Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks of Sept. 8 to 21, 2014


English: Photograph of Parliament Hill, Ottawa...

English: Photograph of Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Taken from Ottawa/Ontario end of Alexandra Bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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


There is an immediate need to secure a new Branch President following the recent retirement of Phyllis Bohonis from the position.

There will be an election at this September 9th meeting, in which we strongly encourage you to participate. Filling this position is of utmost importance to the ongoing operations of the Branch. (PLEASE NOTE ITEM BELOW REGARDING THE MEETING LOCATION)

To make a nomination for the position, or if you are interested in taking on responsibility for the position yourself, kindly (as soon as possible) contact Sharyn Heagle ( Past-President of the branch.

In the interim, Dr. Qais Ghanem, currently VP of Communications, has graciously agreed to take on the position of Acting President pending the outcome of the September election.

Also, please note that we have several vacant positions in the Branch. If you have even a limited amount of time to spare, we can find a place for you in the operation of the branch. CAA is an organization run by volunteers.
We need you!

Please attend the September 9th meeting, register your vote, and speak to us about taking on some role in the organization. Your participation is vitally important to the branch.


NOTE: Beginning in September 2014, CAA-NCR will hold its regular monthly meetings in the McNabb Recreation Centre, at 180 Percy St. off Bronson Ave.
Close to the Queensway in a safe neighbourhood next to lovely McNabb Park, the Centre has plenty of free on-site parking and wheelchair accessibility.

TOPIC: Creating a community of writers

PRESENTERS: Kevin T. Johns and Catherine Brunelle
#OttawaWrites and
DATE: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. off Bronson Ave.

Join us for a fun evening with Kevin and Catherine as they tell us about the community they are creating through #OttawaWrites and Their facebook and Twitter pages connect Ottawa writers of every style and genre and celebrate their talents and successes. Their Ottawa Writes Podcast features insights into publishing, writing, festivals, PR, printing, and more.

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, Sharyn Heagle for details


Event: Library & Archives – A Resource for Writers Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Description: Reference Librarian, Megan Butcher, will guide us in making the most of Canada’s documentary heritage resource. She will show us the research steps, including protocols, and tips to make your research easier. Website:

Event: Make Your Book an E-Book Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm Description: Details to follow Website:


DATE: Saturday, September 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
LOCATION: North Gower Farmer’s Market, (Roger Stevens Drive, North Gower)

Emily-Jane Hills Orford will be launching Duke’s story:

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After experiencing an unhappy first year of his life, Duke believes that he has found his forever home.
This is Duke’s story of adjusting to life in a new home, a family that he quickly grows to love. Duke thrives and learns some tricks. He quickly discovers that his ability to howl is rewarded as a talent. Where he was once beaten for howling, his new musical family encourages it.

Duke has boundless energy and his new family introduces him to agility where he excels. Duke discovers that he has a dignified name, something that he has to live up to. All Duke can do is try his best. When he excels in obedience classes and agility events, Duke realizes that he has found his niche. Life is good, especially when he learns how to be a Duke.

The true meaning of the word.



Manitoba Street, high street of Bracebridge, O...

Manitoba Street, high street of Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


CAA Muskoka is also excited to announce North Words Literary Festival taking place in Bracebridge, October 3-5, 2014. Over twelve acclaimed Canadian authors are scheduled to attend including Anthony De Sa, Terry Fallis, Richard Scrimger, M.G. Vassanji, Michelle Berry, and Anne Lazurko. A highlight of the festival will be a full day writers’ workshop on Friday, October 3. For information please contact Festival Organizer, Cindy Watson, at 705-645-5595 or



Event: The Word On The Street Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Location: Queens Park Circle, Toronto Time: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Event: Culture Days Date: September 26 – 28, 2014
Location: Across Canada

Event: INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair Date: November 13 – 16, 2014
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (N. Building), Toronto
Time: Friday & Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm


University of the Fraser Valley

Apply to UFV’s Writer in Residence Program
The Writer in Residence term lasts for ten weeks, from January to April of each year. The yearly application deadline is September 1. Candidates should have a substantial publishing record, including two books or the equivalent with a recognized publisher. A generous stipend is attached to the position.
Our program has been careful to balance the writer’s public engagement with his or her own writing practice. While the primary function of a writing residency is to provide the writer with an extended period of time to concentrate on his or her own writing, the program consistently contributes to the wider audience’s appreciation and understanding of both the writer’s work and, more generally, contemporary Canadian writing.
Candidates interested in applying for the position of Writer in Residence should forward a cover letter and CV to: Andrea MacPherson, Creative Writing Committee Chair, English Department, University of the Fraser Valley


Saturday, September 20 – It’s Not What You Earn; It’s What You Keep: Tax Tips for Writers and Artists One day workshop with Gwynn Scheltema. Unique tax breaks available to writers and artists – even if you’re not earning money yet. Location: Trent University – Oshawa Campus

An 8-week writing workshop that encourages you to write what you know (fiction and non-fiction), give and receive valuable feedback within a small group, and learn to take risks with your writing. A guest speaker (published author) will join us for a session.

Mondays, September 22 to November 17, 7-9 pm
Dymon Storage boardroom, 323 Coventry Rd. $174 Spaces are limited

For more information about veteran writer/journalist Susan Hickman Contact Susan at for more information and/or to register

I am running a 4-week intensive workshop to help writers kickstart a piece of writing they have been working on, or want to start. It’s an opportunity to polish off that little gem, start Something completely new and/or exercise your creativity.

Four end-of-summer evenings, Mondays AUGUST 25 to September 15, 7-9 p.m. Same location, $99. I’m also offering the option to take both courses, 12 weeks straight through, for only $250. Susan Hickman 613-290-7646

Artsmith is delighted to announce the Doug & Ann Johnson Scholarship for our Fall 2014 Writer Island with Peggy Shumaker. The Doug and Ann Johnson Scholarship covers the recipient’s workshop fees for “Geographies of the Mind and Heart: A Weekend of Writing” October 24-26, 2014 on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands, plus two nights’ lodging at the historic Kangaroo House Bed and Breakfast during the workshop and retreat.
To apply, submit a five-page writing sample along with a reading fee of $20 by September 1, 2014. The scholarship recipient will be announced on the Artsmith website by September 30, 2014. Those who register for the workshop by September 30, 2014 can upload a writing sample with their registration form to be entered for the scholarship for no additional fee. Learn more about Artsmith’s Writer Island and the scholarship here:
Apply for the Doug & Ann Johnson Scholarship here:

Friday Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington

Friday Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Writer Island with Peggy Shumaker. October 24-26, 2014, Orcas Island, WA
Geographies of the Mind and Heart: A Weekend of Writing on Orcas Island
You’re welcome to come spend three days immersed in words–writing, talking, laughing–on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. We’ll concentrate on generating new work, creating prompts to use on the spot and others to take home. We’ll also discuss topics of particular interest to the participants. The workshop is open to writers in all genres. Please bring writing materials, a sense of adventure, and a sense of humor.

Peggy Shumaker: As well as being the Artsmith Artist of the Year, Peggy Shumaker has been chosen as the Rasmuson Foundation’s Distinguished Artist for 2014. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Toucan Nest, Poems of Costa Rica. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is founding editor of Boreal Books, publisher of fine art and literature from Alaska. She edits the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press. Peggy Shumaker was Alaska State Writer Laureate for 2010-2012.


Each year Artsmith grants up to five Artist Residency Fellowships for artists, scholars, and writers to have one week of focused time to create new works. The 2015 residency takes place January 4-11 on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. Fellows stay in individual rooms with private baths as guests of Artsmith and Kangaroo House Bed and Breakfast, and have access to the inn’s amenities, including wireless Internet and garden hot tub. Five dinners are provided during the residency. Fellows are responsible for all other meals. Being within walking distance of the beach, library, coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, and Darvill’s Bookstore, and only a few miles from Moran State Park and Turtleback Preserve, residents have no shortage of inspirational sustenance.
Visual artists, please note that Artsmith does not have artist studios, much as we wish we did. As a result, the residency is best suited for artists who do not require use of a studio. If in doubt, please email us at info @ to inquire.
The Selection Process
The Artsmith Peer Review Panel, comprised of artists, writers, and scholars, selects Fellows based primarily on two main criteria:
1. How well the proposed work will benefit from the residency setting
2. Do the statement of intent and work sample reflect originality and evidence of pushing the boundaries of craft
The makeup of the Peer Review Panel changes each year, but is always selected to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the residency.
To Apply: For the January 4 to 11, 2015 Artsmith Artist Residency, applications will be accepted until September 30, 2014. Please submit the following online via Submittable (
1. Cover letter, including residency statement of intent, contact info for two recommenders, and commitment that you can spend the entire week in residency (maximum 250 words to be pasted in online form).
2. Artists: Up to three digital work samples; Writers: Up to 10 pages writing sample in one file
3. $35 application fee
Previous Fellows, please wait two years after your last residency to reapply. 2013 Fellows may apply for the 2015 residency.


This year we will be welcoming 38 literary agents and 9 NYC major book editors, not to mention some incredible guest speakers. We are known for our 1-1 manuscript review sessions – 40 pages reviewed for $55- 30 minute meeting with an agent and/or book editor. Unicorn also offers a Query letter workshop for $40 with an agent for 1 hour. This workshop is limited to 10 writers per 1 hour session, with four Query Letter Workshops with four different agents. Book Summary/Flap Copy Workshop returns this year for $40 for 1 hour, limited to 10 writers per session with four book summary workshops at various times during the day. This year we have five different workshops every hour to select from on the day of the conference, three (3) agent panels, and one editor panel. The price is $300 for all the workshops and three gourmet meals (excluding query letter workshop ($40) and 1-1 manuscript review sessions- $55). You may also sign up for one-to-one 30 minute meeting with all the guest speakers to discuss your book, marketing, and other areas of the speaker’s expertise (excluding our best selling author this year.) More info 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: with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to



• SATURDAY SEPT. 13, 7 P.M. AT PRESSED, 750 GLADSTONE AVE. OTTAWA, The Artistic Showcase Ft. Rommel Ribeiro, Falana, Jacqui Du Toit And Special Guests. Cover $10.00

• THE SAWDUST READING SERIES LAUNCH WED. SEPT. 18 7 PM AT POUR BOY, 495 SOMERSET WEST, OTTAWA FEATURING KEVIN MATTHEWS & THE CONTEST WINNER PLUS OPEN MIC. Pour Boy features affordable drinks and food, and has on-street parking. The number 2 bus also passes directly in front of it. We’ll be upstairs!


treereadingserieslogoDATE: TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2014
6:45 pm Workshop – Round-tabling poems with Peter Richardson
8:00 pm Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

April Bulmer

April Bulmer’s seven books of poetry include The Weight of Wings (Trout Lily Press, 1997), Mustard Seeds (Leaf Press, 2005), The Goddess Psalms (Serengeti Press, 2008) and Women of the Cloth (Black Moss Press, 2013). In 1998 she was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She holds Master’s degrees in creative writing, religious studies and theological studies, and her work often explores the sensual realm of women and spirituality. Born in Toronto, she now lives near Kitchener, Ontario, where she writes a column on spirituality for The Cambridge Citizen.

Helen Guri

Helen Guri is the author of Match, published by Coach House Books in 2011 and shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in a wide variety of journals and magazines, including The Walrus, This magazine, Lemon Hound, Hazlitt, Hobo, and Canadian Literature. Additionally, Guri has taught college and university courses, narrated audiobooks at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and edited the literary magazine Echolocation. She currently works as a freelance editor for HarperCollins, Oxford University Press, and other publishers, and assists in poetry acquisitions for Brick Books.



The Thirsty Moose Pub & EateryWe are starting things off with a night full of fun & entertainment. A “No Rules” SLAM with the spoken word sensation: Sean O’Gorman as feature performer for the night.

DATE: Friday, September 12, 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: Thirsty Moose restaurant – UPSTAIRS (20 Bridge St., Carleton Place)
COST: $5.00 per person

For more information, please contact LiPS at:


NEW! Toad is looking for outstanding works of poetry, flash fiction, and art for our upcoming issue due out in October. Please read the submission guidelines and send us your best. Guidelines:

Lime Hawk seeks submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for its third issue, to release this fall. Check out our previous issues at Submit:

ROMCOMPOM: A JOURNAL OF ROMANTIC COMEDY POETRY ( seeks submissions for its inaugural issue. What is RomComPom poetry? It’s a poetry that inhabits the same emotional space as romantic comedy. Its symptoms include, but are not limited to, laughter, delight, crying (or at the minimum, a lump in the throat), self-doubt replaced by selfless confidence, the realization of love in an unexpected person, and the overwhelming urge to want to fall in love or eat chocolate. There’s more to it, but we’re not quite sure what that is. It might even include the snarky. So send us poems to help give shape to this new sub-genre. Make us laugh and/or cry. Make our hearts turn to chocolate. Email submissions of 1-5 poems to RomComPomATgmailDOTcom. Either paste the poems into the body of the email or attach all the poems in ONE document. The latter method is heavily preferred. Also, please include a short bio and be sure to include your favorite romantic comedies. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately by email if your poem or poems have been accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published poems. Complete submission guidelines are here:

Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing will resume publication after a one-year hiatus. The next issue, #30, will appear in May/June 2015. First appearance in Columbia, South Carolina in 1982, featured poems by Seamus Heaney, Stephen Spender, and newcomer Sam Boone. Subsequently edited from England, Japan, and Tanzania, the magazine returned to South Carolina in 1996 until 2011. Illuminations has remained consistently true to its mission statement to publish new writers alongside some of the world’s finest. A number of new poets whose early work appeared in Illuminations have gone on to win prizes and accolades, and we at Illuminations sincerely value the chance to promote the work of emerging writers. Beginning August 1st, 2014, Illuminations is again accepting submissions of poetry. Please send no more than six poems at a time. Devoted primarily to poetry we publish only one or two pieces of short fiction and/or non-fiction in any given year, and sometimes none at all. Please make sure that anything you send us has not been published elsewhere already and is not currently under consideration elsewhere. In the case of a piece translated from a language other than English, please send us the original along with your translation (this is for review purposes only; we generally publish the translation only). Mailed submissions, with an accompanying SASE for response, to Simon Lewis, Editor, Illuminations, Department of English, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001. We also accept e-mailed submissions via–there is a $2:20 fee for e-mail submissions. To submit via e-mail, go to For further information, please contact the editor Simon Lewis at lewissATcofcDOTedu.

NEW! Passages North Passages North is open for submissions! We want to read your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, hybrid essays, short-shorts, spoken-word poetry, and brief essays on the writing life for our online Writers on Writing column. PN, a project of Northern Michigan University, has been publishing poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction since 1979. Read and submit at

NEW! Blotterature Literary Magazine is now open for submissions. Blotterature Literary Magazine accepts a wide variety of prose, poetry, and artwork. We seek the nontraditional mixed with craft, detail, and process. Well-developed with an edge. Experimental but not aimless. Something with political intentions or just there to entertain. Thought-out. Thrilling. Intelligent. • Submissions will be ongoing until 10 writers/artists in each genre are selected. At that time we will notify accepted submitters of the publication date. • Please read all guidelines carefully and submit your best work at:


NEW! Subject: Last Call for Submissions: Grist Journal. The reading period for Grist: The Journal for Writers Issue 8 ends in two weeks! We seek quality fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as well as essays devoted to discussions of craft. We welcome all styles and aesthetic approaches. We welcome submissions from writers in every stage of their career and are especially interested in considering work from emerging writers. More than 90% of the content of our most recent issues has come from our general (unsolicited) submissions. We love discovering new voices. Grist is currently published once a year, in the spring. Each issue also includes an Online Companion in which we feature some of the best work we’ve received during our reading period. Please visit for submissions guidelines and to learn more about us! Back issues are also available for $6 (shipping included).
We look forward to reading your work. Deadline for submissions is September 15.

Pentimento is available in print and in the future — online. The reading period for the Winter 2014/2015 issue is under way, with submissions accepted through September 15, 2014. We are seeking disability-related true stories on “Romance” for The Readers’ Pen submission category.

BLAST FURNACE Call for Submissions: Volume 4, Issue 3, SLATED FOR SEPTEMBER RELEASE. DEADLINE: SEPT. 15, 2014. We accept a SEVERAL submission formats: portable document format (.pdf), rich text format (.rft) and .doc/docx (Microsoft Word) files, OR .mp3/.wav audio files. Please submit no more than three (3) of your BEST poems, or, if you prefer to create an audio recording of yourself reciting your poetry, send ONLY ONE (1) file attachment of NOT MORE THAN 2 MINUTES/120 seconds in total duration to We are entertaining poems with the theme of love of country, as well as fine original poetry outside of this/these theme(s). We simply ask that individual submissions do NOT exceed more than three (3) poems per poet, and that each individual poem NOT exceed more than three (3) pages. Please read our Mission/Values, Submission Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted near the top of our web page, before Submitting to review what resonates with us. We love a variety of poetic styles, but we are also picky.

Eye to the Telescope (ETTT) is a guest-edited online publication of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. ETTT 14 will be edited by John C. Mannone, who is looking for ekphrastic submissions for the October 2014 issue. Deadline September 15, 2014. There is no particular theme for this issue, but the speculative poems (sci-fi, fantasy, surrealism, etc.) must be exactly 100 words(excluding titles and epigraphs/postscripts that cite other sources) and be connected to the visual art linked below (see website). They may contain tones of humor or horror, but most importantly, I am looking for literary quality writing with literary depth. All forms/styles are accepted. Either write a poem directly inspired by one of the images shown on the site or pair up a poem influenced by a current science event (include an online reference) that also complements one of the pictures. Identify which image elicited each poem. See for the links to the pictures and for more submission details.

NEW! Submission Deadline Extended to September 30: Tahoma Literary Review. Deadline for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and flash has been extended to September 30. Tahoma Literary Review is a print and digital publication released four times a year. We are committed to producing a literary journal that offers fair compensation for the weeks or months it takes to compose a publishable poem or story. In return for their submission fees, submitters also receive access to Endnotes, a protected area of our site with links to craft articles and interviews. Please Visit for details.

NEW! Saw Palm: florida literature & art. Saw Palm: florida literature & art is seeking submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for Issue 9. We are as interested in lyric and experimental work as we are to more traditional forms. Saw Palm is an annual print magazine out of the University of South Florida. Our mission is to be the premier cultural barometer of Florida – to collect, publish, and review the best cultural works of one of the most populous and diverse states in the U.S. We welcome writers and artists from across the globe, as long as the work is somehow connected to Florida (via images, people, themes, etc.). We also welcome creative works from Floridians and former Floridians that are not obviously about someplace else. Our contributors include national and international award-winners, as well as emerging artists and writers, many of whom are published for the first time here.
Submission period: July 1st – October 1st Guidelines:

If and Only If: A Journal of Body Image and Eating Disorders seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art work for our inaugural issue to be published in Fall 2014. We are seeking works related to body image, the body, and eating disorders in all of their various definitions. Send up to five (5) poems, 6000 words of fiction/nonfiction, or three (3) images to the editors at iffjournalATgmailDOTcom by October 1, 2014. Please include a brief bio and your contact information along with your submission. All work should be submitted as an attachment. Written work should be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Visual submissions should be in .jpeg or .gif format. More information and full submission guidelines at:

Welter has been the University of Baltimore’s student-run literary journal for more than 40 years, publishing works from across the country. We are currently accepting submission for the 2014-2015 edition of Welter. We are accepting the following: fiction, memoir, essay: 3,000 words max as a Microsoft Word document. Poetry: up to five poems of any length in a single Microsoft Word document. Comics, photos, artwork: Upload a single digital file in either PDF or JPG format. Submissions can be up to three 5″x8″ pages in length, or must be able to be reduced to this size later. Work must be publishable in black and white. Things to note: Please do not put your name or contact info anywhere on the manuscript or document that you submit. Your identifying information should appear only in your cover letter. Submissions that do not adhere to the stated requirements will not be read. Deadline: October 1, 2014

Holy Cow! Press is seeking poems about Lake Superior that are environmental, ecological, historical, spiritual, geographical, etc–in particular from Minnesota, Ontario, upper Michigan, Wisconsin. New work, previously published poems are welcome–three poems limit. $10 reading fee requested. Please include a SASE (no electronic submissions) and send to: The Editors, Lake Superior Anthology, Holy Cow! Press, Post Office Box 3170, Duluth, Minnesota 55803. Deadline: October 1st, 2014.

Upstairs at Duroc Submission Guidelines: Upstairs at Duroc is interested in English language poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and translations. We welcome innovative or cross-genre forms, prose poems and flash fiction. Standalone excerpts from longer works will also be considered. Submit no more than 5 poems, or two prose pieces not exceeding 2000 words each. Include cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address, word count for prose, and a short Bio. Work is read anonymously by our Editorial Board. Submission dates: We accept submissions from October 1 to February 28. Please submit only previously unpublished material! Poetry submission: Submit up to five poems. Attach them in a single Word document, one poem per page. Prose submissions: For short stories, send one or two pieces of no more than 2000 words each. Send up to five flash fiction pieces, attaching them in a single Word document, one piece per page. Visual Art submissions: We seek drawings, etchings and photographs with good contrast. Mostly black/white, plus one color piece per issue (for the cover). Send artwork in jpeg format. Send submissions to: For any queries regarding submissions, please write to The Editors at
Snail mail submissions should be sent to: WICE c/o Upstairs at Duroc 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris

Rattle Magazine: We’re currently seeking submissions Japanese forms for our Spring 2015 issue. The poems may be any style or length, but must be written in a traditional or adapted Japanese form: haiku, tanks, renga, haibun, etc. Since some of these forms are very short, please feel free to submit up to four pages of poems rather than the usual four poems. We might also be interested in essays on the contemporary use of Japanese forms. For more information, see our call for submissions page at
To submit poems or essays, just follow the regular guidelines and note which (or all) should be considered for the tribute. It’s fine to send poems and essays at the same time. We’re not picky. The deadline for this issue is October 15th, 2014.

Lunch Ticket is now accepting submissions for its Summer/Fall 214 issue. Starting August 1, 2014, the following genres are encouraged to apply: Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People, & Visual Art. The deadline is set for October 31, 2014. Send us your best work! For guidelines and submission manager, visit our website:

Raleigh Review is Now Accepting Submissions! We believe that great literature inspires empathy by allowing us to see the world through the eyes of our neighbors, whether across the street or across the globe. Our mission is to foster the creation and availability of accessible yet provocative contemporary literature. We are looking for poetry, flash fiction, and short fiction that is emotionally and intellectually complex without being unnecessarily “difficult.” Find our submission guidelines at Please submit by October 31, 2014 for our Spring 2015 issue. We look forward to reading your work!

Ontologica aims to present an eclectic mix of prose and art. Ours is a journal of differing perspectives. We want to offer material that is illuminating, challenging, and, if need be, antagonizing. Above all it must accessible. Accessibility here doesn’t just mean a lack of specialized language, but a writing style that invites the reader in. Work with a philosophical slant is preferred, but not required. What is required is contemporary relevance and, more or less, general appeal. (An essay on the difference between Transcendentalist and Romantic poetry, no matter how well written, will most likely not find a home in Ontologica. See the Contact Us Page for submission email addresses. At present we accept electronic submissions only. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. We will only review and respond to submissions sent during the open reading periods. Our next Open reading period will be for the Winter 2014 Issue, and will run from September 1st through October 31, 2014. More info here: Anything outside of our published reading periods will sit in a void until a new period opens. Upon acceptance, Ontologica reserves First North American Rights of the work, and the published work will remain online for as long as Ontologica maintains a web presence. After initial publication, all rights revert to the author. Ontologica does not compensate authors for publication.

NEW & VARIOUS DEADLINES: NonBinary Review, the quarterly literary publication of Zoetic Press, wants art and literature that tiptoes the tightrope between now and then. Art that makes us see our literary offerings in new ways. We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary, a tissue, or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy. We want insight, deep diving, broad connections, literary conspiracies, personal revelations, or anything you want to tell us about the themes we’ve chosen. Literary forms are changing as we use technology and typography to find new ways to tell stories—for work that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre, we’ve created a separate category to properly evaluate submissions of a hybrid or experimental nature. Each issue will focus on a single theme. Issue #1 (June 2014): Grimm’s Fairy Tales is available for free download from the Apple store, Upcoming themes: Issue #3 (reading period closes Oct. 31, publication December 2014): L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz Issue #4 (reading period closes Jan. 31, 2015; publication March 2015): Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable. We are a paying market–1 cent per word for prose/hybrid work, $10 flat fee per poem, and $25 flat fee for art. Please note that at present, the Zoetic app is accessible through iPad only, with future updates to include iPhone and Android versions. When submitting your work, please note that if selected for publication, your work will appear in electronic form only. For more detailed guidelines, please expand the guidelines box of the genre you’re submitting to on our Submittable page.

Open Submissions: HFR is currently accepting submissions for Issue 4.1. Submit your fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, hybrid, comics, art, etc. by Nov. 1st.Please read our guidelines before submitting.

Little Patuxent Review is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork for the Winter 2015 Food issue. How many tongues can you access through the language of food? How many minutes could you commune with a family at a foreign table, supported with the language of food? LPR seeks a variety of takes on the theme, from the broad issues, places, and people that “feed” you, to the ground level stories and poems that mark your daily interactions with food. Send LPR your most full bellied work because, as Virginia Woolf suggests, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Submissions will be open until November 1, 2014. Please note: Our new editor is Steven Leyva. Laura Shovan has moved into the role of Poetry Editor. Address fiction submissions to Jen Grow and non-fiction to Emily Rich. Full submission guidelines are available at:

Call for Submissions – Mason’s Road: A Literary & Arts Journal. We are pleased to announce the opening of our next submissions period! We are now accepting your best Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Craft Essays. The theme for Issue #10 is“Memory,” and we are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic. Our submissions period runs for three months: August 15 – November 15, 2014.There are two ways to submit toMason’s Road. You can submit for free any time during our submissions period, and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication.Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for ourMason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive. Please look here: for submission guidelines. Visit to check out all of the current issue’s works. Submit here:

NEW! I AM: TWENTY-SEVEN is a yearlong curated art project consisting of twenty-seven pieces about the age of twenty-seven. All pieces will be posted and archived on the project’s site. This project is curated by Rachel Ann Brickner, writer and Managing Editor of Weave Magazine. Deadline: December 1st, 2014. Guidelines: Submit anything. Really! Anything. A story (one sentence or many pages long), video, song, comic, photo essay, painting, collage, memoir, poem, riddle, infographic, et cetera. As long as it somehow incorporates the experience of being twenty-seven (explicitly or not). You can be of any age to submit. The more diverse, the better. Send your submissions to : twentysevenzineATgmailDOTcom. Questions and ideas for the project can be found here: More about I AM: TWENTY-SEVEN:

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.

Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry is now accepting submissions for our next issue, Volume VII, The Disobedient Issue. We are leaving the interpretation of the concept of disobedience open, but know that this issue was inspired by reading Poetics of Disobedience by Alice Notley and by necessary acts of civil disobedience everywhere. Please send only your best work, any length, any style. Deadline for this issue: January 31, 2015. More info, details and link for submissions here:

NEW! South85 Journal Call for Submissions, Page for submissions: South85 Journal, an online literary journal published semi-annually by the Converse College Low-Residency MFA program, is currently accepting submissions for its 2014-2015 issues. Submissions are open September 1, 2014 until April 30, 2015. visit for submission guidelines.



• Poems Please Me Prize 2014, third international competition Judge: Anthony Watts. Closing date: 11.59 pm BST Sunday 14th September 2014. Results will be published by Poems Please Me and mailed individually to winners before 31 October. 2. Subject: this is an Open competition this year. The choice of subject is yours. 3. Language: English 4. Length: 12 to 40 lines (excluding title). 5. Prizes. First: £600 Second: £300 Third: £150 Highly Commended (number at discretion of judge and organiser): £30 each. Also: illustrations will be created of each winning and commended poem. The Artists’ Quarter (TAQ) will create a selection of digital art to illustrate the winning and commended poems. (A poem’s potential for illustration will not be a factor in the judging.) TAQ is a worldwide online community of digital and traditional artists led by the UK’s Tim Shelbourne. TAQ on Facebook. Winners of the top three prizes will receive a mounted print of the illustration of their choice. Winning and commended poems and TAQ illustrations will be published on Poems Please Me (in featured Poems, a Gallery & an e-Book) and by TAQ. Browse 2013 e-Book of winning poems and illustrations. 6. Copyright in all poems remains with the poet, and in TAQ artwork with the artist. 7. Original poems required, not published elsewhere prior to 1st November 2014.
8. Entry fee: £5 for one poem; £9 for two; £12 for three. 9. How to enter (online or post) SEE INFO AT:

• NEW! The 2014 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry will award $1000.00 and 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. SUBMIT here by September 15, 2014 through the electronic submission manager. GUIDELINES HERE:
• The Golden Key announces our first-ever flash fiction contest, judged by Karin Tidbeck. Winner receives $200 and publication in our 6th issue (Spring/Summer 2015). As each of our issues are themed to be inspired by an “object” that might come out of the little iron chest, the subject of the winning story will also determine the theme for Issue 6. We will be accepting submissions of flash fiction (up to 500 words) between July 15 and September 15. The fee for entry is $5 for one piece, or $7 for two. Entry fee donations go directly into the fund we are raising to pay writers. The winner will be announced November 1. Deadline: September 15, 2014. Contest Details:

• Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry CHAPBOOK Prize $15.00 USD ENTRY FEE. SEPT. 15 DEADLINE. GUIDELINES:

• Submissions to the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry now open! Any poet with an original, full-length collection is eligible. Each manuscript, accompanied by a $25 reading fee, will be considered for both prizes. Each prize offers $1,000, plus publication by the University of Wisconsin Press. The submission deadline is September 15. Before visiting our online submissions manager, put together a single pdf including a title page, a table of contents, the manuscript poems, and an acknowledgments page listing any magazines or journals where the submitted poems may have first appeared. Your name and contact info should not appear anywhere on the document. Manuscripts should be fifty to ninety pages in length on 8.5″ x 11″ pdf pages. Once your manuscript is ready, visit and complete the form in the center of the page. After you’ve successfully submitted, you will be redirected to our secure pay portal, where you can pay the $25 submission fee. Postal submissions are discouraged but will be accepted. Postal details can be found at Simultaneous submissions are permitted, provided the poet agrees to withdraw the manuscript via the submissions manager if it is accepted elsewhere. If you have any questions, please first consult our FAQ. If you don’t find your answer, query Series Editor Ron Wallace at

• Consequence Magazine is currently accepting submissions for the 2014 Consequence Prize in Fiction. As always, submissions must address the culture and consequences of war, and the deadline is September 15th. The winning story will be published in our 2015 issue and the author will receive a $250 prize. Contest entry guidelines are posted on the Submissions page of our website at

• The brand new Mslexia Women’s Memoir Competition is now open for entries. The only competition of its type in the UK, this year we’re looking for memoirs of at least 50,000 words of prose that narrate actual events in the writer’s own life. Said writer must not have had a memoir published, but can be previously published in other genres. It’s a crime to let wonderful life stories go untold, so if your writing fits the bill get those fingers typing, you only have until 22 September to submit your entry. The first prize is a massive £5,000Please visit our website for full details of how to enter and specially-commissioned memoir writing workshops.

• NEW! ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY: ASPS Fall 2014 Contest. Deadline: 2014-09-22 (Postmarked) Rules and Details Contest entry deadline postmarked by Sept 22

• 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:

• The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions each year from January 1st to September 30th through our online submissions manager. The judges for this year’s prize are Margaret Atwood (for poetry) and Zsuzsi Gartner (for fiction). In addition to publication in Issue 27: Fall 2014, each winning author receives $1000 as well as a prize pack of books drawn from 17 donating publishers, each valued at approximately $750. DEADLINE: SEPT. 30, 2014 DETAILS:

• PHILIP LEVINE POETRY BOOK PRIZE 2014. $2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press.
Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2014. Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-80 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere. The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to “Fresno State (Levine Prize)”. Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee. Online payments can be made via credit or debit card at the link below. Submit entries online at the link below OR mail hard copy entries to: Philip Levine Prize in Poetry Department of English, Mail Stop PB 98 5245 N. Backer Ave. California State University, Fresno Fresno, California 93740-8001 Full guidelines, as well as the link for online submissions and online payments, can be found on our website: contact email:

• Devil’s Lake 2014 Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry now accepting online entries for its first annual Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry. Submit here: Submissions: Entries to include two poems totaling five pages or fewer. One entry is defined as one short story or two poems; you may submit up to two entries, but you must submit them separately and pay an entry fee for both. All work submitted must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions not permitted. Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the manuscript itself, but only in the “cover letter” box, as all submissions will be read blind. Only accepting online entries through Submittable. Ensure that your account includes a working e-mail address—it’s the only way for us to contact you! Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds for submissions. Deadline September 30, 2014, at 11:59 pm CST. Winners announced in November 2014, and will receive $100 and publication in the Spring 2015 issue. Entry fee: $10. All contest entries will be considered for publication in Devil’s Lake.

• Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest All styles and themes Submission period: April 15-September 30 Total prizes: $3,000 Accepts published and unpublished work Special award for verse that rhymes or has a traditional style

• *CONNECTICUT RIVER REVIEW POETRY CONTEST – Deadline: September 30, 2014.Prizes of $400, $100, and $50 are offered. To enter, send up to 3 unpublished poems, 80-line limit each. Include 2 copies of each poem, one with complete contact info on it and one with NO contact info on it. Include SASE for results only. A $15 reading fee is required. Make the check out to CPS. Send submissions to CRR Poetry Contest, PO Box 270554, W. Hartford, CT 06127. The judge for this year’s contest is Charles Rafferty, author of 10 books of poetry and currently the director of the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College.

• NEW! 2014 Annual Chapbook Contest. Our 2014 annual chapbook contest is open for submissions. We have extended the deadline to September 30. This year’s judge is Laura LeHew, award-winning poet and owner of Uttered Chaos Press. Winner receives $100 and 25 copies. Send 20-25 pages of poetry, a title page, table of contents, and an acknowledgements page, all with no identifying information. Send a second title page with your name and contact information.
Submit entire manuscript, e-mail address or SASE, a 2-3 line bio, and a $15 reading fee. Tiger’s Eye Press, P.O. Box 9723, Denver, CO. 80209

• NEW! The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award Eligibility Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that have been revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. Current University of Iowa students are not eligible. No application forms are necessary. Entries for the competition should be postmarked between August 1 and September 30; packages must be postmarked by September 30. See link above for more details on submitting. Announcement of the winners will be made early in the following year on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

• NEW! The 2015 Green Rose Prize $2,000 and publication for a book of poems by an established poet Guidelines: Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have already published one or more full-length collections of poetry. We will consider individual collections and volumes of new and selected poems. Besides the winner, New Issues may publish as many as three additional manuscripts from this competition. Please include a $25 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press. Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2014. The winning manuscript will be named in January 2015 and published in the spring of 2016. General Guidelines: Submit a manuscript at least 48 pages in length, typed on one side, single-spaced preferred. Photocopies are acceptable. Please do not bind manuscript. Include a brief bio, relevant publication information, cover page with name, address, phone number, and title of the manuscript, and a page with only the title. Enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification that the manuscript has been received. For notification of title and author of the winning manuscript enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Manuscripts will be recycled. A manuscript may be submitted that is being considered elsewhere but New Issues should be notified upon the manuscript’s acceptance elsewhere. Send manuscripts and queries to: The New Issues Poetry Prize, (or) The Green Rose Prize, New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Ave.


• The Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, sponsored by Bowker and Blurb. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $40 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine. “Independently Published” books include self-published books and e-books (such as those published through, CreateSpace,, iUniverse, etc.) and/or books and e-books published through small presses releasing less than five titles per year. Books entered in last year’s competition are eligible for re-submission in this year’s competition. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter; each book is a separate entry. The competition is open to authors worldwide; books must be in English. Any length book is eligible. This year the competition will also introduce the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books, in honor of Pete Delohery, author of the novel Lamb to the Slaughter. The official rules for the competition can be found at here. The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2014. The winners will be notified by November 2, 2014. Additional information and rules can be found on our contest rules page at
• TALKING WRITING 2014 Contests. Submit flash nonfiction (500 words) or great writing advice articles. Winners receive $250 plus publication in Talking Writing. Judges: Dinty W. Moore, editor of Brevity (flash nonfiction); Emily Toth, “Ms. Mentor” of Chronicle of Higher Education (writing advice). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 1. Details:

• New Delta Review second annual Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction. New Delta Review is looking for short fiction (1500 words or less)that stuns, a full narrative in a small package, where every sentence contributes something necessary and integral to the whole. The winner will receive a $500 prize and be published in the winter edition of New Delta Review. All entries will be considered for publication in the magazine, and will be eligible for our Matt Clark Editor’s Prize of $250. Deadline for entry is October 4, 2014. All submissions require a $10 entry fee and must be sent to NDR through Submittable. About Us: New Delta Review is a literary journal published graduate students in the MFA program at Louisiana State University. For more information, and to take a look at what we’ve published in the past, visit our online journal at

• The Writer’s Block Festival/Memorious Poetry Contest. Judge: Rebecca Morgan Frank, editor-in-chief of Memorious. Award: $500, plus publication in Memorious. Entry: $10 submission fee, which goes to support Louisville Literary Arts and the Writer’s Block Festival. Manuscripts are being accepted now at through the October 15, 2014 deadline. Send 1 – 3 previously unpublished poems in ONE WORD DOC (no more than 1 poem per page, and no more than 6 pages, collectively). Email writers14blockATgmailDOTcom with further questions.

• The Ontario Poetry Society Ultra Short Poem Competition. Deadline Oct. 30, 2014. Poems no longer than 8 lines, 8 words per line. Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00.


• NEW! 2015 CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Special Issue Feature Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry $2,000 prize in each genre More info here:

Heavy Feather Review is happy to announce that the Featured Poetry Chapbook Contest is back featuring judge Kristina Marie Darling. $10 entry. $250 prize and publication to the winner. Other prizes will be given to five finalists. Blind reads. 40 pages max. All submissions receive a 1-year digital subscription to HFR. DEADLINE NOV 1st.

• Split This Rock’s Annual Poetry Contest is now accepting poems with socially engaged themes. Submit up to 3 poems for a chance to win the following prizes: First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250. Winning poems published on Split This Rock website and winners receive 2016 festival registration. First-place winner reads winning poem on the festival main stage! Entry instructions at:

• UVic’s The Malahat Review has several contests: “With a contest for every taste and stage of career, it’s easy to find one that matches your ambition and abilities.” The deadline for their 2015 Open Season Awards (poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction) is November 1st ($35). You can submit three poems, maximum 100 lines each, and a story of up to 2,500 words. Winners in each category receive $1,000 each.

• First Annual Poets@Work Book Prize Submission Deadlines are November 15, 2014 Postmark (mail) December 1, 2014. To be Judged by Stephen Dunn Poets@Work is happy to announce an open call for manuscripts of a full-length collection of poems in English from all over the world. Final judge will be Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn. All finalists will be considered for publication. Winners will receive $1000 and 25 copies of the winning collection. Standard publishing contract and royalties will also be issued. Manuscripts will be judged anonymously Details and submission guidelines:

• UBC’s Prism holds three contests. Their creative non-fiction contest deadline is November 21 ($35). Each entry must be a maximum of 6,000 words. First prize is $1,500, runner up is $300 and second runner up is $200. Prism also has a short fiction and poetry contest (deadlines are January 23, 2015).
• Prairie Fire accepts longer pieces for their contest, deadline November 30 ($32). They are looking for short stories up to 10,000 words, poems up to 150 lines, and creative non-fiction up to 5,000 words. First place $1,250, second place $500, third place $250.

• NEW! The William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest. First Prize: $1,000, plus the publication of a limited edition of letterpress broadsides. Entry Fee: $10. One entry per poet (may be previously published). Format: Poems must be between 12-30 lines. Include a separate cover sheet with your contact information. Do not put your name on the poem. Deadline: Nov. 30, 2014. Judge: Tony Hoagland. Submission: Mail to hit & run press, 1563 Solano Ave. #379, Berkeley, CA 94707. Winner will be announced on on March 1, 2015. A ceremonial reading will be held at Housing Works Bookstore in NYC on April 13, 2015. Atlantic Canada’s The Fiddlehead contest deadline is December 1 ($30). That’s 150 days from today! They accept short stories up to 6,000 words and up to three poems, 100 lines each They are published in the issue and interviewed on their blog site as well. Winners receive $2,000 (one in poetry one in fiction) and runners up each receive $250 (two in each of those categories).

• NEW! The 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize. $2,000 and publication for a first book of poems
Judge: to be determined Guidelines: Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have not previously published or self-published a full-length collection (48+ pages) of poems. Please include a $20 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press. Postmark Deadline: November 30, 2014. The winning manuscript will be named in May 2015 and published in the spring of 2016. General Guidelines: Submit a manuscript at least 48 pages in length, typed on one side, single-spaced preferred. Photocopies are acceptable. Please do not bind manuscript. Include a brief bio, relevant publication information, cover page with name, address, phone number, and title of the manuscript, and a page with only the title. Enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification that the manuscript has been received. For notification of title and author of the winning manuscript enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Manuscripts will be recycled. A manuscript may be submitted that is being considered elsewhere but New Issues should be notified upon the manuscript’s acceptance elsewhere. Send manuscripts and queries to: The New Issues Poetry Prize, (or) The Green Rose Prize,New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Ave.

• Freefall’s annual poetry and prose contest deadline is December 31st ($25). If you don’t celebrate Christmas, for reasons of religion or reluctance, then this deadline will keep you busy the last two weeks of December. Who am I kidding — it’ll keep you busy the last few days of that month! Prose entries must be a maximum of 3,000 words, and they accept up to five poems per entry. For each category, first prize is $500, second is $250 and third prize is $75.

• The 2015 Mississippi Review Contest is now open for submissions. Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and in poetry. Winners and finalists will make up the 2015 print issue of Mississippi Review. For more details and to submit, visit key dates: Contest opens: August 1, 2014 Postmark deadline: January 1st, 2015 Winners and finalists announced: March 2015 Issue publication: June 2015 Entry: $16 submission fee, each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue. View complete contest guidelines at . If you have questions please e-mail msreviewATusmDOTedu, call 601-266-4321, or check our Facebook page at

NEW! Sou’wester is now accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for its upcoming Fall and Spring issues. Writers who have not yet published a book are eligible for our annual Emerging Writer Awards and receive a prize of $100. For details and to submit, please visit:





Weekly Notices for the week of  Oct. 1 to Oct. 6, 2013


Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at 

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

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






DATE: Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Meeting Room, Lower Level of the Ottawa Public Library Main Branch, Metcalfe and Laurier Streets 

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

N/C to CAA members, $10 for non-members

Topic: HAVING FUN WITH MURDER AND MAYHEM: Exploring the many facets of crime writing Speaker: RJ Harlick

Described by the Ottawa Citizen as “one of the brightest new voices in the mystery business”, RJ Harlick, writes the acclaimed Meg Harris mystery series set in the wilds of Quebec. Like her heroine Meg Harris, RJ loves nothing better than to roam the forests surrounding her own wilderness cabin or paddle the endless lakes and rivers. The 4th book, Arctic Blue Death, was a finalist in the 2010 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. In A Green Place for Dying, the latest in the series, Publishers Weekly said “Meg Harris…gets an education in evil in Harlick’s absorbing fifth mystery.” Meg travels to the Canadian west coast to Haida Gwaii in the next book, Silver Totem of Shame, which is scheduled for release in 2014.
RJ is the current President of Crime Writers of Canada.



In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge

Program dates: February 10 – 22, 2014

Application deadline: November 15, 2013

Faculty: Steven Ross Smith (director), J.R. Carpenter, Carla Harryman, Roy Miki

Guests: Jacob Wren, cris cheek  Banffcentre


A groundbreaking residency that enables experimentation and creation in innovative writing practices. In(ter)ventions welcomes interventions in writing as an art form, where the medium itself (language) is the site of investigation. The means of production that might frame such interventions (such as audio, electronic literature, interactivity, vizpo, video, performance, collaboration, and so on) are secondary to and/or juxtaposed with the compositional.



ITEM 3: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTS AUTHOR SERIES THIS FALL                                                                                                     

 The Ottawa Public Library is hosting a series of 13 author visits this Fall. Authors will discuss their most recent work, or a combination of their work, personal experience or research.

Wayson Choy: Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying, Rosemount, October 5, 2-3 p.m.

Lisa Carter: her translation of Spanish author Cristina López Barrio’s The House of Impossible Loves Main Library, October 5, 2-3 p.m.

Richard B. Wright: Mr. Shakespeare’s Bastard, Sunnyside, October 19, 2-3 p.m.

Elizabeth Hay: Alone in the Classroom, Nepean Centrepointe, October 23, 7-8:30 p.m.

Charles de Lint: Over My Head, Alta Vista, October 28, 7-8 p.m.

Michael Redhill, Inger Ash Wolfe: The Calling, Alta Vista, November 2, 2-3 p.m.

Robert Douglas: That Line of Darkness: The Gothic from Lenin to Bin Laden, Main Library, November 9, 2-3 p.m.

Mark Frutkin: A Message for the Emperor, Carlingwood, November 16, 2-3 p.m.

Denise Chong: Lives of the Family, Carp, November 12, 2-3 p.m., * offered in partnership with Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC)

Carolyn Abraham: The Juggler´s Children, Nepean Centrepointe, November 16, 2-3 p.m.

Veena Gokhale: Bombay Wali and Other Stories, Rosemount, November 23, 2-3 p.m.

Tamara Levine: But Hope is Longer: Navigating the Country of Breast Cancer, Sunnyside, November 23, 2-3 p.m.

Online registration is required to attend these free programs. This series is offered with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts. For a complete list of programs, visit

For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or


ITEM 4: THE OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY IS HOSTING A SERIES OF SIX POETRY PROGRAMS THIS FALL                                                     


  • Fall Poetry Reading: Monty Reid, Chris Jennings, Deanna Young, Rhonda Douglas, David Groulx and rob mclennan. Main Library, October 7, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Poetry Workshop with Rhonda Douglas Sunnyside, October 5, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Poetry Workshop with rob mclennan, Rosemount, October 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Poetry Workshop with Chris Jennings, Carlingwood, October 26, 2:00-4:00 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



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

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

 Here is the line-up of featured guests:


Linda Pratt, Agent, Werner and Pratt

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

Jill Santopolo, Executive Editor at Philomel Books

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

David Diaz, illustrator and Caldecott Medalist

Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Author / Illustrator,

Jennifer Lanthier, Author and Crystal Kite award winner,


The full brochure is here:




Date: Sunday, October 6, 2013 Time: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Hall B, Mlacak Community Centre, 2500 Campeau Drive, Kanata (Note: Entry is through the arena.) Guest Fee: $10

The Business of Writing, presented by Deborah Cooke: Multi-published author Deborah Cooke, Toronto, ON, has been invited to present a four hour workshop to the Ottawa Romance Writers Association. Guests are welcome.

In two parts, the workshop will cover a broad range of information from the business side of writing. Her first session entitled ‘The Buffet of Publishing Options’ will cover single title and category print publishers, digital publishers and a number of alternative publishing options. She will also discuss the ‘path to publication’ and ‘production and payment timelines’.

The second session will focus on the aspiring author: ‘What Do You Bring to the Party?’ Topics will include ‘understanding the romance genre’, ‘defining what you do well’, ‘making alliances’, ‘agents’ and ‘author brands’.

Deborah Cooke has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies. She is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels, and has written over fifty romance novels and novellas. As a multi-genre author, Deborah writes contemporary, paranormal romance as Deborah Cooke, as well as medieval romance and fantasy romance set in other times and places under the name Claire Delacroix. She has also written time travel romance and mainstream with romantic elements as Claire Cross. For more info visit

ITEM 7: QUEBEC WRITERS’ FEDERATION WORKSHOP SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE                                                                                         


Seven spots still open in this workshop! Please help us get the word out.

DATES: Wednesdays, 6:00 to 8:00  (October 2 – November 20, 2013)

LOCATION: 1 Weredale Park, Westmount (Corner Atwater & René Lévesque, behind St. Stephen’s Church)

Workshop leader: Yvonne Callaway Smith, MA, MBA

Fees and registration procedures: or email


This eight-week workshop focuses on business writing tools and approaches necessary in a corporate public relations environment – very useful skills for a creative writer’s self-preservation and promotion. Topics covered:

  • Analyzing, planning, designing and executing projects that hone business writing and presentation skills.
  • How to write a credible press release, and successfully pitch stories to media.
  • Speaking effectively in public with comfort.
  • How to set the right tone for blog writing.

This seminar functions as a true workshop: the first hour of each session explores approaches and techniques, while the second allows participants to create examples with guidance and feedback from the workshop leader. Readings will be provided by the workshop leader.

more details available at:




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









in early October, Canadians of all political stripes won’t want to miss CTV News Host CRAIG OLIVER in conversation about the role of the citizen,  the personal lessons of defeat and a compelling tell-all account of modern politics from renowned author and former Liberal Party of Canada leader MICHAEL IGNATIEFF

Later in October, just before our 2013 Fall Edition begins, we’ll talk about our relationship with the foods we eat at home, learn secret flavours and taste some favourite recipes from the kitchen of Celebrity Chef and bestselling author CHEF LYNN CRAWFORD

  • Wednesday October  9th  7 pm   Fire and Ashes One on One with MICHAEL IGNATIEFF
  • Tuesday October  22nd  7 pm   At Home with CHEF LYNN CRAWFORD A Special  Food Tasting Event and Book Launch Sample her favourite home recipes.

Click here for ticket and event details.



ARMANTROUT & SILLIMAN                                                 NEW!


DATE: Thursday, October 3, 2013 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.


LOCATION: The Ottawa Art Gallery | La Galerie d’art d’Ottawa, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6E2


The 2nd event in A B Series’ 7th Season features  RAE ARMANTROUT & RON SILLIMAN book launch:  Just Saying by Armantrout and Revelator by Silliman.

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** Rae publicity photo-R-300-12.jpg Just Saying, RAE ARMANTROUT’s most recent book of poems, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2013. Just Saying launches in Ottawa on October 3, 2013 when Armantrout reads in A B Series. Versed (Wesleyan, 2009) received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was also a finalist for the National Book Award. Her poems have been included in anthologies such as The Best of the Best American Poetry: 1988-2012 (2013), The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry (2013), The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, (Chicago, 2012), American Hybrid (Norton, 2009), American Women Poets in the 21 Century: Where Language Meets the Lyric Traditionst, (Wesleyan, 2002), The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford, 2006) and The Best American Poetry of 1988, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012.

RON SILLIMAN has written and edited over 30 books, and has had his poetry and criticism translated into 12 languages. He has worked as a political activist, editor, and market analyst. Among his honors, Silliman was a 2012 Kelly Writers House Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, and the 2010 recipient of the Levinson Prize, from the Poetry Foundation. His sculpture poetry (Bury Neon) is permanently on display in the transit centre of Bury, Lancashire, and he has a plaque in the walk dedicated to poetry in his home town of Berkeley, although he now lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania. His new book is Revelator (BookThug, 2013). Revelator is the opening poem in a major sequence entitled Universe. It’s the jumping off point for a work that, were Ron Silliman to live long enough, would take him three centuries to complete. We are hopeful.


Date: Friday, October 4, 2013 Time: 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)


Location: Thirsty Moose Restaurant – UPSTAIRS (20 Bridge Street, Carleton Place) Cost: $5.00 per person

Come on out for a night filled with fun & “no rules” for slamming (except for the must keep rule of “no nudity”).  For more information, please contact .

– Leigh (for LiPS, the Live Poets Society of Lanark County)




DATE: Saturday, October 5, 2013    6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.


LOCATION: Mercury Lounge, 56 By Ward Market Square, Ottawa, Ontario K1N7A2


John Akpata was the first ever CapSlam Champion. He was on the 2010 National Championship team. John hosts Monday Night Scribes at CHUO… the most supportive Spoken Word show in the history of ever.

On top of all that, he has a brand new CD You have to hear the CD to understand how amazing it is. (And it was recorded right here at the home of Capital Slam – The Mercury Lounge!)

This show is going to be hot!

Doors and sign-up are at 6:30. $8 and free for performers. All ages welcome (and still licensed…)

See you at the Merc! Follow the events page at to stay up to fate on all CPC shows!


ITEM 13: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS  CRAIG POILE + STEPHEN PRICE TUESDAY, OCT. 8                                                                NEW!


LOCATION:  CLUB SAW, 67 NICHOLAS ST. OTTAWA, ONT. treereadingserieslogo


6:45p Workshop – stream of consciousness writing with Bruce Kauffman

8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers


Craig Poile, Poet and playwright, winner of the Ottawa Book Award and Archibald Lampman Poetry Award

  Craig Poile works as a technical writer and has been active as a playwright and theatre producer. His poetry has appeared in The Malahat Review and The Literary Review of Canada, and in the anthologies Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 and Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets, and is forthcoming in I Found It at the Movies, an anthology of poems inspired by cinema. His collection True Concessions (Goose Lane, 2009) won the 2010 Ottawa Book Award and the Archibald Lampman Poetry Award. He lives in Ottawa with his partner Christopher and their two daughters.


Steven Price, Novelist and poet, winner of the Gerald Lampert Award and author of Omens in the Year of the Ox (Brick Books, 2012)


Steven Price is the author of two collections of poetry, Anatomy of Keys (Brick, 2006), which won the Gerald Lampert Award, was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Prize, and was named a Globe & Mail Book of the Year, and Omens in the Year of the Ox (Brick, 2012). His first novel, Into that Darkness (Thomas Allen, 2011), was shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Prize. He lives in Victora, BC.


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 ITEM 14: POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS LAUNCHES VOLUME 4 AS PART OF CHISERIES OTTAWA                                                                   NEW!

 DATE Tuesday, October 8, 2013  8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Maxwell’s Bistro and Nightclub 340 Elgin St, Ottawa, Ontario


ChiSeries Ottawa and Postscripts to Darkness are pleased to invite you to the Ottawa launch of Postscripts to Darkness volume 4!

We’ll be celebrating the launch of our monster of a fourth issue, chock-full of strange and fascinating fiction and art, with readings, food, drinks, trivia, prizes, and other surprises at Maxwell’s Bistro and Nightclub starting at 8 pm on Tuesday Oct 8.

ChiSeries Ottawa director Matt Moore will be your host, and we’ve got a line up of fine talent to entertain and unnerve you, with readings from our volume 4 contributors Kate Heartfield and Lydia Peever, with other surprise special guests to be announced closer to the date.

Please join us for some strange literary fun, and support the creators and collectors of some of the most innovative weird and horrific writing in Canada! We look forward to seeing you there.

You can find more information on ChiSeries Ottawa by going to


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


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

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


Contact rob at to sign up for a table, etc.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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Date: Sat. Oct. 26 & Sun. Oct. 27 Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Location: RA Centre, Bytown Room B, 2nd floor on Riverside Drive next to Billings Bridge Shopping Centre


Admission & Parking: FREE

Authors:  Approximately 30 Local Authors will display and sell their books


OIW is holding its annual Ottawa Authors & Artisans Fair again this year.  We are excited to report that it will take place on the same weekend as a large pottery show at the RA Centre. As usual, a basket of books will be raffled off, with all proceeds donated to CHEO.

Contact: George Laidlaw: or (613) 831-2505





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 5 poems for consideration. Deadline: Ongoing.   Guidelines:


Dentists on the Frontier (Canada) seeks short, pithy, provocative and even happy stories of dentists and dental procedures from practitioners and patients of dentistry. Filed under the title “Writing Home Again,” stories should be in the form of an anonymous open letter (Dear Dentist or Dear Patient). Accepting nonfiction and creative nonfiction only. Length: 600 words max. Deadline: ongoing.  Guidelines:


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


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


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:

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



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


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

The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carousel is accepting submissions. Info:

Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info:

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


Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info:

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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:


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


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




Online journal Cactus Heart Literary Magazine (U.S.) seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, art & photography for Issue #6 (e-Issue) and Issue #6.5 (print), both due out in December 2013. Looking “your spiny, your sharp, your relentless… work coursing with energy and able to thrive in the harshest of places, while maintaining a vulnerable, succulent interior.” Deadline: October 10, 2013.  Guidelines:


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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







  • The Missouri Review. EXTENDED DEADLINE Entries may now be postmarked or submitted electronically through Tuesday, October 8th. Submit to our Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize Competition–for which we offer over $15,000 in prizes. We accept submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our Spring issue and paid travel to our gala reading and reception. Contest finalists will receive cash prizes and have their work considered for publication as well. We accept submissions online.  Winners will be announced in January of 2014. Don’t forget that your $20 entry fee gets you a one-year subscription to The Missouri Review. Subscriptions are available in print or digital versions. Our downloadable digital subscription includes a full-length audio version of the journal. You can find more information about the contest through our website:


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


  • SAMUEL De CHAMPLAIN LITERARY ARTS COMPETITION FOR YOUTH DEADLINE: OCT. 21, 2013 To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s voyage, the City of Ottawa will hold a literary competition for young writers – a citywide, bilingual contest seeking works that relate to Champlain’s explorations and the welcome he received from the Algonquin inhabitants.  The contest is open to Ottawa students in two age groups: junior writers (grades 3 to 5) and senior writers (grades 6 to 8). Five categories of literary arts will be judged: First person narratives (including letters and journal entries), essays or opinion pieces, fictional stories about Champlain’s adventures and discoveries, poems (including original ballads), and dramatic monologues. Awards will be presented at a celebratory evening on December 10, 2013. All entries must be submitted by teachers by October 21, 2013. Application forms and entry requirements are available online:  Contact for more information.
  • 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.




  • NEW!  carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) announce a creative nonfiction contest open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The prize is $500 and publication in carte blanche. Submit original, previously unpublished creative nonfiction of up to 3,000 words to  by November 1 at midnight ET. Entry fee of $7 for CNFC members and $12 for non-members.


  • The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year, and is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. The awards carry a $1,000 prize, and are presented each year at the annual LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced during National Poetry Month in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2013. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me ( by Nov 1st, 2013 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to:


  • The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized authors’ tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. The awards carry a $1,000 prize, and are presented each year at the annual LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced during National Poetry Month in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2013. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me ( by Nov 1st, 2013 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to:
  • The Raymond Souster Award is given for a book of poetry by a League of Canadian Poets member (all levels, dues paid) published in the preceding year. The award honours Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award carries a $1,000 prize. It is presented each year at the LCP Annual Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2013. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me ( by Nov 1st, 2013 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to:


  • CANADA WRITES CBC SHORT STORY PRIZE DEADLINE NOV. 1 2013  Submit your original, unpublished stories stories between 1200 and 1500 words.  Competition opens: September 1, 2013. Deadline to submit: November 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET OPEN TO  All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can submit.  MORE INFO HERE


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


  • Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2013. DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2013. Go online at  First Prize $1,000, Second Prize $250, Third Prize $100. 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


  • NEW! Briarpatch Magazine is accepting entries for their third annual writing contest, Writing in the Margins. Seeking fresh, fiction and creative non-fiction “that brings to life issues of political, social, and environmental justice.” Cash prizes totalling $750. Length: 2000 words max. Entry fee: $25 (includes subscription). Deadline: December 1, 2013.  Guidelines:


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



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




  • NEW! Gemini MAGAZINE  is now accepting entries for its fourth annual Poetry Open competition. The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions will each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2014 issue of Gemini. The entry fee is $5 for each batch of three poems. Deadline: January 2, 2014. We are open to any type of poetry, any subject matter, any length. Scroll down the Poetry Open page to see the broad range of work from previous winners and finalists.
  • The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published fewer than two books). Each year the winning manuscript will be selected by an established poet in co-operation with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint. The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 advance. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: January 31, 2014 Info here: Each entry must be accompanied with a business size SASE and an entry fee for $30.00 Canadian. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Matrix Publications.” No cash please. Send manuscripts to: The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint, c/o Matrix, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658, Montreal QC H3G 1M8  Or via Submittable: Alternatively, you may send you manuscript electronically to and send your payment via PAYPAL: RK Award Entry Fee $30