Weekly Notices for the week of October 29, 2012
16 items: 8 new events 2 new magazine calls and 2 new contests
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CAA-NCR BRANCH NEWS
ITEM 1: CAA MEMBERS, COME SHARE YOUR WORDS! Starting October, CAA-NCR members will have a chance to read from their work – published or unpublished. At each meeting two members will have eight minutes each to read, one writer of prose and one of poetry. To register for reading at the October or November meeting please e-mail Phyllis Bohonis at email@example.com The first to register for each month after this weekly notice is posted will be accepted and notified. Please state in which month you would prefer to read, October or November. Watch the weekly notices in December to register for the winter months starting in January, 2013. Remember, any member is eligible to read, you do not have to be a published writer. Prose includes books, short stories or articles either fiction or non-fiction.
ITEM 2: CAA-NCR MEETING TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 7:00 p.m. NEW!
LOCATION: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY, METCALFE & LAURIER, in the auditorium
BLOGGING FOR WRITERS presenter, Arlene Smith
Blogging is about having something to say, not having to say something. And what writer doesn’t have something to say? Arlene will discuss how blogs improve your writing and increase your community profile. She will cover the reasons to begin blogging and the questions you need to ask yourself before you start. With some tips on timing, formatting, word choice, and promotions, you will learn how to create a sustainable blog that is just right for you.
Arlene Smith began her career shooting the rapids of the Ottawa River—with a video camera, that is. As a videographer for Wilderness Tours Whitewater Rafting, she laughed a lot and slept little as she gave people a memory of themselves crashing through towering sprays of whitewater. For twelve years she worked as a producer for Rogers TV in Ottawa. She is now a freelance writer who crafts original video and television scripts, speeches, and promotional materials. Her work has appeared on HGTV Canada, the W Network and Rogers TV. She has had short stories published in DESCANT and the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Collection.
She blogs about inspiration, balance and outreach at www.scienceandstory.wordpress.com and she posts weekly book reviews to her blog www.wednesdaybookreview.wordpress.com.
ITEM 3: CAA NCR WRITING WORKSHOP WITH RICK TAYLOR
DATE: Saturday, November 17 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: ALGONQUIN COLLEGE, WOODROFFE CAMPUS 1385 Woodroffe Avenue ROOM P201
Cost: $45 for members; $75 for non-members. Parking available adjacent to Building P, and is free on weekends
WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW AND DON’T KNOW
Everyone has stories to tell. Shape your own personal experiences to craft fiction and nonfiction. Whether you are writing memoir, blogs, personal essays, humour or travel writing, you are basically writing nonfiction short stories. In both fiction and nonfiction, you employ techniques such as scene setting, characterization, description, narrative arc and dialogue.
Learn how to give voice to your own stories, whether you’ve really experienced them or have invented them. To get you writing, the workshop will include jumpstarts and examples of published fiction and nonfiction.
Richard Taylor has been at Carleton University since 1995 when he was Writer-In-Residence. Also he has taught writing in Hong Kong, Australia, Tuscany and over 100 workshops in Ottawa, and an annual summer writers’ retreat, Write by the Lake in Val-des-Monts, Quebec near a waterfall of his beautiful lake house Monet Bay.
He has published a novel, a collection of short stories, an Australian travel memoir House Inside The Waves: Domesticity, Art and the Surfing Life, and many feature magazine articles. While surfing and open water swimming around the world, he is working on an unusual book about swimming with writers, Water and Desire.
Visit Rick’s website at www.taylorswave.ca.
Spaces are limited, so register early. Contact Arlene Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org register. Please respect our fragrance-free environment. (Note that lunch is not included.)
ITEM 4: CAA-NCR BRANCH DECEMBER SOCIAL
DATE: Saturday, December 1, 2012
TIME: 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Regina Street near Lincoln Fields Shopping Center in Ottawa — complete directions will be provided when you RSVP.
This annual get-together is the go-to event for writers in the Ottawa area. Mark the date in your calendar. CAA-NCR Christmas socials are an opportunity to meet writing colleagues in a casual, congenial and celebratory atmosphere! All are cordially invited – members, non-members and adult guests.
It’s a pot-luck, so bring your favourite seasonal or traditional holiday dish and your own liquid refreshment. Members are invited to read seasonally-inspired poems and stories.
R.S.V.P to Sylvia Adams BY EMAIL at email@example.com. Let her know you’re coming, if you are bringing any guests, and what culinary delight you will add to the menu.
ACCESSIBILITY: Let us know if you have any special needs regarding physical access so we can accommodate. NOTE: Please respect our fragrance-free environment.
WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
ITEM 5: EDITORS’ ASSOCIATION OF CANADA (EAC-NCR) WORKSHOPS
our upcoming seminars – (More information and online registration at http://www.editors.ca/training/seminars/index.html?field_branch_value_many_to_one=5 )
- Practical Proofreading – Wed. Nov. 7 (full day). Instructor: Elizabeth Macfie
ITEM 6: TWUC’s HOW TO BE YOUR OWN PUBLICIST WORKSHOP NEW!
DATE: Saturday November 10 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Four Points Sheraton Gatineau-Ottawa hotel, 35 Laurier Street, Room Renaissance B, Gatineau
Presenters Elizabeth Ruth, Ann Douglas and Kelly Duffin have designed this
day to give you the know how and confidence to creatively promote your work
whether you are an aspiring writer wanting to develop your audience before
publication; an emerging writer who needs to stay visible; or a
long-published writer looking for new tips and techniques.
If you can’t make it to Ottawa, you can take part in a Webinar version of
the workshop on Friday November 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST.
Details and registration at http://www.writersunion.ca/pd-workshops
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 7: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
DEADLINE: November 15 for the December 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.
ITEM 8: MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:
NEW: filling Station is accepting poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and non-fiction submissions for an upcoming themed issue: Experimental Writing by Women. Guidelines are available at: http://www.fillingstation.ca/submit. Deadline: February 15.
NEW: Dragnet Magazine is accepting fiction submissions. Details can be found at: http://dragnetmag.net/?page_id=21
Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at: http://eventmags.com/about-2/submission-guidelines/fiction-poetry/.
Grain Magazine is accepting submissions. For more details, visit: http://www.grainmagazine.ca/submissions.html
Lunch Ticket is accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry and YA submissions for its next issue. Deadline: November 1. Guidelines are available at:http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/.
NEW! Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coastis now OPEN for submissions. Submissions will close February 28, 2013. Tesseracts 17 is seeking submissions from Canadians in all provinces and territories (and abroad). Authors, please make sure you list where you were born and where you are living. Details can be found at:
NEW! SUBMISSION CALL FROM POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS We are looking for works of short weird and uncanny fiction (of up to 3000 words) Details can be found at: http://pstdarkness.wordpress.com/submissions/
ITEM 9: CALGARY DISTINGUISHED WRITERS PROGRAM SEEKS WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE NEW!
The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program encourages submissions from promising Canadian writers for the position of Canadian Writer-in-Residence, a ten-month residency at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts from August 15, 2014 to June 15, 2015. Submissions must be received or postmarked by January 31, 2013 to be considered.
This is a unique opportunity for early to mid-career Canadian writers to devote their time to writing and to advancing their writing careers. Applications for the position are encouraged from writers from diverse genres—including literary fiction or non-fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, and playwriting. Candidates will have one to four published and/or performed works to their credit, and are expected to propose a project or projects that they will undertake during their term as Canadian Writer-in-Residence. They will preferably, but not necessarily, hold a university degree.
FOR MORE INFO AND SUBMISSION DETAILS SEE: http://english.ucalgary.ca/news/residency-opportunity-calgary-distinguished-writers-program
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
ITEM 10: FROM TWUC LETTER RE: DOUGLAS & MCINTYRE NEW
Douglas & McIntyre Publishers announced that they have filed a Notice of Intention to make a proposal under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.
Douglas & McIntyre is one of the larger remaining independent publishers in Canada . The company has earned a well-deserved reputation for enthusiastic support of Canadian writers across the country and has developed a strong list, especially in the fields of memoir and environmental issues through its Greystone imprint.
We are saddened by the news, and alarmed that yet another large Canadian-owned publisher is threatened by the challenges of the current publishing climate. The narrowing of options for writers and the potential loss of yet another publishing house that produces Canadian stories for readers in this country undoubtedly has a negative impact on Canadian culture as a whole.
TWUC is investigating exactly what this will mean to D&M authors in terms of royalty payments, access to books, and the future of your contracts. We will let you know as soon as we have clear information.
In the meantime, this would be a good time to check the bankruptcy clauses of your contracts. If you are low in stock, you might want to contact the D&M distributor, HarperCollins, to order author copies of your books. The contacts are:
1-416-321-2241, 1-800-387-0117, 1-800-668-5788
Douglas & McIntyre assure us that they will continue to sell books. Bankruptcy protection exists so that companies can restructure and reorganize. While we will work hard to minimize the impact of this situation on our writers, we hope restructuring of the company will mean that it can continue as a vital force in Canadian publishing.
As Chair of the Union – and as a D&M author – I promise to stay on this and report news as we receive it.
Chair, The Writers Union of Canada
ITEM 11: OCT. 29 to NOV. 4 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
Monday, October 29 7:30 p.m. Postscripts to Darkness pre-Halloween reading
A little known (and that is a crime) secret of Ottawa is that for a few years now some of the best writers in the city and the University have been getting together to put together little books of wonderous freaky creepiness called Postscripts to Darkness. Chris the junior monkey is a fan because if there is anything he is truly devoted to it is home town talent and if there is anything he loves it is really well written chill-fic. Tonight various authors from both volumes one and two will be in the store reading!
Thursday, November 1 7:00 p.m. John Barton reads from For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems
John Barton has published nine previous collections of award-winning poetry, six chapbooks, and two anthologies, including Hidden Structure; West of Darkness: Emily Carr, A Self-Portrait; Sweet Ellipsis; Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay-Male Poets and Hymn. He has won three Archibald Lampman Awards, a Patricia Hackett, an Ottawa Book Award, a CBC Literary Award and a National Magazine Award. Born and raised in Alberta, he worked as a librarian and editor for five national museums in Ottawa, where he also co-edited Arc Poetry Magazine and Vernissage: The Magazine of the National Gallery of Canada. John Barton lives in Victoria, where he editsThe Malahat Review. For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin is his tenth book.
Sunday, November 4 2:00 p.m. Bywords Quarterly Journal Fall Launch
With poetry by Daniel Boland, Brigette de Pape, Ryan Pratt, Carol A. Stephen and Jean Van Loon, and music by Marie-Josée Houle.
ITEM 12: 2012 FALL OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL
DATES: October 24-30, 2012
COLIN SMITH is the author of a recent poetry chapbook, Carbonated Bippies! (Nomados Literary Publishers, 2012), as well as two spiney books of poems: 8 x 8 x 7 (KRUPSKAYA Books, 2008) and Multiple Poses (Tsunami Editions). A loose spore from Vancouver’s Kootenay School of Writing, he now lives in the isolation tank and racial holy war otherwise known as Winnipeg. Smith read once before in Ottawa, in the 1980s . . .
SANDRA RIDLEY’s second collection of poetry, Post-Apothecary, was published in 2011 with Pedlar Press. She has received the bpNichol Award, the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, and was twice short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her first book of poetry, Fallout, a finalist for the Ottawa Book Award, won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing. A poet participant in the fall 2012 Influency Salon (University of Toronto), and winner of the International Festival Of Authors’ 2012 Battle of the Bards, Ridley facilitates poetry workshops at Carleton University and at the Ottawa Public Library.
JOHN GIORNO, INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED PERFORMANCE ARTIST AND POET
DATE: Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: National Arts Centre/Centre national des Arts
With performances by special guests, IAN KETEKU, BRANDON WINT and JOHN SOBOL
JOHN GIORNO (born 1936) is an American poet and performance artist. He founded the not-for-profit production company Giorno Poetry Systems and organized a number of early multimedia poetry experiments and events, including Dial-A-Poem. He became prominent as the subject of Andy Warhol’s film Sleep (1963). He is also an AIDS activist and fundraiser, and a long-time practitioner of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He lives in New York City.
ITEM 16: FIRST EDITION READING SERIES 2012 -Fall Schedule
LOCATION: Backbeat Books, Music & Gifts 6 Wilson Street West, Perth, On. 613-466-0663
TIME: All readings begin at 7:00 p.m.
- Nov. 17: Tanis Rideout, Grace O’Connell, & Mike Blouin.
- Nov. 24: Sarah Tsiang, Sandra Ridley, & Christine McNair.
**Please NOTE all readings are on Saturdays at 7 p.m. @ Backbeat Books, Music & Gifts in Perth, Ontario.**
UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS
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.
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
- THE ULTRA SHORT POEM COMPETITION Deadline: October 30. All themes and styles welcome.Poems submitted may be previously published, but no previous contest winning poems please. There is no limit to the number of submissions per poet. Prize: $100; $75; $50; $25 + 36 + Publication Entry Fee: $10/5 poems. Details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html
- THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZE Deadline: October 31. “That which unites also divides and the first object of statecraft is to stop things from getting out of hand.” –Lionel Gelber (Preface to Crisis in the West, 1975). The Lionel Gelber Prize is presented annually by the Lionel Gelber Foundation in partnership with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and Foreign Policy magazine. For more information visit our website. Prize: $15,000 Entry Fee: $50 Details: http://www.utoronto.ca/munk/gelber; 416-946-8901
- ACCENTI MAGAZINE WRITING AND PHOTO CONTESTS. First Prize: $1000 and publication. Deadlines: October 31, 2012 (photo), February 8, 2013 (writing). Open to all writers and photographers, established and emerging, worldwide. Accenti’s writing contest is open to fiction and nonfiction (in English) on any topic; and Accenti’s photo contest asks participants to “Capture an Italian Moment” anywhere in the world. For more information, please visit www.accenti.ca.
- The Attys Poetry Contest: hosted by Wattpad and Judged by Margaret Atwood. Enter a small collection or just one poem. Win a $1000 prize. Deadline: October 31. Details: http://www.wattpad.com/attys.
- The Raymond Souster Award for a poetry book by a member of the League of Canadian Poets. For more details about the award and the submission form, visit: http://poets.ca/wordpress/contests-awards/raymond-souster. Submission deadline: Nov. 1.
- 2013 Open Season Awards The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for our annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a prize of $1,000 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. 2012 Deadline: The deadline for the 2013 Open Season Awards is November 1, 2012 (postmark date). This year’s judges will be: Rachel Rose (poetry), Helen Humphreys (fiction), and Susan Olding (creative nonfiction). MORE INFO: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html
- Amprosia, the annual prose competition run by the Writers’ Community of Durham Region, is looking for entries. Deadlines: Nov. 1, 2012. The contest welcomes fiction and non-fiction, accepting prose of all kinds: literary, science fiction, children’s, memoir, essay, creative non-fiction. All entries compete head to head, word for word. Write 1000 words—win $1000.
- Amprosia is also running a cover design contest. The prize is $150, publication on the cover of the Amprosia anthology, plus a contributor’s copy. Entry fee is $5 Canadian. Full details for both contests here: http://wcdr.ca/wcdr/2012-amprosia-the-wcdr-prose-competition/ or e-mail email@example.com. Both contests close November 1, 2012.
- CBC SHORT STORY PRIZE Deadline: November 1. This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, short story submitted to the competition. All Canadians, whether living in Canada or abroad, or are permanent residents of Canada can participate. The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select a 1st place winner and 4 runners-up. Prize: $6000 + $1000 X 4. Entry Fee: None Details: http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/
- WYN LIT 73 NOVELLA WRITING CONTEST Deadline: November 3. Contestants have 73 hours to write a novella based on subject matter supplied by Wynterblue Publishing. Contestants must submit their manuscript via email at the end of the contest and be prepared to follow up with hardcopy postmarked within a week of the end of the contest. Prize: 2 first place prizes + publication Entry Fee: $30 Details: http://www.wynter.ca; 705-752-4586
- Open to Interpretation (US) is a juried book competition of photography, poetry, and prose. Theme: Fading Light. Submission fee: $20 for 3 poems or prose; $10 each additional. Deadline: November 13, 2012. http://www.open2interpretation.com/
- Glamour Real Life Essay Contest deadline November 15, 2012 Win $5,000. Story considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Glamour. Meet with a top literary agent. https://secure.glamour.com/contact/real-life-essay-contest?utm_source=Gotham+Writers%27+Workshop+List&utm_campaign=51e00e9055-9_18_12_WEB_FallBooks&utm_medium=email
- Prose and Poetry Prizes 2012: Now in 16th year, international competition for single poems, poetry collections, short stories, micro-fiction, non-fiction; cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July. Closing date 30 November. http://www.thenewwriter.com/prizes.htm
- BOTTLE TREE PRODUCTIONS ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION FOR WRITERS 2012 The competition runs until November 30th 2012. Winners will be announced in January of 2013. 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. Format is not important. Good writing is. Please do not attach your name or contact name to the script but have that information on a separate sheet of paper, or a separate attachment if emailing. For further information phone 613-384-8433, or email us. contest (at) bottletreeinc (dot) com. Go online at http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html for Paypal options and further details free advice for writers at http://www.bottletreeinc.com/navigation_page_playwrights.html
- Prism International’s 2012/13 Literary Non-Fiction Contest. Deadline: November 28. Full contest guidelines are available at: http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/.
- Fence Books invites entries for a new book contest, the Fence Modern Prose Prize for a book-length work of prose. Prize: $2500 plus publication. Deadline: November 30, 2012. Entries accepted during the month of November only. Entry fee: $28 (includes subscription). Winning manuscript published in Spring 2014. http://www.fenceportal.org/?page_id=4191
AND LATER DEADLINES:
- Briarpatch is accepting original, unpublished short fiction and creative non-fiction for their 2nd annual creative writing contest, Writing in the Margins. $750 in cash prizes. Journal specializes political, social and environmental justice. Deadline: December 1, 2012. Entry fee: $25 (includes subscription); $40 for U.S. entrants. http://briarpatchmagazine.com/announcements/view/creative-writing-contest
- The Fiddlehead’s 22nd Literary Contest: Details can be found at: http://www.thefiddlehead.ca/FHcontest.html. Deadline: December 1.
- LADIES’ HOME JOURNAL 2012 Personal Essay Contest DEADLINE DEC. 7, 2012. For our second annual Personal Essay Contest, we want to hear about a memorable moment in your life — the day, or the hour, or the second that changed everything. We urge you to be poignant, reflective, funny. Make us howl with laughter. Make us blubber in our cubicles (we can take it!). http://www.lhj.com/community/your-stories/2012-personal-essay-contest/?ordersrc=rdlhj1102107&utm_source=Gotham+Writers%27+Workshop+List&utm_campaign=51e00e9055-9_18_12_WEB_FallBooks&utm_medium=email
- NEW! THE ONTARIO POETRY SOCIETY OPEN HEART 7 POETRY COMPETITION. Deadline dec. 25, 2012. Open to Canadian residents only. Themed contest. More details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Openheartpcomp.html
- Asheville Poetry Review will accept entries for the third annual William Matthews Poetry Prize from September 15, 2012 through January 15, 2013. All submissions will be considered for publication. Postmark Deadline: January 15, 2013. Submission and prize details: http://www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/
- QUATTRO BOOKS SUBMISSION CALL FOR THE TORONTO DECAMERON. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS JANUARY 15, 2013. Inspired by Boccaccio’s opus, the Toronto Decameron is a ten-day literary festival that will showcase 100 new short stories by 100 local authors, each uniquely tied back to Toronto.This is an opportunity for the community to come together and experience new works about their city. Short stories are integral to keeping literature alive, particularly in this age of short attention spans and limited time for leisure. What’s more, The Decameron is a mosaic of stories, an apt format for a festival in a multicultural and multi-perspective city like ours. Submit your short story for a chance to be in the inaugural Toronto Decameron. Participation includes reading at the festival alongside some of Toronto’s finest writers and publication in the print edition of the Toronto Decameron (published by Quattro Books). The Toronto Decameron literary festival is proudly coordinated by AASC, the Association for Art and Culture. More information and submission Requirements: http://www.quattrobooks.ca/articles/the-toronto-decameron
- THE POETRY SCHOOL / PIGHOG PRESS PAMPHLET (CHAPBOOK) COMPETITION (UK) First Prize: publication by Pighog Press. Runners Up Prizes: Poetry school activities. Judges: Julia Bird & Brendan Cleary Closing date for initial entries: 31 January 2013 Full details at: http://www.poetryschool.com/pamphletcompetition.php
- The Malahat Review invites entries for their 2013 Long Poem Prize. Prize: $1000. Length: 10-20 pages; one single poem or cycle of poems. No restrictions regarding genre, subject matter, or aesthetic approach. Deadline: February 1, 2013. Entry fee: $35-$45 (includes subscription). http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/long_poem_prize/info.html
- NEW! The Ontario Poetry Society Double Your Pleasure Poetry Contest Deadline Feb. 27, 2013 http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_DoublePleasure.htm
- Summer Literary Seminars’ Literary Contest. Full details are available at: http://www.sumlitsem.org/slscontest.html. Deadline: February 28.
- Summit Studies of Newmarket, Ontario announces a story contest, running until Feb. 29 2013. $3000 in cash prizes to nine winners in four categories, including a $1000 grand prize. They will publish four anthologies in the next two years, and those who do not win prizes may still be published. Writers maintain copyright to their work and are paid a minimum $100 honorarium for a published story. The website for additional info is www.summitstudios.biz. Included are samples of previous winners to familiarize you with types of stories they like to publish. All stories are to be true, and about travel and/or outdoor experiences. They must be true, although literary lic. is acceptable. While “funny” is preferred, those with a thoughtful or heartwarming theme are fine. Hope to hear from you! Stories, generally 1000-2500 words, may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Summit Studios, 80 Cardinal Cres., Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 5Y4
- 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
- The New Quarterly invites entries for the Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. Prize: $1000. Theme: poems of occasion, either personal or public, or poems that make of something an occasion or simply mark one. Deadline: February 28, 2013. Entry fee: $40 (includes subscription) for up to 2 unpublished poems; $5 per additional poem. http://www.tnq.ca/contests
- 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