NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Jan. 4 to Jan. 17, 2016
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
MEETINGS & EVENTS
CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING, JANUARY, 2016
TOPIC: Taxes and the Writer
PRESENTER: Angela Doyle, BDO Canada LLP
DATE: Tuesday, January 12, 2016
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.
What to claim and what’s ineligible as a tax deduction can be complicated for a writer, and following the rules is essential if we want to avoid being audited. Most important, we all want to minimize our tax burden.
This presentation will look at the various deductions a writer can legitimately make, help you implement smart tax strategies to meet your compliance obligations, and maybe offer some clues about how to keep the tax man happy.
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- Must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.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
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.)
*“One Free Entry” for CAA–NCR members no longer available.
CAA NATIONAL NEWS:
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/
MFA IN CREATIVE NONFICTION UNIVERSITY OF KING’S COLLEGE, HALIFAX,
“December 15, 2015
Now in its third year, this unique writing program has already received praise across North America. A recent full-page article in the prestigious international magazine Publishers Weekly describes the King’s MFA as “the only program of its kind in Canada” and “ideal for students who are continuing their careers while completing their degrees.”
One of our recent graduates, Pauline Dakin of CBC Radio, says the program has “opened doors to the U.S. publishing industry that often seem closed.” Genevieve Cole, a graduate from Seattle, describes the King’s MFA as “very energizing.” Our first graduates are already securing literary agents and book publishing contracts.
Our low-residency program focuses on the art and craft of writing under the mentorship of award-winning writers in Canada and the United States. We also prepare graduates for the practical work of being a professional writer by introducing them to publishers and agents in New York and Toronto. The MFA is supported by an advisory team chaired by Anne Collins in Toronto. She is the award-winning publisher of the Knopf Random Publishing Group.
Your members will not have to relocate to complete this graduate degree. In fact, there are only six weeks when writers need to be in Halifax, New York, or Toronto. If they have a non-fiction book idea they want to pursue seriously, we hope you will encourage them to consider the University of King’s College. We’ve got your book. “ Don Sedgwick, Executive Director, MFA in Creative Nonfiction, University of King’s College (Halifax) P: 902.422.1271 ext. 282 E: email@example.com www.ukings.ca.
For more information on the program and for admission requirements, please visit: http://www.ukings.ca/master-fine-arts-creative-nonfiction
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
- 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
2017 – 18 CANADIAN WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE
The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program (CDWP) encourages submissions from promising Canadian writers for the position of Canadian Writer-in-Residence, a ten-month residency at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts from September 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. This is a unique opportunity for early to mid-career Canadian writers to devote their time to writing and to advancing their writing careers. Applications for the position are encouraged from writers from diverse genres-including literary fiction or nonfiction, poetry, scriptwriting, and playwriting. Candidates will have one to four published and/or performed works to their credit; community engagement experience, such as teaching or mentoring writers; and are expected to propose a project or projects that they will undertake during their term as Canadian Writer-in-Residence. They will preferably, but not necessarily, hold a university degree.
SPALDING UNIVERSITY MFA IN WRITING PROGRAM
Spalding University is ranked one of the top 10 low-residency MFA in Writing programs, celebrating creativity and community, not competition. Residencies in Louisville, Kentucky or abroad bring together outstanding students and faculty for 10 exhilarating days of workshop and serious craft study. Back home, students read, write, and revise during one-on-one independent study sessions with a prize-winning, publishing mentor. Our program offers the following areas of concentration: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children & young adults, screenwriting, and playwriting.
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
- 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)
- 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. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JAN. 31, 2016.
- The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry: FINAL DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: January 31, 2016 for emerging North American poets! The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Insomniac Press, which will include the publication of their manuscript and a $500 advance. Guidelines and submission info here: http://www.matrixmagazine.org/#!robert-kroetsch-award/cgpc
OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN
MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN
- Tuesday, January 12, 8:00 pm. Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa, Sachiko Murakami + TBA 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Reader Sachiko Murakami. More info treereadingseries.ca
- Sunday, January 17 at 4 PM – 7 PM Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam Featuring Amal el-Mohtar. Workshop: 4pm. Signup: 4:45pm (priority given to youth who participated in the workshop) Slam: 5:00pm-7:00pm. Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa https://www.facebook.com/events/955613461172186/