THE PEIWG WEEKLY 9-15 January 2012


Happy New Year!


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.

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Atlantic Canadian writers read in PEI


Chris Benjamin, author of Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada, comes to Charlottetown on 11 January for the PEI launch of his novel Drive-By Saviours, a 2011 Canada Reads choice that was long-listed for the 2011 ReLit Awards.

Admired by readers and reviewers alike (“part contemporary fiction, part social commentary and part kick-in-the-ass storytelling,” in the words of one reviewer), Drive-By Saviours is set in Indonesia and Canada, and brings together two characters and two cultures. Bumi is fleeing persecution from Indonesia, ruled over, at the time of the novel, by the dictator Suharto. Mark is a social worker and grant-writer in Toronto who is slowly burning out, and wondering what to do to make his life worthwhile. Over the course of their growing friendship Mark helps Bumi understand the OCD that has helped drive him from his family, his friends, and his country, while Bumi’s condition re-awakens the desire in Mark to reach out to his estranged sister.

The launch will be held in the Faculty Lounge, Main Building, UPEI, starting at 7:00. Joining Benjamin will be the ever-popular Hugh MacDonald, PEI’s Poet Laureate; past-Poet Laureate David Helwig, launching his latest novel, Killing McGee; Newfoundland-born author Jeff Bursey, whose satirical Verbatim: A Novel has been called “a tour de force” by The Review of Contemporary Fiction; and well-known PEI poet Yvette Doucette, whose work has appeared, most recently, in ArtsEast.

There’s no shortage of writing talent in the Atlantic Provinces, and these seasoned hands and newer writers will make the cold winter’s evening a little warmer.



Winter’s Tales Authors’ Reading Series



In Holly Luhning’s debut novel Quiver, Danica, a young Canadian forensic psychologist working in England, is ensnared in a terrifying web spun from the legend of a 16th-century Hungarian countess: Elizabeth Báthory, a female Dracula who tortured and killed over six hundred servant girls to bathe in their blood, believing this would preserve her youth and beauty. Danica finds herself in a dangerous zone where scholarly research and forensic psychology encounter the shifting borders between appealing and harmless fantasy, prurient reality, and treacherous sexuality and violence.

The Globe and Mail says that “Quiver is a bold and artful thriller that explores the blurry boundaries between obsession and action…. Quiver has everything: style, substance, terror, a treacherous murderess – oh, and lip gloss, of course.”

Luhning, also an accomplished poet who was raised on a Saskatchewan farm and earned an M.A. in Creative Writing and English from the University of New Brunswick, will read from her fiction and poetry on Tuesday, January 17, at 7:30, in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building. A reception and book signing will follow.

She has also received a Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award, has worked as

a Research Co-ordinator for the Centre on Aging and Health at the University of Regina, and holds a Ph.D. in eighteen-century literature, madness, and theories of the body. Her poetry draws on her Prairie roots, east coast experience, and world travels, while Quiver benefits from her research in Gothic literature, madness, and theories of the body. She now lives in Toronto.

Her reading is sponsored by the UPEI English Department, with generous support from The Canada Council for the Arts.




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Thursday Jan. 19, 7:00 pm

Confederation Centre Public Library.



Group reading in Summerside PEI


Tired of winter yet? Of the snow and the wind hitting us in the face? Warm up at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre in Summerside on 21 January as five award-winning and acclaimed novelists, poets and non-fiction writers hit town.

Coming from points east and northwest are Jeff Bursey, Orysia Dawydiak, Kathleen Hamilton, Beth Janzen, and Steven Mayoff.

Steven Mayoff, who lives in Foxley River, is the author of the story collection Fatted Calf Blues (Turnstone Press), winner of the 2010 PEI Book Award (fiction category). The book was also a Top 5 Finalist for the CBC Cross-Country Bookshelf for the Maritimes. Mayoff’s first play, A Promise To Repair, will be produced by the Cape Breton Stage Company this coming June.

Charlottetown resident Beth Janzen is the author of Night Vanishes (Saturday Morning Chapbooks, 2004); her poetry collection The Enchanted House (Acorn Press, 2006) was a nominee for the 2008 PEI Book Award (poetry). She has two manuscripts in progress: How It Is (fiction) and Research on my Twin (poetry).

Kathleen Hamilton of Montague is a multiple-award-winning writer and accomplished actress. Her memoir, Sex After Baby: Why There is None, was published in 2007 by Acorn Press. In 2010 her screenplay “Crazy On You” won the first place SuperChannel Award at the Island Literary Awards, and she also won the Milton Acorn Poetry award at the ILAs.

Orysia Dawydiak’s first novel, House of Bears, came out in 2009 (Acorn Press), and she’s busy at work on “Kira’s Secret,” a series for young readers. She’s received ILA recognition for both fiction and non-fiction, and was a recipient of the LM Montgomery Writing for Children award. Dawydiak lives in Union Road.

Jeff Bursey, of Charlottetown, is the author of Verbatim: A Novel (Enfield & Wizenty). Published in 2010, it’s received critical acclaim for its unusual form and its satirical look at parliament. His stories have won awards, and his plays have been performed in Charlottetown and St. John’s, Newfoundland. Bursey’s readings are interactive, as he encourages the audience to take part.

All five writers are keen on doing this group reading in Summerside, which may be the city’s first literary event of the year, and are particularly happy to be at the 1867 Lefurgey Cultural Centre, part of Wyatt Heritage Properties, the arts, heritage and cultural complex for the City of Summerside. The shipbuilder house serves as the programming space and offers a comfortable atmosphere for both performers and audiences.

Escape the winter chill for an afternoon filled with humour, poetry, stories, and tales of motherhood. The readings start at 1:30 p.m. Audience members interested in buying the authors’ books will be able to purchase them from the Coles Book Store table set up at the event. There’ll be free coffee, tea, and home-made sweets. (Storm delay date: 28 January, same time, same place.)



Newfoundland novelist and poet Michael Crummey will be UPEI writer in residence from January 22 to February 4. He will give a public reading on Thursday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. A reception and book signing will follow. His reading is co-hosted by the UPEI English Department and the Gallery.

He will lead a writing workshop on Saturday, January 28, 10:00-3:00, at UPEI in Main Building, room 213. The workshop is open to the public. The fee is $20, or $10 for students and PEI Writers’ Guild members. To register for the workshop, phone the UPEI English Department at 566-0592 or e-mail:

Michael grew up in Buchans, a mining town in the Newfoundland interior, and in Wabush, a Labrador mining town. After completing a B.A. in English at Memorial University, he moved to Kingston to pursue graduate work. He has taught ESL in China and worked at the International Day of Solidarity with the people of Guatemala, and lives in St. John’s.

In addition to his best-selling novels, he has published five books of poetry, one short story collection, and Newfoundland: Journey Into a Lost Nation (with photographer Greg Locke). His first novel, River Thieves, details the conflict between European settlers and the last of the Beothuk in the early 19th century. His next novel, The Wreckage, tells the story of a Newfoundland soldier and his beloved during and after World War II. Crummey’s new novel, Galore, is a family saga and love story spanning two centuries, mingling history and myth.

Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, reviewing Galore in The Globe and Mail, writes that Crummey’s first two novels, River Thieves and The Wreckage, “were critical successes and national bestsellers, and deservedly so…. Galore blows them out of the water.” In his poetry and fiction, Michael Crummey is another gift from Newfoundland to the rest of Canada and beyond.



New Release!

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.




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!


Zine of Women’s abortion experiences in PEI is seeking stories, poetry and art. Editors want to hear your stories, your thoughts, feelings, and experiences regarding reproductive choice—whether this choice was enacted or was denied. With these stories they plan to compile an anthology of PEI women’s experiences. This anthology will be published as a Zine. It will be distributed throughout PEI and beyond. To be part of this project send your written or scanned submissions to Change the names in your piece. If you need to submit your work in another way, email to make arrangments. Deadline is January 15, 2012.






DEADLINE:   January 15 for the February 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>






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






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:




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:


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



There’s less than a month left to polish your novella and send it in to our 2012 Novella Prize! This contest won’t run again until 2014.

The Malahat Review‘s 2012 Novella Prize

Deadline: February 1, 2012 (postmarked)

Prize: $1500 CAD

Entry fee:

$35 CAD for entries from Canada

$40 USD for entries from the USA

$45 USD for entries from elsewhere

(entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review)

Enter a work of fiction between 10,000 and 20,000 words in length.

