What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, September, 2018





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 Meeting start time 7:15 p.m . • 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. LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

More information on the topics for upcoming meetings on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings



First Page Challenge

CAA- NCR Annual General Meeting

Seven writers submitted first pages from their novels and short stories to be evaluated by expert eyes. Join us to learn how to capture the attention of readers from the first page. Stacey D. Atkinson, editor, and Cyril Dabydeen, author and creative writing instructor, will give their feedback about the work.

BIO: Stacey D. Atkinson has worked as a freelance editor, editing fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, and she has written and self-published two novels. She completed an editing certificate program at Simon Fraser University, and now works full-time as an editor for Global Affairs Canada.

BIO: Cyril Dabydeen teaches creative writing at the University of Ottawa, and is a former Poet Laureate of Ottawa (1984-87). His work has appeared in more than 60 literary magazines and anthologies world-wide. He has done more than 300 readings internationally and was twice adjudicated for the Governor General Award (Poetry) and the USA Neustadt Prize for Literature (UOklahoma) in 2000.



 Fifteen Stories High – Last Chance to Enter! 

 Genre: Short Story  Entry fee: $15 per story (non-refundable)

Deadline: Midnight September 30, 2018

Prize: First Prize: $300, Second Prize: $200, Third Prize: $100

Description: The Canadian Authors Niagara Branch annual short story contest (previously Ten Stories High) is now Fifteen Stories High and is open to all Ontario Writers. Stories can be from any genre but must be previously unpublished and remain unpublished until contest results are announced. Entries in fiction and creative nonfiction are welcome, with a minimum of 1,000 to a maximum of 3,000 words. For first Canadian rights, the top fifteen finalists will have their stories published in the branch anthology in March of 2019. Details: http://canauthorsniagara.org/short-story-contest-2/



 Susan Hickman 4-week intensive writing course

Four fall evenings starts October 9. $129. Early bird discount of 10% for registering by September 11. Learn some essential tools of the trade for jumpstarting your writing or taking an ongoing project to the next level.  Course includes free professional editing of your work!

** ALSO, NOTE, for the first time,  she is offering an ONLINE COURSE this fall. Please email Susan if you are interested to get on the list, and for more information. Susan can be contacted at shickman19@gmail.com

 WRITESCAPE Turning Leaves 2018

 November 2 – 4, 2018, Fern Resort, Lake Couchiching, Ontario

 It’s the tenth anniversary and Writescape is celebrating in style! Our guest author this fall is…

Andrew Pyper: Canada’s answer to Stephen King

Bestselling author Andrew Pyper’s books expertly explore the mysteries of the dark and disturbing. His short stories and novels have thrilled readers in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.

Among his many prizes, he’s been awarded the Arthur Ellis Award, the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel, the Grant Allen Award for contributions to Canadian crime and mystery literature, and been listed in The New York Times Notable Books and The Globe & Mail‘s 100 Best Books of the Year.

Andrew is also a dynamic creative writing teacher who routinely sells out his workshops. Enjoy a Friday evening fireside chat with Andrew and a Saturday morning workshop to focus on your skills and move your writing to a whole new level. More info:http://writescape.ca/site/2018/04/turning-leaves-2018/





 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



  Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest Genre: Poetry Entry Fee: $12 per poem Deadline: September 30, 2018 Prize: Two top prizes of $1,500 with one-year gift certificate from their co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $50 value), 10 awards of $100 each Description: The Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 goes to a poem in any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 goes to a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Submit poems on any theme, up to 250 lines each.  Details: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-margaret-reid-poetry-contest

Blydyn Square Books 2018 Publishing Contest  Genre: All Entry Fee: $25 Deadline: September 30, 2018

Prize: A standard Blydyn Square Books publishing contract for their upcoming 2021 publication list

Description: Beginning January 1, 2018, they will be accepting submissions of unpublished, full-length manuscripts (at least 50,000 words) in all categories and genres, both fiction and nonfiction. (Previously self-published books ARE eligible.) Details: http://blydynsquarebooks.com/2018-publishing-contest/

questions: eliot@blydynsquarebooks.com

Eyelands Book Awards 2018 Genre: Any Entry Fee: $30 USD  Deadline: October 20, 2018

Prize: Grand prize (published books): Five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on their website. Grand prize (unpublished books): Publication from Strange Days Books. See website for more.

Description: Eyelands.gr literary magazine, in collaboration with Strange Days Books, organize an annual international short story contest, which is the only international short story contest based in Greece.

Details: https://eyelandsawards.com/

CBC Short Story Prize

Genre: Unpublished fiction between 1200 and 1800 words Entry Fee: $25 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry Deadline: October 31, 2018

Prize: The winner receives $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, will have their story published on CBC Books and will have the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.

Description: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are welcome to enter this contest. Details: http://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/cbc-short-story-prize-1.4090935





 Freelance writers Laura Byrne Paquet, Susan Hallett, Susan Korah and Peter Johansen will discuss the Pros and Cons of Travel Writing Today, at the next Media Club of Ottawa meeting, Tuesday, September 18. Where: Ottawa City Hall, 6-8 p.m. RSVP 613-521-4855. Cost/details: www.mediaclubofottawa.ca

 TREE READING SERIES at Happy Goat Coffee, 35 Laurel St. Ottawa (Hintonburg)

Tuesday, September 11 Heather Cadsby + Jessica Bebenek

 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

Heather Cadsby “One hundred proof associative thought” –– Brick

Heather Cadsby was born in Belleville, Ontario and currently lives in Toronto. In the 1980s, along with Maria Jacobs, she produced the monthly periodical Poetry Toronto and founded the press Wolsak and Wynn Publishers. In recent years she has served as a director of the Art Bar Poetry Series. She is the author of five books of poetry. The most recent book is Standing in the Flock of Connections (Brick Books, 2018).

Jessica Bebenek Transdisciplinary artist and knitter of poetry

Jessica Bebenek is a writer, transdisciplinary artist, and recent graduate of Concordia University’s MA in English & Creative Writing. Her third poetry chapbook, Fourth Walk, was published by Desert Pets Press, Spring 2017. In Fall 2017, she performed “The Waste Land” at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, knitting poetry for twelve hours straight. She will be releasing a chapbook of knitting patterns for poems, k2tog, through Berlin’s Broken Dimanche Press in Summer 2018. She is currently completing a full-length poetry collection, No One Knows Us Here, and a non-fiction collection, Writing for Men. More info: www.treereadingseries.ca



Noon – 6pm Advance tickets: $20 • Students $10 At the gate: $25 • Students $15 Free for children under the age of 14

SEE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/2018-festival/schedule-of-events/sunday-reading-schedule/



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