CAA-NCR Weekly Literary Events April 29-May 5 2013



Weekly Notices for the week of April 29 to May 5, 2013


Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at ###Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website



Canadian Authors Association-NCR Branch has opened a new Writing Circle (WC) in the Vanier/St. Laurent Rd. area.There’s still room for two or 3 more people!.  The Circle  meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Ottawa Public Library, 515 Côté, two blocks West of St. Laurent Blvd., four blocks South of Montreal Road, four blocks North of McArthur. Parking is available at the site, and the #7 and #14 buses stop nearby – check OC Transpo website for further details.

CAA-NCR Writing Circles are now open to non-members of Canadian Authors Association. Fees are: $75.00 per year for non-members; members of CAA-NCR attend the Writing Circles at no charge as part of their membership package.  For information, and to register for this writing circle, contact Sharyn Heagle at


DATES: Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, 2013

LOCATION: Heagle Country Residence, Osgoode, Ontariochairs fixed


Over 450,000 copies of her books have been sold in seven countries.

Workshop Title – Master Class Plus: Shaping Your Story With a Pro

In Saturday’s all-day workshop Barbara covers five essential aspects of craft used by successful authors – Hooks, The Inciting Incident, Conflict and Reversals, Deep Character, Dialogue

In Sunday’s half day workshop Barbara focuses on “Getting Published” including the world of self-publishing with e-books. You’ll leave Barbara Kyle’s “Master Class Plus” empowered to shape your story into a captivating, memorable read.

CAA members $250, Non-members $275. The fee is all inclusive – dorm style accommodations plus lunch and dinner on Saturday, full breakfast on Sunday. Plenty of free time for hiking or relaxation in a peaceful country environment.  For full details and registration information see our website

Registration is limited to 10 attendees. Early registration is advised.


DATE: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Ottawa Public Library, Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St. at Laurier

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

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


Awards Night, the biggest event of the CAA-NCR program year, will honour the Poetry, Short Story and Youth Short Story winners and finalists of the National Capital Writing Contest.

The contest, open to anyone living within the National Capital Region, allows writers to test their skills against some of the best in the area.

Finalists are encouraged to bring friends and family to the Awards Night to participate in the celebrations.

The event is open to the public at no cost.

First place winners will read from their manuscripts; if time permits, second place winners will read as well.

For information, e-mail Sharyn Heagle, CAA–NCR President,

Finalists, presented in alphabetical order:


  • Troubled Places, Sylvia Adams, Ottawa
  • Beat Beethoven, Robert Barclay, Ottawa 
  • The Fiercest Calm, Justin Joschko, Ottawa 
  • Against the Wind, Helen Rossiter, Ottawa 
  • Temporary, Suzy Royle, Perth
  • Special Occasion, Sonia Tilson, Ottawa

 Poetry finalists:

  • Old Among Strangers, Sylvia Adams, Ottawa
  •  Instructions to a Third Grade Teacher,  Iris Anderson, Ottawa
  • Undertow (for Gwen), Gill Foss, Carp
  •  From Industrial Alibis: Angular Momentum, Karen Massey, Ottawa
  • In Beechwood Cemetery, Joan McKay, Ottawa
  • Crows Witness, Luminita Suse, Gloucester

 Youth Short Story finalists:

  • Day in the Life, Madeline Cuillerier, Ottawa –  Glashan Public School
  • Sudden Impact, Patrick Gloutney, Osgoode – Castor Valley Elementary School
  • The Story of Them,  Alison Griffith, Nepean – Bell High School.

Awards night will take place May 14th to honor the Short Story and Poetry winners and finalists of the National Capital Writing Contest, sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association-National Capital Region.

“The National Capital Writing Contest is the biggest event of our program year,” says Sharyn Heagle, President – National Capital Region (Ottawa) Branch of the Canadian Authors Association.

The contest was open to any writer within the National Capital Region.

Heagle says that the CAA encourages writers to test their skills against some of the best writers in the National Capital area. “Becoming a finalist in this contest is validation of your abilities as a writer.”

The writing contest is blind-judged. Each manuscript is coded when received by the branch, and then forwarded to the judges, who are selected from across Canada.

Heagle says it’s exciting to see the friends and family members who come out to the Awards Night in support of the finalists. “Writing is a lonely occupation and having that sort of visible support is a blessing for any writer.”

The Awards Night event will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe at Laurier. A reception will follow.


For information, e-mail Sharyn Heagle, CAA–NCR President,



We’d be happy to post the news about your book launch or reading here in the weekly notices. Just send a short piece telling us when, where and what (and how much, if applicable) Items received by Sunday morning will be posted for upcoming events.

Send to Carol Stephen at



DATE: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 6:30-9:00 p.m.

LOCATION: BOM Burgers on Main (upstairs), 343 Somerset St. West

 Sonia Saikaley, Con Cú, Claudio Gaudio, Victoria Dunn (2x the fun as Victoria is Victoria Higgins and Dunn is Meghan Dunn), Gabriella Goliger and Jasmine Aziz. Please join the authors at BOM Burgers on Main (upstairs), 343 Somerset St. West, Monday, April 29, 2013 at 6:30-9:00 p.m. Free admission. Drinks and food are sold through the restaurant.


 DATE: Monday, May 6 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Octopus Books, 116 Third Ave. in the Glebe, Ottawa

 Octopus Books is pleased to welcome local writer Qais Ghanem to read from and discuss his recent books. Qais’s writing is diverse, ranging from novels (Final Flight From Sanaa, Two Boys form Aden College), and non-fiction (My Arab Spring, My Canada), to his recently released book of English and Arabic poetry (From Left to Right). He is an invited regular political columnist for Gulf News in Dubai, and blogs for Huffington Post. With diverse experiences as a radio host, community activist, retired professor of medicine, Ghanem’s writing touches on the important social, cultural and political questions of the day.

DATE: Tuesday May 14, 2013 at noon

LOCATION: Ottawa Public Library (Metcalfe/Laurier

Book reading and signing will also take place at the Ottawa Public Library (Metcalfe/Laurier on Tuesday May 14, 2013 at noon.




DATES: May 6 for six weeks. Register by May 3

LOCATION: Dymon storage boardroom, Coventry Rd.

COST:  $165

Under veteran journalist Susan Hickman’s guidance, a small group (about half a dozen) of writers meet weekly with their projects, share and get feedback on their latest writing, explore markets and learn how to pitch for those markets. By the end of the 6 weeks, with a bit of focus and “home work,” you should have something polished.

If you are interested, please email Susan at as soon as possible. This is also a great workshop for previous students who have writing on which they want feedback.

Please forward on to anyone you know you might benefit from this workshop. Thanks!

Cost is $165, starting May 6, for 6 weeks. In the Dymon storage boardroom, Coventry Rd.

 ITEM 8: OIW MAY WORKSHOPS                                        

DATE: Saturday, May 4 & 5, 2013 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Room 3234, Pavilion Roger Guindon Hall, Ottawa Hospital Campus, 471 Smyth Road, Ottawa

Cost:  $60 for OIW members, $70 for anyone else

Lunch $12 or bring your own or use the Cafeterias on site

 Workshop #1 May 4: Editing Made Almost Painless With Jon Peirce

This beginning to intermediate level workshop is designed for anyone who would like to edit his or her own writing, but has found the process difficult up until now.  We’ll start off with a brief roundtable discussion of participants’ experiences with editing.  I will then outline a basic model of the editing process to guide participants in their work.  Some short practical exercises will take up the rest of the time until lunch.  After lunch, we’ll spend most of the rest of the day on more complex editing exercises, winding up with a second roundtable.  Everyone who takes this workshop will receive one free critique of his or her editing work.  (More details on this will be provided at the workshop). In addition, anyone currently working on an editing project is invited to bring along a sample to discuss with the group.

Workshop #2: Sunday, May 5, 2013 Getting into Memoir-Writing:  Beyond Faded Photos and Torn Letters With Jon Peirce

Many would-be memoir writers spend so much time examining old photos and crumpled heaps of paper that they never really get to the heart of the matter—deciding what kind of life they or their subject has led and what effect that life has had on those close to them and on the world at large.  What’s most important, after all, isn’t where one starts out in life, but where one ends up.

The sad truth is that a great many would-be memoir-writers get so wrapped up in doing their research that their stories never see the light of day.  Doing research is fun; it is also necessary.  But it can also be an excuse for not getting started with writing.   As the noted historian Barbara Tuchman has said, apropos of research:  “One must stop before one has finished; otherwise one will never finish.”[1]

This one-day, hands-on workshop will offer several practical exercises to help prospective memoir writers get on with the business of reconstructing their lives for posterity.  In one such exercise, participants will be asked to identify “defining moments” or turning points in their lives, and to consider what lessons they learned from those moments.  The workshop should be of benefit both to those well advanced in their memoirs, and to those just starting out.

For more information



While several traditional publishers and bookstores have closed their doors, you have new opportunities to publish your book in print and digital formats. Successful traditionally- and self-published authors will describe the pros and cons of getting your book published by a traditional publisher versus using self-publishing platforms offered by Amazon Kindle Direct, Kobo, Smashwords, and now big New York-based publishers. As well, new players such as Amazon Publishing and agents offering publishing services will be discussed.

The Ottawa Romance Writers Association is partnering with the Ottawa Public Library to present this workshop twice as part of the OPL May 2013 Author Month schedule. The panelists are multi-published romance authors; however, the workshop content is targeted to all writers of book-length fiction and non-fiction. Note that the author line-up on the two panels differ but the workshop content is the same.   Register via the Ottawa Public Library website  for one of the following:

 – Monday, May 13, 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at the OPL Greenboro Branch, with authors Sharon Page, Teresa Morgan and Brenda Gayle.

-Saturday, May 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the OPL Main Branch, with authors Opal Carew, Maureen Fisher, Teresa Morgan and Coreene Callahan

If you do not have a library card, please register via an email to Madeline McBride at, and indicate which date you plan to attend.


There are several workshops upcoming from Writescape, including ones on May 4, 6 and 7

Upcoming Workshops details here:

What to expect at a Writescape Workshop:

An urban, accessible workshop location

Professional, experienced workshop leaders

Hands-on practical exercises and activities

Helpful handouts and tip sheets


  • May – June – Get the Word Out: Social Media for Writers with Heather M. O’Connor and Anne MacLachlan. Location: Trent University, Oshawa Campus, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • May 4 – How Many Characters Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?  Back by popular demand at The Ontario Writers’ Conference 2013, Gwynn Scheltema  leads this practical interactive workshop that explores the electrifying world of multiple POVs: why, when, and how.
  • May 6 and May 7 – PR Launchpad  Create a PR plan that will get you readers and sales. Trent University, Oshawa campus,  6:00 to 9:00 p.m.



The Ottawa Public Library is hosting a series of nine writing programs in May:

  • Write On! A Creative Writing Workshop, Blackburn Hamlet, 199 Glen Park, Saturday, May 4, 2:00-4:00 p.m.


  • Write Now! Start, Finish and Publish Your Writing, Rosemount, 18 Rosemount, Saturday, May 11, 1:00-4:00 p.m.


  • Writing Workshop with Denise Chong, Ruth E. Dickinson, 100 Malvern, Monday,     May 13, 1:00-3:00 p.m., *MASC


  • Publishing your Book, Greenboro, 363 Lorry Greenberg, Monday, May 13,                6:30-8:30 p.m., 
  • Main Library, 120 Metcalfe, Saturday, May 18, 2:00-4:00 p.m.



  • The Seeds of Fiction, Stittsville, 1637 Stittsville Main, Tuesday, May 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., *MASC


  • Keeping a Diary, Alta Vista, 2516 Alta Vista, Friday, May 17, 2:00-3:00 p.m.,
  • Carlingwood, 281 Woodroffe, Saturday, May 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m.



  • Writing for Young Audiences, Carlingwood, 281 Woodroffe, Wednesday, May 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. *MASC


  • Writing Mystery, Main Library, 120 Metcalfe, Saturday, May 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m.


  • Book Self-Publishing, Main Library, 120 Metcalfe, Monday, June 10, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Online registration is required to attend these free programs. The programs

indicated with *MASC are offered in partnership with Multicultural Arts for

Schools and Communities). For a complete list of programs, visit

For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or



A two week intensive program for eight writers to work exclusively with a renowned author to prepare manuscripts for publication. Activities will include plenty of writing time, exclusive one-on-one meetings with the instructor, a workshop and keynote address by a senior  Saskatchewan writer, a public reading, as well as group meetings to discuss publishing opportunities in Canada, literary journals, craft, and technique.

LOCATION: LUMSDEN, SK.  FEE includes instruction, food & accommodation

Summer Programmes July 22 – August 1, 2013 Application deadlines May 10, 2013 FEE: $1,295.00

  • Adult Intro to Writing Fiction and Poetry, Facilitators  Kimmy Beach & John Gould
  • Fiction Workshop Facilitator,  Helen Humphreys
  • Fiction Colloquium Facilitator,  Lawrence Hill
  • Poetry Workshop Facilitator,  Priscila Uppal
  • Summer Poetry Colloquium Facilitator,  Ken Babstock
  • Non-Fiction Workshop, Facilitator, Denise Chong

Find out more or register here:

ITEM 13:  WRITING RETREATS IN NOVA SCOTIA                       NEW!

 Writing From Nature with Harry Thurston

 DATES: July 19-21.

LOCATION: Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre, Sandy Bay Landings, RR 1 Port Joli, NS.

Cost: $275 (includes tuition, meals, cabin bunk).


Award-winning poet and nature writer Harry Thurston will conduct this Friday evening to Sunday afternoon workshop designed to sharpen observational skills, which are the foundation not only of nature writing but of all good writing. Focus will be on writing

about the natural world. Practical exercises will include the writing of a prose poem – a hybrid and highly flexible form – taking as subject a natural object from the environment surrounding the Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre on one of the most protected

and beautiful stretches of Nova Scotia’s South Shore. To register phone: 902 683 2763 or email: (when registering, mention any dietary restrictions).


Independent Writing Retreat


DATES: August 18-23, Sunday 7:00 p.m. to Friday 3:00 p.m.



Community of Writers returns with an invitation to writers who want to work independently on a manuscript, in a setting designed to support writers. Leadership: Chris Benjamin and Gwen Davies. Details are available at:


Writing by the Sea: A Seaside Writing Workshop/Retreat with Peter Carver and Kathy Stinson                                                                          DEADLINE APRIL 30!


DATES: September 8-14.

LOCATION: Sandy Bay (near Port Joli, between Shelburne and Liverpool), NS.

Cost: $995 ($25 with application, $125 on acceptance, balance by July 31)-includes meals, accommodation and tuition.

 Peter Carver and Kathy Stinson are offering their Seaside Writing Workshop/Retreat once again to six lucky writers dedicated to their craft. They welcome applications from novices and veterans alike. Since this workshop program was launched, several participants have gone on to secure publishing contracts and to see their manuscripts become books. One even won a Governor General’s Award for the project she worked on there, and another was shortlisted for a GG. If accepted, you’ll be staying in a 150-year-old renovated farmhouse, with a mile of sand beach a few minutes away, and the famous Keji seaside adjunct a 20-minute drive away. You’ll join others in a stimulating five days and six nights all devoted to your writing B with private writing time, stimulating workshops, and personal feedback from Peter and Kathy. Deadline: April 30. Application guidelines and information about the workshop can be found at:




 DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue 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 and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor.  Check out’s literary events calendar here:  The calendar contains up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to If you need more info, please Amanda know.



DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2013     10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.


395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada


Bookbinding, Fine Paper, Calligraphy, Prints, Letterpress, Wood Engraving, Books as Art from 25 Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists. Speaker’s Program and Exhibition.

All book lovers can explore the range of fine handcrafted products being created and will have the opportunity to purchase unique treasures or to start on a new creative journey of their own. The Book Arts Show and Sale is also an opportunity for book artists and bookbinders to meet others working in the related disciplines and to discover new techniques, methods, or materials.


Organized by the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists’ Guild


 Monday Apr 29


English: Picture of Knox Presbyterian Church i...

English: Picture of Knox Presbyterian Church in Ottawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6:30pm • Knox Presbyterian Church • 120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin) The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person with Rabbi Harold Kushner


  • 8:30 p.m. • Knox Presbyterian Church • 120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin) Suffer The Child with Emmanuel Dongala, Kenneth Bonert and Mia Couto


Tuesday Apr 30


  • 6:30pm  • Knox Presbyterian Church • 120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin) Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe with Lee Smolin


  • 8:30pm • Knox Presbyterian Church • 120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin) Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now with Douglas Rushkoff


  • 9:05pm • Bytowne Cinema • 325 Rideau St. The Adventures Of Prince Achmed Silent Film and Live Music


Sunday May 5


  • 11:00am • National Arts Centre Panorama Room • 53 Elgin st. Books and Brunch with Sandra Martin, Dorothy Speak, Carolyn Abraham and Stephen Maher

    Deutsch: Ottawa: National Arts Centre

    Deutsch: Ottawa: National Arts Centre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




 Events across the city at various branches,

Last year, close to 900 customers attended these events. Communities will gather to discover traditions, music and dance, listen to stories and create crafts from different cultures. These events are free and open to everyone!

  • Alta Vista branch, Saturday, May 4, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • St-Laurent branch, Wednesday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • North Gloucester branch, Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Main Library, Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Elmvale Acres branch, Saturday, May 11, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Carlingwood branch, Saturday, May 25, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Nepean Centrepointe branch, Saturday, May 25, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Hazeldean branch, Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

For more information about Newcomer Services at the Ottawa Public Library, visit  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or<>.




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.  Guidelines:, 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. Contact info:


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. Guidelines:


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. Guidelines:

Comedy website The Higgs Weldon (US) seeks forms of writing (1000 words max.) and cartoons. Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines:

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. Guidelines:


ARC POETRY ANNUAL 2013 CALL. Arc Poetry Magazine is looking for submissions of poetry—or prose about poetry—that takes the North as its pole star. We are looking for writing from the North and/or about the North in its many guises. We don’t take the North as a given and encourage submissions that engage with and challenge ideas and histories of the North.

We encourage submissions of diverse Northern voices, poetry styles, and languages (submissions in English, French, Inuit languages, Dené, and Cree are welcome; however, submissions in languages other than English should be accompanied by author-approved translations). To submit poems online, go to our Submission page. Please indicate “The North” in your cover letter.



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. Guidelines:


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. Guidelines:


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.” Guidelines:


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. Guidelines:


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. 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. Guidelines:


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”. Guidelines:


Website strange bOUnce accepts short stories, satire, and poetry, that have been “lightly brushed with sport.” Send work to No payment.





ROOM MAGAZINE submission call for the 36.4, Open issue. Deadline April 30, 2013. Room would love to consider your writing or art for our upcoming Winter issue, 36.4, edited by Lorrie Miller and Amy McCall. Send us your best work on any theme. Check out our guidelines to find out more.


Cairn Press: Cairn Press (US) seeks literary novel manuscripts with “prose that rises off the page” with strong characters and stories. Submission should include: a one-page query and the opening twenty pages. Deadline: April 30, 2013. Guidelines:


The Rusty Toque (Western University) is accepting literary and innovative writing in the following genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic short fiction. Accepted work paid a small honorarium (approx. $50). Deadline: April 2013. Guidelines:


Only Interconnect, an anthology exploring the intersection between social media and short stories, seeks writing whose content and/or form are inspired by social media. Send your tales told through texting, Pinterest prose, irony over Instagram, or Facebook flash fiction. Deadline: April 30, 2013 (extended). Guidelines:

Lunch Ticket, a literary magazine published by the Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA Program, is accepting submissions for its next issue. Submit fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art, and YA writing. Genre: Open. Deadline: April 30, 2013.  Guidelines:

Women, Work, and the Web: How the Web Creates Entrepreneurial Opportunities. Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press.  Co-editor: Carol SmallwoodCo-ed., Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012) on Poets & Writers Magazine “List of Best Books for Writers.” Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers forthcoming from Scarecrow Press. Co-editor: Joan Gelfand, Development Chair for the Women’s National Book Association, member of the National Book Critics Circle, Joan blogs regularly for the Huffington Post, teaches writing, and is an award winning author. Seeking chapters of unpublished work from writers in the United States and Canada for an anthology. We are interested in such topics as: Women Founding Companies Existing Only on the Web; Women Working on the Web With Young Children or Physical Disabilities; Woman’s Studies Resources and Curriculum Development Webmasters; Women as Founding Editors of Webzines and Blogs; Surveys/Interviews of Women on the Web. April 30 2013 deadline FULL DETAILS here:



NEW: The Hilt is looking for non-fiction literature. Theme: Confusing, hilarious or banal “Moral Of” stories and “Dear Diary” entries. Deadline: May 15. Guidelines at

 NEW: YMPmedia1Network is seeking submissions for three publications: Perspective Poetry Magazine, deadline May 15; Perspective Youth Readers, ongoing submissions; Young Men’s Perspective Magazine. Please visit for full details.

 NEW: Origami Journal is seeking fiction and non-fiction short stories for their summer 2013 Issue. Deadline: May 21. Details are available at:



Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers. Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press. Co-editor: Carol Smallwood co-edited Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012), on Poets & Writers Magazine’s “List of Best Books for Writers”; edited Pre- & Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians (American Library Association, 2012). Co-editor: Dr. Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Journalism Option Program, Passaic County Community College, Paterson, New Jersey; Editor/Founder, Adanna Literary Journal; Author, Eve Asks (Muse-Pie Press, 2011).  An anthology of unpublished 3,000-4,000 word chapters by successful, retired writers from the U.S. and Canada  (up to 3 co-authors) previously following other careers than writing.  Looking for topics as: Business Aspects of Writing, Writing as a New Career, Networking, Using Life Experience, Finding Your Niche, Getting Published, Following Dreams Put on Hold, Privacy and Legal Issues, Working With Editors, Time Management. With living longer, early retirement, popularity of memoir writing, this is a how-to for baby boomers who now have time to write. May 30 2013 deadline


New food-based magazine Toast Point Press (Canada) seeks submissions for its inaugural issue (June 2013). Looking for short fiction and prose (2500 words max.), poetry, drawings, and photography. Prefers the witty, thoughtful, unique, and engaging. Deadline: May 31, 2013. Website still under contruction. Submission form:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: CARTOONING DEGREE ZERO: DESCANT’S GRAPHIC LITERATURE ISSUE. Submission deadline for this issue: June 7th, 2013. The comic strip, the funnybook, the graphic novel — whatever we call this melange of words and pictures, it all begins with the art of cartooning. This issue provides an opportunity to explore what cartooning looks like now, and where we find its limits. In writing that approaches the zero degree, Roland Barthes sees an “infinite freedom” shining forth, the creation of an “unexpected object” overflowing with possibilities. Can we say the same for cartooning degree zero? Contributors are encouraged to test out the affinities that exist between cartooning and poetry, comics and prose, drawing and writing. What are the stories that images tell, and what do they keep silent? What can comics recall about the past, or say about the present? What have we seen in the history of cartooning, and what can we expect for the future of the form? Descant welcomes cartooned strips, panels, and stories that address any topic and investigate the possibilities and boundaries of the medium. Traditional essays, poems, memoirs and fiction that deal in some way with comics and cartooning will also be accepted.

DESCANT ARTS AND LETTERS FOUNDATION  CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BERLIN. “I still keep a suitcase in Berlin” – Marlene Dietrich.  “”It’s a city that’s so easy to ‘get lost’ in – and to ‘find’ oneself, too.” – David Bowie, on his “Berlin Years”

Submission deadline for this issue: August 16, 2013.

NEW Hagios Press Call for Submissions for their Strike Fire New Author Series. Details are available at: Deadline August 31.

NEW Canadian Literature call for papers: Science & Canadian Literature is a special issue dedicated to the subject in/and Canadian poetry and prose. Details are available at: Deadline: September 1.


NOTE: MSLEXIA, A U.K.-BASED MAGAZINE FOR WOMEN WHO WRITE, has posted links to numerous contests coming up, with deadlines from February through June. Includes youth, short story, poetry, plays, etc. Take a look here:      

Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. DEADLINE MAY 31, 2013 Total entry not to exceed 20 pages.

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. DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2013 DETAILS ails on contest here:


Darker Times Fiction, a monthly short story competition for stories of 3,000 words and less in the horror genre or on the subject of ‘darker times’. All of the information can be found on the website – . It’s open to UK and international writers and ends on the last day of each month.




MONTHLY TWITTER WRITING CONTEST!  DEADLINE:  LAST DAY OF THE MONTH AT 11 AM is hosting a weekly writing contest that I think would be of interest to your audience. How it Works: The first day of every month at 11 AM, we will announce the topic. Entrants must write a 140-character-or-less tweet, mention @Scribendi_Inc, and summarize the topic. The contest closes the last day of the month at 11 AM. Summarize This! promotes concise and precise writing skills in a fresh, fun way ( Prizes range from free editing to swag.




  • Canadian Writer’s Journal Short Fiction Contest. Entries must be original, unpublished stories, any genre, maximum length 2,500 words. Deadline: April 30, 2013. Prize: $150, $100, $50. Entry fee: $10. Details:




  • 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize. The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013. Open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 (about $12.83) per story. Full details and rules at
  • 4th Annual International Book Awards Deadline: April 30, 2013. Specifically designed to be a promotional vehicle for authors and publishers to launch their careers, open global markets, and compete with talented authors and publishers throughout the world. Open to all books published in English with an ISBN. Winners in each category will receive a 6-month full webpage on among other prizes. More info at


  • Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest, DEADLINE APRIL 30, 2013. Now in its 21st year. Prizes of $3,000, $1,000, $400 and $250 will be awarded, plus six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. Submit any type of short story, essay or other work of prose, up to 5,000 words. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. $16 entry fee. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad.


  • University of Iowa Press Iowa Poetry Prize. Deadline: April 30, 2013. Entry Fee: $20. Website: Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Call or visit the website for complete guidelines.




  • CBC Poetry Prize. This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished poem or poetry collection submitted to the competition. Submissions to the poetry category must be between 400 and 600 words. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Entry Fee: $25. Prize: Varies, see website for details
  • Canadian Stories. The Canadian Stories literary folk magazine is pleased to offer the 4th contest for Short Stories, Poetry, Black & White Art and a Self-Published Book Prize.  All entries must be original unpublished typewritten material. Authors retain copyright. Short stories should be 2,000-3,000 words. The subject of the submitted art should be suitable for publication in Canadian Stories.   Deadline: May 1, 2103. Entry Fee: $20. Prize: Varies . Details:


  • Quarterly Ruminate Magazine (US) invites entries for their sixth annual Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. First prize: $1500 and publication in the Fall 2013 Issue. Entry fee: US$18 (includes copy of the Fall 2013 Issue. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Guidelines:
  • The Malahat Review (BC) invites entries for the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. Open to authors whose fiction has yet to be published in book form. Submit one short story, 3500 words max. Prize: $1000 CAD and publication. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Entry fee: $25 (includes subscription). Guidelines:
  • AWARD TO RECOGNIZE EXCELLENCE IN FIRST NATIONS, METIS AND INUIT YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE Submissions deadline May 1, 2013. The Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature . The Award will be given annually to three English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis or Inuit authors. A First Prize of $12,000, a Second Prize of $8,000 and a Third Prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the authors and translators (if applicable) of the winning titles. For further details, submission guidelines etc. on the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, go to
  • POETRY LONDON COMPETITION 2013 Deadline: May 1 2013. The Poetry London Competition 2013 is now open for entries. First Prize £1000, Second Prize £500, Third Prize £200. plus publication in Poetry London. Four commendations will be awarded, of £75 each. Entries must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another poet. Entries must not have been previously published, in print or online. The maximum length is 80 lines. Entry fee is £3 per poem for Poetry London subscribers, for non-subscribers £5. For competition rules and entry form please download the form here:


  • 2013 Leapfrog Fiction Contest. First Prize: publication contract offer with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards ($150 and manuscript critiques). Open to adult and children’s fiction (middle grade and YA) in novella- or novel-length. Minimum length: 22,000. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Entry fee: $30. Guidelines:


  • NEW! CBC Canada Writes presents HyperLocal: a five-week national call-out to all Canadians starting April 3.  They want to know what’s new and changing in your neighbourhood and what that change means to you. Send them text-based stories, photo essays, audio or even video.  All stories will be posted online, and at the end of the month one winner will be selected by a jury panel. The grand prize is an interactive adaptation of the winning story by the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio and a laptop computer. Deadline to submit is May 3. Please visit for more details.


  • NEW! The General Store Publishing House is running a “Bad Poetry Contest”. Deadline May 5.  “Who doesn’t love a good (or bad) limerick? Think you’re a budding poet if only someone would read your work? Take a wee look at the Bad Poetry Contest we’re running along with  The Humm. ” For more about the rules and prizes, visit their website:


  • WRITERS’ DIGEST 82ND ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES. EARLY BIRD DEADLINE May 6, 2013. Categories include * Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious) * Memoirs/Personal Essay * Magazine Feature Article *Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.) * Mainstream/Literary Short Story *  * Rhyming Poetry * Non-rhyming Poetry * Stage Play * Television/Movie Script   * Children’s/Young Adult Fiction. FULL DETAILS HERE:




  • West End Writers’ Club Contest. Every year, the Vancouver, BC-based West End Writers Workshop sponsors a writing contest to showcase the talent of writers around the world. On June 22 all finalists will read their pieces and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in the stately Barclay Manor in Vancouver’s West End. This event is free and open to the public. Deadline: May 15, 2013. Entry fee: $10. Prize: $75, $50, $25. Details:


  • The Lush Triumphant – subTerrain’s Annual Literary Awards Competition. Our Annual Lush Triumphant Literary Awards competition is now open for submissions. The competition awards cash prizes & publication: 3 categories, 3 cash prizes, one deadline.   Deadline: May 15, 2013. Entry fee: $27.50. Prize: $3,000 in cash prizes + publication. Details:


  • Pandora’s Collective: Kisses and Popsicles Spring Poetry Contest: Deadline May 15, 2013, Winners announced June 15, 2013 Entry Fees: Adults – $5/poem Teens (14 to 19) – $4/poem. Children (13 and under) – $3/poem    Prizes: Adults – 1st: $100 & publication, 2nd: $50 & publication, 3rd: publication. Teens – 1st: $75 & publication,  2nd: $35 & publication, 3rd: publication. Children – 1st: $40 & publication, 2nd: $20 & publication, 3rd: publication.  Guidelines: visit website for full info. This contest is open to poets world wide.


  • MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE  COMPETITION PERIOD: Jan. 15 2013 to May 15, 2013. Get your poems ready! The not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize is offering $20,000 for one original, unpublished poem of no longer than 40 lines written in any English dialect. Competition open from January 15 to May 15, 2013. Online entries only. Entry fees vary. Please see for details.  To find out more about the competition and more about who the 2013 editors are, please visit
  • SHP Chapbook Competition $1,000 cash award, publication, 20 copies of the publication, and a reading at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. SHP uses a blind judging system and subscribes to the CLMP contest code of ethics. The Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition is open to all writers who have not yet published a collection of poems in book or chapbook form. Individual poems may be previously published, but poems must not have been published as a group in any form, including self-published collections. Manuscripts may be either a collection of poems or one long poem and should be a minimum of 16 pages and a maximum of 20 pages (not including the title page or table of contents). Reading period  February 15 to May 15. Entries must be submitted online or postmarked by May 15th. Submissions will be considered only if received between those dates. Details here:
  • $4,500 in awards for writers. THE NEW LETTERS LITERARY AWARDS.  Deadline:  May 18, 2013. Submit your writing online or by mail.  Details below. Entries sent after midnight May 18th can not be considered or refunded. The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry for the best 2013 group of three to six poems. The $1,500 Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for the Essay for the 2013 best essay. The $1,500 Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction for the best 2013 short story. Details:
  • NEW! Wolfe Island Scene of the Crime Short Story Contest. Stories must be fiction and a mystery (crime, suspense, private eye etc.) Deadline: May 25, 2013 Fee: none Prize: $100, $50, $35 Details:
  • NEW!  Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. The Victoria Book Prize Society is now accepting submissions for the 6th Annual Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. The $5000 prize will be presented to the winning author or illustrator on October 16, 2013 at a gala event in Victoria. Deadline: May 31, 2013. Entry fee: none Prize: $5000 Details:


  • The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award, sponsored by the St. Jerome’s University English Dept. Winning story: $1000. Deadline: May 28, 2013. This contest, is named in honour of Peter Hinchcliffe, who was instrumental in the founding of the magazine and has made an impact in the lives of many students in his longstanding role as lecturer at St. Jerome’s University. The $1000 top prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction by a Canadian (citizen or resident) writer who has not yet published a first novel or short story collection.  Though there is only one top prize, all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. All submissions will be judged blind. Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly. Eligiblity: see website.


  • NEW! CALYX Press’ Online Flash Fiction Contest. Theme: A new creation story. Details are available at: Deadline: May 31.
  • The Black River Chapbook Competition (Spring). Awarded twice annually for a chapbook (16-36 pages) of poetry or short stories. Beginning with the Spring 2009 competition, winner receives $500 and 25 copies of chapbook. Entry Period: April 1 – May 31 Deadline: May 31, 2013. GUIDELINES


  • The Saving Bannister 28th Niagara Branch of Canadian Authors Association ANNUAL POETRY ANTHOLOGY CONTEST Deadline for entries is May 31, 2013. For residents of Ontario. See website for full details. First Prize-$200    Second Prize-$100    Third Prize-$50


  • 2013 FIELD POETRY PRIZE. The editors of FIELD are pleased to announce the seventeenth annual FIELD Poetry Prize competition. The contest is open to all poets, whether or not they have previously published in book form. Unpublished poetry manuscripts between 50 and 80 pages in length will be considered. Oberlin College Press publishes the winning manuscript in the FIELD Poetry Series and awards the winning author $1,000 plus standard royalties. Manuscripts must be submitted during May 2013. The contest reading fee is $28 and includes one year’s subscription to FIELD. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, through our online Submissions Manager (contest portal will appear on May 1st).
  • The 2013 Poems Please Me Prize – submit by 31 May £400 in prizes + The Artists’ Quarter which brings together artists from China to the USA will illustrate winning poems and sponsor a canvas print illustration for the winner of the top award See the theme & how to enter this fascinating, challenging and rewarding. Details:



  • NEW! Praxis Screenplay Competition. Each year, Praxis holds a national call for entries seeking new screenplays by Canadian writers. Following careful jury selection, approximately eight entrants are invited to the Fall Screenwriting Workshop in Vancouver, B.C. Deadline: June 14, 2013 Fee: $45 per title  Prize: Fall workshop and private script consultation with a professional workshop advisor Details:
  1. ! POETRY COMPETITION: first prize is £2,000 – a substantial prize that also includes two optional extras: a week at the idyllic poets’ retreat of Cove Park, and a mentoring session with the editor of Poetry Review. Other winners will receive a share of the remaining £1,100 prize pot, and all winning poems will be published in the September 2013 issue of Mslexia. Click here for more information:
  2. POETRY PAMPHLET COMPETITION:  For collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems. the first prize is the publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books, plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and royalties from all subsequent sales. If you’ve never had a full-length collection published and want to take your work to the next level, this could be the competition for you… DETAILS are on our website at
  • NEW! gritLIT Writing Competition. There will be three innovative works of short fiction and three fabulous collections of poems chosen as winners. Entrants are asked to be entertaining, edgy, and outstanding. The top three of both fiction and poetry entries will be published in next year’s handsome gritLIT literary chapbook. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: $20 Prize: First prize: $200, Second prize: $100, Third prize: $50 Details:


  • NEW! Second Annual Walrus Poetry Prize. The Walrus Foundation and the Hal Jackman Foundation are proud to announce the return of the Walrus Poetry Prize. On September 1, the five finalists’ poems will be posted online at, where readers can vote until September 30 for the $2500 Readers’ Choice Award. Winners will be announced in October.  Deadline: June 30, 2013 Prize: $2500 + Published in The Walrus. Entry fee:$25 Details:


  • Pop Montreal and Matrix Magazine: Lit POP is back! Eileen Myles and Sheila Heti confirmed as the 2013 judges! DEADLINE June 30, 2013. POETRY AND SHORT FICTION. Winners, one from each category,  receive a round-trip ticket to POP Montreal from September 25 – 29, 2013, VIP pass to the Pop Montreal Festival, free accommodation at a bed and breakfast, fall publication in Matrix Magazine with full honorarium, and presentation at a special Matrix Lit POP event during the festival. Open to residents of Canada and the United States.  Winners notified in August. Poets are asked to send no more than 5 poems; fiction and non-fiction writers should send stories of no more than 3000 words. Each entry is 25$. Entries and entry fees should be mailed to Matrix Publications, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd W., LB 658, Montreal QC, H3G 1M8. Please include your email address. Cheques or money orders should be made out to “Matrix Publications.” PayPal is also available. Multiple entries are welcome. Entries can also be emailed to and will be considered valid once payment is verified. Full contest rules and regulations can be found at  


  • VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY 2013.  MAX. 3 POEMS, UP TO 60 LINES PER POEM. Entry fee $20 includes 1 yr. subscription. 1st prize $750. 2nd prize $250. Plus publication in Vallum. Mail to Vallum Poetry Contest, PO Box 598, Victoria Station, Montreal, PQ H3Z 2Y6 DEADLINE JULY 15, 2013. (online link not available yet)



  • The Ontario Poetry Society is accepting contest entries for The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Award. Prize: $50 and 50 chapbooks. Submit manuscripts of 24 poems or one long poem. Poems may be previously published. Open to Canadian residents. Deadline: July 31, 2013. Entry fee: $15. Guidelines:


  • The St. Lawrence Book Award. Awarded annually for any unpublished collection of poetry or short stories. Prize includes book publication, $1,000 cash award, and ten author copies of the book. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Entry Period: July 1- August 31 GUIDELINES


  • NEW! Gemini MAGAZINE Fifth Annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest. GRAND PRIZE: $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2013 issue of Gemini. Maximum length: 1,000 words. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Open to ANY subject, style or genre. Both new and established writers are welcome. ENTRY FEE: just $4 ($3 for each additional flash). Enter by email or snail mail. Full details at


  • Win £500 and publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition!  The Creative Writing Competition is a fantastic opportunity for existing and aspiring writers and poets to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Two categories for entry: Poetry and Short Fiction. Deadline for entries: 31 August 2013. Finalists will be announced on the 31 October 2013. Winners will be announced on the 1 December 2013. Prizes: There will be two winners; one Poetry winner and one Short Fiction winner. Each winner will receive £500.  Each winner will receive a selection of books from our competition partners. Winners and finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. Winners and shortlisted finalists will receive a complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.


  • poetry book contest: Red Mountain Press. DEADLINE SEPT. 15, 2013. The 2013 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry will award publication of a full-length book of poetry. The most important criterion is that the manuscript manifests significant themes in beautiful, strong and evocative language. The winner will receive publication with our standard contract and a $1000 award. All entries may be considered for future publication. SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL SUBMISSION DETAILS: SUBMIT through the electronic submission manager


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



  • NEW! Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline is November 30, (postmarked). For full details, please visit
  • Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2013. DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2013. Go online at  First Prize $1,000, Second Prize $250, Third Prize $100. Top ten entries are posted on our site. The entry fee for each submission is $25. One Act Plays of from 10 minutes to 70 minutes may be submitted by mail or email. By mail to Bottle Tree Productions, 445 Southwood Drive, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7M-5P8. Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions. For environmental and storage reasons email submissions are preferred. By email to contest (at) bottletreeinc (dot) com. Go online at for Paypal options and further details and to see past winners and their contact info.






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