CAA-NCR Literary Notices Week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, 2013



 Weekly Notices for the week of  Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, 2013


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


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


SOCIAL MEDIA FOR AUTHORSTaking Your Online Presence to the Next Level

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

English: Taken by SimonP

English: Taken by SimonP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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


The web has created some amazing new opportunities for authors to publish and promote their work. Self-publishing is becoming increasingly easier, and social media tools have enabled authors to find and engage directly with a passionate audience.  This one-day workshop will teach you to navigate the tools of the social web, so you can determine how you can best use them to develop an online presence, or enhance an existing one that will help you to build your audience and promote your work. More than just a “how-to” for tools like Twitter and Facebook, this session will go in-depth around how to use social media to share your message, as well as help you to find ways to maximize your effectiveness in the online world, and still have time to do what you do best — write!


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



DATE: Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Meeting Room, Lower Level, Ottawa Public Library Main Branch, Metcalfe and Laurier Streets. N/C to CAA members, $10 for non-members

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

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



FROM GOOD IDEA TO GOOD READ, Speaker: Phil Jenkins: Taking a writing project from start to finish

Phil will introduce and explain his ten-step program for marshaling that big thought, that “now that would be something worth writing about” all the way down the line(s) to a publishable package. Complete with tips on discipline, approach, and most of all on readability.


Phil Jenkins Bio: Phil Jenkins returned to Ottawa from Liverpool in 1978, with a degree in Environmental Sciences and a Teaching Certificate. He is a writer and performing musician. He has written over eight hundred columns with the Ottawa Citizen since 1991, numerous magazine articles, included ones for National Geographic Traveler, Canadian Geographic, Ottawa Magazine and Toronto Life, and four national bestsellers: Fields of Vision, An Acre of Time (an Ottawa history), River Song, and Beneath My Feet, as well as three commissioned local histories; The Library Book, Off the Shelf and A Better Heart. He teaches and lectures in writing and Ottawa history and has released a CD, Car Tunes, with the band Riverbend. For more information about Phil Jenkins go to




 DATE: Monday October 28, 2013

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

Gail Taylor, M.Ed., M.A., is a published writer of creative non-fiction and poetry and

an educator and editor with years of experience teaching writing. Well-honed

strategies and exercises for creative discovery and productiveness are hallmarks of

her workshops.


ITEM 5: THE BANFF CENTRE LITERARY ARTS  CALL FOR APPLICATIONS                                                                                                                



Program dates: March 31 – April 11, 2014 Application deadline: November 15, 2013

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

Guest: George Elliott Clarke  

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

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


 Program dates: April 28 – May 24, 2014 Application deadline: November 15, 2013

 Faculty: Greg Hollingshead (director) Narrative: Dionne Brand, Tamas Dobozy, Gail Jones, Josip Novakovich, J. Jill Robinson Poetry: Karen Solie, Suzanne Buffam, Srikanth Reddy

Voice and relaxation: Dale Genge

 Spend four weeks in the Canadian Rockies—an ideal environment for artistic inspiration and growth—and soak in the time, space, and support you need to pursue your project. Intended for published writers and poets at an early or intermediate stage in their career, the Writing Studio provides an extended period of uninterrupted writing time. You’ll get one-on-one editorial assistance, an individually structured timeline to suit your goals, and the opportunity to engage with a community of artists.

 All participants may work with at least two or, in the case of poets, three faculty mentors during the four weeks of the program. Writing Studio participants and faculty also offer a weekly reading series. To help writers develop their public reading skills, we offer one-on-one sessions with a voice and relaxation instructor.

 Enrolment is limited to 24 writers.


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

·       Charles de Lint: Over My Head, Alta Vista, October 28, 7-8 p.m.

·       Michael Redhill, Inger Ash Wolfe: The Calling, Alta Vista, November 2, 2-3 p.m.

·       Robert Douglas: That Line of Darkness: The Gothic from Lenin to Bin Laden, Main Library, November 9, 2-3 p.m.

·       Mark Frutkin: A Message for the Emperor, Carlingwood, November 16, 2-3 p.m.

·       Denise Chong: Lives of the Family, Carp, November 12, 2-3 p.m., * offered in partnership with Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC)

·       Carolyn Abraham: The Juggler´s Children, Nepean Centrepointe, November 16, 2-3 p.m.

·       Veena Gokhale: Bombay Wali and Other Stories, Rosemount, November 23, 2-3 p.m.

·       Tamara Levine: But Hope is Longer: Navigating the Country of Breast Cancer, Sunnyside, November 23, 2-3 p.m.

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


ITEM 7: THE OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY (OPL) IS HOLDING ITS 4TH ANNUAL TEEN AUTHOR FEST                                              

DATES: September 24 to November 29.

LOCATIONS: Various branches of OPL


This year´s line-up is better than ever with author readings for both teens and tweens.

Check out the full program listing below. Big names to look out for later in the

Fall include Lemony Snicket and Lauren Oliver. All programs are free and open to

teens and tweens across the city.

·       Paul Blackwell Tuesday, October 29, 1:00 p.m., St-Laurent branch, 515 Côté

·       Lemony Snickett Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m., Nepean Centrepointe branch, 101 Centrepointe

·       Teresa Toten Tuesday, November 12, 2:00 p.m., Metcalfe branch, 2782 8th Line, Wednesday, November 13, 10:00 a.m., Cumberland branch, 1599 Tenth Line, Wednesday, November 13, 1:00 p.m., Carlingwood branch, 281 Woodroffe

·       Lauren Oliver Monday, November 18, 7:00 p.m., Nepean Centrepointe branch, 101 Centrepointe

·       Eric Walters Friday, November 29, 1:00 p.m., Alta Vista branch, 2516 Alta Vista

For more information, visit

or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or




The Ottawa Public Library is hosting a series of 10 writing programs in November, for novice or experienced writers:

·       Writing Mystery: Vicki Delany, Mary Jane Maffini, C.B. Forrest, and R.J. Harlick discuss, Main Library, November 2, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

·       Self-publishing in the Digital Marketplace, Main Library, November 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

·       Writing Workshop: Denise Chong (For adults 50+) Stittsville, November 5, 2:00-3:00 p.m. *MASC

·       The Seeds of Fiction: Alan Cumyn (For adults 50+) North Gloucester, November 6, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Greenboro, November 25, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. *MASC

·       Keeping a Diary: Peter Scotchmer Sunnyside, November 6, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Carlingwood, November 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

·       Book Self Publishing: Raymond Samuels (Agora Publishing) Ruth E. Dickinson, November 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

·       Writing for Younger Audiences: Alan Cumyn (For adults 50+) Rosemount, November 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m. *MASC

·       Imitation: Brian Doyle (For adults 50+) Sunnyside, November 20, 1:00-2:00 p.m. *MASC

·       Story, Structure and Getting Started: Jeff Ross Main Library, November 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

·       Write On! A Creative Writing Workshop: Michele Vinet Carlingwood, November 30, 2:00-4:00 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

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



Turning Leaves 2013


Taxation Tips for Writers

 DATE: Saturday, November 2, 10 am – 4 pm

LOCATION: Trent University – Oshawa Campus

 This one-day workshop with Gwynn shows you unique tax breaks available to writers and artists – even if you’re not earning money yet. Participants will learn the answers to such questions as:

        How does Revenue Canada define “freelance”?

        Are contest winnings and grants considered income?

        What if I’m published but I don’t earn any income?

        Should I keep all my novel expenses for the year it’s published?

        Do I have to register for HST?


Register for Taxation Tips for Writers. After all, it’s not what you earn, it’s what you keep.


NANOWRIMO Inspiration Nights

 DATES: Mondays in November 7:00 –9:00  p.m.

LOCATION: Whitby Public Library


Writescape teams up with Whitby Public Library this November to help you achieve your word count for National Novel Writing Month. Gwynn and Ruth will start off the evening with inspiration & nudges to fire up your pen and get you writing. There is no charge for this special program. 

    Four evenings of writing in community

    Guided creativity prompts from Writescape presenters

    Fun activities to track your word count

Register for Come Write-in @ Central on the Whitby Public Library website.


DATES: November 22-24 at Fern Resort in Orillia


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

·       Professional writing instructors

·       Inspiring writer’s craft workshops

·       Plenty of time to exercise your pen

·       Private setting and first-class amenities

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



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



 1. Making Libraries Integral in the Lives of Baby Boomers

 Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press Editor: Carol Smallwood, Bringing Arts into the Library, ed., (ALA Editions, 2013);  Library Services for Multicultural Patrons to Encourage Library Use co-ed., (Scarecrow Press, 2013)

 Chapters sought for an anthology by practicing public librarians and LIS faculty in the United  States and Canada: creative, practical how-to chapters on strengthening and expanding services to the age group called baby boomers. Possible topics: fostering positive staff attitudes;  encouraging endowments and advocacy; programming and workshops; maximizing their  experience as volunteers; instruction in technology; needs assessment surveys; genealogy and oral histories; grants. Concise, how-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues totaling 3,000-4,000 words, or two chapters that come to 3,000-4,000 words. No previously published or simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; if two chapters they are to be by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word accepted submission, discount on more copies.

Please e-mail titles of  2-4 topics each described in 2 sentences by November 30, 2013 with brief biography sketch(s); place BOOMERS and Last Name on the subject line to:


2. Women, Work, and the Web: How the Web Creates Entrepreneurial Opportunities

 Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press Editor: Carol Smallwood, Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012) on Poets & Writers Magazine “List of Best Books for Writers.” Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers forthcoming from Scarecrow Press. smallwood/e/B001JS613M/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1380659357&sr=1-2-ent

 Seeking chapters of unpublished work from writers in the U.S. and Canada for an anthology.  Interested in such topics as: Women Founding Online Companies; Women Working on the Web With Young Children or Physical Disabilities; Woman’s Studies Resources and Curriculum; Surveys/Interviews of Innovative Women on the Web. Chapters of 3,000-4,000 words or two chapters coming to that word count (up to 3 co-authors) on how the Internet has opened doors, leveled the playing field and provided new  opportunities for women, are all welcome. Practical, how-to-do-it, anecdotal and innovative writing based on experience how women make money on the Web, further careers. One complimentary copy per chapter, discount on additional copies. Please e-mail 2-4 chapter topics each described in two sentences by November 30, 2013, along with a brief bio to  Please place INTERNET/Last Name on the subject line; if co-authored, paste bio sketches for each author.


3. Creative Management of Small Public Libraries in the 21st Century

 Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press

 Co-editor: Carol Smallwood, public libraries consultant; Library Management Tips That Work, ed., (ALA Editions, 2011);  Library Services for Multicultural Patrons to Encourage Library Use co-ed., (Scarecrow Press, 2013)

 Chapters sought for an anthology by practicing public librarians and LIS faculty in the United States and Canada: creative, practical how-to chapters for a handbook on strengthening small and rural public libraries as centers of communities serving populations under 25,000. Possible topics: fostering positive staff attitudes; making an inviting atmosphere; successful living endowments; programming; handling patrons, volunteers, meetings;  using technology; effective networking; staff evaluations; professional development; needs assessment   surveys.

Concise, how-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues totaling 3,000-4,000 words, or two chapters that come to 3,000-4,000 words. No previously published or simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; if two chapters they are to be

by the same author(s).  A complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word accepted submission as compensation, discount on more. Please e-mail titles of  2-3 topics each described in 2 sentences by November 30, 2013 with brief biography sketch(s);  place SMALL and Last Name on the subject line to:

 4. Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press Co-editor: Carol Smallwood co-edited Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012), on Poets & Writers Magazine’s “List of Best Books for Writers”; edited Pre- & Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians (American Library Association, 2012). Co-editor: Dr. Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Journalism Option Program, Passaic County Community College, Paterson, New Jersey; Editor/Founder, Adanna Literary Journal; Author, Eve Asks (Muse-Pie Press, 2011).


An anthology of unpublished 3,000-4,000 word chapters or two chapters coming to that word count by successful, men and women retired writers from the U.S. and Canada  (up to 3 co-authors) previously following other careers than writing. Fiction, poetry, memoir, nonfiction, journalism, and other writers welcome. Looking for topics as: Business Aspects of Writing, Writing as a New Career, Networking, Using Life Experience, Finding Your Niche, Privacy and Legal Issues, Using Technology. With living longer, early retirement, popularity of memoir writing, this is a how-to for baby boomers who now have time to write. Compensation: one complimentary copy per chapter, discount on additional copies.

Please e-mail two chapter topics each describe d in two sentences by November 30, 2013 with brief pasted bio to placing RETIREMENT/Last Name on the subject line. If co-authored, pasted bios for each.





Featuring Joe Banks, Journalism professor, Algonquin College


DATE: Monday October 28, 2013  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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


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

Sandwiches, fresh fruit cheese and crackers provided



 DATE: Saturday, November 2, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

LOCATION: The Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square, Ottawa

Doors and sign-up are at 6:30. $8 and free for performers. All ages welcome.

 This season has been CRAZY! Every slam gives us a different winner… who will rise up this time? The top 4 in the rankings include a current CapSlam team member, a current UL team member, the reigning OYPS Champ and a BRAND NEW FACE on the scene! Now we are on the brink of CFSW and the National Slam Championships, so who will show up at Capital Slam to try and get one last chance to practice? One thing we know for sure is that Saskatoon poetry superstar Isaac Bond will be there for a feature set!


“Isaac Bond has been performing hip hop and spoken word for about 12 years. In 2013, he founded Write Out Loud, which hosts all ages spoken word shows in Saskatoon and provides professional opportunities for artists to do workshops in the community. He has taken part in four national spoken word festivals, performing on the finals stages at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2012 and Verses 2013 (Canadian Individual Poetry Slam). Isaac likens his poetry to the euphonic swish of basketball mesh soloing over cacophonous expressions of humanity. He learns from every poet he hears, and is humbled by all the fresh voices he discovers when he travels to share his work.”

Thanks as always to the City of Ottawa for your support to make such features possible! SEE YOU AT THE MERC!




DATE: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa


Open mic sign-up at 7:00 p.m. and show starts at 7:30 p.m. $7 at the door or free for performers.


At Words to Live By, we love hearing new voices and will beshowcasing Abby Kassirer for their first feature this month. How exciting!

Abby Kassirer is a sixteen-year-old slam poet whose writing style is very personal and intimate. They love telling stories through poems, as well as addressing issues close to their heart such as queer issues and feminism. They were on the Wildcard team at YouthCanSlam 2013, and won the Story Slam at CapSlam in May of 2013.

We’d also like to congratulate Benoit Christie on winning two free tickets to see, Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth, at the Inside Out Ottawa LGBT Film Festival.


Web: for more information and tickets



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Know Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Canada viewed from the north side. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Monday, Oct. 28

        12:00pm • Knox Presbyterian Church • 120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin) Masterclass: Reading to Write, A conversation with David Gilmour


        6:30pm • Knox Presbyterian Church • 120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

        Paikin and the Premiers


        8:30pm • Knox Presbyterian Church • 120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

        The War That Ended Peace with Margaret MacMillan


Tuesday Oct 29

        6:30pm • Knox Presbyterian Church • 120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

        Living History with Denise Chong and Charlotte Gray


        8:30pm • Knox Presbyterian Church • 120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

        State of the Nation: John Ibbitson, Susan Delacourt & Paul Wells


Wednesday Oct. 30

        6:30pm • Knox Presbyterian Church • 120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

        Things That Go Bump: Carsten Stroud, Corey Redekop & Andrew Pyper


        8:30pm • Knox Presbyterian Church • 120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

        Scene of the Crime: Marcia Clark, Thomas Enger, Jorn Lier Horst & Peter Robinson


Friday Nov. 1

        7:00pm • Arnprior Public Library • 21 Madawaska Street, Arnprior Expressions Criminal Minds with John Lawton and Peggy Blair





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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Mackinac is accepting poetry submissions. Details at:


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


Carousel is accepting submissions. Info:


Antiphon: accepting poetry submissions. Info:


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


Neon: A Literary Magazine accepting submissions, info:

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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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





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


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


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




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


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


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


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


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


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


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





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


·        The Ultra Short Poem Competition 2013 Open to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada only. Poems are to be no longer than 8 lines and no more than 8 words on a line. All themes and styles welcome. Every winner will receive one free copy of the book. Deadline: October 30, 2013. Entry fee: $10 for up to 5 poems. Prize: 1st prize: $100, 2nd prize: $75, 3rd prize: $50, 4th prize: $25 + all prize winning poems to be published in a chapbook anthology Details:


·        2ND ANNUAL TWOWOLVZ PRESS POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST DEADLINE OCT. 31, 2013. Guidelines are located with our submissions manager


·        The 2014 Lionel Gelber Prize. The prize is a literary award for the world’s best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues. To be eligible for the 2014 Lionel Gelber Prize, books must be published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. Deadline: October 31, 2013. Entry fee: $50. Prize: $15,000 Details:

·        The London Magazine Short Story Competition. The London Magazine, the UK’s oldest literary journal, is announcing their Short Story Competition to find fantastic new writers from around the world. We will consider short stories of up to 4000 words in length (no flash fiction), and this competition is not limited to those who live in the UK.   Deadline: October 31, 2013 Entry fee: £10 per story Prize: 1st prize: £500, 2nd prize: £300, 3rd prize: £200 Details:



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


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


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




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


·        8th annual Writers Digest Poetry Awards. The prestigious prizes for top winners of the Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards include:    Up to $1,000 in cash. Your poem published in Writer’s Digest and promoted on  A copy of the 2014 Poet’s Market.

·       Enter any poem 32 lines or fewer and you could receive all the recognition and rewards that come with winning this competition!  DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: NOVEMBER 1, 2013


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


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


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


·       The Raymond Souster Award is given for a book of poetry by a League of Canadian Poets member (all levels, dues paid) published in the preceding year. The award honours Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award carries a $1,000 prize. It is presented each year at the LCP Annual Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2013. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me ( by Nov 1st, 2013 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to:

·       The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards. Deadline is November 1.


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


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


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


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

·       Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline is November 30, (postmarked).


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


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


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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


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