NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA),
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CAA-NCR’S ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC)
32ND ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC)
Sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association–National Capital Region
Short Story • Poetry
$300 First Place • $200 Second Place • $100 Third Place
Open to residents of Ontario and Quebec.
Deadline: 11:59 PM/23h59 EST Friday, February 8, 2019
Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online.
Entry Fees: Short Story: $15 per single story; Poetry: $5 per single poem.
Short Story: Maximum 2,500 words, unpublished, in English.
Poetry: Max. 60 lines including title and blank lines, unpublished, in English.
CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2019
(There is no meeting in January, 2019)
Upcoming meeting dates
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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
CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FEBRUARY, 2019
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Step by Step to Completion, with Jennifer Mulligan
Are you mired in a mound of half-completed manuscripts or stuck in the middle of a novel you can’t quite finish? Are your notes scattered and all over the place? Accomplished screenwriter, Jennifer Mulligan, leads us in steps she follows to complete her works—steps that adapt to all kinds of writing. http://jennifermulligan.com/
NEWS FROM CAA NATIONAL
CANADIAN AUTHORS SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERT IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM This unique program helps CAA members improve their social media skills and find new ways to engage fans and readers through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms. We’re thrilled to have Catherine Saykaly-Stevens back to facilitate the third round of this new Canadian Authors program.
Ready to learn more and sign up for the program? If you’re not a member, check out the program at https://canadianauthors.org/national/social-media-expert-in-residence-program/
Already a member? Login to your member account, then go to https://canadianauthors.org/national/sme-in-residence-program/ or select it in the Members Only button droplist. You’ll be able to sign up if you’re new to the program.
EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION FOR CANWRITE! 2019 IS NOW OPEN!
Our next writers’ conference takes place at the beautiful University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, BC. Take advantage now of great savings at the early-bird rate, plus get first dibs on the on-site accommodations while they last.We’re putting together a fantastic program for you – check out the info at https://canadianauthors.org/national/canwrite-2019-conference/
Not sure a writers’ conference is worth the investment? Check out Why All Writers Should Attend Writers’ Conferences and what past CanWrite! registrants say.
BANFF CENTRE 2019 PROGRAMS
April 29 – June 1, 2019 Writing Studio
An ideal environment for artistic inspiration and growth, Writing Studio provides writers and poets with an extended period of uninterrupted writing time and one-on-one editorial assistance from experienced writers/editors. Emerging and mid-career writers seeking to develop a book-length manuscript are encouraged to apply. Apply by February 6
June 3-22, 2019 Banff International Literary Translation Centre
This program offers student, emerging, and professional literary translators a period of uninterrupted work on a current project. Participants will work in a trilingual environment with mentors and peers, and a faculty of accomplished translators of French, English, and Spanish. Participants will also have an opportunity to consult with the author whose work they are translating. Apply by January 30
July 1-27, 2019 Literary Journalism
This residency encourages the exploration of new ideas in journalism and experimentation in writing. This program is open to experienced fiction and non-fiction writers, journalists, freelance critics or curators, artists, and academics. Successful applicants will receive 100% scholarship and a $2,000 commission for the completed manuscript. Apply by February 27
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: https://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/
To find many more contests, particularly the November, December and January listings visit https://canadianauthors.org/national/links/awards-competitions/
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN: MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS
TREE READING SERIES at Happy Goat Coffee, 35 Laurel St. Ottawa (Hintonburg)
8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers
Now a monthly event
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Gary Geddes + Shannon Webb-Campbell
7:00p Workshop – with Shannon Webb-Campbell
8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers
Gary Geddes has written and edited 50 books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation, and anthologies and won more than a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Lt-Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, and the Gabriela Mistral Prize, awarded simultaneously to Octavio Paz, Vaclav Havel, Ernesto Cardenal, Rafael Alberti, and Mario Benedetti. His non-fiction books include Letters from Managua, Sailing Home, Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things, Drink the Bitter Root and Medicine Unbundled: A Journey Through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care. His most recent books of poetry are Falsework, Swimming Ginger, What Does A House Want? and The Resumption of Play. Geddes has a PhD from U of T and has taught at Concordia, Western Washington University, and University of Missouri-St. Louis and has been writer-in-residence at U. of Alberta, UBC’s Green College, Ottawa U. and the Vancouver Public Library. He lives on Thetis Island, BC with his wife, the novelist Ann Eriksson.
Shannon Webb-Campbell Montreal-based poet launching her new collection, I Am A Body Of Land. She Is a mixed-Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) settler poet, writer and critic currently based in Montreal. Her first book, Still No Word (2015) was the inaugural recipient of Egale Canada’s Out In Print Award. She was Canadian Women in the Literary Arts Critic-in-Residence in 2014, and sits on the Canadian Women In the Literary Arts board of directors. Her work has appeared in many anthologies, journals and publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, Geist Magazine, The Malahat Review, Canadian Literature, Room, and Quill and Quire. In 2017 she facilitated a book club-style reading of The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada at Atwater Library in Montreal; she also championed Carol Danie’s novel Bearskin Diary for CBC Montreal’s Turtle Island Reads. I Am a Body of Land is her latest book.