Tuesday, September 28, 2010

18th Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers


18th Annual Short Prose Competition

for Developing Writers

$2,500 PRIZE

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until November 10, 2010 for the 18TH ANNUAL SHORT PROSE COMPETITION FOR DEVELOPING WRITERS. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or nonfiction, written by an unpublished author.

$2,500 for the winning entry and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines.

Writers Tarek Fatah, K.V. Johansen, and Sharon Pollock will serve as the jury.

This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have not had a book published by a commercial or university press in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or nonfiction.

·                         Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled.
·                         Submissions will be accepted by hardcopy only.
·                         Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and number of pages of entry.
·                         Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.
·                         Make cheque or money order payable to The Writers' Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order, $25 per submission.
·                         Entries must be postmarked by November 10, 2010 to be eligible. Results will be announced in February 2011.
·                         Mail entries to: WFC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200,
         Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.
Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Sam Lipsyte: “The Dungeon Master”: newyorker.com

Sam Lipsyte: “The Dungeon Master”: newyorker.com

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tightrope Books & Geist Magazine Writing Without a Net Workshop Getting it Out There: How to Get Your Work into Literary Journals

Wednesday, October 27
6-8 p.m.
The Central (603 Markham Street, Toronto)
(Register at geist.com)
Join author and editor Billeh Nickerson as he delves into the secrets of getting your work published in literary journals. This workshop will include an overview on the dos and don’ts of sending out work, including cover letters and market suitability. It will also include a discussion on what writers can learn from rejection letters—believe it or not, these can be useful. This workshop aims to be as fun as it is instructional.

Billeh Nickerson is the former editor of Event and PRISM international, two of Canada’s most prestigious literary journals. He is also a longtime contributing editor to Geist. His books include The Asthmatic Glassblower, McPoems, and the forthcoming collection, Impact: the Titanic Poems (all with Arsenal Pulp Press). He is currently working with Mariko Tamaki on Permanent Markers, an anthology of contemporary Canadian writing to be published by Tightrope Books. He lives in Vancouver, where he teaches Creative Writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

David Bergen and Emma Donoghue IFOA Reading - Thursday October 21, 2010 in London Ontario

As part of the IFOA Ontario touring programme, we are presenting an event in London at Chapters South London, located at 1037 Wellington Road.   

The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 7:00pm and is FREE.  The event is a reading/interview featuring 2 award-winning Canadian authors, David Bergen, who has just recently been longlisted for the 2010 Giller Prize and Emma Donoghue, who is shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.  Please see full bios below.  
It would be great if you could pass on this information to your students and to anyone you think would be interested in attending this event.  Please let me know if you have any questions and for more details, please visit our website at www.readings.org

Emma Donoghue (Canada/Ireland) is an award-winning author of the internationally acclaimed and bestselling historical drama Slammerkin, three books of short stories, two works of literary history, two anthologies, and two plays. Her latest novel, Room – recently shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize – is about a mother and son who live in a locked room measuring 11 foot by 11 and what transpires when the child turns five and is told there is a world beyond
David Bergen is the author of six novels. His work includes the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning The Time in Between, and the multiple award-winners The Retreat, The Case of Lena S. and A Year of Lesser, also a New York Times Notable Book. Bergen presents The Matter with Morris, an unforgettable story of a man down on his luck – his son has been killed in Afghanistan, his job has put him on indefinite leave and his wife seems headed for the door – as he searches for happiness.

Paris Review Interviews

Poetry London New Website

Reading starts at 7:30 pm.
Prior to each reading, Michelle Doege will be facilitating a writing workshop and discussion of poetry by the evening's featured poets and two workshop participants. Those interested are encouraged to bring a poem and arrive at 6:30 pm. No registration required.
All readings take place in the lower level of The Landon Library
167 Wortley Road
London Ontario
N6C 3P6
(519) 439-6240

Map to Location

Upcoming Readings in the Poetry London 2010-2011 Season:
Oct. 20, 2010 - Charles Mountford and Jeramy Dodds
Nov. 24, 2010 - Ken Babstock and Robert Earl Stewart
Jan. 26, 2011 - Jeanette Lynes and Soraya Peerbaye
Feb. 16, 2011 - David O'Meara and Gregory Scofield
Apr. 6, 2011 - Evelyn Lau and Julie Berry

Search This Blog

Literary Blogs

Journal and Press Blogs

  • Dina Nayeri Interview “What makes life and fiction important and interesting and meaningful is for it to be examined...” Dina Nayeri talks to Bill Kenowe...
    3 hours ago
  • Janet Lunn, the beloved children's author whose historically rich novels and non-fiction inspired many writers to follow in her footsteps, died this week a...
    18 hours ago
  • Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them - Are you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your bo...
    3 days ago
  • We’ve always burned people alive, beheaded them, gassed them, and Énard doesn’t fail to remind us. The post The Other in Oneself | Review of Compass by M...
    1 month ago
  • Natalie Lyalin SO WHAT, THE CLOUDS So what, the clouds with a piercing gold haze so a red feather stuck to my foot The gull’s squawk, so what Mother, fathe...
    2 months ago
  • I don’t like jazz. Therefore, I had immediate misgivings when confronted with the pastel-painted jazz scene adorning the cover of Hannah Lowe’s latest coll...
    3 months ago
  • That scene in The Wizard of Oz where the farmhouse is spinning through the sepia-coloured sky (2:25 below). Dorothy lies concussed inside then wakes to loo...
    5 months ago
  • Poetry: Jennifer LoveGrove: JENNIFER LOVEGROVE is the author of the Giller Prize longlisted novel Watch How We Walk, as well as two poetry collections: I ...
    6 months ago
  • Carmine Starnino Robert Moore Nyla Matuk Monarch Tavern
    8 months ago
  • After some legal wrangling, a letter from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac will be offered at auction.
    1 year ago

Prose Blogs