CAA-NCR Literary Notices for Oct. 16 – 20, 2013



 Weekly Notices for  Oct. 16 to Oct. 20, 2013


 Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at 

####Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website



 The Canadian Authors Association member book catalogue is scheduled to be launched at the end of October 2013. As it is a pilot project at this time, we will initially be launching it as an electronic publication and distributing it across a variety of platforms, with an international target audience of over 10,000 readers. Our hope is to also produce a print version, but this will depend on the number of paid titles submitted. Deadline: extended to October 16 , 2013  Details: For further information, please email us at or call us at 705 325 3926 or 1 866 216 6222.

    CAA Welcomes New Branch President!

Phyllis Bohonis2  We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest National Capital Region branch president, Phyllis Bohonis, as she assumes the role of Branch president.

sharyn We’re sure the NCR Branch joins us in extending a huge thank you to outgoing branch president, Sharyn Heagle, for seven years of hard work, perseverance and invaluable volunteer work.


NOTE TO CAA MEMBERS:  Have you recently published a novel, won a writing award, had a spectacular book signing or in some other way been recognized within the writing community? If so, write up a little blurb about your accomplishment and we’ll publish it in Byline, the CAA-NCR branch Magazine. We are all excited, and encouraged, when someone in our writing family shines. Send your note to Sharyn Heagle, Editor, Byline at <>



SOCIAL MEDIA FOR AUTHORSTaking Your Online Presence to the Next Level

DATE: Saturday, November 2, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa. Building T & Room 230

English: Taken by SimonP

English: Taken by SimonP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Cost: $45 for members; $75 for non-members

Registration: Contact Arlene Smith


The web has created some amazing new opportunities for authors to publish and promote their work. Self-publishing is becoming increasingly easier, and social media tools have enabled authors to find and engage directly with a passionate audience.

This one-day workshop will teach you to navigate the tools of the social web, so you can determine how you can best use them to develop an online presence, or enhance an existing one that will help you to build your audience and promote your work. More than just a “how-to” for tools like Twitter and Facebook, this session will go in-depth around how to use social media to share your message, as well as help you to find ways to maximize your effectiveness in the online world, and still have time to do what you do best — write!

SusanMurphySusan Murphy has been working in media and communications for 24 years. Susan is also a part time professor at Algonquin College in the Interactive Multimedia Developer program, where she teaches Video Production and Web Media. Suze’s experience in social media is extensive. She has been blogging since 2006 at, and has participated in social media actively since 2007. Susan also co-hosts I Can Haz Podcast, a weekly social media marketing show.




 DATE: FRIDAY, OCT. 18 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Phyllis Bohonis, Ottawa author, and President, CAA-NCR branch,  invites you to a BOOK SIGNING of her debut novel Fire in the Foothills, at THE WINE CELLAR, 10471 Hwy 7, Unit A, in Carleton Place, on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18th 2013, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. – 7 pm.

Listen to a reading or two, enjoy some cheese and apple cider, have your book signed. Books will be available for purchase. For further information or 



A 6-week Fall Writing Workshop For writers of memoir, personal narrative, essays, travel writing, journals . . . & more

DATES: Saturdays October 26 – November 30, 2013  2pm – 4:30 pm,

LOCATION: Where: Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street, Ottawa

Register: By October 15th (space limited to 12)

How: Phone or email: Gail Taylor Telephone: 613–421–6629 Email:

Cost: $ 150

The class:

  • Using elements of fiction and non-fiction alike, creative non-fiction gives shape and voice to accounts from the rich resources of real life.
  • If you are interested in making narrative meaning from your life world, this workshop is for you!

 Gail Taylor, M.Ed., M.A., is a published writer of creative non-fiction and poetry and

an educator and editor with years of experience teaching writing. Well-honed

strategies and exercises for creative discovery and productiveness are hallmarks of

her workshops.

ITEM 4: THE BANFF CENTRE LITERARY ARTS  CALL FOR APPLICATIONS                                                                                                 NEW! Banffcentre


Program dates: March 31 – April 11, 2014

Application deadline: November 15, 2013

Faculty: Tanya Evanson (director), Emilie Zoey Baker, Jean-Pierre Makosso

Guest: George Elliott Clarke

Lift your poetry off the page and deliver it with passion and precision in a public performance! Spoken Word offers space to write and time to develop strong performance dynamics with a specific piece or broader project in mind.

