CAA-NCR Literary Notices for March 23 through April 5, 2015


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Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: March 23 to April 5, 201

16 ITEMS,  9 NEW

NOTICE TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at #Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website



BylineIf you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle for details

CAA-NCR Byline Submission Guidelines: Writing-related articles that include information about the process, profession or business of writing, or insights into the writer’s world. Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication (minimum, $10); poetry $10 each; photos $5 each. Contact Editor (sharyn_40@ prior to submitting Deadlines: For non-solicited material, two months prior to publication. Issues published January, March, May, Summer, September, November.

Submission guidelines: English with Canadian spelling. In MS Word or OpenOffice as an attachment. Photos in jpeg, largest available resolution.

Font: Times New Roman 12 point, single space. No formatting, no indents; one extra return between paragraphs. Length: Preferably between 600 – 1200 words.

 ITEM 2: CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING FOR APRIL 14, 2015                     NEW!                                    

DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

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

 Topic: Marketing in the Digital/Social Media World

Presenter: Laurel Anderson

 ITEM 3: CAA-NCR WORKSHOP APRIL 11, 2015                                             NEW!

 TOPIC: Writing as a Spiritual Practice

 DATE: Saturday, April 11, 2015

TIME: 9:00am – 4:00pm

LOCATION: Trinity United Church, 1099 Maitland Ave.,

COST: $65.00 for CAA members; $90 for non-members

NOTE: Lunch will be served

Writers move their bodies when they write, they delve deeply into emotions, and they tap into their brainy intellects. But what about the spirit of their writing?

In this non-denominational workshop, Arlene Somerton Smith encourages writers to improve their writing by accessing that fourth dimension. Through meditation, journaling and other mindful practices, writers can polish a piece of writing they are already working on or create some surprising new stories.

BIO: Arlene Somerton Smith began her career shooting the rapids of the Ottawa River—with a video camera, that is. As a videographer for Wilderness Tours Whitewater Rafting, she laughed a lot and slept little as she created video memories of crashing sprays of whitewater. For twelve years she worked as a producer for Rogers Television in Ottawa with some of the brightest and most talented people she has ever met.

 Arlene is now a freelance writer and a certified copy editor. She writes original video and television scripts, speeches, and promotional materials. She also writes short stores, and has been published in DESCANT magazine and a Writer’s Digest short story collection. She writes about inspiration, science, spirituality and other ideas just for fun at


 ITEM 4: OFFER FOR CAA MEMBERS: BOOK REVIEWER AVAILABLE TO REVIEW                                                                                                                            

Ottawa writer Ruth Latta has published several chapbooks of poetry and twelve works of fiction, which include 3 mysteries, 3 short story collections, 2 young adult novels, and 4 general interest novels.For more information about her writing, please visit her blogs at, and her website, Latta

As a writer, she knows the importance of getting one’s books reviewed, and also loves to read. So, if you know of anyone local who has a book and would like it publicized in this small way, contact Ruth at


ITEM 5: NEW CAA-NCR MEMBER DIANE QUINLAN’S INVITATION TO JOIN HER POETRY GROUP                                                                                                          NEW!

 “Hello, I am a new member with The National Capital Region (Ottawa) Branch, Canadian Authors Association.  I would like an announcement posted, in your bi/weekly newsletter— informing our member  poets….. a new poetry readers group venture is underway.

I would like to invite all poets interested to read their works while participating, in a dinner/arts venue.  The staged events will be hosted by FARE BLEND, fine cuisine and dining establishment location found, in downtown Ottawa area, in the Somerset Village.  The group’s web page is  New members to this poetry group will be able to contact the organizer Diane Quinlan.  Thank you,

Diane M Quinlan, Originator/Organizer, New Poetry Readers Group, Dinner/Arts Venture

The FARE BLEND’s fine cuisine and dinning establishment is situated on 137 Somerset Street, West, Ottawa, Ontario.”


1-3 In a Row Books The Creation of the Black Russian Terrier by Donald B. Anderson [8 Volume Library]. The research and writing has taken 8 years. The original concept was for a colour-printed coffee table book of 2000 pages. This project has evolve rather considerably over the past 3 years with the first 3 volumes printed and Volume 4 on the way with a big start on Volume 5. Don is honoured by the acceptance of my book(s) in Canada – USA – UK – Russia – Ukraine – Germany – Greece – et al – Australia and New Zealand.




 The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 30th Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology.

Deadline: May 31, 2015 Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem

Prize: 1st prize: $200; 2nd prize: $100; 3rd prize $50 

ITEM 8: CAA MEMBER DEBORAH RANCHUK ANNOUNCES CONTEST CALENDAR                                                                               

The Canadian Writers Contest Calendar 2015 has been released in both print and ebook formats. This edition includes Canadian writing contests and book awards from Jan 1, 2015 through Dec 31, 2015. Full information, link to this year’s index and ordering information at:

Contest CalendarThank you for your support. Please note our new address. Deborah Ranchuk
White Mountain Publications home to the annual The Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar New home of E-Book versions of many of our titles. Box 620, 50 Silver Street, Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0 Canada-wide Toll-free 1-800-258-5451 Phone: (705) 679-5555 Fax: (705) 679-5777



 ITEM 9: CANWRITE 2015 UPDATE – SAVE THE DATE!                                 

CanWrite! 2015 writers’ conference is scheduled for June 11 to 14, 2015, once again at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus. (Registration opens early March.) We have a stellar program lined up, with the following guests confirmed:


English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Agent Panel: Carly Watters (P.S. Literary Agency); Martha Magor Webb (Anne McDermid & Associates).
  • Publisher Panel: Craig Pyette (Senior Editor, Penguin Random House Canada); Patricia Ocampo (Managing Editor, Simon & Shuster); Hazel Millar (Managing Editor, Book Thug)
  • Master Class: Anthony De Sa
  • Pitch Sessions: All the agents and publishers listed in the Agent and Publisher Panels above
  • Interactive Workshops: Anthony De Sa (Marketing and Self-Promotion); Robert Sawyer (Science Fiction); Craig Pyette (Getting Published); Renée Sarojini Saklikar – winner of 2014 CAA Poetry Award (Poetry); Ashley Dunn – Publicity Manager at Random House (Publicity with Purpose); Sue Reynolds (Memoir Writing)
  • Writing Circles: Esther Griffin, Sue Reynolds, Ruth Walker, James Dewer



Summer Residential Program

Want to be a writer who makes people think, ponder, and listen? Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop is your opportunity to develop the writing skills you’ve always wanted. Choose from 12 one-week workshops — led by a remarkably talented faculty — in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Online Courses

Online offers writing workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction to writers of all abilities. Workshops are capped at 15 students allowing you to fully engage.

More info:

Hollins University, 7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24020



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         



ITEM 12: TREE READING SERIES AT VERSEFEST 2015 note time & location            NEW!

DATE: THURSDAY MARCH 26, 2015 TIME: 9:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Knox Presbyterian Church at 120 Lisgar St., Ottawa




 Anne Compton is the author of Processional (2005), winner of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the Atlantic Poetry Prize; Opening the Island (2002), winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize; and asking questions indoors and out (2009), shortlisted for the Atlantic Poetry Prize. In 2008 she received the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in the Literary Arts. Her most recent collection, Alongside (2013), won the Raymond Souster Memorial Award. An essayist, anthologist, and reviewer, she is a retired academic.

 Jeramy Dodds’ first collection of poems, Crabwise to the Hounds, won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. His most recent work is an English translation of the Medieval Old Icelandic text known as The Poetic Edda.


 Born in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1975, Nick Laird was educated at Cookstown High School and Cambridge University. He worked as a lawyer for several years before leaving law to write full-time. Laird has written two novels, Utterly Monkey and Glover’s Mistake, and three prize-winning books of poems, To a Fault, On Purpose and most recently, Go Giants. The recipient of many prizes for his poetry and fiction, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Ireland Chair of Poetry Award, the Betty Trask Prize, a Somerset Maugham award, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, he has lived in London, Warsaw, and Rome. He is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York.

 Patrick Friesen, former Winnipegger, now lives in Victoria. He has published numerous books of poetry, a book of essays, a play and, with P. K. Brask, co-translations of several Danish poets. Friesen has also written several stage and radio plays, text for dance, and has recorded two CDs of spoken word and improv music with Marilyn Lerner. His most recent book was A Dark Boat (Anvil Press, 2012). Mother Tongue Publishing will bring out his book of poems, a short history of crazy bone, in the spring of 2015.

 More info at:


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a new venue!  As much as we loved being on Elgin Street, we have grown as a festival.We listened to your feedback and have found a new venue with more parking, more leg room, newly renovated (and more) washrooms, as well as a larger snack and bar area. So it is with excitement and anticipation that we announce our move to Christ Church Cathedral at 414 Sparks Street. We have some amazing new ideas for the space and we hope you will join us in welcoming the change.



barrisAcclaimed Historian Ted Barris offers a unique retelling of the story through first-hand recollections of the soldiers who experienced it. MORE INFO AND TICKETS:


 7:30pm • University of Ottawa • Lamoureux 145 Jean-Jacques Lussier – Room 124 CELTIC CHAIR LECTURE SERIES: Oscar the Irish Rebel, Wilde on Trial Info & Tickets


Tuesday Mar 31 7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St. The Right to be Cold with Sheila Watt-Cloutier Info & Tickets

 More info on April events here:





The Media Club of Ottawa Presents Award winning writer, artist and videographer Howard Adler discussing Aboriginal Filmmaking & the Asinabka Film Festival, Monday, March 23, 2015 Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Journalism students (ID) free, Media Club and CAJ members $15; non-members $20 – Light meal included RSVP 613-521-4855 before March 20

Howard Adler

Howard holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Indigenous Studies from Trent University, and a Master Of Arts Degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University. He is an award winning writer, and an artist that has worked in diverse mediums, including visual art, stained glass, theatre, dance, video editing, and film. In 2009 he won the Canadian Aboriginal Youth Writing Challenge (19-29 age category) with his video script “Johnny Seven Fires”, and his film and video work has been exhibited in both Gallery settings and Film Festivals, such as ImagineNATIVE (Toronto), Weengushk (Sudbury), Biindigaate (Thunder Bay), and Saw Video’s annual Resolution screening (Ottawa). Howard works as the Workshop Coordinator at SAW Video Media Art Centre, as a freelance videographer and video editor, and is currently the co-director and programmer for the Asinabka Festival, an annual Indigenous film and media arts festival in Ottawa. Howard is Jewish and Ojibwa and a member of Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation in North-western Ontario.


