CAA NCR BI-WEEKLY LITERARY NOTICES FOR NOV. 17 TO 30, 2014

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks of Nov. 17 – Nov. 30, 2014

20 ITEMS, 13 NEW PLUS 8 NEW SUBMISSION CALLS & 6 NEW CONTESTSNOTICE TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com #Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml

ITEM 1: CAA-NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION (OTTAWA) PROGRAM INFORMATION

Please note that we have several vacant positions in the Branch. If you have even a limited amount of time to spare, we can find a place for you in the operation of the branch. CAA is an organization run by volunteers. We need you! Please speak to us about taking on some role in the organization. Your participation is vitally important to the branch.

UPCOMING EVENTS       

  ITEM 1: 2014 WINTER SOCIAL                                                    NEW LOCATION!

  DATE: Tuesday, December 9, 2014       TIME: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

LOCATION: Alta Vista, Ottawa – home of CAA-NCR President Qais Ghanem (location change!) Qais Ghanem

(To confirm attendance, and for the address contact Qais at <ghanems@rogers.com)  cropped-snowy-bird-feedercrop.jpg Join us for a special time of celebration as we   head into winter. If you have seasonal or other stories or poetry to share, bring them to read! Bring along a favourite culinary delight to share.

 

 ITEM 2: 2015 NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC)               NEW!

Enter the 28th National Capital Writing Contest. The deadline is February 6, 2015 (the first Friday in February each year).

28th Annual NCWC Categories

The 28th Annual National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC) is accepting entries in the following categories:

  •  Short Story (max. 2500 words)
  • Poetry (not Haiku; max. 60 lines including title & blank lines)

Prizes (in each category)

  •  1st Prize: $300; 2nd Prize: $200; and 3rd Prize: $100.

See the Literary Awards page for full contest details and the winners from the previous year’s NCWC.

Tuesday, May 12 — National Capital Writing Contest Awards Evening

This is an evening to celebrate the writing talent residing within the National Capital Region, congratulate the winners of the 2015 (28th annual) contest and support our fellow writers.

It is anticipated that all finalists will attend CAA–NCR’s 28th Annual NCWC Awards Night. First place winners will be asked to read their entries. To be held at the Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Metcalfe & Laurier in the Auditorium.

 

 ITEM 3: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CAA-NCR’s BYLINE MAGAZINE            

If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at sharyn_40@yahoo.com. Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle for details Sharyn_40@yahoo.com

CAA-NCR Byline Submission Guidelines

Writing-related articles that include information about the process, profession or business of writing, or insights into the writer’s world.

Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication (minimum, $10); poetry $10 each; photos $5 each. Contact Editor (sharyn_40@yahoo.com) prior to submitting

Deadlines: For non-solicited material, two months prior to publication. Issues published January, March, May, Summer, September, November.

Submission guidelines: English with Canadian spelling. In MS Word or OpenOffice as an attachment. Photos in jpeg, largest available resolution.

Font: Times New Roman 12 point, single space. No formatting, no indents; one extra return between paragraphs. Length: Preferably between 600 – 1200 words.

ITEM 4: CAA-NCR WRITING CIRCLES CALL FOR WRITERS  

Interested in working on specific pieces of your writing and getting valuable feedback from other writers? If this sounds good to you, join a CAA Writing Circle!  We have a Writing Circle starting in October in Centertown and another in the west end coming soon. This is a great opportunity! Participation is FREE to CAA members. For more information or to be join the writing circle, please contact Catina via email at catina.noble@yahoo.ca

CAA NCR MEMBER NEWS

ITEM 5: CAA NCR MEMBER SANJEEV SIVARULRASA GALLERY NOW OPEN NEW!

LOCATION: Thoburn Mill, 83 Little Bridge Street, Unit 102, Almonte)

Thoburn Mill

Sanjeev Sivarulrasa has launched his own art gallery and studio in Almonte, about a half-hour west of Ottawa. (For details and additional information check the website or contact Sanjeev directly.)

Sanjeev describes Almonte as a hip town with energized people who are very artist/writer-friendly. They are also eager to preserve and re-purpose old buildings, like the woollen mill that now houses his gallery & studio.

By Spring, in addition to his own studio work and work on his next book, Sanjeev will begin curating a series of special exhibition by collaborating with other artists.

Space is available to the public for readings and book launches etc. Email to Sanjeev at mailto:sivarulrasa@aol.com. for details. Special rates offered to CAA-NCR members.

 

 ITEM 6: CAA-NCR MEMBER ANNE KATHLEEN MCLAUGHLIN’S                    NEW!

novel, Egypt on the Back of the Wind, can be found at http://borealispress.com.

 

 

 ITEM 7: CAA-NCR MEMBER BOB ABELL BOOK LAUNCH                        NEW! 

DATE: NOV. 29, 2014 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

LOCATION: READS’ BOOK SHOP, 135 BRIDGE STREET, CARLETON PLACE

Dr. Bob Abell (R.A. Abell) will be launching his new-adult (to boomer) novel, Fireballs, at Read’s Book Shop and Coffee Bar in Carleton Place, Ontario, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 29th.  Fireballs is a sequel to Trails, which was released in January of this year, and is available on Amazon or directly from Rovell by email to books@rovell.com. Dr. Abell will also feature in an interview with Crystal Budgell, Manager of Library Services of the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library and host of the popular WhiStle Radio 102.7 program, Shelf Life.  This will air on December 30th.

 

Fireballs

Dr. Bob Abell, President and Author, Ph.D. (Science Ed.), B.Ed., B.Sc. (Chemistry)
Non-Fiction: Salvaging Capitalism/Saving Democracy (2012)
Novels:  The Corporation (2nd ed. 2013), Trails (2014), Fireballs (coming soon)

http://www.rovell.com/rovell/publishing.html http://rabellblog.com/ Mailto:rabell@rovell.com

CAA NEWS FROM NATIONAL

ITEM 8: 2015 CANADIAN AUTHORS LITERARY AWARDS                            NEW!

Entries are now being accepted for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2015 Literary Awards.

Entering its 40th year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. Past winners have included Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Leonard Cohen, Micheal Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Patrick DeWitt, Nino Ricci, Michael S. Cross, Don McKay, Charlotte Gray, Joseph Boyden and countless other literary stars – some relatively unknown at the time they received the award.

Criteria and submission details are available online at www.canadianauthors.org. Complete the CAA 2015 Awards entry form online, print it and send it to us along with your submission and entry fee.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2015.

For more information about past winners, shortlisted authors, and awards events, visit our awards page at http://canadianauthors.org/national/caa-literary-awards/.

OTHER WORKSHOPS

ITEM 9: THE BANFF CENTRE LITERARY PROGRAMS FOR 2015 Now accepting applications      FOR MORE INFO ON ALL PROGRAMS PLEASE VISIT: http://www.banffcentre.ca/writing/programs/                                 Banffcentre

 

Spoken Word March 30 – April 11, 2015 Apply by December 3

 

Program director: Tanya Evanson, with faculty Robert Priest & Ivy; and jazz peer advisors from the Kalmunity Vibe Collective (Montreal): Mark Haynes, Malika Tirolien & Jahsun

For spoken word artists to explore and develop their voices and career paths.

New! Digital Narratives May 4 – 23, 2015 Apply by December 10

Program co-directors: Eli Horowitz & Russell Quinn

Perfect for writers wishing to use interactive technologies and associated digital concepts to explore, push the boundaries of, and create new forms of innovative narrative across multiple platforms.  Opening for applications on October 22.

Writing Studio April 27 – May 30, 2015 Apply by January 14

Program director: Greg Hollingshead

Faculty: Narrative – Dionne Brand, Tessa McWatt, Robinranath Maharaj, John Burnside, Linda Spalding; Poetry – Karen Solie, Tim Lilburn, C.D. Wright; Voice and relaxation – Dale Genge

For writers at early or intermediate stages in their careers, the program offers an extended period of uninterrupted writing time, one-on-one editorial assistance from experienced writers/editors, and an -opportunity to engage with a community of working writers.

Banff International Literary Translation Centre | Centre international de traduction littéraire de Banff | Centro Internacional de Traducción Literaria de Banff

Program dates | Dates de résidence | Fechas de residencia: 08.06.2014 – 27.06.2015

Director / directrice / directora: Katherine Silver Application deadline | Date limite de réception des candidatures | Plazo de entrega de solicitudes: 18.02.2014

Literary Journalism July 6 – August 1, 2015 Apply by March 18

Rogers Communications Chair: Ian Brown and faculty editors Victor Dwyer and Charlotte Gill

Eight established writers of non-fiction get the opportunity to develop a major essay, memoir, or feature piece for a $2,000 commission.This program is 100% funded, including tuition fees, accommodation and meal plan, plus a travel allowance up to $750.

 

ITEM 10: ABROAD WRITERS CONFERENCE                                                     NEW!

Date: December 13 – 20, 2014

Location: Otivar (Granada), Spain

780-480-0

 

 (NOTE:SEE WEBSITE FOR OTHER WORKSHOPS ABROAD AVAILABLE IN 2015)

Authors workshops and readings are located at the end of a scenic Tropical Valley in a Mansion set in a private, quiet and peaceful setting away from the hustle and bustle of the coast and nearest towns. The ornamental Moorish gardens have been laboriously restored to their former glory offering guests the opportunity to wander or relax in total peace and tranquility. Surrounded by centuries old palm trees, shady borders and colourful exotic plants. Ancient cypress hedges border an attractive swimming pool that is fed by a natural spring.

Details: http://abroadwritersconference.com/2014-scheduled-conferences/palacete-de-cazulas-spain/ 

 

ITEM 11: TRAVEL WRITING & PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS IN CUBA          NEW!

COMING UP IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2015

Don’t miss an opportunity to polish their skills and have fun too in Cuba during Winter 2015. 

 Travel Notebook Learning Adventures is offering four workshops:

 

 

  • Cienfuegos: People & Place (January 23-February 1, 2015)
  • Trinidad de Cuba: People & Place (February 6-15, 2015)
  • Baracoa Safari: Into the Biosphere (February 27-March 8, 2015)
  • Baracoa: People & Place (March 20-29, 2015)

Details are available on our website: http://www.travelnotebook.ca, by email: travel_notebook@hotmail.com, or by phone (613-962-8373).  Kathryn MacDonald & James Archbold

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

ITEM 12: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL                          

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. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Check out 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            

 

ITEM 13: U OF O RESEARCHER SEEKING INTERVIEW PARTICIPANTS      

FOR A STUDY ON SELF-PUBLISHING VIEWS
My name is Adam Thomlison and I am conducting a Master of Arts research study at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Communication. The purpose of the study is to understand writers’ attitudes toward e-books as a format for self-publishing. I am looking for authors in the Ottawa area who would be willing to be interviewed about their views. I am specifically seeking:

– authors who have self-published print books, but not e-books (and the majority of whose work has been self-published); and
– aspiring authors who have written a book-length manuscript but have not yet been published.

Authors who meet either of these descriptions, and who are willing to be interviewed (it should only take about an hour, at a location that is convenient for you), can contact me at athom150@uottawa.ca. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

  IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

   ITEM 14: POETRY READINGS AROUND TOWN                                  NEW!

  •  Nov. 17 8:30 p.m. Blue Mondays readings Time and Place: 8:30 pm. Cafe Nostalgica, 601 Cumberland: Seymour Mayne with Shai Ben-Shalom, Rachel Fernandes, Mia Morgan, M. M. Buckingham, Margento, Nicola Vulpe, Claire Farley, Alexander Monker, Betty Warrington
  • Nov. 18 7 p.m. Open mic for poets  — prose writers too!  At Gaia Java coffee company, 1300 Stittsville Main street.  Every 3rd Tuesday.  Our next meeting is Tuesday Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.  Come share your words.  Make it happen.  Readings are 10 minutes each. Open to authors at all levels of experience.  Audience welcome. This is a new venture and we need your support to make it viable.  Contact: vivtay@kos.net
  • Nov. 19 The Sawdust Reading Series Time and Place: 7:00 pm. Pour Boy, 495 Somerset W. Web: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJMOBow2ziU featured poets & open mic; monthly contests for feature November 19 – Phil Hall & contest winner
  • Nov. 29 the Artistic Showcase Time and Place: 7:00 pm. Pressed, 750 Gladstone music, storytelling & poetry – $10 November 19 – MEHDI HAMDAD, KALEIGH WATTS, ALI ALIKHANI
  • Mugshots Open Mic Wednesdays Time and Place: Every Wednesday at 10:00 pm. Mugshots Bar, 75 Nicholas Street spoken word & music
  • Nov. 25       Words To Live By Time and Place: 7:00 pm. Pressed, 750 Gladstone Open mic & spoken word features $7 November 25 – Ocean

ITEM 15: THE A B SERIES PRESENTS NIKKI REIMER AND CHRIS TURNBULL NEW!

DATE: Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Ottawa Art Gallery,
Arts Court, Main Floor, 2 Daly Ave., Ottawa, Ont.

Nikki Reimer is a poet, critic and artist interested in emerging media, nostalgia and animality. She has published widely in print and digital media. Reimer has lived in Calgary and Vancouver.

Chris Turnbull lives near Ottawa, Ontario. Her poetry and other work can be found in ottawater, ditch, Dusie 10, and the ottawa poetry newsletter, among others; recent pieces are in upcoming issues of (parenthetical), Stroboscope,Spiral Orb, Nerve Lantern and Touch the Donkey. Her short opti/surface work, [ untitled ] is one of a trio (with pieces by angela rawlings and Heather Hermant, respectively) in o w n, forthcoming through CUE Books at the end of 2014. Her visual and multi-voice book continua will be published by Chaudiere Books in 2015. Thuja Press published her chapbook Shingles in 2001; above/ground press published a selection of continua in 2010. She installs poems on trails through rout/e, an ongoing foot press: http://etuor.wordpress.com
By donation

ITEM 16: OTTAWA POET LAUREATE PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE                 NEW!

Time and Place: November 24 at 7:00 pm.

Andrew S. Haydon Hall (Council Chambers), Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue W.

You’re invited to attend and participate. Hear more about the renewed program, share your feedback. Email: verseottawa@live.ca

ITEM 17: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS CATHERINE GRAHAM + S. THAMMAVONGSA                                                                                                NEW!

treereadingserieslogoDATE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014

LOCATION: BLACK SQUIRREL BOOKS, 1073 BANK ST. OTTAWA

 

6:45 pm WORKSHOP WITH J.M. FRANCHETEAU: Getting Personae

Expanding upon the ideas of the Nov 11 discussion of character and persona in poetry, and how they might be applied to other concepts of voice. Bring writing materials. Attendance at first workshop not required. JM Francheteau is a local poet and zinester, and current Arc Reviews Editor.

8:00 pm Readings Open Mic and Featured Readers

Catherine Graham is the author of five poetry collections including the recently published, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak & Wynn, 2013) and the acclaimed trilogy, Pupa, The Red Element and Winterkill (Insomniac Press). Recent work has appeared in Poetry Daily, The Malahat Review, Crannóg Magazine (Ireland), Eyewear (UK), Descant Magazine, The Puritan, The Toronto Review of Books, Taddle Creek, The Rusty Toque, Prairie Fire and Room Magazine. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she won an Excellence In Teaching Award.

Souvankham Thammavongsa Author of Light, winner of the 2014 Trillium Book Award for Poetry was born in Nong Khai, Thailand, in 1978. She is the author of three poetry booksSmall Arguments (Pedlar, 2003), Found (Pedlar, 2007), which was made into a short film of the same name by filmmaker Paramita Nath and screened at festivals worldwide, and most recently, Light, winner of the CBC Bookie for Best Canadian Poetry Book of 2013. In 2004, Small Arguments won the ReLit Award for Poetry. Her exquisite work has been championed by Canadian poets Anne Michaels, Dionne Brand and Michael Ondaatje. She was named Best Beloved Canadian Poet by readers of the literary periodical The New Quarterly.   MORE INFO AT: http://www.treereadingseries.ca

ITEM 18: OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL               

Thursday Nov 27 7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St. Rise to Greatness: The History of Canada with Conrad Black Info & Tickets

ITEM 19: GOVERNOR GENERAL LITERARY AWARDS PUBLIC READING  NEW!

DATE: November 26, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm LOCATION: Canada Council’s offices, 150 Elgin in Ottawa

November 18, 10 am: Stay tuned to http://ggbooks.ca/ for the digital announcement of the GG winners.

Meet the English-language GG winners at public events at the Canada Council’s offices. (Event with French-language winners on Thursday, November 27). Download images of the shortlisted books.

