THE PEIWG WEEKLY, 7-13 November 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.



Acorn Press Launches New Poetry Book by Dianne Morrow

Thursday, November 10, 7 p.m., Haviland Club

What Really Happened Is This: A Poetry Memoir by Dianne Hicks Morrow will be launched on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at the Haviland Club, corner of Haviland and Water Streets. Everyone is invited.

Written over a period of ten years, this poetry memoir is not only a tribute to Morrow’s mother and father, but also an exploration of the journey we all eventually face—coming to terms with the loss of our parents.

“This moving testimony of a daughter’s love for her ageing parents is courageous, intimate and plain-speaking, qualities that make it hard to put down – a rare achievement in a poetry collection,” states UPEI Writer-in-Residence Louise Oxley, a Tasmanian poet.

At the launch Dianne will give a reading from her new book, donating her reading fee to the P.K. Page Trust Fund being established by the League of Poets.

Well-known musician Margie Carmichael will play guitar during the book signing. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Morrow has two other books published by Acorn Press: Long Reach Home (poetry) in 2002, and Kindred Spirits: Relationships That Spark The Soul (non-fiction) in 2005. Her award-winning poetry has been published in literary journals across Canada. A past-president of the PEI Writers’ Guild and a Life Writing course instructor at Seniors College, Morrow was the 2008 recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on PEI.


Terrilee Bulger, Publisher, The Acorn Press:
 (902) 221 1061; e-mail: <>

Dianne Morrow, 672-2013, e-mail: <>







Book Launch with Harry Thurston

Thursday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. Biologist, naturalist, and author Harry Thurston will launch his newest book, The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History, at Confederation Centre Public Library. The book, filled with stunning photographs by Island photographer Wayne Barrett explores the natural history of the east coast of North America from Newfoundland to Cape Hatteras.






Date:          Wednesday,  November 16th,  7:30 p.m.

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

Cost:             There is a $10 fee for this event (members and non-members


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


Come, relax, and network with your fellow language enthusiasts at the annual EAC–NCR wine and cheese social. Again this year, we’ll include a chance for members to strut their stuff in an Editors’ Showcase. Bring along a sample or two to display or an editing experience to share. (If you are interested, please let us know in advance: Kick off the festive season with a glass of wine and some yummy nibbles—and make some new contacts while you’re there! Bring along a business card to join in on some fun!

There is a $10 fee for this event (members and non-members). Please RSVP to by November 10.  Woody Huizenga, Suzanne Keeptwo, and Carl Stieren,  EAC–NCR Speaker Nights Co-Chairs,  Pat Patterson, Public Relations, EAC-NCR,






DATES: November 1 to 30, 2011


National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.




  • The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Fiction Contest, Deadline: Tue, 11/15/2011, Categories: Fiction Entry Fees: $25 per entry Prizes: Grand Prize:  $1,500

Please check our website for full guidelines and further information on all our writing contests:  Contact Information:

  • SOUL-MAKING LITERARY COMPETITION Deadline: Wed, 11/30/2011 Categories Children’s, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Entry Fees: $5 per submission Prizes: $100/$50/$25 in each category Description: Eleven contest categories include poetry, short-story, literary nonfiction, novel excerpt, prose poetry, flash fiction, memoir, young-adult prose and poetry, humor and intercultural essay. Contact Information: Soul-Making Literary Competition, Eileen Malone, The Webhallow House, 1544 Sweetwood Dr., Broadmoor Village, CA 94015 Website:
  • WHITE PINE PRESS POETRY PRIZE Deadline: Wed, 11/30/2011 Categories: Poetry Entry Fees: $20/entry Prizes: $1,000 and publication Description: Submit poetry mss. of 60-80 pages. Contact Information: White Pine Press Poetry Prize, P.O. Box 236, Buffalo, NY 14201 716-627-4665  Website:
  • THE WRITER 2011 PERSONAL ESSAY/MEMOIR CONTEST  Deadline: Wed, 11/30/2011 Categories: General, Nonfiction Entry Fees: $10 per entry Prizes: $1,000/$300/$200, plus online classes from Gotham Writers’ Workshop and a year’s subscription to The Writer for the top three. The winning essay/memoir will be published in The Writer; the top three will be published on See details and rules at Contact Information:  Please note “Essay/memoir contest” in the subject line. Website:


  • For Women Writers! The Society Of Women Writers And Journalists: Life Writing Competition.  Extended Deadline: Nov. 30, 2011.  See Website For Details 




  • Prairie Fire Press 2011 Writing Contests

Deadline: November 30, 2011



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

Questions? Call 604-681-9161 or email


  • The CBC Literary Prizes


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

Two more contests to enter:

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

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

Visit for full contest details




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






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



Call for entries:
Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Commonwealth Writers – a world of new fiction

Today the Commonwealth Foundation made the call for entries for the new Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize.  The prizes are part of a new initiative, Commonwealth Writers, an online hub to inspire, inform and create a community of writers from all over the world. Together with the prizes, Commonwealth Writers unearths, develops and promotes the best new fiction from across the Commonwealth.

Awarded for best first book, the Commonwealth Book Prize is open to writers who have had their first novel (full length work of fiction) published between 1 January and 31 December 2011. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £10,000. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000-5000 words). Regional winners receive £1,000 and the overall winner receives £5,000. The winners will be announced in June 2012.

Chair of the Commonwealth Book Prize, Margaret Busby said “The significance of a prize such as this becomes greater with each year.  It is vital to encourage and celebrate the talent of newly emerging novelists whose words have the potential to inspire and enrich the entire literary world.  Searching out and promoting the best first books of fiction internationally is a serious task, a great honour and a wonderful challenge.”

Chair of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Bernardine Evaristo said “This wonderful prize will turn the spotlight on the increasingly popular short story form and aims to support and encourage short story writers worldwide.”

As one of the Commonwealth Foundation’s culture programmes, Commonwealth Writers works in partnership with international literary organisations, the wider cultural industries and civil society to help writers develop their craft. Commonwealth Writers is a forum where members can debate the future of publishing, get advice from established authors and ask questions of our writer in residence.

Commonwealth Foundation Director, Danny Sriskandarajah said “As one of the Commonwealth Foundation’s flagship projects, I’m delighted that we’re putting the prizes firmly on the contemporary map of new writing and launching a dedicatedCommonwealth Writers website to extend our global reach.”

— ENDS —
Notes to editors

1. For interviews with Chair of the Commonwealth Book Prize, Margaret Busby, or Chair of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Bernardine Evaristo please contact Emma D’ / +44 (0) 20 7747 6328

2. Full rules and entry and eligibility information is available

3. Closing date for entries:
Commonwealth Book Prize is Friday 9 December 2011 (5pm GMT)
Commonwealth Short Story Prize is Wednesday 30 November 2011 (5pm GMT)

4. Commonwealth Writers unearths, promotes and connects new writing talent by awarding prizes and creating opportunities. Commonwealth Writers is part of the Culture Programme from the Commonwealth Foundation.

5. The Commonwealth Foundation is an intergovernmental organisation established in 1965, resourced by and reporting to Commonwealth governments, and guided by Commonwealth values and priorities. It aims to strengthen civil society in the achievement of Commonwealth priorities – democracy and good governance, respect for human rights and gender equality, poverty eradication and sustainable, people-centred development, and to promote arts and culture.

6. For media enquiries please contact Claire Turner, Communications Manager at the Commonwealth Foundation / +44 (0) 20 7747 6522.

Commonwealth Foundation, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HY United Kingdom; Tel +44 (0)20 7930 3783; Fax +44 (0) 20 7839 8157



The Winnipeg Free Press / Writers’ Collective


“Now that was funny!” or

“A fork in the road”



1st prize $500

2nd Prize $300

3rd Prize $100


1st prize $150

2nd Prize $100

3rd Prize $50


Nov. 14, 2011


An Awards Evening will be held Dec. 8, 2011.

All winning entries will be published in the Winnipeg Free Press and

The Collective Consciousness, the quarterly journal of the

Writers’ Collective.

For rules & entry form contact:


(204) 786-9468 • •




Deadline is Dec. 1, 2011

Enfield & Wizenty is offering the second annual Colophon fiction prize: a $5,000 advance and 2012 book publication for the most outstanding novel or short story collection that combines literary and commercial appeal. Novel submissions should include a bio, synopsis, and one or two chapters. Short story collections should have appeared extensively in Canadian literary magazines, and submissions should include one or two stories along with a bio.


For information on our first four seasons please visit our Enfield & Wizenty website


Please note that we’re not interested in genre novels–crime, science fiction, romance etc. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but do let us know. E-mail submissions are also acceptable. INCLUDE E-mail address and postal address.


