caa-whwSorry for not posting last week. Arthritis flare-up in wrists and fingers!  Almost done now, I hope!


Weekly Notices for the week of Mar.10 to March. 16, 2014



Library at Parliament Hill in Ottawa

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: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7 P.M. To 9  P.M.

LOCATION: Meeting Room, Lower Level, Ottawa Public Library Main Branch at Metcalfe and Laurier Sts.


Self-publishing and E-publishing Explained by Brian Smith-PLD


Do you have a book inside you just waiting to be put down on paper? Are you looking to get published but don’t know how to go about it? Perhaps you just published your book and you’re wondering what you should do next? Here’s your opportunity to get answers to those questions and a thousand other ones you might have about self-publishing, both in printed and e-book formats.  Questions like: Do I need to buy an ISBN, who can I get to edit my book and what file conversions will I need to do before I send my book to print?  Brian Smith has published 2 books and is currently writing his 3rd and is collaborating on his 4th with a group of leadership experts from around the world. Join Brian for an evening of questions and answers.

ReformedControlFreak Brian Smith, Management Consultant, Speaker and Author specializes in soft-skills training and leadership development.  He is the author of two books, “Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak – The Top Ten Sins Most Managers Make & How to Avoid Them” and “Leadership Lessons from a Reformed Control Freak – The Art of Managing and Leading in the 21st Century”. Brian is a former member of the faculty and Professor at Algonquin College’s School of Business where he taught entrepreneurship, skills for success and professional selling. Brian travels throughout North America delivering keynote speeches and facilitating workshops on the challenges facing managers and business leaders today.



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

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

The RA Centre in Ottawa

The RA Centre in Ottawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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


  • 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!



ITEM 4: 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 5: 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





English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada

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

Pitch your novel or nonfictIon work to Random House at CanWrite!
Register for this year’s conference and sign up for a private pitch session with Random House Senior Editor, Craig Pyette.  For more information on CanWrite! 2014 and to check out our great line-up of presenters, panelists and facilitators visit 



ITEM 7: NIAGARA BRANCH THE SAVING BANNISTER 29TH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST                                                                                NEW! 300px-Bierstadt_Albert_Falls_of_Niagara_from_Below


The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 29th 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, 2014 Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem

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



Open to all Canadian writers

BC Place, Vancouver, BC

Prizes: First: $300 Second: $200 Third: $100

Winning entries will be published in the National Voices 2014 Anthology


Length: Between 1,000 to 2,000 words, unpublished complete short stories, any genre, in English
Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced, aligned left, indent each paragraph 5 spaces,
on 8 1/2 by 11 paper
No biographical notes are required. No submission entries will be returned


How to Submit: Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online
Your name or other identifiers must not appear anywhere on the story to ensure the judging is blind. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. Fee per entry: $15 for national Canadian Authors Association members, $20 for non-members. Online: Pay online using PayPal.




September 15 – 27, 2014 (two-week on-site residency)
October 6 – December 12, 2014 (10-week online program)

Application deadline: May 1, 2014

Please note: Applications are made directly to the Canada Council for the Arts.Banffcentre

Program Information

Faculty: Witi Ihimaera, Lee Maracle, Richard Wagamese

About the Indigenous Writing Program

The Indigenous Writing Program is a unique opportunity for writers to develop their writing and storytelling voices amidst a vibrant community of renowned faculty and fellow writers. It offers an extended period of writing time: an intensive two-week residency at The Banff Centre followed by 10 weeks working online from your own home or work space. Writers receive invaluable one-on-one editorial feedback with outstanding faculty during the residency, and continue working online with a mentor-editor throughout the 10 weeks.

Writers will have the opportunity to present their work alongside award-winning faculty in a dynamic reading and spoken word series at The Banff Centre. This cultivates the significant role of writers as storytellers, and demonstrates the relevance of oral tradition in contemporary contexts. Writers will also benefit from culturally relevant expertise and guidance from mentors and elders with whom they can consult and share their cultural knowledge and protocol.

Applicants who are accepted to the program will receive a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to cover 100 per cent of program costs, including tuition, accommodation, meals, and travel.


Who Should Apply

This program supports Aboriginal writers (defined as First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) who are building careers as professional writers and are developing and/or completing a manuscript for publication. Applicants should have a body of written work and a sustained dedication to literary writing (short stories, novel, poetry, children’s literature, memoir, and creative non-fiction).

Computer Requirements

Five things are needed to participate in the Indigenous Writing Program:

  • computer and operating system
  • internet access (with email account)
  • internet browser
  • word processing software
  • virus-scanning software with an up-to-date subscription


More info:

ITEM 10: BARRIE NORTH WRITERS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES GUEST AUTHORS                                                                                           

DATE: Thursday, May  1, 2014


Barrie North Collegiate’s iDeology program and the L3: Writers’ Conference is gearing up to welcome some of Canada’s finest authors, poets, novelists, journalists and activists to Barrie for the annual conference.

The seventh-annual conference is May 1 and will feature a day event for students and an  evening event for the public. This year’s guests include Robert J. Sawyer, Eric Walters, Marina

Nemat, Priscula Uppal, RH James Bartleman, Tom Earle, Gord “Trixterboy” Bruyere, Dale Patterson, Christine Miscione and Penguin Books Canada.

Teachers and schools can register by emailing

Tickets for the evening event are $20 for adults and $10 students.

Tickets will be available at the door. The evening event starts at 7 p.m.  For more information, visit:




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.  





DATES:  MAY 22- 24, 2014


Writing Trans Genres will be held May 22 to 24 in Winnipeg. Papers and proposals are due by Mar. 1, and conference registration is due by Apr. 15.

This May, Winnipeg will have the honour of hosting “Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism” – a conference which will be “the largest gathering of its kind in  Canada,” according to organizer Trish Salah.

While formal academic panels and papers will be included in the conference, it also includes many other works. The call for proposals extends an invitation to “writers, scholars, performers, critics, activists and community members to participate in developing critical contexts for reading and interpreting an emerging body of literature by transgender, transsexual, two spirit and genderqueer writers, on two spirit, trans, and genderqueer terms.”

