Newsletter: 12/11/9: Contests, prompts, Autumn breaks and Teleseminars

Hi everyone,

I hope you are faring this weather well. We had a bit of a surprise last Wednesday and so a low turn out at our Write Group meeting. I was seriously considering not attending myself, but a couple of members contacted me to confirm they were attending. We had a good meeting.

Today, I have a busy e-mail for you. Plenty of topics came up.

1) GK and his play, Sorry Wrong Chimney

GK, one of our Write Group members, has been busy rehearsing for a dinner theatre performance starting next week and continuing the week after. He asked me to relay these details and invite you to his play. It sounds like a great evening or afternoon, chuck full of food and entertainment (I’m thinking comedy). I asked my family and we may be attending.

Beaverhill Players is performing Sorry Wrong Chimney next week and the week after.

  • Opening on Friday the 17th (evening), then 18th, 19th, 23rd and 24th (mid-afternoon).
  • Shows in evening on Friday and mid-afternoon other days.
  • Dinner/lunch also available.
  • Tickets are $15 show; $25 dinner/show.
  • Venue is Beaver Arts Centre in Holden.

If any one wants tickets or more info please call/text GK [contact information withheld before blog publication].

2) Free teleseminar tomorrow

Writer’s Digest is offering a free teleseminar tomorrow (well, free except for the cost of the call). The seminar is titled: 21 steps to a powerful rewrite. It is targetted to screenwriting, but I think the rules will be adaptable to other forms of writing as well. Check out their advertisement here. I received this last night, so I apologize for the short notice.

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TIME: Saturday, November 10th at 12:00pm (noon) Pacific

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I hope you’ll join us.

3) Figment Theme Prompts for November 5 — 9

Figment has sent us another batch of theme prompts. Once again, the prompts they are sending are designed to get us active in crafting our writing. The first prompt deals with pacing and perception, the second with characterization, the third with shaping our stories, the fourth with setting — particularly with time without flashback, and of course the last with a photo prompt.


4) Contests

I browsed the first few bookmarks in our Diigo site for writing competitions. I presented these on Wednesday, but offer them again here for those who are interested.

The George Bennett Fellowship is offered annually by Phillips Exeter Academy to a person seriously contemplating or pursuing a career as a writer. The fellow and family receive a cash stipend, room and board to finish a book manuscript. Deadline: December 1 postmark.

The L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest offers quarterly prizes for previously unpublished short science fiction, in addition to an annual grand prize of $5,000. The quarterly prizes are $1,000 for first, $750 for second, and $500 for third. Deadline: December 31.

The Gival Press Poetry Award is an annual contest for a previously unpublished collection of poetry (though individual poems may have been published). The winner receives $1,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 copies of the book. Deadline: December 15.

The Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Writing Competition offers the top winner over $3,000 in cash and prizes and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. The top 10 winners will also be featured the July/August 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine. Deadline: November 15, 2012.

The Hackney Literary Award Short Story and Poetry Competitions offer $5,000 in prizes for short fiction and poetry ($2,500 national and $2,500 state levels: 1st place, $600; 2nd, $400; 3rd, $250). Short Story: Length not to exceed 5,000 words per story. Entry fee is US$20.00 per entry. Must be received (or postmarked) by November 30, 2012. Poetry: Length not to exceed 50 lines per entry. More than one poem may be submitted, but all poems together must not exceed the 50-line limit per entry. Entry fee is US$15.00 per entry. Must be received (or postmarked) by November 30, 2012.

The Canada Writes CBC Literary Prizes annually recognize the best in original, unpublished writing by Canadians. First prize is $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts. The winning text will be published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. First prize winners will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers. Four runner-ups will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and will have their text published on the Canada Writes website. Two prizes are offered:

  • The CBC Creative Nonfiction 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 competition is not yet open. Deadline: February 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Submissions to the Creative Nonfiction prize must be between 1,200 and 1,500 words. A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) is required for each entry. 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 CBC Writes Poetry Prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection submitted to the competition. All Canadians can participate. The competition is not yet open. Deadline: May 1, 2013. Submissions to the poetry category must be between 400 and 600 words. A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) is required for each entry.

Prairie Fire is now accepting entries for the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction contests. Deadline: November 30 (postmarked). Prizes are awarded in each of the three categories and winning entries are published in Prairie Fire (with authors paid for publication): 1st prize $1,250, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $250, also a jeweller-cast replica of poet Bliss Carman’s ring, an invitation to THIN AIR (produced by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival), dinner with the staff of Prairie Fire and publication in Prairie Fire magazine.

  • Entry fee: $32. This entitles you to a one-year (4 issues) subscription to Prairie Fire magazine. Make cheque or money order payable to Prairie Fire and enclose with your entry. Send entries to: Prairie Fire Contests, 423-100 Arthur St., Winnipeg, MB, R3B 1H3.
  • One fiction entry: one story, maximum 10,000 words.
  • One poetry entry: 1, 2, or 3 poems, maximum 150 lines.
  • One creative non-fiction entry: one article, maximum 5,000 words.
  • Entries will not be returned. If you wish to be informed of contest results, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
  • Rules on site.

The Red Tuque Books 2012 Canadian Tales of the Heart Short Story Competition is looking for a story featuring two things. First, it must contain an element of the Heart; second, it must be identifiably Canadian. An element of the Heart simply means a story which can elicit strong emotion, such as lost love or profound sacrifice. So, the story could be Speculative, Mystery or Romance. If the story is written by a Canadian, OR written about Canadians, OR takes place in Canada, then it meets the ‘Identifiably Canadian’ condition. First place pays $500. Second place pays $150 and the third pays $100. Ten Honourable mention prizes of $25 will also be awarded. All winning entries will be published by Red Tuque Books in the upcoming anthology, ‘Canadian Tales Of The Heart’. Winners will receive a complementary copy of the anthology in addition to the prize money. Deadline: December 31, 2012 (postmark). The entry fee is $15 for one manuscript, $25 for two, or $30 for three. Three is the maximum number of manuscripts that can be submitted by any one author. Each should be 1,500 and 5,000 words long. Authors retain their copyright, but first-print rights are granted to Red Tuque Books for the anthology. All submissions must be sent via regular mail. Personal cheques, bank drafts, and money orders, should be drawn on a Canadian Bank. Please make payable to Red Tuque Books Inc. Submit to Short Story Competition, Red Tuque Books, Unit #6, 477 Martin Street, Penticton, BC, V2A 5L2.

For more competitions, refer to our competitions page.

5) National Novel Writing Month and PAD Chapbook Challenge

There have been a lot of poetry and novel writing events so far this month: for instance, collaborative poems and collaborative Novels-in-a-Day. November is National Novel Writing Month. In addition, WritersMarket has a PAD (poem-a-day) Chapbook Challenge this month. Perhaps, if you don’t wish to formally enter either of these events, you might like to emulate it for yourself.

And that is it from me. I hope you have a great Autumn break, for those of you who have the next week off. (Teachers and students do.)

Keep writing,

Att: Nov 5-9, 2012 Figments