caa-whwSorry for not posting last week. Arthritis flare-up in wrists and fingers!  Almost done now, I hope!


Weekly Notices for the week of Mar.10 to March. 16, 2014



Library at Parliament Hill in Ottawa

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:  CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CAA-NCR’s BYLINE MAGAZINE                                             

If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication.   Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor for details.


 DATE: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7 P.M. To 9  P.M.

LOCATION: Meeting Room, Lower Level, Ottawa Public Library Main Branch at Metcalfe and Laurier Sts.


Self-publishing and E-publishing Explained by Brian Smith-PLD


Do you have a book inside you just waiting to be put down on paper? Are you looking to get published but don’t know how to go about it? Perhaps you just published your book and you’re wondering what you should do next? Here’s your opportunity to get answers to those questions and a thousand other ones you might have about self-publishing, both in printed and e-book formats.  Questions like: Do I need to buy an ISBN, who can I get to edit my book and what file conversions will I need to do before I send my book to print?  Brian Smith has published 2 books and is currently writing his 3rd and is collaborating on his 4th with a group of leadership experts from around the world. Join Brian for an evening of questions and answers.

ReformedControlFreak Brian Smith, Management Consultant, Speaker and Author specializes in soft-skills training and leadership development.  He is the author of two books, “Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak – The Top Ten Sins Most Managers Make & How to Avoid Them” and “Leadership Lessons from a Reformed Control Freak – The Art of Managing and Leading in the 21st Century”. Brian is a former member of the faculty and Professor at Algonquin College’s School of Business where he taught entrepreneurship, skills for success and professional selling. Brian travels throughout North America delivering keynote speeches and facilitating workshops on the challenges facing managers and business leaders today.



DATE: Sat. April 12, 2014, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (lunch break 12:30–1 p.m.)

LOCATION: Clark Hall, RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa (free parking++)

The RA Centre in Ottawa

The RA Centre in Ottawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


ENTRY: $5 coupon which can be used towards purchase of any book!


  • RAFFLE: Raffle of donated books, to be held during inter-panel breaks.
  • FOOD: Full restaurant/bar within the centre.
  • READING: Participating authors will have the opportunity to read x 2 minutes.
  • Video tapes of such readings may be possible, at no extra cost.


CAA-NCR is really pleased to announce it will hold its First Annual Book Fest on Saturday April 12, 2014. This will not only display books for signing and sale, but will also permit readers to hear our CAA-NCR authors and other authors in Ottawa and surrounding area read from their books, and possibly discuss them in public discussion groups, to be selected according to genre. This will depend on the number of participating authors in each genre, such as: Canadian fiction, international fiction, gender issues, politics, children’s books, and erotica. List and sequence of panels will be determined and published, once all authors and genres are known.

Half hour long moderated panel discussions will alternate with half hour periods of browsing by readers, who will be able to interact with their favourite authors and ask questions privately at the authors’ tables. Q & A will also be permitted at the end of panel discussions, thus stimulating interest and sales.

  • Authors will rent half tables at $40. No sharing. (co-authors may also attend).
  • They may have a chance to participate in the discussions, and in 2 minute videos
  • of their reading, usable on YouTube.
  • Those who pay early will be assigned the best positioned tables.
  • Local bookstores may be included ONLY after individual authors have been accommodated, depending on table space, which is limited.

Authors: Please e-mail Qais Ghanem, VP Electronic Media a list of your books including genre, to reserve a half table or more. You will then be asked to mail your $40 cheque, payable to CAA-NCR to our treasurer (address will be supplied at the time). THANK YOU!



ITEM 4: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION EMERGING WRITER AWARD                                                                                             


The Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award honours a Canadian writer under 30 who shows exceptional promise in the field of literary creation. Genre doesn’t matter: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts – published or unpublished. The winner may be selected based on a body of work in a variety of forms, or on a body of work in a single genre or writing form.

Nominations may be made by creative writing instructors, Canadian Authors branches and TWIGs, professional writers, and publishers.   Deadline: March 31, 2014 (postmark). Entry fee: none. Prize: $500 plus a one-year membership with Canadian Authors  Details:


ITEM 5: CANWRITE! 2014 SHORT STORY CONTEST                  

It’s back! Canadian Authors’ short story anthology contest is back – and so is your chance to win cash, attend a great conference and get published.  The top 10 stories will be published in an anthology to be launched at this year’s CanWrite! conference and retreat. Download entry form as well as guidelines for details. Deadline: April 1, 2014 Entry fee: $20 per entry Prize: 1st prize: $200 plus a free conference registration; 2nd prize: $100 plus a free conference registration; 3rd prize: free conference registration   Details:  or 866 216 6222





English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pitch your novel or nonfictIon work to Random House at CanWrite!
Register for this year’s conference and sign up for a private pitch session with Random House Senior Editor, Craig Pyette.  For more information on CanWrite! 2014 and to check out our great line-up of presenters, panelists and facilitators visit 



ITEM 7: NIAGARA BRANCH THE SAVING BANNISTER 29TH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST                                                                                NEW! 300px-Bierstadt_Albert_Falls_of_Niagara_from_Below


The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 29th Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology.

Deadline: May 31, 2014 Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem

Prize: 1st prize: $200; 2nd prize: $100; 3rd prize $50 Details: 



Open to all Canadian writers

BC Place, Vancouver, BC

Prizes: First: $300 Second: $200 Third: $100

Winning entries will be published in the National Voices 2014 Anthology


Length: Between 1,000 to 2,000 words, unpublished complete short stories, any genre, in English
Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced, aligned left, indent each paragraph 5 spaces,
on 8 1/2 by 11 paper
No biographical notes are required. No submission entries will be returned


How to Submit: Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online
Your name or other identifiers must not appear anywhere on the story to ensure the judging is blind. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. Fee per entry: $15 for national Canadian Authors Association members, $20 for non-members. Online: Pay online using PayPal.




September 15 – 27, 2014 (two-week on-site residency)
October 6 – December 12, 2014 (10-week online program)

Application deadline: May 1, 2014

Please note: Applications are made directly to the Canada Council for the Arts.Banffcentre

Program Information

Faculty: Witi Ihimaera, Lee Maracle, Richard Wagamese

About the Indigenous Writing Program

The Indigenous Writing Program is a unique opportunity for writers to develop their writing and storytelling voices amidst a vibrant community of renowned faculty and fellow writers. It offers an extended period of writing time: an intensive two-week residency at The Banff Centre followed by 10 weeks working online from your own home or work space. Writers receive invaluable one-on-one editorial feedback with outstanding faculty during the residency, and continue working online with a mentor-editor throughout the 10 weeks.

Writers will have the opportunity to present their work alongside award-winning faculty in a dynamic reading and spoken word series at The Banff Centre. This cultivates the significant role of writers as storytellers, and demonstrates the relevance of oral tradition in contemporary contexts. Writers will also benefit from culturally relevant expertise and guidance from mentors and elders with whom they can consult and share their cultural knowledge and protocol.

Applicants who are accepted to the program will receive a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to cover 100 per cent of program costs, including tuition, accommodation, meals, and travel.


Who Should Apply

This program supports Aboriginal writers (defined as First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) who are building careers as professional writers and are developing and/or completing a manuscript for publication. Applicants should have a body of written work and a sustained dedication to literary writing (short stories, novel, poetry, children’s literature, memoir, and creative non-fiction).

Computer Requirements

Five things are needed to participate in the Indigenous Writing Program:

  • computer and operating system
  • internet access (with email account)
  • internet browser
  • word processing software
  • virus-scanning software with an up-to-date subscription


More info:

ITEM 10: BARRIE NORTH WRITERS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES GUEST AUTHORS                                                                                           

DATE: Thursday, May  1, 2014


Barrie North Collegiate’s iDeology program and the L3: Writers’ Conference is gearing up to welcome some of Canada’s finest authors, poets, novelists, journalists and activists to Barrie for the annual conference.

The seventh-annual conference is May 1 and will feature a day event for students and an  evening event for the public. This year’s guests include Robert J. Sawyer, Eric Walters, Marina

Nemat, Priscula Uppal, RH James Bartleman, Tom Earle, Gord “Trixterboy” Bruyere, Dale Patterson, Christine Miscione and Penguin Books Canada.

Teachers and schools can register by emailing

Tickets for the evening event are $20 for adults and $10 students.

Tickets will be available at the door. The evening event starts at 7 p.m.  For more information, visit:




Date: May  2 – 3, 2014

Location: Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility, Ajax, ON 


The Ontario Writers’ Conference is dedicated to the celebration of writing by inspiring, educating & connecting writers of all levels; providing participants with an opportunity to network with writers and other publishing professionals; and encouraging writers to publish, promote and sell their work.  





DATES:  MAY 22- 24, 2014


Writing Trans Genres will be held May 22 to 24 in Winnipeg. Papers and proposals are due by Mar. 1, and conference registration is due by Apr. 15.

This May, Winnipeg will have the honour of hosting “Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism” – a conference which will be “the largest gathering of its kind in  Canada,” according to organizer Trish Salah.

While formal academic panels and papers will be included in the conference, it also includes many other works. The call for proposals extends an invitation to “writers, scholars, performers, critics, activists and community members to participate in developing critical contexts for reading and interpreting an emerging body of literature by transgender, transsexual, two spirit and genderqueer writers, on two spirit, trans, and genderqueer terms.”

Keynote speakers include multi-disciplinary artist Aiyyana Maracle, writer and photographer Jay Prosser, and authors Rachel Pollack and Nathanaël. These keynote speeches, as well as daytime readings, will be open to the public, and registration for the rest of the conference is offered on a sliding scale. For more information, visit

ITEM 13: PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA ANNUAL CONFERENCE                                                                                       


Date: June 4 – 7, 2014 

Location: Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Toronto


PWAC is once again partnering with Magazines Canada and other publishing associations to hold its 2013 national conference at MagNet, the industry-wide annual conference that PWAC founded with our partners in 2006. This year marks the 37th year of PWAC, and this year’s conference promises to be one of the best.






ITEM 14: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL                     

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

Also check out the latest issue of experiment-o-: Issue 6 – to the others here:


ITEM 15: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS 50+ SHORT STORY CONTEST                                                                                         

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

Ottawa Public Library’s Main Branch, designed by Bemi & Associates Architects (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This winter, the Ottawa Public Library is hosting an annual Short Story Contest for older adults. This contest was formerly called the City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest. Adults 50 years or older, who have a Library card, are eligible to enter. They are invited to submit a maximum of two short stories either in English or French. Stories must be original and unpublished works and under 2000 words. The contest opens February 11, 2014 and the deadline for submissions is March 11, 2014. Participants can win a cash prize which will be presented at An Afternoon of Storytelling on Wednesday, May 14 during which these authors will each read from their winning stories. For contest details, visit   or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or



Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…  Sound familiar? These are the opening words from Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem, “The Raven.” The poem was a “pop” sensation in Poe’s time – kids used to follow him down the street waving their arms like a bird.  Now we’re putting it to you, Project ED creators, to turn this classic into a rhythmic masterpiece worth of today’s pop charts.


Here’s your assignment:  Using verses from “The Raven” – recite, sing, or rap the poem in a rhythm that will make us want to hear it over and over again. You must follow these rules:

·         Use the poem as is – no repetitions of words or lines, no invention of new words or lines; just make your flow work. We want you to stay true to Poe’s original rhyme and verse.

·         Your recitation must contain, at a minimum, the first six verses of the poem in order as included below. You can stop there, or keep going. Pick stanzas from the rest of the poem as you wish, or do the whole thing!

·         Make sure your video is appropriate (No profanity or violence, please!)

·         Accompanying music must be either an original composition or from our approved music sources: MORE INFO HERE:


Remember – we’re focused on your flow and delivery. Perfectly produced music is not required; beatboxing and even drumming on your desk is acceptable.  And check out the Resources section for Raven-themed artwork you can include in your video  Good Luck!          



Capital Crime Writers announces its 2014 Short Story Contest.  It is open to all residents 18+ in the National Capital Region.  Entries must be unpublished original works of fiction with a crime theme and be no longer than 3500 words.  The submission deadline is April 1, 2014 and the entry fee is $10.00 ($25.00 if you request a critique).  A shortlist will be announced in May.  Awards will be presented in June.  First prize: $200.00.  Further information and submission instructions are at:

Capital Crime Writers has grown to a group of over seventy members who meet on the second Wednesday of every month at Honeywell Boardroom at Ottawa City Hall (2nd floor). There is always a meet and greet from 7:00 to 7:15 PM, prior to every meeting with the meetings alternating each month between a writing workshop and a guest speaker. Read more:




The Ottawa Public Library´s (OPL) annual Teen Tech Week (TTW) video contest is back. Teens 13 to 18 can participate between March 9 and April 6 bycreating a one-minute video about their favourite book. The video can be a book trailer, a parody, a review, a dramatization of a compelling scene, or anything related to their book of choice. Teens must upload their videos on YouTube to compete for the grand prize: an Apple iPad. The iPad is compatible with OPL eBooks and with the wireless connections at all 33 OPL branches.

For the second year in a row, contest partner SAW Video will provide a prize pack, including a video workshop, and have committed to having one of their cinematographers as the guest judge. The video contest kicks off this year´s TTW, which takes place March 9-15. TTW highlights public libraries being about much more than books; OPL´s digital offerings include eBooks, online resources such as Teen Health and Wellness, downloadable music from Freegal, OPL blogs and apps.

The top 10 finalists will be announced, and their videos screened, at an Awards Night & Video Screening on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in The Centrepointe Studio Theatre, 101  Centrepointe Drive. A wild card prize will be drawn from all the submissions. This event is free and open to everyone. For more information about the contest, including the rules and regulations, and to view last year´s winning videos, visit  For more information about OPL, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or<>.



ITEM 19: POETRY READING AND LAUNCH                        NEW!


DATE: Monday, March 10, 2014  7 p.m.


St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa




Co-published with Carleton University Art Gallery, as an extension of “Dennis Tourbin: The Language of Visual Poetry,” curated by Marcie Bronson; organized and circulated by Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University, 3 February – 27 April 2014.
THE STREAM and other poems launches as part of a poetry reading at Carleton University Art Gallery, 7pm on March 10, 2014 by three poets and friends of the late artist: Michael Dennis (Ottawa), Catherine Jenkins (Toronto) and rob mclennan (Ottawa). Each author will be reading from their own works, as well as selections of Tourbin’s published writing. A limited number of copies of the chapbook will be available free at the door. For further information on THE STREAM and other poems, check out the link here: MORE INFO ON THIS EVENT AND ON DENNIS TOURBIN AT:


ITEM 20: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS ELANA WOLFF & IAN WILLIAMS                                                                                           NEW!


DATE: Tuesday, March 11, 2014


6:45 p.m. Workshop Open Sesame and Ariadne’s Thread with Frances Boyle

8:00 p.m. Readings Open Mic and Featured Readers treereadingserieslogo


Elana Wolff has taught English for Academic Purposes at York University in Toronto and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently divides her professional time between writing, editing, and designing and facilitating therapeutic community art. Elana has published six books with Guernica Editions, including  You Speak to Me in Trees , awarded the F.G. Bressani Prize for Poetry and  Startled Night , nominated for the ReLit Poetry  Award. A bilingual collection of her selected poems is forthcoming with  Éditions  du  Noroît.

Ian Williams is the author of  Personals , shortlisted for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award;  Not Anyone’s Anything , winner of the 2011 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; and  You Know Who You Are , a finalist for the ReLit Prize for poetry. He was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC.





ITEM 21: THE PAGE: VISUAL AND MATERIAL LITERATURE, UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE                                                                                   


DATE: Friday March 14 through Sunday, March 16, 2014

LOCATION:  University of Ottawa. Open to the public. Attendance is free.


Full Program Available:


“There is no text outside of the material structure in which it is given to be read or heard.” –Roger Chartier


  • Registration and program begins Friday, March 14 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Keynote Address (Saturday March 15, 10:45 a.m.): Paul Nelles (Carleton University)
  • “Form, Function, and the Mobility of the Page”
  • Curated Panel on Letterpress, Papermaking and Book Conservation (Sunday March 16, 10:45am): Richard Coxford (Printer, Bookseller), Christine McNair (Printer, Book Conservator) Grant F. Wilkins (Printer, Papermaker)


Keynote Address, Curated Panel, and all Student Papers will take place in Arts 509 (70 Laurier Avenue East). Registration and Refreshments in Arts 301. Contact:

2014 Conference Organizing Committee: Neal Hackler and Cameron Anstee

ITEM 22: NEW ShiRt SLAM VOL #2                                     NEW!



LOCATION: RAILBENDER  STUDIO, 3 Hamilton Avenue North, Ottawa


RULES: New ShiRt Slam Vol. 2 March 13th 2014

1. The poetry is the point.
2. Competing poets will be judges.
3. As always all poems must be new!

Round 1 “Time to change things up”
1. poem length: 90 seconds. NO TIME PENALTIES (poets will be cut off at 4 minutes).
2. The poet who is closest to 90 seconds will receive 2 bonus points! (no timing devices may be used to aid the poet!)
3. Judges will calculate scores by rolling dice. They will then have to justify their score to the poet and the audience.
4. Best judge in this round (as determined by host/audience) will receive 4 bonus points!

Round 2 “poems about poems about poems”
1. Poets must perform a poem that is about poetry.
2. 3 minutes maximum. .05 point deduction for every 10 seconds over.





Carole Baldock, editor of Orbis, welcomes poetry and prose submissions, and publishes a regular ‘forthcoming competitions’ listing, Kudos. More at their respective websites:



Dreadful Cafe is now soliciting query letters (fiction) and samples (art) for “Thresholds,” their second anthology of art and fiction. All genres are eligible — including short stories, novellettes, and novellas — but preference is given to works that cross more than one and which reflect the flavor and theme. Length: 1000-25000 words. Payment: $20-$250. Deadline: Open.     Guidelines:


Strangelet Literary Journal Open to Submissions. Strangelet is a new journal of speculative fiction, accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic stories/comics, and artwork. It is now open to submissions of short stories, graphic fiction, poems and essays. It is a paying market.Details:


The Traveling Poet (US) is an ezine publishing poetry from writers ages 12-25, and articles on hitchhiking, traveling broke, poverty, and philosophy. Poetry about traveling is ideal, but any subject is welcome. No Beat Generation re-enactments. Deadline: Rolling  Guidelines:

Entertainment and pop culture magazine A Bard’s Tales (Canada) is looking for contributing writers. Payment: $50 for features, $50 for reviews, and $25 for opinion pieces. All pieces must be first pitched (lead to the story, possible sources, rough length, etc) and approved by one of the ABT editors. Deadline: Open.  WEBSITE:

New Toronto-based graphic arts mag, Archenemy Magazine, seeks editorials, reviews and creative writing related to comics, illustration and design. Creative pieces will be illustrated by a contributing artist. Also interested in potential regular writers/features. Length: 600–2500 words. Accepting freelance pitches and humour pieces, also. “Compensation is always awarded.” Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines:

Maelstrom, a US print literary journal, is currently seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction, art, and photography that is edgy, smart, funny, and/or weird. Length: 5000 words max. or 3-5 poems. Payment: one copy. Deadline: Open.   Guidelines:


Poetry Space (UK) is looking for poetry, art, and writing submissions from young writers and artists. All ages welcome. Parents and guardians welcome to submit on child’s behalf. No fees.     Guidelines: 

The Furious Gazelle seeks short stories, micro fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short plays, monologues, novel excerpts and art. Wants writing that is “good and well written” and art that is “artistic.” Length: 8000 words max. Deadline: ongoing.  Guidelines:


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:


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 3 to 5 poems for consideration. Deadline: Ongoing.   Guidelines:


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:

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.”


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

From the Well House is accepting fiction, scholarly essays and poetry. Details can be found at:


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.


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.


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.  :


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.  :


Website strange bOUnce accepts short stories, satire, and poetry, that have been “lightly brushed with sport.” Send work to No payment.


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:



DEADLINE: THE 7TH OF EACH MONTH The Bohemyth is OPEN for submissions. based in Dublin, Ireland – but there are no geographic restrictions for submitting. Each new issue will published on the 7th of each month. To be considered for publication in an issue, your submission must arrive within the first and last day of the previous month. We will only respond to successful submitters in the first week of each month. Occasionally we will give feedback to unsuccessful submitters. Looking for contemporary short fiction with a literary bent. We want ideas that affect, engage, move and entertain, writing that is beautiful, poetic, thought-provoking, edgy, original and inspiring. We want images that linger in minds, words that beat out the beat of broken hearts, stories that seduce and savage souls. Word count: less than 2,000 words for short fiction pieces. Max 2 fiction submissions at a time. Poetry that attempts to communicate. Max 6 poems. We want essays that ask more questions than they answer. Max  2 essays. Also interested in photography submissions – please send  three to five images saved as jpegs. Include short bio in the third person, send submission in the body of an email to with ‘Submission’ , and whatever category you’re submitting to, as the title of the email. If you want your blog/website/twitter handle included as part of you bio please send on full links to these. All works must be the original creation of the  writer/photographer. Copyright remains with the artist.






Jobbers seeking poetry that “reviles, reflects or revels in the art of professional wrestling” for the Jobbers Poetry Zine Collection. Deadline March 21, 2014 (Publication April 15, 2014).


Speculative fiction submissions wanted for anthology Start a Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change. Published by Exile Editions (Canada) in Spring 2015. International subs welcome. Length: 2,000-10,000 words (< 7.5k preferred). Payment; $0.05/word. Deadline: March 31, 2014    Guidelines:


Cactus Press (Montreal) is looking to publish a series of poetry chapbooks from Montreal-based writers in preparation for their debut launch. Deadline: March 31, 2014. Theme/length: open. Guidelines:




JackPine Press (SK) is seeking proposals for collaborations of poetry and design to be launched as limited edition hand-bound chapbooks in Fall 2014 (and beyond). Attention to literary merit, typography and binding techniques is considered; also, the ways in which the proposed work both challenges the notion of what a book can be while also upholding an excellent standard of writing and bound book design. Deadline: April 16, 2014 GUIDELINES:


ROOM MAGAZINE: Call for Submissions for 37.4. Room magazine invites unpublished writing on any theme for our upcoming issue, 37.4, edited by Christina Cooke and assistant edited by Taryn Hubbard. See our submission guidelines for details on how to submit. Deadline: Wednesday, April 30 2014




Open access journal Beyond Borderlands: A Critical Journal of the Weird, Paranormal, and Occult (Canada) is a forum for the interdisciplinary, artistic, and critical exploration of topics relating to esotericism, paranormality, and the culturally weird. Accepting letters to the editor, scholarly and popular articles, music, art, creative writing, occult explorations, and reviews. No payment. Deadline: May 1, 2014. 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:


Online journal The California Journal of Women Writers seeks submissions from female writers/poets/students for its second biannual chapbook of short fiction and poetry. Theme: Home — the words, ideas, and images evoked when thinking about home. Length: 2000 words max. Deadline: May 24, 2014.  Guidelines:

Blind Dog Press seeks poems and short prose pieces about the life and work of Arthur Rimbaud for an anthology, Fierce Invalids: A Tribute To Arthur Rimbaud (publications June 2014). Send 1-3 poems along with a short bio to Payment: one copy. Editor: Glenn Cooper. Deadline: May 30, 2014.


Postscripts to Darkness has re-opened for fiction submissions for our planned 6th volume, scheduled for release in Fall 2014! We have revised our submission guidelines somewhat, so please read them carefully if you are thinking of sending your stories for our consideration. We pay one cent/word (Canadian, minimum payment $25) for fiction between 1500 and 4500 words.


A Star in the Heart anthology, submissions invited: poetry and short prose celebrating Advent and Christmas. Deadline end of June. Max 50 lines/599 words, unpublished to The Editor, David Grubb, A STAR IN THE HEART, 25 Belle Vue Road, Henley on Thames, Oxon, RG9 1JQ. UK (incl. sae for reply) or email to


Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions: “Vacancies,” Summer 2014 Double-Issue. Vacancies is our summer 2014 double-issue, and we are now accepting submissions. In “An Abandoned Factory, Detroit,” Phillip Levine frames vacancy as “… the loss of … power, / Experienced and slow, the loss of years, / The gradual decay of dignity …” It cultivates peoples, nations, and ideas, and can swiftly strip senators and masked vigilantes of their supposed powers. It loiters at crime scenes and stinks up family reunions. Here’s an anthology where you become the architect of reason and fabricate an ocean of experience, only to ravage it: “I wanted the whole world or nothing” (Charles Bukowski, Post Office). The bicycle mechanic when she is not fixing, the tropical fish store owner who opens each morning to find another proud school deceased, your fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, what-have-you explores the dimly lit corners of the unoccupied, unassuming, or idle. Submit via Submittable (category: “Vacancies”). We only accept three to six poems. There will be no chapbook contest this issue (it will return with volume four) and there are no guidelines otherwise for fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, etc. The deadline for Vacancies consideration is July 15, 2014. Questions? E-mail the editors at Further info on heavy feather at:


Deadline 30 July and 30 December: The French Literary Review: twice-yearly international magazine of poetry and prose. We are looking for contemporary poems; short stories and articles (1000-3000 words); extracts from novels which stand on their own; paintings/drawings, all of which must have a French connection. Submissions: Barbara Dordi, Editor, chemin de Cambieure 11240 CAILHAU, Aude, France.

