What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, January 2018

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

 JANUARY, 2018

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Need more information on CAA-NCR, its programs or events?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanadianAuthorsNCR/

Keep in touch on Twitter at: @caa_ncr

 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 Arlene Smith at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

 CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2017-2018 UPCOMING

  •  Meeting start time changed to 7:15 p.m . • No meeting in January so we can hibernate on a cold winter night and not worry about a snowy commute. • A meeting in June instead when snowstorms won’t be an issue.
  • A writing challenge at the start of every regular monthly meeting to engage those in attendance and to develop our writing skills. • A short reading by a member at the start of every monthly meeting to promote our writers and to inspire others with great ideas.

OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS:  7:15 p.m. at McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

 February 13, 2018

March 13, 2018

April 10, 2108

May 8, 2018 NCWC Awards Night

June 12, 2018

More information on the topics for upcoming meetings can be found on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings

 

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS UPCOMING

The next meeting is in February, 2018.  Here’s a look at the topic being presented by our guest speaker:

 Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TOPIC: The Examined Life: Understanding Ourselves Through Memoir

SPEAKER: Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith

 Far beyond the celebrity “tell-all,” a well-written memoir offers much to both the writer and the readers. A memoir can transform the pain of the past into clarity, and also provide an insightful exploration into an aspect of life, a time of life, or a certain place in time. Lee Ann will present some options for themes and structures within this genre, as well as tips for how writers can use specific techniques to keep the reader reading.

Bio: Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith’s workshop series for writers of family history and memoir, “Write It So They’ll Read It” has been running in Ottawa, Perth, and other locations across Ontario since 2007. She is the author of two acclaimed non-fiction books, as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Her website is www.leeanneckhardtsmith.com.

 

CAA-NCR  31ST ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC)

 Deadline is February 2, 2018  Sponsored by Canadian Authors Association–National Capital Region $300 First Place • $200 Second Place • $100 Third Place

 

Poetry: Maximum 60 lines including title and blank lines, unpublished, in English. No Haiku.
Short Story: Maximum 2,500 words, unpublished, in English. Entry Fees: Poetry: $5 per single poem; Short Story: $15 per single story.  Open to all Canadian writers.
Information: https://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/

CAA NATIONAL  SAVE THE DATE: CANADIAN WRITERS’ SUMMIT, JUNE 14 TO 17, 2018

 The Canadian Writers’ Summit is a super-conference jointly hosted by a cohort of Canadian writer organizations, including Canadian Authors Association, which will take place at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Writers, mark your calendars and start planning for it now – it’s only 7 months away. . . Watch this space for more information in the weeks to come.

MARK BRADSHAW WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

HARBOURFRONT CENTRE, TORONTO

OTHER WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES AND COURSES

 

ONTARIO WRITERS’ CONFERENCE info@thewritersconference.com via mail250.atl221.rsgsv.net  A writing contest open to everyone. Free to enter!  Be inspired! Write. Submit. Win.Enter before midnight (Eastern Time) January 31, 2018. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured at the link below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submitting your entry is easy. Find out how and check the full entry rules and format http://thewritersconference.com/story-starter-january-2018-vivian-tserotas/

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BANFF CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CREATIVITY

 

Writing Studio April 30 – June 2, 2018

 

An ideal environment for artistic inspiration and growth, the Writing Studio program provides an extended period of uninterrupted writing time, and an opportunity to engage with a community of working writers. The program offers one-on-one editorial assistance from experienced faculty writers/editors. We are delighted to welcome two new faculty members: as Director, award winning B.C. novelist and editor Caroline Adderson, and as Associate Director – Narrative, acclaimed novelist Shyam Selvadurai. They join Associate Director – Poetry, Karen Solie.   Apply by January 24. Other programs see here: Browse Programs

 

SASKATCHEWAN WRITERS/ARTISTS WINTER RETREAT

St. Peter’s College, Muenster, Sask.

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild will be holding a Winter Retreat for established and practicing writers and artists who are able to work independently, February 2 – 23, 2018. Other dates available in July. This community retreat offered for writers and artists from Saskatchewan and other parts of Canada, and around the world, takes place in Muenster, SK at the picturesque St. Peter’s Abbey. These retreats are not teaching situations, but places where established and practicing writers and artists are expected to work self-sufficiently.  Contact: swgpr@skwriter.com, 306-791-7740

To apply online: http://www.skwriter.com/sk-writers-artists-retreats/retreat-application-form  To apply via mail Saskatchewan Writers/Artists Retreats, c/o Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild
Box 3986, Regina, SK   S4P 3R9

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSIONS

 

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

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

                   

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca. FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca

 

TREE PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST 2018 CONTEST IS NOW OPEN

 

Tree Press Chapbook Contest FOR MORE INFO

This contest is for those who come to keep the seats warm at The Tree Reading Series, those who come to the Seed workshops, or are regulars at the Tree open mic readings. The prize is now $250 and ten copies of your chapbook! (The winner may order more copies if he/she wishes.) There is no fee to enter.
Send 1 hard copy, up to 30 pages of poems, to the co-ordinator, postmarked by January 15, 2018.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

 

THE WORD AWARDS

Established to encourage the pursuit of excellence in the art, craft, practice and ministry of writing and help to raise the profile of Canadian writers who are Christian. Writers may submit works published in the previous year including books, articles, poems, songs, and short stories.  Award Categories: General Market and Christian Market  Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018, midnight EST

https://thewordguild.com/contests/the-word-awards/

 

 2017 ABR Calibre Essay Prize

Genre: Essay  Entry Fee: AU$15 for ABR subscribers, AU$25 for non-subscribers (latter includes a free four-month subscription to ABR Online)  Deadline: January 15, 2018

Prize: First: AU$5,000, Second: AU$2,500  Website: http://www.australianbookreview.com.au 

 

Pandora’s Collective Poetry Contest

 Genre: Poetry Entry fee: Adults – $5 /poem, Teens – $4 /poem, Children – $3 /poem

Deadline: January 15, 2018  Prize: Adults – First: $100 & publication, Second: $50 & publication, Third: publication  Teens – First: $75 & publication, Second: $35 & publication, Third: publication  Children – First: $40 & publication, Second: $20 & publication, Third: publication

Website: http://www.pandorascollective.com/what-we-do/contests

 

Indigenous Voices Awards

 Genre: All literary genres  Entry Fee: No fee

Deadline: January 31, 2018  Prize: Five awards for unpublished work totalling $10,000 and three awards for published work totalling $15,000  Website:

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/indigenous/indigenous-writers-prize-1.4362221

 

Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship

Genre: Screenwriting Entry Fee: $69 to January 31, 2018, $79 to March 1, 2018 Deadline: January 31 and March 1, 2018  Prize: The chosen recipients will receive on-going professional support and a trip to Los Angeles for introduction to industry leaders Website: http://www.screencraft.org

 

The Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction enre: Manuscript of 30,000 to 150,000 words: history, memoir, autobiography, biography, literary journalism, political or social commentary, travel writing or any nonfiction medium

Entry fee: $25 Deadline: March 30, 2018  Prize: First, contract for the publication along with a $1500 advance on 10% royalty for all sales, Second: publication and $1,000 advance on 10% royalties Details:  http://pottersfieldpress.com

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 

MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

TREE READING SERIES at Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa

 

Tuesday, January 9 Jeff Kirby + Margo LaPierre

6:45p Workshop the thing of it with Christine McNair  8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

Jeff Kirby Jeff Kirby’s one of Toronto’s treasures but we’ll ferret him to Ottawa for a night of queer, moving, poetry to launch 2018 right.  Jeff’s newest is She’s Having a Doris Day (Knife From Book, 2017). Earlier chapbooks include Simple Enough, Cock & Soul, Bob’s boy, and The world is fucked and sometimes beautiful. Their work appears in numerous anthologies beginning with the letter Q, and most recently online at Matrix Magazine and bandcamp/jeffkirby. Kirby is the owner/publisher of knife | fork | book.

 

Margo LaPierre  our Local Light of 2014 returns with her first collection, Washing off the Racoon Eyes

Margo is a Canadian poet and visual artist. Her poems have been published in The Feathertale Review, filling Station, The Riveter Review, Bywords Literary Quarterly, Petal Journal, the Antigonish Review, Echolocation, The Claremont Review, CAROUSEL and EAT IT: A Literary Cookbook of Food, Sex and Feminism. Her poem “Bear Skin Rug” received the silver award for Poetry in 2017 from the Alberta Magazine Publishers Awards. Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes is her first collection of poems. She currently lives in Toronto. For more information, visit her website at: www.margolapierre.com.

 Tuesday, January 23

Souvankham Thammavongsa + Extended Open Mic

 6:45p Workshop A Workshop with Souvankham Thammavongsa with Souvankham Thammavongsa

8:00p Readings Open Mic and Featured Reading

 Souvankham Thammavongsa The quiet powerful voice of Souvankham Thammavongsa brings us breathless to attention. Souvankham is the author of three poetry books, Small Arguments (2003), Found (2007), and Light (2013), winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. She has read her poems at the Guggenheim Museum, in New York, and has been in residence at Yaddo.

 

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What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, October 2017

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

 OCTOBER, 2017

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Need more information on CAA-NCR, its programs or events?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanadianAuthorsNCR/ 

Keep in touch on Twitter at: @caa_ncr

 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 Arlene Smith at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

 

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2017-2018 UPCOMING

 Meeting start time changed to 7:15 p.m . • No meeting in January so we can hibernate on a cold winter night and not worry about a snowy commute. • A meeting in June instead when snowstorms won’t be an issue.

  • A writing challenge at the start of every regular monthly meeting to engage those in attendance and to develop our writing skills. • A short reading by a member at the start of every monthly meeting to promote our writers and to inspire others with great ideas.

OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS:  7:15 p.m. at McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

 October 10, 2017

November 14, 2017

December “Winter Voices” Social

February 13, 2018

March 13, 2018

April 10, 2108

May 8, 2018 NCWC Awards Night

June 12, 2018

More information on the topics for upcoming meetings can be found on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING OCTOBER 10, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Location: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy Street at Gladstone, Ottawa

 TOPIC: Historical Writing: Where to look for what you want
Speaker: L.D. Cross

For the writer looking for historical information, we live in a resource rich environment. Here in Ottawa we benefit from facilities supported by taxpayers across the country. Some sources are obvious, others not so. Then there is the online search – a bounty of data both factual and fictional which you need to sort out.
Research never stops. You can always learn something new about an old subject. And it is not just writers who are sleuthing out the past. Everybody is in the hunt for what happened when — financial analysts, car buyers and even scientists. But as writers we get to weave our discoveries about the past into entertaining stories that will captivate readers into the future.
Research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing — Wernher von Braun, aerospace engineer.
BIO: L.D.Cross
(Dyan) is an Ottawa writer of business and lifestyle articles as well as books about unique aspects of Canadian history. Her creative non-fiction articles have received awards of excellence for features and editorial writing as well as writing for seniors.
She won the inaugural Ontario Historical Society (OHS) 2010 Huguenot Society of Canada Award honouring “the best book published in Ontario in the past three years which has brought public awareness to the principles of freedom of conscience and freedom of thought” for The Underground Railroad: the long journey to freedom in Canada in the Amazing Stories series.

 

UPCOMING: CAA-NCR AUTUMN WORKSHOP

AUTUMN WORKSHOP With Albert Dumont

Date: Saturday, November 25
Time: 9:00 to 12:00
Place: Algonquin College  

Details to follow

 

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 BANFF CENTER ANNOUNCES: Winter Programs Now Open for Application!

 Our winter residencies are open for application. The Fables for the 21st Century program invites emerging and established Canadian writers to explore and re-imagine our individual and collective identities through the creation of an anthology of 10 stories. Winter Writers Retreat is a self-directed program that offers time and space to retreat, reconnect, and re-nergize their writing practice. Deadlines in October.  Browse Programs

WRITESCAPE FALL PROGRAMS:

 Turning Leaves 2017 November 3 – 5, 2017 Vicki Delany: One woman crime wave comes to Turning Leaves plus On-Demand workshops. More info at: http://writescape.ca/site/#section-43    

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

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

 BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS                

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca. FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca

 

From Elee Kraljii Gardiner: Against Death Anthology

I’m happy to announce I will be editing an anthology for Anvil Press with a publication date of fall 2018. As a natural outgrowth of my experience writing Tunica Intima, a long poem memoir about vertebral artery dissection and stroke, and Trauma Head, a chapbook repurposing the medical file, Against Death takes up the issue of mortality. The submission deadline is December 15, 2017. Against Death is an anthology of creative non-fiction exploring the psychological shifts that occur when we are prematurely or unexpectedly near death. More info and where to submit: https://eleekg.com/against-death-anthology/

 

Magnum Opus  A Poetry Anthology on Universal Oneness  (It’s simply a waste of time and labour if poem is submitted without reading the complete submission guidelines!)  Submission Deadline: 31 Dec 2018 (Midnight) Publication Expected: 2019   Publisher: Authorspress, New Delhi, India  Editor: Dr. Vivekanand Jha.   Theme Poetry is a universal form of language hobnobbing with other souls and minds. It is means to understand our feelings and to find our place in the universe. Poetry is a divine antidote to our inner upheaval and is a medium of peace in itself. The goal of anthology is to display the greatest contemporary poems wrapped up in one book. The title is self-explanatory and will showcase the greatest single poem of the poet being featured i.e. your poem that has been best appreciated or adjudged by the readers, reviewers, critics, social media or journals etc.  It is also self-revealing that one cannot submit more than one poem and each poet will be evenly and equally represented. It is also evident that such poem would mostly be previously published. If you think that your unpublished or freshly composed poem can be your magnum opus you can submit it as well. It is in those aforementioned senses we use the term ‘Universal Oneness’ in the subtitle. http://vivekanandjha.com/magnumopus.php 

 NB: Please note that all submission opportunities are provided for information only. Please be sure to do your own due diligence before submitting your work.

 OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 INDIGENOUS WRITERS’ GATHERING: Overcoming adversity and building resilience

DATE & TIME:   Wednesday, October 4, 2017, from 1 to 3 pm

LOCATION:  395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Pellan Room, 2nd floor

We cordially invite you to the Indigenous Writers’ Gathering: Overcoming adversity and building resilience, on October 4, 2017.

Please join us for a vibrant discussion with prominent Indigenous authors, who will share their perspectives on resiliency. Audience members will have an opportunity to engage with the authors as well. Hosted by Jennifer David, the Indigenous Writers’ Gathering will feature:

Tracey Lindberg— citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree and hails from the Kelly Lake Cree Nation community, award-winning academic writer, university teacher and indigenous rights activist

Zebedee Nungak— Inuit writer, satirist and political leader

Cherie Dimaline— author and editor from Georgian Bay Métis community

Elder Albert Dumont will perform the opening prayer.

The Indigenous Writers’ Gathering is part of the ongoing #IndigenousReads campaign, which encourages reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples by sharing Indigenous literature. Simultaneous translation will be available.

TREE READING SERIES

 Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 Tree Reading Series Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St.  Featured Readers Jason Christie + Chad Norman + Anne Campbell

 More info: www.treereadingseries.ca

 

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF BOOKS AND CONVERSATION OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL

Twenty years ago, on September 5, 2007, Algonquin elder William Commanda welcomed the Festival, our audience and the invited authors to re-connect with each other, with our shared history, and with the world of ideas and art during the opening ceremony of our inaugural Ottawa International Writers Festival. The world and the Festival have certainly changed over the last couple of decades, but some things have remained constant: we are blessed to live in an amazing and supportive community and lucky to be hosting some truly amazing talent from across Canada and around the world. This week we unveiled our Fall 2017 schedule and we can’t wait to get the season started! Read on for a look at what’s to come and visit www.writersfestival.org to see the full schedule.

 

 

OUT OF TOWN

 

WILD WEST POETRY FESTIVAL   October 14 to 21, 2017

An Invitation to Experience Canada’s Western Wilderness. The Wild West Poetry Festival awaits its new explorers. One such explorer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a poem on June 18 1914 in Jasper National Park. Here is an excerpt from On the Athabaska Trail. “The mighty voice of Canada will ever call to me. I shall hear the roar of rivers where the rapids foam and tear, I shall smell the virgin upland with its balsam-laden air, and shall dream that I am riding down the winding woody vale, With the packer and the packhorse on the Athabaska Trail.”

The mighty primal voice of Canada calls poets 103 years later to rediscover its wilderness heart. Canada beckons with its beauteous mysteries, untamed horizons, mountain peak curiosities, and its willingness to give writers of adventure unforgettable stories. Limited spots are available .

Contact: David Brydges (780-266-8983) email mybrydges@yahoo.ca

 

Wild Writers Festival Nov. 3 to 5, 2017 in Waterloo, ON 

$135.00 Early Bird prices in effect till Nov. 1, 2017:  The New Quarterly is proud to present the sixth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 3-5, 2017. Join us for a celebration of the savage and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.  Individual ticket sales will be opened as events are confirmed. Tickets available at the door unless otherwise noted. Full program and more info here: https://tnq.ca/wildwriters/

What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, September, 2017

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

 SEPTEMBER, 2017

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Parliament_Ottawa_Canada.jpg

 

 Need more information on CAA-NCR, its programs or events?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanadianAuthorsNCR/ Keep in touch on Twitter at: @caa_ncr

 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 Arlene Smith at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

 CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2017-2018 UPCOMING

 Meeting start time changed to 7:15 p.m . • No meeting in January so we can hibernate on a cold winter night and not worry about a snowy commute. • A meeting in June instead when snowstorms won’t be an issue.

A writing challenge at the start of every regular monthly meeting to engage those in attendance and to develop our writing skills. • A short reading by a member at the start of every monthly meeting to promote our writers and to inspire others with great ideas.

OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS:  7:15 p.m. at McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

  •  September 19, 2017
  • October 9, 2017
  • November 14, 2017
  • December “Winter Voices” Social
  • February 13, 2018
  • March 13, 2018
  • April 10, 2108
  • May 8, 2018 NCWC Awards Night
  • June 12, 2018

More information on the topics for upcoming meetings can be found on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (Note, this meeting is on the third Tuesday)

Location: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy Street at Gladstone, Ottawa

 TOPIC: TED Talks / BOOK Talks and our Annual General Meeting  

After a short AGM we will watch writing-related TED talks and discuss the content. Everyone can bring their favourite book and tell us what is so meaningful about their choice.

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OTHER WORKSHOPS  

BANFF CENTER ANNOUNCES FALL PROGRAMS:

 Winter Programs Now Open for Application!

Our winter residencies are open for application. The Fables for the 21st Century program invites emerging and established Canadian writers to explore and re-imagine our individual and collective identities through the creation of an anthology of 10 stories. Winter Writers Retreat is a self-directed program that offers time and space to retreat, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice. Deadlines in October.  Browse Programs

WRITESCAPE FALL PROGRAMS:

·       Villains, Vendettas and Vagabonds September 17, 2017. Niagara-on-the-Lake

·       Turning Leaves 2017 November 3 – 5, 2017 Vicki Delany: One woman crime wave comes to Turning Leaves 

plus On-Demand workshops. More info at: http://writescape.ca/site/#section-43

 


SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES  

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

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS                  

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca. FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca

 

From Elee Kraljii Gardiner: Against Death Anthology

I’m happy to announce I will be editing an anthology for Anvil Press with a publication date of fall 2018. As a natural outgrowth of my experience writing Tunica Intima, a long poem memoir about vertebral artery dissection and stroke, and Trauma Head, a chapbook repurposing the medical file, Against Death takes up the issue of mortality. The submission deadline is December 15, 2017.

Against Death is an anthology of creative non-fiction exploring the psychological shifts that occur when we are prematurely or unexpectedly near death. More info and where to submit: https://eleekg.com/against-death-anthology/

 Magnum Opus  A Poetry Anthology on Universal Oneness  (It’s simply a waste of time and labour if poem is submitted without reading the complete submission guidelines!)  Submission Deadline: 31 Dec 2018 (Midnight)  Publication Expected: 2019   Publisher: Authorspress, New Delhi, India  Editor: Dr. Vivekanand Jha.   Theme Poetry is a universal form of language hobnobbing with other souls and minds. It is means to understand our feelings and to find our place in the universe. Poetry is a divine antidote to our inner upheaval and is a medium of peace in itself. The goal of anthology is to display the greatest contemporary poems wrapped up in one book. The title is self-explanatory and will showcase the greatest single poem of the poet being featured i.e. your poem that has been best appreciated or adjudged by the readers, reviewers, critics, social media or journals etc.  It is also self-revealing that one cannot submit more than one poem and each poet will be evenly and equally represented. It is also evident that such poem would mostly be previously published. If you think that your unpublished or freshly composed poem can be your magnum opus you can submit it as well. It is in those aforementioned senses we use the term ‘Universal Oneness’ in the subtitle. http://vivekanandjha.com/magnumopus.php  Please note that all submission opportunities are provided for information only. Please be sure to do your own due diligence before submitting your work.

 OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

  Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St.  Featured Readers Kateri Lanthier, Monty Reid, and Ramon Sepúlveda   6: 15 pm Workshop @ 6:15 PM: On Writing the Body  Considering the work of contemporary writers such as Natalie Diaz, Bhanu Kapil, Johanna Hedva, Arianna Reines, and Warsan Shire, this workshop will investigate the ethics, poetics, and landscape of representing the body. We will discuss the use of the body in our own work and end with a writing exercise. Please bring a pen and paper. Sarah MacDonell bakes, writes, and scuttles around Ottawa. A 2017 Tree Reading Series Hot Ottawa Voice, she is also Tree’s new social media coordinator.  7:30pm Featured Readers

 

OUT OF TOWN

 WILD WEST POETRY FESTIVAL   October 14 to 21, 2017

 An Invitation to Experience Canada’s Western Wilderness. The Wild West Poetry Festival awaits its new explorers. One such explorer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a poem on June 18 1914 in Jasper National Park. Here is an excerpt from On the Athabaska Trail.

“The mighty voice of Canada will ever call to me. I shall hear the roar of rivers where the rapids foam and tear, I shall smell the virgin upland with its balsam-laden air, and shall dream that I am riding down the winding woody vale, With the packer and the packhorse on the Athabaska Trail.”

The mighty primal voice of Canada calls poets 103 years later to rediscover its wilderness heart. Canada beckons with its beauteous mysteries, untamed horizons, mountain peak curiosities, and its willingness to give writers of adventure unforgettable stories. Limited spots are available. Contact: David Brydges (780-266-8983) email mybrydges@yahoo.ca

Wild Writers Festival  Nov. 3 to 5, 2017 in Waterloo, ON  $135.00 Early Bird prices in effect till Nov. 1, 2017:  The New Quarterly is proud to present the sixth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 3-5, 2017. Join us for a celebration of the savage and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.  Individual ticket sales will be opened as events are confirmed. Tickets available at the door unless otherwise noted. Full program and more info here: https://tnq.ca/program/

 

What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa for March, 2017

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH, 2017

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

 

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

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

 

CAA-NCR MEETING: TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017 WITH L.D. CROSS

 

TOPIC: Historical Writing: Where to look for what you want, with L.D. Cross

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

 

For the writer looking for historical information, we live in a resource rich environment. Here in Ottawa we benefit from facilities supported by taxpayers across the country. Some sources are obvious, others not so. Then there is the online search – a bounty of data both factual and fictional which you need to sort out.

Research never stops. You can always learn something new about an old subject. And it is not just writers who are sleuthing out the past. Everybody is in the hunt for what happened when — financial analysts, car buyers and even scientists. But as writers we get to weave our discoveries about the past into entertaining stories that will captivate readers into the future.

Research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing” — Wernher von Braun, aerospace engineer

BIO:  L.D.Cross (Dyan) is an Ottawa writer of business and lifestyle articles as well as books about unique aspects of Canadian history. Her creative non-fiction articles have received awards of excellence for features and editorial writing as well as writing for seniors.

She won the inaugural Ontario Historical Society (OHS) 2010 Huguenot Society of Canada Award honouring “the best book published in Ontario in the past three years which has brought public awareness to the principles of freedom of conscience and freedom of thought” for The Underground Railroad: the long journey to freedom in Canada in the Amazing Stories series.

 


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THE BANISTER 32ND ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST 

The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 32nd Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology. For more information go to Details. Deadline: May 31, 2017 Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem Prize: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $200; 3rd prize $100 Detailswww.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/  

(Our double blind platform publishes professionals, first time authors, students and poet laureates. This year’s judge is K. V. Skene) 

 

FROM NATIONAL:  SAVE THE DATE – CANWRITE! 2017 IS COMING

We’re thrilled to tell you that CanWrite 2017! will be held June 22-25, 2017 at Humber College in Toronto. Mark your calendars, and watch your inbox for more details about the location of our venue, accommodation options, and program highlights.

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 MSLEXIA FLASH FICTION WRITING WORKSHOPS

 If you’re thinking of submitting to Mslexia’s Short Fiction Competition 2017, we’ve devised a set of three flash fiction workshops, specially designed to help you work on perfecting an entry (or three) for our newest competition category. To get you started, you can find the first and second workshops here.

We’re looking for normal-length stories too, if the short short format doesn’t float your boat. Visit our website for more info and to see Vanessa Gebbie’s workshops from 2016.

First prize for Short Story is £2,000 and includes two optional extras: a week’s retreat at Gladstone’s Library, and a day with a Virago editor. Five other finalists will each receive a share of the remaining prize pot. The new Flash Fiction category has a prize of £500, as well as three runner-up prizes, and all winning entries will appear alongside the Short Story winners in the June 2017 issue of Mslexia.

Judging the longer stories this year is twice Booker-shortlisted novelist and short story author Deborah Levy, whose novel Hot Milk came out last year. Our new Flash Fiction category is being judged by award-winning flash fiction writer and novelist Kit de Waal, whose début novel My Name is Leon was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award in 2016.

Once you have your story ready, full details of how to enter are here. If you have any questions, our website has a full list of FAQs and advice about entering online, or you can always call us on 0191 204 8860 to speak to a real human being.

WRITESCAPE SPRING THAW 2017 APRIL 21-23, OR APRIL 21-25, 2017

Fern Resort

Looking for writing time? Polishing a project? Don’t miss Spring Thaw.
This all-inclusive writing retreat is held at the fabulous Elmhirst’s Resort on Rice Lake in Keene. Stay for the weekend or treat yourself to an extra two days of writing.

  • 10-page manuscript evaluation with written feedback from Ruth and Gwynn
  • one-on-one consultation with either Gwynn or Ruth
  • private writing time
  • optional daytime creativity sessions to fire up your pen
  • a companion workbook with inspiration, prompts and supports
  • optional evening activities to network and share ideas and inspiration with retreat colleagues
  • comfortable cottages with wood-burning fireplace
  • first-class amenities and delicious meals

 More info: http://writescape.ca/site/2016/01/spring-thaw-retreat/

 SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

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

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS        

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.  FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca  and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca

 

From Mslexia: Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017 – Flash Fiction  £5.00  1st Prize: £500  Three other finalists will each receive £50. All four winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia.  Judge: Kit de Waal  Fee: £5 per story Closing date: 20 March 2017

Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017 – Short Story £10.00   1st Prize: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Gladstone Library, and a day with an editor at Virago Press. Three other finalists will each receive £100. All four winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia. Judge: Deborah Levy Fee: £10 per story Closing date: 20 March 2017  More info at MSLEXIA: https://mslexia.co.uk/competitions/

 

Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest  Entry fee: $10 per poem. Cash 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. Final received submissions deadline: Friday March 31, 2017. Visit www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com for further info and rules. Enquires: Send to David Brydges mybrydges@yahoo.ca

 

The Audrey Jessup Short Story Contest, 2017, Closing Date April 1, 2017. The Audrey Jessup Short Story Contest is held annually by the Capital Crime Writers. It is open to all residents of the National Capital Region aged 18 + and to all members of Capital Crime Writers.  In addition, a critiquing service is offered for an extra fee.  Stories must be: Original unpublished fiction. Feature a crime. No more than 3500 words in English. Typed double-spaced on white paper. The author’s name must not appear in the story.  Submissions that identify the author in the pages of the story will be rejected. Identifying information must only be found on a separate cover page, which must include: your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, story title an accurate word count. There is a limit of one submission per author. For submission and further details: For more information:  E-mail:  filteaupat@gmail.com  Website: http://capitalcrimewriters.com/events-contests/the-audrey-contest/

 

Montreal International Poetry Prize has launched again. Help make our fourth competition a success! We know that all of you all over the world have been making poems and we want to read them. The prize: $20,000. The 2017 Prize Judge: Montreal’s own, Michael Harris! And the 10 international jurors for 2017 are Kim Addonizio from the USA, David Dabydeen of Guyana, Vona Groarke of Ireland, Susan Nalugwa Kiguli of Uganda, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra of India, Pascale Petit of the UK, Talya Rubin of Canada, Carmine Starnino of Canada, Mark Tredinnick of Australia and Joseph Akawu Ushie of Nigeria.
The final deadline is May 15, but we encourage entries before March 31st.  Online entries only: www.montrealprize.com

 

The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. Enter your poetry or short fiction for a chance to be one of 60 writers published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual – an outstanding collection of the best in new writing.  Prizes include: £1,000 Poetry Winner, £1,000 Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists. Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner) Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner) Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage One year subscription to Granta Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

 

  • Live Poets Society February Fire Filled Wordfest Competitive Slam  Friday Mar.24, 2017 Coutts Roastery & Café,  57 Gore ST. East, Perth, Ont.  Doors open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 7.  $5.00 admission, performers free. Last competitive slam before the finals.

 

VERSeFest, OTTAWA’S INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL RETURNS!

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VERSeFest, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival returns for an eclectic mix of written and spoken word poetry Tuesday, March 21 to Sunday, March 26, 2017.  60 poets. 6 days. 1 festival. All events take place at Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St.) unless specified otherwise below. See versefest.ca for tickets and info.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

7:00 pm: Opening Showcase – Zachary Richard, Carolyn Smart, Steven Collis

9:00 pm: Urban Legends – Carlos Gomez, K’ayla Fraser, CannonX2

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

7:00 pm: Tree Reading Series – bill bissett, Madhur Anand, Christian Milat

9:00 pm: VF showcase – Paisley Rekdal, Tereza Riedlbauchova, Brandon Wint

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Offsite: LIVE! On Elgin, 220 Elgin Street, 2nd floor

10:30 pm: Rhizome

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

7:00 pm: Verse Voices – Eva HD, Michel Côté, Michael Dennis, Andre Narbonne

9:00 pm: Blue Mondays and In/Words – Kayla Czaga, Ali Blythe, Allesia de Cesare, Dominique Langlois

 

Friday, March 24, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

7:00 pm: Plan 99 – Moez Surani, Greg Scofield, and Sharon McCartney

9:00 pm: Capital Slam hosts a local slam featuring Amélie Prévost

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

1:00 pm: Factory Reading Series presents lectures by Marilyn Irwin and Faizal Deen

3:00 pm: Translation Panel with Chus Pato, Patrick Friesen, Erin Mouré, Ulrikke Gernes, and Lisa Robertson

4:30 pm: Fire and Ice – Barâa Arrar, Truth is, LouNat, Beth-Anne

7:00 pm: Railroad Reading Series – Alan Gillis, Leanne O’Sullivan, Jordan Abel

9:00 pm: Ottawa International Writers Showcase – Ulrikke Gernes, Chus Pato, Erin Mouré, and Patrick Friesen

 

Sunday, March 26, 2017 Offsite – Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave

1:00 pm: Kado – Marco Fraticelli, Maxianne Berger

 

Sunday, March 26, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

1:00 pm: NCR showcase – Mark Frutkin, Sandra Ridley, Guy Jean, Angele Bassole OueDraogo

3:00 pm: Arc Poetry Magazine – Robyn Sarah, Jill Jorgenson, Phoebe Wang, Lisa Robertson

4:30 pm: Student Showcase – Frédérique Champage, Evan Hoskins, Gabrielle Tardif, Lauren Stiers

7:00 pm: Poet Laureate ceremony and readings with guest Mark Doty

9:00 pm: Sawdust Reading Series – Steven Heighton and Louis Bertholom

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