Our September meeting and other news for writers

CAA-NCR Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018
7:15 p.m.
McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy Street at Gladstone

First Page Challenge
CAA- NCR Annual General Meeting

Seven writers submitted first pages from their novels and short stories to be evaluated by expert eyes. Join us to learn how to capture the attention of readers from the first page. Stacey D. Atkinson, editor, and Cyril Dabydeen, author and creative writing instructor, will give their feedback about the work.
More information on upcoming meetings: CAA-NCR Meetings

CAA Niagara Branch
Fifteen Stories High Short Story Contest
Entry fee: $15 per story (non-refundable)
Deadline: Midnight September 30, 2018
Prize: First Prize: $300, Second Prize: $200, Third Prize: $100

The Canadian Authors Niagara Branch annual short story contest (previously Ten Stories High) is now Fifteen Stories High and is open to all Ontario Writers. Any genre but must be previously unpublished and remain unpublished until contest results are announced. Entries in fiction and creative nonfiction are welcome, minimum of 1,000 to a maximum of 3,000 words


Other Workshops

Susan Hickman 4-Week Intensive Writing Course

Four fall evenings starting October 9.
$129. Early bird discount of 10% for registering by September 11.
Learn some essential tools of the trade for jumpstarting your writing or taking an ongoing project to the next level.  Course includes free professional editing of your work.
NOTE: Susan is offering an ONLINE COURSE this fall.
Contact: shickman19@gmail.com

WRITESCAPE Turning Leaves 2018

November 2 to 4, 2018
Fern Resort, Lake Couchiching, Ontario
It’s the tenth anniversary and Writescape is celebrating in style. Our guest author this fall is Andrew Pyper, Canada’s answer to Stephen King. Enjoy a Friday evening fireside chat with Andrew and a Saturday morning workshop to focus on your skills and move your writing to a whole new level.


Submission Calls And Opportunities

Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-Wsubmission/

Bywords.ca: Online Monthly Magazine

Deadline: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.
We accept previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets

  • By current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa.
  • Or by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.

We pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks.

  • Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca.


  • www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines
  • Amanda Earl, Managing Editor, guidelines @ bywords.ca

See the Bywords.ca literary events calendar: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases and slams.


Other Opportunities

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Entry Fee: $12 per poem

Deadline: September 30, 2018
Prize: Two top prizes of $1,500 with one-year gift certificate from their co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $50 value), 10 awards of $100 each. The Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 goes to a poem in any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 goes to a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Submit poems on any theme, up to 250 lines each.


Blydyn Square Books 2018 Publishing Contest

Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: September 30, 2018
Prize: A standard Blydyn Square Books publishing contract for their upcoming 2021 publication list
Questions: eliot@blydynsquarebooks.com


Eyelands Book Awards 2018

Entry Fee: $30 USD
Deadline: October 20, 2018
Prize: Grand prize (published books): Five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on their website. Grand prize (unpublished books): Publication from Strange Days Books.
Eyelands.gr literary magazine, in collaboration with Strange Days Books, organize an annual international short story contest, which is the only international short story contest based in Greece.


CBC Short Story Prize

Genre: Unpublished fiction between 1200 and 1800 words
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: October 31, 2018
Prize: The winner receives $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, will have their story published on CBC Books and will have the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.
All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are welcome to enter this contest.


Out And About In Town


Media Club Of Ottawa

The Pros and Cons of Travel Writing Today
With freelance writers Laura Byrne Paquet, Susan Hallett, Susan Korah and Peter Johansen
Tuesday, September 18


Tree Reading Series

Happy Goat Coffee
35 Laurel St. (Hintonburg)

Tuesday, September 11
8:00 p.m.
Heather Cadsby “One hundred proof associative thought” –– Brick
Jessica Bebenek Transdisciplinary artist and knitter of poetry

CAA Fred Kerner Book Award

Ahmad Danny Ramadan
Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller and an LGBTQ-refugee activist. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won Independent Publisher Book Award for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction, was named among the Best Books of 2017 by the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. It was longlisted for Canada Reads 2018 and shortlisted for the Evergreen Award 2018.

About the Award
The Fred Kerner Book Award is awarded annually to a Canadian Authors member who has the best overall book published in the previous calendar year.
Fred Kerner was a devoted and longtime CAA member. An Honorary President of the association until his passing in 2011 at 90, Fred was an author, journalist, editor, teacher, and mentor. He wrote more than twelve books and also wrote for magazines, radio and TV, and he gave unstintingly of his time to assist emerging writers.