CAA-NCR Weekly Literary Notices Week of May 13, 2013



Weekly Notices for the week of May 13 to May 19, 2013


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



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


Did you know that CAA members are eligible to participate in a Health & Dental Benefits Plan for Writers? For information, access the Writers’ Coalition Health & Dental program on our 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



DATE: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 TIME: 7:00 p.m.

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

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

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


LIGHT REFRESHMENTS: to follow. The event is open to the public at no cost.

 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.  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.


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

chairs-fixed2LOCATION: Heagle Country Residence, Osgoode, Ontario

FEATURING Workshop Leader – BARBARA KYLE- 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 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.

 Qais GhanemQais 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: Thursday May 23 (12 noon to 1 p.m.)


Whistle for JellyfishOttawa’s Field Stone Poets, Sylvia Adams, Margaret M. Zielinski, Glenn Kletke, Carol Stephen and Gill Foss, will be reading from Whistle for Jellyfish, their collection of travel poems (BookLand Press) and personal selections of their individual work both published and new. If you enjoy a wide range of poetic styles this will be a great way to enjoy a change of pace in the middle of your day.  A limited number of books will be available for sale.

Everyone welcome.


DATE: Saturday, May 25 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Christiane D'Aoust


Gem-Bem and the Mystery of the Ball of Branches, a novella length story for children from 8 to 12 years of age, is also available in French. Gem-Bem, a friendly cat, ventures into the deep forest with her best friend in search of a big stretch of water. Along the way, they discover a mysterious ball of branches. Of course, Gem-Bem wants to solve this mystery. During their trek, Gem-Bem and her forest friends share a wonderful adventure and learn the true value of friendship. One question remains, will the mystery be solved?

The readers will find themselves in the company of Gem-Bem and her friends in the heart of the forest. Throughout the adventure, the author uses action and dialogue between the animals to teach unique characteristics of the animals and valuable life lessons. A glossary, amazing color and black & white illustrations, and a map add to the entertaining story.

Gem-Bem’s websites for info on her forest friends, booksignings, bookstores and boutiques where Gem’s book is available.,



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

  • Writing Workshop with Denise Chong, Ruth E. Dickinson, 100 Malvern, Mon. 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.,  AND AT 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., AND AT 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


DATE: Saturday, May 25th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

LOCATION: Dawson College, 4001 de Maisonneuve Blvd. in Montreal

 One-day conference for emerging/established adult creators of works for young people.

Yes Oui CANSCAIP hosts Imagine a Story, a one-day conference for adults interested in writing, illustrating, and performing for children and teens. Yes Oui CANSCAIP is the Quebec chapter of the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers.

Marie-Louise Gay (author-illustrator), Patricia Ocampo (literary agent), Rachna Gilmore (author), Anna Goodson (artist agent), Christie Harkin (editor-publisher), and Anita Daher (author-editor) are among the conference’s 14 featured speakers. Visit for more information about the conference and to download the registration package for the event.



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:, with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to


ITEM 9: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS ASA BOXER AND CARMINE STARNINO                                                                                NEW!


DATE: Tuesday, May 14

LOCATION: Club Saw, 67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa

6:45 p.m. Workshop – Exercising Your Muse: 1 with Cathy MacDonald-Zytfeld

Join us for a workshop where you’ll be brought through various writing exercises and creativity practices. Learn what the best way for you to work is. Stop and have a conversation with your muse. Cathy MacDonald-Zytveld established, and still runs, The Dusty Owl Reading Series.

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

Asa BoxerAsa Boxer: Award-winning author of two poetry collections and co-founder of the Montreal International Poetry Prize. His debut book, The Mechanical Bird (2007), won the Canadian Authors Association Prize for Poetry, and his cycle of poems entitled “The Workshop” won first prize in the 2004 CBC Literary Awards. His work has been anthologised in various collections, including The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry, the Oxford-Poetry Broadside Series and The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2009 and 2012. His writing has appeared in various magazines in Canada, the UK, Australia and Belgium. His poems, articles and reviews have appeared in Poetry London , Arc Poetry Magazine , The Malahat Review , Books in Canada , Maisonneuve , and Canadian Notes & Queries ( CNQ ).

Carmine StarninoCarmine Starnino, critically acclaimed poet and author of Lazy Bastardism: Reviews and Essays on Contemporary Poetry (2012), has published four critically acclaimed volumes of poetry. His most recent, This Way Out (Gaspereau, 2009), was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. His book of criticism, Lazy Bastardism: Reviews and Essays on Contemporary Poetry, was published by Gaspereau Press in 2012. He lives in Montreal, where he is poetry editor for Véhicule Press and senior editor for Reader’s Digest Canada.

More information at:


May 16 at the NAC – The Way: Walking the Camino – Phil and Anne Nagy

Map of the Way of St. James in EuropeA couple sets out to walk the Camino, walking a thousand year old pilgrim trail through the mountains of northwestern Spain, and finding plenty of adventure along the Way.


Join us for an evening of storytelling and tea, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at The Tea Party, 119 York St., from 7pm to 8:45pm. Stories begin on the hour and half-hour with breaks in between for treats and chatting. Pay what you can.

  • May 14 New Stories of Early Days Featuring stories from OST’s Historic Tales Group
  • May 28 Tales from the Bay Dean Verger and Murray McGregor

For more info visit:


DATE: Thursday, May 16 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Umi Café, 610 Somerset St. West, Ottawa

Last year Cangames held its first Geeky Poetry Slam. Intrepid poets and the artistically inclined came out to perform poems that evoked geekiness, gaming and elements of fandom from across sci fi/fantasy. We’re hoping this year will be even bigger and better. Do you have a Star trek love poem, some verse about 4th edition, a rhyming tirade about Game of Thrones?

Come and perform it in your 3.14 minutes on stage and attempt to claim the title of Ottawa’s Geek Poetry Slam Champion 2013.

Poets :

Sign Up – First come, First served (in person or via fb message to David Narbaitz)

Slam starts at 8:30. 2 Rounds. 2 Guest Judges (Ron Langton & Rusty Priske)

Poets: • Bruce Narbaitz • ApollotheChild • Daniel Mark Patterson • Mia Morgan • Sara Steeves



 DATE:   Friday, May 17, 2013  7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

The Thirsty Moose Pub & Eatery - Carleton Place, ONLOCATION:  The Thirsty Moose Restaurant – UPSTAIRS (20 Bridge Street, Carleton Place)

COST:  $5.00 per person (however, if you choose to compete – you get in for free)

This is the last chance for those who have competed twice to try & move up their rankings, and  the last chance for those who have only slammed once this season to qualify for the LiPS 2013 Finals.  Don’t miss your chance if you are one of these people.

Come on out!  Show your support, enjoy the poetry, participate, compete, open mic, judge, have some food & beverages at our terrific venue, have some fun with some great people, etc.  What a great way to launch into the warmer weather, with a fabulous evening like this.  Hope to see you there.

For more information, please contact LiPS at , or look for us on Facebook under “LiPS”.


DATE:  Wednesday May 22, 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Bethel Fieldhouse, 166 Frank Street, (near Elgin and Gladstone)

Journalism students with ID free

Media Club Members $15

Non-members $20

FEATURING Cyril Dabydeen, former Poet Laureate of Ottawa

Born in Guyana, South America; Dabydeen has lived in Canada since 1970. He holds post graduate degrees in English and Public Administration and teaches writing at the University of Ottawa.

Assorted sandwiches, fresh fruit provided. RSVP 613 521-4855




 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!

  • 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<>.





NEW! 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


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.”


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:

The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at:

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

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

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

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

CIRCA: A Journal of Historical Fiction is accepting submissions. Details are available at:

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

From the Well House is accepting fiction, scholarly essays and poetry. Details can be found at:

Ruminate Magazine is now accepting submissions. Guidelines and deadlines are available at:

Carousel is accepting submissions. Info:

Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info:

Convert Publishing, a new digital publisher, is accepting manuscript submissions. For more details, visit:


Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info:


The Montreal Review accepting submissions.

Queen’s Quarterly is accepting articles, reviews, short stories and poetry. Details can be found here:

Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at:


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., 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:


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.

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.

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

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.


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.


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:


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.”


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.  :


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.  :


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.  :


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”.  :


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


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

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

NEW! The Red Line Magazine (UK) is accepting submissions for Issue #3. Theme: The End. £50 prize for winning story of the issue. Shortlisted entries posted online. No entry fee. Length: 3500 words max. Deadline: May 17, 2013. Note: Website indicates April 30, but info confirmed by publisher. Submissions also open for Issue #4: Time. Guidelines:

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

 NEW! For a “Human Face of Sustainability” issue, quarterly magazine Creative Nonfiction is looking for essays that illuminate environmental, economic, ethical and/or social challenges related to the state of the planet and our future. Prize: $10,000. Submissions received before May 31, 2013, will be considered for publication. Entry fee: $20. International entrants welcome.     Guidelines:

 Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers. Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press..  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:

Print publication Stone Voices (US) is seeking articles, essays, fiction, and poetry about the connection between art and spirituality as it relates to the making of art, history of art, spiritual awakening, mindfulness, and more. Deadline: May and August 2013.

 Print journal Still Point Arts Quarterly (US) seeks a broad range of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry about art, the idea of art, the making of art, art history, being an artist, creativity, inspiration, the artist’s medium, etc. Deadline: May and August 2013.

 NEW! FEARFUL SYMMETRIES SUBMISSIONS – deadline May 31, 2013 (midnight EST). Renowned editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow will be editing an unthemed, all original anthology of terror and supernatural fiction for ChiZine Publications, Fearful Symmetries, scheduled to be published in Spring 2014. (The project was funded through Kickstarter by your generous donations!) Ellen says: “This is a non-theme, all original anthology of about 125,000 words of terror and supernatural horror. I’m looking for all kinds of horror, but if you’re going to use a well-worn trope, try to do something fresh with it. If you’ve read any volumes of The Best Horror of the Year, you’ll know that my taste is pretty eclectic, that I like variety, and that while I don’t mind violence, I don’t think it should be the point of a story. I don’t want vignettes but fully formed stories that are about something. I want to be creeped out.”

Payment is 7 cents/word. Up to 10,000 words, BUT Ellen would prefer stories up to 7500 words. No reprints. A large percentage of the stories have already been solicited, but we have a small window for open submissions, from May 1 – May 31, 2013. Please send your best work. We are using the Moksha Submissions System. You can submit here:


 Tendril Literary Magazine (US) is open to submissions for their debut issue. Welcomes “unusually compelling” poetry, short fiction (1500 words max.), and cover art. Especially interested in experimental, surrealist, and absurdist work. Published online with the seasons. Deadline: June 1, 2013.   Guidelines:

 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 also accepted.

Quarterly journal Cordite Poetry Review, magazine of Australian poetry and poetics, invites submissions for Issue 43. Theme: Masque. Also accept scholarly essays. Open to international writers (see comment on FAQ page); payment for Australian contributors. Deadline: June 14, 2013.

 Stained Pages Press New Canadian literary food quarterly Beer and Butter Tarts seeks essays, profiles, short fiction, poetry, and artwork. 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: June 30, 2013.

 New! queer arts and literary journal Plenitude Magazine (Canada) seeks literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic narrative for Issue #3. Payment: $10-$25. Deadline: July 5, 2013.


 Independent, biannual print magazine Passion: Poetry is seeking submissions for its inaugural issue (scheduled for September 2013). Accepting poetry, short creative pieces (1 page or less), photographs, and artistic images. Looking for passionate words and imagery that inspire and motivate. Deadline: July 31, 2013

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.

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

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.

arts,cartoons,communications,creativity,George,men,metaphors,occupations,persons,typewriters,writers,writer's block,writingsUPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS

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:      

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.



  • 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.   : 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:
  • 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:


  • 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:


  • 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.


  • 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

·       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

  • The CZP/Rannu Fund (Canada) offers two awards per year of $500 each: fiction (7000 words max.) and poetry (5 poems, 10 pages max). Granted to two writers of speculative literature (i.e., science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, surrealism, etc.), of any nationality/place of residence, at any stage of their career. Deadline: May 31, 2013. Entry fee: $10 ($15 for US entrants).
  • NEW! Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Award. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 21st annual self-published competition — the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Extended Deadline: May 31, 2013. Wondering what is in it for you? A chance to win $3,000 in cash, national exposure for your work, catch the attention of prospective editors and publishers, a paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City!
  • WRITERS’ DIGEST 82ND ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES. DEADLINE May  31, 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:


  • NEW! Boulevard Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets: Awards $1000 and publication in Boulevard for the winning group of three poems by a poet who has not yet published a book of poetry with a nationally distributed press. Deadline, June 13, 2013. Entry fee $15.


  • 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
  • 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:


  • 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.






  • NEW! Bellevue Literary Review Literary Prizes: The BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1 000 (each genre) and publication in the Spring 2014 edition of BLR. Entry fee is $15; deadline is July 1, 2013.
  • Bucket List Bikers (US) is sponsoring a writing contest for the best submission about motorcycle destinations. Destinations should be in the United States, and be accessible by motorcycle. Entries will be evaluated for creativity, style, and relevance. First prize: $300. Length: 500-1000 words. Deadline: July 1, 2013
  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.



  • Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline is November 30, (postmarked).
  • 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






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