ITEM 15: VERSEFEST 2015! MARCH 24 TO 29, 2015, OTTAWA                           NEW!

logo A true celebration of artistic talent across Canada and beyond, VF ’15 combines written poetry, spoken word, French and English in our most ambitious festival to date. Sixty-three of the most-talented poets on the planet will perform for 1600 people at 21 discrete events! To see which poets will appear this year, go here:

For the full schedule:

To purchase tickets: Passes are available below, single tickets ($10) are available at the door. Tickets purchased online will be waiting at the door.

 VERSeFest, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival returns for its fifth annual edition, showcasing an eclectic mix of written and spoken word poetry Tuesday March 24-30, 2015. Info at

Tuesday, March 24 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Nicole Brossard, Daphne Marlatt, Ikenna (OpenSecret) Onyegbula, and Mehdi Hamdad
9:00 pm: El Jones, Amanda Earl, Arleen Paré, and Gillian Wigmore.

Wednesday, March 25 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Stephen Brockwell, Margaret Michèle Cook, Gilles Latour, and Lélia Young
9:00 pm:
bill bissett, Sandra Ridley, dalton derkson, Lise Gaboury-Diallo.

Thursday, March 26 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Gail Scott, Deanna Young, and Éric Charlebois
9:00 pm: Anne Compton, Patrick Friesen, Jeramy Dodds, Nick Laird.

Friday, March 27 — Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Marilyn Dumont, JC Bouchard, Pearl Pirie, and Stevie Howell.
9:00 pm: Barâa Arar, Sheri-D Wilson, Kande Mbeu, and Komi Olafimihan.

Saturday, March 28

Gallery 101, 51B Young St.:
1:00 pm: Marshall Hyrciuk and Grant Savage.
3:00 pm : Frederic Lanouette, Geneviève Bouchard,
Kathleen Goulet et Emily McRae.

­Pressed Café, 750 Gladstone Ave.:
2:30 pm: Armand Ruffo and Lisa Jarnot

4:30 pm: King Kimbit, Rational Rebel, Emma Blue, and Artemysia Fragiskatos.

Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Raúl Zurita, Elaine Feeney, Gary Geddes, and Forrest Gander.

9:00 pm: Alessandra Naccarato, Lillian Allen, and Titilope Sonuga.

Sunday, March 29
Pressed Café, 750 Gladstone Ave:
2:30 pm: Claire Caldwell, Stan Dragland, and Roland Prevost.
4:30 pm: Steven Artelle, Dennis Cooley, Paul Vermeersch, and Frances Itani.

Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Hall of Honour with John Akpata and Anthony Bansfield.

9:00 pm, Lorna Crozier, Patrick Lane, Michel Thérien and Herménégilde Chiasson.

VERSeFest Academic Reading Series
Mar. 25, 3:00 pm: Nicole Brossard Reading, University of Ottawa, Simard Hall room 129.
Mar. 25, 3:00 pm: Daphne Marlatt Reading, Carleton, Dunton Tower room 1811.
Mar. 25, 5:30 pm: Brossard and Chiasson conference, 5 University of Ottawa, Simard Hall room 129.
Mar. 27, 2:00 pm: Raúl Zurita Reading, University of Ottawa, Simard Hall room 333.
Mar. 30, 1:00 pm, Lorna Crozier, University of Ottawa, 75 Laurier Ave E, Simard Hall, Room 129
Mar. 30, 1:00 pm, Patrick Lane, CarletonUniversity, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Dunton Tower, Room 1811




Songs of the early 60s & stories of adolescence

DATE:   Wednesday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45

LOCATION:  National Arts Centre’s 4th STAGE (53 Elgin Street)

Tickets: $22 for tickets purchased in person at the NAC Box Office. Ticket purchased through Ticket Master at will be subjected to an additional charge.  Suitable for ages 12 and up!
This show is a FUNDRAISER for Ottawa StoryTellers and One World Grannies. One World Grannies raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. And it is already 50% sold!


Who did put the bop in the bop-shoo-bop-shoo-bop? And why must I be a teenager in love? As the 1960s began, and the first great tidal wave of boomers crashed into adolescence, these and other life-and-death questions were uppermost in their minds and their music. Don’t miss this light-hearted look at adolescence, with lots of opportunity for the audience to sing along to the great rock music of THE LASTbandSTANDING.
For more details check out OST Events on our website:


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NEW freeze frame fiction publishes quarterly online and in ebooks, semi-annually in themed issues, and annually in print. Seeks flash fiction: 1000 words or less, any genre, no content restrictions. New and established writers. Pays $10 per accepted piece. Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines.
Necessary Fiction publishes a new book review each Monday, a featured short story each Wednesday, a contribution to its Research Notes series each Friday, and occasional interviews, essays, and other surprises. Fiction submissions should be under 3000 words.

Wigleaf is an award-winning online journal of very short fiction (under 1000 words). Submissions are open during the final week (7 days) of each academic month, with the exception of December.

New quarterly online literary magazine Momentum is Australia’s first major digital imprint. Momentum accepts submissions weekly on Mondays between 12.00 midnight and 11.59 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time via email only. Momentum is open to publishing fiction and non-fiction in most traditional and non-traditional genres. This includes new and previously published shorter length stories, essays and journalism between 15,000 to 50,000 words, genre novels and non-fiction between 50,000 to 100,000 words and longer and complex narratives of over 100,000 words. Writers can be based anywhere in the world.

 From the Well House, Indiana University Kokomo’s Art and Literary Journal, seek work for the next online publication. Accepting poetry, prose, and academic papers, plus art work and multimedia. Deadline: rolling. Guidelines

 NEW! Stained Pages Press is looking for long-form writing about Canadian food, to be published online as part of a weekly feature. Looking for fiction, essays, fully-researched articles and personal essays about food — either by a Canadian or featuring Canadian food items. Payment: 50% of all profits from donations to the site (PayPal tipjar & Patreon) during the week that your work is featured. Guidelines.

 Michigan Quarterly Review is an interdisciplinary journal of arts and culture that seeks to combine the best of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction with outstanding critical essays on literary, cultural, social, and political matters. Submissions for are accepted year round and the editors  try to include at least one story, essay or poem by a previously unpublished writer in every issue.

 American Reader is a bimonthly magazine publishing fiction, poetry and criticism. It was named by Library Journal as one of the best new magazines of 2012. Submissions are accepted throughout the year.

One Teen Story is a literary magazine for young adult readers of every age. They are currently accepting submissions from writers of all ages. Contributors are paid US$500 and 25 copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Text Publishing is an independent literary publisher based in Melbourne. It is currently accepting unsolicited manuscript submissions of fiction and non-fiction, including upper primary and young adult.

Salt Publishing is open to submissions for a new ‘Modern Dreams’ series – a digital-only development of the Salt Modern Fiction list. The series will be for 20,000–30,000 word novellas that deal explicitly with the lives of young people in modern Britain and the USA.

Indiana Voice Journal was founded in July 2014. Each issue contains at least one new or previously unpublished author and submissions are invited from writers around the world. The journal publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual art, interviews and reviews.

Curbed is actively seeking story pitches from writers and photographers who are interested in contributing longform and narrative journalism that focus on architecture,design and real estate. This can include reported stories, profiles, essays, think pieces, oral histories, photo essays, and comic strips and other illustrated stories. Features average 3000 to 5000 words in length and all contributors are competitively paid.

Blue Monday Review is a review for prose, poetry and art which embody the literary spirit of the late Kurt Vonnegut. Submissions in a range of genres up to 8000 words will be considered.

Terraform is a new online publication from Vice Magazine. It is seeking submissions up to 2000 words of speculative fiction ‘honing in on the tech, science, and future culture topics driving the zeitgeist.’ Terraform pays a baseline rate of US$0.20 per word.

Guernica Daily is a daily publication of short original features. The editors are looking for thoughtful, argument-driven pieces that respond to timely issues. Reviews and interviews are welcome, as are personal essays if they show that the author’s experience has broader implications. Submissions should be between 400 and 1800 words.

The Quaker is an American undergraduate journal of literary art published by the Student Writers Guild and the Program in Creative Writing at Malone University in Ohio. It is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction and essays. Publication occurs on a rolling basis, and each semester one author is chosen to be honoured with a US$100 Editor’s Prize for an outstanding contribution to the journal.

Apex Magazine is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Payment for original fiction is $.06 per word and submissions must be less than 7500 words

Georgia Review features essays, fiction, poetry, graphics and book reviews. The GR website states ‘Pulitzer Prize winners and never-before-published writers are equals during our manuscript evaluation process.’ All work must be previously unpublished and simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

Tishman Review is a new literary journal with its first issue being published in January 2015. It welcomes submissions of short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and book reviews year-round and is currently reading for its April issue.

Cleaver Magazine publishes cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. Submissions of poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, and visual art are open year round.

Blunderbuss Magazine is a web magazine of arts, culture, and politics. It welcomes unsolicited submissions and describes itself as ‘genre flexible’.

