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|Interpreting Landscapes for Creative Writing and Design
November 6 – December 4
Tuesday evenings 6:30 – 8:30pm
|For those interested or involved in visual and performing arts, game design and game mastery, or storytelling in any medium|
|The course will examine a series of distinctive, creatively useful places set in natural landscapes – tundra, dunes, canyons, woodlands, deserts, etc. Each place will be discussed in the context of the multisensory experience of being on site, ongoing natural processes, constraints on movement about the site, and regional context. In looking at these characteristics, course participants will gain a better understanding of what makes a site special, and the unique role it can play in creative/interpretive works such as novels, films, and game encounters.
Instructor: Scott Rice-Snow, Ph.D.
Dr. Rice-Snow is head of the Department of Geological Sciences at Ball State University in Indiana, and is a visiting Island Studies research scholar for the Fall Semester 2012. He has explored landscapes throughout the United States as well as in eastern Canada, the Caribbean, Great Britain, and Australia. His research focuses on terrain sculpted by rivers, groundwater, volcanic deposition, and glaciers.
Cost: $329 plus GST
To register, visit the course website.
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 email@example.com. One-on-one meetings in the Moncton region can be arranged as well. http://www.writersunion.ca/
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 www.bethweb.ca or contact beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Applications: Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence
A professional writer and/or storyteller is sought for the position of
Writer/StorytellerinResidence 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 umanitoba.ca/centres/ccwoc/
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 email@example.com. 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.
New book of folktales for Jewish children features illustrations by local artist P. John Burden
Book publisher Bunim & Bannigan, Ltd., based in Charlottetown and New York, has just released a new book, Mendel Rosenbusch: Tales for Jewish Children, featuring illustrations by Island artist P. John Burden. The book will be launched Thursday, October 25, at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, 7-9 p.m. On hand will be artist P. John Burden giving a short talk about the illustrations, and Rosalie Simeone performing some of author Ilse Weber’s songs. Admission is free and everyone is invited to attend.
Set in a Jewish settlement in Eastern Europe at the end of the 19th century, the book tells 11 tales featuring a village elder, Mendel Rosenbusch, who uses his magic invisibility to teach moral behaviour to children and adults alike.
The book, originally published in German in 1929, was written by Ilse (Herlinger) Weber, who was gassed in 1944 in Auschwitz.
The story of how this collection of folktales for Jewish children came to be translated into English begins in Santiago, Chile, in 1998, when a New Jersey couple was going through the possessions of translator Ruth Hirschberg Fisher’s mother. As Ruth’s husband, Dr. Hans Fisher, a professor from Rutgers University, recalls:
“After my mother-in-law’s funeral, the daunting task of sorting through her considerable book collection fell to me. Some of the books had come with her when her family had fled Berlin, Germany, to escape the Holocaust. I did not expect that within minutes I would be holding my own childhood in my hands. Opening the cover, seeing again the stories flowing across the pages, transported me to my own boyhood in Breslau. The charm, insight, and moral grounding that had made it one of my favourites more than a half-century earlier were just as I remembered.”
Several years later, the publisher approached well-known Prince Edward Island painter and stained-glass artist P. John Burden to create the black-and-white illustrations that would accompany the translation. Trained as a copper plate line engraver and painter at the City & Guilds, London, UK, Burden has illustrated many books. Burden says he found Mendel a difficult assignment. “Such dark times were ahead, especially for Jews. But then I remembered a friend, Ariah, telling me that it was everyone’s responsibility to bring light into this world – and that, of course, is exactly what Ilse had done. So I drew the illustrations as dark, with always a light shining through.”
As a young girl in Witkowitz, Germany, Ilse Herlinger was already composing fairy tales, poetry, and theatrical sketches for children. Her three children’s books were published between 1927 and 1930, when she married Willi Weber. In 1939, their son Hanus was sent to England; and in 1942, Ilse and Willi, along with their younger son Thomas, were sent to Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. Eventually, the family was transported to Auschwitz. Ilse, 41, and Thomas, 10, were gassed in 1944. Willi Weber survived Auschwitz and was reunited with Hanus in Prague in 1945.
While in the camp, Ilse Weber cared for many of the children, and composed songs, accompanying herself on the mandolin, brightening the lives of fellow prisoners, young and old alike. After the war, Hanus and his father dug up the sheet music of Ilse’s Theresienstadt songs where Willi had hidden them, under the floor of a shed. Four of these songs, “I Wander Through Theresienstadt,” “Farewell, My Friend!”, “And the Rain Runs,” and “Lullaby,” are performed by Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, on a CD called Theresienstadt, issued by Deutche Grammophon
in 2007. Ilse’s songs may also be heard on the recording of Bente Kahane’s monodrama, Voices of Theresienstadt.
Designed by Henry Dunsmore of Victoria, PEI, hardcover copies of Mendel Rosenbusch: Tales for Jewish Children will be available in bookstores for $23.95 after the publication date of October 7, 2012.
For further information see http://www.bunimbannigan.com/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, http://fierceinkpress.com/, 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:
Google +: http://gplus.to/FierceInkPress
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 email@example.com
CALLS FOR SUBMISSION
K1N journal of literary translation
Call for submissions
For the second issue of K1N planned for Fall 2012/ Winter 2013, we invite submissions of previously unpublished translations of poetry, fiction and literary non-fiction. Translations may be from any language into English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
● Include the original work (pdf attachments preferred) as well as the translation (doc /docx attachments preferred) ● Include proof of permissions for online publication of the translation from the rights holder(s) (publisher, author, estate, etc.) ● Include brief biographical notes of the original author and translator (maximum 50 words each) ● Poetry submissions should not exceed two poems per original author and six poems per translator entrant ● Fiction and literary non-fiction submissions may be up to 5000 words in length ● Please double-space and format translations in Verdana font, size 11 ● Submissions must be sent by e-mail (include attachments) to:
Submissions must be received no later than 15 October 2012 Our website: http://k1nlitra.ca/
Revue de Traduction Littéraire K1N
Appel de propositions
Le second numéro de K1N doit paraître à l’automne 2012/ en hiver 2013.
Nous vous invitons à nous proposer vos traductions de poèmes, d’œuvres de fiction et d’essais à valeur littéraire. Peu importe la langue source, la langue de traduction doit être le français, l’anglais, l’espagnol ou le portugais.
• Joignez le texte source (de préférence en format .pdf) et la traduction (de préférence en format .doc ou .docx) • Incluez l’autorisation de publier votre traduction en ligne, autorisation qui indique clairement que vous avez obtenu les droits de traduction de la part de l’éditeur, de l’auteur ou de la succession, etc.
• Incluez deux brèves notices biographiques : l’une au sujet de l’auteur et l’autre au sujet du traducteur (maximum de 50 mots chacune) • Dans le cas de poèmes, limitez-vous à deux par auteur et six par traducteur • Dans le cas de textes de fiction et d’essais à valeur littéraire, limitez-vous à 5 000 mots • Utilisez la police de caractères Verdana de taille 11 et la double interligne • Envoyez vos propositions par courriel, avec fichiers joints, à l’adresse : firstname.lastname@example.org Date limite pour la réception des traductions : 15 octobre 2012 Notre site Web : http://k1nlitra.ca/
The French Literary Review
We are looking for lively, contemporary poems; short stories; extracts from novels which stand on their own; articles; paintings/drawings/photographs, all of which should have a French connection.
· Stories (maximum 2) should be between 1000-3000 words.
· Poems (up to 3) of less than 40 lines each.
· Original paintings, drawings or photographs ( A4 size maximum) which either illustrate a poem / story submitted, or are related to France in some way.
· Submissions must be typewritten on one side of the paper. Stories should be single spaced and have good margins. Hand-written entries cannot be accepted.
· Please ensure your name, address, telephone number and email address appear on your MSS.
· Please provide a SAE (using British postage stamps if you live in the UK) or IRCs to the value of ₤1.20.
· We regret we are not able to offer fees for published work.
. We are a non-profit journal which relies on subscriptions.
Copyright will remain with contributors.
Submission deadlines: 30th July & 30th December.
Please send submission to:
B. DORDI, Chemin de Cambieure, 11240 Cailhau, Aude, France
SUBMISSION CALL FROM POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS
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.
PLACES FOR WRITERS
There are a number of interesting calls with deadlines coming up shortly. For more information visit:http://www.placesforwriters.com/calls/
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 email@example.com. 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
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.
CARTOONING DEGREE ZERO:
DESCANT’S GRAPHIC LITERATURE ISSUE
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.
DESCANT ARTS AND LETTERS FOUNDATION
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BERLIN
“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 Editor-in-Chief@CarpeArticulum.com 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 Divakaruni, George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones), Ray Harryhausen (father of motion picture special effects), Ray Bradbury (author of Fahrenheit 451), Jodi Picoult (author of Change of Heart,Handle With Care, Nineteen 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 Notebook, The 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
SHORT FICTION……..MAR 30, SEPT 30
POETRY…………………MAR 30, SEPT 30
NOVELLA…………….. JAN 7
ESSAY/NON-FICT……JAN 7, AUG 30
PHOTOGRAPHY……. AUG 30
YOUNG WRITERS…….FEB 1
If deadlines are missed, the piece will automatically be entered into the next contest cycle for that particular genre.
WORLD PROPOSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SUBMISSIONS CALL
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.
BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
DEADLINE: October 15 for the November issue
Bywords.ca 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 www.bywords.ca 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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, http://www.primejournal.org/PRE).
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.
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 thingto 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
GEIST EMERGING WRITER OF THE MONTH
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: http://www.geist.com/gewm
WRITER IN RESIDENCE
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!
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
S A N T A C L A W S
C O N T E S T
$500 Fiction | $500 Non-Fiction | $250 Runner-Up
THE SANTACLAWS 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.
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.
HARLEQUIN / MILLS & BOON
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE CONTEST
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE OR RECEIVE PRIZES. PURCHASE OR ACCEPTANCE OF A PRODUCT OFFER DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
How to enter: During the First Chapter Submission Phase (as set out below), visit www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com (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:
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|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
$15 ENTRY FEE
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.
WRITERS’ VILLAGE COMPETITION
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. http://www.writers-village.org/
WEB OF LIFE CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE
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.
POETRY KIT SUMMER POETRY COMPETITION 2012
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 email@example.com after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.poetrykit.org/comp2012.htm
CANADIAN SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
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 email@example.com. Prize: $1,500; $350; and $250 + option Entry Fee: $75 Details: http://yearoftheskunk.com/
23RD ANNUAL REUBEN ROSE POETRY COMPETITION
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 http://www.voicesisrael.com/reubenrosecompetition.htm 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 http://www.voicesisrael.com/reubenrosecompetition.htm)
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.
PHILIP LEVINE POETRY BOOK PRIZE 2012
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: http://www.fresnostate.edu/english/mfa/levine/guidelines.shtml
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.http://www.puritan-magazine.com/
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. http://redhen.org/awards-2/rpa/
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.
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|Popular Fiction Competition
The Missouri Review Editor’s Prize Contest
$20 ENTRY FEE
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.
CAKETRAIN CHAPBOOK COMPETITION
$15 ENTRY FEE
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: http://clarklibraryfriends.com/
SIXTEENTH ANNUAL ZOETROPE:
ALL-STORY SHORT FICTION CONTEST
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. http://www.newmediawritingprize.co.uk/
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: http://www.descant.ca/winstoncollins
“Crime novel” is defined as crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, or thriller, and can be set in any time period and crime-related sub-genre. The Unhanged Arthur shortlist, along with the other Arthur Ellis Awards shortlists, will be announced at the end of April. The winner will be announced at the CWC Arthur Ellis Awards Ceremony. All shortlisted authors will be notified. Deadline: October 15 Prize: Cash + review for publication Entry Fee: $25 Details: http://crimewriterscanada.com/awards/submissionrules/unpublished-manuscripts: 519-826-9693
Sixth annual Troubadour international poetry prize
Deadline Oct. 15 2012. Prizes: 1st £2,500, 2nd £500, 3rd £250 Plus 20 prizes of £20 each Plus spring 2013 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket Plus a prizewinners’ coffee-house reading. http://www.poetrybookshoponline.com/news/272/sixth_annual_troubadour_international_poetry_prize/
THE WRITERS’ TRUST OF CANADA/McCLELLAND & STEWART JOURNEY PRIZE
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 email@example.com. Prize: $10,000. Entry Fee: None Details: http://www.mcclelland.com/jps
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.http://www.lawrencehouse.ca/shortstorycontest.htm
JAMES HEARST POETRY PRIZE
$20 ENTRY FEE
Deadline October 31, 2012. Entry fees includes a one-year
subscription. First prize $1,000. Second prize $100. Third prize
$50. Submit up to five poems per entry. Poems that have reached
the finalist stage in our competition in the past are typically
one to two pages (often much shorter). Winning poems always
balance interesting subject matter and consummate poetic craft.
We value both free verse and formal poems in rhyme and meter —
both open and closed forms.
THE ULTRA SHORT POEM COMPETITION
Deadline: October 30. All themes and styles welcome.Poems submitted may be previously published, but no previous contest winning poems please. There is no limit to the number of submissions per poet. Prize: $100; $75; $50; $25 + 36 + Publication Entry Fee: $10/5 poems. Details: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html
THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZE
Deadline: October 31. “That which unites also divides and the first object of statecraft is to stop things from getting out of hand.” –Lionel Gelber (Preface to Crisis in the West, 1975). The Lionel Gelber Prize is presented annually by the Lionel Gelber Foundation in partnership with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and Foreign Policy magazine. For more information visit our website. Prize: $15,000 Entry Fee: $50 Details: http://www.utoronto.ca/munk/gelber; 416-946-8901
CHILDREN’S WRITER YA SHORT STORY WRITING CONTEST
$15 ENTRY FEE
Submit a short story for teens, 13-14, in any subgenre, including
speculative fiction, issue-based, contemporary, historical,
adventure, humor, etc. The story should be no longer than 1,500
words. Entries must be received by October 31, 2012. The first
contest entry is free to Children’s Writer subscribers who include
their account number on page one of their manuscript. All others
pay an entry fee of $15, which includes an 8-month subscription.
Winners will be announced in the March 2013 issue. Prizes: $500
for first place plus publication in Children’s Writer, $250 for
second place, and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places.
ACCENTI MAGAZINE WRITING AND PHOTO CONTESTS
First Prize: $1000 and publication. Deadlines: October 31, 2012 (photo), February 8, 2013 (writing). Open to all writers and photographers, established and emerging, worldwide. Accenti’s writing contest is open to fiction and nonfiction (in English) on any topic; and Accenti’s photo contest asks participants to “Capture an Italian Moment” anywhere in the world. For more information, please visit www.accenti.ca.
Malahat Review 2013 Open Season Awards
Deadline: November 1, 2012 (postmarked)
Prize: $1000 CAD in each of three categories
$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: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html
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 www.wcdr.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 13, 2012
$20 for 3 entries
$10 each additional
MONKEY PUZZLE FLASH FICTION CONTEST
$10 ENTRY FEE
First Prize: $300 plus publication
Second Prize: $150 plus publication
Third Prize: $50 plus publication
Submit one story per entry, 1000 words or less. We won’t
be judging stories based on any particular content or context,
just send your best piece of flash fiction! Please keep in
mind that we do appreciate work exhibiting socio-political-
cultural awareness and humor. To get an idea for the kind of
work we like, check out our Magazine page for free downloads
of past issues of Monkey Puzzle. Deadline: November 15, 2012 (postmarked)
SILLERMAN FIRST BOOK PRIZE FOR AFRICAN POETS
NO ENTRY FEE
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.
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: www.fundacioncesaregidoserrano.com or www.museodelapalabra.com. 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.
The New Writer Magazine
Prose and Poetry Prizes 2012
Now in 16th year, international competition for single poems, poetry collections, short stories, micro-fiction, non-fiction; cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July. Closing date 30 November.http://www.thenewwriter.com/prizes.htm
Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2012
Go online at http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html
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 http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html 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 http://www.bottletreeinc.com/navigation_page_playwrights.html
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
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 cultural significance 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)
WRITING IN THE MARGINS
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 briarpatchmagazine.com 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.
William Matthews Poetry Prize
Asheville Poetry Review will accept entries for the third annual William Matthews Poetry Prize from September 15, 2012 through January 15, 2013. All submissions will be considered for publication. Postmark Deadline: January 15, 2013. Submission and prize details: http://www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/
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.
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
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:
THE POETRY SCHOOL / PIGHOG PRESS PAMPHLET (CHAPBOOK) COMPETITION (UK)
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:http://www.poetryschool.com/pamphletcompetition.php
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.
7TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS
Jenkins Group and IndependentPublisher.com 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: http://www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/IPPY_2013_Early_Application1.pdf
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.
NEW AWARD TO RECOGNIZE EXCELLENCE IN FIRST NATIONS, METIS AND INUIT YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
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: http://www.businessreviewcanada.ca/press_releases/new-award-to-recognize-excellence-in-first-nations-metis-and-inuit-young-adult-literature
For further details, submission guidelines etc. on the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, go tohttp://www.codecan.org/get-involved/burt-award-canada
Neil Postman Award for Metaphor (no fee)
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: www.rattle.com
Guidelines for our 2014 Novella Prize:
EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
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!
ALGONKIAN NIAGARA WRITERS CONFERENCE:
“NEW YORK COMES TO NIAGARA”
OCTOBER 25-28, 2012 in Niagara Falls.
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 email@example.com and tell her which of Barbara’s past workshops you’ve attended, or that she’s given you a manuscript evaluation.
THE BANFF CENTRE
IN(TER)VENTIONS: LITERARY PRACTICE AT THE EDGE
APPLICATION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 15, 2012 FOR ALL WORKSHOPS
February 11 – 23, 2013 Faculty: Steven Ross Smith (Director), Joe Amato, J.R. Carpenter, Fred Wah Guests: Johanna Drucker, Lori Emerson, Gail Scott
A groundbreaking residency that enables experimentation and creation in innovative writing practices. In(ter)ventions welcomes interventions in writing as an art form, where the medium itself (language) is the site of investigation. The means of production that might frame such interventions (such as audio, electronic literature, interactivity, vizpo, video, performance, collaboration, and so on) are secondary to and/or juxtaposed with the compositional.
Spoken Word April 3 – 12, 2013
Faculty: Tanya Evanson (Director), Jean-Pierre Makosso, Alexis O’Hara Guests: D’Bi Young, Christian Bök
Lift your poetry off the printed page and learn to deliver it with passion and precision in a public performance. With a specific piece or entire project in mind, this program offers space to write, time to develop strong performance dynamics, workshops, special events, one-on-one mentorship and the opportunity to engage in a vibrant network of spoken word artists. Cultivate your craft with the language, rhythm, music, and beat of spoken word.
Writing Studio April 29 – June 1, 2013
Faculty: Greg Hollingshead (Director)
Narrative: Dionne Brand, Caroline Adderson, Stan Dragland, Steven Galloway, Madeleine Thien
Poetry: Karen Solie, Jen Hadfield, Daljit Nagra
Voice and relaxation: Colin Bernhardt
Situate yourself for five weeks in the Canadian Rockies – an ideal environment for artistic inspiration and growth – and soak in the time, space, and support you need to pursue your project. Intended for published writers and poets at an early or intermediate stage in their career, the Writing Studio provides an extended period of uninterrupted writing time, one-on-one editorial assistance, an opportunity to engage with a community of artists, and an individually structured timeline to best suit your goals.
Fall Literary Festivals
Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
October 8-13, Saskatoon, SK. Featuring Mike McGee, Barbara Adler, Brendan McLeod, R.C. Weslowski. For more information: www.cfsw.ca
THOUSAND ISLANDS WRITERS FEST
October 10-13, Brockville, ON. The 4th annual Thousand Islands Writers Festival takes place from Wednesday October 10th to Saturday October 13th in downtown Brockville. This year’s Festival features a Giller winner, four 2012 top ten bestselling novelists, a CBC Canada Reads runner-up, a CBC Bookie winner for best Canadian mystery of 2012, the 2012 People’s Choice Giller winner, and two British Crime Writer Silver Dagger nominees.
At various storefronts in Brockville, featuring fiction writers Brian Francis, Lilian Nattel and Elizabeth Hay; War of 1812 authors David Butters and James Laxer; plus Murder at the Courthouse with mystery writers Peggy Blair and D.J. McIntosh. 613-345-3365, Details here: tiwfestival.org
October 17-28, Edmonton, AB. Featuring Timothy Caulfield, Jennifer Cockrall-King, Curtis Gillespie, Noah Richler. For more information:www.litfestalberta.org
International Festival of Authors
October 18-28 at Toronto. Featuring Paul Auster, Michael Chabon, Kate Mosse, Alice Munro. For more information: www.readings.org
Ottawa International Writers Festival
October 25-30. Featuring Annabel Lyon, Jian Ghomeshi, John Ralston Saul, Shauna Singh Baldwin. For more information:www.writersfestival.org
October 25-27 at Windsor, Ont. Featuring Anita Rau Badami, Richard J. Gwyn, George Elliott Clarke, Noah Richler. For more information:www.bookfestwindsor.ca
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 information:www.purespec.org
WRITING CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
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
For more information, go to http://conted.ucalgary.ca/writing/
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
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- • Affordable, comprehensive coverage
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ONLINE SITES TO HELP PROMOTE YOUR BOOKS!!
EVENTS AT COLLECTED WORKS
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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 (http://www.bibliospace.ca/). 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 www.bibliospace.ca Facebook:bibliospace Twitter: @bibliospace
Online Writing Classes
FanStory.com 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 http://ruthlatta.blogspot.com
If you would like a copy or copies of The Old Love and the New Love, please contact me at email@example.com or the publisher, Ray Coderre of Baico Publishing, 294 Albert St., Suite 103, Ottawa, ON K1P 6E6, firstname.lastname@example.org (613) 829-5141.
THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO EBOOKS
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50 CITY & STATE MAGAZINE MARKETS
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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: http://goo.gl/XRjjL
*****BYLINE HAS A NEW COLUMN IN THE THINK TANK *****
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 email@example.com 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 http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml
Commonwealth Writers: A world of new fiction
Worldwide Freelance Writer
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.
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.
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.