NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)
NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF MAY, 2017
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MEETINGS AND EVENTS:
JOIN US AT THE CAA-NCR PROGRAM PLANNING MEETING Tuesday, May 2, 2017
TIME: 7:00 p.m. LOCATION: Meeting Room A McNabb Community Center, Percy St. at Gladstone, Ottawa
We’re planning for 2017-18. Help us create a Canadian Authors Association branch that meets YOUR needs.
What do you need us to plan for you?
What should we do at our meetings?
What workshop topic would interest you most?
All are welcome. If you can’t make it but have some ideas for us, send an email to NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org
CAA-NCR MEETING: TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017
30th Annual National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC) Awards Night
Sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association
LOCATION: Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe St. Ottawa
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
In addition to the presentation of the awards, finalists will be invited to read their entries. The winning entries will be published in Byline, and all finalists’ entries will be published in a 2017 Anthology celebrating the NCWC’s 30th Anniversary. We look forward to the friends and families of the finalists, and anyone wishing to support local authors, to attend and enjoy an evening of wonderful writing.
FROM NIAGARA BRANCH:
THE BANISTER 32ND ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST
The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 32nd Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology. For more information go to Details. Deadline: May 31, 2017 Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem Prize: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $200; 3rd prize $100 Details: www.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/
FROM NATIONAL: SAVE THE DATE – CANWRITE! 2017 Registration Now Open!
Whether you’re a beginning writer or a long-time professional, you’ll find what you’re looking for at CanWrite! 2017 June 22 to 25 Humber College Lakeshore Campus Toronto, Ontario
This combination writers’ retreat and conference offers an a la carte menu of writing circles, writing clinic, interactive workshops, publisher and agent panels, pitching opportunities, open mic readings, networking, book fair, and inspiring literary awards events. All meals included!
This is your opportunity to network and mingle with agents, publishers and fellow writers from across Canada. For conference details and to register, visit
canadianauthors.org/national/ and click on the CanWrite! 2017 menu button.
WRITING YOUR MEMORIES SEMINAR WITH AUTHOR MOLLY O’CONNOR
Sunday, May 7, 2017 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Ruth Dickinson Library 100 Malvern St., Barrhaven
$35 per person
How many times have you said to yourself “I should write my story—my life’s story”? Perhaps you want to record a family history to be cherished by your descendants or you have a personal story you want to share with the world, whatever your reasons for needing to document your memories you want them to be read and appreciated because each and every one of us has a story worth telling.
No one else can tell your story, you own it and you should tell it, however, telling it effectively and well is often missing. This seminar will give you the basic tools needed to begin to craft a compelling account of your cherished memories.
Molly O’Connor is the author of Fourteen Cups, a collection of short stories, Wandering Backward a creative memoir, Snow Business a children’s picture book, a novel When Secrets Become Lies and her work appears in several anthologies including five Chicken Soup for the Soul editions—Grandmothers, O Canada, The Dating Game, The Dog Did What? and Good Dog Bad Dog. Her work also appears in Not Your Mother’s Books and magazines.
In this seminar, you will receive personal guidance and positive direction. Maximum enrollment is 12 so reserve early to guarantee your space—$35.00 per person. Call 613 489-3624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
OIW Workshop Friday May 26th at 4 pm until Sunday May 28th at 4 pm.
LOCATION: Cove Inn, in Westport
2 ½ days of writing and relaxation to rejuvenate the senses and bring your prose to life.
Don’t miss this wonderful chance to improve your writing while spending time in such an idyllic environment. Book early, as space is limited, and tend to go quickly.
Information and registration please contact Susan Jennings at: email@example.com
MORE INFO: http://www.ottawaindependentwriters.com/retreat
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
AUTHORS’ MARKET/L’ESPACE LITTÉRAIRE
Are you an author from the National Capital area? This summer, promote and sell your books at the ByWard Market by reaching out to the thousands of locals and visitors we welcome every week! Come on your own or in pairs and we’ll provide an outdoor covered space with tables and chairs for free. For more details and to sign up: City of Ottawa Markets Management firstname.lastname@example.org 613-244-4410
Estes vous un(e) auteur(e) de la region de la Capitale nationale? Cet ete, faites la promotion et la vente de vos livres au marche By et rejoignez les milliers de residents et visiteurs que nous accueillons a chaque semaine! Venez seul(e) ou en groupe de deux et nous vous fournirons gratuitement un espace exterieur couvert ainsi qu’une table et des chaises! Pour plus d’information et pour s’inscrire: Direction des marches, Ville d’Ottawa email@example.com 613-244-4410
OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES
Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/
BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS
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 INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT 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
Montreal International Poetry Prize has launched again. Help make our fourth competition a success! We know that all of you all over the world have been making poems and we want to read them. The prize: $20,000. The 2017 Prize Judge: Montreal’s own, Michael Harris! And the 10 international jurors for 2017 are Kim Addonizio from the USA, David Dabydeen of Guyana, Vona Groarke of Ireland, Susan Nalugwa Kiguli of Uganda, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra of India, Pascale Petit of the UK, Talya Rubin of Canada, Carmine Starnino of Canada, Mark Tredinnick of Australia and Joseph Akawu Ushie of Nigeria. The final deadline is May 15, but we encourage entries before March 31st. Online entries only: www.montrealprize.com
MSLEXIA’S POETRY AND PAMPHLET COMPETITIONS NOW OPEN!
