THE PEIWG WEEKLY – October 17-23, 2011



17-23 October 2011

Welcome to the PEIWG Weekly Bulletin. This is published and circulated through the PEIWG mailing list on It contains announcements of events in PEI and around Canada that may be of interest to the members of the PEI Writers’ Guild and to PEIWG mailing list subscribers.

If you want to share any announcements, articles, interesting or useful links that you think other subscribers will be interested in, send them to; this weekly is sent out on Sunday or Monday every week, so please do not send announcements that need to be sent out immediately.




Welcome to the newest PEIWG members!

Welcome Ashley Prince, Louise Lalonde, Amanda Jendnck, Melissa Heald!



Winter’s Tales Authors’ Reading Series


Molly Peacock, internationally-acclaimed poet, anthologist, and author of the best-selling memoir Paradise, Piece by Piece, will read and discuss her work on Monday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building. A reception and book signing will follow. Admission is free.
Peacock has published six books of poetry, in the United States, England, and Canada, and her poems have appeared in such distinguished publications as The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and The Best of the Best American Poetry. She is also the author of How To Read A Poem and Start A Poetry Circle, editor of a collection of creative non-fiction, The Private I: Privacy in a Public World, and co-editor of Poetry in Motion: One Hundred Poems from the Subways and Buses.
Paradise, Piece by Piece has been one of the most popular memoirs in North America since its publication in 1998. Her newest book, The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72, lovingly tells the remarkable story of British artist Mary Granville Pendarves Delany (1700–1788), who became famous for her exquisitely detailed, botanically precise flower collages set against dramatic black backgrounds.
She has received awards from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She was Poet-in-Residence at the American Poets’ Corner (Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York) and former President of the Poetry Society of America. Peacock also wrote and performed  a one-woman monologue in poems, The Shimmering Verge, produced by Femme Fatale Productions, in theatres throughout North America.  Born and raised in New York state, she is now a dual Canadian-American citizen and lives in Toronto.
Her reading is part of The Winter’s Tales Author series sponsored by the UPEI English Department, with generous support from The Canada Council for the Arts.

Contact person: Dr. Richard Lemm, UPEI Department of English /   566-0592 /




Writers Digest

A bank robbery. A theft. A murder. We’ll start you off with this clue:
The deadline is October 22
Just like the barely-audible shuffles of a zombie, the deadline seems far-off…
The UnDeadline: October 31





Malahat Lite


 The October edition (Fall Issue Edition) of our e-newsletter, Malahat lite, is available. Inside, you’ll find:

  • a preview of our Fall 2011 issue, #176
  • a Q&A with Creative Nonfiction board member, Holly Pattison on what she’s looking for in submissions
  • an invitation to our Fall issue launch (on November 9th)
  • information on upcoming Malahat contests (2012 Open Season Awards deadline is November 9th)

Since there are no live links in the newsletter, I’ll provide some here:


Guidelines for our Open Season Awards:


This edition of Malahat lite can also be viewed online:


Do you live on the East Coast? Submit to our East Coast issue (deadline May 15, 2012)! Full guidelines:




Susan Sanford Blades

Circulation and Marketing Manager

The Malahat Review






The Fiddlehead’s 21st Annual Literary Contest


Deadline: Postmarked by December 1, 2011.


There are two contest categories: poetry and short fiction. Prizes for each category: $1500 for winner + publication payment and $500 for 2 honourable mentions + publication payment. Winning entries will be published in the spring 2012 issue of The Fiddlehead (No. 251) and on the web site. One short-fiction entry is one story (6,000 words maximum). One poetry entry is up to 3 poems; no more than 100 lines per poem. No simultaneous submissions and no previously published works. Entry Fee: $30 for an entry from Canada and $36 for an international entry. The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Fiddlehead. For full contest details go to or contact us at




A world of new fiction


Commonwealth Writers unearths, promotes and connects new writing talent from the fifty-four countries of the Commonwealth. By awarding prizes and establishing a network, we increase opportunities for emerging writers.

Commonwealth Writers is part of the cultural programme from the Commonwealth Foundation.


Commonwealth Writers is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers from all parts of the Commonwealth. If you have talent, an original voice, and stories to tell, then Commonwealth Writers wants to know about you.

We work in partnership with international writers’ organisations and the wider cultural industries. We help new writers develop their craft both online and in workshops with the Commonwealth’s best writing talent. We provide the hub to inspire, inform and motivate distinctive new voices.


We give two prizes. For each prize we award regional winners and an overall winner. The regions are Canada and Europe; Caribbean; Asia; Africa; Pacific. The prizes are open to Commonwealth citizens aged 18 or over.

·         Commonwealth Book Prize

Awarded for best first book, this prize is open to writers who have had their first novel (full length work of fiction) published in 2011. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £10,000.

·         Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction. Regional winners receive £1,000 and the overall winner receives £5,000.

Rules and eligibility information will be available from 18 October 2011.

Get in touch:




19th Annual Short Prose Competition

for Developing Writers

$2,500 PRIZE


The Writers Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until

November 3, 2011 for the 19th Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or nonfiction, written by an unpublished author.



$2,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three

Canadian magazines.



Writers Kevin Chong, Anne Emery, and Sylvia Fraser will serve as the jury.



This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have not had a book published by a commercial or university press in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or non-fiction is eligible.



· Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled.

· Submissions will be accepted in hardcopy only.

· Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, email

address, word count, and number of pages of entry.

· Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.

· Make cheque or money order payable to The Writers’ Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order, $29 per entry.

· Entries must be postmarked by November 3, 2011 to be eligible.

· Mail entries to: SPC Competition, The Writers Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.

Results will be posted at in February 2012. Manuscripts will not be returned.





The Malahat Review‘s East Coast Issue


Deadline: May 15, 2012


In the fall of 2012, The Malahat Review and The Fiddlehead will celebrate the writing of each other’s regions, with the former publishing an East Coast issue and the latter a West Coast issue. Writers with strong connections to either or both regions are invited to submit to the issue that will best provide their work the most apt and safe harbour.


The Malahat Review invites submissions from East Coast writers (East Coast includes all four Atlantic provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador). Submissions of poetry, fiction, personal essay, memoir, cultural criticism, and literary journalism are welcome.


Please see the full guidelines on our website prior to submitting:






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First Prize: $1000

Deadline: February 7, 2012

Tuesday, August 22, 2011Accenti Magazine is proud to announce its 7th Annual Writing Contest and 5th Annual Photo Contest. First Prize for each contest is $1000 and publication in Accenti. Second and third place winners receive $250.00 and $100.00 respectively. The deadline is February 7, 2012.

Winning entries will be presented at the Accenti Magazine Awards during the 14th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, April 18-23, 2012. The Accenti Magazine contests are open to all writers and photographers, established and emerging, worldwide.

Accenti‘s writing contest is open to fiction and nonfiction on any topic; and Accenti’s photo contest asks participants to “Capture an Italian Moment” anywhere in the world. Past writing contest winners include Elizabeth Cinello (2011, Toronto) Loretta Di Vita (2010, Montreal), Ivano Stocco (2009, Valencia, Spain), Paul French (2008, Toronto), Maria Francesca LoDico (2007, Montreal) and Sheila Wright (2006, Warkworth, Ontario). Photo winners include Marcel van Balken (2011, Amstelveen,

The Netherlands), Amy Occhipinti (2010, Toronto), Robert T. Norton (2009, Toronto) and Nick Colarusso (2008, Montreal).

About Accenti Magazine

Founded in Montreal in 2003, Accenti aims to bring together readers and writers around the idea of shared cultural experience and heritage, to encourage creative expression and celebrate common cultural values. For more information, please visit





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Enter Our Short Fiction and Poetry Contest

Share you best stories with us today for a chance to win up to $1,500!



  • Headlight Anthology  Deadline: October 25, 2011

Send your work about discovery, loss, guilt, origins, beginnings and endings, missing pieces, wandering, uncovered truths, thefts, possession and mementoes. Experimental, conceptual and found pieces are welcome.  Fiction: 5 pages double spaced max. Poetry: 3 pages max.

Comics and graphic narratives: 5 pages max. Photography and visual art: 3 jpeg images max.

Send your electronic submissions as an attachment to Please include a 50-100 word bio. All entries must be original and unpublished.


  • The Anarchist Writers Bloc (AWB)  Deadline: October 31, 2011  The Anarchist Writers Bloc (AWB) is now soliciting new, unpublished fiction for its second international anthology of anarchist short stories. We invite submissions dealing with subjects pertaining to anarchism (e.g., against illegitimate authority, anti-capitalism, anti-war, alienation, ecological, social and economic justice, race, class and gender from an anarchist perspective, etc.), and welcome work from anarchists and non-anarchists. The AWB is a group of anarchist fiction writers based in Montreal, Canada, with contributing members from around the world. Last year we published our first anthology – SUBVERSIONS – with original anarchist stories from 18 authors in English and French, including Cara Hoffman, Jim Miller, Ron Sakolsky and Norman Nawrocki.





Each and every one of the 6 new competitions offers the chance to win $1,000!

*Crime         Enter by October 22, 2011!

*Horror       The UnDeadline: October 31, 2011



Prairie Fire Press 2011 Writing Contests

Deadline: November 30, 2011

  • THE MALAHAT REVIEW’S 2012 OPEN SEASON AWARDS Deadline: November 1, 2011

     Prize: $1000 in each of three categories: Poetry, Short fiction, Creative nonfiction


Entries must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2012.

Questions? Call 604-681-9161 or email


  • The CBC Literary Prize: Short Story Competition


The CBC Literary Prizes recognize the best in original, unpublished writing by Canadians.

Three contests to enter:

* CBC Short Story Prize. Competition opens September 1; deadline November 1.

* CBC Poetry Prize. Competition opens December 1; deadline February 1.

* CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Competition opens March 1; deadline May 1.




For contest guidelines, download and consult the contest entry PDFs.

For all inquiries regarding the Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry contests, please contact the contest manager at

*Nonfiction Contest Deadline: November 30, 2011 

*Short Fiction Contest Deadline: January 27, 2012

*Poetry Contest Deadline: January 27, 2012.



Arc Poem of the Year Contest

Shall it be big, or shall it be small? Rhyme and keep time, or more free-for-all? 

Send your best to the Arc Poem of the Year Contestthis year with a $5,000 grand prize. Deadline: February 1, 2012. For past winners, contest mailing address, entry fee and submission details, visit Arc Poetry Magazine at




October 2011

One of the “101 Best Websites for Writers”
Writer’s Digest, 2005-2011

Welcome to our October newsletter. This is the companion to our online database, The Best Free Poetry Contests. It alerts you to upcoming contests and important contest changes, highlights quality resources for writers, and announces achievements and great poems by our readers.

From our latest Critique Corner by Tracy Koretsky, below: “This month, Critique Corner demonstrates one of the most simple—yet infinitely likeable—revision strategies: ‘generosity’. Everyone has a poem in his or her file that will fly with just a touch of it.”

Lost one of our newsletters? Formatting doesn’t look right? Not to worry. All our recent newsletters are posted online at

All entries that win cash prizes in these contests will be published on (over one million page views per year) and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter, with over 35,000 subscribers.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest
Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2012
Now in its 20th year. Prizes of $3,000, $1,000, $400 and $250 will be awarded, plus six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. Submit any type of short story, essay or other work of prose, up to 5,000 words. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. $15 entry fee. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)
Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2012
Winning Writers invites you to enter the 11th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. We’ll award $3,600, including a top prize of $1,500. Submit one humor poem online. No length limit. Both published and unpublished poems are welcome. No fee to enter. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. See the complete guidelines and past winners.







Date:          Wednesday, October 19, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Location:   Capital Hill Hotel and Suites – Mackenzie Room, 88 Albert Street, Ottawa

Cost:             Admission is free for EAC members and $10 for non-members


There is no hotel parking. Parking is available at the World Exchange Plaza, the NAC, and on the street.


Come to hear two experts, each with long experience and a finger on the pulse of the industry:

•         Carolyn Brown, science and medicine writer and editor with 18 years’ experience at Canada’s two largest scientific publishers and member of EAC

•         Leo Paoletti, user Manager, User Education at Kinaxis Inc., and former documentation manager at Entrust and Corel and member of EAC


Participants will leave the session with a sense of what experience and skills are needed to specialize as an editor and what the market is like in the private sector for editors, writers, and user educators. They will also see how that market has shifted among the information skills and services that employers are looking for today.   Pat Patterson, Public Relations, EAC-NCR,




MILE-END POETS’ FESTIVAL Tuesday October 19 to 24

various locations

October 19th the Mile-End Poets’ Festival launches 5 days of poetry, music, readings, workshops and other literary, musical and dance events. Shows will take place up and down St-Laurent Boulevard, and will feature poets, performers and musicians from Montreal and across Canada. See website for full schedule.





Check Facebook for full details or visit



Of special interest: “The Industrious Indies” is an events project Collected Works Bookstore has begun to give independent self published authors a chance to display their books and a place the host author events and network. For more information on the project contact Chris Carroll through Facebook or at via email


Tuesday, October 18 – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Wellington Street Readers


The book club discusses Yann Martell’s Beatrice and Virgil. Meetings are open and new members are welcome at any time.


Thursday, October 20 – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Industrious Indies: Paul Heffernan reads from The Slip Kids

As part of our new “Industrious Indies” project Collected Works is pleased to have Ottawa independent writer Paul Heffernan in to read and sign copies of his new novel The Slip Kids. His first outing, North of Seven, was a bit of a ride and it is with great interest that we are looking forward to having copies of his new book in the store.


Saturday, October 22   – 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meet Krista Dunlop, author of Underwater Odyssey

A special look at marine life for kids of all ages! Author Krista Dunlop, a trained diver and talented speaker, believes the future of our environmental world rests in the hands of our young children. Through the creation of her Underwater Odyssey publication series, she carefully nurtures young children’s imaginations, providing windows through which they can look into their world and empower them to become “Blue Planet Legacy Heroes” and voice their environmental concerns.  For more about Krista, visit





Date:          Saturday, October 22 between 9:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Location:   Ottawa Public Library (OPL), Main Library, Laurier & Metcalfe

                        The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Capital Crime Writers present  ‘A Day to Kill’.  Ottawa’s top mystery authors will gather for a full day of panels and readings by celebrity guests.  Best-selling authors, including Rick Mofina, Mary Jane Maffini, C.B. Forrest, Barbara Fradkin, Thomas Curran and Brenda Chapman among others will be on hand to entertain, speak about their craft and mingle with fans.  The event includes a complimentary lunch.  Author panels will be interspersed with local celebrities dropping by to read from author works.  Mystery fans will be able to meet Ottawa’s ‘writing Mafia’ and discover why their books have a growing fan base not just in Canada but around the world.  There is no charge for admission.  Books will be available for purchase.  To pre-register, send an email to:  For more information, visit:






The bright new energetic National Press Club is à la page.

See what’s happening at the Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert St., Ottawa.


Monday, Oct 24, 12 noon –  Meet “the Foth” Fotheringham. Get his new book.

Tuesday, Oct, 25 – “Our Opium Dependence Crisis” with Dr. R. E. Johnson.


Other events are being planned for a great revival. This is only the beginning.

See details on our Web site,







Date:          Monday, October 24, 2011 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location:   Library and Archives Canada, Room 156, 395 Wellington Street

Cost:           Journalism students with ID free, Media Club Members $15. Non-Members $20

Light dinner included


RSVP 613-521-4855 by October 21


Featuring Val Sears, retired journalist & Edith Cody-Rice, retired CBC lawyer

This initiative by the Almonte Press Club serves Almonte, Pakenham, Mississippi Mills and Carleton Place.  A prominent group of retired Canadian journalists recently launched The Millstone, an online newspaper that bills itself as “an intelligent and informed news source” for residents in Almonte, Pakenham, Mississippi Mills, and Carleton Place. Val Sears, a retired journalist who has been called one of the most important political journalists of his day, and who has written for the Canadian Press, the Toronto Telegram and the Toronto Star, and his wife Edith Cody-Rice, a recently retired CBC lawyer, will discuss this all-volunteer initiative and how and why it was started by the Almonte Press Club.

MEDIA CONTACT: Iris ten Holder: tel. 613 828-6292; email






Email: visit OPL’s site for more info

  • October 25 – Peter Behrens: Main Library-12:00 p.m.
  • October 29 – Maureen Jennings: Alta Vista Library, 2516 Alta Vista-2:00 p.m.
  • November 5 – Ian Hamilton: Alta Vista Library-2:00 p.m.
  • November 12 – Roderick and Sharon Stewart: Sunnyside Library-2:00 p.m.
  • November 17 – Nerys Parry: Main Library-7:00 p.m.
  • November 19 – Randy Boyagoda: Nepean Centrepointe Library-2:30 p.m.
  • November 26 – Scott Thornley: Elmvale Acres Library-2:00 p.m.
  • December 3 – Alexander MacLeod: Rosemount Library, 2:00 p.m.






Dates: October 28-30, 2011

Location: Fern Resort in Orillia


Turning Leaves 2011, Writescape’s fall writing getaway, an all-inclusive, 3-day retreat, runs October 28-30 at the picturesque Fern Resort in Orillia on Lake Couchiching, just under two hours from Toronto.  Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoir writers are all welcome. The all-inclusive retreat program offers participants the luxury of focusing on their writing while the resort takes care of the rest. Writers enjoy three days that balance creativity sessions, group activities and dedicated writing time in a natural lakeside setting with modern conveniences, meals and a private room with a wood-burning fireplace and balcony or terrace. Kindle your imagination and nurture your creative needs.


The retreat is led by Ruth E. Walker and Gwynn Scheltema, two powerhouse workshop facilitators. This dynamic duo has taught a full range of programs from half-day workshops to weeklong retreats to college level credit courses. Scheltema is an award-winning freelance writer and poet, and a founding editor for the Canadian journal LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview. Walker is an award-winning writer, poet and playwright with fiction, poetry, and non-fiction work published in Canada, the US, and the UK. Joining them as special guest facilitator is award-winning poet and author Barry Dempster. He shares his insights on the writing life in a fireside chat Friday evening and leads a workshop Saturday.


The price for the weekend ranges from $695 to $795 which includes all meals, single (or double) room accommodations, resort amenities and the three-day retreat program. A day rate is also available. Members of approved writers’ associations WCDR/HHWEN/CAA/PWAC) and Writescape retreat alumni are entitled to a $30 discount; members of other writing associations may query.


Pre-registration is required. For full retreat details and online registration, visit, e-mail, or phone 905-728-7823.







Date:  Various dates as noted


Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Editors’ Association of Canada offers seminars with a hands-on approach to many facets of copy editing and writing.  Editors, writers, and communicators can refine their skills, enhance their knowledge base, and improve their communication expertise with seminars taught by industry experts at the highly regarded National Capital Region Branch seminars.


Upcoming workshops:


# Starting a Freelance Career: October 29, 2011, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

# Estimating: October 29, 2011, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

# Copy Editing II: Judgment Calls and Added Value: November 1, 2011, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

# From Concept to Completion: Managing the Publication Process: November 28, 2011, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

# Writing & Editing for the Web: January 20, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

# Eight-Step Editing: February 8, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

# Practical Proofreading: February 22, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

# Getting Work with the Federal Government: April 14, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

# Electronic Editing: April 23, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

# Punctuation and Mechanics: May 7, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

# The Secrets of Syntax: May 8, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


NOTE: Space is limited. These workshops are open to everyone. EAC members receive a reduced rate.


CONTACT: Pat Patterson, Public Relations, EAC-NCR,





Date: Saturday October 29


Time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.


Location: 5035 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montreal (Vendome metro)


COST: $25 for one workshop, $40 for both


Led by Kari-Lynn Winters

Workshop 1 – 1100 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Genre Transformations: Moving between Plays, Graphic Novels, and Picture Books

Finding the most apt genre for your story is no easy task. Writing for the stage is different than writing for the page. Similarly, a play is distinct from writing a picture book or writing a graphic novel — not only the format, but in the composing itself. As an award-winning children’s author and playwright who has had experience writing across these three genres, Kari-Lynn Winters can say that each transformation requires its own unique organization, thought pattern, and communicative expression. Ideas such as text purpose, writer/reader relationships, rhythms, and benefits/limitations of different genres will be explored. Illustrators are invited to attend this interactive session.


Workshop 2 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Keep ’em Laughing: Writing Funny Fiction

Humour is a tremendous tool for writers. When done well, it can make your stories more memorable, improve your chances of being published, and earn you financial and personal rewards. In this workshop, award-winning children’s author and playwright Kari-Lynn Winters will draw on her own books as well as the writing of others in order to demonstrate concrete ways to hone your humour writing skills and to keep your audiences giggling.


A maximum of 30 people will be accepted per workshop.


Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning children’s author, playwright, performer, and academic scholar. An experienced teacher of writing, Kari-Lynn is an assistant professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON. More information about Kari-Lynn can be found at

Email Carol-Ann Hoyte at to register, or for more information.





DATE: Saturday, November 19 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: The Lions Club, 935 Sydenham Road, Kingston.


Have you ever considered writing your memoirs or family history? This workshop will introduce you to the tricks and conventions of telling true stories and will show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. Whether you want to write for your family or for a wider public, don’t miss this workshop.


Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor

for more than 25 years. He teaches at Ryerson University and has led workshops every-

where from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Moncton. But his proudest boast is

that he has helped many of his students get published.


Fee: $32.74 + 13% HST = $37 paid in advance

or $35.40 + 13% HST = $40 if you wait to pay at the door


To register, please make out a cheque to Brian Henry and mail it to:

Brian Henry, 110 Reiner Road, Toronto, ON M3H 2L6

To reserve a spot now, email



Writer’s Digest Conference

January 20-22, 2012

New York Sheraton Hotel and Towers

Today from Writer’s Digest:

JUST 48 hours left to take advantage of our Early Bird discount!

Register now at the lowest price for the 2012 Writer’s Digest Conference—the biggest event dedicated to the business of getting published!

Register now & get here for less!





Dates: Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29, 2012

Location:  The Cove Country Inn, Westport, Ontario


Best-selling Author BARBARA KYLE, Workshop Leader, has taught her “Writers Boot Camp” for the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and offers twice-yearly Master Classes that focus on workshopping each participant’s novel-in-progress. Visit

Please reserve your rooms directly with the Inn telling them you are attending the Canadian Authors Association – National Capital Region Writers Retreat. Please mention any special dietary needs.    1-888-268-3466

Registration for the workshops is separate. Workshop fees are $150. for Canadian Authors Association members, $185. for non-members.  To obtain a brochure and for more information please e-mail Phyllis Bohonis:






Two Writer-in-Residence opportunities for Quebec writers:

  • Rivière-des-Prairies and Pointe-aux-Trembles Libraries, and Robert-Bourassa Library in Outremont (reserved for YA author) Deadline: January 30, 2012  Writers must consult the criteria and parameters of the host borough or city, since each residency is held under their aegis.







DEADLINE: Applications for Winter 2012 admittance due October 28, 2011.


Whether your genre is Creative Nonfiction or the Novel, we’ve created a seven-course series that will show you the path from first glimmer to full manuscript. You’ll start with the habit of art, move through a series of targeted workshops, produce a book-length manuscript (or at least a good part of one), and review that manuscript in a one-on-one tutorial with an accomplished writer in your genre.


Because the Certificate Program relies on a dedicated, dynamic cohort, admission is by application only. By studying and writing with a consistent group of students with similar commitment to their work, you’ll achieve a deeper sense of connection and thus a deeper level of learning. You’ll be involved in the creation and construction of many narratives – most notably your own. Best of all, the Certificate Program offers enormous flexibility. You can access your class from home or on your travels, at the times of day that suit your schedule.


By the time you receive your Certificate, you will be well on your way to writing a book-length manuscript. Will it be finished and revised? That’s up to you. But along the way, your work will be read, critiqued, and supported by dedicated instructors who are also serious practitioners in your field.


For more information or to join our mailing list, please visit:



Online Writing Classes  is a writing site founded in 2000.

On this writing community all posts receive feedback from writers and readers. Feedback includes a detailed comment on the posted work and a rating. The site uses a six star ratings scale with “1” being the worst and “6” being the best.

Writers are ranked based on the feedback they receive. Separate rankings are available for Poets, Novelists, Short Works (short stories and essays) and Script Writers (television and other forms of screenplays). Trophies are rewarded to the top five writers in each of the individual rankings at the end of the year.

The site recognizes writing with “Recognized”, “All Time Best” and “Seal of Quality” levels. Each level is more difficult to receive with the final level determined by the Seal of Quality committee. The committee is made up of published authors and stand-out reviewers. They offer feedback to help writers get published.

The site features free writing contests with cash prizes. Site members also have the ability to create their own contests to challenge other writers to write about a specific topic or a specific form of writing (such as writing using specific poetry format).

The welcome page includes featured writing. It also includes writing that has been well received in the past 24 hours.

Each day over 200 stories and poems are posted. Over 7,000 comments are written on the writing posted daily. Writers keep full copyright to their posted work.




All you need to know about ebooks: how to read them,
the different ebook formats, choosing an ebook reader,
and where to find the best specials and free ebooks.





$6.99. Download in PDF Format.

Would you like to work as a freelance writer for regional magazines? Most city and state magazines work with freelancers and typically cover a wide range of topics – including arts, business, dining, entertainment, fashion, finance, health, home and garden,
lifestyle, recreation, sports, and travel.

We searched through our Markets Plus database of publications and compiled this list of more than 50 city magazines and state magazines in USA and Canada that purchase material from freelance writers.

It is not an exhaustive list of all of the regional publications but lists fifty magazines (actually 57!) that publish their writer’s guidelines online.

For further details and to download this list today see:



How to Avoid Them

By Sherrill Wark

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Congratulations to the winner of The Malahat Review‘s Newly Renamed Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize!

The Malahat Review congratulates Anne Marie Todkill of Ottawa, ON on winning our 2011 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize with her entry, “Hoarding.”

Her story was chosen from 137 entries by final judge Terry Glavin. Anne Marie will receive a $1000 CAD prize. Her story will be published in our Winter, 2011 issue (#177) and an interview with her will appear on our website and in our e-newsletter, Malahat lite, in December.

Please see the attached pdf for more information including a list of finalists, and judges’ comments.

Creative Nonfiction Prize Renaming Announcement:

2011 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize Winner Announcement:




Date:                  Tuesday, October 25, 2011 8 p.m.

Location:          Tree Reading Series, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa (Arts Court)


Launch of the Field Stone Poets’ newly published poetry collection “Whistle for Jellyfish”.  Members of the group are Sylvia Adams, Barbara Myers, Margaret Malloch Zielinski, Glenn Kletke, brock currie and Gill Foss. The launch will be held as part of the TREE reading series. Sylvia and Gill are NCR members of long standing with a number of publications to their individual credits. There will be copies for sale (signed if requested) and light refreshments served.


Whistle for Jellyfish

Publisher: Bookland Press Inc.

ISBN: 97811926956015 $16.95





     A QUERY LETTER Led by Montreal author Ken Kalman   NEW


Date:          Thursday October 27, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Location:   Thomas More Institute: 3405 Atwater, Montreal

Cost:           $5 members, $12 non-members







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Saturday, October 22 1:00 p.m.  – 3:00 p.m. Meet Valerie Knowles, author of Capital Lives Vol. II: Profiles of 32 Leading Ottawa Personalities


This follow-up to Capital Lives contains 32 new profiles of well-known Canadians from Ottawa’s past, all of which have appeared in the author’s “Forever Young” column since the publication of the first volume in 2005. For more information





LOCATION: Backbeat Books, Music & Gifts 6 Wilson Street West, Perth, On. 613-466-0663

TIME:  All readings begin at 7:00 p.m.


October 21 @ Backbeat Books, Music & Gifts

Kathleen Winter, Myna Wallin & Lauren Kirshner




Deadline: November 15, 2011

In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge February 13 – 25, 2012

Program Director: Steven Ross Smith, Faculty: J.R. Carpenter, Steve Tomasula, Fred Wah

Guest Speakers: Brian Kim Stefans,  D. Kimm

Spoken Word April 2 – 14, 2012

Program Director: Sheri-D Wilson, Faculty: Victor Hernández Cruz, Geneviève Letarte

Writing Studio April 20 – June 2, 2012

Program Director: Greg Hollingshead, Associate Directors: Daphne Marlatt, Karen Solie

Faculty: Larissa Lai, M.A.C. Farrant, Tim Bowling, Shyam Selvadurai, Nino Ricci, Fanny Howe, Colin Bernhardt


Check out the cool programs and events at





DATE: Sunday, November 20 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Jack Purcell Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane at Elgin St. Room 203, 2nd floor


Set-up begins at 8:30; take-down at 4:30 PM

Jack Purcell Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane at Elgin Street Room 203 – 2nd Floor (there is an elevator to the 2nd floor)

Table Rental Fees: OIW members: $35 full table;  $20 half table;  Non-members; $40 full table; $25 half table

Registration and Information: To register, please contact Bob Fowler at: Email your confirmation to Bob Fowler: and mail a cheque payable to Ottawa Independent Writers to: 22 Parkside Cres., Nepean, ON K2G 3B5




October 2011 issue of is now online



“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.”

Sidney Sheldon



WritingRaw’s First Contest Winner is… Charles Sanchez! Stop in and read his winning short based on the word: WIDDENDREAM


NOVEMBER CONTEST: Write a 500 word or less piece using the following outdated phrase: “The cat’s pajamas.” The deadline for this will be October 23. The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate from and be posted on


NEW COLUMN: Writing To Set Criteria by Raine Voss. An interact creative writing lesson. She provides the title for the piece (writers choice as to genre but limited to 600 words); 2 settings (place, emotion or both); 7 key words (all of which must be used); 3 randomly chosen numbers; and a colour… and YOU send the finished piece to her and she will choose the one which shows the best (and least forced) use of the criteria. Come on, give it a try.


COLUMNS: We would still like to offer space for columns – but these MUST be related in some way to writing or books. If you have an idea, please contact Weeb and check with him.


FLASH FICTION REVIEWS: Send us your flash fiction book reviews – no more than 250 words per review. Send to


We are sure there is tons that we haven’t hit on in this rambling piece, and we will update things throughout the month if need be. Until then, dive in and discover a new and emerging writer. We are sure you will enjoy this issue.


The Staff of

Ditch, Weeb, Rib



New in this issue:



  • Anna’s Room by Lo-Arna Collins
  • Condemned by Jason P. Henry
  • Death in a Garden by Christopher Nagle
  • Edibility by Michael Shannon
  • Gone Away… by Vivian Conejero
  • Like Ripening Fruit by Clive Gill
  • The Dead Travel Quickly by VL Sheridan
  • Inside by Richard Styles
  • The Devil’s Orchestra by Jerry Guarino
  • The Translucent Boy by Jolene Poole
  • When Beauty Meets Morbid by Debra Ann Elliott



  • A Pumpkin Poem From Memory by Salvatore Buttaci
  • An Engineer Remembers by Barbara Beswick
  • An Inflated Ball [The Scheme Of Currency] by James Dye
  • Autumn Morn by Peter Yates
  • Bugs by Vincent Davis
  • Cruel Nature – Cruel Life by John Behan
  • Cycle by Kathy Abrahams
  • Fearful Night by James Mackie
  • In Charge by John Grey
  • In My Past Life by Kristen Walker
  • Life of Addiction by Jason Anderson
  • Leprechaun? by Peter Yates
  • Our Spot by Tammy Burley
  • Port by Debra Jean Roberts
  • Wanton Woman by Tichaona Chinyelu


NEW Poems by Rib!



  • Artist of the Month: by Mohammed Abbagana
  • pro-jec-tile: Novella by Scott D. Wilson
  • The Bow Hunter: Novella by Malcolm McBride



  • Steve Alten
  • Margaret Coel
  • Michael Prescott
  • Kimberla Lawson Roby



  • Allbooks Review
  • Between the Sheets: The Long Song by Andrea Levy
  • Flash Reviews




really BAD Shakespeare Season 3 Begins!

Episode 1 online NOW: Why Then Tonight Let Us Assay Our Plot


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