NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Nov 23 to Dec. 6, 2015
Need more information on CAA-NCR? Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/
TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org
DECEMBER WINTER POT-LUCK SOCIAL
DATE: Sunday, December 6, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: at the home of Sharyn Heagle
Contact: email@example.com to RSVP and get directions.
It’s that wonderful time of year–good cheer, good friends and good food. Join us for a special celebration of the season. Bring a story or some poetry to read. Bring a favourite culinary delight to share.
29TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST
Short Story • Poetry $300 • $200 • $100 NEW! Open to all residents of Ontario and Quebec. NEW!
- Short Story, max. 2500 words. Poetry (not Haiku), max. 60 lines including title & blank lines.
- Must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.
- In English, typed, double-spaced (but not for poems), on 8 1/2 × 11″ paper, one side only, page-numbered consecutively on bottom right of pages. No extra-large type, please! Indicate category and title on top left corner of every page.
- Contest is blind judged which means the Contest Coordinator will assign a number to your entry that will correspond to what she sends off to the judge. (Don’t put your name on it anywhere!)
- Don’t forget to include your entry fee.*
- Please understand that we can’t acknowledge receipt or return your entries.
- CAA–NCR reserves the right to withhold any prize should entries fail to meet expected standards.
- We will need a separate page with your information on it: category, story/poem title, name, address, phone number, e-mail address. Cheques payable to Canadian Authors Association–NCR.
I’m in! How do I do this? Entry fees* are $15 per story; $15 for up to three (3) poems. Poems will be judged individually.
MAIL ENTRIES TO: CAA National Capital Writing Contest, 163 Bell St., N., Box 57081, Ottawa ON K1R 7E1. Attention: Sherrill Wark
Awards Night (Note: DATE of Awards Night has moved to Monday May 9, 2016)
We hope that all finalists and their friends and families will attend the always-exciting Awards Night, MONDAY, May 9, 2016, 7 PM, AUDITORIUM, MAIN BRANCH, OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY. Finalists may be invited to read their entries. Winning entries will be published in CAA–NCR’s e-mag Byline. (Copyright will remain with you.)
Deadline Midnight FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016. (Get it postmarked if you’re close). QUESTIONS? Contact Sherrill Wark, Coordinator, NCWC at firstname.lastname@example.org
*“One Free Entry” for CAA–NCR members no longer available.
CAA-NCR MEMBER A. COLIN WRIGHT WILL LAUNCH HIS NEW NOVEL, VERONICA’S PAPERS
DATE: Tues. Nov. 24th, 2015 at The Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street, Kingston, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Everyone within range of Kingston is invited to attend. Copies of this and other of my works will be available, or may be ordered at any Amazon site and at fine bookstores everywhere.
“Gerald Claygton, suffering from amnesia, receives a package of papers from Veronica, a former clinical hypnotist. She tells him they accomplished his fantasy of gathering together, on a ship, his past loves with the two of them present, but in disguise. In hopes of discovering his own past, Gerald invites the passengers to guess what, or who, they have in common.”
CAA NATIONAL NEWS:
UPCOMING WEBINARS THIS FALL
Worldbuilding for Writers
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 7:00–8:30 pm EDT
Presenter: Sandra Stewart, author
Are you working on a story that just doesn’t feel full enough? Award-winning author Sandra Stewart will show you how to bring depth to your story by answering questions on culture, science and technology, economics, and more. Whether the world you’re writing about is real or imagined, you’ll learn how to make it come to life and fully engage your audience. Register Today!
CANADIAN AUTHORS 2016 LITERARY AWARDS
Entries are now being accepted for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2016 Literary Awards.
Criteria and submission details are available in the CAA 2016 Literary Awards Guidelines
Complete the CAA 2016 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, 2016.
Now in its 41st 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, Michael 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. For more information about past winners, shortlisted authors, and awards events, visit our website at http://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/
ROB MCLENNAN WILL OFFER WORKSHOPS BEGINNING IN JANUARY 2016
DATES: WEDNESDAYS FROM JAN. 13 2016 THROUGH MARCH 9, 2016
LOCATION: Alta Vista Drive (just south of Randall Avenue). Address and directions to be provided.