Keynote speakers include multi-disciplinary artist Aiyyana Maracle, writer and photographer Jay Prosser, and authors Rachel Pollack and Nathanaël. These keynote speeches, as well as daytime readings, will be open to the public, and registration for the rest of the conference is offered on a sliding scale. For more information, visit

ITEM 13: 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 14: 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 15: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS 50+ SHORT STORY CONTEST                                                                                         

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

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

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. 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



Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…  Sound familiar? These are the opening words from Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem, “The Raven.” The poem was a “pop” sensation in Poe’s time – kids used to follow him down the street waving their arms like a bird.  Now we’re putting it to you, Project ED creators, to turn this classic into a rhythmic masterpiece worth of today’s pop charts.


Here’s your assignment:  Using verses from “The Raven” – recite, sing, or rap the poem in a rhythm that will make us want to hear it over and over again. You must follow these rules:

·         Use the poem as is – no repetitions of words or lines, no invention of new words or lines; just make your flow work. We want you to stay true to Poe’s original rhyme and verse.

·         Your recitation must contain, at a minimum, the first six verses of the poem in order as included below. You can stop there, or keep going. Pick stanzas from the rest of the poem as you wish, or do the whole thing!

·         Make sure your video is appropriate (No profanity or violence, please!)

·         Accompanying music must be either an original composition or from our approved music sources: MORE INFO HERE:


Remember – we’re focused on your flow and delivery. Perfectly produced music is not required; beatboxing and even drumming on your desk is acceptable.  And check out the Resources section for Raven-themed artwork you can include in your video  Good Luck!          



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:




The Ottawa Public Library´s (OPL) annual Teen Tech Week (TTW) video contest is back. Teens 13 to 18 can participate between March 9 and April 6 bycreating a one-minute video about their favourite book. The video can be a book trailer, a parody, a review, a dramatization of a compelling scene, or anything related to their book of choice. Teens must upload their videos on YouTube to compete for the grand prize: an Apple iPad. The iPad is compatible with OPL eBooks and with the wireless connections at all 33 OPL branches.

For the second year in a row, contest partner SAW Video will provide a prize pack, including a video workshop, and have committed to having one of their cinematographers as the guest judge. The video contest kicks off this year´s TTW, which takes place March 9-15. TTW highlights public libraries being about much more than books; OPL´s digital offerings include eBooks, online resources such as Teen Health and Wellness, downloadable music from Freegal, OPL blogs and apps.

The top 10 finalists will be announced, and their videos screened, at an Awards Night & Video Screening on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in The Centrepointe Studio Theatre, 101  Centrepointe Drive. A wild card prize will be drawn from all the submissions. This event is free and open to everyone. For more information about the contest, including the rules and regulations, and to view last year´s winning videos, visit  For more information about OPL, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or<>.



ITEM 19: POETRY READING AND LAUNCH                        NEW!


DATE: Monday, March 10, 2014  7 p.m.


St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa




Co-published with Carleton University Art Gallery, as an extension of “Dennis Tourbin: The Language of Visual Poetry,” curated by Marcie Bronson; organized and circulated by Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University, 3 February – 27 April 2014.
THE STREAM and other poems launches as part of a poetry reading at Carleton University Art Gallery, 7pm on March 10, 2014 by three poets and friends of the late artist: Michael Dennis (Ottawa), Catherine Jenkins (Toronto) and rob mclennan (Ottawa). Each author will be reading from their own works, as well as selections of Tourbin’s published writing. A limited number of copies of the chapbook will be available free at the door. For further information on THE STREAM and other poems, check out the link here: MORE INFO ON THIS EVENT AND ON DENNIS TOURBIN AT:


ITEM 20: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS ELANA WOLFF & IAN WILLIAMS                                                                                           NEW!


DATE: Tuesday, March 11, 2014


6:45 p.m. Workshop Open Sesame and Ariadne’s Thread with Frances Boyle

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


Elana Wolff has taught English for Academic Purposes at York University in Toronto and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently divides her professional time between writing, editing, and designing and facilitating therapeutic community art. Elana has published six books with Guernica Editions, including  You Speak to Me in Trees , awarded the F.G. Bressani Prize for Poetry and  Startled Night , nominated for the ReLit Poetry  Award. A bilingual collection of her selected poems is forthcoming with  Éditions  du  Noroît.

Ian Williams is the author of  Personals , shortlisted for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award;  Not Anyone’s Anything , winner of the 2011 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; and  You Know Who You Are , a finalist for the ReLit Prize for poetry. He was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC.





ITEM 21: THE PAGE: VISUAL AND MATERIAL LITERATURE, UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE                                                                                   


DATE: Friday March 14 through Sunday, March 16, 2014

LOCATION:  University of Ottawa. Open to the public. Attendance is free.


Full Program Available:


“There is no text outside of the material structure in which it is given to be read or heard.” –Roger Chartier


  • Registration and program begins Friday, March 14 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Keynote Address (Saturday March 15, 10:45 a.m.): Paul Nelles (Carleton University)
  • “Form, Function, and the Mobility of the Page”
  • Curated Panel on Letterpress, Papermaking and Book Conservation (Sunday March 16, 10:45am): Richard Coxford (Printer, Bookseller), Christine McNair (Printer, Book Conservator) Grant F. Wilkins (Printer, Papermaker)


Keynote Address, Curated Panel, and all Student Papers will take place in Arts 509 (70 Laurier Avenue East). Registration and Refreshments in Arts 301. Contact:

2014 Conference Organizing Committee: Neal Hackler and Cameron Anstee

ITEM 22: NEW ShiRt SLAM VOL #2                                     NEW!



LOCATION: RAILBENDER  STUDIO, 3 Hamilton Avenue North, Ottawa


RULES: New ShiRt Slam Vol. 2 March 13th 2014

1. The poetry is the point.
2. Competing poets will be judges.
3. As always all poems must be new!

Round 1 “Time to change things up”
1. poem length: 90 seconds. NO TIME PENALTIES (poets will be cut off at 4 minutes).
2. The poet who is closest to 90 seconds will receive 2 bonus points! (no timing devices may be used to aid the poet!)
3. Judges will calculate scores by rolling dice. They will then have to justify their score to the poet and the audience.
4. Best judge in this round (as determined by host/audience) will receive 4 bonus points!

Round 2 “poems about poems about poems”
1. Poets must perform a poem that is about poetry.
2. 3 minutes maximum. .05 point deduction for every 10 seconds over.





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. 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.






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:


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.


Postscripts to Darkness has re-opened for fiction submissions for our planned 6th volume, scheduled for release in Fall 2014! We have revised our submission guidelines somewhat, so please read them carefully if you are thinking of sending your stories for our consideration. We pay one cent/word (Canadian, minimum payment $25) for fiction between 1500 and 4500 words.


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:


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.

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:


MULTIPLE DEADLINES:  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).




  • 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.


  • 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:


  • NEW! It’s All Write Short Story Writing Contest for Teens. Open to students in Grades 6 – 12. Stories can be any theme, submit one story of between 4 – 8 pages in length. Deadline: March 14, 2014. Entry fee: none Prize: $200, $150, $100 and publication online and in a booklet Details:


  • NEW! RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2014 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Alternating yearly between poetry and short fiction, the 2014 prize will be given for an outstanding work of unpublished short fiction. Deadline: March 14, 2014 Entry fee: none Prize: A prize of $5000 will be awarded to the best work of short fiction; Two honourable mentions will each receive $1000 prizes. Details:


  • NEW! The 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition. The competition offers one of the largest monetary prizes for a poetry competition of its kind. All entries to the competition will be judged anonymously, so this is a great opportunity to have your poetry judged on its own merits. If you think you have what it takes to delight the judges and get your hands on the top prize of £5,000, then send us your poems now. Just make sure your poem is no longer than 50 lines, is unpublished, in English and is not a translation of another author’s work. Deadline: March 14, 2014. Entry fee: £7.00 per poem. Prize: 1st prize is £5000; Additional prizes are £500 for 2nd place; £250 for 3rd place and five runners-up receive £50 each  Details:


  • 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:


  • NEW! Diana Woods Memorial Award In Creative Nonfiction. Submit an essay of up to 5000 words on a subject of your choice. You must also include a 100-word biography, a photo and a note of thanks to the Woods family.Deadline: March 31, 2014 Entry fee: none Prize: $250 and publication in Lunch Ticket Details:


  • The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose : Winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing. 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. Prize: a $250 award for short prose In addition to the main grand prize award, various other honors and distinctions are given. Submissions accepted each year by nomination. 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.


  • The $15,000 Carter V. Cooper/Exile Short Fiction Competition (sponsored by Ms. Gloria Vanderbilt) is back for its 4th year of finding, and publishing, the best Canadian writing, offering $10,000 for the best short story by an emerging writer, and $5,000 for the best short story by a writer at any career point,  The next awards event will be held June 21, 2014: an evening you will not want to miss – with the whole weekend of events a great celebration of Canadian writing! Get your submissions in, email us about advance tickets to the awards dinner, and be a part of this unique Canadian experience… For further information or questions, please email us at: FOR SUBMISSION FORM AND FOR Competition Information New Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2014 (extended from Monday, March 10, 2014)




  • 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! EVENT 2014 Non-Fiction Contest.  $1500 in prizes available… plus our regular publication payment! $34.95 entry fee includes a 1-year EVENT subscription. Send us your stories by April 15, 2014. Submit your story by email to and pay the entry fee in our online store, or send your story, with a cheque for fees, to: EVENT, Non-Fiction Contest, PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC Canada, V3L 5B2 MORE INFO:


·         NEW! CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW ANNUAL LITERARY  CONTESTS: The Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, & John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize $2,000 and publication to each genre winner (finalists are offered $500 and publication).  All Entries must be submitted through SUBMITTABLE  February 21, 2014 – April 21, 2014. Entry Fee: $22.50 per entry (additional entries $10.00; up to two additional entries) All entrants receive a year’s subscription ($20.00 value) (additional entries receive one back issue each entry)


  • The Gwendolyn MacEwen~Exile $2,500 Poetry Competition… Deadline Monday, April 21, 2014. $2,500 MacEwen Entry Form 2013-14  AND For further information or questions, please email us at: CONTACT


  • NEW!  The 36th Nimrod Literary Awards, University of Tulsa: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Founded by Ruth G. Hardman. FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication. Contest Rules Contest Begins: January 1, 2014, Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2014 more info here:


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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:


  • 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.


  •  2014 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest! The contest is open from today to May 15 at 12:00 noon EST. One winner in each genre—fiction, poetry, and nonfiction—will receive $1,000 and publication. The submission fee is $24 and includes a one-year subscription to Ploughshares, so it’s a win-win situation. (Psst, if you are subscribed through the Winter 2014-15 Issue, you can submit for free!) We consider you “emerging” if you haven’t published or self-published a book. For more information, or to submit, visit


  • 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:



  • 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:



  • 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:


  • 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.



  • 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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CAA-NCR Literary Events Week of April 22, 2013



Weekly Notices for the week of April 22, 2013


Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at ####Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website



Canadian Authors Association-NCR Branch has opened a new Writing Circle (WC) in the Vanier/St. Laurent Rd. area.There’s still room for two or 3 more people!

The Circle  meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Ottawa Public Library, 515 Côté, two blocks West of St. Laurent Blvd., four blocks South of Montreal Road, four blocks North of McArthur. Parking is available at the site, and the #7 and #14 buses stop nearby – check OC Transpo website for further details.

CAA-NCR Writing Circles are now open to non-members of Canadian Authors Association. Fees are: $75.00 per year for non-members; members of CAA-NCR attend the Writing Circles at no charge as part of their membership package.  For information, and to register for this writing circle, contact Sharyn Heagle at


chairs fixedDATES: Saturday and Sunday, July 20th and 21st, 2013

LOCATION: Heagle Country Residence, Osgoode, Ontario


Over 450,000 copies of her books have been sold in seven countries.

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

In Saturday’s all-day workshop Barbara covers five essential aspects of craft used by successful authors – Hooks, The Inciting Incident, Conflict and Reversals, Deep Character, Dialogue

In Sunday’s half day workshop Barbara focuses on “Getting Published” including the world of self-publishing with e-books. You’ll leave Barbara Kyle’s “Master Class Plus” empowered to shape your story into a captivating, memorable read.

