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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CAA-NCR Biweekly Notices for Jan. 18 through Jan. 31, 2016

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

BIWEEKLY NOTICES FOR TWO WEEKS: JAN. 18 TO JAN. 31, 2016

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

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

 

MEETINGS & EVENTS

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING, 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, eg. 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

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

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  • Must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CAA NATIONAL NEWS:

 CANADIAN AUTHORS 2016 LITERARY AWARDS

Entries are now being accepted for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2016 Literary Awards. Criteria and submission details are available in the  CAA 2016 Literary Awards Guidelines

Complete the CAA 2016 Awards entry form online, print it and send it to us along with your submission and entry fee. The deadline for submissions is EXTENDED to Jan. 30, 2016.

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

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 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

 

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

 

2017 – 18 CANADIAN WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE 

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The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program (CDWP) encourages submissions from promising Canadian writers for the position of Canadian Writer-in-Residence, a ten-month residency at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts from September 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. This is a unique opportunity for early to mid-career Canadian writers to devote their time to writing and to advancing their writing careers. Applications for the position are encouraged from writers from diverse genres-including literary fiction or nonfiction, poetry, scriptwriting, and playwriting. Candidates will have one to four published and/or performed works to their credit; community engagement experience, such as teaching or mentoring writers; and are expected to propose a project or projects that they will undertake during their term as Canadian Writer-in-Residence. They will preferably, but not necessarily, hold a university degree.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Caitlynn Bailey-Cummings at 403.220.8177 orcdwp@ucalgary.ca Deadline: January 31, 2016  Details:  https://ucalgary.ca/cdwp/writer-residence/apply

 

SPALDING UNIVERSITY MFA IN WRITING PROGRAM 

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 Spalding University is ranked one of the top 10 low-residency MFA in Writing programs, celebrating creativity and community, not competition. Residencies in Louisville, Kentucky or abroad bring together outstanding students and faculty for 10 exhilarating days of workshop and serious craft study. Back home, students read, write, and revise during one-on-one independent study sessions with a prize-winning, publishing mentor. Our program offers the following areas of concentration: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children & young adults, screenwriting, and playwriting.

Details: https://spalding.edu/academics/mfa-in-writing/


OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL

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

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

 

RESOURCES FOR SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES

 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.”

 

 

  • Tree Press Chapbook Contest: contest is for regular attendees at The Tree Reading Series, the Seed workshops, or read at the Tree open mic readings. Prize $250 and 10 copies of your chapbook! (Winner may order more copies if he/she wishes.) No fee to enter. See link for more info. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JAN. 31, 2016.

 

 

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

·        Archibald Lampman Award deadline March 31, 2016

 

 

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

 

MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN
10616147_719512231476757_4644385450363778813_n  Wednesday, Jan. 20, 7:00 pm  The Wednesday, Jan . 20, 7:00 pm The Sawdust Reading Series Presents Deanna Young and Rusty Priske, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1485277571780841/ 

 Tuesday, January 26, 8:00 pm. Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa, Jessica Hiemstra + Rachel Rose 6:45 pm Workshop – Hard Editing with Susan McMaster 8:00 pm Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers More info www.treereadingseries.ca

 

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CAA-NCR Biweekly Literary Notices for Jan. 4 through 17, 2016

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Jan. 4 to Jan. 17, 2016

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

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

 

MEETINGS & EVENTS

 

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING, JANUARY, 2016

TOPIC: Taxes and the Writer

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

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

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

 

29TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST

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

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

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

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

Awards Night

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

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

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

 

CAA NATIONAL NEWS:

CANADIAN AUTHORS 2016 LITERARY AWARDS

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

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

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

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

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 

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

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NEWS RELEASE

 

“December 15, 2015

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

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

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

Your members will not have to relocate to complete this graduate degree. In fact, there are only six weeks when writers need to be in Halifax, New York, or Toronto. If they have a non-fiction book idea they want to pursue seriously, we hope you will encourage them to consider the University of King’s College. We’ve got your book. “ Don Sedgwick, Executive Director, MFA in Creative Nonfiction, University of King’s College (Halifax) P: 902.422.1271 ext. 282 E: don.sedgwick@ukings.ca www.ukings.ca.

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

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THE BANFF CENTRE SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS:

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

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

 

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

 

2017 – 18 CANADIAN WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE 

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University of Calgary Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program (CDWP) encourages submissions from promising Canadian writers for the position of Canadian Writer-in-Residence, a ten-month residency at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts from September 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. This is a unique opportunity for early to mid-career Canadian writers to devote their time to writing and to advancing their writing careers. Applications for the position are encouraged from writers from diverse genres-including literary fiction or nonfiction, poetry, scriptwriting, and playwriting. Candidates will have one to four published and/or performed works to their credit; community engagement experience, such as teaching or mentoring writers; and are expected to propose a project or projects that they will undertake during their term as Canadian Writer-in-Residence. They will preferably, but not necessarily, hold a university degree.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Caitlynn Bailey-Cummings at 403.220.8177 orcdwp@ucalgary.ca Deadline: January 31, 2016  Details:  https://ucalgary.ca/cdwp/writer-residence/apply

SPALDING UNIVERSITY MFA IN WRITING PROGRAM 

Spalding University

Spalding University (Wikipedia)

Spalding University is ranked one of the top 10 low-residency MFA in Writing programs, celebrating creativity and community, not competition. Residencies in Louisville, Kentucky or abroad bring together outstanding students and faculty for 10 exhilarating days of workshop and serious craft study. Back home, students read, write, and revise during one-on-one independent study sessions with a prize-winning, publishing mentor. Our program offers the following areas of concentration: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children & young adults, screenwriting, and playwriting.

Details: https://spalding.edu/academics/mfa-in-writing/

OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL  

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

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

RESOURCES FOR SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES                 

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 Contests: see links for details on each contest

 OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN

  •  Tuesday, January 12, 8:00 pm. Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, treereadingserieslogo1073 Bank St. Ottawa, Sachiko Murakami + TBA 8:00p Readings Open Mic and Featured Reader Sachiko Murakami. More info treereadingseries.ca
  •  Sunday, January 17 at 4 PM – 7 PM Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam Featuring Amal el-Mohtar. Workshop: 4pm. Signup: 4:45pm (priority given to youth who participated in the workshop) Slam: 5:00pm-7:00pm. Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa https://www.facebook.com/events/955613461172186/

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

 

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The Peace Tower at Christmas. Ottawa, Canada.

The Peace Tower at Christmas. Ottawa, (Wikipedia)

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

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

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

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

 

MEETINGS & EVENTS

 CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING, JANUARY, 2016

 TOPIC: Taxes and the Writer

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

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

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

 

29TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST

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

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

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

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

Awards Night

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

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

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

CAA NATIONAL NEWS:

 CANADIAN AUTHORS 2016 LITERARY AWARDS

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

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

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

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

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

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

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

“December 15, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Banffcentre

THE BANFF CENTRE SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS:

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

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

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

 

PEARL PIRIE’S JANUARY STUDIO NOUVEAU POETRY WORKSHOP

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

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

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

OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL                        

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

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

 RESOURCES FOR SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES                 

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

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

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN

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

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