BC Writers January E-Vox

VOX
Fed. of BC Writers E-newsletter
January 22, 2010

FED NEWS

Welcome New Members:
Caitlin Johnston, Carollyne Haynes, Christine Sutherland, Julie Karey, Peggy Herring, Kahlee Keane, Erica Warren, Jane Munro, James McCann, Stephanie Innes, Alma Lightbody

WORK OPPORTUNTIES

Google Settlement Speaker
The Interior Authors Group of Kamloops BC www.interiorauthorsgroup.ca is seeking a speaker able to inform and lead a discussion on the Google Settlement at one of their monthly meetings at the Kamloops Art Gallery, 7:00pm second Thursday of the month.  Please advise availability and cost to President Ted Joslin tedjoslin@telus.net

Writer’s Residency U of Calgary
The Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Program is accepting submissions from emerging Canadian writers for a 10-month residency at the University of Calgary from August 15, 2011 to June 15, 2012.
Please send your submission by mail or courier to Daniel Maher, Interim Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Room SS 1352, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4 by Monday, February 15, 2010. Please reference ANN 2011 – 2012 in your application.
For information on the Markin-Flanagan program, visit www.markinflanagan.com, or contact Janice Lee at 403.220.8177 or leej@ucalgary.ca.

CONTESTS/COMPETITIONS

January 31
WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING
Website:  http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan/
This award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recognizes newly published works of fiction and non-fiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category.  The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality, and stylistic innovation.
January 31
WRITING CONTEST FOR STUDY ABROAD
Website:  http://lowres.uno.edu/contest.cfm
The University of New Orleans offers this contest for study abroad in the summer of 2010.  Full fee waivers, including housing allowances, will be granted to one writer each in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.  Winners may attend any of UNO’s 2010 study-abroad writing programs: Writing Workshops in San Miguel de Allande, Mexico; Writing Workshops in Montpellier; The Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Dorf Tirol, Italy.  Open to anyone writing in English who has not yet published a book of 45 pages or more in the genre of application.  Prose submissions should not exceed 4,500 words (about 15 pages double spaced).  Poetry submissions should not exceed 5 pages and may include a maximum of 3 poems.  Submitted work must be unpublished at the time of submission.

Jan 31
OH CANADA POETRY CONTEST
Foundation for Public Poetry/Fondation Poésie Publique. Taken from the Canadian national antherm, rewrite only one line: ” True patriot love in all thy sons command.”
Winner will receive $20 and a copy of Leonard Cohen You’re Our Man. The winning line will be sent to the House of Commons requesting that the National Anthem be amended.
Entrants must submit their 1 line via email to: publicpoetry@gmail.com with the subject line “Oh Canada submission”. Entrants must live in Canada.
February 1
MALAHAT REVIEW – NOVELLA CONTEST
Website:  http://www.malahatreview.ca/novella_contest/info.html
Submit a single work of fiction, with a minimum length of 10,000 words, and a maximum length of 20,000 words.  No restrictions as to genre, subject matter, or aesthetic approach apply. Fees: $35 CAD for Canadians $40 USD for US entries $45 USD for entries from elsewhere. Enquiries: malahat@uvic.ca. Check the website for full contest details.
February 1
ANNUAL OKANAGAN SHORT FICTION CONTEST
Website:  http://www.okstorycontest.org
This contest invites all southern interior writers east of Hope, west of the Alberta border, north of the US border, and south of William’s Lake to submit their original unpublished works of fiction.  Author Laisha Rosnau will select the best three stories to be awarded cash prizes.  Entry fee: $15.
February 1
CREATIVE NON-FICTION ON THE SUBJECT OF “MIGRATION”
Website:  http://www.lakejournal.ca
Accepted creative non-fiction forms include personal essay, lyric essay, narrative essay, and memoir.  The prize is $250 and publication in LAKE: A Journal of Arts and Environment.  Length: 2500 words maximum.  Entry fee: $20 (includes a one-year subscription to LAKE).  Submit entries to: LAKE: A Journal of Arts and Environment, Department of Creative Studies, UBC Okanagan, 3333 University Way, Kelowna BC, V1V 1V7.
February 14
POSTCARD STORY COMPETITION
The Writers’ Union of Canada is hosting its 11th annual competition. A Postcard Story is a short piece of 250 words or less. Grand prize is $500. Open to all writers of all genres.
February 28
ROSE & CROWN 2010 NEW NOVELS COMPETITION
Website:  http://www.roseandcrownbooks.com/comprules.html
Your book must never have been published in any form and you must own all rights to the work.  Open to anyone of any age, worldwide.  Manuscripts must be a minimum of 40,000 words and a maximum of 150,000, on any subject as long as they are in keeping with the described aims of the Rose & Crown imprint – Christian Inspirational Romance.  Cost:  £18.  First prize £200, second prize £100, plus guaranteed publishing contract offers for both.
March 20
FISH ONE-PAGE STORY PRIZE 2010
Website:  http://www.fishpublishing.com/annual-one-page-story-prize.php
Flash fiction is a wonderfully entertaining thing to read and a challenging thing to write, but the readers of the Fish Anthology love it; this is another chance to get a story, however small, into the anthology.  Maximum length 300 words.  Entry fee: €12 (online entry), €15 (postal entry).  First Prize:  €1000.

March 30
FISH POETRY PRIZE 2010
Website:  http://www.fishpublishing.com/annual-fish-international-poetry-prize.php
No restrictions on style or theme – but poems must be in English and less than 200 words.  Entry fee:  €12 (online entry), €15 (postal entry).  First prize:  €1000.
March 31
FREEFALL POETRY & PROSE CHAPBOOK CONTEST
Website:  http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/pdf/ChapbookContestRulesforWebsite.pdf
Winners will have their work published in a limited edition Chapbook and receive 25 copies.  Poets: submit up to 15 pages of poetry.  Prose: submit fiction or creative non-fiction up to 5000 words.  Complete a contest entry form and include the $10 reading fee.
April 30
Short Story Contest and Poetry Contest
San Luis Obispo NightWriters
Website: SLOnightwritersevents@yahoo.com
1st Place $75, 2nd Place $50—for both short story and poetry. Finalists receive certificates.
Contest is open to everyone, but eligible NightWriters will be entered into a drawing for a scholarship to the 2010 Central Coast Writers’ Conference
Entries must be based on the theme: TRUST/BETRAYAL.
Entry Fee: $10 for first story or poem, $5 for each additional story or poem

May 31
1ST BOOK COMPETITION
Website: www.thewritersstudio.ca/news/1st-book-competition/#entryform
Writer’s Studio at SFU’s 1st Book Competition is a national literary contest seeking original, book-length manuscripts in English by emerging Canadian writers who haven’t previously published a book. The winning manuscripts, in each of the three contest categories of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, will be published in 2011 by Anvil Press.

JACKPINE SONNET CONTEST
Website: http://www.geist.com/contest/jackpine
Arc and Geist magazine hope to reinvigorate a Canadian-made form. As always, there are cash prizes, but the poet will be published in Geist, Poetry Is Dead and the Tyee.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
February 10
WORDWORKS MAGAZINE – “LAUNCHED”
If you are a Fed member who has published a book since September 2009, take advantage of an opportunity to have your work showcased in the Fed’s Literary Magazine.  Just email your book information by attachment to the Fed office as “LAUNCHED Submission” – fedbcwriters@gmail.com.  Include: Publicity bio, publisher’s copy, cover image in jpeg format, publisher name, year/month of publication, ISBN, and price.

February 15
ISLAND WRITER MAGAZINE
Website:  http://www.victoriawriters.ca
The Victoria Writers’ Society seeks submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry, as well as articles & interviews on the craft of writing, for the summer issue of Island Writer Magazine.  Submissions are accepted from writers on Vancouver Island  & the Gulf Islands.

PAGE FORTY-SEVEN ANTHOLOGY
Website: http://www.be-a-better-writer.com/read-short-stories-online.html
Page Forty-Seven is an online anthology of literary short fiction. We invite original work from new and established writers and pay $25-$75 per story. Please visit our website for guidelines, submission form and sample stories.

WORKSHOPS/COURSES/CONFERENCES

Denman Island
February
WINTER WRITER’S RETREAT
Ivan Coyote. Memoir Writing, 4 days February 9 to 12;   $300.00
Matt Rader. Poetry Writing, weekend February 13 & 14; $150.00
Heidi Greco. Editing & Manuscript Preparation, 4 days February 17 to 20; $300.00
Salons with the writers will be held on Friday evening, Feb 12 and Saturday evening, Feb 20.
For more information and registration go to www.artsdenman.com , on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Denman-Island-Arts-Centre/195801237014, Twitter http://twitter.com/denmanisland , or leave a message at the Denman Island Arts Centre (250) 335-1224.

Vancouver
February 18 – April 8
THURSDAYS 6:30 – 9:30 PM
POETRY: WORKING IN A SERIES
Website:  http://oxygenartcentre.org/writing.html
For those who want to explore the long poem, poetic series, or sequence.  Whether achieved by digression, accretion, or constellation, the series is a way toward a book of poetry that is an organic whole.  Suitable for those with poems in progress or ideas for a series.  Price: $240.  Location: Kootenay School of the Arts, Nelson Campus, 606 Victoria St., Nelson, BC
February 18, 7:30 pm
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL PRESENTS SPOKEN WORLD: WORDS. MUSIC. ACTION!
Website:  http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents
When wordsmiths and musicians hit the stage for Spoken World, get ready for an evening of sensory overload.  Featuring Ivan E. Coyote, Shane Koyczan, Ariana Waynes, and Skeena Reece in an event that shifts beyond words and music into a new artistic realm.  Tickets: $20 ($18 for students & seniors), call 604-629-8849.  Location: Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St., Granville Island.

