The PEIWG Weekly 16-22 September edition


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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2012 COX & PALMER Island Literary Awards Ceremony

Join the PEI Writers’ Guild on Sunday, September 30, 2012 as we announce the winners of the 2012 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards and honour writing on Prince Edward Island. For twenty-five years the Island Literary Awards have encouraged and rewarded the provinces’ up-and-coming writers with cash prizes and recognition. The PEI Writers’ Guild is excited to announce that the 2012 Island Literary Awards Ceremony will take place from 2:00–4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 30th at the Murphy’s Community Centre on Richmond Street in Charlottetown.


Prizes will be presented to winners for the following adult writing categories:

The L.M. Montgomery* PEI Literature for Children Awards, The Maritime Electric Short Story Award, The Clary Pottie Creative Non-Fiction Awards, and the Milton Acorn Poetry Awards. Prizes for the Young People’s Creative Writing category sponsored by the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty will also be awarded at the ceremony.


The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to have Cox & Palmer as our event sponsor this year. We are also very grateful for the support of The Heirs of L.M. Montgomery, Maritime Electric,  Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, the Milton Acorn family, and the Clary Pottie family as award sponsors and many other generous Island prize sponsors. It would not be possible to host the literary awards without this support and the PEI Writers’ Guild thanks all of our sponsors and donors for their support.


For more information, please email or visit our website: If you would like to reserve seating, please contact the Coordinator, Carol Corbett, by phone (902)569-4561 or by email at


Looking forward to seeing you at the ceremony!





New Atlantic Canada rep for Writers’ Union elected

New Brunswick’s Lee Thompson has been elected as the new Atlantic Canada rep for the Writers’ Union of Canada.  There are approximately 150 members of TWUC in Atlantic Canada and Lee plans on meeting with those writers over the next two years, travelling to all Atlantic Canadian provinces.  If you wish to know more about membership in TWUC, please write Lee at  One-on-one meetings in the Moncton region can be arranged as well.



Winter’s Tales Author Reading Series

Contact: Dr. Richard Lemm – 566-0389,





There are poets who capture the literary spotlight and wider public appreciation with poems that tap into compelling concerns of the day. And there are poets who steadily, book after book, with elegant artistry and eloquent sensibilities, earn the admiration of peers and readers. Then there are such poets as Maureen Hynes and Ruth Roach Pierson who have done both. Maureen and Ruth will read from their new work on Monday, September 24, at 7:30 in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building.

Ruth Roach Pierson published her first book of poems, Where No Window Was, after retiring from thirty-one years of teaching as an historian and feminist scholar at Memorial University of Newfoundland and later at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Her best-known scholarly publication is They’re Still Women After All: The Second World War and Canadian Womanhood.

Ruth’s second poetry book, Aide-Mémoire, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, delves into the dangers and delights of growing older. There is the growing unreliability of memory, but also the continuing pleasure and surprise to be found in nature and the arts, as well as the people, objects, and events from the past, aides-mémoire, binding us to the experience of “now.”

Her new collection, Contrary, articulates the oppositional emotions connected with the loss of a loved one. While humour and fond remembrance permeate these poems, Contrary is also an unflinching portrayal of the emotional maelstrom that overtook the poet as she faced the dying and death of her only brother.

Maureen Hyne’s new book, Marrow, Willow, is a joyful, personal look at the “human project of mortality.” She tells us how she came into her own as a poet many years after abandoning earlier attempts. In a magazine interview, she speaks of the “amazingly difficult challenge of discovering what you want to say,” and the “equally joyous and felt-in-the-body pleasure of what language can do.”

Hynes’ first book, Rough Skin, won the League of Canadian Poets’ best first book award. Her other books are Letters from China and Harm’s Way. Her work appears in Best Canadian Poetry 2010. She is on the board of MayWorks, Toronto’s annual Festival of Working People and the Arts, and is poetry editor for Our Times magazine.

Their reading is sponsored by the UPEI English Department, with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts. A reception and book signing will follow. Admission is free.

There are several good images on Google of both writers.


Susan Buchanan Workshop in Culture Days

TWiG (The Writers in Group) member and Island Literary Award winner (2012) Susan Buchanan will facilitate a writing workshop free to the public as part of Culture Days on Sept 29 at 1 pm.  Susan’s series of poems Ghost was 2nd place in last year’s ILAs, and her series of poems Slip received honourable mention. She won the short fiction category for her story, ‘The Lake.’ A TWiG chapbook launch and an open mic will follow. Youth and adults are welcome to participate in the workshop. All ages are invited to the chapbook launch and open mic that will begin at 3:30 pm. TWiG is an Island-based group of men and women writers. Location is Confederation Centre Art Gallery, 145 Richmond St, Ch’town. For information or to register for the workshop: 621-0969.



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:



Thursday Night Writing Practice


The Fiction Study Series


Would you like to reconnect with your writing or take it further? From September until November, Beth Janzen is running a weekly writing practice, small workshops, and one-on-one meetings from her cosy office in downtown Charlottetown. Thursday Night Writing Practice is a great way to jump into the creative stream as Beth guides participants through simple yet illuminating writing exercises. She is also running The Fiction Study Series with topics such as point of view, types of prose, and dialogue. Her approach always involves hands-on work so that participants can experiment for themselves with new combinations of content and technique. If you are looking for a writing mentor, Beth is also offering one-on-one meetings for a very reasonable price. For details and schedules visit or contact beth at


Call for Applications:  Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence

 A professional writer and/or storyteller is sought for the position of

Writer/Storyteller‑in‑Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture.  The residency, from about September 5 to December 13, 2013, will require the successful candidate to spend approximately 16 hours per week providing mentorship and practical artistic advice to developing writers and storytellers at the University of Manitoba, to give a limited number of readings and/or performances on campus, and to lead an informal non-credit workshop.  The remaining time is to be devoted to the writer or storyteller’s own artistic projects. The successful candidate will receive a salary of $20,000.00 CAD, accommodation and return transportation to Winnipeg.

The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture is an interdisciplinary centre with a mandate to promote the creation and the study of the verbal arts, both oral and written.  Located at the University of Manitoba in the city of Winnipeg, the Centre sponsors readings, lectures, master classes and creative community projects that explore the connections between oral and written culture.  Winnipeg is renowned for its vibrant arts community and its multicultural citizenry, including the largest urban population of Aboriginal people in North America.  The Centre builds upon these local cultural strengths as a basis for its creative and critical work.  To learn more about the Centre, visit

Applicants should provide a covering letter summarizing their qualifications for the position and describing the artistic and mentoring work they would undertake during the residency.  Applications must also include a CV or résumé of career achievements (publications, performances, awards, residencies), a writing sample of no more than 20 pages (double-spaced and typed in a standard 12-point font) and two letters of reference discussing the applicant’s skills as an artist and a mentor.

Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; however, full proficiency in English is required, and publications or performance credits in English would be an asset.  The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture is committed to principles of employment equity.  The application deadline is Wednesday, October 24, 2012.

Electronic submissions of application materials are accepted at the Centre’s email address, but attachments must be in Microsoft Word, PDF, RTF or DocX only.  Please direct inquiries and electronic application materials to Applicants may also submit hardcopy applications to:

Dr. Warren Cariou, Director

Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, University of Manitoba

391 University College, 220 Dysart Road

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2M8 CANADA

Books and other materials sent in support of applications will not be returned.



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.


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





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




Want to submit to EVENT?  We publish fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Non-fiction submissions are only accepted via our yearly Non-Fiction Contest. While most of our writers are Canadian, we accept English-language submissions from writers in other countries.

Please see ourFiction & Poetry or our Cover Art Submission Checklists for more information on how, where and what to submit.




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.






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.