Mosaic Magazine is based in New York and explores the literary arts by writers of African descent. It features interviews, essays, book reviews and literature  lesson plans. Before submitting full articles send a brief summary via email. If you are interested in reviewing books forward a writing sample and bio.

Canary Press is a story magazine based in Australia but that accepts submissions from writers worldwide. According to the submission guidelines ‘if you have a story that’s too funny; too outrageous; too moving, soulful, exciting or ridiculous for our more prestigious journals, we’d love to hear from you.’



Kill Your Darlings is an Australian-based literary journal that publishes essays, commentary, interviews, fiction, reviews, opinion pieces and columns.  Submissions open on 1 March and close on 31 March.

 Masters Review is accepting submissions for its printed anthology. The guest editor is Kevin Brockmeier. The anthology is open to fiction and narrative nonfiction from emerging writers worldwide who have not yet published a novel-length work. Submissions close 31 March.

 Cheat River Review reads original, previously unpublished nonfiction, fiction, flash, and poetry. Submissions for Issue 4 close in late March.

NEW! They just care about your writing. Armchair/Shotgun is accepting short fiction, poetry, and visual arts on any topic or theme for issue #6. Printed on “real honest-to-goodness paper.” All submissions judged anonymously. Deadline: March 31, 2015. Guidelines.

 Becoming a Teacher is a new anthology by In Fact Books. The editors are  looking for stories that, collectively, represent a wide variety of teachers and teaching experiences–in public or private or religious or charter schools, in cities or suburbs or rural areas, with typically-developing students or those with special needs, at home or internationally. Stories should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. Closes 6 APRIL.

Cold Mountain Review  publishes poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews with creative writers, fiction and art. Submissions are read between August and May each year.

Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit their work; however, the editors warn they can only publish a very small fraction of the material the receive. The reading period runs until 31 May.

Writers’ Guidelines for Penned from the Heart 2016: Penned from the Heart, published around Thanksgiving by Son-Rise Publications, New Wilmington, PA is a non-denominational, Christian book of 366 devotions and poems which can be started at any time during the year and used in any year. Cut-off date for receiving submissions is July 1st. Submissions from novice and professional writers are welcomed. Devotions should be 225 words or less. Poems (verse or free-verse) should be no more than 20 lines, counting spaces between stanzas. Devotions should be more than a Bible study or personal experience. Insights, prayers, and anecdotes that proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ or build the body of Christ through encouragement, inspiration, or teaching are encouraged. Readers should find a Take-Away, something to apply to their lives.  COMPLETE GUIDELINES HERE:

UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS: 2 new contests, 2 extensions



 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is named in honour of Lip Magazine’s founding editor. Lip is a feminist magazine and  the theme of the 2015 competition is ‘privilege’, with a focus on women’s stories. Anyone is eligible to enter and the organisers are looking for creative, insightful fiction that addresses the theme in any kind of way. Closes 23 March.

 THE MISSOURI REVIEW DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 29! Contest Guidelines Entry Fee: In an effort to expand our contest, entry fees (previously $20) are now payable by donation. We ask only that you contribute what you feel is fair, keeping in mind that literary journals, and contests, cost money to run and that your contribution includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review. All of your donation money goes directly to support the continued production of The Missouri Review and its programs. Previous first-place winners are not eligible to win again. Postmark Deadline: March 15th, 2015 Multiple entries are welcome, accompanied by a separate donation for each title you wish to have considered. We are happy to accept previously published or aired pieces as submissions, so long as you, the entrant, hold the rights. Online Submission System You can now submit your entries online, as well as pay your donation through our secure server. To do so, click here to go to our online submission form. Please note that we only accept entries in mp3 format. Mailed Submissions Technical Requirements: Mailed entries should be sent on CD only. CDs should not contain any audio other than entry material. Include a brief program synopsis and bio of the writer/producer. For poetry submissions, please record each poem as a separate track. a completed entry form for each entry (download the entry form) a copy of the entry on a CD, labeled with writer/ producer, title and length a brief program synopsis and short writer/producer bio a donation as entry fee (make checks out to The Missouri Review) Send Entries To The Missouri Review Audio Competition 357 McReynolds Hall University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211 Questions? Please visit our FAQ. If your questions isn’t answered there, email us:

 SA Writers’ College Annual Short Story Award is open to emerging writers in South Africa who have had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital). First prize is R 10 000.00 and entries may be up to 2000 words in length. Closes 31 March.

 Narrative Magazine Winter Story Contest is open to short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished and no longer than 15,000 words. First prize is US$2500. The contest closes on 31 March.

 Bath Novel Award is an international competition for unpublished or self-published novels with a £1000 prize. Submissions should include up to the first five thousand words of a novel plus a one page synopsis. Entries close 31 March.

 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition offers a first prize of £800. The competition is open to all writers over 16 the chairman of the judging panel is Alexander McCall Smith. Stories should be under 1500 words and can be on any topic. Closes 31 March.

 Caterpillar’s Inaugural Poetry Competition is for a single poem written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). The competition is open to all and there is no line limit. The winner receives €1000 and publication. Entries close 31 March.

 Short Fiction is a UK-based visual literary journal. It’s annual Short Fiction Prize is open to stories in any genre up to 6000 words. The winner receives £500 and publication. Entries close 31 March.

 MSLEXIA WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015  extended to MAR. 23, 2015 For stories of up to 2,200 words in length on any subject. 1st prize: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre*, and a day with a Virago editor* 2nd prize £500   3rd prize £250 Three other finalists each receive £100 All winning stories will be published in Mslexia magazine. Judge: Alison MacLeod Closing date: 16 March 2015. Please read the competition rules before entering. *The Tŷ Newydd retreat is accommodation only; dates should be agreed between Tŷ Newydd and the competition winner. The date of the Virago mentoring session should be agreed between Virago and the competition winner. The winner is responsible for any other expenses involved with attending the Tŷ Newydd retreat and the day with a Virago editor, i.e. travel, food, etc. The prizes must be taken by 31 May 2016. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: First up is the Clean as a Whistle Contest, March 31, 2015

Second Story Press Aboriginal Writing Contest. Second Story Press has announced a new writing contest to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The press is looking to build on the diversity of its list – already strongly populated by books and series on social justice for both adults and children – by announcing a call for contemporary writing for a young reader audience that reflects the modern experience of Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) people. Canadian writers aged 18 and older who identify as Aboriginal are invited to share the stories that reflect their unique lives, experiences, successes, and perspectives. Both fiction and nonfiction will be accepted.  Deadline: March 31, 2015 Entry fee: none Prize: Publishing contract with Second Story Press Details: 

 MONTREAL POETRY PRIZE 2015 $20,000 PRIZE:  The not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize has launched its 2015 competition. The prize is $20,000. The 2015 judge is Eavan Boland. And the 10 international jurors for this year are Gabeba Baderoon of South Africa, Kate Clanchy of Scotland, Carolyn Forche of the United States, Amanda Jernigan of Canada, Anthony Lawrence of Australia, Niyi Osundare of Nigeria, Jennifer Rahim of Trinidad, K. Satchidanandan of India, Michael Schmidt of the United Kingdom and Bruce Taylor of Canada. The final deadline is May 15, but we encourage entries before March 31st. Online entries only. Visit There’s also a poster available for download under News/Downloads for your convenience. Good luck to all participants! 


 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 23rd annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2015. What’s in it for you? $8,000 in cash. National exposure for your work. The attention of prospective editors and publishers. A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! How to enter: Register and pay online or download a printable entry form. ( Early-bird entry fees are $99 for the first entry, and $75 for each additional entry.)

Enter your book into one or more of these categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age), Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Children’s Picture books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult books, Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books) More info:

North American Review’s Torch Prize for Creative Nonfiction offers a first prize of $500. Writers may submit only one piece of creative nonfiction, no longer than 30 pages. Entries close 1 April.

Grain Magazine’s Annual Short Grain Writing Contest offers prizes for both fiction and poetry and is open to writers worldwide. A total of CA$4500 in prize money is on offer. Entries close 1 April.

Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing is for unpublished manuscripts by writers from Australia and New Zealand. The winner receives AUD$10,000 and a publishing contract with Text Publishing. Entries close 2 April.

ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES FELLOWSHIPS : Applications for the prestigious and lucrative Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are now open for 2015. This international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. Since 1986, 137 fellowships totaling $3,740,000 have been awarded . Who Can Enter: The competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18. Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English. Translated scripts are not eligible. The fellowships are intended for new and/or amateur screenwriters. In order to be eligible, an entrant’s total earnings for motion picture and television writing may not exceed US$25,000 before the end of the competition. It is a requirement that all fellowship winners complete at least one new feature screenplay in the year of their fellowship (the Academy acquires no rights to the work and will not participate in its marketing or in any other aspects of its commercial future).

The Prizes Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to promising new screenwriters. In addition to the cash prize, winners of the Nicholl Fellowships will be invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November. The successful applications are also expected to receive many networking opportunities to help complete their next script.

How to Enter Applicants must submit an original feature film screenplay. This screenplay may be no shorter than 70 pages and no longer than 160 pages. The shortest script to earn its writer an Academy Nicholl Fellowship was 80 pages long; the longest was 153 pages. Screenwriters may enter the 2015 competition up to three times; an entry fee is payable for each separate screenplay. If the script is based on a true story/events, historical or contemporary, the ‘based on true story’ button should be selected within the online application form. Adaptations of any work (other than your own) are not eligible. DEADLINES: Regular Deadline – April 10 – $55 entry fee Late and Final Deadline – May 1 – $75 entry fee MORE INFO:

Waterman Fund Essay Contest invites emerging writers to explore the question of who the stewards of wilderness are. Statistically, more men than women explore professional careers in the stewardship of wilderness and public land management. What, if any, bearing does the gender of stewards have on our shared and individual perceptions of, and relationship to, wilderness? The winning essayist will be awarded $1500 and published in Appalachia Journal. Entries close 15 April.

