CAA-NCR Literary Notices Feb. 15 through 28, 2016

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





PRESENTER: Dr. Michael Geist
DATE: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION:  McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.





Our 2016 poetry faculty within The Banff Centre’s Writing Studio  program. 2016 sees three amazing poets – Karen Solie , Lisa Robertson and Michael Dickman – work intimately with twelve participants on poetry manuscripts. Karen, associate director, poetry, is author of the Griffin Poetry Prize-winning Pigeon. Michael Dickman is the author of The End of the West, Flies and Copper Canyon. He teaches at Princeton and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and Lisa Robertson is the author of Magenta Soul Whip and the long poem Cinema of the Present. She is a poet, essayist and translator and her practice also straddles the visual arts.

Spring/Summer 2016 programs Deadlines




DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine.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 and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor.’s literary events calendar here: with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to




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

·        Archibald Lampman Award deadline March 31, 2016

  • The Goethe Glass: An Anthology of Canadian Fiction About Climate Change. Are you concerned about Climate Change?  The Goethe Glass: An Anthology of Canadian Fiction About Climate Change. Last April, Margaret Atwood gave a very important speech in Barrie in which she said that the greatest crisis facing Canada and the world is climate change. As Margaret Atwood declared, “it is time for writers to respond with all the power of their creativity to the greatest threat of our age, climate change.” I am calling on all Canadian writers to put on their thinking caps, pick up their pens, and contribute to this anthology. The political climate has changed, but the physical climate is still in decline. Deadline: February 15, 2016 Details:

·        The Masters Review Anthology – Judge Amy Hempel $5000 awarded. $20.00 USD Ends on 3/31/2016. Submissions are open from January 15, 2016 to March 31, 2016. This year stories will be selected by author Amy Hempel who will select ten winners from a shortlist of forty. This category is open to ALL EMERGING WRITERS. Anyone who has not yet published a novel at the time of submission. We are looking for today’s top emerging writers. Send us your best! Details and to submit:


  • Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday April 4 2016 Entry fee: $10 per poem Prizes: $1600: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $75, 8 judge’s choice of $50 complimentary anthology, trophy, and award ceremony during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Details: Enquires: Send to David Brydges


  • The Antigonish Review Announces Two Writing Contests! GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST & SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE $2,400 in Prizes! Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2016, Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2016 Guidelines: Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Past winners may not enter. MORE INFO:



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Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7:00 pm  Sawdust Presents Sandra Ridley and Suzanna Derewicz, at Pour Boy, 495 Somerset ST. W. Ottawa. Shake off the winter blues with Sandra Ridley and our newest contest winner, Suzanna Derewicz! Meet us upstairs for incredible poetry, great company, and access to the fantastic and affordable Pour Boy menu. Don’t forget your poems for the open mic!

 Saturday, February 20, 2016; The Factory Reading Series presents Rachael Simpson (Ottawa) Stephen Brockwell (Ottawa) + Soraya Peerbaye (Toronto) doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm, The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs)

 Saturday, February 20 at 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM Capital Slam Featuring Prufrock, Café Alternatif, 60 University Private, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5   Another season of Capital Slam is coming rapidly to a close and that means that the poets really need to step up their game and hit the stage to grab those much coveted post-season slam spots!

Tuesday, February 23, 8:00 pm. Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa, Ben Ladouceur and Zachariah Wells 6:45p Workshop –Bending History To The Poetic Page with Jean Van Loon 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers More info:

Thursday, February 25, 6:30 PM – 9 PM. Ottawa Independent Writers Annual General Meeting, The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre ,Ottawa. This is the opportunity for the Board to report on accomplishments this past year, and to elect the Board members for this coming year.

 Saturday, February 27, 2016; The Factory Reading Series presents: Jeremy Hanson-Finger (Ottawa) Gary Barwin (Hamilton) + Robert Hogg (Mountain) doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs)

logo COMING IN MARCH: Ottawa’s own poetry festival, VERSEFEST, returns, March 15 to 20, 2016. Details to follow beginning next issue. Can’t wait? Here’s the link!



kingstonfilmfestFeb. 25-28, 2016 Kingston Canadian Film Festival Screening Of Al Purdy Was Here

  • Fri Feb 26 4:30 pm at Baby Grand: Guests: Brian D. Johnson, Marni Jackson, Sarah Harmer
  • Sat Feb 27 6:55 pm Baby Grand Guests: Brian D. Johnson, Marni Jackson, Jake Yanowski

KCFF is thrilled to present the local premiere of a documentary about a giant in Canadian arts and letters who had no small impact on Kingston, too. After all, when Al Purdy died in 2000, he left a legacy not only in the form of the poems that breathed new vigour into Canada’s staid literary scene but also the A-frame cabin on Roblin Lake where he and wife Eurithe hosted pals both famous and infamous and which now serves as a writers’ retreat. Combining interviews, archival footage and new musical performances of Purdy poems by fans like Sarah Harmer and Tanya Tagaq, this debut doc by Maclean’s critic turned filmmaker Brian D. Johnson is a suitably spirited tribute to Purdy’s life and work. MORE INFO and details on other films presented here:




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