CAA-NCR What’s Up in Lit in Ottawa, June 20 to July 10, 2016





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3:00 until the bonfire burns out At Sharyn’s country home in Osgoode.


  • Read from your work, published or otherwise
  • Bring your books to give folks an opportunity to purchase a copy.
  • Network, meet old friends, discover new ones.
  • All are invited: CAA Members, non-members, friends or family, 18 years or older.
  • Contact Sharyn at to let her know your culinary contribution, or for directions to her home. Bring a garden chair for outside relaxation, weather permitting.  If you need a ride, we’ll try to accommodate.




 June 18, 2016 – The Canadian Authors Association today announced the winners of its 2016 Literary Awards during a lunch event held at the Canadian Writers’ Summit in Toronto, Ontario.

The Canadian Authors Literary Awards winners are as follows:

  • CAA Award for Fiction: Nino Ricci, Toronto, Ontario, for Sleep (Doubleday Canada)
  • CAA Award for Canadian History: Debra Komer, Collingwood, Ontario, for The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr.  (Goose Lane Editions)
  • CAA Award for Poetry: Joe Denham, Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia, for Regeneration Machine (Nightwood Editions)
  • CAA Emerging Writer Award: Kayla Czaga, Vancouver, British Columbia, nominated by Nightwood Editions
  • Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Award: Caroline Vu, Montreal, Quebec, for Palawan Story (Deux Voiliers Publishing)

Introduced in 1975, the CAA Literary Awards honour Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal – a tradition originally begun in 1937 with the creation of the Governor General’s medals for literature (now overseen by the Canada Council of the Arts). The competition is open to all writers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. This event marks the second time the awards have been held during the Leacock Summer Festival.

Founded by Stephen Leacock and several other prominent Canadian writers in 1921, the Canadian Authors Association has continued to maintain a focus on “writers helping writers” since its inception.

MEDIA CONTACT  Anita Purcell Executive Director Canadian Authors Association


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 Canadian Authors Vancouver 2016 Story Contest: Open to all Canadian Writers

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir Deadline: June 30, 2016 Entry Fee: $15 CAA Member rate; $20 Non-members Details:



On June 1st, we held our first webinar in this series, Social Media for Writers. Registration is still open for Fair Contracts for Writers and for Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: A primer for writers and branch communicators.
Note that members must register while they are logged in to their member account in order to get the webinar free. New this time around: In order to get reminders as well as a link to the recording of the live webinar, you need to follow a two-step process – even if you know you won’t be attending.  For more information or to register click here

Susan Hickman: BE WILD AND FREE THIS SUMMER . . . with your writing that is!

Four hot summer nights of telling it like it isEvery Monday in July, 6:30-9 p.m. in the boardroom at Dymon, 323 Coventry $139 to become the best writer you can be. Please contact Susan Hickman at <> to register or for more information.

Pierre Berton Home

Berton House Writers’ Retreat

The Writers’ Trust of Canada is now accepting applications for the Berton House Writers’ Retreat program. This is a one-of-a-kind residency and an excellent opportunity for you to focus on your current work-in-progress. Details:


YouthWrite Society Canada: JustWrite  Calling all current or aspiring writers! When was the last time you spent a whole weekend stretching your creative muscles? At JustWrite, you’ll get the chance to practice your writing and network with the following published authors: Mark Kozub, Barbara North, Janice MacDonald, and Randy Williams. The weekend also includes yoga, entertainment, and the 20th Anniversary YouthWrite Gala! Bennett Centre (9703 – 94 Street, Edmonton, AB)  July 1 – 3, 2016  Ages 18 and older Fee – $450 Overnight Accommodation – Additional $105   DEADLINE EXTENDED – Please apply ASAP if you are interested in JustWrite!  Details: more info:

Saskatchewan Writers/Artists Summer Retreat: July 1 – July 29, 2016

Regular Saskatchewan Writers/Artists Retreats are for established and practicing writers and artists who are able to work independently. This community retreat held in July is offered for writers and artists from Saskatchewan and other parts of Canada and around the world. The Summer Retreat is held in Muenster at the picturesque St. Peter’s Abbey. NB: These retreats are not teaching situations, but places where established and practicing writers and artists are expected to work independently. Please read the Retreat Application Guidelines before submitting your application for any of the retreats. To apply online please go to the retreat application form. Details:

 Inkslingers takes a Writing & Yoga Workshop to Ireland

Ireland is the home and inspiration of some of the greatest writers in the English language: James Joyce, Anne Enright, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Maeve Binchy, C. S. Lewis, Edna O’Brien and Seamus Heaney, to name a few. Come and steep yourself in the Irish landscape. Slow down and let the beauty and history of Ireland seep into your consciousness, and your writing. Runs August 6 to 14, 2016. Details:

 All Writer Workshops (online workshops)

Premier Workshops for the Beginner Writer, All Writer Levels & Indie Published Writer. An AWW online workshop is a real class that is taught on a custom website that you attend with the use of your computer or electronic device. All you will need to attend these workshops is a credit card and an Internet connection.   You’ve never taken an online workshop before? No problem.

We’ll walk you through our program and show you how easy it is to learn more about writing from the comfort of your home, lunch breaks at work or anywhere, because our program is nothing like other online course sites. Details:

Brian Henry’s Creative Writing Courses, Workshops & other Great Stuff for Writers

For further information about any of the spring courses, or to reserve a spot, send an email to:  Details:

 WRITESCAPE Upcoming 2016 Workshops: Offered On Demand Scrivener for Writers: The Basics Two evenings in an intimate class setting to get started in the ultimate writers’ toolkit. Scrivener’s all-in-one writing software has a learning curve that, once mastered, can fire up your manuscripts, organize your research, and reveal cool tricks for creative minds. Heather O’Connor (a.k.a. Dr. Scrivener) will show you how. Location: Private residence in Whitby area. For more information on Writescape and to register for a retreat or workshop, visit:





 The Youth in Culture Pilot Program provides direct funding to eligible individuals to support their development in becoming arts, culture and heritage professionals.

 Youth in Culture Pilot Program: Program Objectives To support cultural development of youth aged 18-30 towards professional careers in arts, culture, and heritage. To empower youth to identify needs and gaps in their career development, and to support initiatives that lead to or benefit the applicant’s career in culture. To support activities that address the priorities identified in the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage, and Culture in Ottawa (2013 – 2018).    This program is intended to help cover living expenses and/or project expenses relating to: Arts, culture, and heritage creation, production, and presentation projects. Arts, culture, and heritage festival and agricultural fair administration and/or management training opportunities

Training and mentorship opportunities for youth to work with established cultural workers and professionals within the arts, heritage, festivals and fairs sectors. 2016 Deadline Dates: Monday, August 8, 2016 at 4pm, Monday, September 26, 2016 at 4pm  MORE INFORMATION & APPLICATION AT:



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 INFO:  and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT’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



  • Antigonish Review Contest! GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST Deadline: Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2016 Guidelines: Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Past winners may not enter. INFO:
  • Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Contest is open internationally to aspiring or modestly published writers, over the age of 16. Genre: Short Story, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction  Deadline: June 30, 2016Entry Fee: $25 CAD Prizes: $250 to winner of each category
  • The Eden Mills Writers Festival – Teen Poetry Contest Deadline: June 30, 2016 Prizes: 2 Grand Prize Winners of $50; 2 Runners-up of $25 Details:
  • The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival – Fringe Contest The Eden Mills Writers Festival (EMWF) is committed to providing a venue for unpublished or modestly published writers to showcase their work. Over the years, past contest winners have returned to the Festival as published authors. Sit down at the keyboard or pick up your pen and get working on this year’s submission. Judges for The Fringe, the EMWF Literary Contest, and the Student Poetry Contests are eager to read your work. Genre: Prose or Poetry Deadline: July 15, 2016 Entry Fee: $10 reading fee per entry Details:
  • The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote. Additional poems from the entries are frequently offered publication as well. In 2015 we published 23 poems that had been submitted to the contest from almost 4,000 entries. With the winners judged in a blind review by the editors to ensure a fair and consistent selection, an entry fee that is simply a one-year subscription to the magazine—and now a large Readers’ Choice Award to be chosen by the writers themselves—we’ve designed the Rattle Poetry Prize to be one of the most writer-friendly contests around. POSTMARK DEADLINE: July 15, 2016
  • Narrative Magazine’s eighth annual poetry contest runs from May 18 until July 20. In a continuing effort to encourage and support talented poets, we’re offering prizes and widespread publicity to all winners and finalists. Narrative is always looking for new voices, so all entries will be considered for publication in the magazine. Open to all poets. Entries must be unpublished and must not have been previously chosen as winners, finalists, or honorable mentions in other contests. Each entry may contain up to five poems. The poems should all be contained in a single file. You may enter as many times as you wish, but we encourage you to be selective and to send your best work.

·        2016 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize (deadline August 1) The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for its Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. One award of $1,000 CAD is given. More info:

  • The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work. Prizes include: £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner)/Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing/Annual One year subscription to Granta/Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage/Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)/Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner). Short Fiction entries no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries no more than 40 lines. Deadline 31 August 2016. To enter, visit
  • the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition is back for novels of at least 15,000 words written for children or young adults, in any genre, by previously unpublished women novelists. The first prize is a tasty £5,000. In addition to that lovely big winner’s cheque, we’ve again joined forces with The Literary Consultancy, who will provide free professional feedback for the winner and four other finalists. All finalists will be invited to meet literary agents and editors at a special networking event in London – many finalists from previous years found agents as a direct result. The competition closes 19 September. Visit  for full competition details.




Tuesday June 28, 2016 Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank Street, Ottawa, 6:45 p.m. Workshop –Gender, sexual orientation & voice in poetry with Anita Dolman.  8:00 p.m. Open Mic and Featured Readers Jeff Blackman + JM Francheteau + Talya Rubin. More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on the upcoming events:




10616147_719512231476757_4644385450363778813_nSAWDUST READING SERIES PRESENTS:

Sawdust is proud to host JC Bouchard as he facilitates our second Sawmill workshop: Poetry After Writing: What Do We Do Now?

Wednesday, July 20 at 5 PM – 6:45 PM, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa

In this workshop, we’ll mainly explore the life of our poetry after it’s written—revision, omission, publication and the surprises in between. We’ll break down the processes of both writing poetry and sharing it with the world in its final form, and the various stages of poetic composition from start to finish. Do we keep our poetry as is or critically edit? Do we discard the poems that do not work or can they be improved? Do we publish our poetry and where? Finally, how will we perform our work to an audience, if at all? Participants are asked to bring in a recently composed poem (or poems) to discuss these topics and more. The cost of the workshop is $10 to be collected at the door. For $25, get the Sawmill package which includes the cost of the workshop plus any meal and drink off the regular Pour Boy menu, including tax and tip. Can’t wait to see you there!


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