NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Weekly Notices for the week of June 3 to June 9, 2013
11 items: 6 NEW EVENTS 1 NEW CALL 17 NEW CONTESTS
Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at email@example.com####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
Workshop Title – Master Class Plus: Shaping Your Story With a Pro
In Saturday’s all-day workshop Barbara covers five essential aspects of craft used by successful authors – Hooks, The Inciting Incident, Conflict and Reversals, Deep Character, Dialogue
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.
OTHER WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
ITEM 2: 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 3: THE BANFF CENTRE DEADLINE REMINDERS:
Apply by June 15, 2013!
Writing With Style (Fall)
September 8 – September 14, 2013
Program Director: Elizabeth Philips
Faculty: Charlotte Gill, creative nonfiction; Pauline Holdstock, first chapter novel; Don McKay, poetry; Alexander McLeod, short fiction
Whether you have attended many writing workshops or this is your first, Writing With Style allows artists to shape and edit a work-in-progress under the guidance of an experienced writer, with private writing time, reading opportunities, and group discussions.
Wired Writing Studio
September 30 – October 12, 2013 (on-site)
October 28, 2013 – March 31, 2014 (online)
Program Director: Fred Stenson
Faculty: Curtis Gillespie, non-fiction and fiction; Annabel Lyon, fiction; Phil Hall, poetry; Jennifer Still, poetry; Carrie Tiffany, fiction; Chris Fisher, technical advisor
The Wired Writing Studio is designed for published writers and poets — at an early or intermediate stage in their career — who have young families, demanding jobs, or other life commitments. Spend two weeks immersed in a creative community of artists at The Banff Centre, working one-on-one with an experienced faculty writer and editor, then return home work for 20 weeks of mentorship through online consultations, discussion forums, and posted readings.
Mountain and Wilderness Writing
August 15 – October 15, 2013 (off-site Manuscript Development)
October 25 – November 15, 2013 (on-site)
Faculty editors: Tony Whittome, Marni Jackson Guest speaker: Tanis Rideout
Delve into a writing project in any genre that focuses on adventure or the environment. Develop that work through individual consultations and workshop discussions with faculty editors and participants. Artists will have access to coinciding Banff Mountain Book Festival activities: readings, lectures, presentations, films, panel discussions, book launches, and networking opportunities with writers, editors, and publishers.
FOR MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION: http://www.banffcentre.ca/writing/?utm_source=The+Banff+Centre&utm_campaign=765eaf8569-Literary_June_Deadlines4_3_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ad4acfe1fe-765eaf8569-279129277
ITEM 4: NORTHWORDS MUSKOKA WRITING RETREAT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
ITEM 5: BERTON HOUSE WRITERS’ RETREAT NEW!
Submissions must be sent in by October 4th, 2013
Dawson City, Yukon Territory
Professional Canadian writers who have one published book and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, journalism — are all encouraged to apply. The Berton House Writers’ Retreat is held once a month, located in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.
For more information please visit www.bertonhouse.ca/retreat.html or email email@example.com.
ITEM 6:PIPER’S FRITH WRITING RETREAT AT KILMORY NEW!
DATES: September 23-28, 2013
LOCATION: Kilmory Resort, Swift Current, NL
Piper’s Frith in Newfoundland is now accepting applications.
The 5th Piper’s Frith happens September 23-28, 2013 at Kilmory Resort in Swift Current, Newfoundland. Emerging and established adult writers are invited to join mentors Joan Clark, Jessica Grant and Don McKay for group workshops and one-on-one explorations of your creative work.
Social evenings and a spectacular setting enhance this intense, inspirational experience. The cost of $690 includes program fees, meals, five nights’ accommodations and social events (air/ground transportation is not included).
The application deadline is August 2, 2013. Learn more and apply at Details: www.literaryartsnl.com/pipersfrith.htm
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 7: 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.
ITEM 8: FROM PWAC BULLETIN: A PROJECT TO MEASURE THE INDEPENDENT VOICE OF JOURNALISM NEW!
Thomas Rose of Wilfid Laurier University, journalism educator and former journalist is seeking participants for a new study into journalism independence in Canadian newsrooms.
If you are a traditional or non-traditional journalist or are working in any phase of the journalistic process, and if you have experienced or know of anyone who has experienced any interference with the content of the journalism produced, I would like to hear from you.
This project will assess the state of journalistic independence according to the basic provisions of the firewall principle. Under this principle, a key measure of journalistic independence and integrity is freedom from interference by business, political, or other interests.
A breach in the firewall might for example, cause a journalist to alter details of a story, to ignore a developing story, or even to kill a story altogether.
Strict confidentiality guaranteed. Reply to email@example.com
Mr. Rose is an investigator and editor at J-Source. Respondents will receive a comprehensive form that outlines the process in detail.
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
ITEM 9: FICTIONKNITSTAS BOOK EVENT NEW!
DATE: Monday, June 3 at 6:00pm
LOCATION: BOOKS ON BEECHWOOD, 35 Beechwood Ave., Ottawa
The cross-country all female book tour, The FictionKNITstas, will be making a stop at our store on Monday, June 3 at 6:00 p.m. The three authors who will be here signing and chatting about their books are:
Faith Johnston, author of The Only Man in the World
“Heather York is trying to find balance in her life. Sure, her son Jeff is every parent’s dream, but Winn, headstrong and independent, makes being a single mom a real struggle. When a guilty conscience calls Heather to the side of her dying uncle, wheels are set in motion that will change her life forever. The Only Man in the World is an understated story of what if means to be a woman and how to live a life of integrity and grace amid the changing fortunes of love.”
Stella Harvey, author of Nicolai’s Daughters
“Compelled to fulfill her father’s dying wish to find the half-sister he kept from her, Alexia arrives in her father’s village of Diakofto on the edge of the Peloponnese. There she discovers a culture she knows nothing about, a country in financial crisis and an extended family with too many secrets.
Told in the alternating voices of Alexia and Nicolai, who each return to Greece to mourn a loss and find solace, Nicolai’s Daughters uncovers the secret shame that festers in a family, refusing to heal until the truth is revealed.”
Sheila Fischman, translator of Christine Eddie’s The Douglas Notebooks
“On the same fateful day, two adolescents escape destinies that would scar them for the rest of their lives. Romain, awkward and contemplative, resolves to abandon a lineage of wealth. Elena, resourceful and single-minded, flees a home of blood and thunder. From the initial meeting of these two wounded souls, Christine Eddie weaves a fable for all times.”
The event will be hosted by local author Mary Hagey, the author of Castles in the Air. We look forward to seeing you all come out on Monday evening for this great event!
For more info visit: http://fictionistascanada.wordpress.com/fictionknitstas/
ITEM 10:A B SERIES PRESENTS MEREDITH QUARTERMAIN, ADAM DICKINSON & BLAINE MARCHAND NEW!
DATE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 7:30 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M.
LOCATION: OTTAWA ART GALLERY, 2 DALY AVE. OTTAWA
Free / a hat will be passed.
More info: http://abseries.org/
The author of eight books, six of which are poetry, BLAINE MARCHAND’s most recent books are Aperature (poems, prose and photos of Afghanistan, 2008), and The Craving of Knives (2009), both of which were shortlisted for the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry. A young adult novel, African Adventure (translated as Aventure africaine) was published in 1990. His work has been published in Canadian and American literary journals. He was co-founder of Sparks, Anthos, Ottawa Independent Writers and the Ottawa Valley Book Festival. He was President of the League of Canadian Poets, 1992-94. He is working on a new manuscript of poetry, a collection of short stories, titled Nomads, and on a work drawing upon his journal entries while living in Islamabad, Pakistan (August 2008-2010).
ADAM DICKINSON is a writer, researcher and teacher. His poems have appeared in literary journals in Canada and internationally as well as in anthologies such as Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets and The Shape of Content: Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science. His collection Kingdom, Phylumwas a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. He is the author most recently of The Polymers (Anansi 2013). He is also working on another poetry project that involves testing his blood and body for chemicals and microbes. When not giving his body to science, he teaches at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.
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.
ITEM 11: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY OFFERS SPECIAL PROGRAMMING FOR NATIONAL ABORIGINAL HISTORY MONTH
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
MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:
NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:
NEW! Ploughshares’ reading period is now open! We’re accepting submissions for Ploughshares literary magazine and for our Ploughshares Solos series of long stories and essays. You can now submit all those poems, essays, and stories that you’ve been working on and saving up since January. For guidelines and to submit, visit our website. http://www.pshares.org/submit/index.cfm
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
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/
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/
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.
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.
· 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
· NEW! Dark Places Short Story Contest. Quarterly contest for science fiction and fantasy stories. 1000 – 5000 words long, previously unpublished stories only. Deadline: June 15, 2013 Prize: £50 and publication Fee: none. Details: http://dark-places.co.uk/writing-competition/
· 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
· NEW! The Scotiabank Giller Prize is fast approaching. Books are to be received no later than June 15 for titles published between April 1 and June 30, 2013. If you wish to include an e-book with your submission, kindly send as a PDF file, along with the electronic author photo and bio, to Michellek@raisingreaders.ca. Deadline: June 15, 2013 Fee: See website Prize: See website Details: www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca
· NEW! Write About Mother Earth: 18 years or older writers are invited for the Emergence International Literature Competition. Mother Earth – environmentalism, spirituality, wellness, cultural unity and responsibility. Entries may include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 500 words). Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: $7. Prize: $50 + featured in ArtAscent magazine, x2 honourable mentions featured in ArtAscent magazine. Details: http://artascent.com/call-for-writers/
· NEW! Lightship Short Story Prize 2013. The winner and nine runners-up will be published in the Lightship anthology by Lightship Publishing Ltd and Alma Books and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in Kingston-upon-Hull UK in November 2013. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: £12 Prize: £1000 / US$1600 Details: www.lightshippublishing.co.uk/competition/lightship_short_story_competition_1
· NEW! Lightship Flash Fiction Prize 2013. The winner and nine runners-up will be published in the Lightship paperback anthology to be printed by Lightship Publishing Ltd and Alma Books and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in Hull UK in 2013. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: £10 Prize: £500 / US$800 Details: www.lightshippublishing.co.uk/competition/lightship_flash_fiction_competition_2
· NEW! Lightship Short Memoir Prize 2013. Do you want to tell your own story, or an episode of it; write from your own life experiences and get published? A short memoir is not fact-based autobiography. It is pure storytelling and as such, allows writers license to make sense of a part of life, to fashion it into a story that readers can learn from and be entertained by. The inaugural Lightship Short Memoir Competition will be judged by Rachel Cusk. The winning entry will be awarded £1,000 and be published in Lightship Anthology 3. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: £12 Prize: £1000 / US$1600* Details: www.lightshippublishing.co.uk/competitio/the_lightship_short_memoir_contest
· NEW! Lightship First Poetry Book Prize 2013. Are you an aspiring poet who wants to write a full collection of poems and get published? Write the first 20 pages of poems and enter Lightship Publishing’s latest competition, First Poetry Book, for a chance to win the dream prize of every poet – to be discovered, and then mentored for a year to produce a full book of 50 poems. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: £20 Prize: Expert Mentoring Details: www.lightshippublishing.co.uk/competition/lightship_first_poetry_book_competition
· NEW! Gkbcinc’s Inaugural Short Story Contest. Please submit a two thousand word tale with crime at its heart. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Prize: £100, £50, £25 and publication Fee: none Details: http://gkbcinc.com/the-gkbcinc-short-story-competition/
· NEW! After the Fall Apocalyptic Short Story Contest 5000 word maximum apocalyptic/dystopian short story. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Prize: $£100 and publication Fee: none Details: www.almondpress.co.uk/#/apocalyptic-story-contest/4575820109
· NEW! The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Write a bad opening line to a novel. The sentence shouldn’t be longer than 50 – 60 words. All genres accepted. Multiple entries accepted. All original and unpublished. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Prize: a pittance Fee: none Details: www.bulwer-lytton.com/
· NEW! Richard J. Margolis Award Award for promising new journalist or essayist whose work contains warmth, humor, wisdom and social justice. Submit two samples of your writing (published or unpublished) 30 pages max. Deadline: July 1, 2013 Prize: $5000 and one month residency at Blue Mountain Center. Fee: none Details: http://award.margolis.com/
· NEW! Lightship First Chapter Prize 2013. Do you have a literary novel in you? Have you written the first chapter and a synopsis? Enter Lightship Publishing’s flagship contest, First Chapter, for a chance to win the dream prize of every aspiring novelist. Deadline: July 1, 2013. Fee: £16 Prize: Expert Mentoring / Possible Publication Details: www.lightshippublishing.co.uk/competition/lightship_first_chapter_competition
· NEW! Lightship Poetry Prize 2013. The winner and nine runners-up will be published in Lightship Anthology 3 and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in November 2013. Deadline: July 1, 2013 Fee: £8 Prize: £1000 / US$1600 Details: www.lightshippublishing.co.uk/competition/lightship_poetry_prize_1
· NEW! The John Glassco Translation Prize. The John Glassco Prize recognizes excellence in literary translation and the talent and dedication of the next generation of literary translators. It is aimed at building greater awareness in the publishing world and in the general public by promoting a literary translator’s first published work which demonstrates extraordinary talent and literary excellence. Deadline: July 1, 2013 Fee: None Prize: $1000 Details: http://attlc-ltac.org/?q=node/78
· 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
· 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.
· NEW! NARRATIVE MAGAZINE Fifth Annual Poetry Contest is open to all writers, and all entries will be considered for publication. • 1,500 First Prize • $750 Second Prize • $300 Third Prize • Ten finalists receive $75 each. See the Guidelines. http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/207341
· Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest. Deadline: July 31. http://www.dreamquestone.com/.
· 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
AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER DEADLINES:
· NEW! Robert Bateman Get To Know Contest. The Contest invites you to get outside and create original works of art, writing, photography, videography and music inspired by nature. Get outdoors and “Get to Know Your Wild Neighbours”. Open to all Canadian residents 19 and under. (Don’t live in Canada? Don’t worry. The Video Category is open to youth in all countries! No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. You may enter as many categories as you want! Deadline: August 1, 2013 Fee: None Prize: Publication Details: www.get-to-know.org/contest/canada/contact/
· 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/
· 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. 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
· 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
· 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
· 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
OCTOBER TO DECEMBER DEADLINES:
· NEW! The Northwind Story Contest is back! The 2013 Story Contest is open for submissions. Send us your best fiction and narrative non-fiction by October 15 to be eligible for the $1,000 First Prize, $250 Second Prize and $100 Third Prize. http://www.northwindmagazine.com/contests/2013_story_contest.html
· 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.