Weekly Notices for the week of July 22 to July 28, 2013


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 DATE: Sunday, August 25, 2013, starting at 3:00 P.M. 
Front view of Gill Foss's country home

 See CAA-NCR website for your poetic invitation!

LOCATION: Gill Foss’s home near Carp

TYPE: pot luck

 Enjoy summer sun and cooling breezes. Come meet your fellow writers in a casual, congenial and celebratory atmosphere. We invite you to:

  •  Read from your work, published or otherwise;
  • Bring your books and give folks an opportunity to purchase a copy;
  • Network, meet old friends and discover new ones;
  • Enjoy the diverse culinary creations contributed by your fellow writers.

All are invited – CAA Members, CAA Student Members, and Non-members! Bring your spouse; bring your partner; bring your friends; bring your writing offspring 18 years or older.

 For driving directions and to RSVP please drop Gill a note  and let her know you’re coming, and what exciting contribution of an edible nature you will be sharing with us.

Remember to bring some of your writing to read and a garden chair in the lucky event that it doesn’t rain. DATE: Sunday, August 25, 2012, starting at 3:00 P.M.



DATE: Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.


Members – $45, Non-members – $75  To register contact Arlene Smith

MEMORIES! We all have them! Happy, sad, funny:  these memories are the story of life

After all, life is a story just waiting to be told.

Emily Jane - main imageCome and join award-winning North Gower author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford and learn some new ideas on how to unlock the stories in your life.

Remember: your stories are important. They need to be told; they need to be written down, not just for your sake, but for the sake of your children, your nieces and nephews, for all of those who will come after us.

 Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a well-published author and speaker on the subject of creative nonfiction and memoir writing.

Memoirs are the basis of award-winning author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford’s books and stories. Two of Emily-Jane’s creative nonfiction memoirs have won awards. The Whistling Bishop (Baico 2008) was name Finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Books Awards and F-Stop: A Life in Pictures (Baico 2011) was named Finalist and received a Silver Medal in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Check out the author’s website at:




DATES: Tuesday, July 23 to Sunday, July 28 (weeklong, weekend or day passes available; accommodation option $50/night)

LOCATION: Leacock Museum and Lakehead University Orillia Campus

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada


See Festival Details below

In partnership with the City of Orillia’s Leacock Museum, special packages have been put together to help you get the most out of this unique festival. Accommodation is available at the Lakehead University Residence.

All-In Pass: Tuesday thru Sunday: $129 + tax

Weekend Pass: Friday thru Sunday: $75 + tax (incl 6 ticketed events)

Festival 3-Pack: Any 3 ticketed events for $35 + tax

  Leacock Summer Festival Book Club Weekend

In partnership with the Leacock Museum and the Canadian Authors Association, special weekend programming has been organized for book club members. Book Clubs (groups of 6 or more) are entitled to 20% off all passes and ticket prices.

Date: Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27

 Location: Leacock Museum and Lakehead University Orillia

 Registration fee: $140, including 1 night accommodation at Lakehead U Residence

Friday Schedule – Lakehead University, Orillia Campus

6:00 pm: Book Club Welcome (host: the Canadian Authors Association)

 8:00 pm: Paul Quarrington Humour Showcase

 Host: Terry Fallis (author, Up & Down), with Lorne Elliot (Beach Reading)

  • Andrew Kaufman (Born Weird)
  • Jan Zwicky (The Book of Frog)

Saturday Schedule – Leacock Museum and Lakehead U 

9:00 am – 12:00 noon: Lauren Carter workshop “Freeing the Writer Within”

(cost included in Book Club Weekend Package; $40 outside package)

 2:00 pm: Me, Myself and I – Memoirs  

  • Sherry Lawson (He Looks Kinda Rough)
  •  Roger Bell (Real Lives)
  • Charlie Wilkins (Walk to New York)

4:00 pm: Poetry Circle

  • Bruce Meyer
  • David Daniel Moses
  • James Clark


DATE: Monday Aug. 12 to Friday Aug. 16 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., TO Noon on Friday.


English: Taken by SimonP

English: Taken by SimonP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Algonquin College is hosting four screenwriting workshops from Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16th, offering a unique opportunity for aspiring screenwriters to hone their talents and prepare for a career in the Canadian media industry.

The four workshops are: Introduction to Screenwriting; Advanced screenwriting; Writing for Television; and Writing for Digital Media.  All are taught by seasoned screen professionals who will guide participants’ projects and stories.

Classes from from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Thursday, and until noon on Friday.  Participants will have an opportunity on Friday to pitch their projects to producers from the Ottawa area.

Fees are $495, and registration information can be found at:

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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


 I decided to give this one a its own spot as they allow both new and previously-published work to be submitted! This contest offers both existing and aspiring writers the chance to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Now in its sixth year, the competition celebrates and nurtures creative talent, inviting writers to submit imaginative and original work in either category for entry: Poetry or Short Fiction.

Prizes include £500 prize money, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual and a selection of books from partner organisations. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted and the deadline for entries is 31 August 2013. For more information please visit


  The Parliament of Canada recently issued a call for nominations to begin the search for Canada’s sixth Parliamentary Poet Laureate. There is still time to nominate candidates: the deadline has been extended to August 30, 2013.

Ottawa: Centre Block of Parliament Hill

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

The role of the Parliamentary Poet Laureate is to promote the importance and value of poetry among all Canadians. Pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, the Poet Laureate may perform the following duties: compose poetry, including for use in Parliament on occasions of state, sponsor poetry readings, advise the Parliamentary Librarian on the Library’s collection and acquisitions to enrich the collection’s cultural holdings, and perform related duties at the request of the Speaker of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Commons, or the Parliamentary Librarian. The Poet Laureate holds office for a maximum of two years.

For more information on the Poet Laureate and the nomination process, please visit the Parliament of Canada Web site at You may also contact the Library of Parliament Information Service at 613-992-4793 or 1-866-599-4999.




English: Bytown Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


 DATE: Thursday July 25

FREE ADMISSION to the show and to the Museum

 The Bytown Museum is hosting a story series about the people and events that shaped Ottawa. Storytellers will start at 7p.m. sharp. The Museum is located alongside the set of eight locks on the Rideau Canal between Parliament Hill and the Château Laurier hotel.


presented by Ottawa StoryTellers and The Tea Party

Join us for an evening of storytelling and tea, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at The Tea Party, 119 York St. (Map )

From 7pm to 8:45pm, stories begin on the hour and half-hour with breaks in between for treats and chatting.

Stories and Tea: every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at The Tea Party, 119 York Street, 7:00 p.m., pay what you can ($8 suggested)


Enjoy a delightful summer’s evening of tales told by five new tellers: Walter Belyea, Merwyn MacCullough, Jennifer Vincent, Bill Wright, Fiona Wright



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


 Ontario Parks staff will offer `Learn to Camp´ sessions at the Ottawa Public Library in July, geared towards newcomers, people who have never camped before and young families.

These hands-on workshops will cover equipment, camp set-up, safety and ethics to help people overcome barriers to camping and consider spending time in the outdoors to foster a sense of connection to the environment.

Two sessions remaining:

Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Greenboro Branch, 363 Lorry Greenberg

 Thursday, July 25, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Ruth E. Dickinson Branch, 100 Malvern

 Programs are free to attend but require online registration. For more information or to register, visit or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or





Featured Fifty Poetry: We’re Seeking Your Best Poems for writers age 50 and older.


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.

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:

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:

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:


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.






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


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:!submissions/c1w1e

Quarterly independent arts and culture magazine Sad Mag (Vancouver, BC) invites entries for its first-ever fic­tion competition, the Fantasy Fiction Contest. First prize: $250 plus publication in the Autumn 2013 issue. Theme: Fan­tasy (“And not just in the Game of Thrones way”). Entry fee: $25 (includes subscription). Deadline: August 16, 2013.  Guidelines:

THE HILT (Toronto, ON) is looking for nonfiction, poetry, essays, and musing for an upcoming issue about collections. “What it is to be a ‘collector’? Why is that gross sock lucky? How did you get that scar across every toe but one?” True narratives only. Length: 500-1500 words. Deadline: August 16, 2013.  Guidelines:

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.



Online Journal, Tendril Literary Magazine is published with the seasons. Now accepting submissions for Issue 2|Fall. Looking for poetry, prose poetry, short fiction, and “anything in between.” Length: 1500 words max. Artwork also welcome. Deadline: September 1, 2013. Prefers experimental and unusual pieces.     Guidelines:

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.


Cordite Poetry Review, magazine of Australian poetry and poetics, invites submissions for Issue 44. Theme: Gondwanaland. Send up to three poems. Also accept scholarly essays. Open to international writers (see comment on FAQ page); payment for Australian contributors. Deadline: September 13, 2013.     Guidelines:

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? 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»

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:

New food-based magazine TOAST! MAGAZINE (Canada) seeks submissions for its next issue. Looking for food poetry, photography, original artwork, reviews, short stories, and prose. Prefers the witty, thoughtful, unique, and engaging. Deadline: October 1, 2013.    Guidelines:

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.




  • NEW! Clem Battye Legacy Award. Mr. Clement Battye, author and poet, died at age 99. In his honour, The Clem Battye Legacy Award was established in 2001, aimed at offering emerging writers and poets an opportunity to showcase their talents.  The 2013 writing contest is open to emerging writers of Short Fiction and Poetry.  Deadline: July 30, 2013 Entry fee: $10 Prize: Best fiction, $100, Best poetry, $100 Details:


  • 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.
  • A Room of Her Own Foundation, Orlando Prizes Deadline: July 31, 2013, Entry Fee: $15 Website: E-mail address:  Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by a woman writer. Submit a poem of no more than 36 lines, a short short story of up to 500 words, a story of up to 1,500 words, or an essay of up to 1,500 words with a $15 entry fee by July 31. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines. A Room of Her Own Foundation, P.O. Box 778, Placitas, NM 87043. (505) 867-5373. Tracey Cravens-Gras, Associate Director.


  • NEW! Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award Open to authors aged 11-17. Follow the advice on the site and submit as many poems as you can. Deadline: July 31, 2013 Entry fee: none Prize: Publication + 100 free youth memberships with the Poetry Society for a year, Young Writer  Magazine and a variety of books. Details:


  • Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest. Win up to $500 for writing a poem or short story! Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject and/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum, on any theme, single or double line spacing, neatly hand printed or typed, for a chance to win cash prizes. Deadline: July 31, 2013 Entry fee: $10 for short story; $5 for poem. Prize: Writing contest: $500; $250; $100; Poetry contest: $250; $125; $50 Details:


  • NEW!  InkTears Flash Fiction Competition 2013. InkTears continues to grow as a community Dedicated to short fiction.  We are preparing to launch our first hardback collections (and eBooks) later this year and our annual short story competition continues to  gather increasing support – doubling its number of entries each year  since the launch in 2009. Deadline: July 31, 2013 Entry fee: £3.00 GBP Prize: £250; £50; £25.00 GBP   Details:       




  •   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: 



  • Quattro 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:


  • 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:


  • NEW! John Kenneth Galbraith Short Story Writing Competition. All stories must be the original work of the entering author and previously unpublished or not currently entered in other simultaneous writing contests. After October 1, 2013, anyone who has not been contacted is free to submit their story elsewhere as honorable mentions, and the winner will be notified by Oct 1, 2013. Deadline: August 5, 2013 Entry fee: $10 Prize: $2000 Details:
  • Fiction and poetry contest: New Orleans Literary Festival: The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s Poetry Contest is now accepting submissions until August 15. We urge you to encourage your students and colleagues to submit work for consideration. Robert Pinsky will serve as the contest’s judge. We’re also offering a $1,000 grand prize, a VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the 2013 Festival and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine. For full details and guidelines, please see We are also accepting submissions for our annual Fiction Contest. Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau are the judges. For full details and guidelines, please see


  • NEW! Scotiabank Giller Prize. Submissions for the Scotiabank Giller Prize may only be sent in by publishers. To be eligible, a book must be a first-edition full-length novel or short story collection, written by a  Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Books must be published in Canada in English between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 to be eligible for the 2013 Prize. Deadline: August 15, 2013 Entry fee: none Prize: $50,000; $5000 x 4 Details:


  • NEW! Tickled by Thunder Writing Contest – Poetry. Theme, length and style of poetry entries is completely open.  Subscribers of Tickled by Thunder enter three poems for free, but  must pay $2 for ea ch additional poem entered.  Deadline: August 15, 2013 Entry fee: $5 per poem Prize: $75 + publication Details:


  • NEW! Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. Established by CODE with the generous support of Canadian philanthropist William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, in partnership  With the Bocas Lit Fest, the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is an annual Award that will be given to three English-language literary works for Young Adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. Deadline: August 23, 2013 Entry fee: none  Prize: $10,000; $7,000; $5,000 CAD Details:


  • NEW! Wyn Lit 2four Hour Short Story Writing Contest. You do not have to use the title of the subjects as the title of your short story. You do not have to use the exact wording of the subjects within your story. In fact, we hope you don’t. You must use all the word from  the word list exactly as shown. If you have it in you, you may submit more than one story within the 24 hours. Deadline: August 24, 2013 Entry fee: Free to members Prize: Publication Details:


  • 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. 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.


  • NEW! Hagios Press: Strike Fire New Author Series. Hagios Press is now welcoming entries for the Strike Fire New Author Series, between May 1 and August 31, 2013. Hagios Press is asking for samples from book-length collections of poetry, short fiction (short stories, novellas) and creative nonfiction. Deadline: August 31, 2013 Entry fee: None Prize: Publication Details: Please email:




  • Black Warrior Review Writing Contests Deadline: September 1, 2013 Entry Fee:  $15 Website: Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a single poem, a short story, and a work of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction). Kate Durbin will judge in poetry, Brian Evenson will judge in fiction, and Jenny Boully will judge in nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or a story or essay of up to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Black Warrior Review, by September 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines. Black Warrior Review, Writing Contests, P.O. Box 862936, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0027. Brandi Wells, Editor.


  • 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:
  • 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 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:




  • Descant invites entries for the 2013 Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem. Length: 100 lines. Prize: $1000, plus honorarium. Entry fee: $30 (includes tax + one-year subscription). Deadline: October 12, 2013. Guidelines:
  • 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.


  • 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. 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


  • 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: Entry Fee: $13.00. First Prize: $130.00. Deadline to enter is: Friday Dec 13th 2013



  • 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:




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