CAA-NCR Literary Events Week of April 22, 2013



Weekly Notices for the week of April 22, 2013


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



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

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

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

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


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

LOCATION: Heagle Country Residence, Osgoode, Ontario


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

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

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

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

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

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


Presented in alphabetical order:


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

 Poetry finalists:

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

 Youth Short Story finalists:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Send to Carol Stephen at



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

LOCATION:  First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa

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

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



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

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

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



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

LOCATION: Westboro: Holland at Wellington.

For more information please email





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

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


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

Poetry Workshop with Stephen Brockwell                         

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

National Poetry Month Reading                                         

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

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

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


 DATES: April 29 to June 3 incl.

LOCATION: Dymon storage boardroom, Coventry Rd.

COST:  $165

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

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

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

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

 ITEM 10: OIW MAY WORKSHOPS                                                 NEW!

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Find out more or register here:



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





Note Special Location

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


 EVENTS Thursday, April 25 through Sunday April 28

Date: Thursday, April 25

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

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

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

DATE: Friday, April 26

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

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


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


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


Saturday, April 27

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Sunday, April 28

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


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


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


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


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


Sunday,  April 28

LOCATION: Mayfair Theare, 1074 Bank St.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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





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

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

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

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




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


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


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

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

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


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

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Submission deadline for this issue: August 16, 2013.


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

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

Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest: Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages.

Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems. DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2013 DETAILS ails on contest here:


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




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




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




  • 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize. The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013. Open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 (about $12.83) per story. Full details and rules at
  • 4th Annual International Book Awards Deadline: April 30, 2013. Specifically designed to be a promotional vehicle for authors and publishers to launch their careers, open global markets, and compete with talented authors and publishers throughout the world. Open to all books published in English with an ISBN. Winners in each category will receive a 6-month full webpage on among other prizes. More info at


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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