perth, ON K7H 1A1
Cost: $10.00 per person
Contact info: email@example.com or look for LiPS on Facebook
The competing Finalists are as follows (in no particular order):
Poetiquette, Andy Kerr-Wilson, Inez Dekker, Jonny Dee, b!WILDer, Danielle K.L. Gregoire,
Hypnotik, Tammy MacKenzie, Poeticleigh Speaking
Additional information: This event has the top ranking competitors from the LiPS 2012 qualifying slam series, competing for a spot on the LiPS National team. The successful poets (top 5) will then comprise the team (4 members) & alternate – who will represent Lanark County at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. This year, it is being held in Saskatoon, in October. For further information, contact LiPS at firstname.lastname@example.org or find LiPS on Facebook.
ITEM 11: JUNE 18 to JUNE 24 EVENTS AT COLLECTED WORKS NEW!
1242 WELLINGTON STREET WEST AT HOLLAND Check Facebook for full details or visit http://www.collected-works.com/pages/events.htm
Thursday, June 21 – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Wellington Street Readers meet
The book club discusses The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Meetings are open and new members are welcome at any time.
Sunday, June 24 – 2:00 p.m. Meet architectural photographer William McElligott, author of Ottawa Canada
Famed architectural photographer William McElligott will be in the store this afternoon signing copies of his absolutely stunning book, Ottawa Canada. For samples of his work, visit his website. http://www.wpmcelligott.com/
ITEM 12: WRITING CONTESTS COMING UP
NEW! Malahat Monostiches SUMMER-LONG CONTEST, AWARDS EVERY TWO WEEKS!
Tweet your pithiest 1-line, 140 character (or less) poems to @malahatreview
The battle of the monostiches begins on June 18 and closes on September 10. Four new books donated by Canadian publishers will be awarded to a semi-finalist every two weeks. On October 1, a special grand prize will be given to the best of the six bi-weekly winners.
Semi-finalists and the grand-prize winner will be tweeted, posted on our website, and announced on Facebook. Enter as many times as you like! Read full contest guidelines on our website. http://www.malahatreview.ca/announcements/twittermonostich.html
MONTHLY TWITTER WRITING CONTEST! DEADLINE: LAST DAY OF THE MONTH AT 11 AM
Scribendi.com is hosting a weekly writing contest that I think would be of interest to your audience. How it Works: The first day of every month at 11 AM, we will announce the topic. Entrants must write a 140-character-or-less tweet, mention @Scribendi_Inc, and summarize the topic. The contest closes the last day of the month at 11 AM.
Summarize This! promotes concise and precise writing skills in a fresh, fun way (http://www.scribendi.com/summarize_this). Prizes range from free editing to Scribendi.com swag.
- Strongest Start Sixth Annual Novel Competition Deadline: June 22, 2012 Entry Fee: There is NO Entry Fee, but membership is required. Prizes: $300 cash, $1800 self-publishing solution from CreateSpace, 1-year subscription ($49.95); 3 runner-ups receive $150 cash, $600 copyediting service from CreateSpace, 90-day membership ($14.95) Guidelines: Are you working on a novel? Have you written a compelling start? The Strongest Start Novel Competition is open to the genres of: romance, literary fiction, science fiction, horror, fantasy, action and adventure, young adult, historical fiction, and more. Submit your first three chapters to this exciting competition. You will also receive feedback on every chapter submitted. Details: http://www.thenextbigwriter.com/competition/strongest_start.html
- PRAXIS SCREENPLAY COMPETITION DEADLINE JUNE 22, 2012. 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. Praxis Centre for Screen Writers, 3305-149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC V6B 1H4. Prizes: One week workshop Fee: $45 Details: http://www.praxisfilm.com/en/competitions/featurefilmscreenpla/default.aspx 778-782-7880
- NEW! Contest: Short pieces on sonic geography Musicworks (Canada) invites submissions for their Sonic Geography Writing Contest. Write 500 words about the sound of a specific location, and how it influences the space. Length: 500 words max. First prize: $500. Deadline: June 25, 2012. Entry fee: $20 (includes subscription and CDs). http://www.musicworks.ca/contest/contest.asp
- NEW! Red Hen Press invites submissions for the 2012 Red Hen Press Short Story Award. Prize: US$1000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review. Entry fee: US$20 (up to two stories). Length: 25 pages. Deadline: June 30, 2012. http://redhen.org/awards-2/rhpssa/
- 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
- 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
- Doneraile Literary & Arts Festival 2012 Canon Sheehan Short Story Competition Prize DEADLINE JULY 1, 2012. open to people aged 18 or over. Stories must not be more than 2000 words on any subject. Must be fictional, original work of the author, not published or accepted for future publication elsewhere. Copyright will remain with the author but Doneraile Literary & Arts Festival Committee reserve the right to publish the story on their website to highlight the authors work. entries to Diarmuid Hudner, Doneraile Literary & Arts Festival, Canon Sheehan Short Story Competition, Creagh Castle, Doneraile Co. Cork. Prize: 1000 Euros Entry Fee: 10 Euros Details: firstname.lastname@example.org; Diarmuid Hudner, Festival Committee Chairman on 087 – 167 –5809
- Doneraile Literary & Arts Festival 2012 Edmund Spenser Poetry Competition Deadline: July 1, 2012 open to people aged 18 or over. Poems must not be more than 30 lines on any subject . must be the original work of the author, not previously published or accepted for future publication elsewhere. Copyright remain with the author but Doneraile Literary & Arts Festival Committee reserve the right to publish the poem on their website to highlight the poets work Please post entries FAO Diarmuid Hudner, The Doneraile Literary & Arts Festival, Edmund Spenser Poetry Competition, Creagh Castle, Doneraile, Co. Cork. Prize: 500 Euros Entry Fee: 10 Euros Details: email@example.com; Diarmuid Hudner, Festival Committee Chairman on 087 – 167 –5809
- THIS Magazine Great Canadian Literary Hunt Deadline: July 2, 2012. Three Genres: Fiction (short stories of up to 2,500 words). Poetry (Original, unpublished poems of up to 100 lines), Graphic Narrative may be any form of visual storytelling, in any medium. First place in each category is $750 plus publication in a special literary supplement to the Nov/Dec issue of This Magazine. Second and third prize in each category is a lovely This Magazine prize pack, plus publication in the literary supplement. THIS Magazine, Great Canadian Literary Hunt, 396-401 Richmond Street West, Toronto ON M5V 3A8. Prize: $750 + publication Entry Fee: $20 Details: http://this.org/contribute/great-canadian-literary-hunt/ 1-877-999-THIS
- NEW! WRITERS WEEKLY SHORT STORY CONTEST Start time July 14, 2012. http://www.writersweekly.com/misc/contest.php $5 ENTRY FEE You must be entered in the contest before the topic is posted in order to submit your story. You cannot write your story first, then enter the contest. Start time is July 14, 2012. Limited to 500 entries. We can’t tell you until contest start time how long the entries must be. Past contests have ranged from 500 max. to 2,000 max. You’ll just have to wait and see. 1st Place
- NEW! Vallum: contemporary poetry (QC) invites poetry entries for their contest. First prize: $500 plus publication. Deadline: July 15, 2012. Entry fee: $20 (includes subscription).
- Clem Battye Legacy Award Deadline: July 30, 2012 Fiction: Send a cover page listing author’s name, address, phone and email, along with a short story 5 pages (industry standards). Poetry: Poets enter 5 poems (one per page). You may enter as often as you like with appropriate fee. Penticton Writers And Publishers, 4011 Finnerty Road, Penticton BC V2A 8W2. Prize: $100 X 2 Entry Fee: $10 Details: http://www.penwriters.com/clem.html; 250-492-0629
- The Arborealls Prize for Poetry Deadline: July 31, 2012 Theme – The People’s Poetry Tradition. Milton Acorn’s poetry defines the People’s Poetry Tradition. There is no limit to the number of submissions per poet. Poems must be unpublished and not sent elsewhere. Poems not to exceed 36 lines and the stanza breaks count as lines. The Ontario Poetry Society, Attention: I.B. Iskov, #710 – 654 Spring Garden Avenue, Toronto ON M2N 6H9 Prize: $200; $150; $100; 3 x $50 HM + publication Entry Fee: $15/3 Details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/
- 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.
- 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
- Inktears Flash Fiction Competition Deadline: July 31, 2012 Entry Fee: 1 entry £3.00, 2 entries £5.00, 3 entries £6.50, 4 entries £7.50 Prizes: £300, £50, 4 x £25 Guidelines: 500 words or less, any theme. Stories may have been previously published, providing the author still owns the copyright and there is no exclusivity with the prior publication, or unpublished. Details: http://www.inktears.com/Inktears/WritersNewWriters2012.html
AND FOR LATER DATES:
- NEW! THE 2012 RATTLE POETRY PRIZE POSTMARK DEADLINE: AUGUST 1 The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $5,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $100 each and publication, and be eligible for the $1,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote. Additional poems from the entries are frequently offered publication as well. Entries are accepted by email or hard copy. For full guidelines, or to read the winning poems from previous years, visit www.rattle.com.
