Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks of Aug. 25 to Sept. 7, 2014



English: Canadian parliament from the Musée ca...

English: Canadian parliament from the Musée canadien des Civilisations in Gatineau (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


NOTICE TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at
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There is an immediate need to secure a new Branch President following the recent retirement of Phyllis Bohonis from the position.

There will be an election at this September 9th meeting, in which we strongly encourage you to participate. Filling this position is of utmost importance to the ongoing operations of the Branch. (PLEASE NOTE ITEM BELOW REGARDING THE MEETING LOCATION)

To make a nomination for the position, or if you are interested in taking on responsibility for the position yourself, kindly (as soon as possible) contact Sharyn Heagle ( Past-President of the branch.

In the interim, Dr. Qais Ghanem, currently VP of Communications, has graciously agreed to take on the position of Acting President pending the outcome of the September election.

Also, please note that we have several vacant positions in the Branch. If you have even a limited amount of time to spare, we can find a place for you in the operation of the branch. CAA is an organization run by volunteers.

 We need you!

 Please attend the September 9th meeting, register your vote, and speak to us about taking on some role in the organization. Your participation is vitally important to the branch.


NOTE: Beginning in September 2014, CAA-NCR will hold its regular monthly meetings in the McNabb Recreation Centre, at 180 Percy St. off Bronson Ave.
Close to the Queensway in a safe neighbourhood next to lovely McNabb Park, the Centre has plenty of free on-site parking and wheelchair accessibility.

TOPIC: Creating a community of writers

PRESENTERS: Kevin T. Johns and Catherine Brunelle
#OttawaWrites and
DATE: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. off Bronson Ave.

Join us for a fun evening with Kevin and Catherine as they tell us about the community they are creating through #OttawaWrites and Their facebook and Twitter pages connect Ottawa writers of every style and genre and celebrate their talents and successes. Their Ottawa Writes Podcast features insights into publishing, writing, festivals, PR, printing, and more.

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, Sharyn Heagle for details


Event: Library & Archives – A Resource for Writers Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Description: Reference Librarian, Megan Butcher, will guide us in making the most of Canada’s documentary heritage resource. She will show us the research steps, including protocols, and tips to make your research easier. Website:

Event: Make Your Book an E-Book Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm Description: Details to follow Website:



New Twig in Bracebridge


Manitoba Street, high street of Bracebridge, O...

Manitoba Street, high street of Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




The new Muskoka Branch of CAA launched on July 23 in Bracebridge, Ontario, with award-winning author, Terry Fallis as their guest speaker! Over 50 people attended the opening event with several new members joining. CAA Muskoka holds its next meeting with author/facilitator Sue Reynolds on August 27 at Riverwalk Restaurant, 1 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge. Doors open at 6:00 pm so attendees can order from the special menu prepared for these events. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm.



Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada

Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CAA Muskoka is also excited to announce North Words Literary Festival taking place in Bracebridge, October 3-5, 2014. Over twelve acclaimed Canadian authors are scheduled to attend including Anthony De Sa, Terry Fallis, Richard Scrimger, M.G. Vassanji, Michelle Berry, and Anne Lazurko. A highlight of the festival will be a full day writers’ workshop on Friday, October 3. For information please contact Festival Organizer, Cindy Watson, at 705-645-5595 or



Event: The Word On The Street Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014


Queen's Park Legislature, Toronto, Ontario.

Queen’s Park Legislature, Toronto, Ontario. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Location: Queens Park Circle, Toronto Time: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm



Event: Culture Days Date: September 26 – 28, 2014
Location: Across Canada

Event: INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair Date: November 13 – 16, 2014
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (N. Building), Toronto
Time: Friday & Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm


As befits its situation in the heart of the nation’s capital, the Department of English in the University of Ottawa is committed to a strong programme in Canadian literature and to the fostering of the creative community in Canadian letters. To this end the Department offers its expertise to aspiring writers through consultation and formal workshops. Within the Department an informal and lively community of writers and poets has developed in recent years; their enthusiastic sponsorship of such projects as poetry readings and literary magazines has greatly enriched the cultural life of the University and the community at large.


At left, Morisset Library. At right, former he...

At left, Morisset Library. At right, former headquarters of campus radio station CHUO, currently the Déjà Vu lounge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ENG 4398 A Workshop in Poetry With 2014 writer-in-residence Phil Hall
This creative writing workshop focuses on the writing of poetry and includes a survey of literary magazines and other avenues for publication of finished work. The professor’s written approval is required for registration in this course. Students may apply to register by submitting up to ten pages of their fiction to Creative Writing, Department of English, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5. Students will be selected solely on the basis of aptitude as indicated by work submitted.
Portfolios will be accepted and considered for admission until the course is full.
Phil Hall won the 2011 Governor General’s Award for Poetry in English, and the 2012 Trillium Award, for his book Killdeer. His most recent books are The Small Nouns Crying Faith (2013), and Notes from Gethsemani (2014).

University of the Fraser Valley NEW!

Apply to UFV’s Writer in Residence Program


Abbotsford campus library

Abbotsford campus library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Writer in Residence term lasts for ten weeks, from January to April of each year. The yearly application deadline is September 1. Candidates should have a substantial publishing record, including two books or the equivalent with a recognized publisher. A generous stipend is attached to the position.
Our program has been careful to balance the writer’s public engagement with his or her own writing practice. While the primary function of a writing residency is to provide the writer with an extended period of time to concentrate on his or her own writing, the program consistently contributes to the wider audience’s appreciation and understanding of both the writer’s work and, more generally, contemporary Canadian writing.
Candidates interested in applying for the position of Writer in Residence should forward a cover letter and CV to: Andrea MacPherson, Creative Writing Committee Chair, English Department, University of the Fraser Valley

An 8-week writing workshop that encourages you to write what you know (fiction and non-fiction), give and receive valuable feedback within a small group, and learn to take risks with your writing. A guest speaker (published author) will join us for a session.

Mondays, September 22 to November 17, 7-9 pm
Dymon Storage boardroom, 323 Coventry Rd. $174 Spaces are limited

For more information about veteran writer/journalist Susan Hickman Contact Susan at for more information and/or to register

I am running a 4-week intensive workshop to help writers kickstart a piece of writing they have been working on, or want to start. It’s an opportunity to polish off that little gem, start Something completely new and/or exercise your creativity.

Four end-of-summer evenings, Mondays AUGUST 25 to September 15, 7-9 p.m. Same location, $99. I’m also offering the option to take both courses, 12 weeks straight through, for only $250. Susan Hickman 613-290-7646


Date: Begins Tuesday Aug. 26, location to be announced

Starting Tuesday, August 26th, this new series of poetry-writing workshops will investigate how to uncover and express our inner-most truths through poetry. Through discussion and writing exercises we will broaden our understanding of how poetry can be used as a tool for healing, self-discovery, and the expression of our authentic voices.

When: Tuesday evenings at 7pm, beginning on August 26th
Where: TBA Cost: $120

How to register: Send the $120 registration fee via e-mail money transfer to Alternatively, contact Brandon via facebook or e-mail to arrange a time and place to register in person.

***This class is also available online for people who reside outside of Ottawa. If you are interested in taking the course online, please reach Brandon via e-mail at :) ****  More info here:

Artsmith is delighted to announce the Doug & Ann Johnson Scholarship for our Fall 2014 Writer Island with Peggy Shumaker. The Doug and Ann Johnson Scholarship covers the recipient’s workshop fees for “Geographies of the Mind and Heart: A Weekend of Writing” October 24-26, 2014 on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands, plus two nights’ lodging at the historic Kangaroo House Bed and Breakfast during the workshop and retreat.
To apply, submit a five-page writing sample along with a reading fee of $20 by September 1, 2014. The scholarship recipient will be announced on the Artsmith website by September 30, 2014. Those who register for the workshop by September 30, 2014 can upload a writing sample with their registration form to be entered for the scholarship for no additional fee. Learn more about Artsmith’s Writer Island and the scholarship here:
Apply for the Doug & Ann Johnson Scholarship here:
Writer Island with Peggy Shumaker. October 24-26, 2014, Orcas Island, WA
Geographies of the Mind and Heart: A Weekend of Writing on Orcas Island
You’re welcome to come spend three days immersed in words–writing, talking, laughing–on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. We’ll concentrate on generating new work, creating prompts to use on the spot and others to take home. We’ll also discuss topics of particular interest to the participants. The workshop is open to writers in all genres. Please bring writing materials, a sense of adventure, and a sense of humor.


Orcas Island Historical Museum, Eastsound, Orc...

Orcas Island Historical Museum, Eastsound, Orcas Island, Washington. NOte the rather unusual relief carving on the back side of the totem pole. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Peggy Shumaker: As well as being the Artsmith Artist of the Year, Peggy Shumaker has been chosen as the Rasmuson Foundation’s Distinguished Artist for 2014. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Toucan Nest, Poems of Costa Rica. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is founding editor of Boreal Books, publisher of fine art and literature from Alaska. She edits the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press. Peggy Shumaker was Alaska State Writer Laureate for 2010-2012.


Each year Artsmith grants up to five Artist Residency Fellowships for artists, scholars, and writers to have one week of focused time to create new works. The 2015 residency takes place January 4-11 on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. Fellows stay in individual rooms with private baths as guests of Artsmith and Kangaroo House Bed and Breakfast, and have access to the inn’s amenities, including wireless Internet and garden hot tub. Five dinners are provided during the residency. Fellows are responsible for all other meals. Being within walking distance of the beach, library, coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, and Darvill’s Bookstore, and only a few miles from Moran State Park and Turtleback Preserve, residents have no shortage of inspirational sustenance.
Visual artists, please note that Artsmith does not have artist studios, much as we wish we did. As a result, the residency is best suited for artists who do not require use of a studio. If in doubt, please email us at info @ to inquire.
The Selection Process
The Artsmith Peer Review Panel, comprised of artists, writers, and scholars, selects Fellows based primarily on two main criteria:
1. How well the proposed work will benefit from the residency setting
2. Do the statement of intent and work sample reflect originality and evidence of pushing the boundaries of craft
The makeup of the Peer Review Panel changes each year, but is always selected to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the residency.
To Apply: For the January 4 to 11, 2015 Artsmith Artist Residency, applications will be accepted until September 30, 2014. Please submit the following online via Submittable (
1. Cover letter, including residency statement of intent, contact info for two recommenders, and commitment that you can spend the entire week in residency (maximum 250 words to be pasted in online form).
2. Artists: Up to three digital work samples; Writers: Up to 10 pages writing sample in one file
3. $35 application fee
Previous Fellows, please wait two years after your last residency to reapply. 2013 Fellows may apply for the 2015 residency.

March 14, 2015 at Reid Castle, Purchase, NY

ManhattanvilleCollegeCastleSpringtime This year we will be welcoming 38 literary agents and 9 NYC major book editors, not to mention some incredible guest speakers. We are known for our 1-1 manuscript review sessions – 40 pages reviewed for $55- 30 minute meeting with an agent and/or book editor. Unicorn also offers a Query letter workshop for $40 with an agent for 1 hour. This workshop is limited to 10 writers per 1 hour session, with four Query Letter Workshops with four different agents. Book Summary/Flap Copy Workshop returns this year for $40 for 1 hour, limited to 10 writers per session with four book summary workshops at various times during the day. This year we have five different workshops every hour to select from on the day of the conference, three (3) agent panels, and one editor panel. The price is $300 for all the workshops and three gourmet meals (excluding query letter workshop ($40) and 1-1 manuscript review sessions- $55). You may also sign up for one-to-one 30 minute meeting with all the guest speakers to discuss your book, marketing, and other areas of the speaker’s expertise (excluding our best selling author this year.) More info here:


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



Pressed - interior Tues. Aug. 26: Words to Live By featuring Jenna Tenn-Yuk at Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. More details here:

Wed. Aug. 27: The Reading Series, The Clocktower Pub at 575 Bank St. featuring Rusty Priske 9 p.m. More details here:

treereadingserieslogoAnd watch for the return of Tree Reading Series on Tuesday, Sept. 9 with April Bulmer and Helen Guri, workshop with Peter Richardson. More info next time.



The beautiful village of Eden Mills

The beautiful village of Eden Mills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is thrilled to reveal the majority of our 2014 program on our brand new site, which was designed by Jud Haynes, who also conceived of our “literary picnic” imagery for this year.


The 26th annual festival takes place from September 11 to 15 and these dates include: a special Thursday night event in Guelph featuring noted music writer Carl Wilson, first-time novelist Sean Michaels, and musical performances by Scott Merritt and Sandro Perri; a Friday evening gala in Eden Mills; a yet-to-be-determined Saturday event; our traditional Sunday of author readings, which we’re very proud of; and the Hundred Story Wood workshop on Monday, which unites stellar Canadian authors with high school students, eager to teach each other more about the craft of writing.

With the support of our tireless volunteer-run Board of Directors, our Artistic Director Kim Lang has worked tremendously hard in programming the EMWF this year and, once again, her efforts have paid off. Some of the most decorated and lauded authors in the world are visiting Eden Mills in September. Eleanor Catton, Lynn Coady, David Adams Richards, Claire Cameron, Miriam Toews, Steven Galloway, Anne Michaels, Heather O’Neill, Terry Fallis, Gillian Deacon. These and many more represent some of Canada’s finest literary minds. Spend some time on our new site to read about these talented imagineers and their latest works. And while you’re at it, why not purchase your tickets for Festival Sunday (a Festival pass is forthcoming).



NEW! Lime Hawk seeks submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for its third issue, to release this fall. Check out our previous issues at Submit:

NEW! ROMCOMPOM: A JOURNAL OF ROMANTIC COMEDY POETRY ( seeks submissions for its inaugural issue. What is RomComPom poetry? It’s a poetry that inhabits the same emotional space as romantic comedy. Its symptoms include, but are not limited to, laughter, delight, crying (or at the minimum, a lump in the throat), self-doubt replaced by selfless confidence, the realization of love in an unexpected person, and the overwhelming urge to want to fall in love or eat chocolate. There’s more to it, but we’re not quite sure what that is. It might even include the snarky. So send us poems to help give shape to this new sub-genre. Make us laugh and/or cry. Make our hearts turn to chocolate. Email submissions of 1-5 poems to RomComPomATgmailDOTcom. Either paste the poems into the body of the email or attach all the poems in ONE document. The latter method is heavily preferred. Also, please include a short bio and be sure to include your favorite romantic comedies. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately by email if your poem or poems have been accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published poems. Complete submission guidelines are here:

NEW! Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing will resume publication after a one-year hiatus. The next issue, #30, will appear in May/June 2015. First appearance in Columbia, South Carolina in 1982, featured poems by Seamus Heaney, Stephen Spender, and newcomer Sam Boone. Subsequently edited from England, Japan, and Tanzania, the magazine returned to South Carolina in 1996 until 2011. Illuminations has remained consistently true to its mission statement to publish new writers alongside some of the world’s finest. A number of new poets whose early work appeared in Illuminations have gone on to win prizes and accolades, and we at Illuminations sincerely value the chance to promote the work of emerging writers. Beginning August 1st, 2014, Illuminations is again accepting submissions of poetry. Please send no more than six poems at a time. Devoted primarily to poetry we publish only one or two pieces of short fiction and/or non-fiction in any given year, and sometimes none at all. Please make sure that anything you send us has not been published elsewhere already and is not currently under consideration elsewhere. In the case of a piece translated from a language other than English, please send us the original along with your translation (this is for review purposes only; we generally publish the translation only). Mailed submissions, with an accompanying SASE for response, to Simon Lewis, Editor, Illuminations, Department of English, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001. We also accept e-mailed submissions via–there is a $2:20 fee for e-mail submissions. To submit via e-mail, go to For further information, please contact the editor Simon Lewis at lewissATcofcDOTedu.