View complete guidelines:

Catch up with our 2010 Novella Prize winner, Tony Tulathimutte:

Email queries to:




      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.





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




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:





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 or contact InfoService at 613-580-2950 or





     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

*Short Fiction Contest Deadline: January 27, 2012

*Poetry Contest Deadline: January 27, 2012.





      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



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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




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.





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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



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


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 ChuanTim LilburnGuy MaddinMiriam ToewsZsuzsi 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 = $1,0002nd prize = $7503rd prize = $500Consult Grain‘s website,, 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.


Mike Thompson

Business Administrator

Grain Magazine – the Journal of Eclectic Writing

PO Box 67, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, S7K 3K1

PH: 306.244.2828



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

  • The only competition exclusively for self-published books
  • and self-publishing writers
  • Winning entries will be published in Writer’s Digest
  • Cash prizes, including $3,000 for the Grand Prize winner
  • 10 categories of competition
  • Deadline: April 20, 2012
  • Now Accepting Entries!


  Writer’s Digest Annual Competition

  • Compete to win in 10 categories
  • Winning entries published in Writer’s Digest
  • Gain exposure to agents, peers and readers alike
  • Winning entries will be on display in the 81st Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection
  • Cash prizes, starting with $3,000 for the Grand Prize winner
  • Deadline: May 1, 2012
  • Now Accepting Entries!


Poetry Awards

  • Poems are 32 lines or fewer
  • Winners and winning poetry titles will be printed in the July/August 2012 Writer’s Digest
  • All winners will appear on
  • Cash prizes, including $500 for the Grand Prize winner
  • Deadline: December 3, 2012
  • Learn More


Short Short Story Competition

  • Open to manuscripts of 1,500 words or fewer
  • The names and story titles of the 1st through 10th place  winners will be printed in the July/August 2012 Writer’s Digest,
  • Winners and winning titles are published on
  • Cash prizes including $3,000 for the Grand Prize Winner
  • Deadline: December 15, 2012
  • Learn More!


Popular Fiction Competition

  • Seeking new fiction in 6 genres: SciFi/Fantasy, Thriller/Suspense, Young Adult, Romance, Crime, Horror
  • First Prize: The First Place-Winner receives $1,000 cash, promotion in Writer’s Digest, $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books and the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market.
  • Second Prize: The Second Place-Winner receives $500 cash, promotion in Writer’s Digest, $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books and the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market.
  • Honorable Mention: Honorable Mentions will receive promotion in Writer’s Digest and the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market.
  • Deadline:  September 14, 2012


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

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

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

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.

Now Open
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.





  • Repurpose with Purpose
  • The Three Primary Markets for Content
  • Building Your Content Brand
  • Creating a Movement in the Social Media Age


DATE: January 18, 2012  9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM


LOCATION: NYC Seminar and Conference Center

                  21 West 23rd Street, Suite 515


COST: $495.00 PER PERSON-NOW JUST $295.00


Join us for this exclusive, high impact opportunity with consultant to New York Times best-selling authors, Peter Winick, and his expert guests, Jerrold Jenkins and Peter Hoppenfeld.

This informative, one-day seminar reveals the strategies to monetize your content, manage your intellectual property, and create new vehicles to deliver your message in ways that you may never have known were possible.




  • Mastering the three markets of content.
  • Identifying the patterns and formats in which markets purchase and utilize content.
  • Defining your platform and identifying the markets you serve.
  • Finding the best markets to serve and why.
  • Thought Leadership Marketing (TLM) and how to develop and implement a viable plan.
  • The future of book publishing and understanding the new publishing model.
  • Utilizing a publishing plan for content recognition.
  • Finding the power of both printed and eBooks
  • Identifying the right mix of marketing and content to best sell you and your content.
  • Delivering change. Examples of how your work impacts an individual, a team and an organization.

Seminar attendance is limited! YOU CAN REGISTER HERE


Or by calling Stephanie Starner-Greiner at 1.800.644.0133 ext. 1007, or via email at  Upon registration you will receive a confirmation and additional information on event location and agenda.  Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your registration any time, up to 30 days prior to the event, subject to a $20 cancellation fee. NOTE: For cancellations 30 days or fewer prior to the event date, refunds will not be provided.




Upcoming Writescape Workshops


  • 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
  • Visit   for more information






Date:  Various dates as noted


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:


  • 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,




Writer’s Digest Conference

January 20-22, 2012

New York Sheraton Hotel and Towers

Today from Writer’s Digest:






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 or 604.822.0676.







*A big conference with 400 events and 1,600 presenters by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.

WHEN:          February 29-March 3, 2012

WHERE:        The Hilton Chicago and the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago

PRICE:          $40 for students who register early; $140-155 for AWP members; $265 for nonmembers who register on site.

For serious writers of literary fiction, literary nonfiction and poetry. Attendance is 9,000. Faculty includes: Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Diaz and Joyce Carol Oates. Keynote speaker for 2012 is Margaret Atwood.

Panels for 2012 include:

“A Room With a Review: The Art of Literary Criticism”

“The Business of Publishing Your Novel With an Independent Press”

“What About Blog? How Blogging Can Propel Your Career and Polish Your Craft”

For more information:





WHEN:           March 29-April 1, 2012 with the Bram Stoker Awards Presentation on March 31.

WHERE:        The Radisson Hotel Downtown, Salt Lake City

PRICE:           TBA; 2011 cost: $110-150, entry to convention and all programming inclusive

For horror professionals ranging from authors to filmmakers to artists. An opportunity to meet agents, publishers and industry professionals. Attendance 300-400.

Special guests for 2012 faculty are: No.1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon; comic book author and illustrator Mike Mignola; urban fantasy author P.N. Elrod.

For more information:





WHEN:          July 11-15, 2012

WHERE:        Stony Brook University, Southampton, NY

PRICE:            Varies, depending on whether participants attend the conference for college credit and whether they’re commuters or residents. The highest price is $1,495, room and board inclusive.

Runs concurrently with a general writers’ conference, a screenwriters’ conference and a playwriters’ conference all at Stony Brook University. Participants are welcome to attend electives from other conference. Attendance: 5 tracks with 12 participants in each. At least one workshop in each of the main children’s writing disciplines: picture books, chapter books, middle-grade novels, and YA.

Past faculty (2011) included Newberry, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Andrea Davis Pinkney; New York Times bestselling author Chris Barton; middle-grade author Tor Seidler; young-adult author Patricia McCormick; and NY Times bestselling author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds.

For more information:




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.








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 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.




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 ( 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



Book Launch Water’s Edge


Open to Interpretation: Water’s Edge

   Hardcover, 92 pages,
10.5 x 11 inches 

   32 color images: 64 interpretations 

   ISBN: 978-0-9848064-0-9



 Pre-order by December 19th and save $10.

Announcing both Fading Light a new photography call for entry and the opening of writer’s submissions for Intimate Landscape.


Open to Interpretation: Water’s Edge, will be available mid January.


We are proud to feature such amazing photographers as Craig Blacklock, Susan kae Grant, and Yoichi Kawamura alongside the magnificent work of Matthew Specktor, Joyce Sutphen, and Pablo Medina–just to name a few. For a complete list of photographers and writers showcased in the publication click here.


Hope to see you at the launch party, February 7th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Open Book in Minneapolis. To save $10 off the cover price pre-order your book by December 19th.


All the best,


Clare O’Neill




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:


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




Susan Sanford Blades

Circulation and Marketing Manager

The Malahat Review






The 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.





$6.99. Download in PDF Format.

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

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

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

For further details and to download this list today see:



How to Avoid Them

By Sherrill Wark

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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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SPREAD THE WORD: Don’t let us die! Forward this or send a message to all of your writer friends that we are out there. Let the world know about and all the good and positive things we do for up-and-coming writers.




People would like to know what has happened to the January issue of The answer is easy, but quite sad too. We did not get enough submissions to put together a new issue. Fiction-wise we did but there were only 6 poetry submissions, 2 for the contest, and some of the people who were doing columns were not able to do them for January. I am again lost on how to proceed with the site. Without submissions there is no point – unless I can figure out a way to redevelop the site into something that does not require submissions. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I believe in what we are doing, and believe in all of the authors who have appeared on, but it would seem that an online literary magazine just does not work. Am in the process of discovering how to continue with the material that I do have… Again, any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks





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