2017 National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC)

30th Annual National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC)

Sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association–National Capital Region

Short Story • Poetry

$300 First Place • $200 Second Place • $100 Third Place

Open to all Canadian writers.

Deadline: 11:59 PM/23h59 EST Friday, February 3, 2017

  • Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online.
  • Winning entries will be published in Byline, and all finalists’ entries will be published in a 2017 Anthology celebrating NCWC’s 30th Anniversary. All rights will remain with the writer.

Short Story: Maximum 2,500 words, unpublished, in English.
Poetry: Maximum 60 lines including title and blank lines, unpublished, in English. No Haiku.

Name or other identifiers must not appear anywhere on the story or poem as entries will be blind judged. Judges’ decisions are final. No entries will be returned. For multiple entries, each must be accompanied by its entry fee and separate cover with name and contact information.

The six finalists in each category will be notified by email.

We hope that finalists and their friends and families will attend the Awards Night, Tuesday, May 8, 2017, 7:oo p.m. in the AUDITORIUM of the MAIN BRANCH, OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY, 120 Metcalfe Street. Finalists will be invited to read their entries.

Entry Fees: Short Story: $15 per single story; Poetry: $5 per single poem.


Electronic Entries

Send entries individually to ncwc-ncr@canadianauthors.org

Subject Line: 2017 Short Story Contest, or 2017 Poetry Contest, whichever is appropriate

Include in the body of email:

  • name
  • postal address
  • email address
  • phone number(s)
  • title of entry
  • word count

Name or other identifiers must not appear anywhere on the story or poem as entries will be blind judged. Attach to the email a single short story or a single poem as a Word (.doc).

For short stories: 12 point Times Roman, double spaced, 1.25 cm/1/2” paragraph indent.
For poems, 12 point Times Roman.

If you wish to pay be e-transfer, the email address is NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

Or pay using PayPal


Entries



 

Mailed Entries

Name or other identifiers must not appear anywhere on the story or poem as entries will be blind judged.Include a separate cover page with name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number(s), the title of your entry and the word count.

For short stories: 12 point Times Roman, double spaced, 1.25 cm/1/2” paragraph indent.
For poems, 12 point Times Roman.

Mail to:
CAA National Capital Writing Contest
163 Bell St., N., Box 57081
Ottawa ON K1R 7E1
Attention: Sherrill Wark

 


2016 NCWC Results

POETRY

First Place:  “Green Shift” by Gill Foss

Second Place: “High School Reunion” by Sylvia Adams

Third Place: “Feeding the Flowers” by Helen Gamble

Honourable Mentions:

“Christmas Baking” by Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith
“A Piece of Scotch Plaid” by Gerry Mooney
“Preparing for Winter” by Gerry Mooney

SHORT STORY

First Place: “What the Chipmunk Is Thinking” by Lynn Jatania

Second Place: “The Step-Mother’s Story: We Never Called Her Cinderella” by Tony Bove

Third Place: “Leveller” by Adrienne Stevenson

Honourable Mentions:

“Benny and Margot Forever” by Adam Heenan
“Mask Island” by Josephine Bolechala
“A Stone in the Temple” by Arlene Somerton Smith

March meeting

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
7:00 p.m.
McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy Street
TOPIC: Historical Writing: Where to look for what you want, with L.D. Cross

For the writer looking for historical information, we live in a resource rich environment. Here in Ottawa we benefit from facilities supported by taxpayers across the country. Some sources are obvious, others not so. Then there is the online search – a bounty of data both factual and fictional which you need to sort out.

Research never stops. You can always learn something new about an old subject. And it is not just writers who are sleuthing out the past. Everybody is in the hunt for what happened when -- financial analysts, car buyers and even scientists. But as writers we get to weave our discoveries about the past into entertaining stories that will captivate readers into the future.

“Research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing” -- Wernher von Braun, aerospace engineer

BIO: L.D.Cross (Dyan) is an Ottawa writer of business and lifestyle articles as well as books about unique aspects of Canadian history. Her creative non-fiction articles have received awards of excellence for features and editorial writing as well as writing for seniors.

She won the inaugural Ontario Historical Society (OHS) 2010 Huguenot Society of Canada Award honouring “the best book published in Ontario in the past three years which has brought public awareness to the principles of freedom of conscience and freedom of thought” for The Underground Railroad: the long journey to freedom in Canada in the Amazing Stories series.