NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)
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CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 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 MAY, 2019
AWARDS NIGHT FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC)
Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m., AUDITORIUM of the MAIN BRANCH, OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY, 120 Metcalfe Street, OTTAWA.
Join us to celebrate our 2019 contest winners!
Finalists will be invited to read an excerpt from their work. The placements in each category—1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honourable Mentions—will be announced on awards night.
FINALISTS ARE LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
- Sylvia Adams, Ottawa, “The Girl Who Grew Up on Faerie Tales”
- Sylvia Adams, Ottawa, “What Might Have Been a Love Poem”
- Susan J Atkinson, Ottawa, “Jealousy”
- Marianne Jones, Thunder Bay ON, “Grief Sonata in Three Parts”
- Royden McCoag, Palmerston ON, “Whale Watching”
- Thomas Gordon Reynolds, Amherstburg ON, “We, Like the Fish”
Judge JC Sulzenko: Award-winning poet, published children’s author, workshop presenter and poetry judge.
Short Story Finalists
- Robynne Eagan, Carp ON, “Blue Moon Rising”
- Bruce Hodgkinson, Ottawa ON, “A little Compassion”
- Lynn Jatania, Ottawa ON, “Miss Julie’s Home for Wayward Girls”
- Sara Mang, Cornwall ON, “Away with Birds”
- Joan McKay, Kingston ON, “The Long Dash”
- Alison Whiddon, Nepean ON, “Neighbourhood Watch”
Judge Jean E Pendziwol: Along with many other accomplishments, Jean E Pendziwol is the author of the bestselling The Lightkeeper’s Daughters and has received the Governor General’s Award for the children’s book, Once upon a Northern Night.
CAA-NCR MEMBER NEWS
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.
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
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
OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN: MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS
2019 Spring Ottawa International Writers Festival
Time and Place: Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks
see site for more info
May 5 – 1:30: True North Rising with Whit Fraser Hosted by Elizabeth Hay 3:00 PM: Book Launch: To See the Stars by Jan Andrews 4:30 PM: A Brightness Long Ago with Guy Gavriel Kay 5:00 PM (Manx) Plan 99 Prose with Missy Marston and Nancy Jo Cullen 6:30 PM: The River of Life with Yasuko Thanh and Samra Zafar 8:30 PM: Beyond Binaries with Lorimer Shenher, Kristen Worley and Joshua M Ferguson
May 6 – NOON: On Creativity: One on One with Cornelia Funke 5:30 PM: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture with Bruce Pascoe 7:00 PM: Truth in Fiction with Karen Lee White and Richard Van Camp 8:30 PM: Living History with Alicia Elliott and Terese Marie Mailhot
May 7 – 6:30 PM: No Place Like Home with Nilofar Shidmehr, Pierre Jarawan and David Bezmozgis 8:30 PM: On Short Stories, Comics and Mentorship with Téa Mutonji and Vivek Shraya
TREE READING SERIES
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Ottawa Storyteller David Brennan + John Barton
Happy Goat Coffee, 35 Laurel St, 1 block northwest of Gladstone & Preston, Ottawa.
7:00p Workshop – with John Barton
8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers
David Brennan is a Comedian and Storyteller hailing from Hamilton. In 2018 he was a finalist in the Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa and Absolute Comedy Summer Contests. With his Canadian Comedy Award winning sketch troupe The Imponderables, he has performed at Just For Laughs 3 times and on stages in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. He is the former host and co-producer of (un)told for Ottawa Storytellers. His new play David Brennan Exhumed premieres at the Hamilton Fringe Festival this July. @brennandavidn Twitter and Instagram
John Barton’s twenty-six books, chapbooks, and anthologies include Polari, For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems, Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay-Male Poets, and The Essential Douglas LePan. Since 1980, magazines, newspapers, and anthologies on four continents have published his poems, essays, and reviews. A three-time recipient of the Archibald Lampman Award, he’s also won an Ottawa Book Award, a CBC Literary Award, and a National Magazine Award. Between 1989 and 2018 John edited Arc Poetry Magazine, Vernissage, and The Malahat Review. We Are Not Avatars: Essays, Memoirs, Manifestos, published in the spring of 2019 by Palimpsest, is his first book of prose. Signal will publish Lost Family, a book of sonnets, in 2020. He lives in Victoria.
WAKEFIELD WRITERS FESTIVAL
des écrivains La Pêche May 23-26, 2019
Celebrate the beauty and impact of words. More info at the site: https://www.writersfete.com/
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