NEW! Mom Egg Review seeks submissions of work in all genres for its 13th issue, plus a special themed poetry folio, “Compassionate Action”. Mom Egg Review, a print literary journal featuring poetry, creative prose, short fiction, and visual art, seeks your fine work for its thirteenth annual issue. The issue is un-themed, but will also contain a special poetry folio to be curated by Jennifer Jean, “Compassionate Action”. We publish work by mother writers or by anyone about mothers or motherhood. There is no fee to submit. Submissions will be open until September 1, 2014. Please read our full guidelines before submitting. visit:

NEW! Sequestrum Call for Submissions: September 1st marks the deadline for Sequestrum: Summer ’14 and the beginning of our Fall’14 issue! About Sequestrum: We average 1,000+ readers a month, keep our archives free and open to the public, are a paying market, and pair all our publications with stunning visual arts created by outside artists or our staff. Our contributors range from award-winning novelists and poets (with other works featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, The Kenyon Review, many other university periodicals, and Best American Anthologies) to emerging voices and first-time writers. We’re proud of our little plot on the literary landscape and the writers and artists we share it with. Come see why. To browse our archives, subscribe (for free), and find our complete guidelines, visit

NEW! Pentimento is available in print and in the future — online. The reading period for the Winter 2014/2015 issue is under way, with submissions accepted through September 15, 2014. We are seeking disability-related true stories on “Romance” for The Readers’ Pen submission category.

NEW! BLAST FURNACE Call for Submissions: Volume 4, Issue 3, SLATED FOR SEPTEMBER RELEASE. DEADLINE: SEPT. 15, 2014. We accept a SEVERAL submission formats: portable document format (.pdf), rich text format (.rft) and .doc/docx (Microsoft Word) files, OR .mp3/.wav audio files. Please submit no more than three (3) of your BEST poems, or, if you prefer to create an audio recording of yourself reciting your poetry, send ONLY ONE (1) file attachment of NOT MORE THAN 2 MINUTES/120 seconds in total duration to We are entertaining poems with the theme of love of country, as well as fine original poetry outside of this/these theme(s). We simply ask that individual submissions do NOT exceed more than three (3) poems per poet, and that each individual poem NOT exceed more than three (3) pages. Please read our Mission/Values, Submission Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted near the top of our web page, before Submitting to review what resonates with us. We love a variety of poetic styles, but we are also picky.

NEW! Eye to the Telescope (ETTT) is a guest-edited online publication of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. ETTT 14 will be edited by John C. Mannone, who is looking for ekphrastic submissions for the October 2014 issue. Deadline September 15, 2014. There is no particular theme for this issue, but the speculative poems (sci-fi, fantasy, surrealism, etc.) must be exactly 100 words(excluding titles and epigraphs/postscripts that cite other sources) and be connected to the visual art linked below (see website). They may contain tones of humor or horror, but most importantly, I am looking for literary quality writing with literary depth. All forms/styles are accepted. Either write a poem directly inspired by one of the images shown on the site or pair up a poem influenced by a current science event (include an online reference) that also complements one of the pictures. Identify which image elicited each poem. See for the links to the pictures and for more submission details.

NEW! If and Only If: A Journal of Body Image and Eating Disorders seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art work for our inaugural issue to be published in Fall 2014. We are seeking works related to body image, the body, and eating disorders in all of their various definitions. Send up to five (5) poems, 6000 words of fiction/nonfiction, or three (3) images to the editors at iffjournalATgmailDOTcom by October 1, 2014. Please include a brief bio and your contact information along with your submission. All work should be submitted as an attachment. Written work should be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Visual submissions should be in .jpeg or .gif format. More information and full submission guidelines at:

NEW! Welter has been the University of Baltimore’s student-run literary journal for more than 40 years, publishing works from across the country. We are currently accepting submission for the 2014-2015 edition of Welter. We are accepting the following: fiction, memoir, essay: 3,000 words max as a Microsoft Word document. Poetry: up to five poems of any length in a single Microsoft Word document. Comics, photos, artwork: Upload a single digital file in either PDF or JPG format. Submissions can be up to three 5″x8″ pages in length, or must be able to be reduced to this size later. Work must be publishable in black and white. Things to note: Please do not put your name or contact info anywhere on the manuscript or document that you submit. Your identifying information should appear only in your cover letter. Submissions that do not adhere to the stated requirements will not be read. Deadline: October 1, 2014

NEW! Holy Cow! Press is seeking poems about Lake Superior that are environmental, ecological, historical, spiritual, geographical, etc–in particular from Minnesota, Ontario, upper Michigan, Wisconsin. New work, previously published poems are welcome–three poems limit. $10 reading fee requested. Please include a SASE (no electronic submissions) and send to: The Editors, Lake Superior Anthology, Holy Cow! Press, Post Office Box 3170, Duluth, Minnesota 55803. Deadline: October 1st, 2014.

