What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, Summer 2017




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

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



 1:30 to 5:00 At the home of Arlene Smith POT LUCK

  • Interactive writing challenges
  • Food, drink and fun
  • Bring your books and give folks an opportunity to purchase a copy
  • Network, meet old friends and dis-cover new ones

Everyone is welcome: CAA Members, non-members, friends or family.

Contact Arlene for directions to her Bells Corners home



 On Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Canadian Authors Association – National Capital Region celebrated the finalists in our 30th annual writing contest.  Following is the list of awards presented that evening. We recognized first, second, third place, and honourable mentions in Short Story and Poetry categories. Look for these poems and stories in upcoming issues of Byline magazine. Congratulations, everyone!


First place:   “Gunda”- Ruth Latta

Second place: “Anne from Toronto ”  – Ruth Latta

Third place:   “Sunset (for Gwen)” – Gill Foss

Honourable Mention: “Too Long a Winter” – Lee Ann Smith

Honourable Mention: “Relay” – Lee Ann Smith

Honourable Mention: “A Small Grief” – Bev Chambers


First place:   “The Flower Seller of Agra” – Shiela Jane

Second place: “California Pure” – Elle Wild

Third place:   “Extra Innings” – Jeff Shiau

Honourable Mention: “Unexpected” – Barbara Wackerle Baker

Honourable Mention: “Night Swim” – Di Golding

Honourable Mention: “Distant Connections” – Julio Heleno Gomes



 THANK EVERYONE for responding so enthusiastically to our Request of ideas for our 2017-18 program. The feedback and information we received from you reassured us that people care about the work of our organization. Keep your ideas coming, please.  We incorporated as many ideas as we could into our meeting topics and workshop planning—with a few details still to be ironed out.  We made a few changes as well:

  • Meeting start time changed to 7:15 p.m . to make it easier to find parking during the hockey season.
  • No meeting in January so we can hibernate on a cold winter night and not worry about a snowy commute.
  • A meeting in June instead when snowstorms won’t be an issue.
  • A writing challenge at the start of every regular monthly meeting to engage those in attendance and to develop our writing skills.
  • A short reading by a member at the start of every monthly meeting to promote our writers and to inspire others with great ideas.

OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS:  7:15 p.m. at McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

September 19, 2017

October 9, 2017

November 14, 2017

December “Winter Voices” Social

February 13, 2018

March 13, 2018

April 10, 2108

May 8, 2018 NCWC Awards Night

June 12, 2018

 More information on the topics for upcoming meetings can be found on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings



 Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Canadian Authors Literary Awards. The winners were announced at our annual literary awards dinner and gala held in Toronto on June 24, 2017.  Visit our website for more information on the historic Canadian Authors Association Literary Awards.  https://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/about-the-awards/

Canadian Authors Award for Fiction

WINNER: Alissa York for The Naturalist (Randomhouse Canada)

Alissa York’s internationally acclaimed novels include Mercy, Effigy (short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), Fauna and, most recently, The Naturalist. York is also the author of the short fiction collection, Any Given Power, stories from which have won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Guardian, Brick magazine, Canadian Geographic and elsewhere. York has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, artist Clive Holden.

Canadian Authors Award for Poetry

WINNER: Johanna Skibsrud for The Description of the World (Wolsak and Wynn)

Johanna Skibsrud is the author of two previous collections of poetry, I Do Not Think

that I Could Love a Human Being and Late Nights With Wild Cowboys; two novels, Quartet for the End of Time and the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel The Sentimentalists; and the short fiction collection This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories. An Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona, Skibsrud and her family divide their time between Tucson and Cape Breton.

Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History

WINNER: Charlotte Gray for The Promise of Canada (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Charlotte Gray is the author of ten acclaimed books of literary non-fiction, including The Massey Murder and Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike. Charlotte’s 1999 bestseller Sisters in the Wilderness was named as one of the 25 most influential Canadian books of the past 25 years by the Literary Review of Canada. Born in Sheffield, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, Charlotte worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine columnist before she turned to biography and popular history. An adjunct research professor at Carleton University, in Ottawa, she is a member of the Order of Canada and lives in Ottawa.

Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award

WINNER: Eva Crocker

Eva Crocker’s stories have been published in Riddle Fence, The Overcast, and The Telegram’s Cuffer Anthology. Barrelling Forward was shortlisted for the 2015 RBC Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers. Crocker recently completed a Master’s Degree in English Literature at Memorial University.

Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Award

WINNER: Margo Wheaton for The Unlit Path Behind the House(Queen’s University Press)

Margo Wheaton is a New Brunswick-born poet currently living in Halifax. Her poems have appeared in publications including Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry, Poet to Poet and Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land, and in periodicals including The Fiddlehead, PRISM, CV2, Event, Prairie Fire and The New Quarterly. Her essays and reviews have been found in The Globe and Mail, The Antigonish Review, The Coast and the Guernica Series on Writers.




We are thrilled to announce our Literary Arts programs. From Emerging Writers Intensive

to thematic residencies, we invite writers and journalists to spend time in the mountains at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. In light of an intense week in the Canadian literary and media landscape, and within the wider political sphere, Banff Centre is happy to offer two fully scholarshipped residencies to create space for important conversations: the relationship of the writer to identity, and the role of the journalist within the current political climate. Come work with us this fall.  DEADLINES IN JULY 2017  Browse Programs

 Winter Programs Now Open for Application!

Our winter residencies are open for application. The Fables for the 21st Century program invites emerging and established Canadian writers to explore and re-imagine our individual and collective identities through the creation of an anthology of 10 stories. Winter Writers Retreat is a self-directed program that offers time and space to retreat, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice.  Browse Programs


 ·       Villains, Vendettas and Vagabonds September 17, 2017. Niagara-on-the-Lake

·       Turning Leaves 2017 November 3 – 5, 2017 Vicki Delany: One woman crime wave comes to Turning Leaves

plus On-Demand workshops. More info at: http://writescape.ca/site/#section-43




 Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-Wsubmission/



DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

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


The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. Enter your poetry or short fiction for a chance to be one of 60 writers published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual – an outstanding collection of the best in new writing.  Prizes include: £1,000 Poetry Winner, £1,000 Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists. Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner) Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner) Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage One year subscription to Granta Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa


Magnum Opus  A Poetry Anthology on Universal Oneness  (It’s simply a waste of time and labour if poem is submitted without reading the complete submission guidelines!)  Submission Deadline: 31 Dec 2018 (Midnight)  Publication Expected: 2019   Publisher: Authorspress, New Delhi, India  Editor: Dr. Vivekanand Jha.   Theme Poetry is a universal form of language hobnobbing with other souls and minds. It is means to understand our feelings and to find our place in the universe. Poetry is a divine antidote to our inner upheaval and is a medium of peace in itself. The goal of anthology is to display the greatest contemporary poems wrapped up in one book. The title is self-explanatory and will showcase the greatest single poem of the poet being featured i.e. your poem that has been best appreciated or adjudged by the readers, reviewers, critics, social media or journals etc.  It is also self-revealing that one cannot submit more than one poem and each poet will be evenly and equally represented. It is also evident that such poem would mostly be previously published. If you think that your unpublished or freshly composed poem can be your magnum opus you can submit it as well. It is in those aforementioned senses we use the term ‘Universal Oneness’ in the subtitle. http://vivekanandjha.com/magnumopus.php  Please note that all submission opportunities are provided for information only. Please be sure to do your own due diligence before submitting your work.



LANARK COUNTY Live Poets Friday July 21, 2017 Doors at 6:30 Show at 7:00 Coutts Roastery & Café, 57 Gore St E. Perth. Open Mic. All performers welcome! Hope to see you there!








 EDEN MILLS WRITERS’ FESTIVAL, EDEN MILLS ON. SEPT. 9, 10 & 25, 2017 MORE INFO AT: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/2017-festival/what-you-need-to-know/#


Wild Writers Festival 3 to 5, 2017 in Waterloo, ON  $135.00 Early Bird prices in effect till Nov. 1, 2017:  The New Quarterly is proud to present the sixth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 3-5, 2017. Join us for a celebration of the savage and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.  Individual ticket sales will be opened as events are confirmed. Tickets available at the door unless otherwise noted. Full program and more info here: https://tnq.ca/program/










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Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Aug. 31 to Sept.13, 2015


 Writing Circles: Improve Your Writing

 Participate in a CAA–NCR writing circle, have your writing validated and improved by other supportive writers—it’s a lot of fun. Participation is FREE, to members. The cost is $75.00 per year for non-members. Members may join more than one writing circle.

Current Writing Circles (as of 2015):

  • Centrepointe Circle: Chapters, Pinecrest Mall (evening)
  • Downtown Circle: McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy Street (the second Tuesday evening of the month just prior to the CAA monthly meeting)
  • West-end Circle: St. Martin de Porres Church, Old Richmond Road, Bells Corners (the afternoon of the fourth Monday of the month)

We have a Saturday morning, McNabb Recreation Centre writing circle coming soon. For more information or to join the writing circle, please contact Sharyn Heagle.



 Note: Due to renovations being undertaken at Mcnabb, we had to bump the normal meeting date to the 22nd of the month. Hope to see you then!

PRESENTER: Dr. Francois Mai   DATE: Tues. Sept. 22, 2015 TIME: 7:00–9:00 pm LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.

 Dr. Mai’s presentation is based on his book Diagnosing Genius: The Life and Death of Beethoven (McGill-Queen’s UP 2007). Beethoven’s passionate nature was wonderfully reflected in his music and, through narration of some of Beethoven’s life experiences and playing recordings of selections of his music, the presentation will illustrate how Beethoven expressed those emotion in his music. Dr. Mai will recount stories about Beethoven or read extracts from his book and then play a selected piece of Beethoven’s music that expresses the emotion or feeling that goes with the story described, and discuss how he was able to translate that into the written word.

BIO: Dr. François Mai is a medical graduate of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained specialty qualifications in General Medicine and Psychiatry in Great Britain and spent most of his working life as an academic psychiatrist. Music has also been his passion, in particular the music of Beethoven. A competent amateur pianist, in the 1990’s he produced two CD recordings were used to raise funds for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. (His late brother David suffered from schizophrenia.) In 2007 McGill-Queen’s University Press published his book “Diagnosing Genius: The Life and Death of Beethoven” which describes the many medical and psychiatric problems Beethoven experienced, and the effects they had on his creativity. Dr. Mai’s website link is: www.francoismai.com. 


 CAA-NCR MEMBER, Nerys Perry at OIW September meeting

Date: Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. LOCATION: Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert St. Ottawa

Nerys Perry, author of “Man and Other Natural Disasters” will present Story Management – Getting it down and getting it done, on Thursday, September 24th. Meeting starts at 6:30 pm for socializing, coffee and nibbles, presentation at 7:00 pm. Members free, guests $10, discountable on purchase of a year’s membership.

 CAA-NCR MEMBER, JC Sulzenko to curate The Glebe Report’s “Poetry Corner”

 The Glebe Report monthly community newspaper will publish poems four times a year, beginning fall 2015. The feature, “Poetry Quarter”, will be curated by JC Sulzenko, Glebe poet, author and educator. They’d like submissions of poetry from: adults, teens 14 to 17 (high school students), or children 9 to 13 (about grades 4 to 8). We are open broadly to submissions from poets who live, work, study or volunteer in the Glebe or its close neighbouring communities. We are looking for poems with qualities that reflect the people in the Glebe, their sensibilities and their lives –– poetry of any kind, on any topic (within the bounds of public discourse). Poems should be original work, unpublished previously in any medium, and not exceed 30 lines in length. Email submissions to editor@glebereport.ca . Up to 7 poems at a time as a WORD .doc or .docx attachment. Include your contact information.



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 Algonquin’s graduate certificate Scriptwriting program still has some places available for this September. This exciting, 8-month program will teach you to write fantastic features, short films, television, play and digital media scripts.  All our courses are taught by professionals who are working writers, actors, directors and more. You’ll learn how the media and film industries work, how to flourish as a freelance writer, and how to pitch, network, and promote yourself.

You’ll have the opportunity to pitch your original TV series and feature film to top players in Toronto; all the major broadcasters, HBO/The Movie Network, EOne TV, Comedy, Space, DHX Media – and important film producers, distributors and screenwriters. Part of your one-act play will be read by professional actors in front of a paying audience in our Hothouse Play Reading Series.

In your field placement, you’ll get invaluable on-set and/or production experience that might land you a paying job after graduation. Besides the people you meet on your placement, you’ll personally meet most of the major forces in Ottawa film, television and new media when they come to visit our class.

More info: contact Lynn Tarzwell at tarzwel@algonquincollege.com and/or check out our site at http://www3.algonquincollege.com/mediaanddesign/program/scriptwriting/ our FAQs: http://www3.algonquincollege.com/mediaanddesign/program/scriptwriting/faqs/


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

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


A list of UK submission calls/contests:







 Additional links to contests and submission calls visit Canadian Authors National Capital Region website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/


 Ottawa International Writers Festival events  writers festival logo

  •  Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 pm Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St. Ottawa, John Ibbitson on Stephen Harper, hosted by Andrew Cohen
  • Thursday, Sept. 10 at 5 pm, all Perth Bookstores, Perth 2nd Annual Writing Competition
  • Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:00 pm • Canadian War Museum • 1 Vimy Place, Book Launch: Unflinching, The Making of a Canadian Sniper, with Jody Mitic

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


Date: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015  8 p.m. Featured Reader and Open Mic
Location: Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa

A. F. Moritz’s new book is a long poem, Sequence (House of Anansi Press). His poetry has received various notices, including the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize of Poetry magazine, the Ingram Merrill Fellowship, the ReLit Award, the Raymond Souster Award of the League of Canadian Poets. Three of his books have been finalists for the Governor General’s Award. His poems have appeared frequently in Poetry, Hudson Review, Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Southwest Review, Hudson Review, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, etc.

