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 MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 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 MEETING MARCH, 2019
Tuesday, March 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/
(NOTE: Nerys Parry has rescheduled her presentation that was to happen on this night to a later date.)
UPCOMING IN APRIL
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Not Your Parents’ Poetry Workshop, with Pearl Pirie
April is Poetry Month. Using ideas gleaned from sessions at the Canadian Writers’ Summit, we will celebrate and create poetry.
BIO: Pirie is on the organizing committee for VERSeFest and the board of Friends of Wakefield Library. She was president of regional haiku group KaDo (2015-2018) and now stands as treasurer. She is the former director of the Tree Reading Series (Mar 2016-Mar 2018). he was a host of Literary Landscape on CKCUfm.com from 2013-2018. She ran phafours press (2007-2017) which released over 2 dozen titles.Pearl Pirie’s 3rd full collection, the pet radish, shrunken (BookThug, 2015) won the Lampman Award . Her 2nd collection, Thirsts (Snare, 2011) won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.
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!
Info from CAA-Metro Vancouver Branch #CanWrite19
Be informed, be inspired and make new friends at #CanWrite19.
CAA –Metro Vancouver is pleased to be hosting the Canadian Authors writers conference from May 16-19 at the beautiful Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. The exciting lineup includes fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction workshops; panels on publishing; presentations on making your book tour a success and using social media to reach a greater audience; agent & publisher pitch sessions, blue pencils and more.
The early bird rate expires March 15! Register early to secure your pitch sessions and blue pencils, and book convenient and reasonably-priced UBC accommodation. Check out the stellar presenters.
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.
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
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
OTTAWA’S OWN POETRY FESTIVAL, VERSEFEST RETURNS IN MARCH 2019
March 26 – 31 2019
Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St., OTTAWA
“VERSeFest is Ottawa’s annual International Festival of Poetry. Built on a mandate of fostering creative crossroads and community, we feature English and French poetry of all traditions, styles, and forms. Since 2011, we have showcased the best local, Canadian, and international poets performing in both spoken and written word genres. As one of Canada’s largest and most successful poetry festivals, our stages have featured readings by Griffin, Governor General, and Pulitzer Prize winners.”
For schedule, list of poets, and to buy passes, visit:
TREE READING SERIES RETURNS IN APRIL
THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR SPRING 2019
Saturday, June 22, 2019, room 203, Jack Purcell Community Centre off Elgin, 320 Jack Purcell Lane, Ottawa
General info: 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
More info: https://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-ottawa-small-press-book-fair-spring.html