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First Name Barbara
Last Name Black
Member Since September 1, 2021
Email barbaralb@telus.net
City Victoria
State BC
Country Canada
Branch Affiliation Hamilton
Website www.barbarablack.ca
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Bio BIO Barbara Black is an award-winning writer of fiction, flash fiction and poetry. Her first work of fiction, a short story collection titled Music from a Strange Planet, is published by Caitlin Press. Her writing has been published in Canadian and international magazines and anthologies including the 2020 Bath Flash Fiction Award anthology, The Cincinnati Review, The New Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, CV2, Geist and Prairie Fire. She was a finalist in the 2020 National Magazine Awards, nominated for the 2019 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize and won the 2017 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition. She is currently working on a hybrid novel and a collection of flash fiction. She lives in Victoria, BC, Canada. www.barbarablack.ca, @barbarablackwriter and @bblackwrites.
Publications Barbara Black Professional Writing CV and Related Artistic Activities Publications Book 2021 Music from a Strange Planet: Stories, Caitlin Press, 184 pgs Magazines/Literary Journals 2021 The Ekphrastic Review, “Origins of Language,” Bird Watching Contest, May 2021, 1 pg 2021 The Ekphrastic Review, “The Dream” Ekphrastic Challenge, January 15, “Because I Am So Often Alone,” 1 pg 2021 The Hong Kong Review, Vol. II No. 3, “Stars Are Small Holes,” 2 pgs 2021 Miramichi Flash, featured flash author, in The Miramichi Reader, Jan/Feb 2021, “Where a Dark Heart Burns,” 1 pg 2020 Negative Capability Press, Winter 2020, “oh wow (with collage),” “Attention au Feu” (with collage),” “Serenity,” “Fado IV” (text collage), “Fado X” (text collage) 2 pgs 2020 Prairie Fire, special issue “House on Fire,” “When the Cicadas Sing” 1 pg 2020 New Flash Fiction Podcast, “Mastering Surface Tension,” 4 pgs 2020 The New Quarterly, “Isolation, Desolation….: A Collaborative Poem,” 3 pgs 2020 Cincinnati Review, miCRo series, “Needlework,” “Gotunabe,” 2 pgs 2020 Geist, Issue 114 Winter, “Ground Zero,” 4 pgs 2019 Geist, Issue 113, Summer, “Impediment,” 1 pg 2019 Coast Collective: In Conversation III, “Look Inside,” “Rainforest,” 2 pgs 2018 Rockvale Review Issue Two, “Where Women Go in Middle Age,” 1 pg 2018 Prairie Fire Love Issue, Vol. 39 No. 1, “Belly-Deep in White Clover,” 4 pgs 2018 Federation of BC Writers WordWorks “Child Bride, Hawkesbury, Ontario, 1918,” 1 pg 2018 Don’t Talk to Me About Love Magazine “Velvet Voice,” 3 pgs 2017 Don’t Talk to Me About Love Magazine “Microconundrums,” 1 pg 2017 Dying Dahlia Review “The Killing Fields, Cambodia,” “Faith in a Nordic Country,” 2 pgs 2016 Forage Poetry “Tsuniah Lake: August 2014,” 1 pg 2016 Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal “The Collector,” 4 pgs 2015 Fracture “Fishboy,” 1 pg 2015 Room Volume 38.4, Book Review of “The Freedom in American Songs,” 3 pgs 2014 The New Quarterly Issue 130, “Night People,” 4 pgs 2014 What Can’t Be Contained “Long Distance,” “It Is,” 2 pgs 2014 Tattoo Highway “Strange Attractors,” 1 pg 2014 Room Volume 37.2, Book Review of “A Bitter Mood of Clouds,” Room, 2014, 3 pgs 2013 CV2 Vol. 36 No. 1, “Dream Sonnet 3,” “Why You Should Wear Gloves at Night,” “Fado I,” “Fado II,” Fado III,” 5 pgs 2013 Island Writer Vol. 13, “Que Vive el Toro,” 4 pgs 2013 The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts “A Recipe,” 1 pg 2012 FreeFall Vol. XXII No. 1, “The Plot,” 1 pg 2012 Freefall Vol. XXII No. 1, “Herring Radio,” “Moth of Knives,” 4 pgs 2012 FreeFall Vol. XXII, No. 3, Book Review of “A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People,” 4 pgs 2004 Focus Magazine Vol. 16 No. 8, “Chop Wood, Carry Water, Watch TV,” 3 pgs 2003 Sea Kayaker Vol. 20 No. 5, “Moby Dick in a Ziploc,” 3 pgs 1992-1999 North Shore News, columnist, book/theatre reviewer, arts, history articles, 300+ pgs Anthologies • 2021 Hologram: Homage to P.K. Page anthology, League of Canadian Poets, Toronto, Ontario, editors Yvonne Blomer and D.C. Reid, “Consider the Pangolin” and “Black Flag Warning,” 2 pgs • 2020 Voicing Suicide: A Poetry Anthology, Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, BC, editor Daniel Scott, “Last Call,” “Fado V,” “Flammable,” 3 pgs • 2020 Bath Flash Fiction Award Anthology Five, Restore to Factory Settings, Stanton Drew, Bristol, anthology editor Nod Ghosh, “Geological Time,” 1 pg • 2019 Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds, Caitlin Press, Halfmoon Bay, BC, editor Yvonne Blomer, “Dharana,” 1 pg • 2019 Collected Haiku, League of Canadian Poets Chapbook Series, Toronto, Ontario, selected by Claudia Coutu Radmore, Terry Ann Carter, and Naomi Beth Wakan, “snowy owl calls,” “frozen river,” 1 pg • 2018 Heartwood: Poems for the Love of Trees, An Anthology, League of Canadian Poets, Toronto, Ontario, editor Lesley Strutt, “Rainforest,” 1 pg • 2017 Christmas Miracles, Chicken Soup for the Soul Special Edition, Topix Media Lab, New York, NY, editor Jeff Ashworth, “Our Lucky Christmas,” 4 pgs • 2014 Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada, Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, Cos Cob, CT, editors Amy Newmark & Janet Matthews, “The Great Chicken Escape,” 3 pgs • 2013 Poems from Planet Earth, Leaf Press, Victoria, BC, editors Yvonne Blomer, Cynthia Woodman Kerkham, “Granny Larocque,” 1 pg • 2013 Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Christmas, Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, Cos Cob, CT, editors Amy Newmark & Janet Matthews, “Our Lucky Christmas,” 4 pgs • 2013 Spark: A Creative Anthology, Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation, Riverton, UT, editor Brian Lewis, “Sister Eugenie’s Wonderful Glass Eye,” 1 pg
Other Memberships Member, Federation of BC Writers Associate Member, League of Canadian Poets
Awards Awards, Nominations, and Scholarships 2021: The Miramichi Reader “Very Best Book Awards”: Longlisted (Short Fiction) 2021: The Ekphrastic Review: Finalist, Bird Watching Contest (Flash) 2021: Commonwealth Short Story Prize: Longlisted (out of 6,423 entries) (Fiction) 2021: BC Council for the Arts: Project Assistance Grant for Creative Writers ($7500) 2020: Vancouver Flash Fiction Prompt No. 7: First Prize 2020: Bath Flash Fiction Award: Longlisted, published in anthology 2020: PRISM International: Double-longlisted for 2020 Grouse Grind Lit Prize for V. Short Forms 2020: The Cincinnati Review: “Needlework” nominated for VERA Flash Fiction Award 2020: 43rd National Magazine Awards: “Ground Zero” (Finalist: Fiction) 2019: The Cincinnati Review: nomination of “Gotunabe” for Microfiction of the Year 2019: Geist 15th Annual Literary Postcard Story Contest: First Prize ($500) 2019: Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction 2019: Longlisted (Fiction) 2019: Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize: “Velvet Voice” nominated by Don’t Talk To Me About Love magazine 2019: BC Council for the Arts: Project Assistance Grant for Creative Writers ($6000) 2018: Commonwealth Short Story Prize: Longlisted (out of 6,000 entries) (Fiction) 2018: Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award: Longlisted (Fiction) 2018: Summer Literary Seminars Contest: Kenya 2018 (Seminar Fellowship-Fiction) 2018: Canadian Songwriting Competition 2018: Double Semi-Finalist (Lyrics) 2018: Federation of BC Writers 2018 Literary Writes: First Prize (Poetry) ($350) 2018: Don’t Talk to Me About Love 2018 Prose Contest: Finalist (Fiction) 2017: Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition: First Prize ($2500) 2017: Summer Literary Seminars Contest: Finalist/Fellowship (Fiction) 2017: Don't Talk To Me About Love 2017 Poetry Contest: First Prize ($1000) 2017: The Malahat Review 6th Annual Open Season Awards: Finalist (Fiction) 2016: James Joyce Bloomsday Short Fiction Contest: Second Prize ($200) 2015: Canadian Authors Association (Vancouver) Short Story Contest: Finalist 2014: Disquiet International Literature Award: Semi-finalist/scholarship (Poetry) 2013: Victoria Writers Festival 2013: Russell Books Scholarship (Poetry) 2013: VWS Annual Writing Competition 2013: Third Prize (Creative Non-fiction) 2013: Spark Anthology “Una Mujer” Literary Contest: First Prize (Poetry) ($500) 2013: Disquiet International Literature Award: Semi-finalist/scholarship (Poetry) 2011: Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Contest: Finalist (Microfiction) 2011: Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Contest: Double Semi-Finalist (Microfiction) 2005: Focus Magazine CoastLines Writing Contest: First Prize (Creative Non-fiction) ($2500 kayak trip for two)
Contests Awards, Nominations, and Scholarships 2021: The Miramichi Reader “Very Best Book Awards”: Longlisted (Short Fiction) 2021: The Ekphrastic Review: Finalist, Bird Watching Contest (Flash) 2021: Commonwealth Short Story Prize: Longlisted (out of 6,423 entries) (Fiction) 2021: BC Council for the Arts: Project Assistance Grant for Creative Writers ($7500) 2020: Vancouver Flash Fiction Prompt No. 7: First Prize 2020: Bath Flash Fiction Award: Longlisted, published in anthology 2020: PRISM International: Double-longlisted for 2020 Grouse Grind Lit Prize for V. Short Forms 2020: The Cincinnati Review: “Needlework” nominated for VERA Flash Fiction Award 2020: 43rd National Magazine Awards: “Ground Zero” (Finalist: Fiction) 2019: The Cincinnati Review: nomination of “Gotunabe” for Microfiction of the Year 2019: Geist 15th Annual Literary Postcard Story Contest: First Prize ($500) 2019: Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction 2019: Longlisted (Fiction) 2019: Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize: “Velvet Voice” nominated by Don’t Talk To Me About Love magazine 2019: BC Council for the Arts: Project Assistance Grant for Creative Writers ($6000) 2018: Commonwealth Short Story Prize: Longlisted (out of 6,000 entries) (Fiction) 2018: Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award: Longlisted (Fiction) 2018: Summer Literary Seminars Contest: Kenya 2018 (Seminar Fellowship-Fiction) 2018: Canadian Songwriting Competition 2018: Double Semi-Finalist (Lyrics) 2018: Federation of BC Writers 2018 Literary Writes: First Prize (Poetry) ($350) 2018: Don’t Talk to Me About Love 2018 Prose Contest: Finalist (Fiction) 2017: Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition: First Prize ($2500) 2017: Summer Literary Seminars Contest: Finalist/Fellowship (Fiction) 2017: Don't Talk To Me About Love 2017 Poetry Contest: First Prize ($1000) 2017: The Malahat Review 6th Annual Open Season Awards: Finalist (Fiction) 2016: James Joyce Bloomsday Short Fiction Contest: Second Prize ($200) 2015: Canadian Authors Association (Vancouver) Short Story Contest: Finalist 2014: Disquiet International Literature Award: Semi-finalist/scholarship (Poetry) 2013: Victoria Writers Festival 2013: Russell Books Scholarship (Poetry) 2013: VWS Annual Writing Competition 2013: Third Prize (Creative Non-fiction) 2013: Spark Anthology “Una Mujer” Literary Contest: First Prize (Poetry) ($500) 2013: Disquiet International Literature Award: Semi-finalist/scholarship (Poetry) 2011: Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Contest: Finalist (Microfiction) 2011: Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Contest: Double Semi-Finalist (Microfiction) 2005: Focus Magazine CoastLines Writing Contest: First Prize (Creative Non-fiction) ($2500 kayak trip for two)
Genres Fiction, Freelance, Nonfiction, Poetry, Short Stories
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