CAA-NCR Weekly Literary Notices for Sept. 16 to 22, 2013

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Weekly Notices for the week of Sept. 16 to Sept. 22, 2013

14 ITEMS 6 NEW EVENTS 3 NEW CALLS 2 NEW CONTESTS

Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com 

####Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website   http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml

 

NOTE TO CAA MEMBERS:  Have you recently published a novel, won a writing award, had a spectacular book signing or in some other way been recognized within the writing community? If so, write up a little blurb about your accomplishment and we’ll publish it in Byline, the CAA-NCR branch Magazine. We are all excited, and encouraged, when someone in our writing family shines. Send your note to Sharyn Heagle, Editor, Byline at <sharyn_40@yahoo.com>

 

CAA-NCR EVENTS

  CAA-NCR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

ITEM 1: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION – NCR WORKSHOP

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

LOCATION: ALGONQUIN COLLEGE

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Members – $45, Non-members – $75  To register contact somertonsmith@yahoo.com

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

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

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

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

 

CAA BRANCH MEMBERS

ITEM 2:  INCOMING PRESIDENT, PHYLLIS BOHONIS’ LAUNCH

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

 LOCATION: 1963 Merivale Road

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

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

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

For further information: phyllis.bohonis@sympatico.ca or www.phyllisbohonis.com

 

ITEM 3: CAA MEMBER NERYS PARRY’S WRITE A BOOK WORKSHOP

DATE: Thursdays  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 – Oct, 24 (5 weeks)

LOCATION:  The Old Ottawa South Firehall,  260 Sunnyside Ave, Ottawa, ON COST: $142

 Link to register: http://www.oldottawasouth.ca/index.php/programs

Write A Book: Starting Write: How to finally begin—and finish—the book you’ve always dreamed of writing Is there a book you’ve always wanted to write but didn’t know where to start? A memoir, a novel, an inspirational non- fiction? Whatever your goal, starting off on the right foot can make all the difference.

Join published author Nerys Parry in a five-week course designed to help you begin strong and keep going, even when it gets rough. Learn to navigate those vital early planning stages, set reasonable goals, strengthen your writing muscles and build your confidence along with your story and structure. Weekly workshops coupled with daily writing email prompts and exercises will help you to ‘think like a writer’, develop your story and voice and organize your larger project. You’ll also have opportunities to address issues particular to your project. The course concludes with a brief discussion of publishing and a critical review of a sample of your work in progress by facilitator & author Nerys Parry.

Nerys Parry’s debut novel, Man & Other Natural Disasters, was a finalist for the Colophon Prize, tied for seventh in the Giller Prize Reader’s Choice Awards 2011 and was chosen as one of the top 30 reads of 2012 by Typography as well as one of the top prairie picks for Canada Reads 2012 by Daybreak Alberta. Nerys, who holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Queen’s University as well as a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC, also writes creative non- fiction, and her work has been shortlisted for the Kenneth R. Wilson Canadian Business Press and Event Creative Non- Fiction Awards. She lives in Old Ottawa South with her husband and two children, where she is currently at work on a novel and a travel/memoir. In her own words: “I believe writing matters, that through sharing heartfelt stories we can together create a more caring, compassionate and vibrant world.” For more information on Nerys, please check out her website www.nerysparry.com.

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 ITEM 4: CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION WRITING CONTESTS

 Canadian Authors Association – Vancouver 2013 Fiction Contest 300px-CanadaPlaceLetterboxed

 Submissions must be between 1000-2000 words, unpublished fiction of all types and styles will be accepted. Winners will be invited to read their winning fiction at the Canadian Authors Vancouver annual social luncheon in December 2013. Winners will also have their winning entries published in the National Voices 2014 Anthology, which will include the 2013 and 2014 fiction contest winners, along with submissions from CAA Vancouver members. Deadline: September 30, 2013 Entry fee: $15 for national Canadian Authors Association members, $20 for non-members Prize: First prize $300, Second prize $200, Third prize $100

Details: Please email blever2@hotmail.com and mark FICTION CONTEST in the subject line

 Ten Stories High – 14th Annual Short Story Competition

300px-Bierstadt_Albert_Falls_of_Niagara_from_Below The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its Ten Stories High Fourteenth Annual Short Story Competition, open to all Ontario writers. Stories can be of any genre but must be previously unpublished, and between 1000 and 3000 words in length. No personal essays, memoirs, children’s literature or non-fiction please. For first Canadian rights, the top ten finalists will have their stories published in our anthology in the February or March of 2014. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Entry fee: $15 per story. Multiple entries are welcome.

Prize: First prize $300; Second prize $200; Third prize $100 Details: www.canauthorsniagara.org

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 

ITEM 5: THE BANFF CENTRE LITERARY ARTS                     NEW!

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS!  Banffcentre

 

In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge

Program dates: February 10 – 22, 2014

Application deadline: November 15, 2013

Faculty: Steven Ross Smith (director), J.R. Carpenter, Carla Harryman, Roy Miki

Guests: Jacob Wren, cris cheek

 

A groundbreaking residency that enables experimentation and creation in innovative writing practices. In(ter)ventions welcomes interventions in writing as an art form, where the medium itself (language) is the site of investigation. The means of production that might frame such interventions (such as audio, electronic literature, interactivity, vizpo, video, performance, collaboration, and so on) are secondary to and/or juxtaposed with the compositional.

APPLY NOW! http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1393&p=apply

 

ITEM 6: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY FALL PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS NEW!

 The Ottawa Public Library is hosting an array of specialized programming for adults and adults 50+ this Fall. Topics include health and wellness, poetry, personal finance, computers and technology, hobbies, travel, arts and culture, genealogy, writing, home and garden.

The following organizations have partnered with OPL to offer programming at Library branches this Fall:  Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC), Canada Council for the Arts,

Ottawa PC Users´ Group, Algonquin College, Ubbink Book & Paper Conservation, British Isles Family History Society and the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Ottawa LDS Family History Centre, Balance Relaxation Therapy, Glebe Chiropractic Clinic, Alta Vista Chiropractic and Massage Clinic, Kent Chiro-Med Wellness Clinic, Home Instead Senior Care, PureMed Naturopathic Centre, Ottawa Hospital Healthy Lifestyle and Diabetes Program, Ottawa Public Health, Colours Jewellery, Volunteer Ottawa, Fabrika 3D Printing, Master Gardeners, AccuChex Inspections, NFB, Kinder Sleep, RBC, Entraide Budgetaire, Versefest, Ottawa Peace Festival and Ontario Civil Liberties Association.

Online registration is required to attend these free programs. For a complete

list of programs, visit www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/programs

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

InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca

 

ITEM 7: CITY OF OTTAWA FALL EVENTS FOR WRITERS     NEPEAN CREATIVE ARTS CENTRE CLASSES

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Calling artists – writers, musicians, poets, dancers!             

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For more information, visit the Arts Centre classes section of the Fall Winter Recreation Guide. http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/parks-and-recreation/registered-classes-all-ages/recreation-guide-fall-winter

·       SAMUEL De CHAMPLAIN LITERARY ARTS COMPETITION FOR YOUTH DEADLINE: OCT. 21, 2013

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s voyage, the City of Ottawa will hold a literary competition for young writers – a citywide, bilingual contest seeking works that relate to Champlain’s explorations and the welcome he received from the Algonquin inhabitants.

The contest is open to Ottawa students in two age groups: junior writers (grades 3 to 5) and senior writers (grades 6 to 8). Five categories of literary arts will be judged: First person narratives (including letters and journal entries), essays or opinion pieces, fictional stories about Champlain’s adventures and discoveries, poems (including original ballads), and dramatic monologues.

Awards will be presented at a celebratory evening on December 10, 2013. All entries must be submitted by teachers by October 21, 2013. Application forms and entry requirements are available online: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/arts-culture-and-community/arts-theatre-music/samuel-de-champlain-literary-arts  Contact Tina.Haji-Esmaeili@ottawa.ca for more information.

 

ITEM 8: SCBWI’S CONFERENCE “THE ART OF THE STORY”     

DATES: OCT. 4 TO 6

LOCATION: Montreal, The Holiday Inn Select,  99 Viger Avenue W. Montreal, Quebec

 The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Canada East presents The Art of the Story.

 Here is the line-up of featured guests:

 Linda Pratt, Agent, Werner and Pratt, Bonnie Bader, Associate Publisher of Frederick Warne and the Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Young Readers/Early Readers, Jill Santopolo, Executive Editor at Philomel Books, Laurent Linn, Art Director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, David Diaz, illustrator and Caldecott Medalist, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Author / Illustrator, http://www.debbieohi.com, Jennifer Lanthier, Author and Crystal Kite award winner, http://www.jenniferlanthier.com

 The full brochure is here:

http://www.scbwicanada.org/east/events/2013FallSCBWICanE.pdf

 These are always wonderful events, with a super ratio of speakers to guests–lots of good opportunities for good one-on-one conversation. We usually hold one in Ottawa and one near Toronto each year. This year, we wanted to give Montreal a try.

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

ITEM 9: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL    

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue

Bywords.ca 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 www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor.  Check out Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php, with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca.

 

ITEM 10: LEAGUE OF CANADIAN POETS BOOK AWARDS CALL NEW!

 Deadline Approaching! November 1, 2013

Pat Lowther Memorial Award / Gerald Lampert Memorial Award / raymond Souster Award

  • The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year, and is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. The awards carry a $1,000 prize, and are presented each year at the annual LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced during National Poetry Month in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2013. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me (readings@poets.ca) by Nov 1st, 2013 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to: http://poets.ca/wordpress/contests-awards/pat-lowther
  • The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized authors’ tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. The awards carry a $1,000 prize, and are presented each year at the annual LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced during National Poetry Month in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2013. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me (readings@poets.ca) by Nov 1st, 2013 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to: http://poets.ca/wordpress/contests-awards/gerald-lampert
  • The Raymond Souster Award is given for a book of poetry by a League of Canadian Poets member (all levels, dues paid) published in the preceding year. The award honours Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award carries a $1,000 prize. It is presented each year at the LCP Annual Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2013. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me (readings@poets.ca) by Nov 1st, 2013 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to: http://poets.ca/wordpress/contests-awards/raymond-souster

Ingel Madrus, Assistant Director, The League of Canadian Poets, 192 Spadina Ave., Suite 312

Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 Phone: 416-504-1657 / Fax: 416-504-0096

IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

 

ITEM 11:  OTTAWA YOUTH POETRY SLAM SEASON OPENER FEATURING SENSE-SAY                                               NEW!

 

DATE: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 5:30 p.m. Workshop, 6:30 p.m. sign-up

SLAM STARTS AT 6:40 p.m.

LOCATION: UMI CAFÉ, 610 SOMERSET ST. W., OTTAWA

 

“Sense-Say” is the 2011 Capital Slam Champion & was a CFSW Semi Finalist in the same year! Come on out to watch & enjoy this avid story-teller make U wanna laugh & cry within a few minutes of each other.

In the meantime, enjoy listening to our Youth begin a new season climbing the ladder of ranks to be part of the 2014 OttawaYouth PoetrySlam Team. This past July our team (The Ottawa Current – Ottawa’s 1st All Female Slam Team) did us proud at SlamTario, & especially in August by placing 2nd at the first ever YouthCanSlam National Poetry Festival.

As per tradition. Those Youth that reach & participate in the free workshop @ 5:30 p.m. (lead by the night’s feature) will have Priority Sign up @ 6:30p.m.  REACH!!!

 

ITEM 12: CAPITAL SLAM FEATURING DAVID O’MEARA!          NEW!

 DATE:   Saturday, September 21, 2013   6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

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

Doors and sign-up are at 6:30 p.m. $8 at the door. All ages are welcome.

 With the CapSlam season underway it is time to throw a wrench into things and give people what they aren’t expecting, but they oh so desperately need!

In addition to a super slam (who will join Rusty Priske in the list of winners this season?) we have an exciting feature, David O’Meara! If Spoken Word has a tinge of hip-hop, David O’Meara has a spoonful of rock and roll. We know him from his work with VERSeFest (and slinging drinks at the Manx) but it is time to hear more from this super-cool poet!

David O’Meara is the author of three collections of poetry, including most recently A Pretty Sight (Coach House Books, 2013), and a play, Disaster, nominated for four Rideau Awards. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, the ReLit Award, the Trillium Book Award, a National Magazine Award, and he has won the Archibald Lampman Award twice. He is the director of the Plan 99 Reading Series, Artistic Director of VERSeFest (www.versefest.ca) and was the Canadian judge for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize

ITEM 13: THE FACTORY READING SERIES PRESENTS: NGUYEN, SMITH + ROWLEY, September 21, 2013                                                NEW!

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

LOCATION The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong St (at Parkdale; upstairs)

 with readings by: Hoa Nguyen (Toronto) Dale Smith (Toronto)     + Mari-Lou Rowley (Saskatoon)

Lovingly hosted by rob mclennan  More info available at:

http://www.abovegroundpress.blogspot.ca/2013/08/the-factory-reading-series-presents.html

ITEM 14: SPAN-O (THE SMALL PRESS ACTION NETWORK – OTTAWA) PRESENTS: THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR AUTUMN 2013 EDITION                                                                                              

 DATE: Saturday, October 12 NOON TO 5 P.M.

LOCATION: Room 203, Jack Purcell Community Centre, (off Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).

 Contact rob at rob_mclennan@hotmail.com to sign up for a table, etc.

 General info: the Ottawa small press book fair noon to 5:00 p.m. (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors). Admission free to the public.

 $20 for exhibitors, full tables, $10 for half-tables (Payable to rob mclennan, c/o 402 McLeod St #3, Ottawa ON K2P 1A6; Send by October 1 if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue.

Note: Due to increased demand, we are now offering half tables. For catalog, exhibitors should send name of press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications, list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered & any other pertinent info, including upcoming Ottawa-area events (if any).

BE AWARE: Given that the spring 2013 was the first to reach capacity (forcing me to say no to at least half a dozen exhibitors), the fair can’t (unfortunately) fit everyone who wishes to participate. The fair is roughly first-come, first-served, but preference will be given to small publishers over self-published authors (being a “small press fair,” after all).

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1409040419312522/

 

http://www.smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-19th.html       

 

MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

 

NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

NEW! 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: themackinacmagazine.com/submit.html

 

NEW! 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: dentistsonthefrontier.com/submissions/

 

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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/24/featured-fifty-poetry_n_3489074.html

 

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. http://www.pshares.org/submit/index.cfm

 

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: http://www.deadbeats.eu/submission

 

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: https://thehollerbox.submittable.com/submit

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 lvluven@uvic.ca.

 

 

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.” http://www.squalorly.com/submit

 

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: syndy@bmts.com.

The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at: http://www.themackinacmagazine.com/submit.html.

 

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

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 http://www.riddlefence.com.

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 http://fierceinkpress.com/submissions/.

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 info@rosemarydrisdelle.com.

CIRCA: A Journal of Historical Fiction is accepting submissions. Details are available at: http://circajournal.com/submissions/.

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

From the Well House is accepting fiction, scholarly essays and poetry. Details can be found at: http://fromthewellhouse.org/?bu0Dd7M9.

Ruminate Magazine is now accepting submissions. Guidelines and deadlines are available at: http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/submission-guidelines/.

Carousel is accepting submissions. Info: http://www.carouselmagazine.ca/submit.html.

Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info: http://antiphon.org.uk/index.php/submissions.

Convert Publishing, a new digital publisher, is accepting manuscript submissions. For more details, visit: http://convertpublishing.com/?page_id=19.

 

Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info: http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/

Queen’s Quarterly is accepting articles, reviews, short stories and poetry. Details can be found here: http://www.queensu.ca/quarterly/correspondencesubmissions.html.

Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at: http://eventmags.com/about-2/submission-guidelines/fiction-poetry/.

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. oar.uesa.ca/submissions/submission-guidelines/

 

Sweptmedia.ca, 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: sweptmedia.ca/index.php/contact-us

 

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. http://www.theislandreview.com/submissions/ 

 

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. http://northerncardinalreview.wordpress.com/submissions/

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

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. kolajmagazine.com/content/submissions

 

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. http://therotarydial.ca/submissions/

 

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: http://www.garbanzoliteraryjournal.org/Submission_Guidelines.html

 

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.” http://www.barebacklit.com/Submissions.html

 

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.  : http://lwot.net/submission.htm

 

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.  : http://pitheadchapel.com/submission-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.  : http://thenewinquiry.com/submit-to-tni/

 

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”.  : http://www.around-around.com/submit/

 

Website strange bOUnce accepts short stories, satire, and poetry, that have been “lightly brushed with sport.” Send work to IWantToWrite@strangebOUnce.com. No payment. http://strangebounce.com/

 

 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: cantjournal.com/submission-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: redkittyzine.weebly.com/submit.html

 


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: bitterzoetmag.submittable.com

 

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: blackheartmagazine.com/submission-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. http://www.peglegpublishing.com/glassfire.htm

 

SEPTEMBER DEADLINES

Avant-garde literary magazine Toad Suck Review (University of Central Arkansas, US) welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, plays, reviews, interviews, social commentary, memoir, political rants, ecologically conscientious reflections, talk about literature, talk about culture, and talk about teaching. Prefers the inventive and daring. “Especially interested in genre writing that expands or challenges or reinvents the forms and conventions of the genre.” Payment: contributor copies. Deadline: September 23, 2013. Guidelines: toadsuckreview.org/?page_id=8

 

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

 

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

 

OCTOBER DEADLINES

 

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

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

 

NEW! Online journal Cactus Heart Literary Magazine (U.S.) seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, art & photography for Issue #6 (e-Issue) and Issue #6.5 (print), both due out in December 2013. Looking “your spiny, your sharp, your relentless… work coursing with energy and able to thrive in the harshest of places, while maintaining a vulnerable, succulent interior.” Deadline: October 10, 2013.  Guidelines:  http://www.cactusheartpress.com/submit

 

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

 

Rattle Magazine Love Poems Deadline: October 15th. For adults, our next themed issue will feature nothing but Love Poems. If you haven’t already, please send us a few (feel free to mix non-love poems into the batch; they don’t all have to be love poems).  Keep in mind that we see a difference between love poems and poems about love.  A love poem is written for, to, or about someone (or something), even if the real meaning is disguised.  It should be possible for a love poem to be given to someone as a token of love.  Poems about the nature of love in general, or the loss of love, and so on, might not necessarily be love poems by this definition.  I hope that makes sense—but if not, don’t fret, just send the poem in, and we’ll decide.  To submit, follow our regular guidelines, and mention in the subject line or cover letter that there’s a love poem in there (not that we wouldn’t notice, but as we near the deadline we’ll start to read those submissions first). http://www.rattle.com/poetry/submissions/guidelines/

 

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


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

Art School Horror Stories (US) is looking for stories from art school and art class — funny, sad, horrific, crazy, embarrassing — for an anthology (Published in December). Can be fact or fiction. Submissions can be in any format: poetry, haiku, short stories, etc. Also accepting drawings and photography. Deadline: October 31, 2013. Submission fee: US$10.  Guidelines: http://br0250.wix.com/artschoolhorror#!submit/c1ktj

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

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

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

 

AND LATER:

 

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


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

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

 


UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS

SEPTEMBER DEADLINES:

  • Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest for College Students. Open to full-time 12th graders or college students. Write an essay to answer one of the three essay questions on the website about Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. The winning applicant will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.  Deadline: September 17, 2013. Entry fee: none.  Prizes: $10,000, $2000, $1000, $100, $50 Details: http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/AtlasShrugged.aspx?theme=blue
  • Open for (Online!) Submissions: The Red Hen Press Poetry Award. Submissions are now open for the 2013 Red Hen Press Poetry Award http://redhen.org/awards-2/rpa/, via methods both offline (traditional guidelines can be found here), and online; just visit our Submittable page, here: https://redhenpress.submittable.com/submit/23044. This year’s final judge is Hilda Raz. Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded poem in The Los Angeles Review, a publication of Red Hen Press. Entry fee is $20 for up to 3 poems, maximum 120 lines each. Entries must be postmarked by September 30.
  • MSLEXIA PUBLICATIONS 2013 Women’s Novel Competition! DEADLINE SEPT. 23, 2013. Time really does zip by, but I hope you won’t let the deadline pass without sending us your novel. It’s a great opportunity that only comes around every two years.The first prize for the competition is £5,000 and our high profile judging panel this year is made up of Kirsty Lang, Val McDermid and Charlotte Robertson. The three finalists will also get free professional feedback on their manuscript from The Literary Consultancy; and the twelve shortlisted writers will be offered a place at a workshop and networking event in London. The closing date for the competition is 23 September 2013. You can enter and pay online any time before midnight GMT on the day of the deadline. And if you’re entering by post, you can pop it in a post box any day up to and including 23 September. If you have any queries, you can log on to our website at www.mslexia.co.uk/novelcompetition for FAQs and advice about entering online, email novel@mslexia.co.uk or call and chat to us on 0191 204 8860.

 

  • Eric Hoffer Award for Short Prose. The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books was established at the start of the 21st century as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. The winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, and the book awards are covered in the US Review of Books. One story or essay 10,000 words maximum. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Entry fee: $50 Prize: $250, both categories compete together. Details: www.hofferaward.com/
  • L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest. Open to previously unpublished fiction writers. 17,000 words max science-fiction, horror or fantasy story. Established and sponsored by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983, the Writers Award Contest was a budding competition aimed at discovering, and eventually publishing, deserving amateur and aspiring writers. The field of speculative fiction and fantasy was chosen not only for Mr. Hubbard’s love of and success within the genre – but also for the freedom of imagination and expression it provided as what he described as the “herald of possibility.”   Deadline: September 30, 2013 Entry fee: none Prizes: $1000 first prize awarded each quarter; one of those winners also receives the $5000 annual “Gold Award” grand prize. Each quarter, Second Prize $750, Third Prize $500 Details: www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules
  • The Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence recognizes the best in fiction and poetry received in 2013. Fiction: $900 / Poetry: $600      Publication in The Puritan (Issue XXIII: Fall 2013).  Prize Pack of titles from 12 Canadian publishers, each worth approximately $600! So far, publishers include Coach House Books, House of Anansi, ECW Press, The Porcupine’s Quill, Freehand Books, Goose Lane Editions, Cormorant Books, Brick Books, Mansfield Press, Pedlar Press, Chaudiere Books, and Tightrope Books! Cost per submission: $10 via PayPal Fiction up to 12,000 words / Poetry up to 3 pages. Multiple submissions accepted! Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013. See full details: http://www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions.php

 

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

 

OCTOBER TO DECEMBER DEADLINES:

 

  • The Missouri Review. There’s one month left to submit to our Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize Competition–for which we offer over $15,000 in prizes. We accept submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our Spring issue and paid travel to our gala reading and reception. Contest finalists will receive cash prizes and have their work considered for publication as well. While the contest has a postmark deadline of October 1st of this year, we encourage early submissions. We accept submissions online or by mail. Winners will be announced in January of 2014. Don’t forget that your $20 entry fee gets you a one-year subscription to The Missouri Review. Subscriptions are available in print or digital versions. Our downloadable digital subscription includes a full-length audio version of the journal. You can find more information about the contest through our website: http://www.missourireview.com/tmrsubmissions/editors-prize-contest/.

 

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

 

  • 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.   http://www.blacklawrence.com/BRCCContestPage.html

 

 

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

 

  • Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline is November 30, (postmarked). http://www.prairiefire.ca/contests.

 

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

 

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

 

  • 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: http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/flash-fiction-contest.html. Entry Fee: $13.00. First Prize: $130.00. Deadline to enter is: Friday Dec 13th 2013

 

 

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

 

2014 CONTESTS

 

  • The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. The prize is 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: http://matrixmagazine.org/rkaward/ 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:  https://matrixmagazine.submittable.com/submit Alternatively, you may send you manuscript electronically to Kroetsch2014@gmail.com and send your payment via PAYPAL: RK Award Entry Fee $30

 

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CAA-NCR LITERARY NOTICES MAY 20 TO 26 2013

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)

Weekly Notices for of May 20 to May 26, 2013

 11 items: 3 NEW EVENTS 2 NEW CALLS

Please send all submission & event notices to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com 

####Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website   http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml

CAA NOTICES TO MEMBERS: BALLOTS FOR THE ELECTION OF EXECUTIVES THAT WENT OUT MAY 18 HAVE THE INCORRECT DEADLINE DUE TO A MIXUP WITH THE MAILING. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 25, 2013.

 CAA-NCR EVENTS

 ITEM 1:

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION – NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION WRITERS RETREAT                                                 

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

chairs-fixed2LOCATION: Heagle Country Residence, Osgoode, Ontario

 

FEATURING Workshop Leader – BARBARA KYLE- Over 450,000 copies of her books have been sold in seven countries.

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

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 www.canauthors-ottawa.org  Registration is limited to 10 attendees. Early registration is advised.

CAA MEMBER NEWS

 ITEM 2: OTTAWA LIBRARY MAIN BRANCH NOON READING SERIES: FEATURING THE FIELD STONE POETS, WITH CAA MEMBERS GILL FOSS AND CAROL A. STEPHEN READING                                              

 DATE: Thursday May 23 (12 noon to 1 p.m.)

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

Ottawa Public Library’s Main Branch, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LOCATION: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY, MAIN BRANCH, METCALFE & LAURIER

Ottawa’s Field Stone Poets, Sylvia Adams, Margaret M. Zielinski, Glenn Kletke, Carol Stephen and Gill Foss, will be reading from Whistle for Jellyfish, their collection of travel poems (BookLand Press) and personal selections of their individual Whistle for Jellyfishwork both published and new. If you enjoy a wide range of poetic styles this will be a great way to enjoy a change of pace in the middle of your day.  A limited number of books will be available for sale.  Everyone welcome.  

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ITEM 3: CAA MEMBER CHRISTIANE D’AOUST BOOK SIGNING

DATE: Saturday, May 25 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

LOCATION: CHAPTERS, KANATA CENTRUM, 400 EARL GREY DRIVE.

 Gem-Bem and the Mystery of the Ball of Branches, a novella length story for children from 8 to 12 years of age, is also available in French. Gem-Bem, a friendly cat, ventures into the deep forest with her best friend in search of a big stretch of water. Along the way, they discover a mysterious ball of branches. Of course, Gem-Bem wants to solve this mystery. During their trek, Gem-Bem and her forest friends share a wonderful adventure and learn the true value of friendship. One question remains, will the mystery be solved?

 Gem-Bem hiding behind a few leaves, waiting for a friend's visit.

The readers will find themselves in the company of Gem-Bem and her friends in the heart of the forest. Throughout the adventure, the author uses action and dialogue between the animals to teach unique characteristics of the animals and valuable life lessons. A glossary, amazing color and black & white illustrations, and a map add to the entertaining story.

 Gem-Bem’s websites for info on her forest friends, booksignings, bookstores and boutiques where Gem’s book is available.  gembemstories4kids.ca, gembemstories4kids.com gembemhistoiresenfants.ca

 OTHER WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

 ITEM 4: BRANDON WINT’S POETRY READING & WRITING CLUB  NEW!

 DATE: Wednesdays beginning May 22 7:00 p.m.

Location: University of Ottawa – University Centre Room 206

 

Brandon Wint’s Poetry Readers and Writer’s Club is a fresh hybrid of poetry-oriented courses Brandon has designed or co-designed and facilitated over the last several years. This set of classes, which will happen on Wednesday evenings inside the University Centre of Ottawa U, is the first of its kind and has unique community-building potential for those whose love of poetry is deep, flourishing, and wide-ranging. These gatherings will be a dynamic mixture of a book-club and a writing group.

 Course Outline:

 Week 1 (May 22nd): Introductory class and free-writing :)

Week 2 (May 29th): Discussion of Michael Ondaajte’s “The Cinnamon Peeler

Week 3 (June 5): Editing of modeled Ondaatje poems

Week 4 (June 12): Discussion of “A Really Good Brown Girl” by Marilyn Dumont

Week 5 (June 19th): Editing of modeled Dumont poems

Week 6 (June 26): Discussion of “The Great Black North” Anthology of Black Canadian Writing

Week 7 (July 3): Editing of Modeled GBN poem

Week 8 (July 10): Discussion of “Chronicles” by Dionne Brand

Week 9 (July 17th): Editing of modeled Brand poem

Week 10 (July 24th): Course wrap up :) (celebrations, cookies, donuts)

 Visit the link for complete details on course.

https://www.facebook.com/events/329817850480476/

 

ITEM 5: LIBRARY OFFERS A SERIES OF WRITING PROGRAMS IN MAY

 

The Ottawa Public Library is hosting a series of nine writing programs in May:

·        Writing for Young Audiences, Carlingwood, 281 Woodroffe, Wednesday, May 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. *MASC

·        Writing Mystery, Main Library, 120 Metcalfe, Saturday, May 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

·        Book Self-Publishing, Main Library, 120 Metcalfe, Monday, June 10, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Online registration is required to attend these free programs. The programs indicated with *MASC are offered in partnership with Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities). For a complete list of programs, visit www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/programs For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca.

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ITEM 6: YES OUI CANSCAIP HOSTS IMAGINE A STORY 

DATE: Saturday, May 25th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

LOCATION: Dawson College, 4001 de Maisonneuve Blvd. in Montreal

 One-day conference for emerging/established adult creators of works for young people.

Yes Oui CANSCAIP hosts Imagine a Story, a one-day conference for adults interested in writing, illustrating, and performing for children and teens. Yes Oui CANSCAIP is the Quebec chapter of the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers.

Marie-Louise Gay (author-illustrator), Patricia Ocampo (literary agent), Rachna Gilmore (author), Anna Goodson (artist agent), Christie Harkin (editor-publisher), and Anita Daher (author-editor) are among the conference’s 14 featured speakers. Visit www.yesouicanscaip.ca for more information about the conference and to download the registration package for the event.

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 ITEM 7: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL    

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue

Bywords.ca 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 www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor.  Check out Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here:http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php, with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca.

 IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

 ITEM 8:THE MEDIA CLUB OF OTTAWA MONTHLY MEETING

DATE:  Wednesday May 22, 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Bethel Fieldhouse, 166 Frank Street, (near Elgin and Gladstone)

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

 FEATURING Cyril Dabydeen, former Poet Laureate of Ottawa

 Born in Guyana, South America; Dabydeen has lived in Canada since 1970. He holds post graduate degrees in English and Public Administration and teaches writing at the University of Ottawa. Assorted sandwiches, fresh fruit provided. RSVP 613 521-4855

ITEM 9: URBAN LEGENDS SEMI FINALS Featuring BRITTA BADOUR hosted by Brad Morden                                             NEW!

 

DATE: THURSDAY MAY 23   7:00 P.M. TO 10:30 P.M.

LOCATION: Carleton University, Gladiator Circle outside of Patterson Hall. (In case of rain Rm. 282 will be our default location) ONLY $7

On THURSDAY MAY 23 the top 12 poets will enter the Gladiator circle for their chance to make the 2013 Urban Legends Poetry Team. The Semi-Finalists are:

 1. PrufRock 2. DMP 3. Just Jamaal 4. Ali Alikhani

5. ArRay-of-WoRds 6. Sense-Say 7. Sir Realist

8. MC The Poet 9. MisSaraLee 10. Freedom Writer

11. Mia Morgan 12. D-Zaster

 2 crazy sacrificial poems to be decided

 Britta “Britta B.” Badour, resides in Toronto, serving the community as a youth mentor and advocate for socially conscious living. She has toured with her poetry across North America, empowering thousands of people to recognize that the “power of your voice can change the world.” In 2010, she spent the summer facilitating a youth leadership trip in Kenya, where she found herself lost for words for the first time. Britta began her career as a spoken word artist in 2011, with a solo trip to New York City. Since then, she has fascinated audiences with feature performances, opened for HBO Def Poetry superstars Carlos Andrés Gómez and Shihan, and earned a spot on the 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam team. Last summer, she unveiled her first chapbook Oh, Britta and competed at the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 Most recently, Britta competed as a finalist at the 2012 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (achieving 3rd place), she has released a second book of poetry called Speak, and was a featured guest in Dwayne Morgan’s 2013 production of When Sisters Speak. Britta also competed as a Toronto representative at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Minneapolis, earlier this year. As a self-proclaimed thrill-seeker, she enjoys rainy bike rides, cooking in the dark and quiet conversations with the moon.

 Lets give these poets our love, support and warmth by showing up for what will be a night you will never forget!!!

 
ITEM 10: CPC’S ONCE UPON A STORY SLAM                                        NEW!

 

Date: Saturday, May 25

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

Doors (and sign up!) starting at 6:30. $8 and free for tellers. All ages welcome.

 The Capital Poetry Collective, in conjunction with Red Words, is proud to bring you the Capital Poetry Collective’s first ever STORY SLAM!

 Ruthanne Edward hosted Once Upon A Slam on behalf of Red Words for two years, at the home of slam in Ottawa – The Mercury Lounge! She has become the ‘go-to’ name to bring Story Slams to the Canadian Storytelling Community – and now she is bringing it to the Capital Poetry Collective!

 So, what is a Story Slam?  Think of a Poetry Slam, but with stories instead of poems (though they may also be poems… as long as they tell a story!)… the tellers get 5 minutes to wow you and random judges decide their fate… Not so different from what you are used to… yet, oh so, different.  For this event, all tellers must tell true, personal stories. It is only one round and everybody has a story to tell… so let’s hear it! Stories are meant to be told, not recited, so no paper is allowed. Remember… it is the story, not the individual words that are important!

 And that is not all! We will have a very special Once Upon A Slam feature: Marta Singh! Marta has amazed audiences with her story of growing up in Argentina’s Dirty War. This story is not to be missed… it is emotional, captivating and vivid. This will be a night that is talked about. Don’t miss it.

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 ITEM 11: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY (OPL) SECOND ANNUAL “CELEBRATING CULTURES IN OUR COMMUNITY”                   

 Events across the city at various branches,

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!

 

·       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

http://www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/Newcomers  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or

InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca<mailto:InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca>.

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MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:

 

NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:

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 lvluven@uvic.ca.

 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.” http://www.squalorly.com/submit

 

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: syndy@bmts.com.

 

The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at: http://www.themackinacmagazine.com/submit.html.

 

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

 

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 http://www.riddlefence.com.

 

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 http://fierceinkpress.com/submissions/.

 

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 info@rosemarydrisdelle.com.

 

CIRCA: A Journal of Historical Fiction is accepting submissions. Details are available at: http://circajournal.com/submissions/.

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

 

From the Well House is accepting fiction, scholarly essays and poetry. Details can be found at: http://fromthewellhouse.org/?bu0Dd7M9.

 

Ruminate Magazine is now accepting submissions. Guidelines and deadlines are available at: http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/submission-guidelines/.

 

Carousel is accepting submissions. Info: http://www.carouselmagazine.ca/submit.html.

 

Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info: http://antiphon.org.uk/index.php/submissions.

 

Convert Publishing, a new digital publisher, is accepting manuscript submissions. For more details, visit: http://convertpublishing.com/?page_id=19.

 

Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info: http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/

 

The Montreal Review accepting submissions. http://www.themontrealreview.com/submissions.php

 

Queen’s Quarterly is accepting articles, reviews, short stories and poetry. Details can be found here: http://www.queensu.ca/quarterly/correspondencesubmissions.html.

 

Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at: http://eventmags.com/about-2/submission-guidelines/fiction-poetry/.

 

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. oar.uesa.ca/submissions/submission-guidelines/

 

Sweptmedia.ca, 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: sweptmedia.ca/index.php/contact-us

 

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. http://www.theislandreview.com/submissions/  

 

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. http://northerncardinalreview.wordpress.com/submissions/

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

 

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. kolajmagazine.com/content/submissions

 

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. http://therotarydial.ca/submissions/

 

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: http://www.garbanzoliteraryjournal.org/Submission_Guidelines.html

 

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.” http://www.barebacklit.com/Submissions.html

 

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.  : http://lwot.net/submission.htm

 

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.  : http://pitheadchapel.com/submission-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.  : http://thenewinquiry.com/submit-to-tni/

 

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”.  : http://www.around-around.com/submit/

 

Website strange bOUnce accepts short stories, satire, and poetry, that have been “lightly brushed with sport.” Send work to IWantToWrite@strangebOUnce.com. No payment. http://strangebounce.com/

 

 

MAY DEADLINES

 

Origami Journal is seeking fiction and non-fiction short stories for their summer 2013 Issue. Deadline: May 21. Details are available at: http://origamijournal.com/submit/.  

 

For a “Human Face of Sustainability” issue, quarterly magazine Creative Nonfiction is looking for essays that illuminate environmental, economic, ethical and/or social challenges related to the state of the planet and our future. Prize: $10,000. Submissions received before May 31, 2013, will be considered for publication. Entry fee: $20. International entrants welcome.     Guidelines: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/sustainability

 

Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers. Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press..  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

http://adannajournal.blogspot.com/p/retirement-call-for-submissions.html

 

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: toastpointpress.com/submit/

 

Print publication Stone Voices (US) is seeking articles, essays, fiction, and poetry about the connection between art and spirituality as it relates to the making of art, history of art, spiritual awakening, mindfulness, and more. Deadline: May and August 2013. http://www.stonevoices.co/uploads/files/SVWriting%20Submission%20Packet.pdf

 

Print journal Still Point Arts Quarterly (US) seeks a broad range of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry about art, the idea of art, the making of art, art history, being an artist, creativity, inspiration, the artist’s medium, etc. Deadline: May and August 2013. http://www.stillpointartgallery.com/uploads/files/SPAQWriting%20Submission%20Packet.pdf

 

FEARFUL SYMMETRIES SUBMISSIONS – deadline May 31, 2013 (midnight EST). Renowned editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow will be editing an unthemed, all original anthology of terror and supernatural fiction for ChiZine Publications, Fearful Symmetries, scheduled to be published in Spring 2014. Ellen says: “This is a non-theme, all original anthology of about 125,000 words of terror and supernatural horror. I’m looking for all kinds of horror, but if you’re going to use a well-worn trope, try to do something fresh with it. If you’ve read any volumes of The Best Horror of the Year, you’ll know that my taste is pretty eclectic, that I like variety, and that while I don’t mind violence, I don’t think it should be the point of a story. I don’t want vignettes but fully formed stories that are about something. I want to be creeped out.”  Payment is 7 cents/word. Up to 10,000 words, BUT Ellen would prefer stories up to 7500 words. No reprints. A large percentage of the stories have already been solicited, but we have a small window for open submissions, from May 1 – May 31, 2013. Please send your best work. We are using the Moksha Submissions System. You can submit here:

http://submissions.chizinepub.com/fearful-symmetries/submit/

 

AND LATER:

 

Tendril Literary Magazine (US) is open to submissions for their debut issue. Welcomes “unusually compelling” poetry, short fiction (1500 words max.), and cover art. Especially interested in experimental, surrealist, and absurdist work. Published online with the seasons. Deadline: June 1, 2013.   Guidelines: http://www.tendrilmag.tumblr.com/guidelines

 

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 also accepted. http://www.descant.ca/submit

 

Quarterly journal Cordite Poetry Review, magazine of Australian poetry and poetics, invites submissions for Issue 43. Theme: Masque. Also accept scholarly essays. Open to international writers (see comment on FAQ page); payment for Australian contributors. Deadline: June 14, 2013. http://www.cordite.org.au/submissions/

 

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

 

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

    Guidelines: plenitudemagazine.ca/submit

 

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

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

 

Independent, biannual print magazine Passion: Poetry is seeking submissions for its inaugural issue (scheduled for September 2013). Accepting poetry, short creative pieces (1 page or less), photographs, and artistic images. Looking for passionate words and imagery that inspire and motivate. Deadline: July 31, 2013  http://passionpoetrymag.com/#/submissions/4575830200

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. http://www.descant.ca/submit

 

Hagios Press Call for Submissions for their Strike Fire New Author Series. Details are available at: http://www.hagiospress.com/?s=submissions. Deadline August 31.

Canadian Literature call for papers: Science & Canadian Literature is a special issue dedicated to the subject in/and Canadian poetry and prose. Details are available at: http://canlit.ca/submissions/cfp/19. Deadline: September 1.

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

 


UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS

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: http://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/listings/master.php?listing=2      

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 – www.darkertimes.co.uk . 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 

Scribendi.com 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 (http://www.scribendi.com/summarize_this). Prizes range from free editing to Scribendi.com swag.

MAY DEADLINES:

 

 

·        Wolfe Island Scene of the Crime Short Story Contest. Stories must be fiction and a mystery (crime, suspense, private eye etc.) Deadline: May 25, 2013 Fee: none Prize: $100, $50, $35 Details: http://www.sceneofthecrime.ca/

 

·       Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. The Victoria Book Prize Society is now accepting submissions for the 6th Annual Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. The $5000 prize will be presented to the winning author or illustrator on October 16, 2013 at a gala event in Victoria. Deadline: May 31, 2013. Entry fee: none Prize: $5000 Details: http://victoriabookprizes.ca/submissions-guidelines/bolen-books-childrens-book-prize

 

·       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: http://tnq.ca/peter-hinchcliffe-fiction-award

 

·        CALYX Press’ Online Flash Fiction Contest. Theme: A new creation story. Details at: http://calyxpress.org/OnlineContest.html. Deadline: May 31.

 

·       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.   http://www.blacklawrence.com/BRCCContestPage.html

 

·       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 http://www.canauthorsniagara.org/ 

 

·       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). http://www.oberlin.edu/ocpress/prize.htm

 

·       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 http://www.poemsplease.me/?page_id=118

 


·       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 http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=62

 

·        The CZP/Rannu Fund (Canada) offers two awards per year of $500 each: fiction (7000 words max.) and poetry (5 poems, 10 pages max). Granted to two writers of speculative literature (i.e., science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, surrealism, etc.), of any nationality/place of residence, at any stage of their career. Deadline: May 31, 2013. Entry fee: $10 ($15 for US entrants). http://www.rannu.webs.com

 

·       Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Award. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 21st annual self-published competition — the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Extended Deadline: May 31, 2013. Wondering what is in it for you? A chance to win $3,000 in cash, national exposure for your work, catch the attention of prospective editors and publishers, a paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City! http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished?et_mid=617209&rid=3195308

·       WRITERS’ DIGEST 82ND ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES. DEADLINE May  31, 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: http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition?et_mid=602268&rid=3195308

 

JUNE DEADLINES:

 

·        The Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest. Details are available at: http://www.aspiringpoetscontest.org/.Deadline: June 1. 

 

·        Boulevard Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets: Awards $1000 and publication in Boulevard for the winning group of three poems by a poet who has not yet published a book of poetry with a nationally distributed press. Deadline, June 13, 2013. Entry fee $15. http://www.boulevardmagazine.org/poetry-contest.html

 

·       The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book and Magazine Awards for Social Justice Writing are seeking submissions. Closing date  Friday, June 14, 2013 at 5 PM PST. Information  http://www.greberwritingaward.com. Detailed eligibility requirements can be found at http://www.greberwritingaward.com/submissions.htm.  Meet the winners at LitFest In October. http://www.litfestalberta.org/

 

·       Praxis Screenplay Competition. Each year, Praxis holds a national call for entries seeking new screenplays by Canadian writers. Following careful jury selection, approximately eight entrants are invited to the Fall Screenwriting Workshop in Vancouver, B.C. Deadline: June 14, 2013 Fee: $45 per title  Prize: Fall workshop and private script consultation with a professional workshop advisor Details:  www.praxisfilm.com/en/competitions/featurefilmscreenpla/default.aspx

 

·      Guy Owen Award Southern Poetry Review: Winning poet receives a cash prize of $1 000. Submit 3-5 poems (10 pages maximum). Entry fee $20 (includes a 1 year subscription to journal). Deadline June 15. http://www.southernpoetryreview.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=12

 

·       MSLEXIA POETRY COMPETITION & MSLEXIA PAMPHLET (CHAPBOOK) COMPETITION. DEADLINE FOR BOTH CONTESTS JUNE 17, 2013.

1.     POETRY COMPETITION: first prize is £2,000 – a substantial prize that also includes two optional extras: a week at the idyllic poets’ retreat of Cove Park, and a mentoring session with the editor of Poetry Review. Other winners will receive a share of the remaining £1,100 prize pot, and all winning poems will be published in the September 2013 issue of Mslexia. Click here for more information: http://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/pcomp_active.php

2.     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 http://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/pamcomp_active.php

 

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

 


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

 

·       Poetry Foundation Ghana invites entries for inaugural (2013) Ghana Poetry Prize. Prize: $1000. The aim of this prize is to support younger emerging poets. Open to international entrants. Submit up to two poems, 30 lines max. No entry fee. Deadline: June 30, 2013. Shortlist announced in July. Winner announced in September.  : poetryfoundationghana.org/index.php/featured/poetry-news/item/674-ghana-poetry-prize-is-opened

 

·       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 Litpop2013@gmail.com and will be considered valid once payment is verified. http://www.matrixmagazine.org/litpop

 

·       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: http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=62

 

·       The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the 2014 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. The volume of manuscripts prevents the Press from offering critiques or entering into communication or correspondence about manuscripts. Entry period May 1 to June 30 2013. Info: http://www.upress.pitt.edu/renderhtmlpage.aspx?srchtml=htmlsourcefiles/drueheinz.htmhttp://www.upress.pitt.edu/renderhtmlpage.aspx?srchtml=htmlsourcefiles/drueheinz.htm

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

 

JULY AND AUGUST DEADLINES

 

·       Bellevue Literary Review Literary Prizes: The BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1 000 (each genre) and publication in the Spring 2014 edition of BLR. Entry fee is $15; deadline is July 1, 2013. http://blr.med.nyu.edu/submissions/BLRPrizes

·       Bucket List Bikers (US) is sponsoring a writing contest for the best submission about motorcycle destinations. Destinations should be in the United States, and be accessible by motorcycle. Entries will be evaluated for creativity, style, and relevance. First prize: $300. Length: 500-1000 words. Deadline: July 1, 2013 http://bucketlistbikers.com/Contest.html

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·       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)

 

·        Table Read My Screenplay: details are available at: http://www.w2r.org/?utm_source=contactology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WritingGigsTipsandEvents. Deadline: July 15.

 

·        Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest. Deadline: July 31. http://www.dreamquestone.com/.

 


·       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. http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Grassrootscontest%202013.htm

 

·       The Malahat Review’s Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. Deadline is August 1.  http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html.

 

·       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   http://www.blacklawrence.com/stlawrence_1.html

 

·       Gemini MAGAZINE Fifth Annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest. GRAND PRIZE: $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2013 issue of Gemini. Maximum length: 1,000 words. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Open to ANY subject, style or genre. Both new and established writers are welcome. ENTRY FEE: just $4 ($3 for each additional flash). Enter by email or snail mail. www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html.

 

·       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. http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting

 

SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER DEADLINES:

 

·       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: http://redmountainpress.us/poetry-prize/ SUBMIT through the electronic submission manager https://redmountainpress.submittable.com/submit

 

·       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.   http://www.blacklawrence.com/BRCCContestPage.html

 

·       The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards. Deadline is November 1. http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html.

 

·        Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline is November 30, (postmarked). http://www.prairiefire.ca/contests.

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·        Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2013. DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2013. Go online at http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html.  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 http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html

 

·        Red Tuque Books 2013 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition. Deadline is December 31: http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/contest.htm.

 

 

 

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