Weekly Notices for of May 20 to May 26, 2013

 11 items: 3 NEW EVENTS 2 NEW CALLS

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 ITEM 1:


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 ProbARBARA KYLE

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

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

Ottawa Public Library’s Main Branch, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Ottawa’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 Whistle for Jellyfishwork 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.  


Christiane D'Aoust


DATE: Saturday, May 25 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


 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?

 Gem-Bem hiding behind a few leaves, waiting for a friend's visit.

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.,



 DATE: Wednesdays beginning May 22 7:00 p.m.

Location: University of Ottawa – University Centre Room 206


Brandon Wint’s Poetry Readers and Writer’s Club is a fresh hybrid of poetry-oriented courses Brandon has designed or co-designed and facilitated over the last several years. This set of classes, which will happen on Wednesday evenings inside the University Centre of Ottawa U, is the first of its kind and has unique community-building potential for those whose love of poetry is deep, flourishing, and wide-ranging. These gatherings will be a dynamic mixture of a book-club and a writing group.

 Course Outline:

 Week 1 (May 22nd): Introductory class and free-writing :)

Week 2 (May 29th): Discussion of Michael Ondaajte’s “The Cinnamon Peeler

Week 3 (June 5): Editing of modeled Ondaatje poems

Week 4 (June 12): Discussion of “A Really Good Brown Girl” by Marilyn Dumont

Week 5 (June 19th): Editing of modeled Dumont poems

Week 6 (June 26): Discussion of “The Great Black North” Anthology of Black Canadian Writing

Week 7 (July 3): Editing of Modeled GBN poem

Week 8 (July 10): Discussion of “Chronicles” by Dionne Brand

Week 9 (July 17th): Editing of modeled Brand poem

Week 10 (July 24th): Course wrap up :) (celebrations, cookies, donuts)

 Visit the link for complete details on course.




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

·        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



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

ITEM 9: URBAN LEGENDS SEMI FINALS Featuring BRITTA BADOUR hosted by Brad Morden                                             NEW!


DATE: THURSDAY MAY 23   7:00 P.M. TO 10:30 P.M.

LOCATION: Carleton University, Gladiator Circle outside of Patterson Hall. (In case of rain Rm. 282 will be our default location) ONLY $7

On THURSDAY MAY 23 the top 12 poets will enter the Gladiator circle for their chance to make the 2013 Urban Legends Poetry Team. The Semi-Finalists are:

 1. PrufRock 2. DMP 3. Just Jamaal 4. Ali Alikhani

5. ArRay-of-WoRds 6. Sense-Say 7. Sir Realist

8. MC The Poet 9. MisSaraLee 10. Freedom Writer

11. Mia Morgan 12. D-Zaster

 2 crazy sacrificial poems to be decided

 Britta “Britta B.” Badour, resides in Toronto, serving the community as a youth mentor and advocate for socially conscious living. She has toured with her poetry across North America, empowering thousands of people to recognize that the “power of your voice can change the world.” In 2010, she spent the summer facilitating a youth leadership trip in Kenya, where she found herself lost for words for the first time. Britta began her career as a spoken word artist in 2011, with a solo trip to New York City. Since then, she has fascinated audiences with feature performances, opened for HBO Def Poetry superstars Carlos Andrés Gómez and Shihan, and earned a spot on the 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam team. Last summer, she unveiled her first chapbook Oh, Britta and competed at the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 Most recently, Britta competed as a finalist at the 2012 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (achieving 3rd place), she has released a second book of poetry called Speak, and was a featured guest in Dwayne Morgan’s 2013 production of When Sisters Speak. Britta also competed as a Toronto representative at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Minneapolis, earlier this year. As a self-proclaimed thrill-seeker, she enjoys rainy bike rides, cooking in the dark and quiet conversations with the moon.

 Lets give these poets our love, support and warmth by showing up for what will be a night you will never forget!!!

ITEM 10: CPC’S ONCE UPON A STORY SLAM                                        NEW!


Date: Saturday, May 25

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

Doors (and sign up!) starting at 6:30. $8 and free for tellers. All ages welcome.

 The Capital Poetry Collective, in conjunction with Red Words, is proud to bring you the Capital Poetry Collective’s first ever STORY SLAM!

 Ruthanne Edward hosted Once Upon A Slam on behalf of Red Words for two years, at the home of slam in Ottawa – The Mercury Lounge! She has become the ‘go-to’ name to bring Story Slams to the Canadian Storytelling Community – and now she is bringing it to the Capital Poetry Collective!

 So, what is a Story Slam?  Think of a Poetry Slam, but with stories instead of poems (though they may also be poems… as long as they tell a story!)… the tellers get 5 minutes to wow you and random judges decide their fate… Not so different from what you are used to… yet, oh so, different.  For this event, all tellers must tell true, personal stories. It is only one round and everybody has a story to tell… so let’s hear it! Stories are meant to be told, not recited, so no paper is allowed. Remember… it is the story, not the individual words that are important!

 And that is not all! We will have a very special Once Upon A Slam feature: Marta Singh! Marta has amazed audiences with her story of growing up in Argentina’s Dirty War. This story is not to be missed… it is emotional, captivating and vivid. This will be a night that is talked about. Don’t miss it.



 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<>.





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.





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


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.


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. 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.


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.



NEW! Room would love to consider your writing or art for our upcoming Spring 2014 issue, 37.1 The Fashionable. What is fashion? Who decides? And how does fashion figure in our lives?

Embrace it, fight it, define it, laugh at it, whatever. The Fashionable editors want only your best for Room’s Spring 2014 issue. Send us your best work before July 31, 2013. Check out our guidelines at to find out more


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.

NEW! Bones – a journal for contemporary haiku: Send a maximum of 5 single haiku and/or 1 series/sequence of maximum 10 haiku. Submission deadlines are October 15 – November 15 for the December issue & April 15 – May 15 for the June issue. Submissions: submission (at) bonesjournal (dot) com. with “Submission to bones” in the subject line. Please include the works in the body of the email AND as an attached file (doc, docx, odt, rtf)



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.




·        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:


·       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:


·        CALYX Press’ Online Flash Fiction Contest. Theme: A new creation story. Details 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.


·       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).


·       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:




·        The Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest. Details are available at: June 1. 


·        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.


·       The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book and Magazine Awards for Social Justice Writing are seeking submissions. Closing date  Friday, June 14, 2013 at 5 PM PST. Information Detailed eligibility requirements can be found at  Meet the winners at LitFest In October.


·       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:


·      Guy Owen Award Southern Poetry Review: Winning poet receives a cash prize of $1 000. Submit 3-5 poems (10 pages maximum). Entry fee $20 (includes a 1 year subscription to journal). Deadline June 15.



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:


·       Poetry Foundation Ghana invites entries for inaugural (2013) Ghana Poetry Prize. Prize: $1000. The aim of this prize is to support younger emerging poets. Open to international entrants. Submit up to two poems, 30 lines max. No entry fee. Deadline: June 30, 2013. Shortlist announced in July. Winner announced in September.  :


·       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.


·       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:


·       The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the 2014 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. The volume of manuscripts prevents the Press from offering critiques or entering into communication or correspondence about manuscripts. Entry period May 1 to June 30 2013. Info:

·       The New Measure Poetry Prize: Parlor Press will award $1 000 and publication of an original, unpublished manuscript of poems. Up to four other manuscripts may be accepted for publication. Entry fee $25; deadline June 30.




·       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)


·        Table Read My Screenplay: details are available at: Deadline: July 15.


·        Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest. Deadline: July 31.


·       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 Malahat Review’s Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. Deadline is August 1.


·       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.


·       The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards. Deadline is November 1.


·        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


·        Red Tuque Books 2013 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition. Deadline is December 31:





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