Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks of Sept. 8 to 21, 2014


English: Photograph of Parliament Hill, Ottawa...

English: Photograph of Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Taken from Ottawa/Ontario end of Alexandra Bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


NOTICE TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at
#Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website


There is an immediate need to secure a new Branch President following the recent retirement of Phyllis Bohonis from the position.

There will be an election at this September 9th meeting, in which we strongly encourage you to participate. Filling this position is of utmost importance to the ongoing operations of the Branch. (PLEASE NOTE ITEM BELOW REGARDING THE MEETING LOCATION)

To make a nomination for the position, or if you are interested in taking on responsibility for the position yourself, kindly (as soon as possible) contact Sharyn Heagle ( Past-President of the branch.

In the interim, Dr. Qais Ghanem, currently VP of Communications, has graciously agreed to take on the position of Acting President pending the outcome of the September election.

Also, please note that we have several vacant positions in the Branch. If you have even a limited amount of time to spare, we can find a place for you in the operation of the branch. CAA is an organization run by volunteers.
We need you!

Please attend the September 9th meeting, register your vote, and speak to us about taking on some role in the organization. Your participation is vitally important to the branch.


NOTE: Beginning in September 2014, CAA-NCR will hold its regular monthly meetings in the McNabb Recreation Centre, at 180 Percy St. off Bronson Ave.
Close to the Queensway in a safe neighbourhood next to lovely McNabb Park, the Centre has plenty of free on-site parking and wheelchair accessibility.

TOPIC: Creating a community of writers

PRESENTERS: Kevin T. Johns and Catherine Brunelle
#OttawaWrites and
DATE: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. off Bronson Ave.

Join us for a fun evening with Kevin and Catherine as they tell us about the community they are creating through #OttawaWrites and Their facebook and Twitter pages connect Ottawa writers of every style and genre and celebrate their talents and successes. Their Ottawa Writes Podcast features insights into publishing, writing, festivals, PR, printing, and more.

If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication. Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle for details


Event: Library & Archives – A Resource for Writers Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Description: Reference Librarian, Megan Butcher, will guide us in making the most of Canada’s documentary heritage resource. She will show us the research steps, including protocols, and tips to make your research easier. Website:

Event: Make Your Book an E-Book Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm Description: Details to follow Website:


DATE: Saturday, September 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
LOCATION: North Gower Farmer’s Market, (Roger Stevens Drive, North Gower)

Emily-Jane Hills Orford will be launching Duke’s story:

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After experiencing an unhappy first year of his life, Duke believes that he has found his forever home.
This is Duke’s story of adjusting to life in a new home, a family that he quickly grows to love. Duke thrives and learns some tricks. He quickly discovers that his ability to howl is rewarded as a talent. Where he was once beaten for howling, his new musical family encourages it.

Duke has boundless energy and his new family introduces him to agility where he excels. Duke discovers that he has a dignified name, something that he has to live up to. All Duke can do is try his best. When he excels in obedience classes and agility events, Duke realizes that he has found his niche. Life is good, especially when he learns how to be a Duke.

The true meaning of the word.



Manitoba Street, high street of Bracebridge, O...

Manitoba Street, high street of Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


CAA Muskoka is also excited to announce North Words Literary Festival taking place in Bracebridge, October 3-5, 2014. Over twelve acclaimed Canadian authors are scheduled to attend including Anthony De Sa, Terry Fallis, Richard Scrimger, M.G. Vassanji, Michelle Berry, and Anne Lazurko. A highlight of the festival will be a full day writers’ workshop on Friday, October 3. For information please contact Festival Organizer, Cindy Watson, at 705-645-5595 or



Event: The Word On The Street Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Location: Queens Park Circle, Toronto Time: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Event: Culture Days Date: September 26 – 28, 2014
Location: Across Canada

Event: INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair Date: November 13 – 16, 2014
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (N. Building), Toronto
Time: Friday & Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm


University of the Fraser Valley

Apply to UFV’s Writer in Residence Program
The Writer in Residence term lasts for ten weeks, from January to April of each year. The yearly application deadline is September 1. Candidates should have a substantial publishing record, including two books or the equivalent with a recognized publisher. A generous stipend is attached to the position.
Our program has been careful to balance the writer’s public engagement with his or her own writing practice. While the primary function of a writing residency is to provide the writer with an extended period of time to concentrate on his or her own writing, the program consistently contributes to the wider audience’s appreciation and understanding of both the writer’s work and, more generally, contemporary Canadian writing.
Candidates interested in applying for the position of Writer in Residence should forward a cover letter and CV to: Andrea MacPherson, Creative Writing Committee Chair, English Department, University of the Fraser Valley


Saturday, September 20 – It’s Not What You Earn; It’s What You Keep: Tax Tips for Writers and Artists One day workshop with Gwynn Scheltema. Unique tax breaks available to writers and artists – even if you’re not earning money yet. Location: Trent University – Oshawa Campus

An 8-week writing workshop that encourages you to write what you know (fiction and non-fiction), give and receive valuable feedback within a small group, and learn to take risks with your writing. A guest speaker (published author) will join us for a session.

Mondays, September 22 to November 17, 7-9 pm
Dymon Storage boardroom, 323 Coventry Rd. $174 Spaces are limited

For more information about veteran writer/journalist Susan Hickman Contact Susan at for more information and/or to register

I am running a 4-week intensive workshop to help writers kickstart a piece of writing they have been working on, or want to start. It’s an opportunity to polish off that little gem, start Something completely new and/or exercise your creativity.

Four end-of-summer evenings, Mondays AUGUST 25 to September 15, 7-9 p.m. Same location, $99. I’m also offering the option to take both courses, 12 weeks straight through, for only $250. Susan Hickman 613-290-7646

Artsmith is delighted to announce the Doug & Ann Johnson Scholarship for our Fall 2014 Writer Island with Peggy Shumaker. The Doug and Ann Johnson Scholarship covers the recipient’s workshop fees for “Geographies of the Mind and Heart: A Weekend of Writing” October 24-26, 2014 on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands, plus two nights’ lodging at the historic Kangaroo House Bed and Breakfast during the workshop and retreat.
To apply, submit a five-page writing sample along with a reading fee of $20 by September 1, 2014. The scholarship recipient will be announced on the Artsmith website by September 30, 2014. Those who register for the workshop by September 30, 2014 can upload a writing sample with their registration form to be entered for the scholarship for no additional fee. Learn more about Artsmith’s Writer Island and the scholarship here:
Apply for the Doug & Ann Johnson Scholarship here:

Friday Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington

Friday Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Writer Island with Peggy Shumaker. October 24-26, 2014, Orcas Island, WA
Geographies of the Mind and Heart: A Weekend of Writing on Orcas Island
You’re welcome to come spend three days immersed in words–writing, talking, laughing–on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. We’ll concentrate on generating new work, creating prompts to use on the spot and others to take home. We’ll also discuss topics of particular interest to the participants. The workshop is open to writers in all genres. Please bring writing materials, a sense of adventure, and a sense of humor.

Peggy Shumaker: As well as being the Artsmith Artist of the Year, Peggy Shumaker has been chosen as the Rasmuson Foundation’s Distinguished Artist for 2014. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Toucan Nest, Poems of Costa Rica. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is founding editor of Boreal Books, publisher of fine art and literature from Alaska. She edits the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press. Peggy Shumaker was Alaska State Writer Laureate for 2010-2012.


Each year Artsmith grants up to five Artist Residency Fellowships for artists, scholars, and writers to have one week of focused time to create new works. The 2015 residency takes place January 4-11 on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. Fellows stay in individual rooms with private baths as guests of Artsmith and Kangaroo House Bed and Breakfast, and have access to the inn’s amenities, including wireless Internet and garden hot tub. Five dinners are provided during the residency. Fellows are responsible for all other meals. Being within walking distance of the beach, library, coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, and Darvill’s Bookstore, and only a few miles from Moran State Park and Turtleback Preserve, residents have no shortage of inspirational sustenance.
Visual artists, please note that Artsmith does not have artist studios, much as we wish we did. As a result, the residency is best suited for artists who do not require use of a studio. If in doubt, please email us at info @ to inquire.
The Selection Process
The Artsmith Peer Review Panel, comprised of artists, writers, and scholars, selects Fellows based primarily on two main criteria:
1. How well the proposed work will benefit from the residency setting
2. Do the statement of intent and work sample reflect originality and evidence of pushing the boundaries of craft
The makeup of the Peer Review Panel changes each year, but is always selected to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the residency.
To Apply: For the January 4 to 11, 2015 Artsmith Artist Residency, applications will be accepted until September 30, 2014. Please submit the following online via Submittable (
1. Cover letter, including residency statement of intent, contact info for two recommenders, and commitment that you can spend the entire week in residency (maximum 250 words to be pasted in online form).
2. Artists: Up to three digital work samples; Writers: Up to 10 pages writing sample in one file
3. $35 application fee
Previous Fellows, please wait two years after your last residency to reapply. 2013 Fellows may apply for the 2015 residency.


This year we will be welcoming 38 literary agents and 9 NYC major book editors, not to mention some incredible guest speakers. We are known for our 1-1 manuscript review sessions – 40 pages reviewed for $55- 30 minute meeting with an agent and/or book editor. Unicorn also offers a Query letter workshop for $40 with an agent for 1 hour. This workshop is limited to 10 writers per 1 hour session, with four Query Letter Workshops with four different agents. Book Summary/Flap Copy Workshop returns this year for $40 for 1 hour, limited to 10 writers per session with four book summary workshops at various times during the day. This year we have five different workshops every hour to select from on the day of the conference, three (3) agent panels, and one editor panel. The price is $300 for all the workshops and three gourmet meals (excluding query letter workshop ($40) and 1-1 manuscript review sessions- $55). You may also sign up for one-to-one 30 minute meeting with all the guest speakers to discuss your book, marketing, and other areas of the speaker’s expertise (excluding our best selling author this year.) More info here:


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



• SATURDAY SEPT. 13, 7 P.M. AT PRESSED, 750 GLADSTONE AVE. OTTAWA, The Artistic Showcase Ft. Rommel Ribeiro, Falana, Jacqui Du Toit And Special Guests. Cover $10.00

• THE SAWDUST READING SERIES LAUNCH WED. SEPT. 18 7 PM AT POUR BOY, 495 SOMERSET WEST, OTTAWA FEATURING KEVIN MATTHEWS & THE CONTEST WINNER PLUS OPEN MIC. Pour Boy features affordable drinks and food, and has on-street parking. The number 2 bus also passes directly in front of it. We’ll be upstairs!


treereadingserieslogoDATE: TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2014
6:45 pm Workshop – Round-tabling poems with Peter Richardson
8:00 pm Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

April Bulmer

April Bulmer’s seven books of poetry include The Weight of Wings (Trout Lily Press, 1997), Mustard Seeds (Leaf Press, 2005), The Goddess Psalms (Serengeti Press, 2008) and Women of the Cloth (Black Moss Press, 2013). In 1998 she was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She holds Master’s degrees in creative writing, religious studies and theological studies, and her work often explores the sensual realm of women and spirituality. Born in Toronto, she now lives near Kitchener, Ontario, where she writes a column on spirituality for The Cambridge Citizen.

Helen Guri

Helen Guri is the author of Match, published by Coach House Books in 2011 and shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in a wide variety of journals and magazines, including The Walrus, This magazine, Lemon Hound, Hazlitt, Hobo, and Canadian Literature. Additionally, Guri has taught college and university courses, narrated audiobooks at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and edited the literary magazine Echolocation. She currently works as a freelance editor for HarperCollins, Oxford University Press, and other publishers, and assists in poetry acquisitions for Brick Books.



The Thirsty Moose Pub & EateryWe are starting things off with a night full of fun & entertainment. A “No Rules” SLAM with the spoken word sensation: Sean O’Gorman as feature performer for the night.

DATE: Friday, September 12, 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: Thirsty Moose restaurant – UPSTAIRS (20 Bridge St., Carleton Place)
COST: $5.00 per person

For more information, please contact LiPS at:


NEW! Toad is looking for outstanding works of poetry, flash fiction, and art for our upcoming issue due out in October. Please read the submission guidelines and send us your best. Guidelines:

Lime Hawk seeks submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for its third issue, to release this fall. Check out our previous issues at Submit:

ROMCOMPOM: A JOURNAL OF ROMANTIC COMEDY POETRY ( seeks submissions for its inaugural issue. What is RomComPom poetry? It’s a poetry that inhabits the same emotional space as romantic comedy. Its symptoms include, but are not limited to, laughter, delight, crying (or at the minimum, a lump in the throat), self-doubt replaced by selfless confidence, the realization of love in an unexpected person, and the overwhelming urge to want to fall in love or eat chocolate. There’s more to it, but we’re not quite sure what that is. It might even include the snarky. So send us poems to help give shape to this new sub-genre. Make us laugh and/or cry. Make our hearts turn to chocolate. Email submissions of 1-5 poems to RomComPomATgmailDOTcom. Either paste the poems into the body of the email or attach all the poems in ONE document. The latter method is heavily preferred. Also, please include a short bio and be sure to include your favorite romantic comedies. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately by email if your poem or poems have been accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published poems. Complete submission guidelines are here:

Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing will resume publication after a one-year hiatus. The next issue, #30, will appear in May/June 2015. First appearance in Columbia, South Carolina in 1982, featured poems by Seamus Heaney, Stephen Spender, and newcomer Sam Boone. Subsequently edited from England, Japan, and Tanzania, the magazine returned to South Carolina in 1996 until 2011. Illuminations has remained consistently true to its mission statement to publish new writers alongside some of the world’s finest. A number of new poets whose early work appeared in Illuminations have gone on to win prizes and accolades, and we at Illuminations sincerely value the chance to promote the work of emerging writers. Beginning August 1st, 2014, Illuminations is again accepting submissions of poetry. Please send no more than six poems at a time. Devoted primarily to poetry we publish only one or two pieces of short fiction and/or non-fiction in any given year, and sometimes none at all. Please make sure that anything you send us has not been published elsewhere already and is not currently under consideration elsewhere. In the case of a piece translated from a language other than English, please send us the original along with your translation (this is for review purposes only; we generally publish the translation only). Mailed submissions, with an accompanying SASE for response, to Simon Lewis, Editor, Illuminations, Department of English, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001. We also accept e-mailed submissions via–there is a $2:20 fee for e-mail submissions. To submit via e-mail, go to For further information, please contact the editor Simon Lewis at lewissATcofcDOTedu.

NEW! Passages North Passages North is open for submissions! We want to read your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, hybrid essays, short-shorts, spoken-word poetry, and brief essays on the writing life for our online Writers on Writing column. PN, a project of Northern Michigan University, has been publishing poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction since 1979. Read and submit at

NEW! Blotterature Literary Magazine is now open for submissions. Blotterature Literary Magazine accepts a wide variety of prose, poetry, and artwork. We seek the nontraditional mixed with craft, detail, and process. Well-developed with an edge. Experimental but not aimless. Something with political intentions or just there to entertain. Thought-out. Thrilling. Intelligent. • Submissions will be ongoing until 10 writers/artists in each genre are selected. At that time we will notify accepted submitters of the publication date. • Please read all guidelines carefully and submit your best work at:


NEW! Subject: Last Call for Submissions: Grist Journal. The reading period for Grist: The Journal for Writers Issue 8 ends in two weeks! We seek quality fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as well as essays devoted to discussions of craft. We welcome all styles and aesthetic approaches. We welcome submissions from writers in every stage of their career and are especially interested in considering work from emerging writers. More than 90% of the content of our most recent issues has come from our general (unsolicited) submissions. We love discovering new voices. Grist is currently published once a year, in the spring. Each issue also includes an Online Companion in which we feature some of the best work we’ve received during our reading period. Please visit for submissions guidelines and to learn more about us! Back issues are also available for $6 (shipping included).
We look forward to reading your work. Deadline for submissions is September 15.

Pentimento is available in print and in the future — online. The reading period for the Winter 2014/2015 issue is under way, with submissions accepted through September 15, 2014. We are seeking disability-related true stories on “Romance” for The Readers’ Pen submission category.

BLAST FURNACE Call for Submissions: Volume 4, Issue 3, SLATED FOR SEPTEMBER RELEASE. DEADLINE: SEPT. 15, 2014. We accept a SEVERAL submission formats: portable document format (.pdf), rich text format (.rft) and .doc/docx (Microsoft Word) files, OR .mp3/.wav audio files. Please submit no more than three (3) of your BEST poems, or, if you prefer to create an audio recording of yourself reciting your poetry, send ONLY ONE (1) file attachment of NOT MORE THAN 2 MINUTES/120 seconds in total duration to We are entertaining poems with the theme of love of country, as well as fine original poetry outside of this/these theme(s). We simply ask that individual submissions do NOT exceed more than three (3) poems per poet, and that each individual poem NOT exceed more than three (3) pages. Please read our Mission/Values, Submission Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted near the top of our web page, before Submitting to review what resonates with us. We love a variety of poetic styles, but we are also picky.

Eye to the Telescope (ETTT) is a guest-edited online publication of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. ETTT 14 will be edited by John C. Mannone, who is looking for ekphrastic submissions for the October 2014 issue. Deadline September 15, 2014. There is no particular theme for this issue, but the speculative poems (sci-fi, fantasy, surrealism, etc.) must be exactly 100 words(excluding titles and epigraphs/postscripts that cite other sources) and be connected to the visual art linked below (see website). They may contain tones of humor or horror, but most importantly, I am looking for literary quality writing with literary depth. All forms/styles are accepted. Either write a poem directly inspired by one of the images shown on the site or pair up a poem influenced by a current science event (include an online reference) that also complements one of the pictures. Identify which image elicited each poem. See for the links to the pictures and for more submission details.

NEW! Submission Deadline Extended to September 30: Tahoma Literary Review. Deadline for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and flash has been extended to September 30. Tahoma Literary Review is a print and digital publication released four times a year. We are committed to producing a literary journal that offers fair compensation for the weeks or months it takes to compose a publishable poem or story. In return for their submission fees, submitters also receive access to Endnotes, a protected area of our site with links to craft articles and interviews. Please Visit for details.

