THE PEIWG WEEKLY 22 October-03 November 2012


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Dirty Bird  Launch at The Guild

Tightrope Books and Keir Lowther are proud to announce the Prince Edward Island launch of Keir’s debut novel, Dirty Bird, at the Guild.

When: November 8, 2012, 7 pm

Where: The Guild (Queen St, Charlottetown)


Public Engagement in the Arts

The Canada Council is launching a dialogue about how the arts bring value to the lives of Canadians and we invite you to join the conversation.
Read the discussion paper, Public Engagement in the Arts, on current thinking and practices in public engagement or check out Simon Brault’s blog post on ways Canadians can have rich artistic experiences. Then share your thoughts on how to become actively engaged in the arts. Tell us what public engagement in the arts means to you by posting comments on the blog, on our Facebook page or on Twitter at hashtag #artsandpublic.
In its 2011-16 Strategic Plan, the Council identified public engagement in the arts as a strategic theme that infuses all of its work. We hope to broaden and enhance the public conversation about this topic and use this discussion to inform the development of future Council activities.



2012 Beacon Literary Prize awarded to Enfield, Nova Scotia writer Charlotte Mendel

Charlotte Mendel‘s manuscript Turn Us Again, explores the complicated issue of domestic abuse through the personal relationship struggles, both past and present, of Gabe Golden.  Gabe’s journey spans two generations, two continents and picks its way through the minefields of class, gender stereotyping, racism and religious intolerance.

The mandate of the award’s founders is to encourage the writing and publication of fiction, where the focus is social justice.

Mendel was presented with her $1000 award and readreading from her manuscript atat the 2012 Beacon Award Ceremony held Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Halifax. The same event launched the publication of last year’s winner Jim William’s, Rock Reject (Roseway Publishing).

The Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature is for an unpublished manuscript and is open to English language submissions from writers from the three Maritime provinces and awarded annually. Information can be found at



Taking the Mystery Out of Mystery Writing

   Do you have a great idea for a diabolical crime novel or is there a half-written mystery manuscript gathering dust in an office drawer? This course, covering two semesters, is designed to get the blood flowing and your masterpiece to paper. We will cover topics such as creating your detective, characterization, plot, clues, police procedures and point of view, along with basic writing tips. Each class will feature writing exercises, the opportunity to read your work in an encouraging atmosphere, a creative group project and time to work on your own book.


  The Seniors College of PEI is trying to launch a course entitled Taking the Mystery Out of Mystery Writing, a description of which is included below. If any members of the Writers Guild are interested – and they’re 50 years of age or older – they would be eligible for membership in Seniors College and would then be able join this group. There is an annual membership fee of $135, which also allows members to take any number of other Seniors College courses.

   The class is scheduled to meet on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. from  Jan. 2 to Feb. 20 at the Cotton Centre in Stratford.

   Get the word out! The group will also consider the possibility of some members participating in the annual gathering of the Mystery Writers Association, set for Halifax in the spring of 2013.

   Interested individuals can contact Seniors College Co-ordinator Ron Kelly at 894-3143 or 393-9090 or via e-mail at Course facilitator Diane Wallace – a published author and mystery writer in her own right – can also be contacted at 367-2920 or

   The first course is slated to begin on Wednesday afternoon, October 10, so reserve your seat now!

  — Ron Kelly, Co-ordinator, Seniors College of PEI



Call for Applications:  Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Warren Cariou, Director

Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, University of Manitoba

391 University College, 220 Dysart Road

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2M8 CANADA

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



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



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.

For more information on this course and others, or call 902-566-0336



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.


Calgary Distinguished Writers Program Seeks Writer-in-Residence

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program encourages submissions from promising Canadian writers for the position of Canadian Writer-in-Residence, a ten-month residency at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts from August 15, 2014 to June 15, 2015.

This is a unique opportunity for early to mid-career Canadian writers to devote their time to writing and to advancing their writing careers. Applications for the position are encouraged from writers from diverse genres—including literary fiction or non-fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, and playwriting. Candidates will have one to four published and/or performed works to their credit, and are expected to propose a project or projects that they will undertake during their term as Canadian Writer-in-Residence. They will preferably, but not necessarily, hold a university degree.

The residency is a full-time term position, with half of the Canadian Writer-in-Residence’s time reserved for their own writing projects, and half to be comprised of public outreach involving manuscript consultations, public presentations, assistance with hosting visiting writers, and other related duties. While the Canadian Writer-in Residence will be invited to speak to university classes and to the general public, this is not a teaching position.

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program offers a generous compensation package, an office on the University of Calgary campus, and administrative support. Past Canadian Writers-in Residence include: Jeramy Dodds, Marcello Di Cintio, Charlotte Gill, Sina Queyras, Jaspreet Singh, Melanie Little, Natalee Caple, Robert Finley, Oana Avasilichioaei, Suzette Mayr, and Peter Oliva. The current Canadian Writer-in-Residence is Deborah Willis.

Submissions for the position of Canadian Writer-in-Residence should include:

  • a literary resume;
  • 1-4 published books, plays, or screenplays;
  • a statement of interest;
  • a single-page description of projects to be undertaken during the residency; and
  • three letters of reference (preferably not from agents or publishers).

Submissions may be sent by mail or courier to:

Dr. Bart Beaty
Acting Chair, Calgary Distinguished Writers Program
c/o Caitlynn Cummings
Coordinator, Calgary Distinguished Writers Program
Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary
Craigie Hall D 100
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary AB T2N 1N4

References may be included with your submission or sent separately by email to Please format your subject line in the following way: W-i-R 2014-2015: Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name.

Submissions must be received or postmarked by January 31, 2013 to be considered.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Caitlynn Cummings at 403.220.8177 or

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program strives to advance the careers of Canadian writers by providing them with time to write through a ten-month residency program. It enriches the Albertan and Canadian cultural scenes by hosting authors of international stature through a distinguished visiting writer residency. The University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.


The Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature

2013  Call For Submissions

for an unpublished novel designed to ignite reader’s passion for, and understanding of an issue of social justice.

Submission Deadline is February 1st  2013

For complete guidelines or to obtain a submission form please visit


Coastal West Publishing

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


Fierce Shorts

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

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

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

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

Social Media Links:
Twitter: @FierceInkPress
Google +:



Interested writers from the Atlantic Maritimes are invited to write for Stephen Patrick Clare’s new ARTS EAST e-magazine and website.

Assignments may include CD/book reviews, interviews or coverage of music, drama, visual art, mixed media, etc. events.

Ideal for writers and aspiring journalists who are trying to gain experience and have a published on-line byline, media tickets and similar perks as compensation.

Interested writers can e-mail Michelle Brunet or Stephen Clare at






The Second Voice Anthology is offering three literary prizes for 
fiction by immigrants who write in English but grew up within another 
language and culture. When does language become a barrier? When does 
it become a bridge? What happens in the process of moving between 
two languages? We are interested in short stories and novel excerpts 
from both established writers and new writers. Second Voice offers 
three literary prizes, $1,000, $500, and $250, for fiction by 
immigrants who write in English but grew up within another language 
and culture. We are interested in short stories and novel excerpts 
of 7,000 words or less from established and new writers. The 
anthology is edited by bicultural writer Ursula Hegi, author of 
Tearing The Silence: On Being German in America and a PEN/Faulkner 



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


Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast

is now OPEN for submissions.

Submissions will close February 28, 2013.

Tesseracts 17 is seeking submissions from Canadians in all provinces and

territories (and abroad). Authors, please make sure you list where you were born

and where you are living. Details can be found at:




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


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


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


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


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




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

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



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



Plenitude Magazine

Call for Submissions

Submissions are ongoing, but please note: Deadline for Issue 2 is JANUARY 4.

About Plenitude Magazine

Plenitude Magazine aims to promote the growth and development of LGBTTQI literature through a biannual electronic (e-reader and tablet) publication of literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic narrative and short film by both emerging and established LGBTTQI writers.

We define queer literature and arts as works created by LGBTTQI 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: We take a curatorial approach to film at this time; please send us links to your short film(s) (up to four) of no more than 10 minutes each.

How to Submit

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

Attach text submissions as docx or PDF file.

Attach graphic submissions as JPG or PNG files, bounding volume of 1600 x 1600, 96 ppi.

Send links to short film submissions.

All unsolicited submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry or graphic narrative should be unpublished, original works. There are no restrictions in this regard for film.

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

As Plenitude is a new magazine, rates are modest at this time, ranging from $10-$25 per contributor. There is currently no compensation for website contributions.

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

Andrea Routley

Editor, Plenitude Magazine


Leaf Press Anthology: Newborns

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

Please send your poem to:

Subject Line: Newborns


or to:

Leaf Press

Box 416

Lantzville, B.C.

Canada V0R 2H0


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


Leaf plans to publish the anthology in Spring 2014.

Deadline: January 30, 2013

Anthology Editors: Ann Graham Walker and Ursula Vaira


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






Submission deadline for this issue: June 7th, 2013


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




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

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

Submission deadline for this issue: August 16, 2013

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



Welcome to Carpe Articulum Literary Review!

Carpe Articulum is an international, cross-genre literary review that challenges the traditional format of black and white. CALR seeks to dissolve the interdisciplinary, divisive boundaries and to embrace a wider audience in love with the written word, beautiful photography and a desire to connect with a global community of like-minded people. Scientists, Writers, Journalists, Actors, Homemakers, Artists, Human Rights Activists, Photographers and others from all cultures and walks of life have a place to meet here at CALR. We make a special effort to promote the work of emergent artists in every issue. People who might never have met, find kinship and camaraderie in the unity of the pen. They can experience and touch one another’s lives so that oceans of divide are united by the single turn of a page. The egalitarian nature of the written word, photography, and an accessible literary program make all of this possible.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO SUBSCRIBE! Only through your support can we continue to bring these world voices! Click for a sample: ONE FREE ELECTRONIC ISSUE of our print publication! THIS IS A ONE-TIME gift of last quarter’s issue featuring an exclusive interview with LORD (CHARLES) SPENCER, NINTH EARL SPENCER, about the literary festival at his ancestral home, The Althorp Estate, his favourite reads, and his sister Princess Diana’s charitable legacy. (For best performance, please keep your mouse pointer off the magazine pages while they download.)

WANT TO BE A PART? Send your ideas, editorials, and questions to Hadassah Broscova at and you can get published in this international review! The best commentaries, articles, and questions for the editor will be included. Please register at our website, then make your submission. NO SUBMISSIONS ARE COMPLETE WITHOUT REGISTRATION, THANK YOU!

We give away $10,000 every year to outstanding writers and artists and hope you will decide to become a member of our literary family. Enter our fiction, non-fiction, poetry, novella and photography contests at any time of year. If you miss a deadline, your entry will automatically roll over for the next cycle.

The magazine is 150-200 pages of full-colour delight, translated into five languages. We feature short fiction, poetry, informative articles, photography, non-fiction and incredible interviews with hot up-and-coming writers as well as iconic ones such as Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniGeorge Lucas (Star WarsIndiana Jones), Ray Harryhausen (father of motion picture special effects), Ray Bradbury (author of Fahrenheit 451), Jodi Picoult (author of Change of Heart,Handle With CareNineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper which was made into a major motion picture with Cameron Diaz) and Nicholas Sparks (author of Message in a Bottle, also made into a motion picture with Kevin Costner & Robin Wright Penn, as well as The NotebookThe Last Song, etc.)

We hope you will join us and become a vital part of our literary family—without you, none of this is possible nor necessary. Become a cherished reader today!
SUBMIT to Carpe Articulum Literary Review using Submishmash (click here)

These dates are ANNUAL, REVOLVING deadlines

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

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



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

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

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




DEADLINE:  November 15 for the December issue considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.  FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor




DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS JANUARY 15, 2013. Inspired by Boccaccio’s opus, the Toronto Decameron is a ten-day literary festival that will showcase 100 new short stories by 100 local authors, each uniquely tied back to Toronto.This is an opportunity for the community to come together and experience new works about their city.  Short stories are integral to keeping literature alive, particularly in this age of short attention spans and limited time for leisure. What’s more, The Decameron is a mosaic of stories, an apt format for a festival in a multicultural and multi-perspective city like ours. Submit your short story for a chance to be in the inaugural Toronto Decameron. Participation includes reading at the festival alongside some of Toronto’s finest writers and publication in the print edition of the Toronto Decameron (published by Quattro Books). The Toronto Decameron literary festival is proudly coordinated by AASC, the Association for Art and Culture. More information and submission Requirements:



Adams Media Romance Guidelines

Our new direct-to-ebook romance imprint is launching soon! We’re open to romance submissions in five popular subgenres: romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal, historical, and erotic romance.

Within those subgenres, we are flexible about what happens. It’s romance, so there must be a happily-ever-after, but we’re open to how your characters get there. You won’t come up against preconceived ideas about what can or can’t happen in romance or what kind of characters you can or can’t have. Our only rule is everyone has to be a consenting adult. Other than that, we’re looking for smart, savvy heroines, fresh voices, and new takes on old favorite themes.

We’re looking for full-length novels, and while we prefer to work on the shorter end of the spectrum (50,000 words, give or take), we’re not going to rule you out because you go shorter or longer.

If you have a finished novel you’d like for us to consider, please just drop editor Jennifer Lawler a line at with a brief description of your work-please, no attachments until I know you’re not a spambot. That’s it! I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can-within a few days for queries and within a few weeks if I request a full.

Thank you for your interest!           



Prime Research on Education

Dear Colleague,

Prime Research on Education (PRE) is a peer-reviewed and open access journal that publishes manuscripts monthly. Manuscripts are being published monthly by PRIME JOURNALS via our website,

PRE is committed to upgrade the depth of the subject across disciplines with the ultimate aim of expanding knowledge of the subject. Follow the above link to view our current issue.

Call for Articles
PRE encompasses all areas of Prime Research on Education. Manuscripts that meet the general criteria of could be submitted for publication. The criteria includes: Original articles in basic and applied research, Case studies and Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays.

Kindly support this initiative by sending your manuscripts to or

PRE is an Open Access Journal
One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access journals are scholarly journals that are available online to the reader “without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. PRE is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.



The Travel Itch

The travel itch is an irresistible on-line read and the next best thing to experiencing Canada and the world firsthand. It offers fresh Canadian perspectives on travel that entertain and inform while agitating the itch to go. We are hunting for original travel articles from blossoming and bloomed Canadian writers about their travel experiences at home or abroad. We’re also seeking gripping travel images and film, book and restaurant reviews.

Submission guidelines are at




An enlightened online space for new writers to test-drive their work.

How it works:  Emerging writers are invited to submit short written works online. Geist chooses and publishes one piece each month on a dedicated web page. Geist readers and like-minded people are then invited to comment on the featured work.

Who is eligible?

  • Canadian students enrolled in secondary or post-secondary courses and/or writing workshops are eligible.
  • The writer should have no more than 2 short works published in established print or online magazines, books or websites. (Blogs, zines and in-house school publications are exempt.)
  • For full details:




Attention Writers, Poets, Illustrators:


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


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

(306) 975- 7530




NEW: filling Station is accepting poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and non-fiction submissions for an upcoming themed issue: Experimental Writing by Women. Guidelines are available at: Deadline: February 15.


NEW: Dragnet Magazine is accepting fiction submissions. Details can be found at:


 Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at:


Grain Magazine is accepting submissions. For more details, visit:


Lunch Ticket is accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry and YA submissions for its next issue. Deadline: November 1. Guidelines are available at:






Darker Times Fiction

A monthly short story competition for stories of 3,000 words and less in the horror genre or on the subject of ‘darker times’. All of the information can be found on the website – . It’s open to UK and international writers and ends on the last day of each month.



Summarize This! Twitter Contest

Do you think you can write concisely and precisely?

Develop your writing skills by 

participating in our Summarize This!

Twitter contest.

We are giving you a chance to prove it!

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

How it Works

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


You may choose one of the following prize options:

3000 words of free editing*

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

$75 Amazon (or acceptable alternative) gift card



Liternational’s 1st Annual SANTA CLAWS CONTEST

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



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


William Van Dyke Short Story Prize


Ruminate Magazine (US) invites entries for the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. Prize: $1000 + publication in Spring 2012 issue. Length: 5500 words max. Deadline: October 26th, 2012.



The Attys Poetry Contest

Hosted by Wattpad and Judged by Margaret Atwood. Enter a small collection or just one poem.  Win a $1000 prize. Deadline: October 31. Details:


A Short Story Competition from Writer’s Digest

Devise a thriller. Scare up a horror. Entice a romance from your most tender recesses. Whatever your genre, we’ve got the category for you.

Choose your favorite genre and enter your best in 4,000 words or less. Each of the 6 categories offers a place for everybody’s story.

Compete and Win in All 6 Categories!

Extended Deadline:  October 31





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.



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:



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:; 416-946-8901




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.



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


League of Canadian Poets Book Awards

Deadline Approaching: November 1, 2012!

Pat Lowther Memorial Award   /   Gerald Lampert Memorial Award   /   Raymond Souster Award

* The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year, and is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. The awards carry a $1,000 prize, and are presented each year at the annual LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced during National Poetry Month in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2012. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me ( by Nov 1st, 2012 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to:

** The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized authors’ tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. The awards carry a $1,000 prize, and are presented each year at the annual LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced during National Poetry Month in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2012. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me ( by Nov 1st, 2012 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to:

*** The Raymond Souster Award is given for a book of poetry by a League of Canadian Poets member (all levels, dues paid) published in the preceding year. The award honours Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award carries a $1,000 prize. It is presented each year at the LCP Annual Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced in April. The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2012. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please e-mail me ( by Nov 1st, 2012 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to:



Malahat Review 2013 Open Season Awards

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

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

Full guidelines:


Amprosia: Write 1000 words—win $1000

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

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

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

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

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

For complete contest details, visit or e-mail



Deadline: November 1. This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, short story submitted to the competition. All Canadians, whether living in Canada or abroad, or are permanent residents of Canada can participate. The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select a 1st place winner and 4 runners-up. Prize: $6000 + $1000 X 4. Entry Fee: None Details:



Deadline: November 3. Contestants have 73 hours to write a novella based on subject matter supplied by Wynterblue Publishing. Contestants must submit their manuscript via email at the end of the contest and be prepared to follow up with hardcopy postmarked within a week of the end of the contest. Prize: 2 first place prizes + publication Entry Fee: $30 Details:; 705-752-4586




Limit 5,000 words. Notes from the Field is a non-fiction contest 
celebrating writing about experience—whether that be abroad, on a 
familiar sidewalk, in one’s line of work, in a field of interest, 
or in the most unexpected of times and settings. We are open to 
writing about many kinds of experience, and while we are not 
strictly looking for essays solely about place or with an 
environmental focus, as always, we look for work that keeps the 
tension of surroundings in mind. Deadline Friday, November 7, 2012. Winner receives publication, $500, two copies of the Flyway 2012 
anthology, and a Flyway hat. Runner-up also receives publication and $50.


open to interpretation

At Open to Interpretation we provide a platform for photographers and writers at all stages of their career. Submit now. We are currently accepting photography entries for Love + Lust and writing entries for Fading Light.

Cover Image: $1,000

Judge’s Choice Award for Photography: $500

Judge’s Choice Award for Writing: $500

Each Selected Participant: Exposure, Recognition, Copy of Book and possible participation in Group Show


Calls for Submissions

Theme: Fading Light

Judge: Jacqueline Kolosov

   Submissions Open:July 23, 2012

   Submissions Deadline: November 13, 2012

   Results Announced: February 7, 2013

   Results Posted Online: March 20, 2013

   Submission Fee: $20 for 3 manuscripts

($10 each additional)



Glamour Real Life Essay Contest

Deadline November 15, 2012

Win $5,000. Story considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Glamour.  Meet with a top literary agent.


13th Annual Writer’s Digest                                     SHORT SHORT STORY COMPETITION

We’re looking for short stories! Think you can write a winning story in less than 1,500 words? Enter the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City! The winning entries will be on display in the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

Wondering what’s in it for you?

A chance to win $3,000 in cash

Get national exposure for your work

A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City!

How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form. (Entry fees are $20 per manuscript.)

Deadline: November 15, 2012 




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)


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



Announcing the Carson Prize in Poetry or Prose

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

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

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

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

The deadline for this contest is November 15, 2012.


The Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation Announces the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

III Edition of The International Flash Fiction Competition

“Museum of Words”

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


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




The Flying Elephants Short Story Prize is meant to showcase the 
work of outstanding short story writers who have not yet published 
a book. Six winning short story writers will share a $5,000 cash 
prize. The online submissions deadline is Sunday Nov. 25, 2012 
11:59 ET. The winners will be announced in Winter 2013 and the 
winning short stories will be published in our inaugural issue 
on the website. No length restrictions, but longer manuscripts 
(5,000—12,000 words) or shorter manuscripts (less than 2,000 words) 
will have to be truly exceptional to be shortlisted. Writers must 
be 18-years of age or older, and short stories must be original 
and previously unpublished.

Theme: “AndWeWereHungry. . . .”

Top Prize Theme: “AndWeWereHungry for Nature.” (*Top two prizes 
reserved for stories that connect the theme with nature.)
All six winners will be published. Prizes will be awarded in the 
following order: $2,000, $1,000, $750, $500, $500, $250.




The Flying Elephants Short Story Prize is meant to showcase 
the work of outstanding short story writers who have not yet 
published a novel or short story collection. Four winning short 
story writers will share a $5000 cash prize. The online submissions 
deadline is Friday November 30, 2012. No length restrictions, but 
longer manuscripts (8,000—10,000 words) or shorter manuscripts 
(less than 2,000 words) will have to be truly exceptional to be 

Theme: “AndWeWereHungry. . . .”

*Top Prize Theme: “AndWeWereHungry for Nature.” 
(*Grand prize reserved for the story that connect the theme with nature.)


Fence Modern Prose Prize

Fence Books invites entries for a new book contest, the Fence Modern Prose Prize for a book-length work of prose. Prize: $2500 plus publication. Deadline: November 30, 2012. Entries accepted during the month of November only. Entry fee: $28 (includes subscription). Winning manuscript published in Spring 2014.


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.



Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2012

Go online at  

First Prize       $1,000

Second Prize    $250

Third Prize         $100

Top ten entries are posted on our site.

The entry fee for each submission is $25.

One Act Plays of from 10 minutes to 70 minutes may be submitted by mail or email.


By mail to Bottle Tree Productions

at 445 Southwood Drive, 

Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7M-5P8


Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions.

For environmental and storage reasons email submissions are preferred..


By email to contest (at) bottletreeinc (dot) com


Go online at  for Paypal options and further details and to see past winners and their contact info. Before entering you can check out our free advice for writers at 


Format is not important. Good writing is.

Please do not attach your name or contact name to the script but have that information on a separate sheet of paper, or a separate attachment if emailing.


For further information

Phone                                     613-384-8433                   

or email us. contest (at) bottletreeinc (dot) com       


Plays can have previously been produced but not professionally.

Plays may also have been entered in other competitions.


The competition runs until November 30th 2012.

Winners will be announced in January of 2013


If you want a critical analysis of your work please enclose a cheque for $50 made payable to Bottle Tree Productions. or use our pay pal option on our website.


The Fiddlehead’s 22nd Literary Contest

Deadline: Postmarked December 1, 2012

$2,000 Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem
$250 each for Two Honourable Mentions

$2,000 for Best Story
$250 each for Two Honourable Mentions

The winning entries will be published in the spring 2013 issue of The Fiddlehead (no. 255) and on our web site. The winning authors will be paid for publication in addition to 
their prizes!



Second Annual Creative Writing Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

See for full contest details.



LADIES’ HOME JOURNAL 2012 Personal Essay Contest

DEADLINE DEC. 7, 2012. For our second annual Personal Essay Contest, we want to hear about a memorable moment in your life — the day, or the hour, or the second that changed everything. We urge you to be poignant, reflective, funny. Make us howl with laughter. Make us blubber in our cubicles (we can take it!).



ENTRY FEE $15 – $35

The prestigious Arthur Ellis Awards are presented in 7 categories 
for excellence in works in the crime/mystery/thriller genre 
published for the first time in the previous year by permanent 
residents of Canada, or by Canadian citizens living abroad. Published submissions must be postmarked or courier-dated no later than December 15, 2012. Top cash prizes have run from $500
to $1,000 in the past, and depend upon each year’s sponsors.

Best Crime First Novel (Author’s first novel in any genre.)

Best Crime Novel (Min. 50,000 words)

Best Crime Novella (8,000 – 20,000 words)

Best Crime Short Story (Max. 8,000 words)

Best French Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)

Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)

Best Nonfiction Crime Book

Also, they have The Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished
First Crime Novel (The Unhanged Arthur).

Contestants should have a completed manuscript and should submit the opening chapter(s) – 
no more than 5,000 words – plus a 500-word synopsis of the rest
of the novel. “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.



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


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

To be released June 2013

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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:


Pandora’s Collective poetry contests

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

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

Deadline May 15, 2013, Winners announced June15, 2013Entry Fees:
Adults – $5/poem
Teens (14 to 19) – $4/poem
Children (13 and under) – $3/poem

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

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

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





First Prize: publication by Pighog Press

Runners Up Prizes: Poetry school activities

Judges: Julia Bird & Brendan Cleary


Closing date for initial entries:31 January 2013


Full details at:


Summer Literary Seminars’ Literary Contest

Full details are available at:

Deadline: February 28.



Summit Studies Funny Story Contest

Summit Studies of Newmarket, Ontario announces a story contest, running until Feb. 29 2013. $3000 in cash prizes to nine winners in four categories, including a $1000 grand prize. They will publish four anthologies in the next two years, and those who do not win prizes may still be published. Writers maintain copyright to their work and are paid a minimum $100 honorarium for a published story. The website for additional info is Included are samples of previous winners to familiarize you with types of stories they like to publish. All stories are to be true, and about travel and/or outdoor experiences. They must be true, although literary lic. is acceptable. While “funny” is preferred, those with a thoughtful or heartwarming theme are fine. Hope to hear from you! Stories, generally 1000-2500 words, may be e-mailed to or mailed to Summit Studios, 80 Cardinal Cres., Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 5Y4


The New Quarterly Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest

Entries are invited for The New Quarterly Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. Prize: $1000. All submissions considered for paid publication (payment: $250) in the magazine. Submit essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer’s personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line. Canadian writers only. Deadline: March 28, 2013. Entry Fee: $40 (includes subscription).



Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest

The New Quarterly invites entries for the Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. Prize: $1000. Theme: poems of occasion, either personal or public, or poems that make of something an occasion or simply mark one. Deadline: February 28, 2013. Entry fee: $40 (includes subscription) for up to 2 unpublished poems; $5 per additional poem.



Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

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




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

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

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


2013 Bristol Short Story Prize

Open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age.

Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 (about $12.83) per story.

The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013.


1st £1000 (about $1603) plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card

2nd £700 (about $1122) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card

3rd £400 (about $641) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card

17 further prizes of £100 (about $160) will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 6. The winning story will, also, be published

in Bristol Review of Books magazine.

The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony in Bristol in October 2013 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched.  Any shortlisted writers unable to attend the awards ceremony will be sent their prizes. The awards ceremony will be part of the 2013 Bristol Festival of Literature.

Judging panel : Ali Reynolds (literary consultant, former Random House editor)

Bidisha (writer, broadcaster, critic) Anna Britten (author and  journalist)

Chris Wakling (novelist, Creative Writing tutor)

Full details and rules at



Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest

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



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

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


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

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



Neil Postman Award for Metaphor

Rolling Deadline
(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:


Malahat lite

Guidelines for our 2014 Novella Prize:








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

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

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

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

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





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



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


International Festival of Authors

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


Ottawa International Writers Festival

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


BookFest Windsor

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



Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Winter Retreat

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

For more information, please contact the retreat coordinator at


Pure Speculation Science Fiction & Fantasy Festival

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





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

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


Professional Writing specializing in Business and Technical Writing

Professional Writing specializing in Marketing and Public Relations

Creative Writing

For more information, go to




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



Published authors are being invited to apply for the 2013-2014 
Haig-Brown House Writer in Residence position. The residency 
entails spending the winter months (or a portion thereof) living 
in the Haig-Brown Heritage House, which is under the management of 
the Museum at Campbell River. The writer’s time will be divided between pursuing personal writing projects and providing literary 
advice and support to the local community, with writing time 
favoured on a 60/40 basis (as per Canada Council’s Author Residencies 
Program guidelines). The writer would also participate in Museum 
winter programming. A stipend of up to $2,000 per month, depending 
on available funding, will be provided. Deadline January 31, 2013.



Open to professional Canadian writers who have one published book 
and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) — 
fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, journalism — are all 
encouraged to apply. The Writers’ Retreat Provides: The Writer’s Retreat offers writers time and a remote location to pursue their 
professional projects. The writer will be housed in the Berton 
House at no cost in rent or utilities. A monthly honorarium is 
provided to help cover food and other living expenses. The writer 
is responsible for their own telephone bill. Travel costs to and 
from Dawson will be covered. We are now accepting applications to 
be a writer-in-residence during the 2013-14 season.



Writers’ Coalition – Benefits You Can Afford

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

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

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

The Writers’ Coalition

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

1 800-387-8897 x238





Check Facebook for full details or visit

Of special interest: “The Industrious Indies” is an events project Collected Works Bookstore has begun to give independent self published authors a chance to display their books and a place the host author events and network. For more information on the project contact Chris Carroll through Facebook or via email




From: Crystal Smith

Subject: New website to promote local authors

I am writing today to tell you about a new website I have created to help local, independent, and self-published authors promote their books.

It is called bibliospace ( The site includes a detailed listing for each author’s book, consisting of a book summary of up to 250 words, an author bio of up to 150 words, a link to each author’s website, and any additional author contact information (blog, Twitter, Facebook).   In addition to the book listing, there is an alphabetical list of authors and a speakers’ bureau that lists authors by community. The latter page is intended to help book clubs, community groups, libraries, and schools get in touch with authors in their own community for readings and speaking engagements.

I have also added an amazon bookstore with direct links to each author’s books, if they are available on amazon. (There is no charge to submit a book, but I will retain any referral fees from the amazon bookstore. Royalties from all sales go to the author, of course.)

I am a marketing writer and self-published author, so I know something of the effort required to market a book. I am hoping that bibliospace will make it easy for people to find and recommend authors from their own community. The site now has seven authors, including myself, with books in categories ranging from poetry and non-fiction to action and children’s.

I would love it if you could spread the word to the members of your association. If you are interested in submitting any of your works, you just need to send an email, as per the steps outlined on the Submit Your Book page. I appreciate any help you can provide in promoting bibliospace.    Crystal Smith   Facebook:bibliospace  Twitter: @bibliospace



Online Writing Classes  is a writing site founded in 2000.

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

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

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

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

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

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







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



Writers Digest


Commonwealth Writers: A world of new fiction



Worldwide Freelance Writer



Fall edition is now available!


New issue of Shelf Unbound

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

In this issue:

READ GLOBAL: Books in Translation

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

Thanks for being a part of Shelf Unbound.

Margaret Brown


Shelf Unbound

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Where Creativity Meets Technology in the Digital Economy:
A Context Paper for Canada’s Interactive Digital Media Industry

“Recognized the world over, Canada’s interactive digital media content creation industry is an innovation powerhouse fuelled by the sector’s unique fusion of creative and technology skills.”

With these arresting words, the authors of CHRC’s newly released Context Paper on Canada’s Interactive Digital Media Industry, set the stage for a compelling analysis of the DM industry and its central role in our country’s digital economy.

Full report on CHRC’s web site at



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