What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, March 2018




MARCH, 2018


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Meeting start time changed to 7:15 p.m . • A writing challenge at the start of every regular monthly meeting to engage those in attendance and to develop our writing skills. • A short reading by a member at the start of every monthly meeting to promote our writers and to inspire others with great ideas.

OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS:  7:15 p.m. at McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

March 13, 2018

April 10, 2108

May 8, 2018 NCWC Awards Night

June 12, 2018

More information on the topics for upcoming meetings on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings



 Tuesday, March 13, 2018
TOPIC: Playwriting  SPEAKER: Laurie Fyffe

What makes a play different from other forms of writing? How do you get the characters to tell your story? What exactly is ‘dramatic action’? And how does the playwright craft dialogue to serve both characters and plot? It’s all about wants and desires.  BIO: Laurie Fyffe is a playwright, dramaturge, actor, arts administrator and Artistic Director of Evolution Theatre, Ottawa. She is a member of CAEA, ACTRA, and the Playwrights Guild of Canada.



Tuesday, April 10, 2018
TOPIC: Can you write a poem like ‘superstar’ Rupi Kaur (Milk and Honey, The Sun and Her Flowers)? Do you want to?

SPEAKER: JC Sulzenko

Join JC Sulzenko, whose first full collection, South Shore Suite…POEMS, came out in November (www.pointpetrepublishing.ca.) She’ll highlight aspects of her writing life from writing for children to self-publishing, from writing collaboratively to assuming a pseudonym, then lead an interactive romp through selections from Kaur’s work to enable participants to craft a poem there and then or at their ‘leisure.’ www.jcsulzenko.com

BIO: JC Sulzenko writes in a number of genres and creates poetry and stories for young and adult readers alike. The Ottawa International Writers Festival and the Ottawa Public Library/Ottawa Children’s Literature Round Table’s Kid Galas have showcased her poetry and her books for children. Her poems appear in a number of chapbooks and anthologies and have been broadcast on radio and television. To assist in fund-raising for charitable organizations, JC writes impromptu poetry at special events and offers some of her books for sale through not-for-profit groups.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The 2018 National Capital Writing Contest Awards
At the Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
TOPIC: Songs and Stories with Phil Jenkins

Come and enjoy an evening of music and tales with the multi-talented Phil Jenkins, maker and seller of fine English and lyric song. http://www.philjenkins.ca/



 Dialogue: The Mechanics of

with Tim Wynne-Jones

Saturday, April 21, 2018  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Algonquin College, Woodroffe Campus, Room J208

 Cost, payable by cash, cheque or e-transfer: $50 for members of the Canadian Authors Association $65 for non-members Register by sending a message to NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

There are, simply stated, two kinds of narrative at work in a novel: scene and summary. It is in scene-work that the reader is closest to the action. The camera can dolly in tight on the characters, close enough to pick up every word and grumble, every shudder and wink. That’s where we come to really know the characters by what they do and, in dialogue, by what they say. But when we use the term dialogue, we can’t really divorce it from the “connective tissue” of a scene. Because we need to see the scene not simply hear it. This is how we account for the time in which a scene takes place. And that is the most important difference between scene and summary: a scene takes place in real time – time the writer must account for. In this workshop, we will look at what makes a scene tick. And at the heart of that is dialogue. Dialogue’s chief job is to reveal character.




 June 14 to 17: Canadian Writers’ Summit 

The Canadian Writers’ Summit is a super-conference jointly hosted by a cohort of Canadian writer organizations, including Canadian Authors Association, which will take place at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Writers take note – it’s only 3 months away. http://www.canadianwriterssummit.com/



The CAA Fred Kerner Book Award is awarded annually to a Canadian Authors member who has the best overall book published in the previous year. The deadline is March 15 – get the guidelines and entry form at https://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/submit-for-an-award/




 Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-Wsubmission/



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.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca. FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  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


 The Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction Genre: Manuscript of 30,000 to 150,000 words: history, memoir, autobiography, biography, literary journalism, political or social commentary, travel writing or any nonfiction medium. Entry fee: $25 Deadline: March 30, 2018  Prize: First, contract for the publication along with a $1500 advance on 10% royalty for all sales, Second: publication and $1,000 advance on 10% royalties Details:  http://pottersfieldpress.com


Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest, Deadline for Received Submissions: Friday April 20, 2018. Cash prizes total $1,600 https://www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com/rules.html


The Irene Adler Prize: A Scholarship for Women Writers  Genre: Nonfiction essay (see guidelines for essay topics)  Entry Fee: None Deadline: Competition runs from January 30 to April 30, 2018   Prize:  $1,000 USD scholarship Details: http://www.lucasaykroyd.com/scholarships

 The 12th International Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 is now open and accepting entries!

Prizes:  1st Prize – £500  2nd Prize – £250  3rd Prize – £100 plus 17 runners up prizes of being published on our website and in a future anthology. Our judge for 2018 will be Sally Spedding. Entry forms online. Closing date: Sunday 27th May 2018. To keep up to date just sign up to our newsletter. http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk/

 Call for Entries: The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018. Submit your Poetry & Short Fiction and showcase your work to a new international audience and further your involvement in the literary world. Prizes include: £1,000 for the Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists, Consultation with Redhammer Management, membership to the Poetry Society, one year subscription to Granta and a selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage. Entries are open until 31 August. Submit at: www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa




 TREE READING SERIES at Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa

 Tuesday, March 13 Claudia Coutu Radmore + Natalie Hannah

8:00p Readings Open Mic and Featured Readers

Claudia Coutu Radmore  editor of Haiku Canada Anthologies, has published haiku, tanka, and haibun internationally. Among publications are a series of bilingual tanka,  Your Hands Discover Me / tes mains me découvrent , (2010 by  Éditions du tanka francophone , Montréal);  Blackbird’s Throat ; and  Three Sets of Literary Haibun , ( catkin press , 2015)

Natalie Hanna’s writing focusses on feminist, political, and personal themes. natalie hanna is a queer ottawa lawyer of middle eastern descent working with low income populations. Her writing focuses on feminist, political, and personal themes. She runs battleaxe press (small press poetry), is on hiatus as the Administrative Director of the Sawdust Reading Series and serves as newsletter editor for Arc Poetry Magazine. Her work has been published with above/ground press, Phafours Press, Hussy, in/words, shreeking violet, and Canthius, among others.


SEE ALSO VERSEFEST SCHEDULE (next item)  FOR TREE AT VERSEFEST ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 21ST http://versefest.ca/year/2018/schedule/?day=Mar21


Announcing Versefest ’18 March 20 – 25, 2018

Six days, seventy poets, one festival. Celebrating written poetry and spoken word in English and French, VF ’18 brings you some of the most exciting poets on the planet. Here’s the full roster of this year’s poets: http://versefest.ca/year/2018/poets/

For FULL Schedule, dates, times and tickets, visit VERSeFest 2018 website here: http://versefest.ca/year/2018/

VERSeFest is Ottawa’s annual International Festival of Poetry. Built on a mandate of fostering creative crossroads and community, we feature English and French poetry of all traditions, styles, and forms. Since 2011, we have showcased the best local, Canadian, and international poets performing in both spoken and written word genres. As one of Canada’s largest and most successful poetry festivals, our stages have featured readings by Griffin, Governor General, and Pulitzer Prize winners.

VERSeFest is curated and organized by a planning committee comprised of a collective of local poetic organizations and reading series under the guidance of the festival’s artistic director.


 Saturday, June 23, 2018 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane). 

General info: noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors) admission free to the public.

$25 for exhibitors, full tables  $12.50 for half-tables (payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available)

Note: for the sake of increased demand, we are now offering half tables.
To be included in the exhibitor catalog:
 please include name of press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications, list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered and any other pertinent info, including upcoming ottawa-area events (if any). Be sure to send by June 10th if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue. And don’t forget the pre-fair reading usually held the night before, at The Carleton Tavern!  Contact: rob mclennan at rob_mclennan@hotmail.com for questions, or to sign up for a table More info http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2018/01/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-spring-2018.html