A Merry Christmas to All!
Welcome to the PEIWG Weekly Bulletin! This is published and circulated through the PEIWG mailing list on groupspaces.com. 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 email@example.com; this weekly is sent out on Sunday or Monday every week, so please do not send announcements that need to be sent out immediately.
Congratulations to PEIWG member A. Robby McRobb for the release of his first full book, Soldier Apprentice Memories 1953-1967. The volume was published by First Choice and released December 5, 2011. Get your copy on Amazon! ISBN 978-0-98782886-0-2.
CALLS FOR SUBMISSION
POETRY IN TRANSIT
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 www.poetrypei.com, and submit your poems there!
BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
DEADLINE: January 15 for the February issue
Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor http://www.bywords.ca>www.bywords.ca
EARTHBOUND PUBLISHERS DECEMBER FLASH FICTION
¨ DEADLINE: DEC. 31, 2011 SUBMISSIONS: Submit short stories up to 500 words. Payment is 5 cents a word. Also interested in stories up to 3000 words. For guidelines see:
HERE BE MONSTERS ANTHOLOGY
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 16, 2012
Here Be Monsters is seeking stories for their sixth issue, out in winter 2012. They will accept stories in any genre. This anthology is only open to Canadian residents.
SUBMISSION PERIOD: Dec. 15 2011 – March 31, 2012
Anthology from Dagan Books is looking for “Stories having to do with lost, rare, weird, or imaginary books, or any aspect of book history or book culture, past, present, future, or uchronic. Any genre. Although the fantastical is not essential per se, stories should evoke a sense of the fantastic, the unknown, the weird, wonder, terror, mystery, pulp, and/or adventure, etc.”
Full details on their site http://daganbooks.com/2011/11/14/new-anthology-bibliotheca-fantastica-opens-for-submissions-dec-15-2011/
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Feb. 29, 2012
From Edge Publishing, recently released the guidelines for the latest volume in their speculative anthology, which will be edited by Mark Leslie. They’re looking for stories and poems that “focus on art, music, literature and cultural elements which are integral to the story. ” This anthology is only open to Canadians citizens (including ex-pats), landed immigrants (aka permanent residents) and long time residents.
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: http://www.malahatreview.ca/east_coast.html
GEIST EMERGING WRITER OF THE MONTH
An enlightened online space for new writers to test-drive their work.
How it works: Emerging writers are invited to submit short written works online. Geist chooses and publishes one piece each month on a dedicated web page. Geist readers and like-minded people are then invited to comment on the featured work.
Who is eligible?
- Canadian students enrolled in secondary or post-secondary courses and/or writing workshops are eligible.
- The writer should have no more than 2 short works published in established print or online magazines, books or websites. (Blogs, zines and in-house school publications are exempt.)
- For full details: http://www.geist.com/gewm
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:
Black Canadian Poetry
PO BOX 1741
BIBLIOASIS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
SEVENTH ANNUAL METCALF-ROOKE AWARD
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31st, 2011.
Full details are found on the PDF (929 KB) linked from the publisher’s site: http://www.biblioasis.com/
ANNUAL PROSE AND POETRY CONTEST 2011
DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2011
Winners will be published in Volume XXII Number 2
FreeFall is pleased to announce that Stephanie Bolster will be the guest editor/ judge for this issue. Stephanie won the Governor General’s Award and the Gerlad Lampert Award in 1998 as well as the Archibald Lampman Award in 2000. She has taught creative writing at Concordia University since 2000. http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html
VERSEFEST OTTAWA PRE-FESTIVAL EVENT:
THE POETRY FOR THE END OF THE WORLD CONTEST
DEADLINE JANUARY 7, 2012
Submit your poems here for the Poetry for the End of the World contest! Write on the subject of the end of the world (as you know it). Poems can be any length and style.
Contest open to residents of Ottawa (and those willing to travel to Ottawa for the party.) The winner and runners-up will be invited to perform at the Poetry for the End of the World fundraiser on January 21st, and the winning poem will be officially, and literally, launched to the end of the earth. Details: http://versefest.ca/?page_id=99
VERSeFest OTTAWA WILL RUN FEBRUARY 28 TO MARCH 4, 2012, stay tuned for upcoming announcements!
JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY CONTEST FOR CANADIAN YOUTH
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 http://www.youngpoets.ca. All winners will receive Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth certificates and student membership in the LCP for one year.
FULL ENTRY GUIDELINES AT: http://poets.ca/wordpress/jessamy-stursberg-poetry-contest-for-canadian-youth
THE MALAHAT REVIEW’S 2012 OPEN SEASON AWARDS Deadline: ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html
8th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest
Entries must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2012.
Questions? Call 604-681-9161 or email email@example.com.
· BKMK PRESS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY NEW!
Short-Fiction Book Award: The G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction
Poetry Book Award: The John Ciardi Prize for Poetry
DEADLINE: (both awards): January 15, 2012
For the best book-length collections of poetry and of short fiction in English by a living author Prize: $1,000 and publication of winning book for each prize
For more information: http://cas.umkc.edu/bkmk/poetry.html
OPL CONTEST: YOUNG POETS AND AUTHORS –
ON YOUR MARK! GET SET! WRITE!
DEADLINE: January 30, 2012
The Ottawa Public Library´s 17th annual Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest is underway. This contest, for aspiring young poets and short story authors, is open to writers between the ages of 9 and 17. They are invited to submit poems and short stories in English and/or French.
Participants can win awesome prizes which will be presented in the Spring. For contest details, visit www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca or contact InfoService at 613-580-2950 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca
THE WRITERS’ TRUST OF CANADA RBC BRONWEN WALLACE AWARD FOR EMERGING WRITERS
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
THE CBC´S NEW ONLINE HOME FOR WRITING
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
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 http://www.cbc.ca/canadawrites
PRISM INTERNATIONAL CONTESTS
For contest guidelines, download and consult the contest entry PDFs. http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/
For all inquiries regarding the Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry contests, please contact the contest manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Short Fiction Contest Deadline: January 27, 2012
*Poetry Contest Deadline: January 27, 2012.
ARC POETRY MAGAZINE’S POEM OF THE YEAR –CONTEST
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2012
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 Contest-this
year with a $5,000 grand prize. For past winners, contest mailing address, entry fee and submission details, visit Arc Poetry Magazine at arcpoetry.ca.
The Malahat Review’s 2012 Novella Prize
Deadline: February 1, 2012
Prize: $1500 CAD
$35 CAD for entries from Canada
$40 USD for entries from the US
$45 USD for entreis from elsewhere
Enter a single work of fiction, 10,000 to 20,000 words in length.
Mail entries to:
The Malahat Review
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 Stn CSC
This year’s judges will be Valerie Compton, Gabriella Goliger, and Terence Young.
Read a recent interview with our 2010 Novella Prize winner, Tony Tulathimutte: http://www.malahatreview.ca/announcements/tonytulapost_interview.html
Read full guidelines here: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/novella_contest/info.html
Nvella Prize 2∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞
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 Contest—this 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 arcpoetry.ca.
NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC) 2012
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)
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S CONTEST
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. http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/awards.shtml
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ANNOUNCES WRITING AND PHOTO CONTESTS
First Prize: $1000
Deadline: February 7, 2012
Tuesday, August 22, 2011 – Accenti 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 www.accenti.ca.
PEI MODEL FOREST NETWORK PHOTO CONTEST
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 http://www.peiforests.ca or contact Greg Ridgway at (902) 368-4800 or at email@example.com.
Grain Magazine’s 24th Annual Short Grain (with Variations) Writing Contest
Grain Magazine’s 24th Annual Short Grain (with Variations) Writing Contest is accepting entries until April 1, 2012 (postmarked). Grain awards $4,500 in cash prizes! Winning entries will be published in the pages of Grain! The entry fee is $35 which includes a FREE one-year subscription to Grain Magazine! Our judges are counted among Canada’s finest writers! One entry fee allows you to enter a maximum of two entries in either of two categories: Poetry in any form to a maximum of 100 lines; Short Fiction in any style to a maximum of 2500 words.
