Monthly Archives: January 2010

Upcoming Writing Contests, Calls for Submissions Poetry Competitions and More

This just in!

January 31

This award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recognizes newly published works of fiction and non-fiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality, and stylistic innovation.

January 31

The University of New Orleans offers this contest for study abroad in the summer of 2010. Full fee waivers, including housing allowances, will be granted to one writer each in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners may attend any of UNO’s 2010 study-abroad writing programs: Writing Workshops in San Miguel de Allande, Mexico; Writing Workshops in Montpellier; The Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Dorf Tirol, Italy. Open to anyone writing in English who has not yet published a book of 45 pages or more in the genre of application. Prose submissions should not exceed 4,500 words (about 15 pages double spaced). Poetry submissions should not exceed 5 pages and may include a maximum of 3 poems. Submitted work must be unpublished at the time of submission.

Jan 31
Foundation for Public Poetry/Fondation Poésie Publique. Taken from the Canadian national anthem, rewrite only one line: ” True patriot love in all thy sons command.”
Winner will receive $20 and a copy of Leonard Cohen You’re Our Man. The winning line will be sent to the House of Commons requesting that the National Anthem be amended.
Entrants must submit their 1 line via email to: with the subject line “Oh Canada submission”. Entrants must live in Canada.

February 1

Submit a single work of fiction, with a minimum length of 10,000 words, and a maximum length of 20,000 words. No restrictions as to genre, subject matter, or aesthetic approach apply. Fees: $35 CAD for Canadians $40 USD for US entries $45 USD for entries from elsewhere. Enquiries: Check the website for full contest details.

February 1

This contest invites all southern interior writers east of Hope, west of the Alberta border, north of the US border, and south of William’s Lake to submit their original unpublished works of fiction. Author Laisha Rosnau will select the best three stories to be awarded cash prizes. Entry fee: $15.

February 1

Accepted creative non-fiction forms include personal essay, lyric essay, narrative essay, and memoir. The prize is $250 and publication in LAKE: A Journal of Arts and Environment. Length: 2500 words maximum. Entry fee: $20 (includes a one-year subscription to LAKE). Submit entries to: LAKE: A Journal of Arts and Environment, Department of Creative Studies, UBC Okanagan, 3333 University Way, Kelowna BC, V1V 1V7.

February 14
The Writers’ Union of Canada is hosting its 11th annual competition. A Postcard Story is a short piece of 250 words or less. Grand prize is $500. Open to all writers of all genres.

February 28

Your book must never have been published in any form and you must own all rights to the work. Open to anyone of any age, worldwide. Manuscripts must be a minimum of 40,000 words and a maximum of 150,000, on any subject as long as they are in keeping with the described aims of the Rose & Crown imprint – Christian Inspirational Romance. Cost: £18. First prize £200, second prize £100, plus guaranteed publishing contract offers for both.

March 20

Flash fiction is a wonderfully entertaining thing to read and a challenging thing to write, but the readers of the Fish Anthology love it; this is another chance to get a story, however small, into the anthology. Maximum length 300 words. Entry fee: €12 (online entry), €15 (postal entry). First Prize: €1000.

March 30

No restrictions on style or theme – but poems must be in English and less than 200 words. Entry fee: €12 (online entry), €15 (postal entry). First prize: €1000.

But What Should I Write About...Let's Think

March 31

Winners will have their work published in a limited edition Chapbook and receive 25 copies. Poets: submit up to 15 pages of poetry. Prose: submit fiction or creative non-fiction up to 5000 words. Complete a contest entry form and include the $10 reading fee.

April 30
Short Story Contest and Poetry Contest
San Luis Obispo NightWriters

1st Place $75, 2nd Place $50—for both short story and poetry. Finalists receive certificates.
Contest is open to everyone, but eligible NightWriters will be entered into a drawing for a scholarship to the 2010 Central Coast Writers’ Conference
Entries must be based on the theme: TRUST/BETRAYAL.
Entry Fee: $10 for first story or poem, $5 for each additional story or poem

May 31

Writer’s Studio at SFU’s 1st Book Competition is a national literary contest seeking original, book-length manuscripts in English by emerging Canadian writers who haven’t previously published a book. The winning manuscripts, in each of the three contest categories of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, will be published in 2011 by Anvil Press.


