Notices Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, 2013

 17 ITEMS 11 NEW including CAA awards call

Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at 

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

 CAA-NCR EVENTS: 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 <>

 ITEM 1: CAA-NCR – HOLIDAY SOCIAL IN THE COUNTRY                                                                                                      

DATE: Sunday, December 1, 2013 TIME: 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Sharyn Heagle’s country home TYPE: pot luck OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mark the above date on your calendar before it fills up. Come meet your fellow writers in a casual, congenial and celebratory atmosphere. We invite you to:

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

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

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.



CATEGORIES: Short Story • Poetry Prizes in Each Category: $300, $200, $100

Guidelines for 2014 NCWC

The contest is open to members of CAA–NCR and/or residents of the National Capital Region

CATEGORIES: Short Story (max. 2500 words) and Poetry (not Haiku) (max. 60 lines including title & blank lines)

ENTRIES must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant. Winning entries and/or Honourable Mentions may be published CAA–NCR’s e-mag, Byline, in a CAA–NCR anthology,

or in the Ottawa Citizen. Copyright remains with author.

Finalists are requested to attend CAA–NCR’s 25th Annual NCWC Awards Night, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 7 PM, Ottawa Public Library auditorium, 120 Metcalfe Street at Laurier.

Your presence is important to the celebration of your success with fellow entrants, families and friends. First place winners will be asked to read their entries.

  • Entries postmarked after midnight FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014 will be disqualified.
  • Submissions not accompanied by entry fee will be disqualified.
  • Submissions will be neither acknowledged nor returned.
  • Entries not conforming to rules will be disqualified.
  • Overpayment of entry fees will not be returned.
  • Entry fee: $15 per story; $15 for up to three (3) poems (poems will be judged individually);
  • number of entries unlimited.
  • Each prose entry must be in English, typed, on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, one side only,  page-numbered consecutively on bottom right of pages. No extra-large type, please!
  • Indicate category and title on top left corner of every page.
  • Stories must be double-spaced; this is not required for poetry.
  • Contest is blind judged. Entrant’s name must NOT appear on the submission(s).
  • Include a separate cover page with contest category, story/poem title, name, address,
  • phone number, and e-mail address.
  • Members of CAA–NCR are entitled to one (1) free entry in one (1) category.
  • Make cheques payable to CAA–NCR and designate NCWC.
  • CAA–NCR reserves the right to withhold any prize should entries fail to meet expected standards.

Mail entries to: National Capital Writing Contest, 163 BELL ST., N., Box 57081, Ottawa ON K1R 7E1 Attention: Sherrill Wark, Receiver

Information: Sharyn Heagle, CAA–NCR Contest Coordinator –



 DATE: FRIDAY, NOV. 29 9:05 a.m.


Qais Ghanem This Friday Qais Ghanem will interview Mayor Jim Watson about his work at City Hall and his vision for the future.

To listen to the interviews, in the Ottawa area, tune into CKCU FM 93.1 this Friday @ 9:05 AM – just after the BBC world news. Live, on the internet:

Dr. Qais Ghanem is recently retired associate professor of medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He immigrated to Canada in 1970. Six years ago, he created and hosted the Ottawa CHIN Radio talk show Dialogue with Diversity winner of four national awards. The talk show is now aired over CKCU.

Three years ago, he started a monthly discussion circle called Dialogue for Democracy. He is the author of a book of verse entitled From Left to Right. His first novel about democracy and women’s rights in the Middle East is entitled Final Flight From Sanaa — BAICO Publishers, Ottawa, is now in e-book format on AMAZON. It is being considered for a movie. His second novel published by iUniverse, also in e-book format, is Two Boys from Aden College. He co-authored My Arab Spring a non-fiction book published by Create Space: My Arab Spring My Canada. He runs a busy website

– After Friday you can also listen to the interview at your convenience on CKCU’s website at – click ‘a luta continua’ on the program column for Friday.



 Dorothee Komangapik’s book, The Small Household, has been acclaimed by a judge of the Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Award.

