CAA-NCR What’s Up in Lit in Ottawa, June 6 to 19 2016




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Canadian Authors Vancouver 2016 Story Contest: Open to all Canadian Writers
Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir Deadline: June 30, 2016. Entry Fee: $15 CAA Member rate; $20 Non-members Details:


On June 1st, we held our first webinar in this series, Social Media for Writers. Registration is still open for Fair Contracts for Writers and for Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: A primer for writers and branch communicators.

Note that members must register while they are logged in to their member account in order to get the webinar free. New this time around: In order to get reminders as well as a link to the recording of the live webinar, you need to follow a two-step process – even if you know you won’t be attending.  For more information or to register click here


On-site registration hours for those attending this brand new conference are as follows:
Wednesday, June 15: 1:00 to 5:00 pm   Thursday, June 16 through Saturday, June 18: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Missed the June 1 deadline for advance registration?  On site passes will be available at CWS2016 – subject to availability, of course.  For more information on the program, click here 

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Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. (Wikipedia)

 Save the Dates

Canadian Authors Literary Awards Luncheon: Saturday, June 18, 12:00 to 1:30 pm at CWS2016 (conference pass required)

CAA Board of Directors Meetings: Wed, June 15, 1:00 to 5:00 pm; June 19 (after AGM) Boardroom)
CAA Annual General Meeting: Sunday, June 19, 9:00 to 11:30 am (following conference; Boardroom)


 Berton House Writers’ Retreat

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

 YouthWrite Society Canada: JustWrite

Calling all current or aspiring writers! When was the last time you spent a whole weekend stretching your creative muscles? At JustWrite, you’ll get the chance to practice your writing and network with the following published authors: Mark Kozub, Barbara North, Janice MacDonald, and Randy Williams. The weekend also includes yoga, entertainment, and the 20th Anniversary YouthWrite Gala!

Details: or email for more information.

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

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

 Inkslingers takes a Writing & Yoga Workshop to Ireland

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

 All Writer Workshops (online workshops)

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

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

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

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

  WRITESCAPE Upcoming 2016 Workshops

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





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

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

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


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


  • Antigonish Review Contest! GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST Deadline: Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2016 Guidelines: Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Past winners may not enter. INFO:
  • The New Quarterly: Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award $1000 for a work of short fiction by a Canadian (citizen or resident) writer who has not yet published a first novel or short story collection.  Though there is only one top prize, all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. Submissions must be previously unpublished. There is no word limit. All submissions will be judged blind.  Entry fee is $40 per submission, includes a 1-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly for you or a friend. Deadline: June 13, 2016
  • Ink Bottle Press & The Ontario Poetry Society Present: Memory and Loss ~ a Canadian Anthology of Poetry, Dedicated to the victims of Alzheimer’s. Editor & Compiler I.B. Iskov. Open to all poets living in Canada. Poems wanted on the themes of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.  This is not blind judging and this is not a contest. Submission fee $15. to help cover the cost of printing & postage. All profits from this project will be donated to The Alzheimer Society of Canada. Deadline June 15, 2016, postmark date. Send your submission, complete with cheque or money order payable to Mark Clement,  & mail to Attn: I.B. Iskov, Anthology Editor, #710 – 65 Spring Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. M2N 6H9. Full details:
  • The Eden Mills Writers Festival – Teen Poetry Contest Deadline: June 30, 2016 Prizes: 2 Grand Prize Winners of $50; 2 Runners-up of $25 Details:
  • Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Contest is open internationally to aspiring or modestly published writers, over the age of 16. Genre: Short Story, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction  Deadline: June 30, 2016Entry Fee: $25 CAD Prizes: $250 to winner of each category
  • The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival – Fringe Contest The Eden Mills Writers Festival (EMWF) is committed to providing a venue for unpublished or modestly published writers to showcase their work. Over the years, past contest winners have returned to the Festival as published authors. Sit down at the keyboard or pick up your pen and get working on this year’s submission. Judges for The Fringe, the EMWF Literary Contest, and the Student Poetry Contests are eager to read your work. Genre: Prose or Poetry Deadline: July 15, 2016 Entry Fee: $10 reading fee per entry Details:
  • Narrative Magazine’s eighth annual poetry contest runs from May 18 until July 20. In a continuing effort to encourage and support talented poets, we’re offering prizes and widespread publicity to all winners and finalists. Narrative is always looking for new voices, so all entries will be considered for publication in the magazine. Open to all poets. Entries must be unpublished and must not have been previously chosen as winners, finalists, or honorable mentions in other contests. Each entry may contain up to five poems. The poems should all be contained in a single file. You may enter as many times as you wish, but we encourage you to be selective and to send your best work.
  •  2016 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize (deadline August 1) The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for its Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. One award of $1,000 CAD is given. More info:
  • The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts. Prizes include: £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner)/Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing/Annual One year subscription to Granta/Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage/Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)/Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner).  Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Deadline 31 August 2016. To enter, visit
  • the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition is back for novels of at least 15,000 words written for children or young adults, in any genre, by previously unpublished women novelists. The first prize is a tasty £5,000. In addition to that lovely big winner’s cheque, we’ve again joined forces with The Literary Consultancy, who will provide free professional feedback for the winner and four other finalists. All finalists will be invited to meet literary agents and editors at a special networking event in London – many finalists from previous years found agents as a direct result. The competition closes 19 September. Visit  for full competition details.




 Tuesday June 14, 2016 Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank Street, Ottawa, 6:45 p.m. Workshop – Getting to Book with Rhonda Douglas.  8:00 p.m. Open Mic and Featured Readers David Huebert + Jacob McArthur Mooney. . More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on the upcoming events:





 span-o (the small press action network – ottawa) presents: the Ottawa small press book fair

spring 2016 edition on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).

General info:  noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors)  admission free to the public.

$20 for exhibitors, full tables $10 for half-tables (payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available. 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 10th if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue. FOR MORE INFORMATION:



Fri, Jun 17, 2016 8:00pm
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 7:00pm

 Brophy’s Point East Point Lane Wolfe Island, ON, K0H 2Y0 Canada Wolfe island canada.jpg

This year’s LitFest officially kicks off the night before at Kingston’s Grad Club! Join Dave Bidini as he chats with professional hockey player and author, Terry Ryan, Lake Ontario’s Poet Laureate, Tanis Rideout, and novelist, Steven Heighton!

The following day, hop on the ferry and make your way across the St. Lawrence River to Brophy’s Point. You can check the location in Swim Guide. The festival for literary lovers begins at 3pm. Hosted by Mark Medley with readings from Joseph Boyden, Michael Winter, Lemon Hound and Sina Queyras, Jeramy Dodds, Denise Donlan, Carolyn Smart, and Steven Heighton.

For the second consecutive year the Watermark Project will be at LitFest! Standing along the shoreline of Wolfe Island, inspiration is easy to find – and so will your Watermark!

The musical guest for the event is currently TBA. Stay tuned! Programmed by Dave Bidini and Mark Mattson. ** This is a free event. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. **

Thank you to this year’s sponsors including Donald Bayne, Mark Ertel, Grad Club, Hal Mattson, Windmills, and Swim Drink Fish.