Weekly Notices for the week of July 1- July 7, 2013

 13 items: 7 NEW EVENTS  1 NEW CALL

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

LOCATION: Heagle Country Residence, Osgoode, Ontario


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

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

bARBARA KYLEIn Saturday’s all-day workshop Barbara covers five essential aspects of craft used by successful authors – Hooks, The
Inciting Incident, Conflict and Reversals, Deep Character, Dialogue In Sunday’s half day workshop Barbara focuses on “Getting Published” including the world of self-publishing with e-books. You’ll leave Barbara Kyle’s “Master Class Plus” empowered to shape
your story into a captivating, memorable read.

CAA members $250, Non-members $275. The fee is all inclusive – dorm style accommodations plus lunch and dinner on Saturday, full breakfast on Sunday. Plenty of free time for hiking or relaxation in a peaceful country environment.  For full details and registration information see our website  Registration is limited to 10 attendees. Early registration is advised.  Please Note: There is limited space available for day registrants if anyone prefers to commute daily and not stay overnight. The registration fee will remain the same since no charge for accommodations has been included. Please signify your intentions when registering.



DATE:Sunday, August 25, 2012, 3:00 P.M. until 8 p.m.

LOCATION: Gill Foss’s home near

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


Read from your work, published or otherwise;

·Bring your books and give folks an opportunity to purchase a copy;

·Network, meet old friends and discover new ones;

Enjoy the diverse culinary creations contributed by your fellow writers.

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

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

 Remember to bring some of your writing to read and a garden chair in the lucky event that it doesn’t rain.


 ITEM 3: CAROL A. STEPHEN AT BLOOMING ARTS AND GARDEN TOUR                                                                              NEW!

Carol smiling with popcanDATE: Saturday July 6, 2013


 This is a fundraiser for Arts Carleton Place and the Victoria School, tickets cost $25.00.

Carleton Place

Carleton Place

 Don’t miss an opportunity to spend the day strolling through fabulous gardens featuring local artists, listen to live bands playing jazz,
bluegrass and more. There will be poetry presented by CAA member, Carol A.
Stephen and Claudia Coutu Radmore, demonstrations, master gardeners and surprise guests. Enjoy tasty treats prepared by Ballygiblins Restaurant, the
Good Food Co and those great bakers from the Horticultural Society. Carleton Place in Bloom and Arts Carleton Place are community partners bringing you a garden tour that is a first for Carleton Place …Gardens, Art, Music, Food and Entertainment, truly a delight for all 5 senses.

 The BA&GT is a community fundraiser to support ARTS CP Arts
programming and the Victoria School Garden rejuvenation project by the Carleton Place Horticultural Society. Tickets are $25.00 and available at Carleton Place Nursery, Reids Gardens, Blossom Shop, Floral Boutique, Whitehouse Nursery and Display Gardens (Almonte), Hillside Gardens (Perth), Brantim Country Garden(Dwyer Hill), Gemmells Garden Centre (Smith Falls) and Rideau Woodland Ramble (Burritts Rapids).
Or call Debby for tickets 613-257-1014



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

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

Go to his website for details:



 DATES: September 23-28, 2013

LOCATION: Kilmory Resort, Swift Current, NL

 Piper’s Frith in Newfoundland is now accepting applications.

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

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





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



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


·The support of family during the long cold months

·Friendships created out of the cold days and long nights

·Driving in the winter

· Facing the adversity of winter

·Overcoming the obstacles of the weather

·The back-yard skating rink!

·Winter sports: Hockey, curling, ice fishing, skiing, tobogganing, skating etc.

·Best winter foods and events

·Shovelling the driveway; de-icing the car, travelling in the winter.

·Christmas and holiday traditions


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




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

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




E“Moon of Round Hopes”

“the moon of round hopes

is rolling among the clouds”

                 Yehuda Amichai


This inaugural event features three amazing poets:

 Terry Ann Carter

 Rona Shaffran

 Claudia Coutu Radmore

 Introducing RailRoad, a new Ottawa poetry series curated by Rod Pederson and Rona Shaffran. RailRoad is a layered conversation about poetry and poetics, with stellar readers, in unique settings around Ottawa. RailRoad events will be staged as opportunities arise.  





