CAA-NCR What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa for December, 2016

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, 2016

 

Need more information on CAA-NCR?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 
TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

CAA-NCR WINTER SOCIAL – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016

Shake off those shivers at a warm gathering of friends and fellow writers.

  TIME: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  LOCATION: Sharyn Heagle’s s country home

TYPE: Pot Luck Appetizers and Munchies

xmas-and-winter-2009017.jpgRead your favourite seasonal poem or short story, share recent success, review and purchase work of your fellow writers … just in time for gift-giving.

Good cheer! Good friends! Good food! RSVP to sharyn_40@yahoo.com

IF you need a ride, we’ll try to accommodate.

COMING UP IN JANUARY: CAA MONTHLY MEETING WITH CAROLINE PIGNAT

TOPIC: The Writer’s Journey

DATE: January 10, 2017   TIME: 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: McNabb Community Center, Percy St., Ottawa

Stuck at a threshold? In need of a mentor? Dreading your dragon? Wherever we are in our writing careers, writing takes courage—and lots of it. Asking ourselves the right questions can help us forge ahead and claim that treasure. Join two-time GG winner, author and teacher Caroline Pignat as she explores the call, challenges, and adventure of writing. Our voices, our stories, our ends and means may differ, but every writer’s journey is truly a Hero’s Journey.


30TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC)

 Short Story • Poetry

$300 First Place • $200 Second Place • $100 Third Place

Open to all Canadian writers

Information: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/ncwc

 

FROM NATIONAL:

CAA WEBINAR: WRITE BETTER DIALOGUE

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

7:00–8:15 p.m .Eastern Time

Presenter: Matthew Bin, Past Chair, Canadian Authors and author

Dialogue is a critical component of fiction and nonfiction writing. What people say—and how they say it—can engage your readers or turn them off completely. Join Matthew Bin for a tour of the techniques and mechanics of good dialogue. In this webinar, you’ll learn the mechanics of punctuation and paragraphs, understand the nuances of subtext and voice, and discover the always effective “Law and Order” dialogue technique. Let Matthew, author of three published books and numerous short stories and articles, show you how to make your dialogue natural and compelling.   Register at www.canadianauthors.org   DEADLINE to register: 12:00 p.m. ET December 6

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS            

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s 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 INFO: www.bywords.ca  and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca

 THE FIDDLEHEAD POETRY & PROSE CONTEST

 Entries are open for The Fiddlehead’s 26th annual literary contest. Winning entries will be published in The Fiddlehead 271 (Spring 2017). No simultaneous submissions and no previously published works.

Genre: poetry and short fiction.  Deadline: December 1, 2016 Entry fee: $30 (includes one-year subscription) Prizes: $2000 for winner; $250 for 2 honourable mentions; (plus publication payment)  Details: https://thefiddlehead.ca/contest

LEAGUE OF CANADIAN POETS  NATIONAL BROADSHEET CONTEST:  The League is excited to announce its first national broadsheet contest, open to all Canadian poets! Judge Sharon Thesen will select a winning poem for publication as a broadsheet designed and printed by Briar Craig on handmade paper. The winner will receive 10 copies of their custom broadsheet, have their poem included in the 2017 Poem in Your Pocket day booklet, and be promoted on the League website. As well, the winning poet will receive a free one-year membership with the League!  DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: FEBRUARY 1, 2017  http://poets.ca/broadsheet/

 2017 FRANK HEGYI AWARD FOR EMERGING AUTHORS

The Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW) is pleased to sponsor a new literary award for emerging authors. Named after long-time OIW member and former treasurer, Frank Hegyi, this new literary award will carry a cash prize of $500 for the winner and two years of free OIW membership. Finalists will receive a year’s free membership in the OIW. The winner and finalists will be invited to read from their books at the Prose in the Park Literary Festival on June 10, 2017.

The Frank Hegyi Award will be offered on an annual basis and will alternate between fiction and non-fiction, starting in its first year with fiction. The award is open to all Canadian citizens living anywhere or permanent residents of Canada or authors of any nationality whose submitted books were first published by a Canadian publisher, and who have not already won a major national or provincial literary award. Click here for the list of awards identified for exclusion from eligibility for the Frank Hegyi Award. Please note if you have won an award that is not on this list, you are eligible to submit your book  for the Frank Hegyi Award. MORE INFORMATION: http://www.ottawaindependentwriters.com/frank-hegyi-award

 OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 
December 4th 1 pm. Mill Street Books, Almonte is honoured to welcome Charlotte Gray to Almonte
She is one of Canada’s best-known writers, and author of ten acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. In her most recent book The Promise of Canada: 150 Years — People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country,  the author has woven together compelling portraits of nine influential Canadians and set them within the larger context of our shared history. 

