NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Weekly Notices for the week of June 17 to June 23, 2013
11 items: 5 NEW EVENTS 1 NEW CALL
Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org
####Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml
ITEM 1: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION – NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION WRITERS RETREAT SEE NEW INFO IN RED
DATES: Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, 2013
LOCATION: 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 www.canauthors-ottawa.org Registration is limited to 10 attendees. Early registration is advised.
Please Note: There is limited space available for day registrants if anyone prefers to commute daily and not stay overnight. The registration fee will remain the same since no charge for accommodations has been included. Please signify your intentions when registering.
CAA NATIONAL NEWS
ITEM 2: WINNERS OF 2013 CAA LITERARY AWARDS ANNOUNCED NEW
The Canadian Authors Association (CAA) continued its long-held tradition of writers honouring writers and announced the winners of its 2013 Literary Awards competition during its annual CanWrite! conference.
Michael S. Cross of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was awarded the Lela Common Award for Canadian History for A Biography of Robert Baldwin: The Morning-Star of Memory (Oxford University Press). The shortlist for this award included Tim Cook (Warlord: Borden, MacKenzie King, and Canada’s World Wars) and Barry Gough (Juan de Fuca’s Strait: Voyages in the Waterway of Forgotten Dreams).
Christopher Meades was named the recipient of the CAA Award for Fiction for his novel The Last Hiccup (ECW Press). This year’s fiction shortlist included Tricia Dower (Stony River) and Vincent Lam (The Headmaster’s Wager).
Don McKay won the CAA Poetry Award for Paradoxides (McClelland & Stewart). The 2013 poetry shortlist also included Julie Bruck (Monkey Ranch) and Emily McGiffin (Between Dusk and Night).
All three award recipients receive a silver medal and a $2000 cash prize.
Earlier this week, two young authors were named as co-recipients of the 2013 Emerging Writer Awards: Claire Battershill and Jay Bahadur. They share a $500 prize.
Introduced in 1975, the CAA Literary Awards honour Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal – a tradition originally begun in 1937 with the creation of the Governor General’s medals for literature (now overseen by the Canada Council of the Arts). The competition is open to all writers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
Founded by Stephen Leacock and several other prominent Canadian writers in 1921, the Canadian Authors Association has continued to maintain a focus on “writers helping writers” since its inception.
OTHER WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
ITEM 3: BERTON HOUSE WRITERS’ RETREAT
Submissions must be sent in by October 4th, 2013 Dawson City, Yukon Territory
Professional Canadian writers who have one published book and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, journalism — are all encouraged to apply. The Berton House Writers’ Retreat is held once a month, located in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.
For more information please visit www.bertonhouse.ca/retreat.html or email email@example.com.
ITEM 4: PIPER’S FRITH WRITING RETREAT AT KILMORY
DATES: September 23-28, 2013
LOCATION: Kilmory Resort, Swift Current, NL
Piper’s Frith in Newfoundland is now accepting applications.
The 5th Piper’s Frith happens September 23-28, 2013 at Kilmory Resort in Swift Current, Newfoundland. Emerging and established adult writers are invited to join mentors Joan Clark, Jessica Grant and Don McKay for group workshops and one-on-one explorations of your creative work. Social evenings and a spectacular setting enhance this intense, inspirational experience. The cost of $690 includes program fees, meals, five nights’ accommodations and social events (air/ground transportation is not included).
The application deadline is August 2, 2013. Learn more and apply at Details: www.literaryartsnl.com/pipersfrith.htm
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 5: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue
Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Check out Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php, with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITEM 6: FROM PWAC BULLETIN: A PROJECT TO MEASURE THE INDEPENDENT VOICE OF JOURNALISM
Thomas Rose of Wilfid Laurier University, journalism educator and former journalist is seeking participants for a new study into journalism independence in Canadian newsrooms.
If you are a traditional or non-traditional journalist or are working in any phase of the journalistic process, and if you have experienced or know of anyone who has experienced any interference with the content of the journalism produced, I would like to hear from you.
