CAA-NCR What’s Up in Lit in Ottawa March 28 to april 14, 2016

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 TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Carol Stephen at




CAA-NCR APRIL MEETING TOPIC: EXPOSE YOURSELF!  Ways to get attention for your book while remaining fully clothed. (No fifty shades of grey here)

 PRESENTER: Sheryl Bennett-Wilson
DATE: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION:  McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson

In many ways there are far more opportunities today for authors to get exposure and coverage for their book then there ever were. That being said, there is also a huge amount of competition for readers’ eyeballs. So what is an author to do?

Having worked in broadcasting (both radio and television) for over 25 years, and witnessed the explosion in social media in the last ten years, Sheryl can tell you that sometimes the simplest and most straightforward of methods work best. And more often than not, it is the ‘put-yourself-out-there’ author who gets the reviews, gets the interviews and gets people talking about their book.

But where does one start? How do you find out whom to approach? When should you start talking about your book? Sheryl hopes to help you get started on the journey and provide useful advice so you can create your own marketing plan, discover the best way to write a release and understand the best way to approach radio/television.

BIO: Sheryl Bennett-Wilson worked in broadcasting in Ottawa – both radio and television – for over 25 years. For the last number of years she has written numerous articles for local and national publications, provided press and marketing material for companies, professionals, authors, musicians and a number of charities. She has also written, directed and produced corporate videos, provided editing for non-fiction books, written and continues to write content for websites and for over twelve years was the Event Manager of an annual trade show.





DEADLINE: Monday, April 11

The third edition of “Poetry Quarter,” a compilation of poems, curated by JC Sulzenko and published quarterly in the Glebe Report community newspaper, will appear in the May 2016 issue.  The Glebe Report is now seeking submissions of poems for possible selection for this issue. The poem or poet must have a connection to the Glebe or close neighbouring community (i.e. the poem must be about the Glebe or the poet must live, work, study or volunteer in the Glebe (or close neighbouring community)). Poets of all ages are welcome to submit.

Poems should be:

  • Original and unpublished in any medium
  • On any subject within the bounds of public discourse
  • No more than 30 lines each

Please submit your entries (up to 7 poems) by April 11 to Please be sure to include your Glebe connection, your contact information, and your grade, if you are in school.



 Canadian Authors 2016 Literary Awards – Part 2

Entries are now being accepted for two additional 2016 award categories:
The CAA Emerging Writer Award is for a body of work by a Canadian author under 30 deemed to show exceptional promise. Nominees need not be published. The postmark deadline for this award is April 30, 2016.

The Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Book Award is a brand new award given exclusively to members. Any genre is eligible. The postmark deadline for this award is April 15, 2016.
Details and submission forms at

Now in its 41st year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. For more information about past winners, shortlisted authors, awards events, and sponsorship opportunities, visit our awards pages at




 Fern Resort

SPRING THAW: Looking for writing time? Polishing a project? Don’t miss Spring Thaw.
This all-inclusive writing retreat is held at the fabulous Elmhirst’s Resort on Rice Lake in Keene. Stay for the weekend or treat yourself to an extra two days of writing.

  • 10-page manuscript evaluation with written feedback from Ruth and Gwynn
  • one-on-one consultation with either Gwynn or Ruth
  • private writing time
  • optional daytime creativity sessions to fire up your pen
  • a companion workbook with inspiration, prompts and supports
  • optional evening activities to network and share ideas and inspiration with retreat colleagues
  • comfortable cottages with wood-burning fireplace
  • first-class amenities and delicious meals

Upcoming 2016 Workshops

  •  Offered On Demand Scrivener for Writers: The Basics Two evenings in an intimate class setting to get started in the ultimate writers’ toolkit. Scrivener’s all-in-one writing software has a learning curve that, once mastered, can fire up your manuscripts, organize your research, and reveal cool tricks for creative minds. Heather O’Connor (a.k.a. Dr. Scrivener) will show you how. Location: Private residence in Whitby area.


  • April 16 Get That Grant! Dozens of grants are open to writers. Hands-on writing activities will help you learn how to find grants and prepare a winning grant application with Heather O’Connor and Gwynn Scheltema. Location: Trent University, Oshawa Campus.

For more information on Writescape and to register for a retreat or workshop, visit:



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Manuscript Mentoring: Sit down with a writing mentor, or practice your elevator pitch with a literary agent.
Student Scholarship: Are you a student with an interest in writing? Apply for our student (16+) scholarship!
Festival of Authors: Interviews, author readings and literary mingling, all in a café-style atmosphere with a cash bar and sweet endings.
Cornerstone Award: This award is presented to a Canadian person or organization that demonstrates exemplary support of Canadian writers and the writing field in general. More details here:




If you write for children–or are interested in doing so, you may be interested in the upcoming Art of Story conference, offered in Ottawa by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), April 29-May 1.  The conference offers:  Advanced workshops for published authors and illustrators–with plenty also on offer for beginners. An early-bird draw: Register by March 15 for a chance to win one of two free 10-page manuscript critiques by Christie Harkin of Cockwise Press.  For full conference details and to register, visit The Art of Story 2016





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.’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


  • Additional links to contests and submission calls visit Canadian Authors National Capital Region website here:  
  • Arc Magazine Contest: Archibald Lampman Award  deadline March 31, 2016
  • The Masters Review Anthology – Judge Amy Hempel $5000 awarded. $20.00 USD Ends on 3/31/2016. Submissions are open from January 15, 2016 to March 31, 2016. This year stories will be selected by author Amy Hempel who will select ten winners from a shortlist of forty. This category is open to ALL EMERGING WRITERS. Anyone who has not yet published a novel at the time of submission. We are looking for today’s top emerging writers. Send us your best! Details and to submit:
  •  Ottawa Magazine 2nd Annual Short Story Fiction contest. DEADLINE: midnight FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016.  open to residents of the National Capital Region, excluding residents of Quebec. Cost $20, includes a one-year subscription to Ottawa Magazine. Winner will receive $500, the runner-up $250, both stories to be published by June 1, 2016 online. Will appear in the Summer 2016 issue of Ottawa Magazine. All submissions may be considered for publication on Ottawa Magazine’s website. MORE INFO & TO SUBMIT:
  • Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest Deadline:  Monday April 4 2016 Entry fee: $10 per poem Prizes: $1600: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $75, 8 judge’s choice of $50 complimentary anthology, trophy, and award ceremony during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Details:  Enquires: Send to David Brydges 


  • The Ontario Poetry Society’s Clean as a Whistle Contest Contest submissions for unpublished and previously published poems on the theme of hygiene, poor grooming, soaps, shampoos, cleaning and so much more are currently being accepted. Open to Everyone. Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2016 Details:


  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! ACCEPTING: POETRY, REVIEWS, ESSAYS, AND INTERVIEWS for Vallum’s forthcoming issue, 13:2 “THE WILD” ! The wild is both outside us and inside us. The wild can take many forms. It is the unknown, the feared. It can be a landscape, or even the wild of the mind. It can be celebrated, or thought of in terms of a taboo, or a trap. How do you interpret “The Wild,” what does it bring out in you? What forms are still wild? Send us your “wildest” poems! DEADLINE: May 15, 2016 (postmarked) Please visit our website for submission guidelines:


  •  Ink Bottle Press & The Ontario Poetry Society Present: Memory and Loss ~ a Canadian Anthology of Poetry, Dedicated to the victims of Alzheimer’s. Editor & Compiler is I.B. Iskov. Open to all poets living in Canada.  Poems wanted on the themes of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.  This is not blind judging and this is not a contest. Submission fee $15. to help cover the cost of printing & postage. All profits from this project will be donated to The Alzheimer Society of Canada. Submission Deadline is June 15, 2016, postmark date. Send your submission, complete with cheque or money order payable to Mark Clement,  & mail to Attn: I.B. Iskov, Anthology Editor, #710 – 65 Spring Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. M2N 6H9. Full details and guidelines at:


  • The Antigonish Review Announces Two Writing Contests! GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST & SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE $2,400 in Prizes! Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2016, Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2016 Guidelines: Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Past winners may not enter. MORE INFO:


  • The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts. Prizes include: £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner)/Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing/Annual One year subscription to Granta/Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage/Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)/Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner). Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016. To enter, visit




 COSMOPHILIA BY RAHAT KURDTuesday, March 29, 2016 7 PM, Octopus Books Centretown, @25One Community 251 Bank St. 2nd floor, Ottawa.  Free.  Book launch & celebration of kashmiri poetry, Cosmophilia, poems by Rahat Kurd, Co-presented by Muslim Link, Expressions of Muslim Women, the Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization, and Talonbooks, please join us for a reading and discussion of Cosmophilia, by Rahat Kurd.  A Muslim woman engaging in religious and political imagery in lyric and narrative styles, Rahat Kurd steps out our of her cultural comfort zone to provide a unique book of poetry that combines reflections on Kashmir, Muslim culture, and religious imagery, with an often alienating yet also stimulating city life.  Rahat Kurd is a prose writer whose essays have appeared in The Walrus and Maisonneuve magazines. The poetry sequence “Seven Stones for Jamarat”, published in Exile Literary Quarterly, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was a finalist in the 2014 Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize. Rahat was selected as Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category of the 2013 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards.  “What a joy! Cosmophilia is everything at once: international, urban, historical, current, traditional, innovative… These are poems of beauty and challenge, dissonance and harmony, charged with Kurd’s sense of her very own everywhere.”

-Wayde Compton, City of Vancouver Book Award Winner, The Outer Harbour



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Thursday Mar. 31, 2016 5:00pm • Pressed • 750 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa Author Meets Readers: Federal Decisions with Local Implications  Info & Tickets

 More events coming in April for the Writers Festival:




At last week’s poetry festival, this year’s inductees to the hall of honour were announced after the last biweeklies went out. to mark the recognition to rob mclennan and Andrée Lacelle, we are including this release (Carol Stephen)


 VERSeFest Hall of Honour Inductees Announced  Ottawa, ON – Mar. 18, 2016 –  VERSeFest, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival, is pleased to announce this year’s inductees to the Hall of Honour, rob mclennan and Andrée Lacelle, for outstanding service to the Ottawa-Gatineau poetry community.

mclennan and Lacelle will be inducted into the Hall of Honour 7:00 P.M., Sunday, March 20th. The ceremony will also include readings by Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke and Governor General Award winner Robyn Sarah.

For three decades, rob mclennan has been at the forefront of promoting poetry in the city of Ottawa. His literary productivity has been outstanding, with over two dozen trade books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. He has demonstrated tireless community leadership in his activities as the founder of the Ottawa small press book fair, the organizer of the factory reading series, and the editor and founder of Chaudiere Books, ottawater, the Peter F. Yacht Club, and above/ground press. All of these activities, alongside the generosity of his mentorship and his editorial flair, have helped to shape the creative ethos of this city.

Born in Hawkesbury, Andrée Lacelle has published a dozen books and received numerous literary accolades. She was the first to receive the French-language Trillium Book Award for Tant de vie s’égare (Éditions du Vermillon, 1994 [2007]) and she has also been shortlisted for the Governor General Award. Instrumental to the promotion of French-language literature, she has been a long-time contributor of book reviews. She has also reviewed Franco-Ontarian literature on the show “Panorama” (TFO, 2006-2010) and on her radio program “Au cœur des mots” (2011-2014). Her literary collaborations recently included co-writing and co-editing pas d’ici, pas d’ailleurs, Anthologie poétique de voix féminines contemporaines (Montélimar, Voix d’encre, 2012).  Her poems have been translated into English and Czech.

The VERSeFest Hall of Honour recognizes established poets from the greater Ottawa-Gatineau region who have produced a substantial body of work and have made a significant contribution in building the poetry community as a leader and mentor.



APRIL 13TH TO 16TH, 2016
. Please join us for what we think will be the best Authors Fest ever! And keep checking the website for up to date information on events or find us on Facebook.



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Ottawa’s favourite open-air literary festival and book fair, Prose in the Park, will take place on June 4, 2016, 11 am – 6 pm in the Parkdale Park. And it is absolutely free. Everyone is welcome!  Prose in the Park (Prose des vents en français) is a blingual festival devoted to bringing together both established and emerging authors from across Canada. We are pleased to have some of the best authors of Montreal joining the upcoming festival, particularly Heather O’Neill, whose Daydreams of Angels should be required reading for every lover of Canadian literature. From Kingston, we will be joined by Steven Heighton, a brilliant novelist and poet, whose Every Lost Country takes readers a fantastic adventure to far-off Tibet.

From Toronto, we have Andrew Pyper, the Stephen King of Canada, and Ian Hamilton, whose Ava Lee crime series are a wonderful bridge between Canada and contemporary Asia. From Vancouver, Dietrich Kalteis is coming. His fast-paced noir crime set in the West Coast is some of the most enjoyable crime fiction on the market today. To celebrate Canadian writers of Caribbean heritage, we offer a remarkable panel, including 2015 Giller prize judge Cecil Foster.  There are also wonderful Ottawa authors, including 2015 Governor General Award winner for YA fiction, Caroline Pignat, Canada’s premier fantasy writer Charles de Lint and celebrated literary fiction writers, Alan Cumyn and Mark Frutkin. And we are still organizing our Francophone panels, which offer a wide selection of brilliant prose en français.

For more information on the event and featured authors, check out the 2016 program on our website at 

CAA-NCR Literary Notices for Feb. 23 to Mar. 8 2015



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Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: FEB. 23 to March 8, 2015


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


ITEM 1: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CAA-NCR’s BYLINE MAGAZINE    If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle for details

CAA-NCR Byline Submission Guidelines

Writing-related articles that include information about the process, profession or business of writing, or insights into the writer’s world.

Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication (minimum, $10); poetry $10 each; photos $5 each. Contact Editor ( prior to submitting

Deadlines: For non-solicited material, two months prior to publication. Issues published January, March, May, Summer, September, November.

Submission guidelines: English with Canadian spelling. In MS Word or OpenOffice as an attachment. Photos in jpeg, largest available resolution.

Font: Times New Roman 12 point, single space. No formatting, no indents; one extra return between paragraphs. Length: Preferably between 600 – 1200 words.



 ITEM 2: CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING FOR MARCH                                   NEW!

DATE: TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.

PRESENTER: Lynn Jatania, Turtlehead Blog

TOPIC: Blogging Pros & Cons – maintaining privacy

The presentation will examine how to set up a blog, and the pros and cons of blogging. As well, Lynn will discuss how to balance revealing parts of your life while maintaining a level of privacy.





Professional writer available for editing, manuscript critique, and contracts for smaller assignments. I have a diploma in Journalism-Print and I am expecting my Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing this summer. I have been published since 1997. Please send enquiries to and put the word writer somewhere in the subject line.

ITEM 4: CAA-NCR MEMBER EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD GUEST SPEAKER AT A WOMAN’S AURA                                                                                                      NEW!


DATE: MARCH 08, 2015    11:00AM — MARCH 08, 2015    02:00 PM
LOCATION: City Hall – Jean Pigott Room, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, CA




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Join Sigma Beta Phi Sorority at their special luncheon to recognize International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8th 2015 at the Ottawa City Hall room Jean Pigott! (110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1) The event will commence at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m. This delightful event will include a delicious brunch, a guest speaker and performances.




Great programs for creative young minds. Especially the creative writing programs – fiction writing and novel writing, with Emily-Jane Hills Orford. Check out ABC Saturday Take-off’s Spring programs:


 ABC Ottawa Take-off Saturday Morning Enrichment Workshops for Kids Ages 6-14


 The ABC Take-off program, hosted by the ABC Ottawa, provides challenging extracurricular educational opportunities for bright and gifted students, ranging in age from 6 – 14 years on. The next session is…


Spring 2015 ABC Ottawa Take-off
March 28 – May 9, 2015, no classes on April 4 St. Paul’s High School


Registration will begin on Registration Night March 5, 7:30pm, Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre


The 90 minute workshops take place in the morning from 9 AM – 10:30 AM or from 11 AM 12:30 PM. Some exceptions to this time apply, if so, it is noted in the course description. All courses take place at St. Paul’s High School, 2675 Draper Ave., Ottawa


 Early Registration: The first opportunity to register for ABC Take-off will be at the ABC Adult Meeting at 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 5 at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave., off Pinecrest and Carling Ave.


 Continuing Registration: After March 5, registrations are accepted by mail, provided that they are accompanied by cheque or money order payment in full. Where to Mail Registrations: ABC Take-off Program Manager, 869 Acadian Garden, Orleans, Ontario K1C 2V7


Registrations are first-come, first-served.Register Early to Avoid Disappointment! Many courses are filled quickly. If a course has not reached its minimum enrolment 10 days before Take-off, the course may not be offered. Registering after March 5 -check for available courses


Please note, there is no on-line or phone registration/reservation, and spaces are not reserved. After registration night, registrations are received by mail. Registrations are only accepted when received with payment in full – by cash or cheque only.





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 The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 30th Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology.

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem

Prize: 1st prize: $200; 2nd prize: $100; 3rd prize $50 


ITEM 5: CAA MEMBER DEBORAH RANCHUK ANNOUNCES CONTEST CALENDAR                                                                                                                                     NEW!
The Canadian Writers Contest Calendar 2015 has been released in both print and ebook formats. This edition includes Canadian writing contests and book awards from Jan 1, 2015 through Dec 31, 2015. Full information, link to this year’s index and ordering information at:

Thank you for your support. Please note our new address.
Deborah Ranchuk

Cobalt, Ontario, Canada

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White Mountain Publications home to the annual The Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar
New home of E-Book versions of many of our titles.
Box 620, 50 Silver Street
Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0
Canada-wide Toll-free 1-800-258-5451 Phone: (705) 679-5555 Fax: (705) 679-5777



ITEM 6: CANWRITE 2015 UPDATE – SAVE THE DATE!                                 


