PRISM Call for Themed Submissions

PRISM’s RUIN issue seeks writing that interrogates destruction, loss, and what it means to rebuild. Ruin is not just about wanton wreckage, ruin is the targeted demolition of hegemony—a conscious act to take a crumbling system and level it, creating space for something new to grow.

In this issue, PRISM seeks writing about cycles: death and rebirth, collapse and our endless search for stability. Writing that explores how we live with ruin—within and outside of ourselves—the way we fear and embrace it. We seek stories about wildflowers blooming in the ashes, and ruins from the past becoming foundations for personal revolution. Submit your best prose and poetry now.

Deadline: December 15, 2018.


Call for Entries for the King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays

The thirteenth King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays will be hosted by King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 14, 15 and 16, 2019.

Entries for the Festival must be sent to the address below, with a non-refundable $15 entry fee per script, and be postmarked no later than January 14, 2019.

Please send entries to Kings Shorts, c/o King’s Theatre, P.O. Box 161, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S 1A0, Canada.

The Festival is open to all writers and playwrights, worldwide, even if you have never written a play before. It is suggested that submissions be approximately 10 minutes in length (total reading time), can be of any genre (comedy, tragedy etc.), have a limited number of characters (1 to 6), and should not have been previously produced in any form.

The first page of the play should contain the play’s title, a pseudonym, and all pages must be numbered. The playwright’s actual name and contact information should be in a sealed envelope, with the script name and pseudonym on the front. This will ensure anonymity during the judging process.

Playwrights should avoid wording that might offend. Handwritten plays are not acceptable. Because of the nature of the Festival, the sets must be kept simple and be capable of being changed quickly. Playwrights may submit a maximum of two plays, using a different pseudonym per script. The reading committee will choose eight plays, by eight different playwrights, to be staged by the Annapolis District Drama Group utilizing local directors and actors. Of those eight, one will be chosen by Theatre Nova Scotia as the best written script and receive a prize of $300. A second place best written script, also chosen by Theatre Nova Scotia, will receive a prize of $150. All attending audiences will be asked to vote for the People’s Choice Award, announced at the Sunday matinee on June 16.

Scripts will not be returned and applicants will be informed by March 4, 2019, if their play is to be included in the Festival.

For further information, contact Verilea Ellis at 902-245-2309.


University of Calgary Continuing Education Online Writing Certificate Programs

Do you have a passion for creative writing? Do you need to strengthen your business and technical writing skills?  Whatever your reasons for wanting to be a better writer, University of Calgary Continuing Education can help. Our writing certificates, including Creative Writing and Professional Writing with specializations in Business and Technical Writing and in Marketing and Public Relations, are taught by published authors and cover all aspects of the writing process. Each program requires 200 hours of instruction time, and in some cases, courses can be applied to more than one certificate. One or more of these writing certificate programs may be exactly what you need.

All of the courses in the programs are delivered completely online. When you enrol in a course, you will be required to work within scheduled start- and end-dates. During the duration of the course, you will work whenever-and from wherever-you choose, as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection.

Upcoming courses are open for registration. For more information, visit


Call for Submissions: Prairie Fire Press

WORK MATTERS: Navigating the changing world of work
Prairie Fire Press is seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry on the topic of work.
For centuries, people have written stories, essays, poems and plays about work, which provide a social history of that time. Today, this topic is just as relevant as we attempt to find or create work in a world that is changing faster than we can think.


  • What is “great work” and how do we find it? Has it been difficult to get a foot in the door? Or, do you find that the world is changing so quickly that you don’t know where to find the door?
  • Have you joined the growing trend of people who have dropped traditional work and are creating work on their own terms? Perhaps you’ve left high paying, stressful job to answer a quest or calling. Or, are you pursuing an artistic passion?
  • How are you managing to balance your desire for meaningful, work that reflects your passions, gain more freedom, and still pay the bills?

Deadline: January 18, 2019


Call for Short Stories: Our Entangled Future

University of Oslo Department of Sociology and Human Geography and AdaptationCONNECTS
“The world and its possibilities for becoming are remade with each moment.” – Karen Barad
Attention writers and humanities researchers: this is a call for narratives that bring us closer to the potentiality of the present and activate “the politics of the possible” in our changing climate. Twelve stories will be selected for publication in the Our Entangled Future anthology. We welcome your words, your “new ontological metaphors”, your not-yet-here imagined realities!
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Writer’s Block Survey

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? Are you interested in participating in a study and in learning more about how and why these blocks occur? Dr. Dominik Guess and graduate student Sarah Ahmed at the University of North Florida are conducting research on this fascinating subject and invite you to participate in their survey. Learn more at


Calgary Distinguished Writers Program Writer-in-Residence Position

The program encourages applications from writers of all genres who have one to four published and/or performed works to their credit. This residency is a full-time term position, dates non-negotiable. Applicants must be available September 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. For more information on eligibility, see the FAQs.

The Canadian Writer-in-Residence is expected to spend 50% of their time working on their own writing, and 50% of their time on community outreach, including one-on-one consultations with the public and public lectures or readings. We encourage candidates to propose their own initiatives for community engagement. A background or demonstrated interest in community engagement — such as experience teaching or mentoring writers — is an asset.

While the Canadian Writer-in-Residence will be invited to speak to university classes and to the general public, this is not a teaching position.

This high-profile position has continued interaction with the external community and impact on the reputation of the CDWP and university. Over the past few years, the salary of the Canadian Writer-in-Residence has been in the range of $51,000–$57,000 over ten months. (This figure is subject to budgetary revision.)


Deadline: Applications must be received by 11:59 pm Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

For more information on the application requirements, visit the FAQs at

To apply, go to


White Wall Review Call for Submissions

Ryerson University’s literary magazine, White Wall Review, is currently working on expanding the opportunities for a more diverse pool of writers to submit their work to the magazine. The magazine, established in 1975, has gained recognition among Canadian poets and writers of both fiction and nonfiction, with a great majority of submissions coming from Ontario every year.

For more information, please visit


King’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction

This unique, two-year, limited-residency graduate program enables writers to continue to live and work in their home communities while working with writer-mentors to develop their book proposals and manuscripts. Faculty and mentors for the MFA include award-winning writers published by the top book imprints in Canada and around the world. Program includes two two-week summer residencies in Halifax, and one-week winter residencies in Toronto and New York, featuring guest publishers, editors, agents and writers.

For further course details and online registration information, go to

For specific questions about the program, please contact: Kim Pittway (, Stephen Kimber ( or Dean Jobb (

Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year