DATE:     Saturday, July 6, 2013 7:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario

          Saturday night, surrender yourself to the sultry sounds of saxophones and the words of musicians and master storytellers. Some of Ontario’s finest performers headline this night of tribute to the blues – an emotion, a musical style, a palette of hues.

 Tickets (available at the door, cash only): $20.00 regular/$15.00 for seniors (65+) and students (Note: admission free for attendees of SC-CC Annual Conference)

 Join us for dinner before the show! The public is invited to a catered meal at Saint Paul U at 6:00. $25/person. RSVP by June 30. For more information, contact

 For more about the performers:





Ottawa Public Library's Main Branch, designed ...

Ottawa Public Library’s Main Branch, designed by Bemi & Associates Architects (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) invites kids to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC) this summer. This year´s theme is Go! Kids can set their imaginations free this summer with books and programs about travel adventures near or far.


Children participating in TDSRC
will receive a passport and a pre-reading activity book or school-age magazine,
and stickers with secret codes that unlock rewards online. The illustrator of
this year´s TD SRC is Matt James, award-winning illustrator, painter and

 Registration for TDSRC and all other children´s summer programs starts Wednesday, June 19.

During the summer, branches across the city will offer programming featuring trains, voyageurs, travel journals, Mount Everest, movie-making, global instruments, Victorian times, puppets, Bollywood dancing, and more!
For more info, visit
or contact InfoService
at 613-580-2940 or



Started June 21

 The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is holding a summer-long program for

avid teen readers. Teens between the ages of 13 and 18 are invited to post

reviews or comments of any of OPL´s materials online. In doing so, they are

eligible to win prizes by weekly draw. Teens must log in using their OPL card to participate.

 The winners will be announced every week on the Teen Blog until the program ends on

Friday, August 30.  For more information about OPL, please go to or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or




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

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

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

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

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




NEW! 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.

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


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


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


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


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


The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at:


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


Carousel is accepting submissions. Info:


Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info:


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


Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info:


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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





queer arts and literary journal Plenitude Magazine (Canada) seeks literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic narrative for Issue #3. Payment: $10-$25. Deadline: July 5, 2013.



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

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

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


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

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


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




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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


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


·         Richard J. Margolis  Award for promising new journalist or essayist whose work contains warmth, humor, wisdom and social justice. Submit two samples of your writing (published or unpublished) 30 pages max. Deadline: July 1, 2013 Prize: $5000 and one month residency at Blue Mountain Center. Fee: none Details:


·         Lightship First Chapter Prize 2013.  Do you have a literary novel in you? Have you written the first chapter and a synopsis? Enter Lightship Publishing’s flagship contest, First Chapter, for a chance to win the dream prize of every aspiring novelist. Deadline: July 1, 2013. Fee: £16 Prize: Expert Mentoring / Possible Publication Details:

·         Lightship Poetry Prize 2013. The winner and nine runners-up will be published in Lightship Anthology 3 and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in November 2013.   Deadline: July 1, 2013 Fee: £8 Prize: £1000 / US$1600 Details:


·         The John Glassco Translation Prize. The John Glassco Prize recognizes excellence in literary translation and the talent and dedication of the next generation of literary translators. It is aimed at building greater awareness in the publishing world and in the general public by promoting a literary translator’s first published work which demonstrates extraordinary talent and literary excellence. Deadline: July 1, 2013 Fee: None  Prize: $1000 Details:


·       Bellevue Literary Review Literary Prizes: The BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1 000 (each genre) and publication in the Spring 2014 edition of BLR. Entry fee is $15; deadline is July 1, 2013. 


·       Bucket List Bikers (US) is sponsoring a writing contest for the best submission about motorcycle destinations. Destinations should be in the United States, and be accessible by motorcycle. Entries will be evaluated for creativity, style, and relevance. First prize: $300. Length: 500-1000 words. Deadline: July 1, 2013


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


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


·        Table Read My Screenplay: details are available at: Deadline: July 15.


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


·        Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest. Deadline: July 31.


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


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



·          Robert Bateman Get To Know Contest. The Contest invites you to get outside and create original works of art, writing, photography, videography and music inspired by nature. Get outdoors and “Get to Know Your Wild Neighbours”. Open to all Canadian residents 19 and under. (Don’t live in Canada? Don’t worry. The Video Category is open to youth in all countries! No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. You may enter as many categories as you want! Deadline: August 1, 2013  Fee: None Prize: Publication Details: 

·       Quattro Books logoQuattro Books (Toronto) is accepting novella manuscript submissions for the Ken Klonsky Novella Contest. Prize: Publication. Submit literary fiction (no science fiction or romance), 15000-42000 words. Looks for work that “reflects the unique cultural character and dynamism of Canada today,” past and future. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 1, 2013.  Guidelines:


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


·       The Malahat Review’s Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. Deadline is August 1.


