CAA-NCR What’s Up in Lit in Ottawa, April 25 to May 8, 2016

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

BIWEEKLY NOTICES FOR TWO WEEKS:  April 25 TO May 8, 2016

 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 MAY MEETING: NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC) AWARDS NIGHT

 DATE: Monday, May 9, 2016  (NOTE DAY CHANGE FOR THIS MEETING ONLY)
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION:  Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe at Laurier, in the auditorium (downstairs)

CAA-NCR will present awards to the winning entries in the 2016 National Capital Writing Contest.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the Poetry and Short Story categories will read their winning entries, selected from among some of the finest writers in Ontario and Quebec.

We encourage everyone to attend, meet and mix with welcoming, friendly, compassionate, understanding writers of all genres and styles, and enjoy the refreshments.

Come and spend a fun two hours with us.


CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NEWS FROM NATIONAL

 Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award  DEADLINE: April 30, 2016

Reminder: This award is for a Canadian writer under 30 deemed to show exceptional promise in the field of literary creation.  For guidelines and entry form, go to Submit for an Award

, where you’ll see info about all our literary awards. (Remember to scroll down to access the Emerging Writer Award details, guidelines and entry form.)

 

CANADIAN WRITERS’ SUMMIT 2016 June 15–19, 2016

 REGISTER NOW!

 What’s better than a writers’ conference organized by a writing organization? How about a writers’ superconference organized by over a dozen writing industry groups?

The Canadian Writers’ Summit will be a four-day event encompassing professional development seminars, panels, keynote presentations, policy discussions, public lectures, networking opportunities and social gatherings – in short, something for everyone. It will also include a day of programming from the annual Book Summit, which focuses on the publishing side of our sector.

 Key Facts about CWS 2016

Location

The Summit will take place at Harbourfront Centre, right on Toronto’s beautiful waterfront, with events being held both indoors and in tents outdoors.

Conference Rates

Member* Pricing:
Full Conference (3 full days of programming including Book Summit): $300 +HST
Friday & Saturday only (2-Day package): $200 +HST
Single Day: $125 +HST
Just the Book Summit (Thursday, June 16): $150 +HST
Ticketed Keynotes: $20 +HST

For more information and a list of member organizations visit here: http://canadianauthors.org/national/canadian-writers-summit-2016/

 

WORKSHOPS

 

WRITESCAPE AT THE ONTARIO WRITERS CONFERENCE UPCOMING:  MAY 1, 2016

Watch Your Language AND From Inspiration to Publication

May 1. Gwynn Scheltema and Ruth E. Walker are at the Ontario Writers’ Conference.

Gwynn is offering an advanced class: Watch Your Language. Dialect, foreign languages, accents and other linguistic touches provide diversity and authenticity to dialogue. Gwynn will help participants avoid character stereotypes so that what is being said is not overshadowed by how it’s being said. Gwynn’s popular workshops at the OWC are consistently highly rated and fully booked.

Ruth’s beginner workshop From Inspiration to Publication invites new writers to play with words through hands-on exercises and fun activities. Participants will risk a little and try on different forms of creative writing. Useful handouts offer tips on submitting material to the right market. Ruth will also serve as a Blue Pencil Mentor, offering helpful feedback in one-on-one discussions with writers about their manuscripts.  Gwynn and Ruth have been at the OWC since it launched, facilitating workshops, mentoring writers and enjoying the many speakers and learning opportunities that a comprehensive conference like this has to offer. To register, visit the Ontario Writers’ Conference.

 Upcoming 2016 Workshops

 

  • Write to Win: Techniques & Tips for First Place May 28, 2016. Learn how to make your entry stand out from the crowd. Whether you’re entering writing contests or submitting to agents and publishers, it’s all a contest. And many entries never make it past the first reader. Write to Win is all contest, all day, with exercises, surprises and prizes. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Trent University Oshawa campus, 55 Thornton Road S., Oshawa REGISTER ONLINE. Registration includes all taxes, handouts/resource materials and light refreshments. Lunch is not included.
  • Offered On Demand Scrivener for Writers: The Basics Two evenings in an intimate class setting to get started in the ultimate writers’ toolkit. Scrivener’s all-in-one writing software has a learning curve that, once mastered, can fire up your manuscripts, organize your research, and reveal cool tricks for creative minds. Heather O’Connor (a.k.a. Dr. Scrivener) will show you how. Location: Private residence in Whitby area.

 

For more information on Writescape and to register for a retreat or workshop, visit: http://writescape.ca/site/

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

CITY OF OTTAWA YOUTH IN CULTURE PILOT PROGRAM

 The Youth in Culture Pilot Program provides direct funding to eligible individuals to support their development in becoming arts, culture and heritage professionals.

 

Youth in Culture Pilot Program

Program Objectives To support cultural development of youth aged 18-30 towards professional careers in arts, culture, and heritage. To empower youth to identify needs and gaps in their career development, and to support initiatives that lead to or benefit the applicant’s career in culture. To support activities that address the priorities identified in the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage, and Culture in Ottawa (2013 – 2018).

This program is intended to help cover living expenses and/or project expenses relating to:

Arts, culture, and heritage creation, production, and presentation projects. Arts, culture, and heritage festival and agricultural fair administration and/or management training opportunities

Training and mentorship opportunities for youth to work with established cultural workers and professionals within the arts, heritage, festivals and fairs sectors

 2016 Deadline Dates: Monday, May 2, 2016 at 4pm, Monday, August 8, 2016 at 4pm, Monday, September 26, 2016 at 4pm  MORE INFORMATION & APPLICATION AT: http://ottawa.ca/en/liveculture/youth-in-culture


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

 

SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

 

 

  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! ACCEPTING: POETRY, REVIEWS, ESSAYS, AND INTERVIEWS for Vallum’s forthcoming issue, 13:2 “THE WILD” ! The wild is both outside us and inside us. The wild can take many forms. It is the unknown, the feared. It can be a landscape, or even the wild of the mind. It can be celebrated, or thought of in terms of a taboo, or a trap. How do you interpret “The Wild,” what does it bring out in you? What forms are still wild? Send us your “wildest” poems! DEADLINE: May 15, 2016 (postmarked) Please visit our website for submission guidelines: http://www.vallummag.com/submission.html

 

  • Ink Bottle Press & The Ontario Poetry Society Present: Memory and Loss ~ a Canadian Anthology of Poetry, Dedicated to the victims of Alzheimer’s. Editor & Compiler I.B. Iskov. Open to all poets living in Canada. Poems wanted on the themes of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.  This is not blind judging and this is not a contest. Submission fee $15. to help cover the cost of printing & postage. All profits from this project will be donated to The Alzheimer Society of Canada. Deadline June 15, 2016, postmark date. Send your submission, complete with cheque or money order payable to Mark Clement,  & mail to Attn: I.B. Iskov, Anthology Editor, #710 – 65 Spring Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. M2N 6H9. Full details:  http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Anthology_Memory%20&%20Loss.htm

 

  • 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. INFO: http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=62

 

  • The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts. Prizes include: £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner)/Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing/Annual One year subscription to Granta/Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage/Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)/Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner). Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Deadline 31 August 2016. To enter, visit aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 

MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN

 

COMING EVENTS:

 JUNE 4 PROSE IN THE PARK:  prose in park

Ottawa’s favourite open-air literary festival and book fair, Prose in the Park, will take place on June 4, 2016, 11 am – 6 pm in the Parkdale Park. And it is absolutely free. Everyone is welcome!  Prose in the Park (Prose des vents en français) is a blingual festival devoted to bringing together both established and emerging authors from across Canada. We are pleased to have some of the best authors of Montreal joining the upcoming festival. For more information on the event and featured authors, check out the 2016 program on our website at www.proseinthepark.com 

SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR JUNE 18, 2016

 span-o (the small press action network – ottawa) presents: the Ottawa small press book fair

spring 2016 edition on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).

 General info:

noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors)  admission free to the public.

$20 for exhibitors, full tables $10 for half-tables (payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available

To be included in the exhibitor catalog: please include name of press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications, list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered and any other pertinent info, including upcoming ottawa-area events (if any). Be sure to send by June 10th if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue. FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2016/01/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-spring-2016.html

CAA-NCR What’s Up in Lit in Ottawa March 14 to March 27, 2016

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

BIWEEKLY NOTICES FOR TWO WEEKS:  March 14 TO MARCH 27, 2016

 

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 APRIL MEETING TOPIC: EXPOSE YOURSELF!  Ways to get attention for your book while remaining fully clothed. (No fifty shades of grey here)

PRESENTER: Sheryl Bennett-Wilson
DATE: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION:  McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson

In many ways there are far more opportunities today for authors to get exposure and coverage for their book then there ever were. That being said, there is also a huge amount of competition for readers’ eyeballs. So what is an author to do?

Having worked in broadcasting (both radio and television) for over 25 years, and witnessed the explosion in social media in the last ten years, Sheryl can tell you that sometimes the simplest and most straightforward of methods work best. And more often than not, it is the ‘put-yourself-out-there’ author who gets the reviews, gets the interviews and gets people talking about their book.

But where does one start? How do you find out whom to approach? When should you start talking about your book? Sheryl hopes to help you get started on the journey and provide useful advice so you can create your own marketing plan, discover the best way to write a release and understand the best way to approach radio/television.

BIO: Sheryl Bennett-Wilson worked in broadcasting in Ottawa – both radio and television – for over 25 years. For the last number of years she has written numerous articles for local and national publications, provided press and marketing material for companies, professionals, authors, musicians and a number of charities. She has also written, directed and produced corporate videos, provided editing for non-fiction books, written and continues to write content for websites and for over twelve years was the Event Manager of an annual trade show.

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NEWS FROM NATIONAL

 Canadian Authors 2016 Literary Awards – Part 2

Entries are now being accepted for two additional 2016 award categories:

The CAA Emerging Writer Award is for a body of work by a Canadian author under 30 deemed to show exceptional promise. Nominees need not be published. The postmark deadline for this award is April 30, 2016.

 The Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Book Award is a brand new award given exclusively to members. Any genre is eligible. The postmark deadline for this award is April 15, 2016.

Details and submission forms at http://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/submit

Now in its 41st year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. For more information about past winners, shortlisted authors, awards events, and sponsorship opportunities, visit our awards pages at http://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/

 

WORKSHOPS

 THE ONTARIO WRITERS’ CONFERENCE: INSPIRING. EDUCATING. CONNECTING

APRIL 30 – MAY 1, 2016 AJAX, ONTARIO

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WHAT TO EXPECT

 

Manuscript Mentoring: Sit down with a writing mentor, or practice your elevator pitch with a literary agent.
Student Scholarship: Are you a student with an interest in writing? Apply for our student (16+) scholarship!
Festival of Authors: Interviews, author readings and literary mingling, all in a café-style atmosphere with a cash bar and sweet endings.
Cornerstone Award: This award is presented to a Canadian person or organization that demonstrates exemplary support of Canadian writers and the writing field in general. More details here: http://thewritersconference.com/

 

SCBWI’S ART OF STORY CONFERENCE RUNS APRIL 29 – MAY 1

 If you write for children–or are interested in doing so, you may be interested in the upcoming Art of Story conference, offered in Ottawa by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), April 29-May 1.  The conference offers:

Advanced workshops for published authors and illustrators–with plenty also on offer for beginners.

An early-bird draw: Register by March 15 for a chance to win one of two free 10-page manuscript critiques by Christie Harkin of Cockwise Press

One-on-one manuscript or portfolio critiques with an editor, agent, art director, or published writer/illustrator.

A pre-conference polishing opportunity for writers. The first page of your manuscript is what will capture (or not) an editor or agent’s interest. Workshop your first pages with fellow conference goers via Basecamp before the deadline, then submit a better piece of work for your conference manuscript critique or the First Pages session

An exciting pre-conference project for illustrators. Register early and get a head start.

An opportunity for PAL members of SCBWI to offer their books in the conference book sale.

Discount conference and critique rates for SCBWI members, and discount accommodation rates for attendees traveling to Ottawa from elsewhere.

For full conference details and to register, visit The Art of Story 2016

 

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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

SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

 Additional links to contests and submission calls visit Canadian Authors National Capital Region website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/  

 ·        Arc Magazine Contest: Archibald Lampman Award  deadline March 31, 2016

·        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: http://mastersreview.com/anthology/

 

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  • The Ontario Poetry Society’s Clean as a Whistle Contest Contest submissions for unpublished and previously published poems on the theme of hygiene, poor grooming, soaps, shampoos, cleaning and so much more are currently being accepted. Open to Everyone. Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2016 Details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca
  • 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: www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com  Enquires: Send to David Brydges mybrydges@yahoo.ca

 

  • Ink Bottle Press & The Ontario Poetry Society Present: Memory and Loss ~ a Canadian Anthology of Poetry, Dedicated to the victims of Alzheimer’s. Editor & Compiler is I.B. Iskov. Open to all poets living in Canada.  Poems wanted on the themes of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.  This is not blind judging and this is not a contest. Submission fee $15. to help cover the cost of printing & postage. All profits from this project will be donated to The Alzheimer Society of Canada. Submission Deadline is June 15, 2016, postmark date. Send your submission, complete with cheque or money order payable to Mark Clement,  & mail to Attn: I.B. Iskov, Anthology Editor, #710 – 65 Spring Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. M2N 6H9. Full details and guidelines at: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Anthology_Memory%20&%20Loss.htm

 

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  • 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: http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=62

 

  • The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts. Prizes include: £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner)/Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing/Annual One year subscription to Granta/Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage/Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)/Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner). Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016. To enter, visit aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN

 Thursday March 24 OIW MEETING 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm: The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, 670 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6L2.  GG Finalist Claire Holden Rothman presents.

 Saturday, March 26 at 7 PM – 10 PM Carleton Tavern, doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm 223 Armstrong Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2W5 span-o (the small press action network – ottawa) presents: The Factory Reading Series: Julie Morrissy (Dublin) Sarah Burgoyne (Montreal) + Claire Farley (Ottawa)

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 VERSeFest, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival returns for its sixth annual edition March 15-20, 2016.  Celebrating written poetry and spoken word in English and French, VF ’16 brings you 60 of the most exciting poets on the planet — from across Canada, Iceland, Ireland, and Norway. All events take place at Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St.).

Tuesday, March 15
7:00 pm: Opening – Amal eh Mohtar, Gerdur Kristny, Gerald Hill, Sonia Lamontagne
9:00 pm: VERSeFest Showcase – Jane Munro, Elise Turcotte, Yusef Komunyakaa

Wednesday, March 16
7:00 pm: Tree – Caroline Pignat, Pamela Mordecai, Gabriel Robichaud, Thierry Dimanche
9:00 pm: Blue Mondays & In/Words – Liz Howard, Mia Morgan, Paul Savoie

Thursday, March 17
7:00 pm: Arc – Marilyn Dumont, Doyali Islam, Hector Ruiz, Katherine Leyton
9:00 pm: Urban Legends – Local slam featuring Erin Dingle

Friday, March 18
7:00 pm: Book Thug – Phil Hall, François Turcott, Shannon Maguire
9:00 pm: Capital Slam – David Dufour (D-Track), Cathy Petch, Guy Perrault, Kevin Matthews

Saturday, March 19

1:00 pm: Factory – Ben Ladouceur, Anne Boyer
3:00 pm: Student Showcase – Genevieve Bouchard, Kathryn Sweet, Sanita Fezjic, Frédéric    Lanouette
4:30 pm: Fire and Ice – Amy Iliza, Vanessa Rotondo (V), Annie St-Jean, Rebecca Lea Thomas
7:00 pm: Sawdust – Natalie Hannah, Sébastien Bérubé, David McGimpsey, Marc LeMyre
9:00 pm: Railroad – M. Travis Lane, Leontia Flynn, Maurice Riordan

Sunday, March 20
1:00 pm
: Ottawa Showcase – Sneha Madhavan-Reese, Colin Morton, Tina Charlebois, Frances Boyle
3:00 pm: Kado – Terry Ann Carter, Andre Duhaime

7:00 pm: Hall of Honour – Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke and Robyn Sarah
9:00 pm: OIWF Showcase – Groleau-Landry, Christian Bök, Caroline Bergvall
See http://versefest.ca/year/2016/ for tickets and info.

 

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVALwriters festival logo

 Monday March 21, 2016 7:00pm • Southminster Church • 15 Aylmer Ave. The End of Protest with Micah White  Info & Tickets  

More events coming in April for the Writers Festival: http://www.writersfestival.org/events


COMING EVENTS:

 

IN APRIL: 20TH ANNIVERSARY PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY AUTHORS FESTIVAL.
APRIL 13TH TO 16TH, 2016
. Please join us for what we think will be the best Authors Fest ever! And keep checking the website for up to date information on events or find us on Facebook. http://www.pecauthorfest.com/

OTTAWA, JUNE 4 PROSE IN THE PARK:

Ottawa’s favourite open-air literary festival and book fair, Prose in the Park, will take place on June 4, 2016, 11 am – 6 pm in the Parkdale Park. And it is absolutely free. Everyone is welcome!  Prose in the Park (Prose des vents en français) is a blingual festival devoted to bringing together both established and emerging authors from across Canada. We are pleased to have some of the best authors of Montreal joining the upcoming festival, particularly Heather O’Neill, whose Daydreams of Angels should be required reading for every lover of Canadian literature. From Kingston, we will be joined by Steven Heighton, a brilliant novelist and poet, whose Every Lost Country takes readers a fantastic adventure to far-off Tibet.  For more information on the event and featured authors, check out the 2016 program on our website at www.proseinthepark.com

CAA-NCR Literary Notices for Feb. 29 through March 13, 2016

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

BIWEEKLY NOTICES FOR TWO WEEKS: FEB. 29 TO MARCH 13, 2016

 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 MARCH MEETING TOPIC: COPYRIGHT, THE INTERNET AND THE WRITER

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.

 

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NEWS FROM NATIONAL

 Canadian Authors 2016 Literary Awards – Part 2

Entries are now being accepted for two additional 2016 award categories:

The CAA Emerging Writer Award is for a body of work by a Canadian author under 30 deemed to show exceptional promise. Nominees need not be published. The postmark deadline for this award is April 30, 2016.

The Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Book Award is a brand new award given exclusively to members. Any genre is eligible. The postmark deadline for this award is April 15, 2016.

For details and submission forms, go to our website at http://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/submit

Now in its 41st year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. For more information about past winners, shortlisted authors, awards events, and sponsorship opportunities, visit our awards pages at http://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/

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

 

SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES

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·        Arc Magazine Contests: see links for details on each contest/Archibald Lampman Award deadline March 31, 2016/Diana Brebner Prize deadline March 15, 2016

·        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: http://mastersreview.com/anthology/

  •  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: www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com Enquiries: Send to David Brydges mybrydges@yahoo.ca

 

  • Ink Bottle Press & The Ontario Poetry Society Present: Memory and Loss ~ a Canadian Anthology of Poetry, Dedicated to the victims of Alzheimer’s. Editor & Compiler is I.B. Iskov. Open to all poets living in Canada. Poems wanted on the themes of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. This is not blind judging and this is not a contest. Submission fee $15. to help cover the cost of printing & postage. All profits from this project will be donated to The Alzheimer Society of Canada. Submission Deadline is June 15, 2016, postmark date. Send your submission, complete with cheque or money order payable to Mark Clement, & mail to Attn: I.B. Iskov, Anthology Editor, #710 – 65 Spring Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. M2N 6H9. Full details and guidelines at: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Anthology_Memory%20&%20Loss.htm
  •  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: http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=62
  •  The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts. Prizes include: £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner)/Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing/Annual One year subscription to Granta/Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage/Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)/Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner). Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016. To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

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Downtown Ottawa Byward Market

 

MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN

 Saturday, March 5 6:30 PM – 10 PM Final CapSlam of the Season feat. Rafay Ansari!Café Alternatif,

60 University Private, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5   To all great things, an ending, The 12th season of Capital Slam winds up and the poets have one last chance to impress the judges enough to earn an invite to the Capital Slam post-season and a chance to represent Ottawa and Capital Slam at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Winnipeg! https://www.facebook.com/events/1015910478465691/

Tuesday, March 8 Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa, Sarah De Leeuw + Extended Open Mic 6:45p Workshop – James Merrill’s Inventions with Andrew Wallace 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers More info: www.treereadingseries.ca

 

logoVERSeFest IS COMING IN MARCH:

 VERSeFest, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival returns for its sixth annual edition March 15-20, 2016. Celebrating written poetry and spoken word in English and French, VF ’16 brings you 60 of the most exciting poets on the planet — from across Canada, Iceland, Ireland, and Norway. All events take place at Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St.).

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Tuesday, March 15
7:00 pm: Opening – Amal eh Mohtar, Gerdur Kristny, Gerald Hill, Sonia Lamontagne
9:00 pm: VERSeFest Showcase – Jane Munro, Elise Turcotte, Yusef Komunyakaa

Wednesday, March 16
7:00 pm: Tree – Caroline Pignat, Pamela Mordecai, Gabriel Robichaud, Thierry Dimanche
9:00 pm: Blue Mondays & In/Words – Liz Howard, Mia Morgan, Paul Savoie

Thursday, March 17
7:00 pm: Arc – Marilyn Dumont, Doyali Islam, Hector Ruiz, Katherine Leyton
9:00 pm: Urban Legends – Local slam featuring Erin Dingle

Friday, March 18
7:00 pm: Book Thug – Phil Hall, François Turcott, Shannon Maguire
9:00 pm: Capital Slam – David Dufour (D-Track), Cathy Petch, Guy Perrault, Kevin Matthews

Saturday, March 19
1:00 pm: Factory – Ben Ladouceur, Anne Boyer
3:00 pm: Student Showcase – Genevieve Bouchard, Kathryn Sweet, Sanita Fezjic, Frédéric   Lanouette
4:30 pm: Fire and Ice – Amy Iliza, Vanessa Rotondo (V), Annie St-Jean, Rebecca Lea Thomas
7:00 pm: Sawdust – Natalie Hannah, Sébastien Bérubé, David McGimpsey, Marc LeMyre
9:00 pm: Railroad – M. Travis Lane, Leontia Flynn, Maurice Riordan

Sunday, March 20
1:00 pm: Ottawa Showcase – Sneha Madhavan-Reese, Colin Morton, Tina Charlebois, Frances Boyle
3:00 pm: Kado – Terry Ann Carter, Andre Duhaime

7:00 pm: Hall of Honour – Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke and Robyn Sarah
9:00 pm: OIWF Showcase – Groleau-Landry, Christian Bök, Caroline Bergvall
See http://versefest.ca/year/2016/ for tickets and info.

CAA-NCR BIWEEKLY LITERARY NOTICES FOR FEB. 1 THROUGH 14, 2016

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

BIWEEKLY NOTICES FOR TWO WEEKS: FEB. 1 TO FEB. 14, 2016

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 & EVENTS

 CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING, FEBRUARY

TOPIC: Scribing Sex –  Romancing the Page

PRESENTER: Jasmine Aziz
DATE: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION:  McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.

Jasmine Aziz will be outlining the differences between erotica and romance – from definitions to delivery. She will give examples of how to craft stories according to the audience you are targeting, giving examples on the difference between mainstream sensual writing versus more explicit content. There will be discussion about the art of writing erotic content to elicit arousal and when this is beneficial to a story and when it is not.

This talk is based on the majority of questions Jasmine receives from authors asking how to write in various styles, e.g. erotica vs. mainstream romance, and how they can tell the difference.

NOTE: This presentation contains explicit content and language due to the nature of the topic.

BIO: Jasmine Aziz is a retired vibrator seller.  She worked as a consultant for four years doing in-home party presentations selling adult novelty toys. In that time she met many amazing and diverse women who inspired her to write a novel that would help both men and women navigate the subtle complexities of the modern woman’s life. Her first novel, the comedic Sex & Samosas, straddles the genres of women’s fiction, self-help and erotica while taking a humorous look at cultural and social issues. It has recently been optioned for a movie. Jasmine is currently putting the finishing touches to her next novel, a memoir, based on the wild and unconventional four years she sold adult toys entitled Bring Your Own Batteries.


29TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST DEADLINE THIS WEEK!

 

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.

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

STUDIO NOUVEAU ONLINE WORKSHOP WITH PEARL PIRIE STARTS FEB. 5, 2016

 

An online workshop early this year as well as the face-to-face now running. (Why waste terrible weather and lousy roads and by not doing online learning? ;))

This next set of Studio Nouveau workshops would be starting Feb 5th. It would run to April 8th (skipping 2 weeks for VerseFest and Easter) This 8-week workshop is for those who want to make time to explore contemporary classic writers. Exchange of readings, assignments and critiques by email and/or at the FB page. (I have a page set up at: https://www.facebook.com/studionouveauworkshops/
Included: Four hourlong Skype chats with all participants. One-on-one in-depth critique of two poems (max. 300 lines) of each participant. Comes with a pdf of a chapbook on writing prompts (“Writing Sparks: 50 paths to poems for when you’re feeling damp”).

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.

For $120 come away with new poets to love, new poems made and older poems strengthened and a new set of poets to have met with. Optionally that start of your own chapbook manuscript. Early birds who register before the end of January get a copy of Best Canadian Poetry 2015 free. Registering after they are $14 each. Minimum 6 participants. http://www.pearlpirie.com/studionouveau

 

THE BANFF CENTRE SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS: Banffcentre

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

 

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

 

 SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES Two Deadlines tomorrow!

 

For those who prefer the ebook version of the Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar, the 2016 version can now be purchased via White Mountain Publications’ website. Here is the update from their newsletter: “CWCC Update: The ebook versions of the 2016 Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar are now available from our website.”

 

 

Arc Magazine Contests: see links for details on each contest

 

  • Sawdust Reading Series: This month’s Sawdust Poem-Off is now open. Submit before February 3rd for the opportunity to feature alongside Sandra Ridley on February 17th at Pour Boy, 7 pm. This month’s judge is Deanna Young. Entry is free. Please send up to 150 lines of poetry in a single .doc attachment to sawdustseries@gmail.com, subject line SUBMISSION. More info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/35517751475/permalink/10153401218341476/

 

 

  • 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: https://exilepublishing.submittable.com/submit

 

  • 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: http://mastersreview.com/anthology/

 

  • 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: www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com Enquires: Send to David Brydges mybrydges@yahoo.ca


OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL

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MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN

 

Saturday, February 6 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM Capital Slam featuring Sabrina Benaim 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! https://www.facebook.com/events/868341819929967/

 

HomeSunday, Feb. 7 3:00 PM RailRoad Reading Series at Pressed, 750 Gladstone, Ottawa. We begin with our open mic and your poems followed by our three excellent poets: Monty Reid, Sneha Madhaven-Reese, Vivian Vavassis More details at http://railroad-ottawa.ca/

 

treereadingserieslogoTuesday, Feb. 9, 8:00 pm. Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa, Antonino Mazza + Mary di Michele 6:45p Workshop – gut symmetries like the jeanette winterson novel with elizabeth burns 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers More info: www.treereadingseries.ca

 

Saturday, February 13 at 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM CapSlam CIPS Qualifier Café Alternatif 60 University Private, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5   TWELVE poets will throw down to find out WHO will represent Capital Slam at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships in Vancouver! https://www.facebook.com/events/554496294708372/

OUT OF TOWN

 300px-CanadaPlaceLetterboxedVANCOUVER: Wednesday, February 10, 7 P.M. at the RAILWAY CLUB, 579 Dunsmuir Street, by Seymour Street (604) 681-1625, Colleen Anderson hosts the Vancouver launch of Playground of Lost Toys, Featuring readings by contributors Claude Lalumiere, Alex C. Renwick, dvsduncan, Karen Abrahamson, Linda Demeulemeester. If asked for membership: you’re attending the reading in back room. Free admission. Food and drinks available from the bar.

 

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