The PEIWG Weekly, August 26-September 1 edition



Have a Great Labour Day Weekend!


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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PEI Women Writers’ Bootcamp

PEI Women Writers’ Bootcamp September 14-16, 2012: your chance to grow and expand as a writer in a nurturing, creative environment.

This is an opportunity for women to write in the quiet setting of  Canoe Cove Christian Camp. There are large bunk rooms so you can bunk with your friends or go a little crazy, and bunk with people you have only just met. The camp is completely wheelchair accessible with an accessible bathroom and a roll-in shower. We will do our utmost to meet your needs. We have the use of a beautiful kitchen and you can expect great food. If you have dietary concerns, please let us know when you register.

For more information, visit



Emmy-nominated writer 

offers 2-day workshop in Lunenburg, NS

Cynthia Whitcomb’s Writing Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30

  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost $195

To Register contact Lloyd Williams

For Screenwriters, Novelists, Playwrights 

Includes how to choose an idea, three-act structure, scene cards, storyboards, set ups, payoffs, subplots, character development, research, format, dialogue, hiding exposition, buttoning scenes, how to write great openings, great endings, big moments. How to make ‘em laugh and cry. Pitching, query letter, breaking in.


Writers welcome at every level of experience from novice to pro.

Cynthia Whitcomb has sold more than 70 feature-length screenplays, 30 of which have been filmed, most for prime time television. Her scripts have been nominated for many awards, including the Emmy, Writers Guild of America, Cable Ace, and the Edgar.  She has taught screenwriting for many years, including seven at the acclaimed UCLA Film School.  Many of her students have gone on to great success in Hollywood and made millions of dollars. She has created roles for Jason Robards, Kevin Spacey, Gena Rowlands, Anjelica Huston, Ellen Burstyn, Melanie Griffith, Gabriel Byrne, Sam Elliott, Martin Sheen, Brendan Fraser and many other renowned actors.


Whitcomb has recently returned to her first love, writing for the theatre.  Her play Holidazed, co-authored with Marc Acito, completed a sold out, critically acclaimed six week run at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon in 2008 and was revived for another run in 2009.  The Wilde Boy was at Fertile Ground new play festival in 2010.  Lear’s Follies was produced July/August 2012 for the Portland Shakespeare Project.


She has also written and sold two nonfiction books.  Her sister Laura is a successful YA novelist and has also sold two books on novel writing.


Cynthia also takes a group of writers every spring on a Trans-Atlantic cruise.  This April we’ll go to Ireland, France and England.  For more info:



Coming Soon: NaNoWriMo

What: National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.

Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To give yourself permission to write without obsessing over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To stop being one of those people who say, “I’ve always wanted to write a novel,” and become one of those people who can say, “Oh, a novel? It’s such a funny story–I’ve written three.”

When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins 12:00:01 November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at 11:59:59. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.


An Open Invitation to PEI Writers

Alpha Writers, an international writers’ group was created in 2004 to offer a chance to writers who, for reasons of disability, caring responsibilities or simply remoteness cannot attend conventional gatherings, to belong to a conventional group. We operate solely through email, and we never meet:  last season our members were from South Africa (formerly from West Indies), France, Thailand (formerly from Saudi Arabia), New Zealand, U.S.A. and Canada as well as the UK. However, our Canadian member from last season is unable to continue. We limit ourselves to 18 members, and 9 of our members have been with us since 2004.

Our aim is simply ‘Writing for Pleasure’ and we pit our skills against each other on a regular three-week pattern during a season running from September to May. There is no subscription fee as we do not incur expenses, but we do expect anyone joining to play a full part during the year: not only do we have writing challenges, but we also have discussions on various aspects of writing, and publish some of our work on the internet. We have a website

We currently have 2 vacancies. If you know of anyone within Tasmania (or can mention it in your newsletter) who would be interested in a vacancy, further details are available from Olaf Chedzoy at


Coastal West Publishing

Coastal West Publishing is dedicated to publishing the best of true crime books and stories about the underdog. We are now accepting email queries from writers who can give us their best. Please submit an email inquiry before sending us a full manuscript.  Please send submissions as attachments to


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 +:



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





The Gate in the Fence is a summer project by Ottawa writer/editor Christopher Carroll. It will be an anthology of short fiction (500-1200 words) created to help spread awareness of and information about the mental health crisis in Canada currently. He will be approaching every author he knows and is accepting submissions from anyone who can string together a few words.  Deadline: August 31st. Topic: Mental Health. More info available on Facebook at



carte blanche literary magazine call for submissions


The submission deadline for the Fall Issue is September 15th, 2012.


carte blanche  is now accepting poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translation, photography, and audio submissions for its Fall Issue (#16). If you’ve got a narrative, we want to see it.

