CAA-NCR Literary Notices for Nov. 5 to 10th, 2013



Weekly Notices for the week of Nov. 5 to Nov. 10, 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: Recently published a novel, won a writing award, had a
spectacular book signing or in some other way been recognized within the
writing community? Write a short blurb about it & we’ll publish it in
Byline, the CAA-NCR branch Magazine. We’re all excited, and encouraged, when
someone in our writing family shines. Send a note to Sharyn Heagle, Editor,
Byline at <>



DATE: Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Meeting Room, Lower Level, Ottawa Public Library Main Branch, Metcalfe and Laurier Streets. N/C to CAA members, $10 for non-members

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FROM GOOD IDEA TO GOOD READ, Speaker: Phil Jenkins: Taking a writing project from start to finish. 

Phil will introduce and explain his ten-step program for marshaling that big thought,
that “now that would be something worth writing about” all the way down the
line(s) to a publishable package. Complete with tips on discipline, approach,
and most of all on readability.

Phil Jenkins  Phil Jenkins returned to Ottawa from Liverpool in 1978, with a degree in Environmental Sciences and a Teaching Certificate. He is a writer and performing musician. He has written over eight hundred columns with the Ottawa Citizen
since 1991, numerous magazine articles, included ones for National Geographic Traveler, Canadian Geographic, Ottawa Magazine and Toronto Life, and four national
bestsellers: Fields of Vision, An Acre of Time (an Ottawa history), River Song, and Beneath My Feet, as well as three commissioned local histories; The Library Book, Off the Shelf and A Better Heart. He teaches and lectures in writing and Ottawa history and has released a CD, Car Tunes, with the band Riverbend. For more information about Phil Jenkins go to


HOLIDAY SOCIAL IN THE COUNTRY                                                                                                            

DATE: Sunday, December 1, 2013  TIME: 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm

LOCATION: Sharyn Heagle’s country home TYPE: pot luck


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Mark the above date on your calendar before it fills up with other events. 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

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


sharyn Drop Sharyn a note at,
and let her know you’re coming, and what exciting contribution of an edible
nature you will be bringing with you. She’ll send directions to her home.




 The Ottawa Public Library is hosting a series of 10 writing programs in November, for novice or experienced writers:

Self-publishing in the Digital Marketplace, Main Library, November 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

·      Writing Workshop: Denise Chong (For adults 50+) Stittsville, November 5, 2:00-3:00 p.m. *MASC

·      The Seeds of Fiction: Alan Cumyn (For adults 50+) North Gloucester, November 6,
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Greenboro, November 25, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. *MASC

·      Keeping a Diary: Peter Scotchmer Sunnyside, November 6, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Carlingwood, November 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

·      Book Self Publishing: Raymond Samuels (Agora Publishing) Ruth E. Dickinson, November 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

·      Writing for Younger Audiences: Alan Cumyn (For adults 50+) Rosemount, November 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m. *MASC

·      Imitation: Brian Doyle (For adults 50+) Sunnyside, November 20, 1:00-2:00 p.m. *MASC

·      Story, Structure and Getting Started: Jeff Ross Main Library, November 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

·      Write On! A Creative Writing Workshop: Michele Vinet Carlingwood, November 30,
2:00-4:00 p.m.

 Online registration is required to attend these free programs. The
programs indicated with *MASC are offered in partnership with Multicultural
Arts for Schools and Communities). For a complete list of programs,  visit

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


NANOWRIMO Inspiration Nights


DATES: Mondays in November 7:00 –9:00  p.m.

LOCATION: Whitby Public Library

 Writescape teams up with Whitby Public Library this November to help you achieve your word count for National Novel Writing Month. Gwynn and Ruth will start off the evening with inspiration & nudges to fire up your  pen and get you writing. There is no charge for this special program. 

    Four evenings of writing in community

    Guided creativity prompts from Writescape presenters

    Fun activities to track your word count

Register for Come Write-in @ Central on the Whitby Public Library

 DATES: November 22-24 at Fern
Resort in Orillia


Three-day all-inclusive writing retreat at the fabulous Fern Resort, just 2 hours north of Toronto on Lake Couchiching. Our guest author is Bill Swan, winner of the 2012 Red Maple Award.

·      Professional writing instructors

·      Inspiring writer’s craft workshops

·      Plenty of time to exercise your pen

·      Private setting and first-class amenities

For more information or to register: Visit Writescape at,
email or call 905-728-7823.

 ITEM 5: POST GRADUATE PROGRAMS  THE UNIVERSITY OF KING’S COLLEGE                                                                               NEW!        

 Applications are now open for our post graduate journalism
programs. The application can be accessed via the following link:

The Bachelor of Journalism Program (8 months) can launch your career as a reporter or editor, or enable you to move into any profession that calls on you to write well and communicate effectively, to analyze complex issues and to connect with other people. Bachelor of Journalism Info Page:

The Master of Journalism Program prepares students for exciting work in investigative data journalism or entrepreneurial business journalism. Master of Journalism Info Page:

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Program provides students with a degree, a polished book proposal and at least 200 pages of a finished manuscript. Master of Fine Arts Info Page:

 There are numerous entrance bursaries, five diversity scholarships (including one that offers full tuition)and two additional awards through the the School of Journalism.

We will be hosting an open house on January 20th. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to For more program information, please visit the following links or contact




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


tree-logoWe will be accepting collections up to 40 pages long until December 31st, so get writing! The contest is open to all Tree readers, supporters and listeners.

For contest details check out the link below   Tree Press Chapbook Contest –
Tree Reading Series The Tree Reading Series is one of the longest running series in Canada.


 ITEM 8: CANADIAN SENIOR ARTISTS RESOURCE NETWORK (CSARN)  NEW MENTORSHIP PROGRAM                                                              NEW!


This program will offer a unique opportunity for senior members (60+) of the League of Canadian Poets to act as mentors.  A key element of the program is that the senior artists will be paid for their work as mentors.  There is also an opportunity for members to apply for mentorships as a mentee. The program will be piloted in Ontario and will expand to other provinces in Year 3. Please contact if you’d like to receive the mentor and/or mentee application.


Strengthening Canadian culture by providing opportunities for
transfers of knowledge between senior artists, emerging professionals, other
artists and communities. CSARN-CRAAC is preparing to launch a mentorship program that will link senior artists with other artists, including emerging professionals.
Mentors will be paid for their work and mentees will be reimbursed for expenses.


The notion of mentoring and apprenticeship has a longer a history
in the arts (and crafts) than in any other form of human endeavour. Since the
earliest times in each art form, apprenticeships have been the primary way to
hone skills, teach the subtleties of the art and pass on traditions. In current
times, despite all the technological advances, in many instances this is still
true. Enhanced by technology much has been gained, for example, in restoring
and authenticating works of visual art, choreographic intention in dance, and
clarity of intention in old literary and musical manuscripts. Nevertheless, it
is the oral tradition, the hands-on passing of knowledge through example and
teaching that makes the art form alive and vital. It is our belief that much is
lost if we ignore those who still have valuable information, much to contribute
and the ability to shed light on historical inaccuracies. Creativity in young
and mid-career artists can only be enhanced by exposure to the experience and
wisdom of those who have spent a lifetime committed to their art. It has been
shown that most mentorships end up being a two-way process, with the mentor
also benefitting from the very different perspectives and experiences of the

Any formal or informal education, which leads to thinking about
context, clear concepts, methodology, the value of intuition, and spontaneous
as well as rational thinking is valuable. This and many other aspects of their
experience is only a small part of what senior artists have to offer.

In the creation of this program, as in all CSARN’s activities, we
will not duplicate any existing program but will fully co-operate and, if
possible, co-operatively deliver and/or enhance those programs.

Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network (CSARN) | Centre de
ressources pour les artistes aînés du Canada (CRAAC) 1000 Yonge St, Suite
300-B, Toronto, ON M4W 2K2

What kind of mentorship opportunities will be offered by

 Traditional one-on-one arrangements.

    Senior artists in either lectures or residencies in schools, businesses or other institutions.

    Seminars, workshops or lectures, for smaller groups or the public.

    Senior artists’ residencies in communities.

 How will the program work?

 Qualified professional senior artists will indicate their willingness to be a mentor and through a questionnaire will identify in what areas they can share knowledge and
expertise. A database of this information will be prepared.

    Qualified professional artists will apply to the program and indicate what they hope to learn. The applicant will be matched to an appropriate mentor. The parties will then meet to see if their interests and personalities are compatible.

    As far as possible, the matching process will not involve any artistic judgment.

    As a final step, the mentor and mentee must agree to the relationship, including common goals, time frames and outcomes, and sign a contract.

 The program will be piloted in Ontario and will expand to other provinces in Year 3.


The Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network was launched in 2011
by the arts and cultural community to assist professional artists to live in
their senior years with dignity and respect. It fulfills its mandate by
providing information, programs and services.

Please visit our website




DATE Tuesday, November 5, 2013 8:00 P.M.

LOCATION: Library, Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave., Ottawa, Ont.

 More info:

 Join us for a reading by Jerome Rothenberg!

 JEROME ROTHENBERG’s publishing career began in the late 1950s as a translator of German poetry, first for Hudson Review and then for City Lights Books. Founding Hawk’s Well Press in 1959, Rothenberg used it as a venue to publish collections by some of the up-and-coming poets of the era, including Diane Wakoski and Robert Kelly. He also self-published his first book of poems, White Sun Black Sun, under the
Hawk’s Well imprint. From the beginning, his work embodied experimentation with
syntax, image, and form that drew on varied influences and moved in diverse
directions. Poetic and artistic forebears such as Gertrude Stein, James Joyce,
Dali, the Dadaists, Ezra Pound, and Walt Whitman affected the voice and content
of his early work. In a career that has already spanned half a century,
including seventy books of his own poetry, plus plays, acclaimed anthologies,
and other works, Rothenberg has gone on to explore primitive and archaic
poetry, sound poetry, found poetry, visual poetry, collaborations, further
translations, his own Jewish heritage, and much more.

 Rothenberg identified with both the twentieth-century avant-garde and with “a range of tribal and subterranean poetries” that can provide “a poetics big enough to account for human creativity, human language-making, over the broadest span available.” Of his poetry and his experimental “anthology-assemblages,” he once
wrote: “My own contributions (nomenclature and praxis) have included ‘deep
image,’ ethnopoetics, ‘total translation,’ poetics of performance, and assorted
attempts ‘to reinterpret the poetic past from the point of view of the

 Rothenberg is widely and highly respected as a consummate anthologist and poetic theorist as well as a poet. In the massive 1,700-page, two-volume Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry, edited with Pierre Joris, Rothenberg presents what Hacsi Horvath of Whole Earth considered “a brilliant kaleidoscope of writing unstuck in time, both in English and in fine translation, from numerous archaic/modern/postmodern voices.” Writing in
Vort, Kenneth Rexroth described Rothenberg and his poetry in the following way:
“Jerome Rothenberg is one of the truly contemporary American poets who has
returned US poetry to the mainstream of international modern literature.”


Web: for more information and tickets


 Thursday Nov. 7 7:00 p.m. • Southminster United Church. Canada in a Century of Change: One on One with Joe Clark

 Monday Nov. 11 7:00 p.m. • Southminster United Church Not Quite the Classics: One on One with Colin Mochrie

 Tuesday Nov. 12 6:30 p.m. • Nepean Centrepointe OPL OPL Teen Author Festival: Lemony Snicket




 Circa: A Journal of Historical Fiction (Ottawa, ON) is accepting submissions on a historical theme. Accepts fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews, and articles that have a fresh take on history. Also appreciates genre-crossing, and speculative and alternative history. Length: 2500 words max. (fiction) and 800 words max. (reviews and articles). As a Canadian journal, Circa especially likes Canadian stories. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines:


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:


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.



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.

Four Anthology Calls From Scarecrow Press

1. Making Libraries Integral In The Lives Of Baby Boomers Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press Editor: Carol Smallwood, Bringing Arts into the Library, ed., (ALA Editions, 2013);  Library Services for Multicultural Patrons to Encourage Library Use co-ed., (Scarecrow Press, 2013)

Chapters sought for an anthology by practicing public librarians and LIS faculty in the United  States and Canada: creative, practical how-to chapters on strengthening and expanding services to the age group called baby boomers. Possible topics: fostering positive staff attitudes;  encouraging endowments and advocacy; programming and workshops; maximizing their  experience as volunteers; instruction in technology; needs assessment surveys; genealogy and oral histories; grants. Concise, how-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues totaling 3,000-4,000 words, or two chapters that come to 3,000-4,000 words. No previously published or simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; if two chapters they are to be by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word accepted submission, discount on more copies.

