The Annual $5,550 Margaret Reid Poetry Prize for Traditional Verse is open! The annual $5,550 Tom Howard Short Story, Essay and Prose Contest is also now open for entries, but will close on March 31, so now is the time to lodge your story or essay before the judges are swamped by the last-month rush! And also open of course is the current $5,550 Tom Howard Poetry Contest for Verse in All Styles and Genres.
As you know, these Newsletters are issued only twice a month (usually on the first and fifteenth days). Sometimes it’s necessary to get information across more quickly, so I’ve started a blog, http://writing-events.blogspot.com One of its purposes is to provide news of my own poetic endeavors (currently “A Salute to Spanish Verse”), but it will also be used to provide Contest help and information.
For example, in my last Newsletter, I mentioned the importance of an eye-catching title to rivet the judges’ attention to your entry right from the start, and I listed some of the titles from the Tom Howard collection, Escape to Paradise and Other Poetic Fancies.
But almost equally important are your first lines and your first stanza. On the current blog, http://writing-events.blogspot.com, I’ve provided some good examples from the above book.
The website for the Tom Howard Poetry Contest is http://tomhowardpoetry.bravepages.com
The latest Margaret Reid anthology is Love & City Dreaming: Poems by Margaret Havill Reid. Margaret’s range and versatility in this book provide an excellent guide to the verse we are seeking for the Margaret Reid Prize.
You’ll also find plenty of rousing titles and attention-getting opening lines in our previous anthologies of winning entries such as SAILING IN THE MIST OF TIME: Award-Winning Poems in which 108 award-winning and commended poems are gathered together in a large-format, 196-page book!
For more information, I recommend my Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS: How To Join the Winners’ Circle for Prose and Poetry Awards, If you’ve been wasting your time and money sending great stories or magnificent poems to Contests that immediately place them in the reject basket, here’s a book to set you on the right path.
This year, the prize pool for our prose and poetry contests has been increased to $5,550 (including a First Prize of $3,000). Entry fees have not been raised. The entry fee for the prose contest remains at $15 for each short story or essay up to 5,000 words in length. There are ten cash prizes in all, but the judges do reserve the right to award extra cash prizes if they so desire. For the last prose contest, the judges awarded no less than $500 in additional prizes, bringing the total prize pool up to $5,850 instead of the advertised $5,350!
To enter your poems in our current poetry contests, you will find full information at http://margaretreid.exactpages.com OR http://poetrycontests.exactpages.com. You will note that although the prize-money has been increased, entry fees do remain at $7 for every 25 lines.
Unlike almost all other poetry contests, we impose no limits on the number of lines or number of poems you may submit.
You can also visit the home page of http://www.winningwriters.com and click on the contests at the top left of the screen.
As stated above, the Tom Howard Short Story, Essay & Prose Contest is open. Entries will close on March 31, 2010. Again, let me make it clear at once that we are seeking entries in ALL categories, including “literary” fiction, but most particularly we would like to award prizes to popular, everyday, mainstream stories, essays and prose, as even a casual glance at our anthologies of winning and commended entries such as Keep Watching the Skies! An Anthology of Prize-Winning Short Stories will soon make plain. You’ll find full details at http://shortstorycontest.0catch.com
One of the key recommendations in my Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS is that you take a look at some of the entries that have won prizes in previous contests. This will give you some idea of the types and varieties of stories and prose pieces that have won prizes in the past. The books I recommend here are the two “Watching” books: “Watching the Skies” above, and WATCHING TIME: Anthology of Prizewinning Essays & Short Stories.
And finally I notice Amazon are still selling the new, expanded edition of “Write Ways…” for only $11.25 (which is considerably less than the original edition, even though the new edition has more pages and lots more valuable information): Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS: How To Join the Winners’ Circle for Prose and Poetry Awards, NEW EXPANDED EDITION
Keep writing on!
All my very best wishes!
Fed. of BC Writers E-newsletter
January 22, 2010
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING
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.
WRITING CONTEST FOR STUDY ABROAD
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Oh Canada submission”. Entrants must live in Canada.
MALAHAT REVIEW – NOVELLA CONTEST
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: email@example.com. Check the website for full contest details.
ANNUAL OKANAGAN SHORT FICTION CONTEST
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.
CREATIVE NON-FICTION ON THE SUBJECT OF “MIGRATION”
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.
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.
ROSE & CROWN 2010 NEW NOVELS COMPETITION
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.
FISH ONE-PAGE STORY PRIZE 2010
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.
FISH POETRY PRIZE 2010
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.
FREEFALL POETRY & PROSE CHAPBOOK CONTEST
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.
Short Story Contest and Poetry Contest
San Luis Obispo NightWriters
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
1ST BOOK COMPETITION
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
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
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” – firstname.lastname@example.org. Include: Publicity bio, publisher’s copy, cover image in jpeg format, publisher name, year/month of publication, ISBN, and price.
ISLAND WRITER MAGAZINE
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
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.
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.
February 18 – April 8
THURSDAYS 6:30 – 9:30 PM
POETRY: WORKING IN A SERIES
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!
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.
SECURE FOOTING IN A CHANGING LITERARY LANDSCAPE
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.
March 6 – April 10
SATURDAYS 10 AM – 1 PM
CRITIQUING YOUR WORK: FICTION AND CREATIVE NON-FICTION WITH RITA MOIR
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, email@example.com, www.banffcentre.ca
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
June 24 – 27, 2010
CANWRITE! 2010 – THE CANADIAN AUTHORS’ ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Theme: “Applying Technology to Your Writing”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
RYERSON UNIVERSITY WRITING CLASSES
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
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.
WORDSTORM OCEANSIDE WORDWORX
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.
January 28, 6:30 pm
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 (email@example.com) or Fran (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-835-6775)
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 email@example.com or visit www.oolichan.com.
WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES
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 Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni.
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm (4th Tuesday of each month – except December)
Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room
1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC
or visit http://www.pandorascollective.com/openmics.html
For volunteer opportunities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This book was inspired by an art and poetry exhibition that was hosted by the South Delta Artists Guild and was a collaboration between the South Delta Artists Guild and two writers’ groups, Pandora’s Collective and World Poetry Café. Poets were invited to write a poem inspired by a work of art. Alternatively, poets could submit poems that artists interpreted in paintings. The result was a very successful exhibit that was well attended by the public, the artists and the poets. It was an inspiring show of 95 paintings and 95 poems. This book contains many of the images and poems from the show.
To order the book please go to www.SouthDeltaArtistsGuild.com and download the order form.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Afternoon with Dead Poets 2
The Café for Contemporary Art
140 East Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC
You’re invited to listen to five poets reading poems from one of their favourite dead poets.
Poems of Charles Bruce (1906-1968) read by Sandy Shreve
Poems of Edwin Muir (1887-1959) read by Chris topher Levenson
Poems of R. S. Thomas (1913-2000) read by Russell Thornton
—ten minute intermission—
Poems of Al Purdy (1918-2000) read by Rob Taylor
Poems of Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963) read by Kate Braid
Emcee: David Zieroth
In each presentation you will hear a brief introduction to the poet followed by a reading of selected poems, 15 minutes in total.
Cafca is one block up from Lonsdale Quay and the Seabus. Bring your friends and enjoy the coffee and art. Seating is limited.
For more info: Cafca at http://cafeforcontemporaryart.com/
Thursday, January 28th,
PRISM Turns 50!!!
8:00PM to 12:00AM
The a’s Lounge, The a Koerner Building , 6371 Crescent Road, UBC Campus, Vancouver , BC
Hello PRISM lovers!!!
Can you believe that PRISM international is 50 years old? It’s not every day that a literary journal reaches the big 5-0, so we’re rolling out the red carpet and throwing a big bash to celebrate. It’s going to be a night of libations, music, amuse-bouches and literary shenanigans.
We’ll have readings from Bill Gaston, Deborah Willis, George McWhirter , Elizabeth Bachinsky, as well as toasts from past and present PRISM editors.
You’ll also go home with our extended 50th Anniversary Retrospective issue, which includes writing by Margaret Atwood, Seamus Heaney, Raymond Carver, Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Italo Calvino, Irving Layton, and many more!
Feel free to bring your friends!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
From PRISM 2009/2010 Editors: Rachel Knudsen, Elizabeth Ross, Nadia Pestrak and Dan Schwartz
James Street Café – 8:00 p.m.
Spoken INK is an open mic/reading series brought to you by the Burnaby Writers’ Society, and held every third Tuesday (September to June) at the James Street Café, just one short block east of Boundary Road on Canada Way at Smith (NE corner) in Burnaby.
Feb. 21st at the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island, 10:30 pm for 90 minutes.
Feb. 22nd, also at the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island, 30 minute set (10:30pm)
Feb. 23rd at a French club called the Adrenaline, 9:30 – 11:00 pm, 2 sets.
Deadline: February 1, 2010
Submit a single work of fiction between 10,000 and 20,000 words. No restrictions as to genre, subject matter, or aesthetic approach. Fee: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Prize: $500 plus paid publication. Details: http://www.malahatreview.ca/novella_contest/info.html
Deadline: registration, March 15; completion, April 30, 2010
Writers must complete a book-length work, with the bulk of the writing happening on location at their chosen coffee shop. Registration is required. Fee: $30. Prize: Trip for two to Fernie, B.C., and tuition to the 2010 Fernie Writers Conference. Details: http://www.coffeeshopauthor.com/
First Prize – $25 and a One Year Free Membership ($25 value) & A Fancy Certificate
Second Prize – One Year Free Membership ($25 value) & A Fancy Certificate
Third Prize – $10 & A Fancy Certificate
Plus 12 Honourable Mention Awards of A Fancy Certificate Each
Plus All winning entries to be published in a chapbook and all poets whose work appears in the chapbook will get 1 free copy of the book per poem published inside.
Rules and Guidelines:
Poems may be on any theme and in any style.
Maximum length per poem is 36 lines and the stanza spaces count as lines.
Poems may be previously published, but not previously have won any contest prizes.
Blind judging: No author I.D. to be anywhere on the same page as the poem, back or front. Include a cover page with your name, address, phone number and e-mail along with your poem title(s).
Contest Deadline: April 15, 2010 postmark date
Entry fee: Up to 3 poems for $5 & additional poems $2 each.
There is no limit to the number of submissions per poet.Submit your entry in hard copy along with payment to
The Ontario Poetry Society, 31 Marisa Court , Thornhill , L4J 6H9
Enclose a #10 s.a.s.e. for Winners List
Contest Judge is Debbie Okun Hill
Additional chapbooks will be available for sale at $5 each.
Deadline: May 15, 2010
Submit fiction of up to 3,000 words, creative non-fiction of up to 4,000 words or suites of up to 5 poems. Fee: $25 (includes subscription). Prize: $750 in each category, plus paid publication. Details: http://www.subterrain.ca
Dear Friends of the Robson Reading Series:
Just a quick reminder that the Robson Reading Series will be hosting two of Canada’s funniest authors, Ian Ferguson and Mark Leiren-Young, on Thursday, January 14, at 7 p.m. at the UBC Bookstore/Library Robson Square.
If you can’t make it that night, Ian Ferguson, will also be giving a reading at 2 p.m., on Thursday, January 14 at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the Point Grey UBC Campus (1961 East Mall).
The idea for these fun-filled January readings was inspired by the work of Dr. Cliff Arnall, a British researcher who created a formula for calculating the most depressing day of the year.
Taking into account a number of factorsincluding weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels, and feeling of a need to take actionArnall deduced that the most depressing day of the year falls on a Monday near the end of January, a day now known as “Blue Monday.”
While the quality of Arnell’s research is dubious and his mathematical formula nonsensical, we at the Robson Reading Series will latch onto any excuse to have a good time. And we couldn’t think of anyone better suited to make people laugh the January doldrums away than by hosting authors Ian Ferguson and Mark-Leiren Young.
Both Ferguson and Leiren-Young have been awarded Canada’s highest literary humour award, the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour; Ferguson for his book Village of the Small Houses: A Memoir of Sorts, and Leiren-Young for his memoir Never Shoot A Stampede Queen.
( And in case quality Canadian humour isn’t reason enough to attend the event, as is noted in the best-selling book How to be Canadian, a tongue-in-cheek guide Ian Ferguson co-authored with his brother Will Ferguson: “Let’s face it, Canadian writers are a breed apart. God-like, good-looking, sophisticated, smooth and reputedly well endowed: Is there anyone alive who does not envy the status and glory that is the Canadian author?”)
Ian Ferguson and Mark Leiren-Young will be reading at the UBC Bookstore/Library Robson Square (800 Robson Street) on January 14, 2010 at 7 p.m. Admission is free!
The Robson Reading Series is funded by the UBC Bookstore, UBC Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. In addition, we receive financial support from the Canada Council through the Writers Union of Canada, and promotional support from Geist Magazine.
Poet and social commentator Billeh Nickerson and Journey-Prize winning short-story writer Craig Boyko, January 28, 2010, at 7 p.m.
UBC Bookstore @ Robson Square
From: The Antigonish Review <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Poetry/Fiction Contest reminder