Scintilla: Scintilla 17 is due out shortly, available from Amazon. Please do consider submitting poems for the Scintilla 18 edition by end of July this year. Dilys Wood and Myra Schneider are both featured in Scintilla’s ‘Chain of Conversation’ on their website. Comments on the chain are welcome:








Fjords Review Annual Book Contest. Call for Submissions!!! We’re still accepting submissions to our Annual Book Contest, and we’re looking for the best book manuscripts of fiction, poetry, essay and art. We publish, distribute and advertise the winner throughout our various networks and affiliates, and send review copies to all major review agencies. Plus, all entrants also receive a complimentary year subscription the Fjords biannual issues! You can read more about the contest, check out previous winners and submit your manuscript here:


MULTIPLE DEADLINES:  2nd Annual Story Starters Contest – Ontario Writers’ Conference. On the first of each month, our website will feature an extraordinary work by a local artist and we invite you to enter a piece of writing inspired by that work. Taking inspiration from the picture on our website, write a short piece (100 words maximum) and post it in the comment section of the entry page. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Anyone may enter this contest. You may enter as often as you like. English entries only please. Deadline: the last day of the month that the artwork is featured Entry fee: none  Prize: The top ten entries for each month will be sent to our final-round judge who will select a top 3 for each piece of art. The top three entries will be displayed at the 2013 Ontario Writers’ Conference (May 2nd & 3rd in Ajax, Ontario) for final voting by attendees. At the conference, delegates will review and vote for their favourites by ballot. The winning entries will be announced at the conference and each winner will be awarded a prize (tba).




  • Words for the Wounded  raises money to help in the recovery of our wounded service personnel. 1st prize of £250, 2nd £100, 3rd £50, and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine. Entry £4.50. Poetry, non-fiction or fiction up to a maximum of 400 words on the subject of The Journey. Closing date 11th March.


  • Brittle Star magazine’s inaugural poetry/short story competition, deadline Wednesday March 12th. Poems/stories in English. Prizes in each genre: 1st £250; 2nd £100; 3rd £50. Entry: £4 for 1st entry, £3 for subsequent entries; Brittle Star subscribers – 2nd entry FREE. More and entry form at:


  • NEW! It’s All Write Short Story Writing Contest for Teens. Open to students in Grades 6 – 12. Stories can be any theme, submit one story of between 4 – 8 pages in length. Deadline: March 14, 2014. Entry fee: none Prize: $200, $150, $100 and publication online and in a booklet Details:


  • NEW! RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2014 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Alternating yearly between poetry and short fiction, the 2014 prize will be given for an outstanding work of unpublished short fiction. Deadline: March 14, 2014 Entry fee: none Prize: A prize of $5000 will be awarded to the best work of short fiction; Two honourable mentions will each receive $1000 prizes. Details:


  • NEW! The 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition. The competition offers one of the largest monetary prizes for a poetry competition of its kind. All entries to the competition will be judged anonymously, so this is a great opportunity to have your poetry judged on its own merits. If you think you have what it takes to delight the judges and get your hands on the top prize of £5,000, then send us your poems now. Just make sure your poem is no longer than 50 lines, is unpublished, in English and is not a translation of another author’s work. Deadline: March 14, 2014. Entry fee: £7.00 per poem. Prize: 1st prize is £5000; Additional prizes are £500 for 2nd place; £250 for 3rd place and five runners-up receive £50 each  Details:


  • The Missouri Review’s Audio Literary Competition. The Missouri Review invites all writers and writer/producers to send us your recordings of original poetry or prose or your audio documentaries on any subject. All you need is a computer, microphone, software such as GarageBand or Audacity, and a great script! Winners and select runners up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of our iTunes podcast series.  Deadline: March 15, 2014. Entry fee: We have opened submissions (previously $20) to a pay-by-donation entry fee Prize: $1000 prizes awarded in three categories Details:


  • The Conium Review seeks submissions for its Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Judged by Manuel Gonzales. Winner receives $500, publication, five contributor copies, and a copy of the judge’s book. Length: 7500 words max. Entry fee: $15 (includes free issue download). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: March 15, 2014.    Guidelines:


  • MSLEXIA 2014 WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION.  A competition for unpublished short stories of up to 2,200 words. We accept work on all subjects, so write about anything and everything you fancy – we love to read it. 1ST PRIZE: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a  week’s writing retreat at Chawton House Library, and a day with a Virago editor.  2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: £250 Three other finalists each receive £100 Judge: Jane Rogers Closing date: 17 March 2014 All winning stories will be published in the Jun/Jul/Aug 2014 edition of Mslexia Before you enter, find out all you need to know in the competition rules. Ready? Enter the competition.



  • The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest.  Edna Staebler was a pioneer in the field of literary journalism. Edna opened the door for generations of personal essayists, not just with her example but with her generosity, founding many awards, scholarships, and bursaries.  In the spirit of Edna’s contributions to the genre, we are interested in essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer’s personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line.   Deadline: March 28, 2014 Entry fee: $40 Prize: $1000 for one winning essay; all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine Details:


  • NEW! Diana Woods Memorial Award In Creative Nonfiction. Submit an essay of up to 5000 words on a subject of your choice. You must also include a 100-word biography, a photo and a note of thanks to the Woods family.Deadline: March 31, 2014 Entry fee: none Prize: $250 and publication in Lunch Ticket Details:


  • The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose : Winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing. Prizes: Two grand prizes are awarded annually: one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, and academic presses, as well as self-published books. Prize: a $250 award for short prose In addition to the main grand prize award, various other honors and distinctions are given. Submissions accepted each year by nomination. Prose deadline March 31st. more info at:


  • Ascent Aspirations Publishing. Summer Anthology 2014 CONTEST. Call for submissions. Submissions Open From December 2013 to March 31, 2014. THEME: Our theme is the bizarre (as in strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd) or (as in markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange), however there are word limits. Poetry is to be no more than 30 lines including the spaces between stanzas, so that the poem printed in 11 pt. font Times Roman will fit on one page. Flash Fiction prose is to be no more than 600 words, so that the prose printed in 11 pt. font Times Roman will fit on two pages. To clarify our criteria for this anthology, hone your words, and be a minimalist. FOR MORE INFO:


  • Call for Submissions: The bpNichol Chapbook Award 2014. deadline March 31, 2014.  The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $2,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective. Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada. Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2013), and the poet must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident (three years minimum) Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member). They are to include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the submission form HERE), along with  a brief C.V. of the author. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. The closing date for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award is March 31, 2014. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by April 30, 2014, please send a query to Beth Follett at: The winner will be announced at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market in fall 2014. Send submissions to: Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award, 113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6 . The cash prize to writer has been generously donated by an anonymous donor. The prize to the publisher is generously donated by writers Jim Smith and Brian Dedora. All chapbooks submitted will be archived at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto. Please email Meet The Presses for more information:  Meet the Presses is a Toronto-based collective devoted to promoting micro, small and independent literary presses. This collective has come together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses event launched in Toronto in the mid-1980s by Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross. Meet the Presses organizes a variety of curated public events, all focussing on independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Meet the Presses – an unfunded and non-profit collective – is comprised of Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Nicholas Power, and Stuart Ross. Chapbooks written by members of the Meet the Presses collective are ineligible for the award. Authors of chapbooks published by members of the collective remain eligible for the award.


  • The $15,000 Carter V. Cooper/Exile Short Fiction Competition (sponsored by Ms. Gloria Vanderbilt) is back for its 4th year of finding, and publishing, the best Canadian writing, offering $10,000 for the best short story by an emerging writer, and $5,000 for the best short story by a writer at any career point,  The next awards event will be held June 21, 2014: an evening you will not want to miss – with the whole weekend of events a great celebration of Canadian writing! Get your submissions in, email us about advance tickets to the awards dinner, and be a part of this unique Canadian experience… For further information or questions, please email us at: FOR SUBMISSION FORM AND FOR Competition Information New Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2014 (extended from Monday, March 10, 2014)




  • Seeking English-language poetry that helps us feel the experience of teaching and learning in higher education for an anthology edited by Dr Kathleen M Quinlan. Details and submission guidelines at: Email Deadline 1 April 2014


  • Writers Digest Self-Published Competition: Writer’s Digest hosts the 22nd annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC, spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2014 A chance to win $3,000 in cash – National exposure for your work. The attention of prospective editors and publishers,  A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!


  • PEN International 2014 New Voices Award. PEN Canada is now accepting submissions for the second PEN International New Voices Award. This is a great opportunity for students and unpublished writers. The annual award aims to encourage new writing and to provide a space where young, unpublished writers can submit their work. The winning writer, selected from the submissions of PEN centres around the world, will be published by PEN International and will receive a $1000 prize. Deadline: April 3, 2014. Entry fee: none Prize: $1000 and will be published by PEN International Details:


  • Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest. Spring Pulse Poetry Festival, Northern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts event is sponsoring the 2014 Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest this year. In 1970 the first contest began in Cobalt during the Miners festival on French-Canadian Day. It is the oldest non-governmental national poetry contest in Canada. The contest honours Canada’s most popular 19th century poet, Dr. Drummond was the town’s first doctor, a silver mine manager, and world famous poet who died in Cobalt in 1907. Deadline: April 11, 2014 Entry fee: $10 Prizes: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $200; 3rd prize: $100 + 8 honourable mentions of $50 + 8 judge’s choice of $25. Complimentary anthology of winners, trophy, and award ceremony Details:



  • NEW! EVENT 2014 Non-Fiction Contest.  $1500 in prizes available… plus our regular publication payment! $34.95 entry fee includes a 1-year EVENT subscription. Send us your stories by April 15, 2014. Submit your story by email to and pay the entry fee in our online store, or send your story, with a cheque for fees, to: EVENT, Non-Fiction Contest, PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC Canada, V3L 5B2 MORE INFO:


·         NEW! CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW ANNUAL LITERARY  CONTESTS: The Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, & John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize $2,000 and publication to each genre winner (finalists are offered $500 and publication).  All Entries must be submitted through SUBMITTABLE  February 21, 2014 – April 21, 2014. Entry Fee: $22.50 per entry (additional entries $10.00; up to two additional entries) All entrants receive a year’s subscription ($20.00 value) (additional entries receive one back issue each entry)


  • The Gwendolyn MacEwen~Exile $2,500 Poetry Competition… Deadline Monday, April 21, 2014. $2,500 MacEwen Entry Form 2013-14  AND For further information or questions, please email us at: CONTACT


  • NEW!  The 36th Nimrod Literary Awards, University of Tulsa: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Founded by Ruth G. Hardman. FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication. Contest Rules Contest Begins: January 1, 2014, Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2014 more info here:


  • Ver Poets Open Competition, 2014. Deadline Wednesday April 30th. Judge Clare Pollard. Prizes: 1st £600; 2nd £300; 3rd £100 + winning/selected published in competition anthology. Entry £4 per poem or 3 for £10 + £2 thereafter. Entry Form:
  • (includes VER Membership information and Anthology offer). More on Ver Poets  or contact Membership Secretary


  • Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2014 is for women over 60. Poems up to 40 lines on any theme. Judges: A C Clarke and Eleanor Livingstone.  Prizes: £100, £75, £25.   Entry Fee £3.00 per poem, £10 for 4.  Rules and entry form (essential) from  or write for further details to Grey Hen Press, PO Box 450, Keighley, W Yorks BD22 9BG Closing date 30th April


  • Deadline Wednesday April 30th: Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival Competition. Poems no more than 40 lines each on any subject. Prizes: 1st £500; 2nd £150; 3rd £50. Winners invited to read at the festival. Entries: £4 for 1st submission; £2 for additional submissions. Judge Imtiaz Dharker will read all entries. See full rules at:


  • Southport Writers; Circle annual poetry competition is now open for entries, the closing date is the 30th of April 2014; there are prizes of £150, £75 and £25 and £25 local and humour prizes. £3 per poem or four for £10, both postal and online entries are welcome. For full submission details please visit


  • 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished, non-UK and UK based writers over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 per story (about 15 CAD). The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) April 30th 2014. Full details and rules at


  • The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton seeks short stories and poem for its annual Forget Me Not writing contest. Writers have until April 30 to submit stories of no more than 1,800 words, or poems of no more than 72 lines, in categories for writers 16 and older, and those who are younger. All entries, fiction or non-fiction, must begin with the words, “Remember when.” It’s the fifth year for the contest created to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, and raise money for the local chapter of the Alzheimer Society. Submissions by writers age 19 and older must be accompanied by a donation of $20 or more. Judy Doan, executive director of the local chapter, said the contest has attracted as many as 75 entries in a single year. Contest rules are available from the society’s office, 420 East St., N., 519-332-444.



  • Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 83rd Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Early-Bird Entry Deadline: May  5, 2014.


  •  2014 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest! The contest is open from today to May 15 at 12:00 noon EST. One winner in each genre—fiction, poetry, and nonfiction—will receive $1,000 and publication. The submission fee is $24 and includes a one-year subscription to Ploughshares, so it’s a win-win situation. (Psst, if you are subscribed through the Winter 2014-15 Issue, you can submit for free!) We consider you “emerging” if you haven’t published or self-published a book. For more information, or to submit, visit


  • The New Quarterly invites entries for the The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Contest. Prize: $1000. Theme: any unpublished work of short fiction. Entry fee: $40 (includes subscription). All submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. Deadline: May 28, 2014.     Guidelines:


  • MULTIPLE DEADLINES: The Antigonish Review’s 2014 Writing Contests: GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST & SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE. $2,400 in Prizes! Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by May 30, 2014.  Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2014.
  1. Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages. First prize:$600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication.
  2. Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest: Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems. First prize: $600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication. Guidelines:  Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. As well, past winners are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page. Entry Fee: Canada $25.00; the United States $30.00 (US funds); All others $40.00 (US funds) for either contest. Bonus: You may enter both contests for an additional $10.00. You may enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription which will begin with the fall issue, 2014. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review. Mail submissions to: The Antigonish ReviewContest, Box 5000, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2G 2W5. For further information, email, Phone 902-867-3962 or visit our website at <>. ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RETURNED; only winners will be notified by September 1, 2014. List of winners will be available at our web site:



  • Roundel, the Tonbridge-based poetry group, is holding its first open poetry competition in 2014. 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25. Judged by Abegail Morley. Closing date 31st May. Full details on website:


  • Entries  invited for the third annual Arizona Mystery Writers Story Contest. First prize $200. Open to mystery, suspense, and thriller. Length: 2500 words max. Open to everyone. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: June 1, 2014. See guidelines at:



  • Segora Writing Competitions 2014: Deadline 15th June. Poetry Judge Blake Morrison. Short Story Judge Michèle Roberts. Vignette Judge: Ed Briggs. More at  Presentation evening 29 Aug at the St Clémentin LitFest:


  • Poetry Space Competition 2014 is open for entries until 30th June at midnight. Just £5 to enter a poem of up to 40 lines, all entries will be read by this year’s judge, Alison Brackenbury. Cash prizes for top three poems of £250, £100 and £50. The top twenty poems will be published in the prizewinners’ anthology and all selected poets will receive a complimentary copy.



  • The 2014 Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition is now open! Judge Ian McMillan. First prize £1000 and a week at Ty Newydd the National Writers’ Centre for Wales. For rules and to download an entry form go to  Closing date 10 July. Festival dates are 4-13 July.


  • Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2014: Now Open For Entries! Now in its seventh year, the competition champions and nurtures creative talent from across the world in a celebration of outstanding poetry and short fiction. Creative Writing Competition 2014 Prizes:  £500 prize money for the Poetry Winner,  £500 prize money for the Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual,  A selection of books from competition partner organisations. Writers are invited to submit their work into the categories of Short Fiction and Poetry. Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Both Short Fiction and Poetry entries should be written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. DEADLINE: AUG. 31, 2014  Visit to enter.
  • The Ontario Poetry Society Food for Thought Contest. Deadline Sept. 30, 2014.  Food-themed poems.  Fees: 1 poem for $5.00 or 3 poems for $10.00.  See website for full details:



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