·       The St. Lawrence Book Award. Awarded annually for any unpublished collection of poetry or short stories. Prize includes book publication, $1,000 cash award, and ten author copies of the book. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Entry Period: July 1- August 31


·       Gemini MAGAZINE Fifth Annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest. GRAND PRIZE: $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2013 issue of Gemini. Maximum length: 1,000 words. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Open to ANY subject, style or genre. Both new and established writers are welcome. ENTRY FEE: just $4 ($3 for each additional flash). Enter by email or snail mail.


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




·       Asian ChaCha: An Asian Literary Journal (UK and China) is accepting entries for the Cha “Void” Poetry Contest. First prize: £50; additional prizes available. Winning poems published in a special section in the 6th anniversary issue (November 2013). Submit up to two poems (80 lines max). Theme: Void. No entry fee. Deadline: September 15, 2013. Guidelines:

·       DEADLINE SEPT. 15, 2013. The 2013 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry will award publication of a full-length book of poetry. The most important criterion is that the manuscript manifests significant themes in beautiful, strong and evocative language. The winner will receive publication with our standard contract and a $1000 award. All entries may be considered for future publication. SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL SUBMISSION DETAILS: SUBMIT through the electronic submission manager


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



·       The 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.


·       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.


·       The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards. Deadline is November 1.


·        Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline is November 30, (postmarked).


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


·        FREEFALL MAGAZINE Just for fun we’ve added a new contest: “The Corner of 13th and 13th” Flash Fiction. Write a story in 500 words or less about what happened on Friday September the 13th 2013 at one of the 13th Avenue and 13th Street intersections in the photos found at: Entry Fee: $13.00. First Prize: $130.00. Deadline to enter is: Friday Dec 13th 2013


·        Red Tuque Books 2013 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition. Deadline is December 31:


·       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:




No-Comfort Zone Dec. 16, 2012


This week marked the retirement from Tree Reading Series of Director, Rod Pederson, after 5 years of excellent work promoting and advancing poetry in Ottawa. We’ve seen the launching of Ottawa’s own poetry festival, VERSeFest, the addition of the Tree Seeds Workshops, Master Workshops with some of Canada’s leading poets, and reading events with major voices in Canadian poetry. Three new Directors will share the Directorship going forward: Margaret Malloch Zielinksi, Deanna Young, and yours truly, Carol A. Stephen. We are all looking forward to being part of the literary scene in Ottawa, with the assistance of David Currie, as the new Admin.

To say goodbye to Rod, Tree held a special tribute at Arts Court on Tuesday, December 11th, with readings by regular attendees at the open mics, as well as board members. There was also a play with Rod as King, his wife Liz Bertholdi as Queen, Murray Citron as Merlin, David O’Meara as Sir David of the Manx. peppered the performance by repeating his line at random, “What the heck does that mean?” as well as providing a little swordplay with Kevin Matthews played Sir Kevin Hoboken Spoken, David Currie was the able Jester. Rona Shaffran portrayed Guinevere with her husband as Sir Brian Lancelot (Laughs a Lot) doing his version of Groucho Marx. Claudia Coutu Radmore was Lady Claudia, both MC and playwright. Her husband portrayed Sir Ted of the Red Moor, complete with fancy plumed hat. The previous director, Dean Steadman, also appeared as the old King. The three incoming Directors were the Supreme Duchesses, with Margaret stealing the scene as a regal duchess visiting the colonies. Margaret’s Scottish/British accent added much to that role!  After the play, the audience and cast feasted on a buffet with contributions by everyone. Rod is known for his mismatched two-different-colour socks, so many of the people attending had socks on their hands to wave, or mismatched gloves, but Brian Cook outdid us all with his special hat sporting two stuffed socks on top!

Brian Cook ably manned the video camera for the evening so we’re hoping to see it all again here now that the video is up on the Tree website. Meanwhile though, here are photos that Pearl Pirie, Pesbo, took at the event:

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