25 November to 1 December 2012

25 November-1 December 2012

NaNoWriMo Week 4!


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ongoing: 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.


Local:  The Confederation Centre Public Library is hosting a series of Write-Ins, where NaNoWriMo participants can meet to work on their novels.

Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Wed., 28 at 5:00 p.m.

TGIO Party Dec. 1

For more information visit: http://www.nanowrimo.org/



Lunch & Learn: Wade Lynch and the Wizard of Oz


Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 12:10 p.m. at the Confederation Centre Public Library.


It’s been over 100 years since L. Frank Baum published the children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Several volumes, a classic movie and numerous adaptations for the stage and it is still as popular as ever.


Continuously in print from the time of its first publication, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is credited as being the first successful attempt at an American fairy tale. Legend has it that L. Frank Baum developed the book from stories he told his own children. Baum also acknowledges the influence of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and Lewis Carroll, and went on to write 14 Oz books in all.

Join Wade Lynch and guests and learn more about the Wizard of Oz.



Apples and Butterflies: A Poem for Prince Edward Island

Shauntay Grant a Nova Scotian writer, spoken word performer, broadcast journalist and musician will read from her book Apples and Butterflies: A Poem for Prince Edward Island on Saturday, December 1, 10:30 a.m. at Confederation Centre Public Library.  Grant’s beautiful lyrical poem about a family’s autumn vacation shows Prince Edward Island in a light we don’t often see–the bright blue and orange light of fall. Adults and children alike will appreciate and enjoy Grant’s award-winning poetry and Thiébaux-Heikalo’s delightful artwork.


For additional information, visit:




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.




The Southwest New Brunswick Chapter of the Professional Writers Association is holding its second ever postcard story competition. Writers from Atlantic Canada are invited to submit a piece of writing (fiction or creative non-fiction) of no more than 250 words on the theme of love.

Deadline: January 14, 2013
Entry Fee: $5.00 fee per entry, cheque or money order made payable to PWAC-SWNB.
Prize: $25 gift card from Benjamin Books, Rothesay NB http://www.benjaminsbooks.nb.ca

The writer retains copyright of the winning postcard story.

Eligibility: This competition is open to all writers living in Atlantic Canada.

Submissions must be original, unpublished in any format, fiction or nonfiction, no more than 250 words and in English.


Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled. Submissions will be accepted in hardcopy only. Faxed and e-mailed submissions will NOT be accepted. Include a separate cover letter with the title of story, your full name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count and number of pages of entry. The author’s name should not appear on the actual entry, but on the cover letter only. Multiple submissions are welcome. Make cheque or money order, $5.00 per submission, payable to PWAC-SWNB. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order.  Entries must be postmarked by January 14, 2013 to be eligible. Winner will be notified by February 14, 2013.  Manuscripts will not be returned.  Entries should be sent to: Ethel King – P.O. Box 20025, Station “A”, Saint John, NB  E2L 5B2 – clearly mark Postcard Contest on the envelope.



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 cdwp@ucalgary.ca. 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 cdwp@ucalgary.ca.

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



The Fieldstone Review

Submission deadline: January 31, 2013

For its 2013 edition, The Fieldstone Review is pleased to accept submissions that address the theme of “environment.”  This should be interpreted broadly, so there is no need to feel constrained to pastoral imagery or wooded terrain.  Strained tempers around the dinner table will suit as well as the snow on Mount Logan.  Submit your pique and play in prose or poetry, or take this theme as an angle from which to write a review. The Fieldstone Review welcomes original work of quality in a wide variety of styles and genres.  For submission guidelines, please refer to the Submissions section on The Fieldstone Review website: www.fieldstonereview.usask.ca/submissions.php.



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 info@coastalwest.ca


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,http://fierceinkpress.com/, where you will find our submission guide.

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

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

Social Media Links:
Website: http://fierceinkpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FierceInkPress
Twitter: @FierceInkPress
Google +: http://gplus.to/FierceInkPress
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/FierceInkPress
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/79201546@N03/



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 novamedia@gmail.com





The Island Review

The editors of The Island Review are seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, photography and visual art from islanders everywhere, as well as from those whose work is influenced by islands or which explores ideas of islandness.


The Island Review is an online magazine dedicated to great writing and visual art that comes from, is inspired by, celebrates or seeks to understand the extraordinary appeal of islands, as places and as metaphors.

Due to be launched in early 2013, the editors hope to provide an online home for islanders and island lovers everywhere.


We’re looking for work that stands out from the crowd: work that is original, daring, witty, wise, radical, intelligent, illuminating or just plain excellent. If you think you fit into any (or all) of those categories, we want to hear from you.










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 postscripts2darkness@gmail.com




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.



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 editor@plenitudemagazine.ca. 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



TouchWood Editions Call for Submissions

Editor Bruce Gillespie is making a call for submissions for an anthology of personal essays about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and transsexual people and their families. The collection will be part of a series about the changing nature of the family in the 21st century published by TouchWood Editions of Victoria, British Columbia.

At no other time in history have LGBT families been more visible or numerous. This collection aims to recognize and celebrate this moment by reflecting the broad range of experiences of LGBT families today. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

– stories by LGBT people about their relationships or marriages,

– stories by LGBT people about their relationships with their straight families,

– stories about LGBT parents, parenting or adoption,

– stories about the uniquely queer families LGBT people create for themselves beyond those they were born into that include friends, lovers, exes and others, and

– stories by straight people about their relationships with their LGBT kids, parents, siblings or other family members.

I’m looking for previously unpublished personal accounts between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. You don’t need to be a professional writer to contribute to this anthology. But if your piece is accepted, you will be required to work with an editor to hone your submission to professional standards.

First drafts of all submissions must be received by January 1, 2013 [updated], along with a short biographical statement and your contact information. All essays must be submitted electronically, preferably as Microsoft Word files, to the editor at bruce [dot] gillespie [at] gmail [dot] com.

About the Editor: Bruce Gillespie is an assistant professor in the journalism program at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus and the co-editor of two anthologies for TouchWood Editions: Somebody’s Child: Stories About Adoption (2011) and Nobody’s Father: Life Without Kids (2008).

Please feel free to share this call for submissions with anyone you think might be interested. Thank you.

This call for submissions is also available online.


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 Editor-in-Chief@CarpeArticulum.com and you can get published in this international review! The best commentaries, articles, and questions for the editor will be included. Please register at our website, then make your submission. NO SUBMISSIONS ARE COMPLETE WITHOUT REGISTRATION, THANK YOU!

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

The magazine is 150-200 pages of full-colour delight, translated into five languages. We feature short fiction, poetry, informative articles, photography, non-fiction and incredible interviews with hot up-and-coming writers as well as iconic ones such as Chitra Banerjee 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.





DEADLINE:  December 15 for the January issue


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




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: http://www.quattrobooks.ca/articles/the-toronto-decameron



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 editorcrimson@gmail.com 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, http://www.primejournal.org/PRE).

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

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

Kindly support this initiative by sending your manuscripts to PRE.primejournals@gmail.com or PRE@primejournal.org

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: http://www.geist.com/gewm




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:http://www.fillingstation.ca/submit. Deadline: February 15.


NEW: Dragnet Magazine is accepting fiction submissions. Details can be found at: http://dragnetmag.net/?page_id=21


 Event Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions. Guidelines are available at: http://eventmags.com/about-2/submission-guidelines/fiction-poetry/.


Grain Magazine is accepting submissions. For more details, visit: http://www.grainmagazine.ca/submissions.html


Lunch Ticket is accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry and YA submissions. Guidelines are available at:http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/.





Ongoing Contests at FanStory.com

This Sentence Starts the Story Contest. Deadline: November 26, 2012

Nonet Poetry Contest. Deadline: December 1, 2012

Acrostic Poetry Contest. Deadline: December 8, 2012

Blank Verse Poetry Contest. Deadline: December 15, 2012



Darker Times Fiction

We currently run three monthly competitions for UK and international writers, all on the theme of “Darker Times.” You can take this as straight up horror, or you can interpret it in any creative way you wish. Entries for all competitions cost £5 / $8 US and can be paid via paypal. The winner of each competititon each month will receive a percentage of the money raised by the entry fees for their particular competition (a minimum of £15 / $24), plus publication on the website and in an upcoming Darker Times Anthology (available both as an ebook and as a paperback). Runners up and honourable mentions will receive no cash prize but will also be included on the site and in an upcoming publication. Each writer will have the opportunity to provide an author bio and a link to their website/blog; we want to promote new writers as much as we can! All of the information can be found on the website –www.darkertimes.co.uk. It’s open to UK and international writers and ends on the last day of each month.




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. Deadline: December 1, 2012







Deadline November 30, 2012.


The aim of this award is to provide a platform for new voices in 
poetry. The winning author has his/her poetry collection published 
with Cinnamon Press and receives an advance on royalties of £150. 
We have commissioned several other collections as a result of being 
short-listed. Submit up to 40 lines.


The first prize for a story between 2,000 and 4,000 words is £150 
& publication. Up to ten runners up stories are also published in 
the winners’ anthology. All those included will receive a copy of 
the anthology.


The aim of this award is to encourage new novelists to achieve 
publication in this genre. The winning author has his / her first 
novel published by Cinnamon Press and receives an advance on 
royalties of £400. We have also commissioned other novels as a 
result of short-listing in the competition and this is a good way to 
get your work seen. Submit up to 10,000 words.





Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled
to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000.
Most entries run from 1,500 – 6,000 words, but any lengths up to 
12,000 words are welcome. Held quarterly. Open to submissions in 
FEBRUARY, MAY, AUGUST, and NOVEMBER. Next deadline: November 30. Winners are announced in the May 1, August 1, November 1, and 
February 1 bulletins, respectively, and contacted directly one week

1st place wins $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 
20 copies of that issue.
2nd place wins $500 (or $700 and 10 copies, if accepted for publication).

3rd place wins $300 (or $700 and 10 copies, if accepted for publication).



Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award


One, two or three poems per entry (but totalling no more than 150 lines)..Prairie Fire Press, Inc., 423-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg MB R3B 1113. Prize: 1250, $500 & $250 & Paid Publication Entry Fee: $32 Details: http://www.prairiefire.ca/; 204-943-9066


Prairie Fire Creative Non-Fiction Contest

Deadline: November 30

With your contest submission you’ll receive a one-year subscription to Prairie Fire, so if would like to start reading Prairie Fire as soon as possible, you can send in your entry today! Entries by email will not be accepted. We’re working at having this option available to you next year. Entry fee: $32 More detaisl at website: www.prairiefire.ca/; 204-943-9066 


Canadian Historical Association Awards


For a full listing of prizes in Primary and Secondary School Teaching; Prizes for Student Work; High School; University, Prizes for Research Work, Prizes for Popular Work available, consult the website.Canadian Historical Association, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa ON, KIA 0N3.  Prize: varies Entry fee: $32 Website: www.cha-shc.ca/splashpage.html; 613-233-7885






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. http://www.fenceportal.org/?page_id=4191


The New Writer Magazine

Prose and Poetry Prizes 2012

Now in 16th year, international competition for single poems, poetry collections, short stories, micro-fiction, non-fiction; cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July. Closing date 30 November.http://www.thenewwriter.com/prizes.htm



Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2012

Go online at http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html  

First Prize       $1,000

Second Prize    $250

Third Prize         $100

Top ten entries are posted on our site.

The entry fee for each submission is $25.

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


By mail to Bottle Tree Productions

at 445 Southwood Drive, 

Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7M-5P8


Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions.

For environmental and storage reasons email submissions are preferred..


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


Go online at http://www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html  for Paypal options and further details and to see past winners and their contact info. Before entering you can check out our free advice for writers at  http://www.bottletreeinc.com/navigation_page_playwrights.html 


Format is not important. Good writing is.

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


For further information

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 briarpatchmagazine.com and will each receive $75.

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

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

See briarpatchmagazine.com 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!). http://www.lhj.com/community/your-stories/2012-personal-essay-contest/?ordersrc=rdlhj1102107&utm_source=Gotham+Writers%27+Workshop+List&utm_campaign=51e00e9055-9_18_12_WEB_FallBooks&utm_medium=email


The Gregory
O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize



The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the 
English language of 40 lines or less. The poem can be on any 
subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living 
anywhere in the world. Deadline December 15, 2012. The Gregory
O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize will have a first prize of 
€1,000 (approx. $1253.92 USD/ £806.80 GBP and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs
for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and 
meals for three days during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival. 
There will be a second prize of €500, third prize of €250, and 
ten runners-up will each have their poems published in Southword
and receive Southword’s standard fee of €30.



Reader Views Literary Awards

If you have a book with a 2012 copyright date, published in the English language, and targeted for the North American market, you can register for the Reader Views Literary Awards. Three finalists will be chosen in each fiction and nonfiction category. First and second place winners will be awarded in each category while the third place will receive an honorable mention. Deadline: December 15, 2012. More>






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.



Deadline Dec. 25, 2012. Open to Canadian residents only. Themed contest. For more details, see: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Openheartpcomp.html


6th Annual Micro Award

The Micro Award is presented annually for a work of prose fiction written in English, of any genre, not above 1000 words in length.  The following works are all ineligible:


Performance scripts


Translated fiction

Excerpts from longer works of fiction

Visual art with literary texts

Stories considered for the 6th Annual Micro Award must have been published originally in 2012.  Qualifying venues are any form of print or electronic publication designed for public display.  Self-published stories are eligible.  An author may submit one story of his or her own; the senior editor of a magazine or anthology, or any staff member designated by him or her, may submit two stories if both are from his or her own publication and neither is self-written.

Submissions should be emailed to admin@microaward.org from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012.  The text of the story must be inserted in the body of the email or attached as a Rich Text file.  It is also permissible to include the URL information for a story or stories accessible online.





The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting submissions from publishers 
for the twenty-seventh annual Ezra Jack Keats New Writer (Deadline: December 30, 2012) and New 
Illustrator Book Awards (Deadline: December 31, 2012) –known collectively as the Ezra Jack Keats 
Book Award. The awards are designed to recognize and encourage authors 
and illustrators starting out in the field of children’s books who 
share Ezra Jack Keats’ commitment to children and diversity. The award 
is given annually to an outstanding new writer and new illustrator of 
picture books for children (9 years of age and under). The award 
includes an honorarium of $1,000 for each winner.



The 2012 Open City Magazine No-Fee RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest @ Anderbo

Now in its 9th year, those interested can submit an unpublished short story with a minimum word count of 3,500 and a maximum of 5,000. The lucky winner receives $500 in cash, a trophy as well as announcement and publication on Anderbo.com. Deadline: December 31, 2012. More >



Canadian Authors Association’s 2013 Literary Awards


Entries are now being accepted for the Canadian Authors Association’s 2013 Literary Awards.


Criteria and submission details are available in the CAA 2013 Literary Awards Guidelines. Complete the CAA 2013 Awards entry form online and send it to us along with your entries


The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2013.


Now in its 38th year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. Past winners have included Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Leonard Cohen, Micheal Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Patrick DeWitt, Nino Ricci and countless other literary stars – some relatively unknown at the time they received the award.



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: http://www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/


Pandora’s Collective poetry contests

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






Contest Details:

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

Deadline May 15, 2013, Winners announced June15, 2013

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

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

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


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





First Prize: publication by Pighog Press

Runners Up Prizes: Poetry school activities

Judges: Julia Bird & Brendan Cleary


Closing date for initial entries:31 January 2013


Full details at:http://www.poetryschool.com/pamphletcompetition.php





$20 ENTRY FEE (includes subscription).
Send us a postcard along with a story that relates to the image. The relationship can be as strong or as tangential as you like, 
so long as there is a clear connection between the image and the 
story. Maximum length: 500 words, fiction or non-fiction. Deadline February 1, 2013.

First Prize: $500 and publication in Geist and on geist.com;
Second Prize: $250 and publication in Geist and on geist.com;
Third Prize: $150 and publication in Geist and on geist.com;
Honourable Mentions: Swell Geist gifts / publication on geist.com




First Prize: $1000 and publication. Deadline: February 8, 2013 (writing). Open to all writers and photographers, established and emerging, worldwide. Accenti’s writing contest is open to fiction and nonfiction (in English) on any topic; and Accenti’s photo contest asks participants to “Capture an Italian Moment” anywhere in the world. For more information, please visit www.accenti.ca.





700-word maximum. English only. 18 and older. No novel excerpts. 
Winner will receive $200 (USD) and publication in Literary Juice; 
one runner-up will receive $50 (USD) and publication in Literary 
Juice. Winning stories will also be accompanied by a photograph 
of each author, as well as a short bio, if desired. Winners may 
be asked to sign a Writer’s Agreement Form for their winning work. Deadline February 15, 2013.


2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the most exciting and rewarding book awards program open to independent publishers and authors worldwide. Choose from 60 categories and grab the chance to have your book considered for cash prizes, awards, exposure, possible representation by a leading literary agent, and recognition as one of the top independently published books of the year. Deadline: February 22, 2013 More>






Publishing consultant Laine Cunningham teams up with The Blotter 
literary magazine every year to sponsor a writing contest. The 
award is open to all book-length fiction works such as novels, 
novellas, collections of linked short stories, and unique 
manuscripts that merge genres. Young adult novels are also welcome, 
as are novels in progress.

First prize is $500 cash and a library of books. Second prize is 
$125 cash and a library of books. Third prize is a library of books. 
The total value of the books is over $1,000. All winners also receive 
a certificate.

To submit, send the first 10 to 20 pages (double spaced) to The 
Blotter, 1010 Hale Street, Durham, NC 27705. A synopsis may be 
included as part of the total page count but is not required. 
Entries must be received by February 28, 2013. The author’s name 
cannot appear on the sample or the synopsis. Include a separate 
page with the work’s title and category, whether the novel is 
complete or in progress, author’s name, phone number, email, and 
mailing address. The fee includes a year’s subscription.



Summer Literary Seminars’ Literary Contest

Full details are available at: http://www.sumlitsem.org/slscontest.html.

Deadline: February 28.


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. http://www.tnq.ca/contests



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 www.summitstudios.biz. 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 submissions@summitstudios.biz or mailed to Summit Studios, 80 Cardinal Cres., Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 5Y4





Hidden River Publishing announces the opening of our second 
Eludia Award, for a first book-length unpublished novel or 
collection of stories. The prize is open to women writers age 
40 and older, who do not yet have a book-length publication of 
fiction. (Book length publications in other genres are fine.) 
The winning manuscript will be published on our imprint, Sowilo 
Press, and will receive $1000 plus ten copies of the book. 
Deadline March 15, 2013. Winner will be announced October 8, 


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). http://www.tnq.ca/contests




Annual Eric Hoffer Award

The Annual Eric Hoffer Award is now accepting submissions for short prose. Writers of fiction and creative nonfiction have a shot at winning the grand prize worth $250. The award is open to short prose in English, including translations of less than 10,000 words. Deadline: March 31, 2013. More>


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


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



The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing community. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year. Since the inaugural contest in 1996, over 5,000 books have received IPPY Awards, and all the recognition, credibility, and increased sales that a book award can bring. Entry fees range from the early-bird fee of $75 to $95 when you enter closer to our final deadline of March 16th, 2013. Regional and E-Book category entries are just $55 when added to a national category entry. Here’s the link to download the 2013 IPPY Awards guidelines and entry form in PDF format: http://www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/IPPY_2013_Early_Application1.pdf



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 www.bristolprize.co.uk


4th Annual International Book Awards

The 4th Annual International Book Awards are specifically designed to be a promotional vehicle for authors and publishers to launch their careers, open global markets, and compete with talented authors and publishers throughout the world. Open to all books published in English with an ISBN, entry fee will be slashed from the regular $69.00 to $49.00 per category for those early birds who register on or before October 31, 2012. Winners in each category will receive a 6-month full webpage on USABookNews.com among other prizes. Deadline: April 30, 2013. More>



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: http://www.businessreviewcanada.ca/press_releases/new-award-to-recognize-excellence-in-first-nations-metis-and-inuit-young-adult-literature

For further details, submission guidelines etc. on the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, go to http://www.codecan.org/get-involved/burt-award-canada



The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award

sponsored by the St. Jerome’s University English Dept.

Winning story: $1000

This contest, is named in honour of Peter Hinchcliffe, who was instrumental in the founding of the magazine and has made an impact in the lives of many students in his longstanding role as lecturer at St. Jerome’s University.

The $1000 top prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction by a Canadian (citizen or resident) writer who has not yet published a first novel or short story collection.  Though there is only one top prize, all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. All submissions will be judged blind.

Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly

Eligiblity: Submissions must be previously unpublished. Entrants must be Canadian or currently residing in Canada. Writers must be in the early stages. We define a writer in the early stages as someone who has not yet published a first story collection or novel.

There is no word limit. Entrants anonymity will be carefully preserved throughout the judging process; please ensure that your name does not appear on your document. Decisions will be made by August 31; finalists will be notified by email.

Deadline: May 28, 2013

 Entry Form >


Sports Fiction & Essay Contest

This contest, now in its second year, seeks today’s best short fiction and essays on sports-related themes (no poetry this year). We will award $3,000 in prizes. Read past winning entries and submit online.



Whether you’re a player or a fan, or the kid who counted the minutes till gym class was over, sports can bring out the best and the worst in human nature. In this arena, teamwork, loyalty, courage, disappointment, failure, fame (and shame), and second chances are regularly on display. Sports can reinforce bullying and social dominance, or offer personal empowerment to an underdog. Yet stories and essays about sports are too often dismissed as “genre writing”. This contest aims to bridge the gap between the worlds of physical culture and literary culture. We’d like to see the jocks and the writers sit down at the same lunchroom table and discover that they’re both on a journey of self-transformation through disciplined risk-taking…and that they both really, really like to win. Click for advice from the contest judge.


Submission Period

Entries accepted November 15, 2012-May 31, 2013 (online submission dates)


For more information: http://winningwriters.com/contests/sports/sp_guidelines.php



Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2013

Now in its 11th year, $5,500 in prizes will be awarded, including $2,000 for a poem in any style and $2,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. The entry fee is $8 for every 25 lines you submit. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners.


For more information: http://winningwriters.com/contests/tompoetry/tp_guidelines.php



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: http://www.rattle.com


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Writing Studio at The Banff Centre


Program dates: April 29, 2013 – June 1, 2013

Application deadline: Extended to December 3, 2012

Please note: Application deadline extended for poetry only.


April 29 – June 1, 2013

Application deadline: Extended to December 3, 2012 for poetry only


Program director: Greg Hollingshead 

Poetry faculty: Karen Solie, Jen Hadfield, Daljit Nagra


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.



Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC)


Program dates: June 3, 2013 – June 22, 2013

Application deadline: February 15, 2013

This program is open to literary translators who have published at least one book-length literary translation or the equivalent thereof. If you are looking for time to focus on a current literary project, and an opportunity to connect with other literary translators from around the world, this residency is for you. For more specifics, see the Eligibility section.






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 http://conted.ucalgary.ca/writing/




JUNE 13-16, 2013

Lakehead University Orillia Campus, Orillia, Ontario

Stay tuned for more information


Call for Presenters

Canadian Authors is now accepting expressions of interest in being an instructor at CanWrite! 2013, to be held at Lakehead University’s Orillia Campus in Orillia, Ontario from June 13-16.

If you are a professional member, have skills to share and are experienced in leading intensive hands-on workshops related to writing or getting published, contact us at admin@canauthors.org and we’ll tell you what we need from you.


Call for Member News

Our quarterly newsletter, Canadian Author, is about to relaunch this fall. If you have any interesting info you would like to share with your fellow writers – upcoming book launch, a new commission, a scheduled reading – send it to us and we’ll make sure it gets in. For more information, contact Courtney at admin@canauthors.org or call 1 866 216 6222  for formatting and word-length requirements.


Call for Expressions of Interest

Are you a published member of CAA? Would you like your work to be showcased in CAA’s upcoming book catalog? If so, let us know and we will send you information on cost, timing and specs. For more information, contact Courtney at admin@canauthors.org or call 1 866 216 6222




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.



There are a number of interesting calls with deadlines coming up shortly. For more information visit: http://www.placesforwriters.com/calls/





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

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.

FOR MORE INFO AND SUBMISSION DETAILS SEE:http://english.ucalgary.ca/news/residency-opportunity-calgary-distinguished-writers-program







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







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





From: Crystal Smith

Subject: New website to promote local authors

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

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

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

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

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



Online Writing Classes

FanStory.com  is a writing site founded in 2000.

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

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

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

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

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

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



Publications & Publishing




Douglas & McIntyre Publishers announced that they have filed a Notice of Intention to make a proposal under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.


Douglas & McIntyre is one of the larger remaining independent publishers in Canada . The company has earned a well-deserved reputation for enthusiastic support of Canadian writers across the country and has developed a strong list, especially in the fields of memoir and environmental issues through its Greystone imprint.


We are saddened by the news, and alarmed that yet another large Canadian-owned publisher is threatened by the challenges of the current publishing climate. The narrowing of options for writers and the potential loss of yet another publishing house that produces Canadian stories for readers in this country undoubtedly has a negative impact on Canadian culture as a whole.


TWUC is investigating exactly what this will mean to D&M authors in terms of royalty payments, access to books, and the future of your contracts. We will let you know as soon as we have clear information.


In the meantime, this would be a good time to check the bankruptcy clauses of your contracts. If you are low in stock, you might want to contact the D&M distributor, HarperCollins, to order author copies of your books.  The contacts are:


1-416-321-2241, 1-800-387-0117, 1-800-668-5788


Douglas & McIntyre assure us that they will continue to sell books. Bankruptcy protection exists so that companies can restructure and reorganize. While we will work hard to minimize the impact of this situation on our writers, we hope restructuring of the company will mean that it can continue as a vital force in Canadian publishing.


As Chair of the Union – and as a D&M author – I promise to stay on this and report news as we receive it.

Merilyn Simonds

Chair, The Writers Union of Canada


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Worldwide Freelance Writer

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Fall edition is now available! http://web.uvic.ca/malahat/


Authority Publishing for Non-fiction Authors




Read the latest edition of the Cultural Human Resources Council Newsletter



New issue of Shelf Unbound

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READ GLOBAL: Books in Translation


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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 www.culturalhrc.ca





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