NCWC Open for Submissions

The National Capital Region Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is pleased to announce that our National Capital Writing Contest is once again open for submissions. 

This year the timing of the event is different: The deadline is Monday, November 30, 2020. 

Our 2021 contest celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Authors Association. The founding members met for the first time on March 12, 1921, and our earlier contest deadline allows time to compile and publish an anthology of the top entries before Friday, March 12, 2021, when we will celebrate the contest finalists on that actual 100th anniversary date.
We accept:

  • short story submissions up to 2500 words in length from writers across Canada.
  • poetry, up to 60 lines (no Haiku)

$300 for First Prize, $200 for Second Prize, and $100 for Third Prize.
For all the details, visit National Capital Writing Contest.

Canadian Authors Association Praises Standing Committee Report for Protecting Authors’ Rights

Canadian Authors Association National Chair Margaret Hume praised Shifting Paradigms, the report tabled yesterday by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

The report affirms the importance of creators’ right to protection of, and remuneration for, their work.

“It is extremely gratifying that the Report’s concluding words acknowledge ‘that the continued creation of Canadian content depends on adequate remuneration for those who create it’.”

CAA’s written submissions to the Standing Committee included recommendations on the following issues:
– Extension of copyright term to 70 years, harmonizing with international norms
– Ensuring that creators benefit from digital uses of their works
– Clarification and limitation on the Act’s education fair dealing exemption

Each of these points was addressed in the Standing Committee’s report.

“We urge the federal government to establish legislation as soon as possible to better protect creators’ rights for the benefit of artists and consumers across Canada,” says Hume. 

The following specific recommendations respond to concerns stated in CAA’s written brief: 
Recommendation 1 That the Government of Canada increase its support for creators and creative industries in adapting to new digital markets.
Recommendation 6 That the Government of Canada increase its efforts to combat piracy and enforce copyright.
Recommendation 7 That the Government of Canada pursue its commitment to implement the extension of copyright from 50 to 70 years after the author’s death.
Recommendation 12 That the Government of Canada review, clarify and/or remove exceptions contained in the Copyright Act, ensuring that any exception respects section 9 of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, to which Canada is a signatory.
Recommendation 13 That the Government of Canada meet international treaty obligations (including Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement, and World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty).
Recommendation 18 That the Government of Canada amend the Act to clarify that fair dealing should not apply to educational institutions when the work is commercially available.
Recommendation 19 That the Government of Canada promote a return to licensing through collective societies. 

If the federal government implements these and the other 16 recommendations of the Heritage Canada Standing Committee, the Canadian creative community will be greatly strengthened. CAA notes that another report resulting from the statutory review of the Copyright Modernization Act is expected, the second one to be issued by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

CAA calls on its members and all Canadian creators to contact their Members of Parliament to voice their support for the Committee’s recommendations. 
Founded in 1921, Canadian Authors Association is Canada’s first and longest-running national writers’ organization and has played an integral role in forging the country’s literary history. Today the association continues to offer resources, learning opportunities, networking and a special brand of community to writers at all stages of their careers. For general information about the association, visit  

Media Contact: Anita Purcell
Executive Director
C: 705 955 0716 T: 416 975 1756

Join a writing circle

We have a new writing circle that meets on Monday afternoons in the Event Space at Chapters Pinecrest.

We have a small group, but we need a few more to make it hum.

Interested? Let Arlene Smith know at

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Are you a self-published author?

The CAA National membership committee recently made changes which might make it easier for you to qualify for professional designation. Your self-published work would qualify if it meets 4 of the 6 following criteria.

The work:

  1. Must be edited by an editor qualified by professional qualifications or experience (provide the name, contact, and qualifications of editor).
  2. Must have a minimum level of net income of $500 within the past two years (net income after the deduction of costs for printing, distribution, editing, design, publicity, and promotion; provide income and royalty statements).
  3. Minimum number of 250 units sold within the past two years (provide statement of units sold).
  4. Must be registered (ISBN, ASIN, or other).
  5. Cover must be designed by a designer qualified by professional qualifications or experience (provide the name, contact, and qualifications of the designer).
  6. Interior of the work must be designed by a designer qualified by professional qualifications or experience (provide the name, contact, and qualifications of the designer).

The self-published work may be combined with work from other categories:

  • Book Author – Trade or Commercial Publisher, minimum of 25,000 words, except for children’s books
  • Poet – minimum of 500 lines
  • Periodical or Journal Writer – minimum of 25,000 words in articles or short stories
  • Newspaper Writer or Columnist – minimum of 20,000 words total
  • Scriptwriter – radio, television or theatre scripts totaling a minimum of three hours playing time
  • Writing instructor – minimum of 50 hours teaching time, and this must be combined with another category
  • Artist – minimum of 50 illustrations published
  • Photographer – minimum of 50 photographs published
  • Cartoonist – minimum of 50 cartoons published
  • Translator – minimum requirements are the same as for the writing category from which the translations were made
  • Technical Writer – minimum of 25,000 words
  • Trade or In-House Periodical Writer/Editor – full-time position

October Meeting

Tues., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Ekphrastic poetry, with Frances Boyle

In preparation for NCWC entries, Frances will look at poetry that responds to works of art.



20/20 Vision Anthology

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