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

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)   SUMMER, 2017

 

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 Arlene Smith at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

 

SUMMER SOCIAL GET INSPIRED, GET FED, HAVE FUN JULY 23, 2017

 1:30 to 5:00 At the home of Arlene Smith POT LUCK

  • Interactive writing challenges
  • Food, drink and fun
  • Bring your books and give folks an opportunity to purchase a copy
  • Network, meet old friends and dis-cover new ones

Everyone is welcome: CAA Members, non-members, friends or family.

Contact Arlene for directions to her Bells Corners home

 

NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC) 2017 AWARDS NIGHT

 On Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Canadian Authors Association – National Capital Region celebrated the finalists in our 30th annual writing contest.  Following is the list of awards presented that evening. We recognized first, second, third place, and honourable mentions in Short Story and Poetry categories. Look for these poems and stories in upcoming issues of Byline magazine. Congratulations, everyone!

 POETRY

First place:   “Gunda”- Ruth Latta

Second place: “Anne from Toronto ”  – Ruth Latta

Third place:   “Sunset (for Gwen)” – Gill Foss

Honourable Mention: “Too Long a Winter” – Lee Ann Smith

Honourable Mention: “Relay” – Lee Ann Smith

Honourable Mention: “A Small Grief” – Bev Chambers

 SHORT STORY

First place:   “The Flower Seller of Agra” – Shiela Jane

Second place: “California Pure” – Elle Wild

Third place:   “Extra Innings” – Jeff Shiau

Honourable Mention: “Unexpected” – Barbara Wackerle Baker

Honourable Mention: “Night Swim” – Di Golding

Honourable Mention: “Distant Connections” – Julio Heleno Gomes

 

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2017-2018 UPCOMING

 THANK EVERYONE for responding so enthusiastically to our Request of ideas for our 2017-18 program. The feedback and information we received from you reassured us that people care about the work of our organization. Keep your ideas coming, please.  We incorporated as many ideas as we could into our meeting topics and workshop planning—with a few details still to be ironed out.  We made a few changes as well:

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

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

September 19, 2017

October 9, 2017

November 14, 2017

December “Winter Voices” Social

February 13, 2018

March 13, 2018

April 10, 2108

May 8, 2018 NCWC Awards Night

June 12, 2018

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

 

FROM NATIONAL:  2017 CANADIAN AUTHORS LITERARY AWARDS WINNERS

 Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Canadian Authors Literary Awards. The winners were announced at our annual literary awards dinner and gala held in Toronto on June 24, 2017.  Visit our website for more information on the historic Canadian Authors Association Literary Awards.  https://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/about-the-awards/

Canadian Authors Award for Fiction

WINNER: Alissa York for The Naturalist (Randomhouse Canada)

Alissa York’s internationally acclaimed novels include Mercy, Effigy (short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), Fauna and, most recently, The Naturalist. York is also the author of the short fiction collection, Any Given Power, stories from which have won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Guardian, Brick magazine, Canadian Geographic and elsewhere. York has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, artist Clive Holden.

Canadian Authors Award for Poetry

WINNER: Johanna Skibsrud for The Description of the World (Wolsak and Wynn)

Johanna Skibsrud is the author of two previous collections of poetry, I Do Not Think

that I Could Love a Human Being and Late Nights With Wild Cowboys; two novels, Quartet for the End of Time and the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel The Sentimentalists; and the short fiction collection This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories. An Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona, Skibsrud and her family divide their time between Tucson and Cape Breton.

Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History

WINNER: Charlotte Gray for The Promise of Canada (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Charlotte Gray is the author of ten acclaimed books of literary non-fiction, including The Massey Murder and Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike. Charlotte’s 1999 bestseller Sisters in the Wilderness was named as one of the 25 most influential Canadian books of the past 25 years by the Literary Review of Canada. Born in Sheffield, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, Charlotte worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine columnist before she turned to biography and popular history. An adjunct research professor at Carleton University, in Ottawa, she is a member of the Order of Canada and lives in Ottawa.

Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award

WINNER: Eva Crocker

Eva Crocker’s stories have been published in Riddle Fence, The Overcast, and The Telegram’s Cuffer Anthology. Barrelling Forward was shortlisted for the 2015 RBC Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers. Crocker recently completed a Master’s Degree in English Literature at Memorial University.

Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Award

WINNER: Margo Wheaton for The Unlit Path Behind the House(Queen’s University Press)

Margo Wheaton is a New Brunswick-born poet currently living in Halifax. Her poems have appeared in publications including Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry, Poet to Poet and Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land, and in periodicals including The Fiddlehead, PRISM, CV2, Event, Prairie Fire and The New Quarterly. Her essays and reviews have been found in The Globe and Mail, The Antigonish Review, The Coast and the Guernica Series on Writers.

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 BANFF CENTRE ANNOUNCES FALL PROGRAMS:

We are thrilled to announce our Literary Arts programs. From Emerging Writers Intensive

to thematic residencies, we invite writers and journalists to spend time in the mountains at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. In light of an intense week in the Canadian literary and media landscape, and within the wider political sphere, Banff Centre is happy to offer two fully scholarshipped residencies to create space for important conversations: the relationship of the writer to identity, and the role of the journalist within the current political climate. Come work with us this fall.  DEADLINES IN JULY 2017  Browse Programs

 Winter Programs Now Open for Application!

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

WRITESCAPE FALL PROGRAMS:

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

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

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

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

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

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BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS                    

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

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

 

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

 

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

 OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

LANARK COUNTY Live Poets Friday July 21, 2017 Doors at 6:30 Show at 7:00 Coutts Roastery & Café, 57 Gore St E. Perth. Open Mic. All performers welcome! Hope to see you there!

 

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL: SPRING 2017 WEB: writersfestival.org/ SEE SITE FOR TICKET AND VENUE INFO

 

 

 

 

COMING IN THE FALL/WINTER SEASON OUT OF TOWN

 EDEN MILLS WRITERS’ FESTIVAL, EDEN MILLS ON. SEPT. 9, 10 & 25, 2017 MORE INFO AT: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/2017-festival/what-you-need-to-know/#

 

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

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What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa in May 2017

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

 NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF MAY, 2017

 

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

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

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

JOIN US AT THE CAA-NCR PROGRAM PLANNING MEETING Tuesday, May 2, 2017

 TIME: 7:00 p.m.  LOCATION: Meeting Room A McNabb Community Center, Percy St. at Gladstone, Ottawa

 

We’re planning for 2017-18.  Help us create a Canadian Authors Association branch that meets YOUR needs.

What do you need us to plan for you?

What should we do at our meetings?

What workshop topic would interest you most?

All are welcome. If you can’t make it but have some ideas for us, send an email to NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org


CAA-NCR MEETING: TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017

 

30th Annual National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC) Awards Night

Sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association

 LOCATION: Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe St. Ottawa 

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Ottawa Public Library’s Main Branch, designed by Bemi & Associates Architects (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

 In addition to the presentation of the awards, finalists will be invited to read their entries. The winning entries will be published in Byline, and all finalists’ entries will be published in a 2017 Anthology celebrating the NCWC’s 30th Anniversary. We look forward to the friends and families of the finalists, and anyone wishing to support local authors, to attend and enjoy an evening of wonderful writing.

 

FROM NIAGARA BRANCH:

 THE BANISTER 32ND ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST

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

 

FROM NATIONAL:  SAVE THE DATE – CANWRITE! 2017 Registration Now Open!

Whether you’re a beginning writer or a long-time professional, you’ll find what you’re looking for at CanWrite! 2017 June 22 to 25 Humber College Lakeshore Campus Toronto, Ontario

 

This combination writers’ retreat and conference offers an a la carte menu of writing circles, writing clinic, interactive workshops, publisher and agent panels, pitching opportunities, open mic readings, networking, book fair, and inspiring literary awards events.  All meals included!