New South Writing Contest will be judged by Roger Reeves in the genre of poetry and Rebecca Makkai in the genre of prose. The contest awards $1000 the winners in each category as well as two $250 runner’s up prizes. Entries close 15 April. 

Event Magazine’s Non-Fiction Contest is open to creative non-fiction up to 5000 words in length. There is US$1500 prize money available in addition to the regular publication payment. The $34.95 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription. Entries close 15 April.

Eyelands International Short Story Contest has the theme ‘on the verge. The contest is open to unpublished stories of any genre up to 2500 words. The winner receives a one week holiday on the island of Crete and the top three entrants will be published in anthologies in both Greek and English. Closes 20 April.

Passages North is running two writing competitions: the Thomas J. Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize is for writing up to 10,000 words and the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize for poems up to 1000 words. Both competitions have a US$1000 first prize. Entries close 20 April.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest is open to original short stories and essays on any theme. The winner in each category receives US$1500 and there are a total of 10 minor prizes of $100. Entries should be a maximum of 6000 words. Closes 30 April.

Exeter Story Prize is accepting entries up to 10,000 words and stories may be on any theme. The winner receives £500 and a trophy, and there is an additional prize on offer for best humorous story. Closes 30 April.

Redivider’s Beacon Street Prize is open to fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The winner in each category will receive $500 and publication in the winter 2015 issue of Redivider. The winning pieces will be selected by guest judges: James Scott (fiction), Laura Kasischke (poetry), and Susannah Cahalan (nonfiction). Closes 30 April. 

Sequestrum (US) is accepting entries for the 2015 Editor’s Reprint Award. Open theme and length. Submit previously-published fiction and nonfiction only. One winner receives $200 and publication, and one runner-up receives publication and payment at our usual rates. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: April 30, 2015. Guidelines.

Bristol Short Story Prize is open to  stories up to 4000 words. Entries can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (crime, science fiction, fantasy, historical, romance, children’s etc). Twenty stories will be shortlisted and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8. Entries close 30 April.


NEW! Newly UK publisher, Red Ribbon Press, is looking for talented writers for a short story collection with a romance/erotica twist. First prize: $100. Length: 3000-5000 words. No purple prose. All shortlisted entries will be collected and published in a collection. Deadline: May 1. Guidelines.

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
is one of Australia’s most lucrative prizes for an original short story. Open to writers worldwide, the prize is worth a total of AUD $8000 with a first prize of $5000 and supplementary prizes of $2000 and $1000. Entries close 1 May.

The Cottage Life Al Purdy Potty Poetry Contest. “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” Cottagers love potty poems! Potty poems tell guests how not to gum up the septic system. Almost every cottage has a potty poem hanging in the bathroom. Write a new classic potty poem for a chance to win! Prizes include cash, signed Purdy first editions, and the winning poem will be posted in the A-frame and published in Cottage Life. Enter as many poems as you like. Poems must be no more than 20 lines in length. Sponsored by Cottage Life and the Al Purdy A-frame Association, which is restoring Al’s iconic cottage as a writers’ retreat. The Purdy cabin is a national literary treasure, where Al wrote and entertained such CanLit giants as Margaret Laurence, Milton Acorn, and Michael Ondaatje. All-star judges: Margaret Atwood (poet, novelist, activist) George Bowering (Canada’s first poet laureate) Jason Collett (singer-songwriter, Broken Social Scene) Prize information:First Prize (1): $250 + published in Cottage Life + posted in Al Purdy A-frame cottage + a signed Al Purdy first edition Second Prize (1): $150 Third Prize (1): $100 Early Bird Draw: Enter by April 1, 2015, for a chance to win a signed Al Purdy first edition and a Cottage Life sweatshirt. Contest closes May 1, 2015   Enter Now   Rules and regulations »

 David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in Southwest Review. Stories can be up to 8000 words in length and all entries will be considered for publication. The deadline for entries is 1 May.

 Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest is for new writing that takes risks. Submission may include any combination of flash fiction or short stories up to 7500 total words.The winner receives US$500 and publication. Entries open 1 February and close 1 May.

 Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition: Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 84th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Early-Bird Entry Deadline: May 4, 2015. More info:    

 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is dedicated to recognising and supporting the work of emerging writers whose fiction has not yet achieved success. Entries must be less than 3500 words and the competition is open to writers based anywhere is the world. The winner receives US$1500 and publication. The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition first ran in 1981; entries close 15 May.

 We Need Diverse Books Short Story Contest
is open to emerging diverse writers from all diverse backgrounds (including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of colour, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural and religious minorities) who have not been published in a traditional print fiction book format, including self-published, independents, small and medium publishing houses, in all genres whether for the children’s or adult market. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in the “Stories For All Of Us” anthology. Entries open on 27 April and close on 8 May.

 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. Fiction entries must be under 6000 words. The winner in each genre will be awarded US$1000 and publication. Entries close 15 May.

 Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Entry Period, The 2015 prize is open from 1 October 2014 – 29 May 2015. How to enter * 2014 winners and shortlist. About the prize: The University of Canberra has established an international poetry prize. On behalf of the university, this is administered by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), part of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design. The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. The prize will be announced on or before 30 September 2015 and prize winners will be notified prior to that. Important details are: The winner will receive AUD$15,000 The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000 Four additional poems will be short-listed All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of  50 lines (see the Conditions of Entry for further details) Each entry of a poem will cost AUD$15 if submitted by 31 January 2015 and AUD$20 if submitted between 1 February and 29 May 2015. There are discounts for students.

 A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest is open to both fiction and creative non-fiction. Stories must be between 1000 and 5000 words and there are no entry fees. Entries are accepted between 1 April and 21 June each year.

 The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: Deadline for The Picture Perfect Poetry Chapbook Anthology Contest _June 30, 2015

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: July contests: Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards Contest – July 1, 2015 and The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Contest July 31 2015

 The Sunday Times Short Story Prize is the world’s richest short story competition with the winner receiving £30,000 (US$47,000). In 2014 the prize was won by Adam Johnson for his story ‘Nirvana’. The longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times Short Story Prize will be announced in February and the winner in April. Entries for the 2016 prize are expected to open in July 2015.

Manchester Fiction Prize is a major international literary competition open to anyone aged 16 or over. The winner receives a cash prize of £10,000 (US$15,500). Stories can be up to 2500 words in length. Entries open in April and are expected to close in August.

 NEW! The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for submissions. Now in its eighth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent. Prizes include £500 and publication in an anthology of new writing, giving you the chance to showcase your work to a wider, international audience. Prizes include: £500 Poetry winner, £500 Short Fiction winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, One year subscription to Granta, Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage, Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. There are two categories for entry: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each). Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015. Entry is £15 plus VAT. To enter, visit

 The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: The Ted Plantos Memorial Award – Aug 31 each year

 The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: Food for Thought Contest Sept. 30, 2015

 Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries open on 1 July and are expected to close on 1 October.

 Aura Estrada Short Story Contest is one of three contests run each year by Boston Review.The winning author will receive US $1500 and have his or her work published in the summer edition of the magazine. First runner-up will be published in a following issue and second runner-up will be published on the Boston Review website. Entries close 1 October.

 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction open to citizens of the 53 Commonwealth countries. The prize covers the five Commonwealth regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific. One winner will be selected from each region, with one regional winner to be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5000 (US$8200) and the remaining four regional winners receive £2500. Entries for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize are expected to open in October 2015.



CAA-NCR Weekly Literary Notices Feb. 24 to Mar. 2, 2014



Weekly Notices for the week of Feb. 24 to March. 2, 2014



English: Ottawa City Hall Français : Hôtel de ...

English: Ottawa City Hall Français : Hôtel de ville d’Ottawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at

####Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website 

CAA-NCR EVENTS: NOTE TO CAA MEMBERS: Recently published a novel, won a writing award, had a spectacular book signing or in some other way been recognized within the writing community? Write a short blurb about it & we’ll publish it in Byline, the CAA-NCR branch Magazine. We’re all excited, and encouraged, when someone in our writing family shines. Send a note to Sharyn Heagle, Editor, Byline at <>


ITEM 1:  CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CAA-NCR’s BYLINE MAGAZINE                                             

If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication.   Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor for details.



DATE: Sat. April 12, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (lunch break 12:30–1 p.m.)

LOCATION: Clark Hall, RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa (free parking++)

ENTRY: $5 coupon which can be used towards purchase of any book!

The RA Centre in Ottawa

The RA Centre in Ottawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  • RAFFLE: Raffle of donated books, to be held during inter-panel breaks.
  • FOOD: Full restaurant/bar within the centre.
  • READING: Participating authors will have the opportunity to read x 2 minutes.
  • Video tapes of such readings may be possible, at no extra cost.

CAA-NCR is really pleased to announce it will hold its First Annual Book Fest on Saturday April 12, 2014. This will not only display books for signing and sale, but will also permit readers to hear our CAA-NCR authors and other authors in Ottawa and surrounding area read from their books, and possibly discuss them in public discussion groups, to be selected according to genre. This will depend on the number of participating authors in each genre, such as: Canadian fiction, international fiction, gender issues, politics, children’s books, and erotica. List and sequence of panels will be determined and published, once all authors and genres are known.

Half hour long moderated panel discussions will alternate with half hour periods of browsing by readers, who will be able to interact with their favourite authors and ask questions privately at the authors’ tables. Q & A will also be permitted at the end of panel discussions, thus stimulating interest and sales.

  • Authors will rent half tables at $40. No sharing. (co-authors may also attend).
  • They may have a chance to participate in the discussions, and in 2 minute videos
  • of their reading, usable on YouTube.
  • Those who pay early will be assigned the best positioned tables.
  • Local bookstores may be included ONLY after individual authors have been accommodated, depending on table space, which is limited.

