NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Dec. 7 to Dec. 20, 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 email@example.com
MEETINGS & EVENTS
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- Must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.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: Schedule Change)
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 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
PEARL PIRIE’S JANUARY STUDIO NOUVEAU POETRY WORKSHOP
DATES: Monday nights for 8 weeks: Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 7pm-9pm
LOCATION: Hintonburg area, near transit.
COST: $150 (a couple pay as you can spots available)
This 8-week workshop is for those who want to make time to explore contemporary classic writers. Each workshop includes a segment of discussing poems and techniques, and exercises and round tabling of participant’s own poems. Close reads of poets Nicole Brossard, David Groulx, Alden Nowlen, Sylvia Legris, Nelson Ball and more. Towards the end of the series, resources for making chapbooks and finding markets. Comes with a chapbook on writing prompts (“Writing Sparks: 50 paths to poems for when you’re feeling damp”). Inspire your own writing and sense of poetics. Come away with new poets to love, new poems made and older poems strengthened. And optionally your own first chapbook manuscript. Spaces limited.
Reserve a spot: pearl[at]pagehalffull [dot] com with subject line of “SN workshop”.
Pearl Pirie has for years led workshops for various organizations in and around Ottawa, ran the Tree Reading Workshop Series for 4 years, was a teacher for 12 years, and has 3 poetry collections, and over a dozen chapbooks. She has judged awards and sat on juries for poetry at local, provincial and national levels. Her second book won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative poetry. A poem in her current collection, the pet radish, shrunken (BookThug, 2015) is included in The Best Canadian Poetry 2014 (Tightrope, 2014)
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. 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 Magazine Contests: see links for details on each contest
- Tree Press Chapbook Contest: contest is for regular attendees at The Tree Reading Series, the Seed workshops, or read at the Tree open mic readings. Prize $250 and 10 copies of your chapbook! (Winner may order more copies if he/she wishes.) No fee to enter. See link for more info.
OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN
MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN
- Tuesday, December 8, Tree Reading Series presents Carolyn Smart + Local Lights LM Rochefort + Margaret Zielinski, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank Street, Ottawa: Workshop- 6:45 pm with Jennifer Pederson, “Effective Vocal Presentation in Poetry”, 8 pm Open Mic & Featured Readers www.treereadingseries.ca
- Dec. 16 – 7 pm The Sawdust Reading Series Presents Pearl Pirie and TBA, Pour Boy, 495 Somerset Ave. W. Ottawa https://www.facebook.com/events/1688216288058671/
- Dec. 17 6:30 to 9 pm New ShiЯt Slam! Vol. 4, Avant Garde Bar, 135 ½ Besserer St. Ottawa, https://www.facebook.com/events/567217596764549/