What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa for March, 2017

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NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH, 2017

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

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

 

CAA-NCR MEETING: TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017 WITH L.D. CROSS

 

TOPIC: Historical Writing: Where to look for what you want, with L.D. Cross

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

 

For the writer looking for historical information, we live in a resource rich environment. Here in Ottawa we benefit from facilities supported by taxpayers across the country. Some sources are obvious, others not so. Then there is the online search – a bounty of data both factual and fictional which you need to sort out.

Research never stops. You can always learn something new about an old subject. And it is not just writers who are sleuthing out the past. Everybody is in the hunt for what happened when — financial analysts, car buyers and even scientists. But as writers we get to weave our discoveries about the past into entertaining stories that will captivate readers into the future.

Research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing” — Wernher von Braun, aerospace engineer

BIO:  L.D.Cross (Dyan) is an Ottawa writer of business and lifestyle articles as well as books about unique aspects of Canadian history. Her creative non-fiction articles have received awards of excellence for features and editorial writing as well as writing for seniors.

She won the inaugural Ontario Historical Society (OHS) 2010 Huguenot Society of Canada Award honouring “the best book published in Ontario in the past three years which has brought public awareness to the principles of freedom of conscience and freedom of thought” for The Underground Railroad: the long journey to freedom in Canada in the Amazing Stories series.

 


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THE BANISTER 32ND ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST 

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 Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere.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

(Our double blind platform publishes professionals, first time authors, students and poet laureates. This year’s judge is K. V. Skene) 

 

FROM NATIONAL:  SAVE THE DATE – CANWRITE! 2017 IS COMING

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

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 MSLEXIA FLASH FICTION WRITING WORKSHOPS

 If you’re thinking of submitting to Mslexia’s Short Fiction Competition 2017, we’ve devised a set of three flash fiction workshops, specially designed to help you work on perfecting an entry (or three) for our newest competition category. To get you started, you can find the first and second workshops here.

We’re looking for normal-length stories too, if the short short format doesn’t float your boat. Visit our website for more info and to see Vanessa Gebbie’s workshops from 2016.

First prize for Short Story is £2,000 and includes two optional extras: a week’s retreat at Gladstone’s Library, and a day with a Virago editor. Five other finalists will each receive a share of the remaining prize pot. The new Flash Fiction category has a prize of £500, as well as three runner-up prizes, and all winning entries will appear alongside the Short Story winners in the June 2017 issue of Mslexia.

Judging the longer stories this year is twice Booker-shortlisted novelist and short story author Deborah Levy, whose novel Hot Milk came out last year. Our new Flash Fiction category is being judged by award-winning flash fiction writer and novelist Kit de Waal, whose début novel My Name is Leon was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award in 2016.

Once you have your story ready, full details of how to enter are here. If you have any questions, our website has a full list of FAQs and advice about entering online, or you can always call us on 0191 204 8860 to speak to a real human being.

WRITESCAPE SPRING THAW 2017 APRIL 21-23, OR APRIL 21-25, 2017

Fern Resort

Looking for writing time? Polishing a project? Don’t miss Spring Thaw.
This all-inclusive writing retreat is held at the fabulous Elmhirst’s Resort on Rice Lake in Keene. Stay for the weekend or treat yourself to an extra two days of writing.

  • 10-page manuscript evaluation with written feedback from Ruth and Gwynn
  • one-on-one consultation with either Gwynn or Ruth
  • private writing time
  • optional daytime creativity sessions to fire up your pen
  • a companion workbook with inspiration, prompts and supports
  • optional evening activities to network and share ideas and inspiration with retreat colleagues
  • comfortable cottages with wood-burning fireplace
  • first-class amenities and delicious meals

 More info: http://writescape.ca/site/2016/01/spring-thaw-retreat/

 SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

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

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS        

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

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

 

From Mslexia: Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017 – Flash Fiction  £5.00  1st Prize: £500  Three other finalists will each receive £50. All four winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia.  Judge: Kit de Waal  Fee: £5 per story Closing date: 20 March 2017

Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017 – Short Story £10.00   1st Prize: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Gladstone Library, and a day with an editor at Virago Press. Three other finalists will each receive £100. All four winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia. Judge: Deborah Levy Fee: £10 per story Closing date: 20 March 2017  More info at MSLEXIA: https://mslexia.co.uk/competitions/

 

Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest  Entry fee: $10 per poem. Cash Prizes: $1600: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $75, 8 judge’s choice of $50.  Complimentary anthology, trophy, and award ceremony during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Final received submissions deadline: Friday March 31, 2017. Visit www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com for further info and rules. Enquires: Send to David Brydges mybrydges@yahoo.ca

 

The Audrey Jessup Short Story Contest, 2017, Closing Date April 1, 2017. The Audrey Jessup Short Story Contest is held annually by the Capital Crime Writers. It is open to all residents of the National Capital Region aged 18 + and to all members of Capital Crime Writers.  In addition, a critiquing service is offered for an extra fee.  Stories must be: Original unpublished fiction. Feature a crime. No more than 3500 words in English. Typed double-spaced on white paper. The author’s name must not appear in the story.  Submissions that identify the author in the pages of the story will be rejected. Identifying information must only be found on a separate cover page, which must include: your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, story title an accurate word count. There is a limit of one submission per author. For submission and further details: For more information:  E-mail:  filteaupat@gmail.com  Website: http://capitalcrimewriters.com/events-contests/the-audrey-contest/

 

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

 

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

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

 

  • Live Poets Society February Fire Filled Wordfest Competitive Slam  Friday Mar.24, 2017 Coutts Roastery & Café,  57 Gore ST. East, Perth, Ont.  Doors open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 7.  $5.00 admission, performers free. Last competitive slam before the finals.

 

VERSeFest, OTTAWA’S INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL RETURNS!

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VERSeFest, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival returns for an eclectic mix of written and spoken word poetry Tuesday, March 21 to Sunday, March 26, 2017.  60 poets. 6 days. 1 festival. All events take place at Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St.) unless specified otherwise below. See versefest.ca for tickets and info.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

7:00 pm: Opening Showcase – Zachary Richard, Carolyn Smart, Steven Collis

9:00 pm: Urban Legends – Carlos Gomez, K’ayla Fraser, CannonX2

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

7:00 pm: Tree Reading Series – bill bissett, Madhur Anand, Christian Milat

9:00 pm: VF showcase – Paisley Rekdal, Tereza Riedlbauchova, Brandon Wint

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Offsite: LIVE! On Elgin, 220 Elgin Street, 2nd floor

10:30 pm: Rhizome

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

7:00 pm: Verse Voices – Eva HD, Michel Côté, Michael Dennis, Andre Narbonne

9:00 pm: Blue Mondays and In/Words – Kayla Czaga, Ali Blythe, Allesia de Cesare, Dominique Langlois

 

Friday, March 24, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

7:00 pm: Plan 99 – Moez Surani, Greg Scofield, and Sharon McCartney

9:00 pm: Capital Slam hosts a local slam featuring Amélie Prévost

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

1:00 pm: Factory Reading Series presents lectures by Marilyn Irwin and Faizal Deen

3:00 pm: Translation Panel with Chus Pato, Patrick Friesen, Erin Mouré, Ulrikke Gernes, and Lisa Robertson

4:30 pm: Fire and Ice – Barâa Arrar, Truth is, LouNat, Beth-Anne

7:00 pm: Railroad Reading Series – Alan Gillis, Leanne O’Sullivan, Jordan Abel

9:00 pm: Ottawa International Writers Showcase – Ulrikke Gernes, Chus Pato, Erin Mouré, and Patrick Friesen

 

Sunday, March 26, 2017 Offsite – Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave

1:00 pm: Kado – Marco Fraticelli, Maxianne Berger

 

Sunday, March 26, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

1:00 pm: NCR showcase – Mark Frutkin, Sandra Ridley, Guy Jean, Angele Bassole OueDraogo

3:00 pm: Arc Poetry Magazine – Robyn Sarah, Jill Jorgenson, Phoebe Wang, Lisa Robertson

4:30 pm: Student Showcase – Frédérique Champage, Evan Hoskins, Gabrielle Tardif, Lauren Stiers

7:00 pm: Poet Laureate ceremony and readings with guest Mark Doty

9:00 pm: Sawdust Reading Series – Steven Heighton and Louis Bertholom

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

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, 2016

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

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

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Register: Contact Arlene Smith at somertonsmith@yahoo.com

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

 

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

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

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

 

30TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC)

 Short Story • Poetry

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

Open to all Canadian writers

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

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS 

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

BanffcentreWinter Writer’s Retreat

Literary Arts Program Information

Overview

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

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

 

WRITESCAPE Upcoming 2016 Workshops:

 

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

 Fern Resort

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

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

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

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

 BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

              

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

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

 

FROM THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE, CORK, IRELAND:

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

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

 

THE FIDDLEHEAD POETRY & PROSE CONTEST

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

writers festival logoOTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL In full swing now!

 

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

http://www.writersfestival.org/events

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

BIWEEKLY NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, 2016

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

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

 MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

 Tuesday, October 11, 2016     MEETING TOPIC: Better Late Than Never, with Sonia Tilson

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

 We will hold a brief annual general meeting to review our financial statements and vote in the new executive. Standing for election or re-election are: Chair, Arlene Smith; Treasurer, Frank Hegyi; Recording Secretary, Phyllis Bohonis; Program Chair, Debbie Rose; Membership Chair, Francois Mai; Branch Historian, Gill Foss.

DETAILS: At the point of retirement many people know they would like to write but feel it’s too late to start. Sonia will talk about the circumstances that led to her experience as a late-bloomer in the world of publishing.

 

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

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

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Ottawa Public Library’s Main Branch (Wikipedia)

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

Registrants will need to SUBMIT their best “first page” by Friday, October 28

Register: Contact Arlene Smith at somertonsmith@yahoo.com

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

OTHER WORKSHOPS 

 All Writer Workshops (online workshops)

Premier Workshops for the Beginner Writer, All Writer Levels & Indie Published Writer. An AWW online workshop is a real class that is taught on a custom website that you attend with the use of your computer or electronic device. All you will need to attend these workshops is a credit card and an Internet connection.   You’ve never taken an online workshop before? No problem.

We’ll walk you through our program and show you how easy it is to learn more about writing from the comfort of your home, lunch breaks at work or anywhere, because our program is nothing like other online course sites. Details: https://www.allwriterworkshops.com/workshops

WRITESCAPE Upcoming 2016 Workshops:

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

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

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

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

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

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

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


MFA, Creative Nonfiction, University Of King’s College, Halifax:

Image result Now in its fourth year, this unique writing program has already received praise across North America. The prestigious international magazine Publishers Weekly has described the King’s MFA as “the only program of its kind in Canada” and “ideal for students who are continuing their careers while completing their degrees.” The MFA also attracts writers who are in mid-career; the average age of our applicants is 45.  One of our first graduates, Pauline Dakin of Halifax, says the program has “opened doors to the publishing industry that often seem closed.” Indeed, Pauline now has a book contract with Penguin Canada for her memoir, which will be published in 2017. Jessica McDiarmid (Class of 2016) has a contract with Doubleday Canada for her true-crime narrative, and a separate contract for this project with Simon & Schuster in New York. Her classmate, Helena Moncrieff, has a book deal with ECW Press in Toronto for The Fruitful City, to be released in 2018.

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

You will not have to relocate to complete this graduate degree. In fact, there are only six weeks when writers need to be in Halifax, New York, or Toronto. If you have a non-fiction book idea you want to pursue seriously – regardless of where you live – we  hope you will consider the University of King’s College.    We’ve got your book.  http://ukings.ca/area-of-study/master-of-fine-arts-in-creative-nonfiction/  

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

 

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 SEPTEMBER READINGS AND BOOK LAUNCHES IN THE OTTAWA CITIZEN http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/books/book-events-from-oct-1

 Tuesday, Oct. 11 2016 Tree Reading Series, Gallery 101, 51B Young Street Ottawa, 8:00 p.m. Open Mic and Featured Readers Joe Denham + Vanessa Shields.  More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on upcoming events: www.treereadingseries.ca

 

 Sunday October 16th, 2-4 pm University of Ottawa. Alex Trebek Alumni Hall, 157 Séraphin-Marion Private, Ottawa, ON, Johnson Hall Main Floor Book Launch for: Smart Aging for Women: A Guide to Living a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life, Elizabeth Rigley, author RSVP by Oct. 7 to: smartaging4women@gmail.com

10616147_719512231476757_4644385450363778813_nWednesday, Oct. 19 Sawdust Reading Series Presents: Roland Prevost at 7 PM – 9 PM, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa.  Come one, come all for an exceptional night of poetry featuring incredible Ottawa poet Roland Prevost and our newest contest winner, TBA. Don’t forget your poems for the open mic! Pour Boy features on-street parking, direct #2 bus service, and an affordable menu. Look for us upstairs! https://www.facebook.com/events/303897199990379/

 Tuesday, October 25 Tree Reading Series, Gallery 101, 51B Young Street Ottawa, 6:45p Workshop – Speculative Fiction and Place with James Moran  8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers  David Stymeist + Richard Harrison More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on upcoming events: www.treereadingseries.ca

 

writers festival logoOTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL In full swing in October

Monday Oct 3 –Thursday Nov. 17 For a listing of all events and ticket info:http://www.writersfestival.org/events

 

OUT OF TOWN:

Friday, October 21 LiPS COSTUME S.L.A.M. IN PERTH at Coutts Coffee Roastery & Café 7 PM – 9 PM,  57 Gore St. E., Perth, On   Prize for best costume.   Admission $5.00 Performers get in free  https://www.facebook.com/events/186818451749048/

Domestic Migrations, poem by Carol A. Stephen (WHEN I MOVED Poetry and Prose Series)

Silver Birch offers a great opportunity to share work on a wide variety of themes. I’ve moved, a lot of times, so this submission call was something I knew something about!

Silver Birch Press

bookboxDomestic Migrations
by Carol A. Stephen

When I moved away from home the first time
I didn’t know much beyond how to cook roast beef,
and badly or how to boil potatoes into mush, but I learned quickly
that a tiny budget can run out before the next pay.

And when I moved again it was to the sky, an 18th floor apartment,
far above the hum of traffic and mosquitoes. We could see
for miles and miles, the eastern sky and sunrise. Inside,
our first real furniture, all teak and glass and fabric for cat claws…

Each time we moved, we accumulated. More things, more books,
more clutter. Each move we needed more space to store the things
that made our lives real. A bigger television, electronics, and pictures
hubby painted for the walls, no matter that he wasn’t very skilled.

He moved on, back to Mommy’s house and…

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