CAA-NCR Literary Notices Feb. 15 through 28, 2016

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





PRESENTER: Dr. Michael Geist
DATE: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION:  McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.





Our 2016 poetry faculty within The Banff Centre’s Writing Studio  program. 2016 sees three amazing poets – Karen Solie , Lisa Robertson and Michael Dickman – work intimately with twelve participants on poetry manuscripts. Karen, associate director, poetry, is author of the Griffin Poetry Prize-winning Pigeon. Michael Dickman is the author of The End of the West, Flies and Copper Canyon. He teaches at Princeton and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and Lisa Robertson is the author of Magenta Soul Whip and the long poem Cinema of the Present. She is a poet, essayist and translator and her practice also straddles the visual arts.

Spring/Summer 2016 programs Deadlines




DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine.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.’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




 ·        Arc Magazine Contests: see links for details on each contest

·        Archibald Lampman Award deadline March 31, 2016

  • The Goethe Glass: An Anthology of Canadian Fiction About Climate Change. Are you concerned about Climate Change?  The Goethe Glass: An Anthology of Canadian Fiction About Climate Change. Last April, Margaret Atwood gave a very important speech in Barrie in which she said that the greatest crisis facing Canada and the world is climate change. As Margaret Atwood declared, “it is time for writers to respond with all the power of their creativity to the greatest threat of our age, climate change.” I am calling on all Canadian writers to put on their thinking caps, pick up their pens, and contribute to this anthology. The political climate has changed, but the physical climate is still in decline. Deadline: February 15, 2016 Details:

·        The Masters Review Anthology – Judge Amy Hempel $5000 awarded. $20.00 USD Ends on 3/31/2016. Submissions are open from January 15, 2016 to March 31, 2016. This year stories will be selected by author Amy Hempel who will select ten winners from a shortlist of forty. This category is open to ALL EMERGING WRITERS. Anyone who has not yet published a novel at the time of submission. We are looking for today’s top emerging writers. Send us your best! Details and to submit:


  • Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday April 4 2016 Entry fee: $10 per poem 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. Details: Enquires: Send to David Brydges


  • The Antigonish Review Announces Two Writing Contests! GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST & SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE $2,400 in Prizes! Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2016, Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2016 Guidelines: Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Past winners may not enter. MORE INFO:



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Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7:00 pm  Sawdust Presents Sandra Ridley and Suzanna Derewicz, at Pour Boy, 495 Somerset ST. W. Ottawa. Shake off the winter blues with Sandra Ridley and our newest contest winner, Suzanna Derewicz! Meet us upstairs for incredible poetry, great company, and access to the fantastic and affordable Pour Boy menu. Don’t forget your poems for the open mic!

 Saturday, February 20, 2016; The Factory Reading Series presents Rachael Simpson (Ottawa) Stephen Brockwell (Ottawa) + Soraya Peerbaye (Toronto) doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm, The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs)

 Saturday, February 20 at 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM Capital Slam Featuring Prufrock, Café Alternatif, 60 University Private, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5   Another season of Capital Slam is coming rapidly to a close and that means that the poets really need to step up their game and hit the stage to grab those much coveted post-season slam spots!

Tuesday, February 23, 8:00 pm. Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa, Ben Ladouceur and Zachariah Wells 6:45p Workshop –Bending History To The Poetic Page with Jean Van Loon 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers More info:

Thursday, February 25, 6:30 PM – 9 PM. Ottawa Independent Writers Annual General Meeting, The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre ,Ottawa. This is the opportunity for the Board to report on accomplishments this past year, and to elect the Board members for this coming year.

 Saturday, February 27, 2016; The Factory Reading Series presents: Jeremy Hanson-Finger (Ottawa) Gary Barwin (Hamilton) + Robert Hogg (Mountain) doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs)

logo COMING IN MARCH: Ottawa’s own poetry festival, VERSEFEST, returns, March 15 to 20, 2016. Details to follow beginning next issue. Can’t wait? Here’s the link!



kingstonfilmfestFeb. 25-28, 2016 Kingston Canadian Film Festival Screening Of Al Purdy Was Here

  • Fri Feb 26 4:30 pm at Baby Grand: Guests: Brian D. Johnson, Marni Jackson, Sarah Harmer
  • Sat Feb 27 6:55 pm Baby Grand Guests: Brian D. Johnson, Marni Jackson, Jake Yanowski

KCFF is thrilled to present the local premiere of a documentary about a giant in Canadian arts and letters who had no small impact on Kingston, too. After all, when Al Purdy died in 2000, he left a legacy not only in the form of the poems that breathed new vigour into Canada’s staid literary scene but also the A-frame cabin on Roblin Lake where he and wife Eurithe hosted pals both famous and infamous and which now serves as a writers’ retreat. Combining interviews, archival footage and new musical performances of Purdy poems by fans like Sarah Harmer and Tanya Tagaq, this debut doc by Maclean’s critic turned filmmaker Brian D. Johnson is a suitably spirited tribute to Purdy’s life and work. MORE INFO and details on other films presented here:



CAA-NCR Literary Notices for Feb. 23 to Mar. 8 2015



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Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: FEB. 23 to March 8, 2015


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


ITEM 1: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CAA-NCR’s BYLINE MAGAZINE    If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle for details

CAA-NCR Byline Submission Guidelines

Writing-related articles that include information about the process, profession or business of writing, or insights into the writer’s world.

Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication (minimum, $10); poetry $10 each; photos $5 each. Contact Editor ( prior to submitting

Deadlines: For non-solicited material, two months prior to publication. Issues published January, March, May, Summer, September, November.

Submission guidelines: English with Canadian spelling. In MS Word or OpenOffice as an attachment. Photos in jpeg, largest available resolution.

Font: Times New Roman 12 point, single space. No formatting, no indents; one extra return between paragraphs. Length: Preferably between 600 – 1200 words.



 ITEM 2: CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING FOR MARCH                                   NEW!

DATE: TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.

PRESENTER: Lynn Jatania, Turtlehead Blog

TOPIC: Blogging Pros & Cons – maintaining privacy

The presentation will examine how to set up a blog, and the pros and cons of blogging. As well, Lynn will discuss how to balance revealing parts of your life while maintaining a level of privacy.





Professional writer available for editing, manuscript critique, and contracts for smaller assignments. I have a diploma in Journalism-Print and I am expecting my Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing this summer. I have been published since 1997. Please send enquiries to and put the word writer somewhere in the subject line.

ITEM 4: CAA-NCR MEMBER EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD GUEST SPEAKER AT A WOMAN’S AURA                                                                                                      NEW!


DATE: MARCH 08, 2015    11:00AM — MARCH 08, 2015    02:00 PM
LOCATION: City Hall – Jean Pigott Room, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, CA




RSVP by: March 08, 2015    11:00AM


Join Sigma Beta Phi Sorority at their special luncheon to recognize International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8th 2015 at the Ottawa City Hall room Jean Pigott! (110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1) The event will commence at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m. This delightful event will include a delicious brunch, a guest speaker and performances.




Great programs for creative young minds. Especially the creative writing programs – fiction writing and novel writing, with Emily-Jane Hills Orford. Check out ABC Saturday Take-off’s Spring programs:


 ABC Ottawa Take-off Saturday Morning Enrichment Workshops for Kids Ages 6-14


 The ABC Take-off program, hosted by the ABC Ottawa, provides challenging extracurricular educational opportunities for bright and gifted students, ranging in age from 6 – 14 years on. The next session is…


Spring 2015 ABC Ottawa Take-off
March 28 – May 9, 2015, no classes on April 4 St. Paul’s High School


Registration will begin on Registration Night March 5, 7:30pm, Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre


The 90 minute workshops take place in the morning from 9 AM – 10:30 AM or from 11 AM 12:30 PM. Some exceptions to this time apply, if so, it is noted in the course description. All courses take place at St. Paul’s High School, 2675 Draper Ave., Ottawa


 Early Registration: The first opportunity to register for ABC Take-off will be at the ABC Adult Meeting at 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 5 at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave., off Pinecrest and Carling Ave.


 Continuing Registration: After March 5, registrations are accepted by mail, provided that they are accompanied by cheque or money order payment in full. Where to Mail Registrations: ABC Take-off Program Manager, 869 Acadian Garden, Orleans, Ontario K1C 2V7


Registrations are first-come, first-served.Register Early to Avoid Disappointment! Many courses are filled quickly. If a course has not reached its minimum enrolment 10 days before Take-off, the course may not be offered. Registering after March 5 -check for available courses


Please note, there is no on-line or phone registration/reservation, and spaces are not reserved. After registration night, registrations are received by mail. Registrations are only accepted when received with payment in full – by cash or cheque only.





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English: Niagara Falls, the American Falls, taken from the Canadian side. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 30th Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology.

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem

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


ITEM 5: CAA MEMBER DEBORAH RANCHUK ANNOUNCES CONTEST CALENDAR                                                                                                                                     NEW!
The Canadian Writers Contest Calendar 2015 has been released in both print and ebook formats. This edition includes Canadian writing contests and book awards from Jan 1, 2015 through Dec 31, 2015. Full information, link to this year’s index and ordering information at:

Thank you for your support. Please note our new address.
Deborah Ranchuk

Cobalt, Ontario, Canada

Cobalt, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

White Mountain Publications home to the annual The Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar
New home of E-Book versions of many of our titles.
Box 620, 50 Silver Street
Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0
Canada-wide Toll-free 1-800-258-5451 Phone: (705) 679-5555 Fax: (705) 679-5777



ITEM 6: CANWRITE 2015 UPDATE – SAVE THE DATE!                                 


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


CanWrite! 2015 writers’ conference is scheduled for June 11 to 14, 2015, once again at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus. (Registration opens early March.) We have a stellar program lined up, with the following guests confirmed:




  • Agent Panel: Carly Watters (P.S. Literary Agency); Martha Magor Webb (Anne McDermid & Associates).
  • Publisher Panel: Craig Pyette (Senior Editor, Penguin Random House Canada); Patricia Ocampo (Managing Editor, Simon & Shuster); Hazel Millar (Managing Editor, Book Thug)
  • Master Class: Anthony De Sa
  • Pitch Sessions: All the agents and publishers listed in the Agent and Publisher Panels above
  • Interactive Workshops: Anthony De Sa (Marketing and Self-Promotion); Robert Sawyer (Science Fiction); Craig Pyette (Getting Published); Renée Sarojini Saklikar – winner of 2014 CAA Poetry Award (Poetry); Ashley Dunn – Publicity Manager at Random House (Publicity with Purpose); Sue Reynolds (Memoir Writing)
  • Writing Circles: Esther Griffin, Sue Reynolds, Ruth Walker, James Dewer





with Don McKay    Don-McKay-300x225

Application fee: $50

Cost for meals, accommodation, and instruction: $1495


This is a facilitated retreat for eight poets who have a publication record of at least one book of poetry or the equivalent in periodicals and are working towards manuscript completion. The colloquium offers a small group context. Focus will be on individual manuscript consultations and on seminar discussions dealing with technical, philosophical, or conceptual issues in contemporary poetry. There will be writing time, but please note that group participation is required. Instruction occurs within a deep-immersion over a relaxed 14 days with an emphasis on individual writing and manuscript revision. Application is limited to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad. Application Deadline March 6th, 2015

Information on tuition, scholarships, and bursaries.

McKay is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Long Sault (1975), Lependu (1978), Apparatus (1997), and Paradoxies (2012). He has twice won the Governor General’s Award, for Night Field (1991) and Another Gravity (2000). In June 2007, he won the Griffin Poetry Prize for Strike/Slip (2006).

Born in 1942 in Owen Sound, Ontario, McKay has spent the majority of his adult life as an editor, poet, and educator (teaching creative writing and English for over 27 years). As an avid birdwatcher, McKay is attune to finding beauty through patience.



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


Applications for the prestigious and lucrative Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are now open for 2015.

This international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. Since 1986, 137 fellowships totaling $3,740,000 have been awarded.

Who Can Enter
The competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18. Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English. Translated scripts are not eligible.

The fellowships are intended for new and/or amateur screenwriters. In order to be eligible, an entrant’s total earnings for motion picture and television writing may not exceed US$25,000 before the end of the competition.

It is a requirement that all fellowship winners complete at least one new feature screenplay in the year of their fellowship (the Academy acquires no rights to the work and will not participate in its marketing or in any other aspects of its commercial future).

The Prizes
Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to promising new screenwriters.

In addition to the cash prize, winners of the Nicholl Fellowships will be invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November. The successful applications are also expected to receive many networking opportunities to help complete their next script.

How to Enter
Applicants must submit an original feature film screenplay. This screenplay may be no shorter than 70 pages and no longer than 160 pages. The shortest script to earn its writer an Academy Nicholl Fellowship was 80 pages long; the longest was 153 pages.

Screenwriters may enter the 2015 competition up to three times; an entry fee is payable for each separate screenplay. If the script is based on a true story/events, historical or contemporary, the ‘based on true story’ button should be selected within the online application form. Adaptations of any work (other than your own) are not eligible.

Early Deadline – March 2 – $40 entry fee
Regular Deadline – April 10 – $55 entry fee
Late and Final Deadline – May 1 – $75 entry fee




CARLA HARTSFIELD                                                                                               NEW!

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6:45 p.m. WORKSHOP: Poetry as Storyteling: from Sexton, to Suknaski to Clarke to You, Anita Dolman will take us through a brief overview of poetry as a storytelling device. The workshop will highlight some of the techniques and approaches used in narrative poetry throughout its evolution, with a particular focus on 20th-century and contemporary poetry. Participants are invited to bring an example or excerpt of a narrative poem, either their own or another poet’s, for discussion.



amanda-jernigan-276-276Amanda Jernigan is the author of two books of poems, Groundwork (Biblioasis, 2011) and All the Daylight Hours (Cormorant, 2013), as well as of the prose work Living in the Orchard: The Poetry of Peter Sanger (Frog Hollow, 2014). Her first book was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award and named to National Public Radio’s list of ‘Best Books’ of the year; her second was named to Michael Lista’s ‘best poetry’ list for 2013 (National Post). Amanda edited The Essential Richard Outram for Porcupine’s Quill in 2011; she is currently at work on a scholarly edition of Outram’s collected poems. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her family.


carla-hartsfield.JPG-276-276 Carla Hartsfield is a classically trained pianist, singer-songwriter, guitar player and poet. She has published three major poetry collections, the most recent being YOUR LAST DAY ON EARTH (Brick Books), which was long-listed for the BC ReLit award. Current projects include completion of a fourth poetry collection with working title HEART BRAKE. Carla has published two chapbooks with LyricalMyrical Press and Rubicon Press, respectively. Her original drawings and watercolours have graced the last three collections. Carla is in the process of recording a full-length CD called BY THE TIME under her new label COURT THE CLOUDS™. She is also the recipient of a grant from the Writers’ Trust of Canada in May 2014 to complete HEART BRAKE.

More info at:



DATE: Thursday February 26, 6:30 P.M.

LOCATION: Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, 670 Albert St., OTTAWA

General Meeting and Speaker Event: The Art of Writing

Trevor Ferguson, one of Canada’s outstanding writers and the author of nine novels and four plays, will discuss The Art of Writing. Ferguson has been called Canada’s best novelist both in Books in Canada and the Toronto Star. He is a past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada. Born in Seaforth, Ontario in 1947, he was raised in Montreal from the age of three. In his mid-teens, he gravitated towards Canada’s northwest where he worked on railway gangs, and also began to write, working at night in the bunkhouses. Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Guest Fee: $10

NOTE: to accommodate Ferguson’s schedule, OIW’s Annual General Meeting and Reading Night will be held on March 26, a month later than usual.

Contact: tel: 613-425-3873 email: web:


 Ain’t Misbehavin’?

DATE: Thursday, February 26, 2015 Show starts at 7:30 PM


Great stories and fantastic music will be on display when storytellers Anne Nagy and Phil Nagy jazz up the 4th Stage of the National Arts Centre with musicians Marylise Chauvette, Kate Greenland, Flavio Jorge, Mary Moore and Pat Moore Click here to purchase tickets. $22 Adults & $18 Seniors through Ticketmaster. Tickets are also available at the NAC Box Office with no online purchase fees.


DATE: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

LOCATION: RAW SUGAR CAFÉ, 692 Somerset Street West, Ottawa

BRECKEN HANCOCK’s poetry, essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared in Lemon Hound, The Globe & Mail, Hazlitt, Studies in Canadian Literature, and on the site Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Her first book of poems, Broom Broom (Coach House, 2014), was named by The Globe & Mail’s Jared Bland as a debut of the year in 2014. She lives in Ottawa.

FRED WAH was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1939, but he grew up in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. He studied music and English literature at the University of British Columbia in the early 1960’s where he was one of the founding editors of the poetry newsletter TISH. After graduate work in literature and linguistics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the State University of New York at Buffalo, he returned to the Kootenays in the late 1960’s where he taught at Selkirk College and was the founding coordinator of the writing program at David Thompson University Centre. He retired from the University of Calgary in 2003 and now lives in Vancouver. He has been editorially involved with a number of literary magazines over the years, such as Open Letter and West Coast Line. His work has been awarded the Governor General’s Award, Alberta’s Stephanson Award for Poetry and Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction, the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Writing on Canadian Literature, and B.C.’s Dorothy Livesay Prize for Poetry. He was Parliamentary Poet Laureate 2011-2013 and he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013. He has published over 20 books of poetry and prose. Recent books include Sentenced to Light, his collaborations with visual artists, is a door, a series of poem about hybridity, and a selected, The False Laws of Narrative, edited by Louis Cabri. A recent collaboration, High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese, An Interactive Poem, is available online ( His current project involves the Columbia River. Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991 will be published by Talonbooks in the fall of 2015.

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ITEM 14: OTTAWA MEMBERS SOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS SCHMOOZE                                                                                                             

Date: Friday February 27 Time: 10:45 for an 11am start

Where: UPDATE: The location for the SCBWI Canada East get-together has been decided. We’ll be meeting for lunch at Vietnam Palace, 819 Somerset W. Please feel free to join us (you do not need to be a writer or illustrator for children).

If you do plan to attend, please register so that we can give the restaurant an accurate headcount. The event is free, but everyone pays their own way. Just visit, scroll down to the calendar, click on Feb. 27, and follow the prompts.

Ottawa members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators are organizing another Schmooze–i.e., an opportunity for writers and illustrators to get together over lunch to socialize and talk shop. Whether or not you write or illustrate for children, you are welcome to join us. The venue hasn’t been chosen yet, but if you’d like to reserve the date, here are the details thus far, from our new Schmooze organizer, Katherine Battersby.

Seeing as it’s the start of a new year, our general theme for the meeting will be ‘goals’. I’ll start by letting you know what’s happening within SCBWI (e.g. any conference updates). Then we’ll discuss our goals for our Schmooze events – I’d love to start getting to know you all (what you write and illustrate, your interests) so we can make sure the events cater to our members’ needs. And finally we’ll have a go at setting some personal writing and illustrating goals – I find putting it down on paper really motivates me (and keeps me accountable!). Finally there’ll be lots of free time to talk and meet other creators, and we can all order some lunch too.

Just to note, the meetings will vary between weekdays and weekends (to give everyone a chance to attend) and will run around every three months.  Feel free to get in touch (at the email address below) if you have any questions.

Katherine (and the SCBWI team)  Children’s Author / Illustrator



DATE: Saturday February 28, 2015 Time: 9 a.m. – Noon

LOCATION: Algonquin College

Topic: The New Reporter: Digital Skills for Traditional Media

Featuring the journalists who broke the robo calls story in 2012 –

Stephen Maher, author, journalist and columnist, Post Media News

and Glen McGregor, journalist, Ottawa Citizen plus

Andrew Pinsent, producer/reporter 1310 radio

more info contact:


ITEM 16:  FREEDOM TO READ WEEK MARKS 31ST YEAR                          

The Book and Periodical Council and its Freedom of Expression Committee are pleased to announce the 31st annual Freedom to Read Week in Canada. A national celebration of freedom of expression that takes place in libraries, schools and arts venues across Canada, this year’s program runs from February 22 to 28, 2015.

“Every week we read of challenges to free expression. Some command international headlines, others involve quiet requests to remove material from local library shelves, and all demand our attention,” said Marg Anne Morrison, chair of the Freedom of Expression Committee. “During Freedom to Read Week, we invite Canadians to celebrate free expression, place challenges to it under scrutiny and join together to debate how censorship in many forms affects us all.”

Freedom to Read Week incorporates public readings and panel discussions, challenged book and magazine displays and a kit for librarians and teachers. Public events take place in locations across the country; speakers include poets, investigative journalists, librarians and readers. Events this year include:

– discussions about investigative journalism in a transformed media landscape

– debates about libel law, self-censorship, defamation and intellectual freedom

– readings from challenged books and magazines

– the presentation of three awards for work in the field of free expression

A complete list of events in locations across Canada is available at; it will be updated as new events are added. Event organizers are encouraged to share their plans with Freedom to Read Week organizers through the same web address.

ITEM 17: COMING IN MARCH: VERSEFEST 2015!                                                     NEW!

MARCH 24 TO 29, 2015, OTTAWA

logoThe schedule for our fourth annual poetry festival, VERSeFest, is now online!

Readers to this year’s festival include Alessandra Naccarato, Amanda Earl, Anne Compton,
Anthony Bansfield, Arleen Paré, Armand Ruffo, Artemysia Fragiskapof, bill bissett, Claire Caldwell, dalton derkson, Daphne Marlatt, Deanna Young, Dennis Cooley, Eric Charlebois, El Jones, Emily McRae, Emma Blue, Forrest Gander, Frances Itani, Frederic Lanouette, Gail Scott,
Gary Geddes, Geneviève Bouchard, Gilles Latour, Gillian Wigmore, Herménégilde Chiasson,
Ikenna Onyegbula a.k.a OpenSecret, JC Bouchard, Rational Rebel, Jeramy Dodds, John Akpata,
Kande Mbeu, Kathleen Goulet, King Kimbit, Komi Olaf, Lillian Allen, Lisa Jarnot, Lise Gaboury-Diallo, Lorna Crozier, Margaret Michèle Cook, Marilyn Dumont, Marshall Hryciuk, Mehdi Hamdad, Michel Therien, Nick Laird, Nicole Brossard, Patrick Friesen, Patrick Lane,  Paul Vermeersch, Pearl Pirie, Raúl Zurita Canessa, Roland Prevost, Sacha Vachon, Sandra Ridley,
Sheri-D Wilson, Stan Dragland, Stephen Brockwell, Steven Artelle, Stevie Howell and Titilope Sonuga.

See the entire schedule, including author bios, information on tickets (as well as a number of free events) (and even how to volunteer) here


NEW! Necessary Fiction publishes a new book review each Monday, a featured short story each Wednesday, a contribution to its Research Notes series each Friday, and occasional interviews, essays, and other surprises. Fiction submissions should be under 3000 words.

NEW! Wigleaf is an award-winning online journal of very short fiction (under 1000 words). Submissions are open during the final week (7 days) of each academic month, with the exception of December.  New quarterly online literary magazine

NEW! Momentum is Australia’s first major digital imprint. Momentum accepts submissions weekly on Mondays between 12.00 midnight and 11.59 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time via email only. Momentum is open to publishing fiction and non-fiction in most traditional and non-traditional genres. This includes new and previously published shorter length stories, essays and journalism between 15,000 to 50,000 words, genre novels and non-fiction between 50,000 to 100,000 words and longer and complex narratives of over 100,000 words. Writers can be based anywhere in the world.

From the Well House, Indiana University Kokomo’s Art and Literary Journal, seek work for the next online publication. Accepting poetry, prose, and academic papers, plus art work and multimedia. Deadline: rolling. Guidelines

NEW! Michigan Quarterly Review is an interdisciplinary journal of arts and culture that seeks to combine the best of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction with outstanding critical essays on literary, cultural, social, and political matters. Submissions for are accepted year round and the editors  try to include at least one story, essay or poem by a previously unpublished writer in every issue.

NEW! American Reader is a bimonthly magazine publishing fiction, poetry and criticism. It was named by Library Journal as one of the best new magazines of 2012. Submissions are accepted throughout the year.

NEW! One Teen Story is a literary magazine for young adult readers of every age. They are currently accepting submissions from writers of all ages. Contributors are paid US$500 and 25 copies of the issue in which their work appears.

NEW! Text Publishing is an independent literary publisher based in Melbourne. It is currently accepting unsolicited manuscript submissions of fiction and non-fiction, including upper primary and young adult.

NEW! Salt Publishing is open to submissions for a new ‘Modern Dreams’ series – a digital-only development of the Salt Modern Fiction list. The series will be for 20,000–30,000 word novellas that deal explicitly with the lives of young people in modern Britain and the USA.

NEW! Indiana Voice Journal was founded in July 2014. Each issue contains at least one new or previously unpublished author and submissions are invited from writers around the world. The journal publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual art, interviews and reviews.

NEW! Curbed is actively seeking story pitches from writers and photographers who are interested in contributing longform and narrative journalism that focus on architecture,design and real estate. This can include reported stories, profiles, essays, think pieces, oral histories, photo essays, and comic strips and other illustrated stories. Features average 3000 to 5000 words in length and all contributors are competitively paid.

NEW! Blue Monday Review is a review for prose, poetry and art which embody the literary spirit of the late Kurt Vonnegut. Submissions in a range of genres up to 8000 words will be considered.

NEW! Terraform is a new online publication from Vice Magazine. It is seeking submissions up to 2000 words of speculative fiction ‘honing in on the tech, science, and future culture topics driving the zeitgeist.’ Terraform pays a baseline rate of US$0.20 per word.

NEW! Guernica Daily is a daily publication of short original features. The editors are looking for thoughtful, argument-driven pieces that respond to timely issues. Reviews and interviews are welcome, as are personal essays if they show that the author’s experience has broader implications. Submissions should be between 400 and 1800 words.

NEW! The Quaker is an American undergraduate journal of literary art published by the Student Writers Guild and the Program in Creative Writing at Malone University in Ohio. It is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction and essays. Publication occurs on a rolling basis, and each semester one author is chosen to be honoured with a US$100 Editor’s Prize for an outstanding contribution to the journal.

NEW! Apex Magazine is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Payment for original fiction is $.06 per word and submissions must be less than 7500 words

NEW! Georgia Review features essays, fiction, poetry, graphics and book reviews. The GR website states ‘Pulitzer Prize winners and never-before-published writers are equals during our manuscript evaluation process.’ All work must be previously unpublished and simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

NEW! Tishman Review is a new literary journal with its first issue being published in January 2015. It welcomes submissions of short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and book reviews year-round and is currently reading for its April issue.

NEW! Cleaver Magazine publishes cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. Submissions of poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, and visual art are open year round.

NEW! Blunderbuss Magazine is a web magazine of arts, culture, and politics. It welcomes unsolicited submissions and describes itself as ‘genre flexible’.

NEW! Mosaic Magazine is based in New York and explores the literary arts by writers of African descent. It features interviews, essays, book reviews and literature  lesson plans. Before submitting full articles send a brief summary via email. If you are interested in reviewing books forward a writing sample and bio.

NEW! Canary Press is a story magazine based in Australia but that accepts submissions from writers worldwide. According to the submission guidelines ‘if you have a story that’s too funny; too outrageous; too moving, soulful, exciting or ridiculous for our more prestigious journals, we’d love to hear from you.’



NEW! Stockholm Review of Literature is an online publication that seeks to publish superlative literary fiction, poetry, essays and art, and undertakes to promote the writers and artists that produce it. Submissions received by 8 March will be considered for its seventh issue.

NEW! Papercuts is a a bi-annual literary magazine published by Desi Writers Lounge, – an online workshop for writers of South Asian origin and writing on South Asia. The theme for volume 15 is Fables and Folklore. The editors are looking for poems, stories, artwork and essays that draw on local tales, histories and characters for inspiration. Closes 15 March.

NEW! Tin House is accepting submissions for its Fall 2015 issue. It is looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction and interviews on the theme ‘Theft’. Submissions close 15 March.

NEW! Kill Your Darlings is an Australian-based literary journal that publishes essays, commentary, interviews, fiction, reviews, opinion pieces and columns.  Submissions open on 1 March and close on 31 March.

NEW! Masters Review is accepting submissions for its printed anthology. The guest editor is Kevin Brockmeier. The anthology is open to fiction and narrative nonfiction from emerging writers worldwide who have not yet published a novel-length work. Submissions close 31 March.

NEW! Cheat River Review reads original, previously unpublished nonfiction, fiction, flash, and poetry. Submissions for Issue 4 close in late March.


NEW! Becoming a Teacher is a new anthology by In Fact Books. The editors are  looking for stories that, collectively, represent a wide variety of teachers and teaching experiences–in public or private or religious or charter schools, in cities or suburbs or rural areas, with typically-developing students or those with special needs, at home or internationally. Stories should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. Closes 6 APRIL.

NEW! Cold Mountain Review  publishes poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews with creative writers, fiction and art. Submissions are read between August and May each year.

NEW! Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit their work; however, the editors warn they can only publish a very small fraction of the material the receive. The reading period runs until 31 May.







Toronto Star Short Story Contest Judges will select the three winners from a first round of finalists selected by Humber School for Writers faculty. Winners will be celebrated and their stories published in the Sunday Star. See website for full contest rules.   Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015

Entry fee: none Prize: 1st Prize: $5000 plus the tuition fee for The Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program in Creative Writing (approx. value $3000) Details: 

Spring Pulse Poetry Festival northern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts event is sponsoring the 2015 Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest. Deadline: Friday February 27, 2015. All entrants must be Canadian residents or landed immigrants. In 1970 the first contest began in Cobalt during the Miners festival on French-Canadian Day. It is the oldest non-governmental national poetry contest in Canada. The contest honours Canada’s most popular 19th century poet. Dr. Drummond was the town’s first doctor, a silver mine manager, and world famous poet who died in Cobalt in 1907. Deadline: Friday February 27 2015 Entry fee: $10 Prizes: $1200: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $50 8 judge’s choice of $25 Complimentary anthology of winners, trophy, and award ceremony at Cobalt Public Library on Friday May 29 during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Blind Judging will be done by a League of Canadian Poets member. Details: Enquires: Send to David Brydges


The Annual Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award. 2015 Call for Submissions. In late 2011, Jessica Bell and Dawn Ius founded Vine Leaves Literary Journal to offer the vignette, a forgotten literary form, the exposure and credit it deserves. The vignette is a snapshot in words, and differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot, instead it focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. The journal, published quarterly online, is a lush synergy of atmospheric prose, poetry, photography and illustrations, put together with an eye for aesthetics as well as literary merit. The annual print anthology showcases the very best pieces from across the year. We are pleased to announce the second Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award and would like to invite writers to submit their best manuscript of vignettes.  Submissions open: June 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015  Prize: $500 + Publication in early 2016 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 copies Guest Judge: Dan Holloway. For submission guidelines, please go to:

TWO CONTESTS: Now through 11:59 p.m. EST on February 28th, Fence is accepting submissions for both the Fence Modern Prize in Prose, and the Fence Modern Poets Series. You can submit your work here, or you can read on for details about each prize. Full guidelines are available at fenceportal.orgYou can submit your work here, or you can read on for details about each prize. Full guidelines are available at


The New Quarterly invites entries to the Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. Submit poems written in response to an occasion (personal or public), poems of gratitude or grief, poems that celebrate or berate, poems that make an occasion of something or simply mark one. Prize: $1000. Entry fee: $40 for up to 2 unpublished poems; $5 each for additional poems. Entrants must be Canadian or reside in Canada. Deadline: February 28, 2015. Guidelines

2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest! The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1200 words or fewer. Ann Patchett, celebrated author of six novels, including Bel Canto and State of Wonder, will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2015 Writers Workshop, June 13th-20th, in Gambier, Ohio. Additional info on the Writers Workshop is available here.



CBC Creative Nonfiction Competition This is it! One of your first writing assignments of the New Year! Send us your original, unpublished work of creative nonfiction for a chance to win $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, a writing residency at the Banff Centre and publication in Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine.  Deadline: March 1, 2015. Details: 

ON THE PREMISES Short Story Contest #25. This contest’s premise is as follows: LEARNING One or more characters try to learn something. The key word is “try,” so (1) they must expend at least some effort, and (2) they can succeed, fail, or anything in-between–that’s up to you. Your challenge: Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long that clearly uses this contest premise. One entry per author. No fee for entering. Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Hyphenated Words: If the hyphenated word is generally considered a single word, it counts as one word. (Like “twenty-five” or “jack-o-lantern.”) Otherwise each part of the hyphenated word counts separately. Prizes: $220 for first (not $180 anymore), $160 for second (not $140 anymore), $120 for third (not $100 anymore), and $60 for up to three honorable mentions (not $40 anymore). To submit an entry, use this link and follow the instructions. If you don’t already have a (free) Submittable account, you’ll be prompted to make one. Keep reading and writing,

Room Magazine (Vancouver, BC) invites entries from writers, who identify as women or genderqueer, for their annual creative non-fiction writing contest. First prize: $500 + publication. Entry fee: $35 (includes one-year subscription), and $7 for each additional entry. Deadline: March 8, 2015. Guidelines.

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction is offered each year by Colorado State University’s Center for Literary Publishing. The winner receives a US$2000 honorarium and the story is published in the fall/winter issue of Colorado Review. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be under 50 pages. Entries close 14 March.

NEW! THE MISSOURI REVIEW Contest Guidelines Entry Fee: In an effort to expand our contest, entry fees (previously $20) are now payable by donation. We ask only that you contribute what you feel is fair, keeping in mind that literary journals, and contests, cost money to run and that your contribution includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review. All of your donation money goes directly to support the continued production of The Missouri Review and its programs. Previous first-place winners are not eligible to win again. Postmark Deadline: March 15th, 2015 Multiple entries are welcome, accompanied by a separate donation for each title you wish to have considered. We are happy to accept previously published or aired pieces as submissions, so long as you, the entrant, hold the rights. Online Submission System You can now submit your entries online, as well as pay your donation through our secure server. To do so, click here to go to our online submission form. Please note that we only accept entries in mp3 format. Mailed Submissions Technical Requirements: Mailed entries should be sent on CD only. CDs should not contain any audio other than entry material. Include a brief program synopsis and bio of the writer/producer. For poetry submissions, please record each poem as a separate track. a completed entry form for each entry (download the entry form) a copy of the entry on a CD, labeled with writer/ producer, title and length a brief program synopsis and short writer/producer bio a donation as entry fee (make checks out to The Missouri Review) Send Entries To The Missouri Review Audio Competition 357 McReynolds Hall University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211 Questions? Please visit our FAQ. If your questions isn’t answered there, email us:

NEW! Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.The editors prefer that fiction manuscripts be at least 150 pages long and poetry manuscripts at least 50 pages long. Novels are not considered; manuscripts should be comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction offers a prize of US$1000 and the winner and many runners-up will be published in the Spring 2016 print edition of Bellingham Review. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is awarded by Selected Shorts with partner Electric Literature. The judge of the prize in 2015 is Karen Russell. The winning entry will receive US$1000 and the work will be performed and recorded live at the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space, and will be published on The winning writer will also earn free admission to a 10-week course with Gotham Writers Workshop. Closes 15 March.

NEW! James Jones Fellowship Contest is now in its 24th year. It awards $10,000 to an American writer with a first fiction novel in progress in 2015. Two runners-up will each receive $1000. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Annie Dillard Award For Creative Nonfiction offers a prize of US$1000 and the winner and many runners-up will be published in the Spring 2016 print edition of Bellingham Review. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Willow Springs Fiction Prize awards a first prize of $2000 and publication. There is a $15 entry fee for which every entrants receives a subscription to Willow Springs. Closes 15 March.

NEW! Crime Writers’ Association (UK) Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is open to all writers around the world. They encourage entries from both published and unpublished writers. Stories must be no longer than 3500 words and the winner will receive £1,000. Entries close 16 March.

NEW! Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is named in honour of Lip Magazine’s founding editor. Lip is a feminist magazine and  the theme of the 2015 competition is ‘privilege’, with a focus on women’s stories. Anyone is eligible to enter and the organisers are looking for creative, insightful fiction that addresses the theme in any kind of way. Closes 23 March.

NEW! SA Writers’ College Annual Short Story Award is open to emerging writers in South Africa who have had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital). First prize is R 10 000.00 and entries may be up to 2000 words in length. Closes 31 March.

NEW! Narrative Magazine Winter Story Contest is open to short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished and no longer than 15,000 words. First prize is US$2500. The contest closes on 31 March.

NEW! Bath Novel Award is an international competition for unpublished or self-published novels with a £1000 prize. Submissions should include up to the first five thousand words of a novel plus a one page synopsis. Entries close 31 March.

NEW! Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition offers a first prize of £800. The competition is open to all writers over 16 the chairman of the judging panel is Alexander McCall Smith. Stories should be under 1500 words and can be on any topic. Closes 31 March.

NEW! Caterpillar’s Inaugural Poetry Competition is for a single poem written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). The competition is open to all and there is no line limit. The winner receives €1000 and publication. Entries close 31 March.

NEW! Short Fiction is a UK-based visual literary journal. It’s annual Short Fiction Prize is open to stories in any genre up to 6000 words. The winner receives £500 and publication. Entries close 31 March.

MSLEXIA WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015  CLOSING MAR. 16, 2015 For stories of up to 2,200 words in length on any subject. 1st prize: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre*, and a day with a Virago editor* 2nd prize £500   3rd prize £250 Three other finalists each receive £100 All winning stories will be published in Mslexia magazine. Judge: Alison MacLeod Closing date: 16 March 2015. Please read the competition rules before entering. *The Tŷ Newydd retreat is accommodation only; dates should be agreed between Tŷ Newydd and the competition winner. The date of the Virago mentoring session should be agreed between Virago and the competition winner. The winner is responsible for any other expenses involved with attending the Tŷ Newydd retreat and the day with a Virago editor, i.e. travel, food, etc. The prizes must be taken by 31 May 2016. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: First up is the Clean as a Whistle Contest, March 31, 2015

Second Story Press Aboriginal Writing Contest. Second Story Press has announced a new writing contest to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The press is looking to build on the diversity of its list – already strongly populated by books and series on social justice for both adults and children – by announcing a call for contemporary writing for a young reader audience that reflects the modern experience of Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) people. Canadian writers aged 18 and older who identify as Aboriginal are invited to share the stories that reflect their unique lives, experiences, successes, and perspectives. Both fiction and nonfiction will be accepted.  Deadline: March 31, 2015

Entry fee: none Prize: Publishing contract with Second Story Press Details: 

MONTREAL POETRY PRIZE 2015 $20,000 PRIZE:  The not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize has launched its 2015 competition. The prize is $20,000. The 2015 judge is Eavan Boland. And the 10 international jurors for this year are Gabeba Baderoon of South Africa, Kate Clanchy of Scotland, Carolyn Forche of the United States, Amanda Jernigan of Canada, Anthony Lawrence of Australia, Niyi Osundare of Nigeria, Jennifer Rahim of Trinidad, K. Satchidanandan of India, Michael Schmidt of the United Kingdom and Bruce Taylor of Canada. The final deadline is May 15, but we encourage entries before March 31st. Online entries only. Visit There’s also a poster available for download under News/Downloads for your convenience. Good luck to all participants! 


Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 23rd annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2015. What’s in it for you? $8,000 in cash. National exposure for your work. The attention of prospective editors and publishers. A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! How to enter: Register and pay online or download a printable entry form. ( Early-bird entry fees are $99 for the first entry, and $75 for each additional entry.)

Enter your book into one or more of these categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age), Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Children’s Picture books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult books, Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books) More info:

NEW!North American Review’s Torch Prize for Creative Nonfiction offers a first prize of $500. Writers may submit only one piece of creative nonfiction, no longer than 30 pages. Entries close 1 April.

NEW! Grain Magazine’s Annual Short Grain Writing Contest offers prizes for both fiction and poetry and is open to writers worldwide. A total of CA$4500 in prize money is on offer. Entries close 1 April.

NEW!Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing is for unpublished manuscripts by writers from Australia and New Zealand. The winner receives AUD$10,000 and a publishing contract with Text Publishing. Entries close 2 April.

NEW! Waterman Fund Essay Contest invites emerging writers to explore the question of who the stewards of wilderness are. Statistically, more men than women explore professional careers in the stewardship of wilderness and public land management. What, if any, bearing does the gender of stewards have on our shared and individual perceptions of, and relationship to, wilderness? The winning essayist will be awarded $1500 and published in Appalachia Journal. Entries close 15 April.

NEW! New South Writing Contest will be judged by Roger Reeves in the genre of poetry and Rebecca Makkai in the genre of prose. The contest awards $1000 the winners in each category as well as two $250 runner’s up prizes. Entries close 15 April. 

NEW! Event Magazine’s Non-Fiction Contest is open to creative non-fiction up to 5000 words in length. There is US$1500 prize money available in addition to the regular publication payment. The $34.95 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription. Entries close 15 April.

NEW! Eyelands International Short Story Contest has the theme ‘on the verge. The contest is open to unpublished stories of any genre up to 2500 words. The winner receives a one week holiday on the island of Crete and the top three entrants will be published in anthologies in both Greek and English. Closes 20 April.

NEW! Passages North is running two writing competitions: the Thomas J. Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize is for writing up to 10,000 words and the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize for poems up to 1000 words. Both competitions have a US$1000 first prize. Entries close 20 April.

NEW! Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest is open to original short stories and essays on any theme. The winner in each category receives US$1500 and there are a total of 10 minor prizes of $100. Entries should be a maximum of 6000 words. Closes 30 April.

NEW! Exeter Story Prize is accepting entries up to 10,000 words and stories may be on any theme. The winner receives £500 and a trophy, and there is an additional prize on offer for best humorous story. Closes 30 April.

NEW! Redivider’s Beacon Street Prize is open to fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The winner in each category will receive $500 and publication in the winter 2015 issue of Redivider. The winning pieces will be selected by guest judges: James Scott (fiction), Laura Kasischke (poetry), and Susannah Cahalan (nonfiction). Closes 30 April. 

Sequestrum (US) is accepting entries for the 2015 Editor’s Reprint Award. Open theme and length. Submit previously-published fiction and nonfiction only. One winner receives $200 and publication, and one runner-up receives publication and payment at our usual rates. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: April 30, 2015. Guidelines.

Bristol Short Story Prize is open to  stories up to 4000 words. Entries can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (crime, science fiction, fantasy, historical, romance, children’s etc). Twenty stories will be shortlisted and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8. Entries close 30 April.


NEW! Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

is one of Australia’s most lucrative prizes for an original short story. Open to writers worldwide, the prize is worth a total of AUD $8000 with a first prize of $5000 and supplementary prizes of $2000 and $1000. Entries close 1 May.

The Cottage Life Al Purdy Potty Poetry Contest. “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” Cottagers love potty poems! Potty poems tell guests how not to gum up the septic system. Almost every cottage has a potty poem hanging in the bathroom. Write a new classic potty poem for a chance to win! Prizes include cash, signed Purdy first editions, and the winning poem will be posted in the A-frame and published in Cottage Life. Enter as many poems as you like. Poems must be no more than 20 lines in length. Sponsored by Cottage Life and the Al Purdy A-frame Association, which is restoring Al’s iconic cottage as a writers’ retreat. The Purdy cabin is a national literary treasure, where Al wrote and entertained such CanLit giants as Margaret Laurence, Milton Acorn, and Michael Ondaatje. All-star judges: Margaret Atwood (poet, novelist, activist) George Bowering (Canada’s first poet laureate) Jason Collett (singer-songwriter, Broken Social Scene) Prize information:First Prize (1): $250 + published in Cottage Life + posted in Al Purdy A-frame cottage + a signed Al Purdy first edition Second Prize (1): $150 Third Prize (1): $100 Early Bird Draw: Enter by April 1, 2015, for a chance to win a signed Al Purdy first edition and a Cottage Life sweatshirt. Contest closes May 1, 2015   Enter Now   Rules and regulations »

David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in Southwest Review. Stories can be up to 8000 words in length and all entries will be considered for publication. The deadline for entries is 1 May.

Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest is for new writing that takes risks. Submission may include any combination of flash fiction or short stories up to 7500 total words.The winner receives US$500 and publication. Entries open 1 February and close 1 May.

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition: Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 84th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Early-Bird Entry Deadline: May 4, 2015. More info:    

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is dedicated to recognising and supporting the work of emerging writers whose fiction has not yet achieved success. Entries must be less than 3500 words and the competition is open to writers based anywhere is the world. The winner receives US$1500 and publication. The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition first ran in 1981; entries close 15 May.

NEW! We Need Diverse Books Short Story Contest
is open to emerging diverse writers from all diverse backgrounds (including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of colour, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural and religious minorities) who have not been published in a traditional print fiction book format, including self-published, independents, small and medium publishing houses, in all genres whether for the children’s or adult market. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in the “Stories For All Of Us” anthology. Entries open on 27 April and close on 8 May.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. Fiction entries must be under 6000 words. The winner in each genre will be awarded US$1000 and publication. Entries close 15 May.

Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Entry Period, The 2015 prize is open from 1 October 2014 – 29 May 2015. How to enter * 2014 winners and shortlist. About the prize: The University of Canberra has established an international poetry prize. On behalf of the university, this is administered by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), part of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design. The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. It marks the University of Canberra’s commitment to creativity and imagination in all that it does, and builds on the work of the International Poetry Studies Institute in identifying poetry as a highly resilient and sophisticated human activity. It also builds on the activities of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, which conducts wide-ranging research into human creativity and culture. The University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize was offered for the first time in 2014. Entries for the 2015 prize may be submitted from 1 October 2014 until 29 May 2015 for this prize. The prize will be announced on or before 30 September 2015 and prize winners will be notified prior to that. Important details are: The winner will receive AUD$15,000 The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000 Four additional poems will be short-listed All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of  50 lines (see the Conditions of Entry for further details) Each entry of a poem will cost AUD$15 if submitted by 31 January 2015 and AUD$20 if submitted between 1 February and 29 May 2015. There are discounts for students.

A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest is open to both fiction and creative non-fiction. Stories must be between 1000 and 5000 words and there are no entry fees. Entries are accepted between 1 April and 21 June each year.

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: Deadline for The Picture Perfect Poetry Chapbook Anthology Contest _June 30, 2015

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: July contests: Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards Contest – July 1, 2015 and The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Contest July 31 2015

The Sunday Times Short Story Prize is the world’s richest short story competition with the winner receiving £30,000 (US$47,000). In 2014 the prize was won by Adam Johnson for his story ‘Nirvana’. The longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times Short Story Prize will be announced in February and the winner in April. Entries for the 2016 prize are expected to open in July 2015.

Manchester Fiction Prize is a major international literary competition open to anyone aged 16 or over. The winner receives a cash prize of £10,000 (US$15,500). Stories can be up to 2500 words in length. Entries open in April and are expected to close in August.

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: The Ted Plantos Memorial Award – Aug 31 each year

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: Food for Thought Contest Sept. 30, 2015

Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest
has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries open on 1 July and are expected to close on 1 October.

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
is one of three contests run each year by Boston Review.The winning author will receive US $1500 and have his or her work published in the summer edition of the magazine. First runner-up will be published in a following issue and second runner-up will be published on the Boston Review website. Entries close 1 October.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize Prize
is an annual award for unpublished short fiction open to citizens of the 53 Commonwealth countries. The prize covers the five Commonwealth regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific. One winner will be selected from each region, with one regional winner to be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5000 (US$8200) and the remaining four regional winners receive £2500. Entries for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize are expected to open in October 2015.





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Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks of Nov. 17 – Nov. 30, 2014

20 ITEMS, 13 NEW PLUS 8 NEW SUBMISSION CALLS & 6 NEW CONTESTSNOTICE 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


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 speak to us about taking on some role in the organization. Your participation is vitally important to the branch.


  ITEM 1: 2014 WINTER SOCIAL                                                    NEW LOCATION!

  DATE: Tuesday, December 9, 2014       TIME: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

LOCATION: Alta Vista, Ottawa – home of CAA-NCR President Qais Ghanem (location change!) Qais Ghanem

(To confirm attendance, and for the address contact Qais at <  cropped-snowy-bird-feedercrop.jpg Join us for a special time of celebration as we   head into winter. If you have seasonal or other stories or poetry to share, bring them to read! Bring along a favourite culinary delight to share.



Enter the 28th National Capital Writing Contest. The deadline is February 6, 2015 (the first Friday in February each year).

28th Annual NCWC Categories

The 28th Annual National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC) is accepting entries in the following categories:

  •  Short Story (max. 2500 words)
  • Poetry (not Haiku; max. 60 lines including title & blank lines)

Prizes (in each category)

  •  1st Prize: $300; 2nd Prize: $200; and 3rd Prize: $100.

See the Literary Awards page for full contest details and the winners from the previous year’s NCWC.

Tuesday, May 12 — National Capital Writing Contest Awards Evening

This is an evening to celebrate the writing talent residing within the National Capital Region, congratulate the winners of the 2015 (28th annual) contest and support our fellow writers.

It is anticipated that all finalists will attend CAA–NCR’s 28th Annual NCWC Awards Night. First place winners will be asked to read their entries. To be held at the Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Metcalfe & Laurier in the Auditorium.



If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle for details

CAA-NCR Byline Submission Guidelines

Writing-related articles that include information about the process, profession or business of writing, or insights into the writer’s world.

Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication (minimum, $10); poetry $10 each; photos $5 each. Contact Editor ( prior to submitting

Deadlines: For non-solicited material, two months prior to publication. Issues published January, March, May, Summer, September, November.

Submission guidelines: English with Canadian spelling. In MS Word or OpenOffice as an attachment. Photos in jpeg, largest available resolution.

Font: Times New Roman 12 point, single space. No formatting, no indents; one extra return between paragraphs. Length: Preferably between 600 – 1200 words.


Interested in working on specific pieces of your writing and getting valuable feedback from other writers? If this sounds good to you, join a CAA Writing Circle!  We have a Writing Circle starting in October in Centertown and another in the west end coming soon. This is a great opportunity! Participation is FREE to CAA members. For more information or to be join the writing circle, please contact Catina via email at



LOCATION: Thoburn Mill, 83 Little Bridge Street, Unit 102, Almonte)

Thoburn Mill

Sanjeev Sivarulrasa has launched his own art gallery and studio in Almonte, about a half-hour west of Ottawa. (For details and additional information check the website or contact Sanjeev directly.)

Sanjeev describes Almonte as a hip town with energized people who are very artist/writer-friendly. They are also eager to preserve and re-purpose old buildings, like the woollen mill that now houses his gallery & studio.

By Spring, in addition to his own studio work and work on his next book, Sanjeev will begin curating a series of special exhibition by collaborating with other artists.

Space is available to the public for readings and book launches etc. Email to Sanjeev at for details. Special rates offered to CAA-NCR members.



novel, Egypt on the Back of the Wind, can be found at



 ITEM 7: CAA-NCR MEMBER BOB ABELL BOOK LAUNCH                        NEW! 

DATE: NOV. 29, 2014 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Dr. Bob Abell (R.A. Abell) will be launching his new-adult (to boomer) novel, Fireballs, at Read’s Book Shop and Coffee Bar in Carleton Place, Ontario, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 29th.  Fireballs is a sequel to Trails, which was released in January of this year, and is available on Amazon or directly from Rovell by email to Dr. Abell will also feature in an interview with Crystal Budgell, Manager of Library Services of the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library and host of the popular WhiStle Radio 102.7 program, Shelf Life.  This will air on December 30th.



Dr. Bob Abell, President and Author, Ph.D. (Science Ed.), B.Ed., B.Sc. (Chemistry)
Non-Fiction: Salvaging Capitalism/Saving Democracy (2012)
Novels:  The Corporation (2nd ed. 2013), Trails (2014), Fireballs (coming soon)


ITEM 8: 2015 CANADIAN AUTHORS LITERARY AWARDS                            NEW!

Entries are now being accepted for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2015 Literary Awards.

Entering its 40th year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. Past winners have included Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Leonard Cohen, Micheal Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Patrick DeWitt, Nino Ricci, Michael S. Cross, Don McKay, Charlotte Gray, Joseph Boyden and countless other literary stars – some relatively unknown at the time they received the award.

Criteria and submission details are available online at Complete the CAA 2015 Awards entry form online, print it and send it to us along with your submission and entry fee.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2015.

For more information about past winners, shortlisted authors, and awards events, visit our awards page at


ITEM 9: THE BANFF CENTRE LITERARY PROGRAMS FOR 2015 Now accepting applications      FOR MORE INFO ON ALL PROGRAMS PLEASE VISIT:                                 Banffcentre


Spoken Word March 30 – April 11, 2015 Apply by December 3


Program director: Tanya Evanson, with faculty Robert Priest & Ivy; and jazz peer advisors from the Kalmunity Vibe Collective (Montreal): Mark Haynes, Malika Tirolien & Jahsun

For spoken word artists to explore and develop their voices and career paths.

New! Digital Narratives May 4 – 23, 2015 Apply by December 10

Program co-directors: Eli Horowitz & Russell Quinn

Perfect for writers wishing to use interactive technologies and associated digital concepts to explore, push the boundaries of, and create new forms of innovative narrative across multiple platforms.  Opening for applications on October 22.

Writing Studio April 27 – May 30, 2015 Apply by January 14

Program director: Greg Hollingshead

Faculty: Narrative – Dionne Brand, Tessa McWatt, Robinranath Maharaj, John Burnside, Linda Spalding; Poetry – Karen Solie, Tim Lilburn, C.D. Wright; Voice and relaxation – Dale Genge

For writers at early or intermediate stages in their careers, the program offers an extended period of uninterrupted writing time, one-on-one editorial assistance from experienced writers/editors, and an -opportunity to engage with a community of working writers.

Banff International Literary Translation Centre | Centre international de traduction littéraire de Banff | Centro Internacional de Traducción Literaria de Banff

Program dates | Dates de résidence | Fechas de residencia: 08.06.2014 – 27.06.2015

Director / directrice / directora: Katherine Silver Application deadline | Date limite de réception des candidatures | Plazo de entrega de solicitudes: 18.02.2014

Literary Journalism July 6 – August 1, 2015 Apply by March 18

Rogers Communications Chair: Ian Brown and faculty editors Victor Dwyer and Charlotte Gill

Eight established writers of non-fiction get the opportunity to develop a major essay, memoir, or feature piece for a $2,000 commission.This program is 100% funded, including tuition fees, accommodation and meal plan, plus a travel allowance up to $750.


ITEM 10: ABROAD WRITERS CONFERENCE                                                     NEW!

Date: December 13 – 20, 2014

Location: Otivar (Granada), Spain




Authors workshops and readings are located at the end of a scenic Tropical Valley in a Mansion set in a private, quiet and peaceful setting away from the hustle and bustle of the coast and nearest towns. The ornamental Moorish gardens have been laboriously restored to their former glory offering guests the opportunity to wander or relax in total peace and tranquility. Surrounded by centuries old palm trees, shady borders and colourful exotic plants. Ancient cypress hedges border an attractive swimming pool that is fed by a natural spring.





Don’t miss an opportunity to polish their skills and have fun too in Cuba during Winter 2015. 

 Travel Notebook Learning Adventures is offering four workshops:



  • Cienfuegos: People & Place (January 23-February 1, 2015)
  • Trinidad de Cuba: People & Place (February 6-15, 2015)
  • Baracoa Safari: Into the Biosphere (February 27-March 8, 2015)
  • Baracoa: People & Place (March 20-29, 2015)

Details are available on our website:, by email:, or by phone (613-962-8373).  Kathryn MacDonald & James Archbold


ITEM 12: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL                          

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



My name is Adam Thomlison and I am conducting a Master of Arts research study at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Communication. The purpose of the study is to understand writers’ attitudes toward e-books as a format for self-publishing. I am looking for authors in the Ottawa area who would be willing to be interviewed about their views. I am specifically seeking:

– authors who have self-published print books, but not e-books (and the majority of whose work has been self-published); and
– aspiring authors who have written a book-length manuscript but have not yet been published.

Authors who meet either of these descriptions, and who are willing to be interviewed (it should only take about an hour, at a location that is convenient for you), can contact me at Thank you in advance for your consideration.


   ITEM 14: POETRY READINGS AROUND TOWN                                  NEW!

  •  Nov. 17 8:30 p.m. Blue Mondays readings Time and Place: 8:30 pm. Cafe Nostalgica, 601 Cumberland: Seymour Mayne with Shai Ben-Shalom, Rachel Fernandes, Mia Morgan, M. M. Buckingham, Margento, Nicola Vulpe, Claire Farley, Alexander Monker, Betty Warrington
  • Nov. 18 7 p.m. Open mic for poets  — prose writers too!  At Gaia Java coffee company, 1300 Stittsville Main street.  Every 3rd Tuesday.  Our next meeting is Tuesday Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.  Come share your words.  Make it happen.  Readings are 10 minutes each. Open to authors at all levels of experience.  Audience welcome. This is a new venture and we need your support to make it viable.  Contact:
  • Nov. 19 The Sawdust Reading Series Time and Place: 7:00 pm. Pour Boy, 495 Somerset W. Web: featured poets & open mic; monthly contests for feature November 19 – Phil Hall & contest winner
  • Nov. 29 the Artistic Showcase Time and Place: 7:00 pm. Pressed, 750 Gladstone music, storytelling & poetry – $10 November 19 – MEHDI HAMDAD, KALEIGH WATTS, ALI ALIKHANI
  • Mugshots Open Mic Wednesdays Time and Place: Every Wednesday at 10:00 pm. Mugshots Bar, 75 Nicholas Street spoken word & music
  • Nov. 25       Words To Live By Time and Place: 7:00 pm. Pressed, 750 Gladstone Open mic & spoken word features $7 November 25 – Ocean


DATE: Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Ottawa Art Gallery,
Arts Court, Main Floor, 2 Daly Ave., Ottawa, Ont.

Nikki Reimer is a poet, critic and artist interested in emerging media, nostalgia and animality. She has published widely in print and digital media. Reimer has lived in Calgary and Vancouver.

Chris Turnbull lives near Ottawa, Ontario. Her poetry and other work can be found in ottawater, ditch, Dusie 10, and the ottawa poetry newsletter, among others; recent pieces are in upcoming issues of (parenthetical), Stroboscope,Spiral Orb, Nerve Lantern and Touch the Donkey. Her short opti/surface work, [ untitled ] is one of a trio (with pieces by angela rawlings and Heather Hermant, respectively) in o w n, forthcoming through CUE Books at the end of 2014. Her visual and multi-voice book continua will be published by Chaudiere Books in 2015. Thuja Press published her chapbook Shingles in 2001; above/ground press published a selection of continua in 2010. She installs poems on trails through rout/e, an ongoing foot press:
By donation


Time and Place: November 24 at 7:00 pm.

Andrew S. Haydon Hall (Council Chambers), Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue W.

You’re invited to attend and participate. Hear more about the renewed program, share your feedback. Email:

ITEM 17: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS CATHERINE GRAHAM + S. THAMMAVONGSA                                                                                                NEW!

treereadingserieslogoDATE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014



6:45 pm WORKSHOP WITH J.M. FRANCHETEAU: Getting Personae

Expanding upon the ideas of the Nov 11 discussion of character and persona in poetry, and how they might be applied to other concepts of voice. Bring writing materials. Attendance at first workshop not required. JM Francheteau is a local poet and zinester, and current Arc Reviews Editor.

8:00 pm Readings Open Mic and Featured Readers

Catherine Graham is the author of five poetry collections including the recently published, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak & Wynn, 2013) and the acclaimed trilogy, Pupa, The Red Element and Winterkill (Insomniac Press). Recent work has appeared in Poetry Daily, The Malahat Review, Crannóg Magazine (Ireland), Eyewear (UK), Descant Magazine, The Puritan, The Toronto Review of Books, Taddle Creek, The Rusty Toque, Prairie Fire and Room Magazine. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she won an Excellence In Teaching Award.

Souvankham Thammavongsa Author of Light, winner of the 2014 Trillium Book Award for Poetry was born in Nong Khai, Thailand, in 1978. She is the author of three poetry booksSmall Arguments (Pedlar, 2003), Found (Pedlar, 2007), which was made into a short film of the same name by filmmaker Paramita Nath and screened at festivals worldwide, and most recently, Light, winner of the CBC Bookie for Best Canadian Poetry Book of 2013. In 2004, Small Arguments won the ReLit Award for Poetry. Her exquisite work has been championed by Canadian poets Anne Michaels, Dionne Brand and Michael Ondaatje. She was named Best Beloved Canadian Poet by readers of the literary periodical The New Quarterly.   MORE INFO AT:


Thursday Nov 27 7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St. Rise to Greatness: The History of Canada with Conrad Black Info & Tickets


DATE: November 26, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm LOCATION: Canada Council’s offices, 150 Elgin in Ottawa

November 18, 10 am: Stay tuned to for the digital announcement of the GG winners.

Meet the English-language GG winners at public events at the Canada Council’s offices. (Event with French-language winners on Thursday, November 27). Download images of the shortlisted books.

ITEM 20: OIW MEETING – – Thursday November 27

Interviewing Techniques:  Veteran Ottawa Citizen reporter Ian McLeod will explain how to ask the right questions and gather accurate information for books and other writing projects. 7 p.m. Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, 670 Albert St. $10 for guests. Free parking. Info: (613) 425-3873 or




NEW! Ryga: A Journal of Provocations showcases the work that explores social issues. Seeking short stories, poem suites (of 3-6 poems), and plays. Pays $100. Guidelines.
 NEW! Mud Season Review, a community-led literary journal in Vermont, invites fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art for upcoming issues. Appreciates work that teaches something about life, and explores new ways of perceiving the world or about the craft of writing or visual art. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.
NEW! Dark Dragon Publishing Is Taking Submissions If you are wondering what types of novels spark our enjoyment, check out our list of published works. You should also check out our blog post Submissions: How to Submit. We publish horror, dark fantasy, paranormal and some science fiction novels between 75,000 – 150,000 words. Please send your queries to Details:

NEW! Rights Magazine Seeks Advertising Rights Magazine is currently looking for advertising that will be distributed to 50,000+ writers in over 90 countries. It will also be distributed at five of the leading international book fairs, including Frankfurt, which alone boasts 275,342 visitors, and 170,664 professional visitors. Full page and half page advertising spaces are available.


NEW! Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen We want to see any and all permutations of the superhero genre. Any genre-mashing goes: alternate history, crime, horror, romance, SF, fantasy, surrealism; we want a variety of tones, approaches, subgenres, cultural perspectives, etc. We’re interested in submissions where Canadian setting (a specific city, region, or province) plays a role, but we’re open to other types of stories, too, set anywhere in the world, the universe, or the multiverse!


NEW! Journal Wants You to Knock Their Socks Off Shiny new Canadian quarterly The Impressment Gang (Canada) pays $25 for accepted poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and writing in general. Prints four times a year: May, August, November, and February. No word limit for fiction, nonfiction or other writing, but submissions really should knock our socks off.


NEW! Seeking Greeting Card Verse Blue Mountain Arts is interested in reviewing writings suitable for publication on greeting cards. Looking for highly original and creative submissions on friendship, family, special occasions, positive living, and other topics one person might want to share with another person. Submissions may also be considered for inclusion in book anthologies. Pays $300 per poem for all rights to publish it on a greeting card and $50 if the poem is used only in an anthology. Request writer’s guidelines (which include contact/submission information) by sending a blank email to with “Send Me Guidelines” in the subject line.Details:

FJORDS CALL FOR SPRING EDITION: Submissions are open for our spring edition—The issue will be in over 300 bookstores across the U.S. and available for digital download on every e-reader, tablet and in every app store. We’re looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction, translations and art, so hit us up with your best.

Smashed Cake Review is seeking poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and dramatic script submissions from emerging and established writers. Wants work that surprises with a focus on consumerism and consumption. No words limits. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.

The Sacrificial seeks concise, original, dark, humorous, twisted, and insensitively-sensitive works. Accepts short stories, poetic prose, dialogues, commentaries, etc. Length: 500 words. Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines.
Shiny new Canadian quarterly” The Impressment Gang (Canada) pays $25 for accepted poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and writing in general. Prints four times a year: May, August, November, February. No word limit for fiction, non-fiction and other writing, but “submissions really should knock our socks off.” Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines.

Blue Mountain Arts is interested in reviewing writings suitable for publication on greeting cards. Looking for highly original and creative submissions on friendship, family, special occasions, positive living, and other topics one person might want to share with another person. Submissions may also be considered for inclusion in book anthologies. Pays $300 per poem for all rights to publish it on a greeting card and $50 if the poem is used only in an anthology. Request writer’s guidelines (which include contact/submission information) by sending a blank e-mail to with “Send Me Guidelines” in the subject line.

Only Because (UK) is a new creative career and lifestyle magazine, launching in autumn 2014. Seeking advice articles, lifestyle features, creative non-fiction, short fiction and poetry. Send an email to with a short bio and what you’d be interested in writing about. Include at least two relevant sample articles.
The Inflectionist Review, considers poetry submissions on an ongoing basis. We are currently reading for issue 3. TIR has a strong preference for non-linear work that carefully constructs ambiguity so that the reader can play an active role in the poem. In general, we commend the experimental, the worldly and universal, and eschew the inane, trendy, and overly personal. Work that reveals multiple layers with further readings. Work that speaks to people across borders, across literary and cultural boundaries, across time periods, is more likely to fascinate us (and the reader). Submissions are accepted online via Submittable at

Shadowgraph Magazine, We are currently open for poetry, fiction, essays, and image portfolios.  Shadowgraph Magazine is a bi-annual print journal and an Online Quarterly. We feature interviews with scholars of all kinds: scientists, artists, writers, and others.  We seek to publish the highest quality work we can find and have a special interest in unusual or unique stances towards writing.  You can submit online here (via submittable): Or you can send your submissions to (please specify genre)  P.O. Box 31339, Santa Fe, NM 87594 Thanks!

  Masque & Spectacle just published its first issue and is now accepting submissions for issue two to be published on December 1. We publish all forms of creative writing plus visual art, video, and sound recordings. See the submission guidelines here:

Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine is looking for essays, stories, art, and poems that capture the essence and immediacy of the beast. Animal is a subject-specific lit mag, however loosely we define “animal.” In some form, we want a literal beast as a central character or motif. Render on the page what is both alien and familiar about an animal, animals, or being “animal.” Nonfiction: needs book excerpts, personal essays, experimental, memoir, humor. Does not want anything overtly religious, pornographic, or sentimental. Length: 5,000 words. Fiction: needs literary, adventure, confession, experimental, ethnic, fantasy, horror, humor, mainstream, science fiction. Does not want anything overtly religious, pornographic, or sentimental. Length: 5,000 words. Poetry: needs avant-garde, free verse, traditional. Send up to five poems. Total not to exceed five pages. Art: needs the essence of the beast as you see it–we prefer images that feature other species, filtered through human perception. Photos or other work that can be digitally represented online and in print; any kind of visual art that translates to e-space well, including photographs of installations and sculptures. Please send works that are at least 300 dpi, preferably in .jpg form. To Submit: Put the title and genre of work in your subject line. Please send questions for the literary magazine at the same address to Sarah Cedeno, fiction editor; Danita Berg, non-fiction editor; Stephen Mills, poetry editor, and Marley Andretti, Art Editor. Animal will consider simultaneous submissions, but asks that you notify us immediately if you are accepted elsewhere. We do not reprint work published elsewhere, in any form. Please send submissions pasted into the body of an e-mail, as well as attached to the e-mail as a MS Word-compatible document, to  animalliterarymagazineATgmailDOTcom. Put the title and genre of work in your subject line. In the cover-letter portion of your email, include the title and word count. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines may be deleted unread.

Call for Writers! wodahS Press is dedicated to Introducing the Most Eclectic and Innovative (short) Writings from Around the World.For Consideration please send your pieces along with a short bio in the body of an email only. Please note that attachments will not be opened. Chosen writers will be featured for one month on their own page.wodashS Press can be found at No Deadline. Please email: I n D e A r T s… – InDeArts

Blue Heron Book Works, an e-pub company, is looking for outstanding memoirs–unusual personal tales well told, or awesomely well told ordinary stories to publish as ebook, with an eye to print-on-demand later.  We would also like to work with fiction writers who have ideas for series fiction of any sort.  All costs are born by BHBW.  Check us out on to see what we like.  And query us at infoATblueheronbookworksDOTcom.

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:

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.

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


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 France

  FAMILY BLESSINGS: Prayers, Poems, and Traditions by June Cotner & Nancy Tupper Ling.  Note: All submissions for this book only should be emailed to: submitATfinelinepoetsDOTcom. Viva Editions is publishing Family Blessings in Spring 2016. Family Blessings consists of prayers, poems, toasts, traditions, rituals, and blessings for family gatherings. Your submissions should be inspiring, uplifting, and fitting for most faith traditions. The selections in Family Blessings will cultivate gratefulness for family life while nurturing and enriching the family bond. Each one should be universal (applicable to other families) and suitable to be read aloud at family gatherings. Preliminary chapters include: 1) All-Occasion Toasts; 2) Graces & Mealtimes; 3) Birthdays; 4) Weddings; 5) Babies & Christenings; 6) Anniversaries; 7) Graduations; 8) Housewarmings; 9) Family Reunions; 10) Memorial Services; 11) Prayers & Blessings; 12) Holidays; 13) Appreciating Siblings; 14) Family Traditions; 15) Everyday Joys; 16) Special (misc. category to include Retirement, Bon Voyage, New Job, Move, and other family-related topics); 17) Legacies; and 18) Benedictions.Please email no more than three submissions, each as a separate Word document and within one email message. Please use “FAMILY BLESSINGS” + your last name as your subject line and suggest a chapter from the headings above for each of your submissions. If your submissions are exactly what we are seeking, you will be invited to submit more. All submissions must be single-spaced in Times New Roman 12 with all of your contact info in the upper left corner. For desired spiritual tone, refer to my book,Baby Blessings, or you may request guidelines and samples as a Word document by emailing submitATfinelinepoetsDOTcom. Payment is one copy of the book for each published selection for non-exclusive rights. Submissions close: November 30, 2014.

Sugar Mule Issue 47. Sugar Mule, an online literary magazine open to all genres, invites submissions for Issue 47, guest edited by Alyse Knorr. Please send poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, book reviews, and hybrid works of all forms, themes, and subjects–we look forward to reading your work.Please e-mail your submission of no more than 5 unpublished poems or no more than 7,000 words of unpublished prose, as one MSWord or RTF document, to, between September 1 and December 1. NOTE: do not send submissions after this date. Art and book reviews will also be considered. Please include a short bio and introductory note. Friends and former students of the editor should please refrain from submitting. Sugar Mule does not pay for accepted work(s) at this time. You retain all rights to your work; we retain none. About Sugar Mule:Sugar Mule is a long-standing online literary magazine with more than 40 issues and extras like online books and anthology-sized special issues. Sugar Mule is published about three times a year and is open to all forms of poetry and prose. Visit for more.

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:

NASSAU REVIEW Please visit for all questions and queries regarding this call for work.  You can also email nassaureviewATnccDOTedu if you can’t find the answer to your question or you can tweet at us @nassaureview. Submit your work between September 1 and December 10. All literary work submitted during this period will be under consideration for the Writer Awards. You do not have to send any separate submissions for the contest. Submission is FREE. The THEME for the submission period of 2014-2015 is The Post-Human: Our Other Selves. With rapid advances in electronics and technology, and our willingness to accept and follow, human beings have changed in mind and body.  Please submit works inspired by your observation or experience with the changing concept of what is self—or how many selves do we have—and what is human in our new realm of hyper-connectivity and convenience. Visit our website for all submission guidelines and to submit through our online system. We do not accept work outside of our online system.

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.

Heron Tree will be open for submissions from September 1 through December 1, 2014. Any submissions received outside this period will not be read. More information, including archives of previously published poems, can be found on our website: Submit 2 – 5 poems with a cover letter via email to submitDOTherontreeATgmailDOTcom. Include your cover letter in the body of the email and attach poems in a single doc, docx, or rtf file. All submissions will be read blind; please do not include your name on the poems themselves, but provide a list of titles in your cover letter. Please do not use headers or footers in your file. Simultaneous submissions are welcome with timely notification of acceptance elsewhere. Work previously published online, electronically, or in print should not be submitted. Heron Tree does not publish translations, fiction, essays, or artwork at this time. Accepted work will be published on the Heron Tree website and will be included in a yearly bound edition available as a print-on-demand volume. We are not currently able to provide contributing authors with a gratis copy of the volume, but we plan to make it available to them at minimal cost. Purchase of the print volume is not required for publication.

The Humber Literary Review is seeking submissions of prose, poetry, artwork, and comics for their third issue, scheduled for release in Spring 2015. Pays $60 per poem, and $100 each for essays, fiction, and reviews. Also pay our feature and comics artists. Contributors also receive two copies. Deadline: December 8, 2014. Guidelines



carte blanche open for submissions for 2015. You have until January 1, 2015 to submit your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, comics, audio stories, and translations.

NEW! Eldredge Books is accepting submissions for Fashionably Late, a collection of personal narratives by gay, bisexual, and transgender men who came out well into adulthood. Submissions are open to all gay, bi, and trans men who identify as late bloomers (this typically refers to men who came out after their mid-twenties). Tentative pub date: September 2015. Length: 7,500 words max. Payment: small stipend, two copies each of the print/ebook anthology. Deadline: January 31, 2015. Guidelines.
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: 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.

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:

Guernica Editions is looking for stories, previously unpublished in a book form, for an anthology centred around Poland and Polish Diaspora. Open to Canadian writers of Polish origin and Canadian writers whose work connects with Poland or Polish diaspora in some way. Length: 2500–3000 words. Payment: two copies of the anthology. Deadline: January 31, 2015. Guidelines:

GRANTA is accepting unsolicited submissions (from Aerogramme After a long hiatus Granta, one of the world’s most prestigious literary magazines, is again accepting unsolicited submissions. Granta publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There are no strict word limits, though most prose submissions are between 3000 and 6000 words and the editors advise they are unlikely to read more than 10,000 words of any submission. Alongside the print edition, the online New Writing program publishes stories, poems, essays, interviews, animations and more from established Granta alumni as well as new voices. All submissions will be considered for both the print and online editions (unless otherwise stipulated in the cover letter). Selection is extremely competitive and only a very small fraction of submissions will be chosen for publication. Reading recent editions of Granta will help you assess whether your work is likely to be a good match. Writers must submit their work via Submittable and there are no reading fees. For further information visit the Granta website. Submissions are scheduled to remain open until 1 April 2015.

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.

Weave Magazine is now open for submissions through May 31, 2015. We are a print publication dedicated to promoting cultural diversity, accepting the best works of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, and visual art that transfix, transport, and inspire. Currently, we are seeking more submissions for the genres listed below. More information about how to submit can be found here Deadline: May 31, 2015 Poetry: 3-5 poems Flash Fiction: 1-3 stories, each 1000 words or less Fiction: 3,000 words or less Nonfiction: 3,000 words or less Drama: less than 4,000 words Reviews: 500-800 words Comics/Illustrations/Visual Essays/Stories/Poems: Black and white only. More about Weave

Willow Springs is published twice a year, in spring and fall. We accept manuscript submissions between September 1 and May 31. We are happy to announce that we are now paying writers! Starting with Issue 75, Willow Springs will pay contributors $100 per published prose piece and $20 per published poem. There is a $3 reading fee for prose, but no fee for poetry. We publish poetry, fiction, and nonfiction of literary merit. Though Willow Springs has a broad aesthetic, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the magazine before you submit. In most cases, we respond within eight weeks, though we ask that you do not follow up on a submission unless it has been longer than four months since you sent it. We offer two complimentary copies for work we publish. Accepted works will appear in Willow Springs. They may also appear on the Willow Springs website or in promotional material, and, at a later date, in a Willow Springs anthology. Submitted work must be previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions. Translations are welcome if you have acquired publication permission from the author of the original work. However, we don’t accept unsolicited interviews at this time. Willow Springs now accepts all genres online. Unfortunately, we no longer accept hard-copy manuscripts via snail mail. To submit fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, you can submit via our Submittable page.




 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:

Tagore-O.Henry Short Story Contest 2014  Stories must be original “with a punch at the end.” Length: 1500 words max. Can be sent from any part of the world. Deadline: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Entry fee: $10 Prize: $1000 Details:

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).

InkTears Short Story Competition 2014 Now open for entries (UK + International). All prizewinners will have their story published to the InkTears Readers and their bio published on the InkTears website. Full results will be announced by Monday, March 30, 2015.   Deadline: Sunday, November 30, 2014 Entry fee: £6.00 Prize: 1st prize: £1,000; Runner-up: £100; 4 Highly Commended: £25 Details:

2016 Ottoline Prize awards publication and $5,000 to a book-length work of poetry by a woman writing in English who has previously published one or more full-length books of poetry.  The submission fee is $28.00 USD. Ends on 11/30/2014 Size limit: 80 pages and all entrants receive a complimentary subscription or renewal to Fence. The winning manuscript will be published in the Spring of 2016 by Fence Books.

QuillsEdge Press: Indispensable Poetry by Women Over 50  2014 Chapbook Competition. Theme: On The Edge. Judge: Barbara Crooker Dates: 9/1/2014 – 11/30/2014Our 2014 theme is On the Edge – the edge of an era, a breakdown, a break up, a break-through. Share your edge, and make us feel it. We are looking for poetic voices that challenge us, stun us, give us pause and palpitations. We are open to any style: lyrical, narrative, form, prose poem or experimental innovations and new mixes. We want to read, hear and be moved to wonder, laugh and cry as we discover your individual threshold. We applaud both the sensitive and the strident. So surprise us with something original, unique and On the Edge! find out more at:

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.

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 com on March 1, 2015. A ceremonial reading will be held at Housing Works Bookstore in NYC on April 13, 2015.

The 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize. $2,000 and publication for a first book of poemsJudge: 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.

NEW! carte blanche-CNFC Annual Writing Contest carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) have teamed up to bring you a Canada-wide creative nonfiction contest sponsored by the University of King’s College. Submissions accepted via our online submission form only. Original, previously unpublished creative nonfiction – maximum word length 3,000 words (no minimum). The contest will be judged blind so please don’t put your name or contact information on the actual submission. Deadline: Sunday, November 30, 2014. Entry fee: $15.00 CAD, $10.00 CAD Prize: 1st prize: $750 and your text will be published in carte blanche Details: 



ttp:// 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! 2014 Instant Hook Literary Contest Entrants are encouraged to submit the first 300 words or less of an unpublished novel. As the competition title suggests, the goal is to create an opening that commands attention, and makes the reader wish for more.   Deadline: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Entry fee: None Prize: $300 Details:

NEW! Tethered Letters Fall Literary Contest TBL is pleased to announce their third annual Fall Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. We are looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles. Deadline: Monday, December 2, 2014 Entry fee: $5 – $12 USD Prize: $400 USD in prizes Details:

Winter in Variations: Bill Holm Witness Poetry Contest – December 15, 2014 $150.00 Prize Submission of six poems accepted up to December 15, 2014 •Write poems about witnessing some every-day occurrence in winter Must be original unpublished work •Winner or winners to be published online •Prize- $150.00 (May be split if more than one winner.) •Writer owns all rights •Writers Rising Up reserves the right to declare no winner.

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 Center for Women Writers is excited about the opportunity to discover and encourage writers through our International Literary Awards. For the 2015 contest, the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award for a short story up to 5,000 words will be judged by award-winning author Kris Saknussemm, the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award for a work of creative nonfiction (including personal essay and memoir) up to 5,000 words will be judged by our 2014 winner, Brandel France de Bravo, and the Rita Dove Poetry Award for a poem of any style (3 poems per entry) will be judged by National Poetry Series winner, Lee Ann Roripaugh. The awards are open to any person who writes in English, excluding current Salem employees and students. The Postmark deadline for mailed submissions is 15 November 2014; and the postmarked deadline for our online submissions (via Submittable) will be 31 December 2014. The winner in each genre will receive $1,000, and an Honorable Mention in each category will receive $150. The contest entry fee is $15. Announcements will be made on our website on 1 May 2015. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me by email: cwwATsalemDOTedu. You can also visit our website at

River Styx 2015 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest. GUIDELINES HERE : online entry: $1500 First Prize plus one case of micro-brewed Schlafly Beer Judged by the editors of River Styx Submissions open August 1, 2014 500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry.

NEW! Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers: Entries Close 31 December. The winner will receive US$1500 and have their story published in the magazine. Boulevard’s Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers is open worldwide to people who have not yet published a book of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Stories may be up to 8000 words and must be previously unpublished. An entry fee of $15 is payable but all entrants will receive a one-year subscription to the magazine. The contest is open to writers around the world and entries may be submitted online or in hard copy. Entries for the Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers close on 31 December 2014. For full entry information and conditions visit the Boulevard website. Boulevard also welcomes unsolicited submissions from both established and emerging writers. The minimum payment for prose is $100, maximum $300.

NEW! Toronto’s echolocation magazine and New Brunswick’s QWERTY magazine and are going halves. We’re two of a kind. We’re partners in crime. We’re a duo. Gentle writerly folk, we present the 2015 QWERTY-echolocation Joint Chapbook Contest! Submit your best poems and short fiction on the theme of DOUBLES from November 1 to December 31, 2014. Stun us with your literary panache and ingenious theme interpretation to win $200 (first place) $100 (second place) and publication in a limited-edition, stand-alone chapbook. Contest guidelines: Submit 1 short fiction (max. 2,000 words) or 3 poems (max. 2 pages per poem). Entry fee: $5. Each contestant receives a copy of the finished chapbook. Contestants may submit additional entries (another 3 poems or another short story) for $3. How to submit: 1. Go to pay your $5 submission fee. Record your PayPal Confirmation Number. 2. Email your submission as .doc, .docx, or .pdf to: 3. Include your Name, Mailing Address, and PayPal Confirmation Numberin the body of your email. Submissions without a PayPal Confirmation Number will be disqualified. Do not include your name on any part of the attached document (entries will be judged blind) Fiction should be double spaced. Single-space poetry. Winners will be announced in January.


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. Complete contest guidelines at . If you have questions please e-mail msreviewATusmDOTedu, call 601-266-4321, or check our Facebook page at com/msreview.

Sou’wester is now accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for its upcoming Fall and Spring issues. We close submissions in late winter/early spring.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: 

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).

Invisible Publishing and Matrix Magazine are pleased to bring you the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. NOTE: THIS COMPETITION IS OPEN TO CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY. The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published two books or fewer). Each year the winning manuscript is selected by an established poet in co-operation with Matrix Magazine and Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint. JUDGE: Karen Solie. The deadline is January 31, 2015. Entries can be submitted through Matrix Magazine’s Submittable site. MORE INFO HERE:

The Annual Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award. 2015 Call for Submissions. In late 2011, Jessica Bell and Dawn Ius founded Vine Leaves Literary Journal to offer the vignette, a forgotten literary form, the exposure and credit it deserves. The vignette is a snapshot in words, and differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot, instead it focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. The journal, published quarterly online, is a lush synergy of atmospheric prose, poetry, photography and illustrations, put together with an eye for aesthetics as well as literary merit. The annual print anthology showcases the very best pieces from across the year. We are pleased to announce the second Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award and would like to invite writers to submit their best manuscript of vignettes.  Submissions open: June 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015  Prize: $500 + Publication in early 2016 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 copies Guest Judge: Dan Holloway. For submission guidelines, please go to:

   NEW! Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Entry Period, The 2015 prize is open from 1 October 2014 – 29 May 2015. How to enter * 2014 winners and shortlist. About the prize: The University of Canberra has established an international poetry prize. On behalf of the university, this is administered by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), part of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design. The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. It marks the University of Canberra’s commitment to creativity and imagination in all that it does, and builds on the work of the International Poetry Studies Institute in identifying poetry as a highly resilient and sophisticated human activity. It also builds on the activities of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, which conducts wide-ranging research into human creativity and culture. The University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize was offered for the first time in 2014. Entries for the 2015 prize may be submitted from 1 October 2014 until 29 May 2015 for this prize. The prize will be announced on or before 30 September 2015 and prize winners will be notified prior to that. Important details are: The winner will receive AUD$15,000 The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000 Four additional poems will be short-listed All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of  50 lines (see the Conditions of Entry for further details) Each entry of a poem will cost AUD$15 if submitted by 31 January 2015 and AUD$20 if submitted between 1 February and 29 May 2015. There are discounts for students.




CAA-NCR Weekly Notices June 16 to 23, 2013


Weekly Notices for the week of June 17 to June 23, 2013

 11 items: 5 NEW EVENTS 1 NEW CALL

Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at 

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



DATES: Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, 2013

LOCATION: Heagle Country Residence, Osgoode, Ontariochairs fixed

bARBARA KYLEFEATURING Workshop Leader – BARBARA KYLE- 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.

 Please Note: There is limited space available for day registrants if anyone prefers to commute daily and not stay overnight. The registration fee will remain the same since no charge for accommodations has been included. Please signify your intentions when registering.



The Canadian Authors Association (CAA) continued its long-held tradition of writers honouring writers and announced the winners of its 2013 Literary Awards competition during its annual CanWrite! conference.

Michael S. Cross of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was awarded the Lela Common Award for Canadian History for A Biography of Robert Baldwin: The Morning-Star of Memory (Oxford University Press). The shortlist for this award included Tim Cook (Warlord: Borden, MacKenzie King, and Canada’s World Wars) and Barry Gough (Juan de Fuca’s Strait: Voyages in the Waterway of Forgotten Dreams).

Christopher Meades was named the recipient of the CAA Award for Fiction for his novel The Last Hiccup (ECW Press). This year’s fiction shortlist included Tricia Dower (Stony River) and Vincent Lam (The Headmaster’s Wager).

Don McKay won the CAA Poetry Award for Paradoxides (McClelland & Stewart). The 2013 poetry shortlist also included Julie Bruck (Monkey Ranch) and Emily McGiffin (Between Dusk and Night).

All three award recipients receive a silver medal and a $2000 cash prize.

Earlier this week, two young authors were named as co-recipients of the 2013 Emerging Writer Awards: Claire Battershill and Jay Bahadur. They share a $500 prize.

Introduced in 1975, the CAA Literary Awards honour Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal – a tradition originally begun in 1937 with the creation of the Governor General’s medals for literature (now overseen by the Canada Council of the Arts). The competition is open to all writers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Founded by Stephen Leacock and several other prominent Canadian writers in 1921, the Canadian Authors Association has continued to maintain a focus on “writers helping writers” since its inception.




Submissions must be sent in by October 4th, 2013 Dawson City, Yukon Territory

English: A photo of historic buildings in down...

English: A photo of historic buildings in downtown Dawson City, Yukon, taken at 11pm on June 11, 2007 by Michael Edwards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Professional Canadian writers who have one published book and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, journalism — are all encouraged to apply. The Berton House Writers’ Retreat is held once a month, located in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.

For more information please visit or email



 DATES: September 23-28, 2013

LOCATION: Kilmory Resort, Swift Current, NL

Piper’s Frith in Newfoundland is now accepting applications.

The 5th Piper’s Frith happens September 23-28, 2013 at Kilmory Resort in Swift Current, Newfoundland. Emerging and established adult writers are invited to join mentors Joan Clark, Jessica Grant and Don McKay for group workshops and one-on-one explorations of your creative work.  Social evenings and a spectacular setting enhance this intense, inspirational experience. The cost of $690 includes program fees, meals, five nights’ accommodations and social events (air/ground transportation is not included).

The application deadline is August 2, 2013. Learn more and apply at Details:




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


 Thomas Rose of Wilfid Laurier University, journalism educator and former journalist is seeking participants for a new study into journalism independence in Canadian newsrooms.

If you are a traditional or non-traditional journalist or are working in any phase of the journalistic process, and if you have experienced or know of anyone who has experienced any interference with the content of the journalism produced, I would like to hear from you.

This project will assess the state of journalistic independence according to the basic provisions of the firewall principle.  Under this principle, a key measure of journalistic independence and integrity is freedom from interference by business, political, or other interests.

A breach in the firewall might for example, cause a journalist to alter details of a story, to ignore a developing story, or even to kill a story altogether.

Strict confidentiality guaranteed.  Reply to

Mr. Rose is an investigator and editor at J-Source. Respondents will receive a comprehensive form that outlines the process in detail.



 DATE: Monday 17 June 2013 Readings at 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset St. W.)

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 Apt. 9 Press is thrilled to announce three new titles: Stephen Brockwell’s Excerpts from Improbable Books: The Apt. 9 Installment,  Christine McNair’s pleasantries and other misdemeanours  and Jeff Blackman’s So Long As The People Are People.

Books will be available for purchase at the reading. More info on the event and the readers:

ITEM 8: OIW MEMBERS’ READING NIGHT                      NEW!

 DATE: Thursday, June 20 6:30 P.M.

LOCATION: Library And Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St. Room 156

 Socializing starts 6:30 p.m. and the program gets rolling at 7:00 p.m. Guests are welcome and must pay a fee of $10, which is deducted from the annual membership fee should they join OIW.

 Members will read short pieces of work. This will be the last general meeting until September. Contact Susan Jennings to get on the list. This event is free to the general public. Contact: email:

 Please visit the Library’s web site for parking and accessibility information ( Attendees with accessibility or hearing issues are encouraged to inform members of the OIW executive upon arrival at the meeting room. We will be glad to provide you with a seat at the front of the room and request our speakers to accommodate your needs as well.





Readings by Christian Bok (Eunoia) and Caroline Bergvall

The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West

8:00 p.m., free for more information



Readings and talks by Tamara Faith Berger, Heather Birrell, Kyle Buckley, Andrew Faulkner, Spencer Gordon, Mathew Henderson, Andrew Kaufman, Edward Keenan, David Seymour, Matthew Tierney, Jessica Westhead and dozens more. Part of a week-long festival in various Toronto locations.

Trinity Bellwoods Park, 155 Crawford Street

12:00  p.m. to 4:00 p.m., free for more information


 Kenneth Goldsmith (Fidget) and Christian Bok (Eunoia) talk conceptual writing in conjunction with the Power Plant show Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art co-presented with The Power Plant

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Studio Room

7:30 p.m., $15 for more information

 NOTE: POSTSCRIPT: WRITING AFTER CONCEPTUAL ART IS A SUMMER-LONG SERIES OF paintings, sculpture, installation, video and works on paper from the 1960s to the present by over fifty artists and writers exploring the artistic possibilities of language.


 The Ottawa Public Library is hosting a series of five programs at multiple branches in June to celebrate National Aboriginal History Month. Programs are free to attend.

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

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

  • Governor General Literary award-winning Ojibway author and artist, Leo Yerxa, will discuss his art and books at the Rockcliffe Park and Rosemount branches.
  • Chad Solomon will present the `Council of the Animals´ puppet show about friendship and unconditional love at the Carlingwood, Orléans and Vanier branches.
  • The Ottawa Inuit Children´s Centre will present Inuit storytelling, culture and music at the Alta Vista and North Gloucester branches.
  • Aboriginal Experiences will explore their connection to the “heartbeat of Mother Earth”: the drum, at the Greenboro, Greely, Main, Rideau and Stittsville branches.
  • Pinock, an Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Nation, will explain the importance of the birch canoe and demonstrate how they´re built at the Vanier branch.

For a listing of these special programs, visit

Online registration is required for the program offered by Pinock. For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or mailto:


ITEM 11: FOR KIDS: GO! TO THE OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY THIS SUMMER                                                                                  NEW!




The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) invites kids to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC) this summer. This year´s theme is Go! Kids can set their imaginations free this summer with books and programs about travel adventures near or far.

Children participating in TDSRC will receive a passport and a pre-reading activity book or school-age magazine, and stickers with secret codes that unlock rewards online. The illustrator of this year´s TD SRC is Matt James, award-winning illustrator, painter and musician.

Registration for TDSRC and all other children´s summer programs starts Wednesday, June 19.

During the summer, branches across the city will offer programming featuring trains, voyageurs, travel journals, Mount Everest, movie-making, global instruments, Victorian times, puppets, Bollywood dancing, and more!  For more info, visit or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or




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.





Asian ChaCha: An Asian Literary Journal (UK and China) is accepting submissions for its next issue. Theme: The Ancient Asia Issue: an edition of the journal devoted exclusively to work from and about Asia before the mid-nineteenth century. Accepting translations and original works of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art. Deadline: June 20, 2013.   Guidelines:

Stained Pages Press New Canadian literary food quarterly Beer and Butter Tarts seeks essays, profiles, short fiction, poetry, and artwork. Submissions must be food-related and Canadian in topic (Halifax donairs, story of red fife wheat, etc.) and timeless. No recipes, events, news, etc. Payment: Copy and small stipend (TBD). Deadline: June 30, 2013.




queer arts and literary journal Plenitude Magazine (Canada) seeks literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic narrative for Issue #3. Payment: $10-$25. Deadline: July 5, 2013.



Room would love to consider your writing or art for our upcoming Spring 2014 issue, 37.1 The Fashionable. What is fashion? Who decides? And how does fashion figure in our lives?

Embrace it, fight it, define it, laugh at it, whatever. The Fashionable editors want only your best for Room’s Spring 2014 issue. Send us your best work before July 31, 2013. Check out our guidelines at to find out more

Independent, biannual print magazine Passion: Poetry is seeking submissions for its inaugural issue (scheduled for September 2013). Accepting poetry, short creative pieces (1 page or less), photographs, and artistic images. Looking for passionate words and imagery that inspire and motivate. Deadline: July 31, 2013


NEW! Independent art and poetry zine Nickel95 Zine (London, ON) seeks submissions of poetry about mental illness for their third issue. Theme: “Blown a Fuse.” Write about other people, yourself, meds, doctors, insanity, hospital visits, etc. Submit 5-7 poems. Payment: Copy of the handmade zine. Deadline: August 12, 2013. Guidelines:!submissions/c1w1e

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.


Hagios Press Call for Submissions for their Strike Fire New Author Series. Details are available at: Deadline August 31.


Canadian Literature call for papers: Science & Canadian Literature is a special issue dedicated to the subject in/and Canadian poetry and prose. Details are available at: Deadline: September 1.


The Midwest Prairie Review journal will be accepting submissions for the 2014 issue from June 13 to September 13, 2013. Who is eligible to submit material?

A writer or artist born and raised and continuing to live in the Madison area.

A writer or artist born and raised and continuing to live in Wisconsin.

A writer or artist born and raised and living in any of Wisconsin’s neighboring states.

A writer or artist born and raised in Madison or Wisconsin and now lives elsewhere.

A writer or artist born and raised elsewhere and now lives in Madison or Wisconsin

A writer or artist who is not a native of Wisconsin or neighboring states and admires the Midwest Prairielands and the energy that lives here

A writer or artist who has visited Madison and/or Wisconsin and/or her neighboring states and finds inspiration here.

In other words, any writer or artist that wishes to celebrate the imagination, energy, and human spirit of the Midwest Prairielands. We want to hear from you. Submit your work between June 13th and September 13th, 2013. Click for complete submission guidelines»

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

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

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)


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:      

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.


  1. 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:
  1. 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
  • gritLIT Writing Competition. There will be three innovative works of short fiction and three fabulous collections of poems chosen as winners. Entrants are asked to be entertaining, edgy, and outstanding. The top three of both fiction and poetry entries will be published in next year’s handsome gritLIT literary chapbook. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: $20 Prize: First prize: $200, Second prize: $100, Third prize: $50 Details:


  • Second Annual Walrus Poetry Prize. The Walrus Foundation and the Hal Jackman Foundation are proud to announce the return of the Walrus Poetry Prize. On September 1, the five finalists’ poems will be posted online at, where readers can vote until September 30 for the $2500 Readers’ Choice Award. Winners will be announced in October.  Deadline: June 30, 2013 Prize: $2500 + Published in The Walrus. Entry fee:$25 Details:


  • 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.




  • The New Measure Poetry Prize: Parlor Press will award $1 000 and publication of an original, unpublished manuscript of poems. Up to four other manuscripts may be accepted for publication. Entry fee $25; deadline June 30.


  • The Scotiabank Giller Prize is fast approaching. Books are to be received no later than June 15 for titles published between April 1 and June 30, 2013. If you wish to include an e-book with your submission, kindly send as a PDF file, along with the electronic author photo and bio, to  Deadline: June 15, 2013  Fee: See website  Prize: See website Details:


  • Write About Mother Earth: 18 years or older writers are invited for the Emergence International Literature Competition. Mother Earth – environmentalism, spirituality, wellness, cultural unity and responsibility. Entries may include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 500 words). Deadline: June 30, 2013  Fee: $7. Prize: $50 + featured in ArtAscent magazine, x2 honourable mentions featured in ArtAscent magazine. Details: 


  • Lightship Short Story Prize 2013. The winner and nine runners-up will be published in the Lightship anthology by Lightship Publishing Ltd and Alma Books and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in Kingston-upon-Hull UK in November 2013. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: £12 Prize: £1000 / US$1600 Details:


  • Lightship Flash Fiction Prize 2013. The winner and nine runners-up will be published in the Lightship paperback anthology to be printed by Lightship Publishing Ltd and Alma Books and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in Hull UK in 2013.  Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: £10 Prize: £500 / US$800 Details:



  •   Lightship Short Memoir Prize 2013. Do you want to tell your own story, or an episode of it; write from your own life experiences and get published? A short memoir is not fact-based autobiography. It is pure storytelling and as such, allows writers license to make sense of a part of life, to fashion it into a story that readers can learn from and be entertained by. The inaugural Lightship Short Memoir Competition will be judged by Rachel Cusk. The winning entry will be awarded £1,000 and be published in Lightship Anthology 3.  Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: £12 Prize: £1000 / US$1600* Details:


  • Lightship First Poetry Book Prize 2013. Are you an aspiring poet who wants to write a full collection of poems and get published? Write the first 20 pages of poems and enter Lightship Publishing’s latest competition, First Poetry Book, for a chance to win the dream prize of every poet – to be discovered, and then mentored for a year to produce a full book of 50 poems. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Fee: £20 Prize: Expert Mentoring Details:    





  •   The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Write a bad opening line to a novel. The sentence shouldn’t be longer than 50 – 60 words. All genres accepted. Multiple entries accepted. All original and unpublished. Deadline: June 30, 2013 Prize: a pittance Fee: none Details:



  •   Richard J. Margolis Award  Award for promising new journalist or essayist whose work contains warmth, humor, wisdom and social justice. Submit two samples of your writing (published or unpublished) 30 pages max. Deadline: July 1, 2013 Prize: $5000 and one month residency at Blue Mountain Center. Fee: none Details:


  •   Lightship First Chapter Prize 2013.  Do you have a literary novel in you? Have you written the first chapter and a synopsis? Enter Lightship Publishing’s flagship contest, First Chapter, for a chance to win the dream prize of every aspiring novelist. Deadline: July 1, 2013. Fee: £16 Prize: Expert Mentoring / Possible Publication Details:
    •   Lightship Poetry Prize 2013. The winner and nine runners-up will be published in Lightship Anthology 3 and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in November 2013.   Deadline: July 1, 2013 Fee: £8 Prize: £1000 / US$1600 Details:


  •   The John Glassco Translation Prize. The John Glassco Prize recognizes excellence in literary translation and the talent and dedication of the next generation of literary translators. It is aimed at building greater awareness in the publishing world and in the general public by promoting a literary translator’s first published work which demonstrates extraordinary talent and literary excellence. Deadline: July 1, 2013 Fee: None  Prize: $1000 Details:


  • Bellevue Literary Review Literary Prizes: The BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1 000 (each genre) and publication in the Spring 2014 edition of BLR. Entry fee is $15; deadline is July 1, 2013.
  • Bucket List Bikers (US) is sponsoring a writing contest for the best submission about motorcycle destinations. Destinations should be in the United States, and be accessible by motorcycle. Entries will be evaluated for creativity, style, and relevance. First prize: $300. Length: 500-1000 words. Deadline: July 1, 2013


  • Room Magazine (Vancouver, BC) invites entries from all women writers for their annual contest. Categories: fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. First prize in each category: $500 plus publication. Winners will be published in a 2014 issue. Entry fee: $30 (includes subscription). Deadline: July 15, 2013.     Guidelines:


  • 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)



  •   NARRATIVE MAGAZINE Fifth Annual Poetry Contest is open to all writers, and all entries will be considered for publication. • 1,500 First Prize • $750 Second Prize • $300 Third Prize • Ten finalists receive $75 each. See the Guidelines.


  • Literal Latté Poetry Award. Deadline: July 15, 2013 Entry Fee: $10. A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 10 poems) by July 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines. E-mail address:


  • 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.



  •   Robert Bateman Get To Know Contest. The Contest invites you to get outside and create original works of art, writing, photography, videography and music inspired by nature. Get outdoors and “Get to Know Your Wild Neighbours”. Open to all Canadian residents 19 and under. (Don’t live in Canada? Don’t worry. The Video Category is open to youth in all countries! No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. You may enter as many categories as you want! Deadline: August 1, 2013  Fee: None Prize: Publication Details: 
  • Quattro Books logoQuattro Books (Toronto) is accepting novella manuscript submissions for the Ken Klonsky Novella Contest. Prize: Publication. Submit literary fiction (no science fiction or romance), 15000-42000 words. Looks for work that “reflects the unique cultural character and dynamism of Canada today,” past and future. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 1, 2013.  Guidelines:


  • Entries are invited for the Alice Munro Writers & Readers Festival Short Story Contest. Submit short fiction, 5000 words max. Two categories: Teen (age 13-19 as of August 1) and Adult. First prize in each category: $500. Selected authors will be invited to read during the festival Weekend: September 27-29. Entry fee: $25 (adult) and $10 (teen). Deadline: August 1, 2013     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
  • Gemini MAGAZINE Fifth Annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest. GRAND PRIZE: $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2013 issue of Gemini. Maximum length: 1,000 words. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Open to ANY subject, style or genre. Both new and established writers are welcome. ENTRY FEE: just $4 ($3 for each additional flash). Enter by email or snail mail.


  • Win £500 and publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition. 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.


  • Asian ChaCha: An Asian Literary Journal (UK and China) is accepting entries for the Cha “Void” Poetry Contest. First prize: £50; additional prizes available. Winning poems published in a special section in the 6th anniversary issue (November 2013). Submit up to two poems (80 lines max). Theme: Void. No entry fee. Deadline: September 15, 2013. Guidelines:
  • 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 Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence recognizes the best in fiction and poetry received in 2013. Fiction: $900 / Poetry: $600      Publication in The Puritan (Issue XXIII: Fall 2013).  Prize Pack of titles from 12 Canadian publishers, each worth approximately $600! So far, publishers include Coach House Books, House of Anansi, ECW Press, The Porcupine’s Quill, Freehand Books, Goose Lane Editions, Cormorant Books, Brick Books, Mansfield Press, Pedlar Press, Chaudiere Books, and Tightrope Books! Cost per submission: $10 via PayPal Fiction up to 12,000 words / Poetry up to 3 pages. Multiple submissions accepted! Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013. See full details:





  • 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.



  • 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. 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
  • 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: