THE PEIWG WEEKLY 3-9 June 2012


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Book Reading and Signing


The Journey Continues- An Atlantic Canadian Black Experience

Award winning author and RCMP officer, Craig Marshall Smith, will read from his newest book Tuesday June 6 at 6:30 pm at Confederation Centre Public Library. The Journey Continues- An Atlantic Canadian Black Experience documents the rich, vibrant and untold stories of the history of people of African descent in the Maritimes. Written in a chronological time line, it extends beyond historical facts and provides the reader with engaging stories of how people of African descent struggled to survive and thrive in Atlantic Canada. The book celebrates the numerous communities and individuals that excelled, within the context of adversity, presenting many unknown facts about Blacks in Eastern Canada. Following the reading Craig will be available for a book signing.



Poles Apart: Writing the Antipodes


An evening of readings that celebrate the Prince Edward Island’s antipodean connections – particularly with Tasmania – will be held Thursday, June 14, at UPEI’s Main Building Faculty Lounge. “Poles Apart: Writing the Antipodes” will feature several guest readers from Tasmania and mainland Australia, as well as Islanders who have travelled down under.


Guests from down under include Pete Hay, Tasmanian poet and retired geography professor – who is no stranger to Prince Edward Island, serving as Visiting Lecturer at UPEI and popular commentator on electoral reform; Lynda Hawryluk, a writer, writing-workshop facilitator, and Lecturer at Central Queensland University in Australia; and Britta Hartmann, a writer and PhD student at the University of Tasmania, whose research focuses on the literature of islands. Writers from Prince Edward Island include two of the participants in the Tasmania-PEI Writers’ Exchange: Deirdre Kessler, author of the poetry book, Afternoon Horses, as well as several award-winning children’s books; and Dianne Hicks Morrow, author of two books of poetry, including What Really Happened Is This, and a book of interviews on kindred spirits. The evening will be hosted by writer and editor Laurie Brinklow, who is currently doing her PhD exploring island identity at the University of Tasmania. She will also invite members of the audience who have travelled to Australia and/or Tasmania to join others onstage to share a story or a piece of writing.


“Poles Apart” will be held at the UPEI Faculty Lounge from 7 to 9 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Institute of Island Studies, UPEI Department of English, and PEI Writers’ Guild, admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.


For further information, please call Laurie at (902) 569-5268 or e-mail


Professional writing-workshop facilitator from “Down Under” offers two workshops for writers


Dr. Lynda Hawryluk, a writer, lecturer, and facilitator of popular writing workshops in Australia, will present two writing workshops in Charlottetown June 16 and 17, co-sponsored by the Institute of Island Studies, UPEI Department of English, and PEI Writers’ Guild. The Saturday workshop, entitled “Writing the Island,” is for writers of any level or genre interested in “writing place” from the island perspective. The Sunday workshop, called “Running a Successful Writing Workshop,” is open to everyone who teaches writing, either in a workshop setting or in the classroom. Both will be held at the UPEI Faculty Lounge from 1 to 4 p.m.


The “Writing the Island” workshop offers a special bonus feature: participants will be encouraged to present their work in public at a reading called “Writing the Island: The Readings.” The readings will take place on Tuesday evening, June 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Confederation Centre Public Library. Emceed by Lynda, the reading is free of charge, and everyone is invited to attend.


The cost for Writers’ Guild members is $15 for one workshop, or $25 for both; and for non-members is $25 for one and $40 for both.  For information, or to register, please call Laurie at (902) 569-5268 or e-mail


About the workshop, “Writing the Island,” June 16

Islands are places that intrigue mainlanders. They loom large on the horizon, carry secrets and memories on their shores, and are only islands if you look at them from the water. Once on islands, other landscapes become less important; such is their appeal. How we write about islands of all kinds is the focus of this workshop. We will explore islands both familiar and otherwise through our writing, using descriptive prose or imagery-rich poetry.

About the workshop, “Running a Successful Writing Workshop,” June 17

Writing workshops have been steadily growing in popularity for many years, ranging from small-group community workshops to commercially run seminars and conferences. This workshop provides coordinators and keen writers alike with professional development opportunities to enhance and add value to your workshop experience. Practical methodologies and organizational tips and techniques will demonstrate how to make the most of your venue, materials and provide valuable writing experiences for participants.


About “Writing the Island: The Reading,” June 19

The public is invited to share the results of a multi-genre writing workshop held on Saturday, June 16, called “Writing the Island.” Hosted by professional writing-workshop facilitator Dr. Lynda Hawryluk, the reading features workshop participants reading from work that is bound to be rich in island imagery and story. Because the workshop is open to all levels of writing experience, the reading will feature authors both known and unknown to Island audiences. Indeed, for some, this will be their first time in front of an audience.


The reading, emceed by Lynda Hawryluk, will be held at the Confederation Centre Public Library June 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.


About Lynda Hawryluk 

Dr. Lynda Hawryluk is a Lecturer in Literary and Cultural Studies at Central Queensland University in Australia, where she teaches undergraduate creative writing subjects and supervises Masters of Letters and PhD students. Lynda has been coordinating the Idiom 23 Writers’ Workshops on North Keppel Island since 2005 and has facilitated many writing workshops in the Central Queensland region. She is the Deputy Chair of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs and has been published in a variety of academic and creative publications.


Lynda will also be a featured reader Thursday, June 14, at “Poles Apart: Writing the Antipodes,” at the UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge; and has been invited, along with Laurie Brinklow, to be Poet Laureate at PEI’s PGI Golf Tournament for Literacy sponsored by the Literacy Alliance June 15 at the Belvedere Golf and Country Club.




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


Piper’s Frith: Writing at Kilmory Resort

October 22-27, 2012 – Newfoundland


Emerging and mid-level career adult writers are invited to apply to join faculty Michael CrummeyDon McKay and Lisa Moore for small-group workshops and one-on-one explorations of your writing.  Social evenings, readings and a spectacular setting enhance the intensive Piper’s Frith five-day experience.


Kilmory Resort is nestled in the Piper’s Hole River Valley amidst the wildness of Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula, about a two hours drive from St. John’s.


The cost is $685 (Cdn) including all program fees, meals, accommodations and social events. Deadline to apply is August 14, 2012.


To learn more and to apply:

New contest! The Literary Arts Foundation is sponsoring the 2012 Riddle Fence fiction contest. First prize: all-expense paid participation in Piper’s Frith! Learn more at




Tupelo Press July Open Reading Period

Postmark between July 1 and July 31

Throughout July, Tupelo Press will hold open submissions for book-length poetry collections (48-90 pages) and chapbook-length poetry collections (30-47 pages). Submissions are accepted from anyone writing in the English language (whether in the United States or abroad). Include a cover page with the title of your manuscript, your name, address, phone number and email address. There is a reading fee of $28 for each manuscript submitted. Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission is accompanied by a separate $28 reading fee. Manuscripts that have been submitted during this open reading period (July 2012) may not be revised and submitted again unless they are accompanied by an additional $28 reading fee. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Our online submission manager will be accepting poetry manuscripts between July 1 and July 31, 2012. We also accept manuscripts via postal mail. Your manuscript must be postmarked between July 1 and July 31, 2012 and sent to: Open Submissions, Tupelo Press, P.O. Box 1767, North Adams, MA 01247.

You may also include any or all of the following: a self-addressed stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt of your manuscript, a self-addressed stamped envelope for results notification, an acknowledgments page listing previously published poems.

Read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript:

And read about the July 2011 open reading results as well as other past winners of Tupelo contests at:

Here is a poem by Geri Doran, author of Sanderlings (Tupelo Press, 2011), who first came to Tupelo Press through the July Open Reading Period. The book has since been named a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. For more information about Sanderlings and Tupelo’s other 100+ titles, please visit our website:



Leaf Press Anthology: Newborns

Leaf Press is gathering poems for an anthology about the newly born, the almost born, the journey in-between. We are interested in thresholds and liminal states; in moments that transcend global cultures. We welcome poems from all the continents, asking only that they be accompanied by a translation to English. We may be able to help, in some instances, with translations.

Please send your poem to:

Subject Line: Newborns


or to:

Leaf Press

Box 416

Lantzville, B.C.

Canada V0R 2H0


We will accept poems that have been previously published. Poets must provide this information (publication, publishing house and date) as well as permission for us to reprint.


Leaf plans to publish the anthology in Spring 2014.

Deadline: January 30, 2013

Anthology Editors: Ann Graham Walker and Ursula Vaira


Selected poets will be paid a fee of $50.00 CAD plus a copy of the book.



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!




The World Proposal Championships aim to recognize and promote proposal writing excellence and to help fundraisers learn, by example, what it takes to create a winning proposal. In November 2002, Metasoft Systems hosted the first ever World Proposal Championships. The competition was a great success, with hundreds of proposals received from around the world. The second World Proposal Championship launched on September 2007 again with great success and submissions from organizations in several countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. The top proposal by Boat People SOS was awarded the grand prize of $5,000 and the top 100 proposals were included in the online showcase of winning proposals. This year, $20,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top winning proposals. In addition, we will recognize the top proposals in their respective categories and the top 100 proposals will be showcased online for the world to see.


Who Can Enter? Any proposal that has successfully secured a grant for a non-for-profit or charitable organization within the last two years from a foundation, corporation or government body is eligible for submission. An organization may submit an unlimited number of proposals, however only one prize will be awarded per organization.

The deadline for submission is 12:00 (noon) PST, November 1, 2012.





DEADLINE:  June 15 for the July 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



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


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:




DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 6                     


Arc Poetry Magazine fall 2012 annual themed issue

Canada’s poetry magazine is looking for


poems for kids & youth

really good illustrations

kids to review poems (lend us your kids!)

your favourite poem as a kid

your published book of kids’ poems

articles & criticism on kids’ poetry


Submit your work online; pitches and queries to


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:





Summarize This! Twitter Contest

Do you think you can write concisely and precisely?

Develop your writing skills by 

participating in our Summarize This!

Twitter contest.

We are giving you a chance to prove it!

Summarize This! is a monthly contest that requires you to tweet a summary of our featured topic.

How it Works

The first day of every month at 11 AM, we will announce the topic of the week. Entrants must write a 140-character-or-less tweet, mention @Scribendi_Inc, and summarize the topic of the week. The contest closes the last day of the month at 11 AM.


You may choose one of the following prize options:

3000 words of free editing*

A Scribendi swag bag (including goft shirt, giant red pencil, and a baseball cap)

$75 Amazon (or acceptable alternative) gift card



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.

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.

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


  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.


  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.

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


  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

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.

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.

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 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.


  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:


  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

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.

Winners Notified:




Last Update:



First Page Competition

Deadline: June 8, 2012
Entry Fee: 6 for one entry or £10 for two.
£500, £100, £50 
Submit the most gripping, read-on-able first page of up to 400 words of any genre. All three winning entries will be published in the August issue of Words with JAM.








Once every month, Canadian members of Wynterblue Publishing have the opportunity to enter the 24 hour short story competition Wyn Lit 24 free as part of their membership. An email will be sent including the details of the particular month’s 24 hour short story writing contest. The contest dates sometimes change, so please check the website for updates. Wynterblue Publishing Canada Inc., 128 Rivers Rd E – Unit 22, Callander ON POH 1 HO.

Publication Entry Fee: $5; free to members 

Details:  705-752-4586






One of the most anticipated writing contests of the year has up to 60 participants attempting to write a new play in 24 hours. Playwrights show up, are given 4 objects that MUST be incorporated into the script and are given 24 hours to complete a script. The winning play is presented to the public in a free staged reading on the final night of the Fringe Festival featuring noted Toronto area performers. The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival, 344 Bloor Street West, Suite 208, Toronto ON M5S 3A7. Deadline: June 10 , 2012 Prizes: $500 and a staged reading of the winning script; $300; $150 Entry Fee: None Details: Http://  416-966-1062.



Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Short Fiction Award 2012

Deadline: June 10, 2012
Entry Fee: $9.95 (discounts for multiple entries)
Prizes: $350, $150, $75, plus publication.
Guidelines: Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. Surely all good short stories must contain one of these elements? Here’s your chance to showcase one or more of your deadly sins. Maximum length 1500 words; story must be related to one of the sins.



$15 ENTRY FEE (includes subscription)
$1,500 and publication. Deadline June 15, 2012. All entries
will be considered for publication. Each story must not exceed
35 double-spaced pages in 12-point font.


Northern Colorado Writers (NCW) Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction Contest

Deadline: June 15, 2012
Entry Fee: $10 if mailed, $15 if emailed
Prizes: $200, $100, $50
Guidelines: The personal essay should be about a personal experience, told in your own words, with a great story and a great theme. Up to 5000 words.


Room Magazine’s Annual Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest

Calling all women writers: Room magazine is accepting submissions for its 2012 annual Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Deadline: June 15, 2012. First prize in each category is $500, 2nd prize $250, plus publication in the summer 2013 issue of Room. Judges: Cathleen With (fiction), Miranda Pearson (poetry), and Kathy Page (creative non-fiction). $30 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Canada’s oldest literary journal by and about women. Please visit for complete details.







The search for great Canadian authors has begun! Have you written a book or novel? Do you dream about getting published but you don’t know where to start? This could be exactly what you need. Word Alive Press is launching their 9th Annual Free Publishing Contest and will select two winning Canadian manuscripts – one fiction and one non-fiction winner – to publish, market and distribute in both book and e-book format. The total prize package is worth over $10,000 ($5,000 for each winner). For more information contact Caroline Schmidt,                      

Deadline: June 15 , 2012 Prizes: $10,000 Entry Fee: None Details:  1.800.967.3782






The award is open to any living poet who is a Canadian citizen or landed Immigrant. The work may be entered by the poet or the publisher. The award itself honours the poet. For volumes that follow in the People’s Poetry tradition of Acorn, Livesay, Purdy, Plantos and others by being accessible to all people in its use of language and image, published during the previous year. Acorn-Plantos Award c/o Jeff Seffinga, 36 Sunset Avenue, Hamilton ON L8R 1V6. Deadline: June 15, 2012  Prizes: $500 + People’s Poet Medal Entry Fee: $25 Details:; 905-521-9196







Open to magazine publishers, editors, art directors and freelance contributors working in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories in the following categories: Magazine writing, Photography, Illustration and Art direction. Western Magazine Awards, 875 Prairie Avenue, Port Coquitlam BC V313 1R9. Deadline: June 15, 2012 Prizes: $1000; $500;  Entry Fee: $60+HST Details:  604-945-3711





DEADLINE JUNE 15, 2012  

Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for High Achievement in the Arts * Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in English Language Literary Arts  *  Pascal Poirier Award for Excellence in French Language Literary Arts.  Nominees must have been born in New Brunswick or have resided there for at least five full calendar years and must have distinguished themselves for their contributions to the literary arts. artsnb, 61 Carleton Street, Fredericton NB E313 3T2. Deadline: June 15, 2012 Prizes: $5,000 Entry Fee: None Details:  506-444-4444





£4/1 story, £8/2 stories, £10/3 stories, £12/4 stories.
Deadline June 20, 2012. Short Stories may be on any subject
or style and MUST NOT have been previously published, or
posted on a website or blog. Maximum 1,500 words per story.
First: £150, Second: £75, Third: £50, Highly Commended:
£10 x 3.


Strongest Start Sixth Annual Novel Competition

Deadline: June 22, 2012
Entry Fee: There is NO Entry Fee, but membership is required
Prizes: $300 cash, $1800 self-publishing solution from CreateSpace, 1-year subscription ($49.95); 3 runner-ups receive $150 cash, $600 copyediting service from CreateSpace, 90-day membership ($14.95)
Guidelines: Are you working on a novel? Have you written a compelling start? The Strongest Start Novel Competition is open to the genres of: romance, literary fiction, science fiction, horror, fantasy, action and adventure, young adult, historical fiction, and more. Submit your first three chapters to this exciting competition. You will also receive feedback on every chapter submitted.




In order to attract the best scripts in the country, we cover all workshop costs. Writers must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. All rights remain with the writer. Praxis has no proprietary interest in any of the projects. Due to the number of screenplays we receive, we regret that we cannot provide any feedback on an individual submission. See website for more detail. Praxis Centre for Screen Writers, 3305-149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC V6B 1H4. Deadline: June 22, 2012 Prizes: One week workshop, advisor Entry Fee: $45 Details:  778-782-7880


Pint and Pen

Deadline: June 26, 2012
Entry Fee: None
Prizes: $2500, $1000
Guidelines: Stories must include the words: Pint, Pen, Dig, and Harpoon. 500-750 words in any form of prose (short story, poetry, screenplay, etc.) Entries must be typed. Contestants must be 21 or older. Must drop off your story at Bukowski Boston.


2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award

A $2000 prize will be awarded for the poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada in 2011.

Chapbooks should be no less than 10 pages and no more than 48 pages.

Submissions should include a brief C.V. of the author, plus address, telephone number, and email address. Send to:

Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award

 PO Box 26, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S6

The closing date for submissions to the 2012 competition is June 30, 2012. (Submissions must be received by this date.)

Please email Meet The Presses for more information:





Contest is open to new, aspiring, and modestly published writers age 16 or over. Writers may submit either a short story (max. 2500 words), poetry (max. 5 poems/5 pages) or one-act play. There is also a submission protocol to be asked to read at the Eden Mills Festival-see website for details. As the coordinators and addresses sometimes change between our press time, and their deadline please recheck the website closer to the due date. Eden Mills Writers Festival Literary Contest,  c/o Susan Ratcliffe, 57-295 Water Street, Guelph ON NIG2X5. Deadline: June 30, 2012 Prizes: $100 + HM Entry Fee: $15 Details:  519-822-8236






Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems. This includes a one-year subscription to TAR which will begin with the fall issue. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review Contest, St. Francis Xavier University,  Box 5000, Antigonish NS B2G 2W5. Deadline: June 30, 2012  Prizes:  $600, $400, $200 & Publication Entry Fee: $25 Details:  902-867-3962







Awarded by the Literan’ Translators’ Association of Canada each fall, the $1000 prize, created in memory of writer and literary translator John Glassco, is awarded for a translator’s first book-length, literary translation into French or English, published in Canada during the previous year. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s literature are eligible. The translator must he a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Submissions may be made by anyone interested. Literary Translators’ Association of Canada, Glassco Prize Committee, Concordia University, LB 631, 1455, boul. de Maisonneuve ouest, Montreal QC H3G 1M8. Deadline: June 30, 2012 Prize: $1000 Entry Fee: None Details:  514-848-2424




You must be entered in the contest before the topic is posted in order to submit your story. You cannot write your story first, then enter the contest. Start time is
July 14, 2012. Limited to 500 entries. We can’t tell you until contest start time how long the entries must be. Past contests have ranged from 500 max. to 2,000 max.
You’ll just have to wait and see.

1st Place – $300 Cash Prize
Publication of winning story on the website.
1 – Freelance Income Kit

2nd Place – $250 Cash Prize
Publication of winning story on the website.
1 – Freelance Income Kit

3rd Place – $200 Cash Prize
Publication of winning story on the website.
1 – Freelance Income Kit



Ages 18+. One entry per writer. Open to Canada/USA residents.
850-word limit.

Deadline July 31, 2012.

Prize money – 1st $250; Four 2nd prizes $50/each; Eight 3rd prizes $25/each; approx: 25 Award of Excellence certificates for honorable 


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


Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition (Ire)

Sponsor: Munster Literature Centre

Deadline: Annual (31 July).

Contest Type: Prize for a single short story


The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition is run by the Munster Literature Centre in Cork. It is a not-for-profit institution, (Irish Registered Charity No.12374), and all proceeds go to benefit writers and writing.


The Munster Literature Centre
Frank O’Connor House
84 Douglas Street
Cork City
+21 431 2955



Inktears Flash Fiction Competition

Deadline: July 31, 2012
Entry Fee: 1 entry £3.00, 2 entries £5.00, 3 entries £6.50, 4 entries £7.50
Prizes: £300, £50, 4 x £25
Guidelines: 500 words or less, any theme. Stories may have been previously published, providing the author still owns the copyright and there is no exclusivity with the prior publication, or unpublished.


The 2012 Rattle Poetry Prize

Postmark Deadline: August 1

The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $5,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $100 each and publication, and be eligible for the $1,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote.

Additional poems from the entries are frequently offered publication as well. In 2011 we published 19 poems that had been submitted to the contest, from over 1,700 entries.

With the winners judged in a blind review by the editors to ensure a fair and consistent selection, an entry fee that is simply a one-year subscription to the magazine—and now a large Readers’ Choice Award to be chosen by the writers themselves—we’ve designed the Rattle Poetry Prize to be one of the most writer-friendly contests around.

Entries are accepted by email or hard copy. For full guidelines, or to read the winning poems from previous years, visit


Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest

Deadline: August 15, 2012
Entry Fee: $20
Prizes: $1000, a VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the 2013 New Orleans Literary Festival, and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistasmagazine.
Guidelines: Submit 2-4 original poems of any style or theme up to 400 lines. Open to writers who have not yet published a book of poetry.


Gemini Magazine Fourth Annual Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: August 31, 2012
Entry Fee: $4
Prizes: $1000, $100, $50
Guidelines: Must be previously unpublished. No restrictions on content, style, or genre. Simply send your best, most powerful work under 1000 words.






The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition is now open for entries! The competition celebrates and champions creative writing, nurturing talent and bringing work to international attention. Aesthetica is inviting all writers and poets to submit to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012.                                                                           

 There are two categories for entry, Poetry and Short Fiction, and a selection of fantastic prizes including:                                                                                                                                                 £500 prize money – Poetry winner                                                                                                             £500 prize money – Short Fiction winner                                                                               Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual                                                                    Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual                                                

A selection of books from our competition partners.                                                                

For more information and to enter please visit:  Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Entry is £10 and allows for the entry of two works into any one category. Deadline: 31 August 2012



Snake Nation Press:

Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry

Postmark Deadline: August 31
Now in its twenty-second year, Snake Nation Press announces the 2012 Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry:

• $1,000 prize and publication
• $25 entry fee must accompany the manuscript
• 50-75 page manuscript; previously published poems eligible

Please mail your entry and fee to:

Snake Nation Press
Attn: Poetry Contest
2920 North Oak Street
Valdosta, GA 31602


Also at Snake Nation Press:

Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

Postmark Deadline: August 31
Submit a novella of up to 50,000 words or a manuscript of short stories up to 200 pages long. Fiction and nonfiction accepted. Any well-written manuscript on any topic will be considered. Previously published works may be entered. An entry fee of $25 must accompany the submission. Winner receives $1,000 award and publication.

Please mail your entry and fee to:

Snake Nation Press
Attn: Serena McDonald Kennedy Award
2920 North Oak Street
Valdosta, GA 31602


C4WE Genre-Writing Contest: “Crime Fiction”

Deadline: September 1, 2012
Entry Fee: $15
Prizes: $50, $25, $15, publication in annual anthology
Guidelines: Send in your best story in the crime fiction genre, between 1500 and 2000 words.



Three prizes of $200, $100, $50, three honorable mentions and publication in 2012 Bloodroot Literary Magazine edition.
Reading period runs April 1 through September 15. All entries are considered for publication. Submit original, unpublished, free verse, ten lines to two pages. The competition is open to any poet who writes in English.



1st $500
2nd $100
3rd $100

Deadline: September 18, 2012. Length: No minimum. Maximum 5,000
words. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, but there are no geographical restrictions. The contest is open to anyone writing in English. Stories can be in any genre and address any theme. All entries must be previously unpublished. Authors retain all copyright to their work. However, will
have first publication rights to the winning stories, which will be published in Page 47 online anthology. 


Dark Tales Short Story Contest

Deadline: September 30, 2012
Entry Fee: £3 for non-subscribers, free to subscribers
Prizes: £500, £250, £100, publication in Dark Tales
Guidelines: Horror and speculative fiction stories of under 5000 words.


Neil Postman Award for Metaphor (no fee)

Rolling Deadline

Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience.

In honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on October 5, 2003, we have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate) Postman’s work and the typographical mind.

Each spring the editors will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle during the previous year. The author of the chosen poem will receive $500. There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit electronically, visit our website:



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!



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.

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.








Do you have a passion for creative writing? Perhaps you work in a field that requires strong writing skills? Whatever your reasons for wanting to be a better writer, University of Calgary Continuing Education can help.

Three writing certificate programs are offered, all of which are delivered completely online. When you enroll in a course, you will be required to work within scheduled start- and end-dates and will be expected to meet assignment timelines. During the duration of the course, you will work whenever-and from wherever-you choose, as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection. Each program requires 200 hours of instruction time, and in some cases, courses can be applied to more than one certificate. One or more of the following certificate programs may be exactly what you need:


Professional Writing specializing in Business and Technical Writing

Professional Writing specializing in Marketing and Public Relations

Creative Writing


For more information, go to





The shortlist for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2012 Literary Awards was announced at the association’s CanWrite! conference in Orillia, Ontario. The shortlist is as follows:




  • Patrick deWitt, Portland, Oregon, for The Sisters Brothers, House of Anansi Press
  • Helen Humphreys, Kingston, Ontario, for The Reinvention of Love, HarperCollins Canada
  • Miriam Toews, Toronto, Ontario for Irma Voth, Alfred A. Knopf




  • Douglas Gibson, Toronto, Ontario, for Stories About Storytellers, ECW Press
  • Richard Gwyn, Toronto, Ontario, for Nation Maker – Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times, Random House Canada
  • Jonathan F. Vance, London, Ontario, for Maple Leaf Empire: Canada, Britain, and Two World Wars, Oxford University Press




  • E.D. Blodgett, Surrey, British Columbia, for Apostrophes VII: Sleep’ You’ a Tree, University of Alberta Press
  • Brian Henderson, Kitchener, Ontario, for Sharawadji, Brick Books
  • Goran Simić, Edmonton, Alberta, for Sunrise in the Eyes of the Snowman,  Biblioasis


The winners of all three genres will be announced at the CAA Literary Awards dinner on Saturday, July 28, 2012, during the Leacock Summer Festival at the Leacock Museum National Historic Site in Orillia, Ontario. The shortlisted authors will be invited to read from their works during the Festival as well.

Introduced in 1975, the CAA Literary Awards continue the association’s long tradition of honouring Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. The above nine finalists were selected from nearly 300 nominations. Founded by Stephen Leacock and several other prominent Canadian writers in 1921, the Canadian Authors Association has continued to carry out its goal of “writers helping writers” since its inception. Some 25,000 writers have been members of the CAA in its 91-year history, including Bliss Carman, Nellie McClung, and Robert W. Service. Information about the CAA Literary Awards and this year’s shortlisted authors is available at


Anita Purcell, Executive Director, Canadian Authors Association

T   705 719 3926, TF 866 216 6222, Cell 705 955 0716, E


For information about the 2012 Leacock Summer Festival or the Leacock Museum National Historic Site: Fred Addis, Curator, Leacock Museum National Historic Site

T 705 329 1908 ext. 803, E, W






Apply by June 15, 2012 for the following writing programs:


  • Mountain and Wilderness Writing
  • October 26 – November 16, 2012 Manuscript Development: August 14 – October 15




Writing With Style (Fall) September 9 – 15, 2012


Apply Today


Wired Writing Studio October 1 – 13, 2012


Apply Today


Self-directed Writing Residencies – Ongoing






DATE: Thursday, June 21, 2012

LOCATION: Harbourfront Centre – Toronto

COST:  Regular: $166.25 Students/Seniors: $92.75

All prices include HST


We now have more options than ever when it comes to what we read. New genres, formats, platforms, and publishing opportunities mean there is now an abundance of content to explore, but how exactly do readers make their choices?

