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Short Story: Maximum 2,500 words, unpublished, in English.
Poetry: Maximum 60 lines including title and blank lines, unpublished, in English.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

April meeting

Modernism and Micro-fiction in Creative Writing, with Cyril Dabydeen
DATE: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: McNabb Community Center, Percy St. at Gladstone

Cyril will focus on some modern trends in writing, and ask the question: Does length really matter? He will dwell on the intersections between poetry and short fiction and the opportunities that arise for creative writers reflecting on the many possibilities, as well as the challenges of changing genres and voice, and the notions of plot, beginning and closure in the short-story form.

BIO: Cyril Dabydeen teaches Creative Writing at the University of Ottawa, and is a former Poet Laureate of Ottawa (1984-87). His work has appeared in over 60 literary magazines and anthologies world-wide. He has done more than 300 readings internationally and was twice adjudicated for the Governor General Award (Poetry) and the USA Neustadt Prize for Literature (UOklahoma) in 2000.