We welcome history lovers and proud Canadians of all ages to Charlotte Gray’s presentation and book signing.  This event is a fundraiser for the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. Tickets are available by calling Mill Street Books at 613-256-9090

Tuesday, Dec. 13 2016 Tree Reading Series, Gallery 101, 51B Young Street Ottawa,

6:45PM: WORKSHOP TO BE ANNOUNCED   8PM: FEATURED READERS: BRENDA LEIFSO’s poems in Barren the Fury unflinchingly articulate negative epiphany. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies across Canada. Her second book, Barren the Fury, was released in 2015 with Pedlar Press.

SANDRA RIDLEY is the author of four books of poetry: Fallout, Post-Apothecary, The Counting House, and Silvija (published by BookThug this fall). She has mentored poets through Salus Ottawa (Supportive Housing and Mental Health Services) and Artswell’s “Footprints to Recovery”, a partnership program for people living with mental illness. In 2015, she was a finalist for the KM Hunter Award for Mid-Career Writer.  www.treereadingseries.ca

10616147_719512231476757_4644385450363778813_nWednesday, Dec. 21 Sawdust Reading Series, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa.   The Sawdust Reading Series proudly presents Chris Johnson, Marilyn Irwin, and our newest contest winner, TBA. Come out for a fantastic night of poetry, food, and fun! Don’t forget your poems for the open mic. 
Pour Boy features on-street parking, direct #2 bus service, and an affordable menu. Look for us upstairs!

Chris Johnson: Chris Johnson is the coordinating editor for Arc Poetry Magazine. His chapbook, Listen, Partisan!, is forthcoming from Frog Hollow Press.

Marilyn Irwin:  Marilyn Irwin’s work has been published by above/ground press, Arc Poetry Magazine and Matrix Magazine, among others. Her seventh chapbook, “waving usufruct,” was a collaboration with David Emery and Samantha Lapierre (2016, The Steel Chisel). She won the Diana Brebner Prize in 2013 and was short-listed for the 2016 bpNichol Award for her chapbook, “the blue, blue there” (2015, Apt.9 Press). She runs shreeking violet press in Ottawa.

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writers festival logoOTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL For a listing of events and ticket info:

http://www.writersfestival.org/events

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Rest in Peace, Leonard Cohen

English: Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen (credit: Wikipedia)

Sad news last night, hearing that Leonard Cohen had passed away. Long one of my favourite singers, one of my favourite poets, someone whose music gave great comfort and inspiration over the years, his passing leaves a great emptiness.  He gave us light, he gave us darkness too, along with wisdom, questions and humour.

 

 

There are many tributes this day to the man. All of them more eloquent than what I might say. Here are links to several that touched the heart today.

 

From Stephen Jenkinson, at Orphan Wisdom, there is Darker, Still:

From Topology Magazine’s Daily Asterisk, the lyrics to a song from Leonard Cohen’s newest album: You Want It Darker  and one to a YouTube video of Leonard Cohen singing this song

 

English: Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen, 1934-2016 (credit: Wikipedia)

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CAA-NCR What’s Up in Ottawa Literary Events for November 2016

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, 2016

 Need more information on CAA-NCR?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016: MEETING TOPIC: ON BECOMING A SERIAL WRITER, WITH BRENDA CHAPMAN

7:00 p.m. McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy Street, Ottawa

DETAILS: Local crime writer Brenda Chapman will share her process for beginning a series and keeping the plotlines flowing. With three separate mystery series under her belt, Brenda has written for the young adult, adult and adult literacy markets and will share her experiences and writing tips. Be sure to bring your questions.

 

CAA-NCR FALL WORKSHOP  – First Page Challenge In cooperation with the Ottawa branch of the Editors Association of Canada

 Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Place: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Meeting Room B125, 120 Metcalfe ST., Ottawa, ON

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Ottawa Public Library’s Main Branch, (credit: Wikipedia)

 

Cost: $45 for members of the CAA-NCR, $60 for non-members.

Register: Contact Arlene Smith at somertonsmith@yahoo.com

One of the most popular sessions at the 2016 Canadian Writers Summit was the “First Page Challenge.” Writers submitted the first page of their work to editors and publishers and received feedback on whether or not those savvy literary professionals would want to turn to page 2.  Workshops | Canadian Authors National Capital Region

 

CAA-NCR WINTER SOCIAL – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016

 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the lovely country home of Sharyn Heagle

Everyone is welcome. Together we will share some pot luck munchies, stories and laughter to warm us up as we go into the winter season. To RSVP and get directions, contact Sharyn.

 

30TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC)

 Short Story • Poetry

$300 First Place • $200 Second Place • $100 Third Place

Open to all Canadian writers

Information: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/ncwc

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS 

 THE BANFF CENTRE February 13 – February 24, 2017 Application deadline: November 16, 2016

BanffcentreWinter Writer’s Retreat

Literary Arts Program Information

Overview

The Winter Writer’s Retreat is a self-directed program which offers time and space for writers to retreat, reconnect and re-energize their writing practice. In addition to a single room which doubles as your private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers, you will have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances and meet with guest faculty to consult on your work.

https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/winter-writers-retreat/201702

 

WRITESCAPE Upcoming 2016 Workshops:

 

November 5 Villains, Vendettas and Vagabonds Come to the dark side of character development and put some “bad” into your story. Find a new villain or add more nasty to an old one with Ruth E. Walker. Location TBA: Durham Region, Ontario. For more information on Writescape and to register for a retreat or workshop, visit: http://writescape.ca/site/

 Fern Resort

November 4, 5 & 6, 2016 Turning Leaves Featuring literary agent Hilary McMahon  Want to get your manuscript to the head of the line with agents and publishers? Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists gives you insights and advice from the other side of the desk. Here’s your chance to chat with one of Canada’s top literary agents and learn how best to pitch your query in her workshop. Turning Leaves Brochure 2016   REGISTER NOW A $250 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in Turning Leaves 2016

On-demand Workshops Gather your group. Pick your topic and your date. And we’ll bring Writescape to you. From beginning writer to seasoned professional, we’ll customize sessions to suit your programming themes and audience needs. Choose from Writescape’s Workshop Catalogue 2016 to help you and your colleagues hone writing craft and develop new skills and techniques.

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/

 BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

              

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s 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 INFO: www.bywords.ca  and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca

 

FROM THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE, CORK, IRELAND:

English: Ireland, Cork

English: Ireland, Cork (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize. Final Month to Enter. Deadline November 30th midnight PST. Open to all poets writing in English, anywhere in the world. 7 Part First Prize:  *€1000 cash, *Up to €600 to fund your transport to Cork, Ireland to attend The Cork International Poetry Festival and rub shoulders with some of the best poets alive.  * Free hotel accommodation with full meals for five nights during festival. February 14th-18th 2017 * Free tuition for four-morning masterclass with Brenda Shaughnessy  * Showcase Reading at Festival * Publication in Southword Online * A Week at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre (artist retreat).  2nd prize of €500, 3rd prize of €250. Ten runners-up to be published in Southword and receive regular fee. Judge this year is Mary Noonan Details on how to enter Here
 

THE NIKKEI VOICE is a Japanese Canadian newspaper is nationally distributed. This is our third annual contest. Submissions: Sept. 1 to Nov. 21. Stories are to be no longer than 1,500 words. Authors do not need to be of Japanese descent, and stories do not need to have Japanese content. Top prize is a Kobo e-reader, and top three stories win a variety of books by Japanese-Canadian and Japanese authors. As well, top three stories will be published in our newspaper, and top ten stories will be published in our short story anthology. The contest is a great way to get new authors’ work published, and read by our esteemed panel of judges, prominent members of the Japanese Canadian literary community, Lynne Kutsukake (The Translation of Love), Rui Umezawa (The Truth about Death and Dying) and Jennifer Hashimoto, owner of Nikkei Books. Contest Details: http://nikkeivoice.ca/shortstorycontest/

 

THE FIDDLEHEAD POETRY & PROSE CONTEST

 Entries are open for The Fiddlehead’s 26th annual literary contest. Winning entries will be published in The Fiddlehead 271 (Spring 2017). No simultaneous submissions and no previously published works.

