What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, April, 2019



APRIL, 2019 

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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



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). She 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.


 CAA-NCR Author Phyllis Bohonis will be signing books at Indigo Book Store in Barrhaven, Ontario, Sunday, May 5th , 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured will be The Track a suspense novel set in Ottawa and the Outaouais. Phyllis’s novels are full of mystery, suspense and/or romance and all have Canadian settings. Just in time for Mother’s Day and summer reading.


CALL FROM JC SULZENKO May 2019 Poetry Quarter Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019

Come spring, we’ll all be looking for ways to break out! No need for poets to stay in the real world when they could soar!

The Glebe Report’s Poetry Quarter seeks poems of science fiction or speculation – poems of fantasy, magic or witchcraft – poems on space or time travel – poems about undiscovered planets or unknown worlds, utopian or dystopian. Nightmare or dream scenarios welcome! In fact, anything outside the real-world experience, in poetic form. Established and emerging poets, including school students, take up the torch and get unreal!

Poems should be: Original and unpublished in any medium (no poems submitted elsewhere, please); No more than 30 lines each; On any aspect of the theme within the bounds of public discourse; Submitted on or before April 26, 2019. Poets in the National Capital Region of all ages welcome (school-age poets, please indicate your grade in school).

Please send your entries (up to 5 poems that meet the criteria) to editor@glebereport.ca before the deadline of Friday, April 26, 2019. Remember to send us your contact information and your grade if you are in school.




 Info from CAA-Metro Vancouver Branch #CanWrite19

Be informed, be inspired and make new friends at #CanWrite19.

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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.

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.

Brochure 2019  Register now




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/



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

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


Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest, 2019 Edition

Submission deadline Friday, April 19, 2019

12th Annual Spring Pulse Poetry Festival May 30 – June 1, 2019.

Download a pdf copy of the rules at www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com  under featured events link.


Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2019 Submissions are open until 31 August 2019.

Entry Fee: Short Fiction: £18  Poetry: £12


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




Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Rachael Simpson + Rachel McCrum

 Happy Goat Coffee, 35 Laurel St, 1 block northwest of Gladstone & Preston, Ottawa.

7:00p Workshop with Rachel McCrum

8:00p Readings Open Mic and Featured Readers

Rachael Simpson’s poetry has been published in Canada and the United States. Her chapbook Eiderdown was published by Apt. 9 Press in 2012, and she was also featured in the anthology Five (2014).

More >

Rachel McCrum is a poet, performer, workshop facilitator, and platform builder. Originally from Northern Ireland, she lived in Edinburgh, Scotland between 2010 and 2016. She was the first BBC Scotland Poet-in-Residence, and Broad of cult spoken word cabaret Rally amp; Broad. She has taught and performed in Greece, South Africa, Haiti, and Canada, and toured her first book, The First Blast To Awaken Women Degenerate (Freight Books), across Ireland, Scotland and England in 2017. She was the co-founder of Stewed Rhubarb Press (Callum MacDonald Award 2012), an original founding member of spoken word collective SHIFT/ (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016), and co-editor of online magazine All These New Relations. She is delighted to call Montreal home, where she delights in raccoons and despairs of the weather. She is Administrative Director of Mile End Poets’ Festival, and the director of Les Cabarets Bâtards.

More > http://www.treereadingseries.ca/


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


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