NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA),
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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
CAA-NCR’S ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC)
32ND ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC) Deadline this week!
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Short Story: Maximum 2,500 words, unpublished, in English.
Poetry: Max. 60 lines including title and blank lines, unpublished, in English.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
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.
Writescape Spring Thaw 2019 April 26-28, or April 26-30, 2019
Looking for writing time? Polishing a project? Looking for feedback from two professional editors? Or just want time to rejuvenate your creativity? Don’t miss Spring Thaw.
This all-inclusive writing retreat is held at the fabulous Elmhirst’s Resort on Rice Lake in Keene. Stay for the weekend or treat yourself to an extra two days of writing.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Registration for CV2’s 2019 2 Day Contest is now open.
This annual contest challenges you to write an original poem in 48 hours — with only one catch. The final poem must include ten words that we provide. These words are released at midnight CDT on Friday April 19th, 2019, leaving you 48 hours to use each of them at least once in an original poetry composition. Prizes include cash, publication, and a copy of the issue containing the winners, not to mention a whole weekend of wordy entertainment.
More info and entry information here: http://www.contemporaryverse2.ca/en/contests/2-day-poem-contest
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2019.
Hosted by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine, the Award celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction, supporting new writing talent and presents writers with a fantastic opportunity to further their involvement in the literary world.
Creative Writing Prizes include: £1,000 for each category winner (Poetry and Short Fiction), Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2020, Consultation with Redhammer (Short Fiction Winner), Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner), One-year subscription to Granta, Books courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage. For more information, please visit our website: www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa
OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN: MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS
TREE READING SERIES at Happy Goat Coffee, 35 Laurel St. Ottawa (Hintonburg)
Tuesday, February 26 Cameron Anstee + Chuqiao Yang
Cameron Anstee lives and writes in Ottawa, where he runs Apt. 9 Press and holds a Ph.D. in Canadian Literature from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Book of Annotations (Invisible Publishing, 2018), and editor of The Collected Poems of William Hawkins (Chaudiere Books, 2015). More >
Chuqiao Yang received her Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor. Her writing has appeared in The Unpublished City, 30 under 30: an anthology of Canadian millennial poets, The Puritan, Ricepaper, Arc, Prism, Filling Station, Grain, CV2, Room, and on CBC. In 2011, she was the recipient of two Western Magazine Awards for a non-fiction piece, Beijing Notes. In 2015, she was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her chapbook, Reunions in the Year of the Sheep, published by Baseline Press, won the 2018 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Follow her on Twitter @chuqiaoyang. More >
MELTING POINT : THE CHAUDIERE BOOKS TRANSITION, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019 AT 7 PM
Vimy Brewing Company 1-145 Loretta Avenue North, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2J7
Ottawa literary publisher Chaudiere Books announces with deeply mixed feelings that the wonderful Invisible Publishing has now taken over our backlist. Join us on February 15th, 2019 for one last Chaudiere Books event and celebrate this transition as our books find their second home with Invisible. With readings by: Anita Dolman, Amanda Earl, Jennifer Londry, rob mclennan, Pearl Pirie
THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR SPRING 2019
Saturday, June 22, 2019 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre off Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane, Ottawa
the ottawa small press book fair 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) Note: for the sake of increased demand, we are now offering half tables.
To be included in the exhibitor catalog: please include name of press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications, list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered and any other pertinent info, including upcoming ottawa-area events (if any). Be sure to send by June 15th if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue.
Contact: rob mclennan at rob mclennan (at) hotmail.com for questions, or to sign up for a table