This is your opportunity to network and mingle with agents, publishers and fellow writers from across Canada. For conference details and to register, visit

canadianauthors.org/national/ and click on the CanWrite! 2017 menu button.

 


OTHER WORKSHOPS

 

WRITING YOUR MEMORIES SEMINAR WITH AUTHOR MOLLY O’CONNOR

 

Sunday, May 7, 2017  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Ruth Dickinson Library 100 Malvern St., Barrhaven

$35 per person

 

How many times have you said to yourself “I should write my story—my life’s story”? Perhaps you want to record a family history to be cherished by your descendants or you have a personal story you want to share with the world, whatever your reasons for needing to document your memories you want them to be read and appreciated because each and every one of us has a story worth telling.

No one else can tell your story, you own it and you should tell it, however, telling it effectively and well is often missing. This seminar will give you the basic tools needed to begin to craft a compelling account of your cherished memories.

Molly O’Connor is the author of Fourteen Cups, a collection of short stories, Wandering Backward a creative memoir, Snow Business a children’s picture book, a novel When Secrets Become Lies and her work appears in several anthologies including five Chicken Soup for the Soul editions—Grandmothers, O Canada, The Dating Game, The Dog Did What? and Good Dog Bad Dog. Her work also appears in Not Your Mother’s Books and magazines.

 

In this seminar, you will receive personal guidance and positive direction. Maximum enrollment is 12 so reserve early to guarantee your space—$35.00 per person. Call 613 489-3624 or email 4molly.oconnor@gmail.com

 

OIW Workshop Friday May 26th at 4 pm until Sunday May 28th at 4 pm.

LOCATION: Cove Inn, in Westport

 

2 ½ days of writing and relaxation to rejuvenate the senses and bring your prose to life.

Don’t miss this wonderful chance to improve your writing while spending time in such an idyllic environment.  Book early, as space is limited, and tend to go quickly.

 

Information and registration please contact Susan Jennings at: sajennings@sympatico.ca

MORE INFO: http://www.ottawaindependentwriters.com/retreat

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

AUTHORS’ MARKET/L’ESPACE LITTÉRAIRE

 

Are you an author from the National Capital area?  This summer, promote and sell your books at the ByWard Market by reaching out to the thousands of locals and visitors we welcome every week! Come on your own or in pairs and we’ll provide an outdoor covered space with tables and chairs for free. For more details and to sign up:  City of Ottawa Markets Management bywardmarket@ottawa.ca 613-244-4410

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Estes vous un(e) auteur(e) de la region de la Capitale nationale? Cet ete, faites la promotion et la vente de vos livres au marche By et rejoignez les milliers de residents et visiteurs que nous accueillons a chaque semaine! Venez seul(e) ou en groupe de deux et nous vous fournirons gratuitement un espace exterieur couvert ainsi qu’une table et des chaises! Pour plus d’information et pour s’inscrire: Direction des marches, Ville d’Ottawa marcheby@ottawa.ca 613-244-4410

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

 

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

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

                       

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

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

 

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

 

MSLEXIA’S POETRY AND PAMPHLET COMPETITIONS NOW OPEN! 

 

This year the Poetry Competition for single poems will be judged by renowned Northern Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey. The first prize is a show-stopping £2,000 – plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at the idyllic Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, and a mentoring afternoon with Amy Wack, poetry editor at Seren. Other winners will receive a share of the remaining £1,025 prize pot, and all winning poems will be published in the September 2017 issue of Mslexia.

Plus, we’re once again offering a special prize for the best poem by an unpublished woman poet. So if you’re an early-career writer who’s looking to see their work in print and pocket a tidy £500, this prize is especially for you.

If you already have a shoebox full of poems why not consolidate them into a collection and enter our annual  Poetry Pamphlet Competition? For collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems, the first prize is the publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books, plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and royalties from all subsequent sales. If you’ve never had a full-length collection published and want to take your work to the next level, this is the competition for you. The deadline for both competitions is 19 June 2017, so there’s still plenty of time to decide which poem/s to enter – or to write something new.

 

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

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

 

 OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY BOOKS TO DONATE? BOOKS THAT ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME?

 

May Court Library, housed at Ottawa Civic Hospital, is holding a book sale in the rotunda of the Civic on Tuesday, June 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The contact at the Civic Library would be Marnie Weller, 613-722-1000 Ex 16717. Anyone with books to donate should contact Marnie to make their own arrangements for delivery of the books, prior to the date of the sale.

 

All proceeds from this event will go to supporting the work of The May Court Club of Ottawa.  Established in 1898, The Club has provided various community services to the city over its history.  Currently it houses and supports the May Court Hospice, funds grants to community organizations, scholarships for nurse practitioners, operates the library at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, and supports a Munch and Learn program at six Community Houses.

 

MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

 

  • Tree Reading Series, Tuesday May 23, 2017 at the Black Squirrel 1073 Bank St. Ottawa John Nyman + Shoshanna Wingate 6:45p Workshop – Breathing life into words : the art of spoken word performance with Daniel Groleau Landry 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readersca

 

  • LANARK COUNTY Live Poets 2017 FINAL SLAM AND TEAM SELECTION May 5th Doors at 7 Show at 7:30 Johnny McRae from BC to Host and Feature!!! 125 Gore St East Perth- McMarin House.  Invitational Team choosing Final Slam  $10 entry for non-competitors. Hope to see you there!

 

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL: SPRING 2017

WEB: www.writersfestival.org/  SEE SITE FOR TICKET AND VENUE INFO

 

  • May 1 – 6:30 PM: One on One with Anita Desai; 8:30 PM: What You Want with Elise Levine, Lori McNulty and Karen Connelly Hosted by Rhonda Douglas
  • May 2 – 6:30 PM: Rise of the Radical Right with Tom McMillan and Henry A. Giroux; 8:30 PM: The Only Journey with Andrew Westoll, Susan Perly and Steven Heighton

 

COMING UP IN OTTAWA IN JUNE

The Third Annual Prose in the Park Literary Festival begins at 11 am on June 10, 2017 in the Parkdale Park, Ottawa and finishes at 6 pm. This beautiful outdoor day of readings, panel discussions and book-buying is the high point of Ottawa’s literary calendar. For details, click below.  https://www.proseinthepark.com/

 


the Ottawa small press book fair spring 2017 edition

Saturday, June 24, 2017 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane) 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. Contact: rob mclennan at rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com for questions, or to sign up for a table More info: http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2017/01/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-spring-2017.html

 

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CAA-NCR What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa for January, 2017

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY, 2017

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

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

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

CAA-NCR MEETING: TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017 WITH CAROLINE PIGNAT

TOPIC: The Writer’s Journey

DATE: January 10, 2017   TIME: 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: McNabb Community Center, Percy St.

Stuck at a threshold? In need of a mentor? Dreading your dragon? Wherever we are in our writing careers, writing takes courage—and lots of it. Asking ourselves the right questions can help us forge ahead and claim that treasure. Join two-time GG winner, author and teacher Caroline Pignat as she explores the call, challenges, and adventure of writing. Our voices, our stories, our ends and means may differ, but every writer’s journey is truly a Hero’s Journey.

 

30TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC)

 Sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association–National Capital Region

Short Story • Poetry   $300 First Place • $200 Second Place • $100 Third Place

Open to all Canadian writers.   Deadline: 11:59 PM/23h59 EST Friday, February 3, 2017

Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online.