ITEM 20: OIW MEETING – – Thursday November 27

Interviewing Techniques:  Veteran Ottawa Citizen reporter Ian McLeod will explain how to ask the right questions and gather accurate information for books and other writing projects. 7 p.m. Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, 670 Albert St. $10 for guests. Free parking. Info: (613) 425-3873 or www.oiw.ca

         

MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

NEW! Ryga: A Journal of Provocations showcases the work that explores social issues. Seeking short stories, poem suites (of 3-6 poems), and plays. Pays $100. Guidelines.
 NEW! Mud Season Review, a community-led literary journal in Vermont, invites fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art for upcoming issues. Appreciates work that teaches something about life, and explores new ways of perceiving the world or about the craft of writing or visual art. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.
NEW! Dark Dragon Publishing Is Taking Submissions If you are wondering what types of novels spark our enjoyment, check out our list of published works. You should also check out our blog post Submissions: How to Submit. We publish horror, dark fantasy, paranormal and some science fiction novels between 75,000 – 150,000 words. Please send your queries to submissions@darkdragonpublishing.com Details: http://darkdragonpublishing.com/submissions.html

NEW! Rights Magazine Seeks Advertising Rights Magazine is currently looking for advertising that will be distributed to 50,000+ writers in over 90 countries. It will also be distributed at five of the leading international book fairs, including Frankfurt, which alone boasts 275,342 visitors, and 170,664 professional visitors. Full page and half page advertising spaces are available.

Details: http://iprlicense.com/Home/IPRRightsMagazine 

NEW! Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen We want to see any and all permutations of the superhero genre. Any genre-mashing goes: alternate history, crime, horror, romance, SF, fantasy, surrealism; we want a variety of tones, approaches, subgenres, cultural perspectives, etc. We’re interested in submissions where Canadian setting (a specific city, region, or province) plays a role, but we’re open to other types of stories, too, set anywhere in the world, the universe, or the multiverse!

Details: http://www.shainblum.com/anthologies/superhero-universe/ 

NEW! Journal Wants You to Knock Their Socks Off Shiny new Canadian quarterly The Impressment Gang (Canada) pays $25 for accepted poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and writing in general. Prints four times a year: May, August, November, and February. No word limit for fiction, nonfiction or other writing, but submissions really should knock our socks off.

Details: https://theimpressmentgang.squarespace.com/submit/ 

NEW! Seeking Greeting Card Verse Blue Mountain Arts is interested in reviewing writings suitable for publication on greeting cards. Looking for highly original and creative submissions on friendship, family, special occasions, positive living, and other topics one person might want to share with another person. Submissions may also be considered for inclusion in book anthologies. Pays $300 per poem for all rights to publish it on a greeting card and $50 if the poem is used only in an anthology. Request writer’s guidelines (which include contact/submission information) by sending a blank email to writings@sps.com with “Send Me Guidelines” in the subject line.Details: http://www.sps.com/home.html

FJORDS CALL FOR SPRING EDITION: Submissions are open for our spring edition—The issue will be in over 300 bookstores across the U.S. and available for digital download on every e-reader, tablet and in every app store. We’re looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction, translations and art, so hit us up with your best. http://ow.ly/CLHWV

Smashed Cake Review is seeking poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and dramatic script submissions from emerging and established writers. Wants work that surprises with a focus on consumerism and consumption. No words limits. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.

The Sacrificial seeks concise, original, dark, humorous, twisted, and insensitively-sensitive works. Accepts short stories, poetic prose, dialogues, commentaries, etc. Length: 500 words. Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines.
Shiny new Canadian quarterly” The Impressment Gang (Canada) pays $25 for accepted poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and writing in general. Prints four times a year: May, August, November, February. No word limit for fiction, non-fiction and other writing, but “submissions really should knock our socks off.” Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines.

Blue Mountain Arts is interested in reviewing writings suitable for publication on greeting cards. Looking for highly original and creative submissions on friendship, family, special occasions, positive living, and other topics one person might want to share with another person. Submissions may also be considered for inclusion in book anthologies. Pays $300 per poem for all rights to publish it on a greeting card and $50 if the poem is used only in an anthology. Request writer’s guidelines (which include contact/submission information) by sending a blank e-mail to writings@sps.com with “Send Me Guidelines” in the subject line.

Only Because (UK) is a new creative career and lifestyle magazine, launching in autumn 2014. Seeking advice articles, lifestyle features, creative non-fiction, short fiction and poetry. Send an email to hello@onlybecause.co.uk with a short bio and what you’d be interested in writing about. Include at least two relevant sample articles.
The Inflectionist Reviewhttp://www.inflectionism.com, considers poetry submissions on an ongoing basis. We are currently reading for issue 3. TIR has a strong preference for non-linear work that carefully constructs ambiguity so that the reader can play an active role in the poem. In general, we commend the experimental, the worldly and universal, and eschew the inane, trendy, and overly personal. Work that reveals multiple layers with further readings. Work that speaks to people across borders, across literary and cultural boundaries, across time periods, is more likely to fascinate us (and the reader). Submissions are accepted online via Submittable at https://theinflectionistreview.submittable.com/submit

Shadowgraph Magazine, We are currently open for poetry, fiction, essays, and image portfolios.  Shadowgraph Magazine is a bi-annual print journal and an Online Quarterly. We feature interviews with scholars of all kinds: scientists, artists, writers, and others.  We seek to publish the highest quality work we can find and have a special interest in unusual or unique stances towards writing.  You can submit online here (via submittable):  http://www.shadowgraf.com/submissions/. Or you can send your submissions to (please specify genre)  P.O. Box 31339, Santa Fe, NM 87594 Thanks!

  Masque & Spectacle just published its first issue and is now accepting submissions for issue two to be published on December 1. We publish all forms of creative writing plus visual art, video, and sound recordings. See the submission guidelines here: http://masqueandspectaclejournal.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine is looking for essays, stories, art, and poems that capture the essence and immediacy of the beast. Animal is a subject-specific lit mag, however loosely we define “animal.” In some form, we want a literal beast as a central character or motif. Render on the page what is both alien and familiar about an animal, animals, or being “animal.” Nonfiction: needs book excerpts, personal essays, experimental, memoir, humor. Does not want anything overtly religious, pornographic, or sentimental. Length: 5,000 words. Fiction: needs literary, adventure, confession, experimental, ethnic, fantasy, horror, humor, mainstream, science fiction. Does not want anything overtly religious, pornographic, or sentimental. Length: 5,000 words. Poetry: needs avant-garde, free verse, traditional. Send up to five poems. Total not to exceed five pages. Art: needs the essence of the beast as you see it–we prefer images that feature other species, filtered through human perception. Photos or other work that can be digitally represented online and in print; any kind of visual art that translates to e-space well, including photographs of installations and sculptures. Please send works that are at least 300 dpi, preferably in .jpg form. To Submit: Put the title and genre of work in your subject line. Please send questions for the literary magazine at the same address to Sarah Cedeno, fiction editor; Danita Berg, non-fiction editor; Stephen Mills, poetry editor, and Marley Andretti, Art Editor. Animal will consider simultaneous submissions, but asks that you notify us immediately if you are accepted elsewhere. We do not reprint work published elsewhere, in any form. Please send submissions pasted into the body of an e-mail, as well as attached to the e-mail as a MS Word-compatible document, to  animalliterarymagazineATgmailDOTcom. Put the title and genre of work in your subject line. In the cover-letter portion of your email, include the title and word count. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines may be deleted unread.

Call for Writers! wodahS Press is dedicated to Introducing the Most Eclectic and Innovative (short) Writings from Around the World.For Consideration please send your pieces along with a short bio in the body of an email only. Please note that attachments will not be opened. Chosen writers will be featured for one month on their own page.wodashS Press can be found at www.indearts.org. No Deadline. Please email: indearts@aol.com I n D e A r T s… – InDeArts http://www.indearts.org/

Blue Heron Book Works, an e-pub company, is looking for outstanding memoirs–unusual personal tales well told, or awesomely well told ordinary stories to publish as ebook, with an eye to print-on-demand later.  We would also like to work with fiction writers who have ideas for series fiction of any sort.  All costs are born by BHBW.  Check us out on http://www.blueheronbookworks.com/ to see what we like.  And query us at infoATblueheronbookworksDOTcom.

Toad is looking for outstanding works of poetry, flash fiction, and art for our upcoming issue due out in October.  Please read the submission guidelines and send us your best. Guidelines: http://toadthejournal.com/submit/

Lime Hawk seeks submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for its third issue, to release this fall. Check out our previous issues at www.limehawk.org. Submit: www.limehawk.submittable.com/submit

Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing will resume publication after a one-year hiatus. The next issue, #30, will appear in May/June 2015. First appearance in Columbia, South Carolina in 1982, featured poems by Seamus Heaney, Stephen Spender, and newcomer Sam Boone. Subsequently edited from England, Japan, and Tanzania, the magazine returned to South Carolina in 1996 until 2011. Illuminations has remained consistently true to its mission statement to publish new writers alongside some of the world’s finest. A number of new poets whose early work appeared in Illuminations have gone on to win prizes and accolades, and we at Illuminations sincerely value the chance to promote the work of emerging writers. Beginning August 1st, 2014, Illuminations is again accepting submissions of poetry. Please send no more than six poems at a time. Devoted primarily to poetry we publish only one or two pieces of short fiction and/or non-fiction in any given year, and sometimes none at all. Please make sure that anything you send us has not been published elsewhere already and is not currently under consideration elsewhere. In the case of a piece translated from a language other than English, please send us the original along with your translation (this is for review purposes only; we generally publish the translation only). Mailed submissions, with an accompanying SASE for response, to Simon Lewis, Editor, Illuminations, Department of English, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001. We also accept e-mailed submissions via Submittable.com–there is a $2.20 fee for e-mail submissions. To submit via e-mail, go to https://illuminations.submittable.com/submit For further information, please contact the editor Simon Lewis at lewissATcofcDOTedu.

Passages North http://passagesnorth.com/submissions/ Passages North is open for submissions! We want to read your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, hybrid essays, short-shorts, spoken-word poetry, and brief essays on the writing life for our online Writers on Writing column.  PN, a project of Northern Michigan University, has been publishing poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction since 1979. Read and submit at passagesnorth.com.

2014 DEADLINES:

Upstairs at Duroc Submission Guidelines: Upstairs at Duroc is interested in English language poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and translations. We welcome innovative or cross-genre forms, prose poems and flash fiction. Standalone excerpts from longer works will also be considered. Submit no more than 5 poems, or two prose pieces not exceeding 2000 words each. Include cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address, word count for prose, and a short Bio. Work is read anonymously by our Editorial Board.   Submission dates: We accept submissions from October 1 to February 28.    Please submit only previously unpublished material!     Poetry submission: Submit up to five poems. Attach them in a single Word document, one poem per page.   Prose submissions: For short stories, send one or two pieces of no more than 2000 words each. Send up to five flash fiction pieces, attaching them in a single Word document, one piece per page.   Visual Art submissions: We seek drawings, etchings and photographs with good contrast. Mostly black/white, plus one color piece per issue (for the cover). Send artwork in jpeg format.   Send submissions to: upstairsatduroc@wice-paris.org     For any queries regarding submissions, please write to The Editors at upstairsatduroc@wice-paris.org, Snail mail submissions should be sent to: WICE c/o Upstairs at Duroc 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris France http://upstairsatduroc.org/submission/

  FAMILY BLESSINGS: Prayers, Poems, and Traditions by June Cotner & Nancy Tupper Ling.  Note: All submissions for this book only should be emailed to: submitATfinelinepoetsDOTcom. Viva Editions is publishing Family Blessings in Spring 2016. Family Blessings consists of prayers, poems, toasts, traditions, rituals, and blessings for family gatherings. Your submissions should be inspiring, uplifting, and fitting for most faith traditions. The selections in Family Blessings will cultivate gratefulness for family life while nurturing and enriching the family bond. Each one should be universal (applicable to other families) and suitable to be read aloud at family gatherings. Preliminary chapters include: 1) All-Occasion Toasts; 2) Graces & Mealtimes; 3) Birthdays; 4) Weddings; 5) Babies & Christenings; 6) Anniversaries; 7) Graduations; 8) Housewarmings; 9) Family Reunions; 10) Memorial Services; 11) Prayers & Blessings; 12) Holidays; 13) Appreciating Siblings; 14) Family Traditions; 15) Everyday Joys; 16) Special (misc. category to include Retirement, Bon Voyage, New Job, Move, and other family-related topics); 17) Legacies; and 18) Benedictions.Please email no more than three submissions, each as a separate Word document and within one email message. Please use “FAMILY BLESSINGS” + your last name as your subject line and suggest a chapter from the headings above for each of your submissions. If your submissions are exactly what we are seeking, you will be invited to submit more. All submissions must be single-spaced in Times New Roman 12 with all of your contact info in the upper left corner. For desired spiritual tone, refer to my book,Baby Blessings, or you may request guidelines and samples as a Word document by emailing submitATfinelinepoetsDOTcom. Payment is one copy of the book for each published selection for non-exclusive rights. Submissions close: November 30, 2014.

Sugar Mule Issue 47. Sugar Mule, an online literary magazine open to all genres, invites submissions for Issue 47, guest edited by Alyse Knorr. Please send poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, book reviews, and hybrid works of all forms, themes, and subjects–we look forward to reading your work.Please e-mail your submission of no more than 5 unpublished poems or no more than 7,000 words of unpublished prose, as one MSWord or RTF document, to alyse.knorr.sugarmule@gmail.com, between September 1 and December 1. NOTE: do not send submissions after this date. Art and book reviews will also be considered. Please include a short bio and introductory note. Friends and former students of the editor should please refrain from submitting. Sugar Mule does not pay for accepted work(s) at this time. You retain all rights to your work; we retain none. About Sugar Mule:Sugar Mule is a long-standing online literary magazine with more than 40 issues and extras like online books and anthology-sized special issues. Sugar Mule is published about three times a year and is open to all forms of poetry and prose. Visit www.sugarmule.com for more.

I AM: TWENTY-SEVEN is a yearlong curated art project consisting of twenty-seven pieces about the age of twenty-seven. All pieces will be posted and archived on the project’s site. This project is curated by Rachel Ann Brickner, writer and Managing Editor of Weave Magazine. Deadline: December 1st, 2014. Guidelines: Submit anything. Really! Anything. A story (one sentence or many pages long), video, song, comic, photo essay, painting, collage, memoir, poem, riddle, infographic, et cetera. As long as it somehow incorporates the experience of being twenty-seven (explicitly or not). You can be of any age to submit. The more diverse, the better. Send your submissions to :  twentysevenzineATgmailDOTcom. Questions and ideas for the project can be found here: http://www.twentysevenzine.com/post/75600612901/questions-and-ideas-for-the-project. More about I AM: TWENTY-SEVEN: http://www.twentysevenzine.com/

NASSAU REVIEW Please visit http://www.ncc.edu/nassaureview for all questions and queries regarding this call for work.  You can also email nassaureviewATnccDOTedu if you can’t find the answer to your question or you can tweet at us @nassaureview. Submit your work between September 1 and December 10. All literary work submitted during this period will be under consideration for the Writer Awards. You do not have to send any separate submissions for the contest. Submission is FREE. The THEME for the submission period of 2014-2015 is The Post-Human: Our Other Selves. With rapid advances in electronics and technology, and our willingness to accept and follow, human beings have changed in mind and body.  Please submit works inspired by your observation or experience with the changing concept of what is self—or how many selves do we have—and what is human in our new realm of hyper-connectivity and convenience. Visit our website for all submission guidelines and to submit through our online system. We do not accept work outside of our online system.

Deadline 30 July and 30 December: The French Literary Review: twice-yearly international magazine of poetry and prose. We are looking for contemporary poems; short stories and articles (1000-3000 words); extracts from novels which stand on their own; paintings/drawings, all of which must have a French connection. Submissions: Barbara Dordi, Editor, chemin de Cambieure 11240 CAILHAU, Aude, France.

Heron Tree will be open for submissions from September 1 through December 1, 2014. Any submissions received outside this period will not be read. More information, including archives of previously published poems, can be found on our website: http://herontree.com/ Submit 2 – 5 poems with a cover letter via email to submitDOTherontreeATgmailDOTcom. Include your cover letter in the body of the email and attach poems in a single doc, docx, or rtf file. All submissions will be read blind; please do not include your name on the poems themselves, but provide a list of titles in your cover letter. Please do not use headers or footers in your file. Simultaneous submissions are welcome with timely notification of acceptance elsewhere. Work previously published online, electronically, or in print should not be submitted. Heron Tree does not publish translations, fiction, essays, or artwork at this time. Accepted work will be published on the Heron Tree website and will be included in a yearly bound edition available as a print-on-demand volume. We are not currently able to provide contributing authors with a gratis copy of the volume, but we plan to make it available to them at minimal cost. Purchase of the print volume is not required for publication.

The Humber Literary Review is seeking submissions of prose, poetry, artwork, and comics for their third issue, scheduled for release in Spring 2015. Pays $60 per poem, and $100 each for essays, fiction, and reviews. Also pay our feature and comics artists. Contributors also receive two copies. Deadline: December 8, 2014. Guidelines

 

2015 DEADLINES:

carte blanche open for submissions for 2015. You have until January 1, 2015 to submit your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, comics, audio stories, and translations. https://carte-blanche.submittable.com/submit

NEW! Eldredge Books is accepting submissions for Fashionably Late, a collection of personal narratives by gay, bisexual, and transgender men who came out well into adulthood. Submissions are open to all gay, bi, and trans men who identify as late bloomers (this typically refers to men who came out after their mid-twenties). Tentative pub date: September 2015. Length: 7,500 words max. Payment: small stipend, two copies each of the print/ebook anthology. Deadline: January 31, 2015. Guidelines.
VARIOUS DEADLINES: NonBinary Review, the quarterly literary publication of Zoetic Press, wants art and literature that tiptoes the tightrope between now and then. Art that makes us see our literary offerings in new ways. We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary, a tissue, or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy. We want insight, deep diving, broad connections, literary conspiracies, personal revelations, or anything you want to tell us about the themes we’ve chosen. Literary forms are changing as we use technology and typography to find new ways to tell stories—for work that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre, we’ve created a separate category to properly evaluate submissions of a hybrid or experimental nature. Each issue will focus on a single theme. Issue #1 (June 2014): Grimm’s Fairy Tales is available for free download from the Apple store, http://ow.ly/xj6fa Upcoming themes: L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz Issue #4 (reading period closes Jan. 31, 2015; publication March 2015): Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable. We are a paying market–1 cent per word for prose/hybrid work, $10 flat fee per poem, and $25 flat fee for art. Please note that at present, the Zoetic app is accessible through iPad only, with future updates to include iPhone and Android versions. When submitting your work, please note that if selected for publication, your work will appear in electronic form only. For more detailed guidelines, please expand the guidelines box of the genre you’re submitting to on our Submittable page. https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit

Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry is now accepting submissions for our next issue, Volume VII, The Disobedient Issue. We are leaving the interpretation of the concept of disobedience open, but know that this issue was inspired by reading Poetics of Disobedience by Alice Notley and by necessary acts of civil disobedience everywhere. Please send only your best work, any length, any style. Deadline for this issue: January 31, 2015. More info, details and link for submissions here: http://www.poemeleon.org/guidelines/

Guernica Editions is looking for stories, previously unpublished in a book form, for an anthology centred around Poland and Polish Diaspora. Open to Canadian writers of Polish origin and Canadian writers whose work connects with Poland or Polish diaspora in some way. Length: 2500–3000 words. Payment: two copies of the anthology. Deadline: January 31, 2015. Guidelines: polishdiasporaanthology.wordpress.com

GRANTA is accepting unsolicited submissions (from Aerogramme studio.com) http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2014/10/23/granta-accepting-unsolicited-submissions/ After a long hiatus Granta, one of the world’s most prestigious literary magazines, is again accepting unsolicited submissions. Granta publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There are no strict word limits, though most prose submissions are between 3000 and 6000 words and the editors advise they are unlikely to read more than 10,000 words of any submission. Alongside the print edition, the online New Writing program publishes stories, poems, essays, interviews, animations and more from established Granta alumni as well as new voices. All submissions will be considered for both the print and online editions (unless otherwise stipulated in the cover letter). Selection is extremely competitive and only a very small fraction of submissions will be chosen for publication. Reading recent editions of Granta will help you assess whether your work is likely to be a good match. Writers must submit their work via Submittable and there are no reading fees. For further information visit the Granta website. Submissions are scheduled to remain open until 1 April 2015. http://www.granta.com/

South85 Journal Call for Submissions, http://south85journal.com/ Page for submissions: https://south85.submittable.com/submit South85 Journal, an online literary journal published semi-annually by the Converse College Low-Residency MFA program, is currently accepting submissions for its 2014-2015 issues. Submissions are open September 1, 2014 until April 30, 2015. visit http://south85journal.com/submission-guidelines/ for submission guidelines.

Weave Magazine is now open for submissions through May 31, 2015. We are a print publication dedicated to promoting cultural diversity, accepting the best works of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, and visual art that transfix, transport, and inspire. Currently, we are seeking more submissions for the genres listed below. More information about how to submit can be found herehttp://www.weavemagazine.net/p/submit.html Deadline: May 31, 2015 Poetry: 3-5 poems Flash Fiction: 1-3 stories, each 1000 words or less Fiction: 3,000 words or less Nonfiction: 3,000 words or less Drama: less than 4,000 words Reviews: 500-800 words Comics/Illustrations/Visual Essays/Stories/Poems: Black and white only. More about Weavehttp://www.weavemagazine.net/p/about.html

Willow Springs is published twice a year, in spring and fall. We accept manuscript submissions between September 1 and May 31. We are happy to announce that we are now paying writers! Starting with Issue 75, Willow Springs will pay contributors $100 per published prose piece and $20 per published poem. There is a $3 reading fee for prose, but no fee for poetry. We publish poetry, fiction, and nonfiction of literary merit. Though Willow Springs has a broad aesthetic, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the magazine before you submit. In most cases, we respond within eight weeks, though we ask that you do not follow up on a submission unless it has been longer than four months since you sent it. We offer two complimentary copies for work we publish. Accepted works will appear in Willow Springs. They may also appear on the Willow Springs website or in promotional material, and, at a later date, in a Willow Springs anthology. Submitted work must be previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions. Translations are welcome if you have acquired publication permission from the author of the original work. However, we don’t accept unsolicited interviews at this time. Willow Springs now accepts all genres online. Unfortunately, we no longer accept hard-copy manuscripts via snail mail. To submit fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, you can submit via our Submittable page.

 

UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS

  NOVEMBER DEADLINES:

 First Annual Poets@Work Book Prize Submission Deadlines are November 15, 2014 Postmark (mail) December 1, 2014. To be Judged by Stephen Dunn Poets@Work is happy to announce an open call for manuscripts of a full-length collection of poems in English from all over the world. Final judge will be Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn. All finalists will be considered for publication. Winners will receive $1000 and 25 copies of the winning collection. Standard publishing contract and royalties will also be issued. Manuscripts will be judged anonymously Details and submission guidelines: http://poetsatwork.org/paw-press/first-annual-poetswork-book-prize-stephen-dunn-judge/

Tagore-O.Henry Short Story Contest 2014  Stories must be original “with a punch at the end.” Length: 1500 words max. Can be sent from any part of the world. Deadline: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Entry fee: $10 Prize: $1000 Details: http://www.finaldraftedit.com/short-story-contest-2014

UBC’s Prism holds three contests. Their creative non-fiction contest deadline is November 21 ($35). Each entry must be a maximum of 6,000 words. First prize is $1,500, runner up is $300 and second runner up is $200. Prism also has a  short fiction and poetry contest (deadlines are January 23, 2015). http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

InkTears Short Story Competition 2014 Now open for entries (UK + International). All prizewinners will have their story published to the InkTears Readers and their bio published on the InkTears website. Full results will be announced by Monday, March 30, 2015.   Deadline: Sunday, November 30, 2014 Entry fee: £6.00 Prize: 1st prize: £1,000; Runner-up: £100; 4 Highly Commended: £25 Details: http://www.inktears.com/Inktears/WritersNewWritersContest.html

2016 Ottoline Prize awards publication and $5,000 to a book-length work of poetry by a woman writing in English who has previously published one or more full-length books of poetry.  The submission fee is $28.00 USD. Ends on 11/30/2014 Size limit: 80 pages and all entrants receive a complimentary subscription or renewal to Fence. The winning manuscript will be published in the Spring of 2016 by Fence Books. https://fence.submittable.com/submit?mc_cid=f1faa31d0f&mc_eid=a8acc38d49

QuillsEdge Press: Indispensable Poetry by Women Over 50  2014 Chapbook Competition. Theme: On The Edge. Judge: Barbara Crooker Dates: 9/1/2014 – 11/30/2014Our 2014 theme is On the Edge – the edge of an era, a breakdown, a break up, a break-through. Share your edge, and make us feel it. We are looking for poetic voices that challenge us, stun us, give us pause and palpitations. We are open to any style: lyrical, narrative, form, prose poem or experimental innovations and new mixes. We want to read, hear and be moved to wonder, laugh and cry as we discover your individual threshold. We applaud both the sensitive and the strident. So surprise us with something original, unique and On the Edge! find out more at: http://quillsedgepress.com/submit/

Prairie Fire accepts longer pieces for their contest, deadline November 30 ($32). They are looking for short stories up to 10,000 words, poems up to 150 lines, and creative non-fiction up to 5,000 words. First place $1,250, second place $500, third place $250. http://www.prairiefire.ca/contests/2012-contests/contest-rules/

The William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest. First Prize: $1,000, plus the publication of a limited edition of letterpress broadsides. Entry Fee: $10. One entry per poet (may be previously published). Format: Poems must be between 12-30 lines. Include a separate cover sheet with your contact information. Do not put your name on the poem. Deadline: Nov. 30, 2014. Judge: Tony Hoagland. Submission: Mail to hit & run press, 1563 Solano Ave. #379, Berkeley, CA 94707. Winner will be announced on com on March 1, 2015. A ceremonial reading will be held at Housing Works Bookstore in NYC on April 13, 2015.

The 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize. $2,000 and publication for a first book of poemsJudge: to be determined Guidelines: Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have not previously published or self-published a full-length collection (48+ pages) of poems. Please include a $20 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press. Postmark Deadline: November 30, 2014.The winning manuscript will be named in May 2015 and published in the spring of 2016. General Guidelines: Submit a manuscript at least 48 pages in length, typed on one side, single-spaced preferred. Photocopies are acceptable. Please do not bind manuscript. Include a brief bio, relevant publication information, cover page with name, address, phone number, and title of the manuscript, and a page with only the title. Enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification that the manuscript has been received. For notification of title and author of the winning manuscript enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Manuscripts will be recycled. A manuscript may be submitted that is being considered elsewhere but New Issues should be notified upon the manuscript’s acceptance elsewhere. Send manuscripts and queries to: The New Issues Poetry Prize, (or) The Green Rose Prize,New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Ave.

NEW! carte blanche-CNFC Annual Writing Contest carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) have teamed up to bring you a Canada-wide creative nonfiction contest sponsored by the University of King’s College. Submissions accepted via our online submission form only. Original, previously unpublished creative nonfiction – maximum word length 3,000 words (no minimum). The contest will be judged blind so please don’t put your name or contact information on the actual submission. Deadline: Sunday, November 30, 2014. Entry fee: $15.00 CAD, $10.00 CAD Prize: 1st prize: $750 and your text will be published in carte blanche Details: https://creativenonfictioncollectivesociety.submittable.com/submit 

 

DECEMBER DEADLINES:

ttp://www.thefiddlehead.ca/FHcontest.html Atlantic Canada’s The Fiddlehead contest deadline is December 1 ($30). That’s 150 days from today! They accept short stories up to 6,000 words and up to three poems, 100 lines each They are published in the issue and interviewed on their blog site as well. Winners receive $2,000 (one in poetry one in fiction) and runners up each receive $250 (two in each of those categories).

NEW! 2014 Instant Hook Literary Contest Entrants are encouraged to submit the first 300 words or less of an unpublished novel. As the competition title suggests, the goal is to create an opening that commands attention, and makes the reader wish for more.   Deadline: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Entry fee: None Prize: $300 Details: http://paulbutlernovelist.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/june-ink-stains/

NEW! Tethered Letters Fall Literary Contest TBL is pleased to announce their third annual Fall Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. We are looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles. Deadline: Monday, December 2, 2014 Entry fee: $5 – $12 USD Prize: $400 USD in prizes Details: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission

Winter in Variations: Bill Holm Witness Poetry Contest – December 15, 2014 $150.00 Prize https://wrup.submittable.com/submit/19256 Submission of six poems accepted up to December 15, 2014 •Write poems about witnessing some every-day occurrence in winter Must be original unpublished work •Winner or winners to be published online awww.writersrisingup.org •Prize- $150.00 (May be split if more than one winner.) •Writer owns all rights •Writers Rising Up reserves the right to declare no winner.

Freefall’s annual poetry and prose contest deadline is December 31st ($25). If you don’t celebrate Christmas, for reasons of religion or reluctance, then this deadline will keep you busy the last two weeks of December. Who am I kidding — it’ll keep you busy the last few days of that month! Prose entries must be a maximum of 3,000 words, and they accept up to five poems per entry. For each category, first prize is $500, second is $250 and third prize is $75. http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html

The Center for Women Writers is excited about the opportunity to discover and encourage writers through our International Literary Awards. For the 2015 contest, the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award for a short story up to 5,000 words will be judged by award-winning author Kris Saknussemm, the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award for a work of creative nonfiction (including personal essay and memoir) up to 5,000 words will be judged by our 2014 winner, Brandel France de Bravo, and the Rita Dove Poetry Award for a poem of any style (3 poems per entry) will be judged by National Poetry Series winner, Lee Ann Roripaugh. The awards are open to any person who writes in English, excluding current Salem employees and students. The Postmark deadline for mailed submissions is 15 November 2014; and the postmarked deadline for our online submissions (via Submittable) will be 31 December 2014. The winner in each genre will receive $1,000, and an Honorable Mention in each category will receive $150. The contest entry fee is $15. Announcements will be made on our website on 1 May 2015. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me by email: cwwATsalemDOTedu. You can also visit our website at http://www.salem.edu/community/cww/ila/guidelines.

River Styx 2015 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest. GUIDELINES HERE : http://www.riverstyx.org/contests/ online entry: https://riverstyx.submittable.com/submit $1500 First Prize plus one case of micro-brewed Schlafly Beer Judged by the editors of River Styx Submissions open August 1, 2014 500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry.

NEW! Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers: Entries Close 31 December. The winner will receive US$1500 and have their story published in the magazine. Boulevard’s Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers is open worldwide to people who have not yet published a book of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Stories may be up to 8000 words and must be previously unpublished. An entry fee of $15 is payable but all entrants will receive a one-year subscription to the magazine. The contest is open to writers around the world and entries may be submitted online or in hard copy. Entries for the Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers close on 31 December 2014. For full entry information and conditions visit the Boulevard website. Boulevard also welcomes unsolicited submissions from both established and emerging writers. The minimum payment for prose is $100, maximum $300.

NEW! Toronto’s echolocation magazine and New Brunswick’s QWERTY magazine and are going halves. We’re two of a kind. We’re partners in crime. We’re a duo. Gentle writerly folk, we present the 2015 QWERTY-echolocation Joint Chapbook Contest! Submit your best poems and short fiction on the theme of DOUBLES from November 1 to December 31, 2014. Stun us with your literary panache and ingenious theme interpretation to win $200 (first place) $100 (second place) and publication in a limited-edition, stand-alone chapbook. Contest guidelines: Submit 1 short fiction (max. 2,000 words) or 3 poems (max. 2 pages per poem). Entry fee: $5. Each contestant receives a copy of the finished chapbook. Contestants may submit additional entries (another 3 poems or another short story) for $3. How to submit: 1. Go to http://echolocationmag.com/?page_id=1348and pay your $5 submission fee. Record your PayPal Confirmation Number. 2. Email your submission as .doc, .docx, or .pdf to: echoqwerty.contest@gmail.com 3. Include your Name, Mailing Address, and PayPal Confirmation Numberin the body of your email. Submissions without a PayPal Confirmation Number will be disqualified. Do not include your name on any part of the attached document (entries will be judged blind) Fiction should be double spaced. Single-space poetry. Winners will be announced in January.

2015 DEADLINES:

The 2015 Mississippi Review Contest is now open for submissions. Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and in poetry. Winners and finalists will make up the 2015 print issue of Mississippi Review. For more details and to submit, visit https://mississippireview.submittable.com/submit key dates: Contest opens: August 1, 2014 Postmark deadline: January 1st, 2015 Winners and finalists announced: March 2015 Issue publication: June 2015 Entry: $16 submission fee, each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue. Complete contest guidelines at https://mississippireview.submittable.com/submit . If you have questions please e-mail msreviewATusmDOTedu msreview@usm.edu, call 601-266-4321, or check our Facebook page at com/msreview.

Sou’wester is now accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for its upcoming Fall and Spring issues. We close submissions in late winter/early spring.Writers who have not yet published a book are eligible for our annual Emerging Writer Awards and receive a prize of $100. For details and to submit, please visit: http://souwester.org/?page_id=538 

UBC’s Prism holds three contests. Their creative non-fiction contest deadline is November 21 ($35). Each entry must be a maximum of 6,000 words. First prize is $1,500, runner up is $300 and second runner up is $200. Prism also has a  short fiction and poetry contest (deadlines are January 23, 2015). http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

Invisible Publishing and Matrix Magazine are pleased to bring you the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. NOTE: THIS COMPETITION IS OPEN TO CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY. The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published two books or fewer). Each year the winning manuscript is selected by an established poet in co-operation with Matrix Magazine and Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint. JUDGE: Karen Solie. The deadline is January 31, 2015. Entries can be submitted through Matrix Magazine’s Submittable site. MORE INFO HERE: http://www.matrixmagazine.org/rkaward/

The Annual Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award. 2015 Call for Submissions. In late 2011, Jessica Bell and Dawn Ius founded Vine Leaves Literary Journal to offer the vignette, a forgotten literary form, the exposure and credit it deserves. The vignette is a snapshot in words, and differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot, instead it focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. The journal, published quarterly online, is a lush synergy of atmospheric prose, poetry, photography and illustrations, put together with an eye for aesthetics as well as literary merit. The annual print anthology showcases the very best pieces from across the year. We are pleased to announce the second Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award and would like to invite writers to submit their best manuscript of vignettes.  Submissions open: June 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015  Prize: $500 + Publication in early 2016 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 copies Guest Judge: Dan Holloway. For submission guidelines, please go to: http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/contests.html

   NEW! Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Entry Period, The 2015 prize is open from 1 October 2014 – 29 May 2015. How to enter * 2014 winners and shortlist. About the prize: The University of Canberra has established an international poetry prize. On behalf of the university, this is administered by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), part of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design. The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. It marks the University of Canberra’s commitment to creativity and imagination in all that it does, and builds on the work of the International Poetry Studies Institute in identifying poetry as a highly resilient and sophisticated human activity. It also builds on the activities of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, which conducts wide-ranging research into human creativity and culture. The University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize was offered for the first time in 2014. Entries for the 2015 prize may be submitted from 1 October 2014 until 29 May 2015 for this prize. The prize will be announced on or before 30 September 2015 and prize winners will be notified prior to that. Important details are: The winner will receive AUD$15,000 The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000 Four additional poems will be short-listed All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of  50 lines (see the Conditions of Entry for further details) Each entry of a poem will cost AUD$15 if submitted by 31 January 2015 and AUD$20 if submitted between 1 February and 29 May 2015. There are discounts for students. http://www.canberra.edu.au/vcpoetryprize

 

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CAA-NCR Weekly Literary Notices for Feb. 3 to 9th, 2014

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Weekly Notices for the week of Feb. 3 to Feb. 9, 2014

15 ITEMS 6 NEW 2 NEW CALLS plus  3 NEW CONTESTS

Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com
####Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website   http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml

CAA-NCR EVENTS: NOTE TO CAA MEMBERS: Recently published a novel, won a writing award, had a spectacular book signing or in some other way been recognized within the writing community? Write a short blurb about it & we’ll publish it in Byline, the CAA-NCR branch Magazine. We’re all excited, and encouraged, when someone in our writing family shines. Send a note to Sharyn Heagle, Editor, Byline at <sharyn_40@yahoo.com>

ITEM 1:  CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CAA-NCR’s BYLINE MAGAZINE
If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at sharyn_40@yahoo.com. Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication.   Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor for details.

ITEM 2: 27TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST HURRY!
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 7, 2014!

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION–NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

CATEGORIES: Short Story • Poetry Prizes in Each Category: $300, $200, $100
Guidelines for 2014 NCWC

The contest is open to members of CAA–NCR and/or residents of the National Capital Region
http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/contests.shtml

CATEGORIES: Short Story (max. 2500 words) and Poetry (not Haiku) (max. 60 lines including title & blank lines)
ENTRIES must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant. Winning entries and/or Honourable Mentions may be published CAA–NCR’s e-mag, Byline, in a CAA–NCR anthology,
or in the Ottawa Citizen. Copyright remains with author.

Finalists are requested to attend CAA–NCR’s 25th Annual NCWC Awards Night, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 7 PM, Ottawa Public Library auditorium, 120 Metcalfe Street at Laurier.
Your presence is important to the celebration of your success with fellow entrants, families and friends. First place winners will be asked to read their entries.
 Entries postmarked after midnight FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014 will be disqualified.
 Submissions not accompanied by entry fee will be disqualified.
 Submissions will be neither acknowledged nor returned.
 Entries not conforming to rules will be disqualified.
 Overpayment of entry fees will not be returned.
 Entry fee: $15 per story; $15 for up to three (3) poems (poems will be judged individually);
 number of entries unlimited.
 Each prose entry must be in English, typed, on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, one side only,  page-numbered consecutively on bottom right of pages. No extra-large type, please!
 Indicate category and title on top left corner of every page.
 Stories must be double-spaced; this is not required for poetry.
 Contest is blind judged. Entrant’s name must NOT appear on the submission(s).
 Include a separate cover page with contest category, story/poem title, name, address,
 phone number, and e-mail address.
 Members of CAA–NCR are entitled to one (1) free entry in one (1) category.
 Make cheques payable to CAA–NCR and designate NCWC.
 CAA–NCR reserves the right to withhold any prize should entries fail to meet expected standards.
Mail entries to: National Capital Writing Contest, 163 BELL ST., N., Box 57081, Ottawa ON K1R 7E1 Attention: Sharyn Heagle, Receiver
Information: Sharyn Heagle, CAA–NCR Contest Coordinator – sharyn_40@yahoo.com.

ITEM 3: CAA-NCR FEBRUARY MEETING

DATE: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library, Laurier and Metcalfe Streets
No charge for members, $10 for non-members.

PRESENTATION BY ALBERT DUMONT:
While reflecting on your life’s memories you recall a forgotten experience. What is its purpose? Why is it special?
An experience important enough not to be banished from your memory bank in a poem or short story waiting to be written about. Your life is a treasure trove of original verse and prose, parables and teachings for a good life of writing. Learn more with Albert Dumont.

ALBERT DUMONT, Spiritual Advisor, Algonquin, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg,  was employed by Correctional Services Canada for the last three years as a spiritual advisor for the Aboriginal men incarcerated at Millhaven Institution located near Kingston, ON. He is an activist, a volunteer and a poet who has published 5 books of poetry and short stories. In recognition for his work as an activist and volunteer on his ancestral lands (Ottawa and Region) Albert was presented with a Human Rights Award by the Public Service Alliance of Canada in 2010. Albert has dedicated his life to promoting Aboriginal spirituality and healing and to protecting the rights of Aboriginal peoples particularly those as they affect the young.

ITEM 4: CAA  – NCR WORKSHOP COMING UP IN FEBRUARY
BOOK REVIEW HALF DAY WORKSHOP with Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014 Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa. Building T, Room 230

English: Taken by SimonP

English: Taken by SimonP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Parking: available adjacent to Building P, free on weekends.
Cost: $25 members; $40 non-members. Spaces are limited, so register early. Registration: Contact Arlene Smith  somertonsmith@yahoo.com

What is a book review? And, more importantly why are book reviews so important? A book review is news. It is many things to many people. The book reviewer is the messenger, the one who is telling the world what is good or bad about a specific book. Writing book reviews, or any review for that matter, is a tricky business. It is, however, a great way to start a writing career as well as promote one’s own publications. Join our half-day book review workshop and find out what a book review means to you and, better yet, how to write a good book review.

Emily-FrontPageEmily-Jane Hills Orford is a regular book reviewer for allbooks review (http://hstrial-allbooksreview.homestead.com/index.html) as well as Prairie Journal (http://prairiejournal.org/reviews.html). Emily-Jane’s writing reflects her love of Canada and the extra-ordinary Canadians who have made Canada a great nation. Her stories have appeared in History Magazine, Canadian Stories Magazine, and Western People. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Ukulele Yukon, Letters From Inside, The Creative Spirit, It Happened in Canada (Books 1, 2, and 3), Personal Notes, The Whistling Bishop, Songs of the Voyageurs and F-Stop: A Life in Pictures.

ITEM 5: THE CAA-NCR FIRST ANNUAL BOOK FEST

DATE: Sat. April 12, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (lunch break 12:30–1 p.m.)
LOCATION: Clark Hall, RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa (free parking++)
ENTRY: $5 coupon which can be used towards purchase of any book!

The RA Centre in Ottawa

The RA Centre in Ottawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 RAFFLE: Raffle of donated books, to be held during inter-panel breaks.
 FOOD: Full restaurant/bar within the centre.
 READING: Participating authors will have the opportunity to read x 2 minutes.
 Video tapes of such readings may be possible, at no extra cost.

CAA-NCR is really pleased to announce it will hold its First Annual Book Fest on Saturday April 12, 2014. This will not only display books for signing and sale, but will also permit readers to hear our CAA-NCR authors and other authors in Ottawa and surrounding area read from their books, and possibly discuss them in public discussion groups, to be selected according to genre. This will depend on the number of participating authors in each genre, such as: Canadian fiction, international fiction, gender issues, politics, children’s books, and erotica. List and sequence of panels will be determined and published, once all authors and genres are known.

Half hour long moderated panel discussions will alternate with half hour periods of browsing by readers, who will be able to interact with their favourite authors and ask questions privately at the authors’ tables. Q & A will also be permitted at the end of panel discussions, thus stimulating interest and sales.

 Authors will rent half tables at $40. No sharing. (co-authors may also attend).
 They may have a chance to participate in the discussions, and in 2 minute videos
 of their reading, usable on YouTube.
 Those who pay early will be assigned the best positioned tables.
 Local bookstores may be included ONLY after individual authors have been accommodated, depending on table space, which is limited.

Authors: Please e-mail ghanems@rogers.com Qais Ghanem, VP Electronic Media a list of your books including genre, to reserve a half table or more. You will then be asked to mail your $40 cheque, payable to CAA-NCR to our treasurer (address will be supplied at the time). THANK YOU!

CAA-NCR MEMBER NEWS

ITEM 6: CAA-NCR MEMBER, DR. BOB ABELL, BOOK LAUNCH
NEW!
DATE: Sun. February 9, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
LOCATION: BOOKS ON BEECHWOOD, 35  BEECHWOOD AVE., OTTAWA

Bob AbellDr. Bob Abell, author of the non-fiction book, Salvaging Capitalism/Saving Democracy
and the dystopian novel The Corporation, will be launching his new adventure/romance novel, Trails, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Reviewers said of Salvaging Capitalism:
“… extraordinarily well researched … It’s funny and fun.
… If you like to see the big picture, you’ll love this book.”
… and of The Corporation:
” Abell’s characters walk right off the page….
brilliant cryptic allusions to dangerous trends
in our society… this book is a must …”

… and now Trails!
375166_535386839841340_1756287831_nCaught in an unexpected storm while hiking in the mountains of Arizona, Shelley barely escapes a flash flood. Is her rescuer knight or knave? From that first cold night in the mountains, a chain of potentially deadly events leads to intrigue and a fast-paced adventure, ranging from the mountains of Arizona to Northern Mexico – with echoes in Washington, D.C.

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL NEWS
ITEM 7: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION EMERGING WRITER AWARD

The Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award honours a Canadian writer under 30 who shows exceptional promise in the field of literary creation. Genre doesn’t matter: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts – published or unpublished. The winner may be selected based on a body of work in a variety of forms, or on a body of work in a single genre or writing form.
Nominations may be made by creative writing instructors, Canadian Authors branches and TWIGs, professional writers, and publishers.
Deadline: March 31, 2014 (postmark). Entry fee: none. Prize: $500 plus a one-year membership with Canadian Authors  Details: http://canadianauthors.org/national/caa-literary-awards/

ITEM 8: CANWRITE! 2014 SHORT STORY CONTEST
It’s back! Canadian Authors’ short story anthology contest is back – and so is your chance to win cash, attend a great conference and get published.  The top 10 stories will be published in an anthology to be launched at this year’s CanWrite! conference and retreat. Download entry form as well as guidelines for details.

Deadline: April 1, 2014 Entry fee: $20 per entry Prize: 1st prize: $200 plus a free conference registration; 2nd prize: $100 plus a free conference registration; 3rd prize: free conference registration
Details: http://canadianauthors.org/conference/canwrite-contest/  or 866 216 6222

OTHER WORKSHOPS

ITEM 9: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR YOUTH FEBRUARY

Local authors Tudor Robins, Michel Lavoie and JC Sulzenko will each host writing workshops for kids and teens to help them get ready to participate in the Ottawa Public Library´s 19th annual Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest.

Short Stories: Tudor Robins, Carlingwood, 281 Woodroffe

 Saturday, February 8, 3-4 p.m. Ages 13-17
Poetry: JC Sulzenko, Sunnyside branch, 1049 Bank

Poésie et nouvelles : Michel Lavoie, Succursale Gloucester-nord, 2036 Ogilvie

 Le samedi 8 février, de 14 h à 15 h, Succursale Cumberland, 1599 Tenth Line, Pour les 13 à 17 ans

Online registration is required but programs are free to attend.

OPL invites aspiring young authors to submit poems and short stories in English and/or French before the contest deadline, February 9, 2014. Participants can win awesome prizes which will be presented in the Spring. For contest details, visit
http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors&lt;http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or mailto: InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca

ITEM 10: 2014 NONFICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE              NEW!

DATE: MAY 7 – 9, 2014
LOCATION: ONLINE EVENT

Join us for the fourth annual Nonfiction Writers Conference May 7 – 9, 2014!

2014 Nonfiction Writers Conference Location: Your Couch – This event is virtual! Once again we will feature 15 speakers over three days, all conducted via teleseminar. Speakers will be  announced in January.
Conference sessions typically run between 9:00 a.m. PST to 4:00 p.m. PST.
See more at:
http://nonfictionwritersconference.com/2014-nonfiction-writers-conference/

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

ITEM 11: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
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.  FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT http://www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor.  Check out 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.

Also check out the latest issue of experiment-o-: Issue 6 – to the others here: http://www.experiment-o.com/

ITEM 12: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS 50+ SHORT STORY CONTEST                                            NEW!

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

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

This winter, the Ottawa Public Library is hosting an annual Short Story Contest for older adults. This contest was formerly called the City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest.

Adults 50 years or older, who have a Library card, are eligible to enter. They are invited to submit a maximum of two short stories either in English or French. Stories must be original and unpublished works and under 2000 words. The contest opens February 11, 2014 and the deadline for submissions is March 11, 2014.
Participants can win a cash prize which will be presented at An Afternoon of Storytelling on Wednesday, May 14 during which these authors will each read from their winning stories.

For contest details, visit
http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca   or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca

IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

ITEM 13: THE FACTORY READING PRESENTS:
A NIGHT OF READINGS AND CHAPBOOK LAUNCHES   NEW!

DATE: Thursday, February 6, 2014; doors 7:00 p.m; reading 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs), OTTAWA lovingly hosted by rob mclennan with readings by:

N.W. Lea (Ottawa ON)
Hugh Thomas (Fredericton NB)
+ m erskine (Toronto ON)

author bios:

N.W. Lea lives and writes in Ottawa. He is the author of two previous chapbooks, light years (above/ground press, 2006) and Actual Girl (The Emergency Response Unit, 2011) as well as the full-length collection, Everything is Movies (Chaudiere Books, 2007). He will be launching his second above/ground press chapbook Present! (2014).

Hugh Thomas is a poet and translator living in Fredericton, where he teaches mathematics at the University of New Brunswick. His most recent chapbook, Opening the Dictionary, published by above/ground press, was shortlisted for the 2012 bpNichol chapbook award. Franzlations,
a collection of illustrated Kafka remixes, created with Gary Barwin and Craig Conley, was published by New Star Books in 2011. He will be launching his second above/ground press chapbook Albanian Suite (2014).

m erskine is a long-time corrupter of words. The poetry condition is responding well to treatment, thanks for asking. She also had an above/ground press poem broadside reprinted in the anthology Groundswell: the best of above/ground press, 1993-2003 (Broken Jaw Press, 2003).
http://www.abovegroundpress.blogspot.ca/2014/01/the-factory-reading-series-lea-thomas.html

ITEM 14: THE ARTISTIC SHOWCASE FEATURING  TITILOPE SONUGA, AMELIA LECLAIR, BRANDON WINT , LUCILA AL MAR AND GUESTS
NEW!
DATE:     Thursday, February 6, 2014 Time:     7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa Cover: $10
As always, The Artistic Showcase will be hosted by local spoken word poet Brandon Wint :)

The Artistic Showcase hibernated during the months of December and January, but in February it will be back with a bang. This month we will be welcoming a lovely mix of artists whose expressions represent various artistic and blood lineages. We will be blessed to hear and witness the talents of featured performers:

 TITILOPE SONUGA (www.titilope.ca)
 AMELIA LECLAIR (https://myspace.com/amelialeclair)
 BRANDON WINT (www.brandonwint.ca)
 LUCILA AL MAR

along with special guest performances by: RASHMI LOGO and SUZY PANKHURST and DOHNIA

ITEM 15:  LIPS FEBRUARY SLAM                        NEW!

DATE:  Friday, February 7, 2014     TIME:  7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
LOCATION:  Thirsty Moose Restaurant – UPSTAIRS (20 Bridge St., Carleton Place)
COST:  $5.00 per person

The Live Poets Society of Lanark County (aka LiPS) is presenting an exciting new format for our February 2014 SLAM. The event is the LiPS 3-2-1…Raise It! SLAM.

It will have 3 rounds (instead of the regular 2 rounds).  Poets will slam a 3-minute poem in round one, a 2-minute poem in round two, and a 1-minute poem in round three.  Those wishing to compete must come prepared for this format.

The show will begin with our regular Open Mic portion, where any & all are welcome to share.  The judges for the slam will be selected from the audience (as is usual practice), and all regular slam rules apply. If there are any questions, or you wish to contact LiPS, you can e-mail us at: lanarklips@hotmail.com or you can find us on Facebook under “LiPS” at https://www.facebook.com/groups/51468539627/
Come and kick away the February “blahs” or share the love by enjoying a night of poetry and entertainment.

MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

Dreadful Cafe is now soliciting query letters (fiction) and samples (art) for “Thresholds,” their second anthology of art and fiction. All genres are eligible — including short stories, novellettes, and novellas — but preference is given to works that cross more than one and which reflect the flavor and theme. Length: 1000-25000 words. Payment: $20-$250. Deadline: Open.     Guidelines: http://dreadfulcafe.com/thresholds

Strangelet Literary Journal Open to Submissions. Strangelet is a new journal of speculative fiction, accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic stories/comics, and artwork. It is now open to submissions of short stories, graphic fiction, poems and essays. It is a paying market.Details: http://www.strangeletjournal.com/submit/

The Traveling Poet (US) is an ezine publishing poetry from writers ages 12-25, and articles on hitchhiking, traveling broke, poverty, and philosophy. Poetry about traveling is ideal, but any subject is welcome. No Beat Generation re-enactments. Deadline: Rolling  Guidelines:
http://travellingpoetblogzine.wordpress.com/

Entertainment and pop culture magazine A Bard’s Tales (Canada) is looking for contributing writers. Payment: $50 for features, $50 for reviews, and $25 for opinion pieces. All pieces must be first pitched (lead to the story, possible sources, rough length, etc) and approved by one of the ABT editors. Deadline: Open.  WEBSITE: http://abardstales.com/

Lunch Ticket, a literary magazine published by the Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA Program, is accepting submissions for its monthly Amuse-Bouche feature. Submit creative nonfiction, writing for young people, fiction, poetry and art. Guidelines: http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/

New Toronto-based graphic arts mag, Archenemy Magazine, seeks editorials, reviews and creative writing related to comics, illustration and design. Creative pieces will be illustrated by a contributing artist. Also interested in potential regular writers/features. Length: 600–2500 words. Accepting freelance pitches and humour pieces, also. “Compensation is always awarded.” Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines: archemag.com/contribute

Maelstrom, a US print literary journal, is currently seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction, art, and photography that is edgy, smart, funny, and/or weird. Length: 5000 words max. or 3-5 poems. Payment: one copy. Deadline: Open.   Guidelines: maelstromjournal.com/submission-guidelines

Poetry Space (UK) is looking for poetry, art, and writing submissions from young writers and artists. All ages welcome. Parents and guardians welcome to submit on child’s behalf. No fees.     Guidelines: poetryspace.co.uk/young-writers-space

The Furious Gazelle seeks short stories, micro fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short plays, monologues, novel excerpts and art. Wants writing that is “good and well written” and art that is “artistic.” Length: 8000 words max. Deadline: ongoing.  Guidelines: thefuriousgazelle.com/about
Online literary magazine The Steel Chisel (Canada) is “perpetually looking” for prose and poetry submissions from Canadian writers. Include a short bio with location, occupation, and any relevant award/publication accomplishments. Deadline: Rolling, on 6th of the month.     Guidelines: http://www.thesteelchisel.ca/contact.html

Circa: A Journal of Historical Fiction (Ottawa, ON) is accepting submissions on a historical theme. Accepts fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews, and articles that have a fresh take on history. Also appreciates genre-crossing, and speculative and alternative history. Length: 2500 words max. (fiction) and 800 words max. (reviews and articles). As a Canadian journal, Circa especially likes Canadian stories. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines: circajournal.com/submissions

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 3 to 5 poems for consideration. Deadline: Ongoing.   Guidelines: themackinacmagazine.com/submit.html

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: http://www.deadbeats.eu/submission

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: https://thehollerbox.submittable.com/submit

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.” http://www.squalorly.com/submit

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

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 info@rosemarydrisdelle.com.

From the Well House is accepting fiction, scholarly essays and poetry. Details can be found at: http://fromthewellhouse.org/?bu0Dd7M9.

Ruminate Magazine is now accepting submissions. Guidelines and deadlines are available at: http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/submission-guidelines/.

Carousel is accepting submissions. Info: http://www.carouselmagazine.ca/submit.html.
Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info: http://antiphon.org.uk/index.php/submissions.

Convert Publishing, a new digital publisher, is accepting manuscript submissions. For more details, visit: http://convertpublishing.com/?page_id=19.

Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info: http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/

Queen’s Quarterly is accepting articles, reviews, short stories and poetry. Details can be found here: http://www.queensu.ca/quarterly/correspondencesubmissions.html.

Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at: http://eventmags.com/about-2/submission-guidelines/fiction-poetry/.

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. oar.uesa.ca/submissions/submission-guidelines/

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. http://www.theislandreview.com/submissions/

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. http://northerncardinalreview.wordpress.com/submissions/

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

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. kolajmagazine.com/content/submissions

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. http://therotarydial.ca/submissions/

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: http://www.garbanzoliteraryjournal.org/Submission_Guidelines.html

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.” http://www.barebacklit.com/Submissions.html

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.  : http://lwot.net/submission.htm

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.  : http://pitheadchapel.com/submission-guidelines/

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.  : http://thenewinquiry.com/submit-to-tni/

Website strange bOUnce accepts short stories, satire, and poetry, that have been “lightly brushed with sport.” Send work to IWantToWrite@strangebOUnce.com. No payment. http://strangebounce.com/

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: bitterzoetmag.submittable.com

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: blackheartmagazine.com/submission-guidelines

2014 DEADLINES:

NEW!  DEADLINE: THE 7TH OF EACH MONTH The Bohemyth is OPEN for submissions. We are based in Dublin, Ireland – but there are no geographic restrictions for submitting. Each new issue of The Bohemyth will published on the 7th of each month. To be considered for publication within an issue, your submission must arrive within the first and last day of the previous month. We will only respond to successful submitters in the first week of each month. Occasionally we will give feedback to unsuccessful submitters. We are looking for contemporary short fiction with a literary bent. We want ideas that affect, engage, move and entertain. We want writing that is beautiful, poetic, thought-provoking, edgy, original and inspiring. We want images that linger in minds. We want words that beat out the beat of broken hearts. We want stories that seduce and savage souls.The word count is less than 2,000 words for short fiction pieces. Max of 2 fiction submissions at a time. We want poetry that attempts to communicate. Max of 6 poems. We want essays that ask more questions than they answer. Max of 2 essays. We are also interested in receiving photography submissions – please send us three to five images saved as jpegs. Include a short bio in the third person and send your submission in the body of an email to thebohemytheditor@gmail.com with ‘Submission’ , and whatever category you’re submitting to, as the title of the email. If you want your blog/website/twitter handle included as part of you bio please send on full links to these.
All works must be the original creation of the writer/photographer. Copyright remains with the artist.

FEBRUARY DEADLINES :

Small-scale print project Highbrau Magazine (ON) seeks submissions for issue #11: “Future Media.” Looking for: arguments and reports about a related topic, satire and comic works, poetry, fiction, comics, infographics and more. Payment: copies and unending admiration and gratitude.” Send to: highbraumagazine@gmail.com. Deadline: February 8, 2014.
PERSIMMON TREE The Editorial Board would like to devote the Spring issue to Politics and Activism. We were inspired to try this by the many responses to the topic Activism for Short Takes. If you are also inspired, send us stories — we need fiction as well as non-fiction — for us to consider. The deadline for submitting is February 21. Please send your submission as an attachment to submissions@persimmontree.org. Include a brief biographical statement (less than 50 words) in your email. The attached document should be saved in MS Word or a compatible program. If we can’t open it, we can’t read it. Submissions should be double-spaced, with 12-point type and numbered pages. At the top of the first page please enter author’s name, address, telephone, and email address. Type the title of the piece, labeled fiction or non-fiction, in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you. The Editors,
Persimmon Tree: http://www.persimmontree.org
MARCH DEADLINES:

NEW! THE BOHEMYTH SPECIAL EDITION Info for March.  Dear Readers, In tribute to International Women’s Day – which is marked on March 8th annually – we here at The Bohemyth have decided to dedicate our March Issue – which will be published on March 7th – exclusively to women. In an attempt to showcase some of the very best creative talent this generation has to offer, we decided to initially solicit submissions from women who we read, admire, and are excited about seeing what they will do next. The response and enthusiasm for the idea was fantastic. Our line-up is stellar. But. We at The Bohemyth are greedy. We’re greedy for *new*. For promising. For great. For poetry. For fiction. For photography. For essays. And so we have decided to open our submissions, in the hope that unfamiliar names will submit work we think deserves to stand alongside the already amazing pieces we are receiving from our confirmed contributors. Our normal submission guidelines still apply. All that we ask from any prospective submitters to our special March Issue is the following:
– be a woman – have something to say – say it in a way we cannot ignore. http://thebohemyth.com/2014/02/01/info-for-march/

For an upcoming anthology, In Fact Books (US) seeks essays by writers with insight into the nature and experience of profound psychiatric challenges — as patients, mental health professionals, or both. Seeking true narratives about the recovery process and the therapeutic journey. Scientific information should be balanced by the writer’s unique perspective. Stories should reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. Length: 4500 words max. Open to international writers. Note: $3 to submit online. Deadline: March 1, 2014.  Guidelines: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/mental-health-anthology

Cleis Press seeks sex toy erotica stories of all varieties for an anthology. Length: 1500-4000 words. Payment: $50/story & 2 copies of book on publication. Deadline: March 1, 2014. http://lustylady.blogspot.ca/2013/12/3-erotica-calls-for-submissions-sex.html

Sunshine in a Jar Press. Looking to get published? Sunshine in a Jar Press is welcoming submissions to its new anthology “The Writing Spiral” which will be released in Fall of 2014. They are seeking poems, memoirs, stories and essays, and possible themes are love, loss, joy, decadence, deprivation, hope, fear, friendship, family, work, social responsibility, health, culture, light, and darkness. There is also the opportunity for monthly writing classes to feed your process at Trent University, Oshawa Campus. Deadline: March 1, 2014 Details: http://www.sunshineinajar.com/ or call 289 252 1978

New Welsh Review (Wales) seeks dynamic, curious, lively, and outward-looking writing. Looking for short stories (2500 to 3000 words) and poems (up to six). Occasionally publishes shorter stories and microfiction. Payment: £100 per story and £28 per each poem, upon publication. Also welcomes submissions and ideas for online content (no payment): short reviews (600-800 words), opinion pieces (450 words) and author interviews (8-15 questions). Deadlines: December 12, 2013 and March 1, 2014.  Guidelines: newwelshreview.com/submissions.php

Jobbers seeking poetry that “reviles, reflects or revels in the art of professional wrestling” for the Jobbers Poetry Zine Collection. Deadline March 21, 2014 (Publication April 15, 2014). http://nathanielgmoore.tumblr.com/

Speculative fiction submissions wanted for anthology Start a Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change. Published by Exile Editions (Canada) in Spring 2015. International subs welcome. Length: 2,000-10,000 words (< 7.5k preferred). Payment; $0.05/word. Deadline: March 31, 2014    Guidelines: http://michaelmatheson.wordpress.com/start-a-revolution/

Cactus Press (Montreal) is looking to publish a series of poetry chapbooks from Montreal-based writers in preparation for their debut launch. Deadline: March 31, 2014. Theme/length: open. Guidelines: http://cactuspress.blogspot.ca/p/submit.html

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JackPine Press (SK) is seeking proposals for collaborations of poetry and design to be launched as limited edition hand-bound chapbooks in Fall 2014 (and beyond). Attention to literary merit, typography and binding techniques is considered; also, the ways in which the proposed work both challenges the notion of what a book can be while also upholding an excellent standard of writing and bound book design. Deadline: April 16, 2014 GUIDELINES: http://www.jackpinepress.com/guidelines.php

Open access journal Beyond Borderlands: A Critical Journal of the Weird, Paranormal, and Occult (Canada) is a forum for the interdisciplinary, artistic, and critical exploration of topics relating to esotericism, paranormality, and the culturally weird. Accepting letters to the editor, scholarly and popular articles, music, art, creative writing, occult explorations, and reviews. No payment. Deadline: May 1, 2014. guidelines: http://www.beyondborderlands.com/index.php/submissions

The Potomac Review (Montgomery College, Maryland) accepts submissions of poetry (up to three), fiction and nonfiction (5000 words max.), photography, and artwork. Appreciates both realistic and experimental prose and poetry. Deadline: May 1, 2014.  Guidelines: http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/EDU/Alt.aspx?id=19015

Online journal The California Journal of Women Writers seeks submissions from female writers/poets/students for its second biannual chapbook of short fiction and poetry. Theme: Home — the words, ideas, and images evoked when thinking about home. Length: 2000 words max. Deadline: May 24, 2014.  Guidelines: http://journalwomenwriters.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/seeking-creative-writingpoetry-submissions-for-our-2nd-biannual-chapbook/

Blind Dog Press seeks poems and short prose pieces about the life and work of Arthur Rimbaud for an anthology, Fierce Invalids: A Tribute To Arthur Rimbaud (publications June 2014). Send 1-3 poems along with a short bio to rimbaudsubs@gmail.com. Payment: one copy. Editor: Glenn Cooper. Deadline: May 30, 2014.

UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS

2014 CONTESTS

DEADLINE NOT SPECIFIED:

NEW! Fjords Review Annual Book Contest. Call for Submissions!!! We’re still accepting submissions to our Annual Book Contest, and we’re looking for the best book manuscripts of fiction, poetry, essay and art. We publish, distribute and advertise the winner throughout our various networks and affiliates, and send review copies to all major review agencies. Plus, all entrants also receive a complimentary year subscription the Fjords biannual issues! You can read more about the contest, check out previous winners and submit your manuscript here: http://ow.ly/t83gr

MULTIPLE DEADLINES:
2nd Annual Story Starters Contest – Ontario Writers’ Conference. On the first of each month, our website will feature an extraordinary work by a local artist and we invite you to enter a piece of writing inspired by that work. Taking inspiration from the picture on our website, write a short piece (100 words maximum) and post it in the comment section of the entry page. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Anyone may enter this contest. You may enter as often as you like. English entries only please. Deadline: the last day of the month that the artwork is featured Entry fee: none
Prize: The top ten entries for each month will be sent to our final-round judge who will select a top 3 for each piece of art. The top three entries will be displayed at the 2013 Ontario Writers’ Conference (May 2nd & 3rd in Ajax, Ontario) for final voting by attendees. At the conference, delegates will review and vote for their favourites by ballot. The winning entries will be announced at the conference and each winner will be awarded a prize (tba).
Details: http://thewritersconference.com/whats-new/story-starters-contest/

FEBRUARY DEADLINES:

 OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY´S 19TH ANNUAL AWESOME AUTHORS YOUTH WRITING CONTEST. DEADLINE: February 9, 2014. This contest, for aspiring young poets and short story authors, is open to writers between the ages of 9 and 17. They are invited to submit poems and short stories in English and/or French. The contest deadline is February 9, 2014. Participants can win awesome prizes which will be presented in the Spring. For contest details, visit http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or mailto: InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca Sponsored by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association. They annually publish pot-pourri, an anthology of the winning poems and stories. pot-pourri also makes a great gift. Visit the Friends of OPL website at http://www.OttawaPublicLibraryFriends.ca to place an order.

 Submissions Open for Disquiet Prize. DEADLINE FEB. 15, 2014. Sponsored by Dzanc Books, the annual DISQUIET Literary Prize in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction is currently open for submissions. A winner in each category will receive publication in a participating literary journal, and one grand-prize winner will receive airfare, accommodations, and tuition—a prize worth approximately $5,000—to attend the fourth annual DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, this summer. The winner in poetry will be published in the Collagist; the winner in fiction will be published in Guernica; and the winner in nonfiction will be published in Ninth Letter. Finalists in each category will be offered partial tuition scholarships to attend the DISQUIET program. Four full scholarships to attend the retreat are also available for writers of Luso descent. Submit up to ten poems or up to twenty pages of prose with a $15 entry fee by February 15. Entries may be submitted online via Submittable https://disquietinternational.submittable.com/submit    or sent by mail to Dzanc Books, the DISQUIET Prize, 610 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Previously unpublished works in English are eligible. Writers must live or have lived in the United States or Canada, but need not be citizens or permanent residents. MORE INFO: http://www.pw.org/content/submissions_open_for_disquiet_prize

 Entries are welcome for the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest. First prize: $500. Seeking original, inclusive, previously unpublished speculative fiction. Length: 5000 words max. Entry fee: $5 per entry. Unlimited entries. Deadline: February 15, 2014.  Guidelines: friendsmerrilcontest.com/guidelines

 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Competition opens Monday, January 6, 2014, 8 A.M. (EST). Capture the essence of Erma’s writings and you could win $500 and a free registration to the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop! 525 writers from 7 different countries and 48 states entered the 2012 competition. Erma Bombeck, graduated from the University of Dayton in 1949, lived with her husband and family in Centerville, Ohio, and inspired people worldwide with her columns and books about life’s trials and tribulations. Her memory lives on with the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition hosted every two years by the Washington-Centerville Public Library and the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop hosted by the University of Dayton. Deadline: Feb. 17, 2014 8 AM. More info: http://www.wclibrary.info/erma/index.asp

 NEW! The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest Deadline  February 28, 2014. This contest is for poems of occasion, either personal or public, poems that make something an occasion or simply mark one. We will award a grand prize of $1000 to the poem judged most worthy. Another $1000 in prize money will be distributed as the judges fancy. However the prize money falls, the best of what we see will be published in The New Quarterly, at our usual rates. Entry fee: $40 for up to 2 unpublished poems, $5 for each additional poem .  Submitters will receive a 1-year subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly. For full contest details and to enter visit tnq.ca/contests.

 Online and ebook journal Switchback (MFA-run, University of San Francisco, CA) is accepting poems, short stories, essays, and art. Three Editors’ prizes available, including a $200 prize for best piece. No reading fees. Deadline: February 28, 2014.    Guidelines: swback.com/call

 Toronto Star Short Story Contest. The New Year marks the launch of the 36th Toronto Star Short Story Contest, among the largest in Canada and one of the top competitions in North America. With a first prize of $5000 plus tuition for the 30-week creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers valued at $3000, it’s also one of the most lucrative in the country.  This contest is only open to Ontario residents.  Deadline: February 28, 2014. Entry fee: none. Prize: 1st prize: $5000 plus tuition for creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers; 2nd prize: $2000; 3rd prize: $1000. Details: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/01/04/star_short_story_contest_seeks_entries.html

MARCH DEADLINES:

 Grasmere Publishing (BC) invites entries for the Lynn Manuel Children’s Fiction Contest. Prize: $500 cash, $1000 advance against royalties, and publication. Open to novels suitable for children aged 7-16 years old. Looking for an engaging voice, well-developed characters, and a strong storyline. Length: 25,000-75,000 words. No theme, but no violence. Open to Canadian and US residents who have not previously published a novel for children. Deadline: March 1, 2014 (first chapter only). Entry fee: $30. Guidelines: grasmerepublishing.com

 The Conium Review seeks submissions for its Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Judged by Manuel Gonzales. Winner receives $500, publication, five contributor copies, and a copy of the judge’s book. Length: 7500 words max. Entry fee: $15 (includes free issue download). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: March 15, 2014.    Guidelines: coniumreview.com/contests.html

 MSLEXIA 2014 WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION.  A competition for unpublished short stories of up to 2,200 words. We accept work on all subjects, so write about anything and everything you fancy – we love to read it. 1ST PRIZE: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a  week’s writing retreat at Chawton House Library, and a day with a Virago editor.  2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: £250 Three other finalists each receive £100 Judge: Jane Rogers Closing date: 17 March 2014 All winning stories will be published in the Jun/Jul/Aug 2014 edition of Mslexia Before you enter, find out all you need to know in the competition rules. Ready? Enter the competition. https://mslexia.co.uk/shop/scomp_enter.php

 The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books: Winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, Book awards are covered in the US Review of Books. Prizes: Two grand prizes are awarded annually: one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, and academic presses, as well as self-published books. Prizes include a $250 award for short prose and a $2,000 award for best independent book. In addition to the two main grand prize awards, various other honors and distinctions are given for both prose and books, including the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the First Horizon Award. Submissions accepted each year by nominating books and prose. Book deadline January 21. Prose deadline March 31st. more info at: http://www.hofferaward.com/

 Ascent Aspirations Publishing. Summer Anthology 2014 CONTEST. Call for submissions. Submissions Open From December 2013 to March 31, 2014. THEME: Our theme is the bizarre (as in strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd) or (as in markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange), however there are word limits. Poetry is to be no more than 30 lines including the spaces between stanzas, so that the poem printed in 11 pt. font Times Roman will fit on one page. Flash Fiction prose is to be no more than 600 words, so that the prose printed in 11 pt. font Times Roman will fit on two pages. To clarify our criteria for this anthology, hone your words, and be a minimalist. FOR MORE INFO: http://www.ascentaspirations.ca/ascentsummer2014.htm

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 Writers Digest Self-Published Competition: Writer’s Digest hosts the 22nd annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC, spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2014 A chance to win $3,000 in cash – National exposure for your work. The attention of prospective editors and publishers,  A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished?et_mid=652598&rid=239199236

 NEW! 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished, non-UK and UK based writers over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 per story (about 15 CAD). The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) April 30th 2014. Full details and rules at http://www.bristolprize.co.uk

 The Ontario Poetry Society Arborealis Prize For Poetry. Deadline April 30, 2014. Theme: the people’s poetry tradition. $20 for up to 4 poems, $5. Each additional poem.  See website http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Arborealis%202014.htm

 The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton seeks short stories and poem for its annual Forget Me Not writing contest. Writers have until April 30 to submit stories of no more than 1,800 words, or poems of no more than 72 lines, in categories for writers 16 and older, and those who are younger. All entries, fiction or non-fiction, must begin with the words, “Remember when.” It’s the fifth year for the contest created to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, and raise money for the local chapter of the Alzheimer Society. Submissions by writers age 19 and older must be accompanied by a donation of $20 or more. Judy Doan, executive director of the local chapter, said the contest has attracted as many as 75 entries in a single year. Contest rules are available from the society’s office, 420 East St., N., 519-332-444.

 Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 83rd Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Early-Bird Entry Deadline: May 5, 2014. http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition?et_mid=657418&rid=239199236

 The New Quarterly invites entries for the The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Contest. Prize: $1000. Theme: any unpublished work of short fiction. Entry fee: $40 (includes subscription). All submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. Deadline: May 28, 2014.     Guidelines: tnq.ca/peter-hinchcliffe-fiction-award

 MULTIPLE DEADLINES: The Antigonish Review’s 2014 Writing Contests: GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST & SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE. $2,400 in Prizes! Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by May 30, 2014.  Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2014.
1. Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages. First prize:$600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication.
2. Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest:Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems. First prize:$600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication
Guidelines:  Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. As well, past winners are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page. Entry Fee: Canada $25.00; the United States $30.00 (US funds); All others $40.00 (US funds) for either contest. Bonus: You may enter both contests for an additional $10.00. You may enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription which will begin with the fall issue, 2014. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review. Mail submissions to: The Antigonish ReviewContest, Box 5000, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2G 2W5. For further information, email TAR@stfx.ca, Phone 902-867-3962 or visit our website at <www.antigonishreview.com>. ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RETURNED; only winners will be notified by September 1, 2014. List of winners will be available at our web site: http://www.antigonishreview.com.

 Entries  invited for the third annual Arizona Mystery Writers Story Contest. First prize $200. Open to mystery, suspense, and thriller. Length: 2500 words max. Open to everyone. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: June 1, 2014. See guidelines at:  arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449

 The Ontario Poetry Society Sparkle & Shine Poetry Anthology Chapbook Contest. Deadline June 30, 2014.  Various themes.  Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 poems for $5.00. See website: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_sparkle&shine%202014.htm

 Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2014: Now Open For Entries! Now in its seventh year, the competition champions and nurtures creative talent from across the world in a celebration of outstanding poetry and short fiction. Creative Writing Competition 2014 Prizes:  £500 prize money for the Poetry Winner,  £500 prize money for the Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual,  A selection of books from competition partner organisations. Writers are invited to submit their work into the categories of Short Fiction and Poetry. Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Both Short Fiction and Poetry entries should be written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Visit http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting to enter.

 The Ontario Poetry Society Food for Thought Contest. Deadline Sept. 30, 2014.  Food-themed poems.  Fees: 1 poem for $5.00 or 3 poems for $10.00.  See website for full details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Food%20for%20Thought.htm

 The Ontario Poetry Society Ultra Short Poem Competition. Deadline Oct. 30, 2014.  Poems no longer than 8 lines, 8 words per line. Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Ultra%20short%20poem14.htm
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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Weekly Notices for the week of Feb. 3 to Feb. 9, 2014

15 ITEMS 6 NEW 2 NEW CALLS plus  3 NEW CONTESTS

Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com
####Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website   http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml

CAA-NCR EVENTS: NOTE TO CAA MEMBERS: Recently published a novel, won a writing award, had a spectacular book signing or in some other way been recognized within the writing community? Write a short blurb about it & we’ll publish it in Byline, the CAA-NCR branch Magazine. We’re all excited, and encouraged, when someone in our writing family shines. Send a note to Sharyn Heagle, Editor, Byline at <sharyn_40@yahoo.com>

ITEM 1:  CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CAA-NCR’s BYLINE MAGAZINE
If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at sharyn_40@yahoo.com. Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication.   Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor for details.

ITEM 2: 27TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST HURRY!
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 7, 2014!

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION–NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

CATEGORIES: Short Story • Poetry Prizes in Each Category: $300, $200, $100
Guidelines for 2014 NCWC

The contest is open to members of CAA–NCR and/or residents of the National Capital Region
http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/contests.shtml

CATEGORIES: Short Story (max. 2500 words) and Poetry (not Haiku) (max. 60 lines including title & blank lines)
ENTRIES must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant. Winning entries and/or Honourable Mentions may be published CAA–NCR’s e-mag, Byline, in a CAA–NCR anthology,
or in the Ottawa Citizen. Copyright remains with author.

Finalists are requested to attend CAA–NCR’s 25th Annual NCWC Awards Night, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 7 PM, Ottawa Public Library auditorium, 120 Metcalfe Street at Laurier.
Your presence is important to the celebration of your success with fellow entrants, families and friends. First place winners will be asked to read their entries.
 Entries postmarked after midnight FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014 will be disqualified.
 Submissions not accompanied by entry fee will be disqualified.
 Submissions will be neither acknowledged nor returned.
 Entries not conforming to rules will be disqualified.
 Overpayment of entry fees will not be returned.
 Entry fee: $15 per story; $15 for up to three (3) poems (poems will be judged individually);
 number of entries unlimited.
 Each prose entry must be in English, typed, on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, one side only,  page-numbered consecutively on bottom right of pages. No extra-large type, please!
 Indicate category and title on top left corner of every page.
 Stories must be double-spaced; this is not required for poetry.
 Contest is blind judged. Entrant’s name must NOT appear on the submission(s).
 Include a separate cover page with contest category, story/poem title, name, address,
 phone number, and e-mail address.
 Members of CAA–NCR are entitled to one (1) free entry in one (1) category.
 Make cheques payable to CAA–NCR and designate NCWC.
 CAA–NCR reserves the right to withhold any prize should entries fail to meet expected standards.
Mail entries to: National Capital Writing Contest, 163 BELL ST., N., Box 57081, Ottawa ON K1R 7E1 Attention: Sharyn Heagle, Receiver
Information: Sharyn Heagle, CAA–NCR Contest Coordinator – sharyn_40@yahoo.com.
ITEM 3: CAA-NCR FEBRUARY MEETING

DATE: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library, Laurier and Metcalfe Streets
No charge for members, $10 for non-members.

PRESENTATION BY ALBERT DUMONT:
While reflecting on your life’s memories you recall a forgotten experience. What is its purpose? Why is it special?
An experience important enough not to be banished from your memory bank in a poem or short story waiting to be written about. Your life is a treasure trove of original verse and prose, parables and teachings for a good life of writing. Learn more with Albert Dumont.

ALBERT DUMONT, Spiritual Advisor, Algonquin, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg,  was employed by Correctional Services Canada for the last three years as a spiritual advisor for the Aboriginal men incarcerated at Millhaven Institution located near Kingston, ON. He is an activist, a volunteer and a poet who has published 5 books of poetry and short stories. In recognition for his work as an activist and volunteer on his ancestral lands (Ottawa and Region) Albert was presented with a Human Rights Award by the Public Service Alliance of Canada in 2010. Albert has dedicated his life to promoting Aboriginal spirituality and healing and to protecting the rights of Aboriginal peoples particularly those as they affect the young.

ITEM 4: CAA  – NCR WORKSHOP COMING UP IN FEBRUARY
BOOK REVIEW HALF DAY WORKSHOP with Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014 Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa. Building T, Room 230
Parking: available adjacent to Building P, free on weekends.
Cost: $25 members; $40 non-members. Spaces are limited, so register early. Registration: Contact Arlene Smith  somertonsmith@yahoo.com

What is a book review? And, more importantly why are book reviews so important? A book review is news. It is many things to many people. The book reviewer is the messenger, the one who is telling the world what is good or bad about a specific book. Writing book reviews, or any review for that matter, is a tricky business. It is, however, a great way to start a writing career as well as promote one’s own publications. Join our half-day book review workshop and find out what a book review means to you and, better yet, how to write a good book review.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a regular book reviewer for allbooks review (http://hstrial-allbooksreview.homestead.com/index.html) as well as Prairie Journal (http://prairiejournal.org/reviews.html). Emily-Jane’s writing reflects her love of Canada and the extra-ordinary Canadians who have made Canada a great nation. Her stories have appeared in History Magazine, Canadian Stories Magazine, and Western People. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Ukulele Yukon, Letters From Inside, The Creative Spirit, It Happened in Canada (Books 1, 2, and 3), Personal Notes, The Whistling Bishop, Songs of the Voyageurs and F-Stop: A Life in Pictures.

ITEM 5: THE CAA-NCR FIRST ANNUAL BOOK FEST

DATE: Sat. April 12, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (lunch break 12:30–1 p.m.)
LOCATION: Clark Hall, RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa (free parking++)
ENTRY: $5 coupon which can be used towards purchase of any book!

 RAFFLE: Raffle of donated books, to be held during inter-panel breaks.
 FOOD: Full restaurant/bar within the centre.
 READING: Participating authors will have the opportunity to read x 2 minutes.
 Video tapes of such readings may be possible, at no extra cost.

CAA-NCR is really pleased to announce it will hold its First Annual Book Fest on Saturday April 12, 2014. This will not only display books for signing and sale, but will also permit readers to hear our CAA-NCR authors and other authors in Ottawa and surrounding area read from their books, and possibly discuss them in public discussion groups, to be selected according to genre. This will depend on the number of participating authors in each genre, such as: Canadian fiction, international fiction, gender issues, politics, children’s books, and erotica. List and sequence of panels will be determined and published, once all authors and genres are known.

Half hour long moderated panel discussions will alternate with half hour periods of browsing by readers, who will be able to interact with their favourite authors and ask questions privately at the authors’ tables. Q & A will also be permitted at the end of panel discussions, thus stimulating interest and sales.

 Authors will rent half tables at $40. No sharing. (co-authors may also attend).
 They may have a chance to participate in the discussions, and in 2 minute videos
 of their reading, usable on YouTube.
 Those who pay early will be assigned the best positioned tables.
 Local bookstores may be included ONLY after individual authors have been accommodated, depending on table space, which is limited.

Authors: Please e-mail ghanems@rogers.com Qais Ghanem, VP Electronic Media a list of your books including genre, to reserve a half table or more. You will then be asked to mail your $40 cheque, payable to CAA-NCR to our treasurer (address will be supplied at the time). THANK YOU!
CAA-NCR MEMBER NEWS

ITEM 6: CAA-NCR MEMBER, DR. BOB ABELL, BOOK LAUNCH
NEW!
DATE: Sun. February 9, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
LOCATION: BOOKS ON BEECHWOOD, 35  BEECHWOOD AVE., OTTAWA

Dr. Bob Abell, author of the non-fiction book, Salvaging Capitalism/Saving Democracy
and the dystopian novel The Corporation, will be launching his new adventure/romance novel, Trails, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Reviewers said of Salvaging Capitalism:
“… extraordinarily well researched … It’s funny and fun.
… If you like to see the big picture, you’ll love this book.”
… and of The Corporation:
” Abell’s characters walk right off the page….
brilliant cryptic allusions to dangerous trends
in our society… this book is a must …”

… and now Trails!
Caught in an unexpected storm while hiking in the mountains of Arizona, Shelley barely escapes a flash flood. Is her rescuer knight or knave? From that first cold night in the mountains, a chain of potentially deadly events leads to intrigue and a fast-paced adventure, ranging from the mountains of Arizona to Northern Mexico – with echoes in Washington, D.C.

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL NEWS
ITEM 7: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION EMERGING WRITER AWARD

The Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award honours a Canadian writer under 30 who shows exceptional promise in the field of literary creation. Genre doesn’t matter: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts – published or unpublished. The winner may be selected based on a body of work in a variety of forms, or on a body of work in a single genre or writing form.
Nominations may be made by creative writing instructors, Canadian Authors branches and TWIGs, professional writers, and publishers.
Deadline: March 31, 2014 (postmark). Entry fee: none. Prize: $500 plus a one-year membership with Canadian Authors  Details: http://canadianauthors.org/national/caa-literary-awards/
ITEM 8: CANWRITE! 2014 SHORT STORY CONTEST
It’s back! Canadian Authors’ short story anthology contest is back – and so is your chance to win cash, attend a great conference and get published.  The top 10 stories will be published in an anthology to be launched at this year’s CanWrite! conference and retreat. Download entry form as well as guidelines for details.

Deadline: April 1, 2014 Entry fee: $20 per entry Prize: 1st prize: $200 plus a free conference registration; 2nd prize: $100 plus a free conference registration; 3rd prize: free conference registration
Details: http://canadianauthors.org/conference/canwrite-contest/  or 866 216 6222

OTHER WORKSHOPS

ITEM 9: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR YOUTH FEBRUARY

Local authors Tudor Robins, Michel Lavoie and JC Sulzenko will each host writing workshops for kids and teens to help them get ready to participate in the Ottawa Public Library´s 19th annual Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest.

Short Stories: Tudor Robins, Carlingwood, 281 Woodroffe

 Saturday, February 8, 3-4 p.m. Ages 13-17
Poetry: JC Sulzenko, Sunnyside branch, 1049 Bank

Poésie et nouvelles : Michel Lavoie, Succursale Gloucester-nord, 2036 Ogilvie

 Le samedi 8 février, de 14 h à 15 h, Succursale Cumberland, 1599 Tenth Line, Pour les 13 à 17 ans

Online registration is required but programs are free to attend.

OPL invites aspiring young authors to submit poems and short stories in English and/or French before the contest deadline, February 9, 2014. Participants can win awesome prizes which will be presented in the Spring. For contest details, visit
http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors&lt;http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or mailto: InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca

ITEM 10: 2014 NONFICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE              NEW!

DATE: MAY 7 – 9, 2014
LOCATION: ONLINE EVENT

Join us for the fourth annual Nonfiction Writers Conference May 7 – 9, 2014!

2014 Nonfiction Writers Conference Location: Your Couch – This event is virtual! Once again we will feature 15 speakers over three days, all conducted via teleseminar. Speakers will be  announced in January.
Conference sessions typically run between 9:00 a.m. PST to 4:00 p.m. PST.
See more at:
http://nonfictionwritersconference.com/2014-nonfiction-writers-conference/

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

ITEM 11: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
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.  FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT http://www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor.  Check out 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.

Also check out the latest issue of experiment-o-: Issue 6 – to the others here: http://www.experiment-o.com/

ITEM 12: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS 50+ SHORT STORY CONTEST                                            NEW!

This winter, the Ottawa Public Library is hosting an annual Short Story Contest for older adults. This contest was formerly called the City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest.

Adults 50 years or older, who have a Library card, are eligible to enter. They are invited to submit a maximum of two short stories either in English or French. Stories must be original and unpublished works and under 2000 words. The contest opens February 11, 2014 and the deadline for submissions is March 11, 2014.
Participants can win a cash prize which will be presented at An Afternoon of Storytelling on Wednesday, May 14 during which these authors will each read from their winning stories.

For contest details, visit
http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca   or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca

IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

ITEM 13: THE FACTORY READING PRESENTS:
A NIGHT OF READINGS AND CHAPBOOK LAUNCHES   NEW!

DATE: Thursday, February 6, 2014; doors 7:00 p.m; reading 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs), OTTAWA lovingly hosted by rob mclennan with readings by:

N.W. Lea (Ottawa ON)
Hugh Thomas (Fredericton NB)
+ m erskine (Toronto ON)

author bios:

N.W. Lea lives and writes in Ottawa. He is the author of two previous chapbooks, light years (above/ground press, 2006) and Actual Girl (The Emergency Response Unit, 2011) as well as the full-length collection, Everything is Movies (Chaudiere Books, 2007). He will be launching his second above/ground press chapbook Present! (2014).

Hugh Thomas is a poet and translator living in Fredericton, where he teaches mathematics at the University of New Brunswick. His most recent chapbook, Opening the Dictionary, published by above/ground press, was shortlisted for the 2012 bpNichol chapbook award. Franzlations,
a collection of illustrated Kafka remixes, created with Gary Barwin and Craig Conley, was published by New Star Books in 2011. He will be launching his second above/ground press chapbook Albanian Suite (2014).

m erskine is a long-time corrupter of words. The poetry condition is responding well to treatment, thanks for asking. She also had an above/ground press poem broadside reprinted in the anthology Groundswell: the best of above/ground press, 1993-2003 (Broken Jaw Press, 2003).
http://www.abovegroundpress.blogspot.ca/2014/01/the-factory-reading-series-lea-thomas.html
ITEM 14: THE ARTISTIC SHOWCASE FEATURING  TITILOPE SONUGA, AMELIA LECLAIR, BRANDON WINT , LUCILA AL MAR AND GUESTS
NEW!
DATE:     Thursday, February 6, 2014 Time:     7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa Cover: $10
As always, The Artistic Showcase will be hosted by local spoken word poet Brandon Wint :)

The Artistic Showcase hibernated during the months of December and January, but in February it will be back with a bang. This month we will be welcoming a lovely mix of artists whose expressions represent various artistic and blood lineages. We will be blessed to hear and witness the talents of featured performers:

 TITILOPE SONUGA (www.titilope.ca)
 AMELIA LECLAIR (https://myspace.com/amelialeclair)
 BRANDON WINT (www.brandonwint.ca)
 LUCILA AL MAR

along with special guest performances by: RASHMI LOGO and SUZY PANKHURST and DOHNIA

ITEM 15:  LIPS FEBRUARY SLAM                        NEW!

DATE:  Friday, February 7, 2014     TIME:  7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
LOCATION:  Thirsty Moose Restaurant – UPSTAIRS (20 Bridge St., Carleton Place)
COST:  $5.00 per person

The Live Poets Society of Lanark County (aka LiPS) is presenting an exciting new format for our February 2014 SLAM. The event is the LiPS 3-2-1…Raise It! SLAM.

It will have 3 rounds (instead of the regular 2 rounds).  Poets will slam a 3-minute poem in round one, a 2-minute poem in round two, and a 1-minute poem in round three.  Those wishing to compete must come prepared for this format.

The show will begin with our regular Open Mic portion, where any & all are welcome to share.  The judges for the slam will be selected from the audience (as is usual practice), and all regular slam rules apply. If there are any questions, or you wish to contact LiPS, you can e-mail us at: lanarklips@hotmail.com or you can find us on Facebook under “LiPS” at https://www.facebook.com/groups/51468539627/
Come and kick away the February “blahs” or share the love by enjoying a night of poetry and entertainment.
MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

Dreadful Cafe is now soliciting query letters (fiction) and samples (art) for “Thresholds,” their second anthology of art and fiction. All genres are eligible — including short stories, novellettes, and novellas — but preference is given to works that cross more than one and which reflect the flavor and theme. Length: 1000-25000 words. Payment: $20-$250. Deadline: Open.     Guidelines: http://dreadfulcafe.com/thresholds

Strangelet Literary Journal Open to Submissions. Strangelet is a new journal of speculative fiction, accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic stories/comics, and artwork. It is now open to submissions of short stories, graphic fiction, poems and essays. It is a paying market.Details: http://www.strangeletjournal.com/submit/

The Traveling Poet (US) is an ezine publishing poetry from writers ages 12-25, and articles on hitchhiking, traveling broke, poverty, and philosophy. Poetry about traveling is ideal, but any subject is welcome. No Beat Generation re-enactments. Deadline: Rolling  Guidelines:
http://travellingpoetblogzine.wordpress.com/

Entertainment and pop culture magazine A Bard’s Tales (Canada) is looking for contributing writers. Payment: $50 for features, $50 for reviews, and $25 for opinion pieces. All pieces must be first pitched (lead to the story, possible sources, rough length, etc) and approved by one of the ABT editors. Deadline: Open.  WEBSITE: http://abardstales.com/

Lunch Ticket, a literary magazine published by the Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA Program, is accepting submissions for its monthly Amuse-Bouche feature. Submit creative nonfiction, writing for young people, fiction, poetry and art. Guidelines: http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/

New Toronto-based graphic arts mag, Archenemy Magazine, seeks editorials, reviews and creative writing related to comics, illustration and design. Creative pieces will be illustrated by a contributing artist. Also interested in potential regular writers/features. Length: 600–2500 words. Accepting freelance pitches and humour pieces, also. “Compensation is always awarded.” Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines: archemag.com/contribute

Maelstrom, a US print literary journal, is currently seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction, art, and photography that is edgy, smart, funny, and/or weird. Length: 5000 words max. or 3-5 poems. Payment: one copy. Deadline: Open.   Guidelines: maelstromjournal.com/submission-guidelines

Poetry Space (UK) is looking for poetry, art, and writing submissions from young writers and artists. All ages welcome. Parents and guardians welcome to submit on child’s behalf. No fees.     Guidelines: poetryspace.co.uk/young-writers-space

The Furious Gazelle seeks short stories, micro fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short plays, monologues, novel excerpts and art. Wants writing that is “good and well written” and art that is “artistic.” Length: 8000 words max. Deadline: ongoing.  Guidelines: thefuriousgazelle.com/about
Online literary magazine The Steel Chisel (Canada) is “perpetually looking” for prose and poetry submissions from Canadian writers. Include a short bio with location, occupation, and any relevant award/publication accomplishments. Deadline: Rolling, on 6th of the month.     Guidelines: http://www.thesteelchisel.ca/contact.html

Circa: A Journal of Historical Fiction (Ottawa, ON) is accepting submissions on a historical theme. Accepts fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews, and articles that have a fresh take on history. Also appreciates genre-crossing, and speculative and alternative history. Length: 2500 words max. (fiction) and 800 words max. (reviews and articles). As a Canadian journal, Circa especially likes Canadian stories. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines: circajournal.com/submissions

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 3 to 5 poems for consideration. Deadline: Ongoing.   Guidelines: themackinacmagazine.com/submit.html

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: http://www.deadbeats.eu/submission

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: https://thehollerbox.submittable.com/submit

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.” http://www.squalorly.com/submit

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

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 info@rosemarydrisdelle.com.

From the Well House is accepting fiction, scholarly essays and poetry. Details can be found at: http://fromthewellhouse.org/?bu0Dd7M9.

Ruminate Magazine is now accepting submissions. Guidelines and deadlines are available at: http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/submission-guidelines/.

Carousel is accepting submissions. Info: http://www.carouselmagazine.ca/submit.html.
Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info: http://antiphon.org.uk/index.php/submissions.

Convert Publishing, a new digital publisher, is accepting manuscript submissions. For more details, visit: http://convertpublishing.com/?page_id=19.

Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info: http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/

Queen’s Quarterly is accepting articles, reviews, short stories and poetry. Details can be found here: http://www.queensu.ca/quarterly/correspondencesubmissions.html.

Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at: http://eventmags.com/about-2/submission-guidelines/fiction-poetry/.

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. oar.uesa.ca/submissions/submission-guidelines/

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. http://www.theislandreview.com/submissions/

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. http://northerncardinalreview.wordpress.com/submissions/

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

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. kolajmagazine.com/content/submissions

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. http://therotarydial.ca/submissions/

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: http://www.garbanzoliteraryjournal.org/Submission_Guidelines.html

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.” http://www.barebacklit.com/Submissions.html

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.  : http://lwot.net/submission.htm

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.  : http://pitheadchapel.com/submission-guidelines/

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.  : http://thenewinquiry.com/submit-to-tni/

Website strange bOUnce accepts short stories, satire, and poetry, that have been “lightly brushed with sport.” Send work to IWantToWrite@strangebOUnce.com. No payment. http://strangebounce.com/

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: bitterzoetmag.submittable.com

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: blackheartmagazine.com/submission-guidelines

2014 DEADLINES:

NEW!  DEADLINE: THE 7TH OF EACH MONTH The Bohemyth is OPEN for submissions. We are based in Dublin, Ireland – but there are no geographic restrictions for submitting. Each new issue of The Bohemyth will published on the 7th of each month. To be considered for publication within an issue, your submission must arrive within the first and last day of the previous month. We will only respond to successful submitters in the first week of each month. Occasionally we will give feedback to unsuccessful submitters. We are looking for contemporary short fiction with a literary bent. We want ideas that affect, engage, move and entertain. We want writing that is beautiful, poetic, thought-provoking, edgy, original and inspiring. We want images that linger in minds. We want words that beat out the beat of broken hearts. We want stories that seduce and savage souls.The word count is less than 2,000 words for short fiction pieces. Max of 2 fiction submissions at a time. We want poetry that attempts to communicate. Max of 6 poems. We want essays that ask more questions than they answer. Max of 2 essays. We are also interested in receiving photography submissions – please send us three to five images saved as jpegs. Include a short bio in the third person and send your submission in the body of an email to thebohemytheditor@gmail.com with ‘Submission’ , and whatever category you’re submitting to, as the title of the email. If you want your blog/website/twitter handle included as part of you bio please send on full links to these.
All works must be the original creation of the writer/photographer. Copyright remains with the artist.

FEBRUARY DEADLINES :

Small-scale print project Highbrau Magazine (ON) seeks submissions for issue #11: “Future Media.” Looking for: arguments and reports about a related topic, satire and comic works, poetry, fiction, comics, infographics and more. Payment: copies and unending admiration and gratitude.” Send to: highbraumagazine@gmail.com. Deadline: February 8, 2014.
PERSIMMON TREE The Editorial Board would like to devote the Spring issue to Politics and Activism. We were inspired to try this by the many responses to the topic Activism for Short Takes. If you are also inspired, send us stories — we need fiction as well as non-fiction — for us to consider. The deadline for submitting is February 21. Please send your submission as an attachment to submissions@persimmontree.org. Include a brief biographical statement (less than 50 words) in your email. The attached document should be saved in MS Word or a compatible program. If we can’t open it, we can’t read it. Submissions should be double-spaced, with 12-point type and numbered pages. At the top of the first page please enter author’s name, address, telephone, and email address. Type the title of the piece, labeled fiction or non-fiction, in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you. The Editors,
Persimmon Tree: http://www.persimmontree.org
MARCH DEADLINES:

NEW! THE BOHEMYTH SPECIAL EDITION Info for March.  Dear Readers, In tribute to International Women’s Day – which is marked on March 8th annually – we here at The Bohemyth have decided to dedicate our March Issue – which will be published on March 7th – exclusively to women. In an attempt to showcase some of the very best creative talent this generation has to offer, we decided to initially solicit submissions from women who we read, admire, and are excited about seeing what they will do next. The response and enthusiasm for the idea was fantastic. Our line-up is stellar. But. We at The Bohemyth are greedy. We’re greedy for *new*. For promising. For great. For poetry. For fiction. For photography. For essays. And so we have decided to open our submissions, in the hope that unfamiliar names will submit work we think deserves to stand alongside the already amazing pieces we are receiving from our confirmed contributors. Our normal submission guidelines still apply. All that we ask from any prospective submitters to our special March Issue is the following:
– be a woman – have something to say – say it in a way we cannot ignore. http://thebohemyth.com/2014/02/01/info-for-march/

For an upcoming anthology, In Fact Books (US) seeks essays by writers with insight into the nature and experience of profound psychiatric challenges — as patients, mental health professionals, or both. Seeking true narratives about the recovery process and the therapeutic journey. Scientific information should be balanced by the writer’s unique perspective. Stories should reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. Length: 4500 words max. Open to international writers. Note: $3 to submit online. Deadline: March 1, 2014.  Guidelines: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/mental-health-anthology

Cleis Press seeks sex toy erotica stories of all varieties for an anthology. Length: 1500-4000 words. Payment: $50/story & 2 copies of book on publication. Deadline: March 1, 2014. http://lustylady.blogspot.ca/2013/12/3-erotica-calls-for-submissions-sex.html

Sunshine in a Jar Press. Looking to get published? Sunshine in a Jar Press is welcoming submissions to its new anthology “The Writing Spiral” which will be released in Fall of 2014. They are seeking poems, memoirs, stories and essays, and possible themes are love, loss, joy, decadence, deprivation, hope, fear, friendship, family, work, social responsibility, health, culture, light, and darkness. There is also the opportunity for monthly writing classes to feed your process at Trent University, Oshawa Campus. Deadline: March 1, 2014 Details: http://www.sunshineinajar.com/ or call 289 252 1978

New Welsh Review (Wales) seeks dynamic, curious, lively, and outward-looking writing. Looking for short stories (2500 to 3000 words) and poems (up to six). Occasionally publishes shorter stories and microfiction. Payment: £100 per story and £28 per each poem, upon publication. Also welcomes submissions and ideas for online content (no payment): short reviews (600-800 words), opinion pieces (450 words) and author interviews (8-15 questions). Deadlines: December 12, 2013 and March 1, 2014.  Guidelines: newwelshreview.com/submissions.php

Jobbers seeking poetry that “reviles, reflects or revels in the art of professional wrestling” for the Jobbers Poetry Zine Collection. Deadline March 21, 2014 (Publication April 15, 2014). http://nathanielgmoore.tumblr.com/

Speculative fiction submissions wanted for anthology Start a Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change. Published by Exile Editions (Canada) in Spring 2015. International subs welcome. Length: 2,000-10,000 words (< 7.5k preferred). Payment; $0.05/word. Deadline: March 31, 2014    Guidelines: http://michaelmatheson.wordpress.com/start-a-revolution/

Cactus Press (Montreal) is looking to publish a series of poetry chapbooks from Montreal-based writers in preparation for their debut launch. Deadline: March 31, 2014. Theme/length: open. Guidelines: http://cactuspress.blogspot.ca/p/submit.html

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JackPine Press (SK) is seeking proposals for collaborations of poetry and design to be launched as limited edition hand-bound chapbooks in Fall 2014 (and beyond). Attention to literary merit, typography and binding techniques is considered; also, the ways in which the proposed work both challenges the notion of what a book can be while also upholding an excellent standard of writing and bound book design. Deadline: April 16, 2014 GUIDELINES: http://www.jackpinepress.com/guidelines.php

Open access journal Beyond Borderlands: A Critical Journal of the Weird, Paranormal, and Occult (Canada) is a forum for the interdisciplinary, artistic, and critical exploration of topics relating to esotericism, paranormality, and the culturally weird. Accepting letters to the editor, scholarly and popular articles, music, art, creative writing, occult explorations, and reviews. No payment. Deadline: May 1, 2014. guidelines: http://www.beyondborderlands.com/index.php/submissions

The Potomac Review (Montgomery College, Maryland) accepts submissions of poetry (up to three), fiction and nonfiction (5000 words max.), photography, and artwork. Appreciates both realistic and experimental prose and poetry. Deadline: May 1, 2014.  Guidelines: http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/EDU/Alt.aspx?id=19015

Online journal The California Journal of Women Writers seeks submissions from female writers/poets/students for its second biannual chapbook of short fiction and poetry. Theme: Home — the words, ideas, and images evoked when thinking about home. Length: 2000 words max. Deadline: May 24, 2014.  Guidelines: http://journalwomenwriters.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/seeking-creative-writingpoetry-submissions-for-our-2nd-biannual-chapbook/

Blind Dog Press seeks poems and short prose pieces about the life and work of Arthur Rimbaud for an anthology, Fierce Invalids: A Tribute To Arthur Rimbaud (publications June 2014). Send 1-3 poems along with a short bio to rimbaudsubs@gmail.com. Payment: one copy. Editor: Glenn Cooper. Deadline: May 30, 2014.

UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS

2014 CONTESTS

DEADLINE NOT SPECIFIED:

NEW! Fjords Review Annual Book Contest. Call for Submissions!!! We’re still accepting submissions to our Annual Book Contest, and we’re looking for the best book manuscripts of fiction, poetry, essay and art. We publish, distribute and advertise the winner throughout our various networks and affiliates, and send review copies to all major review agencies. Plus, all entrants also receive a complimentary year subscription the Fjords biannual issues! You can read more about the contest, check out previous winners and submit your manuscript here: http://ow.ly/t83gr

MULTIPLE DEADLINES:
2nd Annual Story Starters Contest – Ontario Writers’ Conference. On the first of each month, our website will feature an extraordinary work by a local artist and we invite you to enter a piece of writing inspired by that work. Taking inspiration from the picture on our website, write a short piece (100 words maximum) and post it in the comment section of the entry page. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Anyone may enter this contest. You may enter as often as you like. English entries only please. Deadline: the last day of the month that the artwork is featured Entry fee: none
Prize: The top ten entries for each month will be sent to our final-round judge who will select a top 3 for each piece of art. The top three entries will be displayed at the 2013 Ontario Writers’ Conference (May 2nd & 3rd in Ajax, Ontario) for final voting by attendees. At the conference, delegates will review and vote for their favourites by ballot. The winning entries will be announced at the conference and each winner will be awarded a prize (tba).
Details: http://thewritersconference.com/whats-new/story-starters-contest/

FEBRUARY DEADLINES:

 OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY´S 19TH ANNUAL AWESOME AUTHORS YOUTH WRITING CONTEST. DEADLINE: February 9, 2014. This contest, for aspiring young poets and short story authors, is open to writers between the ages of 9 and 17. They are invited to submit poems and short stories in English and/or French. The contest deadline is February 9, 2014. Participants can win awesome prizes which will be presented in the Spring. For contest details, visit http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/AwesomeAuthors  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or mailto: InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca Sponsored by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association. They annually publish pot-pourri, an anthology of the winning poems and stories. pot-pourri also makes a great gift. Visit the Friends of OPL website at http://www.OttawaPublicLibraryFriends.ca to place an order.

 Submissions Open for Disquiet Prize. DEADLINE FEB. 15, 2014. Sponsored by Dzanc Books, the annual DISQUIET Literary Prize in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction is currently open for submissions. A winner in each category will receive publication in a participating literary journal, and one grand-prize winner will receive airfare, accommodations, and tuition—a prize worth approximately $5,000—to attend the fourth annual DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, this summer. The winner in poetry will be published in the Collagist; the winner in fiction will be published in Guernica; and the winner in nonfiction will be published in Ninth Letter. Finalists in each category will be offered partial tuition scholarships to attend the DISQUIET program. Four full scholarships to attend the retreat are also available for writers of Luso descent. Submit up to ten poems or up to twenty pages of prose with a $15 entry fee by February 15. Entries may be submitted online via Submittable https://disquietinternational.submittable.com/submit    or sent by mail to Dzanc Books, the DISQUIET Prize, 610 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Previously unpublished works in English are eligible. Writers must live or have lived in the United States or Canada, but need not be citizens or permanent residents. MORE INFO: http://www.pw.org/content/submissions_open_for_disquiet_prize

 Entries are welcome for the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest. First prize: $500. Seeking original, inclusive, previously unpublished speculative fiction. Length: 5000 words max. Entry fee: $5 per entry. Unlimited entries. Deadline: February 15, 2014.  Guidelines: friendsmerrilcontest.com/guidelines

 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Competition opens Monday, January 6, 2014, 8 A.M. (EST). Capture the essence of Erma’s writings and you could win $500 and a free registration to the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop! 525 writers from 7 different countries and 48 states entered the 2012 competition. Erma Bombeck, graduated from the University of Dayton in 1949, lived with her husband and family in Centerville, Ohio, and inspired people worldwide with her columns and books about life’s trials and tribulations. Her memory lives on with the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition hosted every two years by the Washington-Centerville Public Library and the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop hosted by the University of Dayton. Deadline: Feb. 17, 2014 8 AM. More info: http://www.wclibrary.info/erma/index.asp

 NEW! The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest Deadline  February 28, 2014. This contest is for poems of occasion, either personal or public, poems that make something an occasion or simply mark one. We will award a grand prize of $1000 to the poem judged most worthy. Another $1000 in prize money will be distributed as the judges fancy. However the prize money falls, the best of what we see will be published in The New Quarterly, at our usual rates. Entry fee: $40 for up to 2 unpublished poems, $5 for each additional poem .  Submitters will receive a 1-year subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly. For full contest details and to enter visit tnq.ca/contests.

 Online and ebook journal Switchback (MFA-run, University of San Francisco, CA) is accepting poems, short stories, essays, and art. Three Editors’ prizes available, including a $200 prize for best piece. No reading fees. Deadline: February 28, 2014.    Guidelines: swback.com/call

 Toronto Star Short Story Contest. The New Year marks the launch of the 36th Toronto Star Short Story Contest, among the largest in Canada and one of the top competitions in North America. With a first prize of $5000 plus tuition for the 30-week creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers valued at $3000, it’s also one of the most lucrative in the country.  This contest is only open to Ontario residents.  Deadline: February 28, 2014. Entry fee: none. Prize: 1st prize: $5000 plus tuition for creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers; 2nd prize: $2000; 3rd prize: $1000. Details: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/01/04/star_short_story_contest_seeks_entries.html

MARCH DEADLINES:

 Grasmere Publishing (BC) invites entries for the Lynn Manuel Children’s Fiction Contest. Prize: $500 cash, $1000 advance against royalties, and publication. Open to novels suitable for children aged 7-16 years old. Looking for an engaging voice, well-developed characters, and a strong storyline. Length: 25,000-75,000 words. No theme, but no violence. Open to Canadian and US residents who have not previously published a novel for children. Deadline: March 1, 2014 (first chapter only). Entry fee: $30. Guidelines: grasmerepublishing.com

 The Conium Review seeks submissions for its Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Judged by Manuel Gonzales. Winner receives $500, publication, five contributor copies, and a copy of the judge’s book. Length: 7500 words max. Entry fee: $15 (includes free issue download). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: March 15, 2014.    Guidelines: coniumreview.com/contests.html

 MSLEXIA 2014 WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION.  A competition for unpublished short stories of up to 2,200 words. We accept work on all subjects, so write about anything and everything you fancy – we love to read it. 1ST PRIZE: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a  week’s writing retreat at Chawton House Library, and a day with a Virago editor.  2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: £250 Three other finalists each receive £100 Judge: Jane Rogers Closing date: 17 March 2014 All winning stories will be published in the Jun/Jul/Aug 2014 edition of Mslexia Before you enter, find out all you need to know in the competition rules. Ready? Enter the competition. https://mslexia.co.uk/shop/scomp_enter.php

 The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books: Winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, Book awards are covered in the US Review of Books. Prizes: Two grand prizes are awarded annually: one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, and academic presses, as well as self-published books. Prizes include a $250 award for short prose and a $2,000 award for best independent book. In addition to the two main grand prize awards, various other honors and distinctions are given for both prose and books, including the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the First Horizon Award. Submissions accepted each year by nominating books and prose. Book deadline January 21. Prose deadline March 31st. more info at: http://www.hofferaward.com/

 Ascent Aspirations Publishing. Summer Anthology 2014 CONTEST. Call for submissions. Submissions Open From December 2013 to March 31, 2014. THEME: Our theme is the bizarre (as in strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd) or (as in markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange), however there are word limits. Poetry is to be no more than 30 lines including the spaces between stanzas, so that the poem printed in 11 pt. font Times Roman will fit on one page. Flash Fiction prose is to be no more than 600 words, so that the prose printed in 11 pt. font Times Roman will fit on two pages. To clarify our criteria for this anthology, hone your words, and be a minimalist. FOR MORE INFO: http://www.ascentaspirations.ca/ascentsummer2014.htm

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 Writers Digest Self-Published Competition: Writer’s Digest hosts the 22nd annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC, spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2014 A chance to win $3,000 in cash – National exposure for your work. The attention of prospective editors and publishers,  A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished?et_mid=652598&rid=239199236

 NEW! 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished, non-UK and UK based writers over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 per story (about 15 CAD). The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) April 30th 2014. Full details and rules at http://www.bristolprize.co.uk

 The Ontario Poetry Society Arborealis Prize For Poetry. Deadline April 30, 2014. Theme: the people’s poetry tradition. $20 for up to 4 poems, $5. Each additional poem.  See website http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Arborealis%202014.htm

 The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton seeks short stories and poem for its annual Forget Me Not writing contest. Writers have until April 30 to submit stories of no more than 1,800 words, or poems of no more than 72 lines, in categories for writers 16 and older, and those who are younger. All entries, fiction or non-fiction, must begin with the words, “Remember when.” It’s the fifth year for the contest created to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, and raise money for the local chapter of the Alzheimer Society. Submissions by writers age 19 and older must be accompanied by a donation of $20 or more. Judy Doan, executive director of the local chapter, said the contest has attracted as many as 75 entries in a single year. Contest rules are available from the society’s office, 420 East St., N., 519-332-444.

 Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 83rd Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Early-Bird Entry Deadline: May 5, 2014. http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition?et_mid=657418&rid=239199236

 The New Quarterly invites entries for the The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Contest. Prize: $1000. Theme: any unpublished work of short fiction. Entry fee: $40 (includes subscription). All submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. Deadline: May 28, 2014.     Guidelines: tnq.ca/peter-hinchcliffe-fiction-award

 MULTIPLE DEADLINES: The Antigonish Review’s 2014 Writing Contests: GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST & SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE. $2,400 in Prizes! Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by May 30, 2014.  Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2014.
1. Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages. First prize:$600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication.
2. Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest:Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems. First prize:$600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication
Guidelines:  Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. As well, past winners are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page. Entry Fee: Canada $25.00; the United States $30.00 (US funds); All others $40.00 (US funds) for either contest. Bonus: You may enter both contests for an additional $10.00. You may enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription which will begin with the fall issue, 2014. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review. Mail submissions to: The Antigonish ReviewContest, Box 5000, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2G 2W5. For further information, email TAR@stfx.ca, Phone 902-867-3962 or visit our website at <www.antigonishreview.com>. ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RETURNED; only winners will be notified by September 1, 2014. List of winners will be available at our web site: http://www.antigonishreview.com.

 Entries  invited for the third annual Arizona Mystery Writers Story Contest. First prize $200. Open to mystery, suspense, and thriller. Length: 2500 words max. Open to everyone. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: June 1, 2014. See guidelines at:  arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449

 The Ontario Poetry Society Sparkle & Shine Poetry Anthology Chapbook Contest. Deadline June 30, 2014.  Various themes.  Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 poems for $5.00. See website: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_sparkle&shine%202014.htm

 Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2014: Now Open For Entries! Now in its seventh year, the competition champions and nurtures creative talent from across the world in a celebration of outstanding poetry and short fiction. Creative Writing Competition 2014 Prizes:  £500 prize money for the Poetry Winner,  £500 prize money for the Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual,  A selection of books from competition partner organisations. Writers are invited to submit their work into the categories of Short Fiction and Poetry. Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Both Short Fiction and Poetry entries should be written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Visit http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting to enter.

 The Ontario Poetry Society Food for Thought Contest. Deadline Sept. 30, 2014.  Food-themed poems.  Fees: 1 poem for $5.00 or 3 poems for $10.00.  See website for full details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Food%20for%20Thought.htm

 The Ontario Poetry Society Ultra Short Poem Competition. Deadline Oct. 30, 2014.  Poems no longer than 8 lines, 8 words per line. Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Ultra%20short%20poem14.htm
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