CAA-NCR Weekly Literary Notices for Oct. 21 through 27, 2013



Weekly Notices for the week of  Oct. 21 to Oct. 27, 2013

16 ITEMS 6 NEW EVENTS 6 NEW SUBMISSION CALLS including one for October!

 12 NEW CONTESTS including 6 for October!

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


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


SOCIAL MEDIA FOR AUTHORSTaking Your Online Presence to the Next Level

DATE: Saturday, November 2, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

English: Taken by SimonP

English: Taken by SimonP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 LOCATION: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa. Building T & Room 230 Cost: $45 for members; $75 for non-members Registration: Contact Arlene Smith


The web has created some amazing new opportunities for authors to publish and promote their work. Self-publishing is becoming increasingly easier, and social media tools have enabled authors to find and engage directly with a passionate audience.

This one-day workshop will teach you to navigate the tools of the social web, so you can determine how you can best use them to develop an online presence, or enhance an existing one that will help you to build your audience and promote your work. More than just a “how-to” for tools like Twitter and Facebook, this session will go in-depth around how to use social media to share your message, as well as help you to find ways to maximize your effectiveness in the online world, and still have time to do what you do best — write!

Susan Murphy has been working in media and communications for 24 years. Susan is also a part time professor at Algonquin College in the Interactive Multimedia Developer program, where she teaches Video Production and Web Media. Suze’s experience in social media is extensive. She has been blogging since 2006 at, and has participated in social media actively since 2007. Susan also co-hosts I Can Haz Podcast, a weekly social media marketing show.



 DATE: Monday October 28, 2013

LOCATION: Private room at the Boston Pizza, 521 W Hunt Club – Hunt Club and Merivale, 6:30 P.M. with readings by the authors at 7:15 P.M.

 The Ottawa Story Spinners have produced their fourth volume of the Black Lake Chronicles. It is an eclectic compilation of short stories containing both fiction and non-fiction pieces.

Kit Flynn, an active member of CAA and the moderator of the Centrepointe Writers Circle, is one of founding members of The Ottawa Story Spinners.



A 6-week Fall Writing Workshop For writers of memoir, personal narrative, essays, travel writing, journals . . . & more

DATES: Saturdays October 26 – November 30, 2013  2pm – 4:30 pm,

LOCATION: Where: Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street, Ottawa

Register: By October 15th (space limited to 12) How: Phone or email: Gail Taylor Telephone: 613–421–6629 Email: Cost: $ 150

 Using elements of fiction and non-fiction alike, creative non-fiction gives shape and voice to accounts from the rich resources of real life. If you are interested in making narrative meaning from your life world, this workshop is for you!

Gail Taylor, M.Ed., M.A., is a published writer of creative non-fiction and poetry and an educator and editor with years of experience teaching writing. Well-honed strategies and exercises for creative discovery and productiveness are hallmarks of her workshops.

 ITEM 4: THE BANFF CENTRE LITERARY ARTS  CALL FOR APPLICATIONS                                                                                                          


Program dates: March 31 – April 11, 2014

Application deadline: November 15, 2013

Faculty: Tanya Evanson (director), Emilie Zoey Baker, Jean-Pierre Makosso

Guest: George Elliott Clarke

Lift your poetry off the page and deliver it with passion and precision in a public performance! Spoken Word offers space to write and time to develop strong performance dynamics with a specific piece or broader project in mind. Banffcentre

The Banff Centre‘s Spoken Word program is the first program of its kind, offering a unique milieu for artists to explore and develop their voices and career paths. Also included in the program are workshops, special events, and one-on-one mentorship. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with a vibrant network of spoken word artists. Cultivate your craft with the language, rhythm, music, and beat of spoken word. To apply:


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

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

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

  • Elizabeth Hay: Alone in the Classroom, Nepean Centrepointe, October 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Charles de Lint: Over My Head, Alta Vista, October 28, 7-8 p.m.
  • Michael Redhill, Inger Ash Wolfe: The Calling, Alta Vista, November 2, 2-3 p.m.
  • Robert Douglas: That Line of Darkness: The Gothic from Lenin to Bin Laden, Main Library, November 9, 2-3 p.m.
  • Mark Frutkin: A Message for the Emperor, Carlingwood, November 16, 2-3 p.m.
  • Denise Chong: Lives of the Family, Carp, November 12, 2-3 p.m., * offered in partnership with Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC)
  • Carolyn Abraham: The Juggler´s Children, Nepean Centrepointe, November 16, 2-3 p.m.
  • Veena Gokhale: Bombay Wali and Other Stories, Rosemount, November 23, 2-3 p.m.
  • Tamara Levine: But Hope is Longer: Navigating the Country of Breast Cancer, Sunnyside, November 23, 2-3 p.m.

Online registration is required to attend these free programs. This series is offered with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts. For a complete list of programs, visit For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or

ITEM 6: THE OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY (OPL) IS HOLDING ITS 4TH ANNUAL TEEN AUTHOR FEST                                              

DATES: September 24 to November 29.

LOCATIONS: Various branches of OPL

This year´s line-up is better than ever with author readings for both teens and tweens. Check out the full program listing below. Big names to look out for later in the Fall include Lemony Snicket and Lauren Oliver. All programs are free and open to teens and tweens across the city.

  • Paul Blackwell Tuesday, October 29, 1:00 p.m., St-Laurent branch, 515 Côté
  • Lemony Snickett Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m., Nepean Centrepointe branch, 101 Centrepointe
  • Teresa Toten Tuesday, November 12, 2:00 p.m., Metcalfe branch, 2782 8th Line, Wednesday, November 13, 10:00 a.m., Cumberland branch, 1599 Tenth Line, Wednesday, November 13, 1:00 p.m., Carlingwood branch, 281 Woodroffe
  • Lauren Oliver Monday, November 18, 7:00 p.m., Nepean Centrepointe branch, 101 Centrepointe
  • Eric Walters Friday, November 29, 1:00 p.m., Alta Vista branch, 2516 Alta Vista

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


 DATES: October 23-25 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. FREE & OPEN TO PUBLIC

LOCATION: the auditorium of the Main Library, 120 Metcalfe Street

 Lunch & Learn Speaker Series line-up:

  • Wednesday, October 23 Grow Your Business with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Brent Mondoux – CEO of N-VisionIT Interactive
  • Thursday, October 24 Build Success in Your Business Through Transformative Thinking Sylvain Rochon – CEO of Sylien Games and Master Entrepreneur
  • Friday, October 25 Results-driven Networking Roger Deveau – Founder of Ethos Launch;  followed by networking over refreshments (1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

® Small Business Week is a registered trademark of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Online registration is required.  For registration, please visit For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or


 Turning Leaves 2013

 DATES: November 22-24 at Fern Resort in Orillia


Three-day all-inclusive writing retreat at the fabulous Fern Resort, just 2 hours north of Toronto on Lake Couchiching. Our guest author is Bill Swan, winner of the 2012 Red Maple Award.

  • Professional writing instructors
  • Inspiring writer’s craft workshops
  • Plenty of time to exercise your pen
  • Private setting and first-class amenities

For more information or to register: Visit Writescape at, email or call 905-728-7823.



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 professional writer and/or storyteller is sought for the position of Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. The three-month residency, from September 8 to December 8, 2014

, will require the successful candidate to spend approximately 16 hours per week providing mentorship and practical artistic advice to developing writers and storytellers at the University of Manitoba, to give a limited number of readings and/or performances on campus, and to lead an informal non-credit workshop. The remaining time is to be devoted to the writer or storytellers own artistic projects.

The successful candidate will receive a salary of $15,000.00 CAD, plus rent-free accommodation and return transportation to Winnipeg. Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; however, full proficiency in English is required, and publications or performance credits in English would be an asset. The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture is committed to principles of employment equity. The application deadline is Friday, October 25, 2013.

 Please see for full instructions on how to apply.





DATE: MONDAY, OCT. 21, 2013 5:30 p.m. FREE Youth Poetry Workshop w/ King Kimbit 6:30 p.m. Sign up & Slam Begins

LOCATION: Umi Café, 610 Somerset St. W, Ottawa, Ontario

(As per tradition. Those Youth that participate in the Workshop will have Priority Sign-Up) and we will be done @ 9p, cuz face it. It’s a school night.

Here is your chance to get your name on the rankings ladder and climb your way to Finals at the end of the season, in hopes to be on the 2013-2014 Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam Team. Not ready to Slam, or not in the age bracket of 20 and under, well you’re still in luck. Come on out to lend your ears to Ottawa’s freshest poets!Don’t forget to bring a helmet, cuz these youth poets will more than likely blow your minds! We’re still scraping the brain fragments off the ceiling from our Season Opening showcase!

This month we are featuring the KING, herself, King-Kimbit! Kimbit was the 2012 Urban Legends Slam Champion & among the few highest scored poets during the 2012 CFSW preliminaries. Kimbit was also a member of the 2012 Ottawa Fountain Team, who were the champions of the 2012 ‘Youth In Unison’ Provincials’ Slam. The OYP-Slam is honored to welcome her back to our stage as your feature.

ITEM 12: THE FACTORY READING SERIES : KATE GREENSTREET, PAIGE ACKERSON-KIELY + D.J. DOLACK                                                           NEW!

 DATE: OCTOBER 21, 2013 Doors 7:00 p.m. reading 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: The Carleton Tavern,  223 Armstrong Street at Parkdale; upstairs Ottawa ON

lovingly hosted by rob mclennan

Kate Greenstreet’s third book Young Tambling is new from Ahsahta Press. Her previous books are case sensitive and The Last 4 Things, also with Ahsahta. For more information, visit her site at

Paige Ackerson-Kiely is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, In No One’s Land, and My Love is a Dead Arctic Explorer, and other works of poetry and prose (including a chapbook from above/ground press). She lives in rural VT ad works at a homeless shelter.

DJ Dolack’s work has appeared in journals including The Denver Quarterly, Handsome, Salt Hill and Diode. His chapbooks have been published by Eye For An Iris Press (12 Poems, 2010) and Greying Ghost Press (No Ser No., 2012), and his first full length collection, Whittling a New Face in the Dark is forthcoming from Black Ocean (August 2013). DJ has also written for Coldfront Magazine, where his video series Tourist Trap, NYC is a popular feature. He teaches writing at Baruch College, CUNY and lives in Jackson Heights, Queens.


Featuring Joe Banks, Journalism professor, Algonquin College

 DATE: Monday October 21 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Algonquin College, Woodroffe campus, Room 216, building P

 Journalism students with ID free, Media Club members $15, Non-members $20

Sandwiches, fresh fruit cheese and crackers provided

 ITEM 14: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS ALL OPEN MIC AND TREE CHAPBOOK LAUNCH                                                                 NEW!

 treereadingserieslogoDATE: Tuesday, October 22, 2013


 6:45 p.m. Workshop – Link-and-Shift with Claudia Coutu Radmore

Claudia will introduce and give participants experience in the link-and-shift techniques, in formal and informal styles, and discuss how this technique can be used in lyric poetry.

8:00 p.m. Chapbook Launch: Mary Lee Bragg, Winner of the Tree Reading Series 2013 Chapbook Contest
Mary Lee Bragg

Mary Lee Bragg lives in Ottawa. She published the novel  Shooting Angels  in 2004, and has had short fiction and poetry published in  Ascent, Bywords, Grain  and several anthologies, including  Sugar Mule  and  Sweet Cuba . More info at:


ITEM 15:  OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL POETRY EVENING                                                                                   NEW!

 DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013 6:30pm , 8:00 p.m. , 9:00  p.m.

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

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 6:30 P.M. A Pretty Sight with David O’Meara. Info & Tickets:

  To celebrate the launch of his new collection, David O’Meara is collaborating with musician and composer Mike Dubue of HILOTRONS fame for an unforgettable collaboration between two of Ottawa’s most acclaimed talents.  Like the rhapsodists, the storytellers of ancient Greece, David O’Meara’s latest collection, A Pretty Sight, shapes voices of the past and present into a stitched song lifted and sounded toward the next century. Haunted by ‘time’s frame / that dark shape near the edge of the canvas,’ the work explores aspects of culture, art, war, rebellion and technology, offering defiance amid decay.

8:00 P.M. Complete Surprising Fragments of Improbable Books with Stephen Brockwell Info & Tickets:

Our evening of world-class Ottawa poetry continues with Festival favourite Stephen Brockwell.

 Stephen has stumbled upon a vault of startling — and non-existent — collections of outrageous poetry. Complete Surprising Fragments of Improbable Books, his fifth full-length collection, draws from this imaginary motherlode, showing the poet at his most incisive, most harrowing, and funniest. Here you’ll find narrative poems from The Big Book of Confessions and Apologies by Self-Aware Addicted Persons, rapturous bureaucratic odes from The Evangelical Handbook for Engineers, and lyric delights of excess from Cantos of the 1%. Let Brockwell take you on a tour of the finest poetry books that never existed! Join us for a reading and on-stage conversation on the ideas behind the words.

 9:00 P.M. The Bywords John Newlove Poetry Award   FREE ADMISSION

Info & Tickets:

 Join us for the launch of The Tiger with the Crooked Mouth by Jenna Jarvis, the 2012 recipient of the John Newlove Poetry Award. Featuring readings by this year’s honourable mentions and award recipient (to be announced at the reading), plus music by Jill Zmud!

“The winning poem is succinct, funny, and disturbing all in one. An irreverent revery about escape, and its potentially dire result. The words are carefully chosen, but not precious, and effectively shaped into a potent little poem. — Alice Burdick, 2013 John Newlove Poetry Award Judge

Books by participating authors available on-site. A booksigning will follow each event.


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

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

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


The RA Centre in Ottawa

The RA Centre in Ottawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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





NEW! Circa: A Journal of Historical Fiction (Ottawa, ON) is accepting submissions on a historical theme. Accepts fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews, and articles that have a fresh take on history. Also appreciates genre-crossing, and speculative and alternative history. Length: 2500 words max. (fiction) and 800 words max. (reviews and articles). As a Canadian journal, Circa especially likes Canadian stories. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines:


The Mackinac (Canada/US) seeks poetry that “bridges the strait between nostalgia and the immediate, the wilds seen and unseen, the best of emerging and established voices.” Submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Deadline: Ongoing.   Guidelines:


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carousel is accepting submissions. Info:

Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info:

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


Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info:

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



NEW! Soliloquies, Concordia University’s undergraduate literary journal (Montreal, QC) is accepting submissions from writers and artists from around the world for issue 18.1. Looking for poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, drama, visual art and comics. Any theme, any style. Deadline: October 25, 2013.     Guidelines:

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.

NEW! The Beloit Fiction Journal (US) seeks contemporary short fiction, including traditional and experimental narratives. Very long and very short stories welcome. Deadline: December 1, 2013.     Guidelines:


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:


NEW! Sunshine in a Jar Press. Looking to get published? Sunshine in a Jar Press is welcoming submissions to its new anthology “The Writing Spiral” which will be released in Fall of 2014. They are seeking poems, memoirs, stories and essays, and possible themes are love, loss, joy, decadence, deprivation, hope, fear, friendship, family, work, social responsibility, health, culture, light, and darkness. There is also the opportunity for monthly writing classes to feed your process at Trent University, Oshawa Campus. Deadline: March 1, 2014 Details: or call 289 252 1978


NEW! Online literary magazine The Steel Chisel (Canada) is “perpetually looking” for prose and poetry submissions from Canadian writers. Include a short bio with location, occupation, and any relevant award/publication accomplishments. Deadline: Rolling, on 6th of the month.     Guidelines:


NEW! The Potomac Review (Montgomery College, Maryland) accepts submissions of poetry (up to three), fiction and nonfiction (5000 words max.), photography, and artwork. Appreciates both realistic and experimental prose and poetry. Deadline: May 1, 2014.  Guidelines:





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


  • NEW! ArtAscent invites entries for their “Dark” International Art Competition. First prize: $50 and publication. Theme: Dark — shadows, expectation, foreboding, mystery, villains, secrets, memories, challenges, hauntings. Entries may include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 1000 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Writers retain copyrights. Entry fee: $7. Deadline: October 31, 2013,     Guidelines:


  • NEW! The Ultra Short Poem Competition 2013 Open to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada only. Poems are to be no longer than 8 lines and no more than 8 words on a line. All themes and styles welcome. Every winner will receive one free copy of the book. Deadline: October 30, 2013. Entry fee: $10 for up to 5 poems. Prize: 1st prize: $100, 2nd prize: $75, 3rd prize: $50, 4th prize: $25 + all prize winning poems to be published in a chapbook anthology Details:
  • NEW! 2ND ANNUAL TWOWOLVZ PRESS POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST DEADLINE OCT. 31, 2013. Guidelines are located with our submissions manager


  • NEW! The 2014 Lionel Gelber Prize. The prize is a literary award for the world’s best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues. To be eligible for the 2014 Lionel Gelber Prize, books must be published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. Deadline: October 31, 2013. Entry fee: $50. Prize: $15,000 Details:
    • NEW! The London Magazine Short Story Competition. The London Magazine, the UK’s oldest literary journal, is announcing their Short Story Competition to find fantastic new writers from around the world. We will consider short stories of up to 4000 words in length (no flash fiction), and this competition is not limited to those who live in the UK.   Deadline: October 31, 2013 Entry fee: £10 per story Prize: 1st prize: £500, 2nd prize: £300, 3rd prize: £200 Details:


  • NEW! Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is a new, annual Award that will be given to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. Established by CODE – a Canadian charitable organization that has been supporting literacy and learning for over 50 years – in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation and the Bocas Lit Fest, the Award aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across the Caribbean.  Deadline: October 31, 2013 Entry fee: none Prize: 1st prize: $10,000 , 2nd prize: $7000 , 3rd prize: $5000 Details:


  • RANDOM HOUSE SPOOKY SHORT STORY CONTEST.Details: Stories must be between 1,200 and 1,500 words. And, to make it just a bit more challenging, your story has to include the following 10 words provided by John Boyne and Diane Setterfield: Shadow, Children, Fog, Mirror, Revenge, Black, Hidden, Sleep, Eye, Never.   The contest starts now and you have until October 24th at midnight (mua ha ha) to submit your story.  Submit your entry by emailing with the subject line “Spooky Short Story Writing Contest”. In the body of the email, please include your submission and your name.   The three best stories as chosen by Retreat by Random House will be posted to this blog on October 31, 2013.  MORE INFO AT


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




  • NEW! Ruminate Magazine (US) invites entries for the 2013 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. Prize: $1500 and publication in Spring 2013 issue. Length: 5500 words max. Deadline: November 1, 2013. Entry fee: $18 (includes subscription).     Guidelines:


  • NEW! 8th annual Writers Digest Poetry Awards. The prestigious prizes for top winners of the Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards include:    Up to $1,000 in cash. Your poem published in Writer’s Digest and promoted on  A copy of the 2014 Poet’s Market.
  • Enter any poem 32 lines or fewer and you could receive all the recognition and rewards that come with winning this competition!  DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: NOVEMBER 1, 2013


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


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


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


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


  • FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting is pleased to announce the 2013 Dalton Camp Award. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize for excellence in creative, original essay-writing on the link between democracy and the media in Canada. New for 2013, a discretionary second prize of $2,500 may be awarded for the best essay by a post-secondary student. The 2013 Award is open to both students and other Canadians. The deadline for entries is November 15, 2013. Download the 2013 Dalton Camp Award PosterThe official rules, past winning essays, a video biography on Dalton Camp, and other details about the Award are available from the Dalton Camp Award website:


  • NEW! InkTears Short Story Competition 2013. The Ink Tears Short Story Competition is now open for entries. All prize-winners will have their story published to the InkTears Readers and consideration for a short story collection/anthology publication.  Length 1000 – 3000 words, any theme and open to age 18+. Stories may have been previously published or unpublished.  Deadline: November 30, 2013 Entry fee: £6.00 Prize: Winner:  £1000; Runner-up:  £100; 4 x Highly Commended £25.00 Details:


  • LOTR 100-Word Story Contest. Submit a 100-word story about love and travel and you could have it published online and win a free copy of the forthcoming book Love on the Road 2013. Love on the Road 2013 is an anthology of 12 stories about love and travel from a dozen different writers, some very accomplished, others just starting out. It’s scheduled for publication in early December. We’ll take submissions until November 30 and then declare three winners and send them (for free) paperback copies of Love on the Road 2013. There’s more information at  Best, Sam Tranum Dublin, Ireland
  • Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline is November 30, (postmarked).


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


  • NEW! RopeWalk Press (US) invites entries for the The Nobody Series AWP Postcard Contest. Seeking short-short stories “destined for immediate celebrity.” Winning story printed on art postcards displayed for sale among postcards of RopeWalk Press fiction covers. Prize: a signing, 10 copies of the postcard, and a $25 gift certificate to your favorite bookstore or $50 in RopeWalk Press titles .Entry fee: $5. Deadline: December 1, 2013.    Guidelines:


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


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



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




  • Gemini MAGAZINE  is now accepting entries for its fourth annual Poetry Open competition. The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions will each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2014 issue of Gemini. The entry fee is $5 for each batch of three poems. Deadline: January 2, 2014. We are open to any type of poetry, any subject matter, any length. Scroll down the Poetry Open page to see the broad range of work from previous winners and finalists.


  • League of Canadian Poets announces: Submissions are now open for the Jessamy Stursburg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth. There are two age categories, junior (grades 7-9) and senior (grades 10-12). First place poems in each category will receive a cash prize: Winners: $350 Second Place: $300 Third Place: $250 All winning poems will be published in the LCP’s e-zine, Re:verse at All winners will receive Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth certificates and student membership in the League of Canadian Poets for one year. Deadline: January 15, 2014.


  • Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published fewer than two books). Each year the winning manuscript will be selected by an established poet in co-operation with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint. The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 advance. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: January 31, 2014 Info here: Each entry must be accompanied with a business size SASE and an entry fee for $30.00 Canadian. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Matrix Publications.” No cash please. Send manuscripts to: The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint, c/o Matrix, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658, Montreal QC H3G 1M8  Or via Submittable: Alternatively, you may send you manuscript electronically to and send your payment via PAYPAL: RK Award Entry Fee $30


  • NEW! Waxing PressWaxing Press (Ohio, US) invites entries for its inaugural contest for works of fiction, the Tide Lock Prize. Seeks new work in the form of a novel, novella, or collection of short stories. Length: 150 pages minimum. Prize: Publication in the journal’s print and digital editions. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: February 1, 2014.     Guidelines:


  • NEW! Lynn Manuel Children’s Fiction ContestGrasmere Publishing (BC) invites entries for the Lynn Manuel Children’s Fiction Contest. Prize: $500 cash, $1000 advance against royalties, and publication. Open to novels suitable for children aged 7-16 years old. Looking for an engaging voice, well-developed characters, and a strong storyline. Length: 25,000-75,000 words. No theme, but no violence. Open to Canadian and US residents who have not previously published a novel for children. Deadline: March 1, 2014 (first chapter only). Entry fee: $30.     Guidelines: