CAA-NCR What’s Up in Lit in Ottawa, June 20 to July 10, 2016





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3:00 until the bonfire burns out At Sharyn’s country home in Osgoode.


  • Read from your work, published or otherwise
  • Bring your books to give folks an opportunity to purchase a copy.
  • Network, meet old friends, discover new ones.
  • All are invited: CAA Members, non-members, friends or family, 18 years or older.
  • Contact Sharyn at to let her know your culinary contribution, or for directions to her home. Bring a garden chair for outside relaxation, weather permitting.  If you need a ride, we’ll try to accommodate.




 June 18, 2016 – The Canadian Authors Association today announced the winners of its 2016 Literary Awards during a lunch event held at the Canadian Writers’ Summit in Toronto, Ontario.

The Canadian Authors Literary Awards winners are as follows:

  • CAA Award for Fiction: Nino Ricci, Toronto, Ontario, for Sleep (Doubleday Canada)
  • CAA Award for Canadian History: Debra Komer, Collingwood, Ontario, for The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr.  (Goose Lane Editions)
  • CAA Award for Poetry: Joe Denham, Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia, for Regeneration Machine (Nightwood Editions)
  • CAA Emerging Writer Award: Kayla Czaga, Vancouver, British Columbia, nominated by Nightwood Editions
  • Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Award: Caroline Vu, Montreal, Quebec, for Palawan Story (Deux Voiliers Publishing)

Introduced in 1975, the CAA Literary Awards honour Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal – a tradition originally begun in 1937 with the creation of the Governor General’s medals for literature (now overseen by the Canada Council of the Arts). The competition is open to all writers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. This event marks the second time the awards have been held during the Leacock Summer Festival.

Founded by Stephen Leacock and several other prominent Canadian writers in 1921, the Canadian Authors Association has continued to maintain a focus on “writers helping writers” since its inception.

MEDIA CONTACT  Anita Purcell Executive Director Canadian Authors Association


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 Canadian Authors Vancouver 2016 Story Contest: Open to all Canadian Writers

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir Deadline: June 30, 2016 Entry Fee: $15 CAA Member rate; $20 Non-members Details:



On June 1st, we held our first webinar in this series, Social Media for Writers. Registration is still open for Fair Contracts for Writers and for Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: A primer for writers and branch communicators.
Note that members must register while they are logged in to their member account in order to get the webinar free. New this time around: In order to get reminders as well as a link to the recording of the live webinar, you need to follow a two-step process – even if you know you won’t be attending.  For more information or to register click here

Susan Hickman: BE WILD AND FREE THIS SUMMER . . . with your writing that is!

Four hot summer nights of telling it like it isEvery Monday in July, 6:30-9 p.m. in the boardroom at Dymon, 323 Coventry $139 to become the best writer you can be. Please contact Susan Hickman at <> to register or for more information.

Pierre Berton Home

Berton House Writers’ Retreat

The Writers’ Trust of Canada is now accepting applications for the Berton House Writers’ Retreat program. This is a one-of-a-kind residency and an excellent opportunity for you to focus on your current work-in-progress. Details:


YouthWrite Society Canada: JustWrite  Calling all current or aspiring writers! When was the last time you spent a whole weekend stretching your creative muscles? At JustWrite, you’ll get the chance to practice your writing and network with the following published authors: Mark Kozub, Barbara North, Janice MacDonald, and Randy Williams. The weekend also includes yoga, entertainment, and the 20th Anniversary YouthWrite Gala! Bennett Centre (9703 – 94 Street, Edmonton, AB)  July 1 – 3, 2016  Ages 18 and older Fee – $450 Overnight Accommodation – Additional $105   DEADLINE EXTENDED – Please apply ASAP if you are interested in JustWrite!  Details: more info:

Saskatchewan Writers/Artists Summer Retreat: July 1 – July 29, 2016

Regular Saskatchewan Writers/Artists Retreats are for established and practicing writers and artists who are able to work independently. This community retreat held in July is offered for writers and artists from Saskatchewan and other parts of Canada and around the world. The Summer Retreat is held in Muenster at the picturesque St. Peter’s Abbey. NB: These retreats are not teaching situations, but places where established and practicing writers and artists are expected to work independently. Please read the Retreat Application Guidelines before submitting your application for any of the retreats. To apply online please go to the retreat application form. Details:

 Inkslingers takes a Writing & Yoga Workshop to Ireland

Ireland is the home and inspiration of some of the greatest writers in the English language: James Joyce, Anne Enright, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Maeve Binchy, C. S. Lewis, Edna O’Brien and Seamus Heaney, to name a few. Come and steep yourself in the Irish landscape. Slow down and let the beauty and history of Ireland seep into your consciousness, and your writing. Runs August 6 to 14, 2016. Details:

 All Writer Workshops (online workshops)

Premier Workshops for the Beginner Writer, All Writer Levels & Indie Published Writer. An AWW online workshop is a real class that is taught on a custom website that you attend with the use of your computer or electronic device. All you will need to attend these workshops is a credit card and an Internet connection.   You’ve never taken an online workshop before? No problem.

We’ll walk you through our program and show you how easy it is to learn more about writing from the comfort of your home, lunch breaks at work or anywhere, because our program is nothing like other online course sites. Details:

Brian Henry’s Creative Writing Courses, Workshops & other Great Stuff for Writers

For further information about any of the spring courses, or to reserve a spot, send an email to:  Details:

 WRITESCAPE Upcoming 2016 Workshops: Offered On Demand Scrivener for Writers: The Basics Two evenings in an intimate class setting to get started in the ultimate writers’ toolkit. Scrivener’s all-in-one writing software has a learning curve that, once mastered, can fire up your manuscripts, organize your research, and reveal cool tricks for creative minds. Heather O’Connor (a.k.a. Dr. Scrivener) will show you how. Location: Private residence in Whitby area. For more information on Writescape and to register for a retreat or workshop, visit:





 The Youth in Culture Pilot Program provides direct funding to eligible individuals to support their development in becoming arts, culture and heritage professionals.

 Youth in Culture Pilot Program: Program Objectives To support cultural development of youth aged 18-30 towards professional careers in arts, culture, and heritage. To empower youth to identify needs and gaps in their career development, and to support initiatives that lead to or benefit the applicant’s career in culture. To support activities that address the priorities identified in the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage, and Culture in Ottawa (2013 – 2018).    This program is intended to help cover living expenses and/or project expenses relating to: Arts, culture, and heritage creation, production, and presentation projects. Arts, culture, and heritage festival and agricultural fair administration and/or management training opportunities

Training and mentorship opportunities for youth to work with established cultural workers and professionals within the arts, heritage, festivals and fairs sectors. 2016 Deadline Dates: Monday, August 8, 2016 at 4pm, Monday, September 26, 2016 at 4pm  MORE INFORMATION & APPLICATION AT:



DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.  FOR SUBMISSION INFO:  and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT’s literary events calendar here: with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to



  • Antigonish Review Contest! GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST Deadline: Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2016 Guidelines: Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Past winners may not enter. INFO:
  • Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Contest is open internationally to aspiring or modestly published writers, over the age of 16. Genre: Short Story, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction  Deadline: June 30, 2016Entry Fee: $25 CAD Prizes: $250 to winner of each category
  • The Eden Mills Writers Festival – Teen Poetry Contest Deadline: June 30, 2016 Prizes: 2 Grand Prize Winners of $50; 2 Runners-up of $25 Details:
  • The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival – Fringe Contest The Eden Mills Writers Festival (EMWF) is committed to providing a venue for unpublished or modestly published writers to showcase their work. Over the years, past contest winners have returned to the Festival as published authors. Sit down at the keyboard or pick up your pen and get working on this year’s submission. Judges for The Fringe, the EMWF Literary Contest, and the Student Poetry Contests are eager to read your work. Genre: Prose or Poetry Deadline: July 15, 2016 Entry Fee: $10 reading fee per entry Details:
  • The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote. Additional poems from the entries are frequently offered publication as well. In 2015 we published 23 poems that had been submitted to the contest from almost 4,000 entries. With the winners judged in a blind review by the editors to ensure a fair and consistent selection, an entry fee that is simply a one-year subscription to the magazine—and now a large Readers’ Choice Award to be chosen by the writers themselves—we’ve designed the Rattle Poetry Prize to be one of the most writer-friendly contests around. POSTMARK DEADLINE: July 15, 2016
  • Narrative Magazine’s eighth annual poetry contest runs from May 18 until July 20. In a continuing effort to encourage and support talented poets, we’re offering prizes and widespread publicity to all winners and finalists. Narrative is always looking for new voices, so all entries will be considered for publication in the magazine. Open to all poets. Entries must be unpublished and must not have been previously chosen as winners, finalists, or honorable mentions in other contests. Each entry may contain up to five poems. The poems should all be contained in a single file. You may enter as many times as you wish, but we encourage you to be selective and to send your best work.

·        2016 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize (deadline August 1) The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for its Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. One award of $1,000 CAD is given. More info:

  • The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work. Prizes include: £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner)/Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing/Annual One year subscription to Granta/Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage/Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)/Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner). Short Fiction entries no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries no more than 40 lines. Deadline 31 August 2016. To enter, visit
  • the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition is back for novels of at least 15,000 words written for children or young adults, in any genre, by previously unpublished women novelists. The first prize is a tasty £5,000. In addition to that lovely big winner’s cheque, we’ve again joined forces with The Literary Consultancy, who will provide free professional feedback for the winner and four other finalists. All finalists will be invited to meet literary agents and editors at a special networking event in London – many finalists from previous years found agents as a direct result. The competition closes 19 September. Visit  for full competition details.




Tuesday June 28, 2016 Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank Street, Ottawa, 6:45 p.m. Workshop –Gender, sexual orientation & voice in poetry with Anita Dolman.  8:00 p.m. Open Mic and Featured Readers Jeff Blackman + JM Francheteau + Talya Rubin. More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on the upcoming events:




10616147_719512231476757_4644385450363778813_nSAWDUST READING SERIES PRESENTS:

Sawdust is proud to host JC Bouchard as he facilitates our second Sawmill workshop: Poetry After Writing: What Do We Do Now?

Wednesday, July 20 at 5 PM – 6:45 PM, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa

In this workshop, we’ll mainly explore the life of our poetry after it’s written—revision, omission, publication and the surprises in between. We’ll break down the processes of both writing poetry and sharing it with the world in its final form, and the various stages of poetic composition from start to finish. Do we keep our poetry as is or critically edit? Do we discard the poems that do not work or can they be improved? Do we publish our poetry and where? Finally, how will we perform our work to an audience, if at all? Participants are asked to bring in a recently composed poem (or poems) to discuss these topics and more. The cost of the workshop is $10 to be collected at the door. For $25, get the Sawmill package which includes the cost of the workshop plus any meal and drink off the regular Pour Boy menu, including tax and tip. Can’t wait to see you there!


CAA-NCR Weekly Literary Notices for July 8 to 14, 2013



 Weekly Notices for the week of July 8 to July 14, 2013



Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at ####Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website



DATES: Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, 2013

LOCATION: Heagle Country Residence, Osgoode, Ontario chairs fixed

bARBARA KYLEFEATURING Workshop Leader – BARBARA KYLE- Over 450,000 copies of her books have been sold in seven countries.

Workshop Title – Master Class Plus: Shaping Your Story With a Pro

In Saturday’s all-day workshop Barbara covers five essential aspects of craft used by successful authors – Hooks, The Inciting Incident, Conflict and Reversals, Deep Character, Dialogue

In Sunday’s half day workshop Barbara focuses on “Getting Published” including the world of self-publishing with e-books. You’ll leave Barbara Kyle’s “Master Class Plus” empowered to shape your story into a captivating, memorable read.

CAA members $250, Non-members $275. The fee is all inclusive – dorm style accommodations plus lunch and dinner on Saturday, full breakfast on Sunday. Plenty of free time for hiking or relaxation in a peaceful country environment.  For full details and registration information see our website  Registration is limited to 10 attendees. Early registration is advised.

 Please Note: There is limited space available for day registrants if anyone prefers to commute daily and not stay overnight. The registration fee will remain the same since no charge for accommodations has been included. Please signify your intentions when registering.


  DATE: Sunday, August 25, 2013, starting at 3:00 P.M.

 See CAA-NCR website for your poetic invitation!

LOCATION: Gill Foss’s home near Carp
Front view of Gill Foss's country home

TYPE: pot luck

 Enjoy summer sun and cooling breezes. Come meet your fellow writers in a casual, congenial and celebratory atmosphere. We invite you to:

  •  Read from your work, published or otherwise;
  • Bring your books and give folks an opportunity to purchase a copy;
  • Network, meet old friends and discover new ones;
  • Enjoy the diverse culinary creations contributed by your fellow writers.

All are invited – CAA Members, CAA Student Members, and Non-members! Bring your spouse; bring your partner; bring your friends; bring your writing offspring 18 years or older.

 For driving directions and to RSVP please drop Gill a note  and let her know you’re coming, and what exciting contribution of an edible nature you will be sharing with us.

Remember to bring some of your writing to read and a garden chair in the lucky event that it doesn’t rain. DATE: Sunday, August 25, 2013, starting at 3:00 P.M.



DATE: Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.


English: Taken by SimonP

English: Taken by SimonP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Members – $45, Non-members – $75  To register contact Arlene Smith

MEMORIES! We all have them! Happy, sad, funny:  these memories are the story of life

After all, life is a story just waiting to be told.

Come and join award-winning North Gower author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford and learn some new ideas on how to unlock the stories in your life.

Remember: your stories are important. They need to be told; they need to be written down, not just for your sake, but for the sake of your children, your nieces and nephews, for all of those who will come after us.

Emily Jane - main image Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a well-published author and speaker on the subject of creative nonfiction and memoir writing.

Memoirs are the basis of award-winning author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford’s books and stories. Two of Emily-Jane’s creative nonfiction memoirs have won awards. The Whistling Bishop (Baico 2008) was name Finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Books Awards and F-Stop: A Life in Pictures (Baico 2011) was named Finalist and received a Silver Medal in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Check out the author’s website at:



 Program dates: September 30 – October 12, 2013 (2 week on-site residency in Banff)

Banff Centre

Banff Centre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


October 28, 2013 – March 31, 2014 (20-week online residency)

 Application deadline: Extended to July 12, 2013


Please note: Application deadline extended for poetry only

 Who Should Apply:

 This program is designed for published poets who are at an early or intermediate stage in their career. If you are seeking to develop a book-length manuscript with the guidance of an experienced writer/editor, and wish to divide the writing time between a two-week residency in Banff and twenty weeks in your home work space, this residency is for you. Since there are fewer of you than narrative writers, poets are particularly encouraged to apply. Past participants of the program have become leading writers in Canada. Applications from international writers are also welcome.


8th Annual Write by the Lake Summer Writers Retreat, July 22-26.

“Since the mid 90’s I’ve taught the Fiction Workshop, English 2903A at Carleton University. For 15 years I’ve offered 8 week Fall, Winter and Spring Writing Workshops at Collected Works Bookstore. For 7 years I’ve offered my annual Write by the Lake Summer Writers Workshop and Retreat. Many of my writers have published all kinds of writing inspired by my workshop.”

Go to his website for details:


 DATES: September 23-28, 2013

LOCATION: Kilmory Resort, Swift Current, NL

 Piper’s Frith in Newfoundland is now accepting applications.

The 5th Piper’s Frith happens September 23-28, 2013 at Kilmory Resort in Swift Current, Newfoundland. Emerging and established adult writers are invited to join mentors Joan Clark, Jessica Grant and Don McKay for group workshops and one-on-one explorations of your creative work.  Social evenings and a spectacular setting enhance this intense, inspirational experience. The cost of $690 includes program fees, meals, five nights’ accommodations and social events (air/ground transportation is not included).

The application deadline is August 2, 2013. Learn more and apply at Details:



DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.  FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor.  Check out’s literary events calendar here:, with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to


Call from co-author a brand new Canadian title, Chicken Soup for the Soul O Canada The Wonders of Winter.   “We’re looking for stories from people just like you, who might enjoy being published in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book. The story submission deadline is tight – July 20, but we need TRUE stories, 1200 words or less, about how you embraced and made the most of challenging or amusing winter situations. Here are some examples of topics, but we know you can think of many more:

  • Hockey
  • The support of family during the long cold months
  • Friendships created out of the cold days and long nights
  • Driving in the winter
  • Facing the adversity of winter
  • Over coming the obstacles of the weather
  • The back-yard skating rink!
  • Winter sports: Hockey, curling, ice fishing, skiing, tobogganing, skating etc.
  • Best winter foods and events
  • Shovelling the driveway; de-icing the car, travelling in the winter.
  • Christmas and holiday traditions

Writers whose stories are selected will be paid $200.00, get a bio in the back, and 10 free copies of the book. Because this book will be released in time for Christmas 2013, the deadline for stories is July 20. While the topic is winter in Canada, the stories still need to be Chicken Soup stories, which means there must be an inspiring moment of goose bumps, upliftment or laughter – there must be a gift for the reader. So for full writers guidelines and how to submit your story visit I wish you great success with your writing, and I really hope to hear from you!”


 I decided to give this one a its own spot as they allow both new and previously-published work to be submitted! This contest offers both existing and aspiring writers the chance to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Now in its sixth year, the competition celebrates and nurtures creative talent, inviting writers to submit imaginative and original work in either category for entry: Poetry or Short Fiction.

Prizes include £500 prize money, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual and a selection of books from partner organisations. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted and the deadline for entries is 31 August 2013. For more information please visit


  The Parliament of Canada recently issued a call for nominations to begin the search for Canada’s sixth Parliamentary Poet Laureate. There is still time to nominate candidates: the deadline has been extended to August 30, 2013.

The entrance to Canada's Parliament Hill in Ot...

The entrance to Canada’s Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The role of the Parliamentary Poet Laureate is to promote the importance and value of poetry among all Canadians. Pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, the Poet Laureate may perform the following duties: compose poetry, including for use in Parliament on occasions of state, sponsor poetry readings, advise the Parliamentary Librarian on the Library’s collection and acquisitions to enrich the collection’s cultural holdings, and perform related duties at the request of the Speaker of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Commons, or the Parliamentary Librarian. The Poet Laureate holds office for a maximum of two years.

For more information on the Poet Laureate and the nomination process, please visit the Parliament of Canada Web site at You may also contact the Library of Parliament Information Service at 613-992-4793 or 1-866-599-4999.




DATES: Thursday July 11 and Thursday July 25

FREE ADMISSION to the show and to the Museum


English: Bytown Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

English: Bytown Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bytown Museum is hosting a story series about the people and events that shaped Ottawa. Storytellers will start at 7p.m. sharp. The Museum is located alongside the set of eight locks on the Rideau Canal between Parliament Hill and the Château Laurier hotel.


presented by Ottawa StoryTellers and The Tea Party

Join us for an evening of storytelling and tea, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at The Tea Party, 119 York St. (Map )

From 7pm to 8:45pm, stories begin on the hour and half-hour with breaks in between for treats and chatting.

Stories and Tea: every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at The Tea Party, 119 York Street, 7:00 p.m., pay what you can ($8 suggested)


Enjoy a delightful summer’s evening of tales told by five new tellers: Walter Belyea, Merwyn MacCullough, Jennifer Vincent, Bill Wright, Fiona Wright

 ITEM 12: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS `LEARN TO CAMP´ PROGRAMS IN JULY                                                               NEW!

 Ontario Parks staff will offer `Learn to Camp´ sessions at the Ottawa Public Library in July, geared towards newcomers, people who have never camped before and young families.

These hands-on workshops will cover equipment, camp set-up, safety and ethics to help people overcome barriers to camping and consider spending time in the outdoors to foster a sense of connection to the environment.

Four sessions are being offered:

Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Orléans Branch, 1705 Orléans

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Elmvale Acres Branch, 1910 St-Laurent


Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Greenboro Branch, 363 Lorry Greenberg


Thursday, July 25, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Ruth E. Dickinson Branch, 100 Malvern


Programs are free to attend but require online registration. For more information or to register, visit or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or


DATE: Monday Aug. 12 to Friday Aug. 16 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., TO Noon on Friday.


Algonquin College is hosting four screenwriting workshops from Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16th, offering a unique opportunity for aspiring screenwriters to hone their talents and prepare for a career in the Canadian media industry.

The four workshops are: Introduction to Screenwriting; Advanced screenwriting; Writing for Television; and Writing for Digital Media.  All are taught by seasoned screen professionals who will guide participants’ projects and stories.

Classes from from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Thursday, and until noon on Friday.  Participants will have an opportunity on Friday to pitch their projects to producers from the Ottawa area.

Fees are $495, and registration information can be found at:

and on Facebook at





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


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

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


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

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


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


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

The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carousel is accepting submissions. Info:

Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info:

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


Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info:


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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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






Room would love to consider your writing or art for our upcoming Spring 2014 issue, 37.1 The Fashionable. What is fashion? Who decides? And how does fashion figure in our lives?

Embrace it, fight it, define it, laugh at it, whatever. The Fashionable editors want only your best for Room’s Spring 2014 issue. Send us your best work before July 31, 2013. Check out our guidelines at to find out more

Independent, biannual print magazine Passion: Poetry is seeking submissions for its inaugural issue (scheduled for September 2013). Accepting poetry, short creative pieces (1 page or less), photographs, and artistic images. Looking for passionate words and imagery that inspire and motivate. Deadline: July 31, 2013


Independent art and poetry zine Nickel95 Zine (London, ON) seeks submissions of poetry about mental illness for their third issue. Theme: “Blown a Fuse.” Write about other people, yourself, meds, doctors, insanity, hospital visits, etc. Submit 5-7 poems. Payment: Copy of the handmade zine. Deadline: August 12, 2013. Guidelines:!submissions/c1w1e

DESCANT ARTS AND LETTERS FOUNDATION  CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BERLIN. “I still keep a suitcase in Berlin” – Marlene Dietrich.  “”It’s a city that’s so easy to ‘get lost’ in – and to ‘find’ oneself, too.” – David Bowie, on his “Berlin Years”  Submission deadline for this issue: August 16, 2013.


Hagios Press Call for Submissions for their Strike Fire New Author Series. Details are available at: Deadline August 31.




Canadian Literature call for papers: Science & Canadian Literature is a special issue dedicated to the subject in/and Canadian poetry and prose. Details are available at: Deadline: September 1.


The Midwest Prairie Review journal will be accepting submissions for the 2014 issue from June 13 to September 13, 2013. Who is eligible to submit material?

A writer or artist born and raised and continuing to live in the Madison area.

A writer or artist born and raised and continuing to live in Wisconsin.

A writer or artist born and raised and living in any of Wisconsin’s neighboring states.

A writer or artist born and raised in Madison or Wisconsin and now lives elsewhere.

A writer or artist born and raised elsewhere and now lives in Madison or Wisconsin

A writer or artist who is not a native of Wisconsin or neighboring states and admires the Midwest Prairielands and the energy that lives here

A writer or artist who has visited Madison and/or Wisconsin and/or her neighboring states and finds inspiration here.

In other words, any writer or artist that wishes to celebrate the imagination, energy, and human spirit of the Midwest Prairielands. We want to hear from you. Submit your work between June 13th and September 13th, 2013. Click for complete submission guidelines»

Due to the overwhelming response to our first edition, we will only be accepting the first 600 submissions.

The Dreadful Cafe (US) is looking for submissions for the inaugural anthology of independent fiction, Membrane. Seeking fiction of the strange and bizarre from 2,000 to 30,000 words. No restrictions on genre. Payment: $125 for short stories, $250 for novelettes, and $500 for novellas. Deadline: October 1, 2013.     Guidelines:

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


NOTE: MSLEXIA, A U.K.-BASED MAGAZINE FOR WOMEN WHO WRITE, has posted links to numerous contests coming up, with deadlines from February through June. Includes youth, short story, poetry, plays, etc. Take a look here:      

Darker Times Fiction, a monthly short story competition for stories of 3,000 words and less in the horror genre or on the subject of ‘darker times’. All of the information can be found on the website – . It’s open to UK and international writers and ends on the last day of each month.


MONTHLY TWITTER WRITING CONTEST!  DEADLINE:  LAST DAY OF THE MONTH AT 11 AM is hosting a weekly writing contest that I think would be of interest to your audience. How it Works: The first day of every month at 11 AM, we will announce the topic. Entrants must write a 140-character-or-less tweet, mention @Scribendi_Inc, and summarize the topic. The contest closes the last day of the month at 11 AM. Summarize This! promotes concise and precise writing skills in a fresh, fun way ( Prizes range from free editing to swag.


  • NEW DEADLINE! LIT POP Award: Due to overwhelming demand, we are extending the Lit POP deadline until July 10th. About Lit POP: The POP Montreal International Music Festival and Matrix Magazine are pleased to bring you North America’s most innovative and exciting literary competition. We are looking for writing that really pops (poetry and short fiction). If you have what it takes, you will get your work published in Matrix, and get free travel to POP Montreal for a night in your honor.The winners, one from each category, will receive a round-trip ticket to POP Montreal from September 25 – 29, 2013, a VIP pass to the Pop Montreal Festival, free accommodation at a bed and breakfast, fall publication in Matrix Magazine with full honorarium, and presentation at a special Matrix Lit POP event during the festival. This contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States. The deadline for all submissions is now July 10th, 2013. Winners will be notified in August. Poets are asked to send no more than 5 poems; fiction writers should send stories of no more than 3000 words. Each entry is 25$ NOW ENTER VIA SUBMITTABLE HERE!


  • Alternatively, entries can be mailed to Matrix Publications, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd W., LB 658, Montreal QC, H3G 1M8. Please include your email address. Cheques or money orders should be made out to “Matrix Publications.” Pay Pal payment is available on the Matrix Lit POP page. Entries can also be emailed to and will be considered valid once payment (PayPal or cheque) is verified. Multiple entries are welcome. Full contest details can be found here.


  • Room Magazine (Vancouver, BC) invites entries from all women writers for their annual contest. Categories: fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. First prize in each category: $500 plus publication. Winners will be published in a 2014 issue. Entry fee: $30 (includes subscription). Deadline: July 15, 2013.     Guidelines:


  • VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY 2013.  MAX. 3 POEMS, UP TO 60 LINES PER POEM. Entry fee $20 includes 1 yr. subscription. 1st prize $750. 2nd prize $250. Plus publication in Vallum. Mail to Vallum Poetry Contest, PO Box 598, Victoria Station, Montreal, PQ H3Z 2Y6 DEADLINE JULY 15, 2013. (online link not available yet)



  •   NARRATIVE MAGAZINE Fifth Annual Poetry Contest is open to all writers, and all entries will be considered for publication. • 1,500 First Prize • $750 Second Prize • $300 Third Prize • Ten finalists receive $75 each. See the Guidelines.


  • Literal Latté Poetry Award. Deadline: July 15, 2013 Entry Fee: $10. A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 10 poems) by July 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines. E-mail address:


  • The Ontario Poetry Society is accepting contest entries for The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Award. Prize: $50 and 50 chapbooks. Submit manuscripts of 24 poems or one long poem. Poems may be previously published. Open to Canadian residents. Deadline: July 31, 2013. Entry fee: $15.



  •   Robert Bateman Get To Know Contest. The Contest invites you to get outside and create original works of art, writing, photography, videography and music inspired by nature. Get outdoors and “Get to Know Your Wild Neighbours”. Open to all Canadian residents 19 and under. (Don’t live in Canada? Don’t worry. The Video Category is open to youth in all countries! No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. You may enter as many categories as you want! Deadline: August 1, 2013  Fee: None Prize: Publication Details: 
  • Quattro Books logoQuattro Books (Toronto) is accepting novella manuscript submissions for the Ken Klonsky Novella Contest. Prize: Publication. Submit literary fiction (no science fiction or romance), 15000-42000 words. Looks for work that “reflects the unique cultural character and dynamism of Canada today,” past and future. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 1, 2013.  Guidelines:


  • Entries are invited for the Alice Munro Writers & Readers Festival Short Story Contest. Submit short fiction, 5000 words max. Two categories: Teen (age 13-19 as of August 1) and Adult. First prize in each category: $500. Selected authors will be invited to read during the festival Weekend: September 27-29. Entry fee: $25 (adult) and $10 (teen). Deadline: August 1, 2013     Guidelines:


  • The St. Lawrence Book Award. Awarded annually for any unpublished collection of poetry or short stories. Prize includes book publication, $1,000 cash award, and ten author copies of the book. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Entry Period: July 1- August 31
  • Gemini MAGAZINE Fifth Annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest. GRAND PRIZE: $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2013 issue of Gemini. Maximum length: 1,000 words. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Open to ANY subject, style or genre. Both new and established writers are welcome. ENTRY FEE: just $4 ($3 for each additional flash). Enter by email or snail mail.


  • Win £500 and publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition. Two categories for entry: Poetry and Short Fiction. Deadline for entries: 31 August 2013. Finalists will be announced on the 31 October 2013. Winners will be announced on the 1 December 2013. Prizes: There will be two winners; one Poetry winner and one Short Fiction winner. Each winner will receive £500.  Each winner will receive a selection of books from our competition partners. Winners and finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. Winners and shortlisted finalists will receive a complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.




  • Asian ChaCha: An Asian Literary Journal (UK and China) is accepting entries for the Cha “Void” Poetry Contest. First prize: £50; additional prizes available. Winning poems published in a special section in the 6th anniversary issue (November 2013). Submit up to two poems (80 lines max). Theme: Void. No entry fee. Deadline: September 15, 2013. Guidelines:
  • DEADLINE SEPT. 15, 2013. The 2013 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry will award publication of a full-length book of poetry. The most important criterion is that the manuscript manifests significant themes in beautiful, strong and evocative language. The winner will receive publication with our standard contract and a $1000 award. All entries may be considered for future publication. SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL SUBMISSION DETAILS: SUBMIT through the electronic submission manager


  • The Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence recognizes the best in fiction and poetry received in 2013. Fiction: $900 / Poetry: $600      Publication in The Puritan (Issue XXIII: Fall 2013).  Prize Pack of titles from 12 Canadian publishers, each worth approximately $600! So far, publishers include Coach House Books, House of Anansi, ECW Press, The Porcupine’s Quill, Freehand Books, Goose Lane Editions, Cormorant Books, Brick Books, Mansfield Press, Pedlar Press, Chaudiere Books, and Tightrope Books! Cost per submission: $10 via PayPal Fiction up to 12,000 words / Poetry up to 3 pages. Multiple submissions accepted! Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013. See full details:




  • The Black River Chapbook Competition (Fall) Awarded twice annually for a chapbook (16-36 pages) of poetry or short stories. Beginning with the Fall 2009 competition, winner receives $500 and 25 copies of chapbook. Entry Period: September 1 – October 31. Deadline: October 31, 2013.



  • Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline is November 30, (postmarked).
  • Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2013. DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2013. Go online at  First Prize $1,000, Second Prize $250, Third Prize $100. Top ten entries are posted on our site. The entry fee for each submission is $25. One Act Plays of from 10 minutes to 70 minutes may be submitted by mail or email. By mail to Bottle Tree Productions, 445 Southwood Drive, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7M-5P8. Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions. For environmental and storage reasons email submissions are preferred. By email to contest (at) bottletreeinc (dot) com. Go online at
  • FREEFALL MAGAZINE Just for fun we’ve added a new contest: “The Corner of 13th and 13th” Flash Fiction. Write a story in 500 words or less about what happened on Friday September the 13th 2013 at one of the 13th Avenue and 13th Street intersections in the photos found at: Entry Fee: $13.00. First Prize: $130.00. Deadline to enter is: Friday Dec 13th 2013
  •  2013 annual FreeFall Prose and Poetry Contest is now open! Contain your joy as we let you know that we’ve doubled the first place prize money from $300 to $600. Deadline to enter is: December 31, 2013. For current contest info visit: