The PEIWG Weekly 28 April – 4 May edition



Welcome to the PEIWG Weekly! Please accept my apologies for possibly not being able to send out an edition every week due to occasional malfunction of the brain that produces this, as a result of violent agitation from a vehicular rear-ender. To make up for weeks that might be missed, each release will contain as much information as it can up to several months in advance until this brain decides to welcome the intrusion of mental exercise for longer periods at a time.

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TWiG Collective Book Launch

Charlottetown’s oldest writer’s group, TWiG (The Writers in Group), is launching its fourth anthology. A Gathering of TWiGs is an eclectic, vibrant mix of poetry styles. The anthology differs from its earlier publications in that it also offers artwork by P. Susan Buchanan and Shirley Limbert, and photography by Paul Vreeland.


The book will be launched at a reading on Sunday, May 5th from 2-4 pm in the gallery of the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Copies of the books will be available for sale ($ 20) and signing.


A Gathering of TWiGs features the writing of Robert Acorn, Maud Anschutz, P Susan Buchanan, Bea Davis, Milton P Ehrlich, Sol Feldstein, Shirley Limbert, Ingrid MacDonald, Margot Maddison-MacFadyen, Robbin Mayem, Carl McNally, Ruth Mischler, and Paul Vreeland. Many TWiG writers have won Island Literary Awards and have had their work accepted by literary journals and magazines, and several have had their books published.

PEI Writers’ Guild Annual General Meeting

You are invited to the PEI Writers’ Guild (PEIWG) Annual General Meeting being held on Saturday, May 25th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at 86 Parkside Drive in Charlottetown.

Items on the agenda are the President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Ratification of Board Members, Island Literary Awards, and discussion of priorities for the upcoming year.

We will be renewing PEIWG memberships at the AGM. The meeting will be followed by an open mic. New members are welcome.

Tea, coffee, and sweets will be available.


DEADLINE: May 31, 2013

The 26th annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards gala ceremony will take place in the fall of 2013. Prizes will be given out in six categories, and special awards will also be awarded.

Click here for guidelines.

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.

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 are invited to write for ARTS EAST, an all-arts Atlantic Canadian e-magazine/website:

Assignments may include CD/book reviews, interviews or coverage of music, drama, visual art, mixed media, etc. events. We’re open to any ideas you have! 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



DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month 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




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.

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




“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.

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.

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.
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.

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!           


We are currently seeking high-quality novel-length science fiction and fantasy submissions of all types. We are not interested in young adult, horror, erotica, religious fiction, short stories, dark/gruesome fantasy, or poetry. Guidelines are available at:


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


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:

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.

Plenitude Magazine

Call for Submissions


Submissions are ongoing.


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

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


 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:


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. Guidelines are available at:



ENTRY FEE £7 per poem. Deadline: April 30, 2013. Single Poem Prize £2,000. Portfolio Prize 
£1,000. Peer review online poetry competition judged by the entrants 
themselves. The event culminates with a collaborative eBook publication 
featuring the best poems and comments as chosen by the participants. 
For poems up to 42 lines.


 Center of the World Festival at Pine Mountain Club takes place 
August 16-18, 2013 at Frazier Park, CA. Seeks 10-minute plays on 
the theme of “Eco-drama.” Winner will receive a $500 cash prize. 
No collaborations. Three submissions per playwright. Postal mail 
submissions only. FEE: suggested donation of $10 (not required). 
Deadline: April 30, 2013.

Canadian Writer’s Journal Short Fiction Contest

Entries must be original, unpublished stories, any genre, maximum length 2,500 words. Deadline: April 30, 2013.

Prize: $150, $100, $50. Entry fee: $10.


PGC Post-Secondary Playwriting Competition

The Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Post-Secondary Playwriting Competition is a free, annual competition open to all full-time post-secondary students across Canada. 

Deadline: April 30, 2013.

Prize: $1000, $750. Entry fee: none.


Ascent Aspirations 2013 Anthology Contest

Extended Deadline: Contest closing date is April 30th, 2013.

Our theme is open, however there are word limits.


Dan Poynter’s 2013 (3RD ANNUAL) Global EBOOK AWARDS

DEADLINE: APR. 30, 2013.




University of Iowa Press Iowa Poetry Prize

Deadline: April 30, 2013.

Entry Fee: $20.


Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Call or visit the website for complete guidelines.

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. Winners in each category will receive a 6-month full webpage on among other prizes. Deadline: April 30, 2013. More>

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.


NO MENTIONED ENTRY FEE. The biannual $50,000 Literary Prize to a mid-career author who has 
recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction. Self-published 
books and English translations will be considered. The time frame for 
published work is between June 2011 and May 2013. Deadline for prize 
submissions: May 1, 2013. Shortlist will be announced: August 15, 2013.

CBC Poetry Prize

This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished poem or poetry collection submitted to the competition. Submissions to the poetry category must be between 400 and 600 words. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Entry Fee: $25. Prize: Varies, see website for details. For more information:

fugue Annual Writing Contest

Submission Period: Fugue’s annual writing contest is currently open! We are accepting submissions of both poetry and prose (fiction & nonfiction). The submission period will be open from January 1, 2013 – May 1, 2013.

General Submission Guidelines

Submissions are accepted online only. Poetry, Nonfiction, and Experiment submissions are accepted September 1 through May 1. Fiction

Submissions are accepted September 1 to April 1. All material received outside of this period will not be read.

All contributors receive payment and two complimentary copies of the journal. Please send no more than five poems, two short-shorts, one story, or one essay at a time.

Submissions in more than one genre should be submitted separately. We will consider simultaneous submissions (submissions that have been sent concurrently to another journal), but we will not consider multiple submissions. All multiple submissions will be returned unread. Once you have submitted a piece to us, wait for a response on this piece before submitting again.

More details here.

2013 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

$2,500 for a First Book of Poems

This prize is offered annually to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. The prize awards the winner with $2,500 and publication of his or her first full-length book of poetry by the Kent State University Press. The winner and the competition’s judge will give a reading together on the Kent State campus. The 2012 winner was The Dead Eat Everything by Michael Mlekoday, chosen by Dorianne Laux; the 2013 winner will be chosen by Mark Doty.


Entry requirements:

The competition is open to poets writing in English who have not yet published a full-length collection of poems (a volume of 50 or more pages published in an edition of 500 or more copies).

There is a $28 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to the Wick Poetry Center.

Submissions must consist of 50 to 70 pages of poetry, typed on one side only, with no more than one poem included on a page. Only clean, legible copies are acceptable.

The poet’s name is not to appear on the manuscript. Two title pages should be included. The first must include the poet’s name, address, e-mail, telephone number, and the title of the manuscript; the second should list the title of the manuscript only. Entries are judged anonymously.

The manuscript may be submitted simultaneously to other publishers, but the poet must notify the Wick Poetry Center immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.

All manuscripts will be recycled after judging. For notice that the manuscript has been received, enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard. For notice of the winning selection, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The winner will be announced that summer.

Manuscripts must be postmarked between February 1, 2013, and May 1, 2013. No late entries will be read.


Submit electronically or mail entries to: 


Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

Wick Poetry Center

301 Satterfield Hall

Kent State University

P.O. Box 5190

Kent, OH 44242-0001

2013 Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites emerging short-story writers from Canada and abroad to enter the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction.

Eligible authors have yet to publish their fiction in book form. One prize of $1,000 (CAD) is awarded. Authors contributing to The Malahat Review have won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction, the Pushcart Prize, and the Journey Prize.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email.

2013 Deadline

The deadline for the 2013 Far Horizons short fiction contest is May 1, 2013 (postmark date). This year’s judge is Alissa York.

For details:

21st Annual Writer’s Digest SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS

Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 21st annual self-published competition — the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.

Regular Deadline: May 1, 2013

Canadian Stories

The Canadian Stories literary folk magazine is pleased to offer the 4th contest for Short Stories, Poetry, Black & White Art and a Self-Published Book Prize.  All entries must be original unpublished typewritten material. Authors retain copyright. Short stories should be 2,000-3,000 words. The subject of the submitted art should be suitable for publication in Canadian Stories.   Deadline: May 1, 2103. Entry Fee: $20. Prize: Varies . Details:


Quarterly Ruminate Magazine

(US) invites entries for their sixth annual Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. First prize: $1500 and publication in the Fall 2013 Issue. Entry fee: US$18 (includes copy of the Fall 2013 Issue. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Guidelines:



Deadline: May 1, 2013. The Poetry London Competition 2013 is now open for entries. First Prize £1000, Second Prize £500, Third Prize £200. plus publication in Poetry London. Four commendations will be awarded, of £75 each. Entries must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another poet. Entries must not have been previously published, in print or online. The maximum length is 80 lines. Entry fee is £3 per poem for Poetry London subscribers, for non-subscribers £5. For competition rules and entry form please download the form here:

2013 Leapfrog Fiction Contest

First Prize: publication contract offer with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards ($150 and manuscript critiques). Open to adult and children’s fiction (middle grade and YA) in novella- or novel-length. Minimum length: 22,000. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Entry fee: $30. Guidelines:


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

CBC’s Canada Writes: Hyperlocal


Canada Writes has just launched a national writing competition called Hyperlocal.


Hyperlocal is an interactive story map where Canadians can upload personal stories about the changes they see in their own neighbourhoods. Stories may touch the big issues we face in a fragile economy, or reflect small changes in a neighbourhood (such as when a colourful character passes away, or a coffee chain moves in).

We want to know what’s new and changing in your neighbourhood and what that change means to you.


There are different ways to submit:

Text entry between 400-500 words (photo optional)

Photo essay and caption (3 photos + 50-100 word caption)

Video or audio (maximum length: 2 minutes) with a 50-100 word accompanying text

All stories will be available to be read online, and at the end of the month a jury will select the most compelling submission from the public. The winning story will be turned into a web-based interactive by the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio, and the winner will receive a laptop computer.

There is no cost to enter. Deadline is May 3, 2013.

To find out more, and to put your story on the map, visit

82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition

Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 82nd Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries will also be on display in the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

Wondering what’s in it for you?

A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino*

A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest eBooks

A chance to win $3,000 in cash

Get national exposure for your work

One on one attention with four editors or agents

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


Early Bird Entry fees are $27 for the first manuscript; $20 for each additional entry submitted during the same transaction. Poems are $15 for the first entry; $10 for each additional poem submitted during the same transaction. Entries submitted after that May 6, 2013 Early Bird deadline are $32 for the first manuscript; $25 for each additional entry submitted during the same transaction. Poems are $20 for the first entry; $15 for each additional poem submitted during the same transaction.


A prize of $1,000 and publication by Emergency Press is given 
annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. 
Special consideration is given to submissions that are multimedia 
or cross-genre in nature. Deadline May 15, 2013.

Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition

The Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition is open to all writers who have not yet published a collection of poems in book or chapbook form.

The prize for the annual SHP Chapbook Competition is a $1000 cash award, publication, 20 copies of the publication, and a reading at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. 
SHP uses a blind judging system and subscribes to the CLMP contest code of ethics.

The reading period for the competition begins on February 15. Entries must be submitted online or postmarked by May 15th. Submissions will be considered only if received between those dates.


COMPETITION PERIOD: Jan. 15 2013 to May 15, 2013


After a very successful first year, the not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize is launching its poetry competition again January 15, 2013 and will be open until May 15, 2013.


Get your poems ready! The not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize is offering $20,000 for one original, unpublished poem of no longer than 40 lines written in any English dialect. Competition open from January 15 to May 15, 2013. Online entries only. Entry fees vary. Please see for details.


Selection & Judging: As editors of the Global Poetry Anthology, 10 poets from across the globe sort through submissions blindly (without seeing author names) and select poems for the collection. The prize judge then reads a blind copy of the manuscript of the anthology and selects the $20,000 poem. The 2013 Prize Judge is Don Paterson.


History of the Competition: The Montreal Prize launched its first poetry competition in March 2011 and awarded $50,000 to Australian poet Mark Tredinnick. The 2011 Global Poetry Anthology is a solid collection that garnered positive reviews. It includes unknown voices alongside celebrated poets from around the world. Internationally acclaimed American artist Eric Fischl responded to one poem in the anthology with a watercolour painting.


To find out more about the competition and more about who the 2013 editors are, please visit

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:

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

West End Writers’ Club Contest

Every year, the Vancouver, BC-based West End Writers Workshop sponsors a writing contest to showcase the talent of writers around the world. On June 22 all finalists will read their pieces and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in the stately Barclay Manor in Vancouver’s West End. This event is free and open to the public. Deadline: May 15, 2013. Entry fee: $10. Prize: $75, $50, $25. Details:

The Lush Triumphant – subTerrain’s Annual Literary Awards Competition

Our Annual Lush Triumphant Literary Awards competition is now open for submissions. The competition awards cash prizes & publication: 3 categories, 3 cash prizes, one deadline.   Deadline: May 15, 2013. Entry fee: $27.50. Prize: $3,000 in cash prizes + publication. Details:


 Deadline:  May 18, 2013.

Submit your writing online or by mail.  Details at

Entries sent after midnight May 18th cannot be considered or refunded.

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry

for the best 2013 group of three to six poems

The $1,500 Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for the Essay

for the 2013 best essay

The $1,500 Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction

for the best 2013 short story

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

The Black River Chapbook Competition (Spring)

Awarded twice annually for a chapbook (16-36 pages) of poetry or short stories. Beginning with the Spring 2009 competition, winner receives $500 and 25 copies of chapbook. Entry Period: April 1 – May 31. Deadline: May 31, 2013. GUIDELINES



$2,400 in Prizes: First prize: $600 & publication Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication. Deadline: Fiction entries must be postmarked by May 31, 2013.  Guidelines:  see website.


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:


Tom Hendry Awards, Playwrights Guild of Canada

Submission deadline: May 31, 2013 (April 30 for the Post-Secondary Award)


Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) announces its annual Tom Hendry awards, named for Tom Hendry, a pioneer of Canadian theatre who passed away late last year, and is calling on playwrights across Canada for their awe-inspiring plays. Applications are now open for the Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights, the Stage West Pechet Family Comedy Award, the Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award, and the Post-Secondary Playwriting Competition. Please click here for more information on each award.

The Aldrich Press Poetry Book Award 2013

Deadline May 31, 2013. The winner will be announced on October 1st 2013.

Winner receives a print publication, 12% royalties off Amazon sales, $200.00 and 50 free books (a retail value of $700.00).

Finalists will also be considered for publication.

Final judge: Marly Youmans

Initial screening by Aldrich Press editor, Karen Kelsay.

Entries may not be previously published, but individual poems may have been published in journals and magazines. (Please do not include large sections that have been previously published as a collection. A good rule is to not let your manuscript contain more than 50% of its poems from earlier books.)

Email entries only.

Entry fees are $15.00.

More details here.


The editors of FIELD are pleased to announce the seventeenth annual FIELD Poetry Prize competition. The contest is open to all poets, whether or not they have previously published in book form. Unpublished poetry manuscripts between 50 and 80 pages in length will be considered. Oberlin College Press publishes the winning manuscript in the FIELD Poetry Series and awards the winning author $1,000 plus standard royalties. Manuscripts must be submitted during May 2013. The contest reading fee is $28 and includes one year’s subscription to FIELD. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, through our online Submissions Manager (contest portal will appear on May 1st).

All manuscripts will be judged by the editors, David Young and David Walker. We will announce the winner here in August 2013.
Please note: Persons interested in submitting work for the FIELD Translation Series should read the guidelines.



Submissions should be no longer than 5,000 words, and while there 
is no lower limit to the acceptable word-count we are generally 
expecting work in the 3,000 to 5,000 word range.

In 2013, the Elderberry Prize for Short Fiction will be awarded in 
June, September and December, so submission deadlines for 2013 are 
May 31, August 31 and November 30. A cash prize of $500 is awarded 
to the winning submission in each Elderberry Short Fiction contest.

The Prestigious Claymore Award

Killer Nashville Announces the 2012 Claymore Award Winner.

See who won here.


Enter your unpublished crime literature manuscript in 4 easy steps, and you could win a publishing contract!

Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller, including political thriller, cozy, police procedural, private eye, romantic suspense, paranormal mystery, and historical mystery.

Finalists will be posted on the Killer Nashville website and on our past winners page prior to the conference.

Winners will be announced during the award ceremony at Killer Nashville on August 24, 2013.

You do not have to be present to win.




Conference attendees will once again have the opportunity to 
submit their best writing samples to the 8th annual Mayborn 
Writing Competition. Winners can win cash and prizes in three 
categories: personal essay, reported narrative and book manuscript. 
As part of the 2013 Mayborn Writing Competition, separate workshops 
will be held prior to the conference for the top 50 article and 
essay submissions and the top 20 manuscript submissions. Entrants 
pay an additional fee above the registration fee. You may select 
to enter more than once in any category, and enter in more than 
one category. However, you can only be in one workshop and win 
one prize.

Reported Narrative 
1st Place $3000
2nd Place $2000
3rd Place $1000

Personal Essay 
1st Place $3000
2nd Place $2000
3rd Place $1000

Book Manuscript
1st Place $3000 and book published by UNT Press
2nd and 3rd Place winners are recognized.

Postmark deadline: June 8, 2013.

2013 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book And Magazine Awards

As of 2012, the book award is valued at five thousand dollars and the magazine award is valued at two thousand dollars. Both awards are made available to freelance writers of non-fiction for social justice writing that is exceptionally written, well researched and demonstrates excellence of storytelling. The Book and Magazine awards provide financial support while the writer completes a book or magazine project for publication.

Writers of books on social justice are asked to satisfy the criteria set out in the Call for Submissions and Competition Guidelines for Book Award below.

Writers of magazine articles on social justice are asked to satisfy the criteria set out in the Call for Submissions and Competition Guidelines for the Magazine Award below.

For magazine articles, to be eligible for the 2013 competition, applicant must either:

 Be working on completion for publication of a contracted English language magazine article (non-fiction).


 Have published the article any time between Jan 1, 2013 and the closing of the call for submissions Friday, June 14, 2013.

Any magazine article published after Friday, June 14, 2013 must meet the criteria for a magazine article in the process of being readied for publication (See A above).

The winners of each award will be next announced in August of 2013.

To read more about the awards go to About the Awards.



Each submission for the Biography contest must fit within a fairly 
traditional definition of biography. It must be a non-fiction 
account of the life of a real person, written by someone other 
than the subject of the biography.

Submissions should be no longer than 5,000 words, and while there 
is no lower limit to the acceptable word-count we are generally 
expecting work in the 3,000 to 5,000 word range.

The Elderberry Prize for Short Biography will be awarded in April, 
July and October of 2013 and January of 2014, so submission deadlines 
for 2013 are March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31. A cash 
prize of $500 is awarded to the winning submission in each Elderberry 
Biography contest.



First/Second Book Contest—$3,000 (May 1–June 30, 2013)
Open to writers who have either never published a full-length book 
of poetry, or who have published only one full-length book of poetry, 
so that the winning book would become a poet’s first or second 
published book of poetry. Writers who have published two or more 
full length books of poetry are NOT eligible. (Chapbooks do not 
count.) The manuscript page limit is 120 pages for this poetry book 

The winner of each of the three Omnidawn poetry book competitions 
wins a cash prize as indicated above for each contest, publication 
of the book with a full color cover by Omnidawn, 100 free copies 
of the winning book, and extensive display advertising and publicity, 
including prominent display ads in American Poetry Review, Poets & 
Writers Magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books and other publications.


Honest Reflections on Life’s Leisurely Diversions

Send your best work (nonfiction essay or poetry) to Sport Literate. We’re paying $200 for the best essay and $100 for the best poem. Your cost: a $15 entry fee.

All entries will be considered for publication, and all entrants will be mailed a copy of the issue (U.S. domestic addresses only). No fiction, please.


It’s easy to enter. Simply email your essay or poem as an attachment to Poets can send up to three poems for their $15 entry fee. Look for our guidelines at

Use PayPal to send the $15 reading fee to, which also buys you the fall 2013 publication. If you must, snail mail may be sent to our post office box with a check for $15 (Sport Literate 2248 W. Belmont #20 Chicago, IL 60618).


Editors will read all entries and select up to five finalists to be sent anonymously to our two judges. Winners will be announced before Halloween 2013.

Your deadline

Postmark deadline is June 30, 2013.

2013 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival’s International Book Competition

The 2013 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival’s international book competition is now underway. Writers and publishers of new books with mountain and/or adventure-travel themes are invited to enter the 20th annual competition — and we hope you have a book (or books!) to enter this year. View 2013 Competition entry details.


Entry deadlines are:


June 30, 2013: Completed entry form submitted online, or via mail or fax to the Festival office


June 30, 2013: Finished copies of titles published before June 30 to the Festival office. (Or deadline of August 1, for titles published after June 30.) See the competition regulations for details.


Early submission of books is encouraged and appreciated.



$2,400 in Prizes: First prize:$600 & publication Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication. Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2013. Guidelines:  see website.


Pop Montreal and Matrix Magazine are thrilled to announce: Lit POP is back! Eileen Myles and Sheila Heti are confirmed as the 2013 judges! DEADLINE June 30, 2013. The winners, one from each category, will receive a round-trip ticket to POP Montreal from September 25 – 29, 2013, a VIP pass to the Pop Montreal Festival, free accommodation at a bed and breakfast, fall publication in Matrix Magazine with full honorarium, and presentation at a special Matrix Lit POP event during the festival. This contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States. The deadline for all submissions is June 30, 2013. Winners will be notified in August. Poets are asked to send no more than 5 poems; fiction and non-fiction writers should send stories of no more than 3000 words. Each entry is 25$ and entries and entry fees should be mailed to Matrix Publications, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd W., LB 658, Montreal QC, H3G 1M8. Please include your email address. Cheques or money orders should be made out to “Matrix Publications.” PayPal is also available. Multiple entries are welcome. Entries can also be emailed to and will be considered valid once payment is verified. Full contest rules and regulations can be found at


MAX. 3 POEMS, UP TO 60 LINES PER POEM. Entry fee $20 includes 1 yr. subscription. 1st prize $750. 2nd prize $250. Plus publication in Vallum.

Mail to Vallum Poetry Contest, PO Box 598, Victoria Station, Montreal, PQ H3Z 2Y6 DEADLINE JULY 15, 2013.

For more information:



Submissions should be no longer than 5,000 words, and while there 
is no lower limit to the acceptable word-count we are generally 
expecting work in the 3,000 to 5,000 word range.

In 2013, the Elderberry Essay Prize will be awarded in May, August 
and November, so submission deadlines for 2013 are April 30, July 31 
and October 31. A cash prize of $500 is awarded to the winning 
submission in each Elderberry Essay contest.

The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Award

The Ontario Poetry Society is accepting contest entries for The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Award. Prize: $50 and 50 chapbooks. Submit manuscripts of 24 poems or one long poem. Poems may be previously published. Open to Canadian residents. Deadline: July 31, 2013. Entry fee: $15. Guidelines:

Great Canadian Literary Hunt

Our annual Great Canadian Literary Hunt is on! For 16 years now, This Magazine has surveyed this vast country for the best and brightest in Canadian new fiction and poetry. This year, we’ve added a new category. For the first time, we’ll award a prize for the best creative non-fiction—think personal essays, experimental essays, memoir, biography, literary journalism, and any other hybridized piece of “I” and fact.

This year, we will also run online writing workshops for each category—plus a special in-person workshop designed to help make your writing shine and give you tips on getting that great piece of work published. You can also check out our website for weekly Q&As with past winners, past judges, and current literary greats.

Even with all these awesome additions, the Lit Hunt is still the same great contest you know and love. We have great cash prizes, plus publication in an issue of This Magazine and exposure to our nationwide readership that includes top publishers, writers and editors.

Past winners of the Great Canadian Literary Hunt have gone on to be recognized at the National Magazine Awards, the Journey Prize, and the Trillium Book Award; many have been published by the top houses in the country and are among the most exciting talent in fiction and poetry today. Deadline usually in July.

You could be next! Questions? Just email or visit for more information.

2013 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for its Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. One award of $1,000 CAD is given.

The Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize is awarded to the best work submitted to the magazine’s annual contest for a genre that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

The deadline for the 2013 Creative Nonfiction Prize is August 1, 2013 (postmark date).

Details at:



Eligibility and Submission Guidelines


All writers are welcome to submit work provided it is written in English, not more than 300 words, and submitted via email.  All work must be original and previously unpublished, either in print or electronically. Open to Interpretation will consider simultaneous submissions, but requests that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.


Theme: Love + Lust

Judge: Dorianne Laux

Submissions Open: March 30, 2013

Submissions Deadline: August 6, 2013

Results Announced: November 4, 2013

Results Posted Online: December 3, 2013

Submission Fee: $15 per manuscript

$10 per additional manuscript


   To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize

Award: $1000 and publication of collection by Red Hen Press

Deadline: August 31, 2013 postmark

Page Limit: 48 to 96 pages

Fee: $20 per entry

Announcement Date: December 15, 2013

AROHO’s To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize will be awarded for the best, unpublished poetry collection by a woman. Submit 48 to 96 pages of poetry postmarked by August 31, 2013. The $20 reading/entry fee is payable by check or money order to A Room of Her Own; please indicate “To the Lighthouse PPP” in the memo line. Include an SASP [self-addressed stamped postcard] with your package for notification of receipt. Your name and address should appear on the cover sheet only, along with the manuscript title, and your address and telephone number. The award amount is $1000 and publication of your poetry collection by Red Hen Press. The winner will be contacted by phone or email prior to the web announcement date.


Send manuscript along with SASP, cover sheet, and check (postmarked 8/31/2013) to:


A Room Of Her Own

Attn: To the Lighthouse PPP

PO Box 778

Placitas, NM 87043

St. Lawrence Book Award

Awarded annually for any unpublished collection of poetry or short stories. Prize includes book publication, $1,000 cash award, and ten author copies of the book. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Entry Period: July 1- August 31. GUIDELINES

 Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition

Win £500 and publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition!  The Creative Writing Competition is a fantastic opportunity for existing and aspiring writers and poets to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Two categories for entry: Poetry and Short Fiction. Deadline for entries: 31 August 2013. Finalists will be announced on the 31 October 2013. Winners will be announced on the 1 December 2013. Prizes: There will be two winners; one Poetry winner and one Short Fiction winner. Each winner will receive £500.  Each winner will receive a selection of books from our competition partners. Winners and finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. Winners and shortlisted finalists will receive a complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.

Words That Change Minds

The Words That Change Minds persuasive writing challenge provides authors an opportunity to shape opinions on a topic you care about. Authors are free to chose the topic and submissions are evaluated on the ability of the writing to persuade the reader. The entry fee for WTCM submissions are $18 per submission, and the next submission deadline is September 15, 2013.

For more details, visit:

2013 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry

DEADLINE SEPT. 15, 2013. The 2013 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry will award publication of a full-length book of poetry. The most important criterion is that the manuscript manifests significant themes in beautiful, strong and evocative language. The winner will receive publication with our standard contract and a $1000 award. All entries may be considered for future publication. SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL SUBMISSION DETAILS: SUBMIT through the electronic submission manager

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:

The Black River Chapbook Competition (Fall)

Awarded twice annually for a chapbook (16-36 pages) of poetry or short stories. Beginning with the Fall 2009 competition, winner receives $500 and 25 copies of chapbook. Entry Period: September 1 – October 31. Deadline: October 31, 2013. GUIDELINES

Malahat Review 2013 Open Season Awards

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for our annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a prize of $1,000 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

The deadline for the 2014 Open Season Awards is November 1, 2013.

More details:

Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2013

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2013. 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, 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.

epode Poetry Prize

epode is an annual poetry competition focused around a particular theme and a singular form. The theme for 2013 is Victory and Defeat, and the form is Haiku. The entry fee is $5 and a single entry can contain up to three submissions for consideration. There are also discounts available for authors submitting larger numbers of entries. The submission deadline for the epode prize is December 15, 2013. For more details, visit:



1. Blue Light Press is dedicated to the publication of poetry that is imagistic, inventive, emotionally honest, and pushes the language to a deeper level of insight.

2. To enter, send a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages of poetry, typed or printed with a laser or inkjet printer, to: Blue Light Press Book Award, 1563 – 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

3. Submit your manuscript between September 1 and January 30.

4. Include a reading fee of $20.00 – check payable to Blue Light Press.

5. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for results. We must have a SASE to correspond with you. No manuscript will be returned without a SASE.

6. The winner will be announced in May or June. The winning book will go into production in September or October, depending on our production schedule.

7. If you win the contest, you will need to give us your manuscript on disk. Acceptable formats: 
PC or Mac – using Word or RTF (Rich Text Format).

8. Winner will receive 10 copies of the book and a 30% royalty on book sales thereafter. The book will be distributed by Ingram,, any bookstore you suggest, and published in cooperation with our partner, 1st World Publishing.

9. Please do not send manuscripts by registered or certified mail, as this requires a trip to the post office. If you want confirmation of receipt, include a postcard with your manuscript. We are not strict about deadlines— if your manuscript comes a few days late, we will read it.

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 – . It’s open to UK and international writers and ends on the last day of each month.

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:


The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere for the Novella Prize. One prize of $1,500 CAD is awarded. Previous winning entries have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction and the O. Henry Prize. The Novella Prize is offered every second year, alternating with The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize.

The deadline for the 2014 Novella Prize is February 1, 2014 (postmark date).


NFWC 2013 – Save the Date!

The Nonfiction Writers Conference returns May 8 – 10, 2013. Once again we will have 15 educational presentations over three days, presented by industry experts. And there will be some surprises thrown into the mix! Speakers will be announced soon, but due to popular demand, early bird registration is now open! Save 50% off with this discount code: NFWC50. Register here.


A two week intensive program for eight writers to work exclusively with a renowned author to prepare manuscripts for publication. Activities will include plenty of writing time, exclusive one-on-one meetings with the instructor, a workshop and keynote address by a senior  Saskatchewan writer, a public reading, as well as group meetings to discuss publishing opportunities in Canada, literary journals, craft, and technique.

LOCATION: LUMSDEN, SK.  FEE includes instruction, food & accommodation

Summer Programmes July 22 – August 1, 2013.

Application deadlines May 10, 2013

FEE: $1,295.00

  • Adult Intro to Writing Fiction and Poetry, Facilitators Kimmy Beach & John Gould
  • Fiction Workshop Facilitator, Helen Humphreys
  • Fiction Colloquium Facilitator, Lawrence Hill
  • Poetry Workshop Facilitator, Priscila Uppal
  • Summer Poetry Colloquium Facilitator, Ken Babstock
  • Non-Fiction Workshop, Facilitator, Denise Chong

Find out more or register here:

Between the Lines | Entre les lignes


EAC/ACR Conference

June 7-9, 2013

Halifax, Lord Nelson Hotel


Ahoy word lovers!


The Editors’ Association of Canada invites the Canadian Authors Association to attend its 2013 conference in Halifax. EAC’s conference takes place June 7 through 9 at the Lord Nelson Hotel in downtown Halifax. Registration will open in February, with early-bird rates in effect until April. EAC is pleased to extend its discounted member rates to CAA.


EAC conference sessions will cover a wide range of topics, with speakers from across Canada, including presentations from Atlantic Canada’s unique publishing, writing, Acadian and Mi’kmaq cultural communities.


The opening keynote speaker is Robert MacNeil, former co-anchor of The MacNeil-Lehrer Report on PBS. As an investigative reporter, MacNeil covered the JFK assassination, the Watergate hearings, and the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. MacNeil has authored books on politics, history and several novels. He was born in Montreal and raised in Halifax.


Donna Morrissey is the closing keynote speaker for EAC’s conference. Morrissey is the award-winning author of The Deception of Livy Higgs, Kit’s Law, Downhill Chance, What They Wanted and Sylvanus Now. She recently wrote a children’s book, Cross Katie Kross, illustrated by her daughter. Morrissey grew up in Newfoundland, and now lives in Halifax.


For more information, please visit our website at


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 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 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 or call 1 866 216 6222

The Banff Centre Literary Arts Programs

Call for Applications: Apply by June 15


Writing With Style (Fall)

September 8 – September 14, 2013

Program Director: Elizabeth Philips

Faculty: Charlotte Gill, creative nonfiction; Pauline Holdstock, first chapter novel; Don McKay, poetry; Alexander McLeod, short fiction


Whether you have attended many writing workshops or this is your first, Writing With Style allows artists to shape and edit a work-in-progress under the guidance of an experienced writer, with private writing time, reading opportunities, and group discussions.


Wired Writing Studio

September 30 – October 12, 2013 (on-site) 

October 28, 2013 – March 31, 2014 (online)

Program Director: Fred Stenson

Faculty: Curtis Gillespie, non-fiction and fiction; Annabel Lyon, fiction; Phil Hall, poetry; Jennifer Still, poetry; Carrie Tiffany, fiction; Chris Fisher, technical advisor


The Wired Writing Studio is designed for published writers and poets — at an early or intermediate stage in their career — who have young families, demanding jobs, or other life commitments. Spend two weeks immersed in a creative community of artists at The Banff Centre, working one-on-one with an experienced faculty writer and editor, then return home work for 20 weeks of mentorship through online consultations, discussion forums, and posted readings.


Mountain and Wilderness Writing

August 15 – October 15, 2013 (off-site Manuscript Development)

October 25 – November 15, 2013 (on-site)

Faculty editors: Tony Whittome, Marni Jackson

Guest speaker: Tanis Rideout


Delve into a writing project in any genre that focuses on adventure or the environment. Develop that work through individual consultations and workshop discussions with faculty editors and participants. Artists will have access to coinciding Banff Mountain Book Festival activities: readings, lectures, presentations, films, panel discussions, book launches, and networking opportunities with writers, editors, and publishers.




Independent Writing Retreat 2013 at the Tatamagouche Centre 

Aug 18 – Aug 23, 2013 Sun 7:00 PM – Fri 3:00 PM


This is an invitation to writers who want to work independently on a manuscript, in a community designed to support writers. 
Unique to this Community of Writers retreat, you also have the option of reading your work for feedback in the evenings, when facilitators Gwen Davies and Chris Benjamin will guide you in giving and receiving feedback, drawing on their experience in writing and teaching fiction, literary non-fiction, and memoir.

Young Adult Writing Scholarship available. Click here for details.

Program Cost: $580 ($180 tuition + $400.00 meals/single room accommodations)

Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your place in this program.

Freefalling in Greece with Cora Taylor!

Creative writing workshop and retreat

October 2-10, 2013

Kardamyli, Messinia, Greece


Join award-winning young adult author Cora Taylor for an inspiring creative writing workshop and retreat in beautiful Greece, the birthplace of the Muses.

Cora will help you

* Find your unique storytelling voice

* Uncover your personal style, imagery and metaphors

* Develop a productive writing habit

* Generate material full of life and meaning * Banish writer’s block forever!

Corn visiting Knossos. Crete


Retreat includes:

* 8 nights’ accommodation (double occupancy) * Welcome dinner

* Freefall workshop -7 days

* One-on-one coaching

* Guided tour of old Kardamyli

* Guided hike to the mountain village of St Sophia * Day trip to explore the surrounding area

* Olive grove picnic

* Insider insight into village life

* Copy of The Deadly Dance, Cora’s novel set in Crete

Does not include: airfare or transportation to the village

Price: $1,975 CDN

For more information please visit









The schedule will be announced and tickets on sale mid-summer.

Nine days you won’t want to miss.

The world’s best mountain films, books, and speakers take the spotlight for nine days each fall in Banff. Experience the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world’s last great wild places – all brought to life at The Banff Centre.

The Festival offers a diverse range of experiences for the thousands of people who visit Banff to attend this world-class event. From armchair adventurers to weekend warriors, to the international mountain community – our enthusiastic audience brings the energy to this event!

Theatres and venues are filled to the brim with locals (who eagerly anticipate these nine-days every year), with international visitors (who have dreamed about coming to the Festival in Banff for the first time), and of course with world-renowned authors, filmmakers, conservationists, adventurers, and explorers from around the world. Past Festival guests have included David Suzuki, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Sir Edmund Hillary, Jon Krakauer, Aaron Ralston, David Breashears, Reinhold Messner, Alex Lowe, and Royal Robbins.

From feature films to featured speakers, there’s something for everyone. Sit back and devote a guilt-free day to watching inspiring films from around the globe – including World premieres. Spend a lunch-hour listening to a renowned author reading excerpts from her latest work – or attend a free noon-hour seminar profiling hot topics in adventure and travel. Pick up new releases to be signed in-person by authors at the Book Fair. Find some unique gifts – paintings, pottery, jewellery, and more – at the Mountain Art and Craft Sale. Peruse the latest gear at the Mountain Marketplace. Stroll by the winner’s display of the Banff Mountain Photography Competition exhibition. Stretch your muscles on the climbing wall. The choices are endless.

Be inspired. Be energized. Come together to celebrate the spirit of adventure at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.




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 you enroll 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


Writer-in-Residence, Toronto Heliconian Club

September 2013 – August 2014

Application deadline: May 1, 2013


The Literature Section of the Toronto Heliconian Club seeks to appoint a writer-in-residence for a one year period. Desirable applicants are women at the beginning or mid-point of a career in writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry), editing or journalism. This is a wonderful opportunity for a female writer who has a project idea, and just needs that extra boost to get the project on the go. For more information, please click here or contact the Club directly at 416-922-3618, or


Access Copyright Foundation Research Grants Program

The Access Copyright Foundation promotes and supports Canadian culture by providing grants intended to encourage the development and dissemination of publishable Canadian works. The Foundation endeavours to make a modest but important contribution to the Canadian cultural community, while also broadening public awareness of the creative vitality of Canadian writers, visual artists and publishers.


The Access Copyright Foundation grants program is administered by the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

See the website for further details and eligibility criteria:


Please contact Joanne Gerber at the Saskatchewan Arts Board with any questions about the program.


Joanne Gerber

Program Consultant

Saskatchewan Arts Board

(Toll free) 1 800 667 7526

1 306 964 1163



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.

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.


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

Writer In Residence

Attention Writers, Poets, Illustrators:


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


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

(306) 975 7530

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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