CAA members $250, Non-members $275. The fee is all inclusive – dorm style accommodations plus lunch and dinner on Saturday, full breakfast on Sunday. Plenty of free time for hiking or relaxation in a peaceful country environment.  For full details and registration information see our website

Registration is limited to 10 attendees. Early registration is advised.


Presented in alphabetical order:


  • Troubled Places, Sylvia Adams, Ottawa
  • Beat Beethoven, Robert Barclay, Ottawa 
  • The Fiercest Calm, Justin Joschko, Ottawa 
  • Against the Wind, Helen Rossiter, Ottawa 
  • Temporary, Suzy Royle, Perth
  • Special Occasion, Sonia Tilson, Ottawa

 Poetry finalists:

  • Old Among Strangers, Sylvia Adams, Ottawa
  •  Instructions to a Third Grade Teacher,  Iris Anderson, Ottawa
  • Undertow (for Gwen), Gill Foss, Carp
  •  From Industrial Alibis: Angular Momentum, Karen Massey, Ottawa
  • In Beechwood Cemetery, Joan McKay, Ottawa
  • Crows Witness, Luminita Suse, Gloucester

 Youth Short Story finalists:

  • Day in the Life, Madeline Cuillerier, Ottawa –  Glashan Public School
  • Sudden Impact, Patrick Gloutney, Osgoode – Castor Valley Elementary School
  • The Story of Them,  Alison Griffith, Nepean – Bell High School.

Awards night will take place May 14th to honor the Short Story and Poetry winners and finalists of the National Capital Writing Contest, sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association-National Capital Region.

“The National Capital Writing Contest is the biggest event of our program year,” says Sharyn Heagle, President – National Capital Region (Ottawa) Branch of the Canadian Authors Association.

The contest was open to any writer within the National Capital Region.

Heagle says that the CAA encourages writers to test their skills against some of the best writers in the National Capital area. “Becoming a finalist in this contest is validation of your abilities as a writer.”

The writing contest is blind-judged. Each manuscript is coded when received by the branch, and then forwarded to the judges, who are selected from across Canada.

Heagle says it’s exciting to see the friends and family members who come out to the Awards Night in support of the finalists. “Writing is a lonely occupation and having that sort of visible support is a blessing for any writer.”

The Awards Night event will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe at Laurier. A reception will follow.

For information, e-mail Sharyn Heagle, CAA–NCR President,


 We’d be happy to post the news about your book launch or reading here in the weekly notices. Just send a short piece telling us when, where and what (and how much, if applicable) Items received by Sunday morning will be posted for upcoming events.

Send to Carol Stephen at



 DATE: Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa

The First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa celebrates its 10th anniversary of their monthly Arts Night on Friday, April 26th. CAA member Emily-Jane Hills Orford will be the featured literary artist, along with visual artist photographer Amna Hakim, and musical artist  Gisèle Crépeau. Each will talk about, present or perform for 20 minutes.

Admission is $5.00 or pay what you can. There will be CAKE!



DATE: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 6:30-9:00 p.m.

LOCATION: BOM Burgers on Main (upstairs), 343 Somerset St. West

 Sonia Saikaley, Con Cú, Claudio Gaudio, Victoria Dunn (2x the fun as Victoria is Victoria Higgins and Dunn is Meghan Dunn), Gabriella Goliger and Jasmine Aziz. Please join the authors at BOM Burgers on Main (upstairs), 343 Somerset St. West, Monday, April 29, 2013 at 6:30-9:00 p.m. Free admission. Drinks and food are sold through the restaurant.



DATES Eight weeks starting Wed. April 24, 7-9 p.m.

LOCATION: Westboro: Holland at Wellington.

For more information please email





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

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


The Ottawa Public Library is hosting four poetry workshops during the month of April to celebrate Poetry Month. All workshop are free. Register online with your public library card here:

Poetry Workshop with Stephen Brockwell                         

Alta Vista, 2516 Alta Vista, Saturday, April 27, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

National Poetry Month Reading                                         

Readings by: Stephen Brockwell, Christine McNair, David O’Meara, Peter Richardson and Sandra Ridley

Main Library, 120 Metcalfe Wednesday, April 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Online registration is required to attend these free programs. For a complete list of programs, visit For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or


 DATES: April 29 to June 3 incl.

LOCATION: Dymon storage boardroom, Coventry Rd.

COST:  $165

 Under veteran journalist Susan Hickman’s guidance, a small group (about half a dozen) of writers meet weekly with their projects, share and get feedback on their latest writing, explore markets and learn how to pitch for those markets. By the end of the 6 weeks, with a bit of focus and “home work,” you should have something polished.

If you are interested, please email Susan at as soon as possible. This is also a great workshop for previous students who have writing on which they want feedback.

Please forward on to anyone you know you might benefit from this workshop. Thanks!

Cost is $165, April 29 to June 3 incl. In the Dymon storage boardroom, Coventry Rd.

 ITEM 10: OIW MAY WORKSHOPS                                                 NEW!

DATE: Saturday, May 4 & 5, 2013 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Room 3234, Pavilion Roger Guindon Hall, Ottawa Hospital Campus, 471 Smyth Road, Ottawa

Cost:  $60 for OIW members, $70 for anyone else

Lunch $12 or bring your own or use the Cafeterias on site


Workshop #1 May 4: Editing Made Almost Painless With Jon Peirce

This beginning to intermediate level workshop is designed for anyone who would like to edit his or her own writing, but has found the process difficult up until now.  We’ll start off with a brief roundtable discussion of participants’ experiences with editing.  I will then outline a basic model of the editing process to guide participants in their work.  Some short practical exercises will take up the rest of the time until lunch.  After lunch, we’ll spend most of the rest of the day on more complex editing exercises, winding up with a second roundtable.  Everyone who takes this workshop will receive one free critique of his or her editing work.  (More details on this will be provided at the workshop). In addition, anyone currently working on an editing project is invited to bring along a sample to discuss with the group.

