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

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

 FEBRUARY, 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

 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 on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings

 CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING FEBRUARY 13, 2018

 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.

 UPCOMING:

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.

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.

 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

 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.

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/

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES AND COURSES

BANFF CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CREATIVITY

 Several upcoming workshops. Deadlines to apply in FEBRUARY 2018. FOR MORE INFO:  https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/current-programs/literary-arts

 

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 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction Entry Fee: $29 Deadline: February 15, 2018

Prize: First: $2,500 and entries of winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration

Contacthttp://www.writersunion.ca/short-prose-competition Website: www.writerssunion.ca 

 

The Toronto Star Short Story Competition (Ontario Residents)

Genre: Fiction Entry Fee: None Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Prize: First: $5,000, plus the tuition fee for either The Humber School for Writers 2018 Creative Writing by Correspondence (Approximate retail value: $3,000), or Summer Workshop in Creative Writing on July 8-13, 2018 at Humber’s Lakeshore Campus (Approximate retail value: $1,000). Second: $2,000, Third: $1,000

Details: https://www.thestar.com/contests/2018/01/05/2018-toronto-star-short-story-contest-in-paper-ad.html

 

Red Hen Press Women’s Prose Prize

This award is for a previously unpublished, original work of prose. Novels, short story collections, memoirs, essay collections, and all other forms of prose writing are eligible for consideration. The awarded manuscript is selected through an annual competition which is open to all writers who identify as women. The deadline for entries is February 28, 2018. The award is $1000 and publication by Red Hen Press. Entry fee is $25.00. 45,000 word minimum, 80,000 word maximum. Entries will be accepted via Submittable only. This year’s final judge will be Lidia Yuknavitch. More info: https://redhen.org/awards-2/womens-prose-prize/

 

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

 

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, February 13 Marta Singh + Ayesha Chatterjee

6:45p Workshop – Topic to be announced with Lori Fox

8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

 

 Tuesday, February 27 Jennifer Lovegrove + Segun Akinlolu

6:45p Workshop – SHADOWSPEAK: the politics and poetics of writing on and speaking to your shadow(s) with Asli Mahdi

8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

 

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! (readers tba)
Contact: rob mclennan at rob_mclennan (at) 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, 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, December 2017

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

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DECEMBER, 2017

 

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

December 9 “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 WINTER SOCIAL DECEMBER 9, 2017

 

 

Winter Social
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2 – 5 p.m.
At the home of Arlene Smith

Bring along your favourite finger food and a short piece of seasonal writing to share.

RSVP and get directions at: somertonsmith@yahoo.com

                                                                  

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

 WEBINARS

Free to all members in good standing
Non-Members: $36 + HST
Affiliates**: $26 + HST
https://canadianauthors.org/national/programs-and-services/webinars/

Take the Fear Out of Formatting: How to Successfully Prepare Your E-book for Publishing

Dec 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Are you eager to publish an e-book but baffled on where to begin? Successfully publishing an e-book starts with formatting, which is nothing to be afraid of.
In this webinar, author and e-book consultant Matthew Bin will provide step-by-step instructions on how to prepare a manuscript for e-book publication. You will learn how to create a professional-looking and correctly formatted e-book that is compatible with all major e-publishing platforms, using only Microsoft Word and free tools available to everyone.
Not a computer whiz? No worries. To get the most out of this practical webinar, participants should simply be comfortable using an Internet browser (such as Microsoft Explorer, Google Chrome, or Safari) and be familiar with the basics of Microsoft Word.

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.

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES AND COURSES

 

BANFF CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CREATIVITY

 

Spring/Summer 2018 Programs Open for Application!
We are delighted to announce that internationally renowned journalist and author Susan Orlean will be the incoming Rogers Communications Chair of Literary Journalism. Susan brings a depth of experience in the ever-evolving world of reporting. She is joined by a new editorial faculty member, Vancouver-based author and journalist Carol Shaben, as well as Tim Falconer.

Browse Programs

 

SASKATCHEWAN WRITERS/ARTISTS WINTER RETREAT

 

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. 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’ Guild, Box 3986

 

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/

 

Screencraft Cinematic Short Story Contest

Genre: Short Story (with special cinematic potential)  Entry Fee: $59

Deadline: December 16, 2017  Prize: First: $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, film and TV producers and publishers, Second: $300 and one-on-one consultation with screen craft mentor. The top five: will have stories read by Screencraft’s network of industry professionals. Website: http://www.screencraft.org

 

 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

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

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 

MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

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

 

Tuesday, December 12 Catherine Kidd + Local Lights  6:45p Workshop – “One Law for the Lion and Ox is Oppression”: Ways of Thinking about Constraint with Chris Jennings  8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

 

Catherine Kidd A mesmerizing dynamic performer who deconstructs language into cities and hyenas,

Catherine is a Montreal-based writer known for her zoology-themed performance poetry. A graduate of Concordia’s MA program in Creative Writing, she has taught writing at Concordia, and recently lead workshops for students in Arctic Quebec. Catherine is author of the novel Missing the Ark, and poetry collections Sea Peach and Bipolar bear. Her latest work Hyena Subpoena was nominated for QWF and LCP awards in poetry, and toured the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit this summer.

 

Chris Johnson  His chapbook, Listen, Partisan!, is from Frog Hollow Press.  Chris Johnson lives in Ottawa and works as the coordinating editor for Arc Poetry Magazine. His chapbook, Listen, Partisan!, is from Frog Hollow Press.

 

Rod Pederson  Rod’s chapbook, Words for What Happens, was a finalist for the 2016 Vallum Chapbook of the Year Contest.  Rod Pederson is an Ottawa poet. His chapbook, Obviously, Obviously Not What It Seems, was published by pfafours press in 2014. In February 2015, he read as the Sawdust Reading Series’ Poem-Off winner, chosen by Monty Reid. Another chapbook, Words for What Happens, was a finalist for the 2016 Vallum Chapbook of the Year Contest. Also in 2016, Rod’s poem, Lament of a Bleeding Heart, was published in Arc Poetry Magazine as a runner-up for their Poem of the Year Contest.

 

Sarah Kabamba

Sarah Kabamba is the winner of Room Magazine’s 2017 Emerging Writer Award and she was shortlisted for Journey Prize 2017. Sarah loves storytelling in all its forms, and believes that it is one of the most powerful tools given to artists. Her work has been published in Carleton Now, Room Magazine, In/Words Magazine and Press and The New Quarterly. She currently resides in Ottawa.  #