NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Weekly Notices for the week of August 6, 2012
–15 Items: 7 NEW
N.B. DEADLINE REMINDER ON PIPER’S FRITH WORKSHOP AND RELATED RIDDLE FENCE CONTEST
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ITEM 1:CAA-NCR SUMMER SOCIAL – A DAY IN THE COUNTRY
DATE: Sunday, August 19, 2012 3:00 P.M. until the bonfire dies
LOCATION: Sharyn’s country home
TYPE: pot luck
Summer sun and cooling breezes – our Summer Social in Sharyn’s garden.
Mark the above date on your calendar before it fills up with other summer events. Come meet your fellow writers in a casual, congenial and celebratory atmosphere. We invite you to:
- Read from your work, published or otherwise;
- Bring your books and give folks an opportunity to purchase a copy;
- Network, meet old friends and discover new ones;
- Enjoy the diverse culinary creations contributed by your fellow writers.
All are invited – CAA Members, CAA Student Members, and Non-members! Bring your spouse; bring your partner; bring your friends; bring your writing offspring 18 years or older.
Drop Sharyn a note at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give her a call at (613) 821-2485 and let her know you’re coming, and what exciting contribution of an edible nature you will be bringing with you.
Remember to bring a garden chair in the lucky event that it doesn’t rain.
BRANCH MEMBER NEWS
ITEM 2: CAROL STEPHEN, OTTAWA BRANCH MEMBER SELECTED AS A HOT OTTAWA VOICE
Carol A. Stephen, a member of the National Capital Branch, has been selected as one of four Hot Ottawa Voices. The four poets will be featured at Tree Reading Series on August 14 at Arts Court. Carol will also be doing a mini-launch of her first and second chapbooks at Arts Court on August 26th at an event co-sponsored by Tree Reading Series and The Ontario Poetry Society. More details on the events in items 10 and 13.
WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
ITEM 3: REMINDER PIPER’S FRITH: WRITING AT KILMORY RESORT DEADLINE TO APPLY IS AUGUST 14, 2012. DEADLINE FOR THE RIDDLE FENCE CONTEST IS AUGUST 6TH!
DATES: October 22-27, 2012 – Newfoundland
events. Deadline to apply is August 14, 2012. To learn more and to apply: http://www.literaryartsnl.com/
New contest! The Literary Arts Foundation is sponsoring the 2012 Riddle Fence fiction contest. First prize: all-expense paid participation in Piper’s Frith! Learn more at http://www.literaryartsnl.com/riddlefencecontest.htm
ITEM 4: ALGONKIAN NIAGARA WRITERS CONFERENCE: “NEW YORK COMES TO NIAGARA” NEW!
DATES: OCTOBER 25-28, 2012 in Niagara Falls.
The conference is offering a generous discount to any writer who has previously attended one of Barbara Kyle’s Workshops or Master Classes, or for whom she has done a Manuscript Evaluation. The discount is $100, so instead of $495 for the conference the cost to you, if you qualify, would be $395.
“New York Comes to Niagara” is geared towards those who are writing or have written a novel, and is designed to introduce promising and talented writers to the professionals who can help them achieve their goal of becoming published. The agents and editors who attend are actively seeking new talent. Most importantly, writers will gain valuable insights into the commercial viability of their work-in-progress, along with critical feedback on how to improve it.
Barbara will join Algonkian Writers Conferences founder Michael Neff in giving two days of workshops for participants.
To claim your $100 discount call Gail Mercer-MacKay at 905.510.3627 or email her at email@example.com and tell her which of Barbara’s past workshops you’ve attended, or that she’s given you a manuscript evaluation.