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CanWrite! 2015 writers’ conference is scheduled for June 11 to 14, 2015, once again at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus. (Registration opens early March.) We have a stellar program lined up, with the following guests confirmed:




  • Agent Panel: Carly Watters (P.S. Literary Agency); Martha Magor Webb (Anne McDermid & Associates).
  • Publisher Panel: Craig Pyette (Senior Editor, Penguin Random House Canada); Patricia Ocampo (Managing Editor, Simon & Shuster); Hazel Millar (Managing Editor, Book Thug)
  • Master Class: Anthony De Sa
  • Pitch Sessions: All the agents and publishers listed in the Agent and Publisher Panels above
  • Interactive Workshops: Anthony De Sa (Marketing and Self-Promotion); Robert Sawyer (Science Fiction); Craig Pyette (Getting Published); Renée Sarojini Saklikar – winner of 2014 CAA Poetry Award (Poetry); Ashley Dunn – Publicity Manager at Random House (Publicity with Purpose); Sue Reynolds (Memoir Writing)
  • Writing Circles: Esther Griffin, Sue Reynolds, Ruth Walker, James Dewer





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Application fee: $50

Cost for meals, accommodation, and instruction: $1495


This is a facilitated retreat for eight poets who have a publication record of at least one book of poetry or the equivalent in periodicals and are working towards manuscript completion. The colloquium offers a small group context. Focus will be on individual manuscript consultations and on seminar discussions dealing with technical, philosophical, or conceptual issues in contemporary poetry. There will be writing time, but please note that group participation is required. Instruction occurs within a deep-immersion over a relaxed 14 days with an emphasis on individual writing and manuscript revision. Application is limited to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad. Application Deadline March 6th, 2015

Information on tuition, scholarships, and bursaries.

McKay is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Long Sault (1975), Lependu (1978), Apparatus (1997), and Paradoxies (2012). He has twice won the Governor General’s Award, for Night Field (1991) and Another Gravity (2000). In June 2007, he won the Griffin Poetry Prize for Strike/Slip (2006).

Born in 1942 in Owen Sound, Ontario, McKay has spent the majority of his adult life as an editor, poet, and educator (teaching creative writing and English for over 27 years). As an avid birdwatcher, McKay is attune to finding beauty through patience.



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


Applications for the prestigious and lucrative Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are now open for 2015.

This international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. Since 1986, 137 fellowships totaling $3,740,000 have been awarded.

Who Can Enter
The competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18. Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English. Translated scripts are not eligible.

The fellowships are intended for new and/or amateur screenwriters. In order to be eligible, an entrant’s total earnings for motion picture and television writing may not exceed US$25,000 before the end of the competition.

It is a requirement that all fellowship winners complete at least one new feature screenplay in the year of their fellowship (the Academy acquires no rights to the work and will not participate in its marketing or in any other aspects of its commercial future).

The Prizes
Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to promising new screenwriters.

In addition to the cash prize, winners of the Nicholl Fellowships will be invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November. The successful applications are also expected to receive many networking opportunities to help complete their next script.

How to Enter
Applicants must submit an original feature film screenplay. This screenplay may be no shorter than 70 pages and no longer than 160 pages. The shortest script to earn its writer an Academy Nicholl Fellowship was 80 pages long; the longest was 153 pages.

Screenwriters may enter the 2015 competition up to three times; an entry fee is payable for each separate screenplay. If the script is based on a true story/events, historical or contemporary, the ‘based on true story’ button should be selected within the online application form. Adaptations of any work (other than your own) are not eligible.

Early Deadline – March 2 – $40 entry fee
Regular Deadline – April 10 – $55 entry fee
Late and Final Deadline – May 1 – $75 entry fee




CARLA HARTSFIELD                                                                                               NEW!

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6:45 p.m. WORKSHOP: Poetry as Storyteling: from Sexton, to Suknaski to Clarke to You, Anita Dolman will take us through a brief overview of poetry as a storytelling device. The workshop will highlight some of the techniques and approaches used in narrative poetry throughout its evolution, with a particular focus on 20th-century and contemporary poetry. Participants are invited to bring an example or excerpt of a narrative poem, either their own or another poet’s, for discussion.



amanda-jernigan-276-276Amanda Jernigan is the author of two books of poems, Groundwork (Biblioasis, 2011) and All the Daylight Hours (Cormorant, 2013), as well as of the prose work Living in the Orchard: The Poetry of Peter Sanger (Frog Hollow, 2014). Her first book was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award and named to National Public Radio’s list of ‘Best Books’ of the year; her second was named to Michael Lista’s ‘best poetry’ list for 2013 (National Post). Amanda edited The Essential Richard Outram for Porcupine’s Quill in 2011; she is currently at work on a scholarly edition of Outram’s collected poems. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her family.


carla-hartsfield.JPG-276-276 Carla Hartsfield is a classically trained pianist, singer-songwriter, guitar player and poet. She has published three major poetry collections, the most recent being YOUR LAST DAY ON EARTH (Brick Books), which was long-listed for the BC ReLit award. Current projects include completion of a fourth poetry collection with working title HEART BRAKE. Carla has published two chapbooks with LyricalMyrical Press and Rubicon Press, respectively. Her original drawings and watercolours have graced the last three collections. Carla is in the process of recording a full-length CD called BY THE TIME under her new label COURT THE CLOUDS™. She is also the recipient of a grant from the Writers’ Trust of Canada in May 2014 to complete HEART BRAKE.

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DATE: Thursday February 26, 6:30 P.M.

LOCATION: Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, 670 Albert St., OTTAWA

General Meeting and Speaker Event: The Art of Writing

Trevor Ferguson, one of Canada’s outstanding writers and the author of nine novels and four plays, will discuss The Art of Writing. Ferguson has been called Canada’s best novelist both in Books in Canada and the Toronto Star. He is a past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada. Born in Seaforth, Ontario in 1947, he was raised in Montreal from the age of three. In his mid-teens, he gravitated towards Canada’s northwest where he worked on railway gangs, and also began to write, working at night in the bunkhouses. Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Guest Fee: $10

NOTE: to accommodate Ferguson’s schedule, OIW’s Annual General Meeting and Reading Night will be held on March 26, a month later than usual.

Contact: tel: 613-425-3873 email: web:


 Ain’t Misbehavin’?

DATE: Thursday, February 26, 2015 Show starts at 7:30 PM


Great stories and fantastic music will be on display when storytellers Anne Nagy and Phil Nagy jazz up the 4th Stage of the National Arts Centre with musicians Marylise Chauvette, Kate Greenland, Flavio Jorge, Mary Moore and Pat Moore Click here to purchase tickets. $22 Adults & $18 Seniors through Ticketmaster. Tickets are also available at the NAC Box Office with no online purchase fees.


DATE: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

LOCATION: RAW SUGAR CAFÉ, 692 Somerset Street West, Ottawa

BRECKEN HANCOCK’s poetry, essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared in Lemon Hound, The Globe & Mail, Hazlitt, Studies in Canadian Literature, and on the site Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Her first book of poems, Broom Broom (Coach House, 2014), was named by The Globe & Mail’s Jared Bland as a debut of the year in 2014. She lives in Ottawa.

FRED WAH was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1939, but he grew up in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. He studied music and English literature at the University of British Columbia in the early 1960’s where he was one of the founding editors of the poetry newsletter TISH. After graduate work in literature and linguistics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the State University of New York at Buffalo, he returned to the Kootenays in the late 1960’s where he taught at Selkirk College and was the founding coordinator of the writing program at David Thompson University Centre. He retired from the University of Calgary in 2003 and now lives in Vancouver. He has been editorially involved with a number of literary magazines over the years, such as Open Letter and West Coast Line. His work has been awarded the Governor General’s Award, Alberta’s Stephanson Award for Poetry and Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction, the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Writing on Canadian Literature, and B.C.’s Dorothy Livesay Prize for Poetry. He was Parliamentary Poet Laureate 2011-2013 and he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013. He has published over 20 books of poetry and prose. Recent books include Sentenced to Light, his collaborations with visual artists, is a door, a series of poem about hybridity, and a selected, The False Laws of Narrative, edited by Louis Cabri. A recent collaboration, High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese, An Interactive Poem, is available online ( His current project involves the Columbia River. Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991 will be published by Talonbooks in the fall of 2015.

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ITEM 14: OTTAWA MEMBERS SOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS SCHMOOZE                                                                                                             

Date: Friday February 27 Time: 10:45 for an 11am start

Where: UPDATE: The location for the SCBWI Canada East get-together has been decided. We’ll be meeting for lunch at Vietnam Palace, 819 Somerset W. Please feel free to join us (you do not need to be a writer or illustrator for children).

If you do plan to attend, please register so that we can give the restaurant an accurate headcount. The event is free, but everyone pays their own way. Just visit, scroll down to the calendar, click on Feb. 27, and follow the prompts.

Ottawa members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators are organizing another Schmooze–i.e., an opportunity for writers and illustrators to get together over lunch to socialize and talk shop. Whether or not you write or illustrate for children, you are welcome to join us. The venue hasn’t been chosen yet, but if you’d like to reserve the date, here are the details thus far, from our new Schmooze organizer, Katherine Battersby.

