CAA-NCR Literary Notices for Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, 2014

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Weekly Notices for the week of Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2014

17 ITEMS 6 NEW plus 7 NEW CALLS  & 3 NEW CONTESTS 

English: Langevin Block, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

English: Langevin Block, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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:  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. Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication.   Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor for details.

ITEM 2: 27TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST HURRY!
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 7, 2014!

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ENTRIES must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.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 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.
 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: Sharyn Heagle, Receiver
Information: Sharyn Heagle, CAA–NCR Contest Coordinator – sharyn_40@yahoo.com.

ITEM 3: CAA-NCR FEBRUARY MEETING            NEW!

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

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

DATE: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library, Laurier and Metcalfe Streets
No charge for members, $10 for non-members.

Photo of Albert DumontPRESENTATION BY ALBERT DUMONT:
While reflecting on your life’s memories you recall a forgotten experience. What is its purpose? Why is it special?
An experience important enough not to be banished from your memory bank in a poem or short story waiting to be written about. Your life is a treasure trove of original verse and prose, parables and teachings for a good life of writing. Learn more with Albert Dumont.

ALBERT DUMONT, Spiritual Advisor, Algonquin, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg,  was employed by Correctional Services Canada for the last three years as a spiritual advisor for the Aboriginal men incarcerated at Millhaven Institution located near Kingston, ON. He is an activist, a volunteer and a poet who has published 5 books of poetry and short stories. In recognition for his work as an activist and volunteer on his ancestral lands (Ottawa and Region) Albert was presented with a Human Rights Award by the Public Service Alliance of Canada in 2010. Albert has dedicated his life to promoting Aboriginal spirituality and healing and to protecting the rights of Aboriginal peoples particularly those as they affect the young.

ITEM 4: CAA  – NCR WORKSHOP COMING UP IN FEBRUARY       NEW!
BOOK REVIEW HALF DAY WORKSHOP with Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014 Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa. Building T, Room 230
Parking: available adjacent to Building P, free on weekends.
Cost: $25 members; $40 non-members. Spaces are limited, so register early. Registration: Contact Arlene Smith  somertonsmith@yahoo.com

What is a book review? And, more importantly why are book reviews so important? A book review is news. It is many things to many people. The book reviewer is the messenger, the one who is telling the world what is good or bad about a specific book. Writing book reviews, or any review for that matter, is a tricky business. It is, however, a great way to start a writing career as well as promote one’s own publications. Join our half-day book review workshop and find out what a book review means to you and, better yet, how to write a good book review.

Emily-FrontPage Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a regular book reviewer for allbooks review (http://hstrial-allbooksreview.homestead.com/index.html) as well as Prairie Journal (http://prairiejournal.org/reviews.html). Emily-Jane’s writing reflects her love of Canada and the extra-ordinary Canadians who have made Canada a great nation. Her stories have appeared in History Magazine, Canadian Stories Magazine, and Western People. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Ukulele Yukon, Letters From Inside, The Creative Spirit, It Happened in Canada (Books 1, 2, and 3), Personal Notes, The Whistling Bishop, Songs of the Voyageurs and F-Stop: A Life in Pictures.

ITEM 5: THE CAA-NCR FIRST ANNUAL BOOK FEST

DATE: Sat. April 12, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (lunch break 12:30–1 p.m.)
LOCATION: Clark Hall, RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa (free parking++)
ENTRY: $5 coupon which can be used towards purchase of any book!

The RA Centre in Ottawa

The RA Centre in Ottawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 RAFFLE: Raffle of donated books, to be held during inter-panel breaks.
 FOOD: Full restaurant/bar within the centre.
 READING: Participating authors will have the opportunity to read x 2 minutes.
 Video tapes of such readings may be possible, at no extra cost.

CAA-NCR is really pleased to announce it will hold its First Annual Book Fest on Saturday April 12, 2014. This will not only display books for signing and sale, but will also permit readers to hear our CAA-NCR authors and other authors in Ottawa and surrounding area read from their books, and possibly discuss them in public discussion groups, to be selected according to genre. This will depend on the number of participating authors in each genre, such as: Canadian fiction, international fiction, gender issues, politics, children’s books, and erotica. List and sequence of panels will be determined and published, once all authors and genres are known.

Half hour long moderated panel discussions will alternate with half hour periods of browsing by readers, who will be able to interact with their favourite authors and ask questions privately at the authors’ tables. Q & A will also be permitted at the end of panel discussions, thus stimulating interest and sales.

 Authors will rent half tables at $40. No sharing. (co-authors may also attend).
 They may have a chance to participate in the discussions, and in 2 minute videos
 of their reading, usable on YouTube.
 Those who pay early will be assigned the best positioned tables.
 Local bookstores may be included ONLY after individual authors have been accommodated, depending on table space, which is limited.

Authors: Please e-mail ghanems@rogers.com Qais Ghanem, VP Electronic Media a list of your books including genre, to reserve a half table or more. You will then be asked to mail your $40 cheque, payable to CAA-NCR to our treasurer (address will be supplied at the time). THANK YOU!
CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL NEWS

ITEM 6: CANWRITE! 2014 – SAVE THE DATE!     Early Bird Registration for CanWrite! 2014 ENDS JAN. 27, 2014. 

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada

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

Stellar line up of workshop facilitators, panelists, and guest speakers, ensuring that this annual writers’ conference and treat is the one event you don’t want to miss! Special rates for early-bird registrants, members, and affiliates. This year’s conference will again be at Lakehead University’s Orillia Campus in sunny Orillia, Ontario, from June 19 to 22. (Master Classes June 18). Whether you’re a beginning writer or a long-time professional, you’ll find what you’re looking for at CanWrite! 2014, June 19 – 22. Be sure to register early, as there are limited seats available for  pitch sessions, some of the workshops and master classes (held June 18).   This is your opportunity to network and mingle with agents, publishers and fellow writers from across Canada. For the best conference rates and workshop selections, visit http://www.canadianauthors.org/conference now!

ITEM 7: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION EMERGING WRITER AWARD

The Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award honours a Canadian writer under 30 who shows exceptional promise in the field of literary creation. Genre doesn’t matter: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts – published or unpublished. The winner may be selected based on a body of work in a variety of forms, or on a body of work in a single genre or writing form.
Nominations may be made by creative writing instructors, Canadian Authors branches and TWIGs, professional writers, and publishers.

Deadline: March 31, 2014 (postmark). Entry fee: none. Prize: $500 plus a one-year membership with Canadian Authors  Details: http://canadianauthors.org/national/caa-literary-awards/

ITEM 8: CANWRITE! 2014 SHORT STORY CONTEST
It’s back! Canadian Authors’ short story anthology contest is back – and so is your chance to win cash, attend a great conference and get published.  The top 10 stories will be published in an anthology to be launched at this year’s CanWrite! conference and retreat. Download entry form as well as guidelines for details.

Deadline: April 1, 2014 Entry fee: $20 per entry Prize: 1st prize: $200 plus a free conference registration; 2nd prize: $100 plus a free conference registration; 3rd prize: free conference registration
Details: http://canadianauthors.org/conference/canwrite-contest/  or 866 216 6222

OTHER WORKSHOPS

ITEM 9: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR YOUTH  JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

Local authors Tudor Robins, Michel Lavoie and JC Sulzenko will each host writing workshops for kids and teens to help them get ready to participate in the Ottawa Public Library´s 19th annual Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest.

Short Stories: Tudor Robins, Carlingwood, 281 Woodroffe

 Saturday, February 8, 3-4 p.m. Ages 13-17
Poetry: JC Sulzenko, Sunnyside branch, 1049 Bank

 Saturday, January 18, 2-3 p.m., Ages 13-17

Poésie et nouvelles : Michel Lavoie, Succursale Gloucester-nord, 2036 Ogilvie

 Le samedi 8 février, de 14 h à 15 h, Succursale Cumberland, 1599 Tenth Line, Pour les 13 à 17 ans

Online registration is required but programs are free to attend.

OPL invites aspiring young authors to submit poems and short stories in English and/or French before the contest deadline, February 9, 2014. Participants can win awesome prizes which will be presented in the Spring. For contest details, visit
http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors<;http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or mailto: InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca

ITEM 10:  THE WRITERS’ UNION OF CANADA WORKSHOPS

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

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 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 http://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 here: http://www.experiment-o.com/

ITEM 12: THE CANADIAN CENTRE FOR POLICY ALTERNATIVES IS LOOKING FOR A SENIOR EDITOR
Closing date: February 14, 2014, 4:00 PM
Start date: April 2014
Duration: This is a one-year, full-time contract with the expectation that it will become permanent thereafter.
Salary Range: $71,000 – $80,000 –
Check out the requirements here:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/national/employment-opportunities/senio
r-editor

IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

ITEM 13: MEDIA CLUB OF OTTAWA MEETING WITH TIM REDPATH

DATE: MONDAY, JAN. 27 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M.
LOCATION: OTTAWA CITY HALL, HONEYWELL ROOM, 110 LAURIER AVE. WEST

Cost (which includes a light meal): Media Club Members -$15; students with ID – free; non-members $25. Please RSVP 613-521-4855 by January 24.

The Media Club invites you to hear Tim Redpath, president and co-founder of Train of Thought, an Ottawa-based consulting firm that works with national and international organizations to accelerate go-to marketing strategies. Redpath, who has over 25 years of marketing experience, will discuss Effective Marketing in a Noisy World.

ITEM 14: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS DAVID SEYMOUR & SANDY POOL                                    NEW!

treereadingserieslogoDATE: Tuesday, January 28
LOCATION:  CLUB SAW, 67 NICHOLAS ST. OTTAWA

6:45 p.m. Workshop – Round Table Your Poems with Pearl Pirie
8:00p.m. Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

David Seymour’s first book, Inter Alia, was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award his second book, For Display Purposes Only, was released by Coach House this spring. He currently lives in Toronto where he works in the film industry.

Sandy Pool, Shortlisted for the 2010 Governor General’s Award, is a writer, editor and Creative Writing instructor.  Sandy holds a degree in Theatre Performance and English from the University of Toronto, as well as a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University Guelph.  Currently, she is a holder of the prestigious Killam scholarship in poetics at the University of Calgary, where she is completing her Phd.  Sandy has been published in various literary journals and was most recently anthologized in The Best Canadian Poems in 2011, published by Tightrope Books.

Her first book Exploding Into Night published by Guernica Editions, was long-listed for the 2010 re-lit award and short-listed for the 2010 Governor General’s Award for poetry. Undark: An Oratorio was published this fall with Nightwood Editions and was recently short-listed for an Alberta Book Award, as well as the Trillum Book Award for Poetry.
MORE INFO: http://www.treereadingseries.ca

ITEM 15: OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL PRESENTS OLIVIA CHOW                                     NEW!

DATE: TUESDAY JANUARY 28, 2014 7:00 P.M.
LOCATION: Centretown United Church – 507 Bank Street, OTTAWA

Our first event of 2014 brings a book launch and conversation with a nationally-respected public figure and seasoned politician, sharing her story in a candid new memoir!

MY JOURNEY with OLIVIA CHOW, HOSTED BY CBC OTTAWA`S ALAN NEAL

What drives Olivia Chow? How did she emerge from a turbulent childhood into a difficult transition from Hong Kong to Canada at the age of 13, to becoming an inspiring political force? What influences and events have shaped her life? When former New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton, her beloved partner and political soul mate, died in the summer of 2011, how did she find the strength to move forward?  How is she continuing her quest after losing her partner in life and politics? What might we learn from her story?

Join us for an unforgettable evening, presented with Octopus Books and HarperCollins Canada. INFO AND TICKETS: http://www.writersfestival.org/events/spring-2014/my-journey-with-olivia-chow

ITEM 16: WORDS TO LIVE BY FEATURING    SATINKA              NEW!

DATE: TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2014 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: PRESSED, 750 GLADSTONE AVE., OTTAWA

Open mic sign-up at 7:00 p.m. and show starts at 7:30 p.m. $7 at the door or free for performers.

This month, Words to Live By will be kicking off the year with Satinka!

Satinka is an actress and spoken word artist. She has attended the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as a member of the Lanark County LiPS team for the past four years. In 2012, Satinka was a member of the Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam team who won the Ontario-wide Youth in Unison Slam in Guelph. Since she started writing poetry in the sixth grade, her purpose and style have both changed greatly. Despite this, she continues to write openly and honestly about anything and everything that touches her heart. https://www.facebook.com/events/789952977686300/

ITEM 17: OTTAWA INDEPENDENT WRITERS MONTHLY MEETING: HOW TO SPEAK AND SELL YOURSELF                        NEW!

DATE:  Thursday, January 30, 2014,     6:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
LOCATION:  Good Companions Centre,  670 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON
COST:   OIW Fee: CAD 10.00/per person

At our first meeting of 2014, Harry Kingston of Toastmasters will explain how members of the writing, editing and publishing community can sharpen their oratorical skills to sell themselves, their books and their services. Kingston, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) is one of the leaders and ambassadors of Toastmasters District 61 in the Ottawa area, serving for more than 40 years. He demonstrates passion in every message, every presentation, and every activity in which he is involved. Toastmasters know him as “The Coach.”

A 15-minute pre-meeting presentation by Jan Yuill will explore the use of social networking tool Linkedin.

Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and snacks. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 fee for guests but those who join OIW within three months of the meeting will have it deducted from the cost of their annual membership dues.

The Good Companions Seniors Centre is five minutes west of downtown Ottawa. There is plenty of free parking and the centre is well served by public transit.  For more information: http://www.oiw.ca

MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

NEW! Dreadful Cafe is now soliciting query letters (fiction) and samples (art) for “Thresholds,” their second anthology of art and fiction. All genres are eligible — including short stories, novellettes, and novellas — but preference is given to works that cross more than one and which reflect the flavor and theme. Length: 1000-25000 words. Payment: $20-$250. Deadline: Open.     Guidelines: http://dreadfulcafe.com/thresholds

Strangelet Literary Journal Open to Submissions. Strangelet is a new journal of speculative fiction, accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic stories/comics, and artwork. It is now open to submissions of short stories, graphic fiction, poems and essays. It is a paying market.Details: http://www.strangeletjournal.com/submit/

The Traveling Poet (US) is an ezine publishing poetry from writers ages 12-25, and articles on hitchhiking, traveling broke, poverty, and philosophy. Poetry about traveling is ideal, but any subject is welcome. No Beat Generation re-enactments. Deadline: Rolling  Guidelines:
http://travellingpoetblogzine.wordpress.com/

Entertainment and pop culture magazine A Bard’s Tales (Canada) is looking for contributing writers. Payment: $50 for features, $50 for reviews, and $25 for opinion pieces. All pieces must be first pitched (lead to the story, possible sources, rough length, etc) and approved by one of the ABT editors. Deadline: Open.  WEBSITE: http://abardstales.com/

Lunch Ticket, a literary magazine published by the Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA Program, is accepting submissions for its monthly Amuse-Bouche feature. Submit creative nonfiction, writing for young people, fiction, poetry and art. Guidelines: http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/

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 3 to 5 poems for consideration. Deadline: Ongoing.   Guidelines: themackinacmagazine.com/submit.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

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

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

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/

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

JANUARY 2014 DEADLINES:

NEW! Canadian literary food quarterly Beer and Butter Tarts seeks essays, articles, short fiction, poetry, and artwork for Issue #2. Submissions must be food-related and Canadian in topic (Halifax donairs, story of red fife wheat, etc.) and timeless. No recipes, events, news, etc. Payment: Copy and small stipend (TBD). Deadline: January 31, 2014. http://www.stainedpagespress.com/publications/beer-and-butter-tarts/submission-guidelines/

New online literary magazine The Trillium is looking for submissions of poetry, essays, short stories, flash fiction, and non-fiction for the debut issue (February 2014). Submit up to 5 poems, 2 short stories/non-fiction/essays, or 5 pieces of flash fiction. Send in the body (not as an attachment) of an email to thetrilliummagazine@live.com. Include max. 50-word author bio, written in the third person. No payment. All rights are retained by the author. Deadline: January 2014

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

Understorey Magazine publishes fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction about motherhood: biological, adoptive, surrogate, co-motherhood, and the experience of not being a mother. Writers must be women who live in, or have a close connection to Nova Scotia. Payment: $25-$50 honorarium. Length: 1500. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Guidelines: http://understoreymagazine.ca/submissions/

The Nave Gallery (US) invites photographers, filmmakers and writers to explore the theme of “Chaotic Forms” for an exhibition celebrating the art of dance. Deadline: January 31, 2014. http://navegallery.org/wp/chaotic-forms-cfe/

FEBRUARY DEADLINES :

NEW! Small-scale print project Highbrau Magazine (ON) seeks submissions for issue #11: “Future Media.” Looking for: arguments and reports about a related topic, satire and comic works, poetry, fiction, comics, infographics and more. Payment: copies and unending admiration and gratitude.” Send to: highbraumagazine@gmail.com. Deadline: February 8, 2014.

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

MARCH DEADLINES:

NEW! For an upcoming anthology, In Fact Books (US) seeks essays by writers with insight into the nature and experience of profound psychiatric challenges — as patients, mental health professionals, or both. Seeking true narratives about the recovery process and the therapeutic journey. Scientific information should be balanced by the writer’s unique perspective. Stories should reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. Length: 4500 words max. Open to international writers. Note: $3 to submit online. Deadline: March 1, 2014.  Guidelines: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/mental-health-anthology

NEW! Cleis Press seeks sex toy erotica stories of all varieties for an anthology. Length: 1500-4000 words. Payment: $50/story & 2 copies of book on publication. Deadline: March 1, 2014. http://lustylady.blogspot.ca/2013/12/3-erotica-calls-for-submissions-sex.html

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: http://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

NEW! Jobbers seeking poetry that “reviles, reflects or revels in the art of professional wrestling” for the Jobbers Poetry Zine Collection. Deadline March 21, 2014 (Publication April 15, 2014). http://nathanielgmoore.tumblr.com/

Speculative fiction submissions wanted for anthology Start a Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change. Published by Exile Editions (Canada) in Spring 2015. International subs welcome. Length: 2,000-10,000 words (< 7.5k preferred). Payment; $0.05/word. Deadline: March 31, 2014    Guidelines: http://michaelmatheson.wordpress.com/start-a-revolution/

Cactus Press (Montreal) is looking to publish a series of poetry chapbooks from Montreal-based writers in preparation for their debut launch. Deadline: March 31, 2014. Theme/length: open. Guidelines: http://cactuspress.blogspot.ca/p/submit.html

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NEW! JackPine Press (SK) is seeking proposals for collaborations of poetry and design to be launched as limited edition hand-bound chapbooks in Fall 2014 (and beyond). Attention to literary merit, typography and binding techniques is considered; also, the ways in which the proposed work both challenges the notion of what a book can be while also upholding an excellent standard of writing and bound book design. Deadline: April 16, 2014 GUIDELINES: http://www.jackpinepress.com/guidelines.php

Open access journal Beyond Borderlands: A Critical Journal of the Weird, Paranormal, and Occult (Canada) is a forum for the interdisciplinary, artistic, and critical exploration of topics relating to esotericism, paranormality, and the culturally weird. Accepting letters to the editor, scholarly and popular articles, music, art, creative writing, occult explorations, and reviews. No payment. Deadline: May 1, 2014. guidelines: http://www.beyondborderlands.com/index.php/submissions

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

Online journal The California Journal of Women Writers seeks submissions from female writers/poets/students for its second biannual chapbook of short fiction and poetry. Theme: Home — the words, ideas, and images evoked when thinking about home. Length: 2000 words max. Deadline: May 24, 2014.  Guidelines: http://journalwomenwriters.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/seeking-creative-writingpoetry-submissions-for-our-2nd-biannual-chapbook/

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

2014 CONTESTS

MULTIPLE DEADLINES:
2nd Annual Story Starters Contest – Ontario Writers’ Conference. On the first of each month, our website will feature an extraordinary work by a local artist and we invite you to enter a piece of writing inspired by that work. Taking inspiration from the picture on our website, write a short piece (100 words maximum) and post it in the comment section of the entry page. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Anyone may enter this contest. You may enter as often as you like. English entries only please. Deadline: the last day of the month that the artwork is featured Entry fee: none
Prize: The top ten entries for each month will be sent to our final-round judge who will select a top 3 for each piece of art. The top three entries will be displayed at the 2013 Ontario Writers’ Conference (May 2nd & 3rd in Ajax, Ontario) for final voting by attendees. At the conference, delegates will review and vote for their favourites by ballot. The winning entries will be announced at the conference and each winner will be awarded a prize (tba).
Details: http://thewritersconference.com/whats-new/story-starters-contest/

JANUARY DEADLINES:

 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/

 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 … we’re also starting the search for next year’s winner. 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

2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Submissions are now being accepted for the sixth William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. This award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $5000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Entry fee: $50. Prize: $5000 Details: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan

 1st Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest. Contest is open to anyone between 9 and 21 years old as of January 31, 2014. Proof of age may be required. It does not matter where you call home. Entries from every country are welcome. All subjects and all forms of poetry are welcome. Go crazy and have fun. But submit your best work and choose a form of poetry that suits your subject. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Entry fee: none. Prize: varies. Details: http://laurathomascommunications.com/junior-authors-poetry-contest/

FEBRUARY DEADLINES:

 2014 Novella Prize. The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere for the Novella Prize. Previous winning entries have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction and the O. Henry Prize. The Novella Prize is offered every second year, alternating with The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize. Deadline: February 1, 2014. Entry fee: $35; $15 is charged for each additional entry Prize: $1500 CAD. Details: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/novella_contest/info.html

 ARC POETRY MAGAZINE’S POEM OF THE YEAR CONTEST. 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

 Waxing 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

 OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY´S 19TH ANNUAL AWESOME AUTHORS YOUTH WRITING CONTEST. DEADLINE: February 9, 2014. This contest, for aspiring young poets and short story authors, is open to writers between the ages of 9 and 17. They are invited to submit poems and short stories in English and/or French. The contest deadline is February 9, 2014. Participants can win awesome prizes which will be presented in the Spring. For contest details, visit http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or mailto: InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca Sponsored by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association. They annually publish pot-pourri, an anthology of the winning poems and stories. pot-pourri also makes a great gift. Visit the Friends of OPL website at http://www.OttawaPublicLibraryFriends.ca to place an order.

 Submissions Open for Disquiet Prize. DEADLINE FEB. 15, 2014. Sponsored by Dzanc Books, the annual DISQUIET Literary Prize in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction is currently open for submissions. A winner in each category will receive publication in a participating literary journal, and one grand-prize winner will receive airfare, accommodations, and tuition—a prize worth approximately $5,000—to attend the fourth annual DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, this summer. The winner in poetry will be published in the Collagist; the winner in fiction will be published in Guernica; and the winner in nonfiction will be published in Ninth Letter. Finalists in each category will be offered partial tuition scholarships to attend the DISQUIET program. Four full scholarships to attend the retreat are also available for writers of Luso descent. Submit up to ten poems or up to twenty pages of prose with a $15 entry fee by February 15. Entries may be submitted online via Submittable https://disquietinternational.submittable.com/submit    or sent by mail to Dzanc Books, the DISQUIET Prize, 610 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Previously unpublished works in English are eligible. Writers must live or have lived in the United States or Canada, but need not be citizens or permanent residents. MORE INFO: http://www.pw.org/content/submissions_open_for_disquiet_prize

 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

 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Competition opens Monday, January 6, 2014, 8 A.M. (EST). Capture the essence of Erma’s writings and you could win $500 and a free registration to the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop! 525 writers from 7 different countries and 48 states entered the 2012 competition. Erma Bombeck, graduated from the University of Dayton in 1949, lived with her husband and family in Centerville, Ohio, and inspired people worldwide with her columns and books about life’s trials and tribulations. Her memory lives on with the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition hosted every two years by the Washington-Centerville Public Library and the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop hosted by the University of Dayton. Deadline: Feb. 17, 2014 8 AM. More info: http://www.wclibrary.info/erma/index.asp

 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

 Toronto Star Short Story Contest. The New Year marks the launch of the 36th Toronto Star Short Story Contest, among the largest in Canada and one of the top competitions in North America. With a first prize of $5000 plus tuition for the 30-week creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers valued at $3000, it’s also one of the most lucrative in the country.  This contest is only open to Ontario residents.  Deadline: February 28, 2014. Entry fee: none. Prize: 1st prize: $5000 plus tuition for creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers; 2nd prize: $2000; 3rd prize: $1000. Details: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/01/04/star_short_story_contest_seeks_entries.html

MARCH DEADLINES:

 Grasmere 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 Conium Review seeks submissions for its Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Judged by Manuel Gonzales. Winner receives $500, publication, five contributor copies, and a copy of the judge’s book. Length: 7500 words max. Entry fee: $15 (includes free issue download). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: March 15, 2014.    Guidelines: coniumreview.com/contests.html

 MSLEXIA 2014 WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION.  A competition for unpublished short stories of up to 2,200 words. We accept work on all subjects, so write about anything and everything you fancy – we love to read it. 1ST PRIZE: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a  week’s writing retreat at Chawton House Library, and a day with a Virago editor.  2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: £250 Three other finalists each receive £100 Judge: Jane Rogers Closing date: 17 March 2014 All winning stories will be published in the Jun/Jul/Aug 2014 edition of Mslexia Before you enter, find out all you need to know in the competition rules. Ready? Enter the competition. https://mslexia.co.uk/shop/scomp_enter.php

 The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books: Winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, 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 accepted each year by nominating books and prose. Book deadline January 21. Prose deadline March 31st. more info at: http://www.hofferaward.com/

 Ascent Aspirations Publishing. Summer Anthology 2014 CONTEST. Call for submissions. Submissions Open From December 2013 to March 31, 2014. THEME: Our theme is the bizarre (as in strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd) or (as in markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange), however there are word limits. Poetry is to be no more than 30 lines including the spaces between stanzas, so that the poem printed in 11 pt. font Times Roman will fit on one page. Flash Fiction prose is to be no more than 600 words, so that the prose printed in 11 pt. font Times Roman will fit on two pages. To clarify our criteria for this anthology, hone your words, and be a minimalist. FOR MORE INFO: http://www.ascentaspirations.ca/ascentsummer2014.htm

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 Writers Digest Self-Published Competition: Writer’s Digest hosts the 22nd 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, 2014 A chance to win $3,000 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! http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished?et_mid=652598&rid=239199236
 The Ontario Poetry Society Arborealis Prize For Poetry. Deadline April 30, 2014. Theme: the people’s poetry tradition. $20 for up to 4 poems, $5. Each additional poem.  See website http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Arborealis%202014.htm

 The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton seeks 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.

 NEW! 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 83rd 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 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Early-Bird Entry Deadline: May 5, 2014. http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition?et_mid=657418&rid=239199236

 NEW! The New Quarterly invites entries for the The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Contest. Prize: $1000. Theme: any unpublished work of short fiction. Entry fee: $40 (includes subscription). All submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. Deadline: May 28, 2014.     Guidelines: tnq.ca/peter-hinchcliffe-fiction-award

 MULTIPLE DEADLINES: The Antigonish Review’s 2014 Writing Contests: GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST & SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE. $2,400 in Prizes! Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by May 30, 2014.  Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2014.
1. Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages. First prize:$600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication.
2. Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest:Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems. First prize:$600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication
Guidelines:  Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. As well, past winners are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page. Entry Fee: Canada $25.00; the United States $30.00 (US funds); All others $40.00 (US funds) for either contest. Bonus: You may enter both contests for an additional $10.00. You may enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription which will begin with the fall issue, 2014. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review. Mail submissions to: The Antigonish ReviewContest, Box 5000, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2G 2W5. For further information, email TAR@stfx.ca, Phone 902-867-3962 or visit our website at <www.antigonishreview.com>. ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RETURNED; only winners will be notified by September 1, 2014. List of winners will be available at our web site: http://www.antigonishreview.com.

 Entries  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. See guidelines at:  arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449

 The Ontario Poetry Society Sparkle & Shine Poetry Anthology Chapbook Contest. Deadline June 30, 2014.  Various themes.  Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 poems for $5.00. See website: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_sparkle&shine%202014.htm

 Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2014: Now Open For Entries! Now in its seventh year, the competition champions and nurtures creative talent from across the world in a celebration of outstanding poetry and short fiction. Creative Writing Competition 2014 Prizes:  £500 prize money for the Poetry Winner,  £500 prize money for the Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual,  A selection of books from competition partner organisations. Writers are invited to submit their work into the categories of Short Fiction and Poetry. Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Both Short Fiction and Poetry entries should be written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Visit http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting to enter.

 The Ontario Poetry Society Food for Thought Contest. Deadline Sept. 30, 2014.  Food-themed poems.  Fees: 1 poem for $5.00 or 3 poems for $10.00.  See website for full details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Food%20for%20Thought.htm

 The Ontario Poetry Society Ultra Short Poem Competition. Deadline Oct. 30, 2014.  Poems no longer than 8 lines, 8 words per line. Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Ultra%20short%20poem14.htm
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CAA-NCR Weekly Literary Notices Jan. 20 to 26, 2014

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Weekly Notices for the week of Jan. 20 to Jan. 26, 2014

19 ITEMS 8 NEW plus & 3 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:  CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CAA-NCR’s BYLINE MAGAZINE                                                   

Ottawa: Centre Block of Parliament Hill

Ottawa: Centre Block of Parliament Hill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at sharyn_40@yahoo.com. Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication.   Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor for details.

 ITEM 2: 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: Sharyn Heagle, Receiver

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

 

ITEM 3: THE CAA-NCR FIRST ANNUAL BOOK FEST                NEW!

 

DATE: Sat. April 12, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (lunch break 12:30–1 p.m.)

LOCATION: Clark Hall, RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa (free parking++)

ENTRY: $5 coupon which can be used towards purchase of any book!

The RA Centre in Ottawa

The RA Centre in Ottawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

·       RAFFLE: Raffle of donated books, to be held during inter-panel breaks.

·       FOOD: Full restaurant/bar within the centre.

·       READING: Participating authors will have the opportunity to read x 2 minutes.

·       Video tapes of such readings may be possible, at no extra cost.

 

 CAA-NCR is really pleased to announce it will hold its First Annual Book Fest on Saturday April 12, 2014. This will not only display books for signing and sale, but will also permit readers to hear our CAA-NCR authors and other authors in Ottawa and surrounding area read from their books, and possibly discuss them in public discussion groups, to be selected according to genre. This will depend on the number of participating authors in each genre, such as: Canadian fiction, international fiction, gender issues, politics, children’s books, and erotica. List and sequence of panels will be determined and published, once all authors and genres are known.

 Half hour long moderated panel discussions will alternate with half hour periods of browsing by readers, who will be able to interact with their favourite authors and ask questions privately at the authors’ tables. Q & A will also be permitted at the end of panel discussions, thus stimulating interest and sales.

 ·       Authors will rent half tables at $40. No sharing. (co-authors may also attend). 

·       They may have a chance to participate in the discussions, and in 2 minute videos

·       of their reading, usable on YouTube.

·       Those who pay early will be assigned the best positioned tables.

·       Local bookstores may be included ONLY after individual authors have been accommodated, depending on table space, which is limited.

 

Authors: Please e-mail ghanems@rogers.com Qais Ghanem, VP Electronic Media a list of your books including genre, to reserve a half table or more. You will then be asked to mail your $40 cheque, payable to CAA-NCR to our treasurer (address will be supplied at the time).

 

THANK YOU!

 

 BRANCH MEMBER NEWS

 ITEM 4: BRANCH MEMBER QAIS GHANEM UPCOMING EVENT                                                                                            

MIDDLE EAST DISCUSSION GROUP (‘MEDG’) NOTICE OF LUNCHEON MEETING                                   

DATE: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, 12:00 P.M.

LOCATION:  FU Carling Buffet, 2583 Carling Av. Ottawa K2B7H7 – $15 per person

 TO REGISTER FOR THIS LUNCHEON MEETING PLEASE CALL BILL SILVER AT 613-7292037 OR EMAIL JOSEPH DEBANNÉ AT j.debanne@sympatico.ca only, NOT at j.debanne@gmail.com

 

 Qais GhanemDr. Qais GHANEM, our invited speaker will speak about his book: T My Arab Spring My Canada 

 Dr. Qais Ghanem is recently retired associate professor of medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He immigrated to Canada in 1970. His professional credentials are very impressive. It would suffice to mention that he was President of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (2003-2005) He hosts a monthly discussion circle called Dialogue for Democracy.and created a popular website, http://www.dialoguewithdiversity.com/  which builds bridges and develops dialogue among the ethnic and religious groups that form the Canadian mosaic.

 Dr. Ghanem is the author of a book of verse entitled From Left to Right, and of a new novel about democracy and women’s rights entitled Final Flight From Sanaa — BAICO Publishers, Ottawa. His second novel published by iUniverse is Two Boys from Aden College. He co-authored a non-fiction book published by Create Space My Arab Spring My Canada, which will be the topic of his talk at the MEDG luncheon of Monday, January 20, 2014.

 

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL NEWS

 ITEM 5: CANWRITE! 2014 – SAVE THE DATE!     

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada

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

     Early Bird Registration for CanWrite! 2014 ENDS JAN. 27, 2014. Stellar line up of workshop facilitators, panelists, and guest speakers, ensuring that this annual writers’ conference and treat is the one event you don’t want to miss! Special rates for early-bird registrants, members, and affiliates. This year’s conference will again be at Lakehead University’s Orillia Campus in sunny Orillia, Ontario, from June 19 to 22. (Master Classes June 18). Whether you’re a beginning writer or a long-time professional, you’ll find what you’re looking for at CanWrite! 2014, June 19 – 22. Be sure to register early, as there are limited seats available for  pitch sessions, some of the workshops and master classes (held June 18).   This is your opportunity to network and mingle with agents, publishers and fellow writers from across Canada. For the best conference rates and workshop selections, visitwww.canadianauthors.org/conference now!

ITEM 6: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION EMERGING WRITER AWARD                                                                                              

    The Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award honours a Canadian writer under 30 who shows exceptional promise in the field of literary creation. Genre doesn’t matter: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts – published or unpublished. The winner may be selected based on a body of work in a variety of forms, or on a body of work in a single genre or writing form.

 Nominations may be made by creative writing instructors, Canadian Authors branches and TWIGs, professional writers, and publishers.  

 Deadline: March 31, 2014 (postmark). Entry fee: none. Prize: $500 plus a one-year membership with Canadian Authors  Details: http://canadianauthors.org/national/caa-literary-awards/

 ITEM 7: CANWRITE! 2014 SHORT STORY CONTEST                 

It’s back! Canadian Authors’ short story anthology contest is back – and so is your chance to win cash, attend a great conference and get published.

 The top 10 stories will be published in an anthology to be launched at this year’s CanWrite! conference and retreat. Download entry form as well as guidelines for details.

 Deadline: April 1, 2014 Entry fee: $20 per entry

Prize: 1st prize: $200 plus a free conference registration; 2nd prize: $100 plus a free conference registration; 3rd prize: free conference registration  

Details: http://canadianauthors.org/conference/canwrite-contest/  or 866 216 6222

 OTHER WORKSHOPS

 

ITEM 8: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR YOUTH  JANUARY AND FEBRUARY                                                                   NEW!

 

Local authors Tudor Robins, Michel Lavoie and JC Sulzenko will each host writing workshops for kids and teens to help them get ready to participate in the Ottawa Public Library´s 19th annual Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest.

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

Short Stories: Tudor Robins, Carlingwood, 281 Woodroffe

 ·       Saturday, January 25, 3-4 p.m. Ages 9-12

·       Saturday, February 8, 3-4 p.m. Ages 13-17

Poetry: JC Sulzenko, Sunnyside branch, 1049 Bank

 ·       Saturday, January 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ages 9-12

·       Saturday, January 18, 2-3 p.m., Ages 13-17

Poésie et nouvelles : Michel Lavoie, Succursale Gloucester-nord, 2036 Ogilvie

 ·       Le samedi 25 janvier, de 14 h à 15 h, Pour les 9 à 12 ans

·       Le samedi 8 février, de 14 h à 15 h, Succursale Cumberland, 1599 Tenth Line, Pour les 13 à 17 ans

 Online registration is required but programs are free to attend.

 OPL invites aspiring young authors to submit poems and short stories in English and/or French before the contest deadline, February 9, 2014. Participants can win awesome prizes which will be presented in the Spring. For contest details, visit

www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors<http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or mailto: InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca

 

ITEM 9: UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY CONTINUING EDUCATION WRITING CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS                                             

 Registration: First come, first served 

Do you have a passion for creative writing? Perhaps you work in a field that requires strong writing skills? Whatever your reasons for wanting to be a better writer, University of Calgary Continuing Education can help.

Three writing certificate programs are offered, all of which are delivered completely online. When you enroll in a course, you will be required to work within scheduled start- and end-dates and will be expected to meet assignment timelines. During the duration of the course, you will work whenever – and from wherever – you choose, as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection. Each program requires 200 hours of instruction time, and in some cases, courses can be applied to more than one certificate. 

 Two new courses in winter 2014 – Dramatic Storytelling and Writing Poetry

 Details: http://conted.ucalgary.ca/writing/

 

ITEM 10: WRITING RETREAT IN ICELAND                                   

 

DATES:  APRIL 9 TO 13, 2014

LOCATION: ICELANDAIR HOTEL REYKJAVIK NATURA

Hotel Natura Lobby 18

Hotel Natura Lobby 18 (Photo credit: Hanataro)

 

FEES Registrations received on or before January 31, 2014 are USD $2100 / GBP 1300 based on a single room.** Registrations received from February 1 onwards are: USD $2300 / GBP 1500 based on a single room.** FEES DO NOT INCLUDE COSTS OF TRAVEL AND TRANSFERS

 

*Develop your writing

*Explore wild and wonderful Iceland, the land of the sagas

*Find inspiration and time to write in an unforgettable setting

*Meet and mingle with famous authors and like-minded writers

 

You’re invited to participate in a series of workshops and panels led by an esteemed team of international writers. The 2014 retreat will be loosely focused on the theme of travel and journeys.

The retreat will be based out of Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, a recently renovated, modern four-star hotel next to a popular wooded area, just a 20-minute walk from the city centre and five minutes from a geothermal beach.

Between intimate workshops and lectures, we’ll offer the chance to tour the spectacular Golden Circle, sit in the cozy cafes of Reykjavik, soak in geothermal hot springs, listen to new Icelandic music, meet contemporary Icelandic writers, and learn about the country’s rich literary tradition.

 

Our workshops will be led by published writers from around the world whose works feature a theme of travel or journeys. These include Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks, New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean, Scotiabank Giller prize winner Joseph Boyden, Ryerson University professor and author Randy Boyagoda, National Geographic’s Digital Nomad Andrew Evans, award-winning memoirist Iain Reid, acclaimed travel writer Sara Wheeler, and Man Booker Prize nominee James Scudamore. We’ll be announcing our Icelandic writers in the coming months. For more info: http://www.icelandwritersretreat.com/

 


ITEM 11: THE WRITERS’ UNION OF CANADA WORKSHOPS   

 

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

 

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

 

 ITEM 12: BANFF INTERNATIONAL LITERARY TRANSLATION CENTRE (BILTC)  CALL FOR APPLICATIONS                                       

Program dates: June 9, 2014 – June 28, 2014

Application deadline: February 15, 2014

 Banffcentre

Program Information HERE: http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1415

Directors: Hugh Hazelton, Katherine Silver

About Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC)

 Inspired by the network of international literary translation centres in Europe, the Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC) is the only one of its kind in North America. The primary focus of the residency is to afford working and professional literary translators a period of uninterrupted work on a current project. Many past participants have found that the most enriching and lasting rewards of the program are the deep personal and professional connections they have made with their international colleagues.

 SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 ITEM 13: 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 here: http://www.experiment-o.com/

 

ITEM 14: THE CANADIAN CENTRE FOR POLICY ALTERNATIVES IS LOOKING FOR A SENIOR EDITOR                                                   NEW!

Posted: January 9, 2014

Closing date: February 14, 2014, 4:00 PM

Start date: April 2014

Duration: This is a one-year, full-time contract with the expectation that it will become permanent thereafter.

Salary Range: $71,000 – $80,000 –

 Check out the requirements here:

 http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/national/employment-opportunities/senior-editor

 IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

 ITEM 15: 2014 OPENER! OTTAWA YOUTH POETRY SLAM FEATURE: D-LIGHTFULL                                                                                      NEW!

 

DATE: Monday, Jan. 20   5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

LOCATION: UMI CAFÉ,  610 Somerset St. West, Ottawa

 

5:30 p.m. D-LightFull will be providing our FREE Youth Workshop!

6:30 p.m. Sign up & Slam Begins

 Youth who participate in the Workshop will have Priority Sign-Up and we will be done @ 9p, cuz it’s still a school night.

O.Y.P.S. is delighted to invite a true Diva on the mic. This Sister shares brilliantly, both, through harmonic melodies and the spoken word art form. In fact “D-LightFull” is a sweet and passionate poet who picks up on things most people overlook giving her a different perspective on life, as reflected in her poetry. She speaks her mind, shares her vision, and tells it like it is. Her goal is to bring light to issues on love, justice and beauty. So come on out to listen to the impact of her messages. For participating Youth, it’s another chance to share on the Open Mic list or Slam list in hopes to get your name on the rankings ladder to make your way to our Finals at the end of the season, in hopes to be on the 2013-2014 Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam Team.

 

ITEM 16: New ShiRt Slam Vol. 1                                                             NEW!

 

DATE: Tuesday, Jan. 21 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

LOCATION: AVANTE GARDE BAR 135½ Besserer St., Ottawa

Winner receives a new shirt and becomes a member of the New Shirt Slam Poetry Team, which will represent Ottawa at Slamtario!

 

RULES

 1st Round ” Niiiiiice ShiRt!”

1. All poets must use their shirt as a prop in at least one instance.

2. 1 minute poems with 1 minute grace period.

3. The audience is to be encouraged to clap as if they were on Kidstreet.

 2nd Round “Poem Swap”

1. All Poets will bring a poem that has been printed on a single sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper. You must NOT put your name on the paper. These poems will be randomly distributed before the first round of the slam.

2. Poets scores will be determined by adding together the score of the poem they performed with the score of the poem they wrote.

You will find all the general rules for the slam in the notes of the main page. Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/new-shirt-slam/new-shirt-slam-rules/454798461312398

 ITEM 17: POETRY SHOW FEATURING b!WILDer AT THE GOLDEN ARROW, PERTH                                                                                 NEW!

 DATE: Thursday, January 23, 2014, 8:00 p.m. & runs until closing time

LOCATION: GOLDEN ARROW PUB & EATERY 71 Foster St, Perth, ON

 Jon Davidson has been hosting a poetry show at the Golden Arrow in Perth every month since November 2013. The next show is on Thursday, January 23, 2014.

 b!WILDer will be the Feature poet for the evening.  There will also be an Open Mic, poetry readings, and poetic performances.

 It is sure to be an evening of great fun & fantastic poetic delight. We hope you can take part or enjoy as an audience member.

 P.S.  While this is a community event, there are definite connections to LiPS: the host  & this month’s Feature performer are both members of the LiPS Collective.  It appears that members of the Live Poets Society tend to spread the spoken & written word of poetry, far beyond the boundaries of slam.  Poetry is indeed fun. :)


ITEM 18: Launch of ottawater #10 : Ottawa’s annual poetry pdf journal                                                                                                 NEW!

 

DATE:  Friday, January 24, 2014  7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street at Parkdale, Ottawa

 ottawater is now a decade old!

 The tenth issue of ottawater is soon online (somewhere in January, before the launch), featuring new writing by Sylvia Adams, Cameron Anstee, John Barton, Stephanie Bolster, Frances Boyle, Heather Brunet, Sara Cassidy, George Elliott Clarke, Stewart Cole, Anita Dolman, JM Francheteau, Richard Froude, Elisabeth Harvor, Jenna Jarvis, Nicholas Lea, Michael Lithgow, N.L. Lea, Anne Le Dressay, Sneha Madhavan-Reese, Karen Massey, Justin Million, Colin Morton, Andrew Oliveira, Roland Prevost, Adrienne Ho Rose, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Tim Mook Sang, jesslyn delia smith, D.S. Stymeist, Priscila Uppal, Will Vallières, Gabriel Wainio-Théberge, Matthew Walsh and Deanna Young.

 

Come out to the launch (featuring readings by a number of this issue’s contributors) on Friday, January 24, upstairs at The Carleton Tavern, Parkdale at Armstrong; doors 7pm, reading 7:30pm.

 

Founded to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the City of Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, “ottawater,” and its chemical formula/logo “O2(H2O),” is a poetry annual produced exclusively on-line, in both readable and printable pdf formats, and found at http://www.ottawater.com/. An anthology focusing on Ottawa poets and poetics, its first issue appeared in January 2005, 150 years after old Bytown became the City of Ottawa.

 

ITEM 19: MEDIA CLUB OF OTTAWA MEETING WITH TIM REDPATH

 

DATE: MONDAY, JAN. 27 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M.

LOCATION: OTTAWA CITY HALL, HONEYWELL ROOM, 110 LAURIER AVE. WEST

 

Cost (which includes a light meal): Media Club Members -$15; students with ID – free; non-members $25. Please RSVP 613-521-4855 by January 24.

 

The Media Club invites you to hear Tim Redpath, president and co-founder of Train of Thought, an Ottawa-based consulting firm that works with national and international organizations to accelerate go-to marketing strategies. Redpath, who has over 25 years of marketing experience, will discuss Effective Marketing in a Noisy World.

 

 

MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

 

NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

 

Strangelet Literary Journal Open to Submissions. Strangelet is a new journal of speculative fiction, accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic stories/comics, and artwork. It is now open to submissions of short stories, graphic fiction, poems and essays. It is a paying market.Details: www.strangeletjournal.com/submit/

 

Stories About Grandmothers Wanted for Anthology. Robyn McGee is seeking true life stories about grandmothers for her upcoming anthology, Grandmothers Who Stand Watch During the Day and Howl at Night. All submissions must be original, not previously published anywhere online (including social media sites or personal blogs) and must be in essay format – no poems. Payment is $30 for stories between 500 and 2000 words in length.  The anthology will be published later in the year as either an ebook or traditional book. Details: www.writerswhorock.com/#/submissions/4571570498

 

Shakespeare-Inspired Prose Sought by Misfit Journal. Edition 3 of the Misfit Journal coincides with the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, and so the journal is seeking prose and poems with a Shakespearian inspiration. They are seeking poems, short stories, essays, memoir, creative nonfiction and artworks that are inspired by Shakespeare.

All work must be original. This is a paying market. Written work receives a $100 payment, artwork $25 per image. All contributors also receive a copy of the Misfit Journal.

Details: http://misfit-inc.com/the-misfit

 

The Traveling Poet (US) is an ezine publishing poetry from writers ages 12-25, and articles on hitchhiking, traveling broke, poverty, and philosophy. Poetry about traveling is ideal, but any subject is welcome. No Beat Generation re-enactments. Deadline: Rolling  Guidelines:

http://travellingpoetblogzine.wordpress.com/

 

Entertainment and pop culture magazine A Bard’s Tales (Canada) is looking for contributing writers. Payment: $50 for features, $50 for reviews, and $25 for opinion pieces. All pieces must be first pitched (lead to the story, possible sources, rough length, etc) and approved by one of the ABT editors. Deadline: Open.  WEBSITE: http://abardstales.com/

 

Lunch Ticket, a literary magazine published by the Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA Program, is accepting submissions for its monthly Amuse-Bouche feature. Submit creative nonfiction, writing for young people, fiction, poetry and art. Guidelines: http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/

 

The Flexible Persona is calling for engaging, character-driven fiction and non-fiction submissions of up to 5500 words for their inaugural audio/online issue (Spring). Looking for stories showcasing “characters in contact with their world. How they shape that world and are in turn transformed by it.”    Guidelines: http://www.theflexiblepersona.com/submissions.html

 

The Anaphora Literary Press (US) is seeking single and multiple-author books in fiction (poetry, novels, and short story collections) and non-fiction (academic, legal, business, journals, edited and un-edited dissertations, biographies, and memoirs). Profits are split 50/50% with writers. http://anaphoraliterary.com/

 

The Singularity Review (US) welcomes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, photography for their debut issue. Theme: future/forward thinking. No deadline provided. http://thesingularityreview.com/

 

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 3 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.

 

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

 

JANUARY 2014 DEADLINES:

 

New online literary magazine The Trillium is looking for submissions of poetry, essays, short stories, flash fiction, and non-fiction for the debut issue (February 2014). Submit up to 5 poems, 2 short stories/non-fiction/essays, or 5 pieces of flash fiction. Send in the body (not as an attachment) of an email to thetrilliummagazine@live.com. Include max. 50-word author bio, written in the third person. No payment. All rights are retained by the author. Deadline: January 2014

 

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

 

Understorey Magazine publishes fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction about motherhood: biological, adoptive, surrogate, co-motherhood, and the experience of not being a mother. Writers must be women who live in, or have a close connection to Nova Scotia. Payment: $25-$50 honorarium. Length: 1500. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Guidelines: http://understoreymagazine.ca/submissions/

The Nave Gallery (US) invites photographers, filmmakers and writers to explore the theme of “Chaotic Forms” for an exhibition celebrating the art of dance. Deadline: January 31, 2014. http://navegallery.org/wp/chaotic-forms-cfe/

 

FEBRUARY AND LATER:

 

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

 

Speculative fiction submissions wanted for anthology Start a Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change. Published by Exile Editions (Canada) in Spring 2015. International subs welcome. Length: 2,000-10,000 words (< 7.5k preferred). Payment; $0.05/word. Deadline: March 31, 2014    Guidelines: http://michaelmatheson.wordpress.com/start-a-revolution/

 

Cactus Press (Montreal) is looking to publish a series of poetry chapbooks from Montreal-based writers in preparation for their debut launch. Deadline: March 31, 2014. Theme/length: open. Guidelines: http://cactuspress.blogspot.ca/p/submit.html

 

Open access journal Beyond Borderlands: A Critical Journal of the Weird, Paranormal, and Occult (Canada) is a forum for the interdisciplinary, artistic, and critical exploration of topics relating to esotericism, paranormality, and the culturally weird. Accepting letters to the editor, scholarly and popular articles, music, art, creative writing, occult explorations, and reviews. No payment. Deadline: May 1, 2014. guidelines: http://www.beyondborderlands.com/index.php/submissions

 

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

 

Online journal The California Journal of Women Writers seeks submissions from female writers/poets/students for its second biannual chapbook of short fiction and poetry. Theme: Home — the words, ideas, and images evoked when thinking about home. Length: 2000 words max. Deadline: May 24, 2014.  Guidelines: http://journalwomenwriters.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/seeking-creative-writingpoetry-submissions-for-our-2nd-biannual-chapbook/

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

 

2014 CONTESTS

 

MULTIPLE DEADLINES:

2nd Annual Story Starters Contest – Ontario Writers’ Conference. On the first of each month, our website will feature an extraordinary work by a local artist and we invite you to enter a piece of writing inspired by that work. Taking inspiration from the picture on our website, write a short piece (100 words maximum) and post it in the comment section of the entry page. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Anyone may enter this contest. You may enter as often as you like. English entries only please. Deadline: the last day of the month that the artwork is featured Entry fee: none 

Prize: The top ten entries for each month will be sent to our final-round judge who will select a top 3 for each piece of art. The top three entries will be displayed at the 2013 Ontario Writers’ Conference (May 2nd & 3rd in Ajax, Ontario) for final voting by attendees. At the conference, delegates will review and vote for their favourites by ballot. The winning entries will be announced at the conference and each winner will be awarded a prize (tba).

Details: http://thewritersconference.com/whats-new/story-starters-contest/

 

JANUARY DEADLINES:

 

·       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 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

 

·       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/

 

·       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 … we’re also starting the search for next year’s winner. 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

·       2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Submissions are now being accepted for the sixth William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. This award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $5000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Entry fee: $50. Prize: $5000 Details: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan

   

·       1st Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest. Contest is open to anyone between 9 and 21 years old as of January 31, 2014. Proof of age may be required. It does not matter where you call home. Entries from every country are welcome. All subjects and all forms of poetry are welcome. Go crazy and have fun. But submit your best work and choose a form of poetry that suits your subject. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Entry fee: none. Prize: varies. Details: http://laurathomascommunications.com/junior-authors-poetry-contest/

 

FEBRUARY DEADLINES:

 

·       2014 Novella Prize. The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere for the Novella Prize. Previous winning entries have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction and the O. Henry Prize. The Novella Prize is offered every second year, alternating with The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize. Deadline: February 1, 2014. Entry fee: $35; $15 is charged for each additional entry Prize: $1500 CAD. Details: www.malahatreview.ca/contests/novella_contest/info.html

 

·       ARC POETRY MAGAZINE’S POEM OF THE YEAR CONTEST. 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

 

·        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

           

·       OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY´S 19TH ANNUAL AWESOME AUTHORS YOUTH WRITING CONTEST. DEADLINE: February 9, 2014. This contest, for aspiring young poets and short story authors, is open to writers between the ages of 9 and 17. They are invited to submit poems and short stories in English and/or French. The contest deadline is February 9, 2014. Participants can win awesome prizes which will be presented in the Spring. For contest details, visit http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or mailto: InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca Sponsored by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association. They annually publish pot-pourri, an anthology of the winning poems and stories. pot-pourri also makes a great gift. Visit the Friends of OPL website at http://www.OttawaPublicLibraryFriends.ca to place an order.

 

·       Submissions Open for Disquiet Prize. DEADLINE FEB. 15, 2014. Sponsored by Dzanc Books, the annual DISQUIET Literary Prize in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction is currently open for submissions. A winner in each category will receive publication in a participating literary journal, and one grand-prize winner will receive airfare, accommodations, and tuition—a prize worth approximately $5,000—to attend the fourth annual DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, this summer. The winner in poetry will be published in the Collagist; the winner in fiction will be published in Guernica; and the winner in nonfiction will be published in Ninth Letter. Finalists in each category will be offered partial tuition scholarships to attend the DISQUIET program. Four full scholarships to attend the retreat are also available for writers of Luso descent. Submit up to ten poems or up to twenty pages of prose with a $15 entry fee by February 15. Entries may be submitted online via Submittable https://disquietinternational.submittable.com/submit    or sent by mail to Dzanc Books, the DISQUIET Prize, 610 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Previously unpublished works in English are eligible. Writers must live or have lived in the United States or Canada, but need not be citizens or permanent residents. MORE INFO: http://www.pw.org/content/submissions_open_for_disquiet_prize

 

·       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

 

·       Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Competition opens Monday, January 6, 2014, 8 A.M. (EST). Capture the essence of Erma’s writings and you could win $500 and a free registration to the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop! 525 writers from 7 different countries and 48 states entered the 2012 competition. Erma Bombeck, graduated from the University of Dayton in 1949, lived with her husband and family in Centerville, Ohio, and inspired people worldwide with her columns and books about life’s trials and tribulations. Her memory lives on with the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition hosted every two years by the Washington-Centerville Public Library and the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop hosted by the University of Dayton. Deadline: Feb. 17, 2014 8 AM. More info: http://www.wclibrary.info/erma/index.asp

 

·       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

 

·       Toronto Star Short Story Contest. The New Year marks the launch of the 36th Toronto Star Short Story Contest, among the largest in Canada and one of the top competitions in North America. With a first prize of $5000 plus tuition for the 30-week creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers valued at $3000, it’s also one of the most lucrative in the country.  This contest is only open to Ontario residents.  Deadline: February 28, 2014. Entry fee: none. Prize: 1st prize: $5000 plus tuition for creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers; 2nd prize: $2000; 3rd prize: $1000. Details: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/01/04/star_short_story_contest_seeks_entries.html

 

MARCH DEADLINES:

 

·       Grasmere 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

 

·       MSLEXIA 2014 WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION.  A competition for unpublished short stories of up to 2,200 words. We accept work on all subjects, so write about anything and everything you fancy – we love to read it. 1ST PRIZE: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a  week’s writing retreat at Chawton House Library, and a day with a Virago editor.  2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: £250 Three other finalists each receive £100 Judge: Jane Rogers Closing date: 17 March 2014 All winning stories will be published in the Jun/Jul/Aug 2014 edition of Mslexia Before you enter, find out all you need to know in the competition rules. Ready? Enter the competition. https://mslexia.co.uk/shop/scomp_enter.php

 

·       The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books: Winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, 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 accepted each year by nominating books and prose. Book deadline January 21. Prose deadline March 31st. more info at: http://www.hofferaward.com/

 

·       NEW! Ascent Aspirations Publishing. Summer Anthology 2014 CONTEST. Call for submissions. Submissions Open From December 2013 to March 31, 2014. THEME: Our theme is the bizarre (as in strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd) or (as in markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange), however there are word limits. Poetry is to be no more than 30 lines including the spaces between stanzas, so that the poem printed in 11 pt. font Times Roman will fit on one page. Flash Fiction prose is to be no more than 600 words, so that the prose printed in 11 pt. font Times Roman will fit on two pages. To clarify our criteria for this anthology, hone your words, and be a minimalist. FOR MORE INFO: http://www.ascentaspirations.ca/ascentsummer2014.htm

 

AND LATER:

·       Writers Digest Self-Published Competition: Writer’s Digest hosts the 22nd 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, 2014 A chance to win $3,000 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! http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished?et_mid=652598&rid=239199236

·       The Ontario Poetry Society Arborealis Prize For Poetry. Deadline April 30, 2014. Theme: the people’s poetry tradition. $20 for up to 4 poems, $5. Each additional poem.  See website http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Arborealis%202014.htm

 

·       The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton seeks 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.

 

·       NEW! MULTIPLE DEADLINES: The Antigonish Review’s 2014 Writing Contests: GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST & SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE. $2,400 in Prizes! Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by May 30, 2014.  Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2014.

1.     Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages. First prize:$600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication.

2.     Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest:Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems. First prize:$600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication

Guidelines:  Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. As well, past winners are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page. Entry Fee: Canada $25.00; the United States $30.00 (US funds); All others $40.00 (US funds) for either contest. Bonus: You may enter both contests for an additional $10.00. You may enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription which will begin with the fall issue, 2014. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review. Mail submissions to: The Antigonish ReviewContest, Box 5000, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2G 2W5. For further information, email TAR@stfx.ca, Phone 902-867-3962 or visit our website at <www.antigonishreview.com>. ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RETURNED; only winners will be notified by September 1, 2014. List of winners will be available at our web site: www.antigonishreview.com.

 

·       Entries  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. See guidelines at:  arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449

 

·       The Ontario Poetry Society Sparkle & Shine Poetry Anthology Chapbook Contest. Deadline June 30, 2014.  Various themes.  Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 poems for $5.00. See website: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_sparkle&shine%202014.htm

 

·       Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2014: Now Open For Entries! Now in its seventh year, the competition champions and nurtures creative talent from across the world in a celebration of outstanding poetry and short fiction. Creative Writing Competition 2014 Prizes:  £500 prize money for the Poetry Winner,  £500 prize money for the Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual,  A selection of books from competition partner organisations. Writers are invited to submit their work into the categories of Short Fiction and Poetry. Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Both Short Fiction and Poetry entries should be written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting to enter.

·       The Ontario Poetry Society Food for Thought Contest. Deadline Sept. 30, 2014.  Food-themed poems.  Fees: 1 poem for $5.00 or 3 poems for $10.00.  See website for full details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Food%20for%20Thought.htm

 

·       The Ontario Poetry Society Ultra Short Poem Competition. Deadline Oct. 30, 2014.  Poems no longer than 8 lines, 8 words per line. Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Ultra%20short%20poem14.htm

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CAA-NCR Weekly Literary Notices, Jan. 13 -19, 2014

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Weekly Notices for the week of Jan. 13 to Jan. 19, 2014

21 ITEMS 12 NEW plus  5 NEW CALLS & 7 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

 

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Ottawa: Library of Parliament Polski: Ottawa: Biblioteka Parlamentarna (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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:  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. Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication.

 Submissions for the January-February issue of BYLINE Magazine must be ready for publication by January 15th.

 Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor for details.

 ITEM 2: 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 3: 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 ...

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

 

 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.

 BRANCH MEMBER NEWS

 ITEM 4:  BRANCH MEMBER EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD ON ROGERS DAYTIME OTTAWA                                                                           NEW!

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DATE: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at  11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

LOCATION: ROGERS DAYTIME OTTAWA TV SHOW

 Emily-Jane Hills Orford will be on the Rogers Daytime Ottawa show this Tuesday, January 14th, discussing her book, “Still Delicious” and doing a cooking demo.

 

ITEM 5: BRANCH MEMBER QAIS GHANEM HAS TWO UPCOMING EVENTS                                                                                                NEW!

 

1. A LUTA CONTINUA RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JAMES O’GRADY

 DATE: Friday, January 17 at 9 a.m.

Tune into CKCU FM 93.1 this Friday @ 9:05 AM – just after the BBC World News.

Also available Live, on the internet: http://www.ckcufm.com/sites/default/themes/ckcu/ckcuradio.php. This Friday Qais Ghanem speaks with local activist James O’Grady founder of Unpublished Ottawa Website about his current projects, upcoming activities and plans for 2014.

 After a year at Concordia University studying communications, O’Grady moved to Toronto in 1999 to work in the burgeoning field of e‐communications. He spent eight years in Toronto working in the rapidly evolving technology industry. “When I arrived in Toronto, new internet companies were springing up overnight. Then less than two years later the industry was collapsing under its own weight.” He will tell us about Unpublished Ottawa: Empowering Citizen Democracy Through Letter Writing. 

After Friday you can listen to the interview at your convenience on CKCU’s website at http://www.ckcufm.com/schedule  – click ‘a luta continua’ on the program column for Friday.

 

2. MIDDLE EAST DISCUSSION GROUP (‘MEDG’) NOTICE OF LUNCHEON MEETING                   

 DATE: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, 12:00 P.M.

LOCATION:  FU Carling Buffet, 2583 Carling Av. Ottawa K2B7H7 – $15 per person

 

TO REGISTER FOR THIS LUNCHEON MEETING PLEASE CALL BILL SILVER AT 613-7292037 OR EMAIL JOSEPH DEBANNÉ AT j.debanne@sympatico.ca only, NOT at j.debanne@gmail.com

 

 Dr. Qais GHANEM, our invited speaker will speak about his book: T My Arab Spring My Canada 

Qais Ghanem Dr. Qais Ghanem is recently retired associate professor of medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He immigrated to Canada in 1970. His professional credentials are very impressive. It would suffice to mention that he was President of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (2003-2005) He hosts a monthly discussion circle called Dialogue for Democracy.and created a popular website, http://www.dialoguewithdiversity.com/  which builds bridges and develops dialogue among the ethnic and religious groups that form the Canadian mosaic.

 Dr. Ghanem is the author of a book of verse entitled From Left to Right, and of a new novel about democracy and women’s rights entitled Final Flight From Sanaa — BAICO Publishers, Ottawa. His second novel published by iUniverse is Two Boys from Aden College. He co-authored a non-fiction book published by Create Space My Arab Spring My Canada, which will be the topic of his talk at the MEDG luncheon of Monday, January 20, 2014.

 

 

 CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL NEWS

 

ITEM 6: 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 

 

ITEM 7: CANWRITE! 2014 – SAVE THE DATE!                             

Early Bird Registration for CanWrite! 2014 ENDS JAN. 27, 2014. We have a stellar line up of workshop facilitators, panelists, and guest speakers, ensuring that this annual writers’ conference and treat is the one evens you don’t want to miss! Special rates will apply for early-bird registrants, members, and affiliates.

This year’s conference will once again be held at Lakehead University’s Orillia Campus in sunny Orillia, Ontario, from June 19 to 22. (Master Classes on June 18). Whether you’re a beginning writer or a long-time professional, you’ll find what you’re looking for at CanWrite! 2014, June 19 – 22, Lakehead University, Orillia Campus.  Be sure to register early, as there are limited seats available for  pitch sessions, some of the workshops and master classes (held June 18). 

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada

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

This is your opportunity to network and mingle with agents, publishers and fellow writers from across Canada. For the best conference rates and workshop selections, visitwww.canadianauthors.org/conference now!

 ITEM 8: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION EMERGING WRITER AWARD

                                                                   NEW!

   

The Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award honours a Canadian writer under 30 who shows exceptional promise in the field of literary creation. Genre doesn’t matter: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts – published or unpublished. The winner may be selected based on a body of work in a variety of forms, or on a body of work in a single genre or writing form.

 

Nominations may be made by creative writing instructors, Canadian Authors branches and TWIGs, professional writers, and publishers.  

 

Deadline: March 31, 2014 (postmark)

Entry fee: none     

Prize: $500 plus a one-year membership with Canadian Authors 

Details: http://canadianauthors.org/national/caa-literary-awards/

 

 ITEM 9: CANWRITE! 2014 SHORT STORY CONTEST                  NEW!

 It’s back! Canadian Authors’ short story anthology contest is back – and so is your chance to win cash, attend a great conference and get published.

 The top 10 stories will be published in an anthology to be launched at this year’s CanWrite! conference and retreat. Download entry form as well as guidelines for details.

 Deadline: April 1, 2014

Entry fee: $20 per entry

Prize: 1st prize: $200 plus a free conference registration; 2nd prize: $100 plus a free conference registration; 3rd prize: free conference registration  

Details: http://canadianauthors.org/conference/canwrite-contest/  or 866 216 6222

 OTHER WORKSHOPS

 ITEM 10: NEW WORKSHOPS FROM WRITESCAPE FOR 2014 

 GET THAT GRANT

DATE: Saturday, January 25, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

LOCATION: Trent University – Oshawa Campus

 Want to write a winning grant application? Heather O’Connor and Gwynn Scheltema share the tools, tips & techniques you need to “grant” your wish:

·       find grants, bursaries and scholarships

·       identify and deliver exactly what they want

·       craft a winning bio or CV

Register for Get That Grant: http://writescape.ca/site/workshops-2/get-that-grant/

 

WRITESCAPE IN ORILLIA

DATES: February 1 and 2, 10 am – 4 pm

 Writescape teams up with the Canadian Authors Association to bring you two days of workshops with Gwynn Scheltema.

Day 1: Tax Tips for Writers and Artists

Invest in yourself today and tomorrow with unique tax breaks available to writers and artists – even if you’re not earning money yet. Gwynn’s accounting background and artist’s heart will put your taxes on a new path.

Day 2: Pump Up Your Pen

Raise the energy level of your writing: 

·       show with description without slowing the story

·       write dialogue that sizzles

·       put an end to saggy middles

http://writescape.ca/site/workshops-2/writescape-in-orillia/

Contact Rose-Anne Marchitto to register for one or both: dom.marchitto@sympatico.ca 705-791-9539

 

THE MANY WORLDS OF FANTASY

DATES: Saturdays, February 22 and March 1, 11 am – 4 pm

LOCATION: Trent University – Oshawa Campus

Open the door on a different world with Heather O’Connor and Anne MacLachlan. Step into an epic 2-day adventure in fantasy writing:

·       forging heroes and villains

·       world-building tips and techniques

·       fantasy subgenres

·       fantasy markets, networks and conferences 

Register for The Many Worlds of Fantasy: http://writescape.ca/site/workshops-2/the-many-worlds-of-fantasy-2/

 

2014 SPRING THAW RETREAT

DATES: April 4-6 or April 4-8

LOCATION: Elmhirst’s Resort, RICE LAKE, KEENE, ONT.

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. 

·       professional writing instructors

·       10-page manuscript evaluation and one-on-one feedback

·       private writing time

·       optional evening activities

·       comfortable cottages with wood-burning fireplace

·       first-class amenities and delicious meals

Registration opens January 1. For more information or to register; http://writescape.ca/

 

ITEM 11: WRITE STUFF WORKSHOP LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER, IS JANUARY 13!      

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

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

COST $162.00

 Last chance to register – Write Stuff Workshop to Launch January 13th

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.

 The workshop series will be held at the Old Ottawa South Firehall 260 Sunnyside Avenue starting Monday January 13th, and will run weekly for five consecutive weeks for a cost of $162. 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.

 About the facilitator: 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 12: UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY CONTINUING EDUCATION WRITING CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS                                              NEW!

Aerial view of the University of Calgary groun...

Aerial view of the University of Calgary grounds, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  Registration: First come, first served 

 Do you have a passion for creative writing? Perhaps you work in a field that requires strong writing skills? Whatever your reasons for wanting to be a better writer, University of Calgary Continuing Education can help.

 

Three writing certificate programs are offered, all of which are delivered completely online. When you enroll in a course, you will be required to work within scheduled start- and end-dates and will be expected to meet assignment timelines. During the duration of the course, you will work whenever – and from wherever – you choose, as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection. Each program requires 200 hours of instruction time, and in some cases, courses can be applied to more than one certificate. 

 Two new courses in winter 2014 – Dramatic Storytelling and Writing Poetry

 Details: http://conted.ucalgary.ca/writing/

 ITEM 13: WRITING RETREAT IN ICELAND                                    NEW!

 DATES:  APRIL 9 TO 13, 2014

LOCATION: ICELANDAIR HOTEL REYKJAVIK NATURA

 View across the Tjörnin, the Pond in Reykjavik

FEES Registrations received on or before January 31, 2014 are USD $2100 / GBP 1300 based on a single room.**CANWRITE 2014, Canadian Authors Association

Registrations received from February 1 onwards are: USD $2300 / GBP 1500 based on a single room.**

FEES DO NOT INCLUDE COSTS OF TRAVEL AND TRANSFERS

 *Develop your writing

*Explore wild and wonderful Iceland, the land of the sagas

*Find inspiration and time to write in an unforgettable setting

*Meet and mingle with famous authors and like-minded writers

 Join us April 9-13, 2014 in Reykjavik for the Iceland Writers Retreat. You’re invited to participate in a series of workshops and panels led by an esteemed team of international writers. The 2014 retreat will be loosely focused on the theme of travel and journeys.

 The retreat will be based out of Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, a recently renovated, modern four-star hotel next to a popular wooded area, just a 20-minute walk from the city centre and five minutes from a geothermal beach.

 Between intimate workshops and lectures, we’ll offer the chance to tour the spectacular Golden Circle, sit in the cozy cafes of Reykjavik, soak in geothermal hot springs, listen to new Icelandic music, meet contemporary Icelandic writers, and learn about the country’s rich literary tradition.

 Our workshops will be led by published writers from around the world whose works feature a theme of travel or journeys. These include Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks, New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean, Scotiabank Giller prize winner Joseph Boyden, Ryerson University professor and author Randy Boyagoda, National Geographic’s Digital Nomad Andrew Evans, award-winning memoirist Iain Reid, acclaimed travel writer Sara Wheeler, and Man Booker Prize nominee James Scudamore. We’ll be announcing our Icelandic writers in the coming months. For more info: http://www.icelandwritersretreat.com/


ITEM 14: THE WRITERS’ UNION OF CANADA WORKSHOPS   

 

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

 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

 ITEM 15: BANFF INTERNATIONAL LITERARY TRANSLATION CENTRE (BILTC)  CALL FOR APPLICATIONS                                        NEW!

 

Program dates: June 9, 2014 – June 28, 2014

Application deadline: February 15, 2014

 Banffcentre

Program Information HERE: http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1415

 

Directors: Hugh Hazelton, Katherine Silver

 About Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC)

 Inspired by the network of international literary translation centres in Europe, the Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC) is the only one of its kind in North America. The primary focus of the residency is to afford working and professional literary translators a period of uninterrupted work on a current project. Many past participants have found that the most enriching and lasting rewards of the program are the deep personal and professional connections they have made with their international colleagues.

 The Banff International Literary Translation Centre is open to 15 literary translators from the Americas translating works from any country in the world, as well as to translators from all over the world who are translating works from the Americas. Each year the program strives to include translators who are at different stages of their careers, from those with only one book-length published translation to veterans who have been translating as a primary professional activity for many years. Since the inaugural program in 2003, the Centre has hosted translators from approximately 30 countries translating work involving nearly 40 languages.

 

Translators may request a joint residency of up to one week with the author they are translating. Most guest authors come from Canada, the United States, and Mexico, but the program is sometimes able to bring authors from farther afield. Individual work sessions with the consulting translators serving in residence, as well as with the program directors, are also available. Participants meet three times a week for roundtables and presentations, and to discuss work in progress as well as broader issues in the practice of literary translation.

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 ITEM 16: 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 here: http://www.experiment-o.com/

 

 IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

 ITEM 17: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS: MICHAEL LISTA AND STEVEN ARTELLE                      NEW!

 

treereadingserieslogoDATE: Tuesday, January 14  LOCATION: Club Saw, 67 Nicholas St. Ottawa

 

6:45 p.m. Workshop – Exercise your comedy muscles with Pierre Brault

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

 

Michael Lista is the author of Bloom, a 2010 Quill and Quire Book of the Year. He is the poetry editor of The Walrus magazine, and the poetry columnist for The National Post.  Both his poems and essays have appeared in Poetry magazine. His second book, The Scarborough, will appear in the fall of 2014 with Vehicule Press.

 Steven Artelle is a local poet and author of the long poem, Four Hundred Rabbits. His writing has appeared in Vallum, FreeFall, Ottawa Arts Review, Bywords, and ottawater, as well as upcoming works in filling Station and CV2. In 2013, an excerpt from his long poem, Four Hundred Rabbits, was published by AngelHousePress, and his “Chinatown Zodiac” poetry sequence was exhibited during Ottawa’s Chinatown Remixed festival. He has completed a manuscript of poems entitled Metropantheon.

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

 

ITEM 18: RailRoad PRESENTS DEAN STEADMAN, DEANNA YOUNG & BRUCE TAYLOR                                                                                       NEW!

 

Railroad Tracks

Railroad (Photo credit: StevenW.)

 DATE: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 7 p.m.

 LOCATION: Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa              

 

Dean Steadman launches “Portrait w/tulips” with help from Sue McMaster and Lesley Strutt.

 

Featuring readings by Deanna Young and Bruce Taylor

 

 

ITEM 19: A B SERIES PRESENTS X LAUNCH WITH SHANE RHODES NEW!

 

DATE:  Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014  8 p.m.

LOCATION: The Ottawa Art Gallery, Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave. Ottawa

The Ottawa Arts Court. Formerly the Carleton C...

The Ottawa Arts Court. Formerly the Carleton County Courthouse, the building now serves as Ottawa’s municipal arts centre. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

More info: http://abseries.org/  and at https://www.facebook.com/events/182983858566817/


With a premiere screening of videopoems by Shane Rhodes!

 On January 16, award-winning poet Shane Rhodes launches his latest book of poetry, X, which was inspired by one of Canada’s most unpoetic subjects: Canada’s post-confederation treaties. Investigating what the treaties mean today and what art can do with such unpoetic documents, X breaks new ground for Canadian poetry and the results have been published in magazines across Canada, Australia and the United States.

 

ITEM 20: CAPITAL SLAM FEATURING BRITTA B!                        NEW!         

 

DATE: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

LOCATION: The Mercury Lounge, 56 By Ward Market Square, Ottawa

All ages welcome. $8 and free for performers. Doors and sign-up at 6:30.

 

With a big slam win for Abby Kassirer, 2014 is off to a great start! So what is next? With the Capital Poetry Collective continuing to expand, with the New Shirt Slam joining the Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam and Words To Live By, CapSlam continues to be the biggest jewel on the crown as poets jockey for spots on the CapSlam 2014 team!

 

Who will take the next big step? Who will show that they are EVEN BETTER than you already thought? Heck, who will share the words that will change lives, if even only their own?

 

On Jan. 18th we get the next chapter in the on-going saga that is… Capital Slam. Not only will we have an incredible slam, we will also have a fantabulous feature… BRITTA B!!

 

Britta “Britta B.” Badour has traveled across North America as a keynote motivational speaker, poet and workshop facilitator. She represented Toronto at this year’s Women of the World Poetry Slam in Minneapolis. She has opened for HBO Def Poetry superstars Carlos Andrés Gómez and Shihan. Last year, Britta was a featured guest in Dwayne Morgan’s production of When Sisters Speak. She’s been featured across Canada, NYC, Detroit and plans to showcase in LA this winter. Most recently, Britta was crowned champion at the 2013 Toronto International Poetry Slam.

 

Remember, during JANUARY we have a priority sign-up for anyone who has not yet slammed at CapSlam this season. Been thinking go showing us what you’ve got and spreading your hearts and mind across the stage? Now is the time!  See you at the Merc!

 

ITEM 21: MEDIA CLUB OF OTTAWA MEETING WITH TIM REDPATH

 NEW!

 

DATE: MONDAY, JAN. 27 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M.

LOCATION: OTTAWA CITY HALL, HONEYWELL ROOM, 110 LAURIER AVE. WEST

 

Cost (which includes a light meal): Media Club Members -$15; students with ID – free; non-members $25. Please RSVP 613-521-4855 by January 24.

 

 

The Media Club invites you to hear Tim Redpath, president and co-founder of Train of Thought, an Ottawa-based consulting firm that works with national and international organizations to accelerate go-to marketing strategies. Redpath, who has over 25 years of marketing experience, will discuss Effective Marketing in a Noisy World.

 



MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

 

NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

 

 

NEW! Strangelet Literary Journal Open to Submissions. Strangelet is a new journal of speculative fiction, accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic stories/comics, and artwork. It is now open to submissions of short stories, graphic fiction, poems and essays. It is a paying market.Details: www.strangeletjournal.com/submit/

 

NEW!  Stories About Grandmothers Wanted for Anthology. Robyn McGee is seeking true life stories about grandmothers for her upcoming anthology, Grandmothers Who Stand Watch During the Day and Howl at Night. All submissions must be original, not previously published anywhere online (including social media sites or personal blogs) and must be in essay format – no poems. Payment is $30 for stories between 500 and 2000 words in length.  The anthology will be published later in the year as either an ebook or traditional book. Details: www.writerswhorock.com/#/submissions/4571570498

 

NEW! Shakespeare-Inspired Prose Sought by Misfit Journal. Edition 3 of the Misfit Journal coincides with the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, and so the journal is seeking prose and poems with a Shakespearian inspiration. They are seeking poems, short stories, essays, memoir, creative nonfiction and artworks that are inspired by Shakespeare.

All work must be original. This is a paying market. Written work receives a $100 payment, artwork $25 per image. All contributors also receive a copy of the Misfit Journal.

Details: http://misfit-inc.com/the-misfit

 

The Traveling Poet (US) is an ezine publishing poetry from writers ages 12-25, and articles on hitchhiking, traveling broke, poverty, and philosophy. Poetry about traveling is ideal, but any subject is welcome. No Beat Generation re-enactments. Deadline: Rolling  Guidelines:

http://travellingpoetblogzine.wordpress.com/

 

Entertainment and pop culture magazine A Bard’s Tales (Canada) is looking for contributing writers. Payment: $50 for features, $50 for reviews, and $25 for opinion pieces. All pieces must be first pitched (lead to the story, possible sources, rough length, etc) and approved by one of the ABT editors. Deadline: Open.  WEBSITE: http://abardstales.com/

 

Lunch Ticket, a literary magazine published by the Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA Program, is accepting submissions for its monthly Amuse-Bouche feature. Submit creative nonfiction, writing for young people, fiction, poetry and art. Guidelines: http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/

 


The Flexible Persona is calling for engaging, character-driven fiction and non-fiction submissions of up to 5500 words for their inaugural audio/online issue (Spring). Looking for stories showcasing “characters in contact with their world. How they shape that world and are in turn transformed by it.”    Guidelines: http://www.theflexiblepersona.com/submissions.html

 

The Anaphora Literary Press (US) is seeking single and multiple-author books in fiction (poetry, novels, and short story collections) and non-fiction (academic, legal, business, journals, edited and un-edited dissertations, biographies, and memoirs). Profits are split 50/50% with writers. http://anaphoraliterary.com/

 

The Singularity Review (US) welcomes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, photography for their debut issue. Theme: future/forward thinking. No deadline provided. http://thesingularityreview.com/

 

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 3 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.

 

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

 

 

 

JANUARY 2014 DEADLINES:

 

New online literary magazine The Trillium is looking for submissions of poetry, essays, short stories, flash fiction, and non-fiction for the debut issue (February 2014). Submit up to 5 poems, 2 short stories/non-fiction/essays, or 5 pieces of flash fiction. Send in the body (not as an attachment) of an email to thetrilliummagazine@live.com. Include max. 50-word author bio, written in the third person. No payment. All rights are retained by the author. Deadline: January 2014

 

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

 

NEW! Understorey Magazine publishes fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction about motherhood: biological, adoptive, surrogate, co-motherhood, and the experience of not being a mother. Writers must be women who live in, or have a close connection to Nova Scotia. Payment: $25-$50 honorarium. Length: 1500. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Guidelines: http://understoreymagazine.ca/submissions/

NEW! The Nave Gallery (US) invites photographers, filmmakers and writers to explore the theme of “Chaotic Forms” for an exhibition celebrating the art of dance. Deadline: January 31, 2014. http://navegallery.org/wp/chaotic-forms-cfe/

 

FEBRUARY AND LATER:

 

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

 

Speculative fiction submissions wanted for anthology Start a Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change. Published by Exile Editions (Canada) in Spring 2015. International subs welcome. Length: 2,000-10,000 words (< 7.5k preferred). Payment; $0.05/word. Deadline: March 31, 2014    Guidelines: http://michaelmatheson.wordpress.com/start-a-revolution/

 

Cactus Press (Montreal) is looking to publish a series of poetry chapbooks from Montreal-based writers in preparation for their debut launch. Deadline: March 31, 2014. Theme/length: open. Guidelines: http://cactuspress.blogspot.ca/p/submit.html

 

Open access journal Beyond Borderlands: A Critical Journal of the Weird, Paranormal, and Occult (Canada) is a forum for the interdisciplinary, artistic, and critical exploration of topics relating to esotericism, paranormality, and the culturally weird. Accepting letters to the editor, scholarly and popular articles, music, art, creative writing, occult explorations, and reviews. No payment. Deadline: May 1, 2014. guidelines: http://www.beyondborderlands.com/index.php/submissions

 

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

 

Online journal The California Journal of Women Writers seeks submissions from female writers/poets/students for its second biannual chapbook of short fiction and poetry. Theme: Home — the words, ideas, and images evoked when thinking about home. Length: 2000 words max. Deadline: May 24, 2014.  Guidelines: http://journalwomenwriters.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/seeking-creative-writingpoetry-submissions-for-our-2nd-biannual-chapbook/

 

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

 

2014 CONTESTS

 

MULTIPLE DEADLINES:

 

NEW! 2nd Annual Story Starters Contest – Ontario Writers’ Conference. On the first of each month, our website will feature an extraordinary work by a local artist and we invite you to enter a piece of writing inspired by that work. Taking inspiration from the picture on our website, write a short piece (100 words maximum) and post it in the comment section of the entry page. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Anyone may enter this contest. You may enter as often as you like. English entries only please. Deadline: the last day of the month that the artwork is featured Entry fee: none 

Prize: The top ten entries for each month will be sent to our final-round judge who will select a top 3 for each piece of art. The top three entries will be displayed at the 2013 Ontario Writers’ Conference (May 2nd & 3rd in Ajax, Ontario) for final voting by attendees. At the conference, delegates will review and vote for their favourites by ballot. The winning entries will be announced at the conference and each winner will be awarded a prize (tba).

Details: http://thewritersconference.com/whats-new/story-starters-contest/

 

 

JANUARY DEADLINES:

 

 

·       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/

 


·       Transitions Travel Writing Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is very broad and in keeping with our editorial, we wish to explore the idea of travel as a way to not only leave behind your material and spiritual preconceptions, but to use the opportunity to open up to ideas, aesthetics, and rituals which you have internalized into your own life going forward. Deadline: January 15, 2014. Entry fee: none Prize: $500, $150, $100 Details: http://www.transitionsabroad.com/information/writers/travel_writing_contest.shtml#contest_guidelines

 

·       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 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

 

·       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/

·       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 … we’re also starting the search for next year’s winner. 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

 

·       NEW! 2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Submissions are now being accepted for the sixth William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. This award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $5000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Entry fee: $50. Prize: $5000 Details: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan

   

·       NEW! 1st Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest. Contest is open to anyone between 9 and 21 years old as of January 31, 2014. Proof of age may be required. It does not matter where you call home. Entries from every country are welcome. All subjects and all forms of poetry are welcome. Go crazy and have fun. But submit your best work and choose a form of poetry that suits your subject. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Entry fee: none. Prize: varies. Details: http://laurathomascommunications.com/junior-authors-poetry-contest/

 

 

 

 


FEBRUARY DEADLINES:

 

·       NEW! 2014 Novella Prize. The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere for the Novella Prize. Previous winning entries have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction and the O. Henry Prize. The Novella Prize is offered every second year, alternating with The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize. Deadline: February 1, 2014. Entry fee: $35; $15 is charged for each additional entry Prize: $1500 CAD. Details: www.malahatreview.ca/contests/novella_contest/info.html

 

·       ARC POETRY MAGAZINE’S POEM OF THE YEAR CONTEST. 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

 

·        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

           

·       OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY´S 19TH ANNUAL AWESOME AUTHORS YOUTH WRITING CONTEST. DEADLINE: February 9, 2014. This contest, for aspiring young poets and short story authors, is open to writers between the ages of 9 and 17. They are invited to submit poems and short stories in English and/or French. The contest deadline is February 9, 2014. Participants can win awesome prizes which will be presented in the Spring. For contest details, visit http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or mailto: InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca Sponsored by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association. They annually publish pot-pourri, an anthology of the winning poems and stories. pot-pourri also makes a great gift. Visit the Friends of OPL website at http://www.OttawaPublicLibraryFriends.ca to place an order.

 

·       NEW! Submissions Open for Disquiet Prize. DEADLINE FEB. 15, 2014. Sponsored by Dzanc Books, the annual DISQUIET Literary Prize in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction is currently open for submissions. A winner in each category will receive publication in a participating literary journal, and one grand-prize winner will receive airfare, accommodations, and tuition—a prize worth approximately $5,000—to attend the fourth annual DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, this summer. The winner in poetry will be published in the Collagist; the winner in fiction will be published in Guernica; and the winner in nonfiction will be published in Ninth Letter. Finalists in each category will be offered partial tuition scholarships to attend the DISQUIET program. Four full scholarships to attend the retreat are also available for writers of Luso descent. Submit up to ten poems or up to twenty pages of prose with a $15 entry fee by February 15. Entries may be submitted online via Submittable https://disquietinternational.submittable.com/submit    or sent by mail to Dzanc Books, the DISQUIET Prize, 610 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Previously unpublished works in English are eligible. Writers must live or have lived in the United States or Canada, but need not be citizens or permanent residents. MORE INFO: http://www.pw.org/content/submissions_open_for_disquiet_prize

 

·       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

 

·       Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Competition opens Monday, January 6, 2014, 8 A.M. (EST). Capture the essence of Erma’s writings and you could win $500 and a free registration to the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop! 525 writers from 7 different countries and 48 states entered the 2012 competition. Erma Bombeck, graduated from the University of Dayton in 1949, lived with her husband and family in Centerville, Ohio, and inspired people worldwide with her columns and books about life’s trials and tribulations. Her memory lives on with the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition hosted every two years by the Washington-Centerville Public Library and the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop hosted by the University of Dayton. Deadline: Feb. 17, 2014 8 AM. More info: http://www.wclibrary.info/erma/index.asp

 

·       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

 

·       NEW! Toronto Star Short Story Contest. The New Year marks the launch of the 36th Toronto Star Short Story Contest, among the largest in Canada and one of the top competitions in North America. With a first prize of $5000 plus tuition for the 30-week creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers valued at $3000, it’s also one of the most lucrative in the country.  This contest is only open to Ontario residents.  Deadline: February 28, 2014. Entry fee: none. Prize: 1st prize: $5000 plus tuition for creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers; 2nd prize: $2000; 3rd prize: $1000. Details: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/01/04/star_short_story_contest_seeks_entries.html

 


MARCH DEADLINES:

 

·       Grasmere 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

 

·       MSLEXIA 2014 WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION.  A competition for unpublished short stories of up to 2,200 words. We accept work on all subjects, so write about anything and everything you fancy – we love to read it. 1ST PRIZE: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a  week’s writing retreat at Chawton House Library, and a day with a Virago editor.  2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: £250 Three other finalists each receive £100 Judge: Jane Rogers Closing date: 17 March 2014 All winning stories will be published in the Jun/Jul/Aug 2014 edition of Mslexia Before you enter, find out all you need to know in the competition rules. Ready? Enter the competition. https://mslexia.co.uk/shop/scomp_enter.php

 

·       The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books: Winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, 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 accepted each year by nominating books and prose. Book deadline January 21. Prose deadline March 31st. more info at: http://www.hofferaward.com/

 

AND LATER:

 

·       Writers Digest Self-Published Competition: Writer’s Digest hosts the 22nd 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, 2014 A chance to win $3,000 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! http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished?et_mid=652598&rid=239199236

 

·       The Ontario Poetry Society Arborealis Prize For Poetry. Deadline April 30, 2014. Theme: the people’s poetry tradition. $20 for up to 4 poems, $5. Each additional poem.  See website http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Arborealis%202014.htm

 

·       The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton seeks 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  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. See guidelines at:  arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449

 

·       The Ontario Poetry Society Sparkle & Shine Poetry Anthology Chapbook Contest. Deadline June 30, 2014.  Various themes.  Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 poems for $5.00. See website: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_sparkle&shine%202014.htm

 

·       NEW! Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2014: Now Open For Entries! Now in its seventh year, the competition champions and nurtures creative talent from across the world in a celebration of outstanding poetry and short fiction. Creative Writing Competition 2014 Prizes:  £500 prize money for the Poetry Winner,  £500 prize money for the Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual,  A selection of books from competition partner organisations. Writers are invited to submit their work into the categories of Short Fiction and Poetry. Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Both Short Fiction and Poetry entries should be written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting to enter.

 

·       The Ontario Poetry Society Food for Thought Contest. Deadline Sept. 30, 2014.  Food-themed poems.  Fees: 1 poem for $5.00 or 3 poems for $10.00.  See website for full details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Food%20for%20Thought.htm

 

·       The Ontario Poetry Society Ultra Short Poem Competition. Deadline Oct. 30, 2014.  Poems no longer than 8 lines, 8 words per line. Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Ultra%20short%20poem14.htm

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NATIONAL
CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

 

Weekly
Notices for the week of Jan. 13 to Jan. 19, 2014

 

21 ITEMS 12 NEW plus  5 NEW CALLS & 7 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:  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.
Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication.

 

Submissions for the
January-February issue of BYLINE Magazine must be ready for publication by
January 15th.

 

Member promotional material is
included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor for details.

 



ITEM 2: 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 3: 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

 

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 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.

 

BRANCH MEMBER NEWS

 

ITEM 4:  BRANCH MEMBER EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD ON
ROGERS DAYTIME OTTAWA                                                                           NEW!

 

DATE: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
at  11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

LOCATION: ROGERS DAYTIME OTTAWA
TV SHOW

 

Emily-Jane Hills Orford will be on the Rogers Daytime Ottawa show
this Tuesday, January 14th, discussing her book, “Still Delicious”
and doing a cooking demo.

 

ITEM 5: BRANCH MEMBER QAIS
GHANEM HAS TWO UPCOMING EVENTS                                                                                                NEW!

 

1. A LUTA CONTINUA RADIO
INTERVIEW WITH JAMES O’GRADY

 

DATE: Friday, January 17 at 9
a.m.

Tune into CKCU FM 93.1 this
Friday @ 9:05 AM – just after the BBC World News.

Also available Live, on the internet: http://www.ckcufm.com/sites/default/themes/ckcu/ckcuradio.php.
This Friday Qais Ghanem speaks
with local activist James O’Grady founder of Unpublished Ottawa Website about
his current projects, upcoming activities and plans for 2014.

 

After a year at Concordia University studying communications,
O’Grady moved to Toronto in 1999 to work in the burgeoning field of
e‐communications. He spent eight years in Toronto working in the rapidly
evolving technology industry. “When I arrived in Toronto, new internet
companies were springing up overnight. Then less than two years later the
industry was collapsing under its own weight.” He will tell us about
Unpublished Ottawa: Empowering Citizen Democracy Through Letter Writing. 

After Friday you can listen to the interview at your convenience
on CKCU’s website at
http://www.ckcufm.com/schedule
 – click ‘a luta continua’ on the program
column for Friday.

 

2. MIDDLE EAST DISCUSSION GROUP
(‘MEDG’) NOTICE OF LUNCHEON MEETING                   

 

DATE: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014,
12:00 P.M.

LOCATION:  FU Carling Buffet, 2583 Carling Av. Ottawa
K2B7H7 – $15 per person

 

TO REGISTER FOR THIS LUNCHEON
MEETING PLEASE CALL BILL SILVER AT 613-7292037 OR EMAIL JOSEPH DEBANNÉ AT j.debanne@sympatico.ca
only, NOT at j.debanne@gmail.com

 

 Dr. Qais GHANEM, our invited speaker will speak about his book: T My Arab Spring
My Canada 

 

Dr. Qais Ghanem is recently retired associate professor of
medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He is a graduate of
the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He immigrated to Canada in 1970. His
professional credentials are very impressive. It would suffice to mention that
he was President of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists
(2003-2005) He hosts a monthly discussion circle called Dialogue for
Democracy.and created a popular website,
http://www.dialoguewithdiversity.com/
 which builds bridges and develops dialogue among the ethnic and
religious groups that form the Canadian mosaic.

 

Dr. Ghanem is the author of a book of verse entitled From Left to
Right, and of a new novel about democracy and women’s rights entitled Final
Flight From Sanaa — BAICO Publishers, Ottawa. His second novel published by
iUniverse is Two Boys from Aden College. He co-authored a non-fiction book
published by Create Space My Arab Spring My Canada, which will be the topic of
his talk at the MEDG luncheon of Monday, January 20, 2014.

 

 

 

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION
NATIONAL NEWS

 

ITEM 6: 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 

 

ITEM 7: CANWRITE! 2014 – SAVE
THE DATE!                             

Early Bird Registration for
CanWrite! 2014
ENDS JAN. 27, 2014. We have a stellar line up of workshop facilitators, panelists,
and guest speakers, ensuring that this annual writers’ conference and treat is
the one evens you don’t want to miss! Special rates will apply for early-bird
registrants, members, and affiliates.

This year’s conference will once again be held at Lakehead
University’s Orillia Campus in sunny Orillia, Ontario, from June 19 to 22.
(Master Classes on June 18). Whether you’re a beginning writer or a long-time
professional, you’ll find what you’re looking for at CanWrite! 2014, June 19 –
22, Lakehead University, Orillia Campus.  Be sure to register early, as there are
limited seats available for  pitch sessions,
some of the workshops and master classes (held June 18). 

This is your opportunity to network and mingle with agents,
publishers and fellow writers from across Canada. For the best conference rates
and workshop selections, visit
www.canadianauthors.org/conference
now!

 

ITEM 8: CANADIAN AUTHORS
ASSOCIATION EMERGING WRITER AWARD                                                                                               NEW!

   

The Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award honours a Canadian
writer under 30 who shows exceptional promise in the field of literary
creation. Genre doesn’t matter: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts –
published or unpublished. The winner may be selected based on a body of work in
a variety of forms, or on a body of work in a single genre or writing form.

 

Nominations may be made by creative writing instructors, Canadian
Authors branches and TWIGs, professional writers, and publishers.  

 

Deadline: March 31, 2014 (postmark)

Entry fee: none     

Prize: $500 plus a one-year membership with Canadian Authors 

Details: http://canadianauthors.org/national/caa-literary-awards/

 

 

 

ITEM 9: CANWRITE! 2014 SHORT
STORY CONTEST                  NEW!

 

It’s back! Canadian Authors’ short story anthology contest is back
– and so is your chance to win cash, attend a great conference and get
published.

 

The top 10 stories will be published in an anthology to be
launched at this year’s CanWrite! conference and retreat. Download entry form
as well as guidelines for details.

 

Deadline: April 1, 2014

Entry fee: $20 per entry

Prize: 1st prize: $200 plus a free conference registration; 2nd
prize: $100 plus a free conference registration; 3rd prize: free conference
registration  

Details: http://canadianauthors.org/conference/canwrite-contest/
 or 866 216 6222

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 

ITEM 10: NEW WORKSHOPS FROM
WRITESCAPE FOR 2014 

 

GET THAT GRANT

DATE: Saturday, January 25,
10:30 am – 4:30 pm

LOCATION: Trent University –
Oshawa Campus

 

Want to write a winning grant application? Heather O’Connor and
Gwynn Scheltema share the tools, tips & techniques you need to
“grant” your wish:

·
find
grants, bursaries and scholarships

·
identify
and deliver exactly what they want

·
craft
a winning bio or CV

Register for Get That Grant: http://writescape.ca/site/workshops-2/get-that-grant/

 

WRITESCAPE IN ORILLIA

DATES: February 1 and 2, 10 am
– 4 pm

 Writescape teams up with
the Canadian Authors Association to bring you two days of workshops with Gwynn
Scheltema.

Day 1: Tax Tips for Writers and
Artists

Invest in yourself today and tomorrow with unique tax breaks
available to writers and artists – even if you’re not earning money yet.
Gwynn’s accounting background and artist’s heart will put your taxes on a new
path.

Day 2: Pump Up Your Pen

Raise the energy level of your writing: 

·
show
with description without slowing the story

·
write
dialogue that sizzles

·
put
an end to saggy middles

http://writescape.ca/site/workshops-2/writescape-in-orillia/

Contact Rose-Anne Marchitto to
register for one or both:
dom.marchitto@sympatico.ca

705-791-9539

 

THE MANY WORLDS OF FANTASY

DATES: Saturdays, February 22
and March 1, 11 am – 4 pm

LOCATION: Trent University –
Oshawa Campus

Open the door on a different world with Heather O’Connor and Anne
MacLachlan. Step into an epic 2-day adventure in fantasy writing:

·
forging
heroes and villains

·
world-building
tips and techniques

·
fantasy
subgenres

·
fantasy
markets, networks and conferences 

Register for The Many Worlds of
Fantasy:
http://writescape.ca/site/workshops-2/the-many-worlds-of-fantasy-2/

 

2014 SPRING THAW RETREAT

DATES: April 4-6 or April 4-8

LOCATION: Elmhirst’s Resort,
RICE LAKE, KEENE, ONT.

 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. 

·
professional
writing instructors

·
10-page
manuscript evaluation and one-on-one feedback

·
private
writing time

·
optional
evening activities

·
comfortable
cottages with wood-burning fireplace

·
first-class
amenities and delicious meals

Registration opens January 1.
For more information or to register;
http://writescape.ca/

 

ITEM 11: WRITE STUFF WORKSHOP LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!

                                        JANUARY
13

 

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

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

COST $162.00

 

Last chance to register – Write
Stuff Workshop to Launch January 13th

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.

 

The workshop series will be held at the Old Ottawa South Firehall
260 Sunnyside Avenue starting Monday January 13th, and will run weekly for five
consecutive weeks for a cost of $162. 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.

 

About the facilitator: 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 12: UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
CONTINUING EDUCATION WRITING CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS                                              NEW!


Registration: First come, first
served 

 

Do you have a passion for creative writing? Perhaps you work in a
field that requires strong writing skills? Whatever your reasons for wanting to
be a better writer, University of Calgary Continuing Education can help.

 

Three writing certificate programs are offered, all of which are
delivered completely online. When you enroll in a course, you will be required
to work within scheduled start- and end-dates and will be expected to meet
assignment timelines. During the duration of the course, you will work whenever
– and from wherever – you choose, as long as you have a computer and a reliable
internet connection. Each program requires 200 hours of instruction time, and
in some cases, courses can be applied to more than one certificate. 

 

Two new courses in winter 2014 – Dramatic Storytelling and Writing
Poetry

 

Details: http://conted.ucalgary.ca/writing/

 

ITEM 13: WRITING RETREAT IN
ICELAND                                    NEW!

 

DATES:  APRIL 9 TO 13, 2014

LOCATION: ICELANDAIR HOTEL
REYKJAVIK NATURA

 

FEES Registrations received on
or before January 31, 2014 are USD $2100 / GBP 1300 based on a single room.**

Registrations received from
February 1 onwards are: USD $2300 / GBP 1500 based on a single room.**

FEES DO NOT INCLUDE COSTS OF TRAVEL AND TRANSFERS

 

*Develop your writing

*Explore wild and wonderful Iceland, the land of the sagas

*Find inspiration and time to write in an unforgettable setting

*Meet and mingle with famous authors and like-minded writers

 

Join us April 9-13, 2014 in Reykjavik for the Iceland Writers
Retreat. You’re invited to participate in a series of workshops and panels led
by an esteemed team of international writers. The 2014 retreat will be loosely
focused on the theme of travel and journeys.

 

The retreat will be based out of Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik
Natura, a recently renovated, modern four-star hotel next to a popular wooded
area, just a 20-minute walk from the city centre and five minutes from a
geothermal beach.

 

Between intimate workshops and lectures, we’ll offer the chance to
tour the spectacular Golden Circle, sit in the cozy cafes of Reykjavik, soak in
geothermal hot springs, listen to new Icelandic music, meet contemporary
Icelandic writers, and learn about the country’s rich literary tradition.

 

Our workshops will be led by published writers from around the
world whose works feature a theme of travel or journeys. These include Pulitzer
Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks, New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean,
Scotiabank Giller prize winner Joseph Boyden, Ryerson University professor and
author Randy Boyagoda, National Geographic’s Digital Nomad Andrew Evans,
award-winning memoirist Iain Reid, acclaimed travel writer Sara Wheeler, and
Man Booker Prize nominee James Scudamore. We’ll be announcing our Icelandic
writers in the coming months.
For more info: http://www.icelandwritersretreat.com/

 

 

ITEM 14: THE WRITERS’ UNION OF
CANADA WORKSHOPS   

 

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

 

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

 

 



ITEM 15: BANFF INTERNATIONAL
LITERARY TRANSLATION CENTRE (BILTC)  CALL
FOR APPLICATIONS                                        NEW!

 

Program dates: June 9, 2014 –
June 28, 2014

Application deadline: February 15, 2014

 

Program Information HERE: http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1415

 

Directors: Hugh Hazelton, Katherine Silver

 

About Banff International
Literary Translation Centre (BILTC)

 

Inspired by the network of international literary translation
centres in Europe, the Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC)
is the only one of its kind in North America. The primary focus of the
residency is to afford working and professional literary translators a period
of uninterrupted work on a current project. Many past participants have found
that the most enriching and lasting rewards of the program are the deep
personal and professional connections they have made with their international
colleagues.

 

The Banff International Literary Translation Centre is open to 15
literary translators from the Americas translating works from any country in
the world, as well as to translators from all over the world who are
translating works from the Americas. Each year the program strives to include
translators who are at different stages of their careers, from those with only
one book-length published translation to veterans who have been translating as
a primary professional activity for many years. Since the inaugural program in
2003, the Centre has hosted translators from approximately 30 countries
translating work involving nearly 40 languages.

 

Translators may request a joint residency of up to one week with
the author they are translating. Most guest authors come from Canada, the
United States, and Mexico, but the program is sometimes able to bring authors
from farther afield. Individual work sessions with the consulting translators
serving in residence, as well as with the program directors, are also
available. Participants meet three times a week for roundtables and
presentations, and to discuss work in progress as well as broader issues in the
practice of literary translation.

 



SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

ITEM 16: 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
here: http://www.experiment-o.com/

 

 

IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS
HELPING WRITERS

 

ITEM 17:  TREE READING
SERIES PRESENTS MICHAEL LISTA & STEVEN ARTELLE                                                                                                   NEW!

 

DATE: Tuesday, January 14  LOCATION: Club
Saw, 67 Nicholas St. Ottawa

 

6:45 p.m. Workshop – Exercise
your comedy muscles with Pierre Brault

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

 

Michael Lista is
the author of Bloom, a 2010 Quill and Quire Book of the Year. He is the poetry
editor of The Walrus magazine, and the poetry columnist for The National
Post.  Both his poems and essays have
appeared in Poetry magazine. His second book, The Scarborough, will appear in
the fall of 2014 with Vehicule Press.

 

Steven Artelle is a
local poet and author of the long poem, Four Hundred Rabbits. His writing has
appeared in Vallum, FreeFall, Ottawa Arts Review, Bywords, and ottawater, as
well as upcoming works in filling Station and CV2. In 2013, an excerpt from his
long poem, Four Hundred Rabbits, was published by AngelHousePress, and his
“Chinatown Zodiac” poetry sequence was exhibited during Ottawa’s Chinatown
Remixed festival. He has completed a manuscript of poems entitled
Metropantheon.

 

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

 

ITEM 18: RailRoad PRESENTS DEAN STEADMAN, DEANNA YOUNG & BRUCE
TAYLOR                                                                                        NEW!

 

DATE: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 7 p.m.

LOCATION: Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa              

 

Dean Steadman launches
“Portrait w/tulips” with help from Sue McMaster and Lesley Strutt.

 

Featuring readings by Deanna
Young and Bruce Taylor

 

 

ITEM 19: A B SERIES PRESENTS X LAUNCH WITH SHANE RHODES NEW!

 

DATE:  Thursday, Jan. 16,
2014  8 p.m.

LOCATION: The
Ottawa Art Gallery
,
Arts Court
, 2
Daly Ave.
Ottawa

 

More info: http://abseries.org/  and at https://www.facebook.com/events/182983858566817/

 

 

With a premiere screening of
videopoems by Shane Rhodes!

 

On January 16, award-winning
poet Shane Rhodes launches his latest book of poetry, X, which was inspired by
one of Canada’s most unpoetic subjects: Canada’s post-confederation treaties.
Investigating what the treaties mean today and what art can do with such
unpoetic documents, X breaks new ground for Canadian poetry and the results
have been published in magazines across Canada, Australia and the United
States.

 

ITEM 20: CAPITAL SLAM FEATURING BRITTA B!                        NEW!         

 

DATE: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

LOCATION: The Mercury Lounge, 56 By Ward Market Square, Ottawa

All ages welcome. $8 and free for performers. Doors and sign-up at
6:30.

 

With a big
slam win for Abby Kassirer, 2014 is off to a great start! So what is next?
With the Capital Poetry Collective continuing to expand, with the
New Shirt Slam joining the Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam and Words To Live By,
CapSlam continues to be the biggest jewel on the crown as poets jockey for
spots on the CapSlam 2014 team!

 

Who will take the next big step? Who will show that they
are EVEN BETTER than you already thought? Heck, who will share the words that
will change lives, if even only their own?

 

On Jan. 18th we get the next
chapter in the on-going saga that is… Capital Slam. Not only will we have an
incredible slam, we will also have a fantabulous feature… BRITTA B!!

 

Britta “Britta B.” Badour has
traveled across North America as a keynote motivational speaker, poet and
workshop facilitator. She represented Toronto at this year’s Women of the World
Poetry Slam in Minneapolis. She has opened for HBO Def Poetry superstars Carlos
Andrés Gómez and Shihan. Last year, Britta was a featured guest in Dwayne
Morgan’s production of When Sisters Speak. She’s been featured across Canada,
NYC, Detroit and plans to showcase in LA this winter. Most recently, Britta was
crowned champion at the 2013 Toronto International Poetry Slam.

 

Remember,
during JANUARY we have a priority sign-up for anyone who has not yet slammed at
CapSlam this season. Been thinking go showing us what you’ve got and spreading
your hearts and mind across the stage? Now is the time! 
See
you at the Merc!

 

ITEM 21: MEDIA CLUB OF OTTAWA MEETING WITH TIM REDPATH

 NEW!

 

DATE: MONDAY, JAN. 27 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M.

LOCATION: OTTAWA CITY HALL, HONEYWELL ROOM, 110 LAURIER AVE. WEST

 

Cost (which includes a light meal): Media Club Members -$15;
students with ID – free; non-members $25. Please RSVP 613-521-4855 by January 24.

 

 

The Media Club invites you to
hear Tim Redpath, president and co-founder of Train of Thought, an Ottawa-based
consulting firm that works with national and international organizations to
accelerate go-to marketing strategies. Redpath, who has over 25 years of
marketing experience, will discuss Effective Marketing in a Noisy World.

 

 

 



MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

 

NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

 

 

NEW! Strangelet Literary Journal Open
to Submissions. Strangelet is a new journal of speculative fiction, accepting
fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic stories/comics, and artwork. It is now
open to submissions of short stories, graphic fiction, poems and essays. It is
a paying market.Details: www.strangeletjournal.com/submit/

 

NEW!
Stories About Grandmothers Wanted for Anthology.
Robyn
McGee is seeking true life stories about grandmothers for her upcoming
anthology, Grandmothers Who Stand Watch During the Day and Howl at Night. All
submissions must be original, not previously published anywhere online
(including social media sites or personal blogs) and must be in essay format –
no poems. Payment is $30 for stories between 500 and 2000 words in length.  The anthology will be published later in the
year as either an ebook or traditional book. Details: www.writerswhorock.com/#/submissions/4571570498

 

NEW! Shakespeare-Inspired Prose Sought by
Misfit Journal.
Edition 3 of the Misfit Journal
coincides with the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, and so the
journal is seeking prose and poems with a Shakespearian inspiration. They are
seeking poems, short stories, essays, memoir, creative nonfiction and artworks
that are inspired by Shakespeare.

All work must be original. This is a paying
market. Written work receives a $100 payment, artwork $25 per image. All
contributors also receive a copy of the Misfit Journal.

Details: http://misfit-inc.com/the-misfit

 

The
Traveling Poet (US)
is an ezine
publishing poetry from writers ages 12-25, and articles on hitchhiking,
traveling broke, poverty, and philosophy. Poetry about traveling is ideal, but
any subject is welcome. No Beat Generation re-enactments. Deadline:
Rolling  Guidelines:

http://travellingpoetblogzine.wordpress.com/

 

Entertainment
and pop culture magazine A Bard’s Tales (Canada)
is
looking for contributing writers. Payment: $50 for features, $50 for reviews,
and $25 for opinion pieces. All pieces must be first pitched (lead to the
story, possible sources, rough length, etc) and approved by one of the ABT
editors. Deadline: Open.  WEBSITE:
http://abardstales.com/

 

Lunch
Ticket,
a literary magazine published by the
Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA Program, is accepting
submissions for its monthly Amuse-Bouche feature. Submit creative nonfiction,
writing for young people, fiction, poetry and art. Guidelines:
http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/

 



The
Flexible Persona
is calling for engaging,
character-driven fiction and non-fiction submissions of up to 5500 words for
their inaugural audio/online issue (Spring). Looking for stories showcasing
“characters in contact with their world. How they shape that world and are in
turn transformed by it.”    Guidelines: http://www.theflexiblepersona.com/submissions.html

 

The
Anaphora Literary Press (US)
is seeking
single and multiple-author books in fiction (poetry, novels, and short story
collections) and non-fiction (academic, legal, business, journals, edited and
un-edited dissertations, biographies, and memoirs). Profits are split 50/50%
with writers. http://anaphoraliterary.com/

 

The
Singularity Review (US)
welcomes fiction,
creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, photography for their debut issue.
Theme: future/forward thinking. No deadline provided. http://thesingularityreview.com/

 

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 3 to 5 poems
for consideration. Deadline: Ongoing.
Guidelines: themackinacmagazine.com/submit.html

Dentists
on the Frontier (Canada) s
eeks 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’
r
eading 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.

 

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) i
s 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) i
s 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

 

 

 

JANUARY 2014 DEADLINES:

 

New online literary magazine The Trillium is looking for submissions of poetry, essays, short stories, flash
fiction, and non-fiction for the debut issue (February 2014). Submit up to 5
poems, 2 short stories/non-fiction/essays, or 5 pieces of flash fiction. Send
in the body (not as an attachment) of an
email to thetrilliummagazine@live.com
. Include max. 50-word author bio,
written in the third person. No payment. All rights are retained by the author.
Deadline: January 2014

 

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

 

NEW! Understorey Magazine
publishes fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction about motherhood:
biological, adoptive, surrogate, co-motherhood, and the experience of not being
a mother. Writers must be women who live in, or have a close connection to Nova
Scotia. Payment: $25-$50 honorarium. Length: 1500. Deadline: January 31, 2014.
Guidelines: http://understoreymagazine.ca/submissions/

NEW! The Nave Gallery (US)
invites photographers, filmmakers and writers to explore the theme of “Chaotic
Forms” for an exhibition celebrating the art of dance. Deadline: January 31,
2014. http://navegallery.org/wp/chaotic-forms-cfe/

 

FEBRUARY AND LATER:

 

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

 

Speculative fiction submissions wanted for anthology Start a
Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change.
Published by Exile Editions (Canada) in Spring 2015.
International subs welcome. Length: 2,000-10,000 words (< 7.5k preferred).
Payment; $0.05/word. Deadline: March 31, 2014
Guidelines:
http://michaelmatheson.wordpress.com/start-a-revolution/

 

Cactus Press (Montreal) is looking to publish a series of poetry chapbooks from
Montreal-based writers in preparation for their debut launch. Deadline: March
31, 2014. Theme/length: open. Guidelines:
http://cactuspress.blogspot.ca/p/submit.html

 

Open access journal Beyond Borderlands: A Critical Journal of the
Weird, Paranormal, and Occult (Canada)
is a forum for the interdisciplinary, artistic, and critical
exploration of topics relating to esotericism, paranormality, and the
culturally weird. Accepting letters to the editor, scholarly and popular
articles, music, art, creative writing, occult explorations, and reviews. No
payment. Deadline: May 1, 2014. guidelines:
http://www.beyondborderlands.com/index.php/submissions

 

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

 

2014 CONTESTS

 

MULTIPLE DEADLINES:

 

NEW! 2nd
Annual Story Starters Contest – Ontario Writers’ Conference. On the first of
each month, our website will feature an extraordinary work by a local artist
and we invite you to enter a piece of writing inspired by that work. Taking
inspiration from the picture on our website, write a short piece (100 words
maximum) and post it in the comment section of the entry page. It can be any
form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is
original. Anyone may enter this contest. You may enter as often as you like.
English entries only please. Deadline: the last day of the month that the
artwork is featured Entry fee: none 

Prize: The top ten entries for each month will be sent to our
final-round judge who will select a top 3 for each piece of art. The top three
entries will be displayed at the 2013 Ontario Writers’ Conference (May 2nd
& 3rd in Ajax, Ontario) for final voting by attendees. At the conference,
delegates will review and vote for their favourites by ballot. The winning
entries will be announced at the conference and each winner will be awarded a
prize (tba).

Details: http://thewritersconference.com/whats-new/story-starters-contest/

 

 

JANUARY DEADLINES:

 

 

·
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/

 



·
Transitions Travel Writing Contest. The theme for this year’s
contest is very broad and in keeping with our editorial, we wish to explore the
idea of travel as a way to not only leave behind your material and spiritual
preconceptions, but to use the opportunity to open up to ideas, aesthetics, and
rituals which you have internalized into your own life going forward. Deadline:
January 15, 2014. Entry fee: none Prize: $500, $150, $100 Details: http://www.transitionsabroad.com/information/writers/travel_writing_contest.shtml#contest_guidelines

 

·
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 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

 

·
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/

·
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 … we’re also starting the search for next
year’s winner. 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

 

·
NEW! 2014
William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Submissions are now being
accepted for the sixth William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. This
award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William
Saroyan Foundation, recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction
with a $5000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to
encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of
originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. Deadline: January 31, 2014.
Entry fee: $50. Prize: $5000 Details: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan

   

·
NEW! 1st
Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest. Contest is open to anyone between 9 and
21 years old as of January 31, 2014. Proof of age may be required. It does not
matter where you call home. Entries from every country are welcome. All
subjects and all forms of poetry are welcome. Go crazy and have fun. But submit
your best work and choose a form of poetry that suits your subject. Deadline:
January 31, 2014. Entry fee: none. Prize: varies. Details: http://laurathomascommunications.com/junior-authors-poetry-contest/

 

 

 

 



FEBRUARY DEADLINES:

 

·
NEW!
2014 Novella Prize. The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine,
invites entries from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere for the Novella
Prize. Previous winning entries have also won or been nominated for National
Magazine Awards for Fiction and the O. Henry Prize. The Novella Prize is
offered every second year, alternating with The Malahat Review’s Long Poem
Prize. Deadline: February 1, 2014. Entry fee: $35; $15 is charged for each
additional entry Prize: $1500 CAD. Details: www.malahatreview.ca/contests/novella_contest/info.html

 

·
ARC POETRY MAGAZINE’S POEM OF THE YEAR CONTEST. 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

 

·
 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

           

·
OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY´S 19TH ANNUAL AWESOME AUTHORS YOUTH WRITING
CONTEST. DEADLINE: February 9, 2014. This contest, for aspiring young poets and
short story authors, is open to writers between the ages of 9 and 17. They are
invited to submit poems and short stories in English and/or French. The contest
deadline is February 9, 2014. Participants can win awesome prizes which will be
presented in the Spring. For contest details, visit http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors  or
contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or mailto: InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca
Sponsored by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association. They
annually publish pot-pourri, an anthology of the winning poems and stories.
pot-pourri also makes a great gift. Visit the Friends of OPL website at http://www.OttawaPublicLibraryFriends.ca
to place an order.

 

·
NEW!
Submissions Open for Disquiet Prize. DEADLINE FEB. 15, 2014. Sponsored by Dzanc
Books, the annual DISQUIET Literary Prize in poetry, fiction, and creative
nonfiction is currently open for submissions. A winner in each category will
receive publication in a participating literary journal, and one grand-prize
winner will receive airfare, accommodations, and tuition—a prize worth
approximately $5,000—to attend the fourth annual DISQUIET International Literary
Program in Lisbon, Portugal, this summer. The winner in poetry will be
published in the Collagist; the winner in fiction will be published in
Guernica; and the winner in nonfiction will be published in Ninth Letter.
Finalists in each category will be offered partial tuition scholarships to
attend the DISQUIET program. Four full scholarships to attend the retreat are
also available for writers of Luso descent. Submit up to ten poems or up to
twenty pages of prose with a $15 entry fee by February 15. Entries may be
submitted online via Submittable https://disquietinternational.submittable.com/submit    or sent by mail to Dzanc Books, the
DISQUIET Prize, 610 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Previously
unpublished works in English are eligible. Writers must live or have lived in
the United States or Canada, but need not be citizens or permanent residents.
MORE INFO: http://www.pw.org/content/submissions_open_for_disquiet_prize

 

·
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

 

·
Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Competition opens Monday,
January 6, 2014, 8 A.M. (EST). Capture the essence of Erma’s writings and you
could win $500 and a free registration to the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop!
525 writers from 7 different countries and 48 states entered the 2012
competition. Erma Bombeck, graduated from the University of Dayton in 1949,
lived with her husband and family in Centerville, Ohio, and inspired people
worldwide with her columns and books about life’s trials and tribulations. Her
memory lives on with the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition hosted every two
years by the Washington-Centerville Public Library and the Erma Bombeck
Writers’ Workshop hosted by the University of Dayton. Deadline: Feb. 17, 2014 8
AM. More info: http://www.wclibrary.info/erma/index.asp

 

·
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

 

·
NEW!
Toronto Star Short Story Contest. The New Year marks the launch of the 36th
Toronto Star Short Story Contest, among the largest in Canada and one of the
top competitions in North America. With a first prize of $5000 plus tuition for
the 30-week creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for
Writers valued at $3000, it’s also one of the most lucrative in the
country.  This contest is only open to
Ontario residents.  Deadline: February
28, 2014. Entry fee: none. Prize: 1st prize: $5000 plus tuition for creative
writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers; 2nd prize:
$2000; 3rd prize: $1000. Details: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/01/04/star_short_story_contest_seeks_entries.html

 



MARCH DEADLINES:

 

·
Grasmere 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

 

·
MSLEXIA 2014 WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION.  A competition for unpublished short stories
of up to 2,200 words. We accept work on all subjects, so write about anything and
everything you fancy – we love to read it. 1ST PRIZE: £2,000 Plus two optional
extras: a  week’s writing retreat at
Chawton House Library, and a day with a Virago editor.  2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: £250 Three other
finalists each receive £100 Judge: Jane Rogers Closing date: 17 March 2014 All
winning stories will be published in the Jun/Jul/Aug 2014 edition of Mslexia
Before you enter, find out all you need to know in the competition rules.
Ready? Enter the competition. https://mslexia.co.uk/shop/scomp_enter.php

 

·
The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books: Winning stories
and essays are published in Best New Writing, 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 accepted each year by
nominating books and prose. Book
deadline January 21
. Prose
deadline March 31st.
more info at: http://www.hofferaward.com/

 

AND LATER:

 

·
Writers Digest Self-Published Competition: Writer’s Digest hosts
the 22nd 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, 2014
A chance to win $3,000 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! http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished?et_mid=652598&rid=239199236

 

·
The Ontario Poetry Society Arborealis Prize For Poetry. Deadline
April 30, 2014. Theme: the people’s poetry tradition. $20 for up to 4 poems, $5.
Each additional poem.  See website http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Arborealis%202014.htm

 

·
The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton seeks 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  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. See guidelines at:  arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449

 

·
The Ontario Poetry Society Sparkle & Shine Poetry Anthology
Chapbook Contest. Deadline June 30, 2014.
Various themes.  Fees: 1 poem for
$2.00 or 3 poems for $5.00. See website: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_sparkle&shine%202014.htm

 

·
NEW!
Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2014: Now Open For Entries! Now in its
seventh year, the competition champions and nurtures creative talent from
across the world in a celebration of outstanding poetry and short fiction.
Creative Writing Competition 2014 Prizes:
£500 prize money for the Poetry Winner,
£500 prize money for the Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the
Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual,  A
selection of books from competition partner organisations. Writers are invited
to submit their work into the categories of Short Fiction and Poetry. Fiction
entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no
more than 40 lines each. Both Short Fiction and Poetry entries should be
written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted.
Visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting
to enter.

 

·
The Ontario Poetry Society Food for Thought Contest. Deadline Sept.
30, 2014.  Food-themed poems.  Fees: 1 poem for $5.00 or 3 poems for
$10.00.  See website for full details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Food%20for%20Thought.htm

 

·
The Ontario Poetry Society Ultra Short Poem Competition. Deadline
Oct. 30, 2014.
Poems no longer than 8 lines, 8 words per line. Fees: 1 poem for $2.00
or 3 for $5.00. http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Ultra%20short%20poem14.htm

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CAA-NCR Weekly Literary Notices Jan. 6 to 12, 2014

Canadian Authors Association -- Writers Helping Writers

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Weekly Notices for the week of Jan. 6 to Jan. 12, 2014

12 ITEMS 3 NEW plus  1 NEW CONTEST

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:  REQUEST FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CAA-NCR’s BYLINE MAGAZINE:                                                                               NEW!

 If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at sharyn_40@yahoo.com. Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication.

 Submissions for the January-February issue of BYLINE Magazine must be ready for publication by January 15th.

 Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor for details.

 

ITEM 2: 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 3: 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 ...

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

 

 

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.

 

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL NEWS

 

ITEM 4: 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 

 

ITEM 5: CANWRITE! 2014 – SAVE THE DATE!                             

Early Bird Registration for CanWrite! 2014 NOW OPEN. We have a stellar line up of workshop facilitators, panelists, and guest speakers, ensuring that this annual writers’ conference and treat is the one evens you don’t want to miss! Special rates will apply for early-bird registrants, members, and affiliates.

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada

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

 

 

This year’s conference will once again be held at Lakehead University’s Orillia Campus in sunny Orillia, Ontario, from June 19 to 22. (Master Classes on June 18).

 Whether you’re a beginning writer or a long-time professional, you’ll find what you’re looking for at CanWrite! 2014, June 19 – 22, Lakehead University, Orillia Campus.

 Be sure to register early, as there are limited seats available for  pitch sessions, some of the workshops and master classes (held June 18). 

 This is your opportunity to network and mingle with agents, publishers and fellow writers from across Canada. For the best conference rates and workshop selections, visitwww.canadianauthors.org/conference now!

 

 OTHER WORKSHOPS

 

ITEM 6: CALL FOR REGISTRATION: 2014 WRITERS’ GUILD OF ALBERTA BANFF RETREAT                                                                                    NEW!

 

Retreat dates: January 31 – February 9, 2014

Registration deadline: January 8, 2014

LOCATION: THE BANFF CENTRE, BANFF, ALBERTA Banffcentre

 

The annual WGA Banff Retreat is back! Enjoy uninterrupted writing time, be inspired by magnificent scenery, overcome writing challenges, or just renew your creative spirit at The Banff Centre. This self-guided retreat is open to writers at any stage of their career or writing project. The WGA is pleased to announce J. Jill Robinson as the Writer-in-Residence for the 2014 retreat. Jill will be onsite to provide individual consultations for participants.

 

Participants have the option to attend the full retreat (January 31 – February 9) or a half retreat (January 31 – February 4, or February 5 – 9)

If you have questions, please contact the WGA at 780.422.8174 or 1.800.665.5354 (toll free in Alberta), or by email at mail@writersguild.ab.ca.  More info: http://www.writersguild.ab.ca/Retreats.asp#Banff

ITEM 7: NEW WORKSHOPS FROM WRITESCAPE FOR 2014   

EXPLORATIONS IN CREATIVE WRITING

DATES: Mondays, January 6 – February 10, 6:30 – 9 pm

LOCATION: Trent University – Oshawa Campus

Visit Writescape at www.writescape.ca, email us at info@writescape.ca or call 905-728-7823.

 

Join Ruth Walker and Gwynn Scheltema in some intriguing word-play. Each session explores one main element or aspect of writing creatively:

·       innovative hands-on exercises

·       engaging group discussions

·       feedback opportunities

 

Register for Explorations in Creative Writing:http://writescape.ca/site/workshops-2/explorations-in-creative-writing/

 

GET THAT GRANT

DATE: Saturday, January 25, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

LOCATION: Trent University – Oshawa Campus

 

Want to write a winning grant application? Heather O’Connor and Gwynn Scheltema share the tools, tips & techniques you need to “grant” your wish:

·       find grants, bursaries and scholarships

·       identify and deliver exactly what they want

·       craft a winning bio or CV

Register for Get That Grant: http://writescape.ca/site/workshops-2/get-that-grant/

 

WRITESCAPE IN ORILLIA

DATES: February 1 and 2, 10 am – 4 pm

 

 Writescape teams up with the Canadian Authors Association to bring you two days of workshops with Gwynn Scheltema.

Day 1: Tax Tips for Writers and Artists

Invest in yourself today and tomorrow with unique tax breaks available to writers and artists – even if you’re not earning money yet. Gwynn’s accounting background and artist’s heart will put your taxes on a new path.

Day 2: Pump Up Your Pen

Raise the energy level of your writing: 

·       show with description without slowing the story

·       write dialogue that sizzles

·       put an end to saggy middles

http://writescape.ca/site/workshops-2/writescape-in-orillia/

Contact Rose-Anne Marchitto to register for one or both: dom.marchitto@sympatico.ca

705-791-9539

THE MANY WORLDS OF FANTASY

DATES: Saturdays, February 22 and March 1, 11 am – 4 pm

LOCATION: Trent University – Oshawa Campus

 

Open the door on a different world with Heather O’Connor and Anne MacLachlan. Step into an epic 2-day adventure in fantasy writing:

·       forging heroes and villains

·       world-building tips and techniques

·       fantasy subgenres

·       fantasy markets, networks and conferences 

Register for The Many Worlds of Fantasy: http://writescape.ca/site/workshops-2/the-many-worlds-of-fantasy-2/

 

2014 SPRING THAW RETREAT

DATES: April 4-6 or April 4-8

LOCATION: Elmhirst’s Resort, RICE LAKE, KEENE, ONT.

 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. 

·       professional writing instructors

·       10-page manuscript evaluation and one-on-one feedback

·       private writing time

·       optional evening activities

·       comfortable cottages with wood-burning fireplace

·       first-class amenities and delicious meals

Registration opens January 1. For more information or to register; http://writescape.ca/

 

 

ITEM 8: WRITE STUFF WORKSHOP TO LAUNCH JANUARY 13

 

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 9: THE WRITERS’ UNION OF CANADA WORKSHOPS     

 

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

 

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 10: 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 11: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY´S 19TH ANNUAL AWESOME AUTHORS YOUTH WRITING CONTEST                               

 

DEADLINE: February 9, 2014

 

This contest, for aspiring young poets and short story authors, is open to writers between the ages of 9 and 17. They are invited to submit poems and short stories in English and/or French. The contest deadline is February 9, 2014. Participants can win awesome prizes which will be presented in the Spring. For contest details, visit

http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or mailto: InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca

 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association. They annually publish pot-pourri, an anthology of the winning poems and stories. pot-pourri also makes a great gift. Visit the Friends of OPL website at http://www.OttawaPublicLibraryFriends.ca to place an order.

 

IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

 

ITEM 12: THE BANJO APOCALYPSE CRINOLINE TROUBADOURS  NEW!

 

DATE: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square, Ottawa

COST: $10.00 at the door cash only

 

C.S.E. Cooney, Amal El-Mohtar, and Caitlyn Paxson are the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours.

Tonight they come together from across borders and oceans for this rare performance of music, poetry, storytelling, and dramatic reading. Hear tell of witches, bone sharks, and ballads from a distant star! Marvel at sea kings, ancient cities, and cryptozoologists! This is a one-of-a-kind performance in Ottawa that is not to be missed!

 

VISIT https://www.facebook.com/events/577712455627505  FOR BIOS AND MORE INFO.

 

 

MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

 

NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

 

The Traveling Poet (US) is an ezine publishing poetry from writers ages 12-25, and articles on hitchhiking, traveling broke, poverty, and philosophy. Poetry about traveling is ideal, but any subject is welcome. No Beat Generation re-enactments. Deadline: Rolling  Guidelines:

http://travellingpoetblogzine.wordpress.com/

 

Entertainment and pop culture magazine A Bard’s Tales (Canada) is looking for contributing writers. Payment: $50 for features, $50 for reviews, and $25 for opinion pieces. All pieces must be first pitched (lead to the story, possible sources, rough length, etc) and approved by one of the ABT editors. Deadline: Open.  WEBSITE: http://abardstales.com/

 

Lunch Ticket, a literary magazine published by the Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA Program, is accepting submissions for its monthly Amuse-Bouche feature. Submit creative nonfiction, writing for young people, fiction, poetry and art. Guidelines: http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/

 

The Flexible Persona is calling for engaging, character-driven fiction and non-fiction submissions of up to 5500 words for their inaugural audio/online issue (Spring). Looking for stories showcasing “characters in contact with their world. How they shape that world and are in turn transformed by it.”    Guidelines: http://www.theflexiblepersona.com/submissions.html

The Anaphora Literary Press (US) is seeking single and multiple-author books in fiction (poetry, novels, and short story collections) and non-fiction (academic, legal, business, journals, edited and un-edited dissertations, biographies, and memoirs). Profits are split 50/50% with writers. http://anaphoraliterary.com/

 

The Singularity Review (US) welcomes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, photography for their debut issue. Theme: future/forward thinking. No deadline provided. http://thesingularityreview.com/

 

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 3 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.

 

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

 

 

 

JANUARY 2014 DEADLINES:

 

New online literary magazine The Trillium is looking for submissions of poetry, essays, short stories, flash fiction, and non-fiction for the debut issue (February 2014). Submit up to 5 poems, 2 short stories/non-fiction/essays, or 5 pieces of flash fiction. Send in the body (not as an attachment) of an email to thetrilliummagazine@live.com. Include max. 50-word author bio, written in the third person. No payment. All rights are retained by the author. Deadline: January 2014

 

Canadian independent print/online publication, SEEZ Magazine, seeks work for an upcoming issue (#4). Theme: “Cold as Ice.” Accepts short fiction, prose, art, poetry, articles, essays, comics, creative non-fiction, and more. Work must meet the magazine’s “low standards and loose morals.” Deadline: January 7, 2014.    Guidelines: http://seezmagazine.com/submissions/

 

Online journal Cactus Heart Literary Magazine (U.S.) seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and photography for Issue #7 (e-Issue). Looking “your spiny, your sharp, your relentless… work coursing with energy and able to thrive in the harshest of places, while maintaining a vulnerable, succulent interior.” Deadline: January 9, 2014. Guidelines: https://cactusheartpress.submittable.com/submit

 

 

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

 

 

FEBRUARY AND LATER:

 

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

 

Speculative fiction submissions wanted for anthology Start a Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change. Published by Exile Editions (Canada) in Spring 2015. International subs welcome. Length: 2,000-10,000 words (< 7.5k preferred). Payment; $0.05/word. Deadline: March 31, 2014    Guidelines: http://michaelmatheson.wordpress.com/start-a-revolution/

 

Cactus Press (Montreal) is looking to publish a series of poetry chapbooks from Montreal-based writers in preparation for their debut launch. Deadline: March 31, 2014. Theme/length: open. Guidelines: http://cactuspress.blogspot.ca/p/submit.html

 

Open access journal Beyond Borderlands: A Critical Journal of the Weird, Paranormal, and Occult (Canada) is a forum for the interdisciplinary, artistic, and critical exploration of topics relating to esotericism, paranormality, and the culturally weird. Accepting letters to the editor, scholarly and popular articles, music, art, creative writing, occult explorations, and reviews. No payment. Deadline: May 1, 2014. guidelines: http://www.beyondborderlands.com/index.php/submissions

 

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

 

2014 CONTESTS

 

JANUARY DEADLINES:

 

 

·       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/

 

·       Tom Fairley Award. The Tom Fairley award is for editorial work done on a book published in Canada in either English or French. Entrants may be freelance or in-house editors. For full contest information and guidelines, visit the website. Deadline: January 10, 2014 Entry fee: $100 Prize: $2000  Details: http://www.editors.ca/tomfairley/index.html

 

·       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/

 

·       Transitions Travel Writing Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is very broad and in keeping with our editorial, we wish to explore the idea of travel as a way to not only leave behind your material and spiritual preconceptions, but to use the opportunity to open up to ideas, aesthetics, and rituals which you have internalized into your own life going forward. Deadline: January 15, 2014. Entry fee: none Prize: $500, $150, $100 Details: http://www.transitionsabroad.com/information/writers/travel_writing_contest.shtml#contest_guidelines

·       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 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

 

·       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

 

·       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 … we’re also starting the search for next year’s winner. 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

 

FEBRUARY DEADLINES:

 

ARC POETRY MAGAZINE’S POEM OF THE YEAR CONTEST

 

·       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

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·        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

 

·       NEW! Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Competition opens Monday, January 6, 2014, 8 A.M. (EST). Capture the essence of Erma’s writings and you could win $500 and a free registration to the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop! 525 writers from 7 different countries and 48 states entered the 2012 competition. Erma Bombeck, graduated from the University of Dayton in 1949, lived with her husband and family in Centerville, Ohio, and inspired people worldwide with her columns and books about life’s trials and tribulations. Her memory lives on with the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition hosted every two years by the Washington-Centerville Public Library and the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop hosted by the University of Dayton. Deadline: Feb. 17, 2014 8 AM. More info: http://www.wclibrary.info/erma/index.asp

 

 

·       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

 

MARCH DEADLINES:

 

·       Grasmere 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

 

·       MSLEXIA 2014 WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION.  A competition for unpublished short stories of up to 2,200 words. We accept work on all subjects, so write about anything and everything you fancy – we love to read it. 1ST PRIZE: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a  week’s writing retreat at Chawton House Library, and a day with a Virago editor.  2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: £250 Three other finalists each receive £100 Judge: Jane Rogers Closing date: 17 March 2014 All winning stories will be published in the Jun/Jul/Aug 2014 edition of Mslexia Before you enter, find out all you need to know in the competition rules. Ready? Enter the competition. https://mslexia.co.uk/shop/scomp_enter.php

 


·       The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books: Winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, 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 accepted each year by nominating books and prose. Book deadline January 21. Prose deadline March 31st. more info at: http://www.hofferaward.com/

 

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·       Writers Digest Self-Published Competition: Writer’s Digest hosts the 22nd 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, 2014 A chance to win $3,000 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! http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished?et_mid=652598&rid=239199236

 

·       The Ontario Poetry Society Arborealis Prize For Poetry. Deadline April 30, 2014. Theme: the people’s poetry tradition. $20 for up to 4 poems, $5. Each additional poem.  See website for full details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Arborealis%202014.htm

 

·       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  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

 

·       The Ontario Poetry Society Sparkle & Shine Poetry Anthology Chapbook Contest. Deadline June 30, 2014.  Various themes.  Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 poems for $5.00. See website for full details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_sparkle&shine%202014.htm

 

·        The Ontario Poetry Society Food for Thought Contest. Deadline Sept. 30, 2014.  Food-themed poems.  Fees: 1 poem for $5.00 or 3 poems for $10.00.  See website for full details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Food%20for%20Thought.htm

 

·       The Ontario Poetry Society Ultra Short Poem Competition. Deadline Oct. 30, 2014.  Poems no longer than 8 lines, 8 words per line. Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00.  See website for full details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Ultra%20short%20poem14.htm

 

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