November is National Novel Writing Month: Are you up for the challenge?

2013-Participant-Facebook-ProfileEvery November, hundreds of thousands of writers around the world attempt to write a novel in a month. This phenomenon is otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. The minimum number of words to complete over the 30 days is 50,000, and although some would argue this is not a standard length for a novel (and they’d be right!) the necessary writing pace is on par with many professional novelists (even for those with a day job). So if you’ve ever wanted to know if you have what it takes to be a professional novelist, sign up and give NaNoWriMo a try.

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EDITOR’S THOUGHTS

 

THE SEA OF EXPERTS

Don’t try to be an expert without some workout shoes and a string of places you’ve been.” ~C. Hope Clark

Yeah, I quoted myself. After a particularly tiring day of opening yet another post from someone who had no business being an expert (i.e., “let me show you how to promote your writing” when a Google search shows almost nothing about the person, much less what he wrote), I slung that quote on Twitter and Facebook.

Because we’ve done something once does not make us accomplished. We don’t know if our success was a fluke or a direct result of what we did right. And in our not knowing, how can we counsel others?

We see this a lot at conferences. I feel like such a fraud at conferences where much bigger names exist, and I want to slink to the back of the room and listen to the REAL pros. But then I take measure of what I know and they do not, and I choose those topics to speak about. I consciously note my expertise and lean on it, and I try my darnedest to preach what I have practiced…more than once.

We live in an age where instant information makes us feel wise. We do learn faster than ever before, and what we don’t know, we can look up. But being adept at Googling does not make us experts. Experience does. A network does. Clips in your portfolio do.

I’m not telling you to quit trying to be better or quit trying to earn your stripes to be an expert. But don’t let one moment of success give you the false sense of confidence that you have indeed arrived and earned the right to counsel others.

Focus on your craft, career, and experience. Hone them. Teaching about what you really haven’t experienced does you and others a disservice. You quit following your dreams and they may become misguided seeking theirs.

Write hard. Work hard for your dreams. The expert status will happen if you do. Forcing it can possibly derail all of it if you’re regarded as a fraud early on.

 

~HOPE

 

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WORDS OF SUCCESS

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson –

 

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SUCCESS STORY

 

Hi Hope,

I have great news. I have two stories being published in books coming out in October. One story is in Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Christmas and the other is in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids! Thanks for your wonderful newsletter. I love searching in it for new markets to submit my stories.

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YOU NEED A PLATFORM AS YOU DIVE INTO WRITING

By J. L. Greger

What is a writer’s platform? There are as many definitions as there are experts. In the past, an author’s platform was his reputation (titles, expertise, and past awards). Now Nathan Bransford defines a platform “as the number of eyeballs you can summon as you promote your book” (http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2010/09/what-platform-means-for-writers.html). I suspect he’s right, because “tell-alls” of disgraced, shallow celebrities sell better than well-written memoirs of less famous, heroic individuals. Platforms sell books.

What can you do to build this nebulous entity called a platform? You need a website, blog, and/or a newsletter. Let’s be honest: Most of us electronically reach mainly other authors, who are too busy to read our thoughts as they scramble to build their own platforms.

What can you do to make your written electronic communications more effective? A few points seem obvious but are often overlooked:

1) Sound bites apply to writing. Short, frequent communications are more effective than longer ones.

2) Most readers and search engines only scan articles. Keywords and tag lines are important. The free Google Ad Words Keywords Tool and similar services can help you sharpen your selection of tags.

3) Cooperation pays. Guest blogs expand your audience, i.e. platform.

Public speaking and media appearances are other key elements in building a platform. I know from past experience that drumming up a crowd for a presentation at most libraries takes more than posters plastered around town and a couple event announcements in a local newspaper.

Here are ideas that worked:

==One author mentioned a certain brand of wine repeatedly in his novel, then held a book signing at the winery.

==I speak at libraries on “Science in Your Fiction” not my novels per se. I answer questions like: Could scientists now create a Jurassic Park? Are there real invisibility cloaks? I do this because I was a biology professor and both my novels Coming Flu and Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight, contain snippets of science.

What do these example demonstrate? Be creative and build on your own strengths. Not surprisingly, the book signing in the winery garnered more sales.

Finally, authors, who cease writing more books and focus all their efforts on publicizing their earlier books, have forgotten that building a platform is a multi-legged stool. It takes written publicity, oral presentations, and several strong books to build a sturdy platform for a novelist.

It’s never too soon to start building your author’s platform. Start on it as you write your first novel. And it’s never too late to strengthen your platform, even if you have been delinquent for weeks or months. Building a platform takes sustained effort. A strong platform will make your dive into writing more successful.

— BIO: J. L. Greger, as a biologist and professor emerita of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, enjoys putting tidbits of science into mystery/suspense novels. You can learn more about JL Greger and her dog Bug at her website: www.jlgreger.com and blog: http://jlgregerblog.blogspot.com.

 

 

 

 

COMPETITIONS

 

WRITERS VILLAGE SHORT STORY PRIZE

http://www.writers-village.org/ — ENTRY FEE £15. The first prize is £1,000 ($1,600), with a second prize of £250 ($400) and five runner up prizes of £50 ($80). A further five Highly Commended entrants will receive a free entry in the next round. Every entrant wins because… everyone, winner or not, gets back detailed feedback on how their story was assessed. Deadline November 30, 2013. Any form of short story may be submitted up to 3,000 words and in any genre (e.g. mystery, romance, fantasy, crime, science fiction, children’s).

 

RHINO FOUNDER’S PRIZE

http://rhinopoetry.org/contests/founders-prize/ — $10 ENTRY FEE. Open to all poets with a voice. Deadline October 31, 2013. All contest submissions will also be considered for regular publication in the 2014 edition of RHINO Poetry. The winner will receive $300, publication in the next issue, and will be featured on our website, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Two runners up will receive $50, publication in the next issue, and will be featured on our website. We occasionally nominate a runner-up for a Pushcart Prize. Submit up to five poems per entry fee.

 

BROAD RIVER REVIEW CONTEST

http://broadriverreview.org/official-contest-rules/ — $15 ENTRY FEE. Poetry entries limited to five poems, no more than ten pages. Fiction limited to 5,000 words. Deadline November 15, 2013. We will award $500 to the winner of each contest, as well as publication in the next volume of the Broad River Review, which will appear in Spring 2014. Finalists will also be considered for publication.

 

GEMINI MAGAZINE POETRY OPEN

http://www.gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html — $5 ENTRY FEE (UP TO THREE POEMS). Grand prize $1,000. Second place $100. Four honorable mentions at $25. Deadline January 2, 2014. Prose poem, rhyme, rondeau, free verse, haiku, lyric, narrative, sestina, sonnet….doesn’t matter what it’s called as long as it moves us! We welcome work from widely published poets as well as newcomers.

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST ON MISTAKES

www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/mistakes — $20 ENTRY FEE. For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about mistakes, major or minor, tragic or serendipitous, funny or painful. We’re looking for stories about poor decisions, missteps, or miscalculations; we want to read about embarrassing boo-boos, dangerous misjudgments, or fortuitous faux pas in well-crafted stories that explore the nature and outcomes of human fallibility. $1,000 for Best Essay & $500 for runner-up. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Mistakes” issue. Deadline: November 1, 2013.

 

GRANTS

 

INSIDE ZONE TRANSYLVANIA RESIDENCY

www.insidezone.eu — The Transylvania’s artist residency InSide Zone will start on 4th of May. It will last two weeks but artists may decide to stay longer. The residency is in the area of Carpathian mountains, in Borsec town, Romania. The upper town, once a famous spa in Austro-Hungarian empire is now “beautiful in its own ruins” and still seems to be an ideal place for inspiration and art.It strongly remembers the landscape of Andrei Tarkovsky’s movie, The Stalker, and the mysterious Zone. Interested writers and artists may apply by email sending their bio and samples of work. At the end of residency between 15 to 17 of May the yearly poetry and arts festival will be organized in the town. The residency’s participants may be involved in it if the work they produced during their stay is related with Zone, Borsec town, the area etc. Email transylvanianresidency@gmail.com for details.

 

LEDIG HOUSE RESIDENCY

http://www.artomi.org/program.php?Writers-OMI-4 — Deadline October 20, 2013. Guests may select a residency of one week to two months; about ten at a time gather to live and work in a rural setting overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Ledig House provides all meals, and each night a local chef prepares dinner. Daytime is reserved for writing and quiet activities, while evenings are more communal. A program of weekly visits bring guests from the New York publishing community. Noted editors, agents and book scouts are invited to share dinner and conversation on both creative and practical subjects, offering insight into the workings of the publishing industry, and introductions to some of its key professionals.

 

HAWTHORNDEN CASTLE FELLOWSHIP

http://www.writersservices.com/reference/hawthornden-castle-fellowship — Established 1982 to provide a peaceful setting where published writers can work without disturbance. The Retreat houses five writers at a time, who are known as Hawthornden Fellows. Writers from any part of the world may apply for the fellowships. No monetary assistance is given, nor any contribution to travelling expenses, but once arrived at Hawthornden, the writer is the guest of the Retreat. Applications on forms provided must be made by the end of June for the following calendar year.

 

BREAKOUT NOVELIST SCHOLARSHPIPS (AUSTRALIA)

http://www.novelwritingretreatsaustralia.com/p/breakout-novelist-scholarships-australia.html — Novel Writing Retreats Australia has up to six scholarship places available for a 9 day/8 night Breakout Novelist Retreat in 2014. The Breakout Novelist Retreat takes place on Feb 15-23, 2014 at the retreat property located in Taroona, Tasmania. Applications close at midnight on November 30, 2013. There is no application fee. Successful applicants will be notified on December 5, 2013.

 

WRITERS ADVANCE BOOT CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS

http://writersadvancebootcamp.com/scholarships — The Suzie Benforado Missionary Scholarships are available to writers who have a need and also who have a love to write “outside the box” and their comfort zone to reach those in need of Christ. Scholarship deadline will be December 26, 2013 and winners will be notified by December 28, 2013.

 

FREELANCE MARKETS

 

CHICKEN SOUP: REBOOTING YOUR LIFE

http://www.chickensoup.com — We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1,200 words about how you changed the direction your life was taking or how you got out of your rut. Was it a major change or was it an attitude adjustment? Did you change your life overnight or did it take you a while? Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. Your stories should inspire our readers to take a chance and give them the courage to reboot their own lives. Pays $200 and 10 copies of the book. Deadline January 30, 2014.

 

SHAPE

http://www.shape.com/media-kit/shape-2012-2013-media-kit — Strives to give readers practical ways to improve health, fitness and nutrition in their lives. The editors consider it a whole lifestyle magazine. They are open to pitches in almost all sections of the magazine, to include features. Not particular about word count. Avoid pitching the front-of-the-book news sections. Feel free to pitch the online market, as well. Lifestyle is a particularly good place to break in. Study the masthead and pitch the correct editor, sending the pitch with a photo. Pays $1.50 to $2.00/word. Pays $100 for short blog posts and $400 for longer pieces. Has a kill fee of 1/3 the story fee.

 

AFAR

http://about.afar.com/about/guidelines-and-terms/writers-guidelines/ — Celebrates experiential travel all over the globe, covering destinations abroad and in the U.S., with an in-depth perspective. Pitch the smaller sections, not features, for best odds. AFAR.com is a rapidly growing guide for experiential travelers. The site is currently looking for writers and bloggers who can create local guides to their own cities. For more information on how to become a local expert, visit afar.com/local_experts. Pays $1/word and up.

 

VIA

http://www.viamagazine.com/ — VIA boasts one of the larger circulations in magazine publishing. It’s the magazine of the American Automobile Association for 4.2 million AAA members in Northern California, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, southern Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. VIA’s coverage is primarily focused in the West, which encompasses the states its readers live in as well as Arizona, Washington, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii — even Vancouver, B.C., and some spots south of the border. Avoid pitching the features. Consider the front-of-the-book section called On the Road as well as sections entitled Souvenir, Treasure, Detour, Tastes, and Neighborhood. Pays $1/word and up.

 

JOURNEY

http://www.aaajourney.com/magazine/contact/wguidelines.asp — Journey’s editorial mission is to reflect the lifestyles and tastes of Washington state residents and provide travel coverage from a uniquely Northwestern perspective. As one of AAA’s 40 regional magazines across the country, content focuses on subjects one would expect from an auto club membership publication — safety, technology, insurance and disaster preparedness — but it’s also one of the few mags in the Northwest that covers not only statewide and regional travel, but national and international wanderlust, too. Local writers have a better chance. Columns to pitch include Departures, and other small sections. Pays 50 cents to $1/word. Articles range from 500 to 1,800 words. We assign stories based on writers’ proposals, and rarely accept completed manuscripts.

 

JOBS

 

HEALTH ECONOMICS WRITER
Location Washington DC
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/352694000

Deadline March 17, 2014. The focus of this position is on writing
about complex issues of health policy, which involves working with
individuals and teams of analysts at CBO who are conducting research
in these areas to frame, draft, and edit reports for non-technical
and non-academic audiences. The position may involve conducting
original research on and analysis of health policy issues, but the
primary focus will be on drafting reports and other written products
(such as Congressional testimony) in collaboration with analysts who
are technical experts on a broad range of topics. CBO has very high
standards for the accuracy, precision, clarity, and objectivity of
its written work. Pays $95,000.00 to $140,000/year.

 

PUBLISHERS

 

HENERY PRESS

http://henerypress.com/submissions-humorous-mystery-series/ — Mystery (all subgenres including traditional, humorous, paranormal, and cozy). Thriller/Suspense. Chick Lit (yeah, we said it). No YA or Middle Grade submissions unless they are mysteries, please.

 

BOOKS & SUCH LITERARY AGENCY: JANET KOBOBEL GRANT

http://www.booksandsuch.biz/blog/seeking-inspirational-romance-writers/ — I’d like to represent more authors who want to write pure romanc: contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance.

 

SWOON READS

http://www.swoonreads.com/submit-a-manuscript — Do you have an unpublished teen romance novel? Great! We’re so excited to read it! Uploading your novel to Swoon Reads is simple. They accept both teen romance and new adult novels, but the work must be “original, completed novels that are not, and have never been under contract with another publisher.” (NOTE: An article was written recently on the ins and outs of the contract at Swoon Reads. See more at: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2013/10/swoon-reads-new-crowdsourced-teen.html)

 

ABERDEEN BAY

http://www.aberdeenbay.com/submission.aspx — We publish mostly memoirs and mainstream fiction. We only publish manuscripts that are of high professional quality. It is not necessary for prospective authors to have an agent or any publishing history in order to submit their manuscripts to us.

 

BITTER LEMON PRESS

http://www.bitterlemonpress.com/ — Our books are entertaining and gripping crime fiction that expose the darker side of foreign places. They explore what lies just beneath the surface of the bustling life of cities such as Paris, Havana, Munich and Mexico City. These are books for your travels, whether imaginary or real.

 

 

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[Workshop] Memoir Writing with Ruth Waring [Lindsay]

The Kawartha Lakes Public Library is pleased to present a Memoir Writing Workshop with Ruth Waring on Tuesday, October 22 at 1 – 3 pm in the Meeting Room at the Lindsay branch.

waring ruthAbout Ruth Waring: Currently living in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, Ruth is married to Doug, her high school sweetheart! She is the mother of three adult children and Nana to three grandchildren. She lived her primary years in the hub of Toronto where the world of writing entered her life. The question of Why I Want a Dog at a Canadian National Exhibition contest was duly answered and chosen from among 15,000 letters. An English cocker spaniel puppy, dubbed Susie, entered Ruth’s life and her love for dogs began.

Visit her website: http://www.ruthwaring.com/

Literary Journals in Ontario

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As a nationally focused magazine whose exclusive focus is poetry and poetry-related reviews, interviews and articles, Arc occupies near-exclusive terrain: it has the longest uninterrupted publishing history of a poetry-only literary journal in the country, is the only one of its kind in Ontario, and maintains a commitment to extensive critical discussion of poetry as a form, of work by new poets and new work by established poets.

Brick

Brick is one of North America’s oldest and most respected literary magazines. Edited by three Michaels (Helm, Ondaatje and Redhill) and two Spaldings (Linda and Esta), Brick is published twice yearly out of Toronto, and has readers in every corner of the planet. Brick is known especially as a journal of literary non-fiction focusing on literature and the arts. We publish essays, interviews with writers, cultural commentaries, and belles lettres on everything from film to food. Brick prizes the personal voice, and celebrates opinion, passion, revelation, and the occasional bad joke. In 29 years of publishing, we have featured a great many of the world’s best-loved writers, including Alice Munro, Lawrence Weschler, Jeffrey Eugenides, Margaret Atwood, Robert Creeley, Jose Saramago, Jane Jacobs, Colm Toibin, Marilynne Robinson, Russell Banks, Anne Carson, and many, many others.

Canadian Poetry

Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews (1977- ) is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of Canadian poetry and related materials from all periods and regions in Canada. Edited by D.M.R. Bentley (Department of English, University of Western Ontario) and published twice yearly, it includes reviews of scholarly works and documents of scholarly importance (such as interviews with Canadian poets) as well as articles of varying lengths.

The Danforth Review

The Danforth Review publishes four issues of fiction annually and includes interviews and other features about Canadian literature with a focus on the small press scene.

Descant

Now in its third decade, Descant is a quarterly journal publishing new and established contemporary writers and visual artists from Canada and around the world.

Joyland

Originally started by Toronto writer Emily Schultz to promote her novel of the same name, Joyland has blossomed into a truly remarkable literary playground. From Schultz’s novel, the site moved its focus to short fiction from Toronto, and then expanded operations to include franchises across North America.

Lichen

LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview was launched on May 19, 1999 by four Durham Region writers, Lucy Brennan, Rabindranath Maharaj, Gwynn Scheltema, and Ruth E. Walker. Taking a cue from their publication’s botanical namesake, lichen, the founding editors of this non-profit venture were determined to publish the many creative artists whose diverse work springs from the bedrock of this community. In the pages of LICHEN, the work of local poets, writers, and visual artists appears alongside that of others from across Canada and beyond.

Queen’s Quarterly

Every three months, Queen’s Quarterly, Canada’s oldest multidisciplinary journal, reviews and debates the important events that shape the cultural, political and intellectual life of the country.

Quill & Quire

Quill & Quire is the monthly magazine of the Canadian book trade. Its primary audience is publishers, booksellers, librarians, writers, students and educators, and other media in every province. With an average circulation of 5,000 copies per issue, Quill & Quire reaches an audience of over 25,000 readers. More than 6,000 copies of the magazine are sold on the newsstand each year.

Rampike Magazine

Rampike magazine, in print since 1979, edited by Karl Jirgens, features post-modern art and writing from around the world with a strong focus on Canadian expression. The journal has received substantial support from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council and has published interviews and works by internationally acclaimed figures including Charles Bernstein, Nicole Brossard, William Burroughs, Joseph Beuys, Grand Chief Matthew Coon-Come, Jacques Derrida, Umberto Eco, Martin Esslin, Tomson Highway, Linda Hutcheon, Thomas King, Al Purdy, Julia Kristeva, Robert Kroetsch, Eli Mandel, Louise Nevelson, Dennis Oppenheim, Al Purdy, Josef Skvorecky, Rosemary Sullivan, Phillipe Sollers, and David Foster Wallace, to name only a very few.

The Puritan

The Puritan describes itself as “an online, quarterly publication based in Toronto, Ontario committed to publishing the best in new fiction, poetry, interviews, and reviews.” Specifically, its mission is to publish what it calls “pioneering” literature, though it seems to have a broad definition of what that term means. This is a good thing, since variety is the spice of lit.

University of Toronto Quarterley

Acclaimed as one of the finest journals focused on the humanities, the University of Toronto Quarterly publishes interdisciplinary articles and reviews of international repute. This interdisciplinary approach provides a depth and quality to the journal that attracts both general readers and specialists from across the humanities. UTQ accepts submissions in either English or French. Discover Canada’s Best Kept Literary Secret! – Letters in Canada Subscribers anticipate the ‘Letters in Canada’ issue, published each winter, which contains reviews of the previous year’s work in Canadian fiction, poetry, drama, translations and works in the humanities.

Writers, have you subscribed to Brian Henry’s newsletter?

QBF cakeI highly recommend getting your name added to Brian Henry’s newsletter email list. Here’s a sample of what you will find:

Writing Markets and Contests

Quirk Books free “Looking for Love” novel contest with $10,000 prize and publication … more

The Alice Munro Short Story Contest wants your entry, and the Malahat Review is accepting regular submissions and submissions for nonfiction contest … more

Room, Vallum, Passion, and Dream Quest: Calls for submissions and contests … more

Reviews wanted of plays, movies, restaurants and, especially books … more

A free short story contest and a contest for short stories, plays and poetry … more

More writing contests here: http://tinyurl.com/743hfsw
More markets for short pieces here: http://tinyurl.com/cqjm7xp
More book publishers here: http://tinyurl.com/ctper8s

Sign up for the list herehttp://quick-brown-fox-canada.blogspot.ca/

Brian Henry is coming to Peterborough on July 21. Have you registered for his workshop yet? Details here.

Are you ready for Camp NaNoWriMo?

2013-Participant-Campfire-Circle-BadgeBased on November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Camp NaNoWriMo provides the online support, tracking tools, and hard deadline to help you write the rough draft of your novel in a month… other than November!

Camp NaNoWriMo was established in 2011 as a project of the Office of Letters and Light, the parent 501(c)(3) nonprofit to National Novel Writing Month and the Young Writers Program. 2013 Camp sessions will take place in April and July.

What: Writing a novel from scratch in one month’s time. (You choose your word-count goal.)

Who: You! (And about 20,000 other novelists around the world.) Let’s write some perhaps-awful, but definitely lengthy, prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties.

When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster. Writing begins at 12:00 AM on April 1, and again on July 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach your word-count goal by 11:59 PM on the last day of the month. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

Are you ready? Sign up now!

Lakefield Literary Festival – July 12 – 14 [Lakefield]

The Lakefield Literary Festival celebrates its rich literary heritage each July on the weekend closest to Margaret Laurence’s birthday, and showcases many current Canadian authors. The festival was created to celebrate the work of Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and Margaret Laurence, among others, all of whom lived and wrote in Lakefield.

Highlights:

ANIMALS ABOUND AT THE CHILDREN’S TENT
Saturday July 13
9:30 am Cenotaph Park.

Admission: Free to all. Donations are appreciated.
We are excited to bring together the award-winning creators of the Stanley picture books and the Good Times Travel Agency series, author Linda Bailey and illustrator, Bill Slavin. Linda will also tell the story Toads on Toast, her newest picture book. Bill’s love of comics shines through in his graphic novel series, Elephants Never Forget. He is pleased to present the latest book in the series. Bill’s partner in life and work, Esperança Melo is the designer of this year’s Festival T-shirts. Her newest books include Mr. Dash and the Cupcake Calamity and Jojo the Giant, nominated for the 2013 Blue Spruce Award.

STORIES ABOUT STORYTELLERS
2:30pm Bryan Jones Theatre, Lakefield College School

Admission: $20.00
Join host and Trent University teacher, Lewis MacLeod, as we greet a giant in the Canadian publishing world, Douglas Gibson and many famous Canadian authors. The one-man show based on his most recent book, Stories About Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and Others, consists of Douglas telling stories about the authors he got to know well in the course of his amazing career as their Editor and Publisher. Each of the 21 authors he discusses at length appears on a central screen behind him in a lively caricature specially created by the mischievous Tony Jenkins of The Globe and Mail. Over 40 versions of the unique show have been given in eight provinces across Canada since October 2011 producing reactions such as “hilarious”, “moving” and “entertaining and informative.” This presentation could only come from someone who has had a long and fascinating career working behind the scenes with some of the most memorable literary men and women of our era.

And more events scheduled!
Purchase tickets on-line or by mail. See website for details.

Want to write a picture book? Markham author Hélène Boudreau reveals her process

HeleneYawningBookCover-600Inkygirl.com recently interviewed Hélène Boudreau and got her to share her writing process for her new picture book, I Dare You Not To Yawn, including the book’s evolution over six drafts. Well worth a look if you’re thinking about writing a picture book. Hélène shares the entire process right from the spark of an idea.

Hélène is an Acadian/Métis writer and artist. A native of Isle Madame, Nova Scotia, she writes fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults from her land-locked home in Markham, Ontario, Canada. She has published five non-fiction and nine fiction books for children and young adults, including the picture book I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN (Candlewick) and the tween series REAL MERMAIDS (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky).

There’s Still Time to Register for the CanWrite! Conference – June 13-16 [Orillia]

LITERARY MASTERS + WRITERS’ RETREAT + CONFERENCE!

The Canadian Authors Association’s annual CanWrite! conference is for aspiring, emerging and accomplished writers. We are once again incorporating a retreat element into our conference, but with a bit of a twist. Regular workshops and master classes are offered in the afternoons, and you have a selection of options for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings — an à la carte menu to make sure this writers’ conference meets your current needs.

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

  • Moderated expressive writing circles
  • Special interest sessions (eg. creativity jump start, writers’ guide to social media)
  • Pitch sessions with publishing professionals

WHAT IS ON THE PROGRAM?

  • Optional retreat mornings – personal writing, social or ‘me’ time
  • Selection of half-day afternoon workshops on writing and master classes for published and mid-career authors
  • Book fair and author signings
  • Panel discussions on timely issues in the publishing industry
  • Exhibits by professionals offering specialized services to writers
  • Open mike readings
  • 2013 CAA Literary Awards
  • CAA Annual General Meeting

Stay tuned for more information, options and details to come.

  • Date: June 13–16, 2013
  • Location: Lakehead University, Orillia Campus, Orillia ON

For further information, contact Courtney or Noelle at admin@canauthors.org or call our national office at 1 866 216 6222.

$900 fiction prize and $600 poetry prize in the Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Exellence

the puritanThe Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence recognizes the single best piece of short fiction and poem submitted to The Puritan. Submissions will be read and judged by the editors of The Puritan in a double-blind judging process. Fiction submissions are capped at 12,000 words, and submissions of poetry must be no longer than 3 pages in length.

The cost per each submission is $10 CAD, payable via The Puritan’s PayPal account. Payments should be made under the SAME name attached to the story or poem submitted. Please submit by classifying your work as “Thomas Morton Prize” in our submission category tab. Submissions will be cross-referenced with receipts of payment, and eligible submitters who follow these instructions will receive an email confirming BOTH the receipt of payment and literary submission.

The contest deadline is September 30th, 2013, and the winner will be announced in October. The winners will receive their prize of $900 for fiction and $600 for poetry and a prize package of books from various Canadian publishers (Coach House Books, House of Anansi, ECW Press, Porcupine’s Quill, Freehand Books, Goose Lane Editions, Cormorant Books, Brick Books, Mansfield Press, Pedlar Press, and Tightrope Books) worth approximately $600. Winning entries will also be published in The Puritan (Issue XXIII: Fall 2013).

General Submission Guidelines

Submissions should fall under one of five (5) categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, and reviews. Unless we are soliciting your work, all submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing). Only e-mail submissions are accepted (save those trees for maypoles). Send all questions and messages to puritanmagazine [at] gmail [dot] com; use the manager above to submit work for consideration.

For further information and submission guidelines, please see The Puritan’s website.