CAA-NCR Literary Notices for March 23 through April 5, 2015

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR) 

Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: March 23 to April 5, 201

16 ITEMS,  9 NEW

NOTICE TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com #Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml

UPCOMING EVENTS  

ITEM 1: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CAA-NCR’s BYLINE MAGAZINE   

BylineIf you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at sharyn_40@yahoo.com. Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle for details Sharyn_40@yahoo.com

CAA-NCR Byline Submission Guidelines: Writing-related articles that include information about the process, profession or business of writing, or insights into the writer’s world. Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication (minimum, $10); poetry $10 each; photos $5 each. Contact Editor (sharyn_40@ yahoo.com) prior to submitting Deadlines: For non-solicited material, two months prior to publication. Issues published January, March, May, Summer, September, November.

Submission guidelines: English with Canadian spelling. In MS Word or OpenOffice as an attachment. Photos in jpeg, largest available resolution.

Font: Times New Roman 12 point, single space. No formatting, no indents; one extra return between paragraphs. Length: Preferably between 600 – 1200 words.

 ITEM 2: CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING FOR APRIL 14, 2015                     NEW!                                    

DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.

 Topic: Marketing in the Digital/Social Media World

Presenter: Laurel Anderson

 ITEM 3: CAA-NCR WORKSHOP APRIL 11, 2015                                             NEW!

 TOPIC: Writing as a Spiritual Practice

 DATE: Saturday, April 11, 2015

TIME: 9:00am – 4:00pm

LOCATION: Trinity United Church, 1099 Maitland Ave.,

COST: $65.00 for CAA members; $90 for non-members

NOTE: Lunch will be served

Writers move their bodies when they write, they delve deeply into emotions, and they tap into their brainy intellects. But what about the spirit of their writing?

In this non-denominational workshop, Arlene Somerton Smith encourages writers to improve their writing by accessing that fourth dimension. Through meditation, journaling and other mindful practices, writers can polish a piece of writing they are already working on or create some surprising new stories.

BIO: Arlene Somerton Smith began her career shooting the rapids of the Ottawa River—with a video camera, that is. As a videographer for Wilderness Tours Whitewater Rafting, she laughed a lot and slept little as she created video memories of crashing sprays of whitewater. For twelve years she worked as a producer for Rogers Television in Ottawa with some of the brightest and most talented people she has ever met.

 Arlene is now a freelance writer and a certified copy editor. She writes original video and television scripts, speeches, and promotional materials. She also writes short stores, and has been published in DESCANT magazine and a Writer’s Digest short story collection. She writes about inspiration, science, spirituality and other ideas just for fun at www.scienceandstory.wordpress.com

 CAA-NCR MEMBERS NEWS

 ITEM 4: OFFER FOR CAA MEMBERS: BOOK REVIEWER AVAILABLE TO REVIEW                                                                                                                            

Ottawa writer Ruth Latta has published several chapbooks of poetry and twelve works of fiction, which include 3 mysteries, 3 short story collections, 2 young adult novels, and 4 general interest novels.For more information about her writing, please visit her blogs at http://ruthlattabooks.blogspot.com, http://ruthlatta.blogspot.com and her website, www.cyberus.ca/~rklatta/RuthLatta.html Latta

As a writer, she knows the importance of getting one’s books reviewed, and also loves to read. So, if you know of anyone local who has a book and would like it publicized in this small way, contact Ruth at ruthlatta1@gmail.com

 

ITEM 5: NEW CAA-NCR MEMBER DIANE QUINLAN’S INVITATION TO JOIN HER POETRY GROUP                                                                                                          NEW!

 “Hello, I am a new member with The National Capital Region (Ottawa) Branch, Canadian Authors Association.  I would like an announcement posted, in your bi/weekly newsletter— informing our member  poets….. a new poetry readers group venture is underway.

I would like to invite all poets interested to read their works while participating, in a dinner/arts venue.  The staged events will be hosted by FARE BLEND, fine cuisine and dining establishment location found, in downtown Ottawa area, in the Somerset Village.  The group’s web page is www.poetspurtheirabcs.com.  New members to this poetry group will be able to contact the organizer Diane Quinlan.  Thank you,

Diane M Quinlan, Originator/Organizer, New Poetry Readers Group, Dinner/Arts Venture  www.poetspurtheirabcs.com

The FARE BLEND’s fine cuisine and dinning establishment is situated on 137 Somerset Street, West, Ottawa, Ontario.”

 ITEM 6: CAA-NCR MEMBER DON ANDERSON SHARES HIS PROGRESS!   NEW!

1-3 In a Row Books The Creation of the Black Russian Terrier by Donald B. Anderson [8 Volume Library]. The research and writing has taken 8 years. The original concept was for a colour-printed coffee table book of 2000 pages. This project has evolve rather considerably over the past 3 years with the first 3 volumes printed and Volume 4 on the way with a big start on Volume 5. Don is honoured by the acceptance of my book(s) in Canada – USA – UK – Russia – Ukraine – Germany – Greece – et al – Australia and New Zealand.

 

CAA NEWS FROM OUR OTHER BRANCHES

 ITEM 7: THE SAVING BANNISTER 30TH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST       

 The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 30th 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.

Deadline: May 31, 2015 Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem

Prize: 1st prize: $200; 2nd prize: $100; 3rd prize $50 Detailswww.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/ 

ITEM 8: CAA MEMBER DEBORAH RANCHUK ANNOUNCES CONTEST CALENDAR                                                                               

The Canadian Writers Contest Calendar 2015 has been released in both print and ebook formats. This edition includes Canadian writing contests and book awards from Jan 1, 2015 through Dec 31, 2015. Full information, link to this year’s index and ordering information at: http://www.wmpub.ca/cwcc-2015.htm

Contest CalendarThank you for your support. Please note our new address. Deborah Ranchuk
White Mountain Publications www.wmpub.ca home to the annual The Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar www.wmpub.ca/cwcc.htm New home of E-Book versions of many of our titles. Box 620, 50 Silver Street, Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0 Canada-wide Toll-free 1-800-258-5451 Phone: (705) 679-5555 Fax: (705) 679-5777

 

CAA NEWS FROM NATIONAL

 ITEM 9: CANWRITE 2015 UPDATE – SAVE THE DATE!                                 

CanWrite! 2015 writers’ conference is scheduled for June 11 to 14, 2015, once again at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus. (Registration opens early March.) We have a stellar program lined up, with the following guests confirmed:

 

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Agent Panel: Carly Watters (P.S. Literary Agency); Martha Magor Webb (Anne McDermid & Associates).
  • Publisher Panel: Craig Pyette (Senior Editor, Penguin Random House Canada); Patricia Ocampo (Managing Editor, Simon & Shuster); Hazel Millar (Managing Editor, Book Thug)
  • Master Class: Anthony De Sa
  • Pitch Sessions: All the agents and publishers listed in the Agent and Publisher Panels above
  • Interactive Workshops: Anthony De Sa (Marketing and Self-Promotion); Robert Sawyer (Science Fiction); Craig Pyette (Getting Published); Renée Sarojini Saklikar – winner of 2014 CAA Poetry Award (Poetry); Ashley Dunn – Publicity Manager at Random House (Publicity with Purpose); Sue Reynolds (Memoir Writing)
  • Writing Circles: Esther Griffin, Sue Reynolds, Ruth Walker, James Dewer

 OTHER WORKSHOPS

 ITEM 10: TINKER MOUNTAIN WRITERS’ WORKSHOPS

Summer Residential Program

Want to be a writer who makes people think, ponder, and listen? Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop is your opportunity to develop the writing skills you’ve always wanted. Choose from 12 one-week workshops — led by a remarkably talented faculty — in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Online Courses

Online offers writing workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction to writers of all abilities. Workshops are capped at 15 students allowing you to fully engage.

More info: http://www.hollins.edu/academics/workshops-online-writing-courses/

Hollins University, 7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24020

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

ITEM 11: 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. Check out 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         

 

IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

ITEM 12: TREE READING SERIES AT VERSEFEST 2015 note time & location            NEW!

DATE: THURSDAY MARCH 26, 2015 TIME: 9:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Knox Presbyterian Church at 120 Lisgar St., Ottawa

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ANNE COMPTON + JERAMY DODDS + NICK LAIRD + PATRICK FRIESEN

SPECIAL TREE EVENT, HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH VERSEFEST

 Anne Compton is the author of Processional (2005), winner of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the Atlantic Poetry Prize; Opening the Island (2002), winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize; and asking questions indoors and out (2009), shortlisted for the Atlantic Poetry Prize. In 2008 she received the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in the Literary Arts. Her most recent collection, Alongside (2013), won the Raymond Souster Memorial Award. An essayist, anthologist, and reviewer, she is a retired academic.

 Jeramy Dodds’ first collection of poems, Crabwise to the Hounds, won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. His most recent work is an English translation of the Medieval Old Icelandic text known as The Poetic Edda.

 

 Born in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1975, Nick Laird was educated at Cookstown High School and Cambridge University. He worked as a lawyer for several years before leaving law to write full-time. Laird has written two novels, Utterly Monkey and Glover’s Mistake, and three prize-winning books of poems, To a Fault, On Purpose and most recently, Go Giants. The recipient of many prizes for his poetry and fiction, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Ireland Chair of Poetry Award, the Betty Trask Prize, a Somerset Maugham award, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, he has lived in London, Warsaw, and Rome. He is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York.

 Patrick Friesen, former Winnipegger, now lives in Victoria. He has published numerous books of poetry, a book of essays, a play and, with P. K. Brask, co-translations of several Danish poets. Friesen has also written several stage and radio plays, text for dance, and has recorded two CDs of spoken word and improv music with Marilyn Lerner. His most recent book was A Dark Boat (Anvil Press, 2012). Mother Tongue Publishing will bring out his book of poems, a short history of crazy bone, in the spring of 2015.

 More info at: http://www.treereadingseries.ca/


ITEM 13: OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL                NEW!

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a new venue!  As much as we loved being on Elgin Street, we have grown as a festival.We listened to your feedback and have found a new venue with more parking, more leg room, newly renovated (and more) washrooms, as well as a larger snack and bar area. So it is with excitement and anticipation that we announce our move to Christ Church Cathedral at 414 Sparks Street. We have some amazing new ideas for the space and we hope you will join us in welcoming the change.

 

DATE: MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015 7 PM. CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, CATHEDRAL HALL, 414 SPARKS ST. OTTAWA THE GREAT ESCAPE: A CANADIAN STORY WITH TED BARRIS

barrisAcclaimed Historian Ted Barris offers a unique retelling of the story through first-hand recollections of the soldiers who experienced it. MORE INFO AND TICKETS:  http://www.writersfestival.org/events/spring-2015/the-great-escape-a-canadian-story-with-ted-barris

 

 7:30pm • University of Ottawa • Lamoureux 145 Jean-Jacques Lussier – Room 124 CELTIC CHAIR LECTURE SERIES: Oscar the Irish Rebel, Wilde on Trial Info & Tickets

 

Tuesday Mar 31 7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St. The Right to be Cold with Sheila Watt-Cloutier Info & Tickets

 More info on April events here: http://www.writersfestival.org/events

 

ITEM 14: MEDIA CLUB OF OTTAWA: ABORIGINAL FILMMAKING       NEW!

DATE: MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015 6 PM TO 8 PM

LOCATION: OTTAWA CITY HALL, 110 LAURIER AVE. W. OTTAWA

The Media Club of Ottawa Presents Award winning writer, artist and videographer Howard Adler discussing Aboriginal Filmmaking & the Asinabka Film Festival, Monday, March 23, 2015 Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Journalism students (ID) free, Media Club and CAJ members $15; non-members $20 – Light meal included RSVP 613-521-4855 before March 20

Howard Adler

Howard holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Indigenous Studies from Trent University, and a Master Of Arts Degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University. He is an award winning writer, and an artist that has worked in diverse mediums, including visual art, stained glass, theatre, dance, video editing, and film. In 2009 he won the Canadian Aboriginal Youth Writing Challenge (19-29 age category) with his video script “Johnny Seven Fires”, and his film and video work has been exhibited in both Gallery settings and Film Festivals, such as ImagineNATIVE (Toronto), Weengushk (Sudbury), Biindigaate (Thunder Bay), and Saw Video’s annual Resolution screening (Ottawa). Howard works as the Workshop Coordinator at SAW Video Media Art Centre, as a freelance videographer and video editor, and is currently the co-director and programmer for the Asinabka Festival, an annual Indigenous film and media arts festival in Ottawa. Howard is Jewish and Ojibwa and a member of Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation in North-western Ontario. www.eliteemail.com/archive.cgi?action=view&bid=ON/224773&cid=212333

 

ITEM 15: VERSEFEST 2015! MARCH 24 TO 29, 2015, OTTAWA                           NEW!

logo A true celebration of artistic talent across Canada and beyond, VF ’15 combines written poetry, spoken word, French and English in our most ambitious festival to date. Sixty-three of the most-talented poets on the planet will perform for 1600 people at 21 discrete events! To see which poets will appear this year, go here: http://versefest.ca/year/2015/poets/

For the full schedule: http://versefest.ca/year/2015/schedule/

To purchase tickets: http://versefest.ca/year/2015/tickets/ Passes are available below, single tickets ($10) are available at the door. Tickets purchased online will be waiting at the door.

 VERSeFest, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival returns for its fifth annual edition, showcasing an eclectic mix of written and spoken word poetry Tuesday March 24-30, 2015. Info at versefest.ca

Tuesday, March 24 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Nicole Brossard, Daphne Marlatt, Ikenna (OpenSecret) Onyegbula, and Mehdi Hamdad
9:00 pm: El Jones, Amanda Earl, Arleen Paré, and Gillian Wigmore.

Wednesday, March 25 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Stephen Brockwell, Margaret Michèle Cook, Gilles Latour, and Lélia Young
9:00 pm:
bill bissett, Sandra Ridley, dalton derkson, Lise Gaboury-Diallo.

Thursday, March 26 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Gail Scott, Deanna Young, and Éric Charlebois
9:00 pm: Anne Compton, Patrick Friesen, Jeramy Dodds, Nick Laird.

Friday, March 27 — Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Marilyn Dumont, JC Bouchard, Pearl Pirie, and Stevie Howell.
9:00 pm: Barâa Arar, Sheri-D Wilson, Kande Mbeu, and Komi Olafimihan.


Saturday, March 28

Gallery 101, 51B Young St.:
1:00 pm: Marshall Hyrciuk and Grant Savage.
3:00 pm : Frederic Lanouette, Geneviève Bouchard,
Kathleen Goulet et Emily McRae.

­Pressed Café, 750 Gladstone Ave.:
2:30 pm: Armand Ruffo and Lisa Jarnot

4:30 pm: King Kimbit, Rational Rebel, Emma Blue, and Artemysia Fragiskatos.

Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Raúl Zurita, Elaine Feeney, Gary Geddes, and Forrest Gander.

9:00 pm: Alessandra Naccarato, Lillian Allen, and Titilope Sonuga.

Sunday, March 29
Pressed Café, 750 Gladstone Ave:
2:30 pm: Claire Caldwell, Stan Dragland, and Roland Prevost.
4:30 pm: Steven Artelle, Dennis Cooley, Paul Vermeersch, and Frances Itani.

Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Hall of Honour with John Akpata and Anthony Bansfield.

9:00 pm, Lorna Crozier, Patrick Lane, Michel Thérien and Herménégilde Chiasson.

VERSeFest Academic Reading Series
Mar. 25, 3:00 pm: Nicole Brossard Reading, University of Ottawa, Simard Hall room 129.
Mar. 25, 3:00 pm: Daphne Marlatt Reading, Carleton, Dunton Tower room 1811.
Mar. 25, 5:30 pm: Brossard and Chiasson conference, 5 University of Ottawa, Simard Hall room 129.
Mar. 27, 2:00 pm: Raúl Zurita Reading, University of Ottawa, Simard Hall room 333.
Mar. 30, 1:00 pm, Lorna Crozier, University of Ottawa, 75 Laurier Ave E, Simard Hall, Room 129
Mar. 30, 1:00 pm, Patrick Lane, CarletonUniversity, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Dunton Tower, Room 1811

 

ITEM 16: OTTAWA STORYTELLERS FUNDRAISER AND TELL LAURA I LOVE HER

NEW!

Songs of the early 60s & stories of adolescence

DATE:   Wednesday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45

LOCATION:  National Arts Centre’s 4th STAGE (53 Elgin Street)

Tickets: $22 for tickets purchased in person at the NAC Box Office. Ticket purchased through Ticket Master at ticketmaster.ca will be subjected to an additional charge.  Suitable for ages 12 and up!
This show is a FUNDRAISER for Ottawa StoryTellers and One World Grannies. One World Grannies raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. And it is already 50% sold!

 AND TELL LAURA I LOVE HER 

Who did put the bop in the bop-shoo-bop-shoo-bop? And why must I be a teenager in love? As the 1960s began, and the first great tidal wave of boomers crashed into adolescence, these and other life-and-death questions were uppermost in their minds and their music. Don’t miss this light-hearted look at adolescence, with lots of opportunity for the audience to sing along to the great rock music of THE LASTbandSTANDING.
For more details check out OST Events on our website: www.ottawastorytellers.ca

MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

3 new calls

ONGOING:

NEW freeze frame fiction publishes quarterly online and in ebooks, semi-annually in themed issues, and annually in print. Seeks flash fiction: 1000 words or less, any genre, no content restrictions. New and established writers. Pays $10 per accepted piece. Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines.
Necessary Fiction publishes a new book review each Monday, a featured short story each Wednesday, a contribution to its Research Notes series each Friday, and occasional interviews, essays, and other surprises. Fiction submissions should be under 3000 words.

Wigleaf is an award-winning online journal of very short fiction (under 1000 words). Submissions are open during the final week (7 days) of each academic month, with the exception of December.

New quarterly online literary magazine Momentum is Australia’s first major digital imprint. Momentum accepts submissions weekly on Mondays between 12.00 midnight and 11.59 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time via email only. Momentum is open to publishing fiction and non-fiction in most traditional and non-traditional genres. This includes new and previously published shorter length stories, essays and journalism between 15,000 to 50,000 words, genre novels and non-fiction between 50,000 to 100,000 words and longer and complex narratives of over 100,000 words. Writers can be based anywhere in the world.

 From the Well House, Indiana University Kokomo’s Art and Literary Journal, seek work for the next online publication. Accepting poetry, prose, and academic papers, plus art work and multimedia. Deadline: rolling. Guidelines
NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

 NEW! Stained Pages Press is looking for long-form writing about Canadian food, to be published online as part of a weekly feature. Looking for fiction, essays, fully-researched articles and personal essays about food — either by a Canadian or featuring Canadian food items. Payment: 50% of all profits from donations to the site (PayPal tipjar & Patreon) during the week that your work is featured. Guidelines.

 Michigan Quarterly Review is an interdisciplinary journal of arts and culture that seeks to combine the best of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction with outstanding critical essays on literary, cultural, social, and political matters. Submissions for are accepted year round and the editors  try to include at least one story, essay or poem by a previously unpublished writer in every issue.

 American Reader is a bimonthly magazine publishing fiction, poetry and criticism. It was named by Library Journal as one of the best new magazines of 2012. Submissions are accepted throughout the year.

One Teen Story is a literary magazine for young adult readers of every age. They are currently accepting submissions from writers of all ages. Contributors are paid US$500 and 25 copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Text Publishing is an independent literary publisher based in Melbourne. It is currently accepting unsolicited manuscript submissions of fiction and non-fiction, including upper primary and young adult.

Salt Publishing is open to submissions for a new ‘Modern Dreams’ series – a digital-only development of the Salt Modern Fiction list. The series will be for 20,000–30,000 word novellas that deal explicitly with the lives of young people in modern Britain and the USA.

Indiana Voice Journal was founded in July 2014. Each issue contains at least one new or previously unpublished author and submissions are invited from writers around the world. The journal publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual art, interviews and reviews.

Curbed is actively seeking story pitches from writers and photographers who are interested in contributing longform and narrative journalism that focus on architecture,design and real estate. This can include reported stories, profiles, essays, think pieces, oral histories, photo essays, and comic strips and other illustrated stories. Features average 3000 to 5000 words in length and all contributors are competitively paid.

Blue Monday Review is a review for prose, poetry and art which embody the literary spirit of the late Kurt Vonnegut. Submissions in a range of genres up to 8000 words will be considered.

Terraform is a new online publication from Vice Magazine. It is seeking submissions up to 2000 words of speculative fiction ‘honing in on the tech, science, and future culture topics driving the zeitgeist.’ Terraform pays a baseline rate of US$0.20 per word.

Guernica Daily is a daily publication of short original features. The editors are looking for thoughtful, argument-driven pieces that respond to timely issues. Reviews and interviews are welcome, as are personal essays if they show that the author’s experience has broader implications. Submissions should be between 400 and 1800 words.

The Quaker is an American undergraduate journal of literary art published by the Student Writers Guild and the Program in Creative Writing at Malone University in Ohio. It is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction and essays. Publication occurs on a rolling basis, and each semester one author is chosen to be honoured with a US$100 Editor’s Prize for an outstanding contribution to the journal.

Apex Magazine is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Payment for original fiction is $.06 per word and submissions must be less than 7500 words

Georgia Review features essays, fiction, poetry, graphics and book reviews. The GR website states ‘Pulitzer Prize winners and never-before-published writers are equals during our manuscript evaluation process.’ All work must be previously unpublished and simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

Tishman Review is a new literary journal with its first issue being published in January 2015. It welcomes submissions of short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and book reviews year-round and is currently reading for its April issue.

Cleaver Magazine publishes cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. Submissions of poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, and visual art are open year round.

Blunderbuss Magazine is a web magazine of arts, culture, and politics. It welcomes unsolicited submissions and describes itself as ‘genre flexible’.

Mosaic Magazine is based in New York and explores the literary arts by writers of African descent. It features interviews, essays, book reviews and literature  lesson plans. Before submitting full articles send a brief summary via email. If you are interested in reviewing books forward a writing sample and bio.

Canary Press is a story magazine based in Australia but that accepts submissions from writers worldwide. According to the submission guidelines ‘if you have a story that’s too funny; too outrageous; too moving, soulful, exciting or ridiculous for our more prestigious journals, we’d love to hear from you.’

2015 DEADLINES:

 MARCH:

Kill Your Darlings is an Australian-based literary journal that publishes essays, commentary, interviews, fiction, reviews, opinion pieces and columns.  Submissions open on 1 March and close on 31 March.

 Masters Review is accepting submissions for its printed anthology. The guest editor is Kevin Brockmeier. The anthology is open to fiction and narrative nonfiction from emerging writers worldwide who have not yet published a novel-length work. Submissions close 31 March.

 Cheat River Review reads original, previously unpublished nonfiction, fiction, flash, and poetry. Submissions for Issue 4 close in late March.

NEW! They just care about your writing. Armchair/Shotgun is accepting short fiction, poetry, and visual arts on any topic or theme for issue #6. Printed on “real honest-to-goodness paper.” All submissions judged anonymously. Deadline: March 31, 2015. Guidelines.
APRIL AND LATER:

 Becoming a Teacher is a new anthology by In Fact Books. The editors are  looking for stories that, collectively, represent a wide variety of teachers and teaching experiences–in public or private or religious or charter schools, in cities or suburbs or rural areas, with typically-developing students or those with special needs, at home or internationally. Stories should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. Closes 6 APRIL.

Cold Mountain Review  publishes poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews with creative writers, fiction and art. Submissions are read between August and May each year.

Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit their work; however, the editors warn they can only publish a very small fraction of the material the receive. The reading period runs until 31 May.

Writers’ Guidelines for Penned from the Heart 2016: Penned from the Heart, published around Thanksgiving by Son-Rise Publications, New Wilmington, PA is a non-denominational, Christian book of 366 devotions and poems which can be started at any time during the year and used in any year. Cut-off date for receiving submissions is July 1st. Submissions from novice and professional writers are welcomed. Devotions should be 225 words or less. Poems (verse or free-verse) should be no more than 20 lines, counting spaces between stanzas. Devotions should be more than a Bible study or personal experience. Insights, prayers, and anecdotes that proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ or build the body of Christ through encouragement, inspiration, or teaching are encouraged. Readers should find a Take-Away, something to apply to their lives.  COMPLETE GUIDELINES HERE: http://www.marilynnutter.com/writers-guidelines.html

UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS: 2 new contests, 2 extensions

2015 DEADLINES:

 MARCH DEADLINES:

 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is named in honour of Lip Magazine’s founding editor. Lip is a feminist magazine and  the theme of the 2015 competition is ‘privilege’, with a focus on women’s stories. Anyone is eligible to enter and the organisers are looking for creative, insightful fiction that addresses the theme in any kind of way. Closes 23 March.

 THE MISSOURI REVIEW DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 29! Contest Guidelines Entry Fee: In an effort to expand our contest, entry fees (previously $20) are now payable by donation. We ask only that you contribute what you feel is fair, keeping in mind that literary journals, and contests, cost money to run and that your contribution includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review. All of your donation money goes directly to support the continued production of The Missouri Review and its programs. Previous first-place winners are not eligible to win again. Postmark Deadline: March 15th, 2015 Multiple entries are welcome, accompanied by a separate donation for each title you wish to have considered. We are happy to accept previously published or aired pieces as submissions, so long as you, the entrant, hold the rights. Online Submission System You can now submit your entries online, as well as pay your donation through our secure server. To do so, click here to go to our online submission form. Please note that we only accept entries in mp3 format. Mailed Submissions Technical Requirements: Mailed entries should be sent on CD only. CDs should not contain any audio other than entry material. Include a brief program synopsis and bio of the writer/producer. For poetry submissions, please record each poem as a separate track. a completed entry form for each entry (download the entry form) a copy of the entry on a CD, labeled with writer/ producer, title and length a brief program synopsis and short writer/producer bio a donation as entry fee (make checks out to The Missouri Review) Send Entries To The Missouri Review Audio Competition 357 McReynolds Hall University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211 Questions? Please visit our FAQ. If your questions isn’t answered there, email us: MUTMRcontestquestion@missouri.edu

 SA Writers’ College Annual Short Story Award is open to emerging writers in South Africa who have had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital). First prize is R 10 000.00 and entries may be up to 2000 words in length. Closes 31 March.

 Narrative Magazine Winter Story Contest is open to short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished and no longer than 15,000 words. First prize is US$2500. The contest closes on 31 March.

 Bath Novel Award is an international competition for unpublished or self-published novels with a £1000 prize. Submissions should include up to the first five thousand words of a novel plus a one page synopsis. Entries close 31 March.

 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition offers a first prize of £800. The competition is open to all writers over 16 the chairman of the judging panel is Alexander McCall Smith. Stories should be under 1500 words and can be on any topic. Closes 31 March.

 Caterpillar’s Inaugural Poetry Competition is for a single poem written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). The competition is open to all and there is no line limit. The winner receives €1000 and publication. Entries close 31 March.

 Short Fiction is a UK-based visual literary journal. It’s annual Short Fiction Prize is open to stories in any genre up to 6000 words. The winner receives £500 and publication. Entries close 31 March.

 MSLEXIA WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015  extended to MAR. 23, 2015 For stories of up to 2,200 words in length on any subject. 1st prize: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre*, and a day with a Virago editor* 2nd prize £500   3rd prize £250 Three other finalists each receive £100 All winning stories will be published in Mslexia magazine. Judge: Alison MacLeod Closing date: 16 March 2015. Please read the competition rules before entering. *The Tŷ Newydd retreat is accommodation only; dates should be agreed between Tŷ Newydd and the competition winner. The date of the Virago mentoring session should be agreed between Virago and the competition winner. The winner is responsible for any other expenses involved with attending the Tŷ Newydd retreat and the day with a Virago editor, i.e. travel, food, etc. The prizes must be taken by 31 May 2016. FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://mslexia.co.uk/shop/scomp_enter.php

 The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html First up is the Clean as a Whistle Contest, March 31, 2015

Second Story Press Aboriginal Writing Contest. Second Story Press has announced a new writing contest to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The press is looking to build on the diversity of its list – already strongly populated by books and series on social justice for both adults and children – by announcing a call for contemporary writing for a young reader audience that reflects the modern experience of Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) people. Canadian writers aged 18 and older who identify as Aboriginal are invited to share the stories that reflect their unique lives, experiences, successes, and perspectives. Both fiction and nonfiction will be accepted.  Deadline: March 31, 2015 Entry fee: none Prize: Publishing contract with Second Story Press Details: www.secondstorypress.ca/aboriginal-writing-contest 

 MONTREAL POETRY PRIZE 2015 $20,000 PRIZE:  The not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize has launched its 2015 competition. The prize is $20,000. The 2015 judge is Eavan Boland. And the 10 international jurors for this year are Gabeba Baderoon of South Africa, Kate Clanchy of Scotland, Carolyn Forche of the United States, Amanda Jernigan of Canada, Anthony Lawrence of Australia, Niyi Osundare of Nigeria, Jennifer Rahim of Trinidad, K. Satchidanandan of India, Michael Schmidt of the United Kingdom and Bruce Taylor of Canada. The final deadline is May 15, but we encourage entries before March 31st. Online entries only. Visit www.montrealprize.com. There’s also a poster available for download under News/Downloads for your convenience. Good luck to all participants! 

 APRIL DEADLINES:

 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 23rd annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2015. What’s in it for you? $8,000 in cash. National exposure for your work. The attention of prospective editors and publishers. A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! How to enter: Register and pay online or download a printable entry form. ( Early-bird entry fees are $99 for the first entry, and $75 for each additional entry.)

Enter your book into one or more of these categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age), Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Children’s Picture books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult books, Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books) More info: http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished?et_mid=719512&rid=239199236

North American Review’s Torch Prize for Creative Nonfiction offers a first prize of $500. Writers may submit only one piece of creative nonfiction, no longer than 30 pages. Entries close 1 April.

Grain Magazine’s Annual Short Grain Writing Contest offers prizes for both fiction and poetry and is open to writers worldwide. A total of CA$4500 in prize money is on offer. Entries close 1 April.

Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing is for unpublished manuscripts by writers from Australia and New Zealand. The winner receives AUD$10,000 and a publishing contract with Text Publishing. Entries close 2 April.

ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES FELLOWSHIPS : Applications for the prestigious and lucrative Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are now open for 2015. This international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. Since 1986, 137 fellowships totaling $3,740,000 have been awarded . Who Can Enter: The competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18. Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English. Translated scripts are not eligible. The fellowships are intended for new and/or amateur screenwriters. In order to be eligible, an entrant’s total earnings for motion picture and television writing may not exceed US$25,000 before the end of the competition. It is a requirement that all fellowship winners complete at least one new feature screenplay in the year of their fellowship (the Academy acquires no rights to the work and will not participate in its marketing or in any other aspects of its commercial future).

The Prizes Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to promising new screenwriters. In addition to the cash prize, winners of the Nicholl Fellowships will be invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November. The successful applications are also expected to receive many networking opportunities to help complete their next script.

How to Enter Applicants must submit an original feature film screenplay. This screenplay may be no shorter than 70 pages and no longer than 160 pages. The shortest script to earn its writer an Academy Nicholl Fellowship was 80 pages long; the longest was 153 pages. Screenwriters may enter the 2015 competition up to three times; an entry fee is payable for each separate screenplay. If the script is based on a true story/events, historical or contemporary, the ‘based on true story’ button should be selected within the online application form. Adaptations of any work (other than your own) are not eligible. DEADLINES: Regular Deadline – April 10 – $55 entry fee Late and Final Deadline – May 1 – $75 entry fee MORE INFO: https://nicholl.oscars.org/

Waterman Fund Essay Contest invites emerging writers to explore the question of who the stewards of wilderness are. Statistically, more men than women explore professional careers in the stewardship of wilderness and public land management. What, if any, bearing does the gender of stewards have on our shared and individual perceptions of, and relationship to, wilderness? The winning essayist will be awarded $1500 and published in Appalachia Journal. Entries close 15 April.

New South Writing Contest will be judged by Roger Reeves in the genre of poetry and Rebecca Makkai in the genre of prose. The contest awards $1000 the winners in each category as well as two $250 runner’s up prizes. Entries close 15 April. 

Event Magazine’s Non-Fiction Contest is open to creative non-fiction up to 5000 words in length. There is US$1500 prize money available in addition to the regular publication payment. The $34.95 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription. Entries close 15 April.

Eyelands International Short Story Contest has the theme ‘on the verge. The contest is open to unpublished stories of any genre up to 2500 words. The winner receives a one week holiday on the island of Crete and the top three entrants will be published in anthologies in both Greek and English. Closes 20 April.

Passages North is running two writing competitions: the Thomas J. Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize is for writing up to 10,000 words and the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize for poems up to 1000 words. Both competitions have a US$1000 first prize. Entries close 20 April.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest is open to original short stories and essays on any theme. The winner in each category receives US$1500 and there are a total of 10 minor prizes of $100. Entries should be a maximum of 6000 words. Closes 30 April.

Exeter Story Prize is accepting entries up to 10,000 words and stories may be on any theme. The winner receives £500 and a trophy, and there is an additional prize on offer for best humorous story. Closes 30 April.

Redivider’s Beacon Street Prize is open to fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The winner in each category will receive $500 and publication in the winter 2015 issue of Redivider. The winning pieces will be selected by guest judges: James Scott (fiction), Laura Kasischke (poetry), and Susannah Cahalan (nonfiction). Closes 30 April. 

Sequestrum (US) is accepting entries for the 2015 Editor’s Reprint Award. Open theme and length. Submit previously-published fiction and nonfiction only. One winner receives $200 and publication, and one runner-up receives publication and payment at our usual rates. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: April 30, 2015. Guidelines.

Bristol Short Story Prize is open to  stories up to 4000 words. Entries can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (crime, science fiction, fantasy, historical, romance, children’s etc). Twenty stories will be shortlisted and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8. Entries close 30 April.

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NEW! Newly UK publisher, Red Ribbon Press, is looking for talented writers for a short story collection with a romance/erotica twist. First prize: $100. Length: 3000-5000 words. No purple prose. All shortlisted entries will be collected and published in a collection. Deadline: May 1. Guidelines.

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
is one of Australia’s most lucrative prizes for an original short story. Open to writers worldwide, the prize is worth a total of AUD $8000 with a first prize of $5000 and supplementary prizes of $2000 and $1000. Entries close 1 May.

The Cottage Life Al Purdy Potty Poetry Contest. “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” Cottagers love potty poems! Potty poems tell guests how not to gum up the septic system. Almost every cottage has a potty poem hanging in the bathroom. Write a new classic potty poem for a chance to win! Prizes include cash, signed Purdy first editions, and the winning poem will be posted in the A-frame and published in Cottage Life. Enter as many poems as you like. Poems must be no more than 20 lines in length. Sponsored by Cottage Life and the Al Purdy A-frame Association, which is restoring Al’s iconic cottage as a writers’ retreat. The Purdy cabin is a national literary treasure, where Al wrote and entertained such CanLit giants as Margaret Laurence, Milton Acorn, and Michael Ondaatje. All-star judges: Margaret Atwood (poet, novelist, activist) George Bowering (Canada’s first poet laureate) Jason Collett (singer-songwriter, Broken Social Scene) Prize information:First Prize (1): $250 + published in Cottage Life + posted in Al Purdy A-frame cottage + a signed Al Purdy first edition Second Prize (1): $150 Third Prize (1): $100 Early Bird Draw: Enter by April 1, 2015, for a chance to win a signed Al Purdy first edition and a Cottage Life sweatshirt. Contest closes May 1, 2015   Enter Now   Rules and regulations »

 David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in Southwest Review. Stories can be up to 8000 words in length and all entries will be considered for publication. The deadline for entries is 1 May.

 Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest is for new writing that takes risks. Submission may include any combination of flash fiction or short stories up to 7500 total words.The winner receives US$500 and publication. Entries open 1 February and close 1 May.

 Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition: Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 84th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Early-Bird Entry Deadline: May 4, 2015. More info: http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition?et_mid=721950&rid=239199236    

 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is dedicated to recognising and supporting the work of emerging writers whose fiction has not yet achieved success. Entries must be less than 3500 words and the competition is open to writers based anywhere is the world. The winner receives US$1500 and publication. The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition first ran in 1981; entries close 15 May.

 We Need Diverse Books Short Story Contest
is open to emerging diverse writers from all diverse backgrounds (including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of colour, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural and religious minorities) who have not been published in a traditional print fiction book format, including self-published, independents, small and medium publishing houses, in all genres whether for the children’s or adult market. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in the “Stories For All Of Us” anthology. Entries open on 27 April and close on 8 May.

 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. Fiction entries must be under 6000 words. The winner in each genre will be awarded US$1000 and publication. Entries close 15 May.

 Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Entry Period, The 2015 prize is open from 1 October 2014 – 29 May 2015. How to enter * 2014 winners and shortlist. About the prize: The University of Canberra has established an international poetry prize. On behalf of the university, this is administered by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), part of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design. The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. The prize will be announced on or before 30 September 2015 and prize winners will be notified prior to that. Important details are: The winner will receive AUD$15,000 The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000 Four additional poems will be short-listed All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of  50 lines (see the Conditions of Entry for further details) Each entry of a poem will cost AUD$15 if submitted by 31 January 2015 and AUD$20 if submitted between 1 February and 29 May 2015. There are discounts for students. http://www.canberra.edu.au/vcpoetryprize

 A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest is open to both fiction and creative non-fiction. Stories must be between 1000 and 5000 words and there are no entry fees. Entries are accepted between 1 April and 21 June each year.

 The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html Deadline for The Picture Perfect Poetry Chapbook Anthology Contest _June 30, 2015

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html July contests: Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards Contest – July 1, 2015 and The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Contest July 31 2015

 The Sunday Times Short Story Prize is the world’s richest short story competition with the winner receiving £30,000 (US$47,000). In 2014 the prize was won by Adam Johnson for his story ‘Nirvana’. The longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times Short Story Prize will be announced in February and the winner in April. Entries for the 2016 prize are expected to open in July 2015.

Manchester Fiction Prize is a major international literary competition open to anyone aged 16 or over. The winner receives a cash prize of £10,000 (US$15,500). Stories can be up to 2500 words in length. Entries open in April and are expected to close in August.

 NEW! The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for submissions. Now in its eighth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent. Prizes include £500 and publication in an anthology of new writing, giving you the chance to showcase your work to a wider, international audience. Prizes include: £500 Poetry winner, £500 Short Fiction winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, One year subscription to Granta, Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage, Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. There are two categories for entry: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each). Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015. Entry is £15 plus VAT. To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting

 The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html The Ted Plantos Memorial Award – Aug 31 each year

 The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html Food for Thought Contest Sept. 30, 2015

 Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries open on 1 July and are expected to close on 1 October.

 Aura Estrada Short Story Contest is one of three contests run each year by Boston Review.The winning author will receive US $1500 and have his or her work published in the summer edition of the magazine. First runner-up will be published in a following issue and second runner-up will be published on the Boston Review website. Entries close 1 October.

 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction open to citizens of the 53 Commonwealth countries. The prize covers the five Commonwealth regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific. One winner will be selected from each region, with one regional winner to be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5000 (US$8200) and the remaining four regional winners receive £2500. Entries for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize are expected to open in October 2015.

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CAA-NCR Literary Notices for Feb. 23 to Mar. 8 2015

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: FEB. 23 to March 8, 2015

17 ITEMS, 9 NEW

NOTICE TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com #Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml

UPCOMING EVENTS

ITEM 1: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CAA-NCR’s BYLINE MAGAZINE    If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at sharyn_40@yahoo.com. Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle for details Sharyn_40@yahoo.com

CAA-NCR Byline Submission Guidelines

Writing-related articles that include information about the process, profession or business of writing, or insights into the writer’s world.

Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication (minimum, $10); poetry $10 each; photos $5 each. Contact Editor (sharyn_40@yahoo.com) prior to submitting

Deadlines: For non-solicited material, two months prior to publication. Issues published January, March, May, Summer, September, November.

Submission guidelines: English with Canadian spelling. In MS Word or OpenOffice as an attachment. Photos in jpeg, largest available resolution.

Font: Times New Roman 12 point, single space. No formatting, no indents; one extra return between paragraphs. Length: Preferably between 600 – 1200 words.

 

 

 ITEM 2: CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING FOR MARCH                                   NEW!

DATE: TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.

PRESENTER: Lynn Jatania, Turtlehead Blog

TOPIC: Blogging Pros & Cons – maintaining privacy

The presentation will examine how to set up a blog, and the pros and cons of blogging. As well, Lynn will discuss how to balance revealing parts of your life while maintaining a level of privacy.

 

CAA-NCR MEMBERS NEWS

 

 ITEM 3: CAA-NCR MEMBER KELLY BUELL EDITING SERVICES AVAILABLE  

Professional writer available for editing, manuscript critique, and contracts for smaller assignments. I have a diploma in Journalism-Print and I am expecting my Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing this summer. I have been published since 1997. Please send enquiries to kbuell@live.com and put the word writer somewhere in the subject line.

ITEM 4: CAA-NCR MEMBER EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD GUEST SPEAKER AT A WOMAN’S AURA                                                                                                      NEW!

 

DATE: MARCH 08, 2015    11:00AM — MARCH 08, 2015    02:00 PM
LOCATION: City Hall – Jean Pigott Room, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, CA
Website: http://www.sigmabetaphi.com/#!upcoming-events/c1823fe

 

 

 

RSVP by: March 08, 2015    11:00AM

 

Join Sigma Beta Phi Sorority at their special luncheon to recognize International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8th 2015 at the Ottawa City Hall room Jean Pigott! (110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1) The event will commence at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m. This delightful event will include a delicious brunch, a guest speaker and performances.
 

 

ITEM 5: CAA MEMBER, EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD WORKSHOPS        

 

Great programs for creative young minds. Especially the creative writing programs – fiction writing and novel writing, with Emily-Jane Hills Orford. Check out ABC Saturday Take-off’s Spring programs: http://www.abcontario.ca/chapters/ottawa/51-take-off

 

 ABC Ottawa Take-off Saturday Morning Enrichment Workshops for Kids Ages 6-14

 

 The ABC Take-off program, hosted by the ABC Ottawa, provides challenging extracurricular educational opportunities for bright and gifted students, ranging in age from 6 – 14 years on. The next session is…

 

Spring 2015 ABC Ottawa Take-off
March 28 – May 9, 2015, no classes on April 4 St. Paul’s High School

 

Registration will begin on Registration Night March 5, 7:30pm, Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre

 

The 90 minute workshops take place in the morning from 9 AM – 10:30 AM or from 11 AM 12:30 PM. Some exceptions to this time apply, if so, it is noted in the course description. All courses take place at St. Paul’s High School, 2675 Draper Ave., Ottawa

 

 Early Registration: The first opportunity to register for ABC Take-off will be at the ABC Adult Meeting at 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 5 at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave., off Pinecrest and Carling Ave.

 

 Continuing Registration: After March 5, registrations are accepted by mail, provided that they are accompanied by cheque or money order payment in full. Where to Mail Registrations: ABC Take-off Program Manager, 869 Acadian Garden, Orleans, Ontario K1C 2V7

 

Registrations are first-come, first-served.Register Early to Avoid Disappointment! Many courses are filled quickly. If a course has not reached its minimum enrolment 10 days before Take-off, the course may not be offered. Registering after March 5 -check www.abcontario.ca/ottawa for available courses

 

Please note, there is no on-line or phone registration/reservation, and spaces are not reserved. After registration night, registrations are received by mail. Registrations are only accepted when received with payment in full – by cash or cheque only.

 

 CAA NEWS FROM OUR OTHER BRANCHES

ITEM 4: THE SAVING BANNISTER 30TH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST       

 

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English: Niagara Falls, the American Falls, taken from the Canadian side. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 30th 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.

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem

Prize: 1st prize: $200; 2nd prize: $100; 3rd prize $50

Detailswww.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/ 

 

ITEM 5: CAA MEMBER DEBORAH RANCHUK ANNOUNCES CONTEST CALENDAR                                                                                                                                     NEW!
The Canadian Writers Contest Calendar 2015 has been released in both print and ebook formats. This edition includes Canadian writing contests and book awards from Jan 1, 2015 through Dec 31, 2015. Full information, link to this year’s index and ordering information at: http://www.wmpub.ca/cwcc-2015.htm

Thank you for your support. Please note our new address.
Deborah Ranchuk

Cobalt, Ontario, Canada

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White Mountain Publications www.wmpub.ca home to the annual The Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar www.wmpub.ca/cwcc.htm
New home of E-Book versions of many of our titles.
Box 620, 50 Silver Street
Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0
Canada-wide Toll-free 1-800-258-5451 Phone: (705) 679-5555 Fax: (705) 679-5777

 

CAA NEWS FROM NATIONAL

ITEM 6: CANWRITE 2015 UPDATE – SAVE THE DATE!                                 

 

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English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

CanWrite! 2015 writers’ conference is scheduled for June 11 to 14, 2015, once again at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus. (Registration opens early March.) We have a stellar program lined up, with the following guests confirmed:

 

 

 

  • Agent Panel: Carly Watters (P.S. Literary Agency); Martha Magor Webb (Anne McDermid & Associates).
  • Publisher Panel: Craig Pyette (Senior Editor, Penguin Random House Canada); Patricia Ocampo (Managing Editor, Simon & Shuster); Hazel Millar (Managing Editor, Book Thug)
  • Master Class: Anthony De Sa
  • Pitch Sessions: All the agents and publishers listed in the Agent and Publisher Panels above
  • Interactive Workshops: Anthony De Sa (Marketing and Self-Promotion); Robert Sawyer (Science Fiction); Craig Pyette (Getting Published); Renée Sarojini Saklikar – winner of 2014 CAA Poetry Award (Poetry); Ashley Dunn – Publicity Manager at Random House (Publicity with Purpose); Sue Reynolds (Memoir Writing)
  • Writing Circles: Esther Griffin, Sue Reynolds, Ruth Walker, James Dewer

 

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

ITEM 7: SAGE HILL SPRING POETRY COLLOQUIUM: May 15 – 28, 2015 NEW!

with Don McKay    Don-McKay-300x225

Application fee: $50

Cost for meals, accommodation, and instruction: $1495

 

This is a facilitated retreat for eight poets who have a publication record of at least one book of poetry or the equivalent in periodicals and are working towards manuscript completion. The colloquium offers a small group context. Focus will be on individual manuscript consultations and on seminar discussions dealing with technical, philosophical, or conceptual issues in contemporary poetry. There will be writing time, but please note that group participation is required. Instruction occurs within a deep-immersion over a relaxed 14 days with an emphasis on individual writing and manuscript revision. Application is limited to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad. Application Deadline March 6th, 2015

Information on tuition, scholarships, and bursaries.

McKay is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Long Sault (1975), Lependu (1978), Apparatus (1997), and Paradoxies (2012). He has twice won the Governor General’s Award, for Night Field (1991) and Another Gravity (2000). In June 2007, he won the Griffin Poetry Prize for Strike/Slip (2006).

Born in 1942 in Owen Sound, Ontario, McKay has spent the majority of his adult life as an editor, poet, and educator (teaching creative writing and English for over 27 years). As an avid birdwatcher, McKay is attune to finding beauty through patience. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_McKay

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

ITEM 8: 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. Check out 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

ITEM 9: ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES FELLOWSHIPS

Applications for the prestigious and lucrative Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are now open for 2015.

This international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. Since 1986, 137 fellowships totaling $3,740,000 have been awarded.

Who Can Enter
The competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18. Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English. Translated scripts are not eligible.

The fellowships are intended for new and/or amateur screenwriters. In order to be eligible, an entrant’s total earnings for motion picture and television writing may not exceed US$25,000 before the end of the competition.

It is a requirement that all fellowship winners complete at least one new feature screenplay in the year of their fellowship (the Academy acquires no rights to the work and will not participate in its marketing or in any other aspects of its commercial future).

The Prizes
Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to promising new screenwriters.

In addition to the cash prize, winners of the Nicholl Fellowships will be invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November. The successful applications are also expected to receive many networking opportunities to help complete their next script.

How to Enter
Applicants must submit an original feature film screenplay. This screenplay may be no shorter than 70 pages and no longer than 160 pages. The shortest script to earn its writer an Academy Nicholl Fellowship was 80 pages long; the longest was 153 pages.

Screenwriters may enter the 2015 competition up to three times; an entry fee is payable for each separate screenplay. If the script is based on a true story/events, historical or contemporary, the ‘based on true story’ button should be selected within the online application form. Adaptations of any work (other than your own) are not eligible.

DEADLINES:
Early Deadline – March 2 – $40 entry fee
Regular Deadline – April 10 – $55 entry fee
Late and Final Deadline – May 1 – $75 entry fee

MORE INFO: https://nicholl.oscars.org/

 

IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

ITEM 10: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS AMANDA JERNIGAN +
CARLA HARTSFIELD                                                                                               NEW!

treereadingserieslogo DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

LOCATION: BLACK SQUIRREL BOOKS, 1073 BANK ST. OTTAWA

Anita-Dolman-108-108

 

 

 

6:45 p.m. WORKSHOP: Poetry as Storyteling: from Sexton, to Suknaski to Clarke to You, Anita Dolman will take us through a brief overview of poetry as a storytelling device. The workshop will highlight some of the techniques and approaches used in narrative poetry throughout its evolution, with a particular focus on 20th-century and contemporary poetry. Participants are invited to bring an example or excerpt of a narrative poem, either their own or another poet’s, for discussion.

 

8:00 p.m. OPEN MIC & FEATURED READERS

amanda-jernigan-276-276Amanda Jernigan is the author of two books of poems, Groundwork (Biblioasis, 2011) and All the Daylight Hours (Cormorant, 2013), as well as of the prose work Living in the Orchard: The Poetry of Peter Sanger (Frog Hollow, 2014). Her first book was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award and named to National Public Radio’s list of ‘Best Books’ of the year; her second was named to Michael Lista’s ‘best poetry’ list for 2013 (National Post). Amanda edited The Essential Richard Outram for Porcupine’s Quill in 2011; she is currently at work on a scholarly edition of Outram’s collected poems. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her family.

 

carla-hartsfield.JPG-276-276 Carla Hartsfield is a classically trained pianist, singer-songwriter, guitar player and poet. She has published three major poetry collections, the most recent being YOUR LAST DAY ON EARTH (Brick Books), which was long-listed for the BC ReLit award. Current projects include completion of a fourth poetry collection with working title HEART BRAKE. Carla has published two chapbooks with LyricalMyrical Press and Rubicon Press, respectively. Her original drawings and watercolours have graced the last three collections. Carla is in the process of recording a full-length CD called BY THE TIME under her new label COURT THE CLOUDS™. She is also the recipient of a grant from the Writers’ Trust of Canada in May 2014 to complete HEART BRAKE.

More info at: http://www.treereadingseries.ca/

 

ITEM 11: OTTAWA INDEPENDENT WRITERS’ FEBRUARY MEETING                    NEW!

DATE: Thursday February 26, 6:30 P.M.

LOCATION: Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, 670 Albert St., OTTAWA

General Meeting and Speaker Event: The Art of Writing

Trevor Ferguson, one of Canada’s outstanding writers and the author of nine novels and four plays, will discuss The Art of Writing. Ferguson has been called Canada’s best novelist both in Books in Canada and the Toronto Star. He is a past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada. Born in Seaforth, Ontario in 1947, he was raised in Montreal from the age of three. In his mid-teens, he gravitated towards Canada’s northwest where he worked on railway gangs, and also began to write, working at night in the bunkhouses. Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Guest Fee: $10

NOTE: to accommodate Ferguson’s schedule, OIW’s Annual General Meeting and Reading Night will be held on March 26, a month later than usual.

Contact: tel: 613-425-3873 email: randyray@rogers.com web: http://www.oiw.ca

ITEM 12: OTTAWA STORYTELLERS PRESENTS AIN’T MISBEHAVING?            NEW!

 Ain’t Misbehavin’?

DATE: Thursday, February 26, 2015 Show starts at 7:30 PM

LOCATION: 4TH STAGE, NAC

Great stories and fantastic music will be on display when storytellers Anne Nagy and Phil Nagy jazz up the 4th Stage of the National Arts Centre with musicians Marylise Chauvette, Kate Greenland, Flavio Jorge, Mary Moore and Pat Moore Click here to purchase tickets. $22 Adults & $18 Seniors through Ticketmaster. Tickets are also available at the NAC Box Office with no online purchase fees.

ITEM 13: A B SERIES PRESENTS: FRED WAH & BRECKEN HANCOCK            NEW!

DATE: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

LOCATION: RAW SUGAR CAFÉ, 692 Somerset Street West, Ottawa

BRECKEN HANCOCK’s poetry, essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared in Lemon Hound, The Globe & Mail, Hazlitt, Studies in Canadian Literature, and on the site Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Her first book of poems, Broom Broom (Coach House, 2014), was named by The Globe & Mail’s Jared Bland as a debut of the year in 2014. She lives in Ottawa.

FRED WAH was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1939, but he grew up in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. He studied music and English literature at the University of British Columbia in the early 1960’s where he was one of the founding editors of the poetry newsletter TISH. After graduate work in literature and linguistics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the State University of New York at Buffalo, he returned to the Kootenays in the late 1960’s where he taught at Selkirk College and was the founding coordinator of the writing program at David Thompson University Centre. He retired from the University of Calgary in 2003 and now lives in Vancouver. He has been editorially involved with a number of literary magazines over the years, such as Open Letter and West Coast Line. His work has been awarded the Governor General’s Award, Alberta’s Stephanson Award for Poetry and Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction, the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Writing on Canadian Literature, and B.C.’s Dorothy Livesay Prize for Poetry. He was Parliamentary Poet Laureate 2011-2013 and he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013. He has published over 20 books of poetry and prose. Recent books include Sentenced to Light, his collaborations with visual artists, is a door, a series of poem about hybridity, and a selected, The False Laws of Narrative, edited by Louis Cabri. A recent collaboration, High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese, An Interactive Poem, is available online (http://highmuckamuck.ca/). His current project involves the Columbia River. Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991 will be published by Talonbooks in the fall of 2015.

More info: http://abseries.org/

 

ITEM 14: OTTAWA MEMBERS SOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS SCHMOOZE                                                                                                             

Date: Friday February 27 Time: 10:45 for an 11am start

Where: UPDATE: The location for the SCBWI Canada East get-together has been decided. We’ll be meeting for lunch at Vietnam Palace, 819 Somerset W. Please feel free to join us (you do not need to be a writer or illustrator for children).

If you do plan to attend, please register so that we can give the restaurant an accurate headcount. The event is free, but everyone pays their own way. Just visit http://canadaeast.scbwi.org/, scroll down to the calendar, click on Feb. 27, and follow the prompts.

Ottawa members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators are organizing another Schmooze–i.e., an opportunity for writers and illustrators to get together over lunch to socialize and talk shop. Whether or not you write or illustrate for children, you are welcome to join us. The venue hasn’t been chosen yet, but if you’d like to reserve the date, here are the details thus far, from our new Schmooze organizer, Katherine Battersby.

Seeing as it’s the start of a new year, our general theme for the meeting will be ‘goals’. I’ll start by letting you know what’s happening within SCBWI (e.g. any conference updates). Then we’ll discuss our goals for our Schmooze events – I’d love to start getting to know you all (what you write and illustrate, your interests) so we can make sure the events cater to our members’ needs. And finally we’ll have a go at setting some personal writing and illustrating goals – I find putting it down on paper really motivates me (and keeps me accountable!). Finally there’ll be lots of free time to talk and meet other creators, and we can all order some lunch too.

Just to note, the meetings will vary between weekdays and weekends (to give everyone a chance to attend) and will run around every three months.  Feel free to get in touch (at the email address below) if you have any questions.

Katherine (and the SCBWI team)  Children’s Author / Illustrator  www.katherinebattersby.com katherinebattersby@gmail.com

 

ITEM 15: FOR THE MEDIA CLUB OF OTTAWA’S ANNUAL WORKSHOP    

DATE: Saturday February 28, 2015 Time: 9 a.m. – Noon

LOCATION: Algonquin College

Topic: The New Reporter: Digital Skills for Traditional Media

Featuring the journalists who broke the robo calls story in 2012 –

Stephen Maher, author, journalist and columnist, Post Media News

and Glen McGregor, journalist, Ottawa Citizen plus

Andrew Pinsent, producer/reporter 1310 radio

more info contact: mediaclubofottawa1@gmail.com

 

ITEM 16:  FREEDOM TO READ WEEK MARKS 31ST YEAR                          

The Book and Periodical Council and its Freedom of Expression Committee are pleased to announce the 31st annual Freedom to Read Week in Canada. A national celebration of freedom of expression that takes place in libraries, schools and arts venues across Canada, this year’s program runs from February 22 to 28, 2015.

“Every week we read of challenges to free expression. Some command international headlines, others involve quiet requests to remove material from local library shelves, and all demand our attention,” said Marg Anne Morrison, chair of the Freedom of Expression Committee. “During Freedom to Read Week, we invite Canadians to celebrate free expression, place challenges to it under scrutiny and join together to debate how censorship in many forms affects us all.”

Freedom to Read Week incorporates public readings and panel discussions, challenged book and magazine displays and a kit for librarians and teachers. Public events take place in locations across the country; speakers include poets, investigative journalists, librarians and readers. Events this year include:

– discussions about investigative journalism in a transformed media landscape

– debates about libel law, self-censorship, defamation and intellectual freedom

– readings from challenged books and magazines

– the presentation of three awards for work in the field of free expression

A complete list of events in locations across Canada is available at freedomtoread.ca; it will be updated as new events are added. Event organizers are encouraged to share their plans with Freedom to Read Week organizers through the same web address.

ITEM 17: COMING IN MARCH: VERSEFEST 2015!                                                     NEW!

MARCH 24 TO 29, 2015, OTTAWA

logoThe schedule for our fourth annual poetry festival, VERSeFest, is now online!

Readers to this year’s festival include Alessandra Naccarato, Amanda Earl, Anne Compton,
Anthony Bansfield, Arleen Paré, Armand Ruffo, Artemysia Fragiskapof, bill bissett, Claire Caldwell, dalton derkson, Daphne Marlatt, Deanna Young, Dennis Cooley, Eric Charlebois, El Jones, Emily McRae, Emma Blue, Forrest Gander, Frances Itani, Frederic Lanouette, Gail Scott,
Gary Geddes, Geneviève Bouchard, Gilles Latour, Gillian Wigmore, Herménégilde Chiasson,
Ikenna Onyegbula a.k.a OpenSecret, JC Bouchard, Rational Rebel, Jeramy Dodds, John Akpata,
Kande Mbeu, Kathleen Goulet, King Kimbit, Komi Olaf, Lillian Allen, Lisa Jarnot, Lise Gaboury-Diallo, Lorna Crozier, Margaret Michèle Cook, Marilyn Dumont, Marshall Hryciuk, Mehdi Hamdad, Michel Therien, Nick Laird, Nicole Brossard, Patrick Friesen, Patrick Lane,  Paul Vermeersch, Pearl Pirie, Raúl Zurita Canessa, Roland Prevost, Sacha Vachon, Sandra Ridley,
Sheri-D Wilson, Stan Dragland, Stephen Brockwell, Steven Artelle, Stevie Howell and Titilope Sonuga.

See the entire schedule, including author bios, information on tickets (as well as a number of free events) (and even how to volunteer) here

MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS: ALL 30 ARE NEW CALLS

NEW! Necessary Fiction publishes a new book review each Monday, a featured short story each Wednesday, a contribution to its Research Notes series each Friday, and occasional interviews, essays, and other surprises. Fiction submissions should be under 3000 words.

NEW! Wigleaf is an award-winning online journal of very short fiction (under 1000 words). Submissions are open during the final week (7 days) of each academic month, with the exception of December.  New quarterly online literary magazine

NEW! Momentum is Australia’s first major digital imprint. Momentum accepts submissions weekly on Mondays between 12.00 midnight and 11.59 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time via email only. Momentum is open to publishing fiction and non-fiction in most traditional and non-traditional genres. This includes new and previously published shorter length stories, essays and journalism between 15,000 to 50,000 words, genre novels and non-fiction between 50,000 to 100,000 words and longer and complex narratives of over 100,000 words. Writers can be based anywhere in the world.

From the Well House, Indiana University Kokomo’s Art and Literary Journal, seek work for the next online publication. Accepting poetry, prose, and academic papers, plus art work and multimedia. Deadline: rolling. Guidelines
NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

NEW! Michigan Quarterly Review is an interdisciplinary journal of arts and culture that seeks to combine the best of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction with outstanding critical essays on literary, cultural, social, and political matters. Submissions for are accepted year round and the editors  try to include at least one story, essay or poem by a previously unpublished writer in every issue.

NEW! American Reader is a bimonthly magazine publishing fiction, poetry and criticism. It was named by Library Journal as one of the best new magazines of 2012. Submissions are accepted throughout the year.

NEW! One Teen Story is a literary magazine for young adult readers of every age. They are currently accepting submissions from writers of all ages. Contributors are paid US$500 and 25 copies of the issue in which their work appears.

NEW! Text Publishing is an independent literary publisher based in Melbourne. It is currently accepting unsolicited manuscript submissions of fiction and non-fiction, including upper primary and young adult.

NEW! Salt Publishing is open to submissions for a new ‘Modern Dreams’ series – a digital-only development of the Salt Modern Fiction list. The series will be for 20,000–30,000 word novellas that deal explicitly with the lives of young people in modern Britain and the USA.

NEW! Indiana Voice Journal was founded in July 2014. Each issue contains at least one new or previously unpublished author and submissions are invited from writers around the world. The journal publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual art, interviews and reviews.

NEW! Curbed is actively seeking story pitches from writers and photographers who are interested in contributing longform and narrative journalism that focus on architecture,design and real estate. This can include reported stories, profiles, essays, think pieces, oral histories, photo essays, and comic strips and other illustrated stories. Features average 3000 to 5000 words in length and all contributors are competitively paid.

NEW! Blue Monday Review is a review for prose, poetry and art which embody the literary spirit of the late Kurt Vonnegut. Submissions in a range of genres up to 8000 words will be considered.

NEW! Terraform is a new online publication from Vice Magazine. It is seeking submissions up to 2000 words of speculative fiction ‘honing in on the tech, science, and future culture topics driving the zeitgeist.’ Terraform pays a baseline rate of US$0.20 per word.

NEW! Guernica Daily is a daily publication of short original features. The editors are looking for thoughtful, argument-driven pieces that respond to timely issues. Reviews and interviews are welcome, as are personal essays if they show that the author’s experience has broader implications. Submissions should be between 400 and 1800 words.

NEW! The Quaker is an American undergraduate journal of literary art published by the Student Writers Guild and the Program in Creative Writing at Malone University in Ohio. It is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction and essays. Publication occurs on a rolling basis, and each semester one author is chosen to be honoured with a US$100 Editor’s Prize for an outstanding contribution to the journal.

NEW! Apex Magazine is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Payment for original fiction is $.06 per word and submissions must be less than 7500 words

NEW! Georgia Review features essays, fiction, poetry, graphics and book reviews. The GR website states ‘Pulitzer Prize winners and never-before-published writers are equals during our manuscript evaluation process.’ All work must be previously unpublished and simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

NEW! Tishman Review is a new literary journal with its first issue being published in January 2015. It welcomes submissions of short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and book reviews year-round and is currently reading for its April issue.

NEW! Cleaver Magazine publishes cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. Submissions of poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, and visual art are open year round.

NEW! Blunderbuss Magazine is a web magazine of arts, culture, and politics. It welcomes unsolicited submissions and describes itself as ‘genre flexible’.

NEW! Mosaic Magazine is based in New York and explores the literary arts by writers of African descent. It features interviews, essays, book reviews and literature  lesson plans. Before submitting full articles send a brief summary via email. If you are interested in reviewing books forward a writing sample and bio.

NEW! Canary Press is a story magazine based in Australia but that accepts submissions from writers worldwide. According to the submission guidelines ‘if you have a story that’s too funny; too outrageous; too moving, soulful, exciting or ridiculous for our more prestigious journals, we’d love to hear from you.’

2015 DEADLINES:

MARCH:

NEW! Stockholm Review of Literature is an online publication that seeks to publish superlative literary fiction, poetry, essays and art, and undertakes to promote the writers and artists that produce it. Submissions received by 8 March will be considered for its seventh issue.

NEW! Papercuts is a a bi-annual literary magazine published by Desi Writers Lounge, – an online workshop for writers of South Asian origin and writing on South Asia. The theme for volume 15 is Fables and Folklore. The editors are looking for poems, stories, artwork and essays that draw on local tales, histories and characters for inspiration. Closes 15 March.

NEW! Tin House is accepting submissions for its Fall 2015 issue. It is looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction and interviews on the theme ‘Theft’. Submissions close 15 March.

NEW! Kill Your Darlings is an Australian-based literary journal that publishes essays, commentary, interviews, fiction, reviews, opinion pieces and columns.  Submissions open on 1 March and close on 31 March.

NEW! Masters Review is accepting submissions for its printed anthology. The guest editor is Kevin Brockmeier. The anthology is open to fiction and narrative nonfiction from emerging writers worldwide who have not yet published a novel-length work. Submissions close 31 March.

NEW! Cheat River Review reads original, previously unpublished nonfiction, fiction, flash, and poetry. Submissions for Issue 4 close in late March.

APRIL AND LATER:

NEW! Becoming a Teacher is a new anthology by In Fact Books. The editors are  looking for stories that, collectively, represent a wide variety of teachers and teaching experiences–in public or private or religious or charter schools, in cities or suburbs or rural areas, with typically-developing students or those with special needs, at home or internationally. Stories should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. Closes 6 APRIL.

NEW! Cold Mountain Review  publishes poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews with creative writers, fiction and art. Submissions are read between August and May each year.

NEW! Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit their work; however, the editors warn they can only publish a very small fraction of the material the receive. The reading period runs until 31 May.

 

UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS: 28 NEW!