Workshop #2: Sunday, May 5, 2013 Getting into Memoir-Writing:  Beyond Faded Photos and Torn Letters With Jon Peirce

Many would-be memoir writers spend so much time examining old photos and crumpled heaps of paper that they never really get to the heart of the matter—deciding what kind of life they or their subject has led and what effect that life has had on those close to them and on the world at large.  What’s most important, after all, isn’t where one starts out in life, but where one ends up.

The sad truth is that a great many would-be memoir-writers get so wrapped up in doing their research that their stories never see the light of day.  Doing research is fun; it is also necessary.  But it can also be an excuse for not getting started with writing.   As the noted historian Barbara Tuchman has said, apropos of research:  “One must stop before one has finished; otherwise one will never finish.”[1]

This one-day, hands-on workshop will offer several practical exercises to help prospective memoir writers get on with the business of reconstructing their lives for posterity.  In one such exercise, participants will be asked to identify “defining moments” or turning points in their lives, and to consider what lessons they learned from those moments.  The workshop should be of benefit both to those well advanced in their memoirs, and to those just starting out.

For more information



While several traditional publishers and bookstores have closed their doors, you have new opportunities to publish your book in print and digital formats. Successful traditionally- and self-published authors will describe the pros and cons of getting your book published by a traditional publisher versus using self-publishing platforms offered by Amazon Kindle Direct, Kobo, Smashwords, and now big New York-based publishers. As well, new players such as Amazon Publishing and agents offering publishing services will be discussed.

The Ottawa Romance Writers Association is partnering with the Ottawa Public Library to present this workshop twice as part of the OPL May 2013 Author Month schedule. The panelists are multi-published romance authors; however, the workshop content is targeted to all writers of book-length fiction and non-fiction. Note that the author line-up on the two panels differ but the workshop content is the same.   Register via the Ottawa Public Library website  for one of the following:

 – Monday, May 13, 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at the OPL Greenboro Branch, with authors Sharon Page, Teresa Morgan and Brenda Gayle.

-Saturday, May 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the OPL Main Branch, with authors Opal Carew, Maureen Fisher, Teresa Morgan and Coreene Callahan

If you do not have a library card, please register via an email to Madeline McBride at, and indicate which date you plan to attend.


A two week intensive program for eight writers to work exclusively with a renowned author to prepare manuscripts for publication. Activities will include plenty of writing time, exclusive one-on-one meetings with the instructor, a workshop and keynote address by a senior  Saskatchewan writer, a public reading, as well as group meetings to discuss publishing opportunities in Canada, literary journals, craft, and technique.

LOCATION: LUMSDEN, SK.  FEE includes instruction, food & accommodation

Summer Programmes July 22 – August 1, 2013 Application deadlines May 10, 2013 FEE: $1,295.00

  • Adult Intro to Writing Fiction and Poetry, Facilitators  Kimmy Beach & John Gould
  • Fiction Workshop Facilitator,  Helen Humphreys
  • Fiction Colloquium Facilitator,  Lawrence Hill
  • Poetry Workshop Facilitator,  Priscila Uppal
  • Summer Poetry Colloquium Facilitator,  Ken Babstock
  • Non-Fiction Workshop, Facilitator, Denise Chong

Find out more or register here:



 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:  The calendar contains up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to If you need more info, please Amanda know.





Note Special Location

This event will be held at Club SAW, part of the SAW Gallery at 67 Nicholas Street, just around the corner from the main Arts Court entrance.

6:45 p.m. Workshop – Round table with John Stefflerjohn-steffler-138-138

Bring 10-15 copies of a poem to workshop with John Steffler, Award-winning poet and novelist, and former Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada.

8:00 p.m.  Readings – Open Mic and Featured Reader Mary Dalton, Author of four poetry collections, winner of the E.J. Pratt award and the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award.

Mary Dalton has published four volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is Red Ledger (2006). Her work has also been widely anthologized in Canada and abroad. Dalton has won numerous awards, including the E.J. Pratt award and the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award, and has been shortlisted for the Winterset, Pat Lowther, and Atlantic Poetry awards. Hooking, a collection of centos, is due out from Signal Editions in Spring 2013. She lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.


DATE: Wednesday April 24,  5:00 P.M. TO 7:00 P.M.

LOCATION: at MUGSHOTS in the Ottawa Jail Hostel,  lower level 75 Nicholas Street.

Confirmed readers include former Halifax poet laureate Lorri Neilsen Glenn, who edited the anthology of prose and poetry, along with contributors Carla Hartsfield, Elizabeth Greene, Margaret Malloch Zielinski and Frances Boyle.


 EVENTS Thursday, April 25 through Sunday April 28

Date: Thursday, April 25

LOCATION: Knox Presbyterian Church,120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

  • 6:30 p.m. Stories within Stories, Truth within Lies: Thomas Pletzinger, Ron Currie Jr. and Ruth Ozeki

 8:30 p.m. All In A Day Songwriter’s Circle: Random Play with Alan Neal

DATE: Friday, April 26

LOCATION: Knox Presbyterian Church,120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

 12:00 p.m. Essentials of the Short Story: A conversation on craft with Nancy Jo Cullen and Tamas Dobozy


  • 6:30 p.m. Writing your Life with Amber Dawn, Iain Reid and Miriam Katin


  • 8:30 p.m. Every Happy Family with Cathy Marie Buchanan, Saleema Nawaz and Shyam Selvadurai


Saturday, April 27

LOCATION: Knox Presbyterian Church,120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)


  • 12:00 p.m. How It Began: A Time-Traveler’s Guide to the Universe with Chris Impey


  • 2:00 p.m. Raising Cubby: A Father and Son’s Adventures with Asperger’s, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives with John Elder Robison


  • 4:00 p.m. The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement with Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis


  • 6:30 p.m. House of Anansi Poetry Bash: Adam Dickinson, Sara Peters and Michael Crummey


  • 8:30 p.m. Northern Scene: Taqralik Partridge and Ivan E. Coyote


Saturday, April 27 LOCATION:  The Manx Pub, 370 Elgin St.


  • 5:00 p.m. Plan 99 Fiction Cabaret with Tamas Dobozy and Elisabeth de Mariaffi


Sunday, April 28 LOCATION: Table 40, 11 Springfield Rd.


  • 11:00 a.m Lunch with Sarah Elton at Table 40 by Fraser Cafe


Sunday, April 28

LOCATION: Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)


  • 2:00 p.m.  One on One with Colm Toibin


  • 4:00 p.m. Banned in Canada with Howard Chaykin


  • 6:30 p.m. River of Stars: One on One with Guy Gavriel Kay


  • 8:30 p.m. Criminally Great Writing with Peggy Blair, Inger Ash Wolfe and Gail Bowen


Sunday,  April 28

LOCATION: Mayfair Theare, 1074 Bank St.


  • 4:00 p.m. Northern Scene: Northwords with Shelagh Rogers, Geoff Morrison, Rabindranath Maharaj and Noah Richler


Sunday,  April 28 LOCATION: MANX PUB 370 ELGIN ST.


  • 5:00 p.m. Ottawa  Poetry Cabaret Featuring David Seymour, Stephanie Bolster & Rona Shaffran Hosted By David O’Meara, Plan 99 Reading Series. FREE EVENT


Sunday, April 28, 6:30 P.M. LOCATION Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue (at Bank Street)


  • The Future of Food for a Crowded Planet: with Sarah Elton, Lorraine Johnson and Barry Estabrook


Sunday, April 28 8:30 p.m. LOCATION: National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin St.


  • Northern Scene: I Count Myself Among Them by Richard van Camp

For more information, tickets and to see the entire Festival schedule, visit:





Events across the city at various branches, starting April 20.

Last year, close to 900 customers attended these events. Communities will gather to discover traditions, music and dance, listen to stories and create crafts from different cultures. These events are free and open to everyone!

  • Greenboro District Library, Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Alta Vista branch, Saturday, May 4, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • St-Laurent branch, Wednesday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • North Gloucester branch, Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Main Library, Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Elmvale Acres branch, Saturday, May 11, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Carlingwood branch, Saturday, May 25, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Nepean Centrepointe branch, Saturday, May 25, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Hazeldean branch, Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

For more information about Newcomer Services at the Ottawa Public Library, visit  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or<>.




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.  Guidelines:, 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. Contact info:


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


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. Guidelines:

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

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. Guidelines:


ARC POETRY ANNUAL 2013 CALL. Arc Poetry Magazine is looking for submissions of poetry—or prose about poetry—that takes the North as its pole star. We are looking for writing from the North and/or about the North in its many guises. We don’t take the North as a given and encourage submissions that engage with and challenge ideas and histories of the North.

We encourage submissions of diverse Northern voices, poetry styles, and languages (submissions in English, French, Inuit languages, Dené, and Cree are welcome; however, submissions in languages other than English should be accompanied by author-approved translations). To submit poems online, go to our Submission page. Please indicate “The North” in your cover letter.



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. Guidelines:


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. Guidelines:


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.” Guidelines:


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. Guidelines:


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. 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. Guidelines:


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”. Guidelines:


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




Nickel95 Zine, an art and poetry, limited-run, handmade zine (London, ON) seeks submissions of poetry. Theme “kiss & make-up”. Looking for romance/love/falling out of love/etc. Payment: copy of the zine. Contact: Deadline: April 26, 2013.   Guidelines:


ROOM MAGAZINE submission call for the 36.4, Open issue. Deadline April 30, 2013. Room would love to consider your writing or art for our upcoming Winter issue, 36.4, edited by Lorrie Miller and Amy McCall. Send us your best work on any theme. Check out our guidelines to find out more.


Cairn Press: Cairn Press (US) seeks literary novel manuscripts with “prose that rises off the page” with strong characters and stories. Submission should include: a one-page query and the opening twenty pages. Deadline: April 30, 2013. Guidelines:


The Rusty Toque (Western University) is accepting literary and innovative writing in the following genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic short fiction. Accepted work paid a small honorarium (approx. $50). Deadline: April 2013. Guidelines:


Only Interconnect, an anthology exploring the intersection between social media and short stories, seeks writing whose content and/or form are inspired by social media. Send your tales told through texting, Pinterest prose, irony over Instagram, or Facebook flash fiction. Deadline: April 30, 2013 (extended). Guidelines:

Lunch Ticket, a literary magazine published by the Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA Program, is accepting submissions for its next issue. Submit fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art, and YA writing. Genre: Open. Deadline: April 30, 2013.  Guidelines:

Women, Work, and the Web: How the Web Creates Entrepreneurial Opportunities. Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press.  Co-editor: Carol SmallwoodCo-ed., Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012) on Poets & Writers Magazine “List of Best Books for Writers.” Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers forthcoming from Scarecrow Press. Co-editor: Joan Gelfand, Development Chair for the Women’s National Book Association, member of the National Book Critics Circle, Joan blogs regularly for the Huffington Post, teaches writing, and is an award winning author. Seeking chapters of unpublished work from writers in the United States and Canada for an anthology. We are interested in such topics as: Women Founding Companies Existing Only on the Web; Women Working on the Web With Young Children or Physical Disabilities; Woman’s Studies Resources and Curriculum Development Webmasters; Women as Founding Editors of Webzines and Blogs; Surveys/Interviews of Women on the Web. April 30 2013 deadline FULL DETAILS here:


Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers. Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press. Co-editor: Carol Smallwood co-edited Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012), on Poets & Writers Magazine’s “List of Best Books for Writers”; edited Pre- & Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians (American Library Association, 2012). Co-editor: Dr. Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Journalism Option Program, Passaic County Community College, Paterson, New Jersey; Editor/Founder, Adanna Literary Journal; Author, Eve Asks (Muse-Pie Press, 2011).  An anthology of unpublished 3,000-4,000 word chapters by successful, retired writers from the U.S. and Canada  (up to 3 co-authors) previously following other careers than writing.  Looking for topics as: Business Aspects of Writing, Writing as a New Career, Networking, Using Life Experience, Finding Your Niche, Getting Published, Following Dreams Put on Hold, Privacy and Legal Issues, Working With Editors, Time Management. With living longer, early retirement, popularity of memoir writing, this is a how-to for baby boomers who now have time to write. May 30 2013 deadline


New food-based magazine Toast Point Press (Canada) seeks submissions for its inaugural issue (June 2013). Looking for short fiction and prose (2500 words max.), poetry, drawings, and photography. Prefers the witty, thoughtful, unique, and engaging. Deadline: May 31, 2013. Website still under contruction. Submission form:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: CARTOONING DEGREE ZERO: DESCANT’S GRAPHIC LITERATURE ISSUE. Submission deadline for this issue: June 7th, 2013. The comic strip, the funnybook, the graphic novel — whatever we call this melange of words and pictures, it all begins with the art of cartooning. This issue provides an opportunity to explore what cartooning looks like now, and where we find its limits. In writing that approaches the zero degree, Roland Barthes sees an “infinite freedom” shining forth, the creation of an “unexpected object” overflowing with possibilities. Can we say the same for cartooning degree zero? Contributors are encouraged to test out the affinities that exist between cartooning and poetry, comics and prose, drawing and writing. What are the stories that images tell, and what do they keep silent? What can comics recall about the past, or say about the present? What have we seen in the history of cartooning, and what can we expect for the future of the form? Descant welcomes cartooned strips, panels, and stories that address any topic and investigate the possibilities and boundaries of the medium. Traditional essays, poems, memoirs and fiction that deal in some way with comics and cartooning will also be accepted.

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

Submission deadline for this issue: August 16, 2013.


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

Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. DEADLINE MAY 31, 2013 Total entry not to exceed 20 pages.

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. DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2013 DETAILS ails on contest here:


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




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




  • ESSAY CONTEST OPEN TO STUDENTS WORLDWIDE THE FOUNTAINHEAD ESSAY CONTEST INFORMATION. Eligibility: 11th and 12th Graders. Entry Deadline: April 26, 2013. FIRST PRIZE: $10,000, 5 SECOND PRIZES: $2,000, 10 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000, 45 FINALISTS: $100. 175 SEMIFINALISTS: $50. Details:
  • Canadian Writer’s Journal Short Fiction Contest. Entries must be original, unpublished stories, any genre, maximum length 2,500 words. Deadline: April 30, 2013. Prize: $150, $100, $50. Entry fee: $10. Details:




  • 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize. The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013. Open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, 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 (about $12.83) per story. Full details and rules at
  • 4th Annual International Book Awards Deadline: April 30, 2013. Specifically designed to be a promotional vehicle for authors and publishers to launch their careers, open global markets, and compete with talented authors and publishers throughout the world. Open to all books published in English with an ISBN. Winners in each category will receive a 6-month full webpage on among other prizes. More info at


  • Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest, DEADLINE APRIL 30, 2013. Now in its 21st year. Prizes of $3,000, $1,000, $400 and $250 will be awarded, plus six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. Submit any type of short story, essay or other work of prose, up to 5,000 words. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. $16 entry fee. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad.


  • University of Iowa Press Iowa Poetry Prize. Deadline: April 30, 2013. Entry Fee: $20. Website: Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Call or visit the website for complete guidelines.



  • CBC Poetry Prize. This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished poem or poetry collection submitted to the competition. Submissions to the poetry category must be between 400 and 600 words. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Entry Fee: $25. Prize: Varies, see website for details
  • Canadian Stories. The Canadian Stories literary folk magazine is pleased to offer the 4th contest for Short Stories, Poetry, Black & White Art and a Self-Published Book Prize.  All entries must be original unpublished typewritten material. Authors retain copyright. Short stories should be 2,000-3,000 words. The subject of the submitted art should be suitable for publication in Canadian Stories.   Deadline: May 1, 2103. Entry Fee: $20. Prize: Varies . Details:


  • Quarterly Ruminate Magazine (US) invites entries for their sixth annual Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. First prize: $1500 and publication in the Fall 2013 Issue. Entry fee: US$18 (includes copy of the Fall 2013 Issue. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Guidelines:
  • The Malahat Review (BC) invites entries for the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. Open to authors whose fiction has yet to be published in book form. Submit one short story, 3500 words max. Prize: $1000 CAD and publication. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Entry fee: $25 (includes subscription). Guidelines:
  • AWARD TO RECOGNIZE EXCELLENCE IN FIRST NATIONS, METIS AND INUIT YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE Submissions deadline May 1, 2013. The Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature . The Award will be given annually to three English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis or Inuit authors. A First Prize of $12,000, a Second Prize of $8,000 and a Third Prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the authors and translators (if applicable) of the winning titles. For further details, submission guidelines etc. on the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, go to
  • POETRY LONDON COMPETITION 2013 Deadline: May 1 2013. The Poetry London Competition 2013 is now open for entries. First Prize £1000, Second Prize £500, Third Prize £200. plus publication in Poetry London. Four commendations will be awarded, of £75 each. Entries must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another poet. Entries must not have been previously published, in print or online. The maximum length is 80 lines. Entry fee is £3 per poem for Poetry London subscribers, for non-subscribers £5. For competition rules and entry form please download the form here:


  • 2013 Leapfrog Fiction Contest. First Prize: publication contract offer with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards ($150 and manuscript critiques). Open to adult and children’s fiction (middle grade and YA) in novella- or novel-length. Minimum length: 22,000. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Entry fee: $30. Guidelines:


  • WRITERS’ DIGEST 82ND ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES. EARLY BIRD DEADLINE May 6, 2013. Categories include * Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious) * Memoirs/Personal Essay * Magazine Feature Article *Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.) * Mainstream/Literary Short Story *  * Rhyming Poetry * Non-rhyming Poetry * Stage Play * Television/Movie Script   * Children’s/Young Adult Fiction. FULL DETAILS HERE:


  • West End Writers’ Club Contest. Every year, the Vancouver, BC-based West End Writers Workshop sponsors a writing contest to showcase the talent of writers around the world. On June 22 all finalists will read their pieces and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in the stately Barclay Manor in Vancouver’s West End. This event is free and open to the public. Deadline: May 15, 2013. Entry fee: $10. Prize: $75, $50, $25. Details:


  • The Lush Triumphant – subTerrain’s Annual Literary Awards Competition. Our Annual Lush Triumphant Literary Awards competition is now open for submissions. The competition awards cash prizes & publication: 3 categories, 3 cash prizes, one deadline.   Deadline: May 15, 2013. Entry fee: $27.50. Prize: $3,000 in cash prizes + publication. Details:


  • Pandora’s Collective: Kisses and Popsicles Spring Poetry Contest: Deadline May 15, 2013, Winners announced June 15, 2013 Entry Fees: Adults – $5/poem Teens (14 to 19) – $4/poem. Children (13 and under) – $3/poem    Prizes: Adults – 1st: $100 & publication, 2nd: $50 & publication, 3rd: publication. Teens – 1st: $75 & publication,  2nd: $35 & publication, 3rd: publication. Children – 1st: $40 & publication, 2nd: $20 & publication, 3rd: publication.  Guidelines: visit website for full info. This contest is open to poets world wide.


  • MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE  COMPETITION PERIOD: Jan. 15 2013 to May 15, 2013. Get your poems ready! The not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize is offering $20,000 for one original, unpublished poem of no longer than 40 lines written in any English dialect. Competition open from January 15 to May 15, 2013. Online entries only. Entry fees vary. Please see for details.  To find out more about the competition and more about who the 2013 editors are, please visit
  • SHP Chapbook Competition $1,000 cash award, publication, 20 copies of the publication, and a reading at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. SHP uses a blind judging system and subscribes to the CLMP contest code of ethics. The Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition is open to all writers who have not yet published a collection of poems in book or chapbook form. Individual poems may be previously published, but poems must not have been published as a group in any form, including self-published collections. Manuscripts may be either a collection of poems or one long poem and should be a minimum of 16 pages and a maximum of 20 pages (not including the title page or table of contents). Reading period  February 15 to May 15. Entries must be submitted online or postmarked by May 15th. Submissions will be considered only if received between those dates. Details here:
  • $4,500 in awards for writers. THE NEW LETTERS LITERARY AWARDS.  Deadline:  May 18, 2013. Submit your writing online or by mail.  Details below. Entries sent after midnight May 18th can not be considered or refunded. The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry for the best 2013 group of three to six poems. The $1,500 Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for the Essay for the 2013 best essay. The $1,500 Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction for the best 2013 short story. Details:
  • The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award, sponsored by the St. Jerome’s University English Dept. Winning story: $1000. Deadline: May 28, 2013. This contest, is named in honour of Peter Hinchcliffe, who was instrumental in the founding of the magazine and has made an impact in the lives of many students in his longstanding role as lecturer at St. Jerome’s University. The $1000 top prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction by a Canadian (citizen or resident) writer who has not yet published a first novel or short story collection.  Though there is only one top prize, all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. All submissions will be judged blind. Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly. Eligiblity: see website.


  • The Black River Chapbook Competition (Spring). Awarded twice annually for a chapbook (16-36 pages) of poetry or short stories. Beginning with the Spring 2009 competition, winner receives $500 and 25 copies of chapbook. Entry Period: April 1 – May 31 Deadline: May 31, 2013. GUIDELINES


  • The Saving Bannister 28th Niagara Branch of Canadian Authors Association ANNUAL POETRY ANTHOLOGY CONTEST Deadline for entries is May 31, 2013. For residents of Ontario. See website for full details. First Prize-$200    Second Prize-$100    Third Prize-$50


  • 2013 FIELD POETRY PRIZE. The editors of FIELD are pleased to announce the seventeenth annual FIELD Poetry Prize competition. The contest is open to all poets, whether or not they have previously published in book form. Unpublished poetry manuscripts between 50 and 80 pages in length will be considered. Oberlin College Press publishes the winning manuscript in the FIELD Poetry Series and awards the winning author $1,000 plus standard royalties. Manuscripts must be submitted during May 2013. The contest reading fee is $28 and includes one year’s subscription to FIELD. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, through our online Submissions Manager (contest portal will appear on May 1st).
  • NEW! The 2013 Poems Please Me Prize – submit by 31 May £400 in prizes + The Artists’ Quarter which brings together artists from China to the USA will illustrate winning poems and sponsor a canvas print illustration for the winner of the top award See the theme & how to enter this fascinating, challenging and rewarding. Details:


  • NEW! POETRY COMPETITION: first prize is £2,000 – a substantial prize that also includes two optional extras: a week at the idyllic poets’ retreat of Cove Park, and a mentoring session with the editor of Poetry Review. Other winners will receive a share of the remaining £1,100 prize pot, and all winning poems will be published in the September 2013 issue of Mslexia. Click here for more information:
  • NEW! POETRY PAMPHLET COMPETITION:  For collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems. the first prize is the publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books, plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and royalties from all subsequent sales. If you’ve never had a full-length collection published and want to take your work to the next level, this could be the competition for you… DETAILS are on our website at


  • Pop Montreal and Matrix Magazine: Lit POP is back! Eileen Myles and Sheila Heti confirmed as the 2013 judges! DEADLINE June 30, 2013. POETRY AND SHORT FICTION. Winners, one from each category,  receive a round-trip ticket to POP Montreal from September 25 – 29, 2013, VIP pass to the Pop Montreal Festival, free accommodation at a bed and breakfast, fall publication in Matrix Magazine with full honorarium, and presentation at a special Matrix Lit POP event during the festival. Open to residents of Canada and the United States.  Winners notified in August. Poets are asked to send no more than 5 poems; fiction and non-fiction writers should send stories of no more than 3000 words. Each entry is 25$. Entries and entry fees should be mailed to Matrix Publications, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd W., LB 658, Montreal QC, H3G 1M8. Please include your email address. Cheques or money orders should be made out to “Matrix Publications.” PayPal is also available. Multiple entries are welcome. Entries can also be emailed to and will be considered valid once payment is verified. Full contest rules and regulations can be found at


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


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


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


  • Win £500 and publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition!  The Creative Writing Competition is a fantastic opportunity for existing and aspiring writers and poets to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Two categories for entry: Poetry and Short Fiction. Deadline for entries: 31 August 2013. Finalists will be announced on the 31 October 2013. Winners will be announced on the 1 December 2013. Prizes: There will be two winners; one Poetry winner and one Short Fiction winner. Each winner will receive £500.  Each winner will receive a selection of books from our competition partners. Winners and finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. Winners and shortlisted finalists will receive a complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.


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


  • The 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. GUIDELINES


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