More info at Tree Reading Series http://www.treereadingseries.ca/

 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, Thurs. Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 13, Eden Mills, Ontario

 Festival organizers are buzzing with excitement and anticipation over our 2015 line-up. They’ve assembled an eclectic group of critically acclaimed authors representing a range of literary genres from fiction, poetry and non-fiction to memoirs and thrillers. With adult, teen and children’s programming, the entire family’s imaginations will be unleashed. More info: http://www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca/2015/

CAA-NCR BiWeekly Literary Events in the Nation’s Capital


Deutsch: Ottawa: East Block des Parlamentsgebäudes

Ottawa: East Block Parliament Hill (Wikipedia)

Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Aug. 3 to Aug. 16, 2015

Great news! Our new website is up and running. Take a look at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/
NOTICE TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com



 Mark this date on your calendar before it fills!    

DATE: Sunday, August 16, 2015 TIME: 3 p.m. until the bonfire burns out

LOCATION: Sharyn Heagle’s country home 

TYPE: Pot Luck. Readings and attendee book sales

DETAILS: Everyone is welcome to bring a pot luck dish to share. Meet your fellow writers in a casual, congenial and supportive atmosphere. We invite you to:

  •  Read from your work, published or otherwise
  • Bring your books and give folks an opportunity to purchase a copy
  • Network, meet old friends and discover new ones

All are invited – CAA Members, Non-members, friends or family, 18 years or older.
Contact  Sharyn at 613-821-2485, or sharyn_40@yahoo.com to RSVP and for directions to her home. Bring a garden chair for outside relaxation, weather



Note: Due to renovations being undertaken at Mcnabb, we had to bump the normal meeting date to the 22nd of the month. Hope to see you then!

PRESENTER: Dr. Francois Mai
DATE: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.


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Beethoven (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Mai’s presentation is based on his book Diagnosing Genius: The Life and Death of Beethoven (McGill-Queen’s UP 2007). Beethoven’s passionate nature was wonderfully reflected in his music and, through narration of some of Beethoven’s life experiences and playing recordings of selections of his music, the presentation will illustrate how Beethoven expressed those emotion in his music. Dr. Mai will recount stories about Beethoven or read extracts from his book and then play a selected piece of Beethoven’s music that expresses the emotion or feeling that goes with the story described, and discuss how he was able to translate that into the written word.
BIO: Dr. François Mai is a medical graduate of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained specialty qualifications in General Medicine and Psychiatry in Great Britain and spent most of his working life as an academic psychiatrist. Music has also been his passion, in particular the music of Beethoven. He was a competent amateur pianist and in the 1990’s produced two CD recordings that were used to raise funds for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. (His late brother David suffered from schizophrenia.) In 2007 McGill-Queen’s University Press published his book “Diagnosing Genius: The Life and Death of Beethoven” which describes the many medical and psychiatric problems Beethoven experienced, and the effects they had on his creativity. Dr. Mai’s website link is: www.francoismai.com. 



DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue

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


A Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines & Journals http://blog.magazine-awards.com/2013/11/07/a-writers-guide-to-canadian-literary-magazines-journals/

At Poetry Ireland: Submission calls: http://www.poetryireland.ie/writers/opportunities/

For additional links to contests and submission calls visit Canadian Authors National Capital Region website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/



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Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, Thurs. Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 13, Eden Mills, Ontario
Festival organizers are buzzing with excitement and anticipation over our 2015 line-up. They’ve assembled an eclectic group of critically acclaimed authors representing a range of literary genres from fiction, poetry and non-fiction to memoirs and thrillers. With adult, teen and children’s programming, the entire family’s imaginations will be unleashed. More info: http://www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca/2015/

Adult Authors: Lawrence Hill, Ann-Marie MacDonald, John Vaillant, Elizabeth Hay, Kim Thuy, Sean Michaels, Nino Ricci, Camilla Gibb, Marina Endicott, Jennifer Robson, Michael Christie, Plum Johnson , Kim Echlin, Anakana Schofield, Nick Cutter (aka Craig Davidson), Andrew Pyper, Robert Hough, Jocelyne Saucier, Neil Smith, Alison Pick, Russell Smith, John Jantunen, Pamela Mordecai, Karyn L. Freedman, Peter Kavanagh

Poets: Arleen Paré, Madhur Anand, Stan Dragland, Don McKay, Antony DiNardo, Barry Dempster, Ulrikka Gernes

Young Adult Authors: Alyxandra Harvey, Lesley Choyce, Bill Swan, Catherine Egan, Caroline Pignat, Megan Crewe, Norah McClintock, Caitlin Sweet

Children’s Authors: Jan Thornhill, Sean Cassidy, Carolyn Beck, Debbie Ridpath Ohi,  Eddie Douglas, Kari-Lynn Winters, Wallace Edwards, Ben Caesar

CAA-NCR Weekly Notices for Sept. 11 through 15, 2013

Sorry this is late this week. Modern & Contemporary American Poetry course, offered free for 10 weeks at Coursera.org, started this weekend, and I’ve been swamped with it. (In a good way!)



Weekly Notices for the week of Sept. 11 to Sept. 15, 2013



Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com 

####Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website   http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml


NOTE TO CAA MEMBERS:  Have you recently published a novel, won a writing award, had a spectacular book signing or in some other way been recognized within the writing community? If so, write up a little blurb about your accomplishment and we’ll publish it in Byline, the CAA-NCR branch Magazine. We are all excited, and encouraged, when someone in our writing family shines. Send your note to Sharyn Heagle, Editor, Byline at <sharyn_40@yahoo.com>







DATE: Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.


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Members – $45, Non-members – $75  To register contact somertonsmith@yahoo.com

MEMORIES! We all have them. Happy, sad, funny:  these memories are the story of life .  After all, life is a story just waiting to be told.  Come and join award-winning North Gower author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford and learn some new ideas on how to unlock the stories in your life.

Remember: your stories are important. They need to be told; they need to be written down, not just for your sake, but for the sake of your children, your nieces and nephews, for all of those who will come after us.

Emily-FrontPage Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a well-published author and speaker on the subject of creative nonfiction and memoir writing.

Memoirs are the basis of award-winning author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford’s books and stories. Two of Emily-Jane’s creative nonfiction memoirs have won awards. The Whistling Bishop (Baico 2008) was name Finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Books Awards and F-Stop: A Life in Pictures (Baico 2011) was named Finalist and received a Silver Medal in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Check out the author’s website at: emilyjanebooks.ca




DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 LOCATION: 1963 Merivale Road

You are invited to a book signing at FREEDOM HARLEY-DAVIDSON OF OTTAWA

Join Phyllis Bohonis in celebrating the Ottawa Launch of her debut novel, Fire in the Foothills

Chat with the author – Enjoy some refreshment – Have your book signed

For further information: phyllis.bohonis@sympatico.ca or www.phyllisbohonis.com


ITEM 3: CAA MEMBER NERYS PARRY’S WRITE A BOOK WORKSHOP                                                                                                                        NEW!

DATE: Thursdays  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 – Oct, 24 (5 weeks)

LOCATION:  The Old Ottawa South Firehall,  260 Sunnyside Ave, Ottawa, ON COST: $142


Link to register: http://www.oldottawasouth.ca/index.php/programs

Write A Book: Starting Write: How to finally begin—and finish—the book you’ve always dreamed of writing Is there a book you’ve always wanted to write but didn’t know where to start? A memoir, a novel, an inspirational non- fiction? Whatever your goal, starting off on the right foot can make all the difference.

Join published author Nerys Parry in a five-week course designed to help you begin strong and keep going, even when it gets rough. Learn to navigate those vital early planning stages, set reasonable goals, strengthen your writing muscles and build your confidence along with your story and structure. Weekly workshops coupled with daily writing email prompts and exercises will help you to ‘think like a writer’, develop your story and voice and organize your larger project. You’ll also have opportunities to address issues particular to your project. The course concludes with a brief discussion of publishing and a critical review of a sample of your work in progress by facilitator & author Nerys Parry.

Nerys Parry’s debut novel, Man & Other Natural Disasters, was a finalist for the Colophon Prize, tied for seventh in the Giller Prize Reader’s Choice Awards 2011 and was chosen as one of the top 30 reads of 2012 by Typography as well as one of the top prairie picks for Canada Reads 2012 by Daybreak Alberta. Nerys, who holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Queen’s University as well as a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC, also writes creative non- fiction, and her work has been shortlisted for the Kenneth R. Wilson Canadian Business Press and Event Creative Non- Fiction Awards. She lives in Old Ottawa South with her husband and two children, where she is currently at work on a novel and a travel/memoir. In her own words: “I believe writing matters, that through sharing heartfelt stories we can together create a more caring, compassionate and vibrant world.” For more information on Nerys, please check out her website www.nerysparry.com.






Canadian Authors Association – Vancouver 2013 Fiction Contest

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Submissions must be between 1000-2000 words, unpublished fiction of all types and styles will be accepted. Winners will be invited to read their winning fiction at the Canadian Authors Vancouver annual social luncheon in December 2013. Winners will also have their winning entries published in the National Voices 2014 Anthology, which will include the 2013 and 2014 fiction contest winners, along with submissions from CAA Vancouver members.

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Entry fee: $15 for national Canadian Authors Association members, $20 for non-members

Prize: First prize $300, Second prize $200, Third prize $100

Details: Please email blever2@hotmail.com and mark FICTION CONTEST in the subject line


Ten Stories High – 14th Annual Short Story Competition


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The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its Ten Stories High Fourteenth Annual Short Story Competition, open to all Ontario writers. Stories can be of any genre but must be previously unpublished, and between 1000 and 3000 words in length. No personal essays, memoirs, children’s literature or non-fiction please. For first Canadian rights, the top ten finalists will have their stories published in our anthology in the February or March of 2014.

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Entry fee: $15 per story. Multiple entries are welcome.

Prize: First prize $300; Second prize $200; Third prize $100

Details: www.canauthorsniagara.org






DATE: starting Wednesday Sept 11, 7:00 –9:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington St. W. Ottawa


Richard Taylor  will be offering his Fall Writing Workshop, starting Wednesday Sept 11, 7-9 pm for 8 weeks at Great Canadian Theatre Company. It costs $195.00. For more information please email taylorswave@gmail. com and website www.taylorswave.ca





Racy Romance Writing and Illustration 1     869232

Racy Romance Writing and Illustration 2     869237

Calling artists – writers, musicians, poets, dancers!             

Teaching Creativity to Children        859053 / 859051

For more information, visit the Arts Centre classes section of the Fall Winter Recreation Guide. http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/parks-and-recreation/registered-classes-all-ages/recreation-guide-fall-winter


To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s voyage, the City of Ottawa will hold a literary competition for young writers – a citywide, bilingual contest seeking works that relate to Champlain’s explorations and the welcome he received from the Algonquin inhabitants.

The contest is open to Ottawa students in two age groups: junior writers (grades 3 to 5) and senior writers (grades 6 to 8). Five categories of literary arts will be judged: First person narratives (including letters and journal entries), essays or opinion pieces, fictional stories about Champlain’s adventures and discoveries, poems (including original ballads), and dramatic monologues.

Awards will be presented at a celebratory evening on December 10, 2013. All entries must be submitted by teachers by October 21, 2013. Application forms and entry requirements are available online: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/arts-culture-and-community/arts-theatre-music/samuel-de-champlain-literary-arts  Contact Tina.Haji-Esmaeili@ottawa.ca for more information.




LOCATION: Montreal, The Holiday Inn Select,  99 Viger Avenue W. Montreal, Quebec


The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Canada East presents The Art of the Story.


Here is the line-up of featured guests:


Linda Pratt, Agent, Werner and Pratt

Bonnie Bader, Associate Publisher of Frederick Warne and the Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Young Readers/Early Readers

Jill Santopolo, Executive Editor at Philomel Books

Laurent Linn, Art Director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

David Diaz, illustrator and Caldecott Medalist

Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Author / Illustrator, http://www.debbieohi.com

Jennifer Lanthier, Author and Crystal Kite award winner, http://www.jenniferlanthier.com


The full brochure is here:



These are always wonderful events, with a super ratio of speakers to guests–lots of good opportunities for good one-on-one conversation. We usually hold one in Ottawa and one near Toronto each year. This year, we wanted to give Montreal a try.




DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue

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



Please find below attached invitation for expressions of interest for arts instructors.

Lisa Zanyk      613-596-5783

Theatre and Arts Centre Programmer / Programmatrice du théâtre et centre des arts


City of Ottawa / Ville d’Ottawa

Cultural & Heritage Services / La division des services culturelles

35 Stafford Road / 35, chemin Stafford




The Nepean Creative Arts Centre (Bells Corners) and the Shenkman Arts Centre (Orleans) require instructors to develop and deliver instructional arts courses in Creative Writing/Literary Arts. This position is “Instructor Advanced Arts,” Pay grade 12C. Require both writing and teaching experience.

Course Location Days & times Fall dates (course also runs in winter session) Description
A Novel Idea ADULT SAC Tuesdays 6:30-9:00pm Sept 17-Nov 12 Sharpen your skills and learn how to submit your manuscripts for publication. Explores all aspects of basic writing: brainstorming, character, plot, setting, dialogue, editing, revision, queries and synopses. Course structure is lecture and critique.
Fiction Writing-The Basics and Beyond  AGE 11-14 SAC Sundays 1:00-2:30pm Sept 15-Nov 24 Learn the basics of story writing – idea, setting, character, plot, dialogue, conflict, etc – while developing your unique voice. Complete a story or the beginning of a novel with step-by-step guidance.
Fiction Writing-The Basics and Beyond  AGE 11-14 NCAC Tuesdays 4:30-6:00pm Oct 1-Nov 5
Writing Short Fiction ADULT NCAC Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 pm Oct 1-Nov 5 Would you like to find your unique storyteller’s voice? Play with and work on your writing? These workshops will consist of fun exercises to tickle your imagination and techniques to explore important aspects of writing short fiction, such as plotting and character development.
Writing Memoirs WORKSHOP ADULT NCAC Sunday 10am-3pm October 6 Writing down your memories, thoughts and feelings unloads them from your subconscious, releasing stress. Sharing your stories and sharpening your writing skills will surprise you.
Writing Memoirs WORKSHOP ADULT NCAC Sunday 10am-3pm November 17
Let’s Write a Novel AGE 10-14

WORKSHOPNCACSaturday 10am-4pmSeptember 28Learn the craft of novel writing including characterizations and description, to develop plot, believable characters, and a finished storyline.Let’s Write a Novel AGE 10-14

WORKSHOPNCACSaturday 10am-4pmNovember 9“Arts Centre Writers’ Group ADULTNCACSOME Wednesdays 11am-12:30pmOct 2-Dec 4Share your writing and get friendly critique from fellow aspiring or emerging writers, with occasional guidance from an established writer. Register for whole session or up to sex classes.







OST is very pleased to announce our 2014 season of Speaking Out, Speaking In at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage!

Tickets will be available starting September 3 at 10:00 a.m. at the NAC Box Office and through Ticketmaster (fees will apply).  Single tickets are $20, senior tickets are $17, and Live Rush is available. We are also offering a subscription package of 6 shows (The Iliad not included) for $100.

Since 2001, with the creation of the Fourth Stage at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa StoryTellers has presented Speaking Out, Speaking In. These concerts feature some of the most accomplished storytellers in Ottawa and from around the country, presenting performance storytelling integrated with music, theatre, and other arts.

For the upcoming schedule, visit: http://www.ottawastorytellers.ca/4th-stage-at-the-nac/

For more information, visit http://www.ottawastorytellers.ca/ or call 613-322-8336


FEATURING  KING KIMBIT                                                               NEW!

 DATE:   Friday, September 13, 2013    7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Carleton University Architecture Building in the Pit

Panorama from Dunton Tower on the campus of Ca...

Panorama from Dunton Tower on the campus of Carleton University facing North-West (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


As always: 12 slam spots ($50 to the winner)

4 Open mic spots (sign up at the door…ummmm….curtains)

Show starts at 7:17 with a deadly lean. All performers get in free

$7 for audience members (All funds go to supporting the 2014 U.L slam team and keeping our slam alive)


Poetry people of this beautiful city. Urban Legends would like to welcome you back to the only slam series in the country that uses no microphone, a gladiator circle decorated with lights and a dark room for poets to articulate, invigorate and romanticize an audience with the passion of words. Only words. No props, Just our body and voice box. Urban Legends is now in it’s 4th year and to open our season strong we want to celebrate with you by having an amazing slam hosted by JustJamaal and featuring the work of U.L’s first female champion, King Kimbit: BIO HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/432651793521317/

Have you missed us? We missed you as well. But don’t stay away too long. The cities only urban poetry series is back for a new year and in full swing. We were never lost, just went underground for the summer, and now we rise again to build unity and community through self expression. Come and be free!


ITEM 13: PAUL MACKAN BOOK LAUNCH                                    NEW!


DATE: Sunday, September 15th, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: PRESSED (Urban Gourmet Sandwich Bar) 750 Gladstone Ave., cnr. Arthur St. OTTAWA


Paul Mackan requests the pleasure of your company

at the launch of two new books, A Breath of Rebirth, his chapbook from The Ontario Poetry Society and BRIAN-O,  a novella for children and young people, new from PublishAmerica.

With special guests and a special offer:  a minimum order of $10.00 from the delightful menu will earn  a free, signed copy of the chapbook and a minimum purchase of $15.00 will earn a free, signed copy of both books. DOOR PRIZES will be awarded.

RSVP by Thursday, September 12th to palsar@magma.ca (To make certain we book enough tables)

I look forward to seeing you … Paul.

(psst: PRESSED is licenced and serves Kichesippi Ale on tap)


The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival takes place annually in September in Eden Mills, Ontario, just outside of Guelph. It is an outdoor festival in a gorgeous pastoral setting.


In Leon Rooke’s words, Eden Mills is a place “where new writers are introduced to a large audience and established writers are newly engaged.”

Company Overview

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival was founded in 1989 and has taken place annually since then. Although it started out as the fulfillment of the personal vision of Governor General’s Award winner Leon Rooke, the festival has matured and expanded over the years until it has become a nationally acclaimed and widely respected literary event while still maintaining a small “footprint.”–

For complete information, schedule and ticket purchase, go to: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/


ITEM 15: SPAN-O (THE SMALL PRESS ACTION NETWORK – OTTAWA) PRESENTS: THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR AUTUMN 2013 EDITION                                                                                               NEW!


DATE: Saturday, October 12 NOON TO 5 P.M.

LOCATION: Room 203, Jack Purcell Community Centre, (off Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).


Contact rob at rob_mclennan@hotmail.com to sign up for a table, etc.


General info: the Ottawa small press book fair noon to 5:00 p.m. (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors). Admission free to the public.


$20 for exhibitors, full tables, $10 for half-tables

(Payable to rob mclennan, c/o 402 McLeod St #3, Ottawa ON K2P 1A6;

Send by October 1 if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue.

Note: Due to increased demand, we are now offering half tables. For catalog, exhibitors should send name of press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications, list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered & any other pertinent info, including upcoming Ottawa-area events (if any).

BE AWARE: Given that the spring 2013 was the first to reach capacity (forcing me to say no to at least half a dozen exhibitors), the fair can’t (unfortunately) fit everyone who wishes to participate. The fair is roughly first-come, first-served, but preference will be given to small publishers over self-published authors (being a “small press fair,” after all).

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1409040419312522/








Featured Fifty Poetry: We’re Seeking Your Best Poems for writers age 50 and older.



Ploughshares’ reading period is now open! We’re accepting submissions for Ploughshares literary magazine and for our Ploughshares Solos series of long stories and essays. You can now submit all those poems, essays, and stories that you’ve been working on and saving up since January. For guidelines and to submit, visit our website. http://www.pshares.org/submit/index.cfm

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

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

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


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


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

The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at: http://www.themackinacmagazine.com/submit.html.

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

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

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

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

CIRCA: A Journal of Historical Fiction is accepting submissions. Details are available at: http://circajournal.com/submissions/.

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

From the Well House is accepting fiction, scholarly essays and poetry. Details can be found at: http://fromthewellhouse.org/?bu0Dd7M9.

Ruminate Magazine is now accepting submissions. Guidelines and deadlines are available at: http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/submission-guidelines/.

Carousel is accepting submissions. Info: http://www.carouselmagazine.ca/submit.html.

Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info: http://antiphon.org.uk/index.php/submissions.

Convert Publishing, a new digital publisher, is accepting manuscript submissions. For more details, visit: http://convertpublishing.com/?page_id=19.


Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info: http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/

Queen’s Quarterly is accepting articles, reviews, short stories and poetry. Details can be found here: http://www.queensu.ca/quarterly/correspondencesubmissions.html.

Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at: http://eventmags.com/about-2/submission-guidelines/fiction-poetry/.


The Ottawa Arts Review seeks prose submissions (including short fiction, personal essays, reviews, and interviews) relating to literary and visual arts, poetry, drama, and visual art. oar.uesa.ca/submissions/submission-guidelines/


Sweptmedia.ca, an online youth-culture magazine based in Toronto/GTA, is looking for original contributions in all print mediums: journalism, short fiction, poetry, etc. Also willing to consider other forms of visual communication modes: photography, painting, comic strips, etc. info: sweptmedia.ca/index.php/contact-us


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Website strange bOUnce accepts short stories, satire, and poetry, that have been “lightly brushed with sport.” Send work to IWantToWrite@strangebOUnce.com. No payment. http://strangebounce.com/


 Small circulation literary publication Cant Journal (US) seeks poetry and prose for Issue #5. Accepts poetry, short inventive prose (micro fiction, flash fiction, etc.; 300-1000 words), poetry book reviews, essays on poetry, and interviews with poets. Submit 3-7 poems, 1-3 short prose pieces, or 1 poetry book review or essay on poetry. Journal is small (5 x 11); writers are encouraged to keep this in mind when submitting. Publishes annually in April. Payment: Three copies.   Guidelines: cantjournal.com/submission-guidelines


Red Kitty is a webzine and limited run print zine based out of Austin, TX. Accepting poetry, prose, short fiction, personal narrative, humor, and experimental journalism; illustration, photography, and doodles; and sound portraits, video art, and spoken word. Prefers works that takes risks and gets messy, including the “strange, thought-provoking, funny, demented.” Deadline: rolling. Guidelines: redkittyzine.weebly.com/submit.html


Independent magazine Bitterzoet (US) is now looking for new poetry, fiction, and artwork for their monthly online zine and bi-annual print editions, and mini chapbooks. Publishes work that engages in the “interplay between bitterness and sweetness, light and darkness, salvation and damnation.” Accepts poetry (3-8) prose (6 pages max), and artwork. Also looking for shorter pieces (“bonbons”) of poetry (10 lines max) and prose (150 words max.). Deadline: rolling. Guidelines: bitterzoetmag.submittable.com


Independent online journal Black Heart Magazine (U.S) seeks short fiction for its weekday (M-F) publication cycle. Length: 1500 words max. All genres accepted, with a literary angle preferred. Appreciates ‘short-form modern literature, from pulp to literary fiction and everything in-between.’ Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines: blackheartmagazine.com/submission-guidelines


GlassFire Magazine (US) seeks submissions of fiction and non-fiction (3000 words max.), poetry, and artwork for the Winter 2013 issue. Pays $5 per poem/artwork/photography and $10 per story/nonfiction Deadline: Rolling. http://www.peglegpublishing.com/glassfire.htm



Cordite Poetry Review, magazine of Australian poetry and poetics, invites submissions for Issue 44. Theme: Gondwanaland. Send up to three poems. Also accept scholarly essays. Open to international writers (see comment on FAQ page); payment for Australian contributors. Deadline: September 13, 2013.     Guidelines: http://cordite.org.au/submissions/

The Midwest Prairie Review journal will be accepting submissions for the 2014 issue from June 13 to September 13, 2013. Who is eligible to submit material? Any writer or artist that wishes to celebrate the imagination, energy, and human spirit of the Midwest Prairielands. We want to hear from you. Submit your work between June 13th and September 13th, 2013. Click for complete submission guidelines» http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/lsa/writing/mpr/email/mpr_submissions_13.pdf

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


NEW! The Rattle Anthology of Children’s Poetry Deadline: September 15th. This is a new project that we’ve just started, which will be an annual (and separate from subscriptions) print anthology of poems written by children.  There are numerous anthologies available of adult poets writing for children, but very few opportunities for children to share their work with adults. As Sharon Olds said in our interview a few years back: “There’s not a bad poet in first grade. None of them are anything but fresh and original … they don’t know how to avoid being original.” We’ve already found this to be true with the dozen or so amazing poems that we’ve accepted for the first publication so far, and we’re excited to keep exploring what young poets can teach us. And of course this is a great opportunity to encourage children to engage in art from an early age.  So if you know of any young poets—ages 15 and younger—have their parent/guardian send us some of their work. And please help us spread the word.  The full guidelines are here (note the unique email address):http://www.rattle.com/poetry/children/



Online quarterly The Puritan | Frontiers of New English (Toronto) seeks fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews for Issue XXIII: Fall 2013. “Submissions may push toward the symbolic frontier, challenging limitations and forging into previously unexplored aesthetic territory.” Deadline: September 15, 2013. Payment: $50 (prose) and $20 poetry. Guidelines: http://www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions.php

Avant-garde literary magazine Toad Suck Review (University of Central Arkansas, US) welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, plays, reviews, interviews, social commentary, memoir, political rants, ecologically conscientious reflections, talk about literature, talk about culture, and talk about teaching. Prefers the inventive and daring. “Especially interested in genre writing that expands or challenges or reinvents the forms and conventions of the genre.” Payment: contributor copies. Deadline: September 23, 2013. Guidelines: toadsuckreview.org/?page_id=8


Buttontapper Press (US) seeks submissions for two forthcoming collections: London Haiku and Paris Haiku. Submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Haiku should convey a strong sense of place, with an emphasis on what makes London or Paris different from other major cities. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.buttontapperpress.submittable.com


Buttontapper Press (US) seeks submissions for a forthcoming collection: Timbuktu Haiku. Submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Haiku should convey a strong sense of place, or riff on the idea of Timbuktu as “the middle of nowhere.” Prefers humorous submissions. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines: http://www.buttontapperpress.submittable.com