Authors: Please e-mail Qais Ghanem, VP Electronic Media a list of your books including genre, to reserve a half table or more. You will then be asked to mail your $40 cheque, payable to CAA-NCR to our treasurer (address will be supplied at the time). THANK YOU!




Donald Anderson is pleased to announce his achievement of 3 printed volumes in my 10 volume library on The Creation of the Black Russian Terrier. Volume 3 Moscow: Teffi Group has just been listed on

Black Russian Terrier

Black Russian Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Volumes 1 and 2 have seen  good sales in Canada, USA, UK and Europe. Volume 4 will be published soon. Below is the link to showing all three published volumes.  Nearly 10 years in the making.


Here is an excerpt from Don’s bio at Amazon : “With nearly sixty years’ experience within the world of dogs, Donald B. Anderson was drawn by destiny to the Black Russian Terrier in 2004. This interest was initiated by information that this “new dog” had been created by the Russian military under Stalin’s rule, following WWII. The captivating attraction was that its format was founded on Anderson’s beloved Giant Schnauzer breed… His professional approach to the world of dogs, bolstered by a 40-year career in international conference organization and high level international protocol, served well in establishing contacts and working relationships, over time, within the world of the Black Russian Terrier. Despite the inevitable challenges in breaking the perceived Russian codes of secrecy, Anderson has garnered a phenomenal amount of information. In 1961 he began showing Bullmastiffs in Eastern Ontario and in 1967 introduced the Giant Schnauzer to Canada….

Don AndersonDonald B. Anderson is the holder of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. He also is the recipient of Awards of Excellence for Exemplary Professionalism in the Federal Public Service of Canada. He holds a Degree in Law and Security Administration.”




DATE: Saturday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.                                     

LOCATION: BOOKSTOP, 1 Jockvale Road, Barrhaven                                                                          

Emily-FrontPage In celebration of International Women’s Day, award winning North Gower author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford, is releasing her new book: Amazingly Extra-Ordinary Women. Join her for a launch and book signing at BookStop, 1 Jockvale Road (Barrhaven) on Saturday, March 1st, 1 to 3 p.m.

Women are amazing! How many times have women heard that phrase over the years? Certainly not enough! Women do many things, have done many things. Women are caregivers, teachers, friends, mothers, daughters, sisters. Women work at home; they work in the outside world. Women are missionaries, medical professionals, lawyers, leaders and faithful followers. The bottom line, though, is that women make a difference. Women reach beyond their societal prejudices to do that little extra, to make this world a better place for themselves and for all of us. Throughout history, women have done all of these things and more. Women have made a difference and their stories, most of which are relatively unknown, speak of their abilities to go the extra mile, to give just a little bit more, to reach out and care. Amazingly Extra-Ordinary Women is a collection of these stories: from the women who outshone others as young girls, to the women as adults who selflessly gave of themselves in so many different ways.

For more information, check out the author’s website at: or contact her at:


ITEM 5: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION EMERGING WRITER AWARD                                                                                             

The Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award honours a Canadian writer under 30 who shows exceptional promise in the field of literary creation. Genre doesn’t matter: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts – published or unpublished. The winner may be selected based on a body of work in a variety of forms, or on a body of work in a single genre or writing form.

Nominations may be made by creative writing instructors, Canadian Authors branches and TWIGs, professional writers, and publishers.

Deadline: March 31, 2014 (postmark). Entry fee: none. Prize: $500 plus a one-year membership with Canadian Authors  Details:

ITEM 6: CANWRITE! 2014 SHORT STORY CONTEST                  

It’s back! Canadian Authors’ short story anthology contest is back – and so is your chance to win cash, attend a great conference and get published.  The top 10 stories will be published in an anthology to be launched at this year’s CanWrite! conference and retreat. Download entry form as well as guidelines for details. Deadline: April 1, 2014 Entry fee: $20 per entry Prize: 1st prize: $200 plus a free conference registration; 2nd prize: $100 plus a free conference registration; 3rd prize: free conference registration   Details:  or 866 216 6222




ITEM 7: SUSAN HICKMAN SPRING WORKSHOP: LIVE IT * WRITE IT * LEARN IT                                                                                      

DATES: Eight weeks beginning after March break, two-hour evenings (day to be determined)

LOCATION: Boardroom of Dymon Storage on Coventry, off Vanier Parkway

COST: $174: Pay by end of February for 10% discount

A writing workshop that encourages you to write what you know (fiction and/or non-fiction), give and receive valuable feedback within a small group atmosphere, and learn to take risks with your writing.  A guest speaker, who is a published author, will join us for at least one session.

Contact: Susan Hickman 613-290-7646 (afternoons or evenings) or email

For more information about veteran writer/journalist Susan Hickman:


Date: May  2 – 3, 2014

Location: Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility, Ajax, ON 


The Ontario Writers’ Conference is dedicated to the celebration of writing by inspiring, educating & connecting writers of all levels; providing participants with an opportunity to network with writers and other publishing professionals; and encouraging writers to publish, promote and sell their work.  



ITEM 9: PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA ANNUAL CONFERENCE                                                                                       

Date: June 4 – 7, 2014 

Location: Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Toronto

PWAC is once again partnering with Magazines Canada and other publishing associations to hold its 2013 national conference at MagNet, the industry-wide annual conference that PWAC founded with our partners in 2006. This year marks the 37th year of PWAC, and this year’s conference promises to be one of the best.






ITEM 10: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL                     

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

Also check out the latest issue of experiment-o-: Issue 6 – to the others here:

ITEM 11: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS 50+ SHORT STORY CONTEST                                                                                         

This winter, the Ottawa Public Library is hosting an annual Short Story Contest for older adults. This contest was formerly called the City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest. Adults 50 years or older, who have a Library card, are eligible to enter. They are invited to submit a maximum of two short stories either in English or French. Stories must be original and unpublished works and under 2000 words. The contest opens February 11, 2014 and the deadline for submissions is March 11, 2014.

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

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

Participants can win a cash prize which will be presented at An Afternoon of Storytelling on Wednesday, May 14 during which these authors will each read from their winning stories. For contest details, visit   or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or



Capital Crime Writers announces its 2014 Short Story Contest.  It is open to all residents 18+ in the National Capital Region.  Entries must be unpublished original works of fiction with a crime theme and be no longer than 3500 words.  The submission deadline is April 1, 2014 and the entry fee is $10.00 ($25.00 if you request a critique).  A shortlist will be announced in May.  Awards will be presented in June.  First prize: $200.00.  Further information and submission instructions are at:

Capital Crime Writers has grown to a group of over seventy members who meet on the second Wednesday of every month at Honeywell Boardroom at Ottawa City Hall (2nd floor). There is always a meet and greet from 7:00 to 7:15 PM, prior to every meeting with the meetings alternating each month between a writing workshop and a guest speaker. Read more:



ITEM 13:  TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS DAVID MANICOM + STEVEN HEIGHTON                                                                    NEW!

DATE: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

LOCATION: CLUB SAW, 67 NICHOLAS ST. OTTAWA treereadingserieslogo


6:45 p.m. Workshop – Facing Fears with Jenna Tenn-Yuk: Has silence ever prevented you from speaking your voice and story? This week Jenna Tenn-Yuk will be running a workshop on facing your fears, and finding and speaking your voice through poetry. Jenna Tenn-Yuk is a spoken word artist, public speaker and educator. She runs a monthly poetry series, Words to Live By, and facilitates spoken word workshops.

8:00 p.m.  Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

David Manicom has published nine books, including five collections of poetry. The Burning Eaves was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. Progeny of Ghosts: Travels in Russia and the Old Empire won the Quebec Writer’s Federation award for non-fiction. His two novels are The School at Chartres and Anna’s Shadow. Raised in rural southern Ontario, David has lived and worked in Montreal, Ottawa, Moscow, Islamabad, Beijing, Geneva and New Delhi.

Steven Heighton has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Award and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award. Steven’s most recent books are the Trillium Award finalist  The Dead Are More Visible  (stories),  Workbook,  a collection of memos and fragmentary essays, and  Every Lost Country  (a novel).   His 2005 novel,  Afterlands,  appeared in six countries; was a  New York Times Book Review  e ditors’ choice; and was a best of year choice in ten publications in Canada, the USA, and the UK.   His poems and stories have received four gold National Magazine Awards and have appeared in such publications as  London Review of Books, Best English Stories, Best American Poetry , Zoetrope: All-Story, Tin House, Poetry, TLR, The Walrus,  and five editions of  Best Canadian Stories . Steven is a fiction reviewer for the  New York Times Book Review.   In 2013 he was the Mordecai Richler writer-in-residence at McGill University.

More info at


ITEM 14: RailRoad AT RAW SUGAR                          NEW!


DATE:     Thursday, February 27, 2014       7:00 p.m.



Railroad turning to Ottawa near Brockville

RailRoad hosts Rachael Simpson, Stephen Brockwell & David O’Meara at Raw Sugar.


DATE:  THURSDAY, FEB. 27, 2014 6:30 P.M.

LOCATION: Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert St. Ottawa

OIW will hold its Annual General Meeting on Feb. 27.  Please attend and provide your input and ideas regarding the operation of your organization.  The meeting begins at 7 p.m. sharp.  Socializing starts at 6:30 p.m. with coffee and snacks.

The AGM, which will take place during the first half of the evening, will include an address by OIW President Susan Jennings and a full report about OIW activities during the past 12 months, plus the election of a board of directors.  Several positions on the board are open.  If you want to join the board and do your part to make OIW a better organization, please contact Bill Horne at:

The meeting takes place at the Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert St. in Ottawa.  The building is easy to access using public transit.

PLEASE NOTE!!!!!! Part of the night will feature readings by OIW members AND THERE ARE SEVERAL OPENINGS for anyone wanting to read their work. If you want an opportunity to dazzle the audience with your work, please contact OIW President Susan Jennings at:





DATE: Saturday, March 1, 2014 5:00 P.M.



Jennifer LoveGrove’s first novel, Watch How We Walk, was recently published by ECW Press. The Globe and Mail called it “a thoughtful, well-crafted and impressive debut.“ She is the author of poetry collections The Dagger Between Her Teeth (ECW Press 2002) and I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel (ECW Press 2005), and is at work on a new manuscript of poetry. For a decade, she edited and published dig., and from 2007-2011 she was one of the producers and hosts of the literary radio show “In Other Words” on CKLN 88.1FM. In 2010, she was shortlisted for the K. M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature.

 Ania Szado is a graduate of Ontario College of Art & Design and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Born in Hamilton, Ontario she lives in Toronto. Ania’s short fiction has been nominated for the Journey Prize and the National Magazine Award and her non-fiction credits include The Globe & Mail and Flare Magazine. Her novel BEGINNING OF WAS (Penguin Canada) was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Best First Book, Canada/Caribbean), nominated for the international Kiriyama Prize, and named a NOW Magazine Top Ten book. Studio Saint-Ex is published with Penguin Canada and Knopf USA (2013). It has also been sold for publication in Russia, Italy and Poland.





NEW! Carole Baldock, editor of Orbis, welcomes poetry and prose submissions, and publishes a regular ‘forthcoming competitions’ listing, Kudos. More at their respective websites:



Dreadful Cafe is now soliciting query letters (fiction) and samples (art) for “Thresholds,” their second anthology of art and fiction. All genres are eligible — including short stories, novellettes, and novellas — but preference is given to works that cross more than one and which reflect the flavor and theme. Length: 1000-25000 words. Payment: $20-$250. Deadline: Open.     Guidelines:


Strangelet Literary Journal Open to Submissions. Strangelet is a new journal of speculative fiction, accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic stories/comics, and artwork. It is now open to submissions of short stories, graphic fiction, poems and essays. It is a paying market.Details:


The Traveling Poet (US) is an ezine publishing poetry from writers ages 12-25, and articles on hitchhiking, traveling broke, poverty, and philosophy. Poetry about traveling is ideal, but any subject is welcome. No Beat Generation re-enactments. Deadline: Rolling  Guidelines:

Entertainment and pop culture magazine A Bard’s Tales (Canada) is looking for contributing writers. Payment: $50 for features, $50 for reviews, and $25 for opinion pieces. All pieces must be first pitched (lead to the story, possible sources, rough length, etc) and approved by one of the ABT editors. Deadline: Open.  WEBSITE:

New Toronto-based graphic arts mag, Archenemy Magazine, seeks editorials, reviews and creative writing related to comics, illustration and design. Creative pieces will be illustrated by a contributing artist. Also interested in potential regular writers/features. Length: 600–2500 words. Accepting freelance pitches and humour pieces, also. “Compensation is always awarded.” Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines:

Maelstrom, a US print literary journal, is currently seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction, art, and photography that is edgy, smart, funny, and/or weird. Length: 5000 words max. or 3-5 poems. Payment: one copy. Deadline: Open.   Guidelines:


Poetry Space (UK) is looking for poetry, art, and writing submissions from young writers and artists. All ages welcome. Parents and guardians welcome to submit on child’s behalf. No fees.     Guidelines: 

The Furious Gazelle seeks short stories, micro fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short plays, monologues, novel excerpts and art. Wants writing that is “good and well written” and art that is “artistic.” Length: 8000 words max. Deadline: ongoing.  Guidelines:


Online literary magazine The Steel Chisel (Canada) is “perpetually looking” for prose and poetry submissions from Canadian writers. Include a short bio with location, occupation, and any relevant award/publication accomplishments. Deadline: Rolling, on 6th of the month.     Guidelines:


Circa: A Journal of Historical Fiction (Ottawa, ON) is accepting submissions on a historical theme. Accepts fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews, and articles that have a fresh take on history. Also appreciates genre-crossing, and speculative and alternative history. Length: 2500 words max. (fiction) and 800 words max. (reviews and articles). As a Canadian journal, Circa especially likes Canadian stories. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines:


The Mackinac (Canada/US) seeks poetry that “bridges the strait between nostalgia and the immediate, the wilds seen and unseen, the best of emerging and established voices.” Submit up to 3 to 5 poems for consideration. Deadline: Ongoing.   Guidelines:


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:


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:

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.”


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

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


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.


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.


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.  :


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.  :


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


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:



DEADLINE: THE 7TH OF EACH MONTH The Bohemyth is OPEN for submissions. based in Dublin, Ireland – but there are no geographic restrictions for submitting. Each new issue will published on the 7th of each month. To be considered for publication in an issue, your submission must arrive within the first and last day of the previous month. We will only respond to successful submitters in the first week of each month. Occasionally we will give feedback to unsuccessful submitters. We are looking for contemporary short fiction with a literary bent. We want ideas that affect, engage, move and entertain, writing that is beautiful, poetic, thought-provoking, edgy, original and inspiring. We want images that linger in minds, words that beat out the beat of broken hearts, stories that seduce and savage souls. Word count: less than 2,000 words for short fiction pieces. Max 2 fiction submissions at a time. Poetry that attempts to communicate. Max 6 poems. We want essays that ask more questions than they answer. Max  2 essays. Also interested in photography submissions – please send  three to five images saved as jpegs. Include short bio in the third person, send submission in the body of an email to with ‘Submission’ , and whatever category you’re submitting to, as the title of the email. If you want your blog/website/twitter handle included as part of you bio please send on full links to these. All works must be the original creation of the  writer/photographer. Copyright remains with the artist.




ARTEMISpoetry, Issue 12, poetry deadline 28th February. R V Bailey’s discerning but generous eye will be selecting poetry for Issue 12 of ARTEMISpoetry. All the poetry in the issue will be selected by her as there are no ‘competition’ poems competing for attention in this issue. Please send us poems (two copies of each, unpublished) by the 28 FEBRUARY deadline. It is quite in order to send poems already submitted for Her Wings of Glass. Please see the guidelines for submission before sending:   You still have another month for sending in Artwork… again, see the guidelines for what and how to submit.




THE BOHEMYTH SPECIAL EDITION Info for March.  Dear Readers, In tribute to International Women’s Day – which is marked on March 8th annually – we here at The Bohemyth have decided to dedicate our March Issue – which will be published on March 7th – exclusively to women. In an attempt to showcase some of the very best creative talent this generation has to offer, we decided to initially solicit submissions from women who we read, admire, and are excited about seeing what they will do next. The response and enthusiasm for the idea was fantastic. Our line-up is stellar. But. We at The Bohemyth are greedy. We’re greedy for *new*. For promising. For great. For poetry. For fiction. For photography. For essays. And so we have decided to open our submissions, in the hope that unfamiliar names will submit work we think deserves to stand alongside the already amazing pieces we are receiving from our confirmed contributors. Our normal submission guidelines still apply. All that we ask from any prospective submitters to our special March Issue is the following:

–          be a woman – have something to say – say it in a way we cannot ignore.


For an upcoming anthology, In Fact Books (US) seeks essays by writers with insight into the nature and experience of profound psychiatric challenges — as patients, mental health professionals, or both. Seeking true narratives about the recovery process and the therapeutic journey. Scientific information should be balanced by the writer’s unique perspective. Stories should reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. Length: 4500 words max. Open to international writers. Note: $3 to submit online. Deadline: March 1, 2014.  Guidelines:

Cleis Press seeks sex toy erotica stories of all varieties for an anthology. Length: 1500-4000 words. Payment: $50/story & 2 copies of book on publication. Deadline: March 1, 2014.


Sunshine in a Jar Press. Looking to get published? Sunshine in a Jar Press is welcoming submissions to its new anthology “The Writing Spiral” which will be released in Fall of 2014. They are seeking poems, memoirs, stories and essays, and possible themes are love, loss, joy, decadence, deprivation, hope, fear, friendship, family, work, social responsibility, health, culture, light, and darkness. There is also the opportunity for monthly writing classes to feed your process at Trent University, Oshawa Campus. Deadline: March 1, 2014 Details: or call 289 252 1978


New Welsh Review (Wales) seeks dynamic, curious, lively, and outward-looking writing. Looking for short stories (2500 to 3000 words) and poems (up to six). Occasionally publishes shorter stories and microfiction. Payment: £100 per story and £28 per each poem, upon publication. Also welcomes submissions and ideas for online content (no payment): short reviews (600-800 words), opinion pieces (450 words) and author interviews (8-15 questions). Deadlines: December 12, 2013 and March 1, 2014.  Guidelines:


Jobbers seeking poetry that “reviles, reflects or revels in the art of professional wrestling” for the Jobbers Poetry Zine Collection. Deadline March 21, 2014 (Publication April 15, 2014).


Speculative fiction submissions wanted for anthology Start a Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change. Published by Exile Editions (Canada) in Spring 2015. International subs welcome. Length: 2,000-10,000 words (< 7.5k preferred). Payment; $0.05/word. Deadline: March 31, 2014    Guidelines:


Cactus Press (Montreal) is looking to publish a series of poetry chapbooks from Montreal-based writers in preparation for their debut launch. Deadline: March 31, 2014. Theme/length: open. Guidelines:




JackPine Press (SK) is seeking proposals for collaborations of poetry and design to be launched as limited edition hand-bound chapbooks in Fall 2014 (and beyond). Attention to literary merit, typography and binding techniques is considered; also, the ways in which the proposed work both challenges the notion of what a book can be while also upholding an excellent standard of writing and bound book design. Deadline: April 16, 2014 GUIDELINES:


NEW! ROOM MAGAZINE: Call for Submissions for 37.4. Room magazine invites unpublished writing on any theme for our upcoming issue, 37.4, edited by Christina Cooke and assistant edited by Taryn Hubbard. See our submission guidelines for details on how to submit. Deadline: Wednesday, April 30 2014




Open access journal Beyond Borderlands: A Critical Journal of the Weird, Paranormal, and Occult (Canada) is a forum for the interdisciplinary, artistic, and critical exploration of topics relating to esotericism, paranormality, and the culturally weird. Accepting letters to the editor, scholarly and popular articles, music, art, creative writing, occult explorations, and reviews. No payment. Deadline: May 1, 2014. guidelines:

The Potomac Review (Montgomery College, Maryland) accepts submissions of poetry (up to three), fiction and nonfiction (5000 words max.), photography, and artwork. Appreciates both realistic and experimental prose and poetry. Deadline: May 1, 2014.  Guidelines:


Online journal The California Journal of Women Writers seeks submissions from female writers/poets/students for its second biannual chapbook of short fiction and poetry. Theme: Home — the words, ideas, and images evoked when thinking about home. Length: 2000 words max. Deadline: May 24, 2014.  Guidelines:

Blind Dog Press seeks poems and short prose pieces about the life and work of Arthur Rimbaud for an anthology, Fierce Invalids: A Tribute To Arthur Rimbaud (publications June 2014). Send 1-3 poems along with a short bio to Payment: one copy. Editor: Glenn Cooper. Deadline: May 30, 2014.


NEW! A Star in the Heart anthology, submissions invited: poetry and short prose celebrating Advent and Christmas. Deadline end of June. Max 50 lines/599 words, unpublished to The Editor, David Grubb, A STAR IN THE HEART, 25 Belle Vue Road, Henley on Thames, Oxon, RG9 1JQ. UK (incl. sae for reply) or email to


Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions: “Vacancies,” Summer 2014 Double-Issue. Vacancies is our summer 2014 double-issue, and we are now accepting submissions. In “An Abandoned Factory, Detroit,” Phillip Levine frames vacancy as “… the loss of … power, / Experienced and slow, the loss of years, / The gradual decay of dignity …” It cultivates peoples, nations, and ideas, and can swiftly strip senators and masked vigilantes of their supposed powers. It loiters at crime scenes and stinks up family reunions. Here’s an anthology where you become the architect of reason and fabricate an ocean of experience, only to ravage it: “I wanted the whole world or nothing” (Charles Bukowski, Post Office). The bicycle mechanic when she is not fixing, the tropical fish store owner who opens each morning to find another proud school deceased, your fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, what-have-you explores the dimly lit corners of the unoccupied, unassuming, or idle. Submit via Submittable (category: “Vacancies”). We only accept three to six poems. There will be no chapbook contest this issue (it will return with volume four) and there are no guidelines otherwise for fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, etc. The deadline for Vacancies consideration is July 15, 2014. Questions? E-mail the editors at Further info on heavy feather at:


NEW! Deadline 30 July and 30 December: The French Literary Review: twice-yearly international magazine of poetry and prose. We are looking for contemporary poems; short stories and articles (1000-3000 words); extracts from novels which stand on their own; paintings/drawings, all of which must have a French connection. Submissions: Barbara Dordi, Editor, chemin de Cambieure 11240 CAILHAU, Aude, France.

NEW! Scintilla: Scintilla 17 is due out shortly, available from Amazon. Please do consider submitting poems for the Scintilla 18 edition by end of July this year. Dilys Wood and Myra Schneider are both featured in Scintilla’s ‘Chain of Conversation’ on their website. Comments on the chain are welcome:







Fjords Review Annual Book Contest. Call for Submissions!!! We’re still accepting submissions to our Annual Book Contest, and we’re looking for the best book manuscripts of fiction, poetry, essay and art. We publish, distribute and advertise the winner throughout our various networks and affiliates, and send review copies to all major review agencies. Plus, all entrants also receive a complimentary year subscription the Fjords biannual issues! You can read more about the contest, check out previous winners and submit your manuscript here:



2nd Annual Story Starters Contest – Ontario Writers’ Conference. On the first of each month, our website will feature an extraordinary work by a local artist and we invite you to enter a piece of writing inspired by that work. Taking inspiration from the picture on our website, write a short piece (100 words maximum) and post it in the comment section of the entry page. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Anyone may enter this contest. You may enter as often as you like. English entries only please. Deadline: the last day of the month that the artwork is featured Entry fee: none  Prize: The top ten entries for each month will be sent to our final-round judge who will select a top 3 for each piece of art. The top three entries will be displayed at the 2013 Ontario Writers’ Conference (May 2nd & 3rd in Ajax, Ontario) for final voting by attendees. At the conference, delegates will review and vote for their favourites by ballot. The winning entries will be announced at the conference and each winner will be awarded a prize (tba).





  • The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest Deadline  February 28, 2014. This contest is for poems of occasion, either personal or public, poems that make something an occasion or simply mark one. We will award a grand prize of $1000 to the poem judged most worthy. Another $1000 in prize money will be distributed as the judges fancy. However the prize money falls, the best of what we see will be published in The New Quarterly, at our usual rates. Entry fee: $40 for up to 2 unpublished poems, $5 for each additional poem .  Submitters will receive a 1-year subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly. For full contest details and to enter visit


  • Online and ebook journal Switchback (MFA-run, University of San Francisco, CA) is accepting poems, short stories, essays, and art. Three Editors’ prizes available, including a $200 prize for best piece. No reading fees. Deadline: February 28, 2014.    Guidelines:
  • Toronto Star Short Story Contest. The New Year marks the launch of the 36th Toronto Star Short Story Contest, among the largest in Canada and one of the top competitions in North America. With a first prize of $5000 plus tuition for the 30-week creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers valued at $3000, it’s also one of the most lucrative in the country.  This contest is only open to Ontario residents.  Deadline: February 28, 2014. Entry fee: none. Prize: 1st prize: $5000 plus tuition for creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers; 2nd prize: $2000; 3rd prize: $1000. Details:


  • HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition. Renku is a collaborative Japanese form consisting of 36, 20, or 12 stanzas written by two or more persons. The 2014 contest calls for 36-line kasen renga. No simultaneous submissions. Deadline: February 28, 2014 Entry fee: none Prize: Up to $150 and publication in Frogpond Journal and HSA website  Details:


  • NEW! Strokestown International: Poetry Award – poems in English on any subject, max 70 lines, Judges Paddy Bushe and Neil Astley, 1st prize fund of €2000. Percy French Award for Comic Verse, judged by the Strokestown Wit Committee – emphasis very much on fun, prize fund €1,000. Deadline Friday February 28th. Festival, 2nd to 4th May. More at


  • NEW! The Manchester Writing for Children Prize 2014: Deadline 28th February 2014. Judges: Mandy Coe, Imtiaz Dharker and Philip Gross. Under the direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy – Professor of Contemporary Poetry and Creative Director of the Manchester Writing School at MMU. More at




  • KENYON REVIEW SHORT FICTION CONTEST: Have a piece of unpublished short fiction of 1,200 words or fewer? Submit to the Seventh Annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest any day through March 1st. The contest is open to writers who have not published a book of fiction. The winning story and two runners-up will be published in The Kenyon Review, and the winning writer will receive a full scholarship to a Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Entry fee of $18 includes a one-year subscription to KR or extends your existing subscription by a year. Katharine Weber, the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College and author of five critically-acclaimed novels, including Triangle and True Confections, will be the final judge. Go short and good luck! Read more about the Short Fiction Contest here:


  • Grasmere Publishing (BC) invites entries for the Lynn Manuel Children’s Fiction Contest. Prize: $500 cash, $1000 advance against royalties, and publication. Open to novels suitable for children aged 7-16 years old. Looking for an engaging voice, well-developed characters, and a strong storyline. Length: 25,000-75,000 words. No theme, but no violence. Open to Canadian and US residents who have not previously published a novel for children. Deadline: March 1, 2014 (first chapter only). Entry fee: $30. Guidelines:
  • NEW! PEN International’s $1,000 prize for young writers. The PEN Nigeria has called for entries for the Pen International New Voices Award, which aims at encouraging new writing.  Creating more space for young and unpublished writers, the award was conceived to encourage entries from diverse linguistic regions and communities. Prose entries must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words, while poetry entries may take the form of individual poems, a sequence, or one long poem of no more than 2,500 words in total. “Writers may only submit one prose work. All texts  nominated must remain unpublished during the entire duration of the award.”  The winning entry will be published by the PEN International, while the writer will receive an award of $1,000 USD. Read more: DEADLINE MARCH 5, 2014.


  • NEW! Words for the Wounded  raises money to help in the recovery of our wounded service personnel. 1st prize of £250, 2nd £100, 3rd £50, and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine. Entry £4.50. Poetry, non-fiction or fiction up to a maximum of 400 words on the subject of The Journey. Closing date 11th March.


  • NEW! Brittle Star magazine’s inaugural poetry/short story competition, deadline Wednesday March 12th. Poems/stories in English. Prizes in each genre: 1st £250; 2nd £100; 3rd £50. Entry: £4 for 1st entry, £3 for subsequent entries; Brittle Star subscribers – 2nd entry FREE. More and entry form at:


  • The Missouri Review’s Audio Literary Competition. The Missouri Review invites all writers and writer/producers to send us your recordings of original poetry or prose or your audio documentaries on any subject. All you need is a computer, microphone, software such as GarageBand or Audacity, and a great script! Winners and select runners up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of our iTunes podcast series.  Deadline: March 15, 2014. Entry fee: We have opened submissions (previously $20) to a pay-by-donation entry fee Prize: $1000 prizes awarded in three categories Details:


  • The Conium Review seeks submissions for its Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Judged by Manuel Gonzales. Winner receives $500, publication, five contributor copies, and a copy of the judge’s book. Length: 7500 words max. Entry fee: $15 (includes free issue download). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: March 15, 2014.    Guidelines:


  • MSLEXIA 2014 WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION.  A competition for unpublished short stories of up to 2,200 words. We accept work on all subjects, so write about anything and everything you fancy – we love to read it. 1ST PRIZE: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a  week’s writing retreat at Chawton House Library, and a day with a Virago editor.  2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: £250 Three other finalists each receive £100 Judge: Jane Rogers Closing date: 17 March 2014 All winning stories will be published in the Jun/Jul/Aug 2014 edition of Mslexia Before you enter, find out all you need to know in the competition rules. Ready? Enter the competition.



