Sunday, March 29, 2015

“Spring” by Valerie J. Shave


I do not like the fall,
Dry brown leaves, wrinkled and decaying;
Touch of death over all,
With everything green around me dying:
Vibrant colors fading,
O give me the resurrection of spring;
God in all His glory,
The sweet melody that birds love to sing.
Branches like dry bones,
Touched after a frigid, winter’s rest;
Shrouded in green cones:
Tiny, green velvet buds at the end, nest
On dry, brittle bones;
Shimmer like green, painted fingernails.
And they will blossom forth,
Like a tree planted by the water,
Sheltered from the north;
Sunshine and peace, in the fresh, keen air.
Jesus cursed the tree that bore no fruit,
Blessed the tree that bore -
For even a frail, tiny green shoot,
Its gay, fruitful clothing wore.
Dry branches lopped off for the fire,
Unfruitful barren tree!
In the spring and resurrection power;
Dry bones, alive should be -
Like budding trees ready to flower.
How rewarding to see,
Good men and women who fruitful be;
As a resurrected tree!

Valerie Shave lives in beautiful British Columbia (Paradise) in a small town near Duncan, B.C., called Lake Cowichan. She’s a prolific writer of poems stories and plays. Her poem “Tsunami’ was on Oprah’s blog. She’s currently working on a book on China where she lived and taught for ten years.


See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ryga pays $100 for entries; also wanted: short stories wanted for Bristol Prize, soft erotica, and punkabilly

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The 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers over 16. First prize: £1000 (about $1800 CAD) plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card (usable online worldwide); additional prizes available. All 20 shortlisted stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8. Any theme or subject. Length: 4000 words max. Entry fee: £8 per story ($15).
Deadline: April 30, 2015. Guidelines here.

Newly UK publisher, Red Ribbon Press, is looking for talented writers for a short story collection with a romance/erotica twist. First prize: $100. No reading fee; free entry. Length: 3000-5000 words. No purple prose. All short-listed entries will be collected and published in a collection.
Deadline: May 1. Guidelines here.

Ricky’s Back Yard is an online magazine with four print specials per year. Open to graphic short stories and verbal text entries, flash fiction to longer short stories (12,000 words). Looking for work that says, “Jesus, that gave me a nightmare.” Prefers writing that is strong, punk, dark, humorous, and just strange enough to be true. Theme: Cult.
Deadline: May 4, 2015. Guidelines here.

Ryga: A Journal of Provocations showcases the work that explores social issues. Seeking short stories, poem suites (of 3 – 6 poems), and plays. Pays $100.
Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines here.


See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Two new agents at Canadian agency P.S. Literary are looking for new authors: YA, New adult, literary, commercial & upmarket; the other 3 agents at P.S. all want new authors, too

P.S. Literary Agency
20033 – 520 Kerr Street
Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3C7 
CANADA
http://www.psliterary.com/

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The P.S. Literary Agency is a relative newcomer to the agenting world, having been established by Curtis Russell in 2005, so all its agents are actively looking for authors.  P.S. is located in Oakville (a suburb of Toronto) and represents literary and commercial fiction, Young Adult and Middle grade fiction and picture books, and nonfiction.

In the last month, two new agents have joined P.S., and like all new agents, they need authors:

Eric Smith ~ Associate Agent
Eric was previously the social media & marketing manager at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, A frequent blogger, Eric’s ramblings about books appear on BookRiot, The Huffington Post and more. He is the author of Inked (Bloomsbury Publishing) and The Geek’s Guide to Dating