CAA-NCR Weekly Literary Notices for Sept. 16 to 22, 2013



Weekly Notices for the week of Sept. 16 to Sept. 22, 2013


Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at 

####Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website


NOTE TO CAA MEMBERS:  Have you recently published a novel, won a writing award, had a spectacular book signing or in some other way been recognized within the writing community? If so, write up a little blurb about your accomplishment and we’ll publish it in Byline, the CAA-NCR branch Magazine. We are all excited, and encouraged, when someone in our writing family shines. Send your note to Sharyn Heagle, Editor, Byline at <>





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


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

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-FrontPage 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:




DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 LOCATION: 1963 Merivale Road

You are invited to a book signing at FREEDOM HARLEY-DAVIDSON OF OTTAWA

Join Phyllis Bohonis in celebrating the Ottawa Launch of her debut novel, Fire in the Foothills Phyllis Bohonis

 Chat with the author – Enjoy some refreshment – Have your book signed

For further information: or



DATE: Thursdays  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 – Oct, 24 (5 weeks)

LOCATION:  The Old Ottawa South Firehall,  260 Sunnyside Ave, Ottawa, ON COST: $142

 Link to register:

Write A Book: Starting Write: How to finally begin—and finish—the book you’ve always dreamed of writing Is there a book you’ve always wanted to write but didn’t know where to start? A memoir, a novel, an inspirational non- fiction? Whatever your goal, starting off on the right foot can make all the difference.

Join published author Nerys Parry in a five-week course designed to help you begin strong and keep going, even when it gets rough. Learn to navigate those vital early planning stages, set reasonable goals, strengthen your writing muscles and build your confidence along with your story and structure. Weekly workshops coupled with daily writing email prompts and exercises will help you to ‘think like a writer’, develop your story and voice and organize your larger project. You’ll also have opportunities to address issues particular to your project. The course concludes with a brief discussion of publishing and a critical review of a sample of your work in progress by facilitator & author Nerys Parry.

Nerys Parry’s debut novel, Man & Other Natural Disasters, was a finalist for the Colophon Prize, tied for seventh in the Giller Prize Reader’s Choice Awards 2011 and was chosen as one of the top 30 reads of 2012 by Typography as well as one of the top prairie picks for Canada Reads 2012 by Daybreak Alberta. Nerys, who holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Queen’s University as well as a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC, also writes creative non- fiction, and her work has been shortlisted for the Kenneth R. Wilson Canadian Business Press and Event Creative Non- Fiction Awards. She lives in Old Ottawa South with her husband and two children, where she is currently at work on a novel and a travel/memoir. In her own words: “I believe writing matters, that through sharing heartfelt stories we can together create a more caring, compassionate and vibrant world.” For more information on Nerys, please check out her website



 Canadian Authors Association – Vancouver 2013 Fiction Contest 300px-CanadaPlaceLetterboxed

 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 and mark FICTION CONTEST in the subject line

 Ten Stories High – 14th Annual Short Story Competition

300px-Bierstadt_Albert_Falls_of_Niagara_from_Below 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 Details:







In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge

Program dates: February 10 – 22, 2014

Application deadline: November 15, 2013

Faculty: Steven Ross Smith (director), J.R. Carpenter, Carla Harryman, Roy Miki

Guests: Jacob Wren, cris cheek


A groundbreaking residency that enables experimentation and creation in innovative writing practices. In(ter)ventions welcomes interventions in writing as an art form, where the medium itself (language) is the site of investigation. The means of production that might frame such interventions (such as audio, electronic literature, interactivity, vizpo, video, performance, collaboration, and so on) are secondary to and/or juxtaposed with the compositional.




 The Ottawa Public Library is hosting an array of specialized programming for adults and adults 50+ this Fall. Topics include health and wellness, poetry, personal finance, computers and technology, hobbies, travel, arts and culture, genealogy, writing, home and garden.

The following organizations have partnered with OPL to offer programming at Library branches this Fall:  Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC), Canada Council for the Arts,

Ottawa PC Users´ Group, Algonquin College, Ubbink Book & Paper Conservation, British Isles Family History Society and the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Ottawa LDS Family History Centre, Balance Relaxation Therapy, Glebe Chiropractic Clinic, Alta Vista Chiropractic and Massage Clinic, Kent Chiro-Med Wellness Clinic, Home Instead Senior Care, PureMed Naturopathic Centre, Ottawa Hospital Healthy Lifestyle and Diabetes Program, Ottawa Public Health, Colours Jewellery, Volunteer Ottawa, Fabrika 3D Printing, Master Gardeners, AccuChex Inspections, NFB, Kinder Sleep, RBC, Entraide Budgetaire, Versefest, Ottawa Peace Festival and Ontario Civil Liberties Association.

Online registration is required to attend these free programs. For a complete

list of programs, visit

For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or EMAIL



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For more information, visit the Arts Centre classes section of the Fall Winter Recreation Guide.


To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s voyage, the City of Ottawa will hold a literary competition for young writers – a citywide, bilingual contest seeking works that relate to Champlain’s explorations and the welcome he received from the Algonquin inhabitants.

The contest is open to Ottawa students in two age groups: junior writers (grades 3 to 5) and senior writers (grades 6 to 8). Five categories of literary arts will be judged: First person narratives (including letters and journal entries), essays or opinion pieces, fictional stories about Champlain’s adventures and discoveries, poems (including original ballads), and dramatic monologues.

Awards will be presented at a celebratory evening on December 10, 2013. All entries must be submitted by teachers by October 21, 2013. Application forms and entry requirements are available online:  Contact for more information.




LOCATION: Montreal, The Holiday Inn Select,  99 Viger Avenue W. Montreal, Quebec

 The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Canada East presents The Art of the Story.

 Here is the line-up of featured guests:

 Linda Pratt, Agent, Werner and Pratt, Bonnie Bader, Associate Publisher of Frederick Warne and the Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Young Readers/Early Readers, Jill Santopolo, Executive Editor at Philomel Books, Laurent Linn, Art Director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, David Diaz, illustrator and Caldecott Medalist, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Author / Illustrator,, Jennifer Lanthier, Author and Crystal Kite award winner,

 The full brochure is here:

 These are always wonderful events, with a super ratio of speakers to guests–lots of good opportunities for good one-on-one conversation. We usually hold one in Ottawa and one near Toronto each year. This year, we wanted to give Montreal a try.




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



 Deadline Approaching! November 1, 2013

Pat Lowther Memorial Award / Gerald Lampert Memorial Award / raymond Souster Award

  • The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year, and is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. The awards carry a $1,000 prize, and are presented each year at the annual LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced during National Poetry Month in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2013. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me ( by Nov 1st, 2013 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to:
  • The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized authors’ tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. The awards carry a $1,000 prize, and are presented each year at the annual LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced during National Poetry Month in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2013. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me ( by Nov 1st, 2013 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to:
  • The Raymond Souster Award is given for a book of poetry by a League of Canadian Poets member (all levels, dues paid) published in the preceding year. The award honours Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award carries a $1,000 prize. It is presented each year at the LCP Annual Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2013. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me ( by Nov 1st, 2013 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to:

Ingel Madrus, Assistant Director, The League of Canadian Poets, 192 Spadina Ave., Suite 312

Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Phone: 416-504-1657 / Fax: 416-504-0096



ITEM 11:  OTTAWA YOUTH POETRY SLAM SEASON OPENER FEATURING SENSE-SAY                                               NEW!


DATE: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 5:30 p.m. Workshop, 6:30 p.m. sign-up

SLAM STARTS AT 6:40 p.m.



“Sense-Say” is the 2011 Capital Slam Champion & was a CFSW Semi Finalist in the same year! Come on out to watch & enjoy this avid story-teller make U wanna laugh & cry within a few minutes of each other.

In the meantime, enjoy listening to our Youth begin a new season climbing the ladder of ranks to be part of the 2014 OttawaYouth PoetrySlam Team. This past July our team (The Ottawa Current – Ottawa’s 1st All Female Slam Team) did us proud at SlamTario, & especially in August by placing 2nd at the first ever YouthCanSlam National Poetry Festival.

As per tradition. Those Youth that reach & participate in the free workshop @ 5:30 p.m. (lead by the night’s feature) will have Priority Sign up @ 6:30p.m.  REACH!!!



 DATE:   Saturday, September 21, 2013   6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

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

Doors and sign-up are at 6:30 p.m. $8 at the door. All ages are welcome.

 With the CapSlam season underway it is time to throw a wrench into things and give people what they aren’t expecting, but they oh so desperately need!

In addition to a super slam (who will join Rusty Priske in the list of winners this season?) we have an exciting feature, David O’Meara! If Spoken Word has a tinge of hip-hop, David O’Meara has a spoonful of rock and roll. We know him from his work with VERSeFest (and slinging drinks at the Manx) but it is time to hear more from this super-cool poet!

David O’Meara is the author of three collections of poetry, including most recently A Pretty Sight (Coach House Books, 2013), and a play, Disaster, nominated for four Rideau Awards. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, the ReLit Award, the Trillium Book Award, a National Magazine Award, and he has won the Archibald Lampman Award twice. He is the director of the Plan 99 Reading Series, Artistic Director of VERSeFest ( and was the Canadian judge for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize

ITEM 13: THE FACTORY READING SERIES PRESENTS: NGUYEN, SMITH + ROWLEY, September 21, 2013                                                NEW!

 DATE SEPT. 21, 2013 Doors 7:00 p.m. reading 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong St (at Parkdale; upstairs)

 with readings by: Hoa Nguyen (Toronto) Dale Smith (Toronto)     + Mari-Lou Rowley (Saskatoon)

Lovingly hosted by rob mclennan  More info available at:

ITEM 14: SPAN-O (THE SMALL PRESS ACTION NETWORK – OTTAWA) PRESENTS: THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR AUTUMN 2013 EDITION                                                                                              

 DATE: Saturday, October 12 NOON TO 5 P.M.

LOCATION: Room 203, Jack Purcell Community Centre, (off Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).

 Contact rob at to sign up for a table, etc.

 General info: the Ottawa small press book fair noon to 5:00 p.m. (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors). Admission free to the public.

 $20 for exhibitors, full tables, $10 for half-tables (Payable to rob mclennan, c/o 402 McLeod St #3, Ottawa ON K2P 1A6; Send by October 1 if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue.

Note: Due to increased demand, we are now offering half tables. For catalog, exhibitors should send name of press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications, list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered & any other pertinent info, including upcoming Ottawa-area events (if any).

BE AWARE: Given that the spring 2013 was the first to reach capacity (forcing me to say no to at least half a dozen exhibitors), the fair can’t (unfortunately) fit everyone who wishes to participate. The fair is roughly first-come, first-served, but preference will be given to small publishers over self-published authors (being a “small press fair,” after all).

More info:       





NEW! The Mackinac (Canada/US) seeks poetry that “bridges the strait between nostalgia and the immediate, the wilds seen and unseen, the best of emerging and established voices.” Submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Deadline: Ongoing.   Guidelines:


NEW! Dentists on the Frontier (Canada) seeks short, pithy, provocative and even happy stories of dentists and dental procedures from practitioners and patients of dentistry. Filed under the title “Writing Home Again,” stories should be in the form of an anonymous open letter (Dear Dentist or Dear Patient). Accepting nonfiction and creative nonfiction only. Length: 600 words max. Deadline: ongoing.  Guidelines:


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.


 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:


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:


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:


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:


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.



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:


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:


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:




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: 


NEW! Online journal Cactus Heart Literary Magazine (U.S.) seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, art & photography for Issue #6 (e-Issue) and Issue #6.5 (print), both due out in December 2013. Looking “your spiny, your sharp, your relentless… work coursing with energy and able to thrive in the harshest of places, while maintaining a vulnerable, succulent interior.” Deadline: October 10, 2013.  Guidelines:


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:


Rattle Magazine Love Poems Deadline: October 15th. For adults, our next themed issue will feature nothing but Love Poems. If you haven’t already, please send us a few (feel free to mix non-love poems into the batch; they don’t all have to be love poems).  Keep in mind that we see a difference between love poems and poems about love.  A love poem is written for, to, or about someone (or something), even if the real meaning is disguised.  It should be possible for a love poem to be given to someone as a token of love.  Poems about the nature of love in general, or the loss of love, and so on, might not necessarily be love poems by this definition.  I hope that makes sense—but if not, don’t fret, just send the poem in, and we’ll decide.  To submit, follow our regular guidelines, and mention in the subject line or cover letter that there’s a love poem in there (not that we wouldn’t notice, but as we near the deadline we’ll start to read those submissions first).


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:

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:

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:!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:

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. 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:

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.

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:




  • 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:
  • Open for (Online!) Submissions: The Red Hen Press Poetry Award. Submissions are now open for the 2013 Red Hen Press Poetry Award, via methods both offline (traditional guidelines can be found here), and online; just visit our Submittable page, here: This year’s final judge is Hilda Raz. Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded poem in The Los Angeles Review, a publication of Red Hen Press. Entry fee is $20 for up to 3 poems, maximum 120 lines each. Entries must be postmarked by September 30.
  • MSLEXIA PUBLICATIONS 2013 Women’s Novel Competition! DEADLINE SEPT. 23, 2013. Time really does zip by, but I hope you won’t let the deadline pass without sending us your novel. It’s a great opportunity that only comes around every two years.The first prize for the competition is £5,000 and our high profile judging panel this year is made up of Kirsty Lang, Val McDermid and Charlotte Robertson. The three finalists will also get free professional feedback on their manuscript from The Literary Consultancy; and the twelve shortlisted writers will be offered a place at a workshop and networking event in London. The closing date for the competition is 23 September 2013. You can enter and pay online any time before midnight GMT on the day of the deadline. And if you’re entering by post, you can pop it in a post box any day up to and including 23 September. If you have any queries, you can log on to our website at for FAQs and advice about entering online, email or call and chat to us on 0191 204 8860.


  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:


  • 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:




  • The Missouri Review. There’s one month left to submit to our Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize Competition–for which we offer over $15,000 in prizes. We accept submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our Spring issue and paid travel to our gala reading and reception. Contest finalists will receive cash prizes and have their work considered for publication as well. While the contest has a postmark deadline of October 1st of this year, we encourage early submissions. We accept submissions online or by mail. Winners will be announced in January of 2014. Don’t forget that your $20 entry fee gets you a one-year subscription to The Missouri Review. Subscriptions are available in print or digital versions. Our downloadable digital subscription includes a full-length audio version of the journal. You can find more information about the contest through our website:


  • 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.



  • NEW! CANADA WRITES CBC SHORT STORY PRIZE DEADLINE NOV. 1 2013  Submit your original, unpublished stories stories between 1200 and 1500 words.  Competition opens: September 1, 2013. Deadline to submit: November 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET OPEN TO  All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can submit.  MORE INFO HERE


  • 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


  • NEW! Briarpatch Magazine is accepting entries for their third annual writing contest, Writing in the Margins. Seeking fresh, fiction and creative non-fiction “that brings to life issues of political, social, and environmental justice.” Cash prizes totalling $750. Length: 2000 words max. Entry fee: $25 (includes subscription). Deadline: December 1, 2013.  Guidelines:


  • 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:




  • The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published fewer than two books). Each year the winning manuscript will be selected by an established poet in co-operation with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint. The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 advance. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: January 31, 2014 Info here: Each entry must be accompanied with a business size SASE and an entry fee for $30.00 Canadian. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Matrix Publications.” No cash please. Send manuscripts to: The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint, c/o Matrix, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658, Montreal QC H3G 1M8  Or via Submittable: Alternatively, you may send you manuscript electronically to and send your payment via PAYPAL: RK Award Entry Fee $30



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