Seeing as it’s the start of a new year, our general theme for the meeting will be ‘goals’. I’ll start by letting you know what’s happening within SCBWI (e.g. any conference updates). Then we’ll discuss our goals for our Schmooze events – I’d love to start getting to know you all (what you write and illustrate, your interests) so we can make sure the events cater to our members’ needs. And finally we’ll have a go at setting some personal writing and illustrating goals – I find putting it down on paper really motivates me (and keeps me accountable!). Finally there’ll be lots of free time to talk and meet other creators, and we can all order some lunch too.

Just to note, the meetings will vary between weekdays and weekends (to give everyone a chance to attend) and will run around every three months.  Feel free to get in touch (at the email address below) if you have any questions.

Katherine (and the SCBWI team)  Children’s Author / Illustrator



DATE: Saturday February 28, 2015 Time: 9 a.m. – Noon

LOCATION: Algonquin College

Topic: The New Reporter: Digital Skills for Traditional Media

Featuring the journalists who broke the robo calls story in 2012 –

Stephen Maher, author, journalist and columnist, Post Media News

and Glen McGregor, journalist, Ottawa Citizen plus

Andrew Pinsent, producer/reporter 1310 radio

more info contact:


ITEM 16:  FREEDOM TO READ WEEK MARKS 31ST YEAR                          

The Book and Periodical Council and its Freedom of Expression Committee are pleased to announce the 31st annual Freedom to Read Week in Canada. A national celebration of freedom of expression that takes place in libraries, schools and arts venues across Canada, this year’s program runs from February 22 to 28, 2015.

“Every week we read of challenges to free expression. Some command international headlines, others involve quiet requests to remove material from local library shelves, and all demand our attention,” said Marg Anne Morrison, chair of the Freedom of Expression Committee. “During Freedom to Read Week, we invite Canadians to celebrate free expression, place challenges to it under scrutiny and join together to debate how censorship in many forms affects us all.”

Freedom to Read Week incorporates public readings and panel discussions, challenged book and magazine displays and a kit for librarians and teachers. Public events take place in locations across the country; speakers include poets, investigative journalists, librarians and readers. Events this year include:

– discussions about investigative journalism in a transformed media landscape

– debates about libel law, self-censorship, defamation and intellectual freedom

– readings from challenged books and magazines

– the presentation of three awards for work in the field of free expression

A complete list of events in locations across Canada is available at; it will be updated as new events are added. Event organizers are encouraged to share their plans with Freedom to Read Week organizers through the same web address.

ITEM 17: COMING IN MARCH: VERSEFEST 2015!                                                     NEW!

MARCH 24 TO 29, 2015, OTTAWA

logoThe schedule for our fourth annual poetry festival, VERSeFest, is now online!

Readers to this year’s festival include Alessandra Naccarato, Amanda Earl, Anne Compton,
Anthony Bansfield, Arleen Paré, Armand Ruffo, Artemysia Fragiskapof, bill bissett, Claire Caldwell, dalton derkson, Daphne Marlatt, Deanna Young, Dennis Cooley, Eric Charlebois, El Jones, Emily McRae, Emma Blue, Forrest Gander, Frances Itani, Frederic Lanouette, Gail Scott,
Gary Geddes, Geneviève Bouchard, Gilles Latour, Gillian Wigmore, Herménégilde Chiasson,
Ikenna Onyegbula a.k.a OpenSecret, JC Bouchard, Rational Rebel, Jeramy Dodds, John Akpata,
Kande Mbeu, Kathleen Goulet, King Kimbit, Komi Olaf, Lillian Allen, Lisa Jarnot, Lise Gaboury-Diallo, Lorna Crozier, Margaret Michèle Cook, Marilyn Dumont, Marshall Hryciuk, Mehdi Hamdad, Michel Therien, Nick Laird, Nicole Brossard, Patrick Friesen, Patrick Lane,  Paul Vermeersch, Pearl Pirie, Raúl Zurita Canessa, Roland Prevost, Sacha Vachon, Sandra Ridley,
Sheri-D Wilson, Stan Dragland, Stephen Brockwell, Steven Artelle, Stevie Howell and Titilope Sonuga.

See the entire schedule, including author bios, information on tickets (as well as a number of free events) (and even how to volunteer) here


NEW! Necessary Fiction publishes a new book review each Monday, a featured short story each Wednesday, a contribution to its Research Notes series each Friday, and occasional interviews, essays, and other surprises. Fiction submissions should be under 3000 words.

NEW! Wigleaf is an award-winning online journal of very short fiction (under 1000 words). Submissions are open during the final week (7 days) of each academic month, with the exception of December.  New quarterly online literary magazine

NEW! Momentum is Australia’s first major digital imprint. Momentum accepts submissions weekly on Mondays between 12.00 midnight and 11.59 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time via email only. Momentum is open to publishing fiction and non-fiction in most traditional and non-traditional genres. This includes new and previously published shorter length stories, essays and journalism between 15,000 to 50,000 words, genre novels and non-fiction between 50,000 to 100,000 words and longer and complex narratives of over 100,000 words. Writers can be based anywhere in the world.

From the Well House, Indiana University Kokomo’s Art and Literary Journal, seek work for the next online publication. Accepting poetry, prose, and academic papers, plus art work and multimedia. Deadline: rolling. Guidelines

NEW! Michigan Quarterly Review is an interdisciplinary journal of arts and culture that seeks to combine the best of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction with outstanding critical essays on literary, cultural, social, and political matters. Submissions for are accepted year round and the editors  try to include at least one story, essay or poem by a previously unpublished writer in every issue.

NEW! American Reader is a bimonthly magazine publishing fiction, poetry and criticism. It was named by Library Journal as one of the best new magazines of 2012. Submissions are accepted throughout the year.

NEW! One Teen Story is a literary magazine for young adult readers of every age. They are currently accepting submissions from writers of all ages. Contributors are paid US$500 and 25 copies of the issue in which their work appears.

NEW! Text Publishing is an independent literary publisher based in Melbourne. It is currently accepting unsolicited manuscript submissions of fiction and non-fiction, including upper primary and young adult.

NEW! Salt Publishing is open to submissions for a new ‘Modern Dreams’ series – a digital-only development of the Salt Modern Fiction list. The series will be for 20,000–30,000 word novellas that deal explicitly with the lives of young people in modern Britain and the USA.

NEW! Indiana Voice Journal was founded in July 2014. Each issue contains at least one new or previously unpublished author and submissions are invited from writers around the world. The journal publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual art, interviews and reviews.

NEW! Curbed is actively seeking story pitches from writers and photographers who are interested in contributing longform and narrative journalism that focus on architecture,design and real estate. This can include reported stories, profiles, essays, think pieces, oral histories, photo essays, and comic strips and other illustrated stories. Features average 3000 to 5000 words in length and all contributors are competitively paid.

NEW! Blue Monday Review is a review for prose, poetry and art which embody the literary spirit of the late Kurt Vonnegut. Submissions in a range of genres up to 8000 words will be considered.

NEW! Terraform is a new online publication from Vice Magazine. It is seeking submissions up to 2000 words of speculative fiction ‘honing in on the tech, science, and future culture topics driving the zeitgeist.’ Terraform pays a baseline rate of US$0.20 per word.

NEW! Guernica Daily is a daily publication of short original features. The editors are looking for thoughtful, argument-driven pieces that respond to timely issues. Reviews and interviews are welcome, as are personal essays if they show that the author’s experience has broader implications. Submissions should be between 400 and 1800 words.

NEW! The Quaker is an American undergraduate journal of literary art published by the Student Writers Guild and the Program in Creative Writing at Malone University in Ohio. It is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction and essays. Publication occurs on a rolling basis, and each semester one author is chosen to be honoured with a US$100 Editor’s Prize for an outstanding contribution to the journal.

NEW! Apex Magazine is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Payment for original fiction is $.06 per word and submissions must be less than 7500 words

NEW! Georgia Review features essays, fiction, poetry, graphics and book reviews. The GR website states ‘Pulitzer Prize winners and never-before-published writers are equals during our manuscript evaluation process.’ All work must be previously unpublished and simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

NEW! Tishman Review is a new literary journal with its first issue being published in January 2015. It welcomes submissions of short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and book reviews year-round and is currently reading for its April issue.

NEW! Cleaver Magazine publishes cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. Submissions of poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, and visual art are open year round.

NEW! Blunderbuss Magazine is a web magazine of arts, culture, and politics. It welcomes unsolicited submissions and describes itself as ‘genre flexible’.

NEW! Mosaic Magazine is based in New York and explores the literary arts by writers of African descent. It features interviews, essays, book reviews and literature  lesson plans. Before submitting full articles send a brief summary via email. If you are interested in reviewing books forward a writing sample and bio.

NEW! Canary Press is a story magazine based in Australia but that accepts submissions from writers worldwide. According to the submission guidelines ‘if you have a story that’s too funny; too outrageous; too moving, soulful, exciting or ridiculous for our more prestigious journals, we’d love to hear from you.’



NEW! Stockholm Review of Literature is an online publication that seeks to publish superlative literary fiction, poetry, essays and art, and undertakes to promote the writers and artists that produce it. Submissions received by 8 March will be considered for its seventh issue.

NEW! Papercuts is a a bi-annual literary magazine published by Desi Writers Lounge, – an online workshop for writers of South Asian origin and writing on South Asia. The theme for volume 15 is Fables and Folklore. The editors are looking for poems, stories, artwork and essays that draw on local tales, histories and characters for inspiration. Closes 15 March.

NEW! Tin House is accepting submissions for its Fall 2015 issue. It is looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction and interviews on the theme ‘Theft’. Submissions close 15 March.

NEW! Kill Your Darlings is an Australian-based literary journal that publishes essays, commentary, interviews, fiction, reviews, opinion pieces and columns.  Submissions open on 1 March and close on 31 March.

NEW! Masters Review is accepting submissions for its printed anthology. The guest editor is Kevin Brockmeier. The anthology is open to fiction and narrative nonfiction from emerging writers worldwide who have not yet published a novel-length work. Submissions close 31 March.

NEW! Cheat River Review reads original, previously unpublished nonfiction, fiction, flash, and poetry. Submissions for Issue 4 close in late March.


NEW! Becoming a Teacher is a new anthology by In Fact Books. The editors are  looking for stories that, collectively, represent a wide variety of teachers and teaching experiences–in public or private or religious or charter schools, in cities or suburbs or rural areas, with typically-developing students or those with special needs, at home or internationally. Stories should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. Closes 6 APRIL.

NEW! Cold Mountain Review  publishes poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews with creative writers, fiction and art. Submissions are read between August and May each year.

NEW! Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit their work; however, the editors warn they can only publish a very small fraction of the material the receive. The reading period runs until 31 May.







Toronto Star Short Story Contest Judges will select the three winners from a first round of finalists selected by Humber School for Writers faculty. Winners will be celebrated and their stories published in the Sunday Star. See website for full contest rules.   Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015

Entry fee: none Prize: 1st Prize: $5000 plus the tuition fee for The Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program in Creative Writing (approx. value $3000) Details: 

Spring Pulse Poetry Festival northern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts event is sponsoring the 2015 Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest. Deadline: Friday February 27, 2015. All entrants must be Canadian residents or landed immigrants. In 1970 the first contest began in Cobalt during the Miners festival on French-Canadian Day. It is the oldest non-governmental national poetry contest in Canada. The contest honours Canada’s most popular 19th century poet. Dr. Drummond was the town’s first doctor, a silver mine manager, and world famous poet who died in Cobalt in 1907. Deadline: Friday February 27 2015 Entry fee: $10 Prizes: $1200: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $50 8 judge’s choice of $25 Complimentary anthology of winners, trophy, and award ceremony at Cobalt Public Library on Friday May 29 during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Blind Judging will be done by a League of Canadian Poets member. Details: Enquires: Send to David Brydges


The Annual Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award. 2015 Call for Submissions. In late 2011, Jessica Bell and Dawn Ius founded Vine Leaves Literary Journal to offer the vignette, a forgotten literary form, the exposure and credit it deserves. The vignette is a snapshot in words, and differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot, instead it focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. The journal, published quarterly online, is a lush synergy of atmospheric prose, poetry, photography and illustrations, put together with an eye for aesthetics as well as literary merit. The annual print anthology showcases the very best pieces from across the year. We are pleased to announce the second Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award and would like to invite writers to submit their best manuscript of vignettes.  Submissions open: June 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015  Prize: $500 + Publication in early 2016 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 copies Guest Judge: Dan Holloway. For submission guidelines, please go to:

TWO CONTESTS: Now through 11:59 p.m. EST on February 28th, Fence is accepting submissions for both the Fence Modern Prize in Prose, and the Fence Modern Poets Series. You can submit your work here, or you can read on for details about each prize. Full guidelines are available at fenceportal.orgYou can submit your work here, or you can read on for details about each prize. Full guidelines are available at


The New Quarterly invites entries to the Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. Submit poems written in response to an occasion (personal or public), poems of gratitude or grief, poems that celebrate or berate, poems that make an occasion of something or simply mark one. Prize: $1000. Entry fee: $40 for up to 2 unpublished poems; $5 each for additional poems. Entrants must be Canadian or reside in Canada. Deadline: February 28, 2015. Guidelines

2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest! The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1200 words or fewer. Ann Patchett, celebrated author of six novels, including Bel Canto and State of Wonder, will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2015 Writers Workshop, June 13th-20th, in Gambier, Ohio. Additional info on the Writers Workshop is available here.



CBC Creative Nonfiction Competition This is it! One of your first writing assignments of the New Year! Send us your original, unpublished work of creative nonfiction for a chance to win $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, a writing residency at the Banff Centre and publication in Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine.  Deadline: March 1, 2015. Details: 

ON THE PREMISES Short Story Contest #25. This contest’s premise is as follows: LEARNING One or more characters try to learn something. The key word is “try,” so (1) they must expend at least some effort, and (2) they can succeed, fail, or anything in-between–that’s up to you. Your challenge: Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long that clearly uses this contest premise. One entry per author. No fee for entering. Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Hyphenated Words: If the hyphenated word is generally considered a single word, it counts as one word. (Like “twenty-five” or “jack-o-lantern.”) Otherwise each part of the hyphenated word counts separately. Prizes: $220 for first (not $180 anymore), $160 for second (not $140 anymore), $120 for third (not $100 anymore), and $60 for up to three honorable mentions (not $40 anymore). To submit an entry, use this link and follow the instructions. If you don’t already have a (free) Submittable account, you’ll be prompted to make one. Keep reading and writing,

Room Magazine (Vancouver, BC) invites entries from writers, who identify as women or genderqueer, for their annual creative non-fiction writing contest. First prize: $500 + publication. Entry fee: $35 (includes one-year subscription), and $7 for each additional entry. Deadline: March 8, 2015. Guidelines.

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction is offered each year by Colorado State University’s Center for Literary Publishing. The winner receives a US$2000 honorarium and the story is published in the fall/winter issue of Colorado Review. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be under 50 pages. Entries close 14 March.

NEW! THE MISSOURI REVIEW Contest Guidelines Entry Fee: In an effort to expand our contest, entry fees (previously $20) are now payable by donation. We ask only that you contribute what you feel is fair, keeping in mind that literary journals, and contests, cost money to run and that your contribution includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review. All of your donation money goes directly to support the continued production of The Missouri Review and its programs. Previous first-place winners are not eligible to win again. Postmark Deadline: March 15th, 2015 Multiple entries are welcome, accompanied by a separate donation for each title you wish to have considered. We are happy to accept previously published or aired pieces as submissions, so long as you, the entrant, hold the rights. Online Submission System You can now submit your entries online, as well as pay your donation through our secure server. To do so, click here to go to our online submission form. Please note that we only accept entries in mp3 format. Mailed Submissions Technical Requirements: Mailed entries should be sent on CD only. CDs should not contain any audio other than entry material. Include a brief program synopsis and bio of the writer/producer. For poetry submissions, please record each poem as a separate track. a completed entry form for each entry (download the entry form) a copy of the entry on a CD, labeled with writer/ producer, title and length a brief program synopsis and short writer/producer bio a donation as entry fee (make checks out to The Missouri Review) Send Entries To The Missouri Review Audio Competition 357 McReynolds Hall University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211 Questions? Please visit our FAQ. If your questions isn’t answered there, email us:

NEW! Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.The editors prefer that fiction manuscripts be at least 150 pages long and poetry manuscripts at least 50 pages long. Novels are not considered; manuscripts should be comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction offers a prize of US$1000 and the winner and many runners-up will be published in the Spring 2016 print edition of Bellingham Review. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is awarded by Selected Shorts with partner Electric Literature. The judge of the prize in 2015 is Karen Russell. The winning entry will receive US$1000 and the work will be performed and recorded live at the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space, and will be published on The winning writer will also earn free admission to a 10-week course with Gotham Writers Workshop. Closes 15 March.

NEW! James Jones Fellowship Contest is now in its 24th year. It awards $10,000 to an American writer with a first fiction novel in progress in 2015. Two runners-up will each receive $1000. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Annie Dillard Award For Creative Nonfiction offers a prize of US$1000 and the winner and many runners-up will be published in the Spring 2016 print edition of Bellingham Review. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Willow Springs Fiction Prize awards a first prize of $2000 and publication. There is a $15 entry fee for which every entrants receives a subscription to Willow Springs. Closes 15 March.

NEW! Crime Writers’ Association (UK) Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is open to all writers around the world. They encourage entries from both published and unpublished writers. Stories must be no longer than 3500 words and the winner will receive £1,000. Entries close 16 March.

NEW! Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is named in honour of Lip Magazine’s founding editor. Lip is a feminist magazine and  the theme of the 2015 competition is ‘privilege’, with a focus on women’s stories. Anyone is eligible to enter and the organisers are looking for creative, insightful fiction that addresses the theme in any kind of way. Closes 23 March.

NEW! SA Writers’ College Annual Short Story Award is open to emerging writers in South Africa who have had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital). First prize is R 10 000.00 and entries may be up to 2000 words in length. Closes 31 March.

NEW! Narrative Magazine Winter Story Contest is open to short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished and no longer than 15,000 words. First prize is US$2500. The contest closes on 31 March.

NEW! Bath Novel Award is an international competition for unpublished or self-published novels with a £1000 prize. Submissions should include up to the first five thousand words of a novel plus a one page synopsis. Entries close 31 March.

NEW! Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition offers a first prize of £800. The competition is open to all writers over 16 the chairman of the judging panel is Alexander McCall Smith. Stories should be under 1500 words and can be on any topic. Closes 31 March.

NEW! Caterpillar’s Inaugural Poetry Competition is for a single poem written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). The competition is open to all and there is no line limit. The winner receives €1000 and publication. Entries close 31 March.

NEW! Short Fiction is a UK-based visual literary journal. It’s annual Short Fiction Prize is open to stories in any genre up to 6000 words. The winner receives £500 and publication. Entries close 31 March.

MSLEXIA WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015  CLOSING MAR. 16, 2015 For stories of up to 2,200 words in length on any subject. 1st prize: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre*, and a day with a Virago editor* 2nd prize £500   3rd prize £250 Three other finalists each receive £100 All winning stories will be published in Mslexia magazine. Judge: Alison MacLeod Closing date: 16 March 2015. Please read the competition rules before entering. *The Tŷ Newydd retreat is accommodation only; dates should be agreed between Tŷ Newydd and the competition winner. The date of the Virago mentoring session should be agreed between Virago and the competition winner. The winner is responsible for any other expenses involved with attending the Tŷ Newydd retreat and the day with a Virago editor, i.e. travel, food, etc. The prizes must be taken by 31 May 2016. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: First up is the Clean as a Whistle Contest, March 31, 2015

Second Story Press Aboriginal Writing Contest. Second Story Press has announced a new writing contest to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The press is looking to build on the diversity of its list – already strongly populated by books and series on social justice for both adults and children – by announcing a call for contemporary writing for a young reader audience that reflects the modern experience of Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) people. Canadian writers aged 18 and older who identify as Aboriginal are invited to share the stories that reflect their unique lives, experiences, successes, and perspectives. Both fiction and nonfiction will be accepted.  Deadline: March 31, 2015

Entry fee: none Prize: Publishing contract with Second Story Press Details: 

MONTREAL POETRY PRIZE 2015 $20,000 PRIZE:  The not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize has launched its 2015 competition. The prize is $20,000. The 2015 judge is Eavan Boland. And the 10 international jurors for this year are Gabeba Baderoon of South Africa, Kate Clanchy of Scotland, Carolyn Forche of the United States, Amanda Jernigan of Canada, Anthony Lawrence of Australia, Niyi Osundare of Nigeria, Jennifer Rahim of Trinidad, K. Satchidanandan of India, Michael Schmidt of the United Kingdom and Bruce Taylor of Canada. The final deadline is May 15, but we encourage entries before March 31st. Online entries only. Visit There’s also a poster available for download under News/Downloads for your convenience. Good luck to all participants! 


Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. 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 23rd annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2015. What’s in it for you? $8,000 in cash. National exposure for your work. The attention of prospective editors and publishers. A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! How to enter: Register and pay online or download a printable entry form. ( Early-bird entry fees are $99 for the first entry, and $75 for each additional entry.)

Enter your book into one or more of these categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age), Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Children’s Picture books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult books, Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books) More info:

NEW!North American Review’s Torch Prize for Creative Nonfiction offers a first prize of $500. Writers may submit only one piece of creative nonfiction, no longer than 30 pages. Entries close 1 April.

NEW! Grain Magazine’s Annual Short Grain Writing Contest offers prizes for both fiction and poetry and is open to writers worldwide. A total of CA$4500 in prize money is on offer. Entries close 1 April.

NEW!Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing is for unpublished manuscripts by writers from Australia and New Zealand. The winner receives AUD$10,000 and a publishing contract with Text Publishing. Entries close 2 April.

NEW! Waterman Fund Essay Contest invites emerging writers to explore the question of who the stewards of wilderness are. Statistically, more men than women explore professional careers in the stewardship of wilderness and public land management. What, if any, bearing does the gender of stewards have on our shared and individual perceptions of, and relationship to, wilderness? The winning essayist will be awarded $1500 and published in Appalachia Journal. Entries close 15 April.

NEW! New South Writing Contest will be judged by Roger Reeves in the genre of poetry and Rebecca Makkai in the genre of prose. The contest awards $1000 the winners in each category as well as two $250 runner’s up prizes. Entries close 15 April. 

NEW! Event Magazine’s Non-Fiction Contest is open to creative non-fiction up to 5000 words in length. There is US$1500 prize money available in addition to the regular publication payment. The $34.95 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription. Entries close 15 April.

NEW! Eyelands International Short Story Contest has the theme ‘on the verge. The contest is open to unpublished stories of any genre up to 2500 words. The winner receives a one week holiday on the island of Crete and the top three entrants will be published in anthologies in both Greek and English. Closes 20 April.

NEW! Passages North is running two writing competitions: the Thomas J. Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize is for writing up to 10,000 words and the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize for poems up to 1000 words. Both competitions have a US$1000 first prize. Entries close 20 April.

NEW! Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest is open to original short stories and essays on any theme. The winner in each category receives US$1500 and there are a total of 10 minor prizes of $100. Entries should be a maximum of 6000 words. Closes 30 April.

NEW! Exeter Story Prize is accepting entries up to 10,000 words and stories may be on any theme. The winner receives £500 and a trophy, and there is an additional prize on offer for best humorous story. Closes 30 April.

NEW! Redivider’s Beacon Street Prize is open to fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The winner in each category will receive $500 and publication in the winter 2015 issue of Redivider. The winning pieces will be selected by guest judges: James Scott (fiction), Laura Kasischke (poetry), and Susannah Cahalan (nonfiction). Closes 30 April. 

Sequestrum (US) is accepting entries for the 2015 Editor’s Reprint Award. Open theme and length. Submit previously-published fiction and nonfiction only. One winner receives $200 and publication, and one runner-up receives publication and payment at our usual rates. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: April 30, 2015. Guidelines.

Bristol Short Story Prize is open to  stories up to 4000 words. Entries can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (crime, science fiction, fantasy, historical, romance, children’s etc). Twenty stories will be shortlisted and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8. Entries close 30 April.


NEW! Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

is one of Australia’s most lucrative prizes for an original short story. Open to writers worldwide, the prize is worth a total of AUD $8000 with a first prize of $5000 and supplementary prizes of $2000 and $1000. Entries close 1 May.

The Cottage Life Al Purdy Potty Poetry Contest. “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” Cottagers love potty poems! Potty poems tell guests how not to gum up the septic system. Almost every cottage has a potty poem hanging in the bathroom. Write a new classic potty poem for a chance to win! Prizes include cash, signed Purdy first editions, and the winning poem will be posted in the A-frame and published in Cottage Life. Enter as many poems as you like. Poems must be no more than 20 lines in length. Sponsored by Cottage Life and the Al Purdy A-frame Association, which is restoring Al’s iconic cottage as a writers’ retreat. The Purdy cabin is a national literary treasure, where Al wrote and entertained such CanLit giants as Margaret Laurence, Milton Acorn, and Michael Ondaatje. All-star judges: Margaret Atwood (poet, novelist, activist) George Bowering (Canada’s first poet laureate) Jason Collett (singer-songwriter, Broken Social Scene) Prize information:First Prize (1): $250 + published in Cottage Life + posted in Al Purdy A-frame cottage + a signed Al Purdy first edition Second Prize (1): $150 Third Prize (1): $100 Early Bird Draw: Enter by April 1, 2015, for a chance to win a signed Al Purdy first edition and a Cottage Life sweatshirt. Contest closes May 1, 2015   Enter Now   Rules and regulations »

David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in Southwest Review. Stories can be up to 8000 words in length and all entries will be considered for publication. The deadline for entries is 1 May.

Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest is for new writing that takes risks. Submission may include any combination of flash fiction or short stories up to 7500 total words.The winner receives US$500 and publication. Entries open 1 February and close 1 May.

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition: Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 84th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Early-Bird Entry Deadline: May 4, 2015. More info:    

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is dedicated to recognising and supporting the work of emerging writers whose fiction has not yet achieved success. Entries must be less than 3500 words and the competition is open to writers based anywhere is the world. The winner receives US$1500 and publication. The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition first ran in 1981; entries close 15 May.

NEW! We Need Diverse Books Short Story Contest
is open to emerging diverse writers from all diverse backgrounds (including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of colour, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural and religious minorities) who have not been published in a traditional print fiction book format, including self-published, independents, small and medium publishing houses, in all genres whether for the children’s or adult market. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in the “Stories For All Of Us” anthology. Entries open on 27 April and close on 8 May.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. Fiction entries must be under 6000 words. The winner in each genre will be awarded US$1000 and publication. Entries close 15 May.

Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Entry Period, The 2015 prize is open from 1 October 2014 – 29 May 2015. How to enter * 2014 winners and shortlist. About the prize: The University of Canberra has established an international poetry prize. On behalf of the university, this is administered by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), part of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design. The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. It marks the University of Canberra’s commitment to creativity and imagination in all that it does, and builds on the work of the International Poetry Studies Institute in identifying poetry as a highly resilient and sophisticated human activity. It also builds on the activities of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, which conducts wide-ranging research into human creativity and culture. The University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize was offered for the first time in 2014. Entries for the 2015 prize may be submitted from 1 October 2014 until 29 May 2015 for this prize. The prize will be announced on or before 30 September 2015 and prize winners will be notified prior to that. Important details are: The winner will receive AUD$15,000 The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000 Four additional poems will be short-listed All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of  50 lines (see the Conditions of Entry for further details) Each entry of a poem will cost AUD$15 if submitted by 31 January 2015 and AUD$20 if submitted between 1 February and 29 May 2015. There are discounts for students.

A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest is open to both fiction and creative non-fiction. Stories must be between 1000 and 5000 words and there are no entry fees. Entries are accepted between 1 April and 21 June each year.

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: Deadline for The Picture Perfect Poetry Chapbook Anthology Contest _June 30, 2015

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: July contests: Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards Contest – July 1, 2015 and The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Contest July 31 2015

The Sunday Times Short Story Prize is the world’s richest short story competition with the winner receiving £30,000 (US$47,000). In 2014 the prize was won by Adam Johnson for his story ‘Nirvana’. The longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times Short Story Prize will be announced in February and the winner in April. Entries for the 2016 prize are expected to open in July 2015.

Manchester Fiction Prize is a major international literary competition open to anyone aged 16 or over. The winner receives a cash prize of £10,000 (US$15,500). Stories can be up to 2500 words in length. Entries open in April and are expected to close in August.

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: The Ted Plantos Memorial Award – Aug 31 each year

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: Food for Thought Contest Sept. 30, 2015

Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest
has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries open on 1 July and are expected to close on 1 October.

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
is one of three contests run each year by Boston Review.The winning author will receive US $1500 and have his or her work published in the summer edition of the magazine. First runner-up will be published in a following issue and second runner-up will be published on the Boston Review website. Entries close 1 October.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize Prize
is an annual award for unpublished short fiction open to citizens of the 53 Commonwealth countries. The prize covers the five Commonwealth regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific. One winner will be selected from each region, with one regional winner to be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5000 (US$8200) and the remaining four regional winners receive £2500. Entries for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize are expected to open in October 2015.




CAA-NCR Literary Notices for Nov. 18 to 25, 2013



 Weekly Notices for the week of Nov. 18 to Nov. 24, 2013

16 ITEMS 9 NEW including CAA contest and Writers Digest submission call

 also In the ongoing contests and submissions lists  1 NEW CONTEST (Dec. 2013, Broken Pencil)  1 NEW SUBMISSION CALL (Room, Jan. 2014)

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

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


 DATE: Sunday, December 1, 2013  TIME: 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm

LOCATION: Sharyn Heagle’s country home TYPE: pot luck 

The Peace Tower at Christmas. Ottawa, Canada.

The Peace Tower Ottawa, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mark the above date on your calendar before it fills up. Come meet your fellow writers in a casual, congenial and celebratory atmosphere. We invite you to:

  • Read from your work, published or otherwise
  • Bring your books and give folks an opportunity to purchase a copy
  • Network, meet old friends and discover new ones
  • Enjoy the diverse culinary creations contributed by your fellow writers

 All are invited – CAA Members, CAA Student Members, and Non-members! Bring your spouse; bring your partner; bring your friends; bring your offspring 18 years or older.

Drop Sharyn a note at, and let her know you’re coming, and what exciting contribution of an edible nature you will be bringing with you. She’ll send directions to her home.



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

Guidelines for 2014 NCWC

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

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

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

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

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

  • Entries postmarked after midnight FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014 will be disqualified.
  • Submissions not accompanied by entry fee will be disqualified.
  • Submissions will be neither acknowledged nor returned.
  • Entries not conforming to rules will be disqualified.
  • Overpayment of entry fees will not be returned.
  • Entry fee: $15 per story; $15 for up to three (3) poems (poems will be judged individually);
  • number of entries unlimited.
  • Each prose entry must be in English, typed, on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, one side only,  page-numbered consecutively on bottom right of pages. No extra-large type, please!
  • Indicate category and title on top left corner of every page.
  • Stories must be double-spaced; this is not required for poetry.
  • Contest is blind judged. Entrant’s name must NOT appear on the submission(s).
  • Include a separate cover page with contest category, story/poem title, name, address,
  • phone number, and e-mail address.
  • Members of CAA–NCR are entitled to one (1) free entry in one (1) category.
  • Make cheques payable to CAA–NCR and designate NCWC.
  • CAA–NCR reserves the right to withhold any prize should entries fail to meet expected standards.

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

Information: Sharyn Heagle, CAA–NCR Contest Coordinator –


 Dorothee Komangapik’s book, The Small Household, has been acclaimed by a judge of the Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Award.

This is a delightful little children’s book of water paintings circa 1927-28, depicting scenes from the song “Kleiner Haushalt” by Friedrich Ruckert and Carl Loewe. Translations by the artist’s granddaughter.  The Small Household is available online (And at the December Holiday Social (Item 1 above) at: 



 November 29: Editing Charts: If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, then a data chart must be worth at least 100. Knowing how to edit charts in order to use them to their full advantage will increase your value to your employer and clients. This seminar will cover:

  • how to make data charts understandable, engaging, and accurate
  • when to present data in charts, tables, and maps and when to present them in text
  • how to treat the most common types of chart “diseases”
  • what to look for when dealing with charts from substantive editing through to Proofreading

Registration closes November 22.

December 9: Cite it Right:  

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

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

Registration closes December 2.

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



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



We will be accepting collections up to 40 pages long until December 31st, so get writing! The contest is open to all Tree readers, supporters and listeners.

For contest details check out the link below

Tree Press Chapbook Contest – Tree Reading Series

The Tree Reading Series is one of the longest running series in Canada.



 From November 13, 2013 and running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on December 15, 2013:

 Robert Brewer , Senior Content Editor for the Writer’s Digest Community will be accepting pitches for articles in the 2015 Guide to Self-Publishing. Sometime in the beginning of 2014, I’ll start making assignments. If you’re interested in pitching an article idea or three, See more at:


The Arts Council of England has awarded a one-off grant for the period 2013-14 to assist with the Homage to Sylvia Autumn Festival this year and other projects related to the celebration of Second Light’s first 20 years.

Sylvia Plath

Included in these projects is the publication of a 200pp+ anthology of women’s poetry, Her Wings of Glass (the title a quotation from Sylvia Plath), in the Autumn of 2014. Advertisements will soon appear in various poetry publications calling for women poets to send in submissions* by 15th January 2014. The anthology will complement (but not repeat) our 2006 anthology, Images of Women, published in association with Arrowhead Books.  We will focus this time on women’s writing which deals with ‘big issues’, for example the future of the planet, good and evil aspects of our relationship with the natural world and with each other, different aspects of our imaginative understanding of ‘who we are’. I will co-edit the anthology with Myra Schneider and Penelope Shuttle.

We invite up to six poems per submission*, not more than 200 lines in total, with three copies of each poem to Dilys Wood at 3, Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ, by January 15th 2014 together with the administrative fee of £5 (Second Light members) or £8 (non-members). Cheques payable to ‘Second Light’ or pay online AT and filter to ‘Wings’). Non-UK submissions may be sent by e-mail as .doc or .pdf attachments, only to Anne Stewart at – but please do not send submissions to her until after 14th November (see ‘Replies’ below).

We will advise those selected by 30th June 2014 and those poets whose work is selected will receive a copy of the anthology when published. Submitted poems may be published (details on poem please) or unpublished or otherwise out in submission.

We may also publish a short spin-off anthology if funds allow.

* Full submission guidelines at




Web: for more information and tickets



  • MONDAY, NOV. 18 7:00 pm • Nepean Centrepointe OPL, OPL Teen Author Festival: Lauren Oliver
  • SATURDAY NOV. 23 11:00am • Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library, Support Local: Book Sale and Signing
  • THURSDAY NOV. 28 7:00pm • Southminster United Church Our Place in the Natural World with J.B. Mackinnon and Diana Beresford-Kroeger

ITEM 10:  THE MEDIA CLUB OF OTTAWA PRESENTS: SOCIAL MEDIA: HOW IMPORTANT ARE THEY?                                                       NEW!

 DATE: Monday, November 18, 2013 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Algonquin College, Room P-216b Building P

P-building is next to the staff parking lot. Visitors enter P-building on the ground floor, proceed to the second floor and P-216 is two-thirds down the hallway on the right.

 Make Information Come to You Featuring Joe Banks, Journalism professor, Algonquin College

Assorted sandwiches, fresh fruit provided

RSVP 613 521-4855

 ITEM 11: OYP SLAM WITH TANYA EVANSON                              NEW!

 DATE: Monday, Nov. 18  5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.


 Workshop at 5:30, sign-up (priority sign-up!) and slam begins at  6:30 and slam begins. Evening ends by 9 p.m.

Here is your chance to get your name on the rankings ladder and climb your way to our Finals at the end of the season, in hopes to be on the 2013-2014 Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam Team.

Not ready to Slam, or not in the age bracket of 20 and under, well you’re still in luck. Come on out to lend your ears to Ottawa’s freshest poets! Don’t forget to bring a helmet ‘cuz these poets will blow your minds and you’ll be nodding in agreement: “There’s gotta be somethin’ in the OttaWater!”  This month we have the International Stylings of Tanya Evanson! more info at:


A VERSEFEST FUNDRAISER                               NEW!

 DATE: Thursday, November 21, 2013 doors 7:00 p.m. Reading 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Raw Sugar Cafe, 692 Somerset St W  Ottawa, ON

8$ door cover


  • Amanda Earl (Ottawa)
  • Brecken Hancock (Ottawa)
  • David O’Meara (Ottawa)

 Fundraiser for Ottawa’s fourth annual VERSeFest Poetry Festival, March 2014

 logo lovingly hosted by rob mclennan


Bios of the presenters appear at above ground press, link below:


 DATE:  Friday, November 22, 2013  7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Pressed, 750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa

compass The North issue—the 72nd in Arc’s long history of publishing the best of Canadian poetry—focuses on writing coming out of Canada’s high latitudes, with writers from Labrador, Yukon, Northern BC and other points north complemented by a variety of Arctic-polished writers from across Canada and beyond.

Four writers from the North issue will read from their work at Pressed. Renellta Arluk (Yellowknife), who spent her early years with her grandparents on a trapline in the Northwest Territories and now works in theatre across the country, will be joined by Matt Jones (Kingston), whose poems grew out of his experience with the military in Greenland, Nunavut, Alaska and Iceland. Emily McGiffin (Toronto), with a new book out from Brick Books, and Claudia Coutu-Radmore (Ottawa), with an unusual set of prose poems based on the letters of Labrador’s Leonard Budgell will also be on stage.

 ITEM 14: OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY AND OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL PRESENT OTTAWA AUTHORS BOOK SALE & SIGNING                                                                                             

 DATE: Saturday, November 23, 2013  11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe)

Come and purchase books from local authors in the National Capital Region who write in English, French and Spanish. Books will include fiction, non-fiction, YA novels, poetry, mystery, children’s books and comics. The following authors will be present to sign copies of their books:

  • Peggy Blair (mystery)
  • Mike Martin (mystery)
  • Rita Donovan (fiction)
  • Deborah Jackson (science fiction)
  • Victoria Dunn (fiction & fantasy)
  • Caroline Frechette (fiction/comics – E & F)
  • Christian McPherson (fiction/poetry)
  • Chris Jennings (poetry)
  • Shane Rhodes (poetry)
  • Mirror Comics (comics)
  • Katina Michelis (non-fiction, pregnancy and parenting)
  • Tudor Robins (YA novels)
  • Jeff Ross (YA novels)
  • Kate Jaimet (YA novels/middle-grade books)
  • Pierre-Luc Bélanger (YA novels – F)
  • Rachel Eugster (children’s books)
  • Christiane D’Aoust (children’s books – E & F)
  • Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair (novels/children’s books – E & F)
  • Camila Reimers (fiction – E & S)
  • Gabriela Etcheverry (fiction – E, S & F)
  • Jorge Etcheverry (fiction/poetry – E & S)

All books in English unless noted otherwise: E=English F=French S=Spanish

Special thanks to the Ottawa Public Library and Ottawa International Writers Festival for co-sponsoring. Participating bookstores are Kaleidoscope Kids (1018 Bank), Perfect Books (258 Elgin) and Octopus Books (116 Third Ave. and 251 Bank).

ITEM 15: THE ARTISTIC SHOWCASE PRESENTS                          NEW!

 DATE: Saturday, November 23, 2013 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Pressed 750 Gladstone, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6X5

Cover: $10.00

 Featuring John Akpata, Mehdi Hamdad, Sense-Say, Yoshi Chladny

 Saturday, November 23rd, The Artistic Showcase will return to its cozy home at Pressed, for what promises to be another evening of sincerity, artistry, creativity, warmth, passion and community building. As with every showcase, November’s show will bring together artists from various backgrounds and disciplines for the purpose of celebrating the dynamic potential that exists in Ottawa, in artistry, and in humanity in general. the line-up includes nationally and internationally renowned spoken word artists, multi-lingual poets and rockers, a professionally trainer circus performer, a Capital Slam champion… and more.

 bios and additional info at:




A railway bridge over the Ottawa River in Matt...

A railway bridge over the Ottawa River Ontario. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DATE: Thursday Nov. 28, 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Raw Sugar Cafe, 692 Somerset Street


Otawa’s new RailRoad poetry series and Filling Station Magazine present Gaps in our Literary Culture: A Panel and Readings by Women.

The evening will begin with RailRoad’s panel featuring poets Sue Sinclair, the.Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) Critic-in-Residence. We will consider and question the gaps and exclusions of women and other marginalized voices from literature and criticism.  Does the current culture. work against equitable participation? If so, how can we act to address this?

To round out the evening, Filling Station launches issue #57, A Showcase of Experimental Writing by Women, inspired by CWILA’s 2012 count that demonstrated a gender imbalance in literary culture. Our panelists will be joined by contributors to the issue, Tricia McDaid and Fazeela Jiwa, to share some work from the issue that reflects the conversations of the evening.

Copies of the issues will be available for sale!





 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.



Four Anthology Calls From Scarecrow Press

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.




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


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


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


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


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:





  • 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. publication in early December. submissions until November 30. Three winners get (for free) paperback copies of Love on the Road 2013. There’s more information at


  • Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Deadline 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.


  •  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


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


  • Minotaur Books First Crime Novel Competition. Open to authors with no published books. Submit at least 220 double-spaced pages (60,000 words), “murder or another serious crime or crimes” must be at the heart of the story. Deadline: December 16, 2013
  • Entry fee: none Prizes: $10,000 advance against royalties Details:


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


  • 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:


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




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


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


  • 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.


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


  • Poetry School / Pighog Pamphlet Competition. We’re still poring over Kate White’s The Old Madness,  the collection which won this year’s Poetry School / Pighog pamphlet competition … but we’re also starting the search for next year’s winner. We’re now taking submissions for our second collaborative competition – details are here: and judges Simon Barraclough and Catherine Smith are waiting eagerly to read your entries. DEADLINE: Jan. 31, 2014


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


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


  •  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:


A World of Poetry in Ottawa: VERSeFest 2013 So Far…

logoI was going to put up a post about the 2013 poetry festival taking place this week in Ottawa.  I really was. After all, there was our very own Tree Reading Series event, with Stuart Ross, Catherine Owen and Don McKay. That’s a great list by itself. But there was Mark Tredinnick, the winner of the first Montreal Poetry Prize (among other prizes he’s won) whose poetry collection, Fire Diary, I’ve been trying to lay my hands on for almost a year. (Got it this time!)  Yes, I was going to put up a post. But then I read these great blog posts by Pearl Pirie and Amanda Earl. So, instead, for now, I’ll share their blog posts with you. Perhaps at festival’s end I’ll manage a brilliant post of my own. Or maybe I’ll let them do the posting on VERSeFest, as they are so very very brilliant at it themselves. See the links below (photos from VERSeFest 2013 site here: 

DAY ONE, Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Mark Tredinnick


VERSeFest 2013 Day 1 Pearl Pirie (pesbo)  

Amanda Earl: a wee look at V-fest day one

DAY TWO, Wednesday, March 13th, 2013:

Day 2 pesbo  the 7 p.m. event

Luna Allison 

Day 2 pesbo the 9 p.m. event

Amanda Earl: A VERSeFest Close Up: Chris Jennings

DAY THREE, Thursday, March 14th, 2013: (pictured left: Don McKay)

Amanda Earl offers this: VERSeFest Day 3 Notes



DAY FOUR: Friday, March 15th, 2013:   Matthew Sweeney & Rita Ann Higgins (pictured below)

Amanda Earl’s VERSeFest Day 4 brief notes

On Saturday, there is a lot more poetry to come, from workshops in the afternoon to more excellent readings in the evening. Take a look here: Saturday events at VERSeFest 2013

On Sunday, the festival wraps up with readings by poets from the Netherlands.haiku poetry, readings by Anne Simpson, Ken Babstock and Christine McNair. And two poets are the first to be inducted into the Hall of Honour: Greg Frankson and William Hawkins.

Take a look, maybe see you there?