What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa June, 2017




 Need more information on CAA-NCR?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com



 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 Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere.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.




We are thrilled to announce our Literary Arts programs. From Emerging Writers Intensive

to thematic residencies, we invite writers and journalists to spend time in the mountains at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. In light of an intense week in the Canadian literary and media landscape, and within the wider political sphere, Banff Centre is happy to offer two fully scholarshipped residencies to create space for important conversations: the relationship of the writer to identity, and the role of the journalist within the current political climate. Come work with us this fall.  DEADLINES IN JULY 2017  Browse Programs





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English: Byward Market in Ottawa, Canada – view south. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 bywardmarket@ottawa.ca 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 marcheby@ottawa.ca 613-244-4410


The role of the Parliamentary Poet Laureate is to promote the importance and value of poetry among all Canadians. Pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, the Poet Laureate may perform the following duties: compose poetry, especially for use in Parliament on occasions of state; sponsor poetry readings; advise the Parliamentary Librarian on the Library’s collection and acquisitions to enrich the collection’s cultural holdings; and perform related duties at the request of the Speaker of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Commons, or the Parliamentary Librarian. The Poet Laureate holds office for a maximum of two years.

In order to give equal representation to Canada’s two official languages, Poets Laureate are selected alternately from each official language community. The next Poet Laureate will therefore be from the francophone community.


The deadline for nominations is July 3, 2017. Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee chaired by the Parliamentary Librarian, who will submit the names of three candidates to the Honourable George J. Furey, Speaker of the Senate, and the Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons, for final selection.   For more information on the Poet Laureate and the nomination process, please visit the Parliament of Canada website at www.parl.gc.ca/poet


When it created the position of Parliamentary Poet Laureate in December 2001, Canada joined the United Kingdom, the United States and many other countries that have established poets laureate. Since then, there have been seven poets laureate: George Bowering (2002-2004); Pauline Michel (2004-2006); John Steffler (2006-2008); Pierre DesRuisseaux (2009-2011), Fred Wah (2011-2013), Michel Pleau (2014-2015) and the current Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke (2016-2017).   For additional information:  Library of Parliament  1 866 599 4999





Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/

 SHAMEKILLS.ORG CONTEST: current essay competition, “When I think of My Dad …”  So far we are getting a lot of submissions, but we can always take more! And there is still plenty of time for entries — the contest runs until June 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.  I hope you will consider sharing our contest  Information with your readers. You can use this link to share it:

http://www.drugrehab.org/fathers-day-essay-contest/  If you have any questions about the competition, please feel free to reach out. Thank you for your time.All the best,Erika Erika Lawson  erika@shamekills.info  Shamekills.info




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 events@bywords.ca


The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book and Magazine Awards

Genre: nonfiction related to social justice Eligibility: Applicants must be working a minimum of seventy per cent of their work time as a self-employed freelance writer Entry fee: No entry fee

Deadline: June 16, 2017

Prizes: Book:up to $5,000; magazine article: $2,000

Details: http://www.greberwritingaward.com/submissions_book_award.htm


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.


Fool for Poetry Competition Open for Entries: The reputation of the Fool for Poetry Pamphlet/chapbook competition has grown in strength in recent years, having published poets from Ireland, the UK and the USA.The overall winner of the Fool for Poetry competition receives €1000, second place receives €500. Both chapbooks will be published and launched at the Cork International Poetry Festival (February 14th to 17th, 2018). The winners will receive fifty complementary copies. If they choose to come to Cork for the festival they will receive hotel accommodation with full meals and a chance to read from their prizewinning title. At least one of the winners must be a debutant with no previous poetry book or chapbook published. A shortlist of up a dozen entries is selected by MLC artistic director and poet Patrick Cotter. The winners are chosen from points awarded each manuscript by former and current poetry editors of Southword, James Harpur, Thomas McCarthy, Mary Noonan, Leanne O’Sullivan and Matthew Sweeney.  Details on entry here   Deadline June 30th. 2017


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


Magnum Opus  A Poetry Anthology on Universal Oneness  (It’s simply a waste of time and labour if poem is submitted without reading the complete submission guidelines!)  Submission Deadline: 31 Dec 2018 (Midnight)  Publication Expected: 2019   Publisher: Authorspress, New Delhi, India  Editor: Dr. Vivekanand Jha.   Theme Poetry is a universal form of language hobnobbing with other souls and minds. It is means to understand our feelings and to find our place in the universe. Poetry is a divine antidote to our inner upheaval and is a medium of peace in itself. The goal of anthology is to display the greatest contemporary poems wrapped up in one book. The title is self-explanatory and will showcase the greatest single poem of the poet being featured i.e. your poem that has been best appreciated or adjudged by the readers, reviewers, critics, social media or journals etc.  It is also self-revealing that one cannot submit more than one poem and each poet will be evenly and equally represented. It is also evident that such poem would mostly be previously published. If you think that your unpublished or freshly composed poem can be your magnum opus you can submit it as well. It is in those aforementioned senses we use the term ‘Universal Oneness’ in the subtitle. http://vivekanandjha.com/magnumopus.php  Please note that all submission opportunities are provided for information only. Please be sure to do your own due diligence before submitting your work.




 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.




  • Tree Reading Series, Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Black Squirrel 1073 Bank St. Ottawa, James Arthur + Richard Greene and Extended Open Mic Open Mic and Featured Readers ca



  • LANARK COUNTY Live Poets 2017 fundraiser June 16 Doors at 6:30 Show at 7:00 Coutts Roastery & Café, 57 Gore St E. Perth. Poetry & Music. Help send the team to Peterborough in October to compete at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Team Competitions. Hope to see you there!



WEB: www.writersfestival.org/  SEE SITE FOR TICKET AND VENUE INFO




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/



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




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