NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Weekly Notices for May 27 to June 2, 2013
10 items: 6 NEW EVENTS 7 NEW CALLS 7 NEW CONTESTS
Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org ####Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml
ITEM 1: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION – NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION WRITERS RETREAT
DATES: Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, 2013
LOCATION: Heagle Country Residence, Osgoode, Ontario
FEATURING Workshop Leader – BARBARA KYLE- Over 450,000 copies of her books have been sold in seven countries.
Workshop Title – Master Class Plus: Shaping Your Story With a Pro
In Sunday’s half day workshop Barbara focuses on “Getting Published” including the world of self-publishing with e-books. You’ll leave Barbara Kyle’s “Master Class Plus” empowered to shape your story into a captivating, memorable read.
CAA members $250, Non-members $275. The fee is all inclusive – dorm style accommodations plus lunch and dinner on Saturday, full breakfast on Sunday. Plenty of free time for hiking or relaxation in a peaceful country environment. For full details and registration information see our website www.canauthors-ottawa.org Registration is limited to 10 attendees. Early registration is advised.
ITEM 2: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2013 NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST WINNERS NEW!
CAA National Capital Region is pleased to announce the winners in the 2013 national capital writing contest. Congratulations, folks!
SHORT STORY CONTEST
1st Place Against the Wind Helen Rossiter, Ottawa ON
2nd Place Temporary Suzy Royle, Perth ON
3rd Place A Special Occasion Sonia Tilson, Ottawa ON
Troubled Places Sylvia Adams, Ottawa ON
The Fiercest Calm Justin Joschko, Ottawa ON
Beat Beethoven Robert Barclay, Ottawa ON
1st Place Old Among Strangers Sylvia Adams, Ottawa ON
2nd Place From Industrial Alibis: Karen Massey, Ottawa ON
3rd Place Crows Witness Luminita Suse, Gloucester
In beechwood Cemetery Joan McKay, Ottawa ON
Undertow (for Gwen) Gill Foss, Carp ON
Instructions to a Third Grade Teacher Iris Anderson, Ottawa ON
YOUTH SHORT STORY
1st Place Day in the Life Madeline Cuillerier, Ottawa ON
2nd Place Sudden Impact Patrick Gloutney, Osgoode ON
3rd Place The Story of Them Alison Griffith, Nepean ON
OTHER WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
ITEM 3: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY: BOOK SELF PUBLISHING JUNE 10
The remaining segment of the series:
· Book Self-Publishing, Main Library, 120 Metcalfe, Monday, June 10, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Online registration is required to attend these free programs. The programs indicated with *MASC are offered in partnership with Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities). For a complete list of programs, visit www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/programs For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca.
ITEM 4: NORTHWORDS MUSKOKA WRITING RETREAT NEW!
DATES: JUNE 24 TO JUNE 28, 2013
LOCATION: TRILLIUM RESORT & SPA, PORT SYDNEY, ONTARIO
A truly unique retreat! NorthWords Muskoka Literary Festival, based in Huntsville, Ontario has recently partnered with the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies to run a five day writers’ retreat to be held in Port Sydney, Ontario from June 24 to June 28, 2013. The retreat will combine an intensive workshop experience, led by two of Canada’s finest instructors, with unique meditation sessions. This is a one of a kind event, suitable for both beginners and advanced writers.
Additional information about the retreat can be found at http://www.muskokawritersretreat.com/
Tuition: $849 (includes 5 days of tuition, lunch daily and the pre-course writing feedback)
Accommodation & Meals Package: $420. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Cassandra Rodgers at email@example.com
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 5: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
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 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, with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
ITEM 6: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS NATALEE CAPLE & ROB COLMAN NEW!
LOCATION: CLUB SAW, 67 NICHOLAS STREET, OTTAWA
Note NEW Location: This event will be held at Club SAW, part of the SAW Gallery at 67 Nicholas Street, just around the corner from the main Arts Court entrance.
6:45 p.m. Workshop –Exercising Your Muse: 2 with Cathy MacDonald-Zytfeld
Join us for a workshop where you’ll be brought through various writing exercises and creativity practices. Give them a try and begin to learn what the best way for you to work is. Stop and have a conversation with your muse. Cathy MacDonald-Zytveld established, and still runs, The Dusty Owl Reading Series.