The theme for this issue is CONFLICT. We want to hear your war stories from neighbourhood spats and sibling rivalries to life-threatening situations. Tell us about the conflicts – big and small – you’ve experienced that have changed your life. Contributors receive a $45 honorarium per published piece.


Check out our submission guidelines for more information:

All submissions received by the approaching deadline will be considered for the Fall Issue of carte blanche.  Please indicate in your cover letter if you would also like to have your work considered for the feature on conflict.






“I still keep a suitcase in Berlin” – Marlene Dietrich

“”It’s a city that’s so easy to ‘get lost’ in – and to ‘find’ oneself, too.” – David Bowie, on his “Berlin Years”

Submission deadline for this issue: August 16, 2013


Has there ever been a more protean city than Berlin? Once home to emperors and palaces, cabaret halls and seductive starlets, Berlin became a city of stones and then a city divided, only to resume its status as capital of the reunified Germany. Berlin is a city of contradictions ­— or what its current mayor Klaus Wowereit calls, “Poor, but sexy.” It is precisely Berlin’s paradoxical nature that has long held appeal for artists coming to the city in search of creative revitalization. From Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, which inspired a young David Bowie to move to the city, to Christo wrapping The Reichstag, Berlin remains a haven for those seeking the unconventional and unpredictable. In 2014, Berlin will commemorate its 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall and the reunification of the city. Descant aims to take part in this celebration by welcoming submissions of unpublished fiction, poetry, essays and art pieces that speak to the mythology, memory and identity of Berlin — in all its various incarnations.






Submission deadline for this issue: June 7th, 2013


The comic strip, the funnybook, the graphic novel — whatever we call this melange of words and pictures, it all begins with the art of cartooning. This issue provides an opportunity to explore what cartooning looks like now, and where we find its limits. In writing that approaches the zero degree, Roland Barthes sees an “infinite freedom” shining forth, the creation of an “unexpected object” overflowing with possibilities. Can we say the same for cartooning degree zero? Contributors are encouraged to test out the affinities that exist between cartooning and poetry, comics and prose, drawing and writing. What are the stories that images tell, and what do they keep silent? What can comics recall about the past, or say about the present? What have we seen in the history of cartooning, and what can we expect for the future of the form? Descant welcomes cartooned strips, panels, and stories that address any topic and investigate the possibilities and boundaries of the medium. Traditional essays, poems, memoirs and fiction that deal in some way with comics and cartooning will also be accepted.




We are looking for works of short weird and uncanny fiction (of up to 3000 words) for the third volume of our (semi)annual anthology.


We are open to a variety of approaches and styles, but are interested in original work that pushes and plays with(in) the boundaries of the fantastic, the marvelous, and the horrific.


While, as we are an unfunded and independent publication, we cannot currently afford to pay contributors, each will each receive two contributor’s copies of the volume, as well as the option of purchasing more copies at a low contributor’s rate.


While this is an open call with no fixed deadline per se, (meaning we will treat submissions on a first-read first-considered basis) we hope to make our editorial selection by February 2013, and to publish the volume by summer 2013.


Please email submissions (as a word or rtf attachment including “PSTD III submission” and the story’s title in the subject heading) as well as inquiries to





There are a number of interesting calls with deadlines coming up shortly. For more information visit:



Plenitude Magazine


Submissions are ongoing.


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 Plenitude readers 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.




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.)

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:  September 15 for the October 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.



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:





Attention Writers, Poets, Illustrators:


Applications are invited from creative writers for the term position of Saskatoon Public Library/ Canada Council for the Arts Writer in Residence from September 1, 2013, to May 31, 2014.


Remuneration: up to $30,000 for nine-month term. Criteria are based on Canada Council quidelines; position subject to Canada Council.

(306) 975- 7530





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




Tenth Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest


The Tenth Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest is now open! The final deadline is September 6.  Submit Your Screenplay. We look forward to reading your scripts!





Update: Because of some technical problems with our websites and online submissions, we’ve extended the deadline for submissions in both the fiction and drama categories from June 30, 2012 to August 30, 2012, both by postmark and by time-stamp for online submissions. Announcement of the 2012 Winners will be made by January 15, 2013. An annual prize of $1,000 and publication in The Hidden River Review, published by Hidden River Arts, a literary arts organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be given in the following categories: (1) to the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt (2) the best unproduced full-length play. Fiction limited to 25 double-spaced pages.



A contest that is truly for beginners only! If you have been fortunate enough to sell a book or a short story – congratulations – but you don’t qualify for this contest. If, on the other hand, you have self-published, you do qualify. This is an honor system.
Entries will be accepted fromJuly 10-August 31, 2012. Any genre: Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance, Children, etc., (No erotica, profanity or gore. This is a “G” rated Contest.) Entries must be 1,000 to 1,750 words. Strictly two entries per person – $6 per entry.

1st place winner will receive $100 OR a free, tutored writing course at Creative Writing Institute, valued at $200. In addition, the winner will receive Word Magic by Cindy Rogers and an autographed copy of Word Trippers by Barbara McNichol. Winning entry will be published on our website and blog, along with a bio and picture, if provided.

Second place: $50 and a copy of Word Magic by Cindy Rogers. Winner’s name will be published on our website and blog and we will provide a link to your story.

Third place: One free tutoring session with CEO and Founder, Deborah Owen, and an autographed copy of Word Trippers by Barbara McNichol. Winner’s name will be published on our website and blog and we will provide a link to your story.

Honorable mentions: Names will be published on our website and blog and we will provide a link to your story.



This contest is open to everyone. Limit 2,500 words.  Write a fictional story using some aspect of the idea of seasons in any of its very broad – or narrow – forms. The prize for the winner of this contest is $50 and publication on our website. You may submit as many entries as you wish.

Deadline August 31, 2012. Please include a statement that this is your own work. If you are a minor, and you win, we will ask your parent for such a statement.


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. 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.



$12-$17 ENTRY FEE
Deadline August 31, 2012. Winners are published in The Seven Hills Review the following year, usually by the end of January.  $100 first place winners, $75 second, and $50 third. Short Story 2,500 word maximum, any genre. Creative Nonfiction 2,500 word maximum. Submissions in this genre could include (but are not limited to) memoir, food or travel writing, personal  essays, new journalism, biography, nonfiction stories, and nature writing. The emphasis in creative nonfiction is on factually true yet elegant literary expression. Children’s Chapter Books, for ages 6-12, with 2,500 word maximum. Submit a synopsis of the chapter book (100 words or less) along with a representative excerpt of 2,500 words. (Note: We offer children’s picture book competition in alternate years.) Flash Fiction, 500 word maximum, any genre.



Deadline August 31, 2012. $150 each for winners of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and publication in Still: The Journal, 10: Fall 2012. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Prose must be double spaced. Poetry can be single-spaced. Prose entries must not exceed 6,500 words. Poetry entries should not exceed 60 lines.


2012 NANO Prize

The Fourth Annual NANO Prize, awarding publication and $500 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, is now open. All entrants receive a one year subscription to NANO Fiction and winners will be announced in September.

This year the contest will be judged by Ryan Call, author of The Weather Stations and winner of a 2011 Whiting.

The entry fee is $15 for up to three shorts. Please visit our submission manager to enter.

Rules and Guidelines: All entries must be unpublished and 300 words or fewer. While there will be only one winner of the contest, all submitted pieces will be considered for publication.

The entry fee is $15 for up to three shorts. Please paste all three works into the submission manager as one submission. You may enter as many times as you like. Each separate entry requires its own entry fee of $15. Entry fees are nonrefundable. Please withdraw your submission immediately if taken elsewhere.

The entrant’s name should not appear anywhere in the body of the submission.

Friends and family of the editors are not eligible to submit.

How to submit: We prefer for entries to be submitted online but snail mail entries may be sent with a check or money order to:

2012 NANO Prize
PO Box 667445
Houston, TX 77266-7445

Postmark deadline is August 31, 2012.

Winners will be announced September, 2012.



$22.09 ENTRY FEE
Currently, Wag’s Revue is only accepting submissions for its Summer Writers Contest in fiction, poetry, and essays.

First prize is $1,000 and publication in Issue 15; second prize is $500; and third prize is $100. All submissions are considered for publication. The contest is judged by the editors and closes
August 31, 2012.
Winners will be announced with the release of Issue 15 in December. Limit 10,000 words of prose or ten pages of poetry.





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:



Naugatuck River Review’s Fourth Annual



Naugatuck River Review’s Fourth Annual NARRATIVE POETRY CONTEST will be judged by Pam Uschuk. Contest submissions are now open from July 1 – Sept. 1. First prize is $1000 and publication in NRR.  Second prize $250 and publication in NRR. Third prize of  $100 and publication in NRR.  FULL DETAILS:





DEADLINE Sept. 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!




Deadline September 1, 2012.
First Prize – £200
Second Prize – £100
Third Prize – £50
There is no theme but each poem must be no longer than 40 lines.


2012 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose


Deadline: September 1. Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2012 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 25.2, due out in April 2013, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website.  MORE INFO:



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.


Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition


Encouraging new playwriting for young performers and audiences. Entry for Trinity’s third annual International Playwriting Competition is now open, and there are amazing prizes on offer to aspiring playwrights worldwide. The winning playwright in each category will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000 and will travel to London to see their plays performed at the Unicorn Theatre. There are also prizes for Highly Commended plays and special awards for the Most Promising Young Playwrights. MORE INFO:



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
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.




New Deadline: September 14, 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:


Cha ‘The Past’ Poetry Contest


International poetry contest with no fee. Entries are invited for the Cha ‘The Past’ Poetry Contest (China, UK). Theme: The Past. First prize: £50, Second: £30, Third: £20. Free entry. Submit two poems. Six winning poems published in a special section in the September 2012 issue of Cha. Deadline: September 15, 2012.




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:




Nearly everyone has memories of a former sweetheart. Write your true story of an earlier love, in no more than 700 words.  Tell us about someone whose memory brings a smile or a tear, or both. First Prize: $100. Second Prize: $75. Third Prize: $50. Winning stories will be posted (anonymously, if requested by author) on the website.
Deadline September 17, 2012.



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. 




launched July 8, 2012. Its premise is TIME: Time matters in every story, of course. But for this contest, we want time to play an especially important role. Send us a story where time, or some aspect of time, or some idea directly related to time, is vital to the characters and the plot.  Any genre except children’s fiction, exploitative sex, or over-the-top gross-out horror is fine. Your challenge: In at least 1,000 but no more than 5,000 words, write a creative, compelling, and well-crafted story that clearly uses the premise. If you have questions, ask us at Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Friday, September 28, 2012. That’s Friday, September 28. MORE INFORMATION AND TO ACCESS SUBMISSION LINK:




DEADLINE SEPT. 30, 2012. Win a £500 ($800) cash prize for your short fiction in the autumn 2012 competition. Cash prizes totalling £1000 ($1600) can be won in the Writers’ Village autumn 2012 ‘Best Writing’ competition for prose fiction in any genre up to 3000 words. The first prize is £500 ($800), with a second prize of £250 ($400) and a third of £100 ($160). A further three shortlisted entrants will receive £50 ($80). Every entrant wins because… everyone, winner or not, gets back personal tips on how they could improve their stories. This terse helpful critique is unique among low-fee writing contests. It’s worth the entry fee in itself.



We are looking for ideas presented in a high quality, non-technical style. We welcome any opinion on socio-environmental issues – be they for or against any particular debate or point of view. Entries should be written in prose in the English language. You can submit essays or short stories, factual commentary or fiction – whichever way and whichever writing style you choose to communicate your ideas. Essays should be aimed at a general readership and should be non-technical. No footnotes or citations are allowed. Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words. Essays may have been published before provided you have the necessary permissions to re-publish.

Deadline September 30, 2012. The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1,500. A further $500 will be awarded to the second placed entry. The shortlisted entries will be published as a book of collected essays. Up to three entries allowed per person.



DEADLINE: BEFORE MIDNIGHT 30th SEPTEMBER 2012. Poems on the theme of “the natural world” (this can be broadly interpreted). No style or length restrictions but a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one. ONLINE ENTRY ONLY. Entry is by email to  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of and all entries must be received before midnight 30th September 2012 Entries received after this time will be discarded. First prize is £100 and the winning poem plus those selected for special commendation will be published at the Poetry Kit website. Entry fees are as follows: 1 poem    £3.50, 3 Poems  £8.00, 5 poems  £10. Competition Judge: Lesley Burt. Full details at




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:




DEADLINE: SEPT. 30, 2012. Voices Israel announces the 23rd annual Reuben Rose Poetry Competition. Judges:  Kenneth Salzmann of USA, Yakov Azriel, last year’s first prize winner and Dina Yehuda, last year’s 3rd prize winner. First prize – $500, second prize – $150, third prize – $50. Ten honorable mentions. Prizewinners and all honorable mentions will be published in the Voices Israel 2013 Poetry Anthology. The competition is general and not necessarily on Jewish or Israeli subjects. Challenging, humorous and/or curious poetry is welcome.  Poems should be unpublished, no more than 40 lines, including stanza breaks but not including title. Use the online submission form at to submit your poems. Poems are judged anonymously. Competition poems must be received during the period June 1-Sept.30, 2012 Cost: Voices Israel members: US$5.00 for one poem, $10 for 3 poems, $15 for 6 poems. Non members: US$6.00 for one poem, $12 for 3 poems, $18 for 6 poems. Payment by PayPal or by check (full details on the website



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:


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.






If you write young adult fiction, don’t miss your chance to compete in the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction competition. There’s a YA short story category created just for you. And there’s still time to enter, even if you haven’t started writing yet.

Register now and take your shot! You may win some serious prizes in the process. If you’ve got more than one story in mind, be sure to consider one of our other genre categories – you can compete in each one.

The grand prize winner receives $2500 and a trip to the 2013 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City, including access to editors, agents, and other industry insiders! First place winners in each category will receive $500 and will be featured in Writer’s Digest magazine and on

Entering is easy – and potentially life changing. Dom Testa, award-winning author of a critically acclaimed series from Tor/Forge and Grand Prize-winner of a previous Writer’s Digest competition, agrees:

“You might think that winning an international grand prize from Writer’s Digest changed my life, but no. Sealing and stamping an envelope is waht changed everything.”
Deadline: September 14, 2012

Enter Now!

Young Adult
Science Fiction

Upcoming Competitions:

Short Short Story Competition Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012 Enter More!



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


The Missouri Review Editor’s Prize Contest

Deadline: Oct. 1, 2012. Prizes: $5000 fiction, $5000 poetry, $5000 essay, Entry fee: $20 (US) Full details:



Deadline October 1, 2012. Publication, $250, and 25 contributor copies to winner. Publication and 25 contributor copies to runner-up. This competition is open to English language fiction manuscripts (both novellas and collections of shorter works are acceptable). Please submit 40 to 80 pages of typed fiction (approximately 12,000 to 26,000 words).


“SCARE THE DICKENS OUT OF US” Short Story Contest 2012


The “SCARE THE DICKENS OUT OF US” Short Story Contest 2012 & The JUNIOR “SCARE THE DICKENS OUT OF US” Contest 2012 FOR AGES 12-18  CONTEST PERIOD: JULY 1ST TO OCT. 1ST 2012.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas. First prize, $1000.00 and a trophy. Second prize, $500.00 and a ribbon. Third prize, $250.00 and a ribbon. Junior contest prize $250.00 and a trophy. Full details and entry forms here:






 The contest will open for entries July 1. Entries must be complete by October 1, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PDT. First prize: $1,000 Second prize: $500 Third prize: $250. The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, Aitken Alexander Associates, Barer Literary, the Gernert Company, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. Important Dates:  Results will be announced at the website December 15 and in the Spring 2013 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Spring 2013 issue. Complete Guidelines: We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or less; and accompanied by a $20 entry fee per story. There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible. We welcome multiple entries ($20/story) and entries from outside the U.S. We will e-mail contest updates and results to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories. Once a story is submitted, we cannot accept an updated draft. (However, an entrant is welcome to submit an updated draft as a new entry.) Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted. Please e-mail us at with further questions.


The Salon Fiction Prize

Opened July 7, for a work of short fiction in English between 1,500-3,000 words. The winning piece will be published in an issue of the Telegraph-Journal’s art and culture section, Salon, and the author will receive a prize of $1,000.

The winning piece will be selected by a trio of judges from Atlantic Canadian universities: Thomas Hodd (University of Moncton); Alexander MacLeod (Saint Mary’s University); and Sue Goyette (Dalhousie University).

The contest is open to all residents of Canada. All entries must be unpublished material and not under consideration in any other contest of competition. Entries will not be returned, so keep a copy.

Deadline: Entries must be received by Oct. 1, 2012.

Submissions may be sent via email to or by mail to 210 Crown Street, Saint John, N.B., E2L 3V8. Entries must include a contact email and telephone number where the author may be contacted. 

For more details and information, email


Winston Collins / Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem


 DEADLINE: OCTOBER 12, 2012. Descant is pleased to announce the 2012 Winston Collins/ Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem valued at $1000! This annual prize is in memory of Winston Collins, writer and enthusiastic teacher of literature at the universities of Cincinnati, Princeton and Toronto. The prize will perpetuate his remarkable talent for encouraging self-expression through writing.   One (1) Winner will receive CAN $1000, plus payment for publication* in Descant. FOR RULES AND ENTRY INFORMATION:



Amprosia: Write 1000 words—win $1000

 Amprosia, the annual prose competition run by the Writers’ Community of Durham Region, is looking for entries. The contest welcomes fiction and non-fiction, accepting prose of all kinds: literary, science fiction, children’s, memoir, essay, creative non-fiction. All entries compete head to head, word for word.

The $1000 first prize includes publication in the Amprosia literary anthology. The $400 second prize winner, $200 third place winner and selected honourable mentions will also be published in the anthology. All published entries reap $25 payment and a contributor’s copy. What’s more, each and every entry in the contest receives written feedback from the judges.

The maximum word count is 1000 words. The entry fee is just $20 Canadian – $25 for international entries.

Amprosia is also running a cover design contest. The prize is $150, publication on the cover of the Amprosia anthology, plus a contributor’s copy. Entry fee is $5 Canadian.

Both contests close November 1, 2012. Winners will be announced in March 2013. Online submissions only. Payment by PayPal, or mail a cheque or money order to The Writers’ Community of Durham Region, Bayly Postal Outlet, PO Box 14558, 75 Bayly Street West, Ajax, Ontario, Canada L1S 7K7.

For complete contest details, visit or e-mail



Poetry, Flash Fiction, Narrative, Ekphrastic Poetry, Short Story, Memoir,

Non-Fiction, Song Lyrics, Myth, Tall Tale or Fairy Tale – all genres are acceptable.

 Current Call for Writers Fading Light

Judge Jacqueline Kolosov, writer and educator 
November 13, 1012 



View Fading Light online gallery for selected images.

The winning work will be featured in Open to Interpretation: Fading Light.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your work published in a
remarkable collection of images and words.

November 13, 2012

Submission Fee 

 $20 for 3 entries 

$10 each additional 

The photographers sent us their images of shadows, absence of light, twilight, darkness, losing light, and transformation. Now it’s your turn to use the images to inspire your words. Your poems and stories may include the literal description of the work, personal memories, metaphorical associations, or your mood inspired by the image.

Jacqueline Kolosov’s ekphrastic poetry collection is Modigliani’s Muse (TurningPoint, 2009). Her third collection, Memory of Blue, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in early 2013. Pecan Grove Press just released Hourglass. She also works in prose and has published essays, short fiction, as well as several young adult novels. Recent journal publications include The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, Orion, and Confrontation. She was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in Prose in 2008. A native of Chicago, Jacqueline is now on the creative writing faculty at Texas Tech University.

Awards: $500 Judge’s Choice Award

Each Selected Participant will receive exposure, recognition, copy of book and possible participation in group show.
Writing guidelines

Submit writing



Questions? email us at or call 651-312-0113

Intimate Landscape Results will be announced July 26th
and posted online August 8th.




The Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation Announces the

III Edition of the International Flash Fiction Competition “Museum of Words”

 The prize of $ 20,000 goes to the winning story. Three consolation prizes of $ 1,000 each.

  • In the Second Edition14.253 writers from 89 countries participated in the contest.
  • In addition to Spanish, flash fictions may be submitted in English, Arabic, and Hebrew.

The Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation Announces the III Edition of the International Flash Fiction Competition “Museum of Words”

The call is part of the activities that the Foundation carries out to gain its objectives. One of the goals of the Foundation is to unite peoples by using words. This is why the motto of the Museum of Words is “Words are the bond of humankind”. Words being used by their double condition of communicative elements and language as cultural heritage of human beings.

In this competition (like in the previous), short stories may be submitted in Spanish, English, Arabic and Hebrew. This lists the languages in which the three monotheistic religions of the world express their religious feelings.

In this third edition is expected to exceed the level of participation of the second edition where14.253 writers from 89 countries entered.

The Foundation will perform an Institutional launch from world heritage site, the city of Toledo, with clear international and intercultural connotations, in which will intervene the diplomatic representatives of the three monotheistic religions, from the synagogue, the mosque and the Cathedral, and the Foundation will broadcast to all over the world, an unequivocal message of coexistence among peoples, consistent with the fundamental aim of the Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation, from Toledo.

III Edition of The International Flash Fiction Competition

“Museum of Words”

 As one of the objectives of the Foundation is to value the ability that dialogue and words has to unite peoples, the slogan of this contest edition will be “Words and freedom”. The competition will respond to the following rules:


  1. The III Edition of International Award for “Museum of Words” Microfiction is summoned.
  2. They may participate as many writers of any country in the world wish to do so.
  3. The originals whose theme will be free (two per author, maximum) will be written in any of the following languages: Hebrew, English, Arabic, or Spanish.
  4. An absolute of $ 20,000 prize money for the best flash fiction is set to any language authorized in the contest.
  5. $ 1,000will be awarded to three runners up for the best stories from the languages supported in the competition.
  6. The Flash Fictions may not exceed the 100 words. They will be sent exclusively by filling in the form that can be found on the websites of the Foundation: or The texts must be original, unpublished in all means (paper, blogs, electronic publications, network…) and have not been awarded in any other contest. Those who do not meet this condition will forfeit the entry.
  7. The competition will end on November 23rd, 2012 GMT+1, on the International Day of Words as a Bond of Humankind.
  8. The evaluator jury will select the best finalists. The list of finalist’s titles will be published on the website of the Fundación César Egido Serrano.
  9. The final decision of the jury will be made public in the year 2013.
  10. The César Egido Serrano Foundation reserves the right to publish the finalist’s stories.
  11. The decision of the jury is final.
  12. Entry in this contest implies the total acceptance of their rules.
  13. Texts failing to comply with any of the rules will be disqualified.


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.



Jenkins Group and are proud to announce the opening of the 17th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards. We conduct the “IPPYs” to honor the year’s best independently published titles, and to give them the recognition and credibility they deserve. Books published in English with 2012 or 2013 copyrights or release dates between Aug 1, 2011 and March 15, 2013 are eligible.


Click here to visit the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards webpage:


The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing community. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year. Since the inaugural contest in 1996, over 5,000 books have received IPPY Awards, and all the recognition, credibility, and increased sales that a book award can bring. Entry fees range from the early-bird fee of $75 to $95 when you enter closer to our final deadline of March 16th, 2013. Regional and E-Book category entries are just $55 when added to a national category entry. Here’s the link to download the 2013 IPPY Awards guidelines and entry form in PDF format:



Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest

Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2013
Now in its 21st year. Prizes of $3,000, $1,000, $400 and $250 will be awarded, plus six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. Submit any type of short story, essay or other work of prose, up to 5,000 words. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. $16 entry fee. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners.


Malahat lite


Guidelines for our 2014 Novella Prize:







  • Lawrence Hill (Sept. 14­–17)


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


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 youenroll 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



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.
Register today!




OCTOBER 25-28, 2012 in Niagara Falls. for more details about the conference


The conference is offering a generous discount to any writer who has previously attended one of Barbara Kyle’s Workshops or Master Classes, or for whom she has done a Manuscript Evaluation. The discount is $100, so instead of $495 for the conference the cost to you, if you qualify, would be $395.


“New York Comes to Niagara” is geared towards those who are writing or have written a novel, and is designed to introduce promising and talented writers to the professionals who can help them achieve their goal of becoming published. The agents and editors who attend are actively seeking new talent. Most importantly, writers will gain valuable insights into the commercial viability of their work-in-progress, along with critical feedback on how to improve it.

Barbara will join Algonkian Writers Conferences founder Michael Neff in giving two days of workshops for participants.

To claim your $100 discount call Gail Mercer-MacKay at 905.510.3627 or email her at and tell her which of Barbara’s past workshops you’ve attended, or that she’s given you a manuscript evaluation.



Fall Literary Festivals

Telling Tales

September 16 at Rockton, Ont. Featuring Kevin Sylvester, Deborah Ellis, Rita Cox. For more


Weaving Words: Sharon Temple Storytelling Festival

September 30, 2012, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Sharon Temple in Sharon, Ontario

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!

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THIN AIR Winnipeg International Writers Festival

September 21-29, Winnipeg, MN. Featuring David Bergen, Lorna Crozier, Susin Nielsen, Karen Levine. For more




September 26 to 30, Holiday Inn, Kingston Waterfront


To promote awareness and appreciation of the literary arts in all forms and to nurture literary expression. Speakers, Writer Studios, and Youth Events coming up from September 26 to the 30.

Kingston WritersFest offers events for readers of every age and taste, designed to stimulate, surprise, provoke, and delight.  Hear authors read from their work and discuss the ideas that shape our world and stir our hearts. Join the conversation, too, during the time set aside for questions from the audience. Later, chat with authors in the Festival Café as they sign books following their onstage appearance.


Tickets and a limited number of festival passes now on sale.

A concise listing of all events is located here:

For more information, go to




September 28, 29 & 30, 2012

LOCATION: All events are taking place in Wingham and Blyth Ontario.


The Alice Munro Festival of Writing (originally hosted by the Wingham Horticultural Society) has been revitalized with a new name and new dates in 2012 to provide a forum for writers to develop their craft and connect with like-minded literati.

During Culture Days, September 29 and 30, 2012, we’ll celebrate literacy by featuring guest readers, offering developmental workshops for emerging and experienced writers, co-ordinating a book fair, organizing a gala dinner and awards presentation event and planning brunch with an author. Enjoy the art and culture of the literary world.


The festival is now produced by Huron Arts & Heritage Network, a not-for-profit organization mandated to:

     . Educate & Engage our communities

     . Embrace & Advocate the everyday work of art

     . Build awareness and audiences for locations, sites and celebrations

     . Enhance & Enrich our creative community spirit

for more information, see



Cabot Trail Writers Festival

September 28-30 at North River, Cape Breton, N.S. Featuring Wayne Johnston, Kate Beaton, Stephen Kimber. For more information:


NorthWords Muskoka Literary Festival

September 28-30 at Huntsville, Ont. Featuring Joseph Boyden, Linden MacIntyre, Elizabeth Hay, Ruth Ohi. For more



Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

October 8-13, Saskatoon, SK. Featuring Mike McGee, Barbara Adler, Brendan McLeod, R.C. Weslowski. For more information:



October 17-28, Edmonton, AB. Featuring Timothy Caulfield, Jennifer Cockrall-King, Curtis Gillespie, Noah Richler. For more


International Festival of Authors

October 18-28 at Toronto. Featuring Paul Auster, Michael Chabon, Kate Mosse, Alice Munro. For more information:


Ottawa International Writers Festival

October 25-30. Featuring Annabel Lyon, Jian Ghomeshi, John Ralston Saul, Shauna Singh Baldwin. For more


BookFest Windsor

October 25-27 at Windsor, Ont. Featuring Anita Rau Badami, Richard J. Gwyn, George Elliott Clarke, Noah Richler. For more


Pure Speculation Science Fiction & Fantasy Festival

November 16-18, Edmonton, AB. Featuring Candace Jane Dorsey, S.M. Stirling, the editors of On Spec magazine, Skype appearance by Spider Robinson. For more



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


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


Online Writing Classes  is a writing site founded in 2000.

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

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

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

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

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

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



All you need to know about ebooks: how to read them,
the different ebook formats, choosing an ebook reader,
and where to find the best specials and free ebooks.




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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



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Commonwealth Writers: A world of new fiction



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New issue of Shelf Unbound

Click on this link to start reading your new issue right now:

In this issue:

Fifty Shades of Fiction:
Smart Reads for the Rest of Us

Interviews with Kevin Powers,
Elissa Schappell, and Adam Levin
24 Color Classics, from The Red Badge of Courage
to The Picture of Dorian Gray
Cubop City Blues
Poetry, Translations, Short Stories, and More

We hope you enjoy the issue and that you will share it with your social media audiences. 

Thanks for being a part of Shelf Unbound.

Margaret Brown
Shelf Unbound
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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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