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

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

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

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

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

 

MEETINGS & EVENTS

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING, FEBRUARY

 

TOPIC: Scribing Sex –  Romancing the Page

PRESENTER: Jasmine Aziz
DATE: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION:  McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.

Jasmine Aziz will be outlining the differences between erotica and romance – from definitions to delivery. She will give examples of how to craft stories according to the audience you are targeting, giving examples on the difference between mainstream sensual writing versus more explicit content. There will be discussion about the art of writing erotic content to elicit arousal and when this is beneficial to a story and when it is not.

This talk is based on the majority of questions Jasmine receives from authors asking how to write in various styles, eg. erotica vs. mainstream romance, and how they can tell the difference.

NOTE: This presentation contains explicit content and language due to the nature of the topic.

BIO: Jasmine Aziz is a retired vibrator seller.  She worked as a consultant for four years doing in-home party presentations selling adult novelty toys. In that time she met many amazing and diverse women who inspired her to write a novel that would help both men and women navigate the subtle complexities of the modern woman’s life. Her first novel, the comedic Sex & Samosas, straddles the genres of women’s fiction, self-help and erotica while taking a humorous look at cultural and social issues. It has recently been optioned for a movie. Jasmine is currently putting the finishing touches to her next novel, a memoir, based on the wild and unconventional four years she sold adult toys entitled Bring Your Own Batteries.


29TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST

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

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  • Must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CAA NATIONAL NEWS:

 CANADIAN AUTHORS 2016 LITERARY AWARDS

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

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

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

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 THE BANFF CENTRE SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS: Banffcentre

Our 2016 poetry faculty within The Banff Centre’s Writing Studio  program. 2016 sees three amazing poets – Karen Solie , Lisa Robertson and Michael Dickman – work intimately with twelve participants on poetry manuscripts. Karen, associate director, poetry, is author of the Griffin Poetry Prize-winning Pigeon. Michael Dickman is the author of The End of the West, Flies and Copper Canyon. He teaches at Princeton and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and Lisa Robertson is the author of Magenta Soul Whip and the long poem Cinema of the Present. She is a poet, essayist and translator and her practice also straddles the visual arts.

Spring/Summer 2016 programs Deadlines https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/all/literary-arts

 

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

 

2017 – 18 CANADIAN WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE 

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

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

 

SPALDING UNIVERSITY MFA IN WRITING PROGRAM 

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

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


OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL

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

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

 

RESOURCES FOR SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES

 For those who prefer the ebook version of the Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar, the 2016 version can now be purchased via White Mountain Publications’ website. Here is the update from their newsletter: “CWCC Update: The ebook versions of the 2016 Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar are now available from our website.”

 

 

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

 

 

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

·        Archibald Lampman Award deadline March 31, 2016

 

 

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

 

  • The Masters Review Anthology – Judge Amy Hempel $5000 awarded. $20.00 USD Ends on 3/31/2016. Submissions are open from January 15, 2016 to March 31, 2016. This year stories will be selected by author Amy Hempel who will select ten winners from a shortlist of forty. This category is open to ALL EMERGING WRITERS. Anyone who has not yet published a novel at the time of submission. We are looking for today’s top emerging writers. Send us your best! Details and to submit: http://mastersreview.com/anthology/

 

  • Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday April 4 2016 Entry fee: $10 per poem Prizes: $1600: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $75, 8 judge’s choice of $50 complimentary anthology, trophy, and award ceremony during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Details: www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com Enquires: Send to David Brydges mybrydges@yahoo.ca

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 

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

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

 

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

 

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

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

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

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

 

MEETINGS & EVENTS

 CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING, JANUARY, 2016

 TOPIC: Taxes and the Writer

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

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

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

 

29TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST

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

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

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

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

Awards Night

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

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

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

CAA NATIONAL NEWS:

 CANADIAN AUTHORS 2016 LITERARY AWARDS

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

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

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

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

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

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

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“December 15, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Banffcentre

THE BANFF CENTRE SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS:

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

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

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

 

PEARL PIRIE’S JANUARY STUDIO NOUVEAU POETRY WORKSHOP

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

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

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

OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL                        

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

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

 RESOURCES FOR SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES                 

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

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

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN

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

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CAA-NCR LITERARY EVENTS NOV. 23 TO DEC. 6, 2015

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Nov 23 to Dec. 6, 2015

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

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

DECEMBER WINTER POT-LUCK SOCIAL

DATE: Sunday, December 6, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: at the home of Sharyn Heagle
Contact:
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It’s that wonderful time of year–good cheer, good friends and good food. Join us for a special celebration of the season. Bring a story or some poetry to read. Bring a favourite culinary delight to share.

 

 

29TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST

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

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

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

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

Awards Night  (Note: DATE of Awards Night has moved to Monday May 9, 2016)

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

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

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

 MEMBER NEWS

 CAA-NCR MEMBER A. COLIN WRIGHT WILL LAUNCH HIS NEW NOVEL, VERONICA’S PAPERS

 DATE: Tues. Nov. 24th, 2015 at The Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street, Kingston, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Everyone within range of Kingston is invited to attend. Copies of this and other of my works will be available, or may be ordered at any Amazon site and at fine bookstores everywhere.

“Gerald Claygton, suffering from amnesia, receives a package of papers from Veronica, a former clinical hypnotist. She tells him they accomplished his fantasy of gathering together, on a ship, his past loves with the two of them present, but in disguise. In hopes of discovering his own past, Gerald invites the passengers to guess what, or who, they have in common.”

 

CAA NATIONAL NEWS:

 UPCOMING WEBINARS THIS FALL

 Worldbuilding for Writers

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 7:00–8:30 pm EDT
Presenter: Sandra Stewart, author

Are you working on a story that just doesn’t feel full enough? Award-winning author Sandra Stewart will show you how to bring depth to your story by answering questions on culture, science and technology, economics, and more. Whether the world you’re writing about is real or imagined, you’ll learn how to make it come to life and fully engage your audience. Register Today!

 CANADIAN AUTHORS 2016 LITERARY AWARDS

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

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

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

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

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 ROB MCLENNAN WILL OFFER WORKSHOPS BEGINNING IN JANUARY 2016

 DATES: WEDNESDAYS FROM JAN. 13 2016 THROUGH MARCH 9, 2016
LOCATION: Alta Vista Drive (just south of Randall Avenue). Address and directions to be provided.
$200 for 8 sessions. For information, contact rob mclennan at rob_mclennan@hotmail.com or 613 239 0337

 

THE BANFF CENTRE SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS:

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

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

  •  Nov. 12, 2015       Crime Writing Residency
  • Jan. 13, 2016       Historical Fiction with Lawrence Hill
  • Jan. 20, 2016       Digital Narratives
  • Jan. 20, 2016       Writing Studio
  • Jan. 27, 2016       Frontline: Environmental Reportage
  • Feb. 10, 2016       Banff International Literary Translation Centre
  • Mar.16, 2016        Literary Journalism
  • Apply Now          Self-Directed Writing Residency

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL  
                     
DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. 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              

 
RESOURCES FOR SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES                 

 

ARC POETRY MAGAZINE CONTESTS

Every year, Arc awards prizes for the winners of several contests. You can keep up-to-date on contest news by following the post category “Contests” link at the website. Please visit the links below for submission info for the awards. Various deadlines: December through March 2016.

Arc Poetry Magazine Contests

TREE PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST  treereadingserieslogo

 HOW TO ENTER FOR 2016: This contest is for those who come to keep the seats warm at The Tree Reading Series, those who come to the Seed workshops, or are regulars at the Tree open mic readings.

The prize is now $250 and ten copies of your chapbook! (The winner may order more copies if he/she wishes.) There is no fee to enter. Send 1 hard copy, up to 30 pages of poems, to the co-ordinator by December 30, 2015: Claudia Radmore, 49 McArthur Ave., Carleton Place, On. K7C 2W1

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN

  •  Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 Tree Reading Series presents Emily Pohl-Weary + Karen Solie, workshop with Sanita Fejzic on Poetry and Prose that Can Seduce Everyone: Hybrid Texts, we will look at a close reading of Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red., 6:45 pm Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St., Ottawa. More info at: treereadingseries.ca
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  • Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 6:30 pm OIW Monthly Meeting at The Good Companions Centre, 670 Albert St. Ottawa Topic: Authors & Digital Revenue. Dr. Ed Dixon, author and founder of Author’s Digital Revenue, will explain the digital landscape and how authors big and small can reap more compensation for their efforts. More Info at OIW Nov. meeting
  • Sat. Nov. 28, 2015, 5 pm Chaudiere Fall Poetry Launch at The Manx Pub, 370 Elgin St. Ottawa. Readings/launches by Andy Weaver, Jennifer Londry, Chris Turnbull and William Hawkins; hosted by the ottawa international writers festival: Info & Tickets
  • RailRoad on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7:30 pm at Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa. Come hear three wonderful poets: Marsha Barber, Blaine Marchand, Deanna Young. And come read at our first regular open mic. Every RailRoad event will include an open mic from now on. And there may be prizes! More info: http://railroad-ottawa.ca/
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015, The Factory Reading Series presents: Katherine Leyton (Ottawa), damian lopes (Barrie ON) + Rod Moody-Corbett (Calgary), doors 7 pm; reading 7:30 pm, Raw Sugar Café, 692 Somerset St W, Ottawa More info at Abovegroundpress

 

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL EVENTS writers festival logo

Info & Tickets More info and later events: http://www.writersfestival.org/events

AND OUT OF TOWN, JUST IN TIME FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING:

Carol A. Stephen, who puts together this biweekly bulletin, will be offering poetry chapbooks for sale this coming Saturday in Carleton Place, along with other local artists. All items for sale are priced to fit a Christmas budget. You could give a gift of original work this Christmas!

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CAA-NCR Literary Events Nov. 9 through Nov. 22 2015

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Nov 9 to Nov. 22, 2015

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

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

 

CAA WRITING CIRCLES (WCS) HAVE STARTED FOR THE 2015-16 SEASON

The Circle at McNabb Community Center (Percy Street just north of Gladstone) held its first meeting on Tuesday, October 13th at 6:00 in the meeting room, and we have space for a couple of new members.

This is an opportunity to receive feedback from a knowledgeable group of writers; many participants have published the very material critiqued in their circle.

Participation is FREE to CAA members. Non-CAA-members may join for $75 for the year. For more information or to join a writing circle, please contact the Coordinator.

MEETINGS

NOVEMBER MEETING

TOPIC: TAPPING YOUR INNATE CREATIVITY
PRESENTER: Bobbi Florio Graham
DATE: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.

One of Barbara Florio Graham’s most popular workshops has been Tapping Your Innate Creativity, which she has taught to national organizations and corporations across Canada, in the U.S. and abroad. It is now offered as an online tutorial. Barbara will give a small sample in her presentation to CAA, and explain how to use many of these principles to improve our creative writing.

BIO: Barbara Florio Graham has won awards for fiction, non-fiction, humour and poetry, and has written for magazines and newspapers across North America. The author of three books, Five Fast Steps to Better Writing, Five Fast Steps to Low-Cost Publicity, and Mewsings/Musings, she served as Managing Editor for Prose to Go: Tales from a Private List. A popular mentor and publishing consultant, Bobbi’s website contains a wealth of free information. Go to: http://SimonTeakettle.com

29TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST

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

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

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

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

Awards Night

We hope that all finalists and their friends and families will attend the always-exciting Awards Night, Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7 PM, AUDITORIUM, MAIN BRANCH, OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY. Finalists may be invited to read their entries. Winning entries will be published in CAA–NCR’s e-mag Byline. (Copyright will remain with you.)

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

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

MEMBER NEWS

 CAA-NCR MEMBER A. COLIN WRIGHT WILL LAUNCH HIS NEW NOVEL, VERONICA’S PAPERS

DATE: Tues. Nov. 24th, 2015 at The Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street, Kingston, 7 to 9 p.m.

Everyone within range of Kingston is invited to attend. Copies of this and other of my works will be available, or may be ordered at any Amazon site and at fine bookstores everywhere.

    “Gerald Claygton, suffering from amnesia, receives a package os papers from Veronica, a former clinical hypnotist. She tells him they accomplished his fantasy of gathering together, on a ship, his past loves with the two of them present, but in disguise. In hopes of discovering his own past, Gerald invites the passengers to guess what, or who, they have in common.”

CAA NATIONAL NEWS:

UPCOMING WEBINARS THIS FALL

Self-Editing 101: Taking your manuscript to the next stage
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 7:00–8:30 pm EDT
Presenter: Anita Purcell, Executive Director, Canadian Authors

No matter how wonderful your first draft seems, it is no more than a work-in-progress full of plot holes, gaps in logic, and character inconsistencies. Yes, traditional publishers have their own editors and proofreaders—but to be even considered for publication, your manuscript must be better than thousands of other submissions. And if you’re self-publishing, you’ll need to stand out among an ever-growing number of competitors with crisp, clean, and professional writing. During this session you’ll learn about the 3-tier editing process that will save your sanity as well as your muse. Register Today!

 Launch Your Book Successfully
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 7:00–8:30 pm EDT
Presenter: Brian Jud, Executive Director, APSS USA

Did you know you can start marketing your book long before it launches? In this webinar you’ll be shown creative, yet practical tactics to increase your book’s chances of success before you publish and after it goes on sale. Early in the publishing phase, you can begin arranging sponsorships and media events, generating pre-publication sales, preparing your title for reviews and awards, building your prospect list, and more. Once your book is available for sale, the stage of perpetual promotion begins. Brian will show you innovative, low-cost, and proven marketing actions you can immediately take to sell more books. Register Today!

Worldbuilding for Writers
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 7:00–8:30 pm EDT
Presenter: Sandra Stewart, author

Are you working on a story that just doesn’t feel full enough? Award-winning author Sandra Stewart will show you how to bring depth to your story by answering questions on culture, science and technology, economics, and more. Whether the world you’re writing about is real or imagined, you’ll learn how to make it come to life and fully engage your audience. Register Today!

OTHER WORKSHOPS

ROB MCLENNAN WILL OFFER WORKSHOPS BEGINNING IN JANUARY 2016

DATES: WEDNESDAYS FROM JAN. 13 2016 THROUGH MARCH 9, 2016
LOCATION: Alta Vista Drive (just south of Randall Avenue). Address and directions to be provided.
$200 for 8 sessions. For information, contact rob mclennan at rob_mclennan@hotmail.com or 613 239 0337

 THE BANFF CENTRE SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS: Banffcentre

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

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

  • Nov. 12, 2015 Crime Writing Residency
  • Jan. 13, 2016  Historical Fiction with Lawrence Hill
  • Jan. 20, 2016  Digital Narratives
  • Jan. 20, 2016  Writing Studio
  • Jan. 27, 2016  Frontline: Environmental Reportage
  • Feb. 10, 2016 Banff International Literary Translation Centre
  • Mar.16, 2016 Literary Journalism
  • Apply Now   Self-Directed Writing Residency

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL                        

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

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. 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              

 
RESOURCES FOR SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES                 

 

TREE PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST

HOW TO ENTER FOR 2016: This contest is for those who come to keep the seats warm at The Tree Reading Series, those who come to the Seed workshops, or are regulars at the Tree open mic readings.

The prize is now $250 and ten copies of your chapbook! (The winner may order more copies if he/she wishes.) There is no fee to enter. Send 1 hard copy, up to 30 pages of poems, to the co-ordinator by December 30, 2015: Claudia Radmore, 49 McArthur Ave., Carleton Place, On. K7C 2W1  treereadingserieslogo

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN

  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 Tree Reading Series presents: Damian Rogers + Jessica Bebenek, 6:45 pm Workshop – The craft of the poetry reading with Jessica Bebenek 8:00 pm Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa http://www.treereadingseries.ca/

 

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL EVENTS writers festival logo

Info & Tickets More info and later events: http://www.writersfestival.org/events