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Writing Contest: CLI-FI Fiction Short Story Deadline August 30, 2014

Short story contest hosted by Cli-Fi (climate change fiction) Books, which archives and features climate themed books, short stories, and prose. The contest is allied with 100,000 Poets for Change, an annual event that thousands of artists and authors, from all over the world, participate in each year. Though the contest is global, CLI-FI hopes to highlight Vancouver writers and their stories.

There is no entry fee. Winners receive $100.00 USD in the form of a Paypal payment or Amazon gift card.

The info and rules are here
The story submission form is here
Google+ Community group

The contest deadline is August 30. Winners announced September 27. Check out their website for more details and Good Luck! Remember, contests are a great way to get published.

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The Kent Harrison Arts Council Artist in Residence Program

The Kent Harrison Arts Council Artist in Residence Program
Visual Artist / Writer in Residence
Program Dates: September 1st – August 23rd

Kent Harrison Arts Council is a not for profit organization, nurturing and supporting local arts and culture in the region for over 40 years. The arts council operates the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison Hot Springs, BC and is supported by the BC Arts Council. We are currently seeking writers or visual artists for a one year artist residency. The art gallery and artist residence are located on the shore of beautiful Harrison Lake, approx. 100 kms  east of Vancouver.

The annual residency provides an unfurnished 2 bedroom suite with adjoining studio space on second floor of the Ranger Station Art Gallery. In exchange for this space the Artist in Residence will be expected to devote an average of ten hours per week to the operation of the Arts Council and the Ranger Station Art Gallery.  The majority of this time will be spent working in the Gallery on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  The Artist in Residence will also present an annual art exhibit of their work in June and organize two public outreach programs or workshops. Artist in residence is responsible for monthly utility costs of residence and studio. Please refer to the artist in residence job description for specific duties and responsibilities at: kentharrisonartscouncil.com

Artist in Residence Job Description:

The Ranger Station Art Gallery
98 Rockwell Dr. Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Phone #: 1 604 796-2723  email:  kentharrisonartscouncil@shaw.ca

The Kent Harrison Arts Council Residency program is a one year contract running from September 1 to August 15 and is presented by the Kent Harrison Arts Council

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International Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest

This contest, for kids age 9-21 is open to anyone in the world! The Deadline June 30, 2014, so there is still plenty of time to commit your imagination to paper. Entering a contest is great way to get you work recognized and published. Check out the contest rules here: International Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest 

All finalists will receive a Certificate of Achievement because it is a huge achievement to make the finals in this competition.

Happy Writing!

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Summer Creative Writing Contest

Visit authormingle to find out about a summer writing contest. Entering writing contests is a great way to practice the craft of writing, as well as getting used to meeting deadlines. This contest is open to all fiction writers, published or unpublished and costs $19 to enter. The winner takes home $500!

Writing can be a lonely profession that demands self-discipline. I’ve found that in the long, hot days of summer this can be in short supply, so a contest is a great way to motivate yourself. Just by showing up at the page and shaping your words into a story, you’ve won!

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Canadian Children’s Book Centre Writing Contest for Teens

Book Week Writing Contest for Kids & Teens Grades 4 to 12

Deadline approaching: February 1, 2013!
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s annual *Book Week Writing Contest for Kids & Teens is now open. This national contest is a much anticipated part of TD Canadian Children’s Book Week.

Young writers are invited to send in a sample of their best writing. Judging is done by noted writers from across Canada and the winner from each grade will receive a $250 gift certificate for the bookstore of his or her choice.

Two honourable mentions from each grade category will also receive $50 gift certificates.

Deadline

All entries must be postmarked by February 1, 2013.* The winners will be announced during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2013.

Contest details and entry forms can be found here

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The Suesstivus Holiday Twitter Challenge Today!

Check out the Canada Writes Website and have some fun in this Twitter Challenge. You can find all of the information at the above website. I am so swamped with writing and Christmas, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to participate, but I’m going to try my best. I could use a little fun today.

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Canada Writes! Creative Nonfiction Competion

Nonfiction Prize

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The competition opens December 1, 2012.Deadline to submit: February 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET

This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, work of Creative Nonfiction that is submitted to the competition. All Canadians can participate.

The Creative Nonfiction Prize includes memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing, and feature articles. While the events must be real and the facts true, creative nonfiction conveys your message through the use of literary techniques such as characterization, plot, setting, dialogue, narrative, and personal reflection. In works of creative nonfiction, the writer’s voice and opinion are evident. The work should be accessible to a general reading audience (i.e., not written for a specialized or academic audience).

The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select a 1st place winner and 4 runners-up.

The First Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony (details about the residency here), and will receive exposure on CBC Radio.

The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.

Submissions to the Creative Nonfiction prize must be between 1,200 and 1,500 words.

A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.

For more information visit the CBC Webpage for the Creative Nonfiction Prize

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Writers’ Union of Canada Call for Submissions

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

20th 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 March 1, 2013 for the 20th Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an unpublished author.

 

PRIZE

 

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

 

JURY

 

Writers Ami McKay, Rosemary Nixon, and Mark A. Rayner will serve as the jury.

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

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 non-fiction is eligible.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:

 

  • ·         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 in hardcopy only.
  • ·         Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, email 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, $29 per entry.
  • ·         Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2013 to be eligible.
  • ·         Mail entries to: SPC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.

 

Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca in May 2013. Manuscripts will not be returned.

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The International Quill Quarrel Poetry Contest

The first International Quill Quarrel contest is accepting admissions from August 15th – October 15th, 2012. The contest is open to everyone. I’ve copied the submission guidelines below, but encourage you to visit their website.

All submissions must be in English.

- The subject and style of your submissions are left up to you.

- A maximum of 80 lines per poem.

- All poems must be original.

- All submissions must never have been previously published or given an award of any kind.

- Entry into this contest shall be considered an agreement that gives permission for your poem to be displayed on the website. If for any reason you do not wish to have your poem posted simply write “Do not want displayed” on a separate piece of paper and insert it with your submission.

- All letters and paper will be recycled. If you wish to have your submission returned, include a letter with pre-paid postage and your address on it.

- If multiple poems are submitted with only one reading fee included, the first poem read shall be chosen and the rest discarded. (Reading fee $5.00 per poem submitted. Maximum of 4 poems)

- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place shall receive 5%, 3%, and 2% of all reading fees collected respectively as a cash prize. There will also be a page created for the winners which will showcase this year’s top three, and in years to come will show all the past winners as well.

- Submissions will be mailed to:

The International Quill Quarrel
25 Access Place, Conception Bay South
Newfoundland, Canada,
A1W 4B3

- Reading fees shall be paid in full and be included with the submission in the same envelope. There will be only a few accepted methods of payment. These include Canadian Currency, American Currency, Checks, and Money Orders. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If an alternate payment method is your only possibility, contact the IQQ for assistance and we will try to accommodate you.

- All checks and/or money orders will be made out to “The International Quill Quarrel”

- All judging will be done by the IQQ.

- Family members of any employee of the IQQ will not qualify to participate.

- Submissions will not be used for any other purpose than mentioned above.

 

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BC Book Prizes – Books for Children and Teens

Some fabulous books this year and congratulations to the winners:

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize:

Blood Red Road
by Moira Young, Publisher: Doubleday Canada Publishing Group

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize:

When I Was Small, by Sara O’Leary and illustrated by Julie Morstad; Simply Read Books

For full list of winners in every category, visit the BC Book Prizes Website.

Happy Reading!

I can imagine how elated these authors are feeling this morning. I imagine them dancing around their living rooms and walking through the next few days on air! Enjoy your wins!

 

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