CAA-NCR Biweekly Literary Notices to Oct. 12, 2015


Elgin Street in downtown Ottawa, looking north...

Elgin Street in downtown Ottawa,(Photo Wikipedia)


Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Sept. 28 to Oct. 12, 2015



 TOPIC: Marketing in the Digital/Social Media World – Differentiating yourself in the online marketplace

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

With the Internet and proliferation of blogs and online publications, everyone’s a writer these days. How do you set yourself apart when it comes to your brand and your audience? What should you be doing on social media to engage your audience and market your work?

 BIO: Laurel is a freelance writer and Social Media and Communications Strategist. When not working on her collection of Shorts (really short stories) she provides digital marketing and communications consulting services to individuals, companies, brands and other organizations that need help telling their story.

As a writer, Laurel has covered everything from daily news stories, people profiles, entertainment, lifestyle, gossip, fashion, trends, movie reviews and more for both print and online publications. She has been known to tackle both serious issues and lighthearted topics during her column run with a local newspaper. Her years of entertainment work allowed her to experience both sides of the industry while working on and writing about shows like Canadian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and Canada’s Walk of Fame. 


 Fall 2015 Webinar Series

We’ve partnered with  the Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS-Canada) to bring you a series of six webinars focusing on either the business or the craft side of writing.

Can’t make a webinar? Register anyway, and we’ll send you a recording of the live session.

Cost per Webinar

Members: Free (promotion code required; log in and find it on your account management page then click on the register link )

Regular rate: $36.00

Affiliates: $25.20 (promo code required; contact us at admin (at) or 705 325 3926 for details)

To register: Visit the Canadian Authors Association National website: CAA Webinars

 Publish Your eBook Today, Part 1

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 7:00–8:15 pm EDT

Presenter: Matthew Bin, Past Chair, Canadian Authors & author

Why and where should you e-publish? There are some great markets for e-publishing. Participants in this webinar learn which formats typically sell better than others by analyzing the big publishing platforms as well as secondary markets. Matthew gives an overview of platforms, e-book manuscripts, layout and cover design, publishing and pricing. He includes tips for success, as well as new sales opportunities from redistributors.

 Publish Your eBook Today, Part 2

Date: Thursday, October 1, 7:00–8:15 pm EDT

So you’ve got your manuscript, your cover, and you’re ready to publish… what next? Building on the information covered in the previous session, Matthew Bin will show what you need to what to prepare in order to publish your book, and will walk step-by-step through the publishing process, live on the world’s biggest e-book store. Plenty of time will be set aside for questions and discussion.

 Plan to Sell More Books in 2016

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 7:00–8:30 pm EDT

Presenter: Brian Jud, Executive Director, APSS

Make 2016 your year for success! During this webinar you will discover unique and practical ways to increase your sales through marketing planning. Brian Jud will show you how to create innovative strategies for selling more books, and plan the actions you can take to make them happen. Find out practical things you can do immediately to arrange distribution into retail and non-bookstore markets. See easy ways to promote your books economically in a competitive environment. By the end of the webinar you will have a step-by-step, customized plan to sell more books throughout 2016.


 CAA-NCR MEMBER, JC Sulzenko to curate The Glebe Report’s “Poetry Corner”

 The Glebe Report monthly community newspaper will publish poems four times a year, beginning fall 2015. The feature, “Poetry Quarter”, will be curated by JC Sulzenko, Glebe poet, author and educator. They’d like submissions of poetry from: adults, teens 14 to 17 (high school students), or children 9 to 13 (about grades 4 to 8). We are open broadly to submissions from poets who live, work, study or volunteer in the Glebe or its close neighbouring communities. We are looking for poems with qualities that reflect the people in the Glebe, their sensibilities and their lives –– poetry of any kind, on any topic (within the bounds of public discourse). Poems should be original work, unpublished previously in any medium, and not exceed 30 lines in length. Email submissions to . Up to 7 poems at a time as a WORD .doc or .docx attachment. Include your contact information.


BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL                         

DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Check out’s literary events calendar here: with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to            

 MALAHAT REVIEW OPEN SEASON AWARDS 2016 deadline Nov. 1, 2015

***Prize payment increase: all genres now pay $1500 instead of $1000!


The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for our annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a prize of $1500 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email. When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on submission itself.

Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.


The deadline for the 2016 Open Season Awards is November 1, 2015.

Read about the winners of our 2015 Open Season Awards.


 A list of UK submission calls/contests: 

Additional links to contests and submission calls visit Canadian Authors National Capital Region website here:




 More info and later events:

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