This year the Poetry Competition for single poems will be judged by renowned Northern Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey. The first prize is a show-stopping £2,000 – plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at the idyllic Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, and a mentoring afternoon with Amy Wack, poetry editor at Seren. Other winners will receive a share of the remaining £1,025 prize pot, and all winning poems will be published in the September 2017 issue of Mslexia.
Plus, we’re once again offering a special prize for the best poem by an unpublished woman poet. So if you’re an early-career writer who’s looking to see their work in print and pocket a tidy £500, this prize is especially for you.
If you already have a shoebox full of poems why not consolidate them into a collection and enter our annual Poetry Pamphlet Competition? For collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems, the first prize is the publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books, plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and royalties from all subsequent sales. If you’ve never had a full-length collection published and want to take your work to the next level, this is the competition for you. The deadline for both competitions is 19 June 2017, so there’s still plenty of time to decide which poem/s to enter – or to write something new.
The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. Enter your poetry or short fiction for a chance to be one of 60 writers published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual – an outstanding collection of the best in new writing. Prizes include: £1,000 Poetry Winner, £1,000 Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists. Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner) Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner) Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage One year subscription to Granta Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted.
Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa
OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN
DO YOU HAVE ANY BOOKS TO DONATE? BOOKS THAT ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME?
May Court Library, housed at Ottawa Civic Hospital, is holding a book sale in the rotunda of the Civic on Tuesday, June 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The contact at the Civic Library would be Marnie Weller, 613-722-1000 Ex 16717. Anyone with books to donate should contact Marnie to make their own arrangements for delivery of the books, prior to the date of the sale.
All proceeds from this event will go to supporting the work of The May Court Club of Ottawa. Established in 1898, The Club has provided various community services to the city over its history. Currently it houses and supports the May Court Hospice, funds grants to community organizations, scholarships for nurse practitioners, operates the library at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, and supports a Munch and Learn program at six Community Houses.
MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS
- Tree Reading Series, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Black Squirrel 1073 Bank St. Ottawa, Dane Swan + Susan McMaster 6:45p Workshop – Pop poetry: uplifting poems from the lowest common denominators with Jeff Blackman 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers ca
- Tree Reading Series, Tuesday May 23, 2017 at the Black Squirrel 1073 Bank St. Ottawa John Nyman + Shoshanna Wingate 6:45p Workshop – Breathing life into words : the art of spoken word performance with Daniel Groleau Landry 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readersca
- LANARK COUNTY Live Poets 2017 FINAL SLAM AND TEAM SELECTION May 5th Doors at 7 Show at 7:30 Johnny McRae from BC to Host and Feature!!! 125 Gore St East Perth- McMarin House. Invitational Team choosing Final Slam $10 entry for non-competitors. Hope to see you there!
OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL: SPRING 2017
WEB: www.writersfestival.org/ SEE SITE FOR TICKET AND VENUE INFO
- May 1 – 6:30 PM: One on One with Anita Desai; 8:30 PM: What You Want with Elise Levine, Lori McNulty and Karen Connelly Hosted by Rhonda Douglas
- May 2 – 6:30 PM: Rise of the Radical Right with Tom McMillan and Henry A. Giroux; 8:30 PM: The Only Journey with Andrew Westoll, Susan Perly and Steven Heighton
COMING UP IN OTTAWA IN JUNE
The Third Annual Prose in the Park Literary Festival begins at 11 am on June 10, 2017 in the Parkdale Park, Ottawa and finishes at 6 pm. This beautiful outdoor day of readings, panel discussions and book-buying is the high point of Ottawa’s literary calendar. For details, click below. https://www.proseinthepark.com/
the Ottawa small press book fair spring 2017 edition
Saturday, June 24, 2017 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane) noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors)
admission free to the public.
$25 for exhibitors, full tables
$12.50 for half-tables
(payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available. Contact: rob mclennan at rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com for questions, or to sign up for a table More info: http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2017/01/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-spring-2017.html