The Banff Centre’s Spoken Word program is the first program of its kind, offering a unique milieu for artists to explore and develop their voices and career paths. Also included in the program are workshops, special events, and one-on-one mentorship. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with a vibrant network of spoken word artists. Cultivate your craft with the language, rhythm, music, and beat of spoken word. To apply:

 ITEM 5: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTS AUTHOR SERIES THIS FALL                                                                                                     

Ottawa Public Library's Main Branch, designed ...

Ottawa Public Library’s Main Branch, designed by Bemi & Associates Architects (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Ottawa Public Library is hosting a series of 13 author visits this Fall. Authors will discuss their most recent work, or a combination of their work, personal experience or research.

  • Richard B. Wright: Mr. Shakespeare’s Bastard, Sunnyside, October 19, 2-3 p.m.
  • Elizabeth Hay: Alone in the Classroom, Nepean Centrepointe, October 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Charles de Lint: Over My Head, Alta Vista, October 28, 7-8 p.m.
  • Michael Redhill, Inger Ash Wolfe: The Calling, Alta Vista, November 2, 2-3 p.m.
  • Robert Douglas: That Line of Darkness: The Gothic from Lenin to Bin Laden, Main Library, November 9, 2-3 p.m.
  • Mark Frutkin: A Message for the Emperor, Carlingwood, November 16, 2-3 p.m.
  • Denise Chong: Lives of the Family, Carp, November 12, 2-3 p.m., * offered in partnership with Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC)
  • Carolyn Abraham: The Juggler´s Children, Nepean Centrepointe, November 16, 2-3 p.m.
  • Veena Gokhale: Bombay Wali and Other Stories, Rosemount, November 23, 2-3 p.m.
  • Tamara Levine: But Hope is Longer: Navigating the Country of Breast Cancer, Sunnyside, November 23, 2-3 p.m.

Online registration is required to attend these free programs. This series is offered with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts. For a complete list of programs, visit

For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or

ITEM 6: THE OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY (OPL) IS HOLDING ITS 4TH ANNUAL TEEN AUTHOR FEST                                               NEW!


DATES: September 24 to November 29.

LOCATIONS: Various branches of OPL

This year´s line-up is better than ever with author readings for both teens and tweens.

Check out the full program listing below. Big names to look out for later in the

Fall include Lemony Snicket and Lauren Oliver. All programs are free and open to

teens and tweens across the city.

  • Paul Blackwell Tuesday, October 29, 1:00 p.m., St-Laurent branch, 515 Côté
  • Lemony Snickett Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m., Nepean Centrepointe branch, 101 Centrepointe
  • Teresa Toten Tuesday, November 12, 2:00 p.m., Metcalfe branch, 2782 8th Line, Wednesday, November 13, 10:00 a.m., Cumberland branch, 1599 Tenth Line, Wednesday, November 13, 1:00 p.m., Carlingwood branch, 281 Woodroffe
  • Lauren Oliver Monday, November 18, 7:00 p.m., Nepean Centrepointe branch, 101 Centrepointe
  • Eric Walters Friday, November 29, 1:00 p.m., Alta Vista branch, 2516 Alta Vista

For more information, visit

or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or


ITEM 7: THE OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY IS HOSTING A SERIES OF SIX POETRY PROGRAMS THIS FALL                                                     


  • Poetry Workshop with rob mclennan, Rosemount, October 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Poetry Workshop with Chris Jennings, Carlingwood, October 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Online registration is required to attend these free programs. For a complete

list of programs, visit . For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or


 Turning Leaves 2013

 DATES: November 22-24 at Fern Resort in Orillia Fern Resort



Three-day all-inclusive writing retreat at the fabulous Fern Resort, just 2 hours north of Toronto on Lake Couchiching. Our guest author is Bill Swan, winner of the 2012 Red Maple Award.

Professional writing instructors

Inspiring writer’s craft workshops

Plenty of time to exercise your pen

Private setting and first-class amenities

Autumn Reflections  Oct. 20 Havelock, ON.

Glentula in the Kawarthas

If you can’t get away for a full weekend retreat, spend Sunday, October 20 at Gwynn’s scenic lakefront home in Havelock. This one-day getaway is filled with inspirational writing activities to get you writing.

We’ll draw inspiration from the woods brilliant with fall colour, the rich smells of harvest time, the camp fire, the lake and streams as well as the energy of writing in a community of other writers.

For more information or to register: Visit Writescape at, email or call 905-728-7823.



DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue 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.  FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor.  Check out’s literary events calendar here:, with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to


 A professional writer and/or storyteller is sought for the position of Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. The three-month residency, from September 8 to December 8, 2014

, will require the successful candidate to spend approximately 16 hours per week providing mentorship and practical artistic advice to developing writers and storytellers at the University of Manitoba, to give a limited number of readings and/or performances on campus, and to lead an informal non-credit workshop. The remaining time is to be devoted to the writer or storytellers own artistic projects.

