CAA-NCR BIWEEKLY LITERARY NOTICES FOR DEC. 21 2015 THROUGH JAN. 4, 2016

 

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The Peace Tower at Christmas. Ottawa, Canada.

The Peace Tower at Christmas. Ottawa, (Wikipedia)

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Dec. 21 to Jan. 3, 2016

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

TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com

 

MEETINGS & EVENTS

 CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING, JANUARY, 2016

 TOPIC: Taxes and the Writer

PRESENTER: Angela Doyle, BDO Canada LLP
DATE: Tuesday, January 12, 2016
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION:  McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.

What to claim and what’s ineligible as a tax deduction can be complicated for a writer, and following the rules is essential if we want to avoid being audited. Most important, we all want to minimize our tax burden.

This presentation will look at the various deductions a writer can legitimately make, help you implement smart tax strategies to meet your compliance obligations, and maybe offer some clues about how to keep the tax man happy.

 

29TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST

 Short Story • Poetry $300 • $200 • $100 NEW! Open to all residents of Ontario and Quebec. NEW!

  • Short Story, max. 2500 words. Poetry (not Haiku), max. 60 lines including title & blank lines.
  • Must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.
  • In English, typed, double-spaced (but not for poems), on 8 1/2 × 11″ paper, one side only, page-numbered consecutively on bottom right of pages. No extra-large type, please! Indicate category and title on top left corner of every page.
  • Contest is blind judged which means the Contest Coordinator will assign a number to your entry that will correspond to what she sends off to the judge. (Don’t put your name on it anywhere!)
  • Don’t forget to include your entry fee.*
  • Please understand that we can’t acknowledge receipt or return your entries.
  • CAA–NCR reserves the right to withhold any prize should entries fail to meet expected standards.
  • We will need a separate page with your information on it: category, story/poem title, name, address, phone number, e-mail address. Cheques payable to Canadian Authors Association–NCR.

I’m in! How do I do this? Entry fees* are $15 per story; $15 for up to three (3) poems. Poems will be judged individually.  

MAIL ENTRIES TO: CAA National Capital Writing Contest, 163 Bell St., N., Box 57081, Ottawa ON K1R 7E1. Attention: Sherrill Wark

Awards Night

We hope that all finalists and their friends and families will attend the always-exciting Awards Night, Monday, May 9, 2016, 7 PM, AUDITORIUM, MAIN BRANCH, OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY. Finalists may be invited to read their entries. Winning entries will be published in CAA–NCR’s e-mag Byline. (Copyright will remain with you.)

Deadline Midnight FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016. (Get it postmarked if you’re close). QUESTIONS? Contact Sherrill Wark, Coordinator, NCWC at ncwc@crowecreations.ca  

*“One Free Entry” for CAA–NCR members no longer available.

CAA NATIONAL NEWS:

 CANADIAN AUTHORS 2016 LITERARY AWARDS

Entries are now being accepted for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2016 Literary Awards.

Criteria and submission details are available in the  CAA 2016 Literary Awards Guidelines

Complete the CAA 2016 Awards entry form online, print it and send it to us along with your submission and entry fee. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016.

Now in its 41st year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. Past winners have included Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Leonard Cohen, Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Patrick DeWitt, Nino Ricci, Michael S. Cross, Don McKay, Charlotte Gray, Joseph Boyden and countless other literary stars – some relatively unknown at the time they received the award. For more information about past winners, shortlisted authors, and awards events, visit our website at http://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 MFA IN CREATIVE NONFICTION UNIVERSITY OF KING’S COLLEGE, HALIFAX, NEWS RELEASE

English: This is the University of King's Coll...

University of King’s College in Halifax Nova Scotia, Castine Way in the foreground (Wikipedia)

“December 15, 2015

Now in its third year, this unique writing program has already received praise across North America. A recent full-page article in the prestigious international magazine Publishers Weekly describes the King’s MFA as “the only program of its kind in Canada” and “ideal for students who are continuing their careers while completing their degrees.”

One of our recent graduates, Pauline Dakin of CBC Radio, says the program has “opened doors to the U.S. publishing industry that often seem closed.” Genevieve Cole, a graduate from Seattle, describes the King’s MFA as “very energizing.” Our first graduates are already securing literary agents and book publishing contracts.

Our low-residency program focuses on the art and craft of writing under the mentorship of award-winning writers in Canada and the United States. We also prepare graduates for the practical work of being a professional writer by introducing them to publishers and agents in New York and Toronto. The MFA is supported by an advisory team chaired by Anne Collins in Toronto. She is the award-winning publisher of the Knopf Random Publishing Group.

Your members will not have to relocate to complete this graduate degree. In fact, there are only six weeks when writers need to be in Halifax, New York, or Toronto. If they have a non-fiction book idea they want to pursue seriously, we hope you will encourage them to consider the University of King’s College. We’ve got your book. “

 Don Sedgwick, Executive Director, MFA in Creative Nonfiction, University of King’s College (Halifax)  P: 902.422.1271 ext. 282 E: don.sedgwick@ukings.ca www.ukings.ca

 For more information on the program and for admission requirements, please visit: http://www.ukings.ca/master-fine-arts-creative-nonfiction

 Banffcentre

THE BANFF CENTRE SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS:

We are excited to announce that our Spring/Summer 2016 programs are now open for applications. In addition to Writing Studio, BILTC (our unique literary translation program), Literary Journalism, Digital Narratives and our Self-Directed writing residency, our upcoming programs include a five-day intensive on Historical Fiction with Lawrence Hill, and Frontline: Environmental Reportage, a two-week residency focused on environmental writing. Read more

Upcoming Program Deadlines https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/all/literary-arts

  •  Jan. 13, 2016       Historical Fiction with Lawrence Hill
  • Jan. 20, 2016       Digital Narratives
  • Jan. 20, 2016       Writing Studio
  • Jan. 27, 2016       Frontline: Environmental Reportage
  • Feb. 10, 2016       Banff International Literary Translation Centre
  • Mar.16, 2016        Literary Journalism
  • Apply Now          Self-Directed Writing Residency

 

PEARL PIRIE’S JANUARY STUDIO NOUVEAU POETRY WORKSHOP

DATES: Monday nights for 8 weeks: Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 7pm-9pm
LOCATION: Hintonburg area, near transit.
COST: $150 (a couple pay as you can spots available)

This 8-week workshop is for those who want to make time to explore contemporary classic writers. Each workshop includes a segment of discussing poems and techniques, and exercises and round tabling of participant’s own poems. Close reads of poets Nicole Brossard, David Groulx, Alden Nowlen, Sylvia Legris, Nelson Ball and more. Towards the end of the series, resources for making chapbooks and finding markets. Comes with a chapbook on writing prompts (“Writing Sparks: 50 paths to poems for when you’re feeling damp”). Inspire your own writing and sense of poetics. Come away with new poets to love, new poems made and older poems strengthened. And optionally your own first chapbook manuscript. Spaces limited.
Reserve a spot: pearl[at]pagehalffull [dot] com with subject line of “SN workshop”.

Pearl Pirie has for years led workshops for various organizations in and around Ottawa, ran the Tree Reading Workshop Series for 4 years, was a teacher for 12 years, and has 3 poetry collections, and over a dozen chapbooks. She has judged awards and sat on juries for poetry at local, provincial and national levels. Her second book won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative poetry. A poem in her current collection, the pet radish, shrunken (BookThug, 2015) is included in The Best Canadian Poetry 2014 (Tightrope, 2014)

OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 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. Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca              

 RESOURCES FOR SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES                 

·        Arc Magazine Contests: see links for details on each contest

  • Tree Press Chapbook Contest: contest is for regular attendees at The Tree Reading Series, the Seed workshops, or read at the Tree open mic readings. Prize $250 and 10 copies of your chapbook! (Winner may order more copies if he/she wishes.) No fee to enter. See link for more info.

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN

  • Tuesday, January 12, 8:00 pm. Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa, Sachiko Murakami + TBA 8:00p Readings Open Mic and Featured Reader Sachiko Murakami. More info treereadingseries.ca treereadingserieslogo

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