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





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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 Arlene Smith at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org




  • Meeting start time changed to 7:15 p.m . • 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

December 9 “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





Winter Social
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2 – 5 p.m.
At the home of Arlene Smith

Bring along your favourite finger food and a short piece of seasonal writing to share.

RSVP and get directions at: somertonsmith@yahoo.com



Deadline is February 2, 2018  Sponsored by Canadian Authors Association–National Capital Region $300 First Place • $200 Second Place • $100 Third Place


Poetry: Maximum 60 lines including title and blank lines, unpublished, in English. No Haiku.
Short Story: Maximum 2,500 words, unpublished, in English.
Entry Fees: Poetry: $5 per single poem; Short Story: $15 per single story.
Open to all Canadian writers.
Information: https://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/



Free to all members in good standing
Non-Members: $36 + HST
Affiliates**: $26 + HST

Take the Fear Out of Formatting: How to Successfully Prepare Your E-book for Publishing

Dec 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Are you eager to publish an e-book but baffled on where to begin? Successfully publishing an e-book starts with formatting, which is nothing to be afraid of.
In this webinar, author and e-book consultant Matthew Bin will provide step-by-step instructions on how to prepare a manuscript for e-book publication. You will learn how to create a professional-looking and correctly formatted e-book that is compatible with all major e-publishing platforms, using only Microsoft Word and free tools available to everyone.
Not a computer whiz? No worries. To get the most out of this practical webinar, participants should simply be comfortable using an Internet browser (such as Microsoft Explorer, Google Chrome, or Safari) and be familiar with the basics of Microsoft Word.


The Canadian Writers’ Summit is a super-conference jointly hosted by a cohort of Canadian writer organizations, including Canadian Authors Association, which will take place at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Writers, mark your calendars and start planning for it now – it’s only 7 months away. . . Watch this space for more information in the weeks to come.






Spring/Summer 2018 Programs Open for Application!
We are delighted to announce that internationally renowned journalist and author Susan Orlean will be the incoming Rogers Communications Chair of Literary Journalism. Susan brings a depth of experience in the ever-evolving world of reporting. She is joined by a new editorial faculty member, Vancouver-based author and journalist Carol Shaben, as well as Tim Falconer.

Browse Programs




The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild will be holding a Winter Retreat for established and practicing writers and artists who are able to work independently, February 2 – 23, 2018. This community retreat offered for writers and artists from Saskatchewan and other parts of Canada, and around the world, takes place in Muenster, SK at the picturesque St. Peter’s Abbey. These retreats are not teaching situations, but places where established and practicing writers and artists are expected to work self-sufficiently.  Contact: swgpr@skwriter.com, 306-791-7740

To apply online: http://www.skwriter.com/sk-writers-artists-retreats/retreat-application-form  To apply via mail: Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, Box 3986






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




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.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca. 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

From Elee Kraljii Gardiner: Against Death Anthology

I’m happy to announce I will be editing an anthology for Anvil Press with a publication date of fall 2018. As a natural outgrowth of my experience writing Tunica Intima, a long poem memoir about vertebral artery dissection and stroke, and Trauma Head, a chapbook repurposing the medical file, Against Death takes up the issue of mortality. The submission deadline is December 15, 2017.

Against Death is an anthology of creative non-fiction exploring the psychological shifts that occur when we are prematurely or unexpectedly near death. More info and where to submit:



Screencraft Cinematic Short Story Contest

Genre: Short Story (with special cinematic potential)  Entry Fee: $59

Deadline: December 16, 2017  Prize: First: $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, film and TV producers and publishers, Second: $300 and one-on-one consultation with screen craft mentor. The top five: will have stories read by Screencraft’s network of industry professionals. Website: http://www.screencraft.org


 2017 ABR Calibre Essay Prize

Genre: Essay  Entry Fee: AU$15 for ABR subscribers, AU$25 for non-subscribers (latter includes a free four-month subscription to ABR Online)  Deadline: January 15, 2018

Prize: First: AU$5,000, Second: AU$2,500  Website: http://www.australianbookreview.com.au  


Pandora’s Collective Poetry Contest

 Genre: Poetry Entry fee: Adults – $5 /poem, Teens – $4 /poem, Children – $3 /poem

Deadline: January 15, 2018  Prize: Adults – First: $100 & publication, Second: $50 & publication, Third: publication  Teens – First: $75 & publication, Second: $35 & publication, Third: publication  Children – First: $40 & publication, Second: $20 & publication, Third: publication

Website: http://www.pandorascollective.com/what-we-do/contests


Indigenous Voices Awards

 Genre: All literary genres  Entry Fee: No fee

Deadline: January 31, 2018  Prize: Five awards for unpublished work totalling $10,000 and three awards for published work totalling $15,000  Website:




Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship

Genre: Screenwriting Entry Fee: $69 to January 31, 2018, $79 to March 1, 2018

Deadline: January 31 and March 1, 2018

Prize: The chosen recipients will receive on-going professional support and a trip to Los Angeles for introduction to industry leaders Website: http://www.screencraft.org


The Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Genre: Manuscript of 30,000 to 150,000 words: history, memoir, autobiography, biography, literary journalism, political or social commentary, travel writing or any nonfiction medium

Entry fee: $25 Deadline: March 30, 2018  Prize: First, contract for the publication along with a $1500 advance on 10% royalty for all sales, Second: publication and $1,000 advance on 10% royalties Details:  http://pottersfieldpress.com






TREE READING SERIES at Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa


Tuesday, December 12 Catherine Kidd + Local Lights  6:45p Workshop – “One Law for the Lion and Ox is Oppression”: Ways of Thinking about Constraint with Chris Jennings  8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers


Catherine Kidd A mesmerizing dynamic performer who deconstructs language into cities and hyenas,

Catherine is a Montreal-based writer known for her zoology-themed performance poetry. A graduate of Concordia’s MA program in Creative Writing, she has taught writing at Concordia, and recently lead workshops for students in Arctic Quebec. Catherine is author of the novel Missing the Ark, and poetry collections Sea Peach and Bipolar bear. Her latest work Hyena Subpoena was nominated for QWF and LCP awards in poetry, and toured the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit this summer.


Chris Johnson  His chapbook, Listen, Partisan!, is from Frog Hollow Press.  Chris Johnson lives in Ottawa and works as the coordinating editor for Arc Poetry Magazine. His chapbook, Listen, Partisan!, is from Frog Hollow Press.


Rod Pederson  Rod’s chapbook, Words for What Happens, was a finalist for the 2016 Vallum Chapbook of the Year Contest.  Rod Pederson is an Ottawa poet. His chapbook, Obviously, Obviously Not What It Seems, was published by pfafours press in 2014. In February 2015, he read as the Sawdust Reading Series’ Poem-Off winner, chosen by Monty Reid. Another chapbook, Words for What Happens, was a finalist for the 2016 Vallum Chapbook of the Year Contest. Also in 2016, Rod’s poem, Lament of a Bleeding Heart, was published in Arc Poetry Magazine as a runner-up for their Poem of the Year Contest.


Sarah Kabamba

Sarah Kabamba is the winner of Room Magazine’s 2017 Emerging Writer Award and she was shortlisted for Journey Prize 2017. Sarah loves storytelling in all its forms, and believes that it is one of the most powerful tools given to artists. Her work has been published in Carleton Now, Room Magazine, In/Words Magazine and Press and The New Quarterly. She currently resides in Ottawa.  #

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