CAA-NCR What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa for February, 2017




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TOPIC: “Books, Media and History”

DATE: February 14, 2017   TIME: 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: McNabb Community Center, Percy St., Ottawa

Dr. Tim Cook is a historian at the Canadian War Museum and an adjunct research professor at Carleton University. He was the curator for the Canadian War Museum’s First World War permanent gallery, and he has curated numerous other temporary, travelling and digital exhibitions. He has also authored tens books, most of which have been longlisted, shortlisted or awarded prizes, including the C.P. Stacey Prize for Military History (twice), the Ottawa Book Award (twice), the RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the BC National Book Award, the J.W. Dafoe Book Prize, the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. His most recent books, a two-volume history of Canadians in the Second World War, The Necessary War (2014) and Fight to the Finish (2015), were award winners and national bestsellers. In 2016, he published with Jeff Noakes and Nic Clarke, Canada in the World Wars. His next book is Vimy: Battle and Legend, which will be available in March 2017.

In 2012, Dr. Cook was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian history and in 2013 he received the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award. Dr. Cook is a Member of the Order of Canada.





The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 32nd Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology. For more information go to Details. Deadline: May 31, 2017 Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem Prize: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $200; 3rd prize $100  

(Our double blind platform publishes professionals, first time authors, students and poet laureates. This year’s judge is K. V. Skene) 



We’re thrilled to tell you that CanWrite 2017! will be held June 22-25, 2017 at Humber College in Toronto. Mark your calendars, and watch your inbox for more details about the location of our venue, accommodation options, and program highlights.






The deadlines for 2017 Literary Programs have been posted. The NEXT deadlines are February 8th and 15th, and March 1, 2017. More information here:




Writers’ Residencies at Vermont Studio Center: Fellowship Applications close 15 February  Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from across the country and around the world. The residencies take place on a historic 30-building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, and run for between 2 and 12 weeks.



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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 INFO:  and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT’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


From Mslexia:  Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017 – Flash Fiction  £5.00  1st Prize: £500  Three other finalists will each receive £50. All four winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia.  Judge: Kit de Waal  Fee: £5 per story Closing date: 20 March 2017

Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017 – Short Story £10.00   1st Prize: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Gladstone Library, and a day with an editor at Virago Press. Three other finalists will each receive £100. All four winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia. Judge: Deborah Levy Fee: £10 per story Closing date: 20 March 2017

More info at MSLEXIA:


Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest  Entry fee: $10 per poem. Cash Prizes: $1600: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $75, 8 judge’s choice of $50.  Complimentary anthology, trophy, and award ceremony during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Final received submissions deadline: Friday March 31, 2017. Visit for further info and rules. Enquires: Send to David Brydges


The Audrey Jessup Short Story Contest, 2017, Closing Date April 1, 2017. The Audrey Jessup Short Story Contest is held annually by the Capital Crime Writers. It is open to all residents of the National Capital Region aged 18 + and to all members of Capital Crime Writers.  In addition, a critiquing service is offered for an extra fee.  Stories must be: Original unpublished fiction. Feature a crime. No more than 3500 words in English. Typed double-spaced on white paper. The author’s name must not appear in the story.  Submissions that identify the author in the pages of the story will be rejected. Identifying information must only be found on a separate cover page, which must include: your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, story title an accurate word count. There is a limit of one submission per author. For submission and further details: For more information:  E-mail:  Website:


Montreal International Poetry Prize has launched again. Help make our fourth competition a success! We know that all of you all over the world have been making poems and we want to read them. The prize: $20,000. The 2017 Prize Judge: Montreal’s own, Michael Harris! And the 10 international jurors for 2017 are Kim Addonizio from the USA, David Dabydeen of Guyana, Vona Groarke of Ireland, Susan Nalugwa Kiguli of Uganda, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra of India, Pascale Petit of the UK, Talya Rubin of Canada, Carmine Starnino of Canada, Mark Tredinnick of Australia and Joseph Akawu Ushie of Nigeria.
The final deadline is May 15, but we encourage entries before March 31st.  Online entries only:

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

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit






·       treereadingserieslogo Tree Reading Series, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at the Black Squirrel 1073 Bank St. Ottawa, 6:45 pm. Workshop  Lift it off the Page with Mary Lee Bragg 8:00 p.m. Alexander Boldizar + Gwen Benaway and Open Mic.


  • 10616147_719512231476757_4644385450363778813_nWednesday, Feb. 15 Sawdust Reading Series  presents Sawmill Workshop 8: Raising Your Voice w/ George Elliott Clarke 5 pm to 6:45 pm, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa.  Clarke will lead participants in exploring exercises designed to increase the authenticity and individuality of their poetry. Please bring paper/pens or keyboards to carry out the exercises. As always, the workshop is held upstairs at Pour Boy (495 Somerset Street West) and the cost is $5. Or get the Sawmill Package for $20 which includes the cost of the workshop plus any dinner and drink off of the regular Pour Boy menu, tax and tip included! We extend our sincere thanks to the Library of Parliament for facilitating George’s participation in this workshop and reading!


·        Live Poets Society February Fire Filled Wordfest Competitive Slam  Friday Feb, 17, 2017 Coutts Roastery & Café,  57 Gore ST. East, Perth, Ont.  Doors open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 7.  $5.00 admission, performers free.


·        Tree Reading Series, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at the Black Squirrel 1073 Bank St. Ottawa, 6:45 pm. Workshop  Creative Journaling with Sneha Madhavan-Reese  8 pm Michael Dennis + Stuart Ross and Open Mic. www.treereading




Final January Stone: Jan. 31, 2015






Bronze statue of Chief Noah Sealth ("Chie...

Bronze statue of Chief Noah Sealth (“Chief Seattle”), Chief of the Suquamish, Five Points / Tilikum Place (where Denny Way meets Fifth Avenue, roughly the border between Belltown and South Lake Union), Seattle, Washington. Sculpted by local sculptor James Wehn, unveiled November 13, 1912. On the National Register of Historic Places, ID #84003502. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jan. 31

“There is no quiet place in the white man’s cities, no place to hear the leaves of spring or the rustle of insect wings…the clatter only seems to insult the ears.”—Chief Seattle (Seathl) DuwamishSuquamish, 1785-1866 

Yes, indeed. This is something I certainly can relate to as I go about my day, and as I try to settle in at night to sleep.

I’m so accustomed now to blare and squawk,
the hum of electricity whining through machines that
keep me warm or keep me cool, tell me when to wake

now when it’s time for sleep, I find silence unsettling.
I reach again for the controls, turn on
the white noise of television, my modern lullaby.

It startles me now in spring when, window open
to call in breezes, I hear forgotten sounds of loons
and Canada geese giving thanks for morning

The neighbouring rooster no longer sings
his call to rouse the farm, even the drab pigeons
no longer coo-roo-coo along the back fence.


CAS Jan. 31, 2015




Small Stone for Jan. 30, 2015


Jan 30

I was born in Nature’s wild domain! The trees were all that sheltered my infant limbs, the blue heavens all that covered me…” – George Copway, Ojibwa Chief, 1818-1863) 


 This partial quote struck me this morning as quite wonderful in its imagery and poetic language.

To be born naked under stars,
shielded by a cloak of greening trees
beneath the blue vault of sky—

to feel the first spring rain,
gentle on this tender skin, to know
the scent of crocus bud and hyacinth—

and remember always I am a child of Spring.


CAS Jan. 30, 2015


Small Stone for Jan. 29, 2015


Jan 29

“All things in the world are two. In our minds we are two, good and evil…” –Letakots-Lesa (Gray Eagle Chief) Pawnee, 19th century

The quote later goes on to say: “the right hand that strikes and makes for evil… the left hand full of kindness near the heart.”

I must say, as a left-hander, it is wonderful to find a view that does not see the left hand as evil or somehow deficient.


Is this trait genetic or an accident of birth,
an odd traverse through birth canal,
a last-minute bias of brain?

There are more of us now amid great speculation
of why and wherefore, some suggestion
the more violent the society the greater its need

We’re not gauche, not sinister, just hampered by
proliferation of tools that make us seem awkward, uncoordinated.
But consider our ability for music, for mathematics, for language…

CAS Jan. 29 2015

Below are links to lists of musicians and U.S. presidents and lefthandedness