- Quebec Writers’ Federation Awards Deadline: August 1, 2012 QWF holds an annual juried competition for published books by Quebec authors in five categories: A. M. Klein Prize (Established 1992) (Poetry) $2,000 McAuslan First Book Award (Established 1999) $2,000 Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize (Fiction) (Established 1987) $2,000 Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction (Established 1987) $2.000 QWF Prix de traduction / Translation Prize (Established 2002) $2,000 Quebec Writers’ Federation, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Suite 3, Montreal QC H3Z 1X4. Prize: $2,000 Entry Fee: $20 Details: http://www.qwf.org ; 514-933-0878.
- The Malahat Review Constance Cooke Creative Nonfiction Prize Deadline: August 1, 2012. The entry must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words. No restrictions as to subject matter or approach apply. For example, the entry may be personal essay, memoir, cultural criticism, nature writing, or literary journalism. The winner and finalists will be announced on the Malahat web site, with the publication of the winning entry in The Malahat Review’s Winter issue, and in Malahat lite, the magazine’s quarterly e-newsletter, in December. The Malahat Review Constance Cooke Creative Nonfiction Prize University of Victoria, Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria BC V8W 2Y2. Prize: $1,000 Entry Fee: $35 Details: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html 250-721-8524.
- WRITERS’ TRUST OF CANADA AWARDS : ROGERS WRITERS’ TRUST FICTION PRIZE * WRITERS’ TRUST HILARY WESTON NON-FICTION PRIZE Deadline: 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
- NEW! MEMOIRS, INK Personal essay contest with $1000 prize Deadline: August 15, 2012. http://memoirsink.com/writingcontestguidelines/ Memoirs Ink is looking for original, well-written personal essays, memoirs, or stories that are based on autobiographical experiences. First prize: US$1000; additional prizes available. Entry fee: US$15.
- Tickled by Thunder Writing Contest-Poetry Deadline: August 15, 2012 Theme, length and style of poetry entries is completely open. First and second place winners published. Subscribers of Tickled by Thunder enter three poems for free, but must pay $2 for each additional poem entered. Entries may be deemed by judges to merit publication within the Year’s Best Poetry, an annual collection published as a chapbook. Submit your manuscript using our Online Form. Tickled by Thunder, 14076 86A Avenue, Surrey BC V3W 0V9. Prize: $75 +publication Entry Fee: $5 Details: http://tickledbythunder.com/ 604-591-6095
- The Scotiabank Giller Prize Deadline: August 15, 2012 The Scotiabank Giller Prize, att: Elana Rabinovitch, 576 Davenport Road, Toronto ON M5R lK9. Prize: $50,000; $5,000 x 4 Entry Fee: None Details: http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca ; 416-934-0755.
- Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest Deadline: August 15, 2012 Entry Fee: $20 Prizes: $1000, a VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the 2013 New Orleans Literary Festival, and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistasmagazine. Guidelines: Submit 2-4 original poems of any style or theme up to 400 lines. Open to writers who have not yet published a book of poetry. Details: http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests/poetry-contest
- The Ted Plantos Memorial Award Deadline: August 31, 2012 There is no age barrier. Anyone can apply, as long as they don’t have a full collection of their poems previously published, even self-published. This award is offered to poets who live and/or work in Ontario only. In exchange for financial support, the recipient will acknowledge the financial assistance of The Ontario Poetry Society. The Ontario Poetry Society, Attention: L.B. Iskov, 710 – 65 Spring Garden Avenue, Toronto ON M41N 6119. Prize: $100 + certificate Entry Fee: None Details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Tedplantosawardapplication.html
- Quebec Writing Competition Deadline: August 31, 2012 The competition is open to all residents of Quebec with the following exceptions: employees or long-term contractors with any of the sponsoring bodies: and winners of previous Quebec Writing Competition. Short fiction or creative nonfiction, maximum length is 1,200 words. The three winning stories will be broadcast on CBC Radio One’s Cinq a Six (heard Saturdays at 5 p.m.). Quebec Writers’ Federation, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Suite 3, Montreal QC H3Z 1X4. Prize: $1,500; $1,000; $500 + broadcast Entry Fee: $10 Details: http://www.qwf.org ; 514-933-0878.