The successful candidate will receive a salary of $15,000.00 CAD, plus rent-free accommodation and return transportation to Winnipeg. Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; however, full proficiency in English is required, and publications or performance credits in English would be an asset. The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture is committed to principles of employment equity. The application deadline is Friday, October 25, 2013.


Please see for full instructions on how to apply.







in early October, Canadians of all political stripes won’t want to miss CTV News Host CRAIG OLIVER in conversation about the role of the citizen,  the personal lessons of defeat and a compelling tell-all account of modern politics from renowned author and former Liberal Party of Canada leader MICHAEL IGNATIEFF

Later in October, just before our 2013 Fall Edition begins, we’ll talk about our relationship with the foods we eat at home, learn secret flavours and taste some favourite recipes from the kitchen of Celebrity Chef and bestselling author CHEF LYNN CRAWFORD

  • Tuesday October  22nd  7 pm   At Home with CHEF LYNN CRAWFORD A Special  Food Tasting Event and Book Launch Sample her favourite home recipes.

Click here for ticket and event details.

ITEM 12: CANADIAN WRITERS’ CONTEST CALENDAR EARLY BIRD ORDERS                                                                                              

There’s only a week left for your members to save money by advance order for the 2014 Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar. Full details at

 — Deborah Ranchuk White Mountain Publications

ITEM 13: THE POETRY SHOW FEAT. THE P.O.E.                          NEW!

 DATE Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013  7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

LOCATION: The Observatory Bar Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa

Free entry to Algonquin College Students and to the general public ($10 entry)

It’s back! Algonquin SA (Students’ Association) and Make SpokenWord Go Viral brings you for the third season in a row the only poetry slam series on Algonquin College campus. This show is unique and stands out as a slam that encourages the artists to bring their best and the audience to give the performers their support.

This event is a FULL Audience participation show. By using a ballot voting system, listeners will vote their top four poets into the semi-final round, and after vote their top two poets to make it into the Final round. Once the two finalists square off, audience will again vote for a winner.

EXCITING ENOUGH? Well there is more! Poets and audience members will not know who is in the show until showtime! That’s right. A BLIND SLAM!

This means poets can’t really prepare certain pieces to slam against another style of poet because they don’t know who is on the list. They are all sworn to secrecy and will only find out who their fellow competitors are at showtime. Want to know who is performing? Want to see what talent The Poetry Show has once again brought for you?

STILL NOT EXCITING ENOUGH! Well how about we throw in a feature of volcanic proportions!

From Hamilton, Ontario, but known across Canada as The P.O.E, this Poet and MC extraordinaire will grace our stage and deliver his high energy set of rhymes and flow!

There’s only one way to find out who will take home $300 and title of SLAM CHAMPION.

Come be part of the action. See you at The Poetry Show!


 DATE: Thursday, October 17, 2013    7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: PRESSED, 750 Gladstone, Ottawa

$10 cover

 The Artistic Showcase will welcome the coming of autumn with another show that blends the power of spoken word poetry, story-telling and music with the power of love and community.

The show will once again take place at the home of Ottawa’s best sandwiches and loveliest staff, Pressed. This month’s performers will include artists of local, national and international renown. The features will be:

The Artistic Showcase is a celebration of the combined powers of love, creativity and vision. It is a meeting place for those who want to be inspired to live passionate, creative, non-violent and spirited lives in the city of Ottawa. It is also a celebration and an exhibition of the artistic diversity that exists all over the country. This month’s showcase will be fire, it will be electricity, it will be thoughtful, political and emotionally charged, it will be gritty and healing and full of power. Be there to witness it all unfold on October 17th.

As always, The Artistic Showcase will be hosted by local spoken word poet and organizer Brandon Wint (


 DATE:  Thursday, October 17, 2013  7:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  Raw Sugar Café, 692 Somerset St. W.

 Come join us in celebrating the Diana Brebner Prize winner and the Archibald Lampman Award shortlist poets: Christine McNair for Conflict, Nina Berkhout for elseworlds, and E. Russell Smith for Petroglyph Beach.

 The 2013 Archibald Lampman Award will be presented on October 22, at the Shenkman Arts Centre, in conjunction with the City of Ottawa Book Awards.

ITEM 16: APT. 9 PRESS PRESENTS: RHONDA DOUGLAS, SPENCER GORDON, jesslyn delia smith                                                        NEW!

 DATE:    Friday, October 18, 2013  6:30 p.m. Readings at 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset St. W.) No Cover


Poetry Chapbooks & Readings from

  • jesslyn delia smith | the grass is yard now, again
  • Rhonda Douglas | How to Love a Lonely Man

Apt. 9 Press is thrilled to announce three new titles! jesslyn delia smith, Spencer Gordon, and Rhonda Douglas will be present to read from their brand-new chapbooks and to sign the copies you buy for yourselves and your loved ones. It has been a great joy working with these three poets over the past few months getting ready for this event, and I can’t wait for the community to have a chance to read these poems. It is a privilege to publish this work.

We’re spoiled to once again be hosted by the best literary venue in town, Raw Sugar Cafe. Get there early, have a pint or a coffee, and be ready for the readings to start at 7:00 p.m.

jesslyn delia smith lives in Ottawa. She can be reached at, and more poems can be found on her blog at

Spencer Gordon is a Canadian actor, writer, and retired professional wrestler. He is the author of Cosmo (Coach House Books, 2012), a collection of short stories called “startling and invigorating” by Quill and Quire, “rare [and] brave” by the National Post, “poignant and hilarious” by This Magazine, and “both heartwarming and heartbreaking” by The Winnipeg Review. He has taught at Humber College and OCAD U. His poetry chapbook, Feel Good! Look Great! Have a Blast! (Ferno House, 2011), was shortlisted for the 2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award. He is co-editor of The Puritan, the near-seven-year-old online literary journal, and of Ferno House, the Toronto-based micro-press. See for more information. Follow him on Twitter @spencergordon.

Rhonda Douglas is originally from Newfoundland but has lived in Ottawa with her daughter Emma since time out-of-Memorial. She is the author of Some Days I Think I Know Things: The Cassandra Poems. Her poetry has won awards in the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition, the Far Horizons award from The Malahat Review and the Diana Brebner prize from Arc Poetry Magazine. Her short fiction has been published in literary journals across Canada and won first prizes from both Room Magazine and Prairie Fire. Rhonda completed her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC in 2012. She spends too much time on airplanes and always intends to change that, right after she obtains SuperElite status again.


ITEM 17: STEVE McCAFFERY in A B SERIES                        NEW!

 DATE: Saturday, October 19, 2013     8:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

 LOCATION: Courtroom, 2nd Floor, Arts Court 2 Daly Avenue Ottawa, Ont.

Free: A hat will be passed.

The Ottawa Arts Court. Formerly the Carleton C...

The Ottawa Arts Court. Formerly the Carleton County Courthouse, the building now serves as Ottawa’s municipal arts centre. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Steve McCaffery is the author of more than 35 books and chapbooks of poetry and criticism, most recently The Darkness of the Present (University of Alabama Press, 2012). Twice nominated for the Governor General’s Award, his many titles include: Paradigm of the Tinctures (with illustrations by Alan Halsey) New York: Granary Books and Slightly Left of Thinking. Poems and Postcognitions, Tucson: Chax Press. He teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he is David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters and Director of the UB Poetics Program.



 Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013 6:30 P.M. To 10:00 P.M. Doors and sign-up are at 6:30

Location: The Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square, Ottawa

$8 and free for performers

This season has been like camping in the woods… It has been IN TENTS! Three slams and three winners. Three slams and 29 different slammers.  SO WHAT GOES DOWN IN SLAM #4? Will we see another newcomer storming the stage like P-RIME? Will we see the return of touring vet PrufRock? One thing we KNOW we will see its a feature with the five poets who will be competing at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Montreal this November, trying to bring Capital Slam its THIRD National Championship.

  • BRUCE NARBAITZ: 2013 CapSlam Champ and member of the 2011 CapSlam team. V: member of the 2012 & 2013 CapSlam teams
  • GAVIN RUSSELL: 2012 OYPS Champ and first time CapSlam member
  • RUSTY PRISKE: FIVE time CapSlam team member, including the Championship winning 2009 team.
  • BRAD MORDEN: 2010 Wild Card team member, 2011 & 2012 Urban Legends team member & first time CapSlam team member.

What are they bringing to Montreal? First… what are the bringing to Capital Slam on Oct. 19th?

Come out and see a great slam and see what are team has to show you! Thanks to the City of Ottawa for helping to make this possible! See you at the Merc!


Featuring Joe Banks, Journalism professor, Algonquin College

 DATE: Monday October 21 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Algonquin College, Woodroffe campus, Room 216, building P

 Journalism students with ID free, Media Club members $15, Non-members $20

Sandwiches, fresh fruit cheese and crackers provided

 RSVP 613-521-4855 by October 18


 Date: Sat. Oct. 26 & Sun. Oct. 27 Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Location: RA Centre, Bytown Room B, 2nd floor on Riverside Drive next to Billings Bridge Shopping Centre

 Admission & Parking: FREE

Authors:  Approximately 30 Local Authors will display and sell their books


OIW is holding its annual Ottawa Authors & Artisans Fair again this year.  We are excited to report that it will take place on the same weekend as a large pottery show at the RA Centre. As usual, a basket of books will be raffled off, with all proceeds donated to CHEO.

Contact: George Laidlaw: or (613) 831-2505





The Mackinac (Canada/US) seeks poetry that “bridges the strait between nostalgia and the immediate, the wilds seen and unseen, the best of emerging and established voices.” Submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Deadline: Ongoing.   Guidelines:


Dentists on the Frontier (Canada) seeks short, pithy, provocative and even happy stories of dentists and dental procedures from practitioners and patients of dentistry. Filed under the title “Writing Home Again,” stories should be in the form of an anonymous open letter (Dear Dentist or Dear Patient). Accepting nonfiction and creative nonfiction only. Length: 600 words max. Deadline: ongoing.  Guidelines:

 Featured Fifty Poetry: We’re Seeking Your Best Poems for writers age 50 and older.


Ploughshares’ reading period is now open! We’re accepting submissions for Ploughshares literary magazine and for our Ploughshares Solos series of long stories and essays. You can now submit all those poems, essays, and stories that you’ve been working on and saving up since January. For guidelines and to submit, visit our website.


Dead Beats (Sheffield, UK), a student-run publishing and live poetry organization, seeks submissions. Accepting poems, short stories (max. 2000 words) and experimental pieces from everyone, regardless of experience. Seeks to “share inspired and inspiring works from around the globe.” No deadline. Guidelines:


Independent hybrid lit mag The Holler Box accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, lyric essays, nonfiction, and artwork year-round. Each issue is published online and in the form of a limited release handmade chapbook. Welcomes the alternative and experimental, as well as new and unpublished writers. Length: 5000 words max (prose) and poetry (up to 3). Guidelines:

Online arts review magazine The Coastal Spectator (Victoria, BC) seeks reviews of theatre, books, music, film, visual arts, and other cultural happenings around coastal BC specifically (but not exclusively). Submit pieces that are “short and sharp.” Length: 300-500 words. Payment: stipend of $25. Partial to views that reflect a coastal slant on things. Query the editor at



Quarterly journal Squalorly (US) welcomes submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, illustration, and photography. Submit story/essay (5000 words max), flash pieces (up to 3), and poems (up to 5). Appreciates work with emphasis on emotion: “Move, amaze, horrify, and educate.”


Gervais Advertising is looking for short articles on a wide variety of subjects for their small shopping/tourism guides available at locations throughout central Ontario. Articles do not need to be location-specific and should have a casual slant based on fun, personal experience. Payment: $0.12 per word for accepted articles/stories. Contact Editor, Cyndy Gervais:

The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at:


Running out of Ink, a new webzine, is accepting short stories of all genres. For more information, visit:

Riddle Fence is currently accepting submissions for its spring issue. The publisher is looking for poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art. Info please visit

Fierce Ink Press Co-op Ltd. is currently open for submissions. The publisher is looking for books between 50,000 and 80,000 words long in all young adult genres.  For more information, please visit

Decoded Past is looking for writers with expertise in history and/or prehistory. This internet site will showcase articles written by experts for the general reader: new interpretations of past events, new developments or theories, the past in the context of the present. Writers must hold a degree in the social sciences or historical sciences and be writing in an area of personal expertise, or have an established platform in professional historical writing. Contact Rosemary Drisdelle at

CIRCA: A Journal of Historical Fiction is accepting submissions. Details are available at:

Dragon Ink Press is accepting submissions from comic artists, fantasy writers and poets for their new comics and literary anthology. Guidelines:

From the Well House is accepting fiction, scholarly essays and poetry. Details can be found at:

Ruminate Magazine is now accepting submissions. Guidelines and deadlines are available at:

Carousel is accepting submissions. Info:

Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info:

Convert Publishing, a new digital publisher, is accepting manuscript submissions. For more details, visit:


Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info:

Queen’s Quarterly is accepting articles, reviews, short stories and poetry. Details can be found here:

Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at:

The Ottawa Arts Review seeks prose submissions (including short fiction, personal essays, reviews, and interviews) relating to literary and visual arts, poetry, drama, and visual art., an online youth-culture magazine based in Toronto/GTA, is looking for original contributions in all print mediums: journalism, short fiction, poetry, etc. Also willing to consider other forms of visual communication modes: photography, painting, comic strips, etc. info:


New online magazine The Island Review (international) seeks submissions of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, photography and art from islanders, island-lovers, and those whose work is influenced by islands, or explores ideas of islandness. 


The recently-launched Northern Cardinal Review (Canada) is seeking creative and vivid poetry, non-fiction essays, and book reviews. Open to writers living in Canada, Alaska, or the northern border states of the U.S.

Comedy website The Higgs Weldon (US) seeks forms of writing (1000 words max.) and cartoons. Deadline: Ongoing:

Kolaj (Montreal, QC) is a quarterly, print magazine about contemporary collage. Seeks critical reviews and essays, artist profiles, event highlights, articles on collage making, collecting, and exhibiting, and other contributions. Pays.


Formalist poetry review The Rotary Dial (Canada) seeks poetry from Canadian and international writers. Looking for work that rhymes and/or scans but isn’t too versey: blank verse, syllabic verse, etc. Response within two weeks.


Garbanzo Literary Journal (US) is published in limited-run copies as part of a hand-created series of chapbooks. Seeks stories (1172 words max.) poems (43 lines max.), micro-fiction, macro-faction, creative nonfiction, and a variety of verse forms. Appreciates writing that disregards the rules:


BareBacklit is an online bi-monthly magazine seeking poetry, prose, and visual art. Accepts poetry (4 poems max.), fiction (2500 words max.), and flash fiction (1000 words max.). Prefers work that is “unpretentious, minimalist… entertains first, and provokes thought later.”


LWOT (Lies With Occasional Truth) seeks fiction from writers in Canada “(and sometimes by Americans who pretend, in their cover letters, to be Canadian)”. The term fiction is open to interpretation.  :


Online journal Pithead Chapel seeks fiction (short and flash) and nonfiction (experimental, personal, lyric essays) “that moves toward something bigger… takes chances.” Accepts stories and essays 4000 words max. Reads year-round.  :


The New Inquiry welcomes short- and long-form pieces “from anyone who wants to write.” Looks for well-written, original posts on ideas, books, art, culture, and more. No fiction or poetry.  :


Literary journal Revolver (US) seeks “short range” (up to 1000 words), “long range” (1000-5000 words), and art for its next issue. Welcomes fiction, poetry, essays, lists, and art. Also accepting bar stories for “Shots with Strangers”.  :


Website strange bOUnce accepts short stories, satire, and poetry, that have been “lightly brushed with sport.” Send work to No payment.


 Small circulation literary publication Cant Journal (US) seeks poetry and prose for Issue #5. Accepts poetry, short inventive prose (micro fiction, flash fiction, etc.; 300-1000 words), poetry book reviews, essays on poetry, and interviews with poets. Submit 3-7 poems, 1-3 short prose pieces, or 1 poetry book review or essay on poetry. Journal is small (5 x 11); writers are encouraged to keep this in mind when submitting. Publishes annually in April. Payment: Three copies.   Guidelines:


Red Kitty is a webzine and limited run print zine based out of Austin, TX. Accepting poetry, prose, short fiction, personal narrative, humor, and experimental journalism; illustration, photography, and doodles; and sound portraits, video art, and spoken word. Prefers works that takes risks and gets messy, including the “strange, thought-provoking, funny, demented.” Deadline: rolling. Guidelines:


Independent magazine Bitterzoet (US) is now looking for new poetry, fiction, and artwork for their monthly online zine and bi-annual print editions, and mini chapbooks. Publishes work that engages in the “interplay between bitterness and sweetness, light and darkness, salvation and damnation.” Accepts poetry (3-8) prose (6 pages max), and artwork. Also looking for shorter pieces (“bonbons”) of poetry (10 lines max) and prose (150 words max.). Deadline: rolling. Guidelines:


Independent online journal Black Heart Magazine (U.S) seeks short fiction for its weekday (M-F) publication cycle. Length: 1500 words max. All genres accepted, with a literary angle preferred. Appreciates ‘short-form modern literature, from pulp to literary fiction and everything in-between.’ Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines:


GlassFire Magazine (US) seeks submissions of fiction and non-fiction (3000 words max.), poetry, and artwork for the Winter 2013 issue. Pays $5 per poem/artwork/photography and $10 per story/nonfiction Deadline: Rolling.




The Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA program’s biannual publication, Lunch Ticket, is accepting submissions for its next issue. Submit fiction, creative non-fiction, YA fiction, poetry, and art/imagery. Theme/genre: Open. Deadline: October 31, 2013.     Guidelines:

Bones – a journal for contemporary haiku: Send a maximum of 5 single haiku and/or 1 series/sequence of maximum 10 haiku. Submission deadlines are October 15 – November 15 for the December issue & April 15 – May 15 for the June issue. Submissions: submission (at) bonesjournal (dot) com. with “Submission to bones” in the subject line. Please include the works in the body of the email AND as an attached file (doc, docx, odt, rtf)

ROOM MAGAZINE Call for Submissions: 37.2: Contest issue.  Room would love to add a bit of your literary brilliance to our already sparkling lineup for issue 37.2, to be published in June 2014. In this open-themed issue we will showcase our 2013 contest winners, feature an interview with Canadian poet Sandra Ridley, and have commissioned short fiction by another Canadian, Jessica Westhead. If you see your work—whether it is poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction—fitting into that mix, send it our way. Check out our guidelines for full details. Deadline: October 31, 2013




Creative Nonfiction (US) is seeking new essays about mistakes — major or minor, tragic or serendipitous, funny or painful — for an upcoming issue. Looking for true stories about poor decisions, missteps, miscalculations, embarrassing boo-boos, dangerous misjudgments, or fortuitous faux pas that explore the nature and outcomes of human fallibility. First prize: $1000. Length: 4000 words max. Entry fee: $20 (or $25 for a subscription to Creative Nonfiction — US only). All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Mistakes” issue. Deadline: November 1, 2013 Guidelines:

The Muse, An International Journal of Poetry, an online bi-annual journal of poetry from India, is seeking submissions for their next issue. Accept poems (send 1-5 poems), and essays and research papers (3000 words minimum). Deadline: November 10, 2013.

Online literature/arts magazine The Broken City (Toronto, ON) is currently accepting submissions for its winter 2013 edition: “Turn on, tune in.” Looking for music-related poetry, fiction, essays, comics, illustrations, photography, reviews as well as mp3 submissions for a mixtape. Deadline: December 1, 2013. Non-paying. Guidelines:








  • SAMUEL De CHAMPLAIN LITERARY ARTS COMPETITION FOR YOUTH DEADLINE: OCT. 21, 2013 To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s voyage, the City of Ottawa will hold a literary competition for young writers – a citywide, bilingual contest seeking works that relate to Champlain’s explorations and the welcome he received from the Algonquin inhabitants.  The contest is open to Ottawa students in two age groups: junior writers (grades 3 to 5) and senior writers (grades 6 to 8). Five categories of literary arts will be judged: First person narratives (including letters and journal entries), essays or opinion pieces, fictional stories about Champlain’s adventures and discoveries, poems (including original ballads), and dramatic monologues. Awards will be presented at a celebratory evening on December 10, 2013. All entries must be submitted by teachers by October 21, 2013. Application forms and entry requirements are available online:  Contact for more information.


  • RANDOM HOUSE SPOOKY SHORT STORY CONTEST.Details: Stories must be between 1,200 and 1,500 words. And, to make it just a bit more challenging, your story has to include the following 10 words provided by John Boyne and Diane Setterfield: Shadow, Children, Fog, Mirror, Revenge, Black, Hidden, Sleep, Eye, Never.   The contest starts now and you have until October 24th at midnight (mua ha ha) to submit your story.  Submit your entry by emailing with the subject line “Spooky Short Story Writing Contest”. In the body of the email, please include your submission and your name.   The three best stories as chosen by Retreat by Random House will be posted to this blog on October 31, 2013.  MORE INFO AT
  • The Black River Chapbook Competition (Fall) Awarded twice annually for a chapbook (16-36 pages) of poetry or short stories. Beginning with the Fall 2009 competition, winner receives $500 and 25 copies of chapbook. Entry Period: September 1 – October 31. Deadline: October 31, 2013.




  • carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) announce a creative nonfiction contest open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The prize is $500 and publication in carte blanche. Submit original, previously unpublished creative nonfiction of up to 3,000 words to  by November 1 at midnight ET. Entry fee of $7 for CNFC members and $12 for non-members.