Arc and Geist magazine hope to reinvigorate a Canadian-made form. As always, there are cash prizes, but the poet will be published in Geist, Poetry Is Dead and the Tyee.

February 15

The Victoria Writers’ Society seeks submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry, as well as articles & interviews on the craft of writing, for the summer issue of Island Writer Magazine. Submissions are accepted from writers on Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands.


Page Forty-Seven is an online anthology of literary short fiction. We invite original work from new and established writers and pay $25-$75 per story. Please visit our website for guidelines, submission form and sample stories.


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Writing Contest: 2009 Helen Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Competition

November 20, 2009: To commemorate National Child Day, P.A.C.E. (Canada)
today announced the launch of the 2009 Helen Sissons Canadian Children’s
Story Competition. P.A.C.E. (Canada) is a registered charity which
promotes early childhood education. Helen Isobel Sissons was a Toronto
educator committed to human rights and equity.

The award is intended to encourage the development of literature for
young children up to 7 years of age. The prize of $1,000 is to be
awarded, by decision of the Education Committee, to the author of an
original unpublished manuscript of a story for children which reflects
the diversity of the world’s population.

Canadian citizens/landed immigrants are eligible. Deadline for
submissions is March 31, 2010. See complete details under Awards on the
website: .


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New Anthology: How to Achieve A Heaven on Earth – Very proud to be a part of this

The long awaited How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth, is now available. I feel so honoured to have an essay included in this amazing collection: “Ending Poverty One Loan at a time: Dr. Yunus and The Grameen Bank.”

How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth

Whether it’s finding spiritual harmony, reducing carbon emissions, quelling hostilities among races, cutting taxes, or feeding the hungry, every single person has the capacity to change the world for the better. Longtime New Orleans writer, editor, and philanthropist John E. Wade II has asked some of our most prestigious thinkers, writers, artists, experts, and leaders to consider how to improve the world. The result––this ambitious volume––is as much a social mission as it is an inspirational anthology. Herein lie thoughtful and hopeful reflections on a rich variety of issues, ranging from racism, poverty, religious persecution, genocide, and environmental deterioration to individual consciousness, mental well-being, and community development.

One hundred one contributions from such notable personalities as Al Gore, Tony Blair, Nicholas Kristof, Thomas L. Friedman, and George W. Bush explore variations on the themes of peace, security, freedom, democracy, prosperity, spiritual and racial harmony, ecology, health, and moral purpose and meaning. Focusing on the large problems of the world without losing sight of the little challenges people face every day, this collection of essays encourages readers to find meaning in their own lives and share it with others for the betterment of the world. Religious and secular, liberal and conservative, old and young, the luminaries who have contributed to this work offer their voices and thoughts to inspire movement toward creating a more harmonious world community.

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Very Sad News About Duthie Books

Our local bookseller, Duthie Books, a store I grew up visiting is closing after so many years of providing books to Vancouver. Duthies is a huge part of our literary landscape here on the lower mainland, and I will be just one of many who will miss them. I was there last month with my son. We spent an enjoyable half hour browsing through books until he found the one he wanted – with the help of the knowledgeable bookseller who was patient as we tried to find what we wanted.

We don’t go to Chapters. It’s too bad so many others did. Duthies is citing Chapters and Amazon as one of the reasons why they just couldn’t make it. Well it’s too late to support them now, but could all of you reading this please make a resolution to shop local. Local, independent booksellers need you!

Read the Vancouver Sun Article about Duthie Books here.

On the bright side of independents:

Celebration of the People’s Co-op Bookstore’s 65th birthday, featuring music, poetry, and comedy. Friday, January 22 at 7:30pm. Tickets $10 in advance/$15 at the door. People’s Co-op Bookstore (1391 Commercial).


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WestJet provides assistance to Haiti relief efforts


Funding and flights being provided to the afflicted nation

CALGARY, Alberta. January 15, 2010. WestJet today announced in light of the horrific
earthquake in Haiti earlier this week and the ensuing human tragedy that is unfolding, the
airline is donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross. WestJet has also encouraged its
employees to collectively beat WestJet’s donation by giving to the relief organization of their

In addition, WestJet will be donating and operating a charter flight in the coming days from
Toronto directly to Port-au-Prince with much needed supplies being provided by World Vision
Canada. WestJet will also be making cargo space available on scheduled flights to Miami to
other aid agencies that need supplies to assist in their relief efforts.

“The entire WestJet family is deeply saddened by this tragedy and our hearts go out to the
Haitian people and to all those affected by this catastrophic event,” said Sean Durfy, WestJet
President and CEO. “Such human suffering needs to be addressed immediately and therefore as
an organization we are responding corporately and at the employee level in the hopes of being
able to provide any assistance we can.”

Conrad Sauvé, Secretary General and CEO, Canadian Red Cross commented, “We are pleased
to see Canadian corporations like WestJet step forward to make important contributions that
will have a dramatic effect in providing assistance in our efforts in Haiti and I thank them for
their generous donation. Any financial contribution will have an impact and we encourage all
Canadians to help in any way they can.”

World Vision Canada President, Dave Toycen, is working on the ground in Haiti right now.
“Families have been separated, and we need to reconnect children and parents. We are
working hard to get emergency supplies to those who need it most, and WestJet’s generous
contribution of a charter flight means that will happen even faster. This shows those families
that Canadians care.”

About WestJet

Generous Hearted Westjet

WestJet is Canada’s preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 67-city North
American and Caribbean network. Named one of Canada’s most admired corporate cultures in
2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers
increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern
fleet of 86 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an
additional 49 aircraft through 2016, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful
international airlines in the world.

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Westjet is asking its employees to beat its corporate donation of 100,000. It’s my bet the employees will step up and do just this!

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Press Release: Deadline to File Claim in Copyright Case Fast Approaching

The following press release was circulated this morning by the Claims Administrator for Robertson V Thompson

PLEASE NOTE that a further list of publications has been added

January 15, 2010

A historic settlement has been reached between freelance writer Heather Robertson and several

major Canadian media outlets in a class action lawsuit concerning e-rights for writers. Under the

terms of the settlement, which was approved by the Superior Court of Ontario on August 12,

2009, the defendants have agreed to pay $11 million.

Over 350 Canadian publications were cited in the case, including
The Globe and Mail,

Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Canadian Geographic, Toronto Life and now defunct Saturday Night magazine. Freelance writers and artists who contributed to any of the specified media outlets may be eligible to claim settlement money. Staff writers are not eligible to participate in the

The deadline for filing a claim with Cole & Partners, the claims administrator, is January 18, 2010, at 5:00 p.m., Toronto time.

In addition to the publications previously listed on the websites of Koskie Minsky LLP (the

Toronto law firm that represented Robertson in the class action suit) and Cole & Partners (the

court-appointed settlement claims administrator), freelance writers and artists are advised that a

further list of publications from which freelancer works have been reproduced in electronic

databases is now available for members of the class to consult in filing their claims. These

publications include such newspapers as the Toronto Star and the Hamilton Spectator.

Freelancers without access to email or the Internet can contact Koskie Minsky or Cole &

Partners and request a copy of the publication list and claims form, to be sent via fax or surface

mail. Freelance writers with additional questions about the settlement are also urged to contact

these firms.

Koskie Minsky can be reached, toll-free, at 1-866-777-6323 or

Cole & Partners can be reached at 416-364-2590, or

Claim forms can be downloaded at

Deadline to File Claim in Copyright Case Fast Approaching

January 15, 2010

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Bestsellers in British Columbia!

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia is posting a weekly list of BC’s bestselling books.

Guess who’s on top this week?

    Best of Chef at Home by Michael Smith
    Every Day Indian by Bel Arneson or
    Had a Glass 2010 by James Nevison and Kenji Hodgson

HInt: We love wine out here on the edge of the continent…

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P.K. Page – Dies and Canada loses a talented poet – Unless the Eye Catch Fire

The God will not be seen…

Today, the Globe and Mail reported the death of P.K. page: P.K. Page dies at 93 as did CBC News.

I didn’t know that P.K. Page published a book for children in 2009 – at the age of 92!!! She was certainly a talent that Canadians and in particular those of us living on the West Coast can be proud of – a prolific poet, painter, fiction writer and essayist and a true Canadian literary icon. She will live on in her words.

Single Traveller

P.K. Page

What is this love that is my life’s companion?
Shape-changer, sometimes faceless, this companion.

Single traveller, I wander a wasting world
awaiting the much anticipated Companion.

A trillium covered wood one April day
served as a nearly consummate companion.

A horse, two dogs, some cats, a blue macaw
each in its turn became a loyal companion.

Behind the loved embrace, a face of light-
demon or angel-lures me from my companion.

The street of love is neither wide nor narrow.
Its width depends on me and my companion.

Am I too bound and blinded by coarse wrappings
ever to know true love as my companion?

O Poet, squanderer of time and talents
why do you search for love as your Companion?


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I Need to Buy a Domain Name – Help!

What is the best way to buy a domain name and who should one use? I’ve been told Yahoo for .com, but how do I know??
Thanking you in advance for sharing your knowledge.

If I wait it will happen


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New Music Blog/Zine – The Backstage Rider

Music lovers, check this out. You won’t be disappointed! The Backstage Rider.


Indie record store clerks, music geeks, groupies, fans, bands and musicians alike rejoice as
Vancouver welcomes to the Interweb an irreverent, new music blogject,

Vancouver – January 12, 2010 Music blog welds together 25+ years worth of
gigs, interviews, aftershow parties, diary entries, tour-bus antics and late-night escapades with new album
and concert reviews, interviews, lists, random musings and input from the musical genii themselves.

Created and written by Vancouver-based freelance writer, editor and social media obsessive Mikala
Taylor, includes tales of a life in love with (mostly indie/alternative) music. It travels
from Toronto to Copenhagen, London to Vancouver, and warps backwards and forward through musical
time like a rock n’ roll TARDIS.

Kicking out the jams in January:

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Mike Doughty (formerly of Soul Coughing) offers up his New Year’s
Resolutions. There’s also a live review of Mew, an article about hanging out with Louis XIV and its new
spin-off The Nervous Wreckords, “New City Anthem” from Vancouver’s Sex With Strangers and a
video message from Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes.

Also this month:

Rewind – a regular feature that will dig out past experiences and stories from The Rider’s rock mailbag.
First up is a ramble down memory lane with Lou Barlow and Dinosaur Jr and an old letter from the King
of Lo-Fi himself.

Lists – UK’s White Lies provide the Top 11 Things They Like About Canada. Because our lists don’t stop
at 10. And this one includes Crystal Castles.

For Those About to Rockberry – a gallery collection of musicky cell-phone photos (“when you care enough
to take pictures with whatever phone you’ve got on you.”)

Music for all types

“I’m a music geek, explains Mikala. “I’ve been hanging out with bands, writing reviews and doing
interviews since the dawn of time – but always for other sites or magazines. Occasionally, the best and
most cheeky stories have to end up on the sticky post-gig floor. Thus, was born. This
blog will be about truly awesome and silly and wonderful gigs as well as musicians and friends I’ve met.
Backstagerider is an ever-evolving music blogject and verily, it doth rock.”
So, what’s on your rider?
Mikala Taylor

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