CAA-NCR WEEKLY LITERARY NOTICES MAR. 10 TO 16, 2014

caa-whwSorry for not posting last week. Arthritis flare-up in wrists and fingers!  Almost done now, I hope!

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Weekly Notices for the week of Mar.10 to March. 16, 2014

22 ITEMS 9 NEW plus  7 NEW CONTEST LISTINGS

INCLUDING SEVERAL DEADLINES THIS WEEK! 

Library at Parliament Hill in Ottawa

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: CAA-NCR MARCH MEETING

 DATE: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7 P.M. To 9  P.M.

LOCATION: Meeting Room, Lower Level, Ottawa Public Library Main Branch at Metcalfe and Laurier Sts.

MUSINGS AND OTHER NOTABLE TID-BITS FROM AN INDIE AUTHOR

Self-publishing and E-publishing Explained by Brian Smith-PLD

BrianSmith

Do you have a book inside you just waiting to be put down on paper? Are you looking to get published but don’t know how to go about it? Perhaps you just published your book and you’re wondering what you should do next? Here’s your opportunity to get answers to those questions and a thousand other ones you might have about self-publishing, both in printed and e-book formats.  Questions like: Do I need to buy an ISBN, who can I get to edit my book and what file conversions will I need to do before I send my book to print?  Brian Smith has published 2 books and is currently writing his 3rd and is collaborating on his 4th with a group of leadership experts from around the world. Join Brian for an evening of questions and answers.

ReformedControlFreak Brian Smith, Management Consultant, Speaker and Author specializes in soft-skills training and leadership development.  He is the author of two books, “Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak – The Top Ten Sins Most Managers Make & How to Avoid Them” and “Leadership Lessons from a Reformed Control Freak – The Art of Managing and Leading in the 21st Century”. Brian is a former member of the faculty and Professor at Algonquin College’s School of Business where he taught entrepreneurship, skills for success and professional selling. Brian travels throughout North America delivering keynote speeches and facilitating workshops on the challenges facing managers and business leaders today.

 

ITEM 3: THE CAA-NCR FIRST ANNUAL BOOK FEST                

DATE: Sat. April 12, 2014, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (lunch break 12:30–1 p.m.)

LOCATION: Clark Hall, RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa (free parking++)

The RA Centre in Ottawa

The RA Centre in Ottawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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!

 

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL NEWS

ITEM 4: 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 5: 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

 


ITEM 6:  CANWRITE! 2014: PITCH YOUR WORK TO RANDOM HOUSE!

NEW! 

 

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pitch your novel or nonfictIon work to Random House at CanWrite!
Register for this year’s conference and sign up for a private pitch session with Random House Senior Editor, Craig Pyette.  For more information on CanWrite! 2014 and to check out our great line-up of presenters, panelists and facilitators visit http://canadianauthors.org/national/canwrite-conference/ 

CAA NEWS FROM OTHER BRANCHES

 

ITEM 7: NIAGARA BRANCH THE SAVING BANNISTER 29TH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST                                                                                NEW! 300px-Bierstadt_Albert_Falls_of_Niagara_from_Below

 

The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 29th Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology.

Deadline: May 31, 2014 Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem

Prize: 1st prize: $200; 2nd prize: $100; 3rd prize $50 Details: www.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/ 

 

ITEM 8: VANCOUVER 2014 SHORT STORY CONTEST                 NEW!

Open to all Canadian writers

BC Place, Vancouver, BC

Prizes: First: $300 Second: $200 Third: $100

Winning entries will be published in the National Voices 2014 Anthology

 

RULES
Length: Between 1,000 to 2,000 words, unpublished complete short stories, any genre, in English
Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced, aligned left, indent each paragraph 5 spaces,
on 8 1/2 by 11 paper
No biographical notes are required. No submission entries will be returned

 

How to Submit: Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online
Your name or other identifiers must not appear anywhere on the story to ensure the judging is blind. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. Fee per entry: $15 for national Canadian Authors Association members, $20 for non-members. Online: Pay online using PayPal.

http://canadianauthors.org/vancouver/programs/contests/

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 

ITEM 9: THE BANFF CENTRE INDIGENOUS WRITING PROGRAM NEW!

September 15 – 27, 2014 (two-week on-site residency)
October 6 – December 12, 2014 (10-week online program)

Application deadline: May 1, 2014

Please note: Applications are made directly to the Canada Council for the Arts.Banffcentre

Program Information

Faculty: Witi Ihimaera, Lee Maracle, Richard Wagamese

About the Indigenous Writing Program

The Indigenous Writing Program is a unique opportunity for writers to develop their writing and storytelling voices amidst a vibrant community of renowned faculty and fellow writers. It offers an extended period of writing time: an intensive two-week residency at The Banff Centre followed by 10 weeks working online from your own home or work space. Writers receive invaluable one-on-one editorial feedback with outstanding faculty during the residency, and continue working online with a mentor-editor throughout the 10 weeks.

Writers will have the opportunity to present their work alongside award-winning faculty in a dynamic reading and spoken word series at The Banff Centre. This cultivates the significant role of writers as storytellers, and demonstrates the relevance of oral tradition in contemporary contexts. Writers will also benefit from culturally relevant expertise and guidance from mentors and elders with whom they can consult and share their cultural knowledge and protocol.

Applicants who are accepted to the program will receive a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to cover 100 per cent of program costs, including tuition, accommodation, meals, and travel.

 

Who Should Apply

This program supports Aboriginal writers (defined as First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) who are building careers as professional writers and are developing and/or completing a manuscript for publication. Applicants should have a body of written work and a sustained dedication to literary writing (short stories, novel, poetry, children’s literature, memoir, and creative non-fiction).

Computer Requirements

Five things are needed to participate in the Indigenous Writing Program:

  • computer and operating system
  • internet access (with email account)
  • internet browser
  • word processing software
  • virus-scanning software with an up-to-date subscription

 

More info: http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1460

ITEM 10: BARRIE NORTH WRITERS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES GUEST AUTHORS                                                                                           

DATE: Thursday, May  1, 2014

 

Barrie North Collegiate’s iDeology program and the L3: Writers’ Conference is gearing up to welcome some of Canada’s finest authors, poets, novelists, journalists and activists to Barrie for the annual conference.

The seventh-annual conference is May 1 and will feature a day event for students and an  evening event for the public. This year’s guests include Robert J. Sawyer, Eric Walters, Marina

Nemat, Priscula Uppal, RH James Bartleman, Tom Earle, Gord “Trixterboy” Bruyere, Dale Patterson, Christine Miscione and Penguin Books Canada.

Teachers and schools can register by emailing badduono@scdsb.on.ca.

Tickets for the evening event are $20 for adults and $10 students.

Tickets will be available at the door. The evening event starts at 7 p.m.  For more information, visit: http://l3writers.ca/

 

ITEM 11: 2014 ONTARIO WRITERS’ CONFERENCE          

 

Date: May  2 – 3, 2014

Location: Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility, Ajax, ON 

 

The Ontario Writers’ Conference is dedicated to the celebration of writing by inspiring, educating & connecting writers of all levels; providing participants with an opportunity to network with writers and other publishing professionals; and encouraging writers to publish, promote and sell their work.  

Details: http://thewritersconference.com/

 

ITEM 12: CALLING ALL TRANS* WRITERS: WINNIPEG TO HOST LANDMARK TRANS* LITERATURE GATHERING THIS MAY     

 

DATES:  MAY 22- 24, 2014

LOCATION: WINNIPEG, MB

Writing Trans Genres will be held May 22 to 24 in Winnipeg. Papers and proposals are due by Mar. 1, and conference registration is due by Apr. 15.

This May, Winnipeg will have the honour of hosting “Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism” – a conference which will be “the largest gathering of its kind in  Canada,” according to organizer Trish Salah.

While formal academic panels and papers will be included in the conference, it also includes many other works. The call for proposals extends an invitation to “writers, scholars, performers, critics, activists and community members to participate in developing critical contexts for reading and interpreting an emerging body of literature by transgender, transsexual, two spirit and genderqueer writers, on two spirit, trans, and genderqueer terms.”

Keynote speakers include multi-disciplinary artist Aiyyana Maracle, writer and photographer Jay Prosser, and authors Rachel Pollack and Nathanaël. These keynote speeches, as well as daytime readings, will be open to the public, and registration for the rest of the conference is offered on a sliding scale. For more information, visit http://www.writingtransgenres.com

ITEM 13: PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA ANNUAL CONFERENCE                                                                                       

  

Date: June 4 – 7, 2014 

Location: Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Toronto

 

PWAC is once again partnering with Magazines Canada and other publishing associations to hold its 2013 national conference at MagNet, the industry-wide annual conference that PWAC founded with our partners in 2006. This year marks the 37th year of PWAC, and this year’s conference promises to be one of the best.

 

Details: www.pwac.ca/eventsandresources/pwacnationalconferenceagm

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

ITEM 14: 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.

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

 

ITEM 15: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS 50+ SHORT STORY CONTEST                                                                                         

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

ITEM 16: ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS & ED PROJECT PRESENT: RHYTHM AND THE RAVEN RAP VIDEO CONTEST                  NEW!

DEADLINE: THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…  Sound familiar? These are the opening words from Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem, “The Raven.” The poem was a “pop” sensation in Poe’s time – kids used to follow him down the street waving their arms like a bird.  Now we’re putting it to you, Project ED creators, to turn this classic into a rhythmic masterpiece worth of today’s pop charts.

 

Here’s your assignment:  Using verses from “The Raven” – recite, sing, or rap the poem in a rhythm that will make us want to hear it over and over again. You must follow these rules:

·         Use the poem as is – no repetitions of words or lines, no invention of new words or lines; just make your flow work. We want you to stay true to Poe’s original rhyme and verse.

·         Your recitation must contain, at a minimum, the first six verses of the poem in order as included below. You can stop there, or keep going. Pick stanzas from the rest of the poem as you wish, or do the whole thing!

·         Make sure your video is appropriate (No profanity or violence, please!)

·         Accompanying music must be either an original composition or from our approved music sources: MORE INFO HERE:  https://www.projected.com/contests/30-rhythm-and-the-raven

 

Remember – we’re focused on your flow and delivery. Perfectly produced music is not required; beatboxing and even drumming on your desk is acceptable.  And check out the Resources section for Raven-themed artwork you can include in your video  Good Luck!          

