NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Weekly Notices for the week of Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, 2013
12 ITEMS 4 NEW EVENTS, 7 NEW SEPTEMBER CONTESTS
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: SPECIAL NOTICE TO MEMBERS OF THE EAST END WRITING CIRCLE: MEETING DATE CHANGE FOR AUGUST MEETING ONLY
The regularly scheduled meeting that would occur on the 28th has been changed to August 21st instead. This is to inform anyone who may have been unaware of the change.
ITEM 2: CAA-NCR REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
DATE: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 7:00 P.M. TO 9:00 P.M.
LOCATION: Ottawa Public Library, Metcalfe and Laurier
We invite you to share an informal evening with some light refreshment in a meet and greet atmosphere. Learn who we are, what we do. How we can help you.
This meeting will be a tribute to retiring executive members and an introduction to the incoming board and committee chairs.
Gill Foss will share some history about our organization. This is your opportunity to find out what makes our Canadian Authors Association and the Ottawa branch tick. Ask some questions. Give us some feed back. Non-members are invited to join us and learn about our programs.
Enjoy the prose and poetry readings given by several members. Sharyn Heagle will present her final address after seven years as president.
Come out and join us for a casual start to a busy season of interesting and instructive evening speakers and in-depth Saturday workshops.
CAA-NCR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
ITEM 3: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION – NCR WORKSHOP
DATE: Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
LOCATION: ALGONQUIN COLLEGE
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.
Come 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: emilyjanebooks.ca
ITEM 4: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION WRITING CONTESTS
Canadian Authors Association – Vancouver 2013 Fiction Contest
Submissions must be between 1000-2000 words, unpublished fiction of all types and styles will be accepted. Winners will be invited to read their winning fiction at the Canadian Authors Vancouver annual social luncheon in December 2013. Winners will also have their winning entries published in the National Voices 2014 Anthology, which will include the 2013 and 2014 fiction contest winners, along with submissions from CAA Vancouver members.
Deadline: September 30, 2013 Entry fee: $15 for national Canadian Authors Association members, $20 for non-members
Prize: First prize $300, Second prize $200, Third prize $100
Details: Please email email@example.com and mark FICTION CONTEST in the subject line
Ten Stories High – 14th Annual Short Story Competition
The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its Ten Stories High Fourteenth Annual Short Story Competition, open to all Ontario writers. Stories can be of any genre but must be previously unpublished, and between 1000 and 3000 words in length. No personal essays, memoirs, children’s literature or non-fiction please. For first Canadian rights, the top ten finalists will have their stories published in our anthology in the February or March of 2014.
Deadline: September 30, 2013 Entry fee: $15 per story. Multiple entries are welcome. Prize: First prize $300; Second prize $200; Third prize $100
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: THE AESTHETICA CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION
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 visitwww.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting.
ITEM 7: DEADLINE EXTENDED | CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR CANADA’S NEXT PARLIAMENTARY POET LAUREATE
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.
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 www.parl.gc.ca/poet. You may also contact the Library of Parliament Information Service at 613-992-4793 or 1-866-599-4999.
ITEM 8: WRITER’S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED E-BOOK AWARDS NEW!
Are you a self-published author? Is your story an e-book? If you answered yes to both questions then you can be part of the first-ever Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards. You could win $2,000 cash, an interview in Writer’s Digest, and more! The Early-Bird Deadline to submit your work is September 9, 2013. Don’t miss your chance to take part in Writer’s Digest’s newest competition!
Enter your work in this competition exclusively for self-published e-book authors! The types of books accepted include, but are not limited to:
Middle-Grade/Young Adult Books
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
ITEM 9: WORDS TO LIVE BY FEAT. SEAN O’GORMAN NEW!
DATE: TUESDAY AUGUST 27 OPEN MIC SIGNUP 6:45 P.M. SHOW AT 7:30 P.M.
LOCATION: PRESSED, 750 GLADSTONE AVE., OTTAWA
COVER: $7.00 (FREE FOR PERFORMERS)
This month, we’re very excited to feature Sean O’Gorman for his last performance in Ottawa.
Sean O’Gorman has been a Spoken Word artist and a member of the Capital Poetry Collective for the past four years. He has made his mark at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2010 as a member of the Wild Card team and again in 2011 as a member of the Capital Slam team. Since then he has had the opportunity to tour Canada to promote his books as well as his stage art. He has penned two independent volumes of poetry “Scattered Notes and Missing Pieces” and “Stained Pages” and soon his 3rd collection “Issues With Etiquette” will be released here in Ottawa. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/432947336823821/
ITEM 10: THE ARTISTIC SHOWCASE PRESENTS: NEW!
DATE: FRIDAY AUGUST 30 7:00 P.M.
LOCATION: PRESSED, 750 GLADSTONE AVE., OTTAWA
FEATURING: Andrea Thompson, Britta B, Tito Medina and special guests
The Artistic Showcase is back! On August 30th, we will welcome another collection of diverse, warm-hearted, powerful and expressive human beings. This month’s showcase will bring under one roof the sounds, feelings and virtues of story-telling, spoken word, theatre, classical violin, and folk music. You will hear stories of resistance, revolution, personal growth, heart-break, hope and inspiration; this month we are going to bear witness to the power humans embody when they are willing to say ” I am here, I have come from somewhere, I am special, and I see that specialness in you, too”.
The featured performers of the night will be:
ANDREA THOMPSON (www.andreathompson.ca)
BRITTA B (http://missbrittab.wordpress.com/about/)
TITO MEDINA (http://www.reverbnation.com/titomedina)
along with special guest performances by
LUCILA AL MAR
EVAN RUNGE (of The Nightwatch and Musk Ox)
The Artistic Showcase will once again be hosted by local spoken word artist Brandon Wint (www.brandonwint.ca) and will take place at the home of Ottawa’s very best sandwiches, Pressed.
ITEM 11: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS MATHEW HENDERSON + MOEZ SURANI NEW!
DATE: TUESDAY, SEPT. 10
LOCATION: THIS EVENT ONLY: THE COURTROOM IN ARTS COURT, AT 2 DALY AVENUE, OTTAWA
8:00 p.m. Open Mic & Featured Readers: MATHEW HENDERSON + MOEZ SURANI
Author of The Lease (Coach House Books, 2012), nominated for the 2013 Trillium Book Award for Poetry
Mathew Henderson is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph’s MFA program. His first collection of poems, The Lease, was published by Coach House Books in 2012. Originally from Prince Edward Island, he now lives in Toronto, writes about the prairies and teaches at Humber College.
Award winning poet, author of Floating Life (Wolsak and Wynn, 2012)
Moez Surani’s poetry has been included in numerous anthologies and literary journals, including The Literary Review of Canada, Globe and Mail and The Walrus. He has attended writing residencies in Finland, Latvia and Switzerland, and his writing has won the Chalmers Arts Fellowship, the Kingston Literary Award and the Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest. His first collection, Reticent Bodies (2009), was described as “that rare book that has the power to be a linchpin, a hinge in the history of Canadian poetry.” His second collection is Floating Life (2012).
More information at: http://www.treereadingseries.ca
ITEM 12: ITEM 10: EDEN MILLS WRITERS’ FESTIVAL SEPT. 13 – 15, 2013
The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival takes place annually in September in Eden Mills, Ontario, just outside of Guelph. It is an outdoor festival in a gorgeous pastoral setting.
Mission In Leon Rooke’s words, Eden Mills is a place “where new writers are introduced to a large audience and established writers are newly engaged.”
The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival was founded in 1989 and has taken place annually since then. Although it started out as the fulfillment of the personal vision of Governor General’s Award winner Leon Rooke, the festival has matured and expanded over the years until it has become a nationally acclaimed and widely respected literary event while still maintaining a small “footprint.”–
For complete information, schedule and ticket purchase, go to: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/
MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:
NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:
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. 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/
Small circulation literary publication Cant Journal (US) seeks poetry and prose for Issue #5. Accepts poetry, short inventive prose (micro fiction, flash fiction, etc.; 300-1000 words), poetry book reviews, essays on poetry, and interviews with poets. Submit 3-7 poems, 1-3 short prose pieces, or 1 poetry book review or essay on poetry. Journal is small (5 x 11); writers are encouraged to keep this in mind when submitting. Publishes annually in April. Payment: Three copies. Guidelines: cantjournal.com/submission-guidelines
Red Kitty is a webzine and limited run print zine based out of Austin, TX. Accepting poetry, prose, short fiction, personal narrative, humor, and experimental journalism; illustration, photography, and doodles; and sound portraits, video art, and spoken word. Prefers works that takes risks and gets messy, including the “strange, thought-provoking, funny, demented.” Deadline: rolling. Guidelines: redkittyzine.weebly.com/submit.html
Independent magazine Bitterzoet (US) is now looking for new poetry, fiction, and artwork for their monthly online zine and bi-annual print editions, and mini chapbooks. Publishes work that engages in the “interplay between bitterness and sweetness, light and darkness, salvation and damnation.” Accepts poetry (3-8) prose (6 pages max), and artwork. Also looking for shorter pieces (“bonbons”) of poetry (10 lines max) and prose (150 words max.). Deadline: rolling. Guidelines: bitterzoetmag.submittable.com
Independent online journal Black Heart Magazine (U.S) seeks short fiction for its weekday (M-F) publication cycle. Length: 1500 words max. All genres accepted, with a literary angle preferred. Appreciates ‘short-form modern literature, from pulp to literary fiction and everything in-between.’ Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines: blackheartmagazine.com/submission-guidelines
GlassFire Magazine (US) seeks submissions of fiction and non-fiction (3000 words max.), poetry, and artwork for the Winter 2013 issue. Pays $5 per poem/artwork/photography and $10 per story/nonfiction Deadline: Rolling. http://www.peglegpublishing.com/glassfire.htm
Halcyon Magazine (Canada) is seeking submissions for an upcoming issue, and is open to entries for a contest. Submission call: looking for autumn-related stories, poems, haiku, recipes, articles, quotes, and fillers. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Photo and Writing Contest: invites entries of autumn-related photography. Prize: Copy of magazine. Deadline: September 1, 2013.
Louise Grace Publishing (US) seeks true nature stories of insight, inspiration, and exploration for an anthology, Women in Nature. Story length: 750-2000 words. From wilderness living to urban gardening, stories should reflect a transforming or transcending connection to nature. Looking for narratives “about living with the earth, not on her.” Deadline: September 1, 2013. Open to women 18+. Guidelines: http://www.louisegracepublishing.com/projects.html
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: http://tendrilmag.submittable.com/submit
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.
‘Sexy and sensual literary arts magazine’ IN MY BED (Canada) is back and is seeking submissions for an upcoming print issue. Looking for poetry, fiction, novel excerpts, painting, photography, and art. Theme: Sex and Magic. Prefers work that transcends traditional erotica and uses art and writing to explore, observe, and exhibit themes in an experimental and abstract manner. Deadline: September 1, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.inmybedmagazine.com/html/submissions.html
Submissions wanted for “Some Tea, Some Truth, Some Fiction II,” the second biannual writer’s festival at the Toronto Public Library on November 9, 2013. Accepting stories that can be read in ten minutes or less, plus short films, mini-plays, photo-essays and other creative work. Theme: love/friendship and work. Also holding an audience-inspired mini-write-a-thon. Deadline: September 1, 2013. http://richinpersonality.webs.com/writersreading.htm
Hybrid literary & arts print magazine CAROUSEL (ON) is looking for poetry, fiction, comics, pageworks, visual poems, and hybrid literary works. Payment ranges from $15-80 plus a 2-issue subscription. “Interested in representing both new and established artists, with a specific focus on positioning Canadian talent within an international context.” Deadline: September 4, 2013. Guidelines: carouselmagazine.ca/submit.html
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: http://cordite.org.au/submissions/
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» 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.
Online quarterly The Puritan | Frontiers of New English (Toronto) seeks fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews for Issue XXIII: Fall 2013. “Submissions may push toward the symbolic frontier, challenging limitations and forging into previously unexplored aesthetic territory.” Deadline: September 15, 2013. Payment: $50 (prose) and $20 poetry. Guidelines: http://www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions.php
Avant-garde literary magazine Toad Suck Review (University of Central Arkansas, US) welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, plays, reviews, interviews, social commentary, memoir, political rants, ecologically conscientious reflections, talk about literature, talk about culture, and talk about teaching. Prefers the inventive and daring. “Especially interested in genre writing that expands or challenges or reinvents the forms and conventions of the genre.” Payment: contributor copies. Deadline: September 23, 2013. Guidelines: toadsuckreview.org/?page_id=8
Buttontapper Press (US) seeks submissions for two forthcoming collections: London Haiku and Paris Haiku. Submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Haiku should convey a strong sense of place, with an emphasis on what makes London or Paris different from other major cities. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.buttontapperpress.submittable.com
Buttontapper Press (US) seeks submissions for a forthcoming collection: Timbuktu Haiku. Submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Haiku should convey a strong sense of place, or riff on the idea of Timbuktu as “the middle of nowhere.” Prefers humorous submissions. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.buttontapperpress.submittable.com
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
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: http://toastpointpress.com/submit
In Fact Books (in association with Creative Nonfiction, U.S.) is seeking essays about all things related to babies for an anthology, Oh, Baby: True Stories About Tiny Humans. Looking for true narratives about the art and science/wonder and struggle of birth, babyhood, and childrearing. Essays must combine a compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond personal experience to some deeper meaning. Length: 4500 words max. Deadline: October 14, 2013. Fee: $3. Payment not indicated. Guidelines: creativenonfiction.org/submissions/oh-baby
Blank Fiction Magazine is accepting literary fiction submissions for their first issue. Length: 15,000 words max. “Stories should provide a solid understanding of the traditional practices of the genre, especially if they haven’t been established yet or you are going to disregard them completely.” Debut issue will be published November 1 in the iTunes App Store and will be available as a “pay what you like” PDF download on the Blank Fiction site. Payment: $50 honorarium. Deadline: October 15, 2013. Guidelines: blankfictionmag.com/submissions
Online monthly zine Subliminal Interiors seeks poetry, nonfiction, and criticism for an upcoming issue on Modernism. Commentaries also welcome. Nonfiction and critical submissions should “engage the editor’s belief that Confessional poetry, Language poetry, and other supposed successors of Modernism are (and always have been) aesthetically sterile–unfit for the challenge of giving a coherent voice to our world-historical moment.” Deadline: October 15, 2013. Guidelines: http://subliminalinteriors.net/submit.php
Art School Horror Stories (US) is looking for stories from art school and art class — funny, sad, horrific, crazy, embarrassing — for an anthology (Published in December). Can be fact or fiction. Submissions can be in any format: poetry, haiku, short stories, etc. Also accepting drawings and photography. Deadline: October 31, 2013. Submission fee: US$10. Guidelines: http://br0250.wix.com/artschoolhorror#!submit/c1ktj
The Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA program’s biannual publication, Lunch Ticket, is accepting submissions for its next issue. Submit fiction, creative non-fiction, YA fiction, poetry, and art/imagery. Theme/genre: Open. Deadline: October 31, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.lunchticket.org/about/submission-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)
ROOM MAGAZINE Call for Submissions: 37.2: Contest issue. Room would love to add a bit of your literary brilliance to our already sparkling lineup for issue 37.2, to be published in June 2014. In this open-themed issue we will showcase our 2013 contest winners, feature an interview with Canadian poet Sandra Ridley, and have commissioned short fiction by another Canadian, Jessica Westhead. If you see your work—whether it is poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction—fitting into that mix, send it our way. Check out our guidelines for full details. http://www.roommagazine.com/submit Deadline: October 31, 2013
Creative Nonfiction (US) is seeking new essays about mistakes — major or minor, tragic or serendipitous, funny or painful — for an upcoming issue. Looking for true stories about poor decisions, missteps, miscalculations, embarrassing boo-boos, dangerous misjudgments, or fortuitous faux pas that explore the nature and outcomes of human fallibility. First prize: $1000. Length: 4000 words max. Entry fee: $20 (or $25 for a subscription to Creative Nonfiction — US only). All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Mistakes” issue. Deadline: November 1, 2013 Guidelines: http://www.creativenonficction.org/submissions/mistakes
The Muse, An International Journal of Poetry, an online bi-annual journal of poetry from India, is seeking submissions for their next issue. Accept poems (send 1-5 poems), and essays and research papers (3000 words minimum). Deadline: November 10, 2013. http://themuse.webs.com/
Online literature/arts magazine The Broken City (Toronto, ON) is currently accepting submissions for its winter 2013 edition: “Turn on, tune in.” Looking for music-related poetry, fiction, essays, comics, illustrations, photography, reviews as well as mp3 submissions for a mixtape. Deadline: December 1, 2013. Non-paying. Guidelines: thebrokencitymag.com/submissions.html
UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS
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.
· 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
· 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
· NEW! Helen Schaible Shakespearean / Petrarchan Sonnet Contest. Submit only one entry of either a Shakespearean or Petrarchan sonnet. The entry must be original and unpublished. Winners will be notified by November 1, 2013. The poet keeps all rights. No entries will be returned. Enclose a SASE for the winners’ list. 14 line traditional poem on any theme. Deadline: September 1, 2013. Entry fee: none Prizes: $50, $35, $15 Details: www.poetsandpatrons.net/Schaibel.html
· Halcyon Magazine (Canada) Photo and Writing Contest: invites entries of autumn-related photography. Prize: Copy of magazine. Deadline: September 1, 2013. http://halcyonmagazine.blogspot.ca/
· Black Warrior Review Writing Contests Deadline: September 1, 2013 Entry Fee: $15 Website: http://www.bwr.ua.edu 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.
· NEW! Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Awards. Got a story you want to share? Enter the Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Contest for a chance at one of the richest contest prize packages around. Prizes total more than $4600 – why not give it a shot? The contest features blind judging in four categories: SIWC Storyteller’s Award, SIWC Non-fiction Award, SIWC Poetry Award and SIWC Writing for Young People Award. Deadline: September 13, 2013. Entry fee: $15 per submission. Prizes: Storyteller’s Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each, Nonfiction Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each, Writing For Young People Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each, Poetry Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each. Details: www.siwc.ca/writing-contest
· 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 words from the word list exactly as shown. The gender and name of the characters must be used as indicated – unless the words he/she are not used and the names can be used for either male or female characters. If you have it in you, you may submit more than one story within the 24 hours. Deadline: September 14, 2013. Entry fee: Free to members. Prize: Publication Details: www.wynter.ca/wyn24.htm
· NEW! The Short Story Contest. The Short Story Contest is designed to showcase the best short stories from around the world. The idea is simple. Submit your story and you will automatically enter The Short Story Competition. Three cash prizes will be awarded and the winners will be published on the website. Deadline: September 15, 2013. Entry fee: £5 (PayPal only) Prize: First prize: £300; Second prize: £200; Third prize: £50 Details: www.theshortstory.net/
· 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
· NEW! Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest for College Students. Open to full-time 12th graders or college students. Write an essay to answer one of the three essay questions on the website about Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. The winning applicant will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged. Deadline: September 17, 2013. Entry fee: none. Prizes: $10,000, $2000, $1000, $100, $50 Details: http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/AtlasShrugged.aspx?theme=blue
· NEW! Eric Hoffer Award for Short Prose. The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books was established at the start of the 21st century as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. The winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, and the book awards are covered in the US Review of Books. One story or essay 10,000 words maximum. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Entry fee: $50 Prize: $250, both categories compete together. Details: www.hofferaward.com/
· NEW! L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest. Open to previously unpublished fiction writers. 17,000 words max science-fiction, horror or fantasy story. Established and sponsored by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983, the Writers Award Contest was a budding competition aimed at discovering, and eventually publishing, deserving amateur and aspiring writers. The field of speculative fiction and fantasy was chosen not only for Mr. Hubbard’s love of and success within the genre – but also for the freedom of imagination and expression it provided as what he described as the “herald of possibility.” Deadline: September 30, 2013 Entry fee: none Prizes: $1000 first prize awarded each quarter; one of those winners also receives the $5000 annual “Gold Award” grand prize. Each quarter, Second Prize $750, Third Prize $500 Details: www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules
· 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
· Lunch Ticket is accepting entries for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction. Topic: open. Length: 5000 words max. Prize: $250 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket (December). Award recipient must submit a bio and photo, and send a note of thanks to the Woods’ family. All submissions for the award will be considered for publication in Lunch Ticket. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines: lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award
OCTOBER TO DECEMBER DEADLINES:
· 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: http://descant.ca/winstoncollins
· 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. 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.