Whose company do you want your writing to keep?
Grain is the most exciting literary magazine on the Canadian and international scene…the one that everyone wants to be published in! Recent issues have featured the work of such literary luminaries as Xi Chuan, Tim Lilburn, Guy Maddin, Miriam Toews, Zsuzsi Gartner, and Eleanor Wachtel. And you could join them in the pages of Grain!
Enter Short Grain! Open new doors! (Make new friends!)
Judges are: rob mclennan, Poetry, and Lawrence Hill, Fiction. Three prizes will be awarded in each category: 1st prize = $1,000, 2nd prize = $750, 3rd prize = $500. Consult Grain‘s website,grainmagazine.ca, for complete rules and guidelines.
About our contest judges:
rob mclennan is the author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, including Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011), kate street (Moira, 2011), and wild horses (University of Alberta Press, 2010) and his second novel, missing persons (The Mercury Press, 2009). He has edited numerous collections for Chaudiere Books, Insomniac Press, Black Moss Press, Broken Jaw Press, and Vehicule Press, and was the writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta in 2008.
Lawrence Hill is the author of internationally acclaimed The Book of Negroes, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. He is also the author of Any Known Blood (William Morrow, New York, 1999 and HarperCollins Canada, 1997) and Some Great Thing(HarperCollins 2009, originally published by Turnstone Press, Winnipeg, 1992). Formerly a reporter with The Globe and Mail and a parliamentary correspondent for The Winnipeg Free Press, he won the National Magazine Award for Best Essay in 2005.
Grain Magazine – the Journal of Eclectic Writing
PO Box 67, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, S7K 3K1
|It’s almost a New Year –
that means a clean slate and a fresh beginning!
To help you prepare for the coming year, here’s a comprehensive list of the Writer’s Digest competitions. Whatever your genre, whatever your skill level…we’ve got a competition for you. So mark your calendars – enter and expose your work to agents, to publishers, to peers and to your future fans!
Self Published Awards
|Writer’s Digest Annual Competition
|Short Short Story Competition
|Popular Fiction Competition
CONTESTS HOSTED AT WINNING WRITERS & OPEN NOW
All entries that win cash prizes in these contests will be published on WinningWriters.com (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.
Sports Poetry & Prose Contest – New!
Online Submission Deadline: May 31, 2012
New from Winning Writers, our Sports Poetry & Prose Contest will award $5,000 in total prizes, including a $1,500 top prize for poetry and a $1,500 top prize for prose (fiction and nonfiction). Submit an unpublished entry of 1-2 poems or one work of prose on a sports-related theme, up to 6,000 words in all. Fee is $15 per entry. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. Click for the complete guidelines.
Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse
Postmark Deadline: June 30, 2012
Now in its ninth year, this contest seeks poetry in traditional verse forms. Both published and unpublished poems are welcome. Prizes of $3,000, $1,000, $400 and $250 will be awarded, plus six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. The entry fee is $8 for every 25 lines you submit. 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.
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest
Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2012
Now in its tenth year, this contest seeks poems in any style, theme or genre. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. Prizes of $3,000, $1,000, $400 and $250 will be awarded, plus six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. New this year, there will also be a special $250 bonus prize for humorous verse. The entry fee is $8 for every 25 lines you submit. 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.
EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
DECEMBER’S WRITESCAPE COMPANION
with info on upcoming Writescape workshops!
The December Writescape Companion newsletter is available for download at www.writescape.ca. Stuffed as full as a Christmas stocking with eight pages of writing prompts, tips and links, you’ll discover everything you need to keep you writing through the busy holiday season. You’ll also find the news on Writescape workshops, courses and retreats to keep you writing through the New Year. Like these:
- Write to Win! in Aurora Saturday, January 21 with Dorothea Helms and Ruth Walker
- It’s Not What You Earn, It’s What You Keep January 28 Gwynn Scheltema’s one-day tax tips workshop for writers & artists
- Write On! January 23 to March 5 A six-week creative writing for course for intermediate writers
- From Query to Byline: Getting Published and Paid February 1 to February 29 A five-week course in magazine writing
- Registration is open for Spring Thaw 2012 at Elmhirst’s Resort March 30 to April 1—or April 3 if you choose the Extend-Your-Pen option
EAC—NCR SEMINAR SERIES 2011-2012
TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO COPY EDITING
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.
# 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
- Session spotlight: Writing the 21st Century Novel
- Session Spotlight: Conflict & Suspense: How to Keep Readers Turning Pages in Any Genre
- Session Spotlight: The First 50 Pages (and Why Getting Them Right is the Key to Your Success)
- Speaker spotlight: Jeff Gerke
CAA-NCR WRITERS RETREAT
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 www.BarbaraKyle.com
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 www.coveinn.com
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: email@example.com
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 http://artsmontreal.org/en/programs/ecrivains-en-residence Writers must consult the criteria and parameters of the host borough or city, since each residency is held under their aegis.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM GREEN COLLEGE, UBC
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2012
Green College at the University of British Columbia invites applications from Canadian writers normally resident outside the Lower Mainland of BC, for the position of Canada Council Writer-in-Residence at the College. The term of the residency will be three months within the period between September 1 and
December 15, 2012, subject to funding approval.
The Writer-in-Residence will work with the Green College community through consultations and workshops, and will create and coordinate a public series of literary events, as part of the College´s academic programming for the UBC and local community. She or he will be expected to live at the College for the term of the residency, and will be provided with reimbursement for economy-fare
travel (within Canada) to and from Vancouver, room and partial board during the stay, and a stipend of $18,000. Additional funding will be available to support the public series of events.
For its 2012 residency the College seeks a writer of established reputation in any genre/s (at least two books in print or equivalent public recognition) and with significant previous experience of arranging and hosting literary events. Only complete applications received by postal mail by the deadline are accepted.
Please send applications to:
Writer-in-Residence Selection Committee
Green College, The University of British Columbia
6201 Cecil Green Park Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Questions may be directed to Tatiana Tomljanovic, Communications Manager, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.822.0676.
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.
ONLINE SITES TO HELP PROMOTE YOUR BOOKS!!
EVENTS AT COLLECTED WORKS
1242 WELLINGTON STREET WEST AT HOLLAND
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 via email
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 (http://www.bibliospace.ca/). 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 www.bibliospace.ca Facebook:bibliospace Twitter: @bibliospace
Malahat lite December edition
The December edition (Contest Edition) of our e-newsletter, Malahat lite, is attached. Inside, you’ll find:
- info about our 2012 Novella Prize and its judges (including what they’re looking for in a winning novella)
- an interview with our 2010 Novella Prize winner, Tony Tulathimutte (find out what he’s been up to since winning, and his take on what makes a good novella)
- an interview with our 2011 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize winner, Anne Marie Todkill.
Since there are no live links in the newsletter, I’ll provide some here:
Guidelines for our 2012 Novella Prize:
Interview with 2010 Novella Prize winner, Tony Tulathimutte:
Interview with 2011 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize winner, Anne Marie Todkill:
This edition of Malahat lite can also be viewed online:http://malahatreview.ca/documents/malahat_lite/dec11.pdf
Do you have ties to or live on the East Coast? Submit to our East Coast issue(deadline May 15, 2012)! Full guidelines: http://www.malahatreview.ca/east_coast.html
Susan Sanford Blades
Circulation and Marketing Manager
The Malahat Review
CAA-NCR ANTHOLOGY COPIES STILL AVAILABLE
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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.
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How to Avoid Them
By Sherrill Wark
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*****BYLINE HAS A NEW COLUMN IN THE THINK TANK *****
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 email@example.com 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 http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml
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