ITEM 17: CAPITAL CRIME WRITERS’ 2014 SHORT STORY CONTEST

 

Capital Crime Writers announces its 2014 Short Story Contest.  It is open to all residents 18+ in the National Capital Region.  Entries must be unpublished original works of fiction with a crime theme and be no longer than 3500 words.  The submission deadline is April 1, 2014 and the entry fee is $10.00 ($25.00 if you request a critique).  A shortlist will be announced in May.  Awards will be presented in June.  First prize: $200.00.  Further information and submission instructions are at: http://www.capitalcrimewriters.com

Capital Crime Writers has grown to a group of over seventy members who meet on the second Wednesday of every month at Honeywell Boardroom at Ottawa City Hall (2nd floor). There is always a meet and greet from 7:00 to 7:15 PM, prior to every meeting with the meetings alternating each month between a writing workshop and a guest speaker. Read more:

http://www.capitalcrimewriters.com

 

 

ITEM 18: TEEN TECH VIDEO CONTEST FROM OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY

  NEW!
The Ottawa Public Library´s (OPL) annual Teen Tech Week (TTW) video contest is back. Teens 13 to 18 can participate between March 9 and April 6 bycreating a one-minute video about their favourite book. The video can be a book trailer, a parody, a review, a dramatization of a compelling scene, or anything related to their book of choice. Teens must upload their videos on YouTube to compete for the grand prize: an Apple iPad. The iPad is compatible with OPL eBooks and with the wireless connections at all 33 OPL branches.

For the second year in a row, contest partner SAW Video will provide a prize pack, including a video workshop, and have committed to having one of their cinematographers as the guest judge. The video contest kicks off this year´s TTW, which takes place March 9-15. TTW highlights public libraries being about much more than books; OPL´s digital offerings include eBooks, online resources such as Teen Health and Wellness, downloadable music from Freegal, OPL blogs and apps.

The top 10 finalists will be announced, and their videos screened, at an Awards Night & Video Screening on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in The Centrepointe Studio Theatre, 101  Centrepointe Drive. A wild card prize will be drawn from all the submissions. This event is free and open to everyone. For more information about the contest, including the rules and regulations, and to view last year´s winning videos, visit http://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/teen-tech-video-contest  For more information about OPL, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or
InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca<mailto:InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca>.

 


IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

ITEM 19: POETRY READING AND LAUNCH                        NEW!

 

DATE: Monday, March 10, 2014  7 p.m.

LOCATION: CARLETON UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY

St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

LAUNCH OF DENNIS TOURBIN’S THE STREAM AND OTHER POEMS, WITH 

ROB MCLENNAN, MICHAEL DENNIS + CATHERINE JENKINS

 

Co-published with Carleton University Art Gallery, as an extension of “Dennis Tourbin: The Language of Visual Poetry,” curated by Marcie Bronson; organized and circulated by Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University, 3 February – 27 April 2014.
http://cuag.carleton.ca/index.php/exhibitions/199/
THE STREAM and other poems launches as part of a poetry reading at Carleton University Art Gallery, 7pm on March 10, 2014 by three poets and friends of the late artist: Michael Dennis (Ottawa), Catherine Jenkins (Toronto) and rob mclennan (Ottawa). Each author will be reading from their own works, as well as selections of Tourbin’s published writing. A limited number of copies of the chapbook will be available free at the door. For further information on THE STREAM and other poems, check out the link here:
http://www.abovegroundpress.blogspot.ca/2014/02/new-from-aboveground-press-stream-and.html MORE INFO ON THIS EVENT AND ON DENNIS TOURBIN AT: https://www.facebook.com/events/231802627006110

 

ITEM 20: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS ELANA WOLFF & IAN WILLIAMS                                                                                           NEW!

 

DATE: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

LOCATION: CLUB SAW, 67 NICHOLAS ST. OTTAWA

6:45 p.m. Workshop Open Sesame and Ariadne’s Thread with Frances Boyle

8:00 p.m. Readings Open Mic and Featured Readers treereadingserieslogo

 

Elana Wolff has taught English for Academic Purposes at York University in Toronto and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently divides her professional time between writing, editing, and designing and facilitating therapeutic community art. Elana has published six books with Guernica Editions, including  You Speak to Me in Trees , awarded the F.G. Bressani Prize for Poetry and  Startled Night , nominated for the ReLit Poetry  Award. A bilingual collection of her selected poems is forthcoming with  Éditions  du  Noroît.


Ian Williams is the author of  Personals , shortlisted for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award;  Not Anyone’s Anything , winner of the 2011 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; and  You Know Who You Are , a finalist for the ReLit Prize for poetry. He was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC.

 

info: http://www.treereadingseries.ca/

 

 

ITEM 21: THE PAGE: VISUAL AND MATERIAL LITERATURE, UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE                                                                                   

 

DATE: Friday March 14 through Sunday, March 16, 2014

LOCATION:  University of Ottawa. Open to the public. Attendance is free.

 

Full Program Available: http://www.english.uottawa.ca/pdf/ThePageUofO.pdf

 

“There is no text outside of the material structure in which it is given to be read or heard.” –Roger Chartier

 

  • Registration and program begins Friday, March 14 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Keynote Address (Saturday March 15, 10:45 a.m.): Paul Nelles (Carleton University)
  • “Form, Function, and the Mobility of the Page”
  • Curated Panel on Letterpress, Papermaking and Book Conservation (Sunday March 16, 10:45am): Richard Coxford (Printer, Bookseller), Christine McNair (Printer, Book Conservator) Grant F. Wilkins (Printer, Papermaker)

 

Keynote Address, Curated Panel, and all Student Papers will take place in Arts 509 (70 Laurier Avenue East). Registration and Refreshments in Arts 301. Contact:

http://english.uottawa.ca/grad-conference/   uottawa.conference@gmail.com

2014 Conference Organizing Committee: Neal Hackler and Cameron Anstee

ITEM 22: NEW ShiRt SLAM VOL #2                                     NEW!

 

DATE: THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 7 P.M.

LOCATION: RAILBENDER  STUDIO, 3 Hamilton Avenue North, Ottawa

 

RULES: New ShiRt Slam Vol. 2 March 13th 2014

1. The poetry is the point.
2. Competing poets will be judges.
3. As always all poems must be new!

Round 1 “Time to change things up”
1. poem length: 90 seconds. NO TIME PENALTIES (poets will be cut off at 4 minutes).
2. The poet who is closest to 90 seconds will receive 2 bonus points! (no timing devices may be used to aid the poet!)
3. Judges will calculate scores by rolling dice. They will then have to justify their score to the poet and the audience.
4. Best judge in this round (as determined by host/audience) will receive 4 bonus points!

Round 2 “poems about poems about poems”
1. Poets must perform a poem that is about poetry.
2. 3 minutes maximum. .05 point deduction for every 10 seconds over.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1414888548761983/


MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

 

NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

 

Carole Baldock, editor of Orbis, welcomes poetry and prose submissions, and publishes a regular ‘forthcoming competitions’ listing, Kudos. More at their respective websites: www.orbisjournal.com

 Kudos: www.kudoswritingcompetitions.com

 

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: 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/

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

 

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.

 

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/

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

2014 DEADLINES:

DEADLINE: THE 7TH OF EACH MONTH The Bohemyth is OPEN for submissions. based in Dublin, Ireland – but there are no geographic restrictions for submitting. Each new issue will published on the 7th of each month. To be considered for publication in 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. Looking for contemporary short fiction with a literary bent. We want ideas that affect, engage, move and entertain, writing that is beautiful, poetic, thought-provoking, edgy, original and inspiring. We want images that linger in minds, words that beat out the beat of broken hearts, stories that seduce and savage souls. Word count: less than 2,000 words for short fiction pieces. Max 2 fiction submissions at a time. Poetry that attempts to communicate. Max 6 poems. We want essays that ask more questions than they answer. Max  2 essays. Also interested in photography submissions – please send  three to five images saved as jpegs. Include short bio in the third person, send 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.

 

 

MARCH DEADLINES:

 

 

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

 

APRIL DEADLINES:

 

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

 

ROOM MAGAZINE: Call for Submissions for 37.4. Room magazine invites unpublished writing on any theme for our upcoming issue, 37.4, edited by Christina Cooke and assistant edited by Taryn Hubbard. See our submission guidelines for details on how to submit. http://www.roommagazine.com/submit Deadline: Wednesday, April 30 2014

 

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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.

 

Postscripts to Darkness has re-opened for fiction submissions for our planned 6th volume, scheduled for release in Fall 2014! We have revised our submission guidelines somewhat, so please read them carefully if you are thinking of sending your stories for our consideration. We pay one cent/word (Canadian, minimum payment $25) for fiction between 1500 and 4500 words.

http://pstdarkness.com/submissions-2/

 

A Star in the Heart anthology, submissions invited: poetry and short prose celebrating Advent and Christmas. Deadline end of June. Max 50 lines/599 words, unpublished to The Editor, David Grubb, A STAR IN THE HEART, 25 Belle Vue Road, Henley on Thames, Oxon, RG9 1JQ. UK (incl. sae for reply) or email to dgrubb@different-drums.co.uk

 

Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions: “Vacancies,” Summer 2014 Double-Issue. Vacancies is our summer 2014 double-issue, and we are now accepting submissions. In “An Abandoned Factory, Detroit,” Phillip Levine frames vacancy as “… the loss of … power, / Experienced and slow, the loss of years, / The gradual decay of dignity …” It cultivates peoples, nations, and ideas, and can swiftly strip senators and masked vigilantes of their supposed powers. It loiters at crime scenes and stinks up family reunions. Here’s an anthology where you become the architect of reason and fabricate an ocean of experience, only to ravage it: “I wanted the whole world or nothing” (Charles Bukowski, Post Office). The bicycle mechanic when she is not fixing, the tropical fish store owner who opens each morning to find another proud school deceased, your fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, what-have-you explores the dimly lit corners of the unoccupied, unassuming, or idle. Submit via Submittable (category: “Vacancies”). We only accept three to six poems. There will be no chapbook contest this issue (it will return with volume four) and there are no guidelines otherwise for fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, etc. The deadline for Vacancies consideration is July 15, 2014. Questions? E-mail the editors at heavyfeatherreview@gmail.com. Further info on heavy feather at: http://heavyfeatherreview.com/2014/01/30/call-for-submissions-vacancies-summer-2014-double-issue/

 

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.

Scintilla: Scintilla 17 is due out shortly, available from Amazon. Please do consider submitting poems for the Scintilla 18 edition by end of July this year. Dilys Wood and Myra Schneider are both featured in Scintilla’s ‘Chain of Conversation’ on their website. Comments on the chain are welcome: http://vaughanassociation.blogspot.co.uk/p/scintilla-poets-in.html

 

UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS

 

2014 CONTESTS

 

DEADLINE NOT SPECIFIED:

 

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/

MARCH DEADLINES:

 

  • Words for the Wounded www.wordsforthewounded.co.uk  raises money to help in the recovery of our wounded service personnel. 1st prize of £250, 2nd £100, 3rd £50, and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine. Entry £4.50. Poetry, non-fiction or fiction up to a maximum of 400 words on the subject of The Journey. Closing date 11th March.

 

  • Brittle Star magazine’s inaugural poetry/short story competition, deadline Wednesday March 12th. Poems/stories in English. Prizes in each genre: 1st £250; 2nd £100; 3rd £50. Entry: £4 for 1st entry, £3 for subsequent entries; Brittle Star subscribers – 2nd entry FREE. More and entry form at: www.brittlestar.org.uk

 

  • NEW! It’s All Write Short Story Writing Contest for Teens. Open to students in Grades 6 – 12. Stories can be any theme, submit one story of between 4 – 8 pages in length. Deadline: March 14, 2014. Entry fee: none Prize: $200, $150, $100 and publication online and in a booklet Details: www.aadl.org/events/itsallwrite

 

  • NEW! RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2014 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Alternating yearly between poetry and short fiction, the 2014 prize will be given for an outstanding work of unpublished short fiction. Deadline: March 14, 2014 Entry fee: none Prize: A prize of $5000 will be awarded to the best work of short fiction; Two honourable mentions will each receive $1000 prizes. Details: www.writerstrust.com/awards/rbc-bronwen-wallace-award-for-emerging-writers.aspx

  

  • NEW! The 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition. The competition offers one of the largest monetary prizes for a poetry competition of its kind. All entries to the competition will be judged anonymously, so this is a great opportunity to have your poetry judged on its own merits. If you think you have what it takes to delight the judges and get your hands on the top prize of £5,000, then send us your poems now. Just make sure your poem is no longer than 50 lines, is unpublished, in English and is not a translation of another author’s work. Deadline: March 14, 2014. Entry fee: £7.00 per poem. Prize: 1st prize is £5000; Additional prizes are £500 for 2nd place; £250 for 3rd place and five runners-up receive £50 each  Details: www.literaturewales.org/news/i/143938/

 

  • The Missouri Review’s Audio Literary Competition. The Missouri Review invites all writers and writer/producers to send us your recordings of original poetry or prose or your audio documentaries on any subject. All you need is a computer, microphone, software such as GarageBand or Audacity, and a great script! Winners and select runners up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of our iTunes podcast series.  Deadline: March 15, 2014. Entry fee: We have opened submissions (previously $20) to a pay-by-donation entry fee Prize: $1000 prizes awarded in three categories Details: www.missourireview.com/audiovisual/submissions/

 

  • 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 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest.  Edna Staebler was a pioneer in the field of literary journalism. Edna opened the door for generations of personal essayists, not just with her example but with her generosity, founding many awards, scholarships, and bursaries.  In the spirit of Edna’s contributions to the genre, we are interested in essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer’s personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line.   Deadline: March 28, 2014 Entry fee: $40 Prize: $1000 for one winning essay; all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine Details: www.tnq.ca/contests

 

  • NEW! Diana Woods Memorial Award In Creative Nonfiction. Submit an essay of up to 5000 words on a subject of your choice. You must also include a 100-word biography, a photo and a note of thanks to the Woods family.Deadline: March 31, 2014 Entry fee: none Prize: $250 and publication in Lunch Ticket Details: http://lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award/

 

  • The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose : Winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing. 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. Prize: a $250 award for short prose In addition to the main grand prize award, various other honors and distinctions are given. Submissions accepted each year by nomination. 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

 

  • Call for Submissions: The bpNichol Chapbook Award 2014. deadline March 31, 2014.  The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $2,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective. Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada. Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2013), and the poet must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident (three years minimum) Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member). They are to include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the submission form HERE), along with  a brief C.V. of the author. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. The closing date for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award is March 31, 2014. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by April 30, 2014, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com. The winner will be announced at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market in fall 2014. Send submissions to: Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award, 113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6 . The cash prize to writer has been generously donated by an anonymous donor. The prize to the publisher is generously donated by writers Jim Smith and Brian Dedora. All chapbooks submitted will be archived at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto. Please email Meet The Presses for more information: meetthepresses@gmail.com.  Meet the Presses is a Toronto-based collective devoted to promoting micro, small and independent literary presses. This collective has come together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses event launched in Toronto in the mid-1980s by Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross. Meet the Presses organizes a variety of curated public events, all focussing on independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Meet the Presses – an unfunded and non-profit collective – is comprised of Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Nicholas Power, and Stuart Ross. Chapbooks written by members of the Meet the Presses collective are ineligible for the award. Authors of chapbooks published by members of the collective remain eligible for the award.

 

  • The $15,000 Carter V. Cooper/Exile Short Fiction Competition (sponsored by Ms. Gloria Vanderbilt) is back for its 4th year of finding, and publishing, the best Canadian writing, offering $10,000 for the best short story by an emerging writer, and $5,000 for the best short story by a writer at any career point,  The next awards event will be held June 21, 2014: an evening you will not want to miss – with the whole weekend of events a great celebration of Canadian writing! Get your submissions in, email us about advance tickets to the awards dinner, and be a part of this unique Canadian experience… For further information or questions, please email us at: the.exile.writers@gmail.com FOR SUBMISSION FORM AND FOR Competition Information New Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2014 (extended from Monday, March 10, 2014)

 

APRIL DEADLINES:

 

  • Seeking English-language poetry that helps us feel the experience of teaching and learning in higher education for an anthology edited by Dr Kathleen M Quinlan. Details and submission guidelines at: http://hepoetry.weebly.com Email he.poetry@yahoo.co.uk. Deadline 1 April 2014

 

  • 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

 

  • PEN International 2014 New Voices Award. PEN Canada is now accepting submissions for the second PEN International New Voices Award. This is a great opportunity for students and unpublished writers. The annual award aims to encourage new writing and to provide a space where young, unpublished writers can submit their work. The winning writer, selected from the submissions of PEN centres around the world, will be published by PEN International and will receive a $1000 prize. Deadline: April 3, 2014. Entry fee: none Prize: $1000 and will be published by PEN International Details: www.pencanada.ca

 

  • Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest. Spring Pulse Poetry Festival, Northern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts event is sponsoring the 2014 Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest this year. In 1970 the first contest began in Cobalt during the Miners festival on French-Canadian Day. It is the oldest non-governmental national poetry contest in Canada. The contest honours Canada’s most popular 19th century poet, Dr. Drummond was the town’s first doctor, a silver mine manager, and world famous poet who died in Cobalt in 1907. Deadline: April 11, 2014 Entry fee: $10 Prizes: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $200; 3rd prize: $100 + 8 honourable mentions of $50 + 8 judge’s choice of $25. Complimentary anthology of winners, trophy, and award ceremony Details: www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com

 

 

  • NEW! EVENT 2014 Non-Fiction Contest.  $1500 in prizes available… plus our regular publication payment! $34.95 entry fee includes a 1-year EVENT subscription. Send us your stories by April 15, 2014. Submit your story by email to event@douglascollege.ca and pay the entry fee in our online store, or send your story, with a cheque for fees, to: EVENT, Non-Fiction Contest, PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC Canada, V3L 5B2 MORE INFO: http://www.eventmagazine.ca/contest-2014/

 

·         NEW! CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW ANNUAL LITERARY  CONTESTS: The Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, & John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize $2,000 and publication to each genre winner (finalists are offered $500 and publication).  All Entries must be submitted through SUBMITTABLE  http://craborchardreview.submittable.com/submit.  February 21, 2014 – April 21, 2014. Entry Fee: $22.50 per entry (additional entries $10.00; up to two additional entries) All entrants receive a year’s subscription ($20.00 value) (additional entries receive one back issue each entry) http://craborchardreview.siu.edu/dyer.html

 

  • The Gwendolyn MacEwen~Exile $2,500 Poetry Competition… Deadline Monday, April 21, 2014. $2,500 MacEwen Entry Form 2013-14  AND For further information or questions, please email us at: CONTACT the.exile.writers@gmail.com

 

  • NEW!  The 36th Nimrod Literary Awards, University of Tulsa: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Founded by Ruth G. Hardman. FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication. Contest Rules Contest Begins: January 1, 2014, Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2014 more info here:  http://www.utulsa.edu/nimrod/awards.html

 

  • Ver Poets Open Competition, 2014. Deadline Wednesday April 30th. Judge Clare Pollard. Prizes: 1st £600; 2nd £300; 3rd £100 + winning/selected published in competition anthology. Entry £4 per poem or 3 for £10 + £2 thereafter. Entry Form: www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ver14.pdf
  • (includes VER Membership information and Anthology offer). More on Ver Poets www.verpoets.org.uk  or contact Membership Secretary daphneschiller8@gmail.com.

 

  • Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2014 is for women over 60. Poems up to 40 lines on any theme. Judges: A C Clarke and Eleanor Livingstone.  Prizes: £100, £75, £25.   Entry Fee £3.00 per poem, £10 for 4.  Rules and entry form (essential) from www.greyhenpress.com  or write for further details to Grey Hen Press, PO Box 450, Keighley, W Yorks BD22 9BG Closing date 30th April

 

  • Deadline Wednesday April 30th: Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival Competition. Poems no more than 40 lines each on any subject. Prizes: 1st £500; 2nd £150; 3rd £50. Winners invited to read at the festival. Entries: £4 for 1st submission; £2 for additional submissions. Judge Imtiaz Dharker will read all entries. See full rules at: www.cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com

 

  • Southport Writers; Circle annual poetry competition is now open for entries, the closing date is the 30th of April 2014; there are prizes of £150, £75 and £25 and £25 local and humour prizes. £3 per poem or four for £10, both postal and online entries are welcome. For full submission details please visit www.swconline.co.uk

 

  • 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 www.bristolprize.co.uk

 

  • 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.

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  • 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

 

  •  2014 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest! The contest is open from today to May 15 at 12:00 noon EST. One winner in each genre—fiction, poetry, and nonfiction—will receive $1,000 and publication. The submission fee is $24 and includes a one-year subscription to Ploughshares, so it’s a win-win situation. (Psst, if you are subscribed through the Winter 2014-15 Issue, you can submit for free!) We consider you “emerging” if you haven’t published or self-published a book. For more information, or to submit, visit www.pshares.org/EmergingAward.

 

  • 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: www.antigonishreview.com.

 

 

  • Roundel, the Tonbridge-based poetry group, is holding its first open poetry competition in 2014. 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25. Judged by Abegail Morley. Closing date 31st May. Full details on website: www.roundelpoetrytonbridge.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

 

 

  • Segora Writing Competitions 2014: Deadline 15th June. Poetry Judge Blake Morrison. Short Story Judge Michèle Roberts. Vignette Judge: Ed Briggs. More at www.poetryproseandplays.com  Presentation evening 29 Aug at the St Clémentin LitFest: www.stclementinlitfest.com

 

  • Poetry Space Competition 2014 is open for entries until 30th June at midnight. Just £5 to enter a poem of up to 40 lines, all entries will be read by this year’s judge, Alison Brackenbury. Cash prizes for top three poems of £250, £100 and £50. The top twenty poems will be published in the prizewinners’ anthology and all selected poets will receive a complimentary copy. www.poetryspace.co.uk

 

 

  • The 2014 Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition is now open! Judge Ian McMillan. First prize £1000 and a week at Ty Newydd the National Writers’ Centre for Wales. For rules and to download an entry form go to http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/ledbury-poetry-competition/  Closing date 10 July. Festival dates are 4-13 July.

 

  • 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. DEADLINE: AUG. 31, 2014  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

 

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CAA-NCR WEEKLY LITERARY NOTICES FOR FEB. 17 TO 23, 2014

caa-whwNATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Weekly Notices for the week of Feb. 17 to Feb. 23, 2014

15 ITEMS 8 NEW 2 NEW CALLS plus  7 NEW CONTESTS

English: The Bytown Museum and Parliament Hill...

English: The Bytown Museum and Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. Français : Le Musée Bytown et la Colline du Parlement à Ottawa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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: 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 3: BOOK LAUNCH BY CAA-NCR MEMBER, DAVE MULLINGTON
 NEW!

DATE:  SATURDAY, FEB. 22, 2014 2:00 P.M.
LOCATION: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY, DOWNTOWN BRANCH

The Historical Society of Ottawa will hold a book launch for its recently completed history of the 115-year-old organization in the main auditorium of the Ottawa Public Library`s downtown branch at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 22.
The book is titled “To Be Continued . . . A Brief History of the Historical Society of Ottawa,“ and it was written by Òttawa author Dave Mullington.

The Society was founded in 1893 by a number of prominent Ottawa women as The Canadian Women`s Historical Society of Ottawa, and, after accepting men as full members in 1955, changed its name to the current title.
It has been responsible, until recent years, for the founding and operation of the Bytown Museum and has long been, and continues to be, a key supporter of the city and region’s heritage. Among other activities, it offers free monthly talks on topics of historical interest, publishes three or four historical pamphlets during the year, holds twice-annual bus tours to areas of historical interest and supports student efforts at all levels.
Mr. Mullington is also the author of two previous non-fiction works dealing with the city`s history, titled “Chain of Office: Biographical Sketches of the Early Mayors of Ottawa (1847-1948)“ and “Charlotte: The Last Suffragette.“
He will read from his latest work and discuss some of the Society’s more important moments. Admission to the book launch is free and all proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Society’s Historical Research Fund.

ITEM 4: CAA-NCR MEMBER, EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD LAUNCH NEW!    

DATE: Saturday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: BOOKSTOP, 1 Jockvale Road, Barrhaven
In celebration of International Women’s Day, award winning North Gower author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford, is releasing her new book: Amazingly Extra-Ordinary Women. Join her for a launch and book signing at BookStop, 1 Jockvale Road (Barrhaven) on Saturday, March 1st, 1 to 3 p.m.
Women are amazing! How many times have women heard that phrase over the years? Certainly not enough! Women do many things, have done many things. Women are caregivers, teachers, friends, mothers, daughters, sisters. Women work at home; they work in the outside world. Women are missionaries, medical professionals, lawyers, leaders and faithful followers. The bottom line, though, is that women make a difference. Women reach beyond their societal prejudices to do that little extra, to make this world a better place for themselves and for all of us. Throughout history, women have done all of Emily-FrontPagethese things and more. Women have made a difference and their stories, most of which are relatively unknown, speak of their abilities to go the extra mile, to give just a little bit more, to reach out and care. Amazingly Extra-Ordinary Women is a collection of these stories: from the women who outshone others as young girls, to the women as adults who selflessly gave of themselves in so many different ways.
For more information, check out the author’s website at: emilyjanebooks.ca or contact her at: ejhomusic@gmail.com

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL NEWS
ITEM 5: 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 6: 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 7: SUSAN HICKMAN SPRING WORKSHOP: LIVE IT * WRITE IT * LEARN IT                                        NEW!

DATES: Eight weeks beginning after March break, two-hour evenings (day to be
determined)
LOCATION: Boardroom of Dymon Storage on Coventry, off Vanier Parkway
COST: $174: Pay by end of February for 10% discount

A writing workshop that encourages you to write what you know (fiction and/or non-fiction), give and receive valuable feedback within a small group atmosphere, and learn to take risks with your writing.  A guest speaker, who is a published author, will join us for at least one session.

Contact: Susan Hickman 613-290-7646 (afternoons or evenings) or email shickman19@gmail.com
For more information about veteran writer/journalist Susan Hickman:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/hickmansusan

ITEM 8: 2014 NONFICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE

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/

ITEM 9: PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA ANNUAL CONFERENCE                                      NEW!

Date: June 4 – 7, 2014
Location: Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Toronto

Night view of the Toronto City Hall

Night view of the Toronto City Hall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PWAC is once again partnering with Magazines Canada and other publishing associations to hold its 2013 national conference at MagNet, the industry-wide annual conference that PWAC founded with our partners in 2006. This year marks the 37th year of PWAC, and this year’s conference promises to be one of the best.

Details: www.pwac.ca/eventsandresources/pwacnationalconferenceagm

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

ITEM 10: 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 11: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS 50+ SHORT STORY CONTEST
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.

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

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

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 12: OTTAWA YOUTH POETRY SLAM presents  APOLLOTHECHILD
NEW!
DATE: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014     5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: UMI CAFÉ, 610 SOMERSET ST. W. OTTAWA

There are only a few slams left for youth poets to earn a spot on the 2014 OYPS team, so come strut your poetry stuff! A bit on our feature: Apollo The Child is a spoken word artist/ rapper. He’s one third of the Ottawa based Hip Hop trio Poetic Elements. He fell in love with poetry at the age of 15 when he heard Black Ice perform a piece on Pete Rock’s Soul Survivor II. He’s pursued Spoken Word ever since

ITEM 13: WORDS TO LIVE BY: THE GREAT BLACK NORTH       NEW!

DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014    6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa
$7 at the door or free for performers.

We are starting the show earlier because of this exceptional lineup. Doors and open mic sign-up is at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. We also have a limited open mic, so please get there early if you would like to perform.

We had a great show last month featuring Satinka (aka Poetiquette) for her first solo feature. This month, Words to Live By is excited to host a special event. TD Then & Now Black History Month Series presents: WORDS TO LIVE BY: THE GREAT BLACK NORTH
We will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the national anthology, The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. The talented lineup of poets include:

Anthony Bansfield
Shane Book
John Akpata
Eddy Garnier
Ikenna Onyegbula
Brandon Wint
Scruffmouth Scribe

https://www.facebook.com/events/262172807279078/

ITEM 14 : CAPITAL SLAM CIPS QUALIFIER                 NEW!

DATE: SATURDAY, FEB. 22, 2014 6:30 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M.
LOCATION:  THE MERCURY LOUNGE, 56 BY WARD MARKET SQUARE, OTTAWA
Doors are at 6:30. $8. All ages are welcome

Hosted by CapSlam LEGEND, Kevin Matthews!

The time has come for CapSlam to decided who we are going to send to represent us at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships in Vancouver. Next to forming our team to represent at CFSW, this is the biggest honour CapSlam bestows… so who will it be?
To get the title, the poet will have to run the gauntlet… The top 12 poets first half of the season, based on individual performances will throw down…
All TWELVE will perform a three minute poem… but only NINE will move on. Those NINE will perform one-minute poems in the Lightning Round. The top six from THAT round will move on.
Those SIX will perform two minute poems. The top THREE from that round will move on.
Those final THREE will perform FOUR minute poems and the winner of that round will be named the CapSlam representative at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships.
So… who will these twelve poets be?

PRUFROCK * RUSTY PRISKE * P-RIME * KAY’LA FRASER * KAY KASSIRER * BRAD MORDEN * GAVIN RUSSELL * SIR REALIST * MARZ * KING KIMBIT * SARAH RUSZALA *
COVERED IN WEDNESDAY

Will this be a sneak preview at the CapSlam Finals? Last Year Sir Realist won after a tie-breaking FIFTH round with Kay’la Fraser. Be at the Mercury Lounge on Feb. 22nd to find out!

ITEM 15: OTTAWA INDEPENDENT WRITERS AGM FEB. 27, 2014  NEW!

DATE:  THURSDAY, FEB. 27, 2014 6:30 P.M.
LOCATION: Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert St. Ottawa

OIW will hold its Annual General Meeting on Feb. 27.  Please attend and provide your input and ideas regarding the operation of your organization.  The meeting begins at 7 p.m. sharp.  Socializing starts at 6:30 p.m. with coffee and snacks.

The AGM, which will take place during the first half of the evening, will include an address by OIW President Susan Jennings and a full report about OIW activities during the past 12 months, plus the election of a board of directors.  Several positions on the board are open.  If you want to join the board and do your part to make OIW a better organization, please contact Bill Horne at:  wghorne@rogers.com

The meeting takes place at the Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert St. in Ottawa.  The building is easy to access using public transit.

PLEASE NOTE!!!!!! Part of the night will feature readings by OIW members AND THERE ARE SEVERAL OPENINGS for anyone wanting to read their work. If you want an opportunity to dazzle the audience with your work, please contact OIW President Susan Jennings at: susanjennings@sympatico.ca

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/

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

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.

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/

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

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

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

2014 DEADLINES:

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 :

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

NEW! ARTEMISpoetry, Issue 12, poetry deadline 28th February. R V Bailey’s discerning but generous eye will be selecting poetry for Issue 12 of ARTEMISpoetry. All the poetry in the issue will be selected by her as there are no ‘competition’ poems competing for attention in this issue. Please send us poems (two copies of each, unpublished) by the 28 FEBRUARY deadline. It is quite in order to send poems already submitted for Her Wings of Glass. Please see the guidelines for submission before sending: http://www.secondlightlive.co.uk/artemis.shtml#submit   You still have another month for sending in Artwork… again, see the guidelines for what and how to submit.

MARCH DEADLINES:

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.

NEW! Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions: “Vacancies,” Summer 2014 Double-Issue. Vacancies is our summer 2014 double-issue, and we are now accepting submissions. In “An Abandoned Factory, Detroit,” Phillip Levine frames vacancy as “… the loss of … power, / Experienced and slow, the loss of years, / The gradual decay of dignity …” It cultivates peoples, nations, and ideas, and can swiftly strip senators and masked vigilantes of their supposed powers. It loiters at crime scenes and stinks up family reunions. Here’s an anthology where you become the architect of reason and fabricate an ocean of experience, only to ravage it: “I wanted the whole world or nothing” (Charles Bukowski, Post Office). The bicycle mechanic when she is not fixing, the tropical fish store owner who opens each morning to find another proud school deceased, your fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, what-have-you explores the dimly lit corners of the unoccupied, unassuming, or idle. Submit via Submittable (category: “Vacancies”). We only accept three to six poems. There will be no chapbook contest this issue (it will return with volume four) and there are no guidelines otherwise for fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, etc. The deadline for Vacancies consideration is July 15, 2014. Questions? E-mail the editors at heavyfeatherreview@gmail.com. Further info on heavy feather at: http://heavyfeatherreview.com/2014/01/30/call-for-submissions-vacancies-summer-2014-double-issue/

UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS

2014 CONTESTS

DEADLINE NOT SPECIFIED:

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:

 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

 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

 NEW! HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition. Renku is a collaborative Japanese form consisting of 36, 20, or 12 stanzas written by two or more persons. The 2014 contest calls for 36-line kasen renga. No simultaneous submissions. Deadline: February 28, 2014 Entry fee: none Prize: Up to $150 and publication in Frogpond Journal and HSA website  Details: http://www.hsa-haiku.org/hsa-contests.htm#einbond

MARCH DEADLINES:

 NEW! KENYON REVIEW SHORT FICTION CONTEST: Have a piece of unpublished short fiction of 1,200 words or fewer? Submit to the Seventh Annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest any day through March 1st. The contest is open to writers who have not published a book of fiction. The winning story and two runners-up will be published in The Kenyon Review, and the winning writer will receive a full scholarship to a Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Entry fee of $18 includes a one-year subscription to KR or extends your existing subscription by a year. Katharine Weber, the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College and author of five critically-acclaimed novels, including Triangle and True Confections, will be the final judge. Go short and good luck! Read more about the Short Fiction Contest here: http://www.kenyonreview.org/contests/short-fiction/

 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

 NEW! The Missouri Review’s Audio Literary Competition. The Missouri Review invites all writers and writer/producers to send us your recordings of original poetry or prose or your audio documentaries on any subject. All you need is a computer, microphone, software such as GarageBand or Audacity, and a great script! Winners and select runners up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of our iTunes podcast series.  Deadline: March 15, 2014. Entry fee: We have opened submissions (previously $20) to a pay-by-donation entry fee Prize: $1000 prizes awarded in three categories Details: http://www.missourireview.com/audiovisual/submissions/

 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

 NEW! The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest.  Edna Staebler was a pioneer in the field of literary journalism. Edna opened the door for generations of personal essayists, not just with her example but with her generosity, founding many awards, scholarships, and bursaries.  In the spirit of Edna’s contributions to the genre, we are interested in essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer’s personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line.   Deadline: March 28, 2014 Entry fee: $40 Prize: $1000 for one winning essay; all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine Details: www.tnq.ca/contests

 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

 NEW! Call for Submissions: The bpNichol Chapbook Award 2014. deadline March 31, 2014.  The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $2,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective. Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada. Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2013), and the poet must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident (three years minimum) Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member). They are to include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile, request it from meetthepresses@gmail.com , along with  a brief C.V. of the author. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. The closing date for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award is March 31, 2014. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by April 30, 2014, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com. The winner will be announced at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market in fall 2014. Send submissions to: Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award, 113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6 . The cash prize to writer has been generously donated by an anonymous donor. The prize to the publisher is generously donated by writers Jim Smith and Brian Dedora. All chapbooks submitted will be archived at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto. Please email Meet The Presses for more information: meetthepresses@gmail.com.  Meet the Presses is a Toronto-based collective devoted to promoting micro, small and independent literary presses. This collective has come together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses event launched in Toronto in the mid-1980s by Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross. Meet the Presses organizes a variety of curated public events, all focussing on independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Meet the Presses – an unfunded and non-profit collective – is comprised of Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Nicholas Power, and Stuart Ross. Chapbooks written by members of the Meet the Presses collective are ineligible for the award. Authors of chapbooks published by members of the collective remain eligible for the award.

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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! PEN International 2014 New Voices Award. PEN Canada is now accepting submissions for the second PEN International New Voices Award. This is a great opportunity for students and unpublished writers. The annual award aims to encourage new writing and to provide a space where young, unpublished writers can submit their work. The winning writer, selected from the submissions of PEN centres around the world, will be published by PEN International and will receive a $1000 prize. Deadline: April 3, 2014. Entry fee: none Prize: $1000 and will be published by PEN International Details: http://www.pencanada.ca

 NEW! Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest. Spring Pulse Poetry Festival, Northern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts event is sponsoring the 2014 Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest this year. In 1970 the first contest began in Cobalt during the Miners festival on French-Canadian Day. It is the oldest non-governmental national poetry contest in Canada. The contest honours Canada’s most popular 19th century poet, Dr. Drummond was the town’s first doctor, a silver mine manager, and world famous poet who died in Cobalt in 1907. Deadline: April 11, 2014 Entry fee: $10 Prizes: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $200; 3rd prize: $100 + 8 honourable mentions of $50 + 8 judge’s choice of $25. Complimentary anthology of winners, trophy, and award ceremony Details: http://www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com

 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. 17 to Feb. 23, 2014

15 ITEMS 8 NEW 2 NEW CALLS plus  7 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: 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 3: BOOK LAUNCH BY CAA-NCR MEMBER, DAVE MULLINGTON
NEW!

DATE:  SATURDAY, FEB. 22, 2014 2:00 P.M.
LOCATION: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY, DOWNTOWN BRANCH

The Historical Society of Ottawa will hold a book launch for its recently completed history of the 115-year-old organization in the main auditorium of the Ottawa Public Library`s downtown branch at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 22.
The book is titled “To Be Continued . . . A Brief History of the Historical Society of Ottawa,“ and it was written by Òttawa author Dave Mullington.
The Society was founded in 1893 by a number of prominent Ottawa women as The Canadian Women`s Historical Society of Ottawa, and, after accepting men as full members in 1955, changed its name to the current title.
It has been responsible, until recent years, for the founding and operation of the Bytown Museum and has long been, and continues to be, a key supporter of the city and region’s heritage. Among other activities, it offers free monthly talks on topics of historical interest, publishes three or four historical pamphlets during the year, holds twice-annual bus tours to areas of historical interest and supports student efforts at all levels.
Mr. Mullington is also the author of two previous non-fiction works dealing with the city`s history, titled “Chain of Office: Biographical Sketches of the Early Mayors of Ottawa (1847-1948)“ and “Charlotte: The Last Suffragette.“
He will read from his latest work and discuss some of the Society’s more important moments.
Admission to the book launch is free and all proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Society’s Historical Research Fund.

ITEM 4: CAA-NCR MEMBER, EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD LAUNCH NEW!

DATE: Saturday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: BOOKSTOP, 1 Jockvale Road, Barrhaven
In celebration of International Women’s Day, award winning North Gower author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford, is releasing her new book: Amazingly Extra-Ordinary Women. Join her for a launch and book signing at BookStop, 1 Jockvale Road (Barrhaven) on Saturday, March 1st, 1 to 3 p.m.
Women are amazing! How many times have women heard that phrase over the years? Certainly not enough! Women do many things, have done many things. Women are caregivers, teachers, friends, mothers, daughters, sisters. Women work at home; they work in the outside world. Women are missionaries, medical professionals, lawyers, leaders and faithful followers. The bottom line, though, is that women make a difference. Women reach beyond their societal prejudices to do that little extra, to make this world a better place for themselves and for all of us. Throughout history, women have done all of these things and more. Women have made a difference and their stories, most of which are relatively unknown, speak of their abilities to go the extra mile, to give just a little bit more, to reach out and care. Amazingly Extra-Ordinary Women is a collection of these stories: from the women who outshone others as young girls, to the women as adults who selflessly gave of themselves in so many different ways.
For more information, check out the author’s website at: emilyjanebooks.ca or contact her at: ejhomusic@gmail.com

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL NEWS
ITEM 5: 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 6: 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 7: SUSAN HICKMAN SPRING WORKSHOP: LIVE IT * WRITE IT * LEARN IT                                        NEW!

DATES: Eight weeks beginning after March break, two-hour evenings (day to be
determined)
LOCATION: Boardroom of Dymon Storage on Coventry, off Vanier Parkway
COST: $174: Pay by end of February for 10% discount

A writing workshop that encourages you to write what you know (fiction and/or non-fiction), give and receive valuable feedback within a small group atmosphere, and learn to take risks with your writing.  A guest speaker, who is a published author, will join us for at least one session.

Contact: Susan Hickman 613-290-7646 (afternoons or evenings) or email shickman19@gmail.com
For more information about veteran writer/journalist Susan Hickman:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/hickmansusan

ITEM 8: 2014 NONFICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE

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/

ITEM 9: PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA ANNUAL CONFERENCE                                      NEW!

Date: June 4 – 7, 2014
Location: Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Toronto

PWAC is once again partnering with Magazines Canada and other publishing associations to hold its 2013 national conference at MagNet, the industry-wide annual conference that PWAC founded with our partners in 2006. This year marks the 37th year of PWAC, and this year’s conference promises to be one of the best.

Details: http://www.pwac.ca/eventsandresources/pwacnationalconferenceagm

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

ITEM 10: 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 11: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS 50+ SHORT STORY CONTEST
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 12: OTTAWA YOUTH POETRY SLAM presents  APOLLOTHECHILD
NEW!
DATE: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014     5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: UMI CAFÉ, 610 SOMERSET ST. W. OTTAWA

There are only a few slams left for youth poets to earn a spot on the 2014 OYPS team, so come strut your poetry stuff! A bit on our feature: Apollo The Child is a spoken word artist/ rapper. He’s one third of the Ottawa based Hip Hop trio Poetic Elements. He fell in love with poetry at the age of 15 when he heard Black Ice perform a piece on Pete Rock’s Soul Survivor II. He’s pursued Spoken Word ever since

ITEM 13: WORDS TO LIVE BY: THE GREAT BLACK NORTH       NEW!

DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014    6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa
$7 at the door or free for performers.

We are starting the show earlier because of this exceptional lineup. Doors and open mic sign-up is at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. We also have a limited open mic, so please get there early if you would like to perform.

We had a great show last month featuring Satinka (aka Poetiquette) for her first solo feature. This month, Words to Live By is excited to host a special event. TD Then & Now Black History Month Series presents: WORDS TO LIVE BY: THE GREAT BLACK NORTH
We will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the national anthology, The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. The talented lineup of poets include:

Anthony Bansfield
Shane Book
John Akpata
Eddy Garnier
Ikenna Onyegbula
Brandon Wint
Scruffmouth Scribe

https://www.facebook.com/events/262172807279078/

ITEM 14 : CAPITAL SLAM CIPS QUALIFIER                 NEW!

DATE: SATURDAY, FEB. 22, 2014 6:30 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M.
LOCATION:  THE MERCURY LOUNGE, 56 BY WARD MARKET SQUARE, OTTAWA
Doors are at 6:30. $8. All ages are welcome

Hosted by CapSlam LEGEND, Kevin Matthews!

The time has come for CapSlam to decided who we are going to send to represent us at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships in Vancouver. Next to forming our team to represent at CFSW, this is the biggest honour CapSlam bestows… so who will it be?
To get the title, the poet will have to run the gauntlet… The top 12 poets first half of the season, based on individual performances will throw down…
All TWELVE will perform a three minute poem… but only NINE will move on. Those NINE will perform one-minute poems in the Lightning Round. The top six from THAT round will move on.
Those SIX will perform two minute poems. The top THREE from that round will move on.
Those final THREE will perform FOUR minute poems and the winner of that round will be named the CapSlam representative at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships.
So… who will these twelve poets be?

PRUFROCK * RUSTY PRISKE * P-RIME * KAY’LA FRASER * KAY KASSIRER * BRAD MORDEN * GAVIN RUSSELL * SIR REALIST * MARZ * KING KIMBIT * SARAH RUSZALA *
COVERED IN WEDNESDAY

Will this be a sneak preview at the CapSlam Finals? Last Year Sir Realist won after a tie-breaking FIFTH round with Kay’la Fraser. Be at the Mercury Lounge on Feb. 22nd to find out!

ITEM 15: OTTAWA INDEPENDENT WRITERS AGM FEB. 27, 2014  NEW!

DATE:  THURSDAY, FEB. 27, 2014 6:30 P.M.
LOCATION: Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert St. Ottawa

OIW will hold its Annual General Meeting on Feb. 27.  Please attend and provide your input and ideas regarding the operation of your organization.  The meeting begins at 7 p.m. sharp.  Socializing starts at 6:30 p.m. with coffee and snacks.

The AGM, which will take place during the first half of the evening, will include an address by OIW President Susan Jennings and a full report about OIW activities during the past 12 months, plus the election of a board of directors.  Several positions on the board are open.  If you want to join the board and do your part to make OIW a better organization, please contact Bill Horne at:  wghorne@rogers.com

The meeting takes place at the Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert St. in Ottawa.  The building is easy to access using public transit.

PLEASE NOTE!!!!!! Part of the night will feature readings by OIW members AND THERE ARE SEVERAL OPENINGS for anyone wanting to read their work. If you want an opportunity to dazzle the audience with your work, please contact OIW President Susan Jennings at: susanjennings@sympatico.ca

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/

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

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.

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/

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

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

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

2014 DEADLINES:

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 :

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

NEW! ARTEMISpoetry, Issue 12, poetry deadline 28th February. R V Bailey’s discerning but generous eye will be selecting poetry for Issue 12 of ARTEMISpoetry. All the poetry in the issue will be selected by her as there are no ‘competition’ poems competing for attention in this issue. Please send us poems (two copies of each, unpublished) by the 28 FEBRUARY deadline. It is quite in order to send poems already submitted for Her Wings of Glass. Please see the guidelines for submission before sending: http://www.secondlightlive.co.uk/artemis.shtml#submit   You still have another month for sending in Artwork… again, see the guidelines for what and how to submit.

MARCH DEADLINES:

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

AND LATER:

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.

NEW! Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions: “Vacancies,” Summer 2014 Double-Issue. Vacancies is our summer 2014 double-issue, and we are now accepting submissions. In “An Abandoned Factory, Detroit,” Phillip Levine frames vacancy as “… the loss of … power, / Experienced and slow, the loss of years, / The gradual decay of dignity …” It cultivates peoples, nations, and ideas, and can swiftly strip senators and masked vigilantes of their supposed powers. It loiters at crime scenes and stinks up family reunions. Here’s an anthology where you become the architect of reason and fabricate an ocean of experience, only to ravage it: “I wanted the whole world or nothing” (Charles Bukowski, Post Office). The bicycle mechanic when she is not fixing, the tropical fish store owner who opens each morning to find another proud school deceased, your fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, what-have-you explores the dimly lit corners of the unoccupied, unassuming, or idle. Submit via Submittable (category: “Vacancies”). We only accept three to six poems. There will be no chapbook contest this issue (it will return with volume four) and there are no guidelines otherwise for fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, etc. The deadline for Vacancies consideration is July 15, 2014. Questions? E-mail the editors at heavyfeatherreview@gmail.com. Further info on heavy feather at: http://heavyfeatherreview.com/2014/01/30/call-for-submissions-vacancies-summer-2014-double-issue/

UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS

2014 CONTESTS

DEADLINE NOT SPECIFIED:

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:

 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

 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

 NEW! HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition. Renku is a collaborative Japanese form consisting of 36, 20, or 12 stanzas written by two or more persons. The 2014 contest calls for 36-line kasen renga. No simultaneous submissions. Deadline: February 28, 2014 Entry fee: none Prize: Up to $150 and publication in Frogpond Journal and HSA website  Details: http://www.hsa-haiku.org/hsa-contests.htm#einbond

MARCH DEADLINES:

 NEW! KENYON REVIEW SHORT FICTION CONTEST: Have a piece of unpublished short fiction of 1,200 words or fewer? Submit to the Seventh Annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest any day through March 1st. The contest is open to writers who have not published a book of fiction. The winning story and two runners-up will be published in The Kenyon Review, and the winning writer will receive a full scholarship to a Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Entry fee of $18 includes a one-year subscription to KR or extends your existing subscription by a year. Katharine Weber, the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College and author of five critically-acclaimed novels, including Triangle and True Confections, will be the final judge. Go short and good luck! Read more about the Short Fiction Contest here: http://www.kenyonreview.org/contests/short-fiction/

 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

 NEW! The Missouri Review’s Audio Literary Competition. The Missouri Review invites all writers and writer/producers to send us your recordings of original poetry or prose or your audio documentaries on any subject. All you need is a computer, microphone, software such as GarageBand or Audacity, and a great script! Winners and select runners up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of our iTunes podcast series.  Deadline: March 15, 2014. Entry fee: We have opened submissions (previously $20) to a pay-by-donation entry fee Prize: $1000 prizes awarded in three categories Details: http://www.missourireview.com/audiovisual/submissions/

 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

 NEW! The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest.  Edna Staebler was a pioneer in the field of literary journalism. Edna opened the door for generations of personal essayists, not just with her example but with her generosity, founding many awards, scholarships, and bursaries.  In the spirit of Edna’s contributions to the genre, we are interested in essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer’s personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line.   Deadline: March 28, 2014 Entry fee: $40 Prize: $1000 for one winning essay; all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine Details: http://www.tnq.ca/contests

 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

 NEW! Call for Submissions: The bpNichol Chapbook Award 2014. deadline March 31, 2014.  The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $2,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective. Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada. Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2013), and the poet must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident (three years minimum) Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member).( They are to include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile request from email address: meetthepresses@gmail.com  along with a brief C.V. of the author. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. The closing date for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award is March 31, 2014. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by April 30, 2014, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com. The winner will be announced at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market in fall 2014. Send submissions to: Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award, 113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6 . The cash prize to writer has been generously donated by an anonymous donor. The prize to the publisher is generously donated by writers Jim Smith and Brian Dedora. All chapbooks submitted will be archived at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto. Please email Meet The Presses for more information: meetthepresses@gmail.com.  Meet the Presses is a Toronto-based collective devoted to promoting micro, small and independent literary presses. This collective has come together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses event launched in Toronto in the mid-1980s by Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross. Meet the Presses organizes a variety of curated public events, all focussing on independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Meet the Presses – an unfunded and non-profit collective – is comprised of Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Nicholas Power, and Stuart Ross. Chapbooks written by members of the Meet the Presses collective are ineligible for the award. Authors of chapbooks published by members of the collective remain eligible for the award.

AND LATER:
 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! PEN International 2014 New Voices Award. PEN Canada is now accepting submissions for the second PEN International New Voices Award. This is a great opportunity for students and unpublished writers. The annual award aims to encourage new writing and to provide a space where young, unpublished writers can submit their work. The winning writer, selected from the submissions of PEN centres around the world, will be published by PEN International and will receive a $1000 prize. Deadline: April 3, 2014. Entry fee: none Prize: $1000 and will be published by PEN International Details: http://www.pencanada.ca

 NEW! Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest. Spring Pulse Poetry Festival, Northern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts event is sponsoring the 2014 Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest this year. In 1970 the first contest began in Cobalt during the Miners festival on French-Canadian Day. It is the oldest non-governmental national poetry contest in Canada. The contest honours Canada’s most popular 19th century poet, Dr. Drummond was the town’s first doctor, a silver mine manager, and world famous poet who died in Cobalt in 1907. Deadline: April 11, 2014 Entry fee: $10 Prizes: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $200; 3rd prize: $100 + 8 honourable mentions of $50 + 8 judge’s choice of $25. Complimentary anthology of winners, trophy, and award ceremony Details: http://www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com

 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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CAA-NCR Weekly LIterary Notices Feb. 10 to 16, 2014

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Weekly Notices for the week of Feb. 10 to Feb. 16, 2014

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14 ITEMS 5 NEW plus  3 NEW CONTESTS  

 Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com. All questions that are NOT related to the contents of these notices should be directed to the Branch President, Phyllis Bohonis at phyllis.bohonis@sympatico.ca 

####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: CAA-NCR FEBRUARY MEETING                            

DATE: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library, Laurier and Metcalfe Streets

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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.

Photo of Albert DumontALBERT 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 3: 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.

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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-FrontPage 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 4: 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!


 CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL NEWS

ITEM 5: 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 6: 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 7: 2014 NONFICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE              

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 8: 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.

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

ITEM 9: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS 50+ SHORT STORY CONTEST                                                                                        

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


ITEM 10: INVITATION TO WRITERS FROM STORYMONDO       NEW!

Dear Writer

This is to introduce StoryMondo http://www.storymondo.com/?utm_source=StoryMondo+-+Sign-Up&utm_campaign=eb03ef60c6-Invitation_to_writers12_5_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f4119b6c2-eb03ef60c6-97064337

– an exciting new website where you can publish your short stories and verse.

But the writing we publish is special.  It must have a “sense of place” – it must in some way illustrate features or evoke the atmosphere of a particular location. We publish four kinds of writing:

Folk tales and legends – new stories or adapted versions of traditional tales
Travellers’ tales – true accounts or fictional stories about places you have visited
My world – descriptions or stories that illustrate features of where you grew up or where you live
Haiku and sonnets – containing any or all of the elements above

Your writing can be about dragons, food, people, robots, love, nature or anything else.  But it must always have a connection with real physical places such as cities, mountains, rivers, buildings and countries – and so can be displayed as an icon on the StoryMondo map.

Stories can be up to 2,000 words in length.

StoryMondo also offers a crowd-sourcing service to companies, organisations and individuals who wish to commission a piece of writing.  This will involve payment to writers for any selected work.  Please sign up on the StoryMondo website to receive email requests for commissioned writing.

And finally…… StoryMondo runs quarterly competitions.  The winners receive $100 and their work will be specially featured on the StoryMondo website.  Our current competition is for short stories and the closing date is 31 March 2014.

Thank you for reading this email and I do hope that you will be kind enough to forward this message to your fellow writers and/or members of your writers’ association. I look forward to hearing from you at my email address below.

With kind regards,
Desmond Chaffey
Editor, StoryMondo
stories@storymondo.com


IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

ITEM 11:  TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS MARK ABLEY
& SHARON MCCARTNEY                                                            NEW!

DATE: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
LOCATION: Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street, OTTAWA

treereadingserieslogoWORKSHOP 6:45 p.m. To be or not to be a minority – that is the question? Have you ever wondered how to negotiate the complexities of your identity in poetry? This week Jenna Tenn-Yuk will be running a workshop on weaving the various pieces of your identity into your poems.

FEATURED READERS:   Mark Abley and Sharon McCartney

 

mark abley MARK ABLEY IS a Rhodes Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow, Mark has won the National Newspaper Award for critical writing and been shortlisted for both the Writers’ Trust Award non-fiction prize and the Grand Prix du Livre de Montreal. He has written two non-fiction books on language and etymology, and recently published his fourth book is a piece of non-fiction entitled Conversations With a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott (Douglas & McIntyre, 2013). His poetry collection Tongues of Earth: New and Selected Poems will be published in 2015 by Couteau.

Sharon McCartney SHARON MCCARTNEY received her MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has has been been included in the Best Canadian Poetry anthologies for 2012 and 2013, and won the Acorn/Plantos People’s Prize for her 2008 collection The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her fifth collection Hard Ass was published in 2013 by Palimpsest Press.

To find out more visit http://www.treereadingseries.ca/

ITEM 12: MCNAIR & AVASILICHIOAEI IN A B SERIES       NEW!

 

DATE: Thursday, February 13, 2014 8:00 P.M. until 10:00 P.M.

LOCATION: THE OTTAWA ART GALLERY,  2 DALY AVE. OTTAWA, ON.

Join us for readings by Christine McNair and Oana Avasilichioaei + a multimedia presentation!An A B Series Presentation More info: http://abseries.org/
Oana Avasilichioaei’s We, Beasts (Wolsak and Wynn, 2012) won the Quebec Writers’ Federation‘s A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry in 2012. In We, Beasts, textual architecture, orality and multilingualism are traversed. In her book, feria: a poempark (Wolsak and Wynn, 2008), geography and public space are explored. And in Expeditions of a Chimæra (BookThug, 2009)co-authored with Erín Moure, Avasilichioaei engages with translation and collaborative performance. Avasilichioaei has also translated two volumes of poetry: one from Romanian by Nichita Stănescu, Occupational Sickness (BuschekBooks, 2006) and one from French by Louise Cotnoir, The Islands (Wolsak and Wynn, 2011).

Christine McNair’s first book Conflict (Book Thug 2012) was shortlisted for the ReLit award, as well as the Archibald Lampman award, and the City of Ottawa Book Award. She has previously been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She works as a book doctor in Ottawa.

 

ITEM 13: CAPITAL SLAM FEATURING TITILOPE SONUGA!        NEW!

 

DATE: Saturday, February 15, 2014  6:30pm until 10:00

LOCATION: MERCURY LOUNGE, 56 BY WARD MARKET SQUARE, OTTAWA

 Doors and Sign-up at 6:30. $8 and free for performers. All ages welcome

Presenting poetry superstar Titilope Sonuga!

This is the THIRD TO LAST opportunity to get your work in if you want to qualify for the CapSlam semi-finals in April… so GET IT IN!  There will be a priority list, but first… let’s talk about Titi!

From 2007 when Titilope first stepped to the microphone at a local open mic, to gracing stages from Lagos to Cape Town, New York to California, Edmonton to Toronto and places in between, her goal has been to remind us that the ties that bind us transcend all of the borders we have created. She will tell you that no poem is brand new. In the telling and re-telling we are reminded that someone has walked this path before.

In 2011 she received an invitation to perform at the first poetry showcase at the 2011 Achebe Colloquium on Africa which included performances by Sonia Sanchez, Jayne Cortez, Yusef Komunyakaa, Obiora Odechukwu, Bassey Ikpi, Twin Poets, Offiong Bassey and Chinua Achebe himself.  Yeah. She is that good.

Her bio is long, but WELL worth reading. View the full bio at: https://www.facebook.com/events/586641414762859/  where you’ll also find the priority list for this slam.
Big, big, BIG thanks to the CITY OF OTTAWA for hooking us up so we can bring you features like Titi!

ITEM 14:  PURSUE YOUR PASSION AT KING’S COLLEGE, HALIFAX  NEW!

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Graduate & advanced programs at the University of King’s College

Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2014

King’s offers programs for students who have a degree in another subject already and want to pursue further studies in journalism. The one-year Bachelor of Journalism (BJ) is a concentrated program that gives students a framework of media law, media ethics, and journalism production across a range of media. Students also benefit from hands-on experience in a month-long internship. Learn More

The one year Master of Journalism program is aimed at working journalists and those who already hold a journalism degree. This is their opportunity to take their skills to the leading edge of the profession and specialise in either investigative journalism or the entrepreneurial ‘new ventures’.King’s offers programs for students who have a degree in another subject already and want to pursue further studies in journalism

Earn a Master degree, develop a polished book proposal and write a substantial portion of your manuscript in two years with King’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction. This two-year limited residency program combines short residencies with one-to-one mentoring from professional nonfiction writers. Students end up with a degree, a polished book proposal and at least 200 pages of a finished manuscript.This two-year limited residency program combines short residencies with one-to-one mentoring from professional nonfiction writers. Students end up with a degree, a polished book proposal and at least 200 pages of a finished manuscript.

More infohttp://www.ukings.ca/journalism

 

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: 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: 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:

 

 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 :

 

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:

 

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: 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

 

AND LATER:

 

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:

 

 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:

               

  • 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

 

  • 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:

 

  • NEW! 2014 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest! SUBMIT FROM FEB. 1 TO MAR. 1 2014. For the first time, after great debate and serious consideration, we are requiring an entry fee of $18. Last year entries leapt nearly 200%, all but overwhelming our small band of readers. In order to keep the contest alive, therefore, we decided to institute a fee. So for the price of a one-year subscription to The Kenyon Review–and it’s a discounted price–you will receive four superb issues of KR plus the chance to submit a piece of short fiction to this contest. We hope you’ll do so! As always, regular submissions to The Kenyon Review will require no fee and are welcome between September 15th and January 15th each year. The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1200 words or fewer. Katharine Weber, the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College and author of five critically-acclaimed novels, including Triangle and True Confections, will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Winter 2015 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2014 Writers Workshop, June 14th-21st, in Gambier, Ohio. Additional info and Submission Guidelines here: http://www.kenyonreview.org/contests/short-fiction/
  • 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

 

·         NEW! 2014 New South Writing Contest Now Open for Submissions. The New South Writing Contest, awarding $1,000 to a winner in poetry and a winner in prose, and $250 to the runners up in each category, is now open. Contest guidelines are applicable from December to March ONLY. The deadline for contest submissions is March 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM. Submittable submissions will close automatically; mailed submissions will not be accepted. The 2014 New South Writing Contest will be be judged by Brian Oliu in the genre of poetry and Christopher Merkner in the genre of prose. Please take care that you are submitting under the contest genre; regular submissions received during the contest period WILL NOT be entered into the contest. Your $15 entry fee also includes a one-year subscription to New South. MORE INFO: http://newsouthjournal.com/contest/

·         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

 

·         NEW! 2014 FOUR WAY BOOKS INTRO PRIZE IN POETRY Judge: Brenda Shaughnessy. Awarding publication of a book-length collection, a Four Way Books sponsored reading in NYC, and $1000. Submission Dates: January 1 – March 31, 2014 (postmark), or online, via our submission manager by April 1 at 3 AM EST, to accommodate our west coast friends. Eligibility: Open to any poet writing in English who has not already published a book-length collection of poetry. submissions accepted on-line (preferred) and by mail. Please read the instructions carefully. GENERAL GUIDELINES (for all submitters) here:  http://fourwaybooks.com/site/submissions/

 

  • 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

 

AND LATER:

  • 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

 

  • 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 www.bristolprize.co.uk

 

  • 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: 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

 

 

  • 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 www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting to enter.

 

 

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CAA-NCR Literary Notices for Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, 2014

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Weekly Notices for the week of Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2014

17 ITEMS 6 NEW plus 7 NEW CALLS  & 3 NEW CONTESTS 

English: Langevin Block, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

English: Langevin Block, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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            NEW!

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

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

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.

Photo of Albert DumontPRESENTATION 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       NEW!
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-FrontPage 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!

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!
CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL NEWS

ITEM 6: CANWRITE! 2014 – SAVE THE DATE!     Early Bird Registration for CanWrite! 2014 ENDS JAN. 27, 2014. 

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stellar line up of workshop facilitators, panelists, and guest speakers, ensuring that this annual writers’ conference and treat is the one event you don’t want to miss! Special rates for early-bird registrants, members, and affiliates. This year’s conference will again be at Lakehead University’s Orillia Campus in sunny Orillia, Ontario, from June 19 to 22. (Master Classes June 18). Whether you’re a beginning writer or a long-time professional, you’ll find what you’re looking for at CanWrite! 2014, June 19 – 22. Be sure to register early, as there are limited seats available for  pitch sessions, some of the workshops and master classes (held June 18).   This is your opportunity to network and mingle with agents, publishers and fellow writers from across Canada. For the best conference rates and workshop selections, visit http://www.canadianauthors.org/conference now!

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  JANUARY AND 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

 Saturday, January 18, 2-3 p.m., Ages 13-17

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:  THE WRITERS’ UNION OF CANADA WORKSHOPS

DATE: Feb. 18, 2014 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Ottawa: University of Ottawa, FSS Building (Social Sciences Building), 120 University, Room 4004 Cost: $95.00 (TWUC members $80.00) includes materials & lunch

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is holding a series of one-day professional development workshops for writers called Publishing 2.0 – Tips and Traps. Registration is now taking place for workshops in Moncton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto in February 2014.

Authors Mary W. Walters and Caroline Adderson, along with author and executive director of TWUC, John Degen will discuss writing in the digital age. The workshop will consider both the Traditional Path to Publication and Independent Publication including topics such as working with agents and editors, keys to successful submissions, crowdsourcing, contract terms, royalty rates, copyright, managing your digital rights, design work, distribution, and promotion.
Workshops will be held from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The registration fee is $95.00; TWUC members pay only $80.00. Both prices include any materials and lunch.

For registration go to http://www.writersunion.ca/pd-workshops#register

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: THE CANADIAN CENTRE FOR POLICY ALTERNATIVES IS LOOKING FOR A SENIOR EDITOR
Closing date: February 14, 2014, 4:00 PM
Start date: April 2014
Duration: This is a one-year, full-time contract with the expectation that it will become permanent thereafter.
Salary Range: $71,000 – $80,000 –
Check out the requirements here:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/national/employment-opportunities/senio
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IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

ITEM 13: MEDIA CLUB OF OTTAWA MEETING WITH TIM REDPATH

DATE: MONDAY, JAN. 27 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M.
LOCATION: OTTAWA CITY HALL, HONEYWELL ROOM, 110 LAURIER AVE. WEST

Cost (which includes a light meal): Media Club Members -$15; students with ID – free; non-members $25. Please RSVP 613-521-4855 by January 24.

The Media Club invites you to hear Tim Redpath, president and co-founder of Train of Thought, an Ottawa-based consulting firm that works with national and international organizations to accelerate go-to marketing strategies. Redpath, who has over 25 years of marketing experience, will discuss Effective Marketing in a Noisy World.

ITEM 14: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS DAVID SEYMOUR & SANDY POOL                                    NEW!

treereadingserieslogoDATE: Tuesday, January 28
LOCATION:  CLUB SAW, 67 NICHOLAS ST. OTTAWA

6:45 p.m. Workshop – Round Table Your Poems with Pearl Pirie
8:00p.m. Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

David Seymour’s first book, Inter Alia, was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award his second book, For Display Purposes Only, was released by Coach House this spring. He currently lives in Toronto where he works in the film industry.

Sandy Pool, Shortlisted for the 2010 Governor General’s Award, is a writer, editor and Creative Writing instructor.  Sandy holds a degree in Theatre Performance and English from the University of Toronto, as well as a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University Guelph.  Currently, she is a holder of the prestigious Killam scholarship in poetics at the University of Calgary, where she is completing her Phd.  Sandy has been published in various literary journals and was most recently anthologized in The Best Canadian Poems in 2011, published by Tightrope Books.

Her first book Exploding Into Night published by Guernica Editions, was long-listed for the 2010 re-lit award and short-listed for the 2010 Governor General’s Award for poetry. Undark: An Oratorio was published this fall with Nightwood Editions and was recently short-listed for an Alberta Book Award, as well as the Trillum Book Award for Poetry.
MORE INFO: http://www.treereadingseries.ca

ITEM 15: OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL PRESENTS OLIVIA CHOW                                     NEW!

DATE: TUESDAY JANUARY 28, 2014 7:00 P.M.
LOCATION: Centretown United Church – 507 Bank Street, OTTAWA

Our first event of 2014 brings a book launch and conversation with a nationally-respected public figure and seasoned politician, sharing her story in a candid new memoir!

MY JOURNEY with OLIVIA CHOW, HOSTED BY CBC OTTAWA`S ALAN NEAL

What drives Olivia Chow? How did she emerge from a turbulent childhood into a difficult transition from Hong Kong to Canada at the age of 13, to becoming an inspiring political force? What influences and events have shaped her life? When former New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton, her beloved partner and political soul mate, died in the summer of 2011, how did she find the strength to move forward?  How is she continuing her quest after losing her partner in life and politics? What might we learn from her story?

Join us for an unforgettable evening, presented with Octopus Books and HarperCollins Canada. INFO AND TICKETS: http://www.writersfestival.org/events/spring-2014/my-journey-with-olivia-chow

ITEM 16: WORDS TO LIVE BY FEATURING    SATINKA              NEW!

DATE: TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2014 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: PRESSED, 750 GLADSTONE AVE., OTTAWA

Open mic sign-up at 7:00 p.m. and show starts at 7:30 p.m. $7 at the door or free for performers.

This month, Words to Live By will be kicking off the year with Satinka!

Satinka is an actress and spoken word artist. She has attended the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as a member of the Lanark County LiPS team for the past four years. In 2012, Satinka was a member of the Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam team who won the Ontario-wide Youth in Unison Slam in Guelph. Since she started writing poetry in the sixth grade, her purpose and style have both changed greatly. Despite this, she continues to write openly and honestly about anything and everything that touches her heart. https://www.facebook.com/events/789952977686300/

ITEM 17: OTTAWA INDEPENDENT WRITERS MONTHLY MEETING: HOW TO SPEAK AND SELL YOURSELF                        NEW!

DATE:  Thursday, January 30, 2014,     6:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
LOCATION:  Good Companions Centre,  670 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON
COST:   OIW Fee: CAD 10.00/per person

At our first meeting of 2014, Harry Kingston of Toastmasters will explain how members of the writing, editing and publishing community can sharpen their oratorical skills to sell themselves, their books and their services. Kingston, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) is one of the leaders and ambassadors of Toastmasters District 61 in the Ottawa area, serving for more than 40 years. He demonstrates passion in every message, every presentation, and every activity in which he is involved. Toastmasters know him as “The Coach.”

A 15-minute pre-meeting presentation by Jan Yuill will explore the use of social networking tool Linkedin.

Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and snacks. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 fee for guests but those who join OIW within three months of the meeting will have it deducted from the cost of their annual membership dues.

The Good Companions Seniors Centre is five minutes west of downtown Ottawa. There is plenty of free parking and the centre is well served by public transit.  For more information: http://www.oiw.ca

MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

NEW! 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

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

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.

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

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.

CIRCA: A Journal of Historical Fiction is accepting submissions. Details are available at: http://circajournal.com/submissions/.

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

Sweptmedia.ca, an online youth-culture magazine based in Toronto/GTA, is looking for original contributions in all print mediums: journalism, short fiction, poetry, etc. Also willing to consider other forms of visual communication modes: photography, painting, comic strips, etc. info: sweptmedia.ca/index.php/contact-us

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/

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

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

JANUARY 2014 DEADLINES:

NEW! Canadian literary food quarterly Beer and Butter Tarts seeks essays, articles, short fiction, poetry, and artwork for Issue #2. Submissions must be food-related and Canadian in topic (Halifax donairs, story of red fife wheat, etc.) and timeless. No recipes, events, news, etc. Payment: Copy and small stipend (TBD). Deadline: January 31, 2014. http://www.stainedpagespress.com/publications/beer-and-butter-tarts/submission-guidelines/

New online literary magazine The Trillium is looking for submissions of poetry, essays, short stories, flash fiction, and non-fiction for the debut issue (February 2014). Submit up to 5 poems, 2 short stories/non-fiction/essays, or 5 pieces of flash fiction. Send in the body (not as an attachment) of an email to thetrilliummagazine@live.com. Include max. 50-word author bio, written in the third person. No payment. All rights are retained by the author. Deadline: January 2014

Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is seeking fiction, poetry, nonfiction, (up to 5000 words) and artwork for their Spring 2014 issue. Open to established and emerging writers. Deadline: January 31, 2014.  Guidelines: composejournal.com/submissions/

Room Magazine, Call for submissions to issue 37.3 Fall 2014 Geek Girls: Calling all geeks! Room wants your geekiest fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, graphic literature, and critical essays for our September 2014 issue, Geek Girls. The issue will be jammed-packed with Canadian geek culture, including superhero-inspired art by Sandra Chevrier, short fiction by science fiction author Larissa Lai, interviews with some of the wittiest geeks on the Internet and more! Deadline Jan. 31, 2014 Check out the guidelines here:  http://www.roommagazine.com/submit

Understorey Magazine publishes fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction about motherhood: biological, adoptive, surrogate, co-motherhood, and the experience of not being a mother. Writers must be women who live in, or have a close connection to Nova Scotia. Payment: $25-$50 honorarium. Length: 1500. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Guidelines: http://understoreymagazine.ca/submissions/

The Nave Gallery (US) invites photographers, filmmakers and writers to explore the theme of “Chaotic Forms” for an exhibition celebrating the art of dance. Deadline: January 31, 2014. http://navegallery.org/wp/chaotic-forms-cfe/

FEBRUARY DEADLINES :

NEW! 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! 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

NEW! 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

NEW! 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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NEW! 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

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/

JANUARY DEADLINES:

 CRAZYHORSE FICTION, NON-FICTION & POETRY PRIZES: Submit stories and essays of up to 8,500 words and sets of up to 3 poems through our submission manager from January 1 to January 31. All manuscripts entered must be original and previously unpublished. All entries are considered for publication in Crazyhorse. Contest submissions sent by mail or email, or outside the submission period, will not be read. Winners will be announced on our website by June 1. The winning manuscripts will be awarded $2,000.00 and published in the fall issue of Crazyhorse. Each manuscript entered requires a reading fee of $20 per manuscript, which includes a one-year/two-issue subscription to Crazyhorse. More than one manuscript may be entered. For each additional fiction or poetry manuscript entered and entry fee paid, your subscription to Crazyhorse will extend by one year/two issues. Subscriptions begin with Crazyhorse Number 84, Fall 2013. Recent judges include Joyce Carol Oates, Jaimy Gordon, Aimee Bender, Ann Patchett, Ha Jin, Carl Phillips, Richard Jackson, Larissa Szporluk, James Tate, and Billy Collins. http://crazyhorse.cofc.edu/how-to-enter/

 Poetry School / Pighog Pamphlet Competition. We’re still poring over Kate White’s The Old Madness, the collection which won this year’s Poetry School / Pighog pamphlet competition … we’re also starting the search for next year’s winner. Now taking submissions for our second collaborative competition – details are here: http://www.pighog.co.uk/prize/pamphlet-competition.html and judges Simon Barraclough and Catherine Smith are waiting eagerly to read your entries. DEADLINE: Jan. 31, 2014

 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published fewer than two books). Each year the winning manuscript will be selected by an established poet in co-operation with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint. The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 advance. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: January 31, 2014 Info here: http://matrixmagazine.org/rkaward/ Each entry must be accompanied with a business size SASE and an entry fee for $30.00 Canadian. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Matrix Publications.” No cash please. Send manuscripts to: The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint, c/o Matrix, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658, Montreal QC H3G 1M8  Or via Submittable:  https://matrixmagazine.submittable.com/submit Alternatively, you may send you manuscript electronically to Kroetsch2014@gmail.com and send your payment via PAYPAL: RK Award Entry Fee $30

2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Submissions are now being accepted for the sixth William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. This award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $5000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Entry fee: $50. Prize: $5000 Details: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan

 1st Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest. Contest is open to anyone between 9 and 21 years old as of January 31, 2014. Proof of age may be required. It does not matter where you call home. Entries from every country are welcome. All subjects and all forms of poetry are welcome. Go crazy and have fun. But submit your best work and choose a form of poetry that suits your subject. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Entry fee: none. Prize: varies. Details: http://laurathomascommunications.com/junior-authors-poetry-contest/

FEBRUARY DEADLINES:

 2014 Novella Prize. The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere for the Novella Prize. Previous winning entries have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction and the O. Henry Prize. The Novella Prize is offered every second year, alternating with The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize. Deadline: February 1, 2014. Entry fee: $35; $15 is charged for each additional entry Prize: $1500 CAD. Details: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/novella_contest/info.html

 ARC POETRY MAGAZINE’S POEM OF THE YEAR CONTEST. In 2014, Arc will be awarding one $5,000 grand prize to the winner of their Poem of the Year Contest. Deadline: February 1, 2014. Entry Fee: $32 (CDN), which includes a one-year Canadian subscription of Arc* Contest entry fees may be paid online AT http://arcpoetry.ca/?page_id=1295#contestentryfee or by cheque or money order mailed with contest submissions. Rules: http://arcpoetry.ca/?p=7349

 Waxing Press (Ohio, US) invites entries for its inaugural contest for works of fiction, the Tide Lock Prize. Seeks new work in the form of a novel, novella, or collection of short stories. Length: 150 pages minimum. Prize: Publication in the journal’s print and digital editions. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: February 1, 2014. Guidelines: http://waxingpress.submittable.com

 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

 Switchback coverOnline 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

 NEW! 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
 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.

 NEW! 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

 NEW! 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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