The PEIWG Weekly 8-14 July edition


8-14 July 2012

Enjoy your summer!


Welcome to the PEIWG Weekly Bulletin! This is published and circulated through the PEIWG mailing list. It contains announcements of events in PEI, around Canada and the rest of the world, that may be of interest to the members of the PEI Writers’ Guild and to PEIWG mailing list subscribers. In all cases, please check out the links as information is subject to change. Please exercise caution and your best judgment when sending money or information to unknown sources.

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On Saturday July 14 at 2:00 pm best-selling author, Lesley Crewe, will be signing and reading from her book, “Her Mother’s Daughter” at the Confederation Centre Public Library. Crewe is also the author of “Hit and Mrs”, “Ava Comes Home”, “Shoot Me”, and “Relative Happiness”, which was shortlisted for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. Crewe has been a freelance writer and columnist for Cape Bretoner magazine.  Her new novel, Kin, will be coming in the Fall.

For additional info, visit



Fierce Shorts

Fierce Ink Press is a new publishing label that publishes young adult books by Atlantic Canadian authors. Along with full-length books we will also be publishing Fierce Shorts, creative non-fiction pieces (5,000 to 10,00 words) about all things teen. Part of the proceeds from the sale of our Fierce Shorts will go to a local teen related charity of the author’s choice.

We are currently open to submissions for our Fierce Shorts. To get all the information you need check out our website,, where you will find our submission guide.

If you think you have a great idea for a Fierce Short, we’d love to hear from you!

About Fierce Ink Press:
Fierce Ink Press Co-op Ltd. is dedicated to producing high quality books of fiction and short non-fiction pieces by Atlantic Canadian authors who write for young adults.

Social Media Links:
Twitter: @FierceInkPress
Google +:




Writing Workshops


Summer 2012

at the Macphail Homestead

Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. to 12 noon

August 18 and August 25, 2012


Nature-Inspired Writing Workshop for Children ages 10-12

facilitated by children’s author Deirdre Kessler


Description: Explore nature-based writing in the beautiful setting of the Macphail Homestead.  Participants will write a number of short pieces as they explore nature and their response to it during this three-hour workshop.

Weather permitting, we will spend some of the workshop outdoors and some of it in the Macphail Woods Ecological Project Nature Centre. Participants will complete writing exercises that call on them to create fiction, nonfiction, life writing, and poetry on the spot.

Supplies needed: notebook and pencil, non-disposable water bottle, and bug repellent if bugs are a bother.

Where: Meet in the Great Room of the Macphail Homestead in Orwell, Prince Edward Island (google a map).

Cost: $20    ($30 for two members of same family)

To reserve a space, contact Deirdre Kessler:; tel. 902-892-6334



Please note that the Macphail Tea Room serves light lunches

for under $10. Have lunch after the workshop.


Writing Workshops


Summer 2012

at the Macphail Homestead

Saturday afternoons, 1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

August 18 and August 25, 2012


Nature-Inspired Writing Workshop for Adults

facilitated by Deirdre Kessler, poet and author of fiction and nonfiction


Description: Explore nature-based writing in the beautiful setting of the Macphail Homestead. See how fiction, poetry, and life writing can begin with a sense of place and with close observation of the natural world.

Even imaginative places most often begin with geography, with landscape, with real flora and real fauna. Through timed exercises developed by an accomplished teacher, participants will write short pieces in a number of genres as they explore nature and their response to it during the workshop. Writers at all levels of experience are welcome.

Supplies needed: notebook and pencil, non-disposable water bottle, and bug repellent if bugs are a bother.

Where: Meet in the Great Room of the Macphail Homestead in Orwell, Prince Edward Island (google a map).

Cost: $40

To reserve a space, contact Deirdre Kessler:; tel. 902-892-6334


Please note that the Macphail Tea Room serves light lunches

for under $10. Have lunch before the workshop.



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


PEI Women Writers’ Bootcamp

September 14-16. This will be an amazing opportunity for women to come together and share the creative process of writing.

For more information, contact Susan Buchanan 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





Plenitude Magazine


Although submissions are ongoing, we recommend submitting before July 10, 2012 to be considered for publication in Issue 1.


