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

 

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA),

FEBRUARY, 2019 

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Need more information on CAA-NCR, its programs or events?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanadianAuthorsNCR/

Keep in touch on Twitter at: @caa_ncr

TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Arlene Smith at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

 

CAA-NCR’S ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC)

 

32ND ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC) Deadline this week!

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Short Story: Maximum 2,500 words, unpublished, in English.

Poetry: Max. 60 lines including title and blank lines, unpublished, in English.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

 

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2019

 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

 

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FEBRUARY, 2019

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/

NEWS FROM CAA NATIONAL

 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.

 

EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION FOR CANWRITE! 2019 IS NOW OPEN!  

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.

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 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

 

BANFF CENTRE 2019 PROGRAMS

https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/current-programs/literary-arts

 

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

                     

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

OTTAWA SUBMISSIONS

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/

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

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

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN: MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

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 >

http://www.treereadingseries.ca/

 

MELTING POINT : THE CHAUDIERE BOOKS TRANSITION, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019 AT 7 PM

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

 

THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR SPRING 2019

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

CAA-NCR LITERARY EVENTS NOV. 23 TO DEC. 6, 2015

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Nov 23 to Dec. 6, 2015

Need more information on CAA-NCR? Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com

DECEMBER WINTER POT-LUCK SOCIAL

DATE: Sunday, December 6, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: at the home of Sharyn Heagle
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It’s that wonderful time of year–good cheer, good friends and good food. Join us for a special celebration of the season. Bring a story or some poetry to read. Bring a favourite culinary delight to share.

 

 

29TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST

 Short Story • Poetry $300 • $200 • $100 NEW! Open to all residents of Ontario and Quebec. NEW!

  • Short Story, max. 2500 words. Poetry (not Haiku), max. 60 lines including title & blank lines.
  • Must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.
  • In English, typed, double-spaced (but not for poems), on 8 1/2 × 11″ paper, one side only, page-numbered consecutively on bottom right of pages. No extra-large type, please! Indicate category and title on top left corner of every page.
  • Contest is blind judged which means the Contest Coordinator will assign a number to your entry that will correspond to what she sends off to the judge. (Don’t put your name on it anywhere!)
  • Don’t forget to include your entry fee.*
  • Please understand that we can’t acknowledge receipt or return your entries.
  • CAA–NCR reserves the right to withhold any prize should entries fail to meet expected standards.
  • We will need a separate page with your information on it: category, story/poem title, name, address, phone number, e-mail address. Cheques payable to Canadian Authors Association–NCR.

I’m in! How do I do this? Entry fees* are $15 per story; $15 for up to three (3) poems. Poems will be judged individually.  

MAIL ENTRIES TO: CAA National Capital Writing Contest, 163 Bell St., N., Box 57081, Ottawa ON K1R 7E1. Attention: Sherrill Wark

Awards Night  (Note: DATE of Awards Night has moved to Monday May 9, 2016)

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We hope that all finalists and their friends and families will attend the always-exciting Awards Night, MONDAY, May 9, 2016, 7 PM, AUDITORIUM, MAIN BRANCH, OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY. Finalists may be invited to read their entries. Winning entries will be published in CAA–NCR’s e-mag Byline. (Copyright will remain with you.)

Deadline Midnight FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016. (Get it postmarked if you’re close). QUESTIONS? Contact Sherrill Wark, Coordinator, NCWC at ncwc@crowecreations.ca

*“One Free Entry” for CAA–NCR members no longer available.

 MEMBER NEWS

 CAA-NCR MEMBER A. COLIN WRIGHT WILL LAUNCH HIS NEW NOVEL, VERONICA’S PAPERS

 DATE: Tues. Nov. 24th, 2015 at The Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street, Kingston, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Everyone within range of Kingston is invited to attend. Copies of this and other of my works will be available, or may be ordered at any Amazon site and at fine bookstores everywhere.

“Gerald Claygton, suffering from amnesia, receives a package of papers from Veronica, a former clinical hypnotist. She tells him they accomplished his fantasy of gathering together, on a ship, his past loves with the two of them present, but in disguise. In hopes of discovering his own past, Gerald invites the passengers to guess what, or who, they have in common.”

 

CAA NATIONAL NEWS:

 UPCOMING WEBINARS THIS FALL

 Worldbuilding for Writers

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 7:00–8:30 pm EDT
Presenter: Sandra Stewart, author

Are you working on a story that just doesn’t feel full enough? Award-winning author Sandra Stewart will show you how to bring depth to your story by answering questions on culture, science and technology, economics, and more. Whether the world you’re writing about is real or imagined, you’ll learn how to make it come to life and fully engage your audience. Register Today!

 CANADIAN AUTHORS 2016 LITERARY AWARDS

Entries are now being accepted for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2016 Literary Awards.

Criteria and submission details are available in the  CAA 2016 Literary Awards Guidelines

Complete the CAA 2016 Awards entry form online, print it and send it to us along with your submission and entry fee. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016.

Now in its 41st year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. Past winners have included Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Leonard Cohen, Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Patrick DeWitt, Nino Ricci, Michael S. Cross, Don McKay, Charlotte Gray, Joseph Boyden and countless other literary stars – some relatively unknown at the time they received the award. For more information about past winners, shortlisted authors, and awards events, visit our website at http://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 ROB MCLENNAN WILL OFFER WORKSHOPS BEGINNING IN JANUARY 2016

 DATES: WEDNESDAYS FROM JAN. 13 2016 THROUGH MARCH 9, 2016
LOCATION: Alta Vista Drive (just south of Randall Avenue). Address and directions to be provided.
$200 for 8 sessions. For information, contact rob mclennan at rob_mclennan@hotmail.com or 613 239 0337

 

THE BANFF CENTRE SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS:

BanffcentreWe are excited to announce that our Spring/Summer 2016 programs are now open for applications. In addition to Writing Studio, BILTC (our unique literary translation program), Literary Journalism, Digital Narratives and our Self-Directed writing residency, our upcoming programs include a five-day intensive on Historical Fiction with Lawrence Hill, and Frontline: Environmental Reportage, a two-week residency focused on environmental writing. Read more 

Upcoming Program Deadlines https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/all/literary-arts

  •  Nov. 12, 2015       Crime Writing Residency
  • Jan. 13, 2016       Historical Fiction with Lawrence Hill
  • Jan. 20, 2016       Digital Narratives
  • Jan. 20, 2016       Writing Studio
  • Jan. 27, 2016       Frontline: Environmental Reportage
  • Feb. 10, 2016       Banff International Literary Translation Centre
  • Mar.16, 2016        Literary Journalism
  • Apply Now          Self-Directed Writing Residency

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL  
                     
DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue

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

 
RESOURCES FOR SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES                 

 

ARC POETRY MAGAZINE CONTESTS

Every year, Arc awards prizes for the winners of several contests. You can keep up-to-date on contest news by following the post category “Contests” link at the website. Please visit the links below for submission info for the awards. Various deadlines: December through March 2016.

Arc Poetry Magazine Contests

TREE PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST  treereadingserieslogo

 HOW TO ENTER FOR 2016: This contest is for those who come to keep the seats warm at The Tree Reading Series, those who come to the Seed workshops, or are regulars at the Tree open mic readings.

The prize is now $250 and ten copies of your chapbook! (The winner may order more copies if he/she wishes.) There is no fee to enter. Send 1 hard copy, up to 30 pages of poems, to the co-ordinator by December 30, 2015: Claudia Radmore, 49 McArthur Ave., Carleton Place, On. K7C 2W1

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS ABOUT TOWN

  •  Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 Tree Reading Series presents Emily Pohl-Weary + Karen Solie, workshop with Sanita Fejzic on Poetry and Prose that Can Seduce Everyone: Hybrid Texts, we will look at a close reading of Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red., 6:45 pm Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St., Ottawa. More info at: treereadingseries.ca
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  • Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 6:30 pm OIW Monthly Meeting at The Good Companions Centre, 670 Albert St. Ottawa Topic: Authors & Digital Revenue. Dr. Ed Dixon, author and founder of Author’s Digital Revenue, will explain the digital landscape and how authors big and small can reap more compensation for their efforts. More Info at OIW Nov. meeting
  • Sat. Nov. 28, 2015, 5 pm Chaudiere Fall Poetry Launch at The Manx Pub, 370 Elgin St. Ottawa. Readings/launches by Andy Weaver, Jennifer Londry, Chris Turnbull and William Hawkins; hosted by the ottawa international writers festival: Info & Tickets
  • RailRoad on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7:30 pm at Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa. Come hear three wonderful poets: Marsha Barber, Blaine Marchand, Deanna Young. And come read at our first regular open mic. Every RailRoad event will include an open mic from now on. And there may be prizes! More info: http://railroad-ottawa.ca/
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015, The Factory Reading Series presents: Katherine Leyton (Ottawa), damian lopes (Barrie ON) + Rod Moody-Corbett (Calgary), doors 7 pm; reading 7:30 pm, Raw Sugar Café, 692 Somerset St W, Ottawa More info at Abovegroundpress

 

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL EVENTS writers festival logo

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

AND OUT OF TOWN, JUST IN TIME FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING:

Carol A. Stephen, who puts together this biweekly bulletin, will be offering poetry chapbooks for sale this coming Saturday in Carleton Place, along with other local artists. All items for sale are priced to fit a Christmas budget. You could give a gift of original work this Christmas!

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