 

FEBRUARY DEADLINES:

 

CLOSING THIS WEEK:

Toronto Star Short Story Contest Judges will select the three winners from a first round of finalists selected by Humber School for Writers faculty. Winners will be celebrated and their stories published in the Sunday Star. See website for full contest rules.   Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015

Entry fee: none Prize: 1st Prize: $5000 plus the tuition fee for The Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program in Creative Writing (approx. value $3000) Details: http://thestar.com/contests.html 

Spring Pulse Poetry Festival northern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts event is sponsoring the 2015 Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest. Deadline: Friday February 27, 2015. All entrants must be Canadian residents or landed immigrants. In 1970 the first contest began in Cobalt during the Miners festival on French-Canadian Day. It is the oldest non-governmental national poetry contest in Canada. The contest honours Canada’s most popular 19th century poet. Dr. Drummond was the town’s first doctor, a silver mine manager, and world famous poet who died in Cobalt in 1907. Deadline: Friday February 27 2015 Entry fee: $10 Prizes: $1200: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $50 8 judge’s choice of $25 Complimentary anthology of winners, trophy, and award ceremony at Cobalt Public Library on Friday May 29 during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Blind Judging will be done by a League of Canadian Poets member. Details: www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com Enquires: Send to David Brydges mybrydges@yahoo.ca

 

The Annual Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award. 2015 Call for Submissions. In late 2011, Jessica Bell and Dawn Ius founded Vine Leaves Literary Journal to offer the vignette, a forgotten literary form, the exposure and credit it deserves. The vignette is a snapshot in words, and differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot, instead it focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. The journal, published quarterly online, is a lush synergy of atmospheric prose, poetry, photography and illustrations, put together with an eye for aesthetics as well as literary merit. The annual print anthology showcases the very best pieces from across the year. We are pleased to announce the second Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award and would like to invite writers to submit their best manuscript of vignettes.  Submissions open: June 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015  Prize: $500 + Publication in early 2016 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 copies Guest Judge: Dan Holloway. For submission guidelines, please go to: http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/contests.html

TWO CONTESTS: Now through 11:59 p.m. EST on February 28th, Fence is accepting submissions for both the Fence Modern Prize in Prose, and the Fence Modern Poets Series. You can submit your work here, or you can read on for details about each prize. Full guidelines are available at fenceportal.orgYou can submit your work here, or you can read on for details about each prize. Full guidelines are available at fenceportal.org

 

The New Quarterly invites entries to the Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. Submit poems written in response to an occasion (personal or public), poems of gratitude or grief, poems that celebrate or berate, poems that make an occasion of something or simply mark one. Prize: $1000. Entry fee: $40 for up to 2 unpublished poems; $5 each for additional poems. Entrants must be Canadian or reside in Canada. Deadline: February 28, 2015. Guidelines

2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest! The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1200 words or fewer. Ann Patchett, celebrated author of six novels, including Bel Canto and State of Wonder, will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2015 Writers Workshop, June 13th-20th, in Gambier, Ohio. Additional info on the Writers Workshop is available here.   http://www.kenyonreview.org/contests/short-fiction/

 

MARCH DEADLINES:

CBC Creative Nonfiction Competition This is it! One of your first writing assignments of the New Year! Send us your original, unpublished work of creative nonfiction for a chance to win $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, a writing residency at the Banff Centre and publication in Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine.  Deadline: March 1, 2015. Details: http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/nonfiction/ 

ON THE PREMISES Short Story Contest #25. This contest’s premise is as follows: LEARNING One or more characters try to learn something. The key word is “try,” so (1) they must expend at least some effort, and (2) they can succeed, fail, or anything in-between–that’s up to you. Your challenge: Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long that clearly uses this contest premise. One entry per author. No fee for entering. Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Hyphenated Words: If the hyphenated word is generally considered a single word, it counts as one word. (Like “twenty-five” or “jack-o-lantern.”) Otherwise each part of the hyphenated word counts separately. Prizes: $220 for first (not $180 anymore), $160 for second (not $140 anymore), $120 for third (not $100 anymore), and $60 for up to three honorable mentions (not $40 anymore). To submit an entry, use this link and follow the instructions. If you don’t already have a (free) Submittable account, you’ll be prompted to make one. Keep reading and writing, www.OnThePremises.com

Room Magazine (Vancouver, BC) invites entries from writers, who identify as women or genderqueer, for their annual creative non-fiction writing contest. First prize: $500 + publication. Entry fee: $35 (includes one-year subscription), and $7 for each additional entry. Deadline: March 8, 2015. Guidelines.

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction is offered each year by Colorado State University’s Center for Literary Publishing. The winner receives a US$2000 honorarium and the story is published in the fall/winter issue of Colorado Review. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be under 50 pages. Entries close 14 March.

NEW! THE MISSOURI REVIEW Contest Guidelines Entry Fee: In an effort to expand our contest, entry fees (previously $20) are now payable by donation. We ask only that you contribute what you feel is fair, keeping in mind that literary journals, and contests, cost money to run and that your contribution includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review. All of your donation money goes directly to support the continued production of The Missouri Review and its programs. Previous first-place winners are not eligible to win again. Postmark Deadline: March 15th, 2015 Multiple entries are welcome, accompanied by a separate donation for each title you wish to have considered. We are happy to accept previously published or aired pieces as submissions, so long as you, the entrant, hold the rights. Online Submission System You can now submit your entries online, as well as pay your donation through our secure server. To do so, click here to go to our online submission form. Please note that we only accept entries in mp3 format. Mailed Submissions Technical Requirements: Mailed entries should be sent on CD only. CDs should not contain any audio other than entry material. Include a brief program synopsis and bio of the writer/producer. For poetry submissions, please record each poem as a separate track. a completed entry form for each entry (download the entry form) a copy of the entry on a CD, labeled with writer/ producer, title and length a brief program synopsis and short writer/producer bio a donation as entry fee (make checks out to The Missouri Review) Send Entries To The Missouri Review Audio Competition 357 McReynolds Hall University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211 Questions? Please visit our FAQ. If your questions isn’t answered there, email us: MUTMRcontestquestion@missouri.edu

NEW! Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.The editors prefer that fiction manuscripts be at least 150 pages long and poetry manuscripts at least 50 pages long. Novels are not considered; manuscripts should be comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction offers a prize of US$1000 and the winner and many runners-up will be published in the Spring 2016 print edition of Bellingham Review. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is awarded by Selected Shorts with partner Electric Literature. The judge of the prize in 2015 is Karen Russell. The winning entry will receive US$1000 and the work will be performed and recorded live at the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space, and will be published on electricliterature.com. The winning writer will also earn free admission to a 10-week course with Gotham Writers Workshop. Closes 15 March.

NEW! James Jones Fellowship Contest is now in its 24th year. It awards $10,000 to an American writer with a first fiction novel in progress in 2015. Two runners-up will each receive $1000. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Annie Dillard Award For Creative Nonfiction offers a prize of US$1000 and the winner and many runners-up will be published in the Spring 2016 print edition of Bellingham Review. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Willow Springs Fiction Prize awards a first prize of $2000 and publication. There is a $15 entry fee for which every entrants receives a subscription to Willow Springs. Closes 15 March.

NEW! Crime Writers’ Association (UK) Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is open to all writers around the world. They encourage entries from both published and unpublished writers. Stories must be no longer than 3500 words and the winner will receive £1,000. Entries close 16 March.

NEW! Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is named in honour of Lip Magazine’s founding editor. Lip is a feminist magazine and  the theme of the 2015 competition is ‘privilege’, with a focus on women’s stories. Anyone is eligible to enter and the organisers are looking for creative, insightful fiction that addresses the theme in any kind of way. Closes 23 March.

NEW! SA Writers’ College Annual Short Story Award is open to emerging writers in South Africa who have had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital). First prize is R 10 000.00 and entries may be up to 2000 words in length. Closes 31 March.

NEW! Narrative Magazine Winter Story Contest is open to short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished and no longer than 15,000 words. First prize is US$2500. The contest closes on 31 March.

NEW! Bath Novel Award is an international competition for unpublished or self-published novels with a £1000 prize. Submissions should include up to the first five thousand words of a novel plus a one page synopsis. Entries close 31 March.

NEW! Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition offers a first prize of £800. The competition is open to all writers over 16 the chairman of the judging panel is Alexander McCall Smith. Stories should be under 1500 words and can be on any topic. Closes 31 March.

NEW! Caterpillar’s Inaugural Poetry Competition is for a single poem written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). The competition is open to all and there is no line limit. The winner receives €1000 and publication. Entries close 31 March.

NEW! Short Fiction is a UK-based visual literary journal. It’s annual Short Fiction Prize is open to stories in any genre up to 6000 words. The winner receives £500 and publication. Entries close 31 March.

MSLEXIA WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015  CLOSING MAR. 16, 2015 For stories of up to 2,200 words in length on any subject. 1st prize: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre*, and a day with a Virago editor* 2nd prize £500   3rd prize £250 Three other finalists each receive £100 All winning stories will be published in Mslexia magazine. Judge: Alison MacLeod Closing date: 16 March 2015. Please read the competition rules before entering. *The Tŷ Newydd retreat is accommodation only; dates should be agreed between Tŷ Newydd and the competition winner. The date of the Virago mentoring session should be agreed between Virago and the competition winner. The winner is responsible for any other expenses involved with attending the Tŷ Newydd retreat and the day with a Virago editor, i.e. travel, food, etc. The prizes must be taken by 31 May 2016. FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://mslexia.co.uk/shop/scomp_enter.php

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html First up is the Clean as a Whistle Contest, March 31, 2015

Second Story Press Aboriginal Writing Contest. Second Story Press has announced a new writing contest to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The press is looking to build on the diversity of its list – already strongly populated by books and series on social justice for both adults and children – by announcing a call for contemporary writing for a young reader audience that reflects the modern experience of Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) people. Canadian writers aged 18 and older who identify as Aboriginal are invited to share the stories that reflect their unique lives, experiences, successes, and perspectives. Both fiction and nonfiction will be accepted.  Deadline: March 31, 2015

Entry fee: none Prize: Publishing contract with Second Story Press Details: www.secondstorypress.ca/aboriginal-writing-contest 

MONTREAL POETRY PRIZE 2015 $20,000 PRIZE:  The not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize has launched its 2015 competition. The prize is $20,000. The 2015 judge is Eavan Boland. And the 10 international jurors for this year are Gabeba Baderoon of South Africa, Kate Clanchy of Scotland, Carolyn Forche of the United States, Amanda Jernigan of Canada, Anthony Lawrence of Australia, Niyi Osundare of Nigeria, Jennifer Rahim of Trinidad, K. Satchidanandan of India, Michael Schmidt of the United Kingdom and Bruce Taylor of Canada. The final deadline is May 15, but we encourage entries before March 31st. Online entries only. Visit www.montrealprize.com. There’s also a poster available for download under News/Downloads for your convenience. Good luck to all participants! 

APRIL DEADLINES:

Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 23rd annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2015. What’s in it for you? $8,000 in cash. National exposure for your work. The attention of prospective editors and publishers. A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! How to enter: Register and pay online or download a printable entry form. ( Early-bird entry fees are $99 for the first entry, and $75 for each additional entry.)

Enter your book into one or more of these categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age), Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Children’s Picture books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult books, Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books) More info: http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished?et_mid=719512&rid=239199236

NEW!North American Review’s Torch Prize for Creative Nonfiction offers a first prize of $500. Writers may submit only one piece of creative nonfiction, no longer than 30 pages. Entries close 1 April.

NEW! Grain Magazine’s Annual Short Grain Writing Contest offers prizes for both fiction and poetry and is open to writers worldwide. A total of CA$4500 in prize money is on offer. Entries close 1 April.

NEW!Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing is for unpublished manuscripts by writers from Australia and New Zealand. The winner receives AUD$10,000 and a publishing contract with Text Publishing. Entries close 2 April.

NEW! Waterman Fund Essay Contest invites emerging writers to explore the question of who the stewards of wilderness are. Statistically, more men than women explore professional careers in the stewardship of wilderness and public land management. What, if any, bearing does the gender of stewards have on our shared and individual perceptions of, and relationship to, wilderness? The winning essayist will be awarded $1500 and published in Appalachia Journal. Entries close 15 April.

NEW! New South Writing Contest will be judged by Roger Reeves in the genre of poetry and Rebecca Makkai in the genre of prose. The contest awards $1000 the winners in each category as well as two $250 runner’s up prizes. Entries close 15 April. 

NEW! Event Magazine’s Non-Fiction Contest is open to creative non-fiction up to 5000 words in length. There is US$1500 prize money available in addition to the regular publication payment. The $34.95 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription. Entries close 15 April.

NEW! Eyelands International Short Story Contest has the theme ‘on the verge. The contest is open to unpublished stories of any genre up to 2500 words. The winner receives a one week holiday on the island of Crete and the top three entrants will be published in anthologies in both Greek and English. Closes 20 April.

NEW! Passages North is running two writing competitions: the Thomas J. Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize is for writing up to 10,000 words and the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize for poems up to 1000 words. Both competitions have a US$1000 first prize. Entries close 20 April.

NEW! Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest is open to original short stories and essays on any theme. The winner in each category receives US$1500 and there are a total of 10 minor prizes of $100. Entries should be a maximum of 6000 words. Closes 30 April.

NEW! Exeter Story Prize is accepting entries up to 10,000 words and stories may be on any theme. The winner receives £500 and a trophy, and there is an additional prize on offer for best humorous story. Closes 30 April.

NEW! Redivider’s Beacon Street Prize is open to fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The winner in each category will receive $500 and publication in the winter 2015 issue of Redivider. The winning pieces will be selected by guest judges: James Scott (fiction), Laura Kasischke (poetry), and Susannah Cahalan (nonfiction). Closes 30 April. 

Sequestrum (US) is accepting entries for the 2015 Editor’s Reprint Award. Open theme and length. Submit previously-published fiction and nonfiction only. One winner receives $200 and publication, and one runner-up receives publication and payment at our usual rates. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: April 30, 2015. Guidelines.

Bristol Short Story Prize is open to  stories up to 4000 words. Entries can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (crime, science fiction, fantasy, historical, romance, children’s etc). Twenty stories will be shortlisted and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8. Entries close 30 April.

AND LATER:

NEW! Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

is one of Australia’s most lucrative prizes for an original short story. Open to writers worldwide, the prize is worth a total of AUD $8000 with a first prize of $5000 and supplementary prizes of $2000 and $1000. Entries close 1 May.

The Cottage Life Al Purdy Potty Poetry Contest. “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” Cottagers love potty poems! Potty poems tell guests how not to gum up the septic system. Almost every cottage has a potty poem hanging in the bathroom. Write a new classic potty poem for a chance to win! Prizes include cash, signed Purdy first editions, and the winning poem will be posted in the A-frame and published in Cottage Life. Enter as many poems as you like. Poems must be no more than 20 lines in length. Sponsored by Cottage Life and the Al Purdy A-frame Association, which is restoring Al’s iconic cottage as a writers’ retreat. The Purdy cabin is a national literary treasure, where Al wrote and entertained such CanLit giants as Margaret Laurence, Milton Acorn, and Michael Ondaatje. All-star judges: Margaret Atwood (poet, novelist, activist) George Bowering (Canada’s first poet laureate) Jason Collett (singer-songwriter, Broken Social Scene) Prize information:First Prize (1): $250 + published in Cottage Life + posted in Al Purdy A-frame cottage + a signed Al Purdy first edition Second Prize (1): $150 Third Prize (1): $100 Early Bird Draw: Enter by April 1, 2015, for a chance to win a signed Al Purdy first edition and a Cottage Life sweatshirt. Contest closes May 1, 2015   Enter Now   Rules and regulations »

David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in Southwest Review. Stories can be up to 8000 words in length and all entries will be considered for publication. The deadline for entries is 1 May.

Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest is for new writing that takes risks. Submission may include any combination of flash fiction or short stories up to 7500 total words.The winner receives US$500 and publication. Entries open 1 February and close 1 May.

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition: Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 84th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Early-Bird Entry Deadline: May 4, 2015. More info: http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition?et_mid=721950&rid=239199236    

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is dedicated to recognising and supporting the work of emerging writers whose fiction has not yet achieved success. Entries must be less than 3500 words and the competition is open to writers based anywhere is the world. The winner receives US$1500 and publication. The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition first ran in 1981; entries close 15 May.

NEW! We Need Diverse Books Short Story Contest
is open to emerging diverse writers from all diverse backgrounds (including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of colour, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural and religious minorities) who have not been published in a traditional print fiction book format, including self-published, independents, small and medium publishing houses, in all genres whether for the children’s or adult market. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in the “Stories For All Of Us” anthology. Entries open on 27 April and close on 8 May.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. Fiction entries must be under 6000 words. The winner in each genre will be awarded US$1000 and publication. Entries close 15 May.

Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Entry Period, The 2015 prize is open from 1 October 2014 – 29 May 2015. How to enter * 2014 winners and shortlist. About the prize: The University of Canberra has established an international poetry prize. On behalf of the university, this is administered by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), part of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design. The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. It marks the University of Canberra’s commitment to creativity and imagination in all that it does, and builds on the work of the International Poetry Studies Institute in identifying poetry as a highly resilient and sophisticated human activity. It also builds on the activities of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, which conducts wide-ranging research into human creativity and culture. The University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize was offered for the first time in 2014. Entries for the 2015 prize may be submitted from 1 October 2014 until 29 May 2015 for this prize. The prize will be announced on or before 30 September 2015 and prize winners will be notified prior to that. Important details are: The winner will receive AUD$15,000 The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000 Four additional poems will be short-listed All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of  50 lines (see the Conditions of Entry for further details) Each entry of a poem will cost AUD$15 if submitted by 31 January 2015 and AUD$20 if submitted between 1 February and 29 May 2015. There are discounts for students. http://www.canberra.edu.au/vcpoetryprize

A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest is open to both fiction and creative non-fiction. Stories must be between 1000 and 5000 words and there are no entry fees. Entries are accepted between 1 April and 21 June each year.

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html Deadline for The Picture Perfect Poetry Chapbook Anthology Contest _June 30, 2015

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html July contests: Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards Contest – July 1, 2015 and The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Contest July 31 2015

The Sunday Times Short Story Prize is the world’s richest short story competition with the winner receiving £30,000 (US$47,000). In 2014 the prize was won by Adam Johnson for his story ‘Nirvana’. The longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times Short Story Prize will be announced in February and the winner in April. Entries for the 2016 prize are expected to open in July 2015.

Manchester Fiction Prize is a major international literary competition open to anyone aged 16 or over. The winner receives a cash prize of £10,000 (US$15,500). Stories can be up to 2500 words in length. Entries open in April and are expected to close in August.

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html The Ted Plantos Memorial Award – Aug 31 each year

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html Food for Thought Contest Sept. 30, 2015

Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest
has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries open on 1 July and are expected to close on 1 October.

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
is one of three contests run each year by Boston Review.The winning author will receive US $1500 and have his or her work published in the summer edition of the magazine. First runner-up will be published in a following issue and second runner-up will be published on the Boston Review website. Entries close 1 October.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize Prize
is an annual award for unpublished short fiction open to citizens of the 53 Commonwealth countries. The prize covers the five Commonwealth regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific. One winner will be selected from each region, with one regional winner to be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5000 (US$8200) and the remaining four regional winners receive £2500. Entries for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize are expected to open in October 2015.

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CAA-NCR Literary Notices for Dec. 8 to Dec. 15, 2013

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

 Weekly Notices for the week of Dec. 9 to Dec. 15, 2013

12 ITEMS 7 NEW plus  5 NEW CONTESTS

Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com 

####Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website   http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml

CAA-NCR EVENTS: NOTE TO CAA MEMBERS: Recently published a novel, won a writing award, had a spectacular book signing or in some other way been recognized within the writing community? Write a short blurb about it & we’ll publish it in Byline, the CAA-NCR branch Magazine. We’re all excited, and encouraged, when someone in our writing family shines. Send a note to Sharyn Heagle, Editor, Byline at <sharyn_40@yahoo.com>

 ITEM 1: 27TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST  

 CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION–NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

 CATEGORIES: Short Story • Poetry Prizes in Each Category: $300, $200, $100

Guidelines for 2014 NCWC

 The contest is open to members of CAA–NCR and/or residents of the National Capital Region

http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/contests.shtml

 CATEGORIES: Short Story (max. 2500 words) and Poetry (not Haiku) (max. 60 lines including title & blank lines)

ENTRIES must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant. Winning entries and/or Honourable Mentions may be published CAA–NCR’s e-mag, Byline, in a CAA–NCR anthology,

or in the Ottawa Citizen. Copyright remains with author.

 Finalists are requested to attend CAA–NCR’s 25th Annual NCWC Awards Night, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 7 PM, Ottawa Public Library auditorium, 120 Metcalfe Street at Laurier.

Your presence is important to the celebration of your success with fellow entrants, families and friends. First place winners will be asked to read their entries.

·       Entries postmarked after midnight FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014 will be disqualified.

·       Submissions not accompanied by entry fee will be disqualified.

·       Submissions will be neither acknowledged nor returned.

·       Entries not conforming to rules will be disqualified.

·        Overpayment of entry fees will not be returned.

·       Entry fee: $15 per story; $15 for up to three (3) poems (poems will be judged individually);

·       number of entries unlimited.

·       Each prose entry must be in English, typed, on 8 1/2 x 11paper, 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.

·       Stories must be double-spaced; this is not required for poetry.

·       Contest is blind judged. Entrant’s name must NOT appear on the submission(s).

·       Include a separate cover page with contest category, story/poem title, name, address,

·       phone number, and e-mail address.

·       Members of CAA–NCR are entitled to one (1) free entry in one (1) category.

·       Make cheques payable to CAA–NCR and designate NCWC.

·       CAA–NCR reserves the right to withhold any prize should entries fail to meet expected standards.

Mail entries to: National Capital Writing Contest, 163 BELL ST., N., Box 57081, Ottawa ON K1R 7E1 Attention: Sherrill Wark, Receiver

Information: Sharyn Heagle, CAA–NCR Contest Coordinator – sharyn_40@yahoo.com.

 

 ITEM 2: CAA-NCR JANUARY MEETING                                        

 DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014, 7 – 9 P.M.

LOCATION: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY, MAIN BRANCH – METCALFE & LAURIER, MEETING ROOM, LOWER LEVEL

Ottawa Public Library's Main Branch, designed ...

 VOICES FROM THE BRANCH: Any member can read from their published, soon-to-be-published, non-published, or their just-written works. There are ten spaces available. To have your name added to the list of readers contact phyllis.bohonis@sympatico.ca before Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Each reader is allotted 8 minutes of reading time. An opportunity for the readers to display any published works for sale will be available at the “meet and greet” starting at 6:30 p.m. that evening. Any member is eligible to read, you do not have to be a published writer.

 ALSO THAT EVENING: BOOK FESTIVALS: Shouldn’t we have our fair share? Speaker: Qais Ghanem: Qais will outline plans for a book festival sponsored by CAA-NCR.

Qais Ghanem Qais Ghanem is well known for hosting the CHIN Ottawa 97.9FM radio show Dialogue with Diversity. He now co-hosts A Luta Continua, the Carleton University CKCU 93.1FM radio show on Fridays at 9:00 a.m. He blogs for Huffington Post, and is a regular invited columnist for Gulf News, Dubai. Qais has a published a book of poetry and two mystery novels. His third novel is due in early 2013. He co-authored a non-fiction book entitled My Arab Spring, My Canada. His website is www.dialoguewithdiversity.com.

CAA-NCR BRANCH MEMBERS NEWS

 See member Nerys Parry’s Write Stuff workshop upcoming in January at Item # 5 under Workshops

 CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL NEWS

 ITEM 3: CAA NATIONAL SUBMISSIONS CALL FOR THE CAA AWARDS                                                                              

Canadian Authors 2014 Literary Awards

 Entries are now being accepted for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2014 Literary Awards.  Criteria and submission details are available in the CAA 2014 Literary Awards Guidelines. http://www.canauthors.org/awards/guidelines.html

Complete the CAA 2014 Awards entry form online and send it to us along with your submission and entry fee. The entry form can be found at the link for the guidelines. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014.

Now in its 39th 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, Micheal Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Patrick DeWitt, Nino Ricci, Michael S. Cross, Don McKay and countless other literary stars – some relatively unknown at the time they received the award. — Anita Purcell, Executive Director, Canadian Authors Association 

 OTHER WORKSHOPS

 ITEM 4: EDITORS’ ASSOCIATION OF CANADA WORKSHOPS  

 

December 9: Cite it Right:  

When to cite, how to cite, what to cite . . . Citation is a key skill for writers and editors of any scholarly work, whether a university thesis or an article being prepared for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. This seminar takes participants through:

  • ·       the principles of citation
  • ·       reviews major citation systems
  • ·       discusses reference management software
  • ·       looks at citation editing approaches

Registration closes December 2. http://www.editors.ca/members/connect/events/2013-06-25/cite-it-right  Space is available in all seminars. You can register online, by mail, or email if your employer is paying your registration fee. 

ITEM 5: WRITE STUFF WORKSHOP TO LAUNCH JANUARY 13    NEW!

 DATE: MONDAYS, BEGINNING JAN. 13, 2014 FOR FIVE WEEKS

LOCATION: OLD OTTAWA SOUTH FIREHALL, 260 Sunnyside Ave., Ottawa

COST $162.00    Registration opens December 11, 2013.

Take your writing to the next level and learn the tricks of the trade for creating polished and professional manuscripts ready for submission to agents, editors and publishers. The Write Stuff is a five-week facilitated workshop chock-full of practical daily exercises, useful tips and inspirations to help you honestly evaluate your own work and start editing and polishing it right away. Time is precious for all of us, so the course and all its exercises have been designed to allow you to apply the lessons covered in the workshop directly to your own writing projects, the ones closest to your heart—whatever they may be.

 Topics covered include:

  •  Workshop #1: Show Don’t Tell and Other ‘Cardinal’ Rules of Fiction: How to avoid the common fictional practices editors hate most.
  • Workshop #2: Birthing Adam: Tricks, tools and techniques for bringing your characters out of the page and into your reader’s hearts
  • Workshop #3: Through the Looking Glass: playing with points of view, time and tense, intimacy and distance
  • Workshop #4: Play it Again Sam: Crafting effective dialogue and character ‘beats’
  • Workshop #5: Spit and Polish: Effective self-editing tools

 Writers of all levels, ambitions and genres are welcome. Anyone interested in joining the workshops can apply through the Old Ottawa South website. Click here {http://www.oldottawasouth.ca/index.php/programs} and select the red button to register.

 Facilitator’s Bio: About Nerys: Nerys Parry’s debut novel, Man & Other Natural Disasters, was a finalist for the Colophon Prize and tied for seventh in the Giller Prize Reader’s Choice Awards. Her writing has been described as “gorgeous throughout” (Kerry Clare, editor of Canadian Bookshelf), “compulsive reading” (Katherine Lyall-Watson), “engaging and thoughtful” (Winnipeg Free Press), and has been shortlisted for  several awards, including the Kenneth R. Wilson Canadian Business Press, Event Creative Non-Fiction, and FreeFall’s Fall Fiction Awards.  For more information, please visit http://www.nerysparry.com

 ITEM 6: THE WRITERS’ UNION OF CANADA WORKSHOPS      NEW!

 DATE: Feb. 18, 2014 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Ottawa:  University of Ottawa, FSS Building (Social Sciences Building), 120 University, Room 4004

Cost: $95.00 (TWUC members $80.00) includes materials & lunch

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 The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is holding a series of one-day professional development workshops for writers called Publishing 2.0 – Tips and Traps. Registration is now taking place for workshops in Moncton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto in February 2014.

 Authors Mary W. Walters and Caroline Adderson, along with author and executive director of TWUC, John Degen will discuss writing in the digital age. The workshop will consider both the Traditional Path to Publication and Independent Publication including topics such as working with agents and editors, keys to successful submissions, crowdsourcing, contract terms, royalty rates, copyright, managing your digital rights, design work, distribution, and promotion.

Workshops will be held from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The registration fee is $95.00; TWUC members pay only $80.00. Both prices include any materials and lunch.

 For registration go to http://www.writersunion.ca/pd-workshops#register

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 ITEM 7: 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.  Check out 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.

 Also check out the latest issue of experiment-o-: Issue 6 – to the others Featuring Carlyle Baker, Stephen Collis, Amy Dennis, Molly Gaudry, Marilyn R. Rosenberg, Stuart Ross, Marino Rossetti, Spencer Selby, Andrew Topel, Brad Vogler and Ewan Whyte

 Experiment-O is an annual on line PDF magazine that celebrates the art of risk through poetry, prose, visual art & visual poetry. issue 6 here: http://www.experiment-o.com/

ITEM 8: ARC POETRY MAGAZINE’S POEM OF THE YEAR CONTEST NEW!

Arc 72 Cover banner In 2014, Arc will be awarding one $5,000 grand prize to the winner of their Poem of the Year Contest. Deadline: February 1, 2014. Entry Fee: $32 (CDN), which includes a one-year Canadian subscription of Arc* Contest entry fees may be paid online AT http://arcpoetry.ca/?page_id=1295#contestentryfee or by cheque or money order mailed with contest submissions.

 Rules: http://arcpoetry.ca/?p=7349

  • All contest submissions must be submitted by post mail.
  • All cheques or money orders must be in Canadian funds and made out to the Arc Poetry Society.
  • Arc welcomes Poem of the Year entries from Canada, the United States, and around the world. Entrants outside Canada must submit entry fees in Canadian funds. Please include a cheque in Canadian funds, use the online payment option or mail a money order in Canadian funds.
  • Entrants may submit up to two unpublished poems with each $32 fee (extra poems: $5 per poem).
  • No email submissions accepted.
  • Length of each poem must not exceed 100 lines.
  • Entrant’s name, address, e-mail and phone number must not appear on the poems, but instead on a separate sheet that also lists the titles of the poems entered.
  • Judging is blind.
  • No entrants (including winners, honourable mentions, or authors of Editor’s Choice poems) may substitute, before, during, or after judging, a revision of any poem already submitted to the contest.
  • No poems will be returned.
  • Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2014.

 Shortlist: 50 shortlisted poems, pending permission of their authors, will be eligible for the Readers’ Choice Award. Visit the site between March 15 and April 15, 2014 to read our Readers’ Choice selections and cast your vote!

 Publication: Winning poems will be published in Arc’s Summer 2014 issue

 Privacy Notice: Unless you indicate otherwise, Arc may share addresses of entrants to the 2014 Poem of the Year Contest with similar literary magazines or related organizations for promotional purposes.

 Send entries to: Poem of the Year Contest, Arc Poetry Magazine, PO Box 81060, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1P 1B1

 –Meagan Black, Editorial Assistant,Arc Poetry Magazine

IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

 

ITEM 9: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS PETER RICHARDSON WITH MIKE CAESAR AND ANITA DOLMAN                                                NEW!

 DATE: Tuesday, December 10

LOCATION: Club Saw, 67 Nicholas St. Ottawa

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6:45 p.m. Workshop – Adjective use of 5 different poets with Lesley Strutt

8:00 p.m. Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

 

Anita Dolman is an Ottawa-based writer and editor. Her poetry and flash fiction have appeared throughout Canada and the United States, including in Grain, Bywords.ca, The Antigonish Review, Peter F. Yacht Club, Ottawater, Geist, The Storyteller Magazine, PRISM international, One Cent, Utne, The Fiddlehead, and the anthology Decalogue: ten Ottawa poets (Chaudiere Books, 2006). Her short fiction will appear in an upcoming issue of On Spec: the Canadian magazine of the fantastic. Above/ground press published her English translations of poems by Erik Lindner and Hélène Gelens in the Versefest 2013 chapbook Two Dutch Poets. 

  Mike Caesar, recipient of an honourable mention in Arc’s 2013 Diana Brebner Prize competition was born and raised on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron. Prior to moving to the Ottawa area he spent several years living in the United Kingdom and Europe. He has worked as a bookseller, bartender, reporter, editor and speechwriter. His poem North Channel received the honourable mention in Arc Poetry Magazine’s 2013 Diana Brebner Prize.

  Peter Richardson, author of four poetry collections, winner of the A.M. Klein Award, was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, and came to Quebec in 1969 at age 20. For 25 years, he was a ramp worker for Air Canada at Mirabel and Trudeau airports. He has published three collections of poetry with Véhicule Press including A Tinkers’ Picnic (1999), shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, and Sympathy for the Couriers (2007), which won the 2008 A.M. Klein Award. A fourth collection will be published by Goose Lane in 2014. His work has appeared in Poetry (Chicago), Sonora Review, The Malahat Review, The Rialto (UK) and Poetry Ireland Review. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec.

 More > http://www.treereadingseries.ca/  Also see Tree Chapbook contest under December section of the contest listings, final item

 ITEM 10: OTTAWA STORYTELLERS UPCOMING PROGRAM     NEW!

 Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Tea Party, 119 York Street, Ottawa

The Tea Party

The Tea Party (Photo credit: wuji9981)

 

Sip a cup of lovely hot tea and enjoy some stories that will lift your spirits… Bob Woods and Janet LeRoy


 Dec. 12, 2013 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. NAC, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa

Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem Sherri Yazdani, Mary Wiggin, Daniel Kletke

 Join us for stories of fictional and real-life mysteries! From hidden identities to murder under the mistletoe, these tales are sure to make you shiver… and laugh! Ages 12 and up. Tickets $20, $17 for seniors, Live Rush available, subscription available


ITEM 11: MANSFIELD PRESS FALL LAUNCH PARTY          NEW!

 DATE: Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 pm

LOCATION: Raw Sugar Café, 692 Somerset West, Ottawa

Free Admission

Mansfield Press

Mansfield Press invites you — yes, you! — to the launch of its fall titles:

 

POETRY

– Complete Surprising Fragments of Improbable Books, by Stephen Brockwell

– What The World Said, by Jason Camlot

– Monkey Soap, by Glen Downie

– Our Days in Vaudeville, by Stuart Ross & 29 collaborators

 

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FICTION

– Dear Leaves, I Miss You All, by Sara Heinonen

 There will be readings, books for sale, the usually snappy repartee, warm camaraderie, and the announcement of the spring 2014 list.

Special local guest poets are Cameron Anstee, Michael Dennis and Sandra Ridley, reading from their collaborations with Stuart Ross!

 Hosted by Mansfield publisher/editor Denis De Klerck and editor Stuart Ross

 It’s always so great to come back to Ottawa!

Cash bar and wonderful snacks and meals and coziness at Raw Sugar!

ITEM 12: bissett, KARASICK & NUOTIO – AN A B XMAS!         NEW!

 DATE: Saturday, December 14, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Raw Sugar Café, 692 Somerset West,Ottawa, Ont.

            A B Series’ 3rd Annual Xmas Party with BILL BISSETT!

 Poetry by bissett and ADEENA KARASICK! Music by GLENN NUOTIO!
bill bissett, Adeena Karasick & Glenn Nuotio$11 advance tickets are available on Eventbrite, click on the button below to purchase, and from Octopus Books' 116 Third Avenue location. Tickets at the door are $16. Admission includes a ticket for the evening's prize draw.

 PRIZES!

More info: http://abseries.org/

 

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Bill Bissett’s charged readings, which never fail to amaze his audiences, incorporate chanting, sound poetry and singing, the verve of which is matched only by his prolific writing career: over 70 books of bissett’s poetry have been published. An energetic “man-child mystic,” bill bissett is living proof of William Blake’s adage “the spirit of sweet delight can never be defiled.”

 Combining chamber music and folk, Glenn Nuotio delivers unnervingly complex pop. As Ottawa Xtra! notes, “he channels it through an indie musician’s paper heart and the results are invariably stirring.”

 Adeena Karasick is a poet, cultural theorist, media artist and the critically acclaimed author of seven books of poetry and poetic theory, and Professor of Pop Culture and Media Theory at Fordham University in New York. Writing at the intersection of Conceptualism and neo-Fluxus performatics, her urban, Jewish feminist mashups have been described as “electricity in language” (Nicole Brossard).


MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

 

NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

 

New Toronto-based graphic arts mag, Archenemy Magazine, seeks editorials, reviews and creative writing related to comics, illustration and design. Creative pieces will be illustrated by a contributing artist. Also interested in potential regular writers/features. Length: 600–2500 words. Accepting freelance pitches and humour pieces, also. “Compensation is always awarded.” Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines: archemag.com/contribute

 

Maelstrom, a US print literary journal, is currently seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction, art, and photography that is edgy, smart, funny, and/or weird. Length: 5000 words max. or 3-5 poems. Payment: one copy. Deadline: Open.   Guidelines: maelstromjournal.com/submission-guidelines

 

Poetry Space (UK) is looking for poetry, art, and writing submissions from young writers and artists. All ages welcome. Parents and guardians welcome to submit on child’s behalf. No fees.     Guidelines: poetryspace.co.uk/young-writers-space 

 

The Furious Gazelle seeks short stories, micro fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short plays, monologues, novel excerpts and art. Wants writing that is “good and well written” and art that is “artistic.” Length: 8000 words max. Deadline: ongoing.  Guidelines: thefuriousgazelle.com/about

 

Online literary magazine The Steel Chisel (Canada)is “perpetually looking” for prose and poetry submissions from Canadian writers. Include a short bio with location, occupation, and any relevant award/publication accomplishments. Deadline: Rolling, on 6th of the month.     Guidelines: http://www.thesteelchisel.ca/contact.html

 

 Circa: A Journal of Historical Fiction (Ottawa, ON) is accepting submissions on a historical theme. Accepts fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews, and articles that have a fresh take on history. Also appreciates genre-crossing, and speculative and alternative history. Length: 2500 words max. (fiction) and 800 words max. (reviews and articles). As a Canadian journal, Circa especially likes Canadian stories. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines: circajournal.com/submissions

 

The Mackinac (Canada/US) seeks poetry that “bridges the strait between nostalgia and the immediate, the wilds seen and unseen, the best of emerging and established voices.” Submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Deadline: Ongoing.   Guidelines: themackinacmagazine.com/submit.html

 


Dentists on the Frontier (Canada) seeks short, pithy, provocative and even happy stories of dentists and dental procedures from practitioners and patients of dentistry. Filed under the title “Writing Home Again,” stories should be in the form of an anonymous open letter (Dear Dentist or Dear Patient). Accepting nonfiction and creative nonfiction only. Length: 600 words max. Deadline: ongoing.  Guidelines: dentistsonthefrontier.com/submissions/

 

Featured Fifty Poetry: We’re Seeking Your Best Poems for writers age 50 and older.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/24/featured-fifty-poetry_n_3489074.html

 

Ploughshares’ reading period is now open! We’re accepting submissions for Ploughshares literary magazine and for our Ploughshares Solos series of long stories and essays. You can now submit all those poems, essays, and stories that you’ve been working on and saving up since January. For guidelines and to submit, visit our website. http://www.pshares.org/submit/index.cfm

 

Dead Beats (Sheffield, UK), a student-run publishing and live poetry organization, seeks submissions. Accepting poems, short stories (max. 2000 words) and experimental pieces from everyone, regardless of experience. Seeks to “share inspired and inspiring works from around the globe.” No deadline. Guidelines:http://www.deadbeats.eu/submission

 

Independent hybrid lit mag The Holler Box accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, lyric essays, nonfiction, and artwork year-round. Each issue is published online and in the form of a limited release handmade chapbook. Welcomes the alternative and experimental, as well as new and unpublished writers. Length: 5000 words max (prose) and poetry (up to 3). Guidelines: https://thehollerbox.submittable.com/submit

 

Online arts review magazine The Coastal Spectator (Victoria, BC) seeks reviews of theatre, books, music, film, visual arts, and other cultural happenings around coastal BC specifically (but not exclusively). Submit pieces that are “short and sharp.” Length: 300-500 words. Payment: stipend of $25. Partial to views that reflect a coastal slant on things. Query the editor at lvluven@uvic.ca.

 

Quarterly journal Squalorly (US) welcomes submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, illustration, and photography. Submit story/essay (5000 words max), flash pieces (up to 3), and poems (up to 5). Appreciates work with emphasis on emotion: “Move, amaze, horrify, and educate.” http://www.squalorly.com/submit

 

Gervais Advertising is looking for short articles on a wide variety of subjects for their small shopping/tourism guides available at locations throughout central Ontario. Articles do not need to be location-specific and should have a casual slant based on fun, personal experience. Payment: $0.12 per word for accepted articles/stories. Contact Editor, Cyndy Gervais: syndy@bmts.com.

 

The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at: http://www.themackinacmagazine.com/submit.html.

 

Running out of Ink, a new webzine, is accepting short stories of all genres. For more information, visit: www.runningoutofink.com.

 

Riddle Fence is currently accepting submissions for its spring issue. The publisher is looking for poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art. Info please visit http://www.riddlefence.com.

 

Fierce Ink Press Co-op Ltd. is currently open for submissions. The publisher is looking for books between 50,000 and 80,000 words long in all young adult genres.  For more information, please visit http://fierceinkpress.com/submissions/.

 

Decoded Past is looking for writers with expertise in history and/or prehistory. This internet site will showcase articles written by experts for the general reader: new interpretations of past events, new developments or theories, the past in the context of the present. Writers must hold a degree in the social sciences or historical sciences and be writing in an area of personal expertise, or have an established platform in professional historical writing. Contact Rosemary Drisdelle at info@rosemarydrisdelle.com.

 

CIRCA: A Journal of Historical Fiction is accepting submissions. Details are available at: http://circajournal.com/submissions/.

Dragon Ink Press is accepting submissions from comic artists, fantasy writers and poets for their new comics and literary anthology. Guidelines: http://dragoninkpress.tumblr.com/.

 

From the Well House is accepting fiction, scholarly essays and poetry. Details can be found at: http://fromthewellhouse.org/?bu0Dd7M9.

Ruminate Magazine is now accepting submissions. Guidelines and deadlines are available at: http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/submission-guidelines/.

 

Carousel is accepting submissions. Info: http://www.carouselmagazine.ca/submit.html.

 

Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info: http://antiphon.org.uk/index.php/submissions.

 

Convert Publishing, a new digital publisher, is accepting manuscript submissions. For more details, visit: http://convertpublishing.com/?page_id=19.

 

Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info: http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/

Queen’s Quarterly is accepting articles, reviews, short stories and poetry. Details can be found here: http://www.queensu.ca/quarterly/correspondencesubmissions.html.

 

Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at: http://eventmags.com/about-2/submission-guidelines/fiction-poetry/.

The Ottawa Arts Review seeks prose submissions (including short fiction, personal essays, reviews, and interviews) relating to literary and visual arts, poetry, drama, and visual art. oar.uesa.ca/submissions/submission-guidelines/

 

Sweptmedia.ca, an online youth-culture magazine based in Toronto/GTA, is looking for original contributions in all print mediums: journalism, short fiction, poetry, etc. Also willing to consider other forms of visual communication modes: photography, painting, comic strips, etc. info: sweptmedia.ca/index.php/contact-us

 

New online magazine The Island Review (international) seeks submissions of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, photography and art from islanders, island-lovers, and those whose work is influenced by islands, or explores ideas of islandness. http://www.theislandreview.com/submissions/ 

 

The recently-launched Northern Cardinal Review (Canada) is seeking creative and vivid poetry, non-fiction essays, and book reviews. Open to writers living in Canada, Alaska, or the northern border states of the U.S. http://northerncardinalreview.wordpress.com/submissions/

Comedy website The Higgs Weldon (US) seeks forms of writing (1000 words max.) and cartoons. Deadline: Ongoing: http://thehiggsweldon.com/submit/

 

Kolaj (Montreal, QC) is a quarterly, print magazine about contemporary collage. Seeks critical reviews and essays, artist profiles, event highlights, articles on collage making, collecting, and exhibiting, and other contributions. Pays. kolajmagazine.com/content/submissions

 

Formalist poetry review The Rotary Dial (Canada) seeks poetry from Canadian and international writers. Looking for work that rhymes and/or scans but isn’t too versey: blank verse, syllabic verse, etc. Response within two weeks. http://therotarydial.ca/submissions/

 

Garbanzo Literary Journal (US) is published in limited-run copies as part of a hand-created series of chapbooks. Seeks stories (1172 words max.) poems (43 lines max.), micro-fiction, macro-faction, creative nonfiction, and a variety of verse forms. Appreciates writing that disregards the rules: http://www.garbanzoliteraryjournal.org/Submission_Guidelines.html

 

BareBacklit is an online bi-monthly magazine seeking poetry, prose, and visual art. Accepts poetry (4 poems max.), fiction (2500 words max.), and flash fiction (1000 words max.). Prefers work that is “unpretentious, minimalist… entertains first, and provokes thought later.” http://www.barebacklit.com/Submissions.html

 

LWOT (Lies With Occasional Truth) seeks fiction from writers in Canada “(and sometimes by Americans who pretend, in their cover letters, to be Canadian)”. The term fiction is open to interpretation.  : http://lwot.net/submission.htm

 


Online journal Pithead Chapel seeks fiction (short and flash) and nonfiction (experimental, personal, lyric essays) “that moves toward something bigger… takes chances.” Accepts stories and essays 4000 words max. Reads year-round.  : http://pitheadchapel.com/submission-guidelines/

 

The New Inquiry welcomes short- and long-form pieces “from anyone who wants to write.” Looks for well-written, original posts on ideas, books, art, culture, and more. No fiction or poetry.  : http://thenewinquiry.com/submit-to-tni/

 

Literary journal Revolver (US) seeks “short range” (up to 1000 words), “long range” (1000-5000 words), and art for its next issue. Welcomes fiction, poetry, essays, lists, and art. Also accepting bar stories for “Shots with Strangers”.  : http://www.around-around.com/submit/

 

Website strange bOUnce accepts short stories, satire, and poetry, that have been “lightly brushed with sport.” Send work to IWantToWrite@strangebOUnce.com. No payment. http://strangebounce.com/

 

 Small circulation literary publication Cant Journal (US) seeks poetry and prose for Issue #5. Accepts poetry, short inventive prose (micro fiction, flash fiction, etc.; 300-1000 words), poetry book reviews, essays on poetry, and interviews with poets. Submit 3-7 poems, 1-3 short prose pieces, or 1 poetry book review or essay on poetry. Journal is small (5 x 11); writers are encouraged to keep this in mind when submitting. Publishes annually in April. Payment: Three copies.   Guidelines: cantjournal.com/submission-guidelines

 

Red Kitty is a webzine and limited run print zine based out of Austin, TX. Accepting poetry, prose, short fiction, personal narrative, humor, and experimental journalism; illustration, photography, and doodles; and sound portraits, video art, and spoken word. Prefers works that takes risks and gets messy, including the “strange, thought-provoking, funny, demented.” Deadline: rolling. Guidelines: redkittyzine.weebly.com/submit.html

 

Independent magazine Bitterzoet (US) is now looking for new poetry, fiction, and artwork for their monthly online zine and bi-annual print editions, and mini chapbooks. Publishes work that engages in the “interplay between bitterness and sweetness, light and darkness, salvation and damnation.” Accepts poetry (3-8) prose (6 pages max), and artwork. Also looking for shorter pieces (“bonbons”) of poetry (10 lines max) and prose (150 words max.). Deadline: rolling. Guidelines: bitterzoetmag.submittable.com

 

Independent online journal Black Heart Magazine (U.S) seeks short fiction for its weekday (M-F) publication cycle. Length: 1500 words max. All genres accepted, with a literary angle preferred. Appreciates ‘short-form modern literature, from pulp to literary fiction and everything in-between.’ Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines: blackheartmagazine.com/submission-guidelines

 

GlassFire Magazine (US) seeks submissions of fiction and non-fiction (3000 words max.), poetry, and artwork for the Winter 2013 issue. Pays $5 per poem/artwork/photography and $10 per story/nonfiction Deadline: Rolling. http://www.peglegpublishing.com/glassfire.htm

 

DECEMBER DEADLINES:

 

 

WRITERS DIGEST SUBMISSIONS: 2015 GUIDE TO SELF-PUBLISHING, From November 13, 2013 and running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on December 15, 2013: Robert Brewer , Senior Content Editor for the Writer’s Digest Community will be accepting pitches for articles in the 2015 Guide to Self-Publishing. Sometime in the beginning of 2014, I’ll start making assignments. If you’re interested in pitching an article idea or three, See more at: http://blog.writersmarket.com/whats-new/call-for-submissions-2015-guide-to-self-publishing?et_mid=648030&rid=239199236

 

InDigest magazine seeks submissions for issue #27 a sub-issue/online reading event. Accepting poems, comics, videos, stories, and flash fiction. Sub-issue title: “A Reading About the Olympics That Definitely Doesn’t Have the Word Olympics in the Title.” Looking for work that deals broadly with the Olympics. Interpretation open but interested in politics, environmental costs, and social displacement over international sporting and collaboration. Deadline: December 15, 2013.    Guidelines: indigestmag.submittable.com/submit

 

BEARDS: the zine (Canada) is a one-off print magazine about beards. Seeking fiction and non-fiction about “good beards, bad beards, beards made of facial hair, beards made of lies.” No poetry. Must contain the word “beard” at least once in the prose. “Must be awesome.” Payment: contributor copy. Prefers: curse words, bait and switches, head scratchers, things under 100 words, dark dark stories, more. Deadline: December 31, 2013. http://beardzine.blogspot.ca/

 

2014 DEADLINES:

 

SUBMISSION CALL FOR WOMEN’S POETRY, BY SECOND LIGHT: HOMAGE TO SYLVIA PLATH  SUBMISSION PERIOD: Nov. 15 to Jan. 15, 2014 The Arts Council of England has awarded a one-off grant for the period 2013-14 to assist with the Homage to Sylvia Autumn Festival this year and other projects related to the celebration of Second Light’s first 20 years. Included in these projects is the publication of a 200pp+ anthology of women’s poetry, Her Wings of Glass (the title a quotation from Sylvia Plath), in the Autumn of 2014. Advertisements will soon appear in various poetry publications calling for women poets to send in submissions* by 15th January 2014. The anthology will complement (but not repeat) our 2006 anthology, Images of Women, published in association with Arrowhead Books.  We will focus this time on women’s writing which deals with ‘big issues’, for example the future of the planet, good and evil aspects of our relationship with the natural world and with each other, different aspects of our imaginative understanding of ‘who we are’. I will co-edit the anthology with Myra Schneider and Penelope Shuttle. We invite up to six poems per submission*, not more than 200 lines in total, with three copies of each poem to Dilys Wood at 3, Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ, by January 15th 2014 together with the administrative fee of £5 (Second Light members) or £8 (non-members). Cheques payable to ‘Second Light’ or pay online AT www.poetrypf.co.uk/shop.php and filter to ‘Wings’). Non-UK submissions may be sent by e-mail as .doc or .pdf attachments, only to Anne Stewart at editor@poetrypf.co.uk We will advise those selected by 30th June 2014 and those poets whose work is selected will receive a copy of the anthology when published. Submitted poems may be published (details on poem please) or unpublished or otherwise out in submission. We may also publish a short spin-off anthology if funds allow. * Full submission guidelines at www.secondlightlive.co.uk/downloads/herwingsofglass.pdf

 

Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is seeking fiction, poetry, nonfiction, (up to 5000 words) and artwork for their Spring 2014 issue. Open to established and emerging writers. Deadline: January 31, 2014.  Guidelines: composejournal.com/submissions/

 

Room Magazine, Call for submissions to issue 37.3 Fall 2014 Geek Girls: Calling all geeks! Room wants your geekiest fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, graphic literature, and critical essays for our September 2014 issue, Geek Girls. The issue will be jammed-packed with Canadian geek culture, including superhero-inspired art by Sandra Chevrier, short fiction by science fiction author Larissa Lai, interviews with some of the wittiest geeks on the Internet and more! Deadline Jan. 31, 2014 Check out the guidelines here:  http://www.roommagazine.com/submit

 

PERSIMMON TREE The Editorial Board would like to devote the Spring issue to Politics and Activism. We were inspired to try this by the many responses to the topic Activism for Short Takes. If you are also inspired, send us stories — we need fiction as well as non-fiction — for us to consider. The deadline for submitting is February 21. Please send your submission as an attachment to submissions@persimmontree.org. Include a brief biographical statement (less than 50 words) in your email. The attached document should be saved in MS Word or a compatible program. If we can’t open it, we can’t read it. Submissions should be double-spaced, with 12-point type and numbered pages. At the top of the first page please enter author’s name, address, telephone, and email address. Type the title of the piece, labeled fiction or non-fiction, in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you. The Editors,

Persimmon Tree: http://www.persimmontree.org

 

Sunshine in a Jar Press. Looking to get published? Sunshine in a Jar Press is welcoming submissions to its new anthology “The Writing Spiral” which will be released in Fall of 2014. They are seeking poems, memoirs, stories and essays, and possible themes are love, loss, joy, decadence, deprivation, hope, fear, friendship, family, work, social responsibility, health, culture, light, and darkness. There is also the opportunity for monthly writing classes to feed your process at Trent University, Oshawa Campus. Deadline: March 1, 2014 Details: www.sunshineinajar.com/or call 289 252 1978

 

New Welsh Review (Wales) seeks dynamic, curious, lively, and outward-looking writing. Looking for short stories (2500 to 3000 words) and poems (up to six). Occasionally publishes shorter stories and microfiction. Payment: £100 per story and £28 per each poem, upon publication. Also welcomes submissions and ideas for online content (no payment): short reviews (600-800 words), opinion pieces (450 words) and author interviews (8-15 questions). Deadlines: December 12, 2013 and March 1, 2014.  Guidelines: newwelshreview.com/submissions.php

 The Potomac Review (Montgomery College, Maryland)accepts submissions of poetry (up to three), fiction and nonfiction (5000 words max.), photography, and artwork. Appreciates both realistic and experimental prose and poetry. Deadline: May 1, 2014.  Guidelines: http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/EDU/Alt.aspx?id=19015

 

Blind Dog Press seeks poems and short prose pieces about the life and work of Arthur Rimbaud for an anthology, Fierce Invalids: A Tribute To Arthur Rimbaud (publications June 2014). Send 1-3 poems along with a short bio to rimbaudsubs@gmail.com. Payment: one copy. Editor: Glenn Cooper. Deadline: May 30, 2014.

 

UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS

 

DECEMBER DEADLINES:

 

·        FREEFALL MAGAZINE Just for fun we’ve added a new contest: “The Corner of 13th and 13th” Flash Fiction. Write a story in 500 words or less about what happened on Friday September the 13th 2013 at one of the 13th Avenue and 13th Street intersections in the photos found at: http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/flash-fiction-contest.html. Entry Fee: $13.00. First Prize: $130.00. Deadline to enter is: Friday Dec 13th 2013

 

·       The 2013-14 International Playwriting Competition: The competition, now in its fourth year, is open to writers of any age, any level of experience and from any country. It aims to encourage new writing for young performers and audiences around the world.  Deadline: December 13, 2013. Entry fee: Entry with written feedback (£20 entry fee); Entry only with no written feedback (£10 entry fee) Prize: Cash prizes up to £1000 + travel to London to see your play performed at the 2014 International Festival of Playwriting & Performance + have your play published by Trinity in a collection of plays for young people + special award of £100 for the playwright under 16 who shows the most potential. Details: www.trinitycollege.co.uk/playwriting

 

·       Minotaur Books First Crime Novel Competition. Open to authors with no published books. Submit at least 220 double-spaced pages (60,000 words), “murder or another serious crime or crimes” must be at the heart of the story. Deadline: December 16, 2013

·       Entry fee: none Prizes: $10,000 advance against royalties Details: http://us.macmillan.com/Content.aspx?publisher=minotaurbooks&id=4933

·       New Voices Young Writers Competition. Open to writers aged 11-14 (middle school) or 15-18 (high school). Genre: young writers, poetry, nonfiction, and short stories. Middle school: poetry 20 lines maximum, prose 750 words maximum; high school: poetry 30 lines, prose 1000 words. Deadline: December 20, 2013. Entry fee: none. Prizes: Two $100 grand prizes awarded (one for junior and one for senior division) Details: http://newvoicesyoungwriters.com/nvyw-competition/how-to-enter.html

 

·       NEW! Poetry Society of America Annual Awards and Chapbook Fellowships. Multiple awards available.  Deadline: December 23rd, 2013. Annual Awards judges include: Dan Beachy-Quick,  Erin Belieu, Richard Blanco, Jericho Brown, Jessica Greenbaum, John Koethe, Joan Larkin, Maggie Nelson, Alberto Rios, and A. E. Stallings. Chapbook judges: Elizabeth Alexander, Forrest Gander, Marilyn Hacker, and Jean Valentine.   Each year from October to December the Poetry Society offers contests for poets at all stages of their careers, from a prize for high school students, to our Chapbook Fellowships for poets who have not yet published a full-length collection, to our first book contest, and our award for a poet over forty who has published no more than one book. We’re thrilled to announce we’re currently accepting submissions, which are free to members. Begin your submission today.  Description of awards and how to submit here: http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/annual/ Good luck!

 

·       Red Tuque Books 2013 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition. Deadline is December 31: http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/contest.htm.

·       2013 annual FreeFall Prose and Poetry Contest is now open! Contain your joy as we let you know that we’ve doubled the first place prize money from $300 to $600. Deadline to enter is: December 31, 2013. For current contest info visit: http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html.

 

·       BROKEN PENCIL MAGAZINE PRESENTS: The Indie Writers’ Deathmatch Short Story Contest! The most brutal short story contest on Earth returns for its seventh straight year! Last year, frantic voting in the championship round actually crashed the Deathmatch site! This year we’ll pick up where we left off with new contestants vying for an indie writer’s makeover that could change their lives! Eight stories will go head-to-head in our Online Arena, but only one will triumph. The PRIZE! The Complete Indie Writers Makeover: Whoever emerges victorious will be awarded The Complete Indie Writers’ Makeover: a consultation with literary agent Sam Hiyate of the Rights Factory; a consultation with novelist and Globe & Mail columnist Russell Smith; and a meeting and feedback-session with Coach House Press, one of Canada’s top independent presses; plus publication in the Spring 2014 issue of Broken Pencil. Entries are accepted until December 31st, 2013. The first round of Deathmatch begins January 20th, 2014. Guidelines, ground rules and more info at: http://www.brokenpencil.com/deathmatch-2014

 


·       Freefall coverFreeFall Magazine (Canada) welcomes entries for their 2013 Prose and Poetry Contest. First prize in each category: $600. Length: 3000 words max. (prose), or 5 poems. Entry fee: $21 (includes subscription). Deadline: December 31, 2013.    Guidelines: freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html

 

·       THE 2014 TREE CHAPBOOK CONTEST IS NOW OPEN! We will be accepting collections up to 40 pages long until December 31st, so get writing! The contest is open to all Tree readers, supporters and listeners. For contest details check out the link below  Tree Press Chapbook Contest – Tree Reading Series http://www.treereadingseries.ca/awards/chapbook-competition The Tree Reading Series is one of the longest running series in Canada.

 

2014 CONTESTS

 

·       Gemini MAGAZINE  is now accepting entries for its fourth annual Poetry Open competition. The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions will each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2014 issue of Gemini. The entry fee is $5 for each batch of three poems. Deadline: January 2, 2014. We are open to any type of poetry, any subject matter, any length. Scroll down the Poetry Open page http://gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html to see the broad range of work from previous winners and finalists.

 

·       2013 Manitoba Book Awards. The Manitoba Writers’ Guild, with the assistance of the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, is pleased to coordinate the 2013 Manitoba Book Awards. Submissions of any book published between January 1, 2013 and November 1, 2013 will be accepted for submissions. For books published between November 1 and December 31, the deadline is January 6, 2014. Deadline DEPENDING ON DATE OF PUBLICATION IN 2013: November 15, 2013; January 6, 2014 Entry fee: $25 Prize: varies Details: http://manitobabookawards.com/http://manitobabookawards.com/

 

·       NEW! COLORADO PRIZE FOR POETRY. See website for the Colorado Review for full information at http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/colorado-prize-for-poetry/  Submissions of manuscripts for full length collection of poems accepted between Oct. 1, 2013 and January 14, 2014. See http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/colorado-prize-for-poetry/contest-procedures/ for submission procedures by mail or online.

 


·       League of Canadian Poets announces: Submissions are now open for the Jessamy Stursburg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth. There are two age categories, junior (grades 7-9) and senior (grades 10-12). First place poems in each category will receive a cash prize: Winners: $350 Second Place: $300 Third Place: $250 All winning poems will be published in the LCP’s e-zine, Re:verse at www.youngpoets.ca. All winners will receive Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth certificates and student membership in the League of Canadian Poets for one year. Deadline: January 15, 2014. http://poets.ca/jessamy-stursberg-poetry-contest-for-canadian-youth/

·       NEW! The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books: Winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, and the book awards are covered in the US Review of Books. Prizes: Two grand prizes are awarded annually: one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, and academic presses, as well as self-published books. Prizes include a $250 award for short prose and a $2,000 award for best independent book. In addition to the two main grand prize awards, various other honors and distinctions are given for both prose and books, including the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the First Horizon Award. Submissions are accepted each year by nominating books and prose. The book deadline is January 21st. The prose deadline is March 31st. more info at: http://www.hofferaward.com/

 

·       NEW! CRAZYHORSE FICTION, NON-FICTION & POETRY PRIZES: Submit stories and essays of up to 8,500 words and sets of up to 3 poems through our submission manager from January 1 to January 31. All manuscripts entered must be original and previously unpublished. All entries are considered for publication in Crazyhorse. Contest submissions sent by mail or email, or outside the submission period, will not be read. Winners will be announced on our website by June 1. The winning manuscripts will be awarded $2,000.00 and published in the fall issue of Crazyhorse. Each manuscript entered requires a reading fee of $20 per manuscript, which includes a one-year/two-issue subscription to Crazyhorse. More than one manuscript may be entered. For each additional fiction or poetry manuscript entered and entry fee paid, your subscription to Crazyhorse will extend by one year/two issues. Subscriptions begin with Crazyhorse Number 84, Fall 2013. Recent judges include Joyce Carol Oates, Jaimy Gordon, Aimee Bender, Ann Patchett, Ha Jin, Carl Phillips, Richard Jackson, Larissa Szporluk, James Tate, and Billy Collins. http://crazyhorse.cofc.edu/how-to-enter/

 

·       ON THE PREMISES Contest #22 officially launched on November 10, 2013. Its premise is  21 UP! “On The Premises” magazine is celebrating our first seven years with a special premise. For this contest only, send us a short story based on ANY of the previous 21 premises. Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Friday, January 31, 2014. To see a list of past premises, go to our past issues page, LINK is at the contest page here: http://www.onthepremises.com/current_contest.html

 


·       The Dream Quest One.com invites international entries for their Poetry & Writing Contest. Accepting poems (30 lines max.) and short stories (5 pages max.) on any subject or theme. First prize poetry: US$250; first prize short fiction: US$500. Entry fees: $5 (poetry) and $10 (fiction). Deadline: January 16, 2014    Guidelines: dreamquestone.com

 

·       PRISM cover PRISM international (BC) invites entries for two contest in fiction and poetry. Submit fiction (6000 words max) or Poetry (up to 3 poems per entry). Grand prizes: Fiction – $2000 and Poetry – $1000. First prize winners will be published in PRISM. Entry fee: $35 (varies for international entrants; includes subscription). Deadline: January 23, 2014.     Guidelines: prismmagazine.ca/contests

 

·       Poetry School / Pighog Pamphlet Competition. We’re still poring over Kate White’s The Old Madness,  the collection which won this year’s Poetry School / Pighog pamphlet competition … but we’re also starting the search for next year’s winner. We’re now taking submissions for our second collaborative competition – details are here: http://www.pighog.co.uk/prize/pamphlet-competition.html and judges Simon Barraclough and Catherine Smith are waiting eagerly to read your entries. DEADLINE: Jan. 31, 2014

 

·       Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published fewer than two books). Each year the winning manuscript will be selected by an established poet in co-operation with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint. The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 advance. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: January 31, 2014 Info here: http://matrixmagazine.org/rkaward/ Each entry must be accompanied with a business size SASE and an entry fee for $30.00 Canadian. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Matrix Publications.” No cash please. Send manuscripts to: The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint, c/o Matrix, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658, Montreal QC H3G 1M8  Or via Submittable:  https://matrixmagazine.submittable.com/submit Alternatively, you may send you manuscript electronically to Kroetsch2014@gmail.com and send your payment via PAYPAL: RK Award Entry Fee $30

 

·        Waxing PressWaxing Press (Ohio, US) invites entries for its inaugural contest for works of fiction, the Tide Lock Prize. Seeks new work in the form of a novel, novella, or collection of short stories. Length: 150 pages minimum. Prize: Publication in the journal’s print and digital editions. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: February 1, 2014.     Guidelines: http://waxingpress.submittable.com

           

·       Entries are welcome for the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest. First prize: $500. Seeking original, inclusive, previously unpublished speculative fiction. Length: 5000 words max. Entry fee: $5 per entry. Unlimited entries. Deadline: February 15, 2014.  Guidelines: friendsmerrilcontest.com/guidelines

·       Switchback coverOnline and ebook journal Switchback (MFA-run, University of San Francisco, CA) is accepting poems, short stories, essays, and art. Three Editors’ prizes available, including a $200 prize for best piece. No reading fees. Deadline: February 28, 2014.    Guidelines: swback.com/call

 

·        Lynn Manuel Children’s Fiction ContestGrasmere Publishing (BC) invites entries for the Lynn Manuel Children’s Fiction Contest. Prize: $500 cash, $1000 advance against royalties, and publication. Open to novels suitable for children aged 7-16 years old. Looking for an engaging voice, well-developed characters, and a strong storyline. Length: 25,000-75,000 words. No theme, but no violence. Open to Canadian and US residents who have not previously published a novel for children. Deadline: March 1, 2014 (first chapter only). Entry fee: $30.     Guidelines: grasmerepublishing.com

 

·       NEW! The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books: Winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, and the book awards are covered in the US Review of Books. Prizes: Two grand prizes are awarded annually: one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, and academic presses, as well as self-published books. Prizes include a $250 award for short prose and a $2,000 award for best independent book. In addition to the two main grand prize awards, various other honors and distinctions are given for both prose and books, including the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the First Horizon Award. Submissions are accepted each year by nominating books and prose. The book deadline is January 21st. The prose deadline is March 31st. more info at: http://www.hofferaward.com/

 

·       The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton is once again seeking short stories and poem for its annual Forget Me Not writing contest. Writers have until April 30 to submit stories of no more than 1,800 words, or poems of no more than 72 lines, in categories for writers 16 and older, and those who are younger. All entries, fiction or non-fiction, must begin with the words, “Remember when.” It’s the fifth year for the contest created to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, and raise money for the local chapter of the Alzheimer Society. Submissions by writers age 19 and older must be accompanied by a donation of $20 or more. Judy Doan, executive director of the local chapter, said the contest has attracted as many as 75 entries in a single year. Contest rules are available from the society’s office, 420 East St., N., 519-332-444.

 

·       Entries are invited for the third annual Arizona Mystery Writers Story Contest. First prize $200. Open to mystery, suspense, and thriller. Length: 2500 words max. Open to everyone. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: June 1, 2014.  Guidelines: arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449

 

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CAA-NCR Weekly Notices for Sept. 11 through 15, 2013

Sorry this is late this week. Modern & Contemporary American Poetry course, offered free for 10 weeks at Coursera.org, started this weekend, and I’ve been swamped with it. (In a good way!)

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Weekly Notices for the week of Sept. 11 to Sept. 15, 2013

15 ITEMS 6 NEW EVENTS 2 NEW CALLS 4 NEW CONTESTS

 

Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com 

####Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website   http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml

 

NOTE TO CAA MEMBERS:  Have you recently published a novel, won a writing award, had a spectacular book signing or in some other way been recognized within the writing community? If so, write up a little blurb about your accomplishment and we’ll publish it in Byline, the CAA-NCR branch Magazine. We are all excited, and encouraged, when someone in our writing family shines. Send your note to Sharyn Heagle, Editor, Byline at <sharyn_40@yahoo.com>

 

CAA-NCR EVENTS

 

CAA-NCR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

 

ITEM 1: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION – NCR WORKSHOP

DATE: Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

LOCATION: ALGONQUIN COLLEGE

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English: Taken by SimonP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Members – $45, Non-members – $75  To register contact somertonsmith@yahoo.com

MEMORIES! We all have them. Happy, sad, funny:  these memories are the story of life .  After all, life is a story just waiting to be told.  Come and join award-winning North Gower author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford and learn some new ideas on how to unlock the stories in your life.

Remember: your stories are important. They need to be told; they need to be written down, not just for your sake, but for the sake of your children, your nieces and nephews, for all of those who will come after us.

Emily-FrontPage Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a well-published author and speaker on the subject of creative nonfiction and memoir writing.

Memoirs are the basis of award-winning author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford’s books and stories. Two of Emily-Jane’s creative nonfiction memoirs have won awards. The Whistling Bishop (Baico 2008) was name Finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Books Awards and F-Stop: A Life in Pictures (Baico 2011) was named Finalist and received a Silver Medal in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Check out the author’s website at: emilyjanebooks.ca

 

CAA BRANCH MEMBERS

ITEM 2:  INCOMING PRESIDENT, PHYLLIS BOHONIS’ LAUNCH

DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 LOCATION: 1963 Merivale Road

You are invited to a book signing at FREEDOM HARLEY-DAVIDSON OF OTTAWA

Join Phyllis Bohonis in celebrating the Ottawa Launch of her debut novel, Fire in the Foothills

Chat with the author – Enjoy some refreshment – Have your book signed

For further information: phyllis.bohonis@sympatico.ca or www.phyllisbohonis.com

 

ITEM 3: CAA MEMBER NERYS PARRY’S WRITE A BOOK WORKSHOP                                                                                                                        NEW!

DATE: Thursdays  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 – Oct, 24 (5 weeks)

LOCATION:  The Old Ottawa South Firehall,  260 Sunnyside Ave, Ottawa, ON COST: $142

 

Link to register: http://www.oldottawasouth.ca/index.php/programs

Write A Book: Starting Write: How to finally begin—and finish—the book you’ve always dreamed of writing Is there a book you’ve always wanted to write but didn’t know where to start? A memoir, a novel, an inspirational non- fiction? Whatever your goal, starting off on the right foot can make all the difference.

Join published author Nerys Parry in a five-week course designed to help you begin strong and keep going, even when it gets rough. Learn to navigate those vital early planning stages, set reasonable goals, strengthen your writing muscles and build your confidence along with your story and structure. Weekly workshops coupled with daily writing email prompts and exercises will help you to ‘think like a writer’, develop your story and voice and organize your larger project. You’ll also have opportunities to address issues particular to your project. The course concludes with a brief discussion of publishing and a critical review of a sample of your work in progress by facilitator & author Nerys Parry.

Nerys Parry’s debut novel, Man & Other Natural Disasters, was a finalist for the Colophon Prize, tied for seventh in the Giller Prize Reader’s Choice Awards 2011 and was chosen as one of the top 30 reads of 2012 by Typography as well as one of the top prairie picks for Canada Reads 2012 by Daybreak Alberta. Nerys, who holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Queen’s University as well as a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC, also writes creative non- fiction, and her work has been shortlisted for the Kenneth R. Wilson Canadian Business Press and Event Creative Non- Fiction Awards. She lives in Old Ottawa South with her husband and two children, where she is currently at work on a novel and a travel/memoir. In her own words: “I believe writing matters, that through sharing heartfelt stories we can together create a more caring, compassionate and vibrant world.” For more information on Nerys, please check out her website www.nerysparry.com.

 

CAA OTHER BRANCHES:

 

ITEM 4: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION WRITING CONTESTS

 

Canadian Authors Association – Vancouver 2013 Fiction Contest

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English: Letterboxed version of Image:CanadaPlace.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Submissions must be between 1000-2000 words, unpublished fiction of all types and styles will be accepted. Winners will be invited to read their winning fiction at the Canadian Authors Vancouver annual social luncheon in December 2013. Winners will also have their winning entries published in the National Voices 2014 Anthology, which will include the 2013 and 2014 fiction contest winners, along with submissions from CAA Vancouver members.

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Entry fee: $15 for national Canadian Authors Association members, $20 for non-members

Prize: First prize $300, Second prize $200, Third prize $100

Details: Please email blever2@hotmail.com and mark FICTION CONTEST in the subject line

 

Ten Stories High – 14th Annual Short Story Competition

 

Falls of Niagara from Below

Falls of Niagara from Below (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its Ten Stories High Fourteenth Annual Short Story Competition, open to all Ontario writers. Stories can be of any genre but must be previously unpublished, and between 1000 and 3000 words in length. No personal essays, memoirs, children’s literature or non-fiction please. For first Canadian rights, the top ten finalists will have their stories published in our anthology in the February or March of 2014.

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Entry fee: $15 per story. Multiple entries are welcome.

Prize: First prize $300; Second prize $200; Third prize $100

Details: www.canauthorsniagara.org

 


OTHER WORKSHOPS

 

ITEM 5: RICHARD TAYLOR WORKSHOP

 

DATE: starting Wednesday Sept 11, 7:00 –9:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington St. W. Ottawa

 

Richard Taylor  will be offering his Fall Writing Workshop, starting Wednesday Sept 11, 7-9 pm for 8 weeks at Great Canadian Theatre Company. It costs $195.00. For more information please email taylorswave@gmail. com and website www.taylorswave.ca

 

ITEM 6: CITY OF OTTAWA FALL EVENTS FOR WRITERS       NEW!

·       NEPEAN CREATIVE ARTS CENTRE CLASSES

Adults

Racy Romance Writing and Illustration 1     869232

Racy Romance Writing and Illustration 2     869237

Calling artists – writers, musicians, poets, dancers!             

Teaching Creativity to Children        859053 / 859051

For more information, visit the Arts Centre classes section of the Fall Winter Recreation Guide. http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/parks-and-recreation/registered-classes-all-ages/recreation-guide-fall-winter

·       SAMUEL De CHAMPLAIN LITERARY ARTS COMPETITION FOR YOUTH DEADLINE: OCT. 21, 2013

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s voyage, the City of Ottawa will hold a literary competition for young writers – a citywide, bilingual contest seeking works that relate to Champlain’s explorations and the welcome he received from the Algonquin inhabitants.

The contest is open to Ottawa students in two age groups: junior writers (grades 3 to 5) and senior writers (grades 6 to 8). Five categories of literary arts will be judged: First person narratives (including letters and journal entries), essays or opinion pieces, fictional stories about Champlain’s adventures and discoveries, poems (including original ballads), and dramatic monologues.

Awards will be presented at a celebratory evening on December 10, 2013. All entries must be submitted by teachers by October 21, 2013. Application forms and entry requirements are available online: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/arts-culture-and-community/arts-theatre-music/samuel-de-champlain-literary-arts  Contact Tina.Haji-Esmaeili@ottawa.ca for more information.

ITEM 7: SCBWI’S CONFERENCE “THE ART OF THE STORY”      NEW! 

 

DATES: OCT. 4 TO 6

LOCATION: Montreal, The Holiday Inn Select,  99 Viger Avenue W. Montreal, Quebec

 

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Canada East presents The Art of the Story.

 

Here is the line-up of featured guests:

 

Linda Pratt, Agent, Werner and Pratt

Bonnie Bader, Associate Publisher of Frederick Warne and the Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Young Readers/Early Readers

Jill Santopolo, Executive Editor at Philomel Books

Laurent Linn, Art Director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

David Diaz, illustrator and Caldecott Medalist

Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Author / Illustrator, http://www.debbieohi.com

Jennifer Lanthier, Author and Crystal Kite award winner, http://www.jenniferlanthier.com

 

The full brochure is here:

http://www.scbwicanada.org/east/events/2013FallSCBWICanE.pdf

 

These are always wonderful events, with a super ratio of speakers to guests–lots of good opportunities for good one-on-one conversation. We usually hold one in Ottawa and one near Toronto each year. This year, we wanted to give Montreal a try.

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

ITEM 8: 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.  Check out 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.

ITEM 9: CALL FOR CREATIVE WRITING INSTRUCTORS AT NEPEAN CREATIVE ARTS CENTRE AND SHENKMAN ARTS CENTRE

 

Please find below attached invitation for expressions of interest for arts instructors.

Lisa Zanyk      613-596-5783

Theatre and Arts Centre Programmer / Programmatrice du théâtre et centre des arts

NEPEAN CREATIVE ARTS CENTRE/CENTRE DES ARTS CREATIF DE NEPEAN

City of Ottawa / Ville d’Ottawa

Cultural & Heritage Services / La division des services culturelles

35 Stafford Road / 35, chemin Stafford

lisa.zanyk@ottawa.ca

 

CALL FOR CREATIVE WRITING/LITERARY ARTS INSTRUCTORS – CITY OF OTTAWA CULTURAL SERVICES  FOR FALL 2013 / WINTER 2014

The Nepean Creative Arts Centre (Bells Corners) and the Shenkman Arts Centre (Orleans) require instructors to develop and deliver instructional arts courses in Creative Writing/Literary Arts. This position is “Instructor Advanced Arts,” Pay grade 12C. Require both writing and teaching experience.

Course Location Days & times Fall dates (course also runs in winter session) Description
A Novel Idea ADULT SAC Tuesdays 6:30-9:00pm Sept 17-Nov 12 Sharpen your skills and learn how to submit your manuscripts for publication. Explores all aspects of basic writing: brainstorming, character, plot, setting, dialogue, editing, revision, queries and synopses. Course structure is lecture and critique.
Fiction Writing-The Basics and Beyond  AGE 11-14 SAC Sundays 1:00-2:30pm Sept 15-Nov 24 Learn the basics of story writing – idea, setting, character, plot, dialogue, conflict, etc – while developing your unique voice. Complete a story or the beginning of a novel with step-by-step guidance.
Fiction Writing-The Basics and Beyond  AGE 11-14 NCAC Tuesdays 4:30-6:00pm Oct 1-Nov 5
Writing Short Fiction ADULT NCAC Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 pm Oct 1-Nov 5 Would you like to find your unique storyteller’s voice? Play with and work on your writing? These workshops will consist of fun exercises to tickle your imagination and techniques to explore important aspects of writing short fiction, such as plotting and character development.
Writing Memoirs WORKSHOP ADULT NCAC Sunday 10am-3pm October 6 Writing down your memories, thoughts and feelings unloads them from your subconscious, releasing stress. Sharing your stories and sharpening your writing skills will surprise you.
Writing Memoirs WORKSHOP ADULT NCAC Sunday 10am-3pm November 17
Let’s Write a Novel AGE 10-14

WORKSHOPNCACSaturday 10am-4pmSeptember 28Learn the craft of novel writing including characterizations and description, to develop plot, believable characters, and a finished storyline.Let’s Write a Novel AGE 10-14

WORKSHOPNCACSaturday 10am-4pmNovember 9“Arts Centre Writers’ Group ADULTNCACSOME Wednesdays 11am-12:30pmOct 2-Dec 4Share your writing and get friendly critique from fellow aspiring or emerging writers, with occasional guidance from an established writer. Register for whole session or up to sex classes.

 

 

IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

 

ITEM 10: OTTAWA STORYTELLERS TICKETS ON SALE SEPT. 3

 

OST is very pleased to announce our 2014 season of Speaking Out, Speaking In at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage!

Tickets will be available starting September 3 at 10:00 a.m. at the NAC Box Office and through Ticketmaster (fees will apply).  Single tickets are $20, senior tickets are $17, and Live Rush is available. We are also offering a subscription package of 6 shows (The Iliad not included) for $100.

Since 2001, with the creation of the Fourth Stage at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa StoryTellers has presented Speaking Out, Speaking In. These concerts feature some of the most accomplished storytellers in Ottawa and from around the country, presenting performance storytelling integrated with music, theatre, and other arts.

For the upcoming schedule, visit: http://www.ottawastorytellers.ca/4th-stage-at-the-nac/

For more information, visit http://www.ottawastorytellers.ca/ or call 613-322-8336

  ITEM 12: URBAN LEGENDS POETRY SLAM SEASON OPENER

FEATURING  KING KIMBIT                                                               NEW!

 DATE:   Friday, September 13, 2013    7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Carleton University Architecture Building in the Pit

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Panorama from Dunton Tower on the campus of Carleton University facing North-West (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

As always: 12 slam spots ($50 to the winner)

4 Open mic spots (sign up at the door…ummmm….curtains)

Show starts at 7:17 with a deadly lean. All performers get in free

$7 for audience members (All funds go to supporting the 2014 U.L slam team and keeping our slam alive)

 

Poetry people of this beautiful city. Urban Legends would like to welcome you back to the only slam series in the country that uses no microphone, a gladiator circle decorated with lights and a dark room for poets to articulate, invigorate and romanticize an audience with the passion of words. Only words. No props, Just our body and voice box. Urban Legends is now in it’s 4th year and to open our season strong we want to celebrate with you by having an amazing slam hosted by JustJamaal and featuring the work of U.L’s first female champion, King Kimbit: BIO HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/432651793521317/

Have you missed us? We missed you as well. But don’t stay away too long. The cities only urban poetry series is back for a new year and in full swing. We were never lost, just went underground for the summer, and now we rise again to build unity and community through self expression. Come and be free!

 

ITEM 13: PAUL MACKAN BOOK LAUNCH                                    NEW!

 

DATE: Sunday, September 15th, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: PRESSED (Urban Gourmet Sandwich Bar) 750 Gladstone Ave., cnr. Arthur St. OTTAWA

 

Paul Mackan requests the pleasure of your company

at the launch of two new books, A Breath of Rebirth, his chapbook from The Ontario Poetry Society and BRIAN-O,  a novella for children and young people, new from PublishAmerica.

With special guests and a special offer:  a minimum order of $10.00 from the delightful menu will earn  a free, signed copy of the chapbook and a minimum purchase of $15.00 will earn a free, signed copy of both books. DOOR PRIZES will be awarded.

RSVP by Thursday, September 12th to palsar@magma.ca (To make certain we book enough tables)

I look forward to seeing you … Paul.

(psst: PRESSED is licenced and serves Kichesippi Ale on tap)

ITEM 14: EDEN MILLS WRITERS’ FESTIVAL SEPT. 13 – 15, 2013

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival takes place annually in September in Eden Mills, Ontario, just outside of Guelph. It is an outdoor festival in a gorgeous pastoral setting.

Mission

In Leon Rooke’s words, Eden Mills is a place “where new writers are introduced to a large audience and established writers are newly engaged.”

Company Overview

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival was founded in 1989 and has taken place annually since then. Although it started out as the fulfillment of the personal vision of Governor General’s Award winner Leon Rooke, the festival has matured and expanded over the years until it has become a nationally acclaimed and widely respected literary event while still maintaining a small “footprint.”–

For complete information, schedule and ticket purchase, go to: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/

 

ITEM 15: SPAN-O (THE SMALL PRESS ACTION NETWORK – OTTAWA) PRESENTS: THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR AUTUMN 2013 EDITION                                                                                               NEW!

 

DATE: Saturday, October 12 NOON TO 5 P.M.

LOCATION: Room 203, Jack Purcell Community Centre, (off Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).

 

Contact rob at rob_mclennan@hotmail.com to sign up for a table, etc.

 

General info: the Ottawa small press book fair noon to 5:00 p.m. (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 402 McLeod St #3, Ottawa ON K2P 1A6;

Send by October 1 if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue.

Note: Due to increased demand, we are now offering half tables. For catalog, exhibitors should send name of press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications, list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered & any other pertinent info, including upcoming Ottawa-area events (if any).

BE AWARE: Given that the spring 2013 was the first to reach capacity (forcing me to say no to at least half a dozen exhibitors), the fair can’t (unfortunately) fit everyone who wishes to participate. The fair is roughly first-come, first-served, but preference will be given to small publishers over self-published authors (being a “small press fair,” after all).

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1409040419312522/

 

http://www.smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-19th.html       

 

 

MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

 

NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

Featured Fifty Poetry: We’re Seeking Your Best Poems for writers age 50 and older.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/24/featured-fifty-poetry_n_3489074.html

 

Ploughshares’ reading period is now open! We’re accepting submissions for Ploughshares literary magazine and for our Ploughshares Solos series of long stories and essays. You can now submit all those poems, essays, and stories that you’ve been working on and saving up since January. For guidelines and to submit, visit our website. http://www.pshares.org/submit/index.cfm

Dead Beats (Sheffield, UK), a student-run publishing and live poetry organization, seeks submissions. Accepting poems, short stories (max. 2000 words) and experimental pieces from everyone, regardless of experience. Seeks to “share inspired and inspiring works from around the globe.” No deadline. Guidelines: http://www.deadbeats.eu/submission

Independent hybrid lit mag The Holler Box accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, lyric essays, nonfiction, and artwork year-round. Each issue is published online and in the form of a limited release handmade chapbook. Welcomes the alternative and experimental, as well as new and unpublished writers. Length: 5000 words max (prose) and poetry (up to 3). Guidelines: https://thehollerbox.submittable.com/submit

Online arts review magazine The Coastal Spectator (Victoria, BC) seeks reviews of theatre, books, music, film, visual arts, and other cultural happenings around coastal BC specifically (but not exclusively). Submit pieces that are “short and sharp.” Length: 300-500 words. Payment: stipend of $25. Partial to views that reflect a coastal slant on things. Query the editor at lvluven@uvic.ca.

 

Quarterly journal Squalorly (US) welcomes submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, illustration, and photography. Submit story/essay (5000 words max), flash pieces (up to 3), and poems (up to 5). Appreciates work with emphasis on emotion: “Move, amaze, horrify, and educate.” http://www.squalorly.com/submit

 


Gervais Advertising is looking for short articles on a wide variety of subjects for their small shopping/tourism guides available at locations throughout central Ontario. Articles do not need to be location-specific and should have a casual slant based on fun, personal experience. Payment: $0.12 per word for accepted articles/stories. Contact Editor, Cyndy Gervais: syndy@bmts.com.

The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at: http://www.themackinacmagazine.com/submit.html.

Running out of Ink, a new webzine, is accepting short stories of all genres. For more information, visit: www.runningoutofink.com.

Riddle Fence is currently accepting submissions for its spring issue. The publisher is looking for poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art. Info please visit http://www.riddlefence.com.

Fierce Ink Press Co-op Ltd. is currently open for submissions. The publisher is looking for books between 50,000 and 80,000 words long in all young adult genres.  For more information, please visit http://fierceinkpress.com/submissions/.

Decoded Past is looking for writers with expertise in history and/or prehistory. This internet site will showcase articles written by experts for the general reader: new interpretations of past events, new developments or theories, the past in the context of the present. Writers must hold a degree in the social sciences or historical sciences and be writing in an area of personal expertise, or have an established platform in professional historical writing. Contact Rosemary Drisdelle at info@rosemarydrisdelle.com.

CIRCA: A Journal of Historical Fiction is accepting submissions. Details are available at: http://circajournal.com/submissions/.

Dragon Ink Press is accepting submissions from comic artists, fantasy writers and poets for their new comics and literary anthology. Guidelines: http://dragoninkpress.tumblr.com/.

From the Well House is accepting fiction, scholarly essays and poetry. Details can be found at: http://fromthewellhouse.org/?bu0Dd7M9.

Ruminate Magazine is now accepting submissions. Guidelines and deadlines are available at: http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/submission-guidelines/.

Carousel is accepting submissions. Info: http://www.carouselmagazine.ca/submit.html.

Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info: http://antiphon.org.uk/index.php/submissions.

Convert Publishing, a new digital publisher, is accepting manuscript submissions. For more details, visit: http://convertpublishing.com/?page_id=19.

 

Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info: http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/

Queen’s Quarterly is accepting articles, reviews, short stories and poetry. Details can be found here: http://www.queensu.ca/quarterly/correspondencesubmissions.html.

Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at: http://eventmags.com/about-2/submission-guidelines/fiction-poetry/.

 

The Ottawa Arts Review seeks prose submissions (including short fiction, personal essays, reviews, and interviews) relating to literary and visual arts, poetry, drama, and visual art. oar.uesa.ca/submissions/submission-guidelines/

 

Sweptmedia.ca, an online youth-culture magazine based in Toronto/GTA, is looking for original contributions in all print mediums: journalism, short fiction, poetry, etc. Also willing to consider other forms of visual communication modes: photography, painting, comic strips, etc. info: sweptmedia.ca/index.php/contact-us

 

New online magazine The Island Review (international) seeks submissions of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, photography and art from islanders, island-lovers, and those whose work is influenced by islands, or explores ideas of islandness. http://www.theislandreview.com/submissions/ 

 

The recently-launched Northern Cardinal Review (Canada) is seeking creative and vivid poetry, non-fiction essays, and book reviews. Open to writers living in Canada, Alaska, or the northern border states of the U.S. http://northerncardinalreview.wordpress.com/submissions/

Comedy website The Higgs Weldon (US) seeks forms of writing (1000 words max.) and cartoons. Deadline: Ongoing: http://thehiggsweldon.com/submit/

Kolaj (Montreal, QC) is a quarterly, print magazine about contemporary collage. Seeks critical reviews and essays, artist profiles, event highlights, articles on collage making, collecting, and exhibiting, and other contributions. Pays. kolajmagazine.com/content/submissions

 

Formalist poetry review The Rotary Dial (Canada) seeks poetry from Canadian and international writers. Looking for work that rhymes and/or scans but isn’t too versey: blank verse, syllabic verse, etc. Response within two weeks. http://therotarydial.ca/submissions/

 

Garbanzo Literary Journal (US) is published in limited-run copies as part of a hand-created series of chapbooks. Seeks stories (1172 words max.) poems (43 lines max.), micro-fiction, macro-faction, creative nonfiction, and a variety of verse forms. Appreciates writing that disregards the rules: http://www.garbanzoliteraryjournal.org/Submission_Guidelines.html

 

BareBacklit is an online bi-monthly magazine seeking poetry, prose, and visual art. Accepts poetry (4 poems max.), fiction (2500 words max.), and flash fiction (1000 words max.). Prefers work that is “unpretentious, minimalist… entertains first, and provokes thought later.” http://www.barebacklit.com/Submissions.html

 

LWOT (Lies With Occasional Truth) seeks fiction from writers in Canada “(and sometimes by Americans who pretend, in their cover letters, to be Canadian)”. The term fiction is open to interpretation.  : http://lwot.net/submission.htm

 

Online journal Pithead Chapel seeks fiction (short and flash) and nonfiction (experimental, personal, lyric essays) “that moves toward something bigger… takes chances.” Accepts stories and essays 4000 words max. Reads year-round.  : http://pitheadchapel.com/submission-guidelines/

 

The New Inquiry welcomes short- and long-form pieces “from anyone who wants to write.” Looks for well-written, original posts on ideas, books, art, culture, and more. No fiction or poetry.  : http://thenewinquiry.com/submit-to-tni/

 

Literary journal Revolver (US) seeks “short range” (up to 1000 words), “long range” (1000-5000 words), and art for its next issue. Welcomes fiction, poetry, essays, lists, and art. Also accepting bar stories for “Shots with Strangers”.  : http://www.around-around.com/submit/

 

Website strange bOUnce accepts short stories, satire, and poetry, that have been “lightly brushed with sport.” Send work to IWantToWrite@strangebOUnce.com. No payment. http://strangebounce.com/

 

 Small circulation literary publication Cant Journal (US) seeks poetry and prose for Issue #5. Accepts poetry, short inventive prose (micro fiction, flash fiction, etc.; 300-1000 words), poetry book reviews, essays on poetry, and interviews with poets. Submit 3-7 poems, 1-3 short prose pieces, or 1 poetry book review or essay on poetry. Journal is small (5 x 11); writers are encouraged to keep this in mind when submitting. Publishes annually in April. Payment: Three copies.   Guidelines: cantjournal.com/submission-guidelines

 

Red Kitty is a webzine and limited run print zine based out of Austin, TX. Accepting poetry, prose, short fiction, personal narrative, humor, and experimental journalism; illustration, photography, and doodles; and sound portraits, video art, and spoken word. Prefers works that takes risks and gets messy, including the “strange, thought-provoking, funny, demented.” Deadline: rolling. Guidelines: redkittyzine.weebly.com/submit.html

 

Independent magazine Bitterzoet (US) is now looking for new poetry, fiction, and artwork for their monthly online zine and bi-annual print editions, and mini chapbooks. Publishes work that engages in the “interplay between bitterness and sweetness, light and darkness, salvation and damnation.” Accepts poetry (3-8) prose (6 pages max), and artwork. Also looking for shorter pieces (“bonbons”) of poetry (10 lines max) and prose (150 words max.). Deadline: rolling. Guidelines: bitterzoetmag.submittable.com

 


Independent online journal Black Heart Magazine (U.S) seeks short fiction for its weekday (M-F) publication cycle. Length: 1500 words max. All genres accepted, with a literary angle preferred. Appreciates ‘short-form modern literature, from pulp to literary fiction and everything in-between.’ Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines: blackheartmagazine.com/submission-guidelines

 

GlassFire Magazine (US) seeks submissions of fiction and non-fiction (3000 words max.), poetry, and artwork for the Winter 2013 issue. Pays $5 per poem/artwork/photography and $10 per story/nonfiction Deadline: Rolling. http://www.peglegpublishing.com/glassfire.htm

 

SEPTEMBER DEADLINES

Cordite Poetry Review, magazine of Australian poetry and poetics, invites submissions for Issue 44. Theme: Gondwanaland. Send up to three poems. Also accept scholarly essays. Open to international writers (see comment on FAQ page); payment for Australian contributors. Deadline: September 13, 2013.     Guidelines: http://cordite.org.au/submissions/

The Midwest Prairie Review journal will be accepting submissions for the 2014 issue from June 13 to September 13, 2013. Who is eligible to submit material? Any writer or artist that wishes to celebrate the imagination, energy, and human spirit of the Midwest Prairielands. We want to hear from you. Submit your work between June 13th and September 13th, 2013. Click for complete submission guidelines» http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/lsa/writing/mpr/email/mpr_submissions_13.pdf

Due to the overwhelming response to our first edition, we will only be accepting the first 600 submissions.

 

NEW! The Rattle Anthology of Children’s Poetry Deadline: September 15th. This is a new project that we’ve just started, which will be an annual (and separate from subscriptions) print anthology of poems written by children.  There are numerous anthologies available of adult poets writing for children, but very few opportunities for children to share their work with adults. As Sharon Olds said in our interview a few years back: “There’s not a bad poet in first grade. None of them are anything but fresh and original … they don’t know how to avoid being original.” We’ve already found this to be true with the dozen or so amazing poems that we’ve accepted for the first publication so far, and we’re excited to keep exploring what young poets can teach us. And of course this is a great opportunity to encourage children to engage in art from an early age.  So if you know of any young poets—ages 15 and younger—have their parent/guardian send us some of their work. And please help us spread the word.  The full guidelines are here (note the unique email address):http://www.rattle.com/poetry/children/

 

 

Online quarterly The Puritan | Frontiers of New English (Toronto) seeks fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews for Issue XXIII: Fall 2013. “Submissions may push toward the symbolic frontier, challenging limitations and forging into previously unexplored aesthetic territory.” Deadline: September 15, 2013. Payment: $50 (prose) and $20 poetry. Guidelines: http://www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions.php

Avant-garde literary magazine Toad Suck Review (University of Central Arkansas, US) welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, plays, reviews, interviews, social commentary, memoir, political rants, ecologically conscientious reflections, talk about literature, talk about culture, and talk about teaching. Prefers the inventive and daring. “Especially interested in genre writing that expands or challenges or reinvents the forms and conventions of the genre.” Payment: contributor copies. Deadline: September 23, 2013. Guidelines: toadsuckreview.org/?page_id=8

 

Buttontapper Press (US) seeks submissions for two forthcoming collections: London Haiku and Paris Haiku. Submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Haiku should convey a strong sense of place, with an emphasis on what makes London or Paris different from other major cities. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.buttontapperpress.submittable.com

 

Buttontapper Press (US) seeks submissions for a forthcoming collection: Timbuktu Haiku. Submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Haiku should convey a strong sense of place, or riff on the idea of Timbuktu as “the middle of nowhere.” Prefers humorous submissions. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.buttontapperpress.submittable.com

 

OCTOBER DEADLINES

 

The Dreadful Cafe (US) is looking for submissions for the inaugural anthology of independent fiction, Membrane. Seeking fiction of the strange and bizarre from 2,000 to 30,000 words. No restrictions on genre. Payment: $125 for short stories, $250 for novelettes, and $500 for novellas. Deadline: October 1, 2013.     Guidelines: http://dreadfulcafe.com/active-projects

New food-based magazine TOAST! MAGAZINE (Canada) seeks submissions for its next issue. Looking for food poetry, photography, original artwork, reviews, short stories, and prose. Prefers the witty, thoughtful, unique, and engaging. Deadline: October 1, 2013.    Guidelines: http://toastpointpress.com/submit 

In Fact Books (in association with Creative Nonfiction, U.S.) is seeking essays about all things related to babies for an anthology, Oh, Baby: True Stories About Tiny Humans. Looking for true narratives about the art and science/wonder and struggle of birth, babyhood, and childrearing. Essays must combine a compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond personal experience to some deeper meaning. Length: 4500 words max. Deadline: October 14, 2013. Fee: $3. Payment not indicated.  Guidelines: creativenonfiction.org/submissions/oh-baby


NEW! Rattle Magazine Love Poems Deadline: October 15th. For adults, our next themed issue will feature nothing but Love Poems. If you haven’t already, please send us a few (feel free to mix non-love poems into the batch; they don’t all have to be love poems).  Keep in mind that we see a difference between love poems and poems about love.  A love poem is written for, to, or about someone (or something), even if the real meaning is disguised.  It should be possible for a love poem to be given to someone as a token of love.  Poems about the nature of love in general, or the loss of love, and so on, might not necessarily be love poems by this definition.  I hope that makes sense—but if not, don’t fret, just send the poem in, and we’ll decide.  To submit, follow our regular guidelines, and mention in the subject line or cover letter that there’s a love poem in there (not that we wouldn’t notice, but as we near the deadline we’ll start to read those submissions first). http://www.rattle.com/poetry/submissions/guidelines/

 

 

Blank Fiction Magazine is accepting literary fiction submissions for their first issue. Length: 15,000 words max. “Stories should provide a solid understanding of the traditional practices of the genre, especially if they haven’t been established yet or you are going to disregard them completely.” Debut issue will be published November 1 in the iTunes App Store and will be available as a “pay what you like” PDF download on the Blank Fiction site. Payment: $50 honorarium. Deadline: October 15, 2013. Guidelines: blankfictionmag.com/submissions

Online monthly zine Subliminal Interiors seeks poetry, nonfiction, and criticism for an upcoming issue on Modernism. Commentaries also welcome. Nonfiction and critical submissions should “engage the editor’s belief that Confessional poetry, Language poetry, and other supposed successors of Modernism are (and always have been) aesthetically sterile–unfit for the challenge of giving a coherent voice to our world-historical moment.” Deadline: October 15, 2013.     Guidelines: http://subliminalinteriors.net/submit.php

Art School Horror Stories (US) is looking for stories from art school and art class — funny, sad, horrific, crazy, embarrassing — for an anthology (Published in December). Can be fact or fiction. Submissions can be in any format: poetry, haiku, short stories, etc. Also accepting drawings and photography. Deadline: October 31, 2013. Submission fee: US$10.  Guidelines: http://br0250.wix.com/artschoolhorror#!submit/c1ktj

The Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA program’s biannual publication, Lunch Ticket, is accepting submissions for its next issue. Submit fiction, creative non-fiction, YA fiction, poetry, and art/imagery. Theme/genre: Open. Deadline: October 31, 2013.     Guidelines: http://www.lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines

Bones – a journal for contemporary haiku: Send a maximum of 5 single haiku and/or 1 series/sequence of maximum 10 haiku. Submission deadlines are October 15 – November 15 for the December issue & April 15 – May 15 for the June issue. Submissions: submission (at) bonesjournal (dot) com. with “Submission to bones” in the subject line. Please include the works in the body of the email AND as an attached file (doc, docx, odt, rtf)

ROOM MAGAZINE Call for Submissions: 37.2: Contest issue.  Room would love to add a bit of your literary brilliance to our already sparkling lineup for issue 37.2, to be published in June 2014. In this open-themed issue we will showcase our 2013 contest winners, feature an interview with Canadian poet Sandra Ridley, and have commissioned short fiction by another Canadian, Jessica Westhead. If you see your work—whether it is poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction—fitting into that mix, send it our way. Check out our guidelines for full details. http://www.roommagazine.com/submit Deadline: October 31, 2013

 

 

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Creative Nonfiction (US) is seeking new essays about mistakes — major or minor, tragic or serendipitous, funny or painful — for an upcoming issue. Looking for true stories about poor decisions, missteps, miscalculations, embarrassing boo-boos, dangerous misjudgments, or fortuitous faux pas that explore the nature and outcomes of human fallibility. First prize: $1000. Length: 4000 words max. Entry fee: $20 (or $25 for a subscription to Creative Nonfiction — US only). All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Mistakes” issue. Deadline: November 1, 2013 Guidelines: http://www.creativenonficction.org/submissions/mistakes

The Muse, An International Journal of Poetry, an online bi-annual journal of poetry from India, is seeking submissions for their next issue. Accept poems (send 1-5 poems), and essays and research papers (3000 words minimum). Deadline: November 10, 2013. http://themuse.webs.com/

Online literature/arts magazine The Broken City (Toronto, ON) is currently accepting submissions for its winter 2013 edition: “Turn on, tune in.” Looking for music-related poetry, fiction, essays, comics, illustrations, photography, reviews as well as mp3 submissions for a mixtape. Deadline: December 1, 2013. Non-paying. Guidelines: thebrokencitymag.com/submissions.html

 

UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS

SEPTEMBER DEADLINES:

  • Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Awards. Got a story you want to share? Enter the Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Contest for a chance at one of the richest contest prize packages around. Prizes total more than $4600 – why not give it a shot? The contest features blind judging in four categories: SIWC Storyteller’s Award, SIWC Non-fiction Award, SIWC Poetry Award and SIWC Writing for Young People Award. Deadline: September 13, 2013. Entry fee: $15 per submission. Prizes: Storyteller’s Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each, Nonfiction Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each, Writing For Young People Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each, Poetry Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each. Details: www.siwc.ca/writing-contest

 

  • Wyn Lit 2four Hour Short Story Writing Contest. You do not have to use the title of the subjects as the title of your short story. You do not have to use the exact wording of the subjects within your story. In fact, we hope you don’t. You must use all the words from the word list exactly as shown. The gender and name of the characters must be used as indicated – unless the words he/she are not used and the names can be used for either male or female characters. If you have it in you, you may submit more than one story within the 24 hours. Deadline: September 14, 2013. Entry fee: Free to members. Prize: Publication Details: www.wynter.ca/wyn24.htm

 

  • The Short Story Contest. The Short Story Contest is designed to showcase the best short stories from around the world. The idea is simple. Submit your story and you will automatically enter The Short Story Competition. Three cash prizes will be awarded and the winners will be published on the website. Deadline: September 15, 2013. Entry fee: £5 (PayPal only) Prize: First prize: £300; Second prize: £200; Third prize: £50 Details: www.theshortstory.net/

 

  • Asian ChaCha: An Asian Literary Journal (UK and China) is accepting entries for the Cha “Void” Poetry Contest. First prize: £50; additional prizes available. Winning poems published in a special section in the 6th anniversary issue (November 2013). Submit up to two poems (80 lines max). Theme: Void. No entry fee. Deadline: September 15, 2013. Guidelines: http://asiancha.blogspot.hk/2013/03/cha-void-poetry-contest.html
  • DEADLINE SEPT. 15, 2013. The 2013 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry will award publication of a full-length book of poetry. The most important criterion is that the manuscript manifests significant themes in beautiful, strong and evocative language. The winner will receive publication with our standard contract and a $1000 award. All entries may be considered for future publication. SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL SUBMISSION DETAILS: http://redmountainpress.us/poetry-prize/ SUBMIT through the electronic submission manager https://redmountainpress.submittable.com/submit

 

  • Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest for College Students. Open to full-time 12th graders or college students. Write an essay to answer one of the three essay questions on the website about Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. The winning applicant will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.  Deadline: September 17, 2013. Entry fee: none.  Prizes: $10,000, $2000, $1000, $100, $50 Details: http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/AtlasShrugged.aspx?theme=blue

 


  • NEW! Open for (Online!) Submissions: The Red Hen Press Poetry Award. Submissions are now open for the 2013 Red Hen Press Poetry Award http://redhen.org/awards-2/rpa/, via methods both offline (traditional guidelines can be found here), and online; just visit our Submittable page, here: https://redhenpress.submittable.com/submit/23044. This year’s final judge is Hilda Raz. Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded poem in The Los Angeles Review, a publication of Red Hen Press. Entry fee is $20 for up to 3 poems, maximum 120 lines each. Entries must be postmarked by September 30.
  • NEW! MSLEXIA PUBLICATIONS 2013 Women’s Novel Competition! DEADLINE SEPT. 23, 2013. Time really does zip by, but I hope you won’t let the deadline pass without sending us your novel. It’s a great opportunity that only comes around every two years.The first prize for the competition is £5,000 and our high profile judging panel this year is made up of Kirsty Lang, Val McDermid and Charlotte Robertson. The three finalists will also get free professional feedback on their manuscript from The Literary Consultancy; and the twelve shortlisted writers will be offered a place at a workshop and networking event in London. The closing date for the competition is 23 September 2013. You can enter and pay online any time before midnight GMT on the day of the deadline. And if you’re entering by post, you can pop it in a post box any day up to and including 23 September. If you have any queries, you can log on to our website at www.mslexia.co.uk/novelcompetition for FAQs and advice about entering online, email novel@mslexia.co.uk or call and chat to us on 0191 204 8860.

 

  • Eric Hoffer Award for Short Prose. The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books was established at the start of the 21st century as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. The winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, and the book awards are covered in the US Review of Books. One story or essay 10,000 words maximum. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Entry fee: $50 Prize: $250, both categories compete together. Details: www.hofferaward.com/

 

 

  • L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest. Open to previously unpublished fiction writers. 17,000 words max science-fiction, horror or fantasy story. Established and sponsored by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983, the Writers Award Contest was a budding competition aimed at discovering, and eventually publishing, deserving amateur and aspiring writers. The field of speculative fiction and fantasy was chosen not only for Mr. Hubbard’s love of and success within the genre – but also for the freedom of imagination and expression it provided as what he described as the “herald of possibility.”   Deadline: September 30, 2013 Entry fee: none Prizes: $1000 first prize awarded each quarter; one of those winners also receives the $5000 annual “Gold Award” grand prize. Each quarter, Second Prize $750, Third Prize $500 Details: www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules
  • The Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence recognizes the best in fiction and poetry received in 2013. Fiction: $900 / Poetry: $600      Publication in The Puritan (Issue XXIII: Fall 2013).  Prize Pack of titles from 12 Canadian publishers, each worth approximately $600! So far, publishers include Coach House Books, House of Anansi, ECW Press, The Porcupine’s Quill, Freehand Books, Goose Lane Editions, Cormorant Books, Brick Books, Mansfield Press, Pedlar Press, Chaudiere Books, and Tightrope Books! Cost per submission: $10 via PayPal Fiction up to 12,000 words / Poetry up to 3 pages. Multiple submissions accepted! Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013. See full details: http://www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions.php

 

  • Lunch Ticket is accepting entries for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction. Topic: open. Length: 5000 words max. Prize: $250 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket (December). Award recipient must submit a bio and photo, and send a note of thanks to the Woods’ family. All submissions for the award will be considered for publication in Lunch Ticket. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines: lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award

 

OCTOBER TO DECEMBER DEADLINES:

 

  • NEW! The Missouri Review. There’s one month left to submit to our Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize Competition–for which we offer over $15,000 in prizes. We accept submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our Spring issue and paid travel to our gala reading and reception. Contest finalists will receive cash prizes and have their work considered for publication as well. While the contest has a postmark deadline of October 1st of this year, we encourage early submissions. We accept submissions online or by mail. Winners will be announced in January of 2014. Don’t forget that your $20 entry fee gets you a one-year subscription to The Missouri Review. Subscriptions are available in print or digital versions. Our downloadable digital subscription includes a full-length audio version of the journal. You can find more information about the contest through our website: http://www.missourireview.com/tmrsubmissions/editors-prize-contest/.

 

  • Descant invites entries for the 2013 Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem. Length: 100 lines. Prize: $1000, plus honorarium. Entry fee: $30 (includes tax + one-year subscription). Deadline: October 12, 2013. Guidelines: http://descant.ca/winstoncollins
  • The Northwind Story Contest is back!  The 2013 Story Contest is open for submissions. Send us your best fiction and narrative non-fiction by October 15 to be eligible for the $1,000 First Prize, $250 Second Prize and $100 Third Prize. http://www.northwindmagazine.com/contests/2013_story_contest.html

 


  • The Black River Chapbook Competition (Fall) Awarded twice annually for a chapbook (16-36 pages) of poetry or short stories. Beginning with the Fall 2009 competition, winner receives $500 and 25 copies of chapbook. Entry Period: September 1 – October 31. Deadline: October 31, 2013.   http://www.blacklawrence.com/BRCCContestPage.html

 

 

  • Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline is November 30, (postmarked). http://www.prairiefire.ca/contests.

 

  • Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2013. DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2013. Go online at http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html.  First Prize $1,000, Second Prize $250, Third Prize $100. The entry fee for each submission is $25. One Act Plays of from 10 minutes to 70 minutes may be submitted by mail or email. By mail to Bottle Tree Productions, 445 Southwood Drive, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7M-5P8. Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions. For environmental and storage reasons email submissions are preferred. By email to contest (at) bottletreeinc (dot) com. Go online at http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html

 

  • FREEFALL MAGAZINE Just for fun we’ve added a new contest: “The Corner of 13th and 13th” Flash Fiction. Write a story in 500 words or less about what happened on Friday September the 13th 2013 at one of the 13th Avenue and 13th Street intersections in the photos found at: http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/flash-fiction-contest.html. Entry Fee: $13.00. First Prize: $130.00. Deadline to enter is: Friday Dec 13th 2013

 

 

  • 2013 annual FreeFall Prose and Poetry Contest is now open! Contain your joy as we let you know that we’ve doubled the first place prize money from $300 to $600. Deadline to enter is: December 31, 2013. For current contest info visit: http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html.

 


2014 CONTESTS

 

  • NEW! The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published fewer than two books). Each year the winning manuscript will be selected by an established poet in co-operation with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint. The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 advance. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: January 31, 2014 Info here: http://matrixmagazine.org/rkaward/ Each entry must be accompanied with a business size SASE and an entry fee for $30.00 Canadian. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Matrix Publications.” No cash please. Send manuscripts to: The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint, c/o Matrix, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658, Montreal QC H3G 1M8  Or via Submittable:  https://matrixmagazine.submittable.com/submit Alternatively, you may send you manuscript electronically to Kroetsch2014@gmail.com and send your payment via PAYPAL: RK Award Entry Fee $30

 

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