Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks of Dec. 15 – Dec. 28, 2014



NOTICE TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at #Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website


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 speak to us about taking on some role in the organization. Your participation is vitally important to the branch.




TOPIC: Writing Biographies and History

PRESENTER: Charlotte Gray
DATE: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.


CHARLOTTE GRAY Award-winning author, Charlotte Gray, joins us to share experiences from her writing life. She is one of Canada’s best-known writers, and author of nine acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. Charlotte’s new book The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and a Trial that Shocked a Country, published September 2013, won Canadian Authors Association’s 2014 Lela Common Award for Canadian History. Charlotte is the only author who has won this award twice: in 2005 The Museum Called Canada was also honoured. Bio: Born in Sheffield, England, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, she began her writing career in England as a magazine editor and newspaper columnist. After coming to Canada in 1979, she worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine columnist. tobiography and popular history.
REVIEWER reviewer and magazine columnist before she turned to biography and po history.



Enter the 28th National Capital Writing Contest. The deadline is February 6, 2015 (the first Friday in February each year).


28th Annual NCWC Categories

The 28th Annual National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC) is accepting entries in the following categories:
• Short Story (max. 2500 words)
• Poetry (not Haiku; max. 60 lines including title & blank lines)

Prizes (in each category)
• 1st Prize: $300; 2nd Prize: $200; and 3rd Prize: $100.
See the Literary Awards page for full contest details and the winners from the previous year’s NCWC.

Tuesday, May 12 — National Capital Writing Contest Awards Evening
This is an evening to celebrate the writing talent residing within the National Capital Region, congratulate the winners of the 2015 (28th annual) contest and support our fellow writers.
It is anticipated that all finalists will attend CAA–NCR’s 28th Annual NCWC Awards Night. First place winners will be asked to read their entries. To be held at the Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Metcalfe & Laurier in the Auditorium.

If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle for details

CAA-NCR Byline Submission Guidelines

Writing-related articles that include information about the process, profession or business of writing, or insights into the writer’s world.
Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication (minimum, $10); poetry $10 each; photos $5 each. Contact Editor ( prior to submitting
Deadlines: For non-solicited material, two months prior to publication. Issues published January, March, May, Summer, September, November.
Submission guidelines: English with Canadian spelling. In MS Word or OpenOffice as an attachment. Photos in jpeg, largest available resolution.
Font: Times New Roman 12 point, single space. No formatting, no indents; one extra return between paragraphs. Length: Preferably between 600 – 1200 words.



Interested in working on specific pieces of your writing and getting valuable feedback
from other writers? If this sounds good to you, join a CAA Writing Circle!

We have a Writing Circle starting in October in Centertown and another in the west end
coming soon. This is a great opportunity! Participation is FREE to CAA members.
For more information or to be join the writing circle, please contact Catina via email at



Entries are now being accepted for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2015 Literary Awards.
Entering its 40th year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. Past winners have included Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Leonard Cohen, Micheal Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Patrick DeWitt, Nino Ricci, Michael S. Cross, Don McKay, Charlotte Gray, Joseph Boyden and countless other literary stars – some relatively unknown at the time they received the award.

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada

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


Criteria and submission details are available online at Complete the CAA 2015 Awards entry form online, print it and send it to us along with your submission and entry fee. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2015. For more information about past winners, shortlisted authors, and awards events, visit our awards page at





Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015

  Get personal feedback from a pro on your short fiction, nonfiction or poetry.
It’s your 15 minutes! QWF is offering you the opportunity to consult with an established writer who has read your submitted material and has comments and suggestions.
Sit down for a one-on-one and 15 minutes of concise, targeted feedback on your short story, nonfiction piece or poetry on Saturday, January 31. You must REGISTER to receive a scheduled appointment with a writer who will read and review your work in advance. There are a limited number of appointments available, to be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
The fee for a fifteen-minute consultation is $25 ($26.06 if paying by PayPal). You may book multiple consecutive 15-minute appointments if they are available at the time of scheduling.
How to participate:
Contact to register by January 14. The subject line should read “Request for a Reader from [your last name].” Once registered, you must email a copy of the work you’d like to work on to before 6 p.m. on January 16. The subject line should read “For [name of the writer you’ve been assigned]”

Plan to arrive for your appointment with $25 in hand ($50 if you’ve taken two time slots, etc.) about ten minutes ahead of time and take a seat outside the office until you are called in. Because the meetings are short and we need to stay on schedule, if you are not ready to start when your time slot comes, you will forfeit minutes.

Maximum manuscript lengths: Fiction or nonfiction: 3,000 words

Poetry: For close reading: two poems of a maximum of one page each or three short poems (or the equivalent, such as one 2- to 3-page poem)
For general feedback about the big picture (e.g., trajectory, consistency, ideas to further a project/subject/etc.): ten short poems
QWF plans to offer similar clinics several times a year if the demand is there. Other genres may be offered in future sessions.

Consulting Writers
Fiction: Gina Roitman the author of the critically-acclaimed short story collection, Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth and co-producer, co-writer and the subject of the award-winning film, My Mother, the Nazi Midwife, and Me. Currently, she works as an editor, biographer, ghostwriter and writing coach as well as an inspirational speaker. Visit:,
Nonfiction: Bryan Demchinsky is a Montreal editor and writer. He is the author or co-author of four books and the editor of many others, two of which were published in 2014: Island of Trees, by Bronwyn Chester and From Soup to Self-Sufficiency: Montreal’s Old Brewery Mission, by Alan Hustak. He was also Business editor and Books and Visual Arts editor during a lengthy newspaper career at the Montreal Gazette, and managing editor at Montreal and Toronto Home magazines.

Poetry: Asa Boxer’s poetry has garnered several prizes and is included in various anthologies, magazines and literary journals around the world. His books are The Mechanical Bird (Signal, 2007), Skullduggery (Signal, 2011) and Friar Biard’s Primer to the New World (Frog Hollow Press, 2013). Boxer is also founder and manager of the Montreal International Poetry Prize.




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



  VERSe Ottawa is hiring a part-time, paid Festival Administrator to work with the Board of Directors to provide administrative support to VERSeFest. For a detailed job description, write to under the subject heading “Festival Administrator”. The job competition closes 22 December 2014.



On The Great Canadian POETrain Tour: An Historic, Once In A Lifetime Via Rail Poetry Trip Across Canada



Because we’re poets, we create. Because we’re poets, we seek out other poets.
Because there’s a POETrain, we can now take our poems, our thoughts, and our passions across Canada, writing, speaking, singing, listening to, and rolling in – you got it – poetry.

Along the way, the gorgeous scenery and personal interactions matched with our own mighty creativity will help us write the world’s longest train poem.

The POETrain is a once in a lifetime chance to celebrate National Poetry Month 2015, while traveling across Canada with a group of other poets of all ages and backgrounds.
This is an historic venture – a poetic `Last Spike.’

Spaces are limited and submissions for some programs are only available up to December 15, 2014.


OTTAWA : Opening Ceremony, Wednesday, April 15, 2015

TORONTO: Poetry Events from Thursday, April 16 through Saturday April 18 (VIARAIL
Canadian leaves for Edmonton on Saturday evening, April 18, arriving on Tuesday, April 21st)


EDMONTON: From Tuesday, April 21s through Thursday, April 23, we will participate
in the fabulous Edmonton Poetry Festival (leaving for Vancouver on April 24).


VANCOUVER: Arriving early on Friday, April 25, we will be participating in the closing
evening ceremony – a fitting end to National Poetry Month and an incredible journey.






Do you love to write? Young writers from across Canada are invited to submit their stories and/or poems to the Book Week 2015 Writing Contest for Kids & Teens. Judging is done by noted writers from across Canada.


Students from Grades 4 to 12 are eligible to enter and one winner from each grade will receive a $250 gift certificate to the bookstore of his or her choice!
Winning entries will be posted on the Book Week website –


Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2015. They do not have to be received by this date.
Entrants must be in Grades 4 to 12 at the time of the contest deadline.
Entries must be written in English and must not exceed 1,500 words.
All entries must be original content and are limited to two entries per person.
All entries must include a fully complete ENTRY FORM*.
The form is available at under “Book Week 2015”.
Please staple one entry form to each story/poem being submitted; do not use paperclips, binder clips, folders or duotangs.
Entries may be handwritten or typed.
No faxed or emailed entries will be accepted.
Due to the large volume of entries, we cannot acknowledge receipt of entry.
Contest open to residents of Canada only.
For more information on the Writing Contest, contact
Winners will be announced on May 6, 2015 during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2015.





• Wednesday, December 17 Dangerous Poetry 7:30pm – 2:00am Avant Garde Bar 135½ Besserer St., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6A7


• Saturday, December 20 Final Capital Slam of 2014 feat. Poetiquette! at 6:30pm – 10:00pm AT The Mercury Lounge, 56 By Ward Market Square, Ottawa Image





Holiday gift to you: a wonderful line-up of great stories for our 2014 – 2015 Speaking Out/Speaking In series at the 4th Stage of the National Arts Centre. Take the time over the next few weeks, while downtown shopping, to pop into the Box Office of the National Arts Centre, and buy your tickets for these great shows. And while you’re at it, shorten your Christmas gift list by buying tickets for a friend! Tickets are $22 for Adults, and $18 for Seniors. Just go to:


You may also follow the link from OST’s website on our 4th Stage page at But, do remember, tickets are cheaper when you buy in person at the NAC Box Office!


