The PEIWG Weekly, 28 November-4 December 2011


28 November-4 December 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.



Dianne Morrow will be signing copies of her new book, What Really Happened Is This: A Poetry Memoir on Saturday, Dec. 3 at two book stores:
The Bookmark from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. and Indigo from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

5 December · 19:00 – 22:00

Main Building Faculty Lounge at UPEI

550 University Avenue

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island


Chris Benjamin will be in Charlottetown for the Island launch of his new book, Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada. It profiles some of the region’s most innovative and forward-thinking leaders in sustainability, including PEI’s own Rod Dempsey, who helped Stratford go green; Marion Copleston of the Environmental Health Co-op; organic farmers David and Edith Ling; Harry Smith and his wind-powered car; Ken Trenholm of Bicycle Bus fame; and UPEI’s David Taylor.

These entrepreneurs and educators, activists and agitators, farmers and fishers have all made measurable contributions both in their respective fields of interest and in motivating others to make change. With ten chapters on matters like reducing consumption, greening the home, sustainable eating, dressing, transportation, and vacationing, the book is an important look into the lives of Atlantic Canadians committed to creating viable green options in our region.
Chris Benjamin is a freelance journalist, fiction writer, CBC News web writer/editor and a columnist for The Coast. He is the author of Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada ( and the critically acclaimed novel, Drive-by Saviours (longlisted for a 2011 ReLit Award and Canada Reads 2011). In 2006/2007 he worked as a journalist in Ghana. He was a finalist for the 2010 Fusion Go Sustainability Award and shared an honourable mention in the 2009 National Magazine Awards. Chris has also written for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Chronicle Herald, VoicePrint Canada, This Magazine, Now Magazine, Canadian Dimension, Descant, Arts East, East Coast Kitchen Party, Third Person Press, Nashwaak Review, Pottersfield Press, Rattling Books, The Society, University of Waterloo Press, Z Magazine, Briarpatch Magazine, Coastlands, Progress Magazine, Rural Delivery and many others.


The Journalism Contest was launched last May as PEI’s Source for Opening Night Reviews & Event Listings!

Next summer we want to to make our website known to more people from off-Island, so we’re having a contest to encourage Journalism Students to write about PEI’s great venues for live music and theatre.

• Get Critiqued: This is an excellent chance to get critiqued by some of PEI’s great writers including: Patrick Ledwell (PEIWG, Come-All-Ye), Garrett Curley (Editor at UPEI’s The Cadre), Todd MacLean (The Guardian & English Words), Yvette Doucette (PEIWG), Cindy Lapeña (PEIWG &, Meredith Morrison (Editor & Writer for G! Magazine), Michelle Pineau (, Becka Viau (Artist & coordinator for This Town Is Small), Sean Weibe (UPEI English Professor), and Katie Rankin (writer for The Buzz).

• Gain Exposure: Every entry (even non-winners) will get exposure in our website which currently has 55 subscribers and we plan to promote the site to more tourists next summer.

• Win Cash: We will have a Concert Fundraiser on December 15th at The Al!bi Lounge with half the proceeds going to The Soup Kitchen and half to the winning entry along with secondary prizes to be announced!

It’s easy to enter, just send an email to & tell us which venue you’d like to profile!

The Challenge

• Write profiles two venues before December 10th. You pick one and we’ll assign the other.

• For each venue profile, we would like a 200 word version which we’ll judge on & post on our website. We’d also like a 500 word, more thorough version for reference.

• We’ll have a FaceBook Event Page posted so people can vote for their favourites.

What We’ll be Judging

1. Fun to read/ Makes you want to visit (up to 20 points)

2. Readable on 1st glance/ Well Divided / Good order of information (up to 20 points)

3. Venue description/ Type of crowd (up to 15 points)

4. Building History/ Timeline/ Quotes (up to 10 points)

5. Regular Special events/ 3 recent or upcoming events or entertainers (up to 10 points)

6. Contact information/ Hours (Seasonal hours if applicable) (up to 10 points)

7. Links: Websites, FaceBook pages, maps, or any video links (up to 10 points)

8. 3 Pictures (not applicable to venues outside of Charlottetown) (up to 5 points)

9. There will also be 15 bonus points available for:

a. Acquiring votes (20 votes = 5 bonus pts.)

b. Prompt completion (3 days or less = 5 points)

c. Completing 200 & 500 versions of 2 venues profiles (5 pts)

Who to Write About

We’ll provide contact information (phone #, email address, and who to talk to) for these venues:




The Guild

The Confederation

Centre of the Arts

Hunter’s Ale House

Baba’s Lounge

The Al!bi Lounge


The Green Man

The Red Rock Café

The Refinery

The Haviland Club

Carrefour Theatre


The Old Triangle

St. James Gate

Timothy’s World


The Murphy Center

Charlottetown Civic


The Wave (UPEI)

Dr. Steel Recital

Hall (UPEI)

Mavors Bistro Globe







Heritage Pub

Harbourfront Theatre

The Shipyard

Brothers 2

The Credit Union


Centre Belle-Alliance

The Rockin’ Rodeo


Harmony House Theatre

(Hunter River)

Kings Playhouse (Georgetown)

Victoria Playhouse Montgomery

Theatre (Rustico)

Courthouse Theatre (St. Peters)

Trailside Cafe (Mt. Stewart)

The Dunk (Breadalbane)

Belle River Church

The Souris Show Hall

Ise’s Bar (Montague)




CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — The Prince Edward Island Newcomers Guide will now be available in Mandarin, says Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allen Roach.

“This guide is a terrific resource to newcomers and provides a lot of great advice for new Islanders on how to make their lives and settle in Prince Edward Island,” said Minister Roach. “Immigrants from China are Prince Edward Island’s single largest newcomer group and we’re pleased to offer them this helpful guide in their native tongue.”
The guide offers helpful information on a variety of subjects related to settling in Prince Edward Island, such as how to buy or rent a home, get a driver’s licence or enroll children in the school system.
“Newcomers to Prince Edward Island add a lot to the cultural and economic life of the province and we are already able to see the contributions that new Islanders from China are making in communities across this province,” said Minister Roach. “The Newcomers Guide will be a great resource to help Mandarin-speaking Islanders building new lives in our province.”
The information in the guide was developed through consultation with a variety of groups representing new Islanders, and contains information that is useful for both international immigrants and Canadian newcomers from other provinces. The guide is now available in English, French and Mandarin.
The guide is available electronically or for order in hard copy at the Population Secretariat website at, or through the Association for Newcomers at (902) 628-6009.




The City of Charlottetown, in collaboration with Trius Transit is seeking submissions of poetry revolving around the theme of “How we experience our community.” Selected poems will be printed and installed on the interior advertising panels on buses in Charlottetown, Cornwall and Stratford. Poems will remain on buses for three months, then will be taken down and put on display in participating store fronts.

If you are interested, please check out, and submit your poems there!



Briarpatch Magazine’s Writing in the Margins

Briarpatch Magazine is accepting submissions of original, bold, and boundary-pushing writing in the categories of short fiction and creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essay, literary journalism) to their first annual creative writing contest, Writing in the Margins.

With award-winning author Lee Maracle as our judge and $600 in cash prizes to give away, this opportunity is not to be missed!

In addition to a chance to win and be published in Briarpatch, entrants will receive a 1-year subscription to Briarpatch with their $25 entry fee. Entry deadline is Dec. 1.

For full contest details, please visit the contest page on our website at




Enter the 25th National Capital Writing Contest. The deadline is February 3, 2012 (the first Friday in February each year).


The 25th Annual National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC) is accepting entries in the following categories:


* Short Story (max. 2500 words)

* Poetry (not Haiku; max. 60 lines including title & blank lines)


Prizes (in each category) We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors:


* 1st Prize: $500 sponsored by CAA–NCR

* 2nd Prize: $250 sponsored by The Ottawa Citizen

* 3rd Prize: $100 Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeebar


See the Literary Awards page for full contest details and the winners from the previous year’s NCWC.



       DEADLINE: January 15, 2012.

 The League of Canadian Poets, a national not-for-profit poetry organization founded in 1966, invites Canadian youth to participate in its Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth.   There are two age categories, junior (grades 7-9) and senior (grades 10-12).

 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 LCP for one year.



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

Questions? Call 604-681-9161 or email



      DEADLINE:  January 30, 2012

 A prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the best work of short fiction.

Two honourable mentions will each receive $1,000 prizes.

To be eligible candidates must be:

* A Canadian citizen or permanent resident

* Under the age of 35 as of the deadline date

* Unpublished in book form and without a book contract

* Previously published in an independently edited magazine or anthology


For further information    



 Canada Writes is the CBC´s home for original writing, including the CBC Literary Prizes.  This is your chance to get your work read, published and recognized throughout the year.

