THE PEIWG WEEKLY 22-29 April 2012



Welcome to the PEIWG Weekly Bulletin! This is published and circulated through the PEIWG mailing list. 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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Titanic! Gilded lives: deadly voyage


Confederation Centre Public Library 

Tuesday April 24th at 7:00 p.m.



Canadian writer and former publisher Hugh Brewster presents a multimedia presentation on the anniversary of the sinking of the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic. All ages will enjoy this fact and fun-filled evening based on his recent books, as well as a lifelong interest in the Titanic.


Brewster is the author of a number of non-fiction titles for children, most recently I Am Canada: Deadly Voyage, a gripping blend of historical facts with a fictional young male narrator. A recent series, I am Canada explores exciting Canadian events and presents them in a format attractive to young readers (8-12 year olds)


RMS TITANIC: Gilded Lives on a Fatal Voyage, is a collection of anecdotes mixed with considerable details that will be sure to satisfy the Titanic aficionado. Brewster creates a heady mix of gossip, colourful tales and the passion of a true scholar.

You’re sure to learn something new about the Titanic!

The Bookmark will have copies of Brewster’s books to purchase.



The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen

Owen Laukkanen will read from his debut thriller, Wednesday May 2nd 7:00 pm. Reviewers praise The Professionals as a first-class thriller by a terrific new voice. A four person kidnap crew has been touring the country, snatching affluent men and holding them for ransom. Why? Well, it’s the economy. Their university degrees are practically worthless. When the crew hits the wrong man in Minnesota – a husband with connections to organized crime- his wife sends in her professionals to track them down. Where things go from there is non stop, action packed. A commercial fisherman when he’s not writing, Laukkanen divides his time between Toronto and Prince Edward Island.




The PEI Writers’ Guild 25th Annual Island Literary Awards deadline for submissions is on June 1, 2012. The Island Literary Awards recognize the best in Island writing with cash awards from community sponsors in the following categories:

Lucy Laud Montgomery PEI Literature for Children Awards (recognizing stories for children aged 5-12)

Milton Acorn Poetry Awards (8-10 pages of poetry forming an entry)

Short Story Awards (for fictions of 2500 words or less)

Creative Nonfiction Awards (for memoirs, biographies, essays, humour, travel writing and feature articles of 2500 words or less)

The IMAC Screenplay and Playwriting Awards (for a feature length screenplay or full length play)

Student categories offer incentive for youths to explore their creativity. There are no entry fees for students in these two categories:

Creative Writing Awards for Young People (students may submit either short story or poetry in their appropriate category, grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12)

Young Writers Awards (young writers may submit work through their schools, any public library, or directly to the coordinator)

Entry guidelines, including rules, eligibility, prizes, format and fees can be found online at (click on the ILA button). Direct enquiries may be addressed to Carol Corbett, Coordinator at

The PEI Public Library Service is again collaborating with PEIWG to allow ILA submissions to the made at all local libraries across PEI. Entries delivered to PEI public libraries should be sent to the attention of Trina O’Brien Leggott, Confederation Centre Library. Submissions can also be made directly to the PEI Writers’ Guild at 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown PE C1A 4R3. The deadline for all ILA submissions (postmarked by, or delivered to any PEI public library) is 4 p.m., June 1, 2012. The ILA Gala Award Ceremony will be held in the fall of 2012.




Interested writers from the Atlantic Maritimes are invited to write for Stephen Patrick Clare’s new ARTS EAST e-magazine and website.

Assignments may include CD/book reviews, interviews or coverage of music, drama, visual art, mixed media, etc. events.

Ideal for writers and aspiring journalists who are trying to gain experience and have a published on-line byline, media tickets and similar perks as compensation.

Interested writers can e-mail Michelle Brunet or Stephen Clare at


Hugh Brewster Book Reading

Canadian writer Hugh Brewster has long been fascinated by facts about the Titanic and has been editorial director and publisher of several books on the Titanic. Marking the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, Brewster will visit Island schools and speak to students from 9-12 years of age as part of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book tour, a reading program designed for children in Atlantic Canada. He will present a multimedia slide talk for all ages at the Confederation Centre Public Library on April 24 at 7 p.m. Copies of his latest books will be available for sale and Brewster will autograph personal copies.


Angels of the Maritimes

Karen Forrest will launch Angels of the Maritimes Volume Two at the Confederation Centre Public Library on May 17 at 7 p.m. and at Coles Country Fair Mall, 475 Grandville North St., Summerside, May 19 at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with an angel lecture, Q&A, book signing and giveaway of angel book marks. Seven stories in the book are from Islanders. For more information visit or call 902-404-3103.




Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award


Deadline Extended from March 12 to April 30, 2012.  Poynter said: “what is unique about these awards is that they are for the ebook edition of current titles and there are more than 100 categories. For example, a leadership book only competes with other books on leadership. Books on cooking and humor/comedy have their own categories. Some book award programs have a single category for all ebooks. Your work of fiction is being compared with an ebook on motorcycle repair. See Award Categories. Judges are experts in their favorite category of book. They are bloggers, book reviewers, authors, publishers, publicists, and other boookpeople. They love to read, talk about, and write about just one genre or category. Once a book is entered into nomination, they read the book and often tell others about their new read. The revised filing deadline is Monday, April 30 at midnight, Pacific Time. Questions, contact: Barbara Gaughen (“gone”), +1-805-968-8567 See



Call for critical/research articles and Interviews

(Deadline 30 Jun 12/Acknowledge if you are interested on

It gives us immensepleasure to inform you all that we are going to co-edit two books on IndianEnglish Fiction and the authors/academicians are cordially invited to sendtheir critical/research papers on: (1) Booker Prize Novels of India and (2) Sahitya Akademi Award winning novels. There are totalfour Man booker prize novels by Indian novelists and nineteen Sahitya Akademiaward winning novels. The details of these books are given below. Please don’tmix up two topics into each other. You can also submit your interviews withthese twenty award winning novelists and chances of its acceptance are verybright.


Please read carefully to avoid rejection of submissions:

  1. The purpose of the book is to cater the needs of the students pursuing higher studies, M. Phil and Ph. D on subject novels and authors. Hence there will be no compromise on quality of article as we are no asking for any fee rather publisher will be giving one copy of the book free of cost to every contributor.
  2. Article should be of 8-15 pages.
  3. Strictly written in MLA style(with proper citations and references).
  4. Article exhibiting plagiarism and infringement of copyright will be rejected without intimation.
  5. Article should be send through email attachment only on No hard copy is required.
  6. Along with submission you must attach certificate of originality, your small bio and mobile no.
  7. Submit only two or three lines of abstract which reveals major focus and theme of your article. It is required for writing the preface of book.
  8. One author can submit maximum of two articles, one for each book.
  9. Excerpts/extracts from the book should not be longer than your critical remarks. Begins and conclude your article with proper critical appraisal and appreciation.

Man Booker Prize Novels of India

  1. 1981 Salman Rushdie Midnight’s Children
  2. 1997 Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things
  3. 2006 Kiran Desai The Inheritance of Loss
  4. 2008 Aravind Adiga The White Tiger

Sahitya Akademi Award winning Novels of India

1. 1960 R. K. Narayan TheGuide

2. 1963 Raja Rao TheSerpent and the Rope

3. 1967 BhabaniBhattacharya Shadow from Ladakh

4. 1971 Mulk Raj Anand MorningFace

5. 1977 Chaman Nahal Azadi

6. 1978 Anita Desai Fireon the Mountain

7. 1979 RamaMehta Inside the Haveli

8. 1982 ArunJoshi The LastLabyrinth

9. 1986 NayantaraSahgal Rich Like Us

10. 1988 VikramSeth The GoldenGate

11. 1989 AmitavGhosh The ShadowLines

12. 1990 ShashiDeshpande That Long Silence

13. 1991 I.Allan Sealy TheTrotter-Nama

14. 2000 KiranNagarkar Cuckold

15. 2002 AmitChaudhuri A New World

16. 2004 UpamanyuChatterjee The Mammaries of theWelfare State

17. 2006 RupaBajwa The SariShop

18. 2007 MalathiRao DisorderlyWomen

19. 2010 Esther David The Book of Rachel


Dr. Vivekanand Jha
Editor, translator & award winning poet
L N Mithila University Darbhanga.

Mb. No. 09996136060

Dr. Rajnish Mishra

Assistant Professor

IMS Engineering College,Ghaziabad.

Mb. No.09958714291

Please don’t circulate about this CFP among your friendsor colleagues lest their articles also get published in these anthologies!




Welcome to Carpe Articulum Literary Review!

Carpe Articulum is an international, cross-genre literary review that challenges the traditional format of black and white. CALR seeks to dissolve the interdisciplinary, divisive boundaries and to embrace a wider audience in love with the written word, beautiful photography and a desire to connect with a global community of like-minded people. Scientists, Writers, Journalists, Actors, Homemakers, Artists, Human Rights Activists, Photographers and others from all cultures and walks of life have a place to meet here at CALR. We make a special effort to promote the work of emergent artists in every issue. People who might never have met, find kinship and camaraderie in the unity of the pen. They can experience and touch one another’s lives so that oceans of divide are united by the single turn of a page. The egalitarian nature of the written word, photography, and an accessible literary program make all of this possible.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO SUBSCRIBE! Only through your support can we continue to bring these world voices! Click for a sample: ONE FREE ELECTRONIC ISSUE of our print publication! THIS IS A ONE-TIME gift of last quarter’s issue featuring an exclusive interview with LORD (CHARLES) SPENCER, NINTH EARL SPENCER, about the literary festival at his ancestral home, The Althorp Estate, his favourite reads, and his sister Princess Diana’s charitable legacy. (For best performance, please keep your mouse pointer off the magazine pages while they download.)

WANT TO BE A PART? Send your ideas, editorials, and questions to Hadassah Broscova at and you can get published in this international review! The best commentaries, articles, and questions for the editor will be included. Please register at our website, then make your submission. NO SUBMISSIONS ARE COMPLETE WITHOUT REGISTRATION, THANK YOU!

We give away $10,000 every year to outstanding writers and artists and hope you will decide to become a member of our literary family. Enter our fiction, non-fiction, poetry, novella and photography contests at any time of year. If you miss a deadline, your entry will automatically roll over for the next cycle.

The magazine is 150-200 pages of full-colour delight, translated into five languages. We feature short fiction, poetry, informative articles, photography, non-fiction and incredible interviews with hot up-and-coming writers as well as iconic ones such as Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniGeorge Lucas (Star WarsIndiana Jones), Ray Harryhausen (father of motion picture special effects), Ray Bradbury (author of Fahrenheit 451), Jodi Picoult (author of Change of Heart,Handle With CareNineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper which was made into a major motion picture with Cameron Diaz) and Nicholas Sparks (author of Message in a Bottle, also made into a motion picture with Kevin Costner & Robin Wright Penn, as well as The NotebookThe Last Song, etc.) And that was just last October’s issue!

We hope you will join us and become a vital part of our literary family—without you, none of this is possible nor necessary. Become a cherished reader today! 



Current Calls for Writers Intimate Landscape

The photographs have been selected and we are currently accepting poetry and
prose for Open to Interpretation: Intimate Landscape.


View our online gallery for selected images chosen by Karen Irvine, Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.


Intimate Landscape Judge’s Choice Award

Untitled #5, Harold Ross

Entries Due

New Extended Deadline: May 1, 2012


Submission Fees $10 per entry


Theme Intimate Landscape. Landscapes conjure images of vast, sweeping scenes, but the details captured by a photograph can turn a seemingly impersonal setting into an intimate story. It’s up to the artist to define what constitutes an intimate landscape, be it representational, non-representational, urban, suburban or rural.


Judge Patrick Thomas is the editor and program manager at Milkweed Editions. As an editor, his work focuses on acquisitions that consider our relationship to the more-than-human world. As program manger, he works to find the best way to bring literary art to the widest possible audience. He lives in Minneapolis, MN.


Awards $300 Judge’s Choice Award

Writing guidelines


Submit writing


Important Dates


Submissions Currently Open


Deadline: May 1, 2012

Results: July 26, 2012

Book Launch: October 2012



Download “sneak peek” of Water’s Edge





or phone






DEADLINE:  May 15 for the June 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




Deadline: May 31: bpNichol Chapbook Poetry Award ++
Recommended free contest awards C$2,000 for the best English-language poetry chapbook published in Canada in the preceding year. Author or publisher should submit 3 copies of book plus author’s curriculum vitae.


Adams Media Romance Guidelines


Our new direct-to-ebook romance imprint is launching soon! We’re open to romance submissions in five popular subgenres: romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal, historical, and erotic romance.

Within those subgenres, we are flexible about what happens. It’s romance, so there must be a happily-ever-after, but we’re open to how your characters get there. You won’t come up against preconceived ideas about what can or can’t happen in romance or what kind of characters you can or can’t have. Our only rule is everyone has to be a consenting adult. Other than that, we’re looking for smart, savvy heroines, fresh voices, and new takes on old favorite themes.

We’re looking for full-length novels, and while we prefer to work on the shorter end of the spectrum (50,000 words, give or take), we’re not going to rule you out because you go shorter or longer.

If you have a finished novel you’d like for us to consider, please just drop editor Jennifer Lawler a line at with a brief description of your work-please, no attachments until I know you’re not a spambot. That’s it! I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can-within a few days for queries and within a few weeks if I request a full.

Thank you for your interest!                      




Prime Research on Education

Dear Colleague,

Prime Resaerch on Education (PRE) is a peer-reviewed and open access journal that publishes manuscripts monthly. Manuscripts are being published monthly by PRIME JOURNALS via our website,

PRE is committed to upgrade the depth of the subject across disciplines with the ultimate aim of expanding knowledge of the subject. Follow the above link to view our current issue.

Call for Articles
PRE encompasses all areas of Prime Research on Education. Manuscripts that meet the general criteria of could be submitted for publication. The criteria includes: Original articles in basic and applied research, Case studies and Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays.

Kindly support this initiative by sending your manuscripts to or

PRE is an Open Access Journal
One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access journals are scholarly journals that are available online to the reader “without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. PRE is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.

Best regards,

Trisha Omizu
Editorial Assistant
Prime Research on Education


Call for Submissions

Editor Sandra McIntyre with Roseway Publishing (Nova Scotia & Manitoba) is seeking short story submissions for an upcoming anthology of political fiction. “Political” is open to interpretation—stories can be about politics, whether overtly or obliquely, or political by virtue of their stance, voice, point of view, or underpinnings.
Stories should be 4000 words maximum. There is no minimum length. Short graphic fiction is welcome. Simultaneous submissions are okay. Multiple submissions are okay. Submissions of previously published stories are okay. Canadian authors only.
Payment: $100 for “anthology rights” (print and electronic rights).
The deadline for submissions is: June 1, 2012.

Send stories by email to

Send stories by mail to:
Sandra McIntyre
c/o Roseway Publishing
32 Oceanvista Lane Black Point, NS B0J 1B0
To receive confirmation that your story has been received, please include an email address or a SASE with your submission.


Dave Greber Award 2012


Freelance writers wishing to apply for the book or magazine award can submit their work from Monday, March 12, 2012 until Friday June 15, 2012 at 5 PM PST.

Information about the criteria for the awards is set out in the Call for Submissions and can be found at

The separate book and magazine awards recognize excellence of writing and research in the area of social justice writing and also provide support for independent freelance writers during the publishing process.

The Book Award for 2012 has been increased to five thousand dollars. 

If you have questions about  the Call for Submissions please call Shirley Dunn at 1.403.259.5689 or

e-mail If you do not receive an answer within twenty four hours, please contact Brent Gushowaty at or phone him at 1-604-727-8437


215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 130, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2C7 | Phone: (416) 504-1645 |
Email: | Website & Resource Centre: | Find a Professional Writer:




The Travel Itch


The travel itch is an irresistible on-line read and the next best thing
to experiencing Canada and the world firsthand. It offers fresh Canadian perspectives on travel that entertain and inform while agitating the itch to go. We are hunting for original travel articles from blossoming and bloomed Canadian writers about their travel experiences at home or abroad. We’re also seeking gripping travel images and film, book and restaurant reviews.

Submission guidelines are at





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:




Elora Writers’ Festival


Elora Writers’ Festival writing competition invites entries for their 9th annual writing competition. Prizes: $200, $100, $75 (4 age categories). Submit: Short story/personal essay (1500 words max.) and poetry (75 lines max). Deadline: April 27, 2012. Entry fee $15 (fee only for writers 20+ category). Festival and contest details here:


E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Contest

Postmark Deadline: April 30
First Place $1,100; Editors’ Choices, $100. Seeks unpublished stories, 3,000 words maximum. Any style, any theme. $15 fee for one story, $10 each additional story, payable to Writecorner Press. Send one title page with author’s name, address, phone, email address, and short bio. Send second title page with title only. Read the complete guidelines. Read past winners.


The Writer’s 2012 Short-Story Contest!

Online Submission Deadline: April 30

In collaboration with Gotham Writers’ Workshop, The Writer invites submissions of unpublished short stories up to 2,000 words. We’re looking for original, previously unpublished fiction on any theme that is brilliant, bold and concise.

Do you have a short story just sitting around waiting for the right contest? Or an idea for a story that you didn’t get around to putting on paper? Now’s the time to dust off that story you never submitted or write that story you were always meaning to write, and submit it to The Writer‘s Short-Story Contest!

Prizes: Cash prizes of $1,000/$300/$200 for the top three entries. The first-prize winner will also receive a free 10-week online creative-writing workshop from Gotham Writers’ Workshop and publication in The Writer. Second- and third-place winners receive free enrollment in “How to Get Published”, a four-week online seminar taught online by a literary agent and Gotham Writers’ Workshop. All winners receive a one-year subscription to The Writer and will have their stories posted on

Submit online only; no mailed entries will be accepted. Entry fee: $10 per submission. Finalist judge: TBA. For the official rules and more information about how to submit online, see


Tupelo Press First / Second Book Award

Postmark Deadline: April 30

The First / Second Book Award includes a cash award of $3,000, publication by Tupelo Press, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. The final judge for this year’s contest is to be announced. All finalists will be considered for publication. Results announced in summer 2012.

This competition is open to all poets who have not yet published a full-length collection of poetry and those who have published only one full-length book. Previously published poems with proper acknowledgment are acceptable. Translations are not eligible, nor are previously self-published books. Employees of Tupelo Press and authors previously published by Tupelo Press are not eligible. The contest is competitive. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted; notify Tupelo Press promptly if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript of between 48 and 88 pages (of poems). Include two cover pages: one with title only, the other with title, your name, address, phone, and email. Include a table of contents and, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for poems previously published in periodicals. For notification of receipt of manuscript, include a SASP. For notification of the winner, enclose a SASE. Manuscripts will not be returned.

A reading fee of $28 by check (payable to Tupelo Press) or via PayPal must accompany each submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, each accompanied by a $28 reading fee.

Read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript:

Submit your manuscript online or send via postal mail to:
Tupelo Press First / Second Book Award, P.O. Box 1767, North Adams, MA 01247



Deadline: April 30, 2012 Prize: $500 plus membership

Entry fee: none Details:;; tel: 1 866 216 6222 (toll-free)




Canadian Writer’s Journal Short Fiction Contest Deadline: April 30, 2012 Prize: $150, $100, $50, plus publication Entry fee: $5 Details:; email:; tel: 705 647 5424


The Frances E. Russell Grant Book Award


Deadline: May 1, 2012 Prize: $1000

Entry fee: none









The CANADIAN STORIES literary folk magazine is pleased to offer the 4th Contest for Short Stories, Poetry,

Black & White Art and a Self-Published Book Prize. A total of over $3000 in prize money will be awarded:



CREATIVE NON-FICTION Lin Johns (The Pearl Wearmouth Prize) $325

D. Larry Haire (The Sullivan/Haire Prize) $325

TRUE STORIES The James Franklin McDonald Prize $325

The Susanna Voth Wiebe Prize $325

LEST WE FORGET The Jean Scott Parsons Prize $325

FICTION The William Wardill Prize $325

The Bruno Penner Prize $325

POETRY The Alvin Ens Prize $325

BLACK & WHITE LINE ART The Harry Buller Prize (R&R Printing Plus) $325

SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK The Ivan Hervoic Prize (GemSystems)

judged by Mimi Baxter $500

WILD CARD” The Wild Card Prize (Krown Rust) $100



** A copy of a book by Ruth Latta, or Ed Janzen or an Anthology of CANADIAN STORIES



May 1, 2012. Notification approximately June 15, 2012.



Each entry must include a $20 cheque made out to CANADIAN STORIES. This money is not refundable.

Notification with SASE card. Return of original also with SASE. Material with uncouth language will be returned.


RULES: All entries must follow the author’s guidelines outlined on Poetry is limited to three poems or three pages. Art must be presented on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. The subject of the Art should be suitable for publication in CANADIAN STORIES. All entries must be original unpublished typewritten material. Authors retain copyright. Short Stories should be 2000-3000 words. A “Self-Published Book” is herein defined as a book written, produced, printed and marketed by the author of about 100 pages with about 150 copies created within the last 10 years in English. One copy must be sent with each entry which will be given to a charity such as a hospital after the competition. The Wild Card will be attributed to any highly rated submission but which does not fit into any of the above categories. The “Lest We Forget” category pertains to Canadian military stories and memories. Winners will be published in the August 1, 2012 issue of CANADIAN STORIES.


Send entries to: CANADIAN STORIES, Box 232, Fergus, ON NIM 2W8

Mark Envelope: 4th Contest


All entries must specify which category the submitter has selected. Name, address, phone number and E-mail

address (if available) must be provided on a cover sheet. Submitted material to be judged should have no identification

for blind judging. Entries must be written by the author identified. The Contest is open to entries from

any country as long as a Canadian theme is evident in the submission.


Inquiries: Editor of CANADIAN STORIES


Writers’ Collective Marie Barton Postcard Fiction Contest

Deadline May 4 2012

Send three copies of your postcard – good quality photocopies are acceptable – along with a story that relates to the image. The relationship between the story and postcard can be as tangential as you like, so long as there is some clear connection to the image or place. Stories must he original, unpublished works of fiction of 100 words or less. Cheques should be made payable to the Writers’ Collective. Writers’ Collective Marie Barton Postcard Fiction Contest, University of Winnipeg, 4th Floor Library, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9 Prizes: $100; $50; $25 + publication Entry Fee: $5 Details:; tel: 204 786 9468



Winnipeg Free Press / Writers’ Collective Short Fiction Contest

Deadline May 4, 2012  Original, unpublished works of fiction between 1,000 and 1,500 words. Author’s real name should not appear on the manuscript. Each entry must come with a $10 entry fee, or $5 for Writers’ Collective members, payable to The Writers’ Collective. Only one prize awarded per person. To receive an entry form, please call or email. All submissions MUST include an entry form. Confirm from website closer to deadline. Writers’ Collective University of Winnipeg, 4th Floor Library, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9 Prizes: $200; $150; $100 (+ publication) Entry Fee: $l0 or $5 member Details:; tel: 204 786 9468 



In Places Between – The Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Fiction Competition

 Deadline May 5, 2012 Open to writers with fewer than 3 published short stories (paid) or 1 novel in the genre. All stories must be science fiction, fantasy or horror. Entrants may submit two stories. Entrants must submit three copies of each story. Maximum length of stories is 5,000 words and must be previously unpublished. The top five entries will be asked to submit a digital copy (disk or email) and a brief biography for inclusion in the next edition of In Places Between. In Places Between, Box 31014, Bridgeland Postal Outlet, 112 – 4th Street NE, Calgary AB T2E OCO  Prizes: $125: $100; $75; 2 x $25 Entry Fee: None  Details: 


Hindu Temple Youth Corps Story/Article Writing Contests

Deadline: May 10, 2012 HTYC invites children between the ages of 5 and 16 to write small stories in English, based on Hindu stories from Puranas/RamayanaA’lahabharatha etc. and submit them to the Youth Corps. One winning entry will be published on the temple website every month, along with the child’s profile and photograph. Entries must be received before the 10th of each month. Hindu Temple Youth Corps Prizes: Publication Entry Fee: None Details:  http://www.thehindutemple.caIHTYC.htm


Wyn Lit 24 Hour Short Story Writing Contest


Deadline: May 12, 2012 (monthly contest; dates may vary) Once every month, Canadian members of Winterblue Publishing have the opportunity to enter the 24 hour short story competition Wyn Lit 24 free as part of their membership. If you’re not a member ($30/year), the one-time entry fee is $5 per entry. An email message will be sent including the details of that particular month’s 24 hour short story writing contest. The contest dates sometimes change, so please check the website for updates.  Prize: Publication  Entry fee: $5 per entry; free to members Details:; tel: 705 752 4586



West End Writers’ Club Contest

Deadline: May 13, 2012 – mailed submissions; May 15, 2012 – online May be changes; re-check website. Contest results will be emailed to the WEWW membership and contest entrants, and posted on webpage. 750 words maximum for prose or two one-page poems will be accepted. $10 CAD fee per prose entry or up to two poetry entries. Cheques and cashier’s cheques payable in CAD to West End Writers. Now offers online payment and entry. West End Writers’ Club, c/o Chairperson, 30 – 1535 Nelson Street, Vancouver BC V6E I M2. Prizes: $75; $50; $25 Entry Fee: $10 Details:



Kisses and Popsicles Spring Poetry Contest

 Deadline: May 15, 2012 We do not accept previously published poems. The maximum number of lines for a single poem is forty. Poems can be of any theme or form as long as they do not exceed the forty line max. Cheques should be made out to Pandora’s Collective and the envelope should be labelled “Poetry Contest Submission.” All rights return to the poet after publication. Pandora’s Collective (Poetry Contest Submission), 5505 Main Street, Vancouver BC V5W 2S3 Prizes: $100, $50, + publication (three levels) Entry Fee: $5 Details:


The Lush Triumphant – subTerrain ‘s Annual Literary Awards Competition

Deadline: May 15, 2012 Entrants may submit as many entries in as many categories as they like. The winning entries in each category will receive a $500 cash prize and will be published in our Fall issue. All entries MUST be previously unpublished material and not currently under consideration in any other contest or competition. Entries will NOT be returned (so keep a copy for yourself). Results of the competition will be announced in the Summer issue of the magazine. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to subTerrain. Lush Triumphant, subTERRAIN Magazine, Box 3008, MPO, Vancouver BC V6B 3X5 Prizes: $750; $250 + Publication & Subscription x3  Entry Fee: $25 Details:; tel: 604 876 8710



City of Vancouver Book Award

 Deadline: May 23, 2012 The book may be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or drama written for adults or children and may deal with any aspects of the city: history, geography, current affairs, or the arts published anywhere in the world, may be entered as long as they contribute to an appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s history, character, or of the achievements of its residents. The book must not have been copy-righted prior to the previous year. Official entry form found on website. City of Vancouver – Cultural Services Department, Suite 501, 111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC, V5Y 1H4 Prizes: $2000  Entry Fee: $20 Details:; tel: 604 871 6434



Deadline: May 31, 2012  Poems must be titled, previously unpublished, not being considered elsewhere. Please indicate where you heard about our contest. Submissions will not be returned. Only poets included in the anthology will he notified. By entering the contest your give Canadian Authors Association, Niagara Branch first rights to publish your poem in The Saving Bannister Poets retain all other rights for further publications. Decisions of the judge are final. Canadian Authors Association – Niagara Branch Poetry Anthology, Box 1069, Fonthill ON, LOS lEO.  Prizes: $200, $100 & $50. Publication Entry Fee: $15/3 poems Details:


James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award

Deadline: May 31, 2012  Every year up to six Aboriginal students will receive this award for their creative writing talent. Creative pieces may include, but are not limited to short stories, poems, essays. plays, or songs and must be original work created by the student. Maximum length is 2,500 words. For each category there will be an ‘up to 12 years of age’ and ’13 to 18 years of age’ recipient. Nomination forms online from the website. Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration 400 University Avenue, 4th Floor Prizes: $2500  Entry Fee: Nominations Details:   tel: 1 877 832 8622 / 416 314 7526


Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize

Deadline: May 31, 2012  Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages. Entry Fee is $25, outside of North America $35 USD. This includes a one-year subscription to ‘JAR which will begin with the fall issue. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review. The Antigonish Review Contest, St. Francis Xavier University, Box 5000 Antigonish NS, B2G 2W5. Prizes: $600, $400, $200 & Publication  Entry Fee: $25 Details:; tel: 902 867 3962


Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2012

Postmark Deadline: May 1

$2,500 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2012 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard.

Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the RiverWalk on Water, and A World Turned Over. Ms. Hemingway is the competition’s final judge.

Prizes and Publication

• First-place winner: $1,500 and publication in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts
• Second- and third-place: $500 each
• Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise

Eligibility Requirements

• Stories must be original, unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, 3,500 words or less. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains property of the author.
• Open to all US and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more.

Entry Fee: $15. Visit our website at for complete details. Queries may be sent to

On The Premises Short Story Contest (no fee)

Online Submission Deadline: May 31

77% of web-based fiction magazines pay their fiction writers nothing.

So do 60% of print-only fiction magazines!

If you’d like to try getting paid for your fiction, why not consider us? Since 2006, On The Premises magazine has aimed to promote newer and/or relatively unknown writers who can write creative, compelling stories told in effective, uncluttered, and evocative prose. We’ve never charged a reading fee or publication fee, and we pay between $40 and $180 for short stories that fit each issue’s broad story premise. We publish stories in nearly every genre (literary/realist, mystery, light/dark fantasy, light/hard sci-fi, slipstream) aimed at adult readers (no children’s fiction). Our most recent issue featured seven authors we’d never published before and one author making his first fiction sale.

The premise of the current contest is And Now For Something Completely Different. Humorous prose is not taken seriously in today’s literary world. We aim to rectify that. We dare you to write a short piece of fiction that makes us laugh, or at least smile. If you can make us laugh and think, or laugh and feel deeply about someone or something, all the better.

We will not accept parodies of another author’s specific fictional characters or world(s). No exceptions!

You can find details and instructions for submitting your story at To be informed when new contests are launched, subscribe to our free, short, monthly newsletter.

On The Premises magazine is recognized in Duotrope, Writer’s Market,, the Short Story and Novel Writers guidebooks, and other short story marketing resources.



The Malahat Review‘s 2012 Far Horizons Award for Poetry

Deadline: May 1, 2012
Prize: $1000 CAD
Entry fee: $25 CAD for entries from Canada
$30 USD for entries from the US
$35 USD for entries from elsewhere
(entry fee includes a one-year subscription to the magazine)

Poets who are not yet published in book form (book = 48 pages or more) are encouraged to enter up to three poems (60 lines max. each).

Read full contest guidelines, an interview with the last winner of this award, and an interview with this year’s judge on our website.






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. Three contests to enter:


  • The CBC Literary Prize: Short Story Competition

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


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



The New Quarterly Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award


Deadline: May 28, 2012

Sponsored by St. Jerome’s University English Dept. Winning Story: $1,000 Entry Fee: $40 per submission*  For a work of short fiction by a Canadian writer in the early stages. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing. There is no word limit; all submissions are judged blind. Though there is only one prize, all submissions will be considered for publication. For full details, see






The 2013 KEN KLONSKY Novella Contest

 Quattro Books will publish the two best novella manuscripts by a Canadian author as part of their 2013 Publishing list. The novella manuscript should be completed, neatly typed, and not less than 20 000 words or more than 40 000 words. Note the number of words on the cover. Your name may appear in the manuscript’s header or footer. Please take a look at the type of novellas Quattro publishes; we publish literary fiction and do not publish genre fiction (Science fiction or Romances.) You may send your manuscripts anytime between March 01, 2012 and June 01, 2012. Send your manuscript, along with a $15 reader’s fee and your email address, to: Quattro Books Inc, CSI second floor, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 2R4. Manuscripts will not be returned. Reader’s Fee $15




 Recognizing and Developing Unpublished Canadian Poets.  The Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on unpublished Canadian poets. To be launched by Heidi M. Stock in April (National Poetry Month), this contest invites the participation of Canadian poets who have not published any of their original creative writing (poems or prose). With the goal of recognizing and developing unpublished Canadian poets, the prizes for the three winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners) of the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest will include: the publication of their contest winning poetry on this contest website; a listing of their names in the Writing (Contests/Awards) section of the November 2012 issue of Quill & Quire, Canada’s Magazine of Book News and Reviews; and private online mentoring sessions with the contest judge (valued at $1,000 among the three winners).  In its inaugural year, 2012, the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest is pleased to announce Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, Evelyn Lau, as Honorary Patron and poet Catherine Graham as judge. Catherine is a much sought after creative writing instructor, who has published four books of poetry. See Contest Judge for her biography. What are you waiting for? Click on for contest rules and guidelines.




Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Sponsored by Writers’ Trust of Canada (The)


  Lucrative award for books of fiction published in Canada during the calendar year by Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Deadline varies depending on when your book was published during the year. Must be submitted by publisher.

Contest Status:




Poetry Contest 


Prose Contest 

  Published Prose Book: Novel or short story collection


  04/04/12, 06/06/12,08/01/12


  Prize is awarded once a year, but there are three deadlines depending on when the book was published. Books published between October 1 and April 3 must be received by April 4; those published between April 4 and June 5 must be received by June 6; and those published between June 6 and September 30 must be received by August 1. (New schedule for 2012; former deadlines were April 13, June 15, and August 10).

Publishers are strongly encouraged to submit books prior to the deadlines. Submissions upon release of titles are appreciated.



Deadline Type:

  Received By Deadline

Top Award:


Other Awards:

  Three to five shortlisted books receive C$2,500 each

Entry Fee:



  Writers’ Trust of Canada (The)
200 – 90 Richmond Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1P1


  Amanda Hopkins


  416-504-8222 x242

Contact Email:




  Eligible: Translations into English published during the prize year will be accepted; prize will be split with 2/3 going to the author and 1/3 to the translator


  Postal Mail Only


  Authors with Published Books


  No Restrictions


  Authors must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Books must have been published in Canada during the year in which the deadline falls. All books must have an ISBN number and be available in Canadian bookstores.

Age of Entrant:

  No Restriction


  Must be submitted by publisher. No more than two authors per book; no self-published or ghostwritten books; books whose author was deceased at the time of publication are not eligible; no more than 20% of the book may have been previously published in book form in any language.

Titles must be published in Canada between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012. Books that are not yet in final published form by the final deadline of August 1, 2012 may be submitted in page-proof form.

All Canadian-based publishers of original manuscripts may enter two books. Companies publishing more than two eligible fiction titles during the calendar year may add one book for every additional two eligible (or fraction thereof) on their fiction list, up to a maximum of five. For example, a publisher with a list of eight qualifying fiction books would be entitled to submit four — two for the first five, one for the next two, and one for the final book. Please note that the rules regarding the number of submissions differ for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize from all other prizes administered by the Writers’ Trust.

Finalists must agree to provide the Trust with 15 additional book copies, affix stickers to books, participate in promotion and publicity efforts, and commit resources, in accordance to their ability, so that finalists can attend the International Festival of Authors in Toronto in October.

What to Submit:

  5 copies of published book (or 3 bound galleys, to be followed by at least 2 finished copies of the book), press kit, entry form, list of titles published by publisher

Guidelines URL:–Trust-Fiction-Prize/PrizeHistoryandGuidelines/Prize-Guidelines.aspx

Length Limit:

  Book length (see ‘Other Restrictions’ for number of books/submission)


  Publishers should submit 5 copies of the book. Books that are not yet in final published form by the final deadline of August 1, 2012 may be submitted in page-proof form. Include a press kit with author bio and publicity materials, and a completed entry form (email for a copy). On or before August 1, 2012, the publisher must submit a list of all titles published during the 2012 calendar year on which that publisher’s eligibility is based. This list should include authors, titles, and dates of publication. Publishers should also provide electronic images of the author and book cover suitable for reproduction in print materials. Please forward images

Per Entrant:

  One Submission per Entrant





PCI Editor’s

  Publishers need to ensure that authors of books chosen as finalists for this prize are able to attend the International Festival of Authors in Toronto in October 2012.

Prize increased from $15,000 in 2009. See website for other poetry and prose contests.

Contest Judge:

  A three-person jury selects the winner and finalists of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. The jury acts independently of the Writers’ Trust and is charged with interpreting the mandate and eligibility criteria of the prize, as well as determining which of the submissions best reflect the prize mandate. In evaluating the writing, literary merit is the sole criteria.

Recent Winners:

Patrick deWitt, ‘The Sisters Brothers’

Emma Donoghue, ‘Room’

Annabel Lyon, ‘The Golden Mean’

Miriam Toews, ‘The Flying Troutmans’

Lawrence Hill, ‘The Book of Negroes’

See list of all past winners at:–Trust-Fiction-Prize/PrizeHistoryandGuidelines/Prize-History.aspx

Winners Notified:




Last Update:




Writers’ Trust Hilary Weston Non-Fiction Prize
Sponsored by Writers’ Trust of Canada (The)


  Lucrative award for nonfiction books published in Canada between January and September of the current year by Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Deadline varies depending on whether your book was published in the first or second half of the year. Translations eligible. Must be submitted by publisher. Formerly known as the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, changed name in 2011.

Contest Status:




Poetry Contest 


Prose Contest 

  Published Prose Book: Nonfiction


  04/04/12, 06/06/12,08/01/12


  Prize is awarded once a year, but there are three deadlines depending on when the book was published. Books published between October 1 and April 3 must be received by April 4; those published between April 4 and June 5 must be received by June 6; and those published between June 6 and September 30 must be received by August 1. (New schedule for 2012; former deadlines were April 13, June 15, and August 10).
Books published after September 30, 2012 will be eligible for the 2013 awards.



Deadline Type:

  Received By Deadline

Top Award:


Other Awards:

  Three to five shortlisted books receive C$5,000 each

Entry Fee:



  In 2011, the prize was renamed to recognize sponsorship from the Hon. Hilary Weston that created the largest annual prize for a book of nonfiction published in Canada.


  Writers’ Trust of Canada (The)
200 – 90 Richmond Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1P1


  Amanda Hopkins


  416-504-8222 x242

Contact Email:




  Eligible: Translations into English published during the prize year will be accepted; prize will be split 75% to the author and 25% to the translator


  Postal Mail Only


  Authors with Published Books


  No Restrictions


  Authors must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Books must have been published in Canada during the year in which the deadline falls. All books must have an ISBN number and be available in Canadian bookstores.

Age of Entrant:

  No Restriction


  Must be submitted by publisher. No more than two authors per book; no self-published or ghostwritten books; books whose author was deceased at the time of publication are not eligible; no more than 20% of the book may have been previously published in book form in any language.

All Canadian-based publishers of original manuscripts may enter two books; companies publishing more than ten eligible non-fiction titles may add one book for every additional ten eligible books (or fraction thereof) on their non-fiction list, up to a maximum of five.

For example, a publisher with a list of 22 qualifying non-fiction books would be entitled to submit four — two for the first ten, one for the next ten, and one for the final two books.

If a book is chosen as a finalist, the publisher will agree to: supply the Writers’ Trust with 15 additional copies of the short-listed book for publicity, affix stickers provided by the Writers’ Trust to finalist books and the winning book, participate in promotion and publicity efforts and stress the importance of these with their authors.


  ‘Literary nonfiction includes, among other forms, works of personal or journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, criticism both social and political, history, and biography. Finalist works will demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. The overall effect of such writing should provide the general reader with an informed, unique perspective on the issue at hand.’

What to Submit:

  5 copies of published book (or 3 bound galleys, to be followed by at least 2 copies of the book), press kit, entry form, list of titles published by publisher, electronic images of author and book cover suitable for reproduction. As of 2012, publishers are invited to submit books electronically IN ADDITION TO hard copies. Contact Program Manager for instructions on uploading e-Pub files.

Guidelines URL:

Length Limit:



  Publishers should submit 5 copies of the book. If the book is not published by August 1, send 3 bound galleys. Include a press kit with author bio and publicity materials, and a completed entry form (email for a copy). On or before August 1, 2012, the publisher must submit a list of all titles published during the calendar year on which that publisher’s eligibility is based. This list should include authors, titles, and dates of publication. They should also email electronic images of author and book cover suitable for reproduction

Per Entrant:

  One Submission per Entrant





PCI Editor’s

  As of May 2011, top prize increased from C$25,000 to C$60,000 after a generous sponsorship by Hon. Hilary Weston. Finalist prizes doubled from C$2,500 to C$5,000.

Early submission is strongly encouraged. See website for other poetry and prose contests.

Contest Judge:

  Three-person jury independent of The Writers’ Trust charged with interpreting the mandate and eligibility criteria of the prize, as well as determining which of the submissions best reflect the prize mandate. In evaluating the writing, literary merit is the sole criteria.

Recent Winners:

Charles Foran, ‘Mordecai: The Life & Times’

James FitzGerald, ‘What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son’s Quest to Redeem the Past’

Brian Brett, ‘Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life’

Taras Grescoe, ‘Bottomfeeder: How To Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood’

Anna Porter, ‘Kasztner’s Train: The True Story of Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust’

Winners Notified:




Last Update:





The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest
 is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a short story that is worth telling everyone! And welcome to all who have the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.


Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: July 31, 2012

All contest winners will be announced on August 31, 2012

Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$10 per short story.

$5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story(ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654


Visit for details and enter!


No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One




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!


  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.

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.


Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2012


Go online at

First Prize       $1,000

Second Prize    $250

Third Prize         $100

Top ten entries are posted on our site.

The entry fee for each submission is $25.

One Act Plays of from 10 minutes to 70 minutes may be submitted by mail or email.


By mail to Bottle Tree Productions

at 445 Southwood Drive,

Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7M-5P8


Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions.

For environmental and storage reasons email submissions are preferred..


By email to contest (at) bottletreeinc (dot) com


Go online at  for Paypal options and further details and to see past winners and their contact info. Before entering you can check out our free advice for writers at


Format is not important. Good writing is.

Please do not attach your name or contact name to the script but have that information on a separate sheet of paper, or a separate attachment if emailing.


For further information

Phone                                     613-384-8433

or email us. contest (at) bottletreeinc (dot) com


Plays can have previously been produced but not professionally.

Plays may also have been entered in other competitions.


The competition runs until November 30th 2012.

Winners will be announced in January of 2013


If you want a critical analysis of your work please enclose a cheque for $50 made payable to Bottle Tree Productions. or use our pay pal option on our website.





Four days, four ways to access masters, muses & magic!

Win an iPad!  The first 50 registrants will be entered in a draw to win an iPad!

The draw will be held during the conference.


DATES:          Thurs. May 17, 2012 4:00 PM to Monday May 21, 2012 1:30 PM

LOCATION:  Lakehead University, Orillia Campus, 500 University Ave. Orillia, Ontario  L3V 0B9


Driving directions:,%20Orillia,%20Ontario,%20L3V%200B9,%20CA


Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of your day-to-day routine ? Are you suffering from a serious case of writers’ block?  Want to jump start those creative juices by talking shop with fellow writers? Could that draft you’ve been working on benefit from some constructive feedback from your peers or a professional editor? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, the Canadian Authors Association is delighted to invite you to our 91st annual writers’ conference. Join us for easy access to the following options:


* Personal writing time

* Writing circles – learn from your peers

* Blue pencil sessions – get feedback from professionals

* Hands on writing workshops

* Master classes for published and mid-career authors

* Voice coaching for truly effective readings

* Hands on help with social media tools and techniques

* Open mike readings

* Opportunities to promote and sell your book


More information and a link to register:



Questions about CanWrite? Feel free to send us an email or call our toll-free number.

And remember: Register soon for a one-in-fifty chance to win a brand new iPad.


 Anita Purcell & Courtney Thompson

Canadian Authors Association

Tel: 705 719 3926

TF: 1 866 216 6222



Writing Life

April 26-29 @ Windhorse Farm

with Paul Dodgson, UK based writer and producer.



Have you ever wanted to write about your life but do not know where to start? In this intensive three day workshop you will be introduced to techniques of memoir writing, led by UK based writer and producer Paul Dodgson. With a mixture of workshops and tutorial sessions, we will investigate the nature of memory; establishing style and tone; creating a sense of time and place; and writing believable dialogue.  We will test our storytelling skills as well as the peculiar relationship between truth and fiction.  During this course I will show you how learning to write well will help you draw from out of your story what will make it compelling to us all. Costs: $320+tax for course tuition and meals, $180+tax for three nights accommodation in Juniper Lodge. To register call the WIndhorse office 1-902-543-6955 or email







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:


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

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

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


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


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





DATE:           Saturday, May 5, 2012

LOCATION:  Deer Creek Golf and Country Club, Ajax, Ontario


This is an intense day of workshops, lectures, a plenary session and speakers.

Wherever you’d like to wander, if you’re interested in writing, we’re confident you’ll find a path to nurture your interests somewhere within the pages of the Ontario Writers’ Conference website. (But if you don’t, please let us know!)  Click here for more info on the program and for registration details:




“All good writing is swimming underwater and holding your breath.” F. Scott Fitzgerald


Richard Taylor will offer the Summer Fiction Workshop, English 2903A, Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m. from May-August. This half credit course will appeal to anyone interested in writing post card stories, short stories, novels, and creative non-fiction such as blogs, personal essays, humour, travel and memoir writing. Time will be devoted to fun, stimulating writing exercises, learning how to balance inspiration and discipline, finding a personal voice, choosing a subject and developing a sense of structure. For one assignment, the class will be organized into groups of three writers and each group will write a three chapter mini novel. There will be group critiques of works-in-progress and creative revision and self-editing. The workshop will consist of beginners, and more advanced writers of all genres. On warm evenings some class time will be on the banks of the Rideau River. For more info, please check the English Department website; my website and e-mail Rick at



Rick has published a collection of short stories, a novel, many feature magazine articles and an Australian travel memoir, House Inside the Waves: Domesticity, Art and the Surfing Life. For 20 years he has taught over 100 writing workshops in Ottawa, Hong Kong, Australia and Tuscany. Since 1995, when he was Carleton writer-in-residence, he has taught the Fiction Workshop. This summer he will offer his Seventh Annual Write by the Lake summer writers retreat in Val-des-Monts Quebec near a waterfall at his beautiful lake house, Monet Bay. While surfing and swimming around the world, he is working on an unusual book about swimming with writers, Water & Desire. All memory is fiction – Spalding Gray



WRITE IN WALES at Myth, Mountain & Imagination

August 18-24, 2012

Get away from the grind to write and be inspired.

Join us for a week of writing, relaxing and exploring this spectacular, lesser known Celtic gem.  Memoir, novel, creative nonfiction, poetry — all genres and levels.

Learn more:


Online Writing Classes at Creative Nonfiction

The Nonfiction Writers Conference is a VIRTUAL event conducted via teleconference May 16-18. Topics include traditional and self-publishing, ebooks, virtual book tours, social media, strategies to sell more books on Amazon, blogging, SEO, professional speaking, and other book marketing tactics.

Save 50% with this code: 50off at



Call for Applicants
 Fiction Writing for Children and Young Adults
June 24–July 1, 2012 
A program from the Highlights Foundation
 Fiction stories form fantastic and imaginative worlds. Prepare yourself for the world of writing fiction for children by attending this intensive, week-long workshop. Join workshop leaders Patricia Lee Gauch, Jillian Sullivan, David Richardson, and Robert J. Blake; and special guests Joy Cowley, Peter P. Jacobi, Abby McAden, Nancy Mercado, Holly McGhee.









Spring Workshops Starting 
May 20th
Spring 2012 workshops 
led by:

Elizabeth Cox 
May 20 to May 26
Fiction and Poetry

Pierce Pettis and Grace Pettis 
June 3 to June 9

James Seay
June 10 to June 16

David Gessner and Bill Roorbach
June 17 to June 23
Master class in prose


Visit our Website
for details on fees and registration.

At Doe Branch Ink you will join a community of writers in a beautiful mountain setting. Award-winning writers and teachers. Rave reviews from participants. Time to write, reflect and engage with others. “I had a spectacular week at Doe Branch. All in all, it is a perfect place for inspiration, for starting or re-starting your writing life.”

Imagine a week away from everyday cares and responsibilities — a time to write, reflect and engage with a small group of other writers. With an accomplished writer and teacher as your mentor. And beautiful surroundings, comfortable rooms and delicious meals. Doe Branch Ink, a writers’ retreat located on 50 acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, offers all this and more. Just 30 miles north of Asheville in lovely Madison County — “The Jewel of the Blue Ridge” — our retreat takes its name from a spring -fed stream that flows from high in Pisgah National Forest into the French Broad River, a protected National Scenic Waterway. Spring is a beautiful season at Doe Branch: mountain laurel and rhododendron in bloom,  warm days and pleasant evenings. Enjoy our trails, streams and porch rockers as you focus your creative energies on your personal writing goals.

We welcome writers of all levels and all genres to our workshops; what matters is a sense of purpose and willingness to participate in a supportive community. During the week you will have substantial time for your own writing in addition to workshop time and shared meals. Participants have one-on-one conversations about their goals with the writers-in-residence based on a writing sample submitted in advance. Writers-in-residence also lead discussions and readings; there is no formal course work.  Above all, Doe Branch Ink offers a chance to get away from everyday responsibilities and time to write and talk to others about writing.

Workshop fees depend on room choice and average $1,000 for the week, including lodging, meals, refreshments and program fees. If you register with another person you are eligible for discounts and additional savings if you share a room.

Please write us at if you have questions or suggestions. And feel free to forward this to friends who may be interested. We hope to see you soon at Doe Branch Ink.

Jim Roberts and Deborah Jakubs
Doe Branch Ink

Doe Branch Ink – Marshall, NC 28753



Upcoming writing programs at Tatamagouche Centre



Independent Writer’s Retreat

Aug 5 – 10, Sun 7pm to Fri 1pm

Unique to this retreat, you can also choose to workshop your writing in the evenings with authors Shauntay Grant and Gwen Davies.


Writing for Children: Exploring the Process with Sheree Fitch

Aug 24 – 26, Fri 7pm to Sun 1pm

Come ready to play and discover the rich inner world of your imagination.



Meghan MacCulloch

Promotions Coordinator

Tatamagouche Centre

259 Loop Route 6

Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0




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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:



DATE:           Saturday, May 5, 2012

LOCATION:  Deer Creek Golf and Country Club, Ajax, Ontario


This is an intense day of workshops, lectures, a plenary session and speakers.

Wherever you’d like to wander, if you’re interested in writing, we’re confident you’ll find a path to nurture your interests somewhere within the pages of the Ontario Writers’ Conference website. (But if you don’t, please let us know!)  Click here for more info on the program and for registration details:



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.




Further to the notice below, TWUC has learned that DreamCatcher authors can have their books at no cost but must pick them up or pay for shipping.  In either case, to make arrangements contact Carol Trainor at University of Toronto Press at the email below.  She will be able to tell you how many copies of your book(s) they have in stock and you can decide whether to take some or all.

Kelly Duffin, Executive Director, The Writers’ Union of Canada



Subject: Notice to authors who have published with DreamCatcher Publishing


We are saddened to learn that the following notice has gone from DreamCatcher Publishing to their authors:

 It is with a heavy heart that I disclose that DreamCatcher Publishing will be closing on March 31, 2012.

  If you wish to access your books at UTP–please contact Carol Trainor by email: . She will advise you on how to access your books.

  I wish you well in your future endeavours.

Kind regards,



 TWUC encourages any DreamCatcher authors to:

  a) Check their contract to ensure that in the Reversion of Rights section (likely #19d) it states that “ in the event of a publisher closing all rights revert back to the author.”  This will enable you to sell rights to another publisher or publish subsequent editions yourself following DreamCatcher’s closing.  If that clause is not in your contract you will need to secure a rights reversion letter.

b) Follow up with Carol Trainer at U of T to understand what will happen to any remaining stock of your books.  TWUC has also placed a call and will share whatever we learn.


Kelly Duffin

Executive Director

The Writers’ Union of Canada

Phone: 416-703-8982 x 221




 Work opportunities


Regina, Sask.

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild (SWG) seeks an enthusiastic self-starter to join the Saskatoon team at Grain Magazine in the position of Business Administrator.

The Business Administrator provides support to ensure the continuous, timely production of this quarterly, award-winning literary journal, published by SWG. Under the direction of the SWG and supervision of the Grain Editor, the Business Administrator works closely with the Editor to collaborate on a variety of tasks necessary for the continued operation of the magazine, including grant writing, business planning, and marketing initiatives. The successful candidate must be able to juggle multiple priorities and deadlines, have knowledge of budgeting and bookkeeping, be PC literate and have excellent skills using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Access). Familiarity with the magazine publishing industry, and experience using Adobe products (InDesign, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver) would be considered an asset. For a more detailed job description, please visit the SWG web site at

This will be a 24 hours per week part-time position with a per annum salary range of $19,968-$21,670 including benefits.

Applicants are encouraged to submit résumés electronically to Closing date for applications is April 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm. This position commences immediately.

The SWG wishes to thank all individuals who apply for the position, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.



Toronto, ON

A 1-2 day a week contract position to lead the design work that helps position The Writers’ Union of Canada as the pre-eminent place for information relevant to Canada’s professional book writers.


Graphics experience (including InDesign,and Photoshop)

  • Writing and editing skills and experience
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a variety of people
  • The ability to work independently as well aspart of a team
  • The ability to identify and secure the information and material needed to keep projects on schedule
  • Cultural/book knowledge would be desirable
  • Past success in managing budgets
  • Project management and prioritization skills
  • Basic understanding of web and social media platforms

To inquire about the position or to apply please email Kelly Duffin at

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Calgary, AB

RedPoint Media Group Inc. provides publishing and communication solutions that engage, inform and inspire target audiences. Our award-winning magazines include Avenue, Calgary’s city magazine, up!, WestJet’s in-flight magazine and Wine Access, Canada’s wine and food magazine. We have grown over the past 15 years to become one of the largest and most celebrated independent publishing companies in Western Canada, with talented professionals in editorial, design, production, photography and publishing. As a RedPoint employee, you will play a vital role in shaping the future of our company.

WestJet’s in-flight magazine, up!, offers a fresh perspective on the joy of travel and discovery. Our storytellers are award-winning journalists and photographers fluent in the destinations they cover. They also share the same wanderlust as our readers. WestJet up! is a smart, playful magazine that’s passionate about travel.

As Associate Editor you will be responsible for working directly with writers and the editorial team to create first-rate written content for print and digital platforms.

You will work with writers on specific departments, including but not limited to “Eat and Drink” and “In the Field,” and features as determined by the Editor, and also assist in substantive and copy editing. You will research and write at least one department in each issue and develop, research and write travel features and briefs as assigned by the Editor. You will proofread copy through all stages of production and ensure that proofing changes are entered in a timely and efficient manner. You will fact check copy as needed.You will work with the Editor to direct and develop all special magazine initiatives and contests. You will assist the Web Editor and Web Director with special web and digital projects, as required. You will liaise with the WestJet client, art director, production director, translators, web team and editorial team as required to ensure the timely creation of the magazine.


As part of the up! editorial team, you will attend brainstorming sessions and make suggestions for story and theme ideas as well as provide feedback and opinions on prospective ideas.You will fill in for the managing editor and cover their respective duties when they are travelling, on vacation or otherwise away.  You will attend industry and community events as required and keep up to date on trends and issues affecting the travel industry.

In order to fit into our team and be a strong contributor to the up! magazine brand and publication, you are Involved in and interested in travel — you want to get out and see the world and you’re interested in a variety of places and the cultures there; and able to work in a team and across teams to pull the skills and energy of many departments and writers together to produce a great product — every time.


Required skills and qualifications include:

Degree in journalism or writing, or equivalent work experience.

Minimum 2 years experience in a magazine editorial department.

Proven organizational and time-management skills, with a demonstrated ability to prioritize and problem-solve on the fly.

Experience proofreading and fact-checking for magazines.

An ability to manage a group of people working on a variety of tasks to complete short-term and long-term projects.

A track record of results and a reputation for outstanding organizational, writing and editorial skills in a fast-paced environment.


As a creative company, RedPoint provides a stimulating, supportive work environment with a vibrant atmosphere and excellent benefits. We offer employees a flexible work schedule and competitive compensation. Employees are encouraged to give back to the community and to the industry and to pursue their professional development. RedPoint is proud to have been named one of Alberta’s Top 50 Employers since 2008.


This posting is open until April 20, 2012.

Interested candidates should apply in confidence by e-mail to:

We thank everyone for their interest in joining our team. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted directly.


JOURNALIST Powershift Communications


Powershift Communications is looking for a writer/editor to work on its industry leading business publications.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills ‒ both verbal and written ‒ and be able to project a professional image to our clientele.


If you have:

A degree in journalism, a related program, or relevant experience

Top-notch writing, photography, and research skills

Great organizational abilities as well as excellent computer skills

Outgoing personality and comfort in social settings

Strong work ethic and willingness to adapt in a constantly evolving publishing business

Valid driver’s licence and use of late model vehicle required


Please send your resume and sample of your work to

(no deadline posted)


ONLINE EDITOR –  MHM Publishing – Vertical magazine and Canadian Skies magazine

Kitchener, ON

Busy aviation publishing company has an immediate need for a full-time Online Editor. This is an open-ended contract position. The successful candidate will have experience writing and editing for various mediums and will be comfortable posting their edited material directly to the Internet. Aviation knowledge, as well as knowledge with social media outlets, like Facebook, Twitter and Google+ is an asset but not a requirement. Interested applicants should forward their resume to Applicants must be Ontario-based.

Please visit or for further information about our aviation magazine brands.

(no deadline posted)


STAFF WRITER Canadian Business

Toronto, ON

Established in 1928, Canadian Business is the country’s largest and most successful business magazine. It is published every two weeks out of Toronto by Rogers Media, and it is read by more than one million Canadians across the country. Canadian Business is being refreshed to include more topical stories, more original reporting and more compelling voices, and the magazine requires a new Managing Editor and a new Staff Writer.



  • Writing long and short magazine articles across a broad range of subject areas, including business, investing, finance and the economy
  • Consistently generating a variety of ambitious and engaging story ideas
  • Contributing to the magazine’s website
  • Representing the magazine in media interviews
  • Attending some industry events


  • Post secondary degree or diploma, preferably in journalism
  • A minimum of two years experience writing for a major business publication
  • Excellent reporting and writing skills, with attention to detail
  • An interest in investing—the successful candidate will be expected to complete the Canadian Securities Course
  • Willing to travel and occasionally work outside of regular office hours
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • Willing to collaborate with a creative team and work independently
  • Must be able to work under pressure and enjoy rising to creative challenges under tight deadlines

Rogers is an equal opportunity.

Interested candidates should apply online through to job number 30146.

(no deadline posted)







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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




An excellent source of contest information is the Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar, edited by CAA member Deborah Ranchuk. This is organized by month by deadline date. It provides a summary on each contest and where you can find more information. It can be purchased from the branch for $18.00 members or $22.00 for non-members. Contact Arlene Smith at



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Guidelines for our 2012 Novella Prize:



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

Full guidelines:



Practical and entertaining, Shut Up & write! demystifies the process of writing


Available at your local bookstore or online through, other on-line booksellers, or ask your local library.

Published in print and ebook editions.


Inspires and instructs. Includes coaching on:

• what it takes to be a writer

• techniques for writing fact and fiction

• bringing real and imagined characters to life • organizing thoughts and material

• mastering point of view

• writing “from the inside”

• the “get and give” of critiques

• how to get happily published

• and much more


What they say:

“… a combination of tough-love coaching and humor that inspires and shows you how to become the writer you want to be”

~ Elfrieda Abbe, Publisher – The Writer magazine


“Encouraging, humorous, straight-talking. Shut Up & Write! is one of the best books I’ve read on writing.”

~ Shauna Singh Baldwin. Author of English Lessons. What the Body Remembers, The Tiger Claw, and We Are Not in Pakistan. 


Shut Up & Write! is one of those rare volumes that truly does it all. In addition to being a practical “how-to” guide, the book provides priceless advice on the care and feeding of the Inner Writer. Laced with wit and common sense, Judy Bridges serves as her own best example of what excellent writing can be.”

~ Marilyn L. Taylor, Poet Laureate, State of Wisconsin


“Judy Bridges is a driving force behind the many writers she has helped. If you want to write, do yourself a favor, buy this book and follow her advice. You will not only write, you will succeed.”

~ John Lehman, Founder of Rosebud Magazine and literary editor of Wisconsin People & Ideas 


About the Author:

Judy Bridges is one of the few people who can say, “Shut Up and Write!” in a way that makes you smile. A renowned mentor and coach, she earned her living as a writer before founding Redbird writing center in Milwaukee, WI, where she taught (and learned from) over 6,000 aspiring and accomplished writers of all ages. She shares her wisdom with a no-nonsense, humorous voice that makes writing accessible and reading her book a joy.



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:





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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The Malahat Review Announces 2012 Novella Prize Winner
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About this year’s judges:

Terence Young teaches English and writing at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, B.C., and co-founded The Claremont Review, a literary journal for young writers.  He has published five books, the most recent being The End of the Ice Age (Biblioasis, 2010).

Valerie Compton is the author of a novel, Tide Road, (Goose Lane Editions, 2011) and numerous short stories. She was born on Prince Edward Island and now lives in Halifax.

Gabriella Goliger’s new novel,Girl Unwrapped, won the 2011 Ottawa Book Award for fiction. It was chosen by readers ofOttawa Xpress newspaper as best book by a local author for 2011.

2012 Novella Prize Winner

The Malahat Review congratulates Naben Ruthnum of Vancouver, B. C. on winning our 2012 Novella Prize! His story, “Cinema Rex,” was chosen from 215 entries by our three final judges: Terence Young, Valerie Compton, and Gabriella Goliger. Ruthnum’s novella will appear in our Summer, 2012 issue (#179). He was also awarded a $1500 CAD prize.

Of Ruthnum’s story, the judges state: “‘Cinema Rex’ incorporates footnotes to explore a different kind of omniscience. The story, set in exotic Mauritius, follows three adolescent boys on the opening day of the town’s newest theatre, Cinema Rex. They skip school when they discover their teacher slumped over on his desk in a drunken sleep, and from there, events build to the evening’s entertainment, a translated version of The Night of the Hunter. Throughout, the footnotes move us forward in time to the boys’ adult lives, creating a kind of sympathetic cosmic irony. The language of ‘Cinema Rex’ is precise, the tone engaging,and the characters compelling. It has an unstoppable momentum, often surprising details, and vivid dialogue. This is a novella that has been pared to essentials, with every element working together.”

Naben Ruthnum is currently based in Vancouver, and has recently completed a thriller set in Seattle. He writes short stories and is currently collaborating on a comic with artist Mark Hall-Patch.

Congratulations to the finalists for the 2012 Novella Prize: Kris Bertin,Dan MancillaMatthew Mott, and Heather Tucker.

Watch for an interview with Naben Ruthnum on our website in June, 2012.

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Vol. 9, No.4, April 2012 | SPRING ISSUE EDITION

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Poet vs. poet: Spoken word takes on the printed page
April 18th 2012

Wednesday, April 18th 
7:00 p.m.
The Well, 821 Fort Street
$7.50 regular
$5 student
FREE for Friends of The Malahat

Help us celebrate National Poetry Month with a spoken word / written word poetry debate!

Yvonne Blomer will moderate as Kyeren Regehr and Jeremy Loveday take on Iain Higginsand Missie Peters.

Who will win? You decide!

Find out more about the participants on our website.

Be sure to listen to “U in the Ring” on CFUV 101.9 FM on Tuesday, April 17th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. to hear Iain Higgins and Yvonne Blomer read/perform their poetry and discuss the similarities and differences between spoken word and written word poetry.

This Side of Westand Malahatspring issue launch May 15th 2012

Tuesday, May 15th
7:00 p.m.
The Well, 821 Fort Street
Admission FREE

Join us as we launch this year’s issue of,This Side of West (the literary journal of UVic’s Writing Students’ Union), along with our Spring issue.

Readings by:
Amanda Merritt
Chelsea Thompson
Charlotte Helston
Karen Enns
Erin Frances Fisher
Madeline Sonik
Patrick Friesen

Copies of This Side of West andThe Malahat Review will be for sale (including our past special issues for $1 each).

All Friends of The Malahat in attendance can choose one free book from our stash.

Be sure to listen to “U in the Ring” on CFUV 101.9 FM on Tuesday, May 8th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. to hear Madeline Sonik, Erin Frances Fisher, and Chelsea Thompson read from and speak about their writing.

More info on our website

Upcoming Malahat Contests



Issue 178, Spring 2012
On newsstands in May!

Featured in this issue are the winners of our 2012 Open Season Awards, including “Apiculture,” the winning fiction piece by Erin Frances Fisher. A year after a mother deserts her family, her husband and two troubled daughters are struggling to cope with their loss while trying to maintain the family apiary. With gentle humour belying heart-rending scenes, this story is sweet as honey yet stings like a bee. In the drone of the yard my head became full of bees: how their queen can defect and how this happened to us once.

“Straw,” a chilling story by Mark Rogers, concerns troubled Leslie Troop, a boy with a girl’s name, who endures braces and bullies, and whose single mother makes ends meet in dubious ways. Leslie’s discovery of hidden guns and ammunition in his house coincides with his retreat into a world of fantasy, informed by the pop culture of Britain in the eighties.It’s everyone lined up on one side, and Leslie Troop standing alone.

In Steven Heighton’s masterful “OutTrip,” the very nature of reality is tested as Benjamin, a recovering addict on a survivalist trek in the “wilds above Osoyoos in a heat wave, parched and hungry” enters into a life-or-death struggle with the Fisher—a menacing character who may or may not be a product of Ben’s imagination. Being out here has changed everything. Your inner badlands have found their match and now inner and outer worlds conform, void to void—a strangely consoling balance.

The winner of the 2012 Open Season Award for creative nonfiction is Tik Maynard, for “Buy BENSTON.”  Mirza, a Croatian basketball player whose father has been “detained” by secret police, hopes that his team’s sponsor, the wealthy owner of the Zagreb Tobacco Factory, can influence his father’s release. But Mirza discovers that player “perks” are not the same as political favours. At the mention of my family he frowns, but recovers quickly. Although he has taken me, an eighteen-year-old boy born with a Muslim name, on his team, the idea that he would help my family suddenly seems absurd.

In “Shriek,” an absorbing and layered personal essay by Madeline Sonik, the author recollects working in England when she was seventeen. Adjusting to raucous employers and their (hilariously) rude children, she was also left to puzzle over the unnerving shrieks heard on her street. Rumours of a captive leopard lead to ruminations on the possible connection between the 1970s fad for exotic pets and the subsequent mysterious slaughter of rural sheep.  It would be several years before the hypothesis of exotic-animal dumping would be used to explain the strange and savage livestock killing on Exmoor….

The poetry in this issue rivals the spring blossoms. Twenty-two poets are represented, including 2012 Open Season Award for poetry winner, J. Mark Smith (“Landscape with petroleum plant and sewage treatment facility”). Other contributors are: Tammy ArmstrongDarren Bifford,Kate EdwardsKaren EnnsTed GilleySusan GillisCarla HartsfieldDaryl HineJill McDonoughMaurice MierauJordan MounteerMarilyn Gear PillingKerry-Lee PowellMedrie PurdhamDavid ReibetanzRachel RoseJean-Mark SensRussell ThorntonMatthew TierneyAnne Pierson Wiese, and Patricia Young.

And for your further inspiration, a total of nine new Canadian books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are discussed in cogent reviews by Shane RhodesTanya Lester, Chris JenningsSandra McIntyreSusan BraleySusan Olding, and Roger Knox.


Where to buy a copy of The MalahatMunro’s Books

Munro’s Books
1108 Government Street
Victoria, BC

Dave Hill, Manager of Munro’s Books answered a few of our questions about the fate of literary magazines in bookstores today.

Approximately how many literary magazines does Munro’s currently stock? Is this more or fewer than, say, ten years ago?

We carry approximately 50 literary magazines and many more than that if you include review and industry journals. Before we started carrying magazines in the nineties we carried journals such as The Malahat Reviewand PRISM International but only a few and mostly Canadian. There probably hasn’t been a significant change in the last ten years though.

Read the rest of this interview on our website.

The winners of our 2012 Founders’ Awards

Congratulations to Patrick Friesen, whose poem “storm windows” won this year’s P. K. Page Founders’ Award for Poetry, and Daniel Karasik, whose short story “Witness” won this year’s Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction.

Patrick Friesen‘s “storm windows” appeared in issue #174, Spring 2011 . He will read this poem and others at our Spring 2012 launch on May 15th. You can read“What Matters is the Song: Melanie Godel in Conversation with Patrick Friesen” on our website.

Daniel Karasik‘s “Witness” was published in issue #176, Fall 2011. You can read the story in its entirety and “I Followed the Voice: Melanie Godel in Conversation with Daniel Karasik” on our website.

Board meeting: A Q&A with poetry board intern Kyeren Regehr

Describe your ideal poem. Does the subject matter? Where would its strengths lie?

My ideal poem is one that lingers. One that stays in my head for days, or longer. So I guess the question is, why does a poem linger? I think it’s partly to do with its rhythm, with the musicality and precision of the diction, the beauty with which something is phrased, with the freshness and emotional capacity of imagery—but it’s more than that, isn’t it? There’s something timeless about a good poem, something that captures the essences of the human consciousness, or the essence of a thing, or the thingness of a person. And then there’s another intangible element, one that you can talk about, but you can never really pin down. Not truly. Because in the act of pinning it down, you’ve tamed it, you’ve lost what it was that swept you up. I’m personally attracted to poetry that has a kind of rawness, that isn’t carved into an over-polished poetic gem—I want a bit of emotional leakage, or exposure, or wildness in there. I want evidence of craft and poetic control, and a simultaneous falling apart. The work I’ve been most enamored with this year is Joe Denham’s book-length poem Windstorm. I haven’t come across anything as emotionally charged and wild AND poetically honed, since discovering John Thompson’s Stilt Jack. There’s passion and abandon and fierce longing, in Windstorm, there’s duende. But there’s also amazing poetic craft: the first several pages are written in a wild terza rima, and there are a dozen or so “torn” sonnets that reflect their content perfectly. The form and content are so fused that you could be forgiven for missing the formal aspects. But I’m not necessarily a neo-formalist— I just want poetry that makes me go wow. Is that too much to ask?

Read the rest of this Q&A on our website.



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WritingRaw is a monthly literary magazine dedicated to new and emerging writers. Our goal 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.


We are still looking for:


  • 500 words or less essays about your struggle to write or published in the traditional sense (put Struggle in the subject line of the email). These essays can be read on the Tips/News page.


  • Books to Promote between stories, poems and articles (we are closing the Bookstore and placing these book promotions on every page everyone can see them) Send us a jpeg of the cover, a brief synopsis, and ordering information with the actual link (put Promotion in the subject line of the email)


  • And we are always needing Fiction, Poetry, Articles and Essays – all genres, all lengths


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In the April issue:




  • A Penny Lost is a Penny Found by N. Joy Lutton: Shawna’s dreams comes true after finding her own Prince Charming and taking a trip to Disney World. But should she have made a wish upon a different star?


  • Bloom in Baghdad by A. M. ben Yitzhak: “Baghdad, Iraq. The Wake-Up Day. The Final Day in the Suck. The Day of All Good Things. The Freedom Bird awaits.  A violation of trust.  A break with protocol. What are the thoughts that pass through a war fighter’s mind in the ultimate heart beat of his life, between the explosion of the VBIED and the final release of death? BLOOM IN BAGHDAD probes the nexus of belief and doubt, of war and religion, of deo and patria.” Mahalo.


  • Diorama by Kate Campbell: Grief and memory frame Ray’s twisted heart as he goes deeper into his mother’s life and death. Scene by scene, he embraces her, submerges into the painful theater of her life and becomes complete in the disturbing darkness he has concealed, transmogrification complete. It’s true: We are becoming our mothers.


  • Finding Amy by LaShawn White: Do you ever really know who you are or where you come from? Aisha Thompson thought that she knew  where she belonged in this world and in a matter of seconds her life is turned upside down and she can’t be really sure of who she is and who she can really trust.  Finding Amy is about  Aisha’s true journey into discovering where her roots truly lie and that the people you love and trust the most aren’t always as they seem.


  • Homecoming by Anne Short: Will’s wife of 60 years begins to mistake him for her former finance, Carl, the man who died by Will’s side in The Bataan Death March. Now he is haunted by memories of his death, guilt of betrayal and his wife’s inability to recognize him.


  • Human Horses and Bangla by Anand Dubey:  When we sit comfortably, secured and fulfilled in our potpourri scented luxury apartments with matte, satin or eggshell finishing on Brazilian Rosewood panels, rubbing our asses on Italian black leather sofas, switching through 500 channels on our Beo-vision plasma T.V sets with HD and 3D technology and drinking fine Montrachet wine while gliding our tongue through cheese swirls; somebody strives hard for bread, to fight hunger and fetch one time meal and put themselves on sale not to get life but to delay death yet not losing the essence and spirit of life and sharing.


  • It Didn’t Matter by Dan Sloan: An afternoon walk that ended with the summation of a life.


  • Mario Polzetti by Rod Hamon: Mario Polzetti is the boss of one of New York’s Crime Syndicates; a man who allows nothing to stand in his way. His thoroughness in covering his crimes is constant frustration to the police and in particular Detective Leroy Dabrowski who is determined to out smart him.


  • No Good Deed by Joan Mazza: A retired psychotherapist offers to talk to a child about her nightmares unprepared for what they reveal about her neighbors.


  • Out of Thin Air by Kathryn Netzel: “Out of Thin Air” examines a complex relationship between brother and sister. Narrated in the second person, this story forces the reader to internalize the uncomfortable realities of growing up with a self-destructive sibling, while also forcing the narrator to come to terms with her own reality.


  • St. Marc’s Man by Kyle Iverson: An old man with nothing left returns to the country of his birth, where a younger man struggles to forgive himself for his past. Both were changed irreparably during the Troubles fighting for the losing side. When their cause was lost, were they lost with it?


  • Texas Clout by Logan Seidl: Past prosecutor, Guy Slade, now finds himself defending those that he used to fight so hard to put away. His new case tests the justice system and questions what really is right, showing that nothing is simply black and white.


  • Truth or Dare by Kelly Seale: The four of them were snowed in for the evening, which was ok by Alex. Three beautiful women, and one man. Every guy’s dream, right? Alex Had no idea of the rollercoaster ride he was in for on a late November evening, snowed in with his beautiful wife Andrea and her two best girlfriends. When a game of Truth or Dare is suggested, Alex, reluctant at first, joins in the seductive game with a dark secret that could effect his relationship with Andrea, as well as her two best friends. At the very least, It would leave all of them with a night they would not soon forget. I invite you to join them for an exciting, sensuous game of Truth or Dare…




Season 3, Episode 5: If You Wrong Us, Shall We Not Revenge?




  • An Interchanging Poetry View of War by Mac McGovern
  • Beholder’s Eyes by Ushiku Crisafulli
  • Caravaggio by Michael Corrigan
  • Desire by Luigi Luccarelli
  • Hope by Callum Williams
  • Killer Streak by John Grey
  • Next Stop! by Juliette Beswick Pokletar
  • Savor the Night by Sarah Terzo
  • Wake Up by Alex Cougill
  • Well Suited by Chris Birrane
  • Your Nocturnal Radiance by Scott Lutz



RIB HAS A NEW COLUMN: The Time Capsule

Forget magazine pronouncements of the sexiest or most interesting. Award shows come but once a year. Rating systems and polls do not include me. And who decides must lists?? Here is the place to get the feel… think zeitgeist… culture. Rib knows what we should be excited about and what should drop off the radar. Just call it instinct or let me know I am wrong and perhaps we could have it out. What has us thinking this month? Here is the flavor of the moment, a page in time for…





  • Bed Bugs & Beyond: A Play in One Act by Mark Blickley: Bed Bugs and Beyond is a vulgar play with lofty intent.  NYC is currently facing a bed bug scourge and these frightening creatures are even more horrific when one extensively researches their violent and perverse misogynist sex lives which are a wonderful metaphor for the political attacks currently being waged against women and gays in 2012.


  • I am Jacks Close Eye by Anand Dubey: We run on false claps following the “Yuppie Manual”; times when brands wage wars to hack into our inviting brains. The topics of bar discussions is the latest t-shirt or sofa unit and the driving force i.e. advertisements controlled and circulated by few powerful want us to feel uncool, blabbering and stupid.


  • Ode: To The Last Great Giant by Jake Sullivan: There is a lot to say about the poet, hard workingman, hard drinking intellectual named Henry Charles Bukowski (1920 – 1994) however; those snob-nosed literary critics will point to the contrary. To the critics, those traditional stalagmites of old lore, good ole Hank, as called amongst those closest to him, is nothing more than a thorn in the side of the university English departments and traditional writing system this country was so founded.


  • Shylock in the Twenty-First Century by Christopher Nagle: Dealing with Jews and Jewishness is every bit as dangerous a subject now, as when Shakespeare wrote ‘The Merchant of Venice’ in the late 1590s.  All the prejudices are toxic and navigating them is always tricky, as it was for Shakespeare, only these days, more people hate a nuclear armed Shylock, and more vehemently, than ever before.  More, we are now hostages to his fate in ways Shakespeare could not have imagined.


  • The Musings of an Idiot by Anominus: People who write anything with any degree of seriousness usually put their hearts and a lot of hard work into it. We send it off and we hope for the best. My stuff didn’t get published, so I asked myself, “Was it me?” Well, maybe…


  • Void by Ronald Fischman: “Is.” The stative suggests something that lasts beyond time and season, beyond you and me, even beyond observer and observed. The Void “is” an unknowable depression under a real boulder in a real glacial stream. Share the magic of father, friends, and children at this crevasse of magic.


  • Winds of Change by Mr. Ben: Winds of Change parades a matrix of stories, depicting experiences of people in different countries of the world and conveying their situations as good, bad and ugly(at the discretion of the reader). The ageless material contains stories that touch the hearts of (concerned) individuals and explores various ‘welldones’ and ills of the society. Good, funny and sad endings underscore the profundity of the literary material.


  • Windswept Tales from the Coast by Christopher Nagle: Journeys are not just a matter of passing landscapes, but interactions with the landscapes of the mind.  Travel is a mental and emotional prompt, and a reminder that all experience can be a stimulating juncture of perception, memory and reflection.  When one speaks of a ‘wealth of experience’, this is not just a vacant figure of speech, but a call to value add our lives.  There is so much more to cycling than the trip!






  • Wolfram Fleischhauer: Wolfram Fleischhauer has published 8 novels, all of which have been translated into several languages. Current release: Fatal Tango


  • Jonnie Jacobs: Jonnie Jacobs is the author of thirteen novels. She is an active member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and has served on the Edgar awards committee. Current release: Paradise Falls


  • Marissa Meyer: Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, and her debut novel is: Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles


  • Larry D. Sweazy: Larry D. Sweazy is the author of the Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger (Berkley) series. His current release is a standalone thriller: The Devil’s Bones








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April 2012


Welcome to our first Commonwealth Writers newsletter.

Your support has played a key part in shaping our growing community of writers across the Commonwealth – we hope that our author interviews, articles, ideas and Katrina Best (writer-in-residence) have helped to inspire and inform your writing.


©Commonwealth Foundation/Colin Patterson
As you know, last year we modernised the twenty five year old Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the more recent Commonwealth Short Story Competition and launched two new awards in their place:  the Commonwealth Book Prize and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Thank you to all of you who entered. The number of entries has increased and we received books and stories from countries which had never entered before.

We’ll be announcing the shortlists for both prizes on 24 April. On 22 May we’ll be letting you know the five regional winners for each prize. From those regional winners, we’ll be selecting the two overall winners, one for the Commonwealth Book Prize and one for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. As part of a new global partnership between Commonwealth Writers and Hay Festival in Wales, the two overall winners will be announced there on 8 June. The prizes will be presented by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichieand the winners will be talking to Harriett Gilbert about their work.


We’ve just launched our Publishing Portal. With a dedicated page for each Commonwealth country, our interactive map reflects our latest research.  We hope this will initiate discussion and give you a platform on which to share opinions and ideas. We want to use this forum to explore publishing solutions, which could help create a fairer and more accessible publishing landscape for writers and readers. Please go to your country’s page and use the comment box to share your experiences.  You’ll see a quote on each country’s page, some literary, some to inspire you and some to make you think.  We’ll also be running weekly country polls to discover how you feel about key issues.

Our first focus is on the Caribbean, in response to its desire to develop a new publishing infrastructure. As part of this, Commonwealth Writers has joined forces with NGC BOCAS Lit Fest and the British Council to support writers, writing and publishing.  The Caribbean Literature Action Group (CALAG) will be launched in Port of Spain on Wednesday 25 April. The quotes on each Caribbean country’s page are from research and interviews conducted with the members of CALAG. Please respond to these in your country’s comment box and add your own thoughts; in turn these can then be shared with CALAG.

Building on this, there’ll be a publishing debate at Hay and we’ll be at The Literary Consultancy in London to examine international perspectives on publishing on Saturday 9 June. This event will be chaired by Ellah Allfrey, deputy editor of Granta.

If you are not yet a member of our active online communities, please connect with us on FacebookTwitter and the Commonwealth Writers website
Best wishes,

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