Ottawa StoryTeller’s 2014 – 2015 season offers stories of boyhood adventure, of love lost and found, of mysterious encounters, and musical misadventures. We are proud to bring you many of the well-known storytellers you have come to love and enjoy, and delighted to welcome new storytellers to our Fourth Stage series. OST’s season is full of original tales that provide a unique view of worlds both real and imagined, and stories interwoven with music ranging from the haunting melodies of the Celtic harp, to the urgent strains of Kurt Weill, to the light-hearted accompaniment of piano and violin. We’re ‘speaking out’ about stories that matter, and ‘speaking in’ to the heart and soul of what moves us all.


4th Stage showtime is 7:30 PM.


OUR SEASON BEGINS on Thursday, December 18th, with RAISIN WINE, written by James Bartleman, featuring storytellers Alanis King, Brock Lewis, and Lesley Parlane. Mr. Bartleman will also be appearing to speak about the importance of storytelling in his life. A tale described by the Globe & Mail as “both generous and wise, from one of our most distinguished elders”, James Bartleman’s boyhood memoir of growing up in a ‘different’ Muskoka is the humorous and heartfelt story of a young boy with big dreams, and an even bigger imagination. Every show in OST’s 4th Stage is a not-to-be-missed event!

lovingly hosted by rob mclennan  


DATE: Monday, December 29, 2014 doors 7 pm, reading 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Carleton Tavern (upstairs) 233 Armstrong Avenue (at Parkdale Market), Ottawa


The Peter F. Yacht Club annual regatta/christmas party & issue launch for
The Peter F Yacht Club #21: edited/produced by rob mclennan with readings from yacht club regulars and irregulars alike




DEADLINE EVERY SUNDAY: UK MAG Kingston University Creative Writing MA blog Words, Pauses, Noises is looking for submissions of short fiction (up to 1,500 words), poetry (up to three poems), flash fiction, non-fiction, interviews with prominent literary figures, book reviews, and original artwork. New work is published every Sunday. Deadline: rolling. Guidelines.




Digital short fiction magazine Nonlocal Science Fiction seeks work for its debut issue (2015). Pays via profitsharing.


New quarterly online literary magazine One Throne (Yukon) is accepting poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.


From the Well House, Indiana University Kokomo’s Art and Literary Journal, seek work for the next online publication. Accepting poetry, prose, and academic papers, plus art work and multimedia. Deadline: rolling. Guidelines


Pith Journal: We are currently reading submissions for our first issue. we dig…..Up to five poems attached in one file (.doc, .docx or .pdf) to pithjournal(at)gmail(dot)com. We’re open to different styles, but have an eye for writing that refuses to hold our hands and allows us to get lost in the woods for a while. We’re not the biggest fans of narrative poems. One article of fiction, creative nonfiction or essay up to 2,500 words (.doc, .docx, .pdf) to pithjournal(at)gmail(dot)com. We will publish one prose piece per issue and like with poetry, we’re more inclined toward the unusual. We take our visual art the way we take our writing (see above). If you’re interested in having us showcase your work, please send an email inquiry to pithjournal(at)gmail(dot)com with a link to your website/blog/tumblr, etc. More info here:


Ryga: A Journal of Provocations showcases the work that explores social issues. Seeking short stories, poem suites (of 3-6 poems), and plays. Pays $100. Guidelines.


Mud Season Review, a community-led literary journal in Vermont, invites fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art for upcoming issues. Appreciates work that teaches something about life, and explores new ways of perceiving the world or about the craft of writing or visual art. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.


Dark Dragon Publishing Is Taking Submissions If you are wondering what types of novels spark our enjoyment, check out our list of published works. You should also check out our blog post Submissions: How to Submit. We publish horror, dark fantasy, paranormal and some science fiction novels between 75,000 – 150,000 words. Please send your queries to Details:


Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen We want to see any and all permutations of the superhero genre. Any genre-mashing goes: alternate history, crime, horror, romance, SF, fantasy, surrealism; we want a variety of tones, approaches, subgenres, cultural perspectives, etc. We’re interested in submissions where Canadian setting (a specific city, region, or province) plays a role, but we’re open to other types of stories, too, set anywhere in the world, the universe, or the multiverse!


Journal Wants You to Knock Their Socks Off Shiny new Canadian quarterly The Impressment Gang (Canada) pays $25 for accepted poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and writing in general. Prints four times a year: May, August, November, and February. No word limit for fiction, nonfiction or other writing, but submissions really should knock our socks off.


FJORDS CALL FOR SPRING EDITION: Submissions are open for our spring edition—The issue will be in over 300 bookstores across the U.S. and available for digital download on every e-reader, tablet and in every app store. We’re looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction, translations and art, so hit us up with your best.


Smashed Cake Review is seeking poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and dramatic script submissions from emerging and established writers. Wants work that surprises with a focus on consumerism and consumption. No words limits. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.


The Sacrificial seeks concise, original, dark, humorous, twisted, and insensitively-sensitive works. Accepts short stories, poetic prose, dialogues, commentaries, etc. Length: 500 words. Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines.


The Inflectionist Review,, considers poetry submissions on an ongoing basis. We are currently reading for issue 3. TIR has a strong preference for non-linear work that carefully constructs ambiguity so that the reader can play an active role in the poem. In general, we commend the experimental, the worldly and universal, and eschew the inane, trendy, and overly personal. Work that reveals multiple layers with further readings. Work that speaks to people across borders, across literary and cultural boundaries, across time periods, is more likely to fascinate us (and the reader). Submissions are accepted online via Submittable at


Shadowgraph Magazine, We are currently open for poetry, fiction, essays, and image portfolios. Shadowgraph Magazine is a bi-annual print journal and an Online Quarterly. We feature interviews with scholars of all kinds: scientists, artists, writers, and others. We seek to publish the highest quality work we can find and have a special interest in unusual or unique stances towards writing. You can submit online here (via submittable): Or you can send your submissions to (please specify genre) P.O. Box 31339, Santa Fe, NM 87594 Thanks!


Masque & Spectacle just published its first issue and is now accepting submissions for issue two to be published on December 1. We publish all forms of creative writing plus visual art, video, and sound recordings. See the submission guidelines here:


Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine is looking for essays, stories, art, and poems that capture the essence and immediacy of the beast. Animal is a subject-specific lit mag, however loosely we define “animal.” In some form, we want a literal beast as a central character or motif. Render on the page what is both alien and familiar about an animal, animals, or being “animal.” Nonfiction: needs book excerpts, personal essays, experimental, memoir, humor. Does not want anything overtly religious, pornographic, or sentimental. Length: 5,000 words. Fiction: needs literary, adventure, confession, experimental, ethnic, fantasy, horror, humor, mainstream, science fiction. Does not want anything overtly religious, pornographic, or sentimental. Length: 5,000 words. Poetry: needs avant-garde, free verse, traditional. Send up to five poems. Total not to exceed five pages. Art: needs the essence of the beast as you see it–we prefer images that feature other species, filtered through human perception. Photos or other work that can be digitally represented online and in print; any kind of visual art that translates to e-space well, including photographs of installations and sculptures. Please send works that are at least 300 dpi, preferably in .jpg form. To Submit: Put the title and genre of work in your subject line. Please send questions for the literary magazine at the same address to Sarah Cedeno, fiction editor; Danita Berg, non-fiction editor; Stephen Mills, poetry editor, and Marley Andretti, Art Editor. Animal will consider simultaneous submissions, but asks that you notify us immediately if you are accepted elsewhere. We do not reprint work published elsewhere, in any form. Please send submissions pasted into the body of an e-mail, as well as attached to the e-mail as a MS Word-compatible document, to animalliterarymagazineATgmailDOTcom. Put the title and genre of work in your subject line. In the cover-letter portion of your email, include the title and word count. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines may be deleted unread.


Blue Heron Book Works, an e-pub company, is looking for outstanding memoirs–unusual personal tales well told, or awesomely well told ordinary stories to publish as ebook, with an eye to print-on-demand later. We would also like to work with fiction writers who have ideas for series fiction of any sort. All costs are born by BHBW. Check us out on
to see what we like. And query us at infoATblueheronbookworksDOTcom.


Toad is looking for outstanding works of poetry, flash fiction, and art for our upcoming issue due out in October. Please read the submission guidelines and send us your best. Guidelines:


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:


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.


Passages North Passages North is open for submissions! We want to read your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, hybrid essays, short-shorts, spoken-word poetry, and brief essays on the writing life for our online Writers on Writing column. PN, a project of Northern Michigan University, has been publishing poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction since 1979. Read and submit 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.


