NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Weekly Notices for the week of Aug. 12 to Aug. 18, 2013
11 ITEMS 1 NEW EVENT, 22 NEW CALLS, 2 NEW CONTESTS
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ITEM 1: SPECIAL NOTICE TO MEMBERS OF THE EAST END WRITING CIRCLE: MEETING DATE CHANGE FOR AUGUST MEETING ONLY
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.
ITEM 2: CAA-NCR SUMMER SOCIAL – A DAY IN THE COUNTRY
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
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 email@example.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.
CAA-NCR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
ITEM 3: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION – NCR WORKSHOP
DATE: Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
LOCATION: ALGONQUIN COLLEGE
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 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
OTHER WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
ITEM 4: ALGONQUIN COLLEGE SCREENWRITING WORKSHOPS
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.
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
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 5: EAST COAST PUBLISHER FIERCE INK PRESS OPENS SUBMISSIONS TO REST OF CANADA AUG. 6 TO AUG. 20 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/
ITEM 6: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue
Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Check out Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php, with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITEM 7: THE AESTHETICA CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION
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.
ITEM 8: DEADLINE EXTENDED | CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR CANADA’S NEXT PARLIAMENTARY POET LAUREATE
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.
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
ITEM 9: CAPITAL SLAM TEAM DEBUT
DATE: Wednesday, August 14 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
LOCATION: PRESSED, 750 GLADSTONE AVE., OTTAWA
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)
But that is not all! We will have special guest performances by:
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/
ITEM 10: OTTAWA STORYTELLERS EVENTS AUGUST 15
FLYING IN THE DARK
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.”
ITEM 11: EDEN MILLS WRITERS’ FESTIVAL SEPT. 13 – 15, 2013 NEW!
The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival takes place annually in September in Eden Mills, Ontario, just outside of Guelph. It is an outdoor festival in a gorgeous pastoral setting.
In Leon Rooke’s words, Eden Mills is a place “where new writers are introduced to a large audience and established writers are newly engaged.”
The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival was founded in 1989 and has taken place annually since then. Although it started out as the fulfillment of the personal vision of Governor General’s Award winner Leon Rooke, the festival has matured and expanded over the years until it has become a nationally acclaimed and widely respected literary event while still maintaining a small “footprint.”–
For complete information, schedule and ticket purchase, go to: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/
MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:
NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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/
NEW! Small circulation literary publication Cant Journal (US) seeks poetry and prose for Issue #5. Accepts poetry, short inventive prose (micro fiction, flash fiction, etc.; 300-1000 words), poetry book reviews, essays on poetry, and interviews with poets. Submit 3-7 poems, 1-3 short prose pieces, or 1 poetry book review or essay on poetry. Journal is small (5 x 11); writers are encouraged to keep this in mind when submitting. Publishes annually in April. Payment: Three copies. Guidelines: cantjournal.com/submission-guidelines
NEW! Red Kitty is a webzine and limited run print zine based out of Austin, TX. Accepting poetry, prose, short fiction, personal narrative, humor, and experimental journalism; illustration, photography, and doodles; and sound portraits, video art, and spoken word. Prefers works that takes risks and gets messy, including the “strange, thought-provoking, funny, demented.” Deadline: rolling. Guidelines: redkittyzine.weebly.com/submit.html
NEW! independent magazine Bitterzoet (US) is now looking for new poetry, fiction, and artwork for their monthly online zine and bi-annual print editions, and mini chapbooks. Publishes work that engages in the “interplay between bitterness and sweetness, light and darkness, salvation and damnation.” Accepts poetry (3-8) prose (6 pages max), and artwork. Also looking for shorter pieces (“bonbons”) of poetry (10 lines max) and prose (150 words max.). Deadline: rolling. Guidelines: bitterzoetmag.submittable.com
NEW! Independent online journal Black Heart Magazine (U.S) seeks short fiction for its weekday (M-F) publication cycle. Length: 1500 words max. All genres accepted, with a literary angle preferred. Appreciates ‘short-form modern literature, from pulp to literary fiction and everything in-between.’ Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines: blackheartmagazine.com/submission-guidelines
NEW! GlassFire Magazine (US) seeks submissions of fiction and non-fiction (3000 words max.), poetry, and artwork for the Winter 2013 issue. Pays $5 per poem/artwork/photography and $10 per story/nonfiction Deadline: Rolling. http://www.peglegpublishing.com/glassfire.htm
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.
NEW! Halcyon Magazine (Canada) is seeking submissions for an upcoming issue, and is open to entries for a contest. Submission call: looking for autumn-related stories, poems, haiku, recipes, articles, quotes, and fillers. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Photo and Writing Contest: invites entries of autumn-related photography. Prize: Copy of magazine. Deadline: September 1, 2013.
NEW! Louise Grace Publishing (US) seeks true nature stories of insight, inspiration, and exploration for an anthology, Women in Nature. Story length: 750-2000 words. From wilderness living to urban gardening, stories should reflect a transforming or transcending connection to nature. Looking for narratives “about living with the earth, not on her.” Deadline: September 1, 2013. Open to women 18+. Guidelines: http://www.louisegracepublishing.com/projects.html
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.
NEW! ‘Sexy and sensual literary arts magazine’ IN MY BED (Canada) is back and is seeking submissions for an upcoming print issue. Looking for poetry, fiction, novel excerpts, painting, photography, and art. Theme: Sex and Magic. Prefers work that transcends traditional erotica and uses art and writing to explore, observe, and exhibit themes in an experimental and abstract manner. Deadline: September 1, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.inmybedmagazine.com/html/submissions.html
NEW! Submissions wanted for “Some Tea, Some Truth, Some Fiction II,” the second biannual writer’s festival at the Toronto Public Library on November 9, 2013. Accepting stories that can be read in ten minutes or less, plus short films, mini-plays, photo-essays and other creative work. Theme: love/friendship and work. Also holding an audience-inspired mini-write-a-thon. Deadline: September 1, 2013. http://richinpersonality.webs.com/writersreading.htm
NEW! Hybrid literary & arts print magazine CAROUSEL (ON) is looking for poetry, fiction, comics, pageworks, visual poems, and hybrid literary works. Payment ranges from $15-80 plus a 2-issue subscription. “Interested in representing both new and established artists, with a specific focus on positioning Canadian talent within an international context.” Deadline: September 4, 2013. Guidelines: carouselmagazine.ca/submit.html
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.
NEW! Online quarterly The Puritan | Frontiers of New English (Toronto) seeks fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews for Issue XXIII: Fall 2013. “Submissions may push toward the symbolic frontier, challenging limitations and forging into previously unexplored aesthetic territory.” Deadline: September 15, 2013. Payment: $50 (prose) and $20 poetry. Guidelines: http://www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions.php
NEW! Avant-garde literary magazine Toad Suck Review (University of Central Arkansas, US) welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, plays, reviews, interviews, social commentary, memoir, political rants, ecologically conscientious reflections, talk about literature, talk about culture, and talk about teaching. Prefers the inventive and daring. “Especially interested in genre writing that expands or challenges or reinvents the forms and conventions of the genre.” Payment: contributor copies. Deadline: September 23, 2013. Guidelines: toadsuckreview.org/?page_id=8
NEW! Buttontapper Press (US) seeks submissions for two forthcoming collections: London Haiku and Paris Haiku. Submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Haiku should convey a strong sense of place, with an emphasis on what makes London or Paris different from other major cities. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.buttontapperpress.submittable.com
NEW! Buttontapper Press (US) seeks submissions for a forthcoming collection: Timbuktu Haiku. Submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Haiku should convey a strong sense of place, or riff on the idea of Timbuktu as “the middle of nowhere.” Prefers humorous submissions. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.buttontapperpress.submittable.com
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
NEW! In Fact Books (in association with Creative Nonfiction, U.S.) is seeking essays about all things related to babies for an anthology, Oh, Baby: True Stories About Tiny Humans. Looking for true narratives about the art and science/wonder and struggle of birth, babyhood, and childrearing. Essays must combine a compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond personal experience to some deeper meaning. Length: 4500 words max. Deadline: October 14, 2013. Fee: $3. Payment not indicated. Guidelines: creativenonfiction.org/submissions/oh-baby
NEW! Blank Fiction Magazine is accepting literary fiction submissions for their first issue. Length: 15,000 words max. “Stories should provide a solid understanding of the traditional practices of the genre, especially if they haven’t been established yet or you are going to disregard them completely.” Debut issue will be published November 1 in the iTunes App Store and will be available as a “pay what you like” PDF download on the Blank Fiction site. Payment: $50 honorarium. Deadline: October 15, 2013. Guidelines: blankfictionmag.com/submissions
NEW! Online monthly zine Subliminal Interiors seeks poetry, nonfiction, and criticism for an upcoming issue on Modernism. Commentaries also welcome. Nonfiction and critical submissions should “engage the editor’s belief that Confessional poetry, Language poetry, and other supposed successors of Modernism are (and always have been) aesthetically sterile–unfit for the challenge of giving a coherent voice to our world-historical moment.” Deadline: October 15, 2013. Guidelines: http://subliminalinteriors.net/submit.php
NEW! Art School Horror Stories (US) is looking for stories from art school and art class — funny, sad, horrific, crazy, embarrassing — for an anthology (Published in December). Can be fact or fiction. Submissions can be in any format: poetry, haiku, short stories, etc. Also accepting drawings and photography. Deadline: October 31, 2013. Submission fee: US$10. Guidelines: http://br0250.wix.com/artschoolhorror#!submit/c1ktj
NEW! The Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA program’s biannual publication, Lunch Ticket, is accepting submissions for its next issue. Submit fiction, creative non-fiction, YA fiction, poetry, and art/imagery. Theme/genre: Open. Deadline: October 31, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.lunchticket.org/about/submission-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)
NEW! Creative Nonfiction (US) is seeking new essays about mistakes — major or minor, tragic or serendipitous, funny or painful — for an upcoming issue. Looking for true stories about poor decisions, missteps, miscalculations, embarrassing boo-boos, dangerous misjudgments, or fortuitous faux pas that explore the nature and outcomes of human fallibility. First prize: $1000. Length: 4000 words max. Entry fee: $20 (or $25 for a subscription to Creative Nonfiction — US only). All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Mistakes” issue. Deadline: November 1, 2013 Guidelines: http://www.creativenonficction.org/submissions/mistakes
NEW! The Muse, An International Journal of Poetry, an online bi-annual journal of poetry from India, is seeking submissions for their next issue. Accept poems (send 1-5 poems), and essays and research papers (3000 words minimum). Deadline: November 10, 2013. http://themuse.webs.com/
NEW! Online literature/arts magazine The Broken City (Toronto, ON) is currently accepting submissions for its winter 2013 edition: “Turn on, tune in.” Looking for music-related poetry, fiction, essays, comics, illustrations, photography, reviews as well as mp3 submissions for a mixtape. Deadline: December 1, 2013. Non-paying. Guidelines: thebrokencitymag.com/submissions.html
UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS
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.
MONTHLY TWITTER WRITING CONTEST! DEADLINE: LAST DAY OF THE MONTH AT 11 AM
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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
· NEW! Halcyon Magazine (Canada) Photo and Writing Contest: invites entries of autumn-related photography. Prize: Copy of magazine. Deadline: September 1, 2013. http://halcyonmagazine.blogspot.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
- NEW! Lunch Ticket is accepting entries for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction. Topic: open. Length: 5000 words max. Prize: $250 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket (December). Award recipient must submit a bio and photo, and send a note of thanks to the Woods’ family. All submissions for the award will be considered for publication in Lunch Ticket. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines: lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award
OCTOBER TO DECEMBER DEADLINES:
- 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
- The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards. Deadline is November 1. http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.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
- Red Tuque Books 2013 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition. Deadline is December 31: http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/contest.htm.
- 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.