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 5: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
DEADLINE: August 15 for the September issue
Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor
ITEM 6: 7TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS ARE NOW OPEN
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:
The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing community. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year. Since the inaugural contest in 1996, over 5,000 books have received IPPY Awards, and all the recognition, credibility, and increased sales that a book award can bring. Entry fees range from the early-bird fee of $75 to $95 when you enter closer to our final deadline of March 16th, 2013. Regional and E-Book category entries are just $55 when added to a national category entry. 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
ITEM 7: SUBMISSION CALL FROM POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS
We are looking for works of short weird and uncanny fiction (of up to 3000 words) for the third volume of our (semi)annual anthology.
We are open to a variety of approaches and styles, but are interested in original work that pushes and plays with(in) the boundaries of the fantastic, the marvelous, and the horrific.
While, as we are an unfunded and independent publication, we cannot currently afford to pay contributors, each will each receive two contributor’s copies of the volume, as well as the option of purchasing more copies at a low contributor’s rate.
While this is an open call with no fixed deadline per se, (meaning we will treat submissions on a first-read first-considered basis) we hope to make our editorial selection by February 2013, and to publish the volume by summer 2013.
Please email submissions (as a word or rtf attachment including “PSTD III submission” and the story’s title in the subject heading) as well as inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
ITEM 8: AUG 6 to AUG. 12 EVENTS AT COLLECTED WORKS NEW!
1242 WELLINGTON STREET WEST AT HOLLAND Check Facebook for full details or visit http://www.collected-works.com/pages/events.htm
Thursday, August 9 7:00 P.M. Meet Mony Dojeiji and Alberto Agraso, authors of Walking for Peace.
This is one of those stories you hear about on the news or see in an inspirational movie…and yet, it is completely true, and accomplished by two locals no less. Mony Dojeiji and Alberto Agraso have done something all of us at one time or another have craved. Leave it all to go for a walk. Mind you, their walk took 13 months, spanned five thousand kilometers across 13 countries. Although their physical destination was Jerusalem, their intended destination was all the more impressive. Like a pilgrimage of old they found something completely unexpected but wonderful at the end of the long journey… their true selves.
Saturday, August 11 2:00 P.M. Meet Ken Hancock, author of Capital Home Cuisine
Join us this afternoon as local author, traveller and chef extraordinaire Ken Hancock presents Capital Home Cuisine, a cookbook that brings the capitals of the world to your kitchen and to your table. Through simple-to-follow recipes with easy-to-find ingredients (or North American substitutes), Ken has put together some of the favorite dishes of capital cities the world over.
ITEM 9: THE FACTORY READING SERIES PRESENTS ANSTEE, IRWIN, EARL + BROCKWELL NEW!
DATE: Thursday, August 9, 2012 Door 7:00 p.m. / readings 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Street, Ottawa
Cover $5 (includes a recent above/ground press title.
Ottawa’s above/ground press, a one-man operation run by writer, editor, publisher and critic rob mclennan, celebrates nineteen years of publishing in August with a reading and launch party at The Mercury Lounge. Readings and launches by:
- Cameron Anstee (Ottawa ON), launching Regarding Renewal
- Marilyn Irwin (Ottawa ON), launching flicker
- Amanda Earl (Ottawa ON), launching Sex First & Then A Sandwich
- Stephen Brockwell (Ottawa ON), launching Excerpts from Impossible Books, The Crawdad Cantos
ITEM 10: HOT OTTAWA VOICES 2012
DATE: Tuesday August 14
LOCATION: Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa
6:45 p.m. Free Workshop Pearl Pirie on Radical Revision
Taking a poem down past the bones and rebuilding the marrow. Sometimes we attach to the concept or sound of a poem too early and let its bones harden. Let’s use the material of poems as malleable starting points. Bring half a dozen copies of a poem you want to tear apart using a few techniques.
8:00 p.m. Readings Open Mic and these Featured Readers:
- Carol Stephen: Carol Stephen won third place in the 2012 CAA National Writing Contest.
- David Blaikie: David Blaikie won the inaugural Tree Reading Series chapbook contest in 2011.
- Guy Simser: Guy’s work has appeared in numerous journals/anthologies in USA, Canada, Japan, England, Australia, Romania and India.