New Orleans Review is currently accepting work for a special science fiction issue to be published in spring 2015. The editors are looking for science or speculative fiction in any genre, including short stories, flash fiction, image/text collisions, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
Prose submissions should be no longer than 7500 words. Poetry submissions should be no more than five pages (if you are working in long-form or series, you may send up to fifteen pages of poetry). All work must be previously unpublished but simultaneous submissions are accepted. All contributors will receive two complimentary copies of the issue. Submissions close on 31 December 2014. For full details see New Orleans Review’s submissions page.


carte blanche open for submissions for 2015. You have until January 1, 2015 to submit your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, comics, audio stories, and translations.


Cactus Heart seeks new and original work for a themed speculative issue. Wanted: fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, and reimagined fairy tales. Categories: fiction, poetry, nonfiction. Deadline: January 10, 2015. Guidelines.


Eldredge Books is accepting submissions for Fashionably Late, a collection of personal narratives by gay, bisexual, and transgender men who came out well into adulthood. Submissions are open to all gay, bi, and trans men who identify as late bloomers (this typically refers to men who came out after their mid-twenties). Tentative pub date: September 2015. Length: 7,500 words max. Payment: small stipend, two copies each of the print/ebook anthology. Deadline: January 31, 2015. Guidelines.


VARIOUS DEADLINES: NonBinary Review, the quarterly literary publication of Zoetic Press, wants art and literature that tiptoes the tightrope between now and then. Art that makes us see our literary offerings in new ways. We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary, a tissue, or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy. We want insight, deep diving, broad connections, literary conspiracies, personal revelations, or anything you want to tell us about the themes we’ve chosen. Literary forms are changing as we use technology and typography to find new ways to tell stories—for work that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre, we’ve created a separate category to properly evaluate submissions of a hybrid or experimental nature. Each issue will focus on a single theme. Issue #1 (June 2014): Grimm’s Fairy Tales is available for free download from the Apple store, Upcoming themes: L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz Issue #4 (reading period closes Jan. 31, 2015; publication March 2015): Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable. We are a paying market–1 cent per word for prose/hybrid work, $10 flat fee per poem, and $25 flat fee for art. Please note that at present, the Zoetic app is accessible through iPad only, with future updates to include iPhone and Android versions. When submitting your work, please note that if selected for publication, your work will appear in electronic form only. For more detailed guidelines, please expand the guidelines box of the genre you’re submitting to on our Submittable page.


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:


Guernica Editions is looking for stories, previously unpublished in a book form, for an anthology centred around Poland and Polish Diaspora. Open to Canadian writers of Polish origin and Canadian writers whose work connects with Poland or Polish diaspora in some way. Length: 2500–3000 words. Payment: two copies of the anthology. Deadline: January 31, 2015. Guidelines:


In Fact Books (US) seeks original stories that address — either directly or obliquely — the trials of living with mental illness for an upcoming anthology tentatively titled Beyond Crazy: True Stories of Surviving Mental Illness. Stories should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. Length: 4500 words max. Deadline: February, 9, 2015. Guidelines


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


GRANTA is accepting unsolicited submissions (from Aerogramme After a long hiatus Granta, one of the world’s most prestigious literary magazines, is again accepting unsolicited submissions. Granta publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There are no strict word limits, though most prose submissions are between 3000 and 6000 words and the editors advise they are unlikely to read more than 10,000 words of any submission. Alongside the print edition, the online New Writing program publishes stories, poems, essays, interviews, animations and more from established Granta alumni as well as new voices. All submissions will be considered for both the print and online editions (unless otherwise stipulated in the cover letter). Selection is extremely competitive and only a very small fraction of submissions will be chosen for publication. Reading recent editions of Granta will help you assess whether your work is likely to be a good match. Writers must submit their work via Submittable and there are no reading fees. For further information visit the Granta website. Submissions are scheduled to remain open until 1 April 2015.


South85 Journal Call for Submissions, Page for submissions: South85 Journal, an online literary journal published semi-annually by the Converse College Low-Residency MFA program, is currently accepting submissions for its 2014-2015 issues. Submissions are open September 1, 2014 until April 30, 2015. visit for submission guidelines.


Weave Magazine is now open for submissions through May 31, 2015. We are a print publication dedicated to promoting cultural diversity, accepting the best works of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, and visual art that transfix, transport, and inspire. Currently, we are seeking more submissions for the genres listed below. More information about how to submit can be found here: Deadline: May 31, 2015 Poetry: 3-5 poems
Flash Fiction: 1-3 stories, each 1000 words or less Fiction: 3,000 words or less Nonfiction: 3,000 words or less Drama: less than 4,000 words Reviews: 500-800 words Comics/Illustrations/Visual Essays/Stories/Poems: Black and white only. More about Weave:


Willow Springs is published twice a year, in spring and fall. We accept manuscript submissions between September 1 and May 31. We are happy to announce that we are now paying writers! Starting with Issue 75, Willow Springs will pay contributors $100 per published prose piece and $20 per published poem. There is a $3 reading fee for prose, but no fee for poetry. We publish poetry, fiction, and nonfiction of literary merit. Though Willow Springs has a broad aesthetic, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the magazine before you submit. In most cases, we respond within eight weeks, though we ask that you do not follow up on a submission unless it has been longer than four months since you sent it. We offer two complimentary copies for work we publish. Accepted works will appear in Willow Springs. They may also appear on the Willow Springs website or in promotional material, and, at a later date, in a Willow Springs anthology. Submitted work must be previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions. Translations are welcome if you have acquired publication permission from the author of the original work. However, we don’t accept unsolicited interviews at this time. Willow Springs now accepts all genres online. Unfortunately, we no longer accept hard-copy manuscripts via snail mail. To submit fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, you can submit via our Submittable page.






• NEW DEADLINE! Tethered Letters Fall Literary Contest TBL is pleased to announce their third annual Fall Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. We are looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles. Deadline: Monday, December 15, 2014 Entry fee: $5 – $12 USD Prize: $400 USD in prizes Details:


• Winter in Variations: Bill Holm Witness Poetry Contest – December 15, 2014 $150.00 Prize •Submission of six poems accepted up to December 15, 2014 •Write poems about witnessing some every-day occurrence in winter Must be original unpublished work •Winner or winners to be published online at •Prize- $150.00 (May be split if more than one winner.) •Writer owns all rights •Writers Rising Up reserves the right to declare no winner.


• The Dream Quest invites international entries for their Poetry & Writing Contest. Accepting poems (30 lines max.) and short stories (5 pages max.) on any subject or theme. First prize poetry: $250US; first prize short fiction: $500US. Entry fees: $5US (poetry) and $10US (fiction). Deadline: December 31, 2014.


• 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.


• The Center for Women Writers is excited about the opportunity to discover and encourage writers through our International Literary Awards. For the 2015 contest, the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award for a short story up to 5,000 words will be judged by award-winning author Kris Saknussemm, the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award for a work of creative nonfiction (including personal essay and memoir) up to 5,000 words will be judged by our 2014 winner, Brandel France de Bravo, and the Rita Dove Poetry Award for a poem of any style (3 poems per entry) will be judged by National Poetry Series winner, Lee Ann Roripaugh. The awards are open to any person who writes in English, excluding current Salem employees and students. The Postmark deadline for mailed submissions is 15 November 2014; and the postmarked deadline for our online submissions (via Submittable) will be 31 December 2014. The winner in each genre will receive $1,000, and an Honorable Mention in each category will receive $150. The contest entry fee is $15. Announcements will be made on our website on 1 May 2015. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me by email: cwwATsalemDOTedu. You can also visit our website at


• River Styx 2015 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest. GUIDELINES HERE : online entry: $1500 First Prize plus one case of micro-brewed Schlafly Beer Judged by the editors of River Styx Submissions open August 1, 2014 500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry.


• Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers: Entries Close 31 December. The winner will receive US$1500 and have their story published in the magazine. Boulevard’s Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers is open worldwide to people who have not yet published a book of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Stories may be up to 8000 words and must be previously unpublished. An entry fee of $15 is payable but all entrants will receive a one-year subscription to the magazine. The contest is open to writers around the world and entries may be submitted online or in hard copy. Entries for the Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers close on 31 December 2014. For full entry information and conditions visit the Boulevard website. Boulevard also welcomes unsolicited submissions from both established and emerging writers. The minimum payment for prose is $100, maximum $300.