“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.



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!
SUBMIT to Carpe Articulum Literary Review using Submishmash (click here)

These dates are ANNUAL, REVOLVING deadlines

POETRY…………………MAR 30, SEPT 30
NOVELLA…………….. JAN 7

If deadlines are missed, the piece will automatically be entered into the next contest cycle for that particular genre.




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:  October 15 for the November 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




1st Annual

S A N T A   C L A W S


$500 Fiction | $500 Non-Fiction | $250 Runner-Up  



THE SANTA CLAWS CONTEST is for aspiring fiction and creative non-fiction writers who have not professionally published. This contest covers TWO issues: the October Issue (horror / suspense) and the December Issue (holiday / fantasy). SUBMISSIONS for the October Issue (horror / suspense) are now open. Please wait to submit holiday / fantasy material until AFTER October 15th. Liternational Editor’s will select the semi-finalists for publication and judging begins AFTER the December Issue’s release. Winners will be announced on or before St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th). For submission guidelines, click HERE.




Using the photo prompt online, compose a work of short fiction, maximum length 250 words. The prompt is for inspiration only; entries will not be judged on how well they relate to it. Title is not included in the word count. One entry per person.  Submissions open at noon U.S. eastern time on 8 September and close two weeks later, at midnight on 22 September (the Autumnal  Equinox). The winner receives $250 as well as the virtual medal depicted on the site, along with the right to display it on his or her online venues. The winning entry will be published in The Lascaux Review.



GOLD LINE PRESS Chapbook Publishing Contest

We seek works of fiction that are purposefully planned as chapbooks: novellas, long short stories, carefully curated collections of vignettes or short short stories, or other projects that take the chapbook format as an instrumental element of their design. Excerpts of novels or short story collections will not be considered unless they form a sustained and individual project in their foreshortened form. For poets, we also recommend that manuscripts be cohesive and self-contained in the chapbook length.


The $15 entry fee ($18 for applicants outside the US or Canada) includes a copy of the winning chapbook in your genre.

All manuscripts must be received between AUGUST 15 and SEPTEMBER 30, 2012via



Black Heart Haiku Contest

The Black Heart Haiku Contest is currently open for submissions. Haiku lovers may submit as many entries as they like, for a chance to win $100 in cash, plus publication on our website. Poems can be submitted on any theme, though “black-hearted” themes such as reading, writing, rebellion, sex, drugs and rock’n’roll stand a much better chance of winning.

An entry fee of $5 is required. Submissions must be received by midnight on September 30, 2012.





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:






How to enter: During the First Chapter Submission Phase (as set out below), visit (the “Contest Website”) for instructions on how to enter the Writing Contest by completing a submission form and uploading one (1) eligible first chapter (see Submission Requirements below) suitable for publication under one of the Harlequin® Series Imprints (as defined below) (the “First Chapter Submission”), published by Harlequin Books S.A., an affiliate of Harlequin Enterprises Limited (collectively, the “Sponsor”). First Chapter Submissions that do not comply with the Submission Requirements set out below will be disqualified. The Writing Contest begins at 00:01 Greenwich Mean Time (“GMT”) on September 23, 2012 and ends at 23:59 GMT on November 27, 2012 (the “Contest Period”). The Writing Contest consists of the following five (5) phases:


Start Date
(at 00:01 GMT)

End Date
(at 23:59 GMT)

First Chapter Submission Phase September 23, 2012 September 30, 2012
First Chapter Judging Phase October 2, 2012 October 11, 2012
Manuscript Submission Phase October 13, 2012 October 18, 2012
Top 28 Manuscript Judging Phase October 19, 2012 November 2, 2012
Top 3 Judging Phase November 16, 2012 November 27, 2012

The Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Writing Contest. A fee is not required to enter the Writing Contest.



The Connecticut Poetry Society is pleased to announce that the Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest is accepting submissions. The judge is Jeff Mock. All poets are welcome. You do not need to reside in Connecticut or belong to the Connecticut Poetry Society. We offer prizes of $400, $100, and $50. Winning poems will be published in the Connecticut River Review. Honorable Mentions may also receive publication. For your entry fee you may
enter three unpublished poems, up to 80 lines each. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are acceptable if you notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Please submit two copies of each poem, one with contact info and one completely anonymous. Deadline
September 30, 2012.



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.


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.






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



The Missouri Review Editor’s Prize Contest


Over $15,000 in prizes.
Deadline October 1, 2012. First-place prizes of $5,000 each awarded in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Winners are published in The Missouri Review and receive a paid trip to our Editor’s Prize gala. Our contest is open to both established and emerging writers. Your entry fee of $20 includes a one-year subscription (4 issues) to The Missouri Review. Winners will be announced in January 2013.

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


3rd international New Media Writing Prize (UK)

The 3rd international New Media Writing Prize (UK) is open for entry. Seeks new-media interactive stories for the web, tablets, and other devices. Wants stories that ‘exploit multi-media and interactivity.’ Prizes: iPads, work experience. Open to international writers. Deadline: October 5, 2012.



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:



Deadline: October 15.  Submissions are made directly to McClelland & Stewart. Only Canadian literary journals are permitted to submit. Individual submission are not accepted. For short stories published in Canadian literary journals. The winning story and all finalists are published in an annual anthology by McClelland & Stewart. The magazine that published the winning story will receive 2,000. Winners will be announced in March. For more info email Prize: $10,000. Entry Fee: None Details:


Lawrence House Centre for the Arts Short Story Competition


The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts (Sarnia, ON) invites entries for its Short Story Competition. First prize: $300. Two second prizes: one student, one non-student. Fee: $10. Open to Canadian citizens only. Length of entry: 500 words max. Deadline: October 15, 2012.


Malahat Review 2013 Open Season Awards

Deadline: November 1, 2012 (postmarked)
Prize: $1000 CAD in each of three categories
Entry fee:
$35 CAD for Canadian entries
$40 USD for entries from the USA
$45 USD for entries from elsewhere
(entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review)

Enter up to three poems; one piece of short fiction (2500 words max.); OR one piece of creative nonfiction (2500 words max.)

Full guidelines:


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 winner receives USD $1,000 and publication through with the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal. The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets will only accept first book submissions from African writers who have not published a book-length poetry collection. This includes self-published books if they were sold online, in stores, or at readings. Writers who have edited and published an anthology or a similar collection of other writers’ work remain eligible. An African writer is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African. Only poetry written in English is eligible. Translated poetry is accepted but a percentage of the prize will be awarded to the translator. Manuscripts are accepted annually
between September 15 and November 15.



Announcing the Carson Prize in Poetry or Prose

We’re pleased to announce the Carson Prize in Poetry or Prose, a writing contest that will present one winning writer with a $100 award and publication in our first print issue, to be published in early 2013.

The Carson Prize is open to all writers in all genres. We’ll read work from established or emerging authors. We welcome submissions from writers of any nationality. As with our general submissions, we will judge entries on merit alone–all submissions should exclude names or any other identifying information.

This contest is free to enter–there is no reading fee whatsoever. We welcome entrants to submit up to five poems of any length or up to two prose pieces (8,000 words or less per piece). If you feel that your submission blurs the line between prose and poetry, select one of the categories and we assure you it will be passed on to the appropriate editors.

The author whose work is deemed most worthy of the Carson Prize will be awarded $100 and publication in the print issue, along with two contributor copies. Only one monetary award will be given, but three finalists will be published in the print issue and will receive one contributor copy, and all entries will be considered for publication in either the print issue or a future online issue. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but if your piece is accepted elsewhere, you must withdraw it immediately. This contest is only open to writing that has not been previously published.

The deadline for this contest is November 15, 2012.


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.



Times They Were A’Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s

Editors: Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Myers, Amber Lea Starfire

To be released June 2013

This is a unique collection of women’s true and compelling stories and poetry about the sixties and seventies—a special and memorable time in women’s lives—yet there are so many stories untold. We want to hear from you! We’re looking for personal narrative and poetry which will evoke this unique era in American and world history.

The editors will be selecting stories that weave the historical or culturalsignificance of a unique experience into the storyline, though we don’t want just an “eyewitness to history” story focused on being present at a famous event or protest. The focus of the stories for this unique collection is the wisdom gained from your own experience. We’re looking for stories and poems that evoke those times expressed in your authentic voice with originality and resonance.

Prose submissions should demonstrate the art of storytelling, and possess a story arc with dramatic appeal. We would like poetry to suggest story as well as conjure imagery and elicit emotion.


Entry Fees: $20 for prose, $15 for poetry


  • 1st – $300, publication, and 5 copies of the anthology
  • 2nd – $150, publication, and 3 copies of the anthology
  • 3rd – $75, publication, and 2 copies of the anthology

All entries are eligible for publication. Submit through online submission manager, only (see guidelines below).

Submission period: September 1, 2012 – January 15, 2013 (deadline)




Second Annual Creative Writing Contest

Briarpatch Magazine is now accepting submissions of original, unpublished writing in the categories of short fiction and creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essay, literary journalism) that bring to life issues of political, social and environmental justice. We want writing from the edges – from new writers who have something important to say, or from longtime writers who can show us a new way of seeing things. We want bold and courageous writing that pushes the boundaries between fact and fiction, between journalism and prose, and that deconstructs tough issues in inventive, original ways. With award-winning writers Zoe Whittall and Carmen Aguirre as our judges and $750 in cash prizes to give away, this opportunity is not to be missed!

This year’s short story entries will be judged by acclaimed novelist and poet ZOE WHITTALL. She is the author of the Lambda award-winning Holding Still for as Long as Possible, and Bottle Rocket Hearts, which was named a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and is among the CBC Canada Reads Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade.

Creative non-fiction entries will be judged by best-selling author, actor, and award-winning playwright CARMEN AGUIRRE. Aguirre’s Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, which chronicles her story as a young resistance fighter against Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, won the 2012 CBC Canada Reads contest.

Contest winners will be published in Briarpatch Magazine and awarded $300. Honourable mentions will be featured online alongside contest winners at and will each receive $75.

The top entry from Briarpatch‘s hometown of Regina will be treated to lunch with award-winning author Sandra Birdsell.

Submissions should not exceed 2500 words. The deadline for entry is December 1, 2012.

See for full contest details.



Pandora’s Collective poetry contests

Pandora’s Collective poetry contests are open to writers world wide and of all age categories. Please read our guidelines before submitting. To view the winning entries from previous contests please click on the links below.





Contest Details:

Hibernating with Words:
Deadline: Jan 16, 2013, Winners announced Feb 15, 2013
Kisses and Popsicles Spring Poetry Contest:

Deadline May 15, 2013, Winners announced June15, 2013

Entry Fees:
Adults – $5/poem
Teens (14 to 19) – $4/poem
Children (13 and under) – $3/poem

Adults – 1st: $100 & publication, 2nd: $50 & publication, 3rd: publication.
Teens – 1st: $75 & publication,  2nd: $35 & publication, 3rd: publication.
Children – 1st: $40 & publication, 2nd: $20 & publication, 3rd: publication.

Guidelines: We do not accept previously published poems. The maximum number of lines for a single poem is fifty. Submissions must be in triplicate (please divide poems into three piles for three separate judges – only one cover letter needed), typed, with no name or address appearing on the same page as the poem. A cover letter must be included showing age category, name, address, telephone number and/or email address, as well as the title of the poem(s) for clarification and the dollar amount included. Please do not use staples. Do not send an SASE, the winners list will be published online. Poems can be of any theme or form as long as they do not exceed the fifty line max. Cheques should be made out to Pandora’s Collective and the envelope should be labeled, “Poetry Contest Submission”. All rights return to the poet after publication. This contest is open to poets world wide.


Mail submissions to:
Pandora’s Collective
(Poetry Contest Submission
5505 Main Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V5W 2S3





First Prize: publication by Pighog Press

Runners Up Prizes: Poetry school activities

Judges: Julia Bird & Brendan Cleary


Closing date for initial entries:31 January 2013


Full details at:



Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2013
Winning Writers invites you to enter the 12th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. We’ll award $2,000, including a top prize of $1,000. Submit one humor poem online. No length limit. Both published and unpublished poems are welcome. No fee to enter. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. See the complete guidelines and past winners.




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.






Submissions deadline May 1, 2013.  (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) As the world prepares to celebrate International Literacy Day, a unique Canadian literary award and readership initiative recognizing excellence in English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors was launched Sept. 5, 2012.


Established by CODE – a Canadian charitable organization that has been supporting literacy and learning for over 50 years – in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across Canada. The Award is now accepting submissions from Canadian publishers until May 1, 2013.



The Award will be given annually to three English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis or Inuit authors. A First Prize of $12,000, a Second Prize of $8,000 and a Third Prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the authors and translators (if applicable) of the winning titles. In addition, publishers of the winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of a minimum of 2,500 copies, which will ensure that First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth across Canada will have access to the books through their community’s schools, libraries, or Friendship Centres.  For the full press release please see:

For further details, submission guidelines etc. on the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, go to



Neil Postman Award for Metaphor (no fee)

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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:


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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


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!

For more information, go to


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



Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Winter Retreat

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild will be holding a Winter Retreat at St Peter’s Abbey February 8-March 1, 2013. Cost is $300 per week for Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild or CARFAC SASK members (Saskatchewan Residents), $475 (Out of Province residents, members of SWG or CARFAC SASK ) or $550 per week (Out of Province residents, non-members of SWG or CARFAC SASK). Deadline for receipt of applications is 4:30 pm,November 16, 2012.
Please send completed applications to: Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, Attention Retreat Coordinator, Box 3986, Regina, SK, S4P 3R9. To apply online please visit:

For more information, please contact the retreat coordinator at


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





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




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



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.





NEW BOOK: The Old Love and the New Love


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

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

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

Best regards,

Ruth Latta



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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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Vol. 9, No.9, September 2012 | CONTEST EDITION

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Read interviews with the judges of our 2013 Open Season Awards

“I’m Listening “: Linda Rogers interviews the judge of our 2013 Open Season Award in Poetry, Rachel Rose.

“Until I Get There”: Cody Klippenstein interviews the judge of our 2013 Open Season Award in Fiction, Helen Humphreys .

“A Way to Start, Not a ‘Win’ or ‘Lose’ Game”: Vanessa Herman interviews the judge of our Open Season Award in creative nonfiction, Susan Olding .

Malahat Summer issue launch

Monday, September 17th
Doors: 7:00 p.m.
Readings: 7:30 p.m.
The Fernwood Inn (art room) 1302 Gladstone Ave.
Admission FREE
All ages welcome

Eat, drink, and be literary! Join us as we launch our Summer issue.

The evening will begin with a UVic Student Open Mic, hosted by Benjamin Willems

Then we’ll launch our Summer issue with readings by:
Dorothy Field
Danielle Janess
George Sipos
Laura Trunkey
Patricia Young
Terence Young

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

UVic Students: Please join us on Monday, September 10th in the Fine Arts building, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.. We’ll have information about submitting, contests, etc. as well as books and magazines for sale for $1 and a sign up sheet for the Open Mic at our launch on Sept. 17th.

More info on our website



Malahat Review

2013 Open Season Awards


Deadline: November 1, 2012 (postmarked)
Prize: $1000 CAD in each of three categories
Entry fee:
$35 CAD for Canadian entries
$40 USD for entries from the USA
$45 USD for entries from elsewhere
(entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review)

Enter up to three poems; one piece of short fiction (2500 words max.); OR one piece of creative nonfiction (2500 words max.)

Read full guidelines on our website.


Catch up with the winners of our 2012 Open Season Awards: J. Mark Smith (poetry), Erin Frances Fisher (fiction), and Tik Maynard (cnf)

I Find Poetry very Tough: Stephen Leckie in Conversation with J. Mark Smith

Stephen Leckie: In your 2007 collection Notes For A Rescue Narrative, “place” figures prominently in your experiences as a poet. How is “Landscape with petroleum plant and sewage treatment facility” similar or different from some of your favourite poems in that collection?

J. Mark Smith: “Place” is a kettle of fish, isn’t it? I have several thoughts about it. One is that to write with competence at this moment in time means you’ve learned at least some of the technique that was hard won by poets from the late eighteenth century onwards. That goes along with a philosophical and aesthetic inheritance too. I’m following on the coat-tails, then, of two centuries of thinking about the subjective experience of place and about the cultural significance of places.

Also, I might add that I was given a Wordsworthian sort of psyche by my early experiences (my father was a mountaineer who was killed in the Rockies when I was six). That is, certain Wordsworth poems, when I came upon them in my eighteenth year and later, helped me to decipher and become aware of my own blank spaces. But writing in the Wordsworthian vein is not a ticket to literary success in the early 21st century.

Read the rest of this interview on our website.

And You Keep Going: Vanessa Herman in Conversation with Erin Frances Fisher

Vanessa Herman: How has winning the 2012 Open Season Award in Short Fiction affected your writing?  Has it given you more confidence when you are trying something new or different from your usual character/plot/tone?

Erin Frances Fisher: It’s always nice to win a contest, and it’s always nice to get accepted because we get many more rejections than acceptances. It’s just that little bit of inspiration that keeps one writing and trying to get published.  But I don’t think winning the Open Season Award has changed my writing.  For me it’s a matter of doing the same: writing every morning, rewriting, and rewriting some more.  When it gets published then I have to write something else.  As for confidence winning a contest just makes you feel a little more secure, and you keep going.

Read the rest of this interview on our website.

We all Need a Little Encouragement: Julia Kochuk in Conversation with Tik Maynard.

Julia Kochuk: What have you been up to since you won the 2012 Open Season Award in creative nonfiction? Have you been writing a lot?

Tik Maynard: I haven’t really been writing much at all. I’ve been riding horses a lot and competing. My girlfriend and I became engaged. She’s in England right now; she’s an alternate for the U. S. Olympics team, and she’s trying to get on the team right now. It’s a big deal to move a horse around the world. A flight for a person costs $1,000, but a flight for a horse costs, like, $5,000 to $10,000. Other than that, really not much. I’m reading a lot.

Read the rest of this interview on our website.

Not a poetic one-hit wonder: Danielle Janess in conversation with 2012 Far Horizons Award for Poetry winner, Kayla Czaga

Kayla Czaga ‘s poem, “gertrude stein loves a girl ” won our 2012 Far Horizons Award for Poetry and will appear in our Winter 2012 issue (#181)

Danielle Janess :You’ve been winning a few awards lately (The Malahat‘s 2012 Far Horizons Award for Poetry and two Editor’s Choice Awards in Arc‘s 2012 Poem of the Year Contest). And you’ve only recently graduated from your undergrad in writing, at the University of Victoria. Does gaining this swift attention have any effect on your writing process?

Kayla Czaga : Not really.  The attention sort of freaks me out.  I got an e-mail from Barry Dempster the other day.  Success is a lot of pressure.  Some days I worry the poems that have won contests are just flukes, that I’m not actually a very good poet, or I’ll turn into a poetic one-hit wonder.

Read the rest of this interview on our website.


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