- Shai Ben-Shalom: Shai Ben-Shalom’s first collection of poems, Martians Among Us, was published in 2012 by In/Words Press.
More info at: http://www.treereadingseries.ca/readings
ITEM 11: OTTAWA STORYTELLERS EVENTS FOR AUGUST NEW!
Campfire Storytelling at the Billings Museum is Back!
August 10, 17, 24, 31 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
$6 per person, $10 for 2, $16 per family
Join us for stories for adults and stories for children. And of course marshmallows to roast over the fire! http://www.ottawastorytellers.ca/billing-bridge-estate/
Historical Stories at the Bytown Museum
Every Thursday in the summer (July 19th to August 30th), the Bytown Museum is hosting a story series about the people and events that shaped Ottawa. Storytellers will start at 7p.m. sharp. This program is free and admission to the Museum is free on Thursday evenings.
The Museum is located alongside the set of eight locks on the Rideau Canal between Parliament Hill and the Château Laurier hotel. 1 Canal Lane Ottawa, (613) 234-4570
On the first Thursday of every month (12 months a year), the Ottawa StoryTellers host a story swap / open stage. Admission is free, and everyone is invited to come and tell a story and / or listen to the stories. Light refreshments are served during the break. Stories should be 10 minutes or less and must be told and not read.
More info. http://www.ottawastorytellers.ca/storyswaps/
ITEM 12: LiPS POETRY BARN FUNDRAISING EVENT NEW!
DATE: Saturday, August 18, 2012 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
LiPS is having a FUNdraiser, just outside of Perth. The cost of admission is only $10 per person (Children 12 & under get in for free).
The evening includes:
Live Music (MC and Music by Matt Dickson), Live Poetry (LiPS Poets), Draw Prizes, Local Art for Sale, Fresh Lemonade, by the glass, Sweet Treats, to eat
Location: Frank & Sylvia’s (aka Sylvia’s Plant Place), at #2172 Concession Road 4 (only 10 minutes from Perth). For more information and Directions: https://www.facebook.com/events/267031823402276/
ITEM 13: TREE READING SERIES & THE ONTARIO POETRY SOCIETYPRESENT SUMMER WHEN IT SIZZLES POETRY FESTIVAL NEW!
DATE: Sunday August 26, 2012 1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Ottawa Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario
Featuring The Amber and Gold Raffle Sponsored by McClelland & Stewart, Guernica Editions, Brick Books, Serengeti Press, HMS Press, Creative Vocalization Studio, Magni Frame, Hidden Brook Press, Canada Cuba Literary Alliance, The Azrieli Foundation & Snowapple Press, Many Exciting Prize Packages of Brand New Books & CD’s to win!
Tickets are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10 Free Admission, Members Readings, Open Mic
For Directions go to www.mapquest.ca
ITEM 14: PUBLICITY PROJECT BY RANDY RAY, OTTAWA-BASED PUBLICIST NEW!
Randy Ray has a new project that may be of interest to members looking for ways to promote themselves and their books.
It’s The Eastern Ontario ReSOURCE Book, a unique directory of credible local and area experts that will provide valuable contact and background information for members of the media in Ottawa, eastern Ontario and western Quebec who are looking for experts to help them develop stories and appear as guests on their shows. The book will also be a useful tool for service clubs, seniors groups, retirement residences, libraries, events planners, boards of education and companies that are looking for experts to deliver keynote addresses, workshops and seminars.
ITEM 15: WRITING CONTESTS COMING UP
Malahat Monostiches SUMMER-LONG CONTEST, AWARDS EVERY TWO WEEKS! Tweet your pithiest 1-line, 140 character (or less) poems to @malahatreview The battle of the monostiches begins on June 18 and closes on September 10. Four new books donated by Canadian publishers will be awarded to a semi-finalist every two weeks. On October 1, a special grand prize will be given to the best of the six bi-weekly winners.
Semi-finalists and the grand-prize winner will be tweeted, posted on our website, and announced on Facebook. Enter as many times as you like! Read full contest guidelines on our website. http://www.malahatreview.ca/announcements/twittermonostich.html
MONTHLY TWITTER WRITING CONTEST! DEADLINE: LAST DAY OF THE MONTH AT 11 AM
Scribendi.com is hosting a weekly writing contest that I think would be of interest to your audience. How it Works: The first day of every month at 11 AM, we will announce the topic. Entrants must write a 140-character-or-less tweet, mention @Scribendi_Inc, and summarize the topic. The contest closes the last day of the month at 11 AM. Summarize This! promotes concise and precise writing skills in a fresh, fun way (http://www.scribendi.com/summarize_this). Prizes range from free editing to Scribendi.com swag.
- The Tenth Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest is now open! The early deadline is August 1, and the final deadline is September 6. Submit Your Screenplay
- We look forward to reading your scripts! MORE INFO AT: http://www.zoetrope.com/contests/index.cgi
- THE MALAHAT REVIEW’S UVIC 50TH ANNIVERSARY WRITING CONTEST Deadline: August 15, 2012 Prizes (in each category): 1st: $300 2nd: $150 3rd: $100 Entry fee: $15 per entry (entry does not include a subscription to the magazine) Categories: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and dramatic monologue Eligible entrants: UVic students, UVic alumni, and residents of the Victoria CRD. Full contest guidelines HERE: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/uvic_anniversary/anniversary_contest.html
- MEMOIRS, INK Personal essay contest with $1000 prize Deadline: August 15, 2012. http://memoirsink.com/writingcontestguidelines/ Memoirs Ink is looking for original, well-written personal essays, memoirs, or stories that are based on autobiographical experiences. First prize: US$1000; additional prizes available. Entry fee: US$15.
- Tickled by Thunder Writing Contest-Poetry Deadline: August 15, 2012 Theme, length and style of poetry entries is completely open. First and second place winners published. Subscribers of Tickled by Thunder enter three poems for free, but must pay $2 for each additional poem entered. Entries may be deemed by judges to merit publication within the Year’s Best Poetry, an annual collection published as a chapbook. Submit your manuscript using our Online Form. Tickled by Thunder, 14076 86A Avenue, Surrey BC V3W 0V9. Prize: $75 +publication Entry Fee: $5 Details: http://tickledbythunder.com/ 604-591-6095
- The Scotiabank Giller Prize Deadline: August 15, 2012 The Scotiabank Giller Prize, att: Elana Rabinovitch, 576 Davenport Road, Toronto ON M5R lK9. Prize: $50,000; $5,000 x 4 Entry Fee: None Details: http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca ; 416-934-0755.
- Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest Deadline: August 15, 2012 Entry Fee: $20 Prizes: $1000, a VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the 2013 New Orleans Literary Festival, and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistasmagazine. Guidelines: Submit 2-4 original poems of any style or theme up to 400 lines. Open to writers who have not yet published a book of poetry. Details: http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests/poetry-contest
- SPEAKER’S BOOK AWARD Deadline: August 31, 2012 This award aims to bring awareness to books written by Ontarians covering historical, regional, cultural or parliamentary aspects of the province. Special consideration will be given to works focusing on parliamentary heritage and on provincial discourse. Fiction and non-fiction submissions are accepted, in either French or English. For more information, please contact Irene Chalmers at email@example.com. Speaker’s Book Award Parliamentary Protocol and Public Relations Branch, Room 191, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M7A 1A2. Prize: $1000; Speaker’s special guest at 2013 Awards Reception; book featured at the Legislative Gift Shop and in the Legislative Library Entry Fee: None Details: www.ontla.on.ca; (416) 325-0270
- GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST DEADLINE AUG. 31, 2012 Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems. This includes a one-year subscription to TAR which will begin with the fall issue. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review Contest, St. Francis Xavier University, Box 5000, Antigonish NS B2G 2W5. Deadline: June 30, 2012 Prizes: $600, $400, $200 & Publication Entry Fee: $25 Details: http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php 902-867-3962
- The Ted Plantos Memorial Award Deadline: August 31, 2012 There is no age barrier. Anyone can apply, as long as they don’t have a full collection of their poems previously published, even self-published. This award is offered to poets who live and/or work in Ontario only. In exchange for financial support, the recipient will acknowledge the financial assistance of The Ontario Poetry Society. The Ontario Poetry Society, Attention: L.B. Iskov, 710 – 65 Spring Garden Avenue, Toronto ON M41N 6119. Prize: $100 + certificate Entry Fee: None Details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Tedplantosawardapplication.html
- Quebec Writing Competition Deadline: August 31, 2012 The competition is open to all residents of Quebec with the following exceptions: employees or long-term contractors with any of the sponsoring bodies: and winners of previous Quebec Writing Competition. Short fiction or creative nonfiction, maximum length is 1,200 words. The three winning stories will be broadcast on CBC Radio One’s Cinq a Six (heard Saturdays at 5 p.m.). Quebec Writers’ Federation, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Suite 3, Montreal QC H3Z 1X4. Prize: $1,500; $1,000; $500 + broadcast Entry Fee: $10 Details: http://www.qwf.org ; 514-933-0878.
- AESTHETICA CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2012. The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition is now open for entries! The competition celebrates and champions creative writing, nurturing talent and bringing work to international attention. There are two categories for entry, Poetry and Short Fiction, and a selection of fantastic prizes including: £500 prize money – Poetry winner. £500 prize money – Short Fiction winner. Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. A selection of books from our competition partners. For more information and to enter please visit: http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/submission_guide.htm Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Entry is £10 and allows for the entry of two works into any one category. Deadline: 31 August 2012
- Gemini Magazine Fourth Annual Flash Fiction Contest Deadline: August 31, 2012 Entry Fee: $4 Prizes: $1000, $100, $50 Guidelines: Must be previously unpublished. No restrictions on content, style, or genre. Simply send your best, most powerful work under 1000 words. Details: http://www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html
- Red Hen Press (US) is accepting submissions of unpublished poetry manuscripts for the 2012 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Prize: US$3000 plus publication of the selected collection. Length: 48-96 pages. Entry fee: US$25. Deadline: August 31, 2012. http://redhen.org/awards-2/bsa/
- Registration is now open for the Canadian-born 35th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest. First prize: publication; additional prizes available. Fee: $50/$55. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION AUG. 15, FINAL Registration deadline: August 31, 2012. Can you produce a masterwork of fiction in a mere 72 hours? The annual International 3-Day Novel Contest is your chance to find out. The contest runs every Labour Day long weekend, as it has since 1977, and it now attracts writers from all over the world. It’s a thrill, a grind, and an awesome creative experience. How many crazed plotlines, coffee-stained pages, pangs of doubt and moments of genius will the next contest bring forth? And what might you think up under pressure? The 35th Annual 3-Day Novel Contest will take place September 1-3, 2012. Registration is now open. http://www.3daynovel.com/
- Snake Nation Press: Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry Postmark Deadline: August 31 Now in its twenty-second year, Snake Nation Press announces the 2012 Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry: • $1,000 prize and publication • $25 entry fee must accompany the manuscript • 50-75 page manuscript; previously published poems eligible. Please mail your entry and fee to: Snake Nation Press, Attn: Poetry Contest, 2920 North Oak Street, Valdosta, GA 31602
- Also at Snake Nation Press: Serena McDonald Kennedy Award Postmark Deadline: August 31. Submit a novella of up to 50,000 words or a manuscript of short stories up to 200 pages long. Fiction and nonfiction accepted. Any well-written manuscript on any topic will be considered. Previously published works may be entered. An entry fee of $25 must accompany the submission. Winner receives $1,000 award and publication. Please mail your entry and fee to: Snake Nation Press, Attn: Serena McDonald Kennedy Award, 2920 North Oak Street, Valdosta, GA 31602
- TIGER’S EYE PRESS Chapbook Competition. Deadline: August 31, 2012. Guidelines: Winner receives $100 and 25 copies. Send 20-25 pages of poetry, a title page, table of contents, and an acknowledgements page, all with no identifying information. Send a second title page with your name and contact information. Please include a short bio, SASE or email address, and a $15 reading fee per contest manuscript. Tiger’s Eye Press, P.O. Box 9723, Denver, CO, 80209
- NEW! Naugatuck River Review’s Fourth Annual NARRATIVE POETRY CONTEST will be judged by Pam Uschuk. Contest submissions are now open from July 1 – Sept. 1. First prize is $1000 and publication in NRR. Second prize $250 and publication in NRR. Third prize of $100 and publication in NRR. FULL DETAILS: http://naugatuckriverreview.com/contest/
- NEW DEADLINE ! THE SECOND ANNUAL GEIST ERASURE POETRY CONTEST DEADLINE SEPT. 1, 2012. Get your erasers ready! Geist is pleased to announce the opening of the Second Annual Geist Erasure Poetry Contest. Writers are asked to create their own poetic masterpiece from an excerpt of How Should a Person Be?, a creative non-fiction novel by celebrated author Sheila Heti. There’s $1000 in prizes, plus publication! $20 entry fee includes an entire year of Geist. Visit www.geist.com/erasure for more information. Good luck and happy writing!
- 2012 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose Deadline: September 1. Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2012 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 25.2, due out in April 2013, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website. MORE INFO: http://www.gulfcoastmag.org/index.php?n=7
- Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition DEADLINE SEPT. 7 Encouraging new playwriting for young performers and audiences. Entry for Trinity’s third annual International Playwriting Competition is now open, and there are amazing prizes on offer to aspiring playwrights worldwide. The winning playwright in each category will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000 and will travel to London to see their plays performed at the Unicorn Theatre. There are also prizes for Highly Commended plays and special awards for the Most Promising Young Playwrights. MORE INFO: http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=1996
- ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION CONTEST FOR CHILDREN. RemeMbrance Contest. DEADLINE SEPT. 8 2012. For many, many years, The Royal Canadian Legion has sponsored the Annual Literary and Poster Contest that is open to all Canadian school children. The youths that participate in the contest assist the Legion in one of our primary goals – fostering the tradition of Remembrance amongst Canadians. The contest is divided into four categories: Primary (Poster Contest only) – grades 1,2 and 3; Junior – grades 4, 5 and 6; Intermediate – grades 7, 8 and 9; and Senior – grades 10, 11, 12. The Poster Contest has two divisions — Colour and Black & White. The winning entries for the four categories (school grades) are displayed at the Canadian War Museum from 1 July to 1 May of the following year. FOR DETAILS: http://www.legion.ca/Poppy/contests_e.cfm
- Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition Deadline: September 14, 2012. Whatever your genre, we’ve got the category for you. Choose your favorite genre and enter your best in 4,000 words or less. Each of the 6 categories offers the a place for everybody’s story. Compete and Win in All 6 Categories! Wondering what’s in it for you? A chance to win the Grand Prize including $2,500 and a trip to the 2013 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. A chance to win one of the six $500 Category First Prizes . Get your fiction story Featured in Writer’s Digest and on WritersDigest.com. Win $100 off a purchase at www.writersdigestshop.com . Receive a copy of the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Complete info at: http://www.writersdigest.com/popularfictionawards?et_mid=542024&rid=233037386
- THE SUMMER DREAMS POETRY CONTEST Deadline: September 15, 2012. Pandora’s Collective poetry contests are open to writers world wide and of all age categories. Please read our guidelines before submitting. Poems can be of any theme or form as long as they do not exceed the forty line max. We do not accept previously published poems. All rights return to the poet after publication. Pandora’s Collective (Poetry Contest Submission), 5505 Main Street, Vancouver BC V5W 2S3. For more info please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Prize: $100, $50, + publication (three levels) Entry Fee:$5 Details: http://www.pandorascollective.com/what-we-do/contests
- BLOODROOT POETRY CONTEST Reading period runs April 1 through September 15. http://www.bloodrootlm.com/contest.html $15 FOR THREE POEMS. Three prizes of $200, $100, $50, three honorable mentions and publication in 2012 Bloodroot Literary Magazine edition. All entries are considered for publication. Submit original, unpublished, free verse, ten lines to two pages. The competition is open to any poet who writes in English.
- ON THE PREMISES WEB-BASED CONTEST #18 launched July 8, 2012. Its premise is TIME: Time matters in every story, of course. But for this contest, we want time to play an especially important role. Send us a story where time, or some aspect of time, or some idea directly related to time, is vital to the characters and the plot. Any genre except children’s fiction, exploitative sex, or over-the-top gross-out horror is fine. Your challenge: In at least 1,000 but no more than 5,000 words, write a creative, compelling, and well-crafted story that clearly uses the premise. If you have questions, ask us at Questions@OnThePremises.com. Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Friday, September 28, 2012. That’s Friday, September 28. MORE INFORMATION AND TO ACCESS SUBMISSION LINK: http://www.onthepremises.com/current_contest.html
- POETRY KIT SUMMER POETRY COMPETITION 2012. DEADLINE: BEFORE MIDNIGHT 30th SEPTEMBER 2012. Poems on the theme of “the natural world” (this can be broadly interpreted). No style or length restrictions but a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one. ONLINE ENTRY ONLY. Entry is by email to email@example.com after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of firstname.lastname@example.org and all entries must be received before midnight 30th September 2012 Entries received after this time will be discarded. First prize is £100 and the winning poem plus those selected for special commendation will be published at the Poetry Kit website. Entry fees are as follows: 1 poem £3.50, 3 Poems £8.00, 5 poems £10. Competition Judge: Lesley Burt. Full details at http://www.poetrykit.org/comp2012.htm
- 23RD ANNUAL REUBEN ROSE POETRY COMPETITION DEADLINE: SEPT. 30, 2012. Voices Israel announces the 23rd annual Reuben Rose Poetry Competition. Judges: Kenneth Salzmann of USA, Yakov Azriel, last year’s first prize winner and Dina Yehuda, last year’s 3rd prize winner. First prize – $500, second prize – $150, third prize – $50. Ten honorable mentions. Prizewinners and all honorable mentions will be published in the Voices Israel 2013 Poetry Anthology. The competition is general and not necessarily on Jewish or Israeli subjects. Challenging, humorous and/or curious poetry is welcome. Poems should be unpublished, no more than 40 lines, including stanza breaks but not including title. Use the online submission form at http://www.voicesisrael.com/reubenrosecompetition.htm to submit your poems. Poems are judged anonymously. Competition poems must be received during the period June 1-Sept.30, 2012 Cost: Voices Israel members: US$5.00 for one poem, $10 for 3 poems, $15 for 6 poems. Non members: US$6.00 for one poem, $12 for 3 poems, $18 for 6 poems. Payment by PayPal or by check (full details on the website http://www.voicesisrael.com/reubenrosecompetition.htm)
- Dark Tales Short Story Contest Deadline: September 30, 2012 Entry Fee: £3 for non-subscribers, free to subscribers Prizes: £500, £250, £100, publication in Dark Tales Guidelines: Horror and speculative fiction stories of under 5000 words. Details: http://darktales.co.uk/contest.php
- Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2012. Now in its tenth year, this contest seeks poems in any style, theme or genre. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. Prizes of $3,000, $1,000, $400 and $250 will be awarded, plus six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. New this year, there will also be a special $250 bonus prize for humorous verse. The entry fee is $8 for every 25 lines you submit. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners. http://www.winningwriters.com/contests/tomstory/ts_guidelines.php
- PHILIP LEVINE POETRY BOOK PRIZE 2012 Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2012. $2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press Final Judge: CORNELIUS EADY . Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-100 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. The entry fee is $25. FULL DETAILS AT: http://www.fresnostate.edu/english/mfa/levine/guidelines.shtml