Submissions to: 345-955 Portage Ave. Winnipeg, MB R3G 0P9




Rhubarb Magazine’s

special Jewish, Ukrainian, Mennonite issue

Deadline: December 1, 2011







This year’s winner will receive:


• a publishing contract with BIBLIOASIS

• a leather-bound copy of the book

• a $1,500 cash prize, presented by Steven Temple Books

• a regional book tour, including festival appearances

• a profile in The New Quarterly


SUBMISSIONS must be postmarked no later than December 31st, 2011. An electronic rtf or pdf submission must also be sent to by December 31st, 2011.

Full details are found on the PDF (929 KB) linked from the publisher’s site:

or directly





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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!




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:





DEADLINE: November 15TH for the December 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>







CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — The Prince Edward Island Model Forest Network, in partnership with the Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry, is holding a special forest-themed photo contest over the fall and winter.

“The members of the Model Forest Network are encouraging people to head outside and capture images that reflect how they perceive and use our public and private forest lands,” said Richard Gill, chair of the Model Forest Network. “Whether enjoying wildlife, walking, hunting, working, snowshoeing or biking, we are looking for images that reflect the importance of Island forests.”
Prince Edward Island’s landscape is renowned for its blend of fields, water and forests. This landscape attracts amateur and professional photographers who want to capture images of what the Island means to them.
While the Island’s beaches, farms and small communities often receive the most attention, forests are often featured for their lush greens in spring and summer, vibrant red, orange and yellow of fall, and the white stillness of winter.  Some photographers also try to capture the hundreds of ways people use and connect with forests every day.
The contest is designed to promote awareness and appreciation of all types of forests including urban and rural, and public and private forests. Themes could also include how forests meet various economic, social, recreational, cultural, ecological and aesthetic needs.
“We are interested in Island photographs of almost anything forest-related,” said Mr. Gill.
The contest includes a special outdoor photography workshop that will feature tips and demonstrations on how to improve outdoor photography.  It will be held Saturday, October 22,  9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Central Forest District office,170 Beach Grove Road, Charlottetown.
The contest runs from October 22, 2011 to February 29, 2012.  Prizes will be offered for the winning photographs. For workshop information, contest rules and for details about prizes, visit or contact Greg Ridgway at (902) 368-4800 or at


For more information, contact Kim Devine, Environment, Energy & Forestry by email at or phone (902) 368-5286.





Brenda Chapman @ Ottawa Public Library


Date:          Tuesday, November 8th 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe at Laurier

Speaker:    Brenda Chapman


For further details on CAA meetings for 2011-2012 season, see


Brenda Chapman will share her techniques for getting started on a novel and keeping the plot on track. Brenda will also provide writing tips and useful insight into the world of publishing. Her presentation is intended to be interactive and informal, so feel free to bring your list of questions and mosey on up to the mike!


Brenda is author of the Jennifer Bannon mystery series for young adults. The second book in this series, Hiding in Hawk’s Creek, was shortlisted by the Canadian Authors Association for book of the year in 2006 and was a Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” pick. Trail of Secrets (2009) is the fourth and final book in the series.


In 2010, Brenda’s first adult murder mystery In Winter’s Grip was released by RendezVous Crime. In the spring of 2011, Orca published The Second Wife, an adult mystery in their highly successful Rapid Reads series. Second Chances, a stand alone youth audience novel will be released by Dundurn in early 2012.


Brenda served two terms as president of Capital Crime Writers and was on the 2009 Bloody Words executive in Ottawa, responsible for media and publicity. She is a former teacher and currently works as a senior communications advisor in Ottawa.







DATE:                     Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION:        Library and Archives Canada, Room A, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa


Readings and a Panel Discussion: Traditional versus Self Publishing. Meet three Ottawa writers who have taken different paths to publication. Sandra Nicholls, Jasmine Aziz and Nerys Parry will read from their books and answer audience questions in what promises to be a lively discussion on traditional versus self publishing. Please note: Their books will be available for purchase! Light refreshments will be served.  Admission is free.






presented by the OTTAWA PRESS CLUB


DATE:              Monday, November 14 Reception at 11 AM  Luncheon at 12 Noon

LOCATION:   Rideau Room, Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert Street.

COST:              Members: $20, Others $22 – (buffet style??)

Reservations: 613-567-9900 or email:

For more info:





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




 Key Note Speakers Dr. Jennifer Dickson, CM, RA & Paul Portelli



DATE:  November 22nd 2011  8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.


LOCATION: Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd


“From Passion to Profession… Make ART WORK”


The Arts & Culture Industry is one of the fastest growing economies in our country today. What does it take to turn your talent into a successful business? The passion for your art, the proper tools and the right training.  The Art Works Conference is a one day arts & entrepreneurship conference designed to give you resources and information to help transfer your creative skills to a business context. The day will be filled with presentations on business skills geared to the artist, invaluable networking opportunities amongst peers and industry professionals, a facilitated panel discussion with leaders in the arts field in Ottawa and featuring dynamic key note speakers Dr. Jennifer Dickson, CM, RA and Paul Portelli, visual merchandiser, sculptor and gallery owner. To Register: (613) 560-6081







Email: visit OPL’s site for more info

  • 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.









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:


# 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, 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.







The first-ever branch Anthology, themed Inspiration Planet Earth: Our Natural Environment is Life, is available for ONLY $12.95!


The theme, inspired by member Albert Dumont’s concern about construction around the Beaver Pond area of Kanata, has resulted in a book of amazing narrative diversity – an Adult Short Story about two armed children protecting a well in the desert; a Youth Short Story about life inside and outside of a domed community; a Poem about road kill – just to name three.


Containing, the FINALISTS of the 2011 National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC) this Anthology is a wonderful representation of the quality of writing coming from the National Capital Area.


*** The Anthology is available from Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeebar, 1242 Wellington Street West, Ottawa – Tel 613.722.1265.  It is also available through CAA-NCR by sending $12.95 plus $3.00 postage to Sharyn Heagle, 3622 Campbellcroft Road, Osgoode K0A 2W0




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.





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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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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





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


Writers Digest


November 2011 issue of is now online



“Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons.

They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing.

All they do is show you’ve been to college.”

Kurt Vonnegut



WritingRaw is a monthly literary magazine dedicated to new and emerging writers. Our goal at WritingRaw is simple – to serve the literary community with the opportunity to have their work online and out in the world. In this world of disappearing literary magazines, WritingRaw is providing the blank pages for writers to fill. To view someone’s writing, click on the link and a pdf version of the piece will open in your browser.


  • ·        Besides the New York Writers Workshop providing a column, we are starting two new ones this month: Self-Publishing: How We’re Doing It by Martin Willoughby and Book Awards Column by Mary Greenwood. These columns are sure to provide some valuable information concerning how a writers group formed their own publishing company and a description of many book awards won by Mary Greenwood in her amazing career. We are always up for more… drop me an email and let’s talk about starting your own column,


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


  • ·        This month’s contest winner is Suzanne Little, based on the outdated expression: “The cat’s pajamas.” December Contest: Write a 500 word or less piece using the following first line: “The candle flickered… then died.” The deadline for this will be November 25. The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate from and be posted on



The Staff of (Ditch, Weeb, Rib)


New in this issue:



  • A Lost Weekend by Derek G Rogers
  • The Annoying Office Plant by Kristopher Miller
  • Last Chance by Alice Baburek
  • Laura by Patrick J Stephens
  • Paper Cut by Kristopher Miller
  • Providence by Nadine Ducca Deharbe
  • Ripping Blues From Your Womb by Stephanie Renae Johnson
  • Strikeprice by Andrew McGregor
  • Terminal Virginity by Paula Schonauer
  • The Boy and Grandfather by Katherine Dalton
  • Waiting To Be Called by William J Fedigan



  • Almost a Sonnet for the UberModels In Their Underwear by Tonn Pastore
  • Bid Me My Love; I Will Hold Thee by Naseeha Mahir
  • Boxes On The Shelf by Gina Hickman
  • Confuse Me by Pearanotta Ransome
  • Cowgirl Dreams by Tandy Belt
  • Darkest Before Dawn by Lo-Arna Collins
  • If It Wasn’t For Your Love by Angela Stevenson Ringo
  • Picture, Cap and Gown by Michael Lee Johnson
  • Roxy by Jessie Rose
  • Spectrums by Shalisa Spence
  • The Tree by Niko Sheffield
  • Vows by Juliette Beswick Pokletar
  • Womb Sunrise by Andy N
  • Words by Shelby Thomas



  • Artist of the Month: by Brittany Vandegraft [Fae/Lexi]
  • I Call Bullshit by Joshua Hess
  • The Reading Fee by Frank Joussen



  • Joanna Bourne
  • Melinda Leigh
  • Jack McDevitt
  • Robin Perini



  • Allbooks Review
  • Between the Sheets: The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
  • Flash Reviews




really BAD Shakespeare Season 3 Begins!

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





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One Comment Add yours

  1. Ola! Mimrlith,
    I was wondering on a similar note,, Think about it, once this Friday (halloween) is out of the way, it’ll be november! and november is the christmas season to me! yayyyyyy
    I look forward to your next post

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