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

New food-based magazine TOAST! MAGAZINE (Canada) seeks submissions for its next issue. Looking for food poetry, photography, original artwork, reviews, short stories, and prose. Prefers the witty, thoughtful, unique, and engaging. Deadline: October 1, 2013.    Guidelines: http://toastpointpress.com/submit 

In Fact Books (in association with Creative Nonfiction, U.S.) is seeking essays about all things related to babies for an anthology, Oh, Baby: True Stories About Tiny Humans. Looking for true narratives about the art and science/wonder and struggle of birth, babyhood, and childrearing. Essays must combine a compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond personal experience to some deeper meaning. Length: 4500 words max. Deadline: October 14, 2013. Fee: $3. Payment not indicated.  Guidelines: creativenonfiction.org/submissions/oh-baby

NEW! Rattle Magazine Love Poems Deadline: October 15th. For adults, our next themed issue will feature nothing but Love Poems. If you haven’t already, please send us a few (feel free to mix non-love poems into the batch; they don’t all have to be love poems).  Keep in mind that we see a difference between love poems and poems about love.  A love poem is written for, to, or about someone (or something), even if the real meaning is disguised.  It should be possible for a love poem to be given to someone as a token of love.  Poems about the nature of love in general, or the loss of love, and so on, might not necessarily be love poems by this definition.  I hope that makes sense—but if not, don’t fret, just send the poem in, and we’ll decide.  To submit, follow our regular guidelines, and mention in the subject line or cover letter that there’s a love poem in there (not that we wouldn’t notice, but as we near the deadline we’ll start to read those submissions first). http://www.rattle.com/poetry/submissions/guidelines/



Blank Fiction Magazine is accepting literary fiction submissions for their first issue. Length: 15,000 words max. “Stories should provide a solid understanding of the traditional practices of the genre, especially if they haven’t been established yet or you are going to disregard them completely.” Debut issue will be published November 1 in the iTunes App Store and will be available as a “pay what you like” PDF download on the Blank Fiction site. Payment: $50 honorarium. Deadline: October 15, 2013. Guidelines: blankfictionmag.com/submissions

Online monthly zine Subliminal Interiors seeks poetry, nonfiction, and criticism for an upcoming issue on Modernism. Commentaries also welcome. Nonfiction and critical submissions should “engage the editor’s belief that Confessional poetry, Language poetry, and other supposed successors of Modernism are (and always have been) aesthetically sterile–unfit for the challenge of giving a coherent voice to our world-historical moment.” Deadline: October 15, 2013.     Guidelines: http://subliminalinteriors.net/submit.php

Art School Horror Stories (US) is looking for stories from art school and art class — funny, sad, horrific, crazy, embarrassing — for an anthology (Published in December). Can be fact or fiction. Submissions can be in any format: poetry, haiku, short stories, etc. Also accepting drawings and photography. Deadline: October 31, 2013. Submission fee: US$10.  Guidelines: http://br0250.wix.com/artschoolhorror#!submit/c1ktj

The Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA program’s biannual publication, Lunch Ticket, is accepting submissions for its next issue. Submit fiction, creative non-fiction, YA fiction, poetry, and art/imagery. Theme/genre: Open. Deadline: October 31, 2013.     Guidelines: http://www.lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines

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

ROOM MAGAZINE Call for Submissions: 37.2: Contest issue.  Room would love to add a bit of your literary brilliance to our already sparkling lineup for issue 37.2, to be published in June 2014. In this open-themed issue we will showcase our 2013 contest winners, feature an interview with Canadian poet Sandra Ridley, and have commissioned short fiction by another Canadian, Jessica Westhead. If you see your work—whether it is poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction—fitting into that mix, send it our way. Check out our guidelines for full details. http://www.roommagazine.com/submit Deadline: October 31, 2013





Creative Nonfiction (US) is seeking new essays about mistakes — major or minor, tragic or serendipitous, funny or painful — for an upcoming issue. Looking for true stories about poor decisions, missteps, miscalculations, embarrassing boo-boos, dangerous misjudgments, or fortuitous faux pas that explore the nature and outcomes of human fallibility. First prize: $1000. Length: 4000 words max. Entry fee: $20 (or $25 for a subscription to Creative Nonfiction — US only). All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Mistakes” issue. Deadline: November 1, 2013 Guidelines: http://www.creativenonficction.org/submissions/mistakes

The Muse, An International Journal of Poetry, an online bi-annual journal of poetry from India, is seeking submissions for their next issue. Accept poems (send 1-5 poems), and essays and research papers (3000 words minimum). Deadline: November 10, 2013. http://themuse.webs.com/

Online literature/arts magazine The Broken City (Toronto, ON) is currently accepting submissions for its winter 2013 edition: “Turn on, tune in.” Looking for music-related poetry, fiction, essays, comics, illustrations, photography, reviews as well as mp3 submissions for a mixtape. Deadline: December 1, 2013. Non-paying. Guidelines: thebrokencitymag.com/submissions.html




  • Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Awards. Got a story you want to share? Enter the Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Contest for a chance at one of the richest contest prize packages around. Prizes total more than $4600 – why not give it a shot? The contest features blind judging in four categories: SIWC Storyteller’s Award, SIWC Non-fiction Award, SIWC Poetry Award and SIWC Writing for Young People Award. Deadline: September 13, 2013. Entry fee: $15 per submission. Prizes: Storyteller’s Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each, Nonfiction Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each, Writing For Young People Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each, Poetry Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each. Details: www.siwc.ca/writing-contest


  • Wyn Lit 2four Hour Short Story Writing Contest. You do not have to use the title of the subjects as the title of your short story. You do not have to use the exact wording of the subjects within your story. In fact, we hope you don’t. You must use all the words from the word list exactly as shown. The gender and name of the characters must be used as indicated – unless the words he/she are not used and the names can be used for either male or female characters. If you have it in you, you may submit more than one story within the 24 hours. Deadline: September 14, 2013. Entry fee: Free to members. Prize: Publication Details: www.wynter.ca/wyn24.htm


  • The Short Story Contest. The Short Story Contest is designed to showcase the best short stories from around the world. The idea is simple. Submit your story and you will automatically enter The Short Story Competition. Three cash prizes will be awarded and the winners will be published on the website. Deadline: September 15, 2013. Entry fee: £5 (PayPal only) Prize: First prize: £300; Second prize: £200; Third prize: £50 Details: www.theshortstory.net/


  • Asian ChaCha: An Asian Literary Journal (UK and China) is accepting entries for the Cha “Void” Poetry Contest. First prize: £50; additional prizes available. Winning poems published in a special section in the 6th anniversary issue (November 2013). Submit up to two poems (80 lines max). Theme: Void. No entry fee. Deadline: September 15, 2013. Guidelines: http://asiancha.blogspot.hk/2013/03/cha-void-poetry-contest.html
  • DEADLINE SEPT. 15, 2013. The 2013 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry will award publication of a full-length book of poetry. The most important criterion is that the manuscript manifests significant themes in beautiful, strong and evocative language. The winner will receive publication with our standard contract and a $1000 award. All entries may be considered for future publication. SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL SUBMISSION DETAILS: http://redmountainpress.us/poetry-prize/ SUBMIT through the electronic submission manager https://redmountainpress.submittable.com/submit


  • Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest for College Students. Open to full-time 12th graders or college students. Write an essay to answer one of the three essay questions on the website about Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. The winning applicant will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.  Deadline: September 17, 2013. Entry fee: none.  Prizes: $10,000, $2000, $1000, $100, $50 Details: http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/AtlasShrugged.aspx?theme=blue


  • NEW! Open for (Online!) Submissions: The Red Hen Press Poetry Award. Submissions are now open for the 2013 Red Hen Press Poetry Award http://redhen.org/awards-2/rpa/, via methods both offline (traditional guidelines can be found here), and online; just visit our Submittable page, here: https://redhenpress.submittable.com/submit/23044. This year’s final judge is Hilda Raz. Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded poem in The Los Angeles Review, a publication of Red Hen Press. Entry fee is $20 for up to 3 poems, maximum 120 lines each. Entries must be postmarked by September 30.
  • NEW! MSLEXIA PUBLICATIONS 2013 Women’s Novel Competition! DEADLINE SEPT. 23, 2013. Time really does zip by, but I hope you won’t let the deadline pass without sending us your novel. It’s a great opportunity that only comes around every two years.The first prize for the competition is £5,000 and our high profile judging panel this year is made up of Kirsty Lang, Val McDermid and Charlotte Robertson. The three finalists will also get free professional feedback on their manuscript from The Literary Consultancy; and the twelve shortlisted writers will be offered a place at a workshop and networking event in London. The closing date for the competition is 23 September 2013. You can enter and pay online any time before midnight GMT on the day of the deadline. And if you’re entering by post, you can pop it in a post box any day up to and including 23 September. If you have any queries, you can log on to our website at www.mslexia.co.uk/novelcompetition for FAQs and advice about entering online, email novel@mslexia.co.uk or call and chat to us on 0191 204 8860.


  • Eric Hoffer Award for Short Prose. The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books was established at the start of the 21st century as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. The winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, and the book awards are covered in the US Review of Books. One story or essay 10,000 words maximum. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Entry fee: $50 Prize: $250, both categories compete together. Details: www.hofferaward.com/



  • L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest. Open to previously unpublished fiction writers. 17,000 words max science-fiction, horror or fantasy story. Established and sponsored by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983, the Writers Award Contest was a budding competition aimed at discovering, and eventually publishing, deserving amateur and aspiring writers. The field of speculative fiction and fantasy was chosen not only for Mr. Hubbard’s love of and success within the genre – but also for the freedom of imagination and expression it provided as what he described as the “herald of possibility.”   Deadline: September 30, 2013 Entry fee: none Prizes: $1000 first prize awarded each quarter; one of those winners also receives the $5000 annual “Gold Award” grand prize. Each quarter, Second Prize $750, Third Prize $500 Details: www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules
  • The Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence recognizes the best in fiction and poetry received in 2013. Fiction: $900 / Poetry: $600      Publication in The Puritan (Issue XXIII: Fall 2013).  Prize Pack of titles from 12 Canadian publishers, each worth approximately $600! So far, publishers include Coach House Books, House of Anansi, ECW Press, The Porcupine’s Quill, Freehand Books, Goose Lane Editions, Cormorant Books, Brick Books, Mansfield Press, Pedlar Press, Chaudiere Books, and Tightrope Books! Cost per submission: $10 via PayPal Fiction up to 12,000 words / Poetry up to 3 pages. Multiple submissions accepted! Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013. See full details: http://www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions.php


  • Lunch Ticket is accepting entries for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction. Topic: open. Length: 5000 words max. Prize: $250 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket (December). Award recipient must submit a bio and photo, and send a note of thanks to the Woods’ family. All submissions for the award will be considered for publication in Lunch Ticket. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines: lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award




  • NEW! The Missouri Review. There’s one month left to submit to our Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize Competition–for which we offer over $15,000 in prizes. We accept submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our Spring issue and paid travel to our gala reading and reception. Contest finalists will receive cash prizes and have their work considered for publication as well. While the contest has a postmark deadline of October 1st of this year, we encourage early submissions. We accept submissions online or by mail. Winners will be announced in January of 2014. Don’t forget that your $20 entry fee gets you a one-year subscription to The Missouri Review. Subscriptions are available in print or digital versions. Our downloadable digital subscription includes a full-length audio version of the journal. You can find more information about the contest through our website: http://www.missourireview.com/tmrsubmissions/editors-prize-contest/.


  • Descant invites entries for the 2013 Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem. Length: 100 lines. Prize: $1000, plus honorarium. Entry fee: $30 (includes tax + one-year subscription). Deadline: October 12, 2013. Guidelines: http://descant.ca/winstoncollins
  • The Northwind Story Contest is back!  The 2013 Story Contest is open for submissions. Send us your best fiction and narrative non-fiction by October 15 to be eligible for the $1,000 First Prize, $250 Second Prize and $100 Third Prize. http://www.northwindmagazine.com/contests/2013_story_contest.html


  • The Black River Chapbook Competition (Fall) Awarded twice annually for a chapbook (16-36 pages) of poetry or short stories. Beginning with the Fall 2009 competition, winner receives $500 and 25 copies of chapbook. Entry Period: September 1 – October 31. Deadline: October 31, 2013.   http://www.blacklawrence.com/BRCCContestPage.html



  • Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline is November 30, (postmarked). http://www.prairiefire.ca/contests.


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


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



  • 2013 annual FreeFall Prose and Poetry Contest is now open! Contain your joy as we let you know that we’ve doubled the first place prize money from $300 to $600. Deadline to enter is: December 31, 2013. For current contest info visit: http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html.




  • NEW! The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published fewer than two books). Each year the winning manuscript will be selected by an established poet in co-operation with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint. The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 advance. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: January 31, 2014 Info here: http://matrixmagazine.org/rkaward/ Each entry must be accompanied with a business size SASE and an entry fee for $30.00 Canadian. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Matrix Publications.” No cash please. Send manuscripts to: The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint, c/o Matrix, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658, Montreal QC H3G 1M8  Or via Submittable:  https://matrixmagazine.submittable.com/submit Alternatively, you may send you manuscript electronically to Kroetsch2014@gmail.com and send your payment via PAYPAL: RK Award Entry Fee $30