- PURITAN MAGAZINE The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence invites submissions of fiction and poetry. Winners receive $650 (fiction) or $350 (poetry), books from a variety of well-known Canadian presses, and publication in best-of anthology. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: September 30, 2012. http://www.puritan-magazine.com/
- Red Hen Press (US) is currently accepting submissions of original, unpublished poetry for the 2012 Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award. Entry fee: US$20 for up to three poems, 120 lines max. Award: US$1000 and publication of the selected poem in The Los Angeles Review. Deadline: September 30, 2012. http://redhen.org/awards-2/rpa/
- CANADIAN SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION Deadline: September 30, 2012. Extensive guidelines on the website. The entered screenplay must not have been previously optioned, sold or produced. The submitted Material must be original works, and the sole property of the Applicant(s). Screenplays of any genre will he considered and must be the original work of the author submitting it. Each Competition Entrant will receive an email notifying them of the competition results. Canadian Short Screenplay Competition c/o Year of the Skunk Productions, 1108-33 Mill Street, Toronto ON M5A 3R3. For more info please email email@example.com. Prize: $1,500; $350; and $250 + option Entry Fee: $75 Details: http://yearoftheskunk.com/
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- Telegraph-Journal, New Brunswick’s provincial daily newspaper. The Salon Fiction Prize. Deadline: Entries must be received by Oct. 1, 2012 The winning piece For a work of short fiction in English between 1,500-3,000 words will be published in an issue of the Telegraph-Journal’s art and culture section, Salon, and $1,000. The winner will be selected by a trio of judges from Atlantic Canadian universities: Thomas Hodd (University of Moncton); Alexander MacLeod (Saint Mary’s University); and Sue Goyette (Dalhousie University). Open to all residents of Canada. All entries must be unpublished material and not under consideration in any other contest of competition. Entries will not be returned, so keep a copy. Submissions may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 210 Crown Street, Saint John, N.B., E2L 3V8. Entries must include a contact email and telephone number where the author may be contacted. For more details and information, email email@example.com.
- SIXTEENTH ANNUAL ZOETROPE: ALL-STORY SHORT FICTION CONTEST. The contest will open for entries July 1. Entries must be complete by October 1, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PDT. First prize: $1,000 Second prize: $500 Third prize: $250. The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, Aitken Alexander Associates, Barer Literary, the Gernert Company, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. Important Dates: Results will be announced at the website December 15 and in the Spring 2013 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Spring 2013 issue. Complete Guidelines: We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or less; and accompanied by a $20 entry fee per story. There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible. We welcome multiple entries ($20/story) and entries from outside the U.S. We will e-mail contest updates and results to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories. Once a story is submitted, we cannot accept an updated draft. (However, an entrant is welcome to submit an updated draft as a new entry.) Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions.
- NEW! The “SCARE THE DICKENS OUT OF US” Short Story Contest 2012 & The JUNIOR “SCARE THE DICKENS OUT OF US” Contest 2012 FOR AGES 12-18 CONTEST PERIOD: JULY 1ST TO OCT. 1ST 2012. Sponsored by the Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas. First prize, $1000.00 and a trophy. Second prize, $500.00 and a ribbon. Third prize, $250.00 and a ribbon. Junior contest prize $250.00 and a trophy. Full details and entry forms here: http://clarklibraryfriends.com/
- 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