Federation Vox

Federation Vox

The Federation of BC Writers Electronic Bulletin
June 26, 2008

“If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads,
but what he re-reads.”
– Francois Mauriac

In this issue of our e-bulletin

Literary Writes–one day extension!
Trade Magazine Writers Symposium
A Call for Submissions from Canadian Poets
The People’s History Project
Ascent Aspirations Poetry, Flash Fiction Contest
Adirondack Review/Black Lawrence Press
Matrix Magazine LitPop 2008 Awards
Call for Poets–Montreal Poetry Festival
Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest
Fernie Writers Conference 2008
Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival
SFU’s Symposium on the Book
The Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival


Literary Writes–one day extension!
Judge: Pauline Holdstock
This Year’s Category: Short Fiction, any genre
(literary, mystery, romance, speculative or science fiction)
Deadline: July 1, 2008 (will accept entries dated July 2)
First Prize: $500 and publication in WordWorks
Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $150
Submission guidelines: http://www.bcwriters.com/literary.php

The Summer issue of WordWorks will be delivered to members the second week of July. If
you’ve moved recently, let us know! Please ensure your membership is current–we hate to
remove anyone from our database but we can’t afford to keep long-lapsed members on the
WordWorks and BC BookWorld mailing lists. Barbara Coleman, our membership coordinator,
will be sending out renewal notices next week for memberships expiring in June, July and
August 2008.
Trade Magazine Writers Symposium
Did you know most trade publications pay $1 upward per word?
Learn how to break into the lucrative trade magazine writing industry at the Trade
Magazine Writers Symposium, taking place in Vancouver at SFU Harbour Centre on July 28.
The Federation is pleased to partner with the BC Association of Magazine Publishers to bring
together trade magazine publishers, editors and writers for an informative afternoon of panel
discussions and sessions. Federation members can attend the event at no charge. Please
register in advance. Call 604-688-1175 or email pr******@bc***.ca

A Call for Submissions from Canadian Poets
Dream Catcher magazine seeks poetry submissions from Canadians for its 23rd issue, scheduled
for the Spring of 2009. Poems can be of any length, in any form, and on any subject. Deadline is
September 30, 2008. Submissions by email are welcome as either plain text in the body of an
email or as Microsoft Word attachments. Email your submissions to pa********@ho*****.com
Dream Catcher is an international publication, published in the UK, and Canadian poets Don
McKay, Karen Solie, Gary Barwin and Russell Thornton were featured in an essay on Canadian
poets in Dream Catcher 21 (Spring 2008). For more information, check out their website at

The People’s History Project
This year you can become part of BC history. The Royal BC Museum wants your story and is
accepting submissions until January 11, 2009. Filled with photographs, text, audio and video
submissions, The People’s History Project will live on in the BC Archives as an electronic time
capsule of BC history as seen through the eyes of British Columbians in 2008–the provinces’
150th anniversary. Share your own story about arriving, growing up, working or living in BC. Visit the website at www.freespiritbc.ca/peopleshistory, or call 250-381-4305 to record your
story in your own voice.

Ascent Aspirations Poetry, Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: July 31, 2008.
Ascent Aspirations, published by Islands regional representative and FED board member
David Fraser, is looking for ardent, amorous erotica that will titillate their readers. Think of
Aphrodite, goddess of beauty, fertility and sensual love, not boring, mundane, graphic porn.
Maximum length of each poem is 60 lines (and spaces between the stanzas count as lines!).
Maximum length for flash fiction is 800 words. For more info, check out the website.

Adirondack Review/Black Lawrence Press First Annual 46er Poetry Prize
Deadline: July 31, 2008.
The Adirondack Review and Black Lawrence Press are pleased to announce the first annual
46er Poetry Prize. (Please note that the 46er Prize stands in place of the Fiddlehead Poetry
Prize, which was established last year.) The winner will receive $400 and publication in The
Adirondack Review.
Entrants may submit up to three original, unpublished poems. For
complete details, please visit the website.

Matrix Magazine LitPop 2008 Awards

Deadline: July 15, 2008.
Matrix is looking for original, unpublished poems (no more than 5) and short stories of up to
5000 words. The two winners (poetry and fiction) will receive roundtrip airfare to Montreal
(October 1-5), a VIP pass to the Pop Montreal festival, free accomodation at a bed & breakfast,
and publication in the fall issue of Matrix with honourarium and presentation of the award at a
special Matrix Litpop event at the festival. For complete details, visit the website.

Call for Poets–Montreal Poetry Festival
The Montreal Public Poetry Festival is now accepting applications from poets to participate
in this year’s event entitled “Pure Lines” scheduled for September 26 to 28. The festival
follows a “fringe” format and is being organized by Public Poetry/Poesie Pulique. Deadline
for applications is Friday, August 29. For info, go to www.publicpoetry.wordpress.com .
To receive an application form, send an email to pu**********@gm***.com%27%29" target="_blank">pu**********@gm***.com and include the
words “application form” in the subject line.

Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest
Deadline: September 15, 2008.
Submit your fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry or children’s book manuscript not previously
published as a printed book. The winning author will receive a Trade Book Publishing contract
with the contest sponsor BookLand Press. Blind judging in effect. $45 entry fee per manuscript,
multiple entries allowed. Please see website for details.

Fernie Writers Conference 2008
In 2008 the Fernie Writers Conference expands to two weeks (July 14 to 27) and matures. The
first week offers a workshop in screenwriting. The second week begins the literary sessions
with novel and short story workshops (taught by Fed members Angie Abdou and Luanne
Armstrong) plus much more. For more information, please visit www.ferniewriters.org

Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival
This year’s festival (July 17 to 20) includes Jack Hodgins, bill bissett, Maggie De Vries, Sharon
Butala, Jen SookFong Lee and others. Hosted by CBC’s Sheryl MacKay . Fed member Howard
will present a workshop on Writing BC Stories and participate in Friday night’s Literary
Cabaret. For more information, go to http://www.denmanislandwritersfestival.com

SFU’s Symposium on the Book
At the Symposium on the Book (taking place at SFU Harbour Centre, July 12), crime
writing aficionados and literary fiction connoisseurs alike will be stimulated and engaged
in this year’s symposium as ten of Canada’s top experts on all aspects of crime writing and
publishing delve deep not only into the techniques and mechanics of writing crime, but into
the role and place of genre writing in Canada. Tickets are $75 and includes six books (one
from each author). For info, go to http://www.ccsp.sfu.ca/pubworks/symposium+book.html.
Register today by calling 778 782 5241 or email pu******@sf*.ca%27%29" target="_blank">pu******@sf*.ca

The Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival
At the The 5th Annual Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival, hosted by Fed members Sita
Carboni and Bonnie Nish (the mighty duo behind Pandora’s Collective!), will take place on
Saturday, July 26, 2008 from 12 to 8 pm at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park. This event
is an annual, engaging outdoor festival established to raise public awareness regarding the
on-going literary events, programs and resources available in the community. This year’s
event will feature 20 literary groups including the Federation of BC Writers, multi-cultural
readings in various languages, workshops, panel discussions, a poetry slam and a short story
slam. Live music, dancers, open mics and a kid’s area with puppet shows, face painting,
crafts and more! Author Evelyn Lau will open the festival with a 20-minute reading on the
Main Stage and Vancouver Poet Laureate George McWhirter will open the Community Stage.
Details can be found on the website!


Federation Vox is compiled by Fernanda Viveiros, Executive Director of the Federation
of British Columbia Writers. The Federation of British Columbia Writers is BC’s largest
writers organization, serving over 650 organizational and individual members throughout
the province. For information on the Federation, please visit our website at

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