Upstairs at Duroc Submission Guidelines: Upstairs at Duroc is interested in English language poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and translations. We welcome innovative or cross-genre forms, prose poems and flash fiction. Standalone excerpts from longer works will also be considered. Submit no more than 5 poems, or two prose pieces not exceeding 2000 words each. Include cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address, word count for prose, and a short Bio. Work is read anonymously by our Editorial Board. Submission dates: We accept submissions from October 1 to February 28. Please submit only previously unpublished material! Poetry submission: Submit up to five poems. Attach them in a single Word document, one poem per page. Prose submissions: For short stories, send one or two pieces of no more than 2000 words each. Send up to five flash fiction pieces, attaching them in a single Word document, one piece per page. Visual Art submissions: We seek drawings, etchings and photographs with good contrast. Mostly black/white, plus one color piece per issue (for the cover). Send artwork in jpeg format. Send submissions to: For any queries regarding submissions, please write to The Editors at
Snail mail submissions should be sent to: WICE c/o Upstairs at Duroc 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris

Rattle Magazine: We’re currently seeking submissions Japanese forms for our Spring 2015 issue. The poems may be any style or length, but must be written in a traditional or adapted Japanese form: haiku, tanks, renga, haibun, etc. Since some of these forms are very short, please feel free to submit up to four pages of poems rather than the usual four poems. We might also be interested in essays on the contemporary use of Japanese forms. For more information, see our call for submissions page at
To submit poems or essays, just follow the regular guidelines and note which (or all) should be considered for the tribute. It’s fine to send poems and essays at the same time. We’re not picky. The deadline for this issue is October 15th, 2014.

NEW! Lunch Ticket is now accepting submissions for its Summer/Fall 214 issue. Starting August 1, 2014, the following genres are encouraged to apply: Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People, & Visual Art. The deadline is set for October 31, 2014. Send us your best work! For guidelines and submission manager, visit our website:

NEW! Raleigh Review is Now Accepting Submissions! We believe that great literature inspires empathy by allowing us to see the world through the eyes of our neighbors, whether across the street or across the globe. Our mission is to foster the creation and availability of accessible yet provocative contemporary literature. We are looking for poetry, flash fiction, and short fiction that is emotionally and intellectually complex without being unnecessarily “difficult.” Find our submission guidelines at Please submit by October 31, 2014 for our Spring 2015 issue. We look forward to reading your work!

NEW! Ontologica aims to present an eclectic mix of prose and art. Ours is a journal of differing perspectives. We want to offer material that is illuminating, challenging, and, if need be, antagonizing. Above all it must accessible. Accessibility here doesn’t just mean a lack of specialized language, but a writing style that invites the reader in. Work with a philosophical slant is preferred, but not required. What is required is contemporary relevance and, more or less, general appeal. (An essay on the difference between Transcendentalist and Romantic poetry, no matter how well written, will most likely not find a home in Ontologica. See the Contact Us Page for submission email addresses. At present we accept electronic submissions only. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. We will only review and respond to submissions sent during the open reading periods. Our next Open reading period will be for the Winter 2014 Issue, and will run from September 1st through October 31, 2014. More info here: Anything outside of our published reading periods will sit in a void until a new period opens. Upon acceptance, Ontologica reserves First North American Rights of the work, and the published work will remain online for as long as Ontologica maintains a web presence. After initial publication, all rights revert to the author. Ontologica does not compensate authors for publication.
NEW! Open Submissions: HFR is currently accepting submissions for Issue 4.1. Submit your fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, hybrid, comics, art, etc. by Nov. 1st.Please read our guidelines before submitting.

NEW! Little Patuxent Review is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork for the Winter 2015 Food issue. How many tongues can you access through the language of food? How many minutes could you commune with a family at a foreign table, supported with the language of food? LPR seeks a variety of takes on the theme, from the broad issues, places, and people that “feed” you, to the ground level stories and poems that mark your daily interactions with food. Send LPR your most full bellied work because, as Virginia Woolf suggests, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Submissions will be open until November 1, 2014. Please note: Our new editor is Steven Leyva. Laura Shovan has moved into the role of Poetry Editor. Address fiction submissions to Jen Grow and non-fiction to Emily Rich. Full submission guidelines are available at:

NEW! Call for Submissions – Mason’s Road: A Literary & Arts Journal. We are pleased to announce the opening of our next submissions period! We are now accepting your best Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Craft Essays. The theme for Issue #10 is“Memory,” and we are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic. Our submissions period runs for three months: August 15 – November 15, 2014.There are two ways to submit toMason’s Road. You can submit for free any time during our submissions period, and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication.Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for ourMason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive. Please look here: for submission guidelines. Visit to check out all of the current issue’s works. Submit here:

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.

NEW! Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry is now accepting submissions for our next issue, Volume VII, The Disobedient Issue. We are leaving the interpretation of the concept of disobedience open, but know that this issue was inspired by reading Poetics of Disobedience by Alice Notley and by necessary acts of civil disobedience everywhere. Please send only your best work, any length, any style. Deadline for this issue: January 31, 2015. More info, details and link for submissions here:




• NEW! Win cash, publication, and recognition in the Seven Hills Literary and the Penumbra Poetry and Haiku Contests, sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers Association. Deadline for entries is Aug. 30. The contest is open to all. Previously published work is not accepted. Rules and details at link below. Electronic submissions only. Categories include short story, children’s chapter book excerpt, young adult novel excerpt, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and haiku. All work must be submitted electronically through

• NEW! BENJAMIN SALTMAN Poetry Award. $3000 Award. Deadline: August 31, 2014. Final Judge: Douglas Kearney. The winner of the 2014 Benjamin Saltman Award will be announced in 2015. Established in 1998, in honor of the poet Benjamin Saltman (1927-1999), this award is for a previously unpublished original collection of poetry. Awarded collection is selected through an annual competition which is open to all poets. This year’s final judge will be Douglas Kearney. Award is $3000 and publication of the awarded collection by Red Hen Press. Entry fee is $25.00. Name on cover sheet only, 48 page minimum. Send SASE for notification. Entries must be postmarked by August 31. See more at:
• 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. Submit in 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.


• NEW! Geist’s inaugural Tobacco Lit Contest is the most unusual contest in this list. They want your 500 word story about, well, tobacco. First prize is $500. That’s a buck a word! Deadline is September 1st ($20). Second prize is $250, third is $150 and even an honourable mention prize of $100. What is tobacco lit? According to their website: “Tobacco lit can be any collection of words that are (in some way) directly or tangentially about tobacco—whether it’s about those who smoke it, roll it or grow it; detailed instructions on how to use it or how to avoid it like the plague; a scathing review of its sociocultural impact on the modern world; or poetry written from an ashtray’s point of view, it’s tobacco lit.”
• NEW! When Women Waken is currently accepting submissions of poetry, short fiction, short non-fiction, visual art and photography. Submissions open through September 1, 2014. See submission guidelines at

• NEW! Call for submissions for New Rivers Press’s 3rdannual e-Book Series Competition: Submission Period: July 1, 2014 through September 1,2014: Reading Fee: $20.00. $250.00 Honorarium and e-Book Contract . New Rivers Press is seeking manuscripts in the genres ofFantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller/Suspense,Westerns, Young Adult, Inspirational, and all sub-genres within and acrossthose categories for The New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series, ane-Book-only series that publishes popular fiction titles with literary value.Manuscripts will be accepted electronically through Submittable July 1 throughSept. 1. There is a $20 reading fee. Each author selected for publication willreceive a $250 honorarium and a standard electronic book contract. All books will be distributed nationally and internationally in e-Book formats. Details about the e-Book Series may be found at:

• NEW! Deadline for Gemini Magazine’s Sixth Annual Flash Fiction Contest is September 2, 2014. The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions each win $25. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2014 issue of Gemini. Maximum length: 1,000 words. Any style, subject or genre. Writers’ names are removed from entries before reading, so each entry gets an equal chance. Both new and established writers have won our fiction contests. Entry fee: $4 ($3 for each additional entry). Full details at

• NEW! Subject: Dogwood submissions close on Sept. 5. Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose is open for 2015 contest and non-contest submissions until Sept. 5. A prize of $1000 goes to one winning entry. Dogwood welcomes entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its annual contest with a $1000 grand prize, which will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250. Entry fee is $10 (reduced from $15 last year); all submissions considered for publication in the14th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Non-contest entries will also be considered; please submit under the “Non-Contest” tab with the $3 processing fee. Results of the contest will be announced in Spring 2015 and published in the 2015 issue of Dogwood. All entrants receive an electronic PDF of the journal. Please use our online submission manager for your submissions, and see the guidelines for all details.

• NEW! Poems Please Me Prize 2014, third international competition Judge: Anthony Watts. Closing date: 11.59 pm BST Sunday 14th September 2014. Results will be published by Poems Please Me and mailed individually to winners before 31 October. 2. Subject: this is an Open competition this year. The choice of subject is yours. 3. Language: English 4. Length: 12 to 40 lines (excluding title). 5. Prizes. First: £600 Second: £300 Third: £150 Highly Commended (number at discretion of judge and organiser): £30 each. Also: illustrations will be created of each winning and commended poem. The Artists’ Quarter (TAQ) will create a selection of digital art to illustrate the winning and commended poems. (A poem’s potential for illustration will not be a factor in the judging.) TAQ is a worldwide online community of digital and traditional artists led by the UK’s Tim Shelbourne. TAQ on Facebook. Winners of the top three prizes will receive a mounted print of the illustration of their choice. Winning and commended poems and TAQ illustrations will be published on Poems Please Me (in featured Poems, a Gallery & an e-Book) and by TAQ. Browse 2013 e-Book of winning poems and illustrations. 6. Copyright in all poems remains with the poet, and in TAQ artwork with the artist. 7. Original poems required, not published elsewhere prior to 1st November 2014.
8. Entry fee: £5 for one poem; £9 for two; £12 for three. 9. How to enter (online or post) SEE INFO AT:

• NEW! The Golden Key announces our first-ever flash fiction contest, judged by Karin Tidbeck. Winner receives $200 and publication in our 6th issue (Spring/Summer 2015). As each of our issues are themed to be inspired by an “object” that might come out of the little iron chest, the subject of the winning story will also determine the theme for Issue 6. We will be accepting submissions of flash fiction (up to 500 words) between July 15 and September 15. The fee for entry is $5 for one piece, or $7 for two. Entry fee donations go directly into the fund we are raising to pay writers. The winner will be announced November 1. Deadline: September 15, 2014. Contest Details:

• NEW! Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry CHAPBOOK Prize $15.00 USD ENTRY FEE. SEPT. 15 DEADLINE. GUIDELINES:

• NEW! Submissions to the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry now open! Any poet with an original, full-length collection is eligible. Each manuscript, accompanied by a $25 reading fee, will be considered for both prizes. Each prize offers $1,000, plus publication by the University of Wisconsin Press. The submission deadline is September 15. Before visiting our online submissions manager, put together a single pdf including a title page, a table of contents, the manuscript poems, and an acknowledgments page listing any magazines or journals where the submitted poems may have first appeared. Your name and contact info should not appear anywhere on the document. Manuscripts should be fifty to ninety pages in length on 8.5″ x 11″ pdf pages. Once your manuscript is ready, visit and complete the form in the center of the page. After you’ve successfully submitted, you will be redirected to our secure pay portal, where you can pay the $25 submission fee. Postal submissions are discouraged but will be accepted. Postal details can be found at Simultaneous submissions are permitted, provided the poet agrees to withdraw the manuscript via the submissions manager if it is accepted elsewhere. If you have any questions, please first consult our FAQ. If you don’t find your answer, query Series Editor Ron Wallace at

• NEW! Consequence Magazine is currently accepting submissions for the 2014 Consequence Prize in Fiction. As always, submissions must address the culture and consequences of war, and the deadline is September 15th. The winning story will be published in our 2015 issue and the author will receive a $250 prize. Contest entry guidelines are posted on the Submissions page of our website at

• The brand new Mslexia Women’s Memoir Competition is now open for entries. The only competition of its type in the UK, this year we’re looking for memoirs of at least 50,000 words of prose that narrate actual events in the writer’s own life. Said writer must not have had a memoir published, but can be previously published in other genres. It’s a crime to let wonderful life stories go untold, so if your writing fits the bill get those fingers typing, you only have until 22 September to submit your entry. The first prize is a massive £5,000Please visit our website for full details of how to enter and specially-commissioned memoir writing workshops.

• 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:

• The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions each year from January 1st to September 30th through our online submissions manager. The judges for this year’s prize are Margaret Atwood (for poetry) and Zsuzsi Gartner (for fiction). In addition to publication in Issue 27: Fall 2014, each winning author receives $1000 as well as a prize pack of books drawn from 17 donating publishers, each valued at approximately $750. DEADLINE: SEPT. 30, 2014 DETAILS:

• NEW! PHILIP LEVINE POETRY BOOK PRIZE 2014. $2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press.
Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2014. Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-80 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere. The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to “Fresno State (Levine Prize)”. Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee. Online payments can be made via credit or debit card at the link below. Submit entries online at the link below OR mail hard copy entries to: Philip Levine Prize in Poetry Department of English, Mail Stop PB 98 5245 N. Backer Ave. California State University, Fresno Fresno, California 93740-8001 Full guidelines, as well as the link for online submissions and online payments, can be found on our website: contact email:

• NEW! Devil’s Lake 2014 Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry now accepting online entries for its first annual Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry. Submit here: Submissions: Entries to include two poems totaling five pages or fewer. One entry is defined as one short story or two poems; you may submit up to two entries, but you must submit them separately and pay an entry fee for both. All work submitted must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions not permitted. Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the manuscript itself, but only in the “cover letter” box, as all submissions will be read blind. Only accepting online entries through Submittable. Ensure that your account includes a working e-mail address—it’s the only way for us to contact you! Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds for submissions. Deadline September 30, 2014, at 11:59 pm CST. Winners announced in November 2014, and will receive $100 and publication in the Spring 2015 issue. Entry fee: $10. All contest entries will be considered for publication in Devil’s Lake.

• NEW! Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest All styles and themes Submission period: April 15-September 30 Total prizes: $3,000 Accepts published and unpublished work Special award for verse that rhymes or has a traditional style

• NEW! *CONNECTICUT RIVER REVIEW POETRY CONTEST – Deadline: September 30, 2014.Prizes of $400, $100, and $50 are offered. To enter, send up to 3 unpublished poems, 80-line limit each. Include 2 copies of each poem, one with complete contact info on it and one with NO contact info on it. Include SASE for results only. A $15 reading fee is required. Make the check out to CPS. Send submissions to CRR Poetry Contest, PO Box 270554, W. Hartford, CT 06127. The judge for this year’s contest is Charles Rafferty, author of 10 books of poetry and currently the director of the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College.