NEW! Saw Palm: florida literature & art. Saw Palm: florida literature & art is seeking submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for Issue 9. We are as interested in lyric and experimental work as we are to more traditional forms. Saw Palm is an annual print magazine out of the University of South Florida. Our mission is to be the premier cultural barometer of Florida – to collect, publish, and review the best cultural works of one of the most populous and diverse states in the U.S. We welcome writers and artists from across the globe, as long as the work is somehow connected to Florida (via images, people, themes, etc.). We also welcome creative works from Floridians and former Floridians that are not obviously about someplace else. Our contributors include national and international award-winners, as well as emerging artists and writers, many of whom are published for the first time here.
Submission period: July 1st – October 1st Guidelines:

If and Only If: A Journal of Body Image and Eating Disorders seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art work for our inaugural issue to be published in Fall 2014. We are seeking works related to body image, the body, and eating disorders in all of their various definitions. Send up to five (5) poems, 6000 words of fiction/nonfiction, or three (3) images to the editors at iffjournalATgmailDOTcom by October 1, 2014. Please include a brief bio and your contact information along with your submission. All work should be submitted as an attachment. Written work should be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Visual submissions should be in .jpeg or .gif format. More information and full submission guidelines at:

Welter has been the University of Baltimore’s student-run literary journal for more than 40 years, publishing works from across the country. We are currently accepting submission for the 2014-2015 edition of Welter. We are accepting the following: fiction, memoir, essay: 3,000 words max as a Microsoft Word document. Poetry: up to five poems of any length in a single Microsoft Word document. Comics, photos, artwork: Upload a single digital file in either PDF or JPG format. Submissions can be up to three 5″x8″ pages in length, or must be able to be reduced to this size later. Work must be publishable in black and white. Things to note: Please do not put your name or contact info anywhere on the manuscript or document that you submit. Your identifying information should appear only in your cover letter. Submissions that do not adhere to the stated requirements will not be read. Deadline: October 1, 2014

Holy Cow! Press is seeking poems about Lake Superior that are environmental, ecological, historical, spiritual, geographical, etc–in particular from Minnesota, Ontario, upper Michigan, Wisconsin. New work, previously published poems are welcome–three poems limit. $10 reading fee requested. Please include a SASE (no electronic submissions) and send to: The Editors, Lake Superior Anthology, Holy Cow! Press, Post Office Box 3170, Duluth, Minnesota 55803. Deadline: October 1st, 2014.

Upstairs at Duroc Submission Guidelines: Upstairs at Duroc is interested in English language poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and translations. We welcome innovative or cross-genre forms, prose poems and flash fiction. Standalone excerpts from longer works will also be considered. Submit no more than 5 poems, or two prose pieces not exceeding 2000 words each. Include cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address, word count for prose, and a short Bio. Work is read anonymously by our Editorial Board. Submission dates: We accept submissions from October 1 to February 28. Please submit only previously unpublished material! Poetry submission: Submit up to five poems. Attach them in a single Word document, one poem per page. Prose submissions: For short stories, send one or two pieces of no more than 2000 words each. Send up to five flash fiction pieces, attaching them in a single Word document, one piece per page. Visual Art submissions: We seek drawings, etchings and photographs with good contrast. Mostly black/white, plus one color piece per issue (for the cover). Send artwork in jpeg format. Send submissions to: For any queries regarding submissions, please write to The Editors at
Snail mail submissions should be sent to: WICE c/o Upstairs at Duroc 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris

Rattle Magazine: We’re currently seeking submissions Japanese forms for our Spring 2015 issue. The poems may be any style or length, but must be written in a traditional or adapted Japanese form: haiku, tanks, renga, haibun, etc. Since some of these forms are very short, please feel free to submit up to four pages of poems rather than the usual four poems. We might also be interested in essays on the contemporary use of Japanese forms. For more information, see our call for submissions page at
To submit poems or essays, just follow the regular guidelines and note which (or all) should be considered for the tribute. It’s fine to send poems and essays at the same time. We’re not picky. The deadline for this issue is October 15th, 2014.

Lunch Ticket is now accepting submissions for its Summer/Fall 214 issue. Starting August 1, 2014, the following genres are encouraged to apply: Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People, & Visual Art. The deadline is set for October 31, 2014. Send us your best work! For guidelines and submission manager, visit our website:

Raleigh Review is Now Accepting Submissions! We believe that great literature inspires empathy by allowing us to see the world through the eyes of our neighbors, whether across the street or across the globe. Our mission is to foster the creation and availability of accessible yet provocative contemporary literature. We are looking for poetry, flash fiction, and short fiction that is emotionally and intellectually complex without being unnecessarily “difficult.” Find our submission guidelines at Please submit by October 31, 2014 for our Spring 2015 issue. We look forward to reading your work!

Ontologica aims to present an eclectic mix of prose and art. Ours is a journal of differing perspectives. We want to offer material that is illuminating, challenging, and, if need be, antagonizing. Above all it must accessible. Accessibility here doesn’t just mean a lack of specialized language, but a writing style that invites the reader in. Work with a philosophical slant is preferred, but not required. What is required is contemporary relevance and, more or less, general appeal. (An essay on the difference between Transcendentalist and Romantic poetry, no matter how well written, will most likely not find a home in Ontologica. See the Contact Us Page for submission email addresses. At present we accept electronic submissions only. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. We will only review and respond to submissions sent during the open reading periods. Our next Open reading period will be for the Winter 2014 Issue, and will run from September 1st through October 31, 2014. More info here: Anything outside of our published reading periods will sit in a void until a new period opens. Upon acceptance, Ontologica reserves First North American Rights of the work, and the published work will remain online for as long as Ontologica maintains a web presence. After initial publication, all rights revert to the author. Ontologica does not compensate authors for publication.

NEW & VARIOUS DEADLINES: NonBinary Review, the quarterly literary publication of Zoetic Press, wants art and literature that tiptoes the tightrope between now and then. Art that makes us see our literary offerings in new ways. We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary, a tissue, or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy. We want insight, deep diving, broad connections, literary conspiracies, personal revelations, or anything you want to tell us about the themes we’ve chosen. Literary forms are changing as we use technology and typography to find new ways to tell stories—for work that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre, we’ve created a separate category to properly evaluate submissions of a hybrid or experimental nature. Each issue will focus on a single theme. Issue #1 (June 2014): Grimm’s Fairy Tales is available for free download from the Apple store, Upcoming themes: Issue #3 (reading period closes Oct. 31, publication December 2014): L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz Issue #4 (reading period closes Jan. 31, 2015; publication March 2015): Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable. We are a paying market–1 cent per word for prose/hybrid work, $10 flat fee per poem, and $25 flat fee for art. Please note that at present, the Zoetic app is accessible through iPad only, with future updates to include iPhone and Android versions. When submitting your work, please note that if selected for publication, your work will appear in electronic form only. For more detailed guidelines, please expand the guidelines box of the genre you’re submitting to on our Submittable page.

Open Submissions: HFR is currently accepting submissions for Issue 4.1. Submit your fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, hybrid, comics, art, etc. by Nov. 1st.Please read our guidelines before submitting.

Little Patuxent Review is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork for the Winter 2015 Food issue. How many tongues can you access through the language of food? How many minutes could you commune with a family at a foreign table, supported with the language of food? LPR seeks a variety of takes on the theme, from the broad issues, places, and people that “feed” you, to the ground level stories and poems that mark your daily interactions with food. Send LPR your most full bellied work because, as Virginia Woolf suggests, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Submissions will be open until November 1, 2014. Please note: Our new editor is Steven Leyva. Laura Shovan has moved into the role of Poetry Editor. Address fiction submissions to Jen Grow and non-fiction to Emily Rich. Full submission guidelines are available at:

Call for Submissions – Mason’s Road: A Literary & Arts Journal. We are pleased to announce the opening of our next submissions period! We are now accepting your best Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Craft Essays. The theme for Issue #10 is“Memory,” and we are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic. Our submissions period runs for three months: August 15 – November 15, 2014.There are two ways to submit toMason’s Road. You can submit for free any time during our submissions period, and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication.Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for ourMason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive. Please look here: for submission guidelines. Visit to check out all of the current issue’s works. Submit here:

NEW! I AM: TWENTY-SEVEN is a yearlong curated art project consisting of twenty-seven pieces about the age of twenty-seven. All pieces will be posted and archived on the project’s site. This project is curated by Rachel Ann Brickner, writer and Managing Editor of Weave Magazine. Deadline: December 1st, 2014. Guidelines: Submit anything. Really! Anything. A story (one sentence or many pages long), video, song, comic, photo essay, painting, collage, memoir, poem, riddle, infographic, et cetera. As long as it somehow incorporates the experience of being twenty-seven (explicitly or not). You can be of any age to submit. The more diverse, the better. Send your submissions to : twentysevenzineATgmailDOTcom. Questions and ideas for the project can be found here: More about I AM: TWENTY-SEVEN:

Deadline 30 July and 30 December: The French Literary Review: twice-yearly international magazine of poetry and prose. We are looking for contemporary poems; short stories and articles (1000-3000 words); extracts from novels which stand on their own; paintings/drawings, all of which must have a French connection. Submissions: Barbara Dordi, Editor, chemin de Cambieure 11240 CAILHAU, Aude, France.

Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry is now accepting submissions for our next issue, Volume VII, The Disobedient Issue. We are leaving the interpretation of the concept of disobedience open, but know that this issue was inspired by reading Poetics of Disobedience by Alice Notley and by necessary acts of civil disobedience everywhere. Please send only your best work, any length, any style. Deadline for this issue: January 31, 2015. More info, details and link for submissions here:

NEW! South85 Journal Call for Submissions, Page for submissions: South85 Journal, an online literary journal published semi-annually by the Converse College Low-Residency MFA program, is currently accepting submissions for its 2014-2015 issues. Submissions are open September 1, 2014 until April 30, 2015. visit for submission guidelines.



• Poems Please Me Prize 2014, third international competition Judge: Anthony Watts. Closing date: 11.59 pm BST Sunday 14th September 2014. Results will be published by Poems Please Me and mailed individually to winners before 31 October. 2. Subject: this is an Open competition this year. The choice of subject is yours. 3. Language: English 4. Length: 12 to 40 lines (excluding title). 5. Prizes. First: £600 Second: £300 Third: £150 Highly Commended (number at discretion of judge and organiser): £30 each. Also: illustrations will be created of each winning and commended poem. The Artists’ Quarter (TAQ) will create a selection of digital art to illustrate the winning and commended poems. (A poem’s potential for illustration will not be a factor in the judging.) TAQ is a worldwide online community of digital and traditional artists led by the UK’s Tim Shelbourne. TAQ on Facebook. Winners of the top three prizes will receive a mounted print of the illustration of their choice. Winning and commended poems and TAQ illustrations will be published on Poems Please Me (in featured Poems, a Gallery & an e-Book) and by TAQ. Browse 2013 e-Book of winning poems and illustrations. 6. Copyright in all poems remains with the poet, and in TAQ artwork with the artist. 7. Original poems required, not published elsewhere prior to 1st November 2014.
8. Entry fee: £5 for one poem; £9 for two; £12 for three. 9. How to enter (online or post) SEE INFO AT:

• NEW! The 2014 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry will award $1000.00 and 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. SUBMIT here by September 15, 2014 through the electronic submission manager. GUIDELINES HERE:
• The Golden Key announces our first-ever flash fiction contest, judged by Karin Tidbeck. Winner receives $200 and publication in our 6th issue (Spring/Summer 2015). As each of our issues are themed to be inspired by an “object” that might come out of the little iron chest, the subject of the winning story will also determine the theme for Issue 6. We will be accepting submissions of flash fiction (up to 500 words) between July 15 and September 15. The fee for entry is $5 for one piece, or $7 for two. Entry fee donations go directly into the fund we are raising to pay writers. The winner will be announced November 1. Deadline: September 15, 2014. Contest Details:

• Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry CHAPBOOK Prize $15.00 USD ENTRY FEE. SEPT. 15 DEADLINE. GUIDELINES:

• Submissions to the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry now open! Any poet with an original, full-length collection is eligible. Each manuscript, accompanied by a $25 reading fee, will be considered for both prizes. Each prize offers $1,000, plus publication by the University of Wisconsin Press. The submission deadline is September 15. Before visiting our online submissions manager, put together a single pdf including a title page, a table of contents, the manuscript poems, and an acknowledgments page listing any magazines or journals where the submitted poems may have first appeared. Your name and contact info should not appear anywhere on the document. Manuscripts should be fifty to ninety pages in length on 8.5″ x 11″ pdf pages. Once your manuscript is ready, visit and complete the form in the center of the page. After you’ve successfully submitted, you will be redirected to our secure pay portal, where you can pay the $25 submission fee. Postal submissions are discouraged but will be accepted. Postal details can be found at Simultaneous submissions are permitted, provided the poet agrees to withdraw the manuscript via the submissions manager if it is accepted elsewhere. If you have any questions, please first consult our FAQ. If you don’t find your answer, query Series Editor Ron Wallace at

• Consequence Magazine is currently accepting submissions for the 2014 Consequence Prize in Fiction. As always, submissions must address the culture and consequences of war, and the deadline is September 15th. The winning story will be published in our 2015 issue and the author will receive a $250 prize. Contest entry guidelines are posted on the Submissions page of our website at

• The brand new Mslexia Women’s Memoir Competition is now open for entries. The only competition of its type in the UK, this year we’re looking for memoirs of at least 50,000 words of prose that narrate actual events in the writer’s own life. Said writer must not have had a memoir published, but can be previously published in other genres. It’s a crime to let wonderful life stories go untold, so if your writing fits the bill get those fingers typing, you only have until 22 September to submit your entry. The first prize is a massive £5,000Please visit our website for full details of how to enter and specially-commissioned memoir writing workshops.

• NEW! ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY: ASPS Fall 2014 Contest. Deadline: 2014-09-22 (Postmarked) Rules and Details Contest entry deadline postmarked by Sept 22

• The Ontario Poetry Society Food for Thought Contest. Deadline Sept. 30, 2014. Food-themed poems. Fees: 1 poem for $5.00 or 3 poems for $10.00. See website for full details:

• The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions each year from January 1st to September 30th through our online submissions manager. The judges for this year’s prize are Margaret Atwood (for poetry) and Zsuzsi Gartner (for fiction). In addition to publication in Issue 27: Fall 2014, each winning author receives $1000 as well as a prize pack of books drawn from 17 donating publishers, each valued at approximately $750. DEADLINE: SEPT. 30, 2014 DETAILS:

• PHILIP LEVINE POETRY BOOK PRIZE 2014. $2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press.
Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2014. Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-80 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere. The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to “Fresno State (Levine Prize)”. Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee. Online payments can be made via credit or debit card at the link below. Submit entries online at the link below OR mail hard copy entries to: Philip Levine Prize in Poetry Department of English, Mail Stop PB 98 5245 N. Backer Ave. California State University, Fresno Fresno, California 93740-8001 Full guidelines, as well as the link for online submissions and online payments, can be found on our website: contact email:

• Devil’s Lake 2014 Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry now accepting online entries for its first annual Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry. Submit here: Submissions: Entries to include two poems totaling five pages or fewer. One entry is defined as one short story or two poems; you may submit up to two entries, but you must submit them separately and pay an entry fee for both. All work submitted must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions not permitted. Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the manuscript itself, but only in the “cover letter” box, as all submissions will be read blind. Only accepting online entries through Submittable. Ensure that your account includes a working e-mail address—it’s the only way for us to contact you! Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds for submissions. Deadline September 30, 2014, at 11:59 pm CST. Winners announced in November 2014, and will receive $100 and publication in the Spring 2015 issue. Entry fee: $10. All contest entries will be considered for publication in Devil’s Lake.

• Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest All styles and themes Submission period: April 15-September 30 Total prizes: $3,000 Accepts published and unpublished work Special award for verse that rhymes or has a traditional style

• *CONNECTICUT RIVER REVIEW POETRY CONTEST – Deadline: September 30, 2014.Prizes of $400, $100, and $50 are offered. To enter, send up to 3 unpublished poems, 80-line limit each. Include 2 copies of each poem, one with complete contact info on it and one with NO contact info on it. Include SASE for results only. A $15 reading fee is required. Make the check out to CPS. Send submissions to CRR Poetry Contest, PO Box 270554, W. Hartford, CT 06127. The judge for this year’s contest is Charles Rafferty, author of 10 books of poetry and currently the director of the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College.

• NEW! 2014 Annual Chapbook Contest. Our 2014 annual chapbook contest is open for submissions. We have extended the deadline to September 30. This year’s judge is Laura LeHew, award-winning poet and owner of Uttered Chaos Press. Winner receives $100 and 25 copies. Send 20-25 pages of poetry, a title page, table of contents, and an acknowledgements page, all with no identifying information. Send a second title page with your name and contact information.
Submit entire manuscript, e-mail address or SASE, a 2-3 line bio, and a $15 reading fee. Tiger’s Eye Press, P.O. Box 9723, Denver, CO. 80209

• NEW! The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award Eligibility Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that have been revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. Current University of Iowa students are not eligible. No application forms are necessary. Entries for the competition should be postmarked between August 1 and September 30; packages must be postmarked by September 30. See link above for more details on submitting. Announcement of the winners will be made early in the following year on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

• NEW! The 2015 Green Rose Prize $2,000 and publication for a book of poems by an established poet Guidelines: Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have already published one or more full-length collections of poetry. We will consider individual collections and volumes of new and selected poems. Besides the winner, New Issues may publish as many as three additional manuscripts from this competition. Please include a $25 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press. Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2014. The winning manuscript will be named in January 2015 and published in the spring of 2016. General Guidelines: Submit a manuscript at least 48 pages in length, typed on one side, single-spaced preferred. Photocopies are acceptable. Please do not bind manuscript. Include a brief bio, relevant publication information, cover page with name, address, phone number, and title of the manuscript, and a page with only the title. Enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification that the manuscript has been received. For notification of title and author of the winning manuscript enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Manuscripts will be recycled. A manuscript may be submitted that is being considered elsewhere but New Issues should be notified upon the manuscript’s acceptance elsewhere. Send manuscripts and queries to: The New Issues Poetry Prize, (or) The Green Rose Prize, New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Ave.


• The Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, sponsored by Bowker and Blurb. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $40 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine. “Independently Published” books include self-published books and e-books (such as those published through, CreateSpace,, iUniverse, etc.) and/or books and e-books published through small presses releasing less than five titles per year. Books entered in last year’s competition are eligible for re-submission in this year’s competition. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter; each book is a separate entry. The competition is open to authors worldwide; books must be in English. Any length book is eligible. This year the competition will also introduce the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books, in honor of Pete Delohery, author of the novel Lamb to the Slaughter. The official rules for the competition can be found at here. The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2014. The winners will be notified by November 2, 2014. Additional information and rules can be found on our contest rules page at
• TALKING WRITING 2014 Contests. Submit flash nonfiction (500 words) or great writing advice articles. Winners receive $250 plus publication in Talking Writing. Judges: Dinty W. Moore, editor of Brevity (flash nonfiction); Emily Toth, “Ms. Mentor” of Chronicle of Higher Education (writing advice). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 1. Details:

• New Delta Review second annual Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction. New Delta Review is looking for short fiction (1500 words or less)that stuns, a full narrative in a small package, where every sentence contributes something necessary and integral to the whole. The winner will receive a $500 prize and be published in the winter edition of New Delta Review. All entries will be considered for publication in the magazine, and will be eligible for our Matt Clark Editor’s Prize of $250. Deadline for entry is October 4, 2014. All submissions require a $10 entry fee and must be sent to NDR through Submittable. About Us: New Delta Review is a literary journal published graduate students in the MFA program at Louisiana State University. For more information, and to take a look at what we’ve published in the past, visit our online journal at

• The Writer’s Block Festival/Memorious Poetry Contest. Judge: Rebecca Morgan Frank, editor-in-chief of Memorious. Award: $500, plus publication in Memorious. Entry: $10 submission fee, which goes to support Louisville Literary Arts and the Writer’s Block Festival. Manuscripts are being accepted now at through the October 15, 2014 deadline. Send 1 – 3 previously unpublished poems in ONE WORD DOC (no more than 1 poem per page, and no more than 6 pages, collectively). Email writers14blockATgmailDOTcom with further questions.

• The Ontario Poetry Society Ultra Short Poem Competition. Deadline Oct. 30, 2014. Poems no longer than 8 lines, 8 words per line. Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00.


• NEW! 2015 CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Special Issue Feature Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry $2,000 prize in each genre More info here:

Heavy Feather Review is happy to announce that the Featured Poetry Chapbook Contest is back featuring judge Kristina Marie Darling. $10 entry. $250 prize and publication to the winner. Other prizes will be given to five finalists. Blind reads. 40 pages max. All submissions receive a 1-year digital subscription to HFR. DEADLINE NOV 1st.

• Split This Rock’s Annual Poetry Contest is now accepting poems with socially engaged themes. Submit up to 3 poems for a chance to win the following prizes: First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250. Winning poems published on Split This Rock website and winners receive 2016 festival registration. First-place winner reads winning poem on the festival main stage! Entry instructions at:

• UVic’s The Malahat Review has several contests: “With a contest for every taste and stage of career, it’s easy to find one that matches your ambition and abilities.” The deadline for their 2015 Open Season Awards (poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction) is November 1st ($35). You can submit three poems, maximum 100 lines each, and a story of up to 2,500 words. Winners in each category receive $1,000 each.

• First Annual Poets@Work Book Prize Submission Deadlines are November 15, 2014 Postmark (mail) December 1, 2014. To be Judged by Stephen Dunn Poets@Work is happy to announce an open call for manuscripts of a full-length collection of poems in English from all over the world. Final judge will be Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn. All finalists will be considered for publication. Winners will receive $1000 and 25 copies of the winning collection. Standard publishing contract and royalties will also be issued. Manuscripts will be judged anonymously Details and submission guidelines:

• UBC’s Prism holds three contests. Their creative non-fiction contest deadline is November 21 ($35). Each entry must be a maximum of 6,000 words. First prize is $1,500, runner up is $300 and second runner up is $200. Prism also has a short fiction and poetry contest (deadlines are January 23, 2015).
• Prairie Fire accepts longer pieces for their contest, deadline November 30 ($32). They are looking for short stories up to 10,000 words, poems up to 150 lines, and creative non-fiction up to 5,000 words. First place $1,250, second place $500, third place $250.

• NEW! The William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest. First Prize: $1,000, plus the publication of a limited edition of letterpress broadsides. Entry Fee: $10. One entry per poet (may be previously published). Format: Poems must be between 12-30 lines. Include a separate cover sheet with your contact information. Do not put your name on the poem. Deadline: Nov. 30, 2014. Judge: Tony Hoagland. Submission: Mail to hit & run press, 1563 Solano Ave. #379, Berkeley, CA 94707. Winner will be announced on on March 1, 2015. A ceremonial reading will be held at Housing Works Bookstore in NYC on April 13, 2015. Atlantic Canada’s The Fiddlehead contest deadline is December 1 ($30). That’s 150 days from today! They accept short stories up to 6,000 words and up to three poems, 100 lines each They are published in the issue and interviewed on their blog site as well. Winners receive $2,000 (one in poetry one in fiction) and runners up each receive $250 (two in each of those categories).

• NEW! The 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize. $2,000 and publication for a first book of poems
Judge: to be determined Guidelines: Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have not previously published or self-published a full-length collection (48+ pages) of poems. Please include a $20 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press. Postmark Deadline: November 30, 2014. The winning manuscript will be named in May 2015 and published in the spring of 2016. General Guidelines: Submit a manuscript at least 48 pages in length, typed on one side, single-spaced preferred. Photocopies are acceptable. Please do not bind manuscript. Include a brief bio, relevant publication information, cover page with name, address, phone number, and title of the manuscript, and a page with only the title. Enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification that the manuscript has been received. For notification of title and author of the winning manuscript enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Manuscripts will be recycled. A manuscript may be submitted that is being considered elsewhere but New Issues should be notified upon the manuscript’s acceptance elsewhere. Send manuscripts and queries to: The New Issues Poetry Prize, (or) The Green Rose Prize,New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Ave.

• Freefall’s annual poetry and prose contest deadline is December 31st ($25). If you don’t celebrate Christmas, for reasons of religion or reluctance, then this deadline will keep you busy the last two weeks of December. Who am I kidding — it’ll keep you busy the last few days of that month! Prose entries must be a maximum of 3,000 words, and they accept up to five poems per entry. For each category, first prize is $500, second is $250 and third prize is $75.

• The 2015 Mississippi Review Contest is now open for submissions. Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and in poetry. Winners and finalists will make up the 2015 print issue of Mississippi Review. For more details and to submit, visit key dates: Contest opens: August 1, 2014 Postmark deadline: January 1st, 2015 Winners and finalists announced: March 2015 Issue publication: June 2015 Entry: $16 submission fee, each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue. View complete contest guidelines at . If you have questions please e-mail msreviewATusmDOTedu, call 601-266-4321, or check our Facebook page at

NEW! Sou’wester is now accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for its upcoming Fall and Spring issues. Writers who have not yet published a book are eligible for our annual Emerging Writer Awards and receive a prize of $100. For details and to submit, please visit:


CAA-NCR Literary Notices for Dec. 8 to Dec. 15, 2013



 Weekly Notices for the week of Dec. 9 to Dec. 15, 2013


Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at 

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

CAA-NCR EVENTS: NOTE TO CAA MEMBERS: Recently published a novel, won a writing award, had a spectacular book signing or in some other way been recognized within the writing community? Write a short blurb about it & we’ll publish it in Byline, the CAA-NCR branch Magazine. We’re all excited, and encouraged, when someone in our writing family shines. Send a note to Sharyn Heagle, Editor, Byline at <>



 CATEGORIES: Short Story • Poetry Prizes in Each Category: $300, $200, $100

Guidelines for 2014 NCWC

 The contest is open to members of CAA–NCR and/or residents of the National Capital Region

 CATEGORIES: Short Story (max. 2500 words) and Poetry (not Haiku) (max. 60 lines including title & blank lines)

ENTRIES must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant. Winning entries and/or Honourable Mentions may be published CAA–NCR’s e-mag, Byline, in a CAA–NCR anthology,

or in the Ottawa Citizen. Copyright remains with author.

 Finalists are requested to attend CAA–NCR’s 25th Annual NCWC Awards Night, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 7 PM, Ottawa Public Library auditorium, 120 Metcalfe Street at Laurier.

Your presence is important to the celebration of your success with fellow entrants, families and friends. First place winners will be asked to read their entries.

·       Entries postmarked after midnight FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014 will be disqualified.

·       Submissions not accompanied by entry fee will be disqualified.

·       Submissions will be neither acknowledged nor returned.

·       Entries not conforming to rules will be disqualified.

·        Overpayment of entry fees will not be returned.

·       Entry fee: $15 per story; $15 for up to three (3) poems (poems will be judged individually);

·       number of entries unlimited.

·       Each prose entry must be in English, typed, on 8 1/2 x 11paper, one side only,  page-numbered consecutively on bottom right of pages. No extra-large type, please!

·       Indicate category and title on top left corner of every page.

·       Stories must be double-spaced; this is not required for poetry.

·       Contest is blind judged. Entrant’s name must NOT appear on the submission(s).

·       Include a separate cover page with contest category, story/poem title, name, address,

·       phone number, and e-mail address.

·       Members of CAA–NCR are entitled to one (1) free entry in one (1) category.

·       Make cheques payable to CAA–NCR and designate NCWC.

·       CAA–NCR reserves the right to withhold any prize should entries fail to meet expected standards.

Mail entries to: National Capital Writing Contest, 163 BELL ST., N., Box 57081, Ottawa ON K1R 7E1 Attention: Sherrill Wark, Receiver

Information: Sharyn Heagle, CAA–NCR Contest Coordinator –


 ITEM 2: CAA-NCR JANUARY MEETING                                        

 DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014, 7 – 9 P.M.


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

 VOICES FROM THE BRANCH: Any member can read from their published, soon-to-be-published, non-published, or their just-written works. There are ten spaces available. To have your name added to the list of readers contact before Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Each reader is allotted 8 minutes of reading time. An opportunity for the readers to display any published works for sale will be available at the “meet and greet” starting at 6:30 p.m. that evening. Any member is eligible to read, you do not have to be a published writer.

 ALSO THAT EVENING: BOOK FESTIVALS: Shouldn’t we have our fair share? Speaker: Qais Ghanem: Qais will outline plans for a book festival sponsored by CAA-NCR.

Qais Ghanem Qais Ghanem is well known for hosting the CHIN Ottawa 97.9FM radio show Dialogue with Diversity. He now co-hosts A Luta Continua, the Carleton University CKCU 93.1FM radio show on Fridays at 9:00 a.m. He blogs for Huffington Post, and is a regular invited columnist for Gulf News, Dubai. Qais has a published a book of poetry and two mystery novels. His third novel is due in early 2013. He co-authored a non-fiction book entitled My Arab Spring, My Canada. His website is


 See member Nerys Parry’s Write Stuff workshop upcoming in January at Item # 5 under Workshops


 ITEM 3: CAA NATIONAL SUBMISSIONS CALL FOR THE CAA AWARDS                                                                              

Canadian Authors 2014 Literary Awards

 Entries are now being accepted for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2014 Literary Awards.  Criteria and submission details are available in the CAA 2014 Literary Awards Guidelines.

Complete the CAA 2014 Awards entry form online and send it to us along with your submission and entry fee. The entry form can be found at the link for the guidelines. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014.

Now in its 39th year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. Past winners have included Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Leonard Cohen, Micheal Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Patrick DeWitt, Nino Ricci, Michael S. Cross, Don McKay and countless other literary stars – some relatively unknown at the time they received the award. — Anita Purcell, Executive Director, Canadian Authors Association 




December 9: Cite it Right:  

When to cite, how to cite, what to cite . . . Citation is a key skill for writers and editors of any scholarly work, whether a university thesis or an article being prepared for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. This seminar takes participants through:

  • ·       the principles of citation
  • ·       reviews major citation systems
  • ·       discusses reference management software
  • ·       looks at citation editing approaches

Registration closes December 2.  Space is available in all seminars. You can register online, by mail, or email if your employer is paying your registration fee. 




COST $162.00    Registration opens December 11, 2013.

Take your writing to the next level and learn the tricks of the trade for creating polished and professional manuscripts ready for submission to agents, editors and publishers. The Write Stuff is a five-week facilitated workshop chock-full of practical daily exercises, useful tips and inspirations to help you honestly evaluate your own work and start editing and polishing it right away. Time is precious for all of us, so the course and all its exercises have been designed to allow you to apply the lessons covered in the workshop directly to your own writing projects, the ones closest to your heart—whatever they may be.

 Topics covered include:

  •  Workshop #1: Show Don’t Tell and Other ‘Cardinal’ Rules of Fiction: How to avoid the common fictional practices editors hate most.
  • Workshop #2: Birthing Adam: Tricks, tools and techniques for bringing your characters out of the page and into your reader’s hearts
  • Workshop #3: Through the Looking Glass: playing with points of view, time and tense, intimacy and distance
  • Workshop #4: Play it Again Sam: Crafting effective dialogue and character ‘beats’
  • Workshop #5: Spit and Polish: Effective self-editing tools

 Writers of all levels, ambitions and genres are welcome. Anyone interested in joining the workshops can apply through the Old Ottawa South website. Click here {} and select the red button to register.

 Facilitator’s Bio: About Nerys: Nerys Parry’s debut novel, Man & Other Natural Disasters, was a finalist for the Colophon Prize and tied for seventh in the Giller Prize Reader’s Choice Awards. Her writing has been described as “gorgeous throughout” (Kerry Clare, editor of Canadian Bookshelf), “compulsive reading” (Katherine Lyall-Watson), “engaging and thoughtful” (Winnipeg Free Press), and has been shortlisted for  several awards, including the Kenneth R. Wilson Canadian Business Press, Event Creative Non-Fiction, and FreeFall’s Fall Fiction Awards.  For more information, please visit


 DATE: Feb. 18, 2014 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Ottawa:  University of Ottawa, FSS Building (Social Sciences Building), 120 University, Room 4004

Cost: $95.00 (TWUC members $80.00) includes materials & lunch

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 The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is holding a series of one-day professional development workshops for writers called Publishing 2.0 – Tips and Traps. Registration is now taking place for workshops in Moncton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto in February 2014.

 Authors Mary W. Walters and Caroline Adderson, along with author and executive director of TWUC, John Degen will discuss writing in the digital age. The workshop will consider both the Traditional Path to Publication and Independent Publication including topics such as working with agents and editors, keys to successful submissions, crowdsourcing, contract terms, royalty rates, copyright, managing your digital rights, design work, distribution, and promotion.

Workshops will be held from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The registration fee is $95.00; TWUC members pay only $80.00. Both prices include any materials and lunch.

 For registration go to



 ITEM 7: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL                        

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

 Also check out the latest issue of experiment-o-: Issue 6 – to the others Featuring Carlyle Baker, Stephen Collis, Amy Dennis, Molly Gaudry, Marilyn R. Rosenberg, Stuart Ross, Marino Rossetti, Spencer Selby, Andrew Topel, Brad Vogler and Ewan Whyte

 Experiment-O is an annual on line PDF magazine that celebrates the art of risk through poetry, prose, visual art & visual poetry. issue 6 here:


Arc 72 Cover banner In 2014, Arc will be awarding one $5,000 grand prize to the winner of their Poem of the Year Contest. Deadline: February 1, 2014. Entry Fee: $32 (CDN), which includes a one-year Canadian subscription of Arc* Contest entry fees may be paid online AT or by cheque or money order mailed with contest submissions.


  • All contest submissions must be submitted by post mail.
  • All cheques or money orders must be in Canadian funds and made out to the Arc Poetry Society.
  • Arc welcomes Poem of the Year entries from Canada, the United States, and around the world. Entrants outside Canada must submit entry fees in Canadian funds. Please include a cheque in Canadian funds, use the online payment option or mail a money order in Canadian funds.
  • Entrants may submit up to two unpublished poems with each $32 fee (extra poems: $5 per poem).
  • No email submissions accepted.
  • Length of each poem must not exceed 100 lines.
  • Entrant’s name, address, e-mail and phone number must not appear on the poems, but instead on a separate sheet that also lists the titles of the poems entered.
  • Judging is blind.
  • No entrants (including winners, honourable mentions, or authors of Editor’s Choice poems) may substitute, before, during, or after judging, a revision of any poem already submitted to the contest.
  • No poems will be returned.
  • Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2014.

 Shortlist: 50 shortlisted poems, pending permission of their authors, will be eligible for the Readers’ Choice Award. Visit the site between March 15 and April 15, 2014 to read our Readers’ Choice selections and cast your vote!

 Publication: Winning poems will be published in Arc’s Summer 2014 issue

 Privacy Notice: Unless you indicate otherwise, Arc may share addresses of entrants to the 2014 Poem of the Year Contest with similar literary magazines or related organizations for promotional purposes.

 Send entries to: Poem of the Year Contest, Arc Poetry Magazine, PO Box 81060, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1P 1B1

 –Meagan Black, Editorial Assistant,Arc Poetry Magazine




 DATE: Tuesday, December 10

LOCATION: Club Saw, 67 Nicholas St. Ottawa


6:45 p.m. Workshop – Adjective use of 5 different poets with Lesley Strutt

8:00 p.m. Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers


Anita Dolman is an Ottawa-based writer and editor. Her poetry and flash fiction have appeared throughout Canada and the United States, including in Grain,, The Antigonish Review, Peter F. Yacht Club, Ottawater, Geist, The Storyteller Magazine, PRISM international, One Cent, Utne, The Fiddlehead, and the anthology Decalogue: ten Ottawa poets (Chaudiere Books, 2006). Her short fiction will appear in an upcoming issue of On Spec: the Canadian magazine of the fantastic. Above/ground press published her English translations of poems by Erik Lindner and Hélène Gelens in the Versefest 2013 chapbook Two Dutch Poets. 

  Mike Caesar, recipient of an honourable mention in Arc’s 2013 Diana Brebner Prize competition was born and raised on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron. Prior to moving to the Ottawa area he spent several years living in the United Kingdom and Europe. He has worked as a bookseller, bartender, reporter, editor and speechwriter. His poem North Channel received the honourable mention in Arc Poetry Magazine’s 2013 Diana Brebner Prize.

  Peter Richardson, author of four poetry collections, winner of the A.M. Klein Award, was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, and came to Quebec in 1969 at age 20. For 25 years, he was a ramp worker for Air Canada at Mirabel and Trudeau airports. He has published three collections of poetry with Véhicule Press including A Tinkers’ Picnic (1999), shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, and Sympathy for the Couriers (2007), which won the 2008 A.M. Klein Award. A fourth collection will be published by Goose Lane in 2014. His work has appeared in Poetry (Chicago), Sonora Review, The Malahat Review, The Rialto (UK) and Poetry Ireland Review. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec.

 More >  Also see Tree Chapbook contest under December section of the contest listings, final item


 Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Tea Party, 119 York Street, Ottawa

The Tea Party

The Tea Party (Photo credit: wuji9981)


Sip a cup of lovely hot tea and enjoy some stories that will lift your spirits… Bob Woods and Janet LeRoy

 Dec. 12, 2013 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. NAC, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa

Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem Sherri Yazdani, Mary Wiggin, Daniel Kletke

 Join us for stories of fictional and real-life mysteries! From hidden identities to murder under the mistletoe, these tales are sure to make you shiver… and laugh! Ages 12 and up. Tickets $20, $17 for seniors, Live Rush available, subscription available


 DATE: Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 pm

LOCATION: Raw Sugar Café, 692 Somerset West, Ottawa

Free Admission

Mansfield Press

Mansfield Press invites you — yes, you! — to the launch of its fall titles:



– Complete Surprising Fragments of Improbable Books, by Stephen Brockwell

– What The World Said, by Jason Camlot

– Monkey Soap, by Glen Downie

– Our Days in Vaudeville, by Stuart Ross & 29 collaborators




– Dear Leaves, I Miss You All, by Sara Heinonen

 There will be readings, books for sale, the usually snappy repartee, warm camaraderie, and the announcement of the spring 2014 list.

Special local guest poets are Cameron Anstee, Michael Dennis and Sandra Ridley, reading from their collaborations with Stuart Ross!

 Hosted by Mansfield publisher/editor Denis De Klerck and editor Stuart Ross

 It’s always so great to come back to Ottawa!

Cash bar and wonderful snacks and meals and coziness at Raw Sugar!

ITEM 12: bissett, KARASICK & NUOTIO – AN A B XMAS!         NEW!

 DATE: Saturday, December 14, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Raw Sugar Café, 692 Somerset West,Ottawa, Ont.

            A B Series’ 3rd Annual Xmas Party with BILL BISSETT!

 Poetry by bissett and ADEENA KARASICK! Music by GLENN NUOTIO!
bill bissett, Adeena Karasick & Glenn Nuotio$11 advance tickets are available on Eventbrite, click on the button below to purchase, and from Octopus Books' 116 Third Avenue location. Tickets at the door are $16. Admission includes a ticket for the evening's prize draw.


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Bill Bissett’s charged readings, which never fail to amaze his audiences, incorporate chanting, sound poetry and singing, the verve of which is matched only by his prolific writing career: over 70 books of bissett’s poetry have been published. An energetic “man-child mystic,” bill bissett is living proof of William Blake’s adage “the spirit of sweet delight can never be defiled.”

 Combining chamber music and folk, Glenn Nuotio delivers unnervingly complex pop. As Ottawa Xtra! notes, “he channels it through an indie musician’s paper heart and the results are invariably stirring.”

 Adeena Karasick is a poet, cultural theorist, media artist and the critically acclaimed author of seven books of poetry and poetic theory, and Professor of Pop Culture and Media Theory at Fordham University in New York. Writing at the intersection of Conceptualism and neo-Fluxus performatics, her urban, Jewish feminist mashups have been described as “electricity in language” (Nicole Brossard).





New Toronto-based graphic arts mag, Archenemy Magazine, seeks editorials, reviews and creative writing related to comics, illustration and design. Creative pieces will be illustrated by a contributing artist. Also interested in potential regular writers/features. Length: 600–2500 words. Accepting freelance pitches and humour pieces, also. “Compensation is always awarded.” Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines:


Maelstrom, a US print literary journal, is currently seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction, art, and photography that is edgy, smart, funny, and/or weird. Length: 5000 words max. or 3-5 poems. Payment: one copy. Deadline: Open.   Guidelines:


Poetry Space (UK) is looking for poetry, art, and writing submissions from young writers and artists. All ages welcome. Parents and guardians welcome to submit on child’s behalf. No fees.     Guidelines: 


The Furious Gazelle seeks short stories, micro fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short plays, monologues, novel excerpts and art. Wants writing that is “good and well written” and art that is “artistic.” Length: 8000 words max. Deadline: ongoing.  Guidelines:


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:


 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.





WRITERS DIGEST SUBMISSIONS: 2015 GUIDE TO SELF-PUBLISHING, From November 13, 2013 and running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on December 15, 2013: Robert Brewer , Senior Content Editor for the Writer’s Digest Community will be accepting pitches for articles in the 2015 Guide to Self-Publishing. Sometime in the beginning of 2014, I’ll start making assignments. If you’re interested in pitching an article idea or three, See more at:


InDigest magazine seeks submissions for issue #27 a sub-issue/online reading event. Accepting poems, comics, videos, stories, and flash fiction. Sub-issue title: “A Reading About the Olympics That Definitely Doesn’t Have the Word Olympics in the Title.” Looking for work that deals broadly with the Olympics. Interpretation open but interested in politics, environmental costs, and social displacement over international sporting and collaboration. Deadline: December 15, 2013.    Guidelines:


BEARDS: the zine (Canada) is a one-off print magazine about beards. Seeking fiction and non-fiction about “good beards, bad beards, beards made of facial hair, beards made of lies.” No poetry. Must contain the word “beard” at least once in the prose. “Must be awesome.” Payment: contributor copy. Prefers: curse words, bait and switches, head scratchers, things under 100 words, dark dark stories, more. Deadline: December 31, 2013.




SUBMISSION CALL FOR WOMEN’S POETRY, BY SECOND LIGHT: HOMAGE TO SYLVIA PLATH  SUBMISSION PERIOD: Nov. 15 to Jan. 15, 2014 The Arts Council of England has awarded a one-off grant for the period 2013-14 to assist with the Homage to Sylvia Autumn Festival this year and other projects related to the celebration of Second Light’s first 20 years. Included in these projects is the publication of a 200pp+ anthology of women’s poetry, Her Wings of Glass (the title a quotation from Sylvia Plath), in the Autumn of 2014. Advertisements will soon appear in various poetry publications calling for women poets to send in submissions* by 15th January 2014. The anthology will complement (but not repeat) our 2006 anthology, Images of Women, published in association with Arrowhead Books.  We will focus this time on women’s writing which deals with ‘big issues’, for example the future of the planet, good and evil aspects of our relationship with the natural world and with each other, different aspects of our imaginative understanding of ‘who we are’. I will co-edit the anthology with Myra Schneider and Penelope Shuttle. We invite up to six poems per submission*, not more than 200 lines in total, with three copies of each poem to Dilys Wood at 3, Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ, by January 15th 2014 together with the administrative fee of £5 (Second Light members) or £8 (non-members). Cheques payable to ‘Second Light’ or pay online AT and filter to ‘Wings’). Non-UK submissions may be sent by e-mail as .doc or .pdf attachments, only to Anne Stewart at We will advise those selected by 30th June 2014 and those poets whose work is selected will receive a copy of the anthology when published. Submitted poems may be published (details on poem please) or unpublished or otherwise out in submission. We may also publish a short spin-off anthology if funds allow. * Full submission guidelines at


Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is seeking fiction, poetry, nonfiction, (up to 5000 words) and artwork for their Spring 2014 issue. Open to established and emerging writers. Deadline: January 31, 2014.  Guidelines:


Room Magazine, Call for submissions to issue 37.3 Fall 2014 Geek Girls: Calling all geeks! Room wants your geekiest fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, graphic literature, and critical essays for our September 2014 issue, Geek Girls. The issue will be jammed-packed with Canadian geek culture, including superhero-inspired art by Sandra Chevrier, short fiction by science fiction author Larissa Lai, interviews with some of the wittiest geeks on the Internet and more! Deadline Jan. 31, 2014 Check out the guidelines here:


PERSIMMON TREE The Editorial Board would like to devote the Spring issue to Politics and Activism. We were inspired to try this by the many responses to the topic Activism for Short Takes. If you are also inspired, send us stories — we need fiction as well as non-fiction — for us to consider. The deadline for submitting is February 21. Please send your submission as an attachment to Include a brief biographical statement (less than 50 words) in your email. The attached document should be saved in MS Word or a compatible program. If we can’t open it, we can’t read it. Submissions should be double-spaced, with 12-point type and numbered pages. At the top of the first page please enter author’s name, address, telephone, and email address. Type the title of the piece, labeled fiction or non-fiction, in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you. The Editors,

Persimmon Tree:


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: call 289 252 1978


New Welsh Review (Wales) seeks dynamic, curious, lively, and outward-looking writing. Looking for short stories (2500 to 3000 words) and poems (up to six). Occasionally publishes shorter stories and microfiction. Payment: £100 per story and £28 per each poem, upon publication. Also welcomes submissions and ideas for online content (no payment): short reviews (600-800 words), opinion pieces (450 words) and author interviews (8-15 questions). Deadlines: December 12, 2013 and March 1, 2014.  Guidelines:

 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:


Blind Dog Press seeks poems and short prose pieces about the life and work of Arthur Rimbaud for an anthology, Fierce Invalids: A Tribute To Arthur Rimbaud (publications June 2014). Send 1-3 poems along with a short bio to Payment: one copy. Editor: Glenn Cooper. Deadline: May 30, 2014.






·        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


·       The 2013-14 International Playwriting Competition: The competition, now in its fourth year, is open to writers of any age, any level of experience and from any country. It aims to encourage new writing for young performers and audiences around the world.  Deadline: December 13, 2013. Entry fee: Entry with written feedback (£20 entry fee); Entry only with no written feedback (£10 entry fee) Prize: Cash prizes up to £1000 + travel to London to see your play performed at the 2014 International Festival of Playwriting & Performance + have your play published by Trinity in a collection of plays for young people + special award of £100 for the playwright under 16 who shows the most potential. Details:


·       Minotaur Books First Crime Novel Competition. Open to authors with no published books. Submit at least 220 double-spaced pages (60,000 words), “murder or another serious crime or crimes” must be at the heart of the story. Deadline: December 16, 2013

·       Entry fee: none Prizes: $10,000 advance against royalties Details:

·       New Voices Young Writers Competition. Open to writers aged 11-14 (middle school) or 15-18 (high school). Genre: young writers, poetry, nonfiction, and short stories. Middle school: poetry 20 lines maximum, prose 750 words maximum; high school: poetry 30 lines, prose 1000 words. Deadline: December 20, 2013. Entry fee: none. Prizes: Two $100 grand prizes awarded (one for junior and one for senior division) Details:


·       NEW! Poetry Society of America Annual Awards and Chapbook Fellowships. Multiple awards available.  Deadline: December 23rd, 2013. Annual Awards judges include: Dan Beachy-Quick,  Erin Belieu, Richard Blanco, Jericho Brown, Jessica Greenbaum, John Koethe, Joan Larkin, Maggie Nelson, Alberto Rios, and A. E. Stallings. Chapbook judges: Elizabeth Alexander, Forrest Gander, Marilyn Hacker, and Jean Valentine.   Each year from October to December the Poetry Society offers contests for poets at all stages of their careers, from a prize for high school students, to our Chapbook Fellowships for poets who have not yet published a full-length collection, to our first book contest, and our award for a poet over forty who has published no more than one book. We’re thrilled to announce we’re currently accepting submissions, which are free to members. Begin your submission today.  Description of awards and how to submit here: Good luck!


·       Red Tuque Books 2013 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition. Deadline is December 31:

·       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:


·       BROKEN PENCIL MAGAZINE PRESENTS: The Indie Writers’ Deathmatch Short Story Contest! The most brutal short story contest on Earth returns for its seventh straight year! Last year, frantic voting in the championship round actually crashed the Deathmatch site! This year we’ll pick up where we left off with new contestants vying for an indie writer’s makeover that could change their lives! Eight stories will go head-to-head in our Online Arena, but only one will triumph. The PRIZE! The Complete Indie Writers Makeover: Whoever emerges victorious will be awarded The Complete Indie Writers’ Makeover: a consultation with literary agent Sam Hiyate of the Rights Factory; a consultation with novelist and Globe & Mail columnist Russell Smith; and a meeting and feedback-session with Coach House Press, one of Canada’s top independent presses; plus publication in the Spring 2014 issue of Broken Pencil. Entries are accepted until December 31st, 2013. The first round of Deathmatch begins January 20th, 2014. Guidelines, ground rules and more info at:


·       Freefall coverFreeFall Magazine (Canada) welcomes entries for their 2013 Prose and Poetry Contest. First prize in each category: $600. Length: 3000 words max. (prose), or 5 poems. Entry fee: $21 (includes subscription). Deadline: December 31, 2013.    Guidelines:


·       THE 2014 TREE CHAPBOOK CONTEST IS NOW OPEN! We will be accepting collections up to 40 pages long until December 31st, so get writing! The contest is open to all Tree readers, supporters and listeners. For contest details check out the link below  Tree Press Chapbook Contest – Tree Reading Series The Tree Reading Series is one of the longest running series in Canada.




·       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.


·       2013 Manitoba Book Awards. The Manitoba Writers’ Guild, with the assistance of the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, is pleased to coordinate the 2013 Manitoba Book Awards. Submissions of any book published between January 1, 2013 and November 1, 2013 will be accepted for submissions. For books published between November 1 and December 31, the deadline is January 6, 2014. Deadline DEPENDING ON DATE OF PUBLICATION IN 2013: November 15, 2013; January 6, 2014 Entry fee: $25 Prize: varies Details:


·       NEW! COLORADO PRIZE FOR POETRY. See website for the Colorado Review for full information at  Submissions of manuscripts for full length collection of poems accepted between Oct. 1, 2013 and January 14, 2014. See for submission procedures by mail or online.


·       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.

·       NEW! The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books: Winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, and the book awards are covered in the US Review of Books. Prizes: Two grand prizes are awarded annually: one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, and academic presses, as well as self-published books. Prizes include a $250 award for short prose and a $2,000 award for best independent book. In addition to the two main grand prize awards, various other honors and distinctions are given for both prose and books, including the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the First Horizon Award. Submissions are accepted each year by nominating books and prose. The book deadline is January 21st. The prose deadline is March 31st. more info at:


·       NEW! CRAZYHORSE FICTION, NON-FICTION & POETRY PRIZES: Submit stories and essays of up to 8,500 words and sets of up to 3 poems through our submission manager from January 1 to January 31. All manuscripts entered must be original and previously unpublished. All entries are considered for publication in Crazyhorse. Contest submissions sent by mail or email, or outside the submission period, will not be read. Winners will be announced on our website by June 1. The winning manuscripts will be awarded $2,000.00 and published in the fall issue of Crazyhorse. Each manuscript entered requires a reading fee of $20 per manuscript, which includes a one-year/two-issue subscription to Crazyhorse. More than one manuscript may be entered. For each additional fiction or poetry manuscript entered and entry fee paid, your subscription to Crazyhorse will extend by one year/two issues. Subscriptions begin with Crazyhorse Number 84, Fall 2013. Recent judges include Joyce Carol Oates, Jaimy Gordon, Aimee Bender, Ann Patchett, Ha Jin, Carl Phillips, Richard Jackson, Larissa Szporluk, James Tate, and Billy Collins.


·       ON THE PREMISES Contest #22 officially launched on November 10, 2013. Its premise is  21 UP! “On The Premises” magazine is celebrating our first seven years with a special premise. For this contest only, send us a short story based on ANY of the previous 21 premises. Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Friday, January 31, 2014. To see a list of past premises, go to our past issues page, LINK is at the contest page here:


·       The Dream Quest invites international entries for their Poetry & Writing Contest. Accepting poems (30 lines max.) and short stories (5 pages max.) on any subject or theme. First prize poetry: US$250; first prize short fiction: US$500. Entry fees: $5 (poetry) and $10 (fiction). Deadline: January 16, 2014    Guidelines:


·       PRISM cover PRISM international (BC) invites entries for two contest in fiction and poetry. Submit fiction (6000 words max) or Poetry (up to 3 poems per entry). Grand prizes: Fiction – $2000 and Poetry – $1000. First prize winners will be published in PRISM. Entry fee: $35 (varies for international entrants; includes subscription). Deadline: January 23, 2014.     Guidelines:


·       Poetry School / Pighog Pamphlet Competition. We’re still poring over Kate White’s The Old Madness,  the collection which won this year’s Poetry School / Pighog pamphlet competition … but we’re also starting the search for next year’s winner. We’re now taking submissions for our second collaborative competition – details are here: and judges Simon Barraclough and Catherine Smith are waiting eagerly to read your entries. DEADLINE: Jan. 31, 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


·        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:


·       Entries are welcome for the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest. First prize: $500. Seeking original, inclusive, previously unpublished speculative fiction. Length: 5000 words max. Entry fee: $5 per entry. Unlimited entries. Deadline: February 15, 2014.  Guidelines:

·       Switchback coverOnline and ebook journal Switchback (MFA-run, University of San Francisco, CA) is accepting poems, short stories, essays, and art. Three Editors’ prizes available, including a $200 prize for best piece. No reading fees. Deadline: February 28, 2014.    Guidelines:


·        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:


·       NEW! The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books: Winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, and the book awards are covered in the US Review of Books. Prizes: Two grand prizes are awarded annually: one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, and academic presses, as well as self-published books. Prizes include a $250 award for short prose and a $2,000 award for best independent book. In addition to the two main grand prize awards, various other honors and distinctions are given for both prose and books, including the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the First Horizon Award. Submissions are accepted each year by nominating books and prose. The book deadline is January 21st. The prose deadline is March 31st. more info at:


·       The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton is once again seeking short stories and poem for its annual Forget Me Not writing contest. Writers have until April 30 to submit stories of no more than 1,800 words, or poems of no more than 72 lines, in categories for writers 16 and older, and those who are younger. All entries, fiction or non-fiction, must begin with the words, “Remember when.” It’s the fifth year for the contest created to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, and raise money for the local chapter of the Alzheimer Society. Submissions by writers age 19 and older must be accompanied by a donation of $20 or more. Judy Doan, executive director of the local chapter, said the contest has attracted as many as 75 entries in a single year. Contest rules are available from the society’s office, 420 East St., N., 519-332-444.


·       Entries are invited for the third annual Arizona Mystery Writers Story Contest. First prize $200. Open to mystery, suspense, and thriller. Length: 2500 words max. Open to everyone. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: June 1, 2014.  Guidelines:



TTQ Interview with Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson The Toronto Quarterly has posted an interview with poet Peter Richardson on its blog here, along with three of Peter’s poems. Worth a read! 

Peter will be reading at the Local Lights event at Tree Reading Series, Ottawa on Dec. 10, along with Mike Caesar and Anita Dolman. More info here:

CAA-NCR Literary Events Week of April 22, 2013



Weekly Notices for the week of April 22, 2013


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



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

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

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

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


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

LOCATION: Heagle Country Residence, Osgoode, Ontario


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

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

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

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

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

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


Presented in alphabetical order:


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

 Poetry finalists:

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

 Youth Short Story finalists:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Send to Carol Stephen at



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

LOCATION:  First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa

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

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



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

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

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



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

LOCATION: Westboro: Holland at Wellington.

For more information please email





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

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


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

Poetry Workshop with Stephen Brockwell                         

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

National Poetry Month Reading                                         

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

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

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


 DATES: April 29 to June 3 incl.

LOCATION: Dymon storage boardroom, Coventry Rd.

COST:  $165

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

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

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

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

 ITEM 10: OIW MAY WORKSHOPS                                                 NEW!

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Find out more or register here:



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





Note Special Location

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


 EVENTS Thursday, April 25 through Sunday April 28

Date: Thursday, April 25

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

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

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

DATE: Friday, April 26

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

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


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


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


Saturday, April 27

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Sunday, April 28

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


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


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


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


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


Sunday,  April 28

LOCATION: Mayfair Theare, 1074 Bank St.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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





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

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

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

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




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


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


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

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

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


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

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Submission deadline for this issue: August 16, 2013.


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

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

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

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


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




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




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




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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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