What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, February 2019





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 Sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association–National Capital Region

Short Story • Poetry

$300 First Place • $200 Second Place • $100 Third Place

Open to residents of Ontario and Quebec.

Deadline: 11:59 PM/23h59 EST Friday, February 8, 2019

Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online.

Entry Fees: Short Story: $15 per single story; Poetry: $5 per single poem.

Short Story: Maximum 2,500 words, unpublished, in English.

Poetry: Max. 60 lines including title and blank lines, unpublished, in English.

Visit: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/ncwc/



 Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

 Meeting start time 7:15 p.m . • A writing challenge at the start of every regular monthly meeting to engage those in attendance and to develop our writing skills. • A short reading by a member at the start of every monthly meeting to promote our writers and to inspire others with great ideas. LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

More information on the topics for upcoming meetings on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings



Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Step by Step to Completion, with Jennifer Mulligan

Are you mired in a mound of half-completed manuscripts or stuck in the middle of a novel you can’t quite finish? Are your notes scattered and all over the place? Accomplished screenwriter, Jennifer Mulligan, leads us in steps she follows to complete her works—steps that adapt to all kinds of writing. http://jennifermulligan.com/


 CANADIAN AUTHORS SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERT IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM This unique program helps CAA members improve their social media skills and find new ways to engage fans and readers through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms. We’re thrilled to have Catherine Saykaly-Stevens back to facilitate the third round of this new Canadian Authors program.

 Ready to learn more and sign up for the program?  If you’re not a member, check out the program at https://canadianauthors.org/national/social-media-expert-in-residence-program/

Already a member? Login to your member account, then go to https://canadianauthors.org/national/sme-in-residence-program/  or select it in the Members Only button droplist. You’ll be able to sign up if you’re new to the program.



Our next writers’ conference takes place at the beautiful University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, BC. Take advantage now of great savings at the early-bird rate, plus get first dibs on the on-site accommodations while they last.We’re putting together a fantastic program for you – check out the info at https://canadianauthors.org/national/canwrite-2019-conference/

Not sure a writers’ conference is worth the investment? Check out  Why All Writers Should Attend Writers’ Conferences  and what past CanWrite! registrants say.



 Writescape Spring Thaw 2019 April 26-28, or April 26-30, 2019

Looking for writing time? Polishing a project? Looking for feedback from two professional editors? Or just want time to rejuvenate your creativity? Don’t miss Spring Thaw.

This all-inclusive writing retreat is held at the fabulous Elmhirst’s Resort on Rice Lake in Keene. Stay for the weekend or treat yourself to an extra two days of writing.

Brochure 2019  Register now





April 29 – June 1, 2019 Writing Studio

An ideal environment for artistic inspiration and growth, Writing Studio provides writers and poets with an extended period of uninterrupted writing time and one-on-one editorial assistance from experienced writers/editors. Emerging and mid-career writers seeking to develop a book-length manuscript are encouraged to apply. Apply by February 6

July 1-27, 2019 Literary Journalism

This residency encourages the exploration of new ideas in journalism and experimentation in writing. This program is open to experienced fiction and non-fiction writers, journalists, freelance critics or curators, artists, and academics. Successful applicants will receive 100% scholarship and a $2,000 commission for the completed manuscript. Apply by February 27




Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: https://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/

To find many more contests, particularly the November, December and January listings visit https://canadianauthors.org/national/links/awards-competitions/



DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca. FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca


Registration for CV2’s 2019 2 Day Contest is now open. 

This annual contest challenges you to write an original poem in 48 hours — with only one catch. The final poem must include ten words that we provide. These words are released at midnight CDT on Friday April 19th, 2019, leaving you 48 hours to use each of them at least once in an original poetry composition. Prizes include cash, publication, and a copy of the issue containing the winners, not to mention a whole weekend of wordy entertainment.

More info and entry information here: http://www.contemporaryverse2.ca/en/contests/2-day-poem-contest


Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2019.

Hosted by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine, the Award celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction, supporting new writing talent and presents writers with a fantastic opportunity to further their involvement in the literary world.

Creative Writing Prizes include: £1,000 for each category winner (Poetry and Short Fiction), Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2020, Consultation with Redhammer (Short Fiction Winner), Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner), One-year subscription to Granta, Books courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage. For more information, please visit our website: www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa



TREE READING SERIES at Happy Goat Coffee, 35 Laurel St. Ottawa (Hintonburg)

Tuesday, February 26 Cameron Anstee + Chuqiao Yang

7:00p Workshop with Chuqiao Yang  8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers


Cameron Anstee  lives and writes in Ottawa, where he runs Apt. 9 Press and holds a Ph.D. in Canadian Literature from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Book of Annotations (Invisible Publishing, 2018), and editor of The Collected Poems of William Hawkins (Chaudiere Books, 2015). More >


Chuqiao Yang received her Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor. Her writing has appeared in The Unpublished City, 30 under 30: an anthology of Canadian millennial poets, The Puritan, Ricepaper, Arc, Prism, Filling Station, Grain, CV2, Room, and on CBC. In 2011, she was the recipient of two Western Magazine Awards for a non-fiction piece, Beijing Notes. In 2015, she was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her chapbook, Reunions in the Year of the Sheep, published by Baseline Press, won the 2018 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Follow her on Twitter @chuqiaoyang.  More >




Vimy Brewing Company 1-145 Loretta Avenue North, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2J7

Ottawa literary publisher Chaudiere Books announces with deeply mixed feelings that the wonderful Invisible Publishing has now taken over our backlist.  Join us on February 15th, 2019 for one last Chaudiere Books event and celebrate this transition as our books find their second home with Invisible. With readings by: Anita Dolman, Amanda Earl, Jennifer Londry, rob mclennan, Pearl Pirie



Saturday, June 22, 2019 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre off Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane, Ottawa

General info:

the ottawa small press book fair  noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors)

admission free to the public. $25 for exhibitors, full tables $12.50 for half-tables

(payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available) Note: for the sake of increased demand, we are now offering half tables.

To be included in the exhibitor catalog: please include name of press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications, list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered and any other pertinent info, including upcoming ottawa-area events (if any). Be sure to send by June 15th if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue.

Contact: rob mclennan at rob mclennan (at) hotmail.com for questions, or to sign up for a table

More info: https://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-ottawa-small-press-book-fair-spring.html




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Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Sept. 14 to Sept. 27, 2015



 Note: Due to renovations being undertaken at Mcnabb, we had to bump the normal meeting date to the 22nd of the month. Hope to see you then!

 PRESENTER: Dr. Francois Mai   DATE: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.

 Dr. Mai’s presentation is based on his book Diagnosing Genius: The Life and Death of Beethoven (McGill-Queen’s UP 2007). Beethoven’s passionate nature was wonderfully reflected in his music and, through narration of some of Beethoven’s life experiences and playing recordings of selections of his music, the presentation will illustrate how Beethoven expressed those emotion in his music. Dr. Mai will recount stories about Beethoven or read extracts from his book and then play a selected piece of Beethoven’s music that expresses the emotion or feeling that goes with the story described, and discuss how he was able to translate that into the written word.

BIO: Dr. François Mai is a medical graduate of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained specialty qualifications in General Medicine and Psychiatry in Great Britain and spent most of his working life as an academic psychiatrist. Music has also been his passion, in particular the music of Beethoven. A competent amateur pianist, in the 1990’s he produced two CD recordings were used to raise funds for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. (His late brother David suffered from schizophrenia.) In 2007 McGill-Queen’s University Press published his book “Diagnosing Genius: The Life and Death of Beethoven” which describes the many medical and psychiatric problems Beethoven experienced, and the effects they had on his creativity. Dr. Mai’s website link is: www.francoismai.com. 


 CAA-NCR MEMBER, Nerys Perry at OIW September meeting

Date: Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. LOCATION: Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert St. Ottawa

Nerys Perry, author of “Man and Other Natural Disasters” will present Story Management – Getting it down and getting it done, on Thursday, September 24th. Meeting starts at 6:30 pm for socializing, coffee and nibbles, presentation at 7:00 pm. Members free, guests $10, discountable on purchase of a year’s membership.

 CAA-NCR MEMBER, JC Sulzenko to curate The Glebe Report’s “Poetry Corner”

 The Glebe Report monthly community newspaper will publish poems four times a year, beginning fall 2015. The feature, “Poetry Quarter”, will be curated by JC Sulzenko, Glebe poet, author and educator. They’d like submissions of poetry from: adults, teens 14 to 17 (high school students), or children 9 to 13 (about grades 4 to 8). We are open broadly to submissions from poets who live, work, study or volunteer in the Glebe or its close neighbouring communities. We are looking for poems with qualities that reflect the people in the Glebe, their sensibilities and their lives –– poetry of any kind, on any topic (within the bounds of public discourse). Poems should be original work, unpublished previously in any medium, and not exceed 30 lines in length. Email submissions to editor@glebereport.ca . Up to 7 poems at a time as a WORD .doc or .docx attachment. Include your contact information. http://www.glebereport.ca/2015/08/glebe-report-poetry-quarter/



 DATE: Friday, Sept. 18 1:00 – 4:45pm
LOCATION; La Fab – Arts, Culture and Heritage Centre of Chelsea, 212 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea

ELAN is pleased to present a series of grantwriting workshops and networking events for artists throughout Quebec this fall. Our aim is to provide English-speaking artists of all disciplines, at all stages of their careers, with the information, tools, and resources to create and deliver the most impactful and persuasive grants possible.

The 4-hour afternoon session is a comprehensive, hands-on workshop, designed to guide you and/or your organization to formulate clear, concise and compelling grants to maximize your chances of success. Learn how to structure and write a grant that will present your artistic project in the strongest light to potential funders. Clarify the articulation of your artistic vision, increase your understanding of what is required to help a grant application succeed, and learn about the resources available to help you reach your goals. Hands-on exercises using your own project will allow you to hone your grantwriting skills as they relate to your specific needs. We will also review past successful grant applications to the Canada Council for the Arts, CALQ and foundations. A resource package will be provided to participants. MORE INFO


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 Algonquin’s graduate certificate Scriptwriting program still has some places available for this September. This exciting, 8-month program will teach you to write fantastic features, short films, television, play and digital media scripts.  All our courses are taught by professionals who are working writers, actors, directors and more. You’ll learn how the media and film industries work, how to flourish as a freelance writer, and how to pitch, network, and promote yourself.

You’ll have the opportunity to pitch your original TV series and feature film to top players in Toronto; all the major broadcasters, HBO/The Movie Network, EOne TV, Comedy, Space, DHX Media – and important film producers, distributors and screenwriters. Part of your one-act play will be read by professional actors in front of a paying audience in our Hothouse Play Reading Series.

In your field placement, you’ll get invaluable on-set and/or production experience that might land you a paying job after graduation. Besides the people you meet on your placement, you’ll personally meet most of the major forces in Ottawa film, television and new media when they come to visit our class. More info: contact Lynn Tarzwell at tarzwel@algonquincollege.com and/or check out our site at http://www3.algonquincollege.com/mediaanddesign/program/scriptwriting/ our FAQs:



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         


 A list of UK submission calls/contests:







Additional links to contests and submission calls visit Canadian Authors National Capital Region website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/



 Sept 16 – 7 pm, The Sawdust Reading Series Anniversary Showcase, Pour Boy, 495 Somerset St. W. Ottawa featuring Vivian Vivassis & Kiera Sandrock   MORE INFO

 Tuesday, Sept. 22 Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. treereadingserieslogo

 Friday, Sept. 25 The Factory Reading Series, The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs) doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm, presents: Ryan Pratt (Hamilton), Roland Prevost (Ottawa) Cameron Anstee (Ottawa) + Monty Reid (Ottawa) MORE INFO


 Saturday Sept. 19 7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St., Power in the Blood:  A Conversation with Buffy Sainte-Marie

Thursday Sept. 24 5:30pm • Metropolitain • 700 Sussex Drive Book Launch: You Will Wear a White Shirt with Senator Nick Sibbeston

 Wednesday Sept. 30 7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St., Unaccountable with Kevin Page

 More info and later events: http://www.writersfestival.org/events

CAA-NCR Weekly Notices Aug. 5 to 11, 2013



Weekly Notices for the week of Aug. 5 to Aug. 11, 2013





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






The regularly scheduled meeting that would occur on the 28th has been changed to August 21st instead. This is to inform anyone who may have been unaware of the change.




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

 See CAA-NCR website for your poetic invitation! http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/meetings.shtml#schedule

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 gillfoss@gmail.com  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, 2012, starting at 3:00 P.M.




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


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.

Emily-FrontPage 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 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: emilyjanebooks.ca




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

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English: Taken by SimonP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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: http://www6.algonquincollege.com/ccol/screenwriting/

and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SummerScreenwritingCamp?fref=ts



 ITEM 5: EAST COAST PUBLISHER FIERCE INK PRESS OPENS SUBMISSIONS TO REST OF CANADA    AUG. 6 TO AUG. 20 2013                                                                                                                  NEW!


Halifax, NS (July 29, 2013) —  For the first time since launching in 2012 Fierce Ink Press Co-op Ltd. is now open to submissions from all Canadian young adult authors. While the company’s focus is on publishing quality young adult books of fiction and short non-fiction pieces by Atlantic Canadians, authors in other regions of Canada can now submit between August 6 (12:01 a.m. ADT) and August 20 (11:59 p.m. ADT).

“Since we opened our doors in June of 2012, we’ve received many emails from around the world inquiring about opening submissions to the international market,” says Kimberly Walsh, publishing label executive with Fierce Ink Press. “While we remain committed to producing diverse works from talented East Coast Canadian writers, we understand and appreciate the fact that there are authors from across this country who are eager to work with us.”

Depending on the number and quality of queries received, Fierce Ink Press may open up submissions to authors outside of the Atlantic region again in the future.

Authors can find the submission guidelines on the Fierce Ink website. http://fierceinkpress.com/submissions/

About Fierce Ink Press

Fierce Ink Press Co-op Ltd. is a publishing label dedicated to producing high quality books of fiction and short non-fiction pieces by East Coast Canadian authors who write for young adults.


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.




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 www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting.



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English: Photograph of Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Taken from Ottawa/Ontario end of Alexandra Bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 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 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 www.parl.gc.ca/poet. You may also contact the Library of Parliament Information Service at 613-992-4793 or 1-866-599-4999.





DATE: Saturday, August 10, 2013 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: RAW SUGAR CAFÉ, 692 Somerset St. West, Ottawa


On Saturday, August 10, Raw Sugar (692 Somerset St. W.) will be hosting an afternoon of poetry and fiction. There will be books for sale and writers to point at and say “Hey, do I know you?” or “My brother’s a writer!” or “I like your use of semi-colons” or “Do you know where I can find the nearest pub? I thought there’d be wrestling here tonight.”

BUT SERIOUSLY: It’ll be a great afternoon of literature and we hope all of you can come. Bring a friend or two — the more the merrier!

Featured Readers:

Cameron Anstee

Christine Miscione

Michael e. Casteels

Nicholas Papaxanthos

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/564233823615675/



DATE: Saturday, August 10th, 2013

LOCATIONS: Event #1 Perth Farmer’s Market, at the Crystal Palace, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. & it is FREE!!! 

Event #2  Baker’s Bean, 1 Sherbrooke St. East, Perth, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  $10 per person


The Musical MATT DICKSON our Classic Rock n Roll Host

The Live Poets Society of Lanark County

There will be opportunities to win prizes and support the 2013

LiPS team’s efforts to compete as the only rural national team at CFSW Montreal in November.

For more information, feel free to contact LiPS at: lanarklips@hotmail.com

or check us out on Facebook under LiPS.

ITEM 11: CAPITAL SLAM TEAM DEBUT                                        NEW!


DATE: Wednesday, August 14 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.



This is your first opportunity to see the Capital Slam team all performing together on one stage. Come out to Pressed on August 14th to see what all the fuss is about! Come support the team as we raise money to go to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Montreal. Who will you see on stage?

CapSlam Champ, Bruce Narbaitz

V! (aka VNessa Ballerz)

D-Light Full

Gavin Russell

Rusty Priske

But that is not all!  We will have special guest performances by:

Brad Morden

Lucila Al Mar

And there will be an open mic

$5 and worth every penny and then some…. in fact, why not make it $10 and also pick up a copy of our official team chapbook, CapSlam Dance Party 2013!

See you at Pressed! https://www.facebook.com/events/198931356933850/



DATE: August 15 7:30 p.m. featuring Kim Kilpatrick

LOCATION: Gladstone Theatre (GCTC) 910 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa  $15.00

Ottawa Storytellers events. I want to tell you about a one woman show being staged by one of their members on August 15. Kim Kilpatrick,.a marvellous storyteller who manages to be both poignant and hilarious (hear about her attempts to hatch baby dragons from Easter Eggs or, gulp, later adventures driving a car), about her life as a blind person. Come to the Gladstone Theatre (ex GCTC) on August 15 at 910 Gladstone,

7:30 pm and find out what it is like to live and thrive as a woman who weaves words with skill and humour. Tickets cost $15. at the door. They can also be purchased in advance whenever the Gladstone box office is open. More info here: http://www.thegladstone.ca/one_night.html

Kim also writes a blog: “Great Things About Being Blind.”





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. 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

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 lvluven@uvic.ca.


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


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: syndy@bmts.com.

The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at: http://www.themackinacmagazine.com/submit.html.

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

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 http://www.riddlefence.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/


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”.  : http://www.around-around.com/submit/


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 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: sanriapress.wix.com/nickel95zine#!submissions/c1w1e

Quarterly independent arts and culture magazine Sad Mag (Vancouver, BC) invites entries for its first-ever fic­tion competition, the Fantasy Fiction Contest. First prize: $250 plus publication in the Autumn 2013 issue. Theme: Fan­tasy (“And not just in the Game of Thrones way”). Entry fee: $25 (includes subscription). Deadline: August 16, 2013.  Guidelines: http://sadmag.ca/news/2013/06/fantasy-fiction-contest/

THE HILT (Toronto, ON) is looking for nonfiction, poetry, essays, and musing for an upcoming issue about collections. “What it is to be a ‘collector’? Why is that gross sock lucky? How did you get that scar across every toe but one?” True narratives only. Length: 500-1500 words. Deadline: August 16, 2013.  Guidelines: http://thehiltmagazine.com/submissions.html

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. http://www.descant.ca/submit


Hagios Press Call for Submissions for their Strike Fire New Author Series. Details are available at: http://www.hagiospress.com/?s=submissions. Deadline August 31.



Online Journal, Tendril Literary Magazine is published with the seasons. Now accepting submissions for Issue 2|Fall. Looking for poetry, prose poetry, short fiction, and “anything in between.” Length: 1500 words max. Artwork also welcome. Deadline: September 1, 2013. Prefers experimental and unusual pieces.     Guidelines: http://tendrilmag.submittable.com/submit

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: http://canlit.ca/submissions/cfp/19. Deadline: September 1.


Cordite Poetry Review, magazine of Australian poetry and poetics, invites submissions for Issue 44. Theme: Gondwanaland. Send up to three poems. Also accept scholarly essays. Open to international writers (see comment on FAQ page); payment for Australian contributors. Deadline: September 13, 2013.     Guidelines: http://cordite.org.au/submissions/

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? 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» http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/lsa/writing/mpr/email/mpr_submissions_13.pdf

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: http://dreadfulcafe.com/active-projects

New food-based magazine TOAST! MAGAZINE (Canada) seeks submissions for its next issue. Looking for food poetry, photography, original artwork, reviews, short stories, and prose. Prefers the witty, thoughtful, unique, and engaging. Deadline: October 1, 2013.    Guidelines: http://toastpointpress.com/submit

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: http://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/listings/master.php?listing=2      

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 – www.darkertimes.co.uk . It’s open to UK and international writers and ends on the last day of each month.



Scribendi.com 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 (http://www.scribendi.com/summarize_this). Prizes range from free editing to Scribendi.com swag.




