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

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

MAY, 2018

 

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 . • 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

May 8, 2018 NCWC Awards Night

June 12, 2018

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

 

CAA MONTHLY MEETING TUESDAY MAY 8, 2018

The 2018 National Capital Writing Contest Awards
At the Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library, Auditorium

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ANNOUNCING THE FINALISTS FOR THE 2018 CAA NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST

from Sherrill Wark NCWC Co-ordinator  https://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 

Congratulations to all. Placing as a Finalist in the NCWC is indeed a coup.

There are seven Short Story finalists for our 31st Annual National Capital Writing Contest. The judge had trouble deciding which Honourable Mentions to keep, so we agreed to have four Honourable Mentions this year. This attests to the high quality of entries.

Note that one poet has made the list of Finalists no fewer than three times! This is not because of a dearth of entries, it’s because this poet consistently places as a Finalist every year. This year, she snagged three placements.

Short Stories
Anne-Marie Beattie, Oshawa, Ontario, The Reservoir Man
Ingrid Betz, London, Ontario, Leaving Is Just a Suitcase Away
Adam Heenan, Ottawa, Ontario, The Tent Man
Anna Rumin, Ottawa, Ontario, Gently into the Night
Jeff Shiau, Ottawa, Ontario, Coffee or Tea
Adrienne Stevenson, Ottawa, Ontario, Rules of the Road
Sonia Tilson, Ottawa, Ontario, Wild Strawberry Jam

Poetry
Gill Foss, Carp, Ontario, A Change of Pace
Gill Foss, Carp, Ontario, Beyond HRV*
Gill Foss, Carp, Ontario, Ode to Invisible Sounds
Marianne Jones, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Child of the 50’s
Joan McKay, Kingston, Ontario, A Memory of Light
Ian Prattis, Ottawa, Ontario, The Seasons

UPCOMING MEETINGS

 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
TOPIC: Songs and Stories with Phil Jenkins

Come and enjoy an evening of music and tales with the multi-talented Phil Jenkins, maker and seller of fine English and lyric song. http://www.philjenkins.ca/

 

 CAA NATIONAL

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

 June 14 to 17: Canadian Writers’ Summit 

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 take note – it’s only 2 months away. http://www.canadianwriterssummit.com/

 

THE WHISTLER INDEPENDENT BOOK AWARDS IS NOW OPEN

and entering its third year, and Canadian Authors – Metro Vancouver Branch will once more assist in the selection of finalists from the shortlist. Winners of fiction and non-fiction awards will be selected by well-known BC authors.

WIBA, the Whistler Independent Book Awards, are the only juried Canadian awards for self-published authors. As part of the prize package, winning manuscripts will be published and distributed nationally. These awards are produced jointly by the Whistler Writing Society and Vivalogue Publishing. Winners will be announced and celebrated at the Whistler Writers’ Festival , which takes place October 11 – 14, 2018.

 

The Banister 33rd Annual Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems; $4 for each additional poem

Deadline: May 31, 2018 Prize: $300; $200; $100

Description: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 33rd 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.

Website: www.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

THE MAGIC OF MINIATURE: HAIBUN & SMALL BOOK MAKING WITH  TERRY ANN CARTER

This workshop is part of the spring celebration series: Land Art  AT

WINTERGREEN STUDIOS, YARKER, ON.

 Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9:30 am — 4 pm

   If you love playing with words and images and you’d like to do both in one workshop, join poet and artist Terry Ann Carter for a day of magical creativity. Learn about the Japanese poetry form called haibun in the morning, and make your own miniature books in the afternoon. Everyone is welcome—beginners and experienced poets and artists—come one, come all.

DETAILS AT: https://www.wintergreenstudios.com/haibun/

  

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

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

 The 12th International Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 is now open and accepting entries!

Prizes:  1st Prize – £500  2nd Prize – £250  3rd Prize – £100 plus 17 runners up prizes of being published on our website and in a future anthology. Our judge for 2018 will be Sally Spedding. Entry forms online. Closing date: Sunday 27th May 2018. To keep up to date just sign up to our newsletter. http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk/

 Call for Entries: The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018. Submit your Poetry & Short Fiction and showcase your work to a new international audience and further your involvement in the literary world. Prizes include: £1,000 for the Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists, Consultation with Redhammer Management, membership to the Poetry Society, one year subscription to Granta and a selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage. Entries are open until 31 August. Submit at: www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

 spring pulse poetry festival presents: Ontario’s First Painting/Poetry Juried Competition & Exhibition, Temiskaming Art Gallery, August 7 to September 2, 2018

Deadline for Submissions: Submissions by email/postal mail must be received by Friday June 8, 2018

Awards: Winning prizes are:  1st: $1000  2nd: $500  3rd: $250  Please contact David Brydges for a brochure with full details at mybyrdges@yahoo.ca.

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

TREE READING SERIES at Happy Goat Coffee, 35 Laurel St. Ottawa (Hintonburg)

MAY 8, 2018 Catriona Wright + Spencer Gordon

 

8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

Catriona Wright

Catriona is the poetry editor for The Puritan and a co-founder of Desert Pets Press

Catriona Wright is a writer, editor, and teacher. She is the author of Table Manners (Véhicule Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Prism International, Prairie Fire, Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, The Best Canadian Poetry 2015, and elsewhere. In 2014, she won Matrix Magazine’s LitPop Award.  More >

Spencer Gordon

Ottawa’s own Puritan returns with his newest pop culture poetry collection. Spencer Gordon is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection Cosmo (Coach House Books, 2012). Fall 2017 saw the launch of his debut collection of poetry, Cruise Missile Liberals (Nightwood Editions, and a blewointment Book). He is also co-founder of The Puritan, the decade-old literary journal. His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, EVENT, THIS Magazine, Poetry Is Dead, The Winnipeg Review, CNQ, Broken Pencil, Joyland and many other periodicals and anthologies.

 Upcoming:

 More info: treereadingseries.ca

 

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL EVENTS MAY 1, 2018

https://writersfestival.org/events

 

THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR SPRING 2018

 

Saturday, June 23, 2018 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.

$25 for exhibitors, full tables  $12.50 for half-tables (payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available)

 

Note: for the sake of increased demand, we are now offering half tables.
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. And don’t forget the pre-fair reading usually held the night before, at The Carleton Tavern!  Contact: rob mclennan at rob_mclennan@hotmail.com for questions, or to sign up for a table More info http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2018/01/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-spring-2018.html

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

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

 

MARCH, 2018

 

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 . • 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

March 13, 2018

April 10, 2108

May 8, 2018 NCWC Awards Night

June 12, 2018

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

 

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING FEBRUARY 13, 2018

 Tuesday, March 13, 2018
TOPIC: Playwriting  SPEAKER: Laurie Fyffe

What makes a play different from other forms of writing? How do you get the characters to tell your story? What exactly is ‘dramatic action’? And how does the playwright craft dialogue to serve both characters and plot? It’s all about wants and desires.  BIO: Laurie Fyffe is a playwright, dramaturge, actor, arts administrator and Artistic Director of Evolution Theatre, Ottawa. She is a member of CAEA, ACTRA, and the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

UPCOMING:

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
TOPIC: Can you write a poem like ‘superstar’ Rupi Kaur (Milk and Honey, The Sun and Her Flowers)? Do you want to?

SPEAKER: JC Sulzenko

Join JC Sulzenko, whose first full collection, South Shore Suite…POEMS, came out in November (www.pointpetrepublishing.ca.) She’ll highlight aspects of her writing life from writing for children to self-publishing, from writing collaboratively to assuming a pseudonym, then lead an interactive romp through selections from Kaur’s work to enable participants to craft a poem there and then or at their ‘leisure.’ www.jcsulzenko.com

BIO: JC Sulzenko writes in a number of genres and creates poetry and stories for young and adult readers alike. The Ottawa International Writers Festival and the Ottawa Public Library/Ottawa Children’s Literature Round Table’s Kid Galas have showcased her poetry and her books for children. Her poems appear in a number of chapbooks and anthologies and have been broadcast on radio and television. To assist in fund-raising for charitable organizations, JC writes impromptu poetry at special events and offers some of her books for sale through not-for-profit groups.

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The 2018 National Capital Writing Contest Awards
At the Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
TOPIC: Songs and Stories with Phil Jenkins

Come and enjoy an evening of music and tales with the multi-talented Phil Jenkins, maker and seller of fine English and lyric song. http://www.philjenkins.ca/

 

UPCOMING CAA-NCR WORKSHOP

 Dialogue: The Mechanics of

with Tim Wynne-Jones

Saturday, April 21, 2018  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Algonquin College, Woodroffe Campus, Room J208

 Cost, payable by cash, cheque or e-transfer: $50 for members of the Canadian Authors Association $65 for non-members Register by sending a message to NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

There are, simply stated, two kinds of narrative at work in a novel: scene and summary. It is in scene-work that the reader is closest to the action. The camera can dolly in tight on the characters, close enough to pick up every word and grumble, every shudder and wink. That’s where we come to really know the characters by what they do and, in dialogue, by what they say. But when we use the term dialogue, we can’t really divorce it from the “connective tissue” of a scene. Because we need to see the scene not simply hear it. This is how we account for the time in which a scene takes place. And that is the most important difference between scene and summary: a scene takes place in real time – time the writer must account for. In this workshop, we will look at what makes a scene tick. And at the heart of that is dialogue. Dialogue’s chief job is to reveal character.

 

CAA NATIONAL

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

 June 14 to 17: Canadian Writers’ Summit 

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 take note – it’s only 3 months away. http://www.canadianwriterssummit.com/

 

CANADIAN AUTHORS FRED KERNER BOOK AWARD 2018 NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS     

The CAA Fred Kerner Book Award is awarded annually to a Canadian Authors member who has the best overall book published in the previous year. The deadline is March 15 – get the guidelines and entry form at https://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/submit-for-an-award/

 

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

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

 The Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction Genre: 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

 

Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest, Deadline for Received Submissions: Friday April 20, 2018. Cash prizes total $1,600 https://www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com/rules.html

 

The Irene Adler Prize: A Scholarship for Women Writers  Genre: Nonfiction essay (see guidelines for essay topics)  Entry Fee: None Deadline: Competition runs from January 30 to April 30, 2018   Prize:  $1,000 USD scholarship Details: http://www.lucasaykroyd.com/scholarships

 The 12th International Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 is now open and accepting entries!

Prizes:  1st Prize – £500  2nd Prize – £250  3rd Prize – £100 plus 17 runners up prizes of being published on our website and in a future anthology. Our judge for 2018 will be Sally Spedding. Entry forms online. Closing date: Sunday 27th May 2018. To keep up to date just sign up to our newsletter. http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk/

 Call for Entries: The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018. Submit your Poetry & Short Fiction and showcase your work to a new international audience and further your involvement in the literary world. Prizes include: £1,000 for the Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists, Consultation with Redhammer Management, membership to the Poetry Society, one year subscription to Granta and a selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage. Entries are open until 31 August. Submit at: www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

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

 Tuesday, March 13 Claudia Coutu Radmore + Natalie Hannah

8:00p Readings Open Mic and Featured Readers

Claudia Coutu Radmore  editor of Haiku Canada Anthologies, has published haiku, tanka, and haibun internationally. Among publications are a series of bilingual tanka,  Your Hands Discover Me / tes mains me découvrent , (2010 by  Éditions du tanka francophone , Montréal);  Blackbird’s Throat ; and  Three Sets of Literary Haibun , ( catkin press , 2015)

Natalie Hanna’s writing focusses on feminist, political, and personal themes. natalie hanna is a queer ottawa lawyer of middle eastern descent working with low income populations. Her writing focuses on feminist, political, and personal themes. She runs battleaxe press (small press poetry), is on hiatus as the Administrative Director of the Sawdust Reading Series and serves as newsletter editor for Arc Poetry Magazine. Her work has been published with above/ground press, Phafours Press, Hussy, in/words, shreeking violet, and Canthius, among others.

 

SEE ALSO VERSEFEST SCHEDULE (next item)  FOR TREE AT VERSEFEST ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 21ST http://versefest.ca/year/2018/schedule/?day=Mar21

  

Announcing Versefest ’18 March 20 – 25, 2018

Six days, seventy poets, one festival. Celebrating written poetry and spoken word in English and French, VF ’18 brings you some of the most exciting poets on the planet. Here’s the full roster of this year’s poets: http://versefest.ca/year/2018/poets/

For FULL Schedule, dates, times and tickets, visit VERSeFest 2018 website here: http://versefest.ca/year/2018/

VERSeFest is Ottawa’s annual International Festival of Poetry. Built on a mandate of fostering creative crossroads and community, we feature English and French poetry of all traditions, styles, and forms. Since 2011, we have showcased the best local, Canadian, and international poets performing in both spoken and written word genres. As one of Canada’s largest and most successful poetry festivals, our stages have featured readings by Griffin, Governor General, and Pulitzer Prize winners.

VERSeFest is curated and organized by a planning committee comprised of a collective of local poetic organizations and reading series under the guidance of the festival’s artistic director.

THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR SPRING 2018

 Saturday, June 23, 2018 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.

$25 for exhibitors, full tables  $12.50 for half-tables (payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available)

Note: for the sake of increased demand, we are now offering half tables.
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. And don’t forget the pre-fair reading usually held the night before, at The Carleton Tavern!  Contact: rob mclennan at rob_mclennan@hotmail.com for questions, or to sign up for a table More info http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2018/01/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-spring-2018.html

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.

 

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/