Vancouver
March 5
SECURE FOOTING IN A CHANGING LITERARY LANDSCAPE
Website: http://www.writersunion.ca/ww_prodevelopment.asp
Authors Betsy Warland and Ross Laird will outline the current changes in the literary industry, explore the innovative digital opportunities, and discuss the creativity, economics, and community of a writer’s life.  This workshop costs just $45 and includes a lunch.  Location:  YWCA Vancouver, 535 Hornby St., 4th floor.
Nelson

March 6 – April 10
SATURDAYS 10 AM – 1 PM
CRITIQUING YOUR WORK: FICTION AND CREATIVE NON-FICTION WITH RITA MOIR
Website:  http://oxygenartcentre.org/writing.html
Fed member Rita Moir will hold six consecutive critiquing sessions.  Writers will do assignments, as well as critiquing their creative non-fiction and fiction manuscripts in progress.  Scene setting, character and dialogue.  Bring a lunch!  Price: $180.  Location: Kootenay School of the Arts, Nelson Campus, 606 Victoria St., Nelson, BC

Program: April 19, 2010 – April 24, 2010
Application deadline: February 05, 2010
WRITING WITH STYLE (Spring)
A unique opportunity for writers to participate in a week-long workshop at The Banff Centre. Amidst a diverse community of writers, you will encounter new ideas and gain confidence in your own style and voice, while shaping and editing your work-in-progress under the guidance of an experienced writer and editor.
Self-directed Writing Residencies
Set amid the beauty of Canada’s oldest and most renowned national park, The Banff Centre offers an exceptional environment for creativity. Self-directed writing residencies provide time, space, and facilities for individual research, editing, and manuscript development. Writers structure their own time, and are free to maintain privacy or to engage with other artists and activities at The Banff Centre.
More information: 1-403-762-6100, arts_info@banffcentre.ca, www.banffcentre.ca

Vancouver
May 28th – 29
Write On, Vancouver
A mini-conference for fiction writers presented by Romance Writers of America®
Greater Vancouver Chapter www.rwagvc.com
Special Guest Keynote Speaker: Laura Resnick. Workshops, industry panel, editor appointments. For all registration information and bookings please contact Sally Collins at SallyCollins@shaw.ca

Victoria
June 24 – 27, 2010
CANWRITE! 2010 – THE CANADIAN AUTHORS’ ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Theme: “Applying Technology to Your Writing”
Website: http://www.canauthors.org/conference.html
Keynote speaker – Patrick Taylor, bestselling author of the Irish Country Doctor series.
John Chandler from Alandale Training Corporation will share computer tips and tricks to make your writing life easier;
Learn how to enhance presentations and book launches by creating Power Point presentations;
Find out how to increase sales through social networking (ie blogs, MySpace, Twitter);
Explore the world of EBooks;
Let Rodger Cove, Vancouver Film School show you how to structure stories for the screen;
Early registration bonus – Patrick Taylor will accept six 1500-word pieces of fiction – to be submitted no later than May 15, 2010 – and give one-hour, one-on-one evaluations with the authors on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 as part of CanWrite!  See the website for all details and registration information.  At the Harbour Towers Hotel, 345 Quebec Street, Victoria.  Info: Jean Kay, Conference Coordinator, jkay@canauthors.vancouver.org.

Bulgaria
May 28-June1
SUMMER FICTION-WRITING SEMINAR IN SOZOPOL
Intensive daily workshops, roundtable discussions, readings and lectures by faculty and fellows. Fiction writers from Bulgaria and fiction writers from English-speaking countries, including but not limited to the U.S. and the U.K., are invited to apply. Ten applicants will be selected for participation and funding. website at: http://ekf.bg/sozopol/apply
ONLINE
RYERSON UNIVERSITY WRITING CLASSES
Website: http://ce-online.ryerson.ca/ce_2009-2010/calendar/default.aspx?id=5&section=course&sub=subject&disc=%7b89831E51-A3AE-11D4-AE93-00E029501EB1%7d&mode=disc_list
Be the writer you’ve always dreamed of becoming.  Talented instructors help unlock and develop your talents in short fiction, novel, poetry, or dramatic writing.  Explore specialized genres.  Learn to tell your life story.  Enhance business writing skills.
SELKIRK COLLEGE: ECOPOETICS 210
Website:  http://selkirk.ca/programs/uas/uascourselist/humanities/writing/writing/
This brand-new course is offered online, making it accessible to everyone.  Though it’s named Ecopoetics, students won’t just be writing poetry, but also looking closely at non-fiction and fiction in the context of environmental writing.
PUBLIC READINGS
Parksville
January 23
WORDSTORM OCEANSIDE WORDWORX
Website:  http://www.ascentaspirations.ca/oceansidewordworx.htm
An Open Mic starts the evening off with writers bringing one piece to read/perform (maximum 3 minutes).  Sign up when you arrive!  Bring a friend!  Featured performers: Leslie McBain & Patricia Smekal.  Refreshments provided by the Oceanside Community Arts Council.  Admission: $3 (which goes to support the OCAC).  Location: The Oceanside Community Arts Council Gallery, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville BC.
Nanaimo
January 28, 6:30 pm
WORDSTORM
Website:  http://www.wordstorm.ca
Featuring Kim Goldberg with Rumblings from the RED ZONE – where poetry meets modern dance, with Holly Bright and Allannah Dow, and Doug Burnet Smith.  An Open Mic will start the evening off – sign up with the host for the evening.  Location: Nanaimo Centre Stage, 25 Victoria Road, Nanaimo BC.
ON THE EDGE READINGS SERIES
free public readings by a range of Canadian writers.
Jan 28 – Fabiola Nabil Naguib
Feb 25 – Sina Queyras
March 18 – Rachel Zolf and Richard Lemm
March 25 – Pam Mordecai and Salimah Valiani
All readings are at 7 pm on Thursday evenings in SB 406 at Emily Carr University, Granville Island, Vancouver (except for Sina Queyras who will be off campus). The On
Note: There is free parking in the parkade under the ECU South Building after 7 pm.

February 12
WORDS AT WORK
Nora Ryan will read from her novel Marie’s Story hosted by Victoria International Development Education Association. This first person narrative of a young Haitian girl struck by a mysterious illness puts a human face on AIDS. www.noraryanbooks.com

Feb 12
LOVE HURTS II POETRY SLAM
University of the Fraser Valley
poets register immediately before the performance and have three minutes to present an
original poem. Judges are randomly selected from the audience. In round
one, poets compete for applause. In round two, finalists present a
second poem and compete for cash and prizes. There are no props. Love or angst poetry is suggested but not mandatory. Doors open and poets register in the UFV Chilliwack theatre
lobby at 7 p.m. The slamming starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information
call 604- 792-0025, local 2471.
Saturday, March 13, 11 am
RWA MEETING
Website:  http://www.rwagvc.com/meetings.html
Presenter Russ Crossley will speak on “Cliff Hangers”.  Location:  Burnaby United, 7591 Gray Avenue, Burnaby.
1ST Thursday of every month
Pandora’s Collective Presents
TWISTED POETS LITERARY SALON
In the spirit of Vancouver all poets are welcome. Come out and bring your best, favourite, newest, oldest poems, and share in an evening of literary surprises. Hosts: Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni
Time: 7-9pm
Feb 23rd: Jen Currin and Christine LeClerc
March 23rd: 4 Poets; Daniela Elza & guests
Location: Cambie Bakery and Cafe – a fantastic selection of fine vegetarian foods, teas, coffees and pastries!
312 Cambie Street (North of Hastings), Vancouver B.C.
Contact: blinsh_pandoras@yahoo.ca
www.pandorascollective.com

2nd Tuesday of every month
Pandora’s Collective Presents
WORD WHIPS – THE NORTH SHORE EDITION
Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten – fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Fran Bourassa and Suzy Malcolm
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
(Sept – June. We are not meeting July and August)
Location: Starbucks in Indigo Books
1025 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Contact: Suzy (bttunes@telus.net) or Fran (fbourassa@nvsd44.bc.ca or 778-835-6775)

PUBLISHING

THE EDITOR’S ASSOCIATION OF CANADA/ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE DES REVISEURS
Professional Editorial Standards
the voice of Canadian editors, is pleased to announce the release of a new edition of its pivotal publication on editing in the English language, Professional Editorial Standards.
Last revised in 1999, the new Professional Editorial Standards has been updated thoroughly to reflect changes in technology and the skills and knowledge required by editors today.
Visit www.editors.ca to download a free copy of Professional Editorial Standards.

OOLICHAN BOOKS – NEW HOME
Oolichan Books is moving Fernie. Randal Macnair of Fernie has acquired a majority partnership in Oolichan Books from founder and long-time publisher Ron Smith.
For further information please contact Randal Macnair at 250-423-7461 or at randal@oolichan.com or visit www.oolichan.com.
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From the desk of Sylvia Taylor, Executive Director, Federation of BC Writers
604-683-2057
bcwriters@shaw.ca
www.bcwriters.com
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