  • John Kenneth Galbraith Short Story Writing Competition. All stories must be the original work of the entering author and previously unpublished or not currently entered in other simultaneous writing contests. After October 1, 2013, anyone who has not been contacted is free to submit their story elsewhere as honorable mentions, and the winner will be notified by Oct 1, 2013. Deadline: August 5, 2013 Entry fee: $10 Prize: $2000 Details: www.johnkennethgalbraithliteraryaward.ca/criteria.htm
  • Fiction and poetry contest: New Orleans Literary Festival: The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s Poetry Contest is now accepting submissions until August 15. We urge you to encourage your students and colleagues to submit work for consideration. Robert Pinsky will serve as the contest’s judge. We’re also offering a $1,000 grand prize, a VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the 2013 Festival and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine. For full details and guidelines, please see http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests We are also accepting submissions for our annual Fiction Contest. Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau are the judges. For full details and guidelines, please see http://con13.tennesseewilliams.net/fiction-contest/


  • Scotiabank Giller Prize. Submissions for the Scotiabank Giller Prize may only be sent in by publishers. To be eligible, a book must be a first-edition full-length novel or short story collection, written by a  Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Books must be published in Canada in English between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 to be eligible for the 2013 Prize. Deadline: August 15, 2013 Entry fee: none Prize: $50,000; $5000 x 4 Details: www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca
    • Tickled by Thunder Writing Contest – Poetry. Theme, length and style of poetry entries is completely open.  Subscribers of Tickled by Thunder enter three poems for free, but  must pay $2 for ea ch additional poem entered.  Deadline: August 15, 2013 Entry fee: $5 per poem Prize: $75 + publication Details: www.tickledbythunder.com


  • Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. Established by CODE with the generous support of Canadian philanthropist William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, in partnership  With the Bocas Lit Fest, the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is an annual Award that will be given to three English-language literary works for Young Adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. Deadline: August 23, 2013 Entry fee: none  Prize: $10,000; $7,000; $5,000 CAD Details: www.codecan.org/burt-award-caribbean


  • Wyn Lit 2four Hour Short Story Writing Contest. You do not have to use the title of the subjects as the title of your short story. You do not have to use the exact wording of the subjects within your story. In fact, we hope you don’t. You must use all the word from  the word list exactly as shown. If you have it in you, you may submit more than one story within the 24 hours. Deadline: August 24, 2013 Entry fee: Free to members Prize: Publication Details: www.wynter.ca/wyn24.htm


  • 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   http://www.blacklawrence.com/stlawrence_1.html


  • 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. www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html.


  • 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. http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting


  • Hagios Press: Strike Fire New Author Series. Hagios Press is now welcoming entries for the Strike Fire New Author Series, between May 1 and August 31, 2013. Hagios Press is asking for samples from book-length collections of poetry, short fiction (short stories, novellas) and creative nonfiction. Deadline: August 31, 2013 Entry fee: None Prize: Publication Details: Please email: hagiospress@myaccess.ca




  • Black Warrior Review Writing Contests Deadline: September 1, 2013 Entry Fee:  $15 Website:  http://www.bwr.ua.edu Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a single poem, a short story, and a work of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction). Kate Durbin will judge in poetry, Brian Evenson will judge in fiction, and Jenny Boully will judge in nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or a story or essay of up to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Black Warrior Review, by September 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines. Black Warrior Review, Writing Contests, P.O. Box 862936, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0027. Brandi Wells, Editor.


  • 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: http://asiancha.blogspot.hk/2013/03/cha-void-poetry-contest.html
  • 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: http://redmountainpress.us/poetry-prize/ SUBMIT through the electronic submission manager https://redmountainpress.submittable.com/submit


  • 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: http://www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions.php




  • Descant invites entries for the 2013 Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem. Length: 100 lines. Prize: $1000, plus honorarium. Entry fee: $30 (includes tax + one-year subscription). Deadline: October 12, 2013. Guidelines: http://descant.ca/winstoncollins
  • The Northwind Story Contest is back!  The 2013 Story Contest is open for submissions. Send us your best fiction and narrative non-fiction by October 15 to be eligible for the $1,000 First Prize, $250 Second Prize and $100 Third Prize. http://www.northwindmagazine.com/contests/2013_story_contest.html


  • 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.   http://www.blacklawrence.com/BRCCContestPage.html



  • Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline is November 30, (postmarked). http://www.prairiefire.ca/contests.


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




  • 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: http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/flash-fiction-contest.html. 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: http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html.