Genre: poetry and short fiction.  Deadline: December 1, 2016 Entry fee: $30 (includes one-year subscription) Prizes: $2000 for winner; $250 for 2 honourable mentions; (plus publication payment)  Details: https://thefiddlehead.ca/contest

LEAGUE OF CANADIAN POETS  NATIONAL BROADSHEET CONTEST:  The League is excited to announce its first national broadsheet contest, open to all Canadian poets! Judge Sharon Thesen will select a winning poem for publication as a broadsheet designed and printed by Briar Craig on handmade paper. The winner will receive 10 copies of their custom broadsheet, have their poem included in the 2017 Poem in Your Pocket day booklet, and be promoted on the League website. As well, the winning poet will receive a free one-year membership with the League!  DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: FEBRUARY 1, 2017  http://poets.ca/broadsheet/

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN:  MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

OCT. 29 TO NOV. 17 READINGS AND BOOK LAUNCHES IN THE OTTAWA CITIZEN http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/books/your-guide-to-ottawa-book-events-happening-from-oct-29-to-nov-17

 

treereadingserieslogoTuesday, Nov. 8 2016 Tree Reading Series, Gallery 101, 51B Young Street Ottawa, 6:45p WorkshopPublic Voice: Poetry and Social Change with Claire Farley  8:00 p.m. Open Mic and Featured Readers Genevieve Lehr + Soraya Peerbaye More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on upcoming events: www.treereadingseries.ca

 

10616147_719512231476757_4644385450363778813_nWednesday, Nov. 16 Sawdust Reading Series, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa.

  • 5 PM The Sawdust Reading Series is proud to present the fifth in our Sawmill workshop series, facilitated by Gary Barwin. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn from a master! The New Skid of Ink’s Quiddity or The Old Squid of Think’s Iniquity: A Workshop.  The cost of the workshop is $5, or get the Sawmill Package for $20 which includes the cost of the workshop plus any dinner and drink off of the regular Pour Boy menu, tax and tip included. Look for us upstairs!
  •  Gary Barwin and TBA at 7 PM – 9 PM, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa.  The Sawdust Reading Series is proud to present the fifth in our Sawmill workshop series, facilitated by Gary Barwin. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn from a master!
  • Pour Boy features on-street parking, #2 bus service, and an affordable menu. Look for us upstairs!  Come one, come all for an exceptional night of poetry https://www.facebook.com/sawdustseries/

 

Tuesday, October 25 Tree Reading Series, Gallery 101, 51B Young Street Ottawa, 6:45p Workshop – Topic to be Announced with Emily Stewart 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers  Adèle Barclay + Kerry-Lee Powell, More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on upcoming events: www.treereadingseries.ca

 

writers festival logoOTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL In full swing now!

 

Monday Oct 3 –Thursday Nov. 17 For a listing of all events and ticket info:

http://www.writersfestival.org/events

SPAN-O (THE SMALL PRESS ACTION NETWORK – OTTAWA) PRESENTS:  THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR

autumn 2016 / 22nd anniversary edition
will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).

General info: the ottawa small press book fair
noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors)
admission free to the public.
$20 for exhibitors, full tables
$10 for half-tables

(payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available)

More info: http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2016/09/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-autumn-2016.html

 

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If I Leave, poem by Carol A. Stephen (IF I Poetry and Prose Series)

cropped-p9060411.jpgVery pleased to have this poem appear on Silver Birch Press as part of the IF series. The poem began as musing about the grief process and a well-known poem “Do Not Stand By My Grave And Weep” by Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)

Silver Birch Press

flower-garden-1907-jpglarge-1If I Leave
by Carol A. Stephen

If I had never slept in barns, nor called
a cellar home, might walls have held me
safe from tractors I could never drive?

If I could ride, would the furrows be straight,
narrow trenches filled with rain, the promise of each seed?

Yet, I’ve tilled myself a garden, made a home
for frogs to hide under inverted clay pots. They wait
for flies, their tongues curled, sticky with anticipation.

If I leave first, bury me with a memory of my garden:
a blackeyed susan, blue delphinium,
or an explorer rose, everywhere thorned and twisting.

Scatter the petals of spent blooms in the doorway,
crush them underfoot. Their scent will hold an answer
to when or why. Do not cry then. Walk the old growth forest,
scatter my memories among roots of its oldest tree.

Give what remains to soil and sky, and…

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