8:00 p.m. Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers: Natalee Caple + Rob Colman
Natalee Caple: Prolific writer of poetry and fiction, author of the novel In Calamity’s Wake (forthcoming in 2013). Natalee holds a PhD in English from the University of Calgary. Her short story collection, The Heart is its Own Reason (Insomniac), was reviewed by the New York Times. Her first novel, The Plight of the Happy People in an Ordinary World (Anansi), was optioned for film, and her first book of poetry, A More Tender Ocean (Coach House), was nominated for a Gerald Lampert Award. Her second novel, Mackerel Sky (Thomas Allen), was published in Canada, and in the United States (St. Martin’s). In 2010 she published a book of poetry titled The Semi-conducting Dictionary: Our Strindberg, in 2011 she published a book of short stories titled: How I Came to Haunt My Parents. In March 2013 HarperCollins will publish her novel about Calamity Jane, In Calamity’s Wake. Caple lives in Peterborough with her husband and their twin children.
Rob Colman: Author of two poetry collections including Little Empires, published by Quattro Books in 2012. Rob is a writer and editor based in Newmarket, Ontario. His poetry has appeared in literary magazines across Canada. His most recent collection, Little Empires, was published by Quattro Books in October 2012. His first collection, The Delicate Line (Exile Editions, 2008) was nominated for the ReLit Award. More information at: http://www.treereadingseries.ca/
ITEM 7: OIW MEETING AND SPEAKER EVENT: PERSONAL HISTORIANS AND FAMILY HISTORIES NEW!
DATE: THURSDAY MAY 30 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Room 156, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St.
Socializing starts at 6:30 p.m. and the program gets rolling at 7 p.m. Guests are welcome and must pay a fee of $10, which is deducted from the annual membership fee should they join OIW.
One of OIW’s Past Presidents, Bill Horne, accidentally became a personal historian due to an innocent inquiry from a neighbour. Join Bill on his tale of morphing from freelance business writer to personal historian, and how he lived to tell about it. And made a few dollars as well.
If you like people, and if you like writing, you’ve got a couple legs up on this fascinating genre. Everyone has a life story to tell, and they all deserve to be captured and preserved. From a simple Word document to a “full court press” book with family pictures and genealogical charts, personal historians contribute to the vibrancy of Canada and its people.
Brooke Broadbent is an avid family historian. Working with a couple of writing groups, he wrote 34 short stories about his maternal ancestors and published them in a book. He leads workshops on writing family history and memoirs and he coaches clients who are writing family histories. He will share some techniques for making family stories memorable and engaging.
Contact: email: email@example.com web: http://www.oiw.ca
ITEM 8: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY OFFERS SPECIAL PROGRAMMING FOR NATIONAL ABORIGINAL HISTORY MONTH NEW!
The Ottawa Public Library is hosting a series of five programs at multiple branches in June to celebrate National Aboriginal History Month. Programs
are free to attend.
· Governor General Literary award-winning Ojibway author and artist, Leo Yerxa, will discuss his art and books at the Rockcliffe Park and Rosemount branches.
· Chad Solomon will present the `Council of the Animals´ puppet show about friendship and unconditional love at the Carlingwood, Orléans and Vanier branches.
· The Ottawa Inuit Children´s Centre will present Inuit storytelling, culture and music at the Alta Vista and North Gloucester branches.
· Aboriginal Experiences will explore their connection to the “heartbeat of Mother Earth”: the drum, at the Greenboro, Greely, Main, Rideau and Stittsville branches.
· Pinock, an Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Nation, will explain the importance of the birch canoe and demonstrate how they´re built at the Vanier branch.
For a listing of these special programs, visit http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/programs
Online registration is required for the program offered by Pinock. For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or mailto: InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca
ITEM 9: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY (OPL) SECOND ANNUAL “CELEBRATING CULTURES IN OUR COMMUNITY”
These events are free and open to everyone!
· Hazeldean branch, Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
For more information about Newcomer Services at the Ottawa Public Library, visit http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/Newcomers or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca
ITEM 10: A B SERIES PRESENTS:
MEREDITH QUARTERMAIN & PHIL HALL READINGS & LAUNCH NEW!
DATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 2 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: RAW SUGAR CAFÉ, 692 SOMERSET WEST, OTTAWA
PHIL HALL’s most recent book of poems, The Small Nouns Crying Faith, receives its Ottawa launch, June 2! Hall was the 2011 winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in English for his book of essay-poems, Killdeer. In 2012, Killdeer also won Ontario’s Trillium Book Award, an Alcuin Design Award, and was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize. He has taught writing and literature at York University, Ryerson University, Seneca College, George Brown College and elsewhere. Currently, he offers a manuscript mentoring service for the Toronto New School of Writing. Hall has recently been writer-in-residence at Queens University & the University of Windsor. In fall 2013 he will be an instructor at the Banff Cenre for the Arts, in the Wired Writing Program.
MEREDITH QUARTERMAIN is a poet of the city, often compared to George Bowering and Daphne Marlatt. Critics have called her a “spellbinding phrasemaker” whose poetry is “daring,” “cinematic in scope” and “fearlessly droll.” Her books include Vancouver Walking, winner of a BC Book Award for poetry; Recipes from the Red Planet, a BC Book Award finalist; and Nightmarker, a Vancouver Book Award finalist. Last fall she served as the Vancouver Public Library Writer in Residence, leading workshops in songwriting, and writing about places. This fall her first novel Rupert’s Land will be published.
MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:
NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:
NEW! Dead Beats (Sheffield, UK), a student-run publishing and live poetry organization, seeks submissions. Accepting poems, short stories (max. 2000 words) and experimental pieces from everyone, regardless of experience. Seeks to “share inspired and inspiring works from around the globe.” No deadline. Guidelines: http://www.deadbeats.eu/submission
NEW! Independent hybrid lit mag The Holler Box accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, lyric essays, nonfiction, and artwork year-round. Each issue is published online and in the form of a limited release handmade chapbook. Welcomes the alternative and experimental, as well as new and unpublished writers. Length: 5000 words max (prose) and poetry (up to 3). Guidelines: https://thehollerbox.submittable.com/submit
Online arts review magazine The Coastal Spectator (Victoria, BC) seeks reviews of theatre, books, music, film, visual arts, and other cultural happenings around coastal BC specifically (but not exclusively). Submit pieces that are “short and sharp.” Length: 300-500 words. Payment: stipend of $25. Partial to views that reflect a coastal slant on things. Query the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quarterly journal Squalorly (US) welcomes submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, illustration, and photography. Submit story/essay (5000 words max), flash pieces (up to 3), and poems (up to 5). Appreciates work with emphasis on emotion: “Move, amaze, horrify, and educate.” http://www.squalorly.com/submit
Gervais Advertising is looking for short articles on a wide variety of subjects for their small shopping/tourism guides available at locations throughout central Ontario. Articles do not need to be location-specific and should have a casual slant based on fun, personal experience. Payment: $0.12 per word for accepted articles/stories. Contact Editor, Cyndy Gervais: email@example.com.
The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at: http://www.themackinacmagazine.com/submit.html.
Running out of Ink, a new webzine, is accepting short stories of all genres. For more information, visit: www.runningoutofink.com.
Riddle Fence is currently accepting submissions for its spring issue. The publisher is looking for poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art. Info please visit http://www.riddlefence.com.
Fierce Ink Press Co-op Ltd. is currently open for submissions. The publisher is looking for books between 50,000 and 80,000 words long in all young adult genres. For more information, please visit http://fierceinkpress.com/submissions/.
Decoded Past is looking for writers with expertise in history and/or prehistory. This internet site will showcase articles written by experts for the general reader: new interpretations of past events, new developments or theories, the past in the context of the present. Writers must hold a degree in the social sciences or historical sciences and be writing in an area of personal expertise, or have an established platform in professional historical writing. Contact Rosemary Drisdelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CIRCA: A Journal of Historical Fiction is accepting submissions. Details are available at: http://circajournal.com/submissions/.
Dragon Ink Press is accepting submissions from comic artists, fantasy writers and poets for their new comics and literary anthology. Guidelines: http://dragoninkpress.tumblr.com/.
From the Well House is accepting fiction, scholarly essays and poetry. Details can be found at: http://fromthewellhouse.org/?bu0Dd7M9.
Ruminate Magazine is now accepting submissions. Guidelines and deadlines are available at: http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/submission-guidelines/.
Carousel is accepting submissions. Info: http://www.carouselmagazine.ca/submit.html.
Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info: http://antiphon.org.uk/index.php/submissions.
Convert Publishing, a new digital publisher, is accepting manuscript submissions. For more details, visit: http://convertpublishing.com/?page_id=19.
Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info: http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/
The Montreal Review accepting submissions. http://www.themontrealreview.com/submissions.php
Queen’s Quarterly is accepting articles, reviews, short stories and poetry. Details can be found here: http://www.queensu.ca/quarterly/correspondencesubmissions.html.
Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at: http://eventmags.com/about-2/submission-guidelines/fiction-poetry/.
The Ottawa Arts Review seeks prose submissions (including short fiction, personal essays, reviews, and interviews) relating to literary and visual arts, poetry, drama, and visual art. oar.uesa.ca/submissions/submission-guidelines/
Sweptmedia.ca, an online youth-culture magazine based in Toronto/GTA, is looking for original contributions in all print mediums: journalism, short fiction, poetry, etc. Also willing to consider other forms of visual communication modes: photography, painting, comic strips, etc. info: sweptmedia.ca/index.php/contact-us
New online magazine The Island Review (international) seeks submissions of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, photography and art from islanders, island-lovers, and those whose work is influenced by islands, or explores ideas of islandness. http://www.theislandreview.com/submissions/
The recently-launched Northern Cardinal Review (Canada) is seeking creative and vivid poetry, non-fiction essays, and book reviews. Open to writers living in Canada, Alaska, or the northern border states of the U.S. http://northerncardinalreview.wordpress.com/submissions/
Comedy website The Higgs Weldon (US) seeks forms of writing (1000 words max.) and cartoons. Deadline: Ongoing: http://thehiggsweldon.com/submit/
Kolaj (Montreal, QC) is a quarterly, print magazine about contemporary collage. Seeks critical reviews and essays, artist profiles, event highlights, articles on collage making, collecting, and exhibiting, and other contributions. Pays. kolajmagazine.com/content/submissions
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. 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: http://www.garbanzoliteraryjournal.org/Submission_Guidelines.html
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.” 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. : 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. : 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. : 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”. : http://www.around-around.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/
For a “Human Face of Sustainability” issue, quarterly magazine Creative Nonfiction is looking for essays that illuminate environmental, economic, ethical and/or social challenges related to the state of the planet and our future. Prize: $10,000. Submissions received before May 31, 2013, will be considered for publication. Entry fee: $20. International entrants welcome. Guidelines: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/sustainability
Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers. Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press.. 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. May 30 2013 deadline
New food-based magazine Toast Point Press (Canada) seeks submissions for its inaugural issue (June 2013). Looking for short fiction and prose (2500 words max.), poetry, drawings, and photography. Prefers the witty, thoughtful, unique, and engaging. Deadline: May 31, 2013. Website still under contruction. Submission form: toastpointpress.com/submit/
Print publication Stone Voices (US) is seeking articles, essays, fiction, and poetry about the connection between art and spirituality as it relates to the making of art, history of art, spiritual awakening, mindfulness, and more. Deadline: May and August 2013. http://www.stonevoices.co/uploads/files/SVWriting%20Submission%20Packet.pdf
Print journal Still Point Arts Quarterly (US) seeks a broad range of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry about art, the idea of art, the making of art, art history, being an artist, creativity, inspiration, the artist’s medium, etc. Deadline: May and August 2013. http://www.stillpointartgallery.com/uploads/files/SPAQWriting%20Submission%20Packet.pdf
FEARFUL SYMMETRIES SUBMISSIONS – deadline May 31, 2013 (midnight EST). Renowned editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow will be editing an unthemed, all original anthology of terror and supernatural fiction for ChiZine Publications, Fearful Symmetries, scheduled to be published in Spring 2014. Ellen says: “This is a non-theme, all original anthology of about 125,000 words of terror and supernatural horror. I’m looking for all kinds of horror, but if you’re going to use a well-worn trope, try to do something fresh with it. If you’ve read any volumes of The Best Horror of the Year, you’ll know that my taste is pretty eclectic, that I like variety, and that while I don’t mind violence, I don’t think it should be the point of a story. I don’t want vignettes but fully formed stories that are about something. I want to be creeped out.” Payment is 7 cents/word. Up to 10,000 words, BUT Ellen would prefer stories up to 7500 words. No reprints. A large percentage of the stories have already been solicited, but we have a small window for open submissions, from May 1 – May 31, 2013. Please send your best work. We are using the Moksha Submissions System. You can submit here:
NEW! Arc Poetry Magazine (Ottawa) is looking for submissions of poetry and prose about poetry “that takes the North as its pole star” for their 2013 poetry annual. Looking for writing from the North and/or about the North in its many guises. Encourages submissions of diverse Northern voices, poetry styles, and languages. Deadline: May 31, 2013. Guidelines: http://arcpoetry.ca/?page_id=5595#call
NEW! The Missing Slate, an online magazine with an international team of editors, is seeking submissions of poetry and fiction for the next issue. Send up to 3 pieces of fiction or 3 poems. Deadline: May 31, 2013. Guidelines: http://themissingslate.com/submit-work/http://themissingslate.com/submit-work/
NEW! In My Bed; Online erotic literary journal seeks sexy and sensual submissions for theirsecond print issue. Theme: Ménage à trois. Welcomes submissions of poetry (up to 3), short fiction, prose, novel excerpts. Appreciates work that explores and exhibits themes in manners unlike traditional erotica. Length: 1250 words max. Deadline: June 1, 2013. Guidelines: inmybedmagazine.com/html/submissions.html
Tendril Literary Magazine (US) is open to submissions for their debut issue. Welcomes “unusually compelling” poetry, short fiction (1500 words max.), and cover art. Especially interested in experimental, surrealist, and absurdist work. Published online with the seasons. Deadline: June 1, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.tendrilmag.tumblr.com/guidelines
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: CARTOONING DEGREE ZERO: DESCANT’S GRAPHIC LITERATURE ISSUE. Submission deadline for this issue: June 7th, 2013. The comic strip, the funnybook, the graphic novel — whatever we call this melange of words and pictures, it all begins with the art of cartooning. This issue provides an opportunity to explore what cartooning looks like now, and where we find its limits. In writing that approaches the zero degree, Roland Barthes sees an “infinite freedom” shining forth, the creation of an “unexpected object” overflowing with possibilities. Can we say the same for cartooning degree zero? Contributors are encouraged to test out the affinities that exist between cartooning and poetry, comics and prose, drawing and writing. What are the stories that images tell, and what do they keep silent? What can comics recall about the past, or say about the present? What have we seen in the history of cartooning, and what can we expect for the future of the form? Descant welcomes cartooned strips, panels, and stories that address any topic and investigate the possibilities and boundaries of the medium. Traditional essays, poems, memoirs and fiction that deal in some way with comics and cartooning also accepted. http://www.descant.ca/submit
Quarterly journal Cordite Poetry Review, magazine of Australian poetry and poetics, invites submissions for Issue 43. Theme: Masque. Also accept scholarly essays. Open to international writers (see comment on FAQ page); payment for Australian contributors. Deadline: June 14, 2013. http://www.cordite.org.au/submissions/
NEW! Asian ChaCha: An Asian Literary Journal (UK and China) is accepting submissions for its next issue. Theme: The Ancient Asia Issue: an edition of the journal devoted exclusively to work from and about Asia before the mid-nineteenth century. Accepting translations and original works of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art. Deadline: June 20, 2013. Guidelines: http://asiancha.blogspot.hk/2013/03/all-for-submissions-ancient-asia-issue.html
Stained Pages Press New Canadian literary food quarterly Beer and Butter Tarts seeks essays, profiles, short fiction, poetry, and artwork. Submissions must be food-related and Canadian in topic (Halifax donairs, story of red fife wheat, etc.) and timeless. No recipes, events, news, etc. Payment: Copy and small stipend (TBD). Deadline: June 30, 2013. http://www.stainedpagespress.com/publications/beer-and-butter-tarts/
queer arts and literary journal Plenitude Magazine (Canada) seeks literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic narrative for Issue #3. Payment: $10-$25. Deadline: July 5, 2013.
Room would love to consider your writing or art for our upcoming Spring 2014 issue, 37.1 The Fashionable. What is fashion? Who decides? And how does fashion figure in our lives?
Embrace it, fight it, define it, laugh at it, whatever. The Fashionable editors want only your best for Room’s Spring 2014 issue. Send us your best work before July 31, 2013. Check out our guidelines at http://www.roommagazine.com/submit to find out more
Independent, biannual print magazine Passion: Poetry is seeking submissions for its inaugural issue (scheduled for September 2013). Accepting poetry, short creative pieces (1 page or less), photographs, and artistic images. Looking for passionate words and imagery that inspire and motivate. Deadline: July 31, 2013 http://passionpoetrymag.com/#/submissions/4575830200
DESCANT ARTS AND LETTERS FOUNDATION CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BERLIN. “I still keep a suitcase in Berlin” – Marlene Dietrich. “”It’s a city that’s so easy to ‘get lost’ in – and to ‘find’ oneself, too.” – David Bowie, on his “Berlin Years” Submission deadline for this issue: August 16, 2013. http://www.descant.ca/submit
Hagios Press Call for Submissions for their Strike Fire New Author Series. Details are available at: http://www.hagiospress.com/?s=submissions. Deadline August 31.
Canadian Literature call for papers: Science & Canadian Literature is a special issue dedicated to the subject in/and Canadian poetry and prose. Details are available at: http://canlit.ca/submissions/cfp/19. Deadline: September 1.
NEW! The Dreadful Cafe (US) is looking for submissions for the inaugural anthology of independent fiction, Membrane. Seeking fiction of the strange and bizarre from 2,000 to 30,000 words. No restrictions on genre. Payment: $125 for short stories, $250 for novelettes, and $500 for novellas. Deadline: October 1, 2013. Guidelines:
Bones – a journal for contemporary haiku: Send a maximum of 5 single haiku and/or 1 series/sequence of maximum 10 haiku. Submission deadlines are October 15 – November 15 for the December issue & April 15 – May 15 for the June issue. Submissions: submission (at) bonesjournal (dot) com. with “Submission to bones” in the subject line. Please include the works in the body of the email AND as an attached file (doc, docx, odt, rtf)
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
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.
· Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. The Victoria Book Prize Society is now accepting submissions for the 6th Annual Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. The $5000 prize will be presented to the winning author or illustrator on October 16, 2013 at a gala event in Victoria. Deadline: May 31, 2013. Entry fee: none Prize: $5000 Details: http://victoriabookprizes.ca/submissions-guidelines/bolen-books-childrens-book-prize
· 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: http://tnq.ca/peter-hinchcliffe-fiction-award
· CALYX Press’ Online Flash Fiction Contest. Theme: A new creation story. Details at: http://calyxpress.org/OnlineContest.html. Deadline: May 31.
· 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. 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. See website for full details. First Prize-$200 Second Prize-$100 Third Prize-$50 http://www.canauthorsniagara.org/
· 2013 FIELD POETRY PRIZE. The editors of FIELD are pleased to announce the seventeenth annual FIELD Poetry Prize competition. The contest is open to all poets, whether or not they have previously published in book form. Unpublished poetry manuscripts between 50 and 80 pages in length will be considered. Oberlin College Press publishes the winning manuscript in the FIELD Poetry Series and awards the winning author $1,000 plus standard royalties. Manuscripts must be submitted during May 2013. The contest reading fee is $28 and includes one year’s subscription to FIELD. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, through our online Submissions Manager (contest portal will appear on May 1st). http://www.oberlin.edu/ocpress/prize.htm
· The 2013 Poems Please Me Prize – submit by 31 May £400 in prizes + The Artists’ Quarter which brings together artists from China to the USA will illustrate winning poems and sponsor a canvas print illustration for the winner of the top award http://www.poemsplease.me/?page_id=118
· Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. DEADLINE MAY 31, 2013 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. DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2013 DETAILS http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=62
· The CZP/Rannu Fund (Canada) offers two awards per year of $500 each: fiction (7000 words max.) and poetry (5 poems, 10 pages max). Granted to two writers of speculative literature (i.e., science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, surrealism, etc.), of any nationality/place of residence, at any stage of their career. Deadline: May 31, 2013. Entry fee: $10 ($15 for US entrants). http://www.rannu.webs.com
· Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Award. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 21st annual self-published competition — the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Extended Deadline: May 31, 2013. Wondering what is in it for you? A chance to win $3,000 in cash, national exposure for your work, catch the attention of prospective editors and publishers, a paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City! http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished?et_mid=617209&rid=3195308
· WRITERS’ DIGEST 82ND ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES. DEADLINE May 31, 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
· NEW! Glimmer Train Press Short Story Award for New Writers. Deadline: May 31, 2013 Entry Fee: $15. A prize of $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not been published in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation over 5,000. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 12,000 words with a $15 entry fee by May 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines. http://www.glimmertrain.org
· The Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest. Details are available at: http://www.aspiringpoetscontest.org/.Deadline: June 1.
· Boulevard Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets: Awards $1000 and publication in Boulevard for the winning group of three poems by a poet who has not yet published a book of poetry with a nationally distributed press. Deadline, June 13, 2013. Entry fee $15. http://www.boulevardmagazine.org/poetry-contest.html
· The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book and Magazine Awards for Social Justice Writing are seeking submissions. Closing date Friday, June 14, 2013 at 5 PM PST. Information http://www.greberwritingaward.com. Detailed eligibility requirements can be found at http://www.greberwritingaward.com/submissions.htm. Meet the winners at LitFest In October. http://www.litfestalberta.org/
· Praxis Screenplay Competition. Each year, Praxis holds a national call for entries seeking new screenplays by Canadian writers. Following careful jury selection, approximately eight entrants are invited to the Fall Screenwriting Workshop in Vancouver, B.C. Deadline: June 14, 2013 Fee: $45 per title Prize: Fall workshop and private script consultation with a professional workshop advisor Details: www.praxisfilm.com/en/competitions/featurefilmscreenpla/default.aspx
· Guy Owen Award Southern Poetry Review: Winning poet receives a cash prize of $1 000. Submit 3-5 poems (10 pages maximum). Entry fee $20 (includes a 1 year subscription to journal). Deadline June 15. http://www.southernpoetryreview.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=12
· MSLEXIA POETRY COMPETITION & MSLEXIA PAMPHLET (CHAPBOOK) COMPETITION. DEADLINE FOR BOTH CONTESTS JUNE 17, 2013.
1. POETRY COMPETITION: first prize is £2,000 – a substantial prize that also includes two optional extras: a week at the idyllic poets’ retreat of Cove Park, and a mentoring session with the editor of Poetry Review. Other winners will receive a share of the remaining £1,100 prize pot, and all winning poems will be published in the September 2013 issue of Mslexia. Click here for more information: http://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/pcomp_active.php
2. POETRY PAMPHLET COMPETITION: For collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems. the first prize is the publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books, plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and royalties from all subsequent sales. If you’ve never had a full-length collection published and want to take your work to the next level, this could be the competition for you… DETAILS are on our website at http://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/pamcomp_active.php
· gritLIT Writing Competition. There will be three innovative works of short fiction and three fabulous collections of poems chosen as winners. Entrants are asked to be entertaining, edgy, and outstanding. The top three of both fiction and poetry entries will be published in next year’s handsome gritLIT literary chapbook. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: $20 Prize: First prize: $200, Second prize: $100, Third prize: $50 Details: www.gritlit.ca/pages/2013-writing-competition
· Second Annual Walrus Poetry Prize. The Walrus Foundation and the Hal Jackman Foundation are proud to announce the return of the Walrus Poetry Prize. On September 1, the five finalists’ poems will be posted online at thewalrus.ca/poetryprize, where readers can vote until September 30 for the $2500 Readers’ Choice Award. Winners will be announced in October. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Prize: $2500 + Published in The Walrus. Entry fee:$25 Details: thewalrus.ca/poetryprize
· Poetry Foundation Ghana invites entries for inaugural (2013) Ghana Poetry Prize. Prize: $1000. The aim of this prize is to support younger emerging poets. Open to international entrants. Submit up to two poems, 30 lines max. No entry fee. Deadline: June 30, 2013. Shortlist announced in July. Winner announced in September. : poetryfoundationghana.org/index.php/featured/poetry-news/item/674-ghana-poetry-prize-is-opened
· Pop Montreal and Matrix Magazine: Lit POP is back! Eileen Myles and Sheila Heti confirmed as the 2013 judges! DEADLINE June 30, 2013. POETRY AND SHORT FICTION. Winners, one from each category, receive a round-trip ticket to POP Montreal from September 25 – 29, 2013, VIP pass to the Pop Montreal Festival, free accommodation at a bed and breakfast, fall publication in Matrix Magazine with full honorarium, and presentation at a special Matrix Lit POP event during the festival. Open to residents of Canada and the United States. Winners notified in August. Poets are asked to send no more than 5 poems; fiction and non-fiction writers should send stories of no more than 3000 words. Each entry is 25$. Entries and entry fees should be mailed to Matrix Publications, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd W., LB 658, Montreal QC, H3G 1M8. Please include your email address. Cheques or money orders should be made out to “Matrix Publications.” PayPal is also available. Multiple entries are welcome. Entries can also be emailed to Litpop2013@gmail.com and will be considered valid once payment is verified. http://www.matrixmagazine.org/litpop.
· Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. DEADLINE MAY 31, 2013 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. DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2013 DETAILS ails on contest here: http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=62
· The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the 2014 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. The volume of manuscripts prevents the Press from offering critiques or entering into communication or correspondence about manuscripts. Entry period May 1 to June 30 2013. Info: http://www.upress.pitt.edu/renderhtmlpage.aspx?srchtml=htmlsourcefiles/drueheinz.htmhttp://www.upress.pitt.edu/renderhtmlpage.aspx?srchtml=htmlsourcefiles/drueheinz.htm
· The New Measure Poetry Prize: Parlor Press will award $1 000 and publication of an original, unpublished manuscript of poems. Up to four other manuscripts may be accepted for publication. Entry fee $25; deadline June 30. http://www.parlorpress.com/newmeasureprize
JULY AND AUGUST DEADLINES
· Bellevue Literary Review Literary Prizes: The BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1 000 (each genre) and publication in the Spring 2014 edition of BLR. Entry fee is $15; deadline is July 1, 2013. http://blr.med.nyu.edu/submissions/BLRPrizes
· Bucket List Bikers (US) is sponsoring a writing contest for the best submission about motorcycle destinations. Destinations should be in the United States, and be accessible by motorcycle. Entries will be evaluated for creativity, style, and relevance. First prize: $300. Length: 500-1000 words. Deadline: July 1, 2013 http://bucketlistbikers.com/Contest.html
· NEW! Room Magazine (Vancouver, BC) invites entries from all women writers for their annual contest. Categories: fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. First prize in each category: $500 plus publication. Winners will be published in a 2014 issue. Entry fee: $30 (includes subscription). Deadline: July 15, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.roommagazine.com/contest-2013
· VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY 2013. MAX. 3 POEMS, UP TO 60 LINES PER POEM. Entry fee $20 includes 1 yr. subscription. 1st prize $750. 2nd prize $250. Plus publication in Vallum. Mail to Vallum Poetry Contest, PO Box 598, Victoria Station, Montreal, PQ H3Z 2Y6 DEADLINE JULY 15, 2013. (online link not available yet)
· Table Read My Screenplay: details are available at: http://www.w2r.org/?utm_source=contactology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WritingGigsTipsandEvents. Deadline: July 15.
· Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest. Deadline: July 31. http://www.dreamquestone.com/.
· NEW! Literal Latté Poetry Award. Deadline: July 15, 2013 Entry Fee: $10. A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 10 poems) by July 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines. http://www.literal-latte.com.. E-mail address: email@example.com
· 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. http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Grassrootscontest%202013.htm
· NEW! Quattro Books logoQuattro Books (Toronto) is accepting novella manuscript submissions for the Ken Klonsky Novella Contest. Prize: Publication. Submit literary fiction (no science fiction or romance), 15000-42000 words. Looks for work that “reflects the unique cultural character and dynamism of Canada today,” past and future. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 1, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.quattrobooks.ca/submissions/
· NEW! Entries are invited for the Alice Munro Writers & Readers Festival Short Story Contest. Submit short fiction, 5000 words max. Two categories: Teen (age 13-19 as of August 1) and Adult. First prize in each category: $500. Selected authors will be invited to read during the festival Weekend: September 27-29. Entry fee: $25 (adult) and $10 (teen). Deadline: August 1, 2013 Guidelines: http://alicemunrofestival.ca/?page_id=306
· The Malahat Review’s Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. Deadline is August 1. http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html.
· 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 http://www.blacklawrence.com/stlawrence_1.html
· Gemini MAGAZINE Fifth Annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest. GRAND PRIZE: $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2013 issue of Gemini. Maximum length: 1,000 words. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Open to ANY subject, style or genre. Both new and established writers are welcome. ENTRY FEE: just $4 ($3 for each additional flash). Enter by email or snail mail. www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html.
· Win £500 and publication with the Aesthetica 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. 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
SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER DEADLINES:
· NEW! Asian ChaCha: An Asian Literary Journal (UK and China) is accepting entries for the Cha “Void” Poetry Contest. First prize: £50; additional prizes available. Winning poems published in a special section in the 6th anniversary issue (November 2013). Submit up to two poems (80 lines max). Theme: Void. No entry fee. Deadline: September 15, 2013. Guidelines: http://asiancha.blogspot.hk/2013/03/cha-void-poetry-contest.html
· poetry book contest: Red Mountain Press. DEADLINE SEPT. 15, 2013. The 2013 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry will award publication of a full-length book of poetry. The most important criterion is that the manuscript manifests significant themes in beautiful, strong and evocative language. The winner will receive publication with our standard contract and a $1000 award. All entries may be considered for future publication. SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL SUBMISSION DETAILS: http://redmountainpress.us/poetry-prize/ SUBMIT through the electronic submission manager https://redmountainpress.submittable.com/submit
· NEW! The Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence recognizes the best in fiction and poetry received in 2013. Fiction: $900 / Poetry: $600 Publication in The Puritan (Issue XXIII: Fall 2013). Prize Pack of titles from 12 Canadian publishers, each worth approximately $600! So far, publishers include Coach House Books, House of Anansi, ECW Press, The Porcupine’s Quill, Freehand Books, Goose Lane Editions, Cormorant Books, Brick Books, Mansfield Press, Pedlar Press, Chaudiere Books, and Tightrope Books! Cost per submission: $10 via PayPal Fiction up to 12,000 words / Poetry up to 3 pages. Multiple submissions accepted! Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013. See full details: http://www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions.php
· 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. http://www.blacklawrence.com/BRCCContestPage.html
· The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards. Deadline is November 1. http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html.
· Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline is November 30, (postmarked). http://www.prairiefire.ca/contests.
· Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2013. DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2013. Go online at http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html. First Prize $1,000, Second Prize $250, Third Prize $100. Top ten entries are posted on our site. The entry fee for each submission is $25. One Act Plays of from 10 minutes to 70 minutes may be submitted by mail or email. By mail to Bottle Tree Productions, 445 Southwood Drive, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7M-5P8. Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions. For environmental and storage reasons email submissions are preferred. By email to contest (at) bottletreeinc (dot) com. Go online at http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html
· Red Tuque Books 2013 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition. Deadline is December 31: http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/contest.htm.