NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA) SUMMER, 2017
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SUMMER SOCIAL GET INSPIRED, GET FED, HAVE FUN JULY 23, 2017
1:30 to 5:00 At the home of Arlene Smith POT LUCK
- Interactive writing challenges
- Food, drink and fun
- Bring your books and give folks an opportunity to purchase a copy
- Network, meet old friends and dis-cover new ones
Everyone is welcome: CAA Members, non-members, friends or family.
Contact Arlene for directions to her Bells Corners home
NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC) 2017 AWARDS NIGHT
On Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Canadian Authors Association – National Capital Region celebrated the finalists in our 30th annual writing contest. Following is the list of awards presented that evening. We recognized first, second, third place, and honourable mentions in Short Story and Poetry categories. Look for these poems and stories in upcoming issues of Byline magazine. Congratulations, everyone!
First place: “Gunda”- Ruth Latta
Second place: “Anne from Toronto ” – Ruth Latta
Third place: “Sunset (for Gwen)” – Gill Foss
Honourable Mention: “Too Long a Winter” – Lee Ann Smith
Honourable Mention: “Relay” – Lee Ann Smith
Honourable Mention: “A Small Grief” – Bev Chambers
First place: “The Flower Seller of Agra” – Shiela Jane
Second place: “California Pure” – Elle Wild
Third place: “Extra Innings” – Jeff Shiau
Honourable Mention: “Unexpected” – Barbara Wackerle Baker
Honourable Mention: “Night Swim” – Di Golding
Honourable Mention: “Distant Connections” – Julio Heleno Gomes
CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2017-2018 UPCOMING
THANK EVERYONE for responding so enthusiastically to our Request of ideas for our 2017-18 program. The feedback and information we received from you reassured us that people care about the work of our organization. Keep your ideas coming, please. We incorporated as many ideas as we could into our meeting topics and workshop planning—with a few details still to be ironed out. We made a few changes as well:
- Meeting start time changed to 7:15 p.m . to make it easier to find parking during the hockey season.
- No meeting in January so we can hibernate on a cold winter night and not worry about a snowy commute.
- A meeting in June instead when snowstorms won’t be an issue.
- A writing challenge at the start of every regular monthly meeting to engage those in attendance and to develop our writing skills.
- A short reading by a member at the start of every monthly meeting to promote our writers and to inspire others with great ideas.
OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS: 7:15 p.m. at McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa
September 19, 2017
October 9, 2017
November 14, 2017
December “Winter Voices” Social
February 13, 2018
March 13, 2018
April 10, 2108
May 8, 2018 NCWC Awards Night
June 12, 2018
More information on the topics for upcoming meetings can be found on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings
FROM NATIONAL: 2017 CANADIAN AUTHORS LITERARY AWARDS WINNERS
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Canadian Authors Literary Awards. The winners were announced at our annual literary awards dinner and gala held in Toronto on June 24, 2017. Visit our website for more information on the historic Canadian Authors Association Literary Awards. https://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/about-the-awards/
Canadian Authors Award for Fiction
WINNER: Alissa York for The Naturalist (Randomhouse Canada)
Alissa York’s internationally acclaimed novels include Mercy, Effigy (short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), Fauna and, most recently, The Naturalist. York is also the author of the short fiction collection, Any Given Power, stories from which have won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Guardian, Brick magazine, Canadian Geographic and elsewhere. York has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, artist Clive Holden.
Canadian Authors Award for Poetry
WINNER: Johanna Skibsrud for The Description of the World (Wolsak and Wynn)
Johanna Skibsrud is the author of two previous collections of poetry, I Do Not Think
that I Could Love a Human Being and Late Nights With Wild Cowboys; two novels, Quartet for the End of Time and the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel The Sentimentalists; and the short fiction collection This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories. An Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona, Skibsrud and her family divide their time between Tucson and Cape Breton.
Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History
WINNER: Charlotte Gray for The Promise of Canada (Simon & Schuster Canada)
Charlotte Gray is the author of ten acclaimed books of literary non-fiction, including The Massey Murder and Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike. Charlotte’s 1999 bestseller Sisters in the Wilderness was named as one of the 25 most influential Canadian books of the past 25 years by the Literary Review of Canada. Born in Sheffield, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, Charlotte worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine columnist before she turned to biography and popular history. An adjunct research professor at Carleton University, in Ottawa, she is a member of the Order of Canada and lives in Ottawa.
Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award
WINNER: Eva Crocker
Eva Crocker’s stories have been published in Riddle Fence, The Overcast, and The Telegram’s Cuffer Anthology. Barrelling Forward was shortlisted for the 2015 RBC Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers. Crocker recently completed a Master’s Degree in English Literature at Memorial University.
Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Award
WINNER: Margo Wheaton for The Unlit Path Behind the House(Queen’s University Press)
Margo Wheaton is a New Brunswick-born poet currently living in Halifax. Her poems have appeared in publications including Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry, Poet to Poet and Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land, and in periodicals including The Fiddlehead, PRISM, CV2, Event, Prairie Fire and The New Quarterly. Her essays and reviews have been found in The Globe and Mail, The Antigonish Review, The Coast and the Guernica Series on Writers.
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
Winter Programs Now Open for Application!
Our winter residencies are open for application. The Fables for the 21st Century program invites emerging and established Canadian writers to explore and re-imagine our individual and collective identities through the creation of an anthology of 10 stories. Winter Writers Retreat is a self-directed program that offers time and space to retreat, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice. Browse Programs
WRITESCAPE FALL PROGRAMS:
· Villains, Vendettas and Vagabonds September 17, 2017. Niagara-on-the-Lake
· Turning Leaves 2017 November 3 – 5, 2017 Vicki Delany: One woman crime wave comes to Turning Leaves
plus On-Demand workshops. More info at: http://writescape.ca/site/#section-43
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES
Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-Wsubmission/
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 email@example.com
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.
OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN
MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS
OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL: SPRING 2017 WEB: writersfestival.org/ SEE SITE FOR TICKET AND VENUE INFO
- Tuesday Jul 4, 2017 6:30pm • Lieutenant’s Pump 361 Elgin St. Ottawa Newfoundland Literary Pub Crawl with Eva Crocker, Ed Riche and Lisa Moore Info & Tickets SOLD OUT
- 7:00pm • Fraser Café’s Table 40 7 Springfield Rd. Ottawa Newfoundland Literary Dinner with Bridget Canning, Robert Chafe and Kathleen Winter Info & Tickets
- Wednesday Jul 5 6:30pm • The Lieutenant’s Pump 361 Elgin St. Ottawa Newfoundland Literary Pub Crawl with Bridget Canning, Robert Chafe and Kathleen Winter Info & Tickets SOLD OUT
- 7:00pm • Fraser Café’s Table 40 7 Springfield Rd. Ottawa Newfoundland Literary Dinner Eva Crocker, Ed Riche and Lisa Moore Info & Tickets
- Thursday Jul 13 9:30pm • NAC BACK STAGE • 1 Elgin St. Ivan Coyote Tomboy Survival Guide Info & Tickets
COMING IN THE FALL/WINTER SEASON OUT OF TOWN
EDEN MILLS WRITERS’ FESTIVAL, EDEN MILLS ON. SEPT. 9, 10 & 25, 2017 MORE INFO AT: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/2017-festival/what-you-need-to-know/#
Wild Writers Festival 3 to 5, 2017 in Waterloo, ON $135.00 Early Bird prices in effect till Nov. 1, 2017: The New Quarterly is proud to present the sixth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 3-5, 2017. Join us for a celebration of the savage and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing. Individual ticket sales will be opened as events are confirmed. Tickets available at the door unless otherwise noted. Full program and more info here: https://tnq.ca/program/