Monthly Archives: August 2011

Writing Contests Deadlines: nanofiction, Malahat Review and Room Magazine

Here we are half way through August and if you are like me, you are starting to think about September approaching and getting back into the swing of a writing schedule. What better way to get you in the mood than to enter a few contests, preferably some with deadlines just around the corner. Here are a few suggestions and good luck!

Deadline: August 31

NANO Fiction Prize: $500 and publication. NANO Fiction is now accepting entries for the 2nd Annual NANO Prize. Entries can be a flash fiction piece, prose poem, or micro essay of 300 words or less. All submitted pieces will be considered for publication. Previously published work will not be accepted and all entrants will be notified of the winner by Email in Oct. Email submissions only. Application Fee $$15 for the first 3 pieces, $2 for each additional piece. Send submissions to:

Deadline: November 1 (2011) & February 1, May 1 (2012)

The Malahat Review University of Victoria, PO Box 1700 Stn CSC, Victoria BC V8W 2Y2 Open Season Awards: 3 categories – poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction. Novella Prize – a single work of long-form fiction betw. 10,000 & 20,000 words. Far Horizons Award for Poetry – emerging writers may enter up to 3 poems. Visit their website for details.

Deadline: August 31

Room (Canada’s oldest literary magazine by and about women) PO Box 46160 Stn D, Vancouver BC V6J 5G5
Room celebrates its 35th volume in 2012. The anniversary issue has the theme journey. Looking for quality writing and art images that reflect all aspects of journeying – the milestones and lessons, the vehicles and companions, the maps and misadventures. Pays $50 for 1-5 published pages $75 for 6+ pages and $100 for cover art.

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Canadian Children’s Book Camp at the Vancouver Public Library

Today I had the pleasure of once again participating in the annual Canadian Children’s Writing and Book Camp at the main branch of the VPL in downtown Vancouver.

I gave a short lunchtime talk on How to Get Published, and by the end of a week at Book Camp, lots of these talented kids are ready for this next, big step in the writer’s life. We talked about both traditional and non-traditional methods of publishing and the kids asked lots of relevant questions, to which, (I hope) I gave equally relevant answers!

In the short period of time we had together we talked about contracts, agents, editors, how to get a publication history, cover letters, researching agents and much more. Last year when The Perfect Cut was nominated for a White Pine Award, I did quite a few presentations, workshops and talks, but since that time have not done many. Today I was reminded of how much I enjoy talking to young adults, and even better, how much I love hearing their ideas.

When Dead Reckoning came out almost ten years ago and I discovered how much public speaking was required, I was terrified. Now this part of being a writer is something I love! Good thing, because as I explained to the kids, publishing houses invest in authors who are willing to and good at talking to groups, both large and small about the process of writing, their work and other writing related topics.

Thanks VPL for inviting me!

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Goodreads Review: Darkness Between the Stars

It’s a great feeling when somebody reads one of my books and totally connects with both the message and the story. This kind of feedback makes me want to spend the whole day on my next book!

Darkness Between the Stars” a very powerful and emotional story.

This book should be read by every parent and teen. This is a story that shows how teenagers can have much stress and pressure to succeed which could lead to depression and thoughts of suicide when life becomes to overwhelming. Parents should not ignore signs and strange behavior and try to seek help before their child gets totally out of control. This book would be great for a must read book in high school. DIscussions should be held regarding how to get help for depression and also how suicide effects entire families for the rest of their lives. I myself have learned a lot from reading this and hope many others will read it too. This can possible save lives. I received the book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

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