Book Summit 2012 examines ways to connect with your audience and encourage sales. We look at new models within all sectors of the book industry, and are guided by panels of experts through the practicalities and creative considerations of reader engagement.

This event begins in the Fleck Dance Theatre located at 207 Queens Quay West.

For more information, contact the Book and Periodical Council at or view updates at


Presented by the Book and Periodical Council and Humber College in association with Authors at Harbourfront Centre.




DATES: August 13 to August 17, 2012

LOCATION: Algonquin College, Woodroffe Campus  Cost:  $595


This five-day hands-on workshop from August 13th to 17th 2012 at Algonquin College will help writers bring their ideas into the reality of a feature film screen story.  Participants will also learn the career potential of screenwriters in television and new media – one of the fastest growing business sectors in Canada.  The Director is Tom Shoebridge, founder of the Canadian Screen Training Centre and the Summer Institute of Film and Television, which for 30 years brought world-class filmmakers such as Atom Egoyan, Sarah Polley, Norman Jewison, Paul Haggis, Denys Arcand, Anthony Minghella and others here to share their expertise with aspiring film and television creators.


In workshops led by seasoned industry professionals, participants will learn the fundamentals of story structure, scenes, sequences, acts, dialogue, and character and story arcs – the necessary elements of professional screen storytelling.  Films will be analyzed, scripts dissected, and the writing of treatments and scripts encouraged.  This will not be theory; this will offer practical professional insights into writing for the screen and pitching your story effectively.

For more information, please contact Lynn Tarzwell at

Lynn Tarzwell, Coordinator, Scriptwriting Program, Office:  N208b, (613)727-4723 ext. 7888



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:


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.




June Workshops
Spring 2012 workshops 
led by:

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




Office hours: Mon-Wed




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:



This section is not intended as an endorsement of the resources listed here.  It is simply being passed along for your information.  Please exercise due diligence on these potential resources.






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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




NEW BOOK: The Old Love and the New Love 


I have just had a new novel published and wanted to let you know about it. The Old Love and the New Love (Ottawa, Baico, 2012, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-926945-70-5) is a blend of humour, romance, history and adventure.

When Cleo, an artist in her early thirties, answers the doorbell one October evening in 1998, she is flustered, not flattered, to find on her doorstep her old lover, Leo Phelan, whom she has not seen in a decade.  She wants no serpent invading the Eden that she and her husband, Andy, have created. Little does she know that Leo will bring a unique sort of danger into their lives. To read an excerpt from the novel, please visit my blog at

If you would like a copy or copies of The Old Love and the New Love, please contact me at  or the publisher, Ray Coderre of Baico Publishing, 294 Albert St., Suite 103, Ottawa, ON  K1P 6E6,  (613) 829-5141.

Best regards,

Ruth Latta


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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.

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The welcome page includes featured writing. It also includes writing that has been well received in the past 24 hours.

Each day over 200 stories and poems are posted. Over 7,000 comments are written on the writing posted daily. Writers keep full copyright to their posted work.



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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.


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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


June’s Contest – Write a 500 word or less piece based on the following quote: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” (Robert Frost) Flash fiction, poetry, any form you like. The winner will be placed on the site in May and will win a $20 gift certificate from Send submissions to: with CONTEST as the header.


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In the June issue:




  • August Afternoon at Spreckels Lake by Joanne Jagoda: Harold, a widower, is drawn to a lonely young woman and her children whom he sees every day at Spreckles Lake in Golden Gate Park where he launches his model boat. He unexpectedly helps her after an accident  and finally begins to understand her.


  • The Fireflies by Elaine Rosenberg Miller: A family scene. A young girl watching her aunt dress her hair.  A intimate thing.  And then she sees the brand, the carbon brand making her relative’s status as “thing”, born into a race marked by its tormentors as less than human, as subject to extermination. Yet, the girl realizes, her aunt, by her life and her courage, has turned the disfigurement into badge of survival and triumph.


  • A Fly in the Brandy by Roger Sakowski: One way to deal with writer’s block is to summon a muse, befriend a fly, and celebrate an eminent divorce. Either that or have the police over and sit through a tiresome interrogation.


  • Footprints by Kristin Kobayashi: Miranda and her friend Blair are two young girls who have always had a competitive relationship. However, Miranda soon realizes that she has more in common with Blair than she thinks after she encounters the super-natural, It.


  • JeniLee by Madison Ann Lee: Love is…not what she had in mind when she met JeniLee. Best friend turned fierce lover, Jeni became more than she ever bargained for. A husband, kids, and a 12 year marriage behind her belt, she was forced to ask the questions that she never thought would come. ‘Am I gay? Do I go against everything I’ve ever been taught and follow my heart?” This is a short story about falling in love and being happy for the first time, when all the odds are against it.


  • Milk and Honey by T.C. Stevenson: When an urban family of three finds themselves in a desperate financial situation, they are forced to consider slaughtering one of their last means of income: their only surviving cow and family pet, Demeter. In spite of his son’s increasingly severe malnourished state, The Father refuses to accept this as an option and seeks solace in his beekeeping. When the time comes for a decision to be made, Mother and Son are forced to choose between their survival and their family.
  • On Silence by Philip V. Coombs: A couple share a life trying to find a voice. Their silence is as important as their noise. It isn’t always the grand design that takes you down, sometimes it is the details.


  • Supersonic Galactic Troopers: A Novel by Terri Dailey: A group of college freshmen get more than a good education as they embark on their first year of college in New York City.  They are in for a major surprise when they are recruited by a talking cat from outer space to become the superheroes destined to save the world from the greatest evil threat in the Universe.  Action and hilarity ensue as the team attempts to take down the alien threat while still getting all their term papers handed in on time in this science-fiction, comic book superhero, action-adventure comedy/parody!


  • The Flames of Freedom by Iftekhar Sayeed: This is a story of how western foreign policy affects the lives of distant people: it begins by the Poshur River at Mongla and ends at Teknaf in Bangladesh. The themes are an insatiable longing for peace and the inevitability of violence.


  • The Man in the White Pontiac by Liam Maloney: 10-year-old Brendan, the eldest son of a “down and out” Irish-American writer, struggles to make sense of the maelstrom of religious, moral and familial conflicts that surround him.


  • The Visit by Brian Kayser: Growing up, our narrator played catch with his father until they could barely make out the ball. After not seeing his father for two years after a disagreement, our narrator finds himself immersed in memories and tension after inviting his father to dinner. Our narrator attempts to repair his relationship with his father without going back to old habits and painful memories.


  • Tommy Braden by Jered W Johnston: New Kensington, Pennsylvania is a gritty little river town comprised mostly of blue-collar wage slaves and criminals. Whenever their shifts end, the laborers flock to the many mob owned bars which pepper “New Ken’s” streets. Tommy Braden takes a look inside one of these bars for a single night and follows the reckless, and perhaps fatal, actions of a young mob enforcer.




  • Brown Gold by Magdalena Ball
  • Cottage in Three Oaks by Dave Frazier
  • Crows by Joseph Welsh
  • Death by Juliette Beswick Pokletar
  • For… by Matthew Ryan Morris
  • I’m Am by Tonn Pastore
  • Mea Culpa by Chris Birrane
  • Pressure by Sarah Koscielniak
  • The Blessing: An ode to love’s succession by Christopher Nagle
  • The Persistence of Stones by Eileen Bell
  • The Silent Ones by Jason Anderson
  • Titanic – A Date with Destiny by Paul H Ward
  • World at War by Dean Meredith


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…




  • But That’s Okay by Shea Hennum: Everyone wonders about what happens after death, but sometimes we forget that it’s what happens before that is more important. We forget that if you do good, you’ll do well.


  • I’m Struggling by Mattie Lennon: Have you ever tried to write about nothing. I have. The following is the result and you, dear reader can tell me if I succeeded.


  • Poke Delete by Janice Kenyon: The aging process is inexorable, unstoppable, incorrigible. It shows no mercy, takes all prisoners. We each experience it, some sooner rather than later. Poke Delete takes you inside.


  • What I Know of War by Steve Myers: Time runs backwards from the killings at Kent State through the military hospitals of the Vietnam War to World War II. We are left with the effects of war and the effects found in a dead soldier’s pockets.




  • Gail Carriger: Gail Carriger a New York Times bestselling author. Current release: Timeless


  • Carole DeSanti: Carole DeSanti is Vice President, Editor at Large at Viking Penguin. Current release: The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R.


  • Helen Knode: Helen Knode is the author of two acclaimed mystery novels. Current release: Wildcat Play


  • Robert McCammon: Robert McCammon is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels. Current release: The Providence Rider


  • Maureen McQuerry: Maureen Doyle McQuerry writes books for teens and adults. Current release: The Peculiars


  • Chris Pavone: Chris Pavone a New York Times bestselling author. Current release: The Expats


  • Taylor M. Polites: Taylor M. Polites is a debut novelist living in Providence, Rhode Island. Current release: The Rebel Wife






Give us a look, am sure you will like what you read. If you have an interest in being part of, please visit the site and do a little exploring. Am sure we have a niche for just about everyone and anything. Thank you.


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