NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Weekly Notices for the week of February 25, 2013
14 items: 10 NEW EVENTS 1 NEW MAGAZINE CALL 3 NEW CONTEST LISTINGS
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ITEM 1: CAA-NCR WORKSHOP SOCIAL MEDIA FOR AUTHORS
DATE: Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Algonquin College, Woodroffe Campus. Room number pending.
COST: CAA Members $45, Non-members $75. To register e-mail Arlene Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
The web has created some amazing new opportunities for authors to publish and promote their work. Self-publishing is becoming increasingly easier, and social media tools have enabled authors to find and engage directly with a passionate audience.
This 1-day workshop will teach you to navigate the tools of the social web, so you can determine how you can best use them to develop an online presence, or enhance an existing one that will help you to build your audience and promote your work. More than just a “how-to” for tools like Twitter and Facebook, this session will go in-depth around how to use social media to share your message, as well as help you to find ways to maximize your effectiveness in the online world, and still have time to do what you do best – write!
Susan Murphy is a 24-year veteran of the television industry. Susan has been helping people share their stories online for more than 15 years, and as co-founder of Jester Creative (www.jestercreative.com), works with many clients to help them design and implement successful social media strategies.
ITEM 2: CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING FOR MARCH NEW!
DATE: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Main Branch of Ottawa Public Library, Laurier and Metcalfe, Ottawa
AUTHORS AND VIDEO-CASTING WITH DR. QAIS GHANEM
Let’s face it, we authors like nothing more than talking about our creations – our books. In a way we are like new parents who cannot stop talking about their children.
We spend a lot of energy contacting newspapers and literary publications, hoping and praying that they would review our books. More often than not, their editors don’t even bother to acknowledge our requests. We book the local library, or some other venue or a bookstore, for book reading and book signing. We manage to read a couple of pages from the book, to the dozen or so people who bothered to attend, half of whom actually buy the book, and even fewer read it.
I would like to show you how, by investing fifteen minutes of your time, you can reach a much larger audience, with minimal effort. At this presentation, I hope to demonstrate how I can help you do this, painlessly, with my ordinary video camera, and internet skills.
Dr. Qais Ghanem,, Vice-President Electronic Media, email@example.com
Qais Ghanem graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh. He is past president of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists. Now retired from medicine, he hosts the CHIN Ottawa 97.9FM radio show Dialogue with Diversity which he created 6 years ago. He blogs for Huffington Post, and is a regular columnist for Gulf News, Dubai. He’S published a book of poetry, English and Arabic, 2 mystery novels about Yemen: FINAL FLIGHT FROM SANAA, and TWO BOYS FROM ADEN COLLEGE. His third novel is due in early 2013. He co-authored a non-fiction book entitled MY ARAB SPRING, MY CANADA launched on 22 October, 2012. Website: www.dialogueswithdiversity.com
OTHER WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
ITEM 3: EDITORS’ ASSOCIATION OF CANADA — NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
Location: Capital Hill Hotel & Suites, 88 Albert St. Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Registration fee (includes lunch, snacks, and HST): EAC member: $215 Non-member: $290
Instructor: Carolyn Brown
Carolyn Brown is a freelance science and medicine writer and editor with 18 years’ experience at Canada’s two largest scientific publishers—Canadian Medical Association publications and NRC Research Press. As an editor, she works on manuscripts for journals, reports, and material for the public at all stages of preparation. She often has to change styles and citation systems.. She also trains writers, academic authors, and scientific editors.
Special dietary requests: If you require a special lunch (gluten free, food allergy, etc.), please notify the branch 10 days before the seminar. Note that Kosher and Hallal requests cannot be accommodated
- Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Copy Editing Scientific Papers and Reports This seminar doesn’t teach science, and it doesn’t teach copy editing. What it does teach is how to apply editorial principles to scientific material, and how to apply scientific conventions to text. Topics covered include the structure of papers and reports, abstracts and summaries, commonly used styles and guides, best practices, common problems in scientific text, measures, statistics, equations, tables, graphs, and citation. Bonus public-domain reference material is provided to help you get started. Registration information: Registration closes February 25 at 12 p.m. Register online using the secure registration processing site. http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=29&EID=12978
- Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Cite it Right When to cite, how to cite, what to cite, and how to check it. 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, discuss reference management software, and look at editing approaches. Registration information: Registration closes March 28 at 3 p.m. http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=29&EID=12979
Register by mail by completing the registration form. Contact Pat Patterson
Co-chair Seminars, Editors’ Association of Canada — National Capital Region
ITEM 4: WORKSHOP IN GREECE!
www.OlivewoodandLaurel.com/freefalling-in-greece for more information.
ITEM 5: THE BANFF CENTRE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR LITERARY JOURNALISM NEW!
DATES: April 29, 2013 – June 21, 2013 (off-site manuscript development) July 3 – July 29, 2013 (on-site residency)
Application deadline: March 15, 2013
Faculty: Ian Brown, Victor Dwyer, Charlotte Gill
Literary Journalism offers eight established writers of non-fiction an opportunity to develop a major essay, memoir, or feature piece. A month-long residency in one of the Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony studios enables writers to work on their manuscript during individual consultations with faculty and during round-table discussions. Participants are able to advance their professional development through work with the program chair, experienced and exacting faculty editors, and through interaction with each other, invited guest speakers, and with artists from other fields.
Applicants are usually accomplished journalists and writers who have been published in national or international magazines, newspapers, anthologies, or literary journals. However, writers with less experience have also been accepted to the program based on merit. By placing writers in a situation designed to challenge and stimulate their creativity, the program encourages the exploration of new ideas in journalism and experimentation with writing a piece that might otherwise be difficult to complete.
Financial Assistance: In addition to a $2,000 commission fee, writers accepted into the program who have requested financial assistance on their Application Form and have submitted the Application for Financial Assistance Form will receive an award to cover the program fees in full and economy travel expenses.
ITEM 6: THE SAGE HILL WRITING EXPERIENCE PROGRAM NEW!
A two week intensive program for eight writers to work exclusively with a renowned author to prepare manuscripts for publication. Activities will include plenty of writing time, exclusive one-on-one meetings with the instructor, a workshop and keynote address by a senior Saskatchewan writer, a public reading, as well as group meetings to discuss publishing opportunities in Canada, literary journals, craft, and technique.
LOCATION: LUMSDEN, SK. FEE includes instruction, food & accommodation
Spring Colloquium – Poetry May 10 – 23, 2013
Facilitator: Don McKay
Fee: $1,495.00 Application Deadline: March 1, 2013
Summer Programmes July 22 – August 1, 2013
Application deadlines May 10, 2013 FEE: $1,295.00
- Adult Intro to Writing Fiction and Poetry, Facilitators Kimmy Beach & John Gould
- Fiction Workshop Facilitator, Helen Humphreys
- Fiction Colloquium Facilitator, Lawrence Hill
- Poetry Workshop Facilitator, Priscila Uppal
- Summer Poetry Colloquium Facilitator, Ken Babstock
- Non-Fiction Workshop, Facilitator, Denise Chong
Find out more or register here: http://www.sagehillwriting.ca/
ITEM 7: OIW WORKSHOPS IN MARCH 2013: EDITING & MEMOIR WRITING NEW!
DATES: March 2 & 3, 2013.
LOCATION: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa.
Open to OIW members and non-members. Sign up for both and receive a 10 % discount. To register, please contact OIW Vice-President and Corporate Secretary Bill Horne at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The weekend will be an incredible learning experience for all who attend. Who does not need help editing his or her works? Who has not thought about compiling his or her memoirs? Over two days you can learn all you need to do both. Veteran OIW member and Past President Jon Peirce will lead you on a memorable writing adventure.
More details at www.oiw.ca.
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 8: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL NEW DEADLINE!
DEADLINE: MARCH 15 for the APRIL 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 email@example.com. If you need more info, please Amanda know.
ITEM 9: CAPITAL CRIME WRITERS’ 2013 SHORT STORY CONTEST NEW!
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
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
LOCATION: ARTS COURT, 2 DALY AVE., OTTAWA
6:45 P.M. TREE SEEDS FREE WORKSHOP WITH GWYNN SCHELTEMA
Playing with Constraints Explore poetic constraints and look at what various Oulipo practitioners have created, including poems by Joe Brainard, Christian Bök, and Inger Christensen. Then play with generative devices that will ideally, propel your writing forward into places you may or may not have anticipated it could go.
8:00 P.M. OPEN MIC & FEATURED READERS:
Winner of the 2007 Lampman-Scott Award for poetry and three-time winner of Alberta’s Stephansson Award for Poetry.
Monty Reid was born in Saskatchewan, lived for many years in Alberta, and now lives in Ottawa. His recent publications include Disappointment Island (Chaudiere), The Luskville Reductions (Brick), Site Conditions (Apt 9) and a number of chapbooks from the In the Garden project. He has won Alberta’s Stephansson Award for Poetry on three occasions, a national magazine award, and is a three-time nominee for the Governor-General’s Award. Disappointment Island was shortlisted for the City of Ottawa Book Award and won the Lampman-Scott Award for poetry. Best known as a poet, he has also written children’s books, essays, songs, TV and radio scripts and other writings. He plays guitar and mandolin in the band Call Me Katie. More > http://www.treereadingseries.ca/readers/monty-reid
Author of five poetry collections and finalist for the 2011 Archibald Lampman Award.
Nina Berkhout is originally from Calgary. She is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Elseworlds (Seraphim Editions, 2012) and Arrivals and Departures (Buschek Books, 2010), which was a finalist for the 2011 Archibald Lampman Award for the year’s best poetry by a writer living in the National Capital Region. Her work has also been shortlisted for THIS Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt and the John Hirsch Award for most promising Manitoba writer. Berkhout holds a degree in Classical Studies from the University of Calgary and a Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. She currently lives in Ottawa. More > http://www.treereadingseries.ca/readers/nina-berkhout
ITEM 11: OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL YA EVENT.
Two events for young authors! NEW!
Saturday, March 2, 7:00 p.m. Bridgehead Roastery, 130 Anderson St.
Twisting Reality: Hiding in Plain Sight. A conversation with three amazing authors: Charles de Lint, Gary Blackwood and Cheryl Rainfield, exploring alternate realities and the lives young people are hiding… in plain sight.
Sunday March 3, 2:00 p.m. A two hour writing workshop with Charles de Lint. Space is limited! For ages 12-24. Tickets and details: www.writersfestival.org or 613-562-1243
ITEM 12: CAPITAL SLAM FEATURING THE P.O.E. & LIP BALM NEW!
DATE: Saturday, March 2, 2013 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Mercury Lounge, 56 by Ward Market Sq, Ottawa, Ontario K1N7A2
Doors and sign-up at 6:30. The priority list only extends to 7:00 p.m. so DON’T BE LATE!
Admission is $8 (free for performers). All ages welcome
There are only THREE qualifying slams left in the season so you KNOW things are getting CRAZY in O-Town! People are trying to get those valuable semi-finals spots and as they bring the fire, the real winners are the many fans of spoken word across this fine burg! For both slams in March, we give priority to anyone who has slammed exactly once this season. So check the rankings page over at the CapSlam blog on www.capitalpoetrycollective.com to see if your name is there!
NEW! ITEM 13: Canadian authors can now ePublish to the “.ca” Amazon Kindle platform directly, KDP has recently announced, and be paid in Canadian dollars: http://kdp.amazon.com/community/ann.jspa?annID=287
Coming March 12 to March 17! So who is coming in 2013? We have the first winner of the Montreal International Poetry Prize, Mark Tredinnick, and Aboriginal poet Kerry Reed-Gilbert from Australia. We have Canadian poets, A.F. Moritz, Chris Jennings, Catherine Owen, Stuart Ross and Don McKay. The Women’s Slam Team. Rob Winger, Anita Lahey. Lady Katalyst. Luna Allison. Emilie Zoey Baker, Samuel Watson. Anne Simpson, Ken Babstock, Christine McNair. LeRoy Gorman. Claudia Coutu Radmore, Susan Glickman. Capital Slam. From Ireland, Matthew Sweeney and Rita Ann Higgins. I’m sure I’ve missed some, so check here for all the information : http://www.versefest.ca/2013/.
For a flavour of what’s to come, Rod Pederson, one of the VERSe Ottawa committee key members, has put together a video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWZQ0mc7zTM&feature=youtu.be
You can hear Rod here. You’re encouraged to watch. We hope you will feel as excited as we are to attend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSrQ9fqsmNw And that you’ll donate if you can : http://www.indiegogo.com/versefest
MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:
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/
NEW! At Length‘s open reading period is currently underway and will continue through February 28, 2013. Poetry and Prose. Details on how (and what) to submit: http://atlengthmag.com/submissions/
The Kalaparva (India) is accepting work for their next online issue (March 15, 2013). Accepts commentary, reviews, conversations, and luminaries. Length: 500-600 words. Shorter pieces considered in exceptional cases. Deadline: February 28, 2013. Guidelines: http://about.kalaparva.com/p/submit-article.html
Switchback (University of San Francisco) is accepting poetry and prose submissions for issue 17 (published in May 2013; online and ebook). Editor’s Prize of $200. Theme: Broken (optional). Deadline: February 28, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.swback.com/call/
Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast is 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:
Antiphon online poetry magazine (UK) is accepting work for Issue 6. Submit up to 4 poems (metrical or non-metrical) that “pay attention to language and the music of words.” International writers welcome. Deadline: February 28, 2013. Guidelines: http://antiphon.org.uk/index.php/submissions
Student-run Dragon Ink Press (Canada) seeks submissions for Kaida, a shared-world comics and literary anthology. Accepting black-and-white comics (1-4 pages), fiction (500 word), poetry (up to one page). Deadline: March 1, 2013. Guidelines: http://dragoninkpress.tumblr.com/submission%20guidelines
Halcyon seeks Spring-related content. Looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, recipes, and quotes. Prefers work from “word painters [who] create a world of peace and happiness.” Deadline: March 1, 2013. Guidelines: http://halcyonmagazine.blogspot.ca/p/submit.html
carte blanche. At carte blanche we believe there is more than one way to tell a story, and our mandate is to provide a venue for narrative of all forms. Currently accepting original, previously unpublished poetry, fiction, nonfiction, translation, photography and audio submissions for our Spring, Summer and Fall 2013 issues. Deadline: March 1, 2013
Prize: $45 honorarium per published piece. Entry fee: none. Details: http://carte-blanche.org/submissions/
Pebble Lake Review accepts only original, previously unpublished poetry and prose September 1st to March 1st each year. Please note: PLR submissions are now only handled through Submishmash. Submissions sent via email will go unread and unanswered. All submissions must include a cover letter listing name, contact info, and brief bio. Work must be sent in one file. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please email to submissions [at] pebblelakereview [dot] com and let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published material. Response time is typically 2–3 months. http://www.pebblelakereview.com/submission.html
Quarterly e-book publication The Rockett Review (US, UK) is submissions for their debut issue. Submit poetry (45 lines max.) and short stories (800 words max). Theme: Past and present (i.e. nostalgia, memories, the shock of new experiences, changes in life). Deadline: March 1, 2013. Guidelines: http://rockettreview.com/submission-guidelines/
Circa: A Journal of Historical Fiction (Canada), an online journal dedicated to historical fiction, seeks work for their inaugural issue (April 2013). Seeks fiction, creative non-fiction, and articles on an historical theme. Appreciates vintage and retro. Deadline: March 15, 2013.
Great Lakes Cultural Review: The Great Lakes Cultural Review is a biannual journal covering any and all aspects of arts and culture in the great lakes metropolitan areas of Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland, Buffalo and Toronto-areas that have a combined population of over twenty million people. The journal will have broad distribution in each city, and each issue will have articles about and writing from each of the areas. Fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction essays on the theater, film, the visual arts; interviews with musicians, writers, directors and everything in between will all be covered and subscribers will get a feel for the what is happening in other great lake cities besides their own, and writers will get exposure to an audience that they, perhaps, previously have not had prior. Submissions read from January 1st to March 1st for the spring issue and June 1st to August 1st for the fall issue. Submissions should be carefully proofread and generally error free prior to submission. Also, submissions will only be considered with a brief bio of 100 or fewer words.For submission guidelines, please go to http://greatlakesculturalreview.submittable.com/submit.
The Great Lakes Cultural Review is searching for an enthusiastic editor. For more details, please send an email to email@example.com.
Experimental magazine Birkensnake seeks short fiction for an Issue #6. Theme: Endlessness. Open to interpretation: “the infinite, the immortal, the recurring, the asymptotic, the nomadic, the circuitous, and the moebian.” Examples: outer space, reincarnation, subways. Length: 8-8888 words. Deadline: March 15, 2013. Guidelines: http://birkensnake.com/submit.php
Online quarterly The Puritan (Canada) seeks literary fiction, poetry, reviews, and interviews. “Submissions may push toward the symbolic frontier, challenging limitations and forging into previously unexplored aesthetic territory.” Deadline: March 21, 2013. Payment: $50 for prose and $20 for poetry. Guidelines: http://www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions.php
Sterling (Canada), “the journal where all stories matter,” is seeking stories, poems and comics for their next issue. Pays a small amount per accepted submission ($25 or two copies). Appreciates original, contemporary works that linger beyond the page. Deadline: March 24, 2013. Guidelines: http://sterlingmag.ca/submissions/
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
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
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/
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
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. 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.
Entry Fee: Canada $25.00; the United States $30.00 (US funds); All others $40.00 (US funds) for either contest. Bonus: You may enter both contests for an additional $10.00. You may 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.
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:
- 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 (LITHUANIA & KENYA). 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. 28 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
- 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
- online literary magazine AndWeWereHungry is open to entries for their inaugural short fiction contest: the Flying Elephants Short Story Prize. Four winners share prize fund of $5000. Also seeking other prose (flash fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, & essay), photography, and visual artwork for themed quarterly issues. Theme: “…and we were hungry” (open to interpretation). Deadline: February 28, 2013. Guidelines: https://andwewerehungry.submittable.com/submit
- The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest. Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013. 2013 Guidelines: Open to all writers who haven”t yet published a book of fiction at the time of submission. Submissions must be 1200 words or fewer. No entry fee. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Winter 2014 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2013 Writers Workshop, June 15th-22nd, in Gambier, Ohio. Additional info on the Writers Workshop is available here: http://www.kenyonreview.org/workshops/writers/ Full guidelines and link to submit here: http://www.kenyonreview.org/contests/short-fiction/
- DEADLINE EXTENSION: Arc Poem of the Year Contest. Grand prize: $5000. Shortlist: 50 shortlisted poems, pending permission of their authors, will be eligible for the Readers’ Choice Award (via online voting). Length: 100 lines max. Entry fee: $32 (includes subscription). Deadline: March 1, 2013. Guidelines: http://arcpoetry.ca/2012/11/29/poem-of-the-year-contest-2/
- DEADLINE EXTENSION: GEIST POSTCARD STORY CONTEST http://www.geist.com/articles/postcard-contest $20 ENTRY FEE (includes subscription) Send us a postcard along with a story that relates to the image. The relationship can be as strong or as tangential as you like, so long as there is a clear connection between the image and the story. Maximum length: 500 words, fiction or non-fiction. Deadline EXTENDED March 1, 2013. First Prize: $500 and publication in Geist and on geist.com; Second Prize: $250 and publication in Geist and on geist.com; Third Prize: $150 and publication in Geist and on geist.com;Honourable Mentions: Swell Geist gifts / publication on geist.com
- THE WRITERS’ UNION OF CANADA 20th Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2013. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an unpublished author. $2,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines. This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have not had a book published by a commercial or university press in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or non-fiction is eligible. More info at: http://www.writersunion.ca/short-prose
- Claremont Review Contest. Contestants must be aged 13-19 years. All entries will be judged anonymous and on merit. Winners are announced in May and published in the Fall Issue that year. If you would like to get a better idea about what to submit please check out past winners submissions. Deadline: March 1, 2013. Prize: $500; $300; $200. Entry fee: $20 Details: http://www.theclaremontreview.ca/html/annualcontestsubmissions.html
- SPARK ANTHOLOGY.ORG CONTEST. DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2013. Your writing prompt for this contest is the single word spark. The word is not required to appear within the text of your contest entry, but you will need to include a 90-word-or-less description on the entry form explaining how the word spark inspired or influenced your work. There are no age or genre restrictions for this contest. For full contest details see http://SparkAnthology.org/contests or contact: Brian Lewis, Editor-in-Chief, Spark: A Creative Anthology, email@example.com Fee notice: This contest has a $10 entry fee.
- The Missouri Review’s Audio Competition Now Open. Deadline: March 15th, 2013. Prizes will be awarded for high-quality recordings of poets and writers reading their work and for audio documentaries on any subject. Winners in each of three categories receive $1,000. Winning entries and runners-up will be featured on our website and on our iTunes feed and made available to our subscribers. All entrants receive a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review. We are also excited to once again offer pay-by-donation entry fees! Now you decide what you will pay to enter the competition. (Previously, entry to the Audio Contest cost $20). All contributions go directly towards supporting the continued production of The Missouri Review, its awards, and related programs. For full details and to download an entry form, please see our website: http://www.missourireview.com/audiovisual/submissions/
- Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (Canada) invites entries for their 15th Annual Writing Contest. Categories: poetry, fiction, personal essay, and mystery fiction. First prize in each category: $125. Entry fee: $10 (waived for current NOWW members). Deadline: March 15, 2013. Open to international writers. Guidelines: http://nowwwriters.org/?page_id=1647
- Greg Clark Award. The Greg Clark Award offers journalists early in their career a chance to go behind the scenes and meet key decision-makers. The award was created in memory of one of Canada’s greatest journalists – a war correspondent, an avid outdoorsman, a humourist, but above all, a great reporter who excelled at storytelling. Deadline: March 15, 2013. Prize: see website for prize details. Entry fee: none. Details: http://cjf-fjc.ca/awards_gregclark
- 7TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS. Deadline Mar. 16, 2013. Jenkins Group and IndependentPublisher.com are proud to announce the opening of the 17th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards. We conduct the “IPPYs” to honor the year’s best independently published titles, and to give them the recognition and credibility they deserve. Books published in English with 2012 or 2013 copyrights or release dates between Aug 1, 2011 and March 15, 2013 are eligible. Click here to visit the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards webpage: http://www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/IPAwards.php Here’s the link to download the 2013 IPPY Awards guidelines and entry form in PDF format: http://www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/IPPY_2013_Early_Application1.pdf
- CITY OF OTTAWA 55+ SHORT STORY CONTEST Deadline March 15, 2013. The contest welcomes submission of original, unpublished short stories or memoirs from Ottawa residents 55 years of older. Submissions must be 2000 words or less and can be submitted in English or French. Contestants may submit multiple entries, but will only be eligible to win one prize. Eight entrants will be named to the 2013 Winners Circle, sharing recognition at An Afternoon of Readings on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the Heron Seniors’ Centre, 1480 Heron Road. A $400 prize will be shared among the winners. For full contest details, pick up a brochure at any City of Ottawa Library or Client Service Centre. For details in English, residents can also call Heron Seniors’ Centre at 613-247-4808, ext. 2. For details in French, residents can call Carleton Heights Community Centre at 613-226-2208, ext. 225. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 15, 2013. An entry fee of $6.25 per story is applicable.
- 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
- 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
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- NEW! 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!
- 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. The closing date for all entries is Friday April 5, 2013. After the sell-out success of the 2012 ‘Ticket to Write’ Beatles-themed festival on new writing, we are preparing for a second exciting competition for 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- NEW! 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
- 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/
- 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. This year the judge will be Pascale Petit. Winners will receive the following prizes: 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: We do not accept previously published poems. The maximum number of lines for a single poem is fifty. Submissions must be in triplicate (please divide poems into three piles for three separate judges – only one cover letter needed), typed, with no name or address appearing on the same page as the poem. A cover letter must be included showing age category, name, address, telephone number and/or email address, as well as the title of the poem(s) for clarification and the dollar amount included. Please do not use staples. Do not send an SASE, the winners list will be published online. Poems can be of any theme or form as long as they do not exceed the fifty line max. Cheques should be made out to Pandora’s Collective and the envelope should be labeled, “Poetry Contest Submission”. All rights return to the poet after publication. 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. After a very successful first year, the not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize is launching its poetry competition again January 15, 2013 and will be open until 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: Submissions must be previously unpublished. Entrants must be Canadian or currently residing in Canada. Writers must be in the early stages. We define a writer in the early stages as someone who has not yet published a first story collection or novel. There is no word limit. Entrants anonymity will be carefully preserved throughout the judging process; please ensure that your name does not appear on your document. Decisions will be made by August 31; finalists will be notified by email. 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. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Print should be black in 12 pt. Times New Roman on 8.5 x 11 inch white bond paper, one side only, one poem per page. Line lengths exceeding 44 characters may be broken at the discretion of the committee. No poems over 2 pages will be accepted. Poems running to two pages require a title and page number at the top of each page. Your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and titles of your poem(s) must appear on a separate title page only. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology. Include with your entry: (1) your poem(s) (2) a cover page (3) a cheque or money order: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem, payable to Canadian Authors Association – Niagara Branch. Mail your entry to: Canadian Authors Association – Niagara Branch, Poetry Anthology contest, P.O. Box 1512, 4 Queen Street, St. Catharines, ON L2R 5G3. Please indicate where you heard about our contest. Submissions will not be returned. However poets without internet access may include a SASE for replies. Only poets included in the anthology will be notified. Contest results will be posted on the website. By entering the contest, you agree to give the CAA-Niagara Branch first rights to publish your poem in The Saving Bannister. Deadline for entries is May 31, 2013. 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: Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page.
- 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
- NEW! Win £500 and publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition! Aesthetica Magazine is inviting all writers and poets to submit their work into the 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: previous entrants have gone on to achieve success and recognition across the world. There are 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
- 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