$200 for 8 sessions. For information, contact rob mclennan at email@example.com or 613 239 0337
THE BANFF CENTRE SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS:
We are excited to announce that our Spring/Summer 2016 programs are now open for applications. In addition to Writing Studio, BILTC (our unique literary translation program), Literary Journalism, Digital Narratives and our Self-Directed writing residency, our upcoming programs include a five-day intensive on Historical Fiction with Lawrence Hill, and Frontline: Environmental Reportage, a two-week residency focused on environmental writing. Read more
Upcoming Program Deadlines https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/all/literary-arts
- Nov. 12, 2015 Crime Writing Residency
- Jan. 13, 2016 Historical Fiction with Lawrence Hill
- Jan. 20, 2016 Digital Narratives
- Jan. 20, 2016 Writing Studio
- Jan. 27, 2016 Frontline: Environmental Reportage
- Feb. 10, 2016 Banff International Literary Translation Centre
- Mar.16, 2016 Literary Journalism
- Apply Now Self-Directed Writing Residency
OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue
Bywords.ca 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 www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Check out Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
RESOURCES FOR SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES
- Additional links to contests and submission calls visit Canadian Authors National Capital Region website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/
ARC POETRY MAGAZINE CONTESTS
Every year, Arc awards prizes for the winners of several contests. You can keep up-to-date on contest news by following the post category “Contests” link at the website. Please visit the links below for submission info for the awards. Various deadlines: December through March 2016.
Arc Poetry Magazine Contests
- Archibald Lampman Award deadline March 31, 2016
- Diana Brebner Prize deadline March 15, 2016
- Poem of the Year Contest deadline Feb. 1, 2016 (early bird Dec. 31, 2015)
HOW TO ENTER FOR 2016: This contest is for those who come to keep the seats warm at The Tree Reading Series, those who come to the Seed workshops, or are regulars at the Tree open mic readings.
The prize is now $250 and ten copies of your chapbook! (The winner may order more copies if he/she wishes.) There is no fee to enter. Send 1 hard copy, up to 30 pages of poems, to the co-ordinator by December 30, 2015: Claudia Radmore, 49 McArthur Ave., Carleton Place, On. K7C 2W1
OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN
MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN
- Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 Tree Reading Series presents Emily Pohl-Weary + Karen Solie, workshop with Sanita Fejzic on Poetry and Prose that Can Seduce Everyone: Hybrid Texts, we will look at a close reading of Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red., 6:45 pm Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St., Ottawa. More info at: treereadingseries.ca
- Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 6:30 pm OIW Monthly Meeting at The Good Companions Centre, 670 Albert St. Ottawa Topic: Authors & Digital Revenue. Dr. Ed Dixon, author and founder of Author’s Digital Revenue, will explain the digital landscape and how authors big and small can reap more compensation for their efforts. More Info at OIW Nov. meeting
- Sat. Nov. 28, 2015, 5 pm Chaudiere Fall Poetry Launch at The Manx Pub, 370 Elgin St. Ottawa. Readings/launches by Andy Weaver, Jennifer Londry, Chris Turnbull and William Hawkins; hosted by the ottawa international writers festival: Info & Tickets
- RailRoad on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7:30 pm at Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa. Come hear three wonderful poets: Marsha Barber, Blaine Marchand, Deanna Young. And come read at our first regular open mic. Every RailRoad event will include an open mic from now on. And there may be prizes! More info: http://railroad-ottawa.ca/
- Wednesday, December 2, 2015, The Factory Reading Series presents: Katherine Leyton (Ottawa), damian lopes (Barrie ON) + Rod Moody-Corbett (Calgary), doors 7 pm; reading 7:30 pm, Raw Sugar Café, 692 Somerset St W, Ottawa More info at Abovegroundpress
OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL EVENTS
- Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 5:00pm • Manx Pub • 370 Elgin St. Chaudiere Books Fall Launch with Andy Weaver, Chris Turnbull, Jennifer Londry and William Hawkins Info & Tickets
- Monday, Nov. 30 7:00pm • Southminster Church • 15 Aylmer Ave. Avenue of Mysteries
with John Irving Info & Tickets
Info & Tickets More info and later events: http://www.writersfestival.org/events
AND OUT OF TOWN, JUST IN TIME FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING:
Carol A. Stephen, who puts together this biweekly bulletin, will be offering poetry chapbooks for sale this coming Saturday in Carleton Place, along with other local artists. All items for sale are priced to fit a Christmas budget. You could give a gift of original work this Christmas!