  • The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year, and is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. The awards carry a $1,000 prize, and are presented each year at the annual LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced during National Poetry Month in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2013. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me ( by Nov 1st, 2013 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to:


  • The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized authors’ tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. The awards carry a $1,000 prize, and are presented each year at the annual LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced during National Poetry Month in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2013. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me ( by Nov 1st, 2013 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to:
  • The Raymond Souster Award is given for a book of poetry by a League of Canadian Poets member (all levels, dues paid) published in the preceding year. The award honours Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award carries a $1,000 prize. It is presented each year at the LCP Annual Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2013. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me ( by Nov 1st, 2013 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to:


  • CANADA WRITES CBC SHORT STORY PRIZE DEADLINE NOV. 1 2013  Submit your original, unpublished stories stories between 1200 and 1500 words.  Competition opens: September 1, 2013. Deadline to submit: November 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET OPEN TO  All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can submit.  MORE INFO HERE


  • NEW! FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting is pleased to announce the 2013 Dalton Camp Award. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize for excellence in creative, original essay-writing on the link between democracy and the media in Canada. New for 2013, a discretionary second prize of $2,500 may be awarded for the best essay by a post-secondary student. The 2013 Award is open to both students and other Canadians. The deadline for entries is November 15, 2013. Download the 2013 Dalton Camp Award PosterThe official rules, past winning essays, a video biography on Dalton Camp, and other details about the Award are available from the Dalton Camp Award website:


  • NEW! LOTR 100-Word Story Contest. Submit a 100-word story about love and travel and you could have it published online and win a free copy of the forthcoming book Love on
  • the Road 2013. Love on the Road 2013 is an anthology of 12 stories about love and
  • travel from a dozen different writers, some very accomplished, others just starting out. It’s scheduled for publication in early December.  In the lead-up to publication of the book, we’re running a tumblr ( featuring photos and 100-word stories about love and travel. We’ll take submissions until November 30 and
  • then declare three winners and send them (for free) paperback copies of Love on the Road 2013. There’s more information at  Best, Sam Tranum Dublin, Ireland


  • Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline is November 30, (postmarked).


  • Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2013. DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2013. Go online at  First Prize $1,000, Second Prize $250, Third Prize $100. The entry fee for each submission is $25. One Act Plays of from 10 minutes to 70 minutes may be submitted by mail or email. By mail to Bottle Tree Productions, 445 Southwood Drive, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7M-5P8. Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions. For environmental and storage reasons email submissions are preferred. By email to contest (at) bottletreeinc (dot) com. Go online at


  • Briarpatch Magazine is accepting entries for their third annual writing contest, Writing in the Margins. Seeking fresh, fiction and creative non-fiction “that brings to life issues of political, social, and environmental justice.” Cash prizes totalling $750. Length: 2000 words max. Entry fee: $25 (includes subscription). Deadline: December 1, 2013.  Guidelines:


  • FREEFALL MAGAZINE Just for fun we’ve added a new contest: “The Corner of 13th and 13th” Flash Fiction. Write a story in 500 words or less about what happened on Friday September the 13th 2013 at one of the 13th Avenue and 13th Street intersections in the photos found at: Entry Fee: $13.00. First Prize: $130.00. Deadline to enter is: Friday Dec 13th 2013



  • 2013 annual FreeFall Prose and Poetry Contest is now open! Contain your joy as we let you know that we’ve doubled the first place prize money from $300 to $600. Deadline to enter is: December 31, 2013. For current contest info visit:




  • Gemini MAGAZINE  is now accepting entries for its fourth annual Poetry Open competition. The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions will each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2014 issue of Gemini. The entry fee is $5 for each batch of three poems. Deadline: January 2, 2014. We are open to any type of poetry, any subject matter, any length. Scroll down the Poetry Open page to see the broad range of work from previous winners and finalists.


  • League of Canadian Poets announces: Submissions are now open for the Jessamy Stursburg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth. There are two age categories, junior (grades 7-9) and senior (grades 10-12). First place poems in each category will receive a cash prize: Winners: $350 Second Place: $300 Third Place: $250 All winning poems will be published in the LCP’s e-zine, Re:verse at All winners will receive Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth certificates and student membership in the League of Canadian Poets for one year. Deadline: January 15, 2014.


  • The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published fewer than two books). Each year the winning manuscript will be selected by an established poet in co-operation with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint. The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 advance. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: January 31, 2014 Info here: Each entry must be accompanied with a business size SASE and an entry fee for $30.00 Canadian. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Matrix Publications.” No cash please. Send manuscripts to: The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint, c/o Matrix, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658, Montreal QC H3G 1M8  Or via Submittable: Alternatively, you may send you manuscript electronically to and send your payment via PAYPAL: RK Award Entry Fee $30