This project will assess the state of journalistic independence according to the basic provisions of the firewall principle. Under this principle, a key measure of journalistic independence and integrity is freedom from interference by business, political, or other interests.
A breach in the firewall might for example, cause a journalist to alter details of a story, to ignore a developing story, or even to kill a story altogether.
Strict confidentiality guaranteed. Reply to email@example.com
Mr. Rose is an investigator and editor at J-Source. Respondents will receive a comprehensive form that outlines the process in detail.
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
ITEM 7: APT. 9 PRESS PRESENTS STEPHEN BROCKWELL, CHRISTINE MCNAIR AND JEFF BLACKMAN NEW!
DATE: Monday 17 June 2013 Readings at 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset St. W.)
Apt. 9 Press is thrilled to announce three new titles: Stephen Brockwell’s Excerpts from Improbable Books: The Apt. 9 Installment, Christine McNair’s pleasantries and other misdemeanours and Jeff Blackman’s So Long As The People Are People.
Books will be available for purchase at the reading. More info on the event and the readers:
ITEM 8: OIW MEMBERS’ READING NIGHT NEW!
DATE: Thursday, June 20 6:30 P.M.
LOCATION: Library And Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St. Room 156
Socializing starts 6:30 p.m. and the program gets rolling at 7:00 p.m. Guests are welcome and must pay a fee of $10, which is deducted from the annual membership fee should they join OIW.
Members will read short pieces of work. This will be the last general meeting until September. Contact Susan Jennings to get on the list. This event is free to the general public. Contact: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit the Library’s web site for parking and accessibility information (www.lac-bac.gc.ca/visit-us/). Attendees with accessibility or hearing issues are encouraged to inform members of the OIW executive upon arrival at the meeting room. We will be glad to provide you with a seat at the front of the room and request our speakers to accommodate your needs as well.
ITEM 9: THREE JUNE EVENTS IN TORONTO WORTH THE TRIP! NEW!
JUNE 21 – CHRISTIAN BOK AND CAROLINE BERGVALL AT THE POWER PLANT
Readings by Christian Bok (Eunoia) and Caroline Bergvall
The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West
8:00 p.m., free
thepowerplant.org for more information
JUNE 22 – LUMINATO’S LITERARY PICNIC
THE LUMINATO LITERARY PICNIC
Readings and talks by Tamara Faith Berger, Heather Birrell, Kyle Buckley, Andrew Faulkner, Spencer Gordon, Mathew Henderson, Andrew Kaufman, Edward Keenan, David Seymour, Matthew Tierney, Jessica Westhead and dozens more. Part of a week-long festival in various Toronto locations.
Trinity Bellwoods Park, 155 Crawford Street
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., free
luminatofestival.com for more information
JUNE 25 – IN CONVERSATION: KENNETH GOLDSMITH WITH CHRISTIAN BOK, AUTHORS AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Kenneth Goldsmith (Fidget) and Christian Bok (Eunoia) talk conceptual writing in conjunction with the Power Plant show Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art co-presented with The Power Plant
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
7:30 p.m., $15
readings.org for more information
NOTE: POSTSCRIPT: WRITING AFTER CONCEPTUAL ART IS A SUMMER-LONG SERIES OF paintings, sculpture, installation, video and works on paper from the 1960s to the present by over fifty artists and writers exploring the artistic possibilities of language.
ITEM 10: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY OFFERS SPECIAL PROGRAMMING FOR NATIONAL ABORIGINAL HISTORY MONTH
The Ottawa Public Library is hosting a series of five programs at multiple branches in June to celebrate National Aboriginal History Month. Programs are free to attend.
- Governor General Literary award-winning Ojibway author and artist, Leo Yerxa, will discuss his art and books at the Rockcliffe Park and Rosemount branches.
- Chad Solomon will present the `Council of the Animals´ puppet show about friendship and unconditional love at the Carlingwood, Orléans and Vanier branches.
- The Ottawa Inuit Children´s Centre will present Inuit storytelling, culture and music at the Alta Vista and North Gloucester branches.
- Aboriginal Experiences will explore their connection to the “heartbeat of Mother Earth”: the drum, at the Greenboro, Greely, Main, Rideau and Stittsville branches.
- Pinock, an Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Nation, will explain the importance of the birch canoe and demonstrate how they´re built at the Vanier branch.
For a listing of these special programs, visit http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/programs.
Online registration is required for the program offered by Pinock. For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or mailto: InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca
ITEM 11: FOR KIDS: GO! TO THE OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY THIS SUMMER NEW!
REGISTRATION STARTS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19
The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) invites kids to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC) this summer. This year´s theme is Go! Kids can set their imaginations free this summer with books and programs about travel adventures near or far.
Children participating in TDSRC will receive a passport and a pre-reading activity book or school-age magazine, and stickers with secret codes that unlock rewards online. The illustrator of this year´s TD SRC is Matt James, award-winning illustrator, painter and musician.
Registration for TDSRC and all other children´s summer programs starts Wednesday, June 19.
During the summer, branches across the city will offer programming featuring trains, voyageurs, travel journals, Mount Everest, movie-making, global instruments, Victorian times, puppets, Bollywood dancing, and more! For more info, visit http://kids.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca
MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:
NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:
Ploughshares’ reading period is now open! We’re accepting submissions for Ploughshares literary magazine and for our Ploughshares Solos series of long stories and essays. You can now submit all those poems, essays, and stories that you’ve been working on and saving up since January. For guidelines and to submit, visit our website. http://www.pshares.org/submit/index.cfm
Dead Beats (Sheffield, UK), a student-run publishing and live poetry organization, seeks submissions. Accepting poems, short stories (max. 2000 words) and experimental pieces from everyone, regardless of experience. Seeks to “share inspired and inspiring works from around the globe.” No deadline. Guidelines: http://www.deadbeats.eu/submission
Independent hybrid lit mag The Holler Box accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, lyric essays, nonfiction, and artwork year-round. Each issue is published online and in the form of a limited release handmade chapbook. Welcomes the alternative and experimental, as well as new and unpublished writers. Length: 5000 words max (prose) and poetry (up to 3). Guidelines: https://thehollerbox.submittable.com/submit
Online arts review magazine The Coastal Spectator (Victoria, BC) seeks reviews of theatre, books, music, film, visual arts, and other cultural happenings around coastal BC specifically (but not exclusively). Submit pieces that are “short and sharp.” Length: 300-500 words. Payment: stipend of $25. Partial to views that reflect a coastal slant on things. Query the editor at email@example.com.
Quarterly journal Squalorly (US) welcomes submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, illustration, and photography. Submit story/essay (5000 words max), flash pieces (up to 3), and poems (up to 5). Appreciates work with emphasis on emotion: “Move, amaze, horrify, and educate.” http://www.squalorly.com/submit
Gervais Advertising is looking for short articles on a wide variety of subjects for their small shopping/tourism guides available at locations throughout central Ontario. Articles do not need to be location-specific and should have a casual slant based on fun, personal experience. Payment: $0.12 per word for accepted articles/stories. Contact Editor, Cyndy Gervais: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at: http://www.themackinacmagazine.com/submit.html.
Running out of Ink, a new webzine, is accepting short stories of all genres. For more information, visit: www.runningoutofink.com.
Riddle Fence is currently accepting submissions for its spring issue. The publisher is looking for poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art. Info please visit http://www.riddlefence.com.
Fierce Ink Press Co-op Ltd. is currently open for submissions. The publisher is looking for books between 50,000 and 80,000 words long in all young adult genres. For more information, please visit http://fierceinkpress.com/submissions/.