  • The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest.  Edna Staebler was a pioneer in the field of literary journalism. Edna opened the door for generations of personal essayists, not just with her example but with her generosity, founding many awards, scholarships, and bursaries.  In the spirit of Edna’s contributions to the genre, we are interested in essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer’s personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line.   Deadline: March 28, 2014 Entry fee: $40 Prize: $1000 for one winning essay; all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine Details:


  • The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books: Winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, Book awards are covered in the US Review of Books. Prizes: Two grand prizes are awarded annually: one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, and academic presses, as well as self-published books. Prizes include a $250 award for short prose and a $2,000 award for best independent book. In addition to the two main grand prize awards, various other honors and distinctions are given for both prose and books, including the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the First Horizon Award. Submissions accepted each year by nominating books and prose. Book deadline January 21. Prose deadline March 31st. more info at:


  • Ascent Aspirations Publishing. Summer Anthology 2014 CONTEST. Call for submissions. Submissions Open From December 2013 to March 31, 2014. THEME: Our theme is the bizarre (as in strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd) or (as in markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange), however there are word limits. Poetry is to be no more than 30 lines including the spaces between stanzas, so that the poem printed in 11 pt. font Times Roman will fit on one page. Flash Fiction prose is to be no more than 600 words, so that the prose printed in 11 pt. font Times Roman will fit on two pages. To clarify our criteria for this anthology, hone your words, and be a minimalist. FOR MORE INFO:


  • Call for Submissions: The bpNichol Chapbook Award 2014. deadline March 31, 2014.  The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $2,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective. Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada. Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2013), and the poet must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident (three years minimum) Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member). They are to include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the submission form HERE), along with  a brief C.V. of the author. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. The closing date for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award is March 31, 2014. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by April 30, 2014, please send a query to Beth Follett at: The winner will be announced at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market in fall 2014. Send submissions to: Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award, 113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6 . The cash prize to writer has been generously donated by an anonymous donor. The prize to the publisher is generously donated by writers Jim Smith and Brian Dedora. All chapbooks submitted will be archived at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto. Please email Meet The Presses for more information:  Meet the Presses is a Toronto-based collective devoted to promoting micro, small and independent literary presses. This collective has come together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses event launched in Toronto in the mid-1980s by Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross. Meet the Presses organizes a variety of curated public events, all focussing on independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Meet the Presses – an unfunded and non-profit collective – is comprised of Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Nicholas Power, and Stuart Ross. Chapbooks written by members of the Meet the Presses collective are ineligible for the award. Authors of chapbooks published by members of the collective remain eligible for the award.




  • NEW! Seeking English-language poetry that helps us feel the experience of teaching and learning in higher education for an anthology edited by Dr Kathleen M Quinlan. Details and submission guidelines at: Email Deadline 1 April 2014


  • Writers Digest Self-Published Competition: Writer’s Digest hosts the 22nd annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC, spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2014 A chance to win $3,000 in cash – National exposure for your work. The attention of prospective editors and publishers,  A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!


  • PEN International 2014 New Voices Award. PEN Canada is now accepting submissions for the second PEN International New Voices Award. This is a great opportunity for students and unpublished writers. The annual award aims to encourage new writing and to provide a space where young, unpublished writers can submit their work. The winning writer, selected from the submissions of PEN centres around the world, will be published by PEN International and will receive a $1000 prize. Deadline: April 3, 2014. Entry fee: none Prize: $1000 and will be published by PEN International Details:


  • Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest. Spring Pulse Poetry Festival, Northern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts event is sponsoring the 2014 Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest this year. In 1970 the first contest began in Cobalt during the Miners festival on French-Canadian Day. It is the oldest non-governmental national poetry contest in Canada. The contest honours Canada’s most popular 19th century poet, Dr. Drummond was the town’s first doctor, a silver mine manager, and world famous poet who died in Cobalt in 1907. Deadline: April 11, 2014 Entry fee: $10 Prizes: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $200; 3rd prize: $100 + 8 honourable mentions of $50 + 8 judge’s choice of $25. Complimentary anthology of winners, trophy, and award ceremony Details:



  • NEW! Ver Poets Open Competition, 2014. Deadline Wednesday April 30th. Judge Clare Pollard. Prizes: 1st £600; 2nd £300; 3rd £100 + winning/selected published in competition anthology. Entry £4 per poem or 3 for £10 + £2 thereafter. Entry Form:
  • (includes VER Membership information and Anthology offer). More on Ver Poets  or contact Membership Secretary


  • NEW! Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2014 is for women over 60. Poems up to 40 lines on any theme. Judges: A C Clarke and Eleanor Livingstone.  Prizes: £100, £75, £25.   Entry Fee £3.00 per poem, £10 for 4.  Rules and entry form (essential) from  or write for further details to Grey Hen Press, PO Box 450, Keighley, W Yorks BD22 9BG Closing date 30th April


  • NEW! Deadline Wednesday April 30th: Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival Competition. Poems no more than 40 lines each on any subject. Prizes: 1st £500; 2nd £150; 3rd £50. Winners invited to read at the festival. Entries: £4 for 1st submission; £2 for additional submissions. Judge Imtiaz Dharker will read all entries. See full rules at:


  • NEW! Southport Writers; Circle annual poetry competition is now open for entries, the closing date is the 30th of April 2014; there are prizes of £150, £75 and £25 and £25 local and humour prizes. £3 per poem or four for £10, both postal and online entries are welcome. For full submission details please visit


  • 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished, non-UK and UK based writers over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 per story (about 15 CAD). The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) April 30th 2014. Full details and rules at


  • The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton seeks short stories and poem for its annual Forget Me Not writing contest. Writers have until April 30 to submit stories of no more than 1,800 words, or poems of no more than 72 lines, in categories for writers 16 and older, and those who are younger. All entries, fiction or non-fiction, must begin with the words, “Remember when.” It’s the fifth year for the contest created to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, and raise money for the local chapter of the Alzheimer Society. Submissions by writers age 19 and older must be accompanied by a donation of $20 or more. Judy Doan, executive director of the local chapter, said the contest has attracted as many as 75 entries in a single year. Contest rules are available from the society’s office, 420 East St., N., 519-332-444.



  • Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 83rd Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Early-Bird Entry Deadline: May 5, 2014.


  • The New Quarterly invites entries for the The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Contest. Prize: $1000. Theme: any unpublished work of short fiction. Entry fee: $40 (includes subscription). All submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. Deadline: May 28, 2014.     Guidelines:


  • MULTIPLE DEADLINES: The Antigonish Review’s 2014 Writing Contests: GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST & SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE. $2,400 in Prizes! Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by May 30, 2014.  Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2014.
  1. Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages. First prize:$600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication.
  2. Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest: Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems. First prize: $600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication. Guidelines:  Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. As well, past winners are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page. Entry Fee: Canada $25.00; the United States $30.00 (US funds); All others $40.00 (US funds) for either contest. Bonus: You may enter both contests for an additional $10.00. You may enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription which will begin with the fall issue, 2014. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review. Mail submissions to: The Antigonish ReviewContest, Box 5000, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2G 2W5. For further information, email, Phone 902-867-3962 or visit our website at <>. ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RETURNED; only winners will be notified by September 1, 2014. List of winners will be available at our web site:



  • NEW! Roundel, the Tonbridge-based poetry group, is holding its first open poetry competition in 2014. 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25. Judged by Abegail Morley. Closing date 31st May. Full details on website:


  • Entries  invited for the third annual Arizona Mystery Writers Story Contest. First prize $200. Open to mystery, suspense, and thriller. Length: 2500 words max. Open to everyone. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: June 1, 2014. See guidelines at:



  • NEW! Segora Writing Competitions 2014: Deadline 15th June. Poetry Judge Blake Morrison. Short Story Judge Michèle Roberts. Vignette Judge: Ed Briggs. More at  Presentation evening 29 Aug at the St Clémentin LitFest:


  • NEW! Poetry Space Competition 2014 is open for entries until 30th June at midnight. Just £5 to enter a poem of up to 40 lines, all entries will be read by this year’s judge, Alison Brackenbury. Cash prizes for top three poems of £250, £100 and £50. The top twenty poems will be published in the prizewinners’ anthology and all selected poets will receive a complimentary copy.



  • NEW! The 2014 Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition is now open! Judge Ian McMillan. First prize £1000 and a week at Ty Newydd the National Writers’ Centre for Wales. For rules and to download an entry form go to  Closing date 10 July. Festival dates are 4-13 July.


  • Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2014: Now Open For Entries! Now in its seventh year, the competition champions and nurtures creative talent from across the world in a celebration of outstanding poetry and short fiction. Creative Writing Competition 2014 Prizes:  £500 prize money for the Poetry Winner,  £500 prize money for the Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual,  A selection of books from competition partner organisations. Writers are invited to submit their work into the categories of Short Fiction and Poetry. Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Both Short Fiction and Poetry entries should be written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. DEADLINE: AUG. 31, 2014  Visit to enter.
  • The Ontario Poetry Society Food for Thought Contest. Deadline Sept. 30, 2014.  Food-themed poems.  Fees: 1 poem for $5.00 or 3 poems for $10.00.  See website for full details:



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