About Plenitude Magazine

Plenitude Magazine aims to promote the growth and development of LGBTQ literature through a biannual publication of literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic narrative and short film by both emerging and established LGBTQ writers.

We define queer literature and arts as works created by LGBTQ people, rather than works which feature queer content alone. That said, we recognise that Plenitudereaders are hungry for exceptional work that reflects queer histories, cultures, experiences, and sensibilities. We consider every submission with critical analyses, sometimes turning to an advisory editorial board of writers, academics, and community advocates.


What We Publish

Plenitude aims to complicate expressions of queerness through the publication of diverse, sophisticated literary writing, graphic narrative and short film, from the very subtle to the brash and unrelenting.

We are not interested in genre writing, political essays, or rants. We are only interested in literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic narrative and short film at this time. If you are interested in writing political essays, or other critical analyses, please contact us about contributing to our blog – we would love to hear from you.

  • Fiction: Please send up to 2 stories per submission, double spaced, paginated, 12 point font, maximum 8,000 words per story.
  • Nonfiction: Please send up to 2 pieces per submission, double spaced, paginated, 12 point font, maximum 8,000 words per piece.
  • Poetry: Please send up to 10 pages of poetry, single spaced, paginated, 12 point font.
  • Graphic Narrative: Please send up to 10 pages of graphic narrative.
  • Film: Please send us short film of no more than 10 minutes.


How to Submit

Email submissions to Please place cover letter with your name, contact information, name of piece(s), and brief bio in the body of the email. Please title the files with your name, followed by name of piece. For example “ROUTLEY, ANDREA – HABITAT”

  • Attach text submissions as BOTH docx AND PDF file; this is to ensure we are seeing what you are seeing (especially for poetry submissions).
  • Attach graphic submissions as JPG or PNG files, bounding volume of 1600 x 1600, 96 ppi.
  • Attach short film as Quicktime movie file with H264 compression, or send us a link.

All unsolicited submissions should be unpublished, original works.

We accept simultaneous submissions; in the event that your submission is accepted elsewhere, please let us know right away.

We are still working out our budget and confirming sponsors, so pay is still to be determined right now. We will let you know our rates as soon as we can!

Plenitude Magazine buys first serial rights; copyright remains with the author/creator.




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:  July 15 for the August 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 Research 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






Founded in May 2012, Brusque is a new online poetry magazine that will be published bi-monthly. Each issue will be relatively brief, featuring poems from 3-5 poets. Brusque aims to shake up the literary magazine submissions process by promising honest and at times belligerent responses to poetry submissions. Poetry acceptances need more flattery and rejections need more snark. Expect responses ranging from “This poem is so beautiful it makes me weep” to”Meh” to “Reading this poem makes me want a cartoon anvil to pulverize my skull.”


Submit by July 31st to have your work considered for Brusque’s inaugural issue, scheduled to come out in September 2012. Publication will be highly selective. Submission instructions are at:




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




  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




  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:





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


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: July 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.



DEADLINE: July 15, 2012

Everyone’s got a summer story—get it published!
Ah, summer … can you smell it, taste it, hear it? Summer’s definitely here and we can’t wait to read your fun summer short stories. Enter Write It Your Way, a short story competition brought to you by Writer’s Digest magazine, and you could find your short summer story published on!

The Winner Will Enjoy:

  • Free entry into next month’s contest
  • Your story promoted on
  • $25 to spend at our Writer’s Digest Shop

Don’t miss your last chance to enter. Submit your work today!

Enter Today!


Upcoming Competitions:

Popular Fiction Competition Deadline: Sept. 14, 2012 Learn More!
Short Short Story Competition Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012 Learn More!



Clem Battye Legacy Award


Deadline: July 30, 2012  

Fiction: Send a cover page listing author’s name, address, phone and email, along with a short story 5 pages (industry standards). Poetry: Poets enter 5 poems (one per page). You may enter as often as you like with appropriate fee. Penticton Writers And Publishers, 4011 Finnerty Road, Penticton BC V2A 8W2. Prize: $100 X 2   Entry Fee: $10 Details:; 250-492-0629





DEADLINE July 31, 2012

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





DEADLINE JULY 31, 2012 Guidelines: Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages. Entry Fee: Canada $25.00; the United States $30.00 (US funds); All others $40.00 (US funds) You may enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription which will begin with the winter issue, 2013. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review. Mail submissions to: The Antigonish Review Contest, Box 5000, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2G 2W5. Entries will not be returned. Only winners will be notified by November 1, 2012. Full details here:


The Arborealls Prize for Poetry


Deadline: July 31, 2012 

Theme – The People’s Poetry Tradition. Milton Acorn’s poetry defines the People’s Poetry Tradition. There is no limit to the number of submissions per poet. Poems must be unpublished and not sent elsewhere. Poems not to exceed 36 lines and the stanza breaks count as lines. The Ontario Poetry Society, Attention: I.B. Iskov, #710 – 654 Spring Garden Avenue, Toronto ON M2N 6H9  Prize: $200; $150; $100; 3 x $50 HM + publication Entry Fee: $15/3 Details:  



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.





Theme: Renewal. Length: 5000 words max. First prize: $500 (Adult) and $300 (Teen). Entry fee: $20 (Adult only). Deadline: August 1, 2012. Finalists will be notified by September 1, 2012.   Winners names will be published on the website after the announcement at the Gala on September 29, 2012.



John Kenneth Galbraith
Literary Award

Now Accepting entries for 2012
August 1st 2012

Enter your Short Story

~ “Friends of Dutton-Dunwich” are accepting short stories, Canadian Fiction, in English, neatly typed, in an easy to read font 12pt, double spaced, on white regular 8 x 11 paper, with title and number on upper of each page ( any handwritten entries will immediately be discarded.)


~ Stories must be 3,000 to 3,500 words, accurate word count

~ Cover page with title, accurate word count, author’s home address and phone # Submissions will not be returned so Please! Keep a copy!

~ All stories must be the original work of the entering author and previously unpublished or not currently entered in other simultaneous writing contests. After October 1, 2012 anyone who has not been contacted is free to submit their story elsewhere as honorable mentions and the winner will be notified by Oct 1, 2012

~ Judges’ decision is final. Please note, there will be no correspondence, e-mail or regular mail, or phone calls or personal contact between judges and the entrants regarding any submissions.

~ No e-mail submissions.

~ $10 entry fee must accompany each entry ( money order or cheque made payable to “Friends of Dutton-Dunwich”) NSF Cheques are grounds for immediate disqualification. Mail cheque or money order along with entry form and story to Friends of Dutton-Dunwich PO Box 58, Dutton, Ontario N0L 1J0

~ Deadline for all submissions is August 1, 2012. (No late postmarks accepted)

~ Entry forms are available on-line at




DEADLINE AUG. 1, 2012. Get your erasers ready! Geist is pleased to announce the opening of the Second Annual Geist Erasure Poetry Contest. Writers are asked to create their own poetic masterpiece from an excerpt of How Should a Person Be?, a creative non-fiction novel by celebrated author Sheila Heti. There’s $1000 in prizes, plus publication! $20 entry fee includes an entire year of Geist.

Visit for more information. Good luck and happy writing!



The Malahat Review 2012 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize

 Deadline: August 1, 2012. 

The entry must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words. No restrictions as to subject matter or approach apply. For example, the entry may be personal essay, memoir, cultural criticism, nature writing, or literary journalism. The winner and finalists will be announced on the Malahat web site, with the publication of the winning entry in The Malahat Review’s Winter issue, and in Malahat lite, the magazine’s quarterly e-newsletter, in December. The Malahat Review Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize University of Victoria, Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria BC V8W 2Y2. Prize: $1,000 Entry Fee: $35 Details:  250-721-8524.


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


Noise from the Peanut Gallery Contest


Presenting Michael Schultz’s Noise from the Peanut Gallery contest.

In this contest we’re looking for the best, original Canadian heckles to add to the supplement Noise from the Peanut Gallery at the end of his upcoming book Heckle. Your heckle can not be more than 100 words or 800 characters. By submitting your entry to the contest, you automatically acknowledge that the heckle submitted was created by the entrant, is original, and does not infringe on any other persons rights. You must be a Canadian citizen to enter the contest.


Deadline: August 15, 2012

Prize: Published in author Michael Schultz’s upcoming book Heckle & receive a free copy of the e-book

Entry Fee: None





Personal essay contest with $1000 prize

Deadline: August 15, 2012.

Memoirs Ink is looking for original, well-written personal essays, memoirs, or stories that are based on autobiographical experiences. First prize: US$1000; additional prizes available. Entry fee: US$15.


Tickled by Thunder Writing Contest-Poetry


Deadline: August 15, 2012  

Theme, length and style of poetry entries is completely open. First and second place winners published. Subscribers of Tickled by Thunder enter three poems for free, but must pay $2 for each additional poem entered. Entries may be deemed by judges to merit publication within the Year’s Best Poetry, an annual collection published as a chapbook. Submit your manuscript using our Online Form. Tickled by Thunder, 14076 86A Avenue, Surrey BC V3W 0V9. Prize: $75 +publication Entry Fee: $5  Details:  604-591-6095



The Scotiabank Giller Prize

Deadline: August 15, 2012  

The Scotiabank Giller Prize, att: Elana Rabinovitch, 576 Davenport Road, Toronto ON M5R lK9. Prize: $50,000; $5,000 x 4  Entry Fee: None   Details: ; 416-934-0755


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.



Deadline: August 15, 2012

Prizes (in each category): 1st: $300 2nd: $150 3rd: $100 Entry fee: $15 per entry (entry does not include a subscription to the magazine) Categories: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and dramatic monologue Eligible entrants: UVic students, UVic alumni, and residents of the Victoria CRD. Full contest guidelines HERE:


TIGER’S EYE PRESS Chapbook Competition

Deadline: August 31, 2012.  Guidelines: Winner receives $100 and 25 copies.  Send 20-25 pages of poetry, a title page, table of contents, and an acknowledgements page, all with no identifying information. Send a second title page with your name and contact information. Please include a short bio, SASE or email address, and a $15 reading fee per contest manuscript. Tiger’s Eye Press, P.O. Box 9723, Denver, CO, 80209


2012 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

Red Hen Press (US) is accepting submissions of unpublished poetry manuscripts for the 2012 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Prize: US$3000 plus publication of the selected collection. Length: 48-96 pages. Entry fee: US$25. Deadline: August 31, 2012.


35th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest

Registration is now open for the Canadian-born 35th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest. First prize: publication; additional prizes available. Fee: $50/$55. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION AUG. 15, FINAL Registration deadline: August 31, 2012. Can you produce a masterwork of fiction in a mere 72 hours? The annual International 3-Day Novel Contest is your chance to find out. The contest runs every Labour Day long weekend, as it has since 1977, and it now attracts writers from all over the world. It’s a thrill, a grind, and an awesome creative experience. How many crazed plotlines, coffee-stained pages, pangs of doubt and moments of genius will the next contest bring forth? And what might you think up under pressure? The 35th Annual 3-Day Novel Contest will take place September 1-3, 2012. Registration is now open.





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



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 


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. Details:



The Paris Literary Prize

The Paris Literary Prize is an international novella competition for an unpublished writer.
1st Prize: €10000          2 x Runner-up prizes: €2000
Deadline: 1st September 2012
Website address:


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.


Royal Canadian Legion Literary Contests – Essay, Poetry

The Royal Canadian Legion has sponsored annual Literary Contests that are open to all Canadian school children. The youths that participate in the contests assist the Legion in one of our primary goals – fostering the tradition of Remembrance amongst Canadians. The contests are divided into three categories: Junior – Grades 4, 5 and 6; Intermediate – grades 7, 8 and 9; and Senior – grades 10, 11, 12. For further information on the contests please contact the Royal Canadian Legion Branch nearest your residence or visit the website. The Royal Canadian Legion, Dominion Command, 359 Kent Street, Ottawa ON K2P 0R7, or email

Deadline: September 8, 2012

Prize: Varies

Entry Fee: None

Details:; 613-235-4391



Malahat Monostiches

Tweet your pithiest 1-line, 140 character (or less) poems to @malahatreview

The battle of the monostiches begins on June 18 and closes on September 10. Four new books donated by Canadian publishers will be awarded to a semi-finalist every two weeks. On October 1, a special grand prize will be given to the best of the six bi-weekly winners.

Semi-finalists and the grand-prize winner will be tweeted, posted on our website, and announced on Facebook.

Enter as many times as you like!                       

Read full contest guidelines on our website.



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.




Deadline: September 15, 2012. Pandora’s Collective poetry contests are open to writers world wide and of all age categories. Please read our guidelines before submitting. Poems can be of any theme or form as long as they do not exceed the forty line max. We do not accept previously published poems. All rights return to the poet after publication. Pandora’s Collective (Poetry Contest Submission), 5505 Main Street, Vancouver BC V5W 2S3. For more info please email Prize: $100, $50, + publication (three levels)  Entry Fee:$5  Details:




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. 



Deadline: September 30, 2012. Extensive guidelines on the website. The entered screenplay must not have been previously optioned, sold or produced. The submitted Material must be original works, and the sole property of the Applicant(s). Screenplays of any genre will he considered and must be the original work of the author submitting it. Each Competition Entrant will receive an email notifying them of the competition results. Canadian Short Screenplay Competition c/o Year of the Skunk Productions, 1108-33 Mill Street, Toronto ON M5A 3R3. For more info please email Prize: $1,500; $350; and $250 + option  Entry Fee:  $75 Details:


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.



Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2012.

$2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press Final Judge: CORNELIUS EADY . Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-100 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. The entry fee is $25.  FULL DETAILS AT:


The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence

PURITAN MAGAZINE The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence invites submissions of fiction and poetry. Winners receive $650 (fiction) or $350 (poetry), books from a variety of well-known Canadian presses, and publication in best-of anthology. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: September 30, 2012.


2012 Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award

Red Hen Press (US) is currently accepting submissions of original, unpublished poetry for the 2012 Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award.

Entry fee: US$20 for up to three poems, 120 lines max.

Award: US$1000 and publication of the selected poem in The Los Angeles Review.

Deadline: September 30, 2012.


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


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.





Apostrophe, Odes, Ekphrasis, Oh My! Workshop

Registration: July 8 – August 4, 2012

Price: $375


For as long as we can remember, poets have addressed the sun and moon, distant lovers and heroes, while also separately singing odes to the gods. In the course of this workshop, we will look at a the work and lives of a variety of artists and poets, and consider how ekphrasis can extend beyond mere description of the visual arts, but may also be combined with address (apostrophe), and/or incorporate the ode as a means to reflect appreciation, and content from, each artist’s work.


For more information, go to





  • Helen Humphreys (July 9–13)
  • Patrick Lane (August 23–26)
  • Lawrence Hill (Sept. 14­–17)


Enjoy writing, eating and swimming at our off-grid educational retreat facility.


For the third year running, Helen Humphreys, acclaimed author and teacher, will spend a week exploring both prose and poetry with workshop participants. For more information and to register:


Patrick Lane, Governor General’s Award winner, will conduct a four-day poetry retreat for attendees to create new work. Fresh approaches to the poem will be explored. Patrick considers holding writing retreats an important aspect of his life’s work.  For more information and to register:

You are invited to spend a long weekend with Lawrence Hill (author of The Book of Negroes) taking part in a creative writing workshop for the novel, short story or non-fiction writing. For more information and to register:






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





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.



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:


Weaving Words: Sharon Temple Storytelling Festival


Registration: September 30, 2012

An exciting full day festival at the Sharon National Historic Site as storytellers, musicians and performers from across the Province celebrate everything that is special about who we are, where we have come from and where we are going. With stories about new beginnings, resourcefulness, the War of  812 & the Rebellion of 1837, world cultures and so much more, there will be stories and activities for every age. Produced in collaboration with Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library, the East Gwillimbury Library and with the support of the Town of East Gwillimbury. Watch for more details on this terrific new York Region festival!

For more information, go to


Take the Reins

It’s time to take the reins of your writing career at the Writer’s Digest Conference in Hollywood, October 19 – 21. Stop all the trial and error—and get a firm grasp on exactly what you need to do to succeed as a writer. And as for your “big break?” This could be it! 

Take control and get exactly what you want out of your writing career. Register for the Writer’s Digest Conference today. And don’t forget, early birds get a special discount—all you have to do is register by July 19 and you’ll save $70. 

Register today!



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Writers’ Coalition – Benefits You Can Afford


Join the Writers’ Coalition program today – as long as you’re a resident of Canada and under the age of 71, you are eligible to join.


There is no medical required to join so you will not be refused coverage for pre-existing conditions – it is guaranteed acceptance.


The program offers a pay direct drug/dental card that is accepted nationally at pharmacies and dental offices across the country which means direct settlement of prescription drug claims (you pay only your portion at the pharmacy) and no waiting for re-imbursement on dental claims (no submission of a paper claim and your re-imbursement cheque is usually in the mail within 4 or 5 working days).

The Writers’ Coalition

  • Not-for-profit insurer
  • Unbeatable service – we only service artists
  • Affordable, comprehensive coverage
  • Convenience of a drug/dental card
  • Medical is not required to purchase coverage
  • Access to other insurance offerings, including home/auto

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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


Malahat lite


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Online Writing Classes  is a writing site founded in 2000.

On this writing community all posts receive feedback from writers and readers. Feedback includes a detailed comment on the posted work and a rating. The site uses a six star ratings scale with “1” being the worst and “6” being the best.

Writers are ranked based on the feedback they receive. Separate rankings are available for Poets, Novelists, Short Works (short stories and essays) and Script Writers (television and other forms of screenplays). Trophies are rewarded to the top five writers in each of the individual rankings at the end of the year.

The site recognizes writing with “Recognized”, “All Time Best” and “Seal of Quality” levels. Each level is more difficult to receive with the final level determined by the Seal of Quality committee. The committee is made up of published authors and stand-out reviewers. They offer feedback to help writers get published.

The site features free writing contests with cash prizes. Site members also have the ability to create their own contests to challenge other writers to write about a specific topic or a specific form of writing (such as writing using specific poetry format).

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

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



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



Writers Digest


Commonwealth Writers: A world of new fiction



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all the good things we do for up-and-coming writers.


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.


Send any of these to Weeb at



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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.


SPREAD THE WORD: Don’t let us die! Forward this or send a message to all of your writer friends that we are out there.

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In this issue:

Beach Reads: An Anthology of Surf, Sun, and Summer
Summer Shorts: 10 Novellas for Literary Lounging
Marriage Plots: Literary Matrimony, Blissful and Otherwise
Poetry, Book Club Find, Short Stories, and More

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Malahat Lite

Vol. 9, No.7, July 2012 | SUMMER ISSUE EDITION

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Malahat Summer issue launch and UVic Student Info Day

UVic Student Info Day

On Monday, September 10th The Malahat Review will take over the Fine Arts Building lobby all day to provide UVic writing students with information on submitting to us, our contests, and volunteering for us. We’ll have books and magazines for sale as well.

Malahat Summer Issue Launch

(details still to be confirmed)

Monday, September 17th
The Fernwood Inn
1302 Gladstone Ave
Doors: 7 p.m.
Student Open Mic and Readings: 7:30 p.m.

We’ll begin our Summer launch with a Student Open Mic. hosted by Benjamin Willems (sign up at Info Day)

Readings by the issue’s authors will follow:

George Sipos
Dorothy Field
Laura Trunkey

Stay tuned to our website, facebook, and twitter for news of our Summer issue launch in September, 2012.

Malahat Twitter Monostich Contest!

From now until September 10th, tweet your one-line, 140-character-or-less poems to us @malahatreview.

Every two weeks one monosticher will win four new Canadian books. We’ll choose a grand-prize winner in October.

We have many great books (donated by Canadian publishers) to give away as prizes!

See full details, and information on prizes on our website.

Upcoming Malahat Contests





Issue 179, Summer 2012
On newsstands in August!

Oh the places you’ll go…when you read our Summer issue. From fiction set in Mauritius and the Canadian Arctic, to poems located in Italy, Yellowknife, and Kandahar, and to creative nonfiction that will take you to Odessa, this is armchair travel at its literary best.

Naben Ruthnum leads the tour with his 2012 Novella Prize-winning “Cinema Rex.” It’s a masterful tale of three friends who could not have anticipated how the opening of a new movie theatre in their 1950s Mauritian village would ultimately influence their lives. The colourful and sensory details transport us, and the imaginative use of footnotes creates a “future story” for each of the characters while adding layers of depth and delicious humour.

Greg Hollingshead’s “Melnyk” will also make you smile, as you follow the life and bizarre times of the eccentric title character. Being struck by lightning while pouring a sidewalk alongside a funeral home wasn’t the beginning of Melnyk’s quirkiness, but it did make him become an artist and “quit fooling around.” This, you’ll see, is debatable.

Laura Trunkey’s “Winchester 30-30,” set in the Canadian north during the early years of the twentieth century, is a gripping story of desperation and murder as seen from the weapon’s perspective. Those who once possessed the gun, including an Inuit hunter, a shaman, and two Oblate priests, are fatefully (and fatally) linked by the “red shame” of her desire.

In “The Rain,” Lee Kofman’s creative nonfiction set in Odessa, a Jewish family (the only one in the neighbourhood) with intellectual leanings and ties to Israel are under scrutiny by the locals, and then by the KGB. The young daughter, perhaps the unwitting source of an early-morning raid by the secret police, is given a chance to save the day. It was the happiness of hope springing from the knowledge that the future could be beautiful because I could be its heroine.

The poems in this issue are no less astonishing—and far-ranging in time and space—as the prose. Buckle up and ride along with George Sipos, Dan O’Brien, David Martin, Shane Rhodes, Michelle Brown, Dorothy Field, Peter Richardson, Catherine Graham, Chantelle Rideout, Robin Richardson, and Ben Ladouceur. They’ll take you places you never dreamed.

Talented book reviewers Danielle Janess, Eric Miller, Jay Ruzesky, Allison LaSorda, Matthew Rutchik, Alisa Gordaneer, and Robert May contribute insightful studies of new Canadian titles by (among others) Warren Heiti, Joe Denham, and Alice Major.

The striking cover photo is by Canadian photo-journalist Paul Watson, himself the subject of poems by contributor Dan O’Brien. Look to our website for an upcoming interview by John Barton with these two men, wherein they discuss their friendship and project collaboration.

Can’t get away this summer? Think again.

See the entire table of contents for #179 on our website.


Board meeting: A Q&A with CNF board intern, Vanessa Annand

Vanessa Annand has been on the CNF board since autumn 2011, so she’s coming up on her one-year anniversary with The Malahat Review. She’ll probably take a few volumes of the journal out for a romantic dinner laced with sweet nothings and savoury somethings when the date rolls around. When she’s not reading submissions for The Malahat Review, she’s soliciting and editing submissions for another venerable UVic-based publication, The Martlet, where she is editor-in-chief. The first publication to ever print hew work was Monday Magazine. Since then, she’s embarked on an alliterative and Sesame Street-inspired career track, working almost exclusively for publications that begin with the letter “M.”

Describe your ideal creative nonfiction piece

Because the ideal work of creative nonfiction reveals something ineffable and hitherto unknown to me, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what that might include. Still, one possible strength might be the fresh and even reverential use of language to describe something that others might consider insignificant or unworthy of documenting. I also find sympathetic narrators much more engaging than those who keep their subject matter at arm’s (and pen’s) length. And speaking of length, I admire CNF pieces that are able to convey their message with economy. While I enjoy complex and lengthy sentences peppered throughout a piece, my ideal piece of CNF would never fall into the “I-don’t-see-why-I-should-restrict-my-word-count” camp.

Read the rest of this interview on our website.

Where to buy a copy of The Malahat? Shelf Life Books

Shelf Life Books
Corner of 4th Street and 13th Avenue SW
Calgary AB

Malahat volunteer, Stephen Leckie, asked JoAnn McCaig of Shelf Life Books, a proud carrier of The Malahat Review, a few questions about her thoughtfully curated, independent book store.

How important is the role of independent book stores?

An independent bookstore is a meeting place for people who question the status quo, for independent thinkers who are looking for books and ideas outside the mainstream.  It’s a community hub for writers and readers.  It’s a place where conversations about ideas begin.

Read the rest of this interview on our website.



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