Winning entries will be published in Byline, and all finalists’ entries will be published in a 2017 Anthology celebrating NCWC’s 30th Anniversary. All rights will remain with the writer.

MORE INFORMATION: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/ncwc/

 

FROM NATIONAL:

CAA WEBINAR: WRITE BETTER DIALOGUE

Members of CAA who missed the “Write Better Dialogue” webinar in December can still access all the great information Matthew Bin had to share. Contact the national office for more information: admin@canadianauthors.org

CANADIAN AUTHORS LITERARY AWARDS 2017 – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS  

This year, we’re accepting submissions for the CAA Literary Awards until January 31, 2017 in the Fiction, Canadian History, and Poetry categories, and March 1 for the Emerging Writer Award and the Fred Kerner Book Award. This awards competition is open to all Canadian writers published (traditionally and independently) during 2016. (See special criteria for the Fred Kerner Award and the Emerging Writer Award guidelines). For details, guidelines, and entry forms, go to http://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/submit-for-an-award/  

SAVE THE DATE – CANWRITE! 2017 IS COMING

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

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 

BANFF CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CREATIVITY UPCOMING DEADLINES for 2017  Banffcentre

 The deadlines for 2017 Literary Programs have been posted. The first deadlines are January 11, 2017. More information here: https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/current-programs/literary-arts

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

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

 BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS           

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

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

 
LEAGUE OF CANADIAN POETS  NATIONAL BROADSHEET CONTEST:  The League is excited to announce its first national broadsheet contest, open to all Canadian poets! Judge Sharon Thesen will select a winning poem for publication as a broadsheet designed and printed by Briar Craig on handmade paper. The winner will receive 10 copies of their custom broadsheet, have their poem included in the 2017 Poem in Your Pocket day booklet, and be promoted on the League website. As well, the winning poet will receive a free one-year membership with the League!  DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: FEBRUARY 1, 2017  http://poets.ca/broadsheet/

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 

MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

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  • Tree Reading Series, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the Black Squirrel 1073 Bank St. Ottawa, 8:00 p.m. Sanita Fejzic + Extended Open Mic.  Come for our extended open mic to welcome in a better, brighter new year with *your* voices. 2-3 minutes each but not the usual 10 person cap on readers. Show off what you’ve made. Share a poem by someone else that knocked you out cold or lit you up. We’re welcoming us all back to the Black Squirrel! www.treereadingseries.ca
  • 10616147_719512231476757_4644385450363778813_nWednesday, Jan. 18 Sawdust Reading Series 7 pm to 9 pm, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa.   The Sawdust Reading Series Presents Michael Mirolla and TBA.  Pour Boy features on-street parking, direct #2 bus service, and an affordable menu. Look for us upstairs!  We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the League of Canadian Poets. Michael Mirolla is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, playwright, and poet. Michael describes his fiction as a mix of magic realism, surrealism, speculative fiction and meta-fiction. Michael Mirolla’s latest literary award is the 2014 Bressani Literary Prize for poetry, for his collection The House on 14th Avenue (Signature Editions, 2013). https://www.facebook.com/events/1806897946245434/
  • Live Poets Society January Thaw Slam. Friday Jan. 20, 2017 Coutts Roastery & Café,  57 Gore ST. East, Perth, Ont.  Doors open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 7.  $5.00 admission, performers free.

 

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CAA-NCR What’s Up in Ottawa Literary Events for November 2016

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, 2016

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

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

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016: MEETING TOPIC: ON BECOMING A SERIAL WRITER, WITH BRENDA CHAPMAN

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

DETAILS: Local crime writer Brenda Chapman will share her process for beginning a series and keeping the plotlines flowing. With three separate mystery series under her belt, Brenda has written for the young adult, adult and adult literacy markets and will share her experiences and writing tips. Be sure to bring your questions.

 

CAA-NCR FALL WORKSHOP  – First Page Challenge In cooperation with the Ottawa branch of the Editors Association of Canada

 Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Place: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Meeting Room B125, 120 Metcalfe ST., Ottawa, ON

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Ottawa Public Library’s Main Branch, (credit: Wikipedia)

 

Cost: $45 for members of the CAA-NCR, $60 for non-members.

Register: Contact Arlene Smith at somertonsmith@yahoo.com

One of the most popular sessions at the 2016 Canadian Writers Summit was the “First Page Challenge.” Writers submitted the first page of their work to editors and publishers and received feedback on whether or not those savvy literary professionals would want to turn to page 2.  Workshops | Canadian Authors National Capital Region

 

CAA-NCR WINTER SOCIAL – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016

 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the lovely country home of Sharyn Heagle

Everyone is welcome. Together we will share some pot luck munchies, stories and laughter to warm us up as we go into the winter season. To RSVP and get directions, contact Sharyn.

 

30TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC)

 Short Story • Poetry

$300 First Place • $200 Second Place • $100 Third Place

Open to all Canadian writers

Information: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/ncwc

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS 

 THE BANFF CENTRE February 13 – February 24, 2017 Application deadline: November 16, 2016

BanffcentreWinter Writer’s Retreat

Literary Arts Program Information

Overview

The Winter Writer’s Retreat is a self-directed program which offers time and space for writers to retreat, reconnect and re-energize their writing practice. In addition to a single room which doubles as your private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers, you will have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances and meet with guest faculty to consult on your work.

https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/winter-writers-retreat/201702

 

WRITESCAPE Upcoming 2016 Workshops:

 

November 5 Villains, Vendettas and Vagabonds Come to the dark side of character development and put some “bad” into your story. Find a new villain or add more nasty to an old one with Ruth E. Walker. Location TBA: Durham Region, Ontario. For more information on Writescape and to register for a retreat or workshop, visit: http://writescape.ca/site/

 Fern Resort

November 4, 5 & 6, 2016 Turning Leaves Featuring literary agent Hilary McMahon  Want to get your manuscript to the head of the line with agents and publishers? Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists gives you insights and advice from the other side of the desk. Here’s your chance to chat with one of Canada’s top literary agents and learn how best to pitch your query in her workshop. Turning Leaves Brochure 2016   REGISTER NOW A $250 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in Turning Leaves 2016

On-demand Workshops Gather your group. Pick your topic and your date. And we’ll bring Writescape to you. From beginning writer to seasoned professional, we’ll customize sessions to suit your programming themes and audience needs. Choose from Writescape’s Workshop Catalogue 2016 to help you and your colleagues hone writing craft and develop new skills and techniques.

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

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

 BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

              

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

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

 

FROM THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE, CORK, IRELAND:

English: Ireland, Cork

English: Ireland, Cork (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize. Final Month to Enter. Deadline November 30th midnight PST. Open to all poets writing in English, anywhere in the world. 7 Part First Prize:  *€1000 cash, *Up to €600 to fund your transport to Cork, Ireland to attend The Cork International Poetry Festival and rub shoulders with some of the best poets alive.  * Free hotel accommodation with full meals for five nights during festival. February 14th-18th 2017 * Free tuition for four-morning masterclass with Brenda Shaughnessy  * Showcase Reading at Festival * Publication in Southword Online * A Week at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre (artist retreat).  2nd prize of €500, 3rd prize of €250. Ten runners-up to be published in Southword and receive regular fee. Judge this year is Mary Noonan Details on how to enter Here
 

THE NIKKEI VOICE is a Japanese Canadian newspaper is nationally distributed. This is our third annual contest. Submissions: Sept. 1 to Nov. 21. Stories are to be no longer than 1,500 words. Authors do not need to be of Japanese descent, and stories do not need to have Japanese content. Top prize is a Kobo e-reader, and top three stories win a variety of books by Japanese-Canadian and Japanese authors. As well, top three stories will be published in our newspaper, and top ten stories will be published in our short story anthology. The contest is a great way to get new authors’ work published, and read by our esteemed panel of judges, prominent members of the Japanese Canadian literary community, Lynne Kutsukake (The Translation of Love), Rui Umezawa (The Truth about Death and Dying) and Jennifer Hashimoto, owner of Nikkei Books. Contest Details: http://nikkeivoice.ca/shortstorycontest/

 

THE FIDDLEHEAD POETRY & PROSE CONTEST

 Entries are open for The Fiddlehead’s 26th annual literary contest. Winning entries will be published in The Fiddlehead 271 (Spring 2017). No simultaneous submissions and no previously published works.

Genre: poetry and short fiction.  Deadline: December 1, 2016 Entry fee: $30 (includes one-year subscription) Prizes: $2000 for winner; $250 for 2 honourable mentions; (plus publication payment)  Details: https://thefiddlehead.ca/contest

LEAGUE OF CANADIAN POETS  NATIONAL BROADSHEET CONTEST:  The League is excited to announce its first national broadsheet contest, open to all Canadian poets! Judge Sharon Thesen will select a winning poem for publication as a broadsheet designed and printed by Briar Craig on handmade paper. The winner will receive 10 copies of their custom broadsheet, have their poem included in the 2017 Poem in Your Pocket day booklet, and be promoted on the League website. As well, the winning poet will receive a free one-year membership with the League!  DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: FEBRUARY 1, 2017  http://poets.ca/broadsheet/

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN:  MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

OCT. 29 TO NOV. 17 READINGS AND BOOK LAUNCHES IN THE OTTAWA CITIZEN http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/books/your-guide-to-ottawa-book-events-happening-from-oct-29-to-nov-17

 

treereadingserieslogoTuesday, Nov. 8 2016 Tree Reading Series, Gallery 101, 51B Young Street Ottawa, 6:45p WorkshopPublic Voice: Poetry and Social Change with Claire Farley  8:00 p.m. Open Mic and Featured Readers Genevieve Lehr + Soraya Peerbaye More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on upcoming events: www.treereadingseries.ca

 

10616147_719512231476757_4644385450363778813_nWednesday, Nov. 16 Sawdust Reading Series, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa.

  • 5 PM The Sawdust Reading Series is proud to present the fifth in our Sawmill workshop series, facilitated by Gary Barwin. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn from a master! The New Skid of Ink’s Quiddity or The Old Squid of Think’s Iniquity: A Workshop.  The cost of the workshop is $5, or get the Sawmill Package for $20 which includes the cost of the workshop plus any dinner and drink off of the regular Pour Boy menu, tax and tip included. Look for us upstairs!
  •  Gary Barwin and TBA at 7 PM – 9 PM, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa.  The Sawdust Reading Series is proud to present the fifth in our Sawmill workshop series, facilitated by Gary Barwin. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn from a master!
  • Pour Boy features on-street parking, #2 bus service, and an affordable menu. Look for us upstairs!  Come one, come all for an exceptional night of poetry https://www.facebook.com/sawdustseries/

 

Tuesday, October 25 Tree Reading Series, Gallery 101, 51B Young Street Ottawa, 6:45p Workshop – Topic to be Announced with Emily Stewart 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers  Adèle Barclay + Kerry-Lee Powell, More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on upcoming events: www.treereadingseries.ca

 

writers festival logoOTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL In full swing now!

 

Monday Oct 3 –Thursday Nov. 17 For a listing of all events and ticket info:

http://www.writersfestival.org/events

SPAN-O (THE SMALL PRESS ACTION NETWORK – OTTAWA) PRESENTS:  THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR

autumn 2016 / 22nd anniversary edition
will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).

General info: the ottawa small press book fair
noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors)
admission free to the public.
$20 for exhibitors, full tables
$10 for half-tables

(payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available)

More info: http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2016/09/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-autumn-2016.html

 

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