• Toronto’s echolocation magazine and New Brunswick’s QWERTY magazine and are going halves. We’re two of a kind. We’re partners in crime. We’re a duo. Gentle writerly folk, we present the 2015 QWERTY-echolocation Joint Chapbook Contest! Submit your best poems and short fiction on the theme of DOUBLES from November 1 to December 31, 2014. Stun us with your literary panache and ingenious theme interpretation to win $200 (first place) $100 (second place) and publication in a limited-edition, stand-alone chapbook. Contest guidelines: Submit 1 short fiction (max. 2,000 words) or 3 poems (max. 2 pages per poem). Entry fee: $5. Each contestant receives a copy of the finished chapbook. Contestants may submit additional entries (another 3 poems or another short story) for $3. How to submit: 1. Go to pay your $5 submission fee. Record your PayPal Confirmation Number. 2. Email your submission as .doc, .docx, or .pdf to: 3. Include your Name, Mailing Address, and PayPal Confirmation Numberin the body of your email. Submissions without a PayPal Confirmation Number will be disqualified. Do not include your name on any part of the attached document (entries will be judged blind) Fiction should be double spaced. Single-space poetry. Winners will be announced in January.
• NEW! Accenti Magazine’s 10th Annual Writing Contest Deadline: December 31, 2014. Open to prose works on any topic. Send your writing to Accenti Magazine. Multiple entries welcome. Top Prize is $1,000 and publication. Winners will be celebrated during the Blue Metropolis Festival in April 2015.
NEW! Do you have what it takes to compete in the world’s most dangerous story competition? Get ready for THE BROKEN PENCIL INDIE WRITERS’ DEATHMATCH 2015! NEW THIS YEAR: ALL GENRE COMPETITION. This year, for the first time ever, Deathmatch is open to fiction, non-fiction, poetry and comics entries (up to 2,000 words.) Winners receive the Indie Writer’s Makeover, which includes a consultation with literary agent Sam Hiyate, a meeting with Globe & Mail culture columnist and novelist Russell Smith, and a meeting with one of Canada’s leading small-press publishers, BookThug! Plus $200 cash and publication in the Spring 2015 edition of Broken Pencil. DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2014 at 11:59pm ENTER HERE. MORE INFO:






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. Complete contest guidelines at . If you have questions please e-mail msreviewATusmDOTedu, call 601-266-4321, or check our Facebook page at


Sou’wester is now accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for its upcoming Fall and Spring issues. We close submissions in late winter/early spring.Writers who have not yet published a book are eligible for our annual Emerging Writer Awards and receive a prize of $100. For details and to submit, please visit:


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).


Invisible Publishing and Matrix Magazine are pleased to bring you the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. NOTE: THIS COMPETITION IS OPEN TO CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY. The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published two books or fewer). Each year the winning manuscript is selected by an established poet in co-operation with Matrix Magazine and Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint. JUDGE: Karen Solie. The deadline is January 31, 2015. Entries can be submitted through Matrix Magazine’s Submittable site. MORE INFO HERE:


NEW! Orlando Prize for Short Fiction is for stories up to 1500 words and is open to women writers worldwide. First prize is US$1000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review. Prizes are also offered for creative non-fiction, poetry and flash fiction. There are two entry deadlines each year: 31 January and 31 July.




NEW! Homestart Bridgwater Short Story Prize is being run in aid of an independent registered charity offering support to families facing difficulties The prize is open to stories up to 2200 words and will be judged by Tracy Chevalier, best known for the international best-seller Girl with a Pearl Earring. Entries close 1 February.


NEW! Griffith University’s Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize is one of Australia’s richest short stories prizes. First prize is AUD$10,000 and second prize is $5000. Stories must be under 2000 words. Griffith University also offers a poetry prize with equal prize money. Entrants must be Australian citizens or residents and entries close 13 February.


Spring Pulse Poetry Festival northern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts event is sponsoring the 2015 Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest. 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 19 th 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: Friday February 27 2015 Entry fee: $10 Prizes: $1200: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $50 8 judge’s choice of $25 Complimentary anthology of winners, trophy, and award ceremony at Cobalt Public Library on Friday May 29 during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Blind Judging will be done by a League of Canadian Poets member. Details: Enquires: Send to David Brydges


The Annual Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award. 2015 Call for Submissions. In late 2011, Jessica Bell and Dawn Ius founded Vine Leaves Literary Journal to offer the vignette, a forgotten literary form, the exposure and credit it deserves. The vignette is a snapshot in words, and differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot, instead it focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. The journal, published quarterly online, is a lush synergy of atmospheric prose, poetry, photography and illustrations, put together with an eye for aesthetics as well as literary merit. The annual print anthology showcases the very best pieces from across the year. We are pleased to announce the second Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award and would like to invite writers to submit their best manuscript of vignettes. Submissions open: June 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015 Prize: $500 + Publication in early 2016 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 copies Guest Judge: Dan Holloway. For submission guidelines, please go to:




NEW! ON THE PREMISES Short Story Contest #25. This contest’s premise is as follows: LEARNING One or more characters try to learn something. The key word is “try,” so (1) they must expend at least some effort, and (2) they can succeed, fail, or anything in-between–that’s up to you. Your challenge: Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long that clearly uses this contest premise. One entry per author. No fee for entering. Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Hyphenated Words: If the hyphenated word is generally considered a single word, it counts as one word. (Like “twenty-five” or “jack-o-lantern.”) Otherwise each part of the hyphenated word counts separately. Prizes: $220 for first (not $180 anymore), $160 for second (not $140 anymore), $120 for third (not $100 anymore), and $60 for up to three honorable mentions (not $40 anymore). To submit an entry, use this link and follow the instructions. If you don’t already have a (free) Submittable account, you’ll be prompted to make one. Keep reading and writing,


NEW! Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction is offered each year by Colorado State University’s Center for Literary Publishing. The winner receives a US$2000 honorarium and the story is published in the fall/winter issue of Colorado Review. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be under 50 pages. Entries close 14 March.