• NEW! The Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, sponsored by Bowker and Blurb. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $40 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine. “Independently Published” books include self-published books and e-books (such as those published through, CreateSpace,, iUniverse, etc.) and/or books and e-books published through small presses releasing less than five titles per year. Books entered in last year’s competition are eligible for re-submission in this year’s competition. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter; each book is a separate entry. The competition is open to authors worldwide; books must be in English. Any length book is eligible. This year the competition will also introduce the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books, in honor of Pete Delohery, author of the novel Lamb to the Slaughter. The official rules for the competition can be found at here. The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2014. The winners will be notified by November 2, 2014. Additional information and rules can be found on our contest rules page at

• NEW! TALKING WRITING 2014 Contests. Submit flash nonfiction (500 words) or great writing advice articles. Winners receive $250 plus publication in Talking Writing. Judges: Dinty W. Moore, editor of Brevity (flash nonfiction); Emily Toth, “Ms. Mentor” of Chronicle of Higher Education (writing advice). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 1. Details:

• NEW! New Delta Review second annual Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction. New Delta Review is looking for short fiction (1500 words or less)that stuns, a full narrative in a small package, where every sentence contributes something necessary and integral to the whole. The winner will receive a $500 prize and be published in the winter edition of New Delta Review. All entries will be considered for publication in the magazine, and will be eligible for our Matt Clark Editor’s Prize of $250. Deadline for entry is October 4, 2014. All submissions require a $10 entry fee and must be sent to NDR through Submittable. About Us: New Delta Review is a literary journal published graduate students in the MFA program at Louisiana State University. For more information, and to take a look at what we’ve published in the past, visit our online journal at

• NEW! The Writer’s Block Festival/Memorious Poetry Contest. Judge: Rebecca Morgan Frank, editor-in-chief of Memorious. Award: $500, plus publication in Memorious. Entry: $10 submission fee, which goes to support Louisville Literary Arts and the Writer’s Block Festival. Manuscripts are being accepted now at through the October 15, 2014 deadline. Send 1 – 3 previously unpublished poems in ONE WORD DOC (no more than 1 poem per page, and no more than 6 pages, collectively). Email writers14blockATgmailDOTcom with further questions.

• The Ontario Poetry Society Ultra Short Poem Competition. Deadline Oct. 30, 2014. Poems no longer than 8 lines, 8 words per line. Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00.

Heavy Feather Review is happy to announce that the Featured Poetry Chapbook Contest is back featuring judge Kristina Marie Darling. $10 entry. $250 prize and publication to the winner. Other prizes will be given to five finalists. Blind reads. 40 pages max. All submissions receive a 1-year digital subscription to HFR. DEADLINE NOV 1st.

• NEW! Split This Rock’s Annual Poetry Contest is now accepting poems with socially engaged themes. Submit up to 3 poems for a chance to win the following prizes: First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250. Winning poems published on Split This Rock website and winners receive 2016 festival registration. First-place winner reads winning poem on the festival main stage! Entry instructions at:

• NEW! UVic’s The Malahat Review has several contests: “With a contest for every taste and stage of career, it’s easy to find one that matches your ambition and abilities.” The deadline for their 2015 Open Season Awards (poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction) is November 1st ($35). You can submit three poems, maximum 100 lines each, and a story of up to 2,500 words. Winners in each category receive $1,000 each.

• NEW! First Annual Poets@Work Book Prize Submission Deadlines are November 15, 2014 Postmark (mail) December 1, 2014. To be Judged by Stephen Dunn Poets@Work is happy to announce an open call for manuscripts of a full-length collection of poems in English from all over the world. Final judge will be Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn. All finalists will be considered for publication. Winners will receive $1000 and 25 copies of the winning collection. Standard publishing contract and royalties will also be issued. Manuscripts will be judged anonymously Details and submission guidelines:

• NEW! UBC’s Prism holds three contests. Their creative non-fiction contest deadline is November 21 ($35). Each entry must be a maximum of 6,000 words. First prize is $1,500, runner up is $300 and second runner up is $200. Prism also has a short fiction and poetry contest (deadlines are January 23, 2015).



• NEW! Prairie Fire accepts longer pieces for their contest, deadline November 30 ($32). They are looking for short stories up to 10,000 words, poems up to 150 lines, and creative non-fiction up to 5,000 words. First place $1,250, second place $500, third place $250.
• NEW! Atlantic Canada’s The Fiddlehead contest deadline is December 1 ($30). That’s 150 days from today! They accept short stories up to 6,000 words and up to three poems, 100 lines each They are published in the issue and interviewed on their blog site as well. Winners receive $2,000 (one in poetry one in fiction) and runners up each receive $250 (two in each of those categories).

• NEW! Freefall’s annual poetry and prose contest deadline is December 31st ($25). If you don’t celebrate Christmas, for reasons of religion or reluctance, then this deadline will keep you busy the last two weeks of December. Who am I kidding — it’ll keep you busy the last few days of that month! Prose entries must be a maximum of 3,000 words, and they accept up to five poems per entry. For each category, first prize is $500, second is $250 and third prize is $75.

• NEW! The 2015 Mississippi Review Contest is now open for submissions. Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and in poetry. Winners and finalists will make up the 2015 print issue of Mississippi Review. For more details and to submit, visit key dates: Contest opens: August 1, 2014 Postmark deadline: January 1st, 2015 Winners and finalists announced: March 2015 Issue publication: June 2015 Entry: $16 submission fee, each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue. View complete contest guidelines at . If you have questions please e-mail msreviewATusmDOTedu, call 601-266-4321, or check our Facebook page at



  1. Reblogged this on Shewrite63 and commented:
    I like what the OttawaWrites folks have been doing and look forward to the September event: Tuesday, September 9 — Creating a Community of Writers.

    I am sure that other not-for-profit writing and arts groups can relate with the frequent requests for volunteers – especially on a Board of Directors. From past experience, the unglamorous administrative tasks be a demand on time, energy – and patience ;o)


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