This is a delightful little children’s book of water paintings circa 1927-28, depicting scenes from the song “Kleiner Haushalt” by Friedrich Ruckert and Carl Loewe. Translations by the artist’s granddaughter.  The Small Household is available online (And at the December Holiday Social (Item 1 above) at: 


 ITEM 5: CAA NATIONAL SUBMISSIONS CALL FOR THE CAA AWARDS                                                                                   NEW!

 Canadian Authors 2014 Literary Awards

 November 22, 2013 – Entries are now being accepted for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2014 Literary Awards.  Criteria and submission details are available in the CAA 2014 Literary Awards Guidelines.

Complete the CAA 2014 Awards entry form online and send it to us along with your submission and entry fee. The entry form can be found at the link for the guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014.

Now in its 39th year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. Past winners have included Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Leonard Cohen, Micheal Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Patrick DeWitt, Nino Ricci, Michael S. Cross, Don McKay and countless other literary stars – some relatively unknown at the time they received the award.

Anita Purcell, Executive Director, Canadian Authors Association




 December 9: Cite it Right:  

When to cite, how to cite, what to cite . . . Citation is a key skill for writers and editors of any scholarly work, whether a university thesis or an article being prepared for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. This seminar takes participants through:

  • the principles of citation
  • reviews major citation systems
  • discusses reference management software
  • looks at citation editing approaches

Registration closes December 2.  Space is available in all seminars. You can register online, by mail, or email if your employer is paying your registration fee.


Summer/fall 2014 programs Banffcentre

 Literary Journalism

 Program dates:  July  7 – Aug. 2, 2014 Application deadline: March 15, 2014

Faculty: Ian Brown (Rogers Communications Chair), Charlotte Gill, Victor Dwyer

 Literary Journalism offers eight established writers of non-fiction an opportunity to develop a major essay, memoir, or feature piece. A month-long residency in one of The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony studios enables writers to work on their manuscripts during individual consultations with faculty and during round-table discussions. Participants are able to advance their professional development through work with the program chair, experienced and exacting faculty editors, and through interaction with each other, invited guest speakers, and artists from other fields. Apply now!

 Writing With Style

Program dates: Sept. 6 – 13, 2014 Application deadline: June 15, 2014

Faculty: Elizabeth Philips (program director), Lorna Crozier (poetry), Trevor Herriot (creative non-fiction), Alison Pick (first chapter novel), Matthew J. Trafford (short fiction)

 Amidst a diverse community of writers, encounter new ideas and gain confidence in your own style and voice, while shaping and editing your work-in-progress under the guidance of an experienced writer and editor. Writing With Style offers a variety of activities designed to maximize the artistic growth of each writer. Participants will enjoy morning group sessions led by a faculty member, in which their work will be read and discussed by the other writers in the program. Afternoons are left free for writing and one-on-one meetings and consultations with faculty.

Apply now!

 Wired Writing Studio

Program dates: Oct. 6 – 18, 2014 (two-week on-site residency in Banff)

Oct. 27, 2014 – March 30, 2015 (20-week online residency) Application deadline: June 15, 2014 Faculty: Fred Stenson (program director), Don Domanski (poetry), Sharon McCartney (poetry), Lisa Moore (prose fiction), Caroline Adderson (prose fiction), additional faculty TBA


The Wired Writing Studio is designed for published writers and poets at an early or intermediate career stage—those who have young families, demanding jobs, or other life commitments. Spend two weeks immersed in a creative community of artists at The Banff Centre, working one-on-one with an experienced faculty writer and editor. Then return to your home work space for 20 weeks of mentorship through online consultations, discussion forums, and posted readings.

Apply now!

 Mountain and Wilderness Writing

Program dates: Oct. 31 – Nov. 21, 2014 Application deadline: June 15, 2014

Faculty: Marni Jackson, Tony Whittome (program directors)

 Delve into a writing project focused on mountain or wilderness culture—adventure, history, or the environment—while situated in your private work space in our Leighton Artists’ Colony. Spectacular Banff National Park is at your doorstep, offering an array of outdoor activities. This residency provides individual consultations and workshop discussions with faculty editors. You’ll also have access to coinciding Banff Mountain Book Festival activities: readings, lectures, presentations, panel discussions, book launches, and a chance to network with other writers, editors, and publishers.

Apply now!



 ITEM 8: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL                         NEW ITEMS!

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

 Featuring Carlyle Baker, Stephen Collis, Amy Dennis, Molly Gaudry, Marilyn R. Rosenberg, Stuart Ross, Marino Rossetti, Spencer Selby, Andrew Topel, Brad Vogler and Ewan Whyte

 Experiment-O is an annual on line PDF magazine that celebrates the art of risk through poetry, prose, visual art & visual poetry. You will find issue 6 here:



treereadingserieslogo We 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.



 From November 13, 2013 and running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on December 15, 2013:

 Robert Brewer , Senior Content Editor for the Writer’s Digest Community will be accepting pitches for articles in the 2015 Guide to Self-Publishing. Sometime in the beginning of 2014, I’ll start making assignments. If you’re interested in pitching an article idea or three, See more at:



The Arts Council of England has awarded a one-off grant for the period 2013-14 to assist with the Homage to Sylvia Autumn Festival this year and other projects related to the celebration of Second Light’s first 20 years. File:Sylvia plath.jpg

Included in these projects is the publication of a 200pp+ anthology of women’s poetry, Her Wings of Glass (the title a quotation from Sylvia Plath), in the Autumn of 2014. Advertisements will soon appear in various poetry publications calling for women poets to send in submissions* by 15th January 2014. The anthology will complement (but not repeat) our 2006 anthology, Images of Women, published in association with Arrowhead Books.  We will focus this time on women’s writing which deals with ‘big issues’, for example the future of the planet, good and evil aspects of our relationship with the natural world and with each other, different aspects of our imaginative understanding of ‘who we are’. I will co-edit the anthology with Myra Schneider and Penelope Shuttle.

We invite up to six poems per submission*, not more than 200 lines in total, with three copies of each poem to Dilys Wood at 3, Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ, by January 15th 2014 together with the administrative fee of £5 (Second Light members) or £8 (non-members). Cheques payable to ‘Second Light’ or pay online AT and filter to ‘Wings’). Non-UK submissions may be sent by e-mail as .doc or .pdf attachments, only to Anne Stewart at – but please do not send submissions to her until after 14th November (see ‘Replies’ below).

We will advise those selected by 30th June 2014 and those poets whose work is selected will receive a copy of the anthology when published. Submitted poems may be published (details on poem please) or unpublished or otherwise out in submission.

We may also publish a short spin-off anthology if funds allow.

* Full submission guidelines at



gare d'ottawa

gare d’ottawa (Photo credit: KatLevPhoto)

 DATE: Thursday Nov. 28, 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Raw Sugar Cafe, 692 Somerset Street

 Otawa’s new RailRoad poetry series and Filling Station Magazine present Gaps in our Literary Culture: A Panel and Readings by Women.

The evening will begin with RailRoad’s panel featuring poets Sue Sinclair, the.Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) Critic-in-Residence. We will consider and question the gaps and exclusions of women and other marginalized voices from literature and criticism.  Does the current culture. work against equitable participation? If so, how can we act to address this?

To round out the evening, Filling Station launches issue #57, A Showcase of Experimental Writing by Women, inspired by CWILA’s 2012 count that demonstrated a gender imbalance in literary culture. Our panelists will be joined by contributors to the issue, Tricia McDaid and Fazeela Jiwa, to share some work from the issue that reflects the conversations of the evening.

Copies of the issues will be available for sale!





Web: for more information and tickets


 Ottawa International Writers Festival

  • THURSDAY NOV. 28 7:00pm • Southminster United Church Our Place in the Natural World with J.B. Mackinnon and Diana Beresford-Kroeger


  • Saturday Nov. 30
  • 12:00pm • Metropolitain Brasserie, Literary Luncheon with Ian Rankin
  • 7:00pm • Southminster United Church One on One with Ian Rankin



Film Screening + Readings with Farkas & Souaid!

 DATE: Thursday, November 28, 2013  8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.


The Ottawa Arts Court. Formerly the Carleton C...

The Ottawa Arts Court. Formerly the Carleton County Courthouse, the building now serves as Ottawa’s municipal arts centre. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


          BLOOD IS BLOOD: 



Endre Farkas and Carolyn Marie Souaid are taking poetry to the next level. The two major Montreal poets, the most dynamic and active on the city’s literary scene, have come together with their innovative book/dvd Blood is Blood.

Both a book and a 15-minute film, Blood is Blood is a collaborative two-voiced text that evolved from emails and conversations between Farkas – a child of Holocaust survivors – and Souaid – of Lebanese ancestry – during the 2006 July War between Lebanon and Israel.

Blood is Blood is a powerful encounter between two poets, from diametrically opposed backgrounds, whose cultural and personal lives intersect, clash and confront the truths and fictions that have become the destructive reality of Jews and Arabs trying to co-exist in the Middle East. Artistically, it is an innovative tapestry of images, sound and text that challenges viewers to confront their own attitudes about this volatile relationship and conflict in general.

More info here: – or at A B Series:  





Topic:   Interviewing Techniques                                        NEW!


DATE: Thursday, Nov. 28 Time: 7 p.m. Socializing starts at 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, 670 Albert St. 


Cost: $10 for guests. The GCSC is located on the Transitway, and has a large free parking lot


Writer-editor Brian McCullough will discuss why good interviewing skills are essential for writers of all stripes. The information, insight and quotable statements that can be obtained through skillful interviewing can add sparkle to virtually any written enterprise, whether it be journalism, family history, creative non-fiction or a work of fiction. By the same token a clumsy, ill-prepared interview can leave an interviewee feeling let down (or worse). Part of the

presentation will include a live demonstration.

At a 15-minute pre-meeting presentation, OIW member Lou Sawaya will provide direct mail marketing tips and techniques.

Info: (613) 425-3873 or


     JACOBS, DE MEIJER + FRANCHETEAU                                      NEW!


DATE: FRIDAY, November 29, 2013 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Upstairs at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street at Parkdale, Ottawa


with readings by:

  • JM Francheteau (Ottawa ON)
  • Danny Jacob (Riverview NB)
  • Sadiqa de Meijer (Kingston ON)

lovingly hosted by guest-host Brecken Hancock

JM Francheteau is a rural transplant based in Ottawa. In 2013 he released a chapbook, A pack of lies, and his writing has appeared in CV2, The Steel Chisel and Bywords. He has five wisdom teeth.

Danny Jacobs grew up in Riverview, NB. His poems have been published in a variety of journals across Canada, including ARC, Event, The Antigonish Review, Riddle Fence, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Grain and CV2. After living in a number of cities and towns in the Maritimes, Danny is back in Riverview and works as the librarian in the village of Petitcodiac, NB. Songs That Remind Us of Factories is his first book.

Sadiqa de Meijer was born in Amsterdam and moved to Canada as a child. Her poetry, short stories and essays have been published in a range of journals and anthologies, including The Malahat Review, Geist, Riddle Fence and Poetry Magazine. Her first book of poems is Leaving Howe Island (Oolichan Books). A selection from the manuscript won the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012.



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

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

$8 and free for performers. All ages are welcome….

When we heard that El Jones was going to be in Ottawa for a very brief stay, we knew we needed to introduce her to the CapSlam crowd!

So, we are a VERY SPECIAL EXTRA BONUS CapSlam on Nov.30th!

What is better than Slam? MORE SLAM!

This is still part of our regular season so come down and get your work in. Share your words, if that’s what moves you. Climb the rankings, if that’s what grooves you.

And hear the immensely talented, super wordsmith, El Jones!

El is a TWO-TIME National Slam Champion and is the CURRENT POET LAUREATE of Halifax.

We have an intriguing mix of new names and vets atop our Slam rankings and this weekend a couple o fother well known names indicated that they had decided to make a run at the CapSlam team for 2014… so the season is heating up!





 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.



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:


Room Magazine, Call for submissions to issue 37.3 Fall 2014 Geek Girls: Calling all geeks! Room wants your geekiest fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, graphic literature, and critical essays for our September 2014 issue, Geek Girls. The issue will be jammed-packed with Canadian geek culture, including superhero-inspired art by Sandra Chevrier, short fiction by science fiction author Larissa Lai, interviews with some of the wittiest geeks on the Internet and more! Deadline Jan. 31, 2014 Check out the guidelines here:


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:





  • 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. publication in early December. submissions until November 30. Three winners get (for free) paperback copies of Love on the Road 2013. There’s more information at


  • Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline 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.


  •  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


  • The 2013-14 International Playwriting Competition: The competition, now in its fourth year, is open to writers of any age, any level of experience and from any country. It aims to encourage new writing for young performers and audiences around the world.  Deadline: December 13, 2013. Entry fee: Entry with written feedback (£20 entry fee); Entry only with no written feedback (£10 entry fee) Prize: Cash prizes up to £1000 + travel to London to see your play performed at the 2014 International Festival of Playwriting & Performance + have your play published by Trinity in a collection of plays for young people + special award of £100 for the playwright under 16 who shows the most potential. Details:


  • Minotaur Books First Crime Novel Competition. Open to authors with no published books. Submit at least 220 double-spaced pages (60,000 words), “murder or another serious crime or crimes” must be at the heart of the story. Deadline: December 16, 2013
  • Entry fee: none Prizes: $10,000 advance against royalties Details:


  • New Voices Young Writers Competition. Open to writers aged 11-14 (middle school) or 15-18 (high school). Genre: young writers, poetry, nonfiction, and short stories. Middle school: poetry 20 lines maximum, prose 750 words maximum; high school: poetry 30 lines, prose 1000 words. Deadline: December 20, 2013. Entry fee: none. Prizes: Two $100 grand prizes awarded (one for junior and one for senior division) Details:


  • Red Tuque Books 2013 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition. Deadline is December 31:
  • 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:


  • BROKEN PENCIL MAGAZINE PRESENTS: The Indie Writers’ Deathmatch Short Story Contest! The most brutal short story contest on Earth returns for its seventh straight year! Last year, frantic voting in the championship round actually crashed the Deathmatch site! This year we’ll pick up where we left off with new contestants vying for an indie writer’s makeover that could change their lives! Eight stories will go head-to-head in our Online Arena, but only one will triumph. The PRIZE! The Complete Indie Writers Makeover: Whoever emerges victorious will be awarded The Complete Indie Writers’ Makeover: a consultation with literary agent Sam Hiyate of the Rights Factory; a consultation with novelist and Globe & Mail columnist Russell Smith; and a meeting and feedback-session with Coach House Press, one of Canada’s top independent presses; plus publication in the Spring 2014 issue of Broken Pencil. Entries are accepted until December 31st, 2013. The first round of Deathmatch begins January 20th, 2014. Guidelines, ground rules and more info at:




  • 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.


  • 2013 Manitoba Book Awards. The Manitoba Writers’ Guild, with the assistance of the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, is pleased to coordinate the 2013 Manitoba Book Awards. Submissions of any book published between January 1, 2013 and November 1, 2013 will be accepted for submissions. For books published between November 1 and December 31, the deadline is January 6, 2014. Deadline DEPENDING ON DATE OF PUBLICATION IN 2013: November 15, 2013; January 6, 2014 Entry fee: $25 Prize: varies Details:


  • 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.


  • ON THE PREMISES Contest #22 officially launched on November 10, 2013. Its premise is  21 UP! “On The Premises” magazine is celebrating our first seven years with a special premise. For this contest only, send us a short story based on ANY of the previous 21 premises. To see a list of past premises, go to our past issues page, LINK is at the contest page here:


  • 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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