- AESTHETICA CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2012. The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition is now open for entries! The competition celebrates and champions creative writing, nurturing talent and bringing work to international attention. Aesthetica is inviting all writers and poets to submit to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012. There are two categories for entry, Poetry and Short Fiction, and a selection of fantastic prizes including: £500 prize money – Poetry winner
- 500 prize money – Short Fiction winner Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual A selection of books from our competition partners. For more information and to enter please visit: http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/submission_guide.htm Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Entry is £10 and allows for the entry of two works into any one category. Deadline: 31 August 2012
- Gemini Magazine Fourth Annual Flash Fiction Contest Deadline: August 31, 2012 Entry Fee: $4 Prizes: $1000, $100, $50 Guidelines: Must be previously unpublished. No restrictions on content, style, or genre. Simply send your best, most powerful work under 1000 words. Details: http://www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html
- NEW! Red Hen Press (US) is accepting submissions of unpublished poetry manuscripts for the 2012 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Prize: US$3000 plus publication of the selected collection. Length: 48-96 pages. Entry fee: US$25. Deadline: August 31, 2012. http://redhen.org/awards-2/bsa/
- NEW! Registration is now open for the Canadian-born 35th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest. First prize: publication; additional prizes available. Fee: $50/$55. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION AUG. 15, FINAL Registration deadline: August 31, 2012. Can you produce a masterwork of fiction in a mere 72 hours? The annual International 3-Day Novel Contest is your chance to find out. The contest runs every Labour Day long weekend, as it has since 1977, and it now attracts writers from all over the world. It’s a thrill, a grind, and an awesome creative experience. How many crazed plotlines, coffee-stained pages, pangs of doubt and moments of genius will the next contest bring forth? And what might you think up under pressure? The 35th Annual 3-Day Novel Contest will take place September 1-3, 2012. Registration is now open. http://www.3daynovel.com/
- NEW ! Snake Nation Press: Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry Postmark Deadline: August 31 Now in its twenty-second year, Snake Nation Press announces the 2012 Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry: • $1,000 prize and publication • $25 entry fee must accompany the manuscript • 50-75 page manuscript; previously published poems eligible. Please mail your entry and fee to: Snake Nation Press, Attn: Poetry Contest, 2920 North Oak Street, Valdosta, GA 31602
- NEW! Also at Snake Nation Press: Serena McDonald Kennedy Award Postmark Deadline: August 31. Submit a novella of up to 50,000 words or a manuscript of short stories up to 200 pages long. Fiction and nonfiction accepted. Any well-written manuscript on any topic will be considered. Previously published works may be entered. An entry fee of $25 must accompany the submission. Winner receives $1,000 award and publication. Please mail your entry and fee to: Snake Nation Press, Attn: Serena McDonald Kennedy Award, 2920 North Oak Street, Valdosta, GA 31602
- NEW! BLOODROOT POETRY CONTEST Reading period runs April 1 through September 15. http://www.bloodrootlm.com/contest.html $15 FOR THREE POEMS. Three prizes of $200, $100, $50, three honorable mentions and publication in 2012 Bloodroot Literary Magazine edition. All entries are considered for publication. Submit original, unpublished, free verse, ten lines to two pages. The competition is open to any poet who writes in English.
- Dark Tales Short Story Contest Deadline: September 30, 2012 Entry Fee: £3 for non-subscribers, free to subscribers Prizes: £500, £250, £100, publication in Dark Tales Guidelines: Horror and speculative fiction stories of under 5000 words. Details: http://darktales.co.uk/contest.php
- Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2012. Now in its tenth year, this contest seeks poems in any style, theme or genre. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. Prizes of $3,000, $1,000, $400 and $250 will be awarded, plus six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. New this year, there will also be a special $250 bonus prize for humorous verse. The entry fee is $8 for every 25 lines you submit. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners. http://www.winningwriters.com/contests/tomstory/ts_guidelines.php
- PHILIP LEVINE POETRY BOOK PRIZE 2012 Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2012. $2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press Final Judge: CORNELIUS EADY . Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-100 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. The entry fee is $25. FULL DETAILS AT: http://www.fresnostate.edu/english/mfa/levine/guidelines.shtml
- NEW! PURITAN MAGAZINE The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence invites submissions of fiction and poetry. Winners receive $650 (fiction) or $350 (poetry), books from a variety of well-known Canadian presses, and publication in best-of anthology. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: September 30, 2012. http://www.puritan-magazine.com/
- NEW! Red Hen Press (US) is currently accepting submissions of original, unpublished poetry for the 2012 Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award. Entry fee: US$20 for up to three poems, 120 lines max. Award: US$1000 and publication of the selected poem in The Los Angeles Review. Deadline: September 30, 2012. http://redhen.org/awards-2/rpa/
- NEW! NEIL POSTMAN AWARD FOR METAPHOR (no fee) Rolling Deadline. Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience. In honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on October 5, 2003, we have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate) Postman’s work and the typographical mind. Each spring the editors will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle during the previous year. The author of the chosen poem will receive $500. There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit electronically, visit our website: www.rattle.com