The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: First up is the Clean as a Whistle Contest, March 31, 2015


NEW! Bristol Short Story Prize is open to stories up to 4000 words. Entries can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (crime, science fiction, fantasy, historical, romance, children’s etc). Twenty stories will be shortlisted and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8. Entries close 30 April.


NEW! David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in Southwest Review. Stories can be up to 8000 words in length and all entries will be considered for publication. The deadline for entries is 1 May.


NEW! Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest is for new writing that takes risks. Submission may include any combination of flash fiction or short stories up to 7500 total words.The winner receives US$500 and publication. Entries open 1 February and close 1 May.


NEW! Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is dedicated to recognising and supporting the work of emerging writers whose fiction has not yet achieved success. Entries must be less than 3500 words and the competition is open to writers based anywhere is the world. The winner receives US$1500 and publication. The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition first ran in 1981; entries close 15 May.


NEW! Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. Fiction entries must be under 6000 words. The winner in each genre will be awarded US$1000 and publication. Entries close 15 May.


NEW! Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize offers a total of AUD$8000 (US$7000) in prize money and is open to writers worldwide. Entries must be between 2000 and 5000 words and written in English. The winner will be announced at a special event at the Melbourne Writers Festival in August. Entries open in December 2014 and are expected to close in May.


• Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Entry Period, The 2015 prize is open from 1 October 2014 – 29 May 2015. How to enter * 2014 winners and shortlist. About the prize: The University of Canberra has established an international poetry prize. On behalf of the university, this is administered by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), part of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design. The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. It marks the University of Canberra’s commitment to creativity and imagination in all that it does, and builds on the work of the International Poetry Studies Institute in identifying poetry as a highly resilient and sophisticated human activity. It also builds on the activities of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, which conducts wide-ranging research into human creativity and culture. The University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize was offered for the first time in 2014. Entries for the 2015 prize may be submitted from 1 October 2014 until 29 May 2015 for this prize. The prize will be announced on or before 30 September 2015 and prize winners will be notified prior to that. Important details are: The winner will receive AUD$15,000 The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000 Four additional poems will be short-listed All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of 50 lines (see the Conditions of Entry for further details) Each entry of a poem will cost AUD$15 if submitted by 31 January 2015 and AUD$20 if submitted between 1 February and 29 May 2015. There are discounts for students.


• NEW! A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest is open to both fiction and creative non-fiction. Stories must be between 1000 and 5000 words and there are no entry fees. Entries are accepted between 1 April and 21 June each year.


• The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: Deadline for The Picture Perfect Poetry Chapbook Anthology Contest _June 30, 2015


• The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: July contests: Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards Contest – July 1, 2015 and The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Contest July 31 2015


• NEW! The Sunday Times Short Story Prize is the world’s richest short story competition with the winner receiving £30,000 (US$47,000). In 2014 the prize was won by Adam Johnson for his story ‘Nirvana’. The longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times Short Story Prize will be announced in February and the winner in April. Entries for the 2016 prize are expected to open in July 2015.


• NEW! Manchester Fiction Prize is a major international literary competition open to anyone aged 16 or over. The winner receives a cash prize of £10,000 (US$15,500). Stories can be up to 2500 words in length. Entries open in April and are expected to close in August.


• NEW! The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: The Ted Plantos Memorial Award – Aug 31 each year


• NEW! The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: Food for Thought Contest Sept. 30, 2015


• NEW! Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest
has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries open on 1 July and are expected to close on 1 October.


• NEW! Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
is one of three contests run each year by Boston Review.The winning author will receive US $1500 and have his or her work published in the summer edition of the magazine. First runner-up will be published in a following issue and second runner-up will be published on the Boston Review website. Entries close 1 October.


• NEW! Commonwealth Short Story Prize Prize
is an annual award for unpublished short fiction open to citizens of the 53 Commonwealth countries. The prize covers the five Commonwealth regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific. One winner will be selected from each region, with one regional winner to be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5000 (US$8200) and the remaining four regional winners receive £2500. Entries for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize are expected to open in October 2015.








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