Decoded Past is looking for writers with expertise in history and/or prehistory. This internet site will showcase articles written by experts for the general reader: new interpretations of past events, new developments or theories, the past in the context of the present. Writers must hold a degree in the social sciences or historical sciences and be writing in an area of personal expertise, or have an established platform in professional historical writing. Contact Rosemary Drisdelle at email@example.com.
CIRCA: A Journal of Historical Fiction is accepting submissions. Details are available at: http://circajournal.com/submissions/.
Dragon Ink Press is accepting submissions from comic artists, fantasy writers and poets for their new comics and literary anthology. Guidelines: http://dragoninkpress.tumblr.com/.
From the Well House is accepting fiction, scholarly essays and poetry. Details can be found at: http://fromthewellhouse.org/?bu0Dd7M9.
Ruminate Magazine is now accepting submissions. Guidelines and deadlines are available at: http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/submission-guidelines/.
Carousel is accepting submissions. Info: http://www.carouselmagazine.ca/submit.html.
Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info: http://antiphon.org.uk/index.php/submissions.
Convert Publishing, a new digital publisher, is accepting manuscript submissions. For more details, visit: http://convertpublishing.com/?page_id=19.
Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info: http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/
Queen’s Quarterly is accepting articles, reviews, short stories and poetry. Details can be found here: http://www.queensu.ca/quarterly/correspondencesubmissions.html.
Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at: http://eventmags.com/about-2/submission-guidelines/fiction-poetry/.
The Ottawa Arts Review seeks prose submissions (including short fiction, personal essays, reviews, and interviews) relating to literary and visual arts, poetry, drama, and visual art. oar.uesa.ca/submissions/submission-guidelines/
Sweptmedia.ca, an online youth-culture magazine based in Toronto/GTA, is looking for original contributions in all print mediums: journalism, short fiction, poetry, etc. Also willing to consider other forms of visual communication modes: photography, painting, comic strips, etc. info: sweptmedia.ca/index.php/contact-us
New online magazine The Island Review (international) seeks submissions of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, photography and art from islanders, island-lovers, and those whose work is influenced by islands, or explores ideas of islandness. http://www.theislandreview.com/submissions/
The recently-launched Northern Cardinal Review (Canada) is seeking creative and vivid poetry, non-fiction essays, and book reviews. Open to writers living in Canada, Alaska, or the northern border states of the U.S. http://northerncardinalreview.wordpress.com/submissions/
Comedy website The Higgs Weldon (US) seeks forms of writing (1000 words max.) and cartoons. Deadline: Ongoing: http://thehiggsweldon.com/submit/
Kolaj (Montreal, QC) is a quarterly, print magazine about contemporary collage. Seeks critical reviews and essays, artist profiles, event highlights, articles on collage making, collecting, and exhibiting, and other contributions. Pays. kolajmagazine.com/content/submissions
Formalist poetry review The Rotary Dial (Canada) seeks poetry from Canadian and international writers. Looking for work that rhymes and/or scans but isn’t too versey: blank verse, syllabic verse, etc. Response within two weeks. http://therotarydial.ca/submissions/
Garbanzo Literary Journal (US) is published in limited-run copies as part of a hand-created series of chapbooks. Seeks stories (1172 words max.) poems (43 lines max.), micro-fiction, macro-faction, creative nonfiction, and a variety of verse forms. Appreciates writing that disregards the rules: http://www.garbanzoliteraryjournal.org/Submission_Guidelines.html
BareBacklit is an online bi-monthly magazine seeking poetry, prose, and visual art. Accepts poetry (4 poems max.), fiction (2500 words max.), and flash fiction (1000 words max.). Prefers work that is “unpretentious, minimalist… entertains first, and provokes thought later.” http://www.barebacklit.com/Submissions.html
LWOT (Lies With Occasional Truth) seeks fiction from writers in Canada “(and sometimes by Americans who pretend, in their cover letters, to be Canadian)”. The term fiction is open to interpretation. : http://lwot.net/submission.htm
Online journal Pithead Chapel seeks fiction (short and flash) and nonfiction (experimental, personal, lyric essays) “that moves toward something bigger… takes chances.” Accepts stories and essays 4000 words max. Reads year-round. : http://pitheadchapel.com/submission-guidelines/
The New Inquiry welcomes short- and long-form pieces “from anyone who wants to write.” Looks for well-written, original posts on ideas, books, art, culture, and more. No fiction or poetry. : http://thenewinquiry.com/submit-to-tni/
Literary journal Revolver (US) seeks “short range” (up to 1000 words), “long range” (1000-5000 words), and art for its next issue. Welcomes fiction, poetry, essays, lists, and art. Also accepting bar stories for “Shots with Strangers”. : http://www.around-around.com/submit/
Website strange bOUnce accepts short stories, satire, and poetry, that have been “lightly brushed with sport.” Send work to IWantToWrite@strangebOUnce.com. No payment. http://strangebounce.com/
Asian ChaCha: An Asian Literary Journal (UK and China) is accepting submissions for its next issue. Theme: The Ancient Asia Issue: an edition of the journal devoted exclusively to work from and about Asia before the mid-nineteenth century. Accepting translations and original works of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art. Deadline: June 20, 2013. Guidelines: http://asiancha.blogspot.hk/2013/03/all-for-submissions-ancient-asia-issue.html
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. http://www.stainedpagespress.com/publications/beer-and-butter-tarts/
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.
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 http://www.roommagazine.com/submit 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 http://passionpoetrymag.com/#/submissions/4575830200
NEW! Independent art and poetry zine Nickel95 Zine (London, ON) seeks submissions of poetry about mental illness for their third issue. Theme: “Blown a Fuse.” Write about other people, yourself, meds, doctors, insanity, hospital visits, etc. Submit 5-7 poems. Payment: Copy of the handmade zine. Deadline: August 12, 2013. Guidelines: sanriapress.wix.com/nickel95zine#!submissions/c1w1e
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. http://www.descant.ca/submit
Hagios Press Call for Submissions for their Strike Fire New Author Series. Details are available at: http://www.hagiospress.com/?s=submissions. 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: http://canlit.ca/submissions/cfp/19. Deadline: September 1.
The Midwest Prairie Review journal will be accepting submissions for the 2014 issue from June 13 to September 13, 2013. Who is eligible to submit material?
A writer or artist born and raised and continuing to live in the Madison area.
A writer or artist born and raised and continuing to live in Wisconsin.
A writer or artist born and raised and living in any of Wisconsin’s neighboring states.
A writer or artist born and raised in Madison or Wisconsin and now lives elsewhere.
A writer or artist born and raised elsewhere and now lives in Madison or Wisconsin
A writer or artist who is not a native of Wisconsin or neighboring states and admires the Midwest Prairielands and the energy that lives here
A writer or artist who has visited Madison and/or Wisconsin and/or her neighboring states and finds inspiration here.
In other words, any writer or artist that wishes to celebrate the imagination, energy, and human spirit of the Midwest Prairielands. We want to hear from you. Submit your work between June 13th and September 13th, 2013. Click for complete submission guidelines» http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/lsa/writing/mpr/email/mpr_submissions_13.pdf
Due to the overwhelming response to our first edition, we will only be accepting the first 600 submissions.
The Dreadful Cafe (US) is looking for submissions for the inaugural anthology of independent fiction, Membrane. Seeking fiction of the strange and bizarre from 2,000 to 30,000 words. No restrictions on genre. Payment: $125 for short stories, $250 for novelettes, and $500 for novellas. Deadline: October 1, 2013. Guidelines: http://dreadfulcafe.com/active-projects
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)
UPCOMING 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: http://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/listings/master.php?listing=2
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 – www.darkertimes.co.uk . 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
Scribendi.com 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 (http://www.scribendi.com/summarize_this). Prizes range from free editing to Scribendi.com swag.
- MSLEXIA POETRY COMPETITION & MSLEXIA PAMPHLET (CHAPBOOK) COMPETITION. DEADLINE FOR BOTH CONTESTS JUNE 17, 2013.
- 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: http://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/pcomp_active.php
- 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 http://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/pamcomp_active.php
- 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: www.gritlit.ca/pages/2013-writing-competition
- 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 thewalrus.ca/poetryprize, 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: thewalrus.ca/poetryprize
- Poetry Foundation Ghana invites entries for inaugural (2013) Ghana Poetry Prize. Prize: $1000. The aim of this prize is to support younger emerging poets. Open to international entrants. Submit up to two poems, 30 lines max. No entry fee. Deadline: June 30, 2013. Shortlist announced in July. Winner announced in September. : poetryfoundationghana.org/index.php/featured/poetry-news/item/674-ghana-poetry-prize-is-opened
- Pop Montreal and Matrix Magazine: Lit POP is back! Eileen Myles and Sheila Heti confirmed as the 2013 judges! DEADLINE June 30, 2013. POETRY AND SHORT FICTION. Winners, one from each category, receive a round-trip ticket to POP Montreal from September 25 – 29, 2013, VIP pass to the Pop Montreal Festival, free accommodation at a bed and breakfast, fall publication in Matrix Magazine with full honorarium, and presentation at a special Matrix Lit POP event during the festival. Open to residents of Canada and the United States. Winners notified in August. Poets are asked to send no more than 5 poems; fiction and non-fiction writers should send stories of no more than 3000 words. Each entry is 25$. 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 Litpop2013@gmail.com and will be considered valid once payment is verified. http://www.matrixmagazine.org/litpop.
- 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: http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=62
- 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: http://www.upress.pitt.edu/renderhtmlpage.aspx?srchtml=htmlsourcefiles/drueheinz.htmhttp://www.upress.pitt.edu/renderhtmlpage.aspx?srchtml=htmlsourcefiles/drueheinz.htm
- 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. http://www.parlorpress.com/newmeasureprize
- The Scotiabank Giller Prize is fast approaching. Books are to be received no later than June 15 for titles published between April 1 and June 30, 2013. If you wish to include an e-book with your submission, kindly send as a PDF file, along with the electronic author photo and bio, to Michellek@raisingreaders.ca. Deadline: June 15, 2013 Fee: See website Prize: See website Details: www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca
- Write About Mother Earth: 18 years or older writers are invited for the Emergence International Literature Competition. Mother Earth – environmentalism, spirituality, wellness, cultural unity and responsibility. Entries may include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 500 words). Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: $7. Prize: $50 + featured in ArtAscent magazine, x2 honourable mentions featured in ArtAscent magazine. Details: http://artascent.com/call-for-writers/
- Lightship Short Story Prize 2013. The winner and nine runners-up will be published in the Lightship anthology by Lightship Publishing Ltd and Alma Books and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in Kingston-upon-Hull UK in November 2013. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: £12 Prize: £1000 / US$1600 Details: www.lightshippublishing.co.uk/competition/lightship_short_story_competition_1
- Lightship Flash Fiction Prize 2013. The winner and nine runners-up will be published in the Lightship paperback anthology to be printed by Lightship Publishing Ltd and Alma Books and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in Hull UK in 2013. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: £10 Prize: £500 / US$800 Details: www.lightshippublishing.co.uk/competition/lightship_flash_fiction_competition_2
- Lightship Short Memoir Prize 2013. Do you want to tell your own story, or an episode of it; write from your own life experiences and get published? A short memoir is not fact-based autobiography. It is pure storytelling and as such, allows writers license to make sense of a part of life, to fashion it into a story that readers can learn from and be entertained by. The inaugural Lightship Short Memoir Competition will be judged by Rachel Cusk. The winning entry will be awarded £1,000 and be published in Lightship Anthology 3. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: £12 Prize: £1000 / US$1600* Details: www.lightshippublishing.co.uk/competitio/the_lightship_short_memoir_contest
- Lightship First Poetry Book Prize 2013. Are you an aspiring poet who wants to write a full collection of poems and get published? Write the first 20 pages of poems and enter Lightship Publishing’s latest competition, First Poetry Book, for a chance to win the dream prize of every poet – to be discovered, and then mentored for a year to produce a full book of 50 poems. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: £20 Prize: Expert Mentoring Details: www.lightshippublishing.co.uk/competition/lightship_first_poetry_book_competition
- Gkbcinc’s Inaugural Short Story Contest. Please submit a two thousand word tale with crime at its heart. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Prize: £100, £50, £25 and publication Fee: none Details: http://gkbcinc.com/the-gkbcinc-short-story-competition/
- After the Fall Apocalyptic Short Story Contest 5000 word maximum apocalyptic/dystopian short story. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Prize: $£100 and publication Fee: none Details: www.almondpress.co.uk/#/apocalyptic-story-contest/4575820109
- The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Write a bad opening line to a novel. The sentence shouldn’t be longer than 50 – 60 words. All genres accepted. Multiple entries accepted. All original and unpublished. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Prize: a pittance Fee: none Details: www.bulwer-lytton.com/
- Richard J. Margolis Award Award for promising new journalist or essayist whose work contains warmth, humor, wisdom and social justice. Submit two samples of your writing (published or unpublished) 30 pages max. Deadline: July 1, 2013 Prize: $5000 and one month residency at Blue Mountain Center. Fee: none Details: http://award.margolis.com/
- Lightship First Chapter Prize 2013. Do you have a literary novel in you? Have you written the first chapter and a synopsis? Enter Lightship Publishing’s flagship contest, First Chapter, for a chance to win the dream prize of every aspiring novelist. Deadline: July 1, 2013. Fee: £16 Prize: Expert Mentoring / Possible Publication Details: www.lightshippublishing.co.uk/competition/lightship_first_chapter_competition
- Lightship Poetry Prize 2013. The winner and nine runners-up will be published in Lightship Anthology 3 and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in November 2013. Deadline: July 1, 2013 Fee: £8 Prize: £1000 / US$1600 Details: www.lightshippublishing.co.uk/competition/lightship_poetry_prize_1
- The John Glassco Translation Prize. The John Glassco Prize recognizes excellence in literary translation and the talent and dedication of the next generation of literary translators. It is aimed at building greater awareness in the publishing world and in the general public by promoting a literary translator’s first published work which demonstrates extraordinary talent and literary excellence. Deadline: July 1, 2013 Fee: None Prize: $1000 Details: http://attlc-ltac.org/?q=node/78
- 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. http://blr.med.nyu.edu/submissions/BLRPrizes
- 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 http://bucketlistbikers.com/Contest.html
- Room Magazine (Vancouver, BC) invites entries from all women writers for their annual contest. Categories: fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. First prize in each category: $500 plus publication. Winners will be published in a 2014 issue. Entry fee: $30 (includes subscription). Deadline: July 15, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.roommagazine.com/contest-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: http://www.w2r.org/?utm_source=contactology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WritingGigsTipsandEvents. Deadline: July 15.
- NARRATIVE MAGAZINE Fifth Annual Poetry Contest is open to all writers, and all entries will be considered for publication. • 1,500 First Prize • $750 Second Prize • $300 Third Prize • Ten finalists receive $75 each. See the Guidelines. http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/207341
- Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest. Deadline: July 31. http://www.dreamquestone.com/.
- Literal Latté Poetry Award. Deadline: July 15, 2013 Entry Fee: $10. A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 10 poems) by July 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines. http://www.literal-latte.com.. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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. http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Grassrootscontest%202013.htm
AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER DEADLINES:
- Robert Bateman Get To Know Contest. The Contest invites you to get outside and create original works of art, writing, photography, videography and music inspired by nature. Get outdoors and “Get to Know Your Wild Neighbours”. Open to all Canadian residents 19 and under. (Don’t live in Canada? Don’t worry. The Video Category is open to youth in all countries! No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. You may enter as many categories as you want! Deadline: August 1, 2013 Fee: None Prize: Publication Details: www.get-to-know.org/contest/canada/contact/
- Quattro Books logoQuattro Books (Toronto) is accepting novella manuscript submissions for the Ken Klonsky Novella Contest. Prize: Publication. Submit literary fiction (no science fiction or romance), 15000-42000 words. Looks for work that “reflects the unique cultural character and dynamism of Canada today,” past and future. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 1, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.quattrobooks.ca/submissions/
- Entries are invited for the Alice Munro Writers & Readers Festival Short Story Contest. Submit short fiction, 5000 words max. Two categories: Teen (age 13-19 as of August 1) and Adult. First prize in each category: $500. Selected authors will be invited to read during the festival Weekend: September 27-29. Entry fee: $25 (adult) and $10 (teen). Deadline: August 1, 2013 Guidelines: http://alicemunrofestival.ca/?page_id=306
- The Malahat Review’s Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. Deadline is August 1. http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html.
- 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 http://www.blacklawrence.com/stlawrence_1.html
- 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. www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html.
- Win £500 and publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition. 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. http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting
- Asian ChaCha: An Asian Literary Journal (UK and China) is accepting entries for the Cha “Void” Poetry Contest. First prize: £50; additional prizes available. Winning poems published in a special section in the 6th anniversary issue (November 2013). Submit up to two poems (80 lines max). Theme: Void. No entry fee. Deadline: September 15, 2013. Guidelines: http://asiancha.blogspot.hk/2013/03/cha-void-poetry-contest.html
- 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: http://redmountainpress.us/poetry-prize/ SUBMIT through the electronic submission manager https://redmountainpress.submittable.com/submit
- The Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence recognizes the best in fiction and poetry received in 2013. Fiction: $900 / Poetry: $600 Publication in The Puritan (Issue XXIII: Fall 2013). Prize Pack of titles from 12 Canadian publishers, each worth approximately $600! So far, publishers include Coach House Books, House of Anansi, ECW Press, The Porcupine’s Quill, Freehand Books, Goose Lane Editions, Cormorant Books, Brick Books, Mansfield Press, Pedlar Press, Chaudiere Books, and Tightrope Books! Cost per submission: $10 via PayPal Fiction up to 12,000 words / Poetry up to 3 pages. Multiple submissions accepted! Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013. See full details: http://www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions.php
OCTOBER TO DECEMBER DEADLINES:
- The Northwind Story Contest is back! The 2013 Story Contest is open for submissions. Send us your best fiction and narrative non-fiction by October 15 to be eligible for the $1,000 First Prize, $250 Second Prize and $100 Third Prize. http://www.northwindmagazine.com/contests/2013_story_contest.html
- 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. http://www.blacklawrence.com/BRCCContestPage.html
- The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards. Deadline is November 1. http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html.
- Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline is November 30, (postmarked). http://www.prairiefire.ca/contests.
- Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2013. DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2013. Go online at http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html. 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 http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html
- FREEFALL MAGAZINE Just for fun we’ve added a new contest: “The Corner of 13th and 13th” Flash Fiction. Write a story in 500 words or less about what happened on Friday September the 13th 2013 at one of the 13th Avenue and 13th Street intersections in the photos found at: http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/flash-fiction-contest.html. Entry Fee: $13.00. First Prize: $130.00. Deadline to enter is: Friday Dec 13th 2013
- Red Tuque Books 2013 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition. Deadline is December 31: http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/contest.htm.
- 2013 annual FreeFall Prose and Poetry Contest is now open! Contain your joy as we let you know that we’ve doubled the first place prize money from $300 to $600. Deadline to enter is: December 31, 2013. For current contest info visit: http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html.