Canada Writes features:

* fun writing challenges (where you can win prizes)

* online writing workshops

* writing tips, feature articles and interviews with writers from all genres

* original fiction and essays by your favourite Canadian writers

* and the prestigious CBC Literary Prizes (short story, poetry and creative

nonfiction competitions)


Please note that CBC Literary Prizes are now three separate competitions with

different deadlines. The dates are:


Poetry (open December 1 – February 1)

Creative Nonfiction (open March 1 – May 1)


The First Prize winner in each category will win $6,000 from the Canada Council

for the Arts and publication in Air Canada´s enRoute magazine, as well as on

our website. Four runner-ups will also be chosen and receive $1,000 each.


You can read about the other changes to the prizes at

For more details, please check out





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.


  • BLOODY WORDS LIGHT MYSTERY AWARD   NEW!  FOR CANADIAN WRITERS The Bloody Words Mystery Conference seeks “light mysteries” (printed or e-books of at least 60,000 words) from Canadian authors or residents. Deadline: Dec. 15.


  • GIVAL PRESS POETRY AWARD Deadline: Dec. 15.   

Submit an unpublished poetry manuscript of up to 45 pages; any theme.  Eligible Poets: Open to all, national and international poets. Language: English  Forms or Style of Poetry: Original work, not a translation of someone else’s poetry. Open to any form or style; simply good poetry. Length of Manuscript: At least 45 typed pages of poetry, on one side only.  For more information go to look under contests for:  Gival Press Sponsored Contests


  • William Richey Short-Story Contest

Yemassee seeks entries of short stories or novel excerpts up to 10,000 words. Deadline: Dec. 15.



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


Final call for entries: Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Last few weeks remaining to enter 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.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize: Wednesday 30 November 2011 (5pm GMT)

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English (2000-5000 words). Regional winners receive £1,000 and the overall winner receives £5,000.

Commonwealth Book Prize: Friday 9 December 2011 (5pm GMT)

Awarded for best first book, the Commonwealth Book Prize is open to writers who have had their first novel (full length work of fiction in English) published between 1 January and 31 December 2011. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £10,000.

The winners for both prizes will be announced in June 2012.

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.


Notes to editors

  1. Full rules and entry and eligibility information is available
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. For media enquiries please contact Claire Turner, Communications Manager at the Commonwealth Foundation / +44 (0) 20 7747 6522.
  5. Commonwealth Foundation
    Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HY, United Kingdom
    Tel +44 (0)20 7930 3783
    Fax +44 (0) 20 7839 8157




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.



 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


Black Canadian Poetry

Black Canadian Poetry is seeking submissions of new and unpublished works of poetry for a national anthology devoted to answering the question, “What is Black Canadian Poetry?” The anthology will establish a poetic tradition of page and stage poetry by people of African descent living in Canada.

Poetry contributions welcome from writers that are African, Afro-Caribbean, African-American, African-Canadian or people living in Canada who identify as Black. Submissions welcome from all provinces and territories. Submissions from emerging, mid-career and established poets are welcome. Each anthologised contributor will receive two copies of the book.

Submissions to Black Canadian Poetry should be no more than three poems, 500 words for one poem, or a combined total of 800 words or less for multiple submissions.
Poetry must be submitted in English.
Submissions should be printed double-spaced with a 12-point font (double-sided is ok).
Submissions should be new works or previously unpublished works of poetry.
Along with submissions please include:
name of the poet,
title of the poem,
genre of the poem (spoken word, dubpoetry, hip-hop, slam, performance and print),
province/territory of the poet.

Please remember to include your full name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, title of poems, genre, province/territory and name of the poet with each submission.
Please send 4 copies of your submission with an enclosed SAE to the following address:

BCP Editors
Black Canadian Poetry
PO BOX 1741
Gibsons, BC
V0N 1V0


  • BLOODY WORDS LIGHT MYSTERY AWARD   NEW!  FOR CANADIAN WRITERS The Bloody Words Mystery Conference seeks “light mysteries” (printed or e-books of at least 60,000 words) from Canadian authors or residents. Deadline: Dec. 15.


  • GIVAL PRESS POETRY AWARD Deadline: Dec. 15.   

Submit an unpublished poetry manuscript of up to 45 pages; any theme.  Eligible Poets: Open to all, national and international poets. Language: English  Forms or Style of Poetry: Original work, not a translation of someone else’s poetry. Open to any form or style; simply good poetry. Length of Manuscript: At least 45 typed pages of poetry, on one side only.  For more information go to look under contests for:  Gival Press Sponsored Contests


  • William Richey Short-Story Contest

Yemassee seeks entries of short stories or novel excerpts up to 10,000 words. Deadline: Dec. 15.






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


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


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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!



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




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:




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

 Date: November 28, 2011


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.

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


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



 STORY SWAP: The Ottawa  StoryTellers   host a story swap / open stage  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


First Thursday of every month.

Admission is free. Everyone is invited to come and tell a story and / or  listen to the  stories. Light refreshments are served during the break.  Room 156 at Library and Archives on Wellington.

More information:

Tickets for our 2012 Fourth Stage Season are now available! Visit

Tel: (613)-322-8336 Email: –

The Ottawa Storytellers, 5 Beechwood Ave., PO Box 74015, Ottawa, Ontario K1M1M0




Email: visit OPL’s site for more info

  • 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,





 PROGRAM DATES:       February 13 – February 25, 2012

Application deadline: Extended to November 28, 2011

Program Director: Steven Ross Smith

Faculty: J.R. Carpenter, Steve Tomasula, Fred Wah

Guest Speakers: Brian Kim Stefans,  D. Kimm

Expand your sense of what is possible within and beyond the boundaries of the printed page. This ground-breaking residency allows you to experiment in new writing practices, including digital literature, multi-media, collaboration, new narrative, and performance.

*Financial assistance is available.


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.




This section is not intended as an endorsement of the resources listed here.  It is simply being passed along for your information.  You may wish to do your own due diligence on these potential resources.


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





Chris Carroll  

A Call to all the Ottawa self-pub writers or anyone else who wants to tout themselves a bit!  A bit of advertising space!  For all those self-published writers out there to talk, meet and tout their wares. Hosted by one of their own, and a book seller to boot!


From: Crystal Smith  Subject: New website to promote local authors

I am writing today to tell you about a new website I have created to help local, independent, and self-published authors promote their books.

It is called bibliospace ( The site includes a detailed listing for each author’s book, consisting of a book summary of up to 250 words, an author bio of up to 150 words, a link to each author’s website, and any additional author contact information (blog, Twitter, Facebook).   In addition to the book listing, there is an alphabetical list of authors and a speakers’ bureau that lists authors by community. The latter page is intended to help book clubs, community groups, libraries, and schools get in touch with authors in their own community for readings and speaking engagements.

I have also added an amazon bookstore with direct links to each author’s books, if they are available on amazon. (There is no charge to submit a book, but I will retain any referral fees from the amazon bookstore. Royalties from all sales go to the author, of course.)

I am a marketing writer and self-published author, so I know something of the effort required to market a book. I am hoping that bibliospace will make it easy for people to find and recommend authors from their own community. The site now has seven authors, including myself, with books in categories ranging from poetry and non-fiction to action and children’s.

I would love it if you could spread the word to the members of your association. If you are interested in submitting any of your works, you just need to send an email, as per the steps outlined on the Submit Your Book page. I appreciate any help you can provide in promoting bibliospace.    Crystal Smith   Facebook:bibliospace  Twitter: @bibliospace






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.



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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,
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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.

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How to Avoid Them

By Sherrill Wark

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If we get enough response, we’ll be launching a Q&A-type regular feature in Byline, complete with cutesy names for the questioners, and answers by our expert and not-so-expert members. (Example for a not-so-expert member to answer: “I got ripped off by one of those so-called publishers. Is it legal to diss them in my Blog? Please say yes.” —  signed, $10K Poorer) A suggested name is “Members in the Know”. Still in the Think-Tank stage, we aren’t sure if one member will handle it — rephrase that: we’ve cornered one of our members into thinking about handling it; whether the questions will be fielded as separate articles to members-in-the-know by a coordinator (the cornered member); or whether the idea will see daylight at all. Contact Sherrill Wark, Byline editor, at with your questions and cutesy names. We need your real name but won’t print it unless you insist. It’s all about Members Helping Members. If we get a good response, it’ll be a go.


****Remember to check out writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website


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


 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,


  • ·        Drop Us A Line: Let us know what you think of the site, or about something you’ve read, or promote something through a letter to the editor. Next month we would love to start a “Emails to the Editors” section of WritingRaw. In the subject line, write “Letters” and send to


  • ·        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



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


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