Please e-mail titles of  2-4 topics each described in 2 sentences by November 30, 2013 with brief biography sketch(s); place BOOMERS and Last Name on the subject line to:




2. Women, Work, and the Web: How the Web Creates Entrepreneurial Opportunities.

Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press Editor: Carol Smallwood, Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012) on Poets & Writers Magazine “List of Best Books for Writers.” Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers forthcoming from Scarecrow Press. smallwood/e/B001JS613M/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1380659357&sr=1-2-ent

Seeking chapters of unpublished work from writers in the U.S. and Canada for an anthology.  Interested in such topics as: Women Founding Online Companies; Women Working on the Web With Young Children or Physical Disabilities; Woman’s Studies Resources and Curriculum; Surveys/Interviews of Innovative Women on the Web. Chapters of 3,000-4,000 words or two chapters coming to that word count (up to 3 co-authors) on how the Internet has opened doors, leveled the playing field and provided new  opportunities for women, are all welcome. Practical, how-to-do-it, anecdotal and innovative writing based on experience how women make money on the Web, further careers. One complimentary copy per chapter, discount on additional copies. Please e-mail 2-4 chapter topics each described in two sentences by November 30, 2013, along with a brief bio to  Please place INTERNET/Last Name on the subject line; if co-authored, paste bio sketches for each author.


3. Creative Management of Small Public Libraries in the 21st Century. Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press Co-editor: Carol Smallwood, public libraries consultant; Library Management Tips That Work, ed., (ALA Editions, 2011);  Library Services for Multicultural Patrons to Encourage Library Use co-ed., (Scarecrow Press, 2013)

Chapters sought for an anthology by practicing public librarians and LIS faculty in the United States and Canada: creative, practical how-to chapters for a handbook on strengthening small and rural public libraries as centers of communities serving populations under 25,000. Possible topics: fostering positive staff attitudes; making an inviting atmosphere; successful living endowments; programming; handling patrons, volunteers, meetings;  using technology; effective networking; staff evaluations; professional development; needs assessment   surveys.

Concise, how-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues totaling 3,000-4,000 words, or two chapters that come to 3,000-4,000 words. No previously published or simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; if two chapters they are to be

by the same author(s).  A complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word accepted submission as compensation, discount on more. Please e-mail titles of  2-3 topics each described in 2 sentences by November 30, 2013 with brief biography sketch(s);  place SMALL and Last Name on the subject line to:


4. Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press Co-editor: Carol Smallwood co-edited Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012), on Poets & Writers Magazine’s “List of Best Books for Writers”; edited Pre- & Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians (American Library Association, 2012). Co-editor: Dr. Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Journalism Option Program, Passaic County Community College, Paterson, New Jersey; Editor/Founder, Adanna Literary Journal; Author, Eve Asks (Muse-Pie Press, 2011).

An anthology of unpublished 3,000-4,000 word chapters or two chapters coming to that word count by successful, men and women retired writers from the U.S. and Canada  (up to 3 co-authors) previously following other careers than writing. Fiction, poetry, memoir, nonfiction,

journalism, and other writers welcome. Looking for topics as: Business Aspects of Writing, Writing as a New Career, Networking, Using Life Experience, Finding Your Niche, Privacy and Legal Issues, Using Technology. With living longer, early retirement, popularity of memoir

writing, this is a how-to for baby boomers who now have time to write. Compensation: one complimentary copy per chapter, discount on additional copies.

Please e-mail two chapter topics each describe d in two sentences by November 30, 2013 with brief pasted bio to placing RETIREMENT/Last Name on the subject line. If co-authored, pasted bios for each.




The Beloit Fiction Journal (US) seeks contemporary short fiction, including traditional and experimental narratives. Very long and very short stories welcome. Deadline: December 1, 2013.     Guidelines:


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:


 Sunshine in a Jar Press. Looking to get published? Sunshine in a Jar Press is welcoming submissions to its new anthology “The Writing Spiral” which will be released in Fall of 2014. They are seeking poems, memoirs, stories and essays, and possible themes are love, loss, joy, decadence, deprivation, hope, fear, friendship, family, work, social responsibility, health, culture, light, and darkness. There is also the opportunity for monthly writing classes to feed your process at Trent University, Oshawa Campus. Deadline: March 1, 2014 Details: or call 289 252 1978


Online literary magazine The Steel Chisel (Canada) is “perpetually looking” for prose and poetry submissions from Canadian writers. Include a short bio with location, occupation, and any relevant award/publication accomplishments. Deadline: Rolling, on 6th of the month.     Guidelines:


 The Potomac Review (Montgomery College, Maryland) accepts submissions of poetry (up to three), fiction and nonfiction (5000 words max.), photography, and artwork. Appreciates both realistic and experimental prose and poetry. Deadline: May 1, 2014.  Guidelines:






  • FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting is pleased to announce the 2013 Dalton Camp Award. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize for excellence in creative, original essay-writing on the link between democracy and the media in Canada. New for 2013, a discretionary second prize of $2,500 may be awarded for the best essay by a post-secondary student. The 2013 Award is open to both students and other Canadians. The deadline for entries is November 15, 2013. Download the 2013 Dalton Camp Award PosterThe official rules, past winning essays, a video biography on Dalton Camp, and other details about the Award are available from the Dalton Camp Award website:


  • InkTears Short Story Competition 2013. The Ink Tears Short Story Competition is now open for entries. All prize-winners will have their story published to the InkTears Readers and consideration for a short story collection/anthology publication.  Length 1000 – 3000 words, any theme and open to age 18+. Stories may have been previously published or unpublished.  Deadline: November 30, 2013 Entry fee: £6.00 Prize: Winner:  £1000; Runner-up:  £100; 4 x Highly Commended £25.00 Details:


  • LOTR 100-Word Story Contest. Submit a 100-word story about love and travel and you could have it published online and win a free copy of the forthcoming book Love on the Road 2013. Love on the Road 2013 is an anthology of 12 stories about love and travel from a dozen different writers, some very accomplished, others just starting out. It’s scheduled for publication in early December. We’ll take submissions until November 30 and then declare three winners and send them (for free) paperback copies of Love on the Road 2013. There’s more information at  Best, Sam Tranum Dublin, Ireland
  • 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
  •  RopeWalk Press (US) invites entries for the The Nobody Series AWP Postcard Contest. Seeking short-short stories “destined for immediate celebrity.” Winning story printed on art postcards displayed for sale among postcards of RopeWalk Press fiction covers. Prize: a signing, 10 copies of the postcard, and a $25 gift certificate to your favorite bookstore or $50 in RopeWalk Press titles .Entry fee: $5. Deadline: December 1, 2013.    Guidelines:


  • 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:




  • Gemini MAGAZINE  is now accepting entries for its fourth annual Poetry Open competition. The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions will each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2014 issue of Gemini. The entry fee is $5 for each batch of three poems. Deadline: January 2, 2014. We are open to any type of poetry, any subject matter, any length. Scroll down the Poetry Open page to see the broad range of work from previous winners and finalists.


  • League of Canadian Poets announces: Submissions are now open for the Jessamy Stursburg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth. There are two age categories, junior (grades 7-9) and senior (grades 10-12). First place poems in each category will receive a cash prize: Winners: $350 Second Place: $300 Third Place: $250 All winning poems will be published in the LCP’s e-zine, Re:verse at All winners will receive Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth certificates and student membership in the League of Canadian Poets for one year. Deadline: January 15, 2014.
  • NEW! Poetry School / Pighog Pamphlet Competition. We’re still poring over Kate White’s The Old Madness,  the collection which won this year’s Poetry School / Pighog pamphlet competition … but we’re also starting the search for next year’s winner. We’re now taking submissions for our second collaborative competition – details are here: and judges Simon Barraclough and Catherine Smith are waiting eagerly to read your entries. DEADLINE: Jan. 31, 2014


  • Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. 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


  •  Waxing PressWaxing Press (Ohio, US) invites entries for its inaugural contest for works of fiction, the Tide Lock Prize. Seeks new work in the form of a novel, novella, or collection of short stories. Length: 150 pages minimum. Prize: Publication in the journal’s print and digital editions. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: February 1, 2014.     Guidelines:


  •  Lynn Manuel Children’s Fiction ContestGrasmere Publishing (BC) invites entries for the Lynn Manuel Children’s Fiction Contest. Prize: $500 cash, $1000 advance against royalties, and publication. Open to novels suitable for children aged 7-16 years old. Looking for an engaging voice, well-developed characters, and a strong storyline. Length: 25,000-75,000 words. No theme, but no violence. Open to Canadian and US residents who have not previously published a novel for children. Deadline: March 1, 2014 (first chapter only). Entry fee: $30.     Guidelines:



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