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Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Sept. 14 to Sept. 27, 2015



 Note: Due to renovations being undertaken at Mcnabb, we had to bump the normal meeting date to the 22nd of the month. Hope to see you then!

 PRESENTER: Dr. Francois Mai   DATE: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

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

 Dr. Mai’s presentation is based on his book Diagnosing Genius: The Life and Death of Beethoven (McGill-Queen’s UP 2007). Beethoven’s passionate nature was wonderfully reflected in his music and, through narration of some of Beethoven’s life experiences and playing recordings of selections of his music, the presentation will illustrate how Beethoven expressed those emotion in his music. Dr. Mai will recount stories about Beethoven or read extracts from his book and then play a selected piece of Beethoven’s music that expresses the emotion or feeling that goes with the story described, and discuss how he was able to translate that into the written word.

BIO: Dr. François Mai is a medical graduate of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained specialty qualifications in General Medicine and Psychiatry in Great Britain and spent most of his working life as an academic psychiatrist. Music has also been his passion, in particular the music of Beethoven. A competent amateur pianist, in the 1990’s he produced two CD recordings were used to raise funds for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. (His late brother David suffered from schizophrenia.) In 2007 McGill-Queen’s University Press published his book “Diagnosing Genius: The Life and Death of Beethoven” which describes the many medical and psychiatric problems Beethoven experienced, and the effects they had on his creativity. Dr. Mai’s website link is: 


 CAA-NCR MEMBER, Nerys Perry at OIW September meeting

Date: Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. LOCATION: Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert St. Ottawa

Nerys Perry, author of “Man and Other Natural Disasters” will present Story Management – Getting it down and getting it done, on Thursday, September 24th. Meeting starts at 6:30 pm for socializing, coffee and nibbles, presentation at 7:00 pm. Members free, guests $10, discountable on purchase of a year’s membership.

 CAA-NCR MEMBER, JC Sulzenko to curate The Glebe Report’s “Poetry Corner”

 The Glebe Report monthly community newspaper will publish poems four times a year, beginning fall 2015. The feature, “Poetry Quarter”, will be curated by JC Sulzenko, Glebe poet, author and educator. They’d like submissions of poetry from: adults, teens 14 to 17 (high school students), or children 9 to 13 (about grades 4 to 8). We are open broadly to submissions from poets who live, work, study or volunteer in the Glebe or its close neighbouring communities. We are looking for poems with qualities that reflect the people in the Glebe, their sensibilities and their lives –– poetry of any kind, on any topic (within the bounds of public discourse). Poems should be original work, unpublished previously in any medium, and not exceed 30 lines in length. Email submissions to . Up to 7 poems at a time as a WORD .doc or .docx attachment. Include your contact information.



 DATE: Friday, Sept. 18 1:00 – 4:45pm
LOCATION; La Fab – Arts, Culture and Heritage Centre of Chelsea, 212 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea

ELAN is pleased to present a series of grantwriting workshops and networking events for artists throughout Quebec this fall. Our aim is to provide English-speaking artists of all disciplines, at all stages of their careers, with the information, tools, and resources to create and deliver the most impactful and persuasive grants possible.

The 4-hour afternoon session is a comprehensive, hands-on workshop, designed to guide you and/or your organization to formulate clear, concise and compelling grants to maximize your chances of success. Learn how to structure and write a grant that will present your artistic project in the strongest light to potential funders. Clarify the articulation of your artistic vision, increase your understanding of what is required to help a grant application succeed, and learn about the resources available to help you reach your goals. Hands-on exercises using your own project will allow you to hone your grantwriting skills as they relate to your specific needs. We will also review past successful grant applications to the Canada Council for the Arts, CALQ and foundations. A resource package will be provided to participants. MORE INFO


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 Algonquin’s graduate certificate Scriptwriting program still has some places available for this September. This exciting, 8-month program will teach you to write fantastic features, short films, television, play and digital media scripts.  All our courses are taught by professionals who are working writers, actors, directors and more. You’ll learn how the media and film industries work, how to flourish as a freelance writer, and how to pitch, network, and promote yourself.

You’ll have the opportunity to pitch your original TV series and feature film to top players in Toronto; all the major broadcasters, HBO/The Movie Network, EOne TV, Comedy, Space, DHX Media – and important film producers, distributors and screenwriters. Part of your one-act play will be read by professional actors in front of a paying audience in our Hothouse Play Reading Series.

In your field placement, you’ll get invaluable on-set and/or production experience that might land you a paying job after graduation. Besides the people you meet on your placement, you’ll personally meet most of the major forces in Ottawa film, television and new media when they come to visit our class. More info: contact Lynn Tarzwell at and/or check out our site at our FAQs:



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         


 A list of UK submission calls/contests: 

Additional links to contests and submission calls visit Canadian Authors National Capital Region website here:



 Sept 16 – 7 pm, The Sawdust Reading Series Anniversary Showcase, Pour Boy, 495 Somerset St. W. Ottawa featuring Vivian Vivassis & Kiera Sandrock   MORE INFO

 Tuesday, Sept. 22 Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. treereadingserieslogo

 Friday, Sept. 25 The Factory Reading Series, The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs) doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm, presents: Ryan Pratt (Hamilton), Roland Prevost (Ottawa) Cameron Anstee (Ottawa) + Monty Reid (Ottawa) MORE INFO


 Saturday Sept. 19 7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St., Power in the Blood:  A Conversation with Buffy Sainte-Marie

Thursday Sept. 24 5:30pm • Metropolitain • 700 Sussex Drive Book Launch: You Will Wear a White Shirt with Senator Nick Sibbeston

 Wednesday Sept. 30 7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St., Unaccountable with Kevin Page

 More info and later events:

Gelato Love Story

Visited Stella Luna Gelato on location at the Carp Farmers Market twice this summer. I was so pleased to find them a little bit closer to home! Pure indulgence. My brother, Norm, had the Ferrero Rocher and I had the Chocolate Toffee flavour on the first visit, Lemon on my second. What a lovely tasty treat!

CAA-NCR Weekly Notices for Sept. 2 through 8, 2013



Weekly Notices for the week of Sept. 2 to Sept. 8, 2013



Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at 

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




 DATE: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 7:00 P.M. TO 9:00 P.M.

LOCATION: Ottawa Public Library, Metcalfe and Laurier

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

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


We invite you to share an informal evening with some light refreshment in a meet and greet atmosphere. Learn who we are, what we do. How we can help you.

This meeting will be a tribute to retiring executive members and an introduction to the incoming board and committee chairs.

Gill Foss will share some history about our organization.  This is your opportunity to find out what makes our Canadian Authors Association and the Ottawa branch tick. Ask some questions. Give us some feed back. Non-members are invited to join us and learn about our programs.

Enjoy the prose and poetry readings given by several members. Sharyn Heagle will present her final address after seven years as president.

Come out and join us for a casual start to a busy season of interesting and instructive evening speakers and in-depth Saturday workshops.





DATE: Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

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Members – $45, Non-members – $75  To register contact

MEMORIES! We all have them. Happy, sad, funny:  these memories are the story of life .  After all, life is a story just waiting to be told.  Come and join award-winning North Gower author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford and learn some new ideas on how to unlock the stories in your life.

Remember: your stories are important. They need to be told; they need to be written down, not just for your sake, but for the sake of your children, your nieces and nephews, for all of those who will come after us.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a well-published author and speaker on the subject of creative nonfiction and memoir writing. Emily-FrontPage

Memoirs are the basis of award-winning author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford’s books and stories. Two of Emily-Jane’s creative nonfiction memoirs have won awards. The Whistling Bishop (Baico 2008) was name Finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Books Awards and F-Stop: A Life in Pictures (Baico 2011) was named Finalist and received a Silver Medal in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Check out the author’s website at:





DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 LOCATION: 1963 Merivale Road

You are invited to a book signing at FREEDOM HARLEY-DAVIDSON OF OTTAWA

Join Phyllis Bohonis in celebrating the Ottawa Launch of her debut novel, Fire in the Foothills


Chat with the author – Enjoy some refreshment – Have your book signed

For further information: or







Canadian Authors Association – Vancouver 2013 Fiction Contest


Submissions must be between 1000-2000 words, unpublished fiction of all types and styles will be accepted. Winners will be invited to read their winning fiction at the Canadian Authors Vancouver annual social luncheon in December 2013. Winners will also have their winning entries published in the National Voices 2014 Anthology, which will include the 2013 and 2014 fiction contest winners, along with submissions from CAA Vancouver members.

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Entry fee: $15 for national Canadian Authors Association members, $20 for non-members

Prize: First prize $300, Second prize $200, Third prize $100

Details: Please email and mark FICTION CONTEST in the subject line


Ten Stories High – 14th Annual Short Story Competition


The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its Ten Stories High Fourteenth Annual Short Story Competition, open to all Ontario writers. Stories can be of any genre but must be previously unpublished, and between 1000 and 3000 words in length. No personal essays, memoirs, children’s literature or non-fiction please. For first Canadian rights, the top ten finalists will have their stories published in our anthology in the February or March of 2014.

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Entry fee: $15 per story. Multiple entries are welcome.

Prize: First prize $300; Second prize $200; Third prize $100





ITEM 5: RICHARD TAYLOR WORKSHOP                                       NEW!

 DATE: starting Wednesday Sept 11, 7:00 –9:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington St. W. Ottawa


Richard Taylor  will be offering his Fall Writing Workshop, starting Wednesday Sept 11, 7-9 pm for 8 weeks at Great Canadian Theatre Company. It costs $195.00. For more information please email taylorswave@gmail. com and website




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




Please find below attached invitation for expressions of interest for arts instructors.

Lisa Zanyk      613-596-5783

Theatre and Arts Centre Programmer / Programmatrice du théâtre et centre des arts


City of Ottawa / Ville d’Ottawa

Cultural & Heritage Services / La division des services culturelles

35 Stafford Road / 35, chemin Stafford



The Nepean Creative Arts Centre (Bells Corners) and the Shenkman Arts Centre (Orleans) require instructors to develop and deliver instructional arts courses in Creative Writing/Literary Arts. This position is “Instructor Advanced Arts,” Pay grade 12C. Require both writing and teaching experience.

Course Location Days & times Fall dates (course also runs in winter session) Description
A Novel Idea ADULT SAC Tuesdays 6:30-9:00pm Sept 17-Nov 12 Sharpen your skills and learn how to submit your manuscripts for publication. Explores all aspects of basic writing: brainstorming, character, plot, setting, dialogue, editing, revision, queries and synopses. Course structure is lecture and critique.
Fiction Writing-The Basics and Beyond  AGE 11-14 SAC Sundays 1:00-2:30pm Sept 15-Nov 24 Learn the basics of story writing – idea, setting, character, plot, dialogue, conflict, etc – while developing your unique voice. Complete a story or the beginning of a novel with step-by-step guidance.
Fiction Writing-The Basics and Beyond  AGE 11-14 NCAC Tuesdays 4:30-6:00pm Oct 1-Nov 5
Writing Short Fiction ADULT NCAC Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 pm Oct 1-Nov 5 Would you like to find your unique storyteller’s voice? Play with and work on your writing? These workshops will consist of fun exercises to tickle your imagination and techniques to explore important aspects of writing short fiction, such as plotting and character development.
Writing Memoirs WORKSHOP ADULT NCAC Sunday 10am-3pm October 6 Writing down your memories, thoughts and feelings unloads them from your subconscious, releasing stress. Sharing your stories and sharpening your writing skills will surprise you.
Writing Memoirs WORKSHOP ADULT NCAC Sunday 10am-3pm November 17
Let’s Write a Novel AGE 10-14

WORKSHOPNCACSaturday 10am-4pmSeptember 28Learn the craft of novel writing including characterizations and description, to develop plot, believable characters, and a finished storyline.Let’s Write a Novel AGE 10-14

WORKSHOPNCACSaturday 10am-4pmNovember 9“Arts Centre Writers’ Group ADULTNCACSOME Wednesdays 11am-12:30pmOct 2-Dec 4Share your writing and get friendly critique from fellow aspiring or emerging writers, with occasional guidance from an established writer. Register for whole session or up to sex classes.



Are you a self-published author? Is your story an e-book? If you answered yes to both questions then you can be part of the first-ever Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards. You could win $2,000 cash, an interview in Writer’s Digest, and more! The Early-Bird Deadline to submit your work is September 9, 2013. Don’t miss your chance to take part in Writer’s Digest’s newest competition!

Enter your work in this competition exclusively for self-published e-book authors! The types of books accepted include, but are not limited to:

Mainstream/Literary Fiction

Children’s/Picture Books

Genre Fiction

Middle-Grade/Young Adult Books

Reference Books


Life Stories

And more!







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English: National Arts Centre from Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OST is very pleased to announce our 2014 season of Speaking Out, Speaking In at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage!

Tickets will be available starting September 3 at 10:00 a.m. at the NAC Box Office and through Ticketmaster (fees will apply).  Single tickets are $20, senior tickets are $17, and Live Rush is available. We are also offering a subscription package of 6 shows (The Iliad not included) for $100.

Since 2001, with the creation of the Fourth Stage at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa StoryTellers has presented Speaking Out, Speaking In. These concerts feature some of the most accomplished storytellers in Ottawa and from around the country, presenting performance storytelling integrated with music, theatre, and other arts.

For the upcoming schedule, visit:

For more information, visit or call 613-322-8336.


ITEM 10: The NEW CapSlam Season is here! with CATHY PETCH!  NEW!


DATE: SATURDAY, SEPT. 7 Sign up and doors are at 6:30. First-come, first-signed-up…

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

$8 and free for performers


Summer is over!


Which means the new season of Capital Slam is here!


Are you ready to take the first step towards immortality (or at least the 2014 CapSlam team)?

Are you ready to watch and hear people create poetic whirlwinds?

PrufRock was our ‘summer-star’ – will he carry that over to the new season?

Will 2013 champ, Bruce Narbaitz bust out some poetic power?

One thing we DO know is that Cathy Petch will be in the house as our special feature!

 Cathy Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, performer, musician and lighting designer. She hosts the Plasticine Poetry Series. Petch’s work can be found online and in print. She has several chapbooks and her most recent book “Late Night Knife Fights was published by Lyricalmyrical press. She is a member of both the 2011 and 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam Teams and finished 5th in Canada at this year’s individual poetry slam competition. She went to sleep, woke up, then won the Haiku Deathmatch. Petch is happiest onstage.

And yeah… she is awesome.

BIG THANKS to the City of Ottawa for their continued support that allows us to bring MEGA-SUPER-STARS like Cathy Petch to town!

Since this is a new season, the sign-up list is starting fresh so GET DOWN TO THE MERC!

Come and witness history.



ITEM 11: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS MATHEW HENDERSON + MOEZ SURANI                                                                              

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The Ottawa Arts Court. Formerly the Carleton C...

The Ottawa Arts Court. Formerly the Carleton County Courthouse, the building now serves as Ottawa’s municipal arts centre. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6:45 p.m. Workshop with Sandra Ridley

8:00 p.m. Open Mic & Featured Readers: MATHEW HENDERSON + MOEZ SURANI

Mathew Henderson

Author of The Lease (Coach House Books, 2012), nominated for the 2013 Trillium Book Award for Poetry

Mathew Henderson is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph’s MFA program. His first collection of poems, The Lease, was published by Coach House Books in 2012. Originally from Prince Edward Island, he now lives in Toronto, writes about the prairies and teaches at Humber College.

Moez Surani

Award winning poet, author of Floating Life (Wolsak and Wynn, 2012)

Moez Surani’s poetry has been included in numerous anthologies and literary journals, including The Literary Review of Canada, Globe and Mail and The Walrus. He has attended writing residencies in Finland, Latvia and Switzerland, and his writing has won the Chalmers Arts Fellowship, the Kingston Literary Award and the Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest. His first collection, Reticent Bodies (2009), was described as “that rare book that has the power to be a linchpin, a hinge in the history of Canadian poetry.” His second collection is Floating Life (2012).

More information at:



The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival takes place annually in September in Eden Mills, Ontario, just outside of Guelph. It is an outdoor festival in a gorgeous pastoral setting.


In Leon Rooke’s words, Eden Mills is a place “where new writers are introduced to a large audience and established writers are newly engaged.”

Company Overview

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival was founded in 1989 and has taken place annually since then. Although it started out as the fulfillment of the personal vision of Governor General’s Award winner Leon Rooke, the festival has matured and expanded over the years until it has become a nationally acclaimed and widely respected literary event while still maintaining a small “footprint.”–

For complete information, schedule and ticket purchase, go to:





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


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

Dead Beats (Sheffield, UK), a student-run publishing and live poetry organization, seeks submissions. Accepting poems, short stories (max. 2000 words) and experimental pieces from everyone, regardless of experience. Seeks to “share inspired and inspiring works from around the globe.” No deadline. Guidelines:

Independent hybrid lit mag The Holler Box accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, lyric essays, nonfiction, and artwork year-round. Each issue is published online and in the form of a limited release handmade chapbook. Welcomes the alternative and experimental, as well as new and unpublished writers. Length: 5000 words max (prose) and poetry (up to 3). Guidelines:

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


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


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

The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carousel is accepting submissions. Info:

Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info:

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


Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info:


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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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


Independent magazine Bitterzoet (US) is now looking for new poetry, fiction, and artwork for their monthly online zine and bi-annual print editions, and mini chapbooks. Publishes work that engages in the “interplay between bitterness and sweetness, light and darkness, salvation and damnation.” Accepts poetry (3-8) prose (6 pages max), and artwork. Also looking for shorter pieces (“bonbons”) of poetry (10 lines max) and prose (150 words max.). Deadline: rolling. Guidelines:


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


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



Hybrid literary & arts print magazine CAROUSEL (ON) is looking for poetry, fiction, comics, pageworks, visual poems, and hybrid literary works. Payment ranges from $15-80 plus a 2-issue subscription. “Interested in representing both new and established artists, with a specific focus on positioning Canadian talent within an international context.” Deadline: September 4, 2013. Guidelines:


Cordite Poetry Review, magazine of Australian poetry and poetics, invites submissions for Issue 44. Theme: Gondwanaland. Send up to three poems. Also accept scholarly essays. Open to international writers (see comment on FAQ page); payment for Australian contributors. Deadline: September 13, 2013.     Guidelines:

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? 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.



Online quarterly The Puritan | Frontiers of New English (Toronto) seeks fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews for Issue XXIII: Fall 2013. “Submissions may push toward the symbolic frontier, challenging limitations and forging into previously unexplored aesthetic territory.” Deadline: September 15, 2013. Payment: $50 (prose) and $20 poetry. Guidelines:

Avant-garde literary magazine Toad Suck Review (University of Central Arkansas, US) welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, plays, reviews, interviews, social commentary, memoir, political rants, ecologically conscientious reflections, talk about literature, talk about culture, and talk about teaching. Prefers the inventive and daring. “Especially interested in genre writing that expands or challenges or reinvents the forms and conventions of the genre.” Payment: contributor copies. Deadline: September 23, 2013. Guidelines:


Buttontapper Press (US) seeks submissions for two forthcoming collections: London Haiku and Paris Haiku. Submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Haiku should convey a strong sense of place, with an emphasis on what makes London or Paris different from other major cities. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines:


Buttontapper Press (US) seeks submissions for a forthcoming collection: Timbuktu Haiku. Submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Haiku should convey a strong sense of place, or riff on the idea of Timbuktu as “the middle of nowhere.” Prefers humorous submissions. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines:




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:

New food-based magazine TOAST! MAGAZINE (Canada) seeks submissions for its next issue. Looking for food poetry, photography, original artwork, reviews, short stories, and prose. Prefers the witty, thoughtful, unique, and engaging. Deadline: October 1, 2013.    Guidelines: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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









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

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

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



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.




  • NEW! Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Awards. Got a story you want to share? Enter the Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Contest for a chance at one of the richest contest prize packages around. Prizes total more than $4600 – why not give it a shot? The contest features blind judging in four categories: SIWC Storyteller’s Award, SIWC Non-fiction Award, SIWC Poetry Award and SIWC Writing for Young People Award. Deadline: September 13, 2013. Entry fee: $15 per submission. Prizes: Storyteller’s Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each, Nonfiction Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each, Writing For Young People Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each, Poetry Award: 1st Place $1000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each. Details:


  • NEW! Wyn Lit 2four Hour Short Story Writing Contest. You do not have to use the title of the subjects as the title of your short story. You do not have to use the exact wording of the subjects within your story. In fact, we hope you don’t. You must use all the words from the word list exactly as shown. The gender and name of the characters must be used as indicated – unless the words he/she are not used and the names can be used for either male or female characters. If you have it in you, you may submit more than one story within the 24 hours. Deadline: September 14, 2013. Entry fee: Free to members. Prize: Publication Details:


  • NEW! The Short Story Contest. The Short Story Contest is designed to showcase the best short stories from around the world. The idea is simple. Submit your story and you will automatically enter The Short Story Competition. Three cash prizes will be awarded and the winners will be published on the website. Deadline: September 15, 2013. Entry fee: £5 (PayPal only) Prize: First prize: £300; Second prize: £200; Third prize: £50 Details:


  • 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


  • NEW! Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest for College Students. Open to full-time 12th graders or college students. Write an essay to answer one of the three essay questions on the website about Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. The winning applicant will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.  Deadline: September 17, 2013. Entry fee: none.  Prizes: $10,000, $2000, $1000, $100, $50 Details:
  • NEW! Eric Hoffer Award for Short Prose. The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books was established at the start of the 21st century as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. The winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, and the book awards are covered in the US Review of Books. One story or essay 10,000 words maximum. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Entry fee: $50 Prize: $250, both categories compete together. Details:
  • NEW! L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest. Open to previously unpublished fiction writers. 17,000 words max science-fiction, horror or fantasy story. Established and sponsored by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983, the Writers Award Contest was a budding competition aimed at discovering, and eventually publishing, deserving amateur and aspiring writers. The field of speculative fiction and fantasy was chosen not only for Mr. Hubbard’s love of and success within the genre – but also for the freedom of imagination and expression it provided as what he described as the “herald of possibility.”   Deadline: September 30, 2013 Entry fee: none Prizes: $1000 first prize awarded each quarter; one of those winners also receives the $5000 annual “Gold Award” grand prize. Each quarter, Second Prize $750, Third Prize $500 Details:
  • 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:


  • Lunch Ticket is accepting entries for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction. Topic: open. Length: 5000 words max. Prize: $250 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket (December). Award recipient must submit a bio and photo, and send a note of thanks to the Woods’ family. All submissions for the award will be considered for publication in Lunch Ticket. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Guidelines:




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


  • 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. 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:




Need Poetry? VERSeFest 2013 is coming in March!


As you may know, I recently signed on as one of the Co-Directors of Tree Reading Series in Ottawa. Tree has been one of the champions of VERSe Ottawa and the Ottawa poetry festival that it organizes, VERSeFest.

I thought I would take this opportunity to talk a bit about VERSeFest and do a bit of promotion on its behalf.


In 2011, Ottawa experienced the first VERSeFest poetry festival. A collaborative effort by the various poetry groups in Ottawa, it was organized in only a few short months, but was quite successful. The second festival in 2012 was ambitious, bringing Spoken Word, workshops and such poets as the well known American poet,Rae Armantrout. Fred Wah, now Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate. The winner of Mexico’s most prestigious poetry prize, Pura Lopez-Colome.  Phil Hall, 2011 Governor General’s Award winner.

Phil Levine by David Shankbone, New York City

Phil Levine by David Shankbone, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The US poet Laureate Philip Levine.

So what is coming in 2013?  Well the schedule is still being finalized. But so far, we have the first winner of the Montreal International Poetry Prize, Mark Tredinnick, from Australia. We have Canadian poets, A.F. Moritz, Chris Jennings, Catherine Owen, Stuart Ross and Don McKay. The Women’s Slam Team. Rob Winger, Anita Lahey. Lady Katalyst. Luna Allison. Emilie Zoey Baker, Samuel Watson.

I’m sure I’ve missed some, and that there are more names to be announced. You can watch this space for info coming soon:

For a flavour of what’s to come, Rod Pederson, one of the VERSe Ottawa committee key members, has put together a video here:  

You can hear Rod here. You’re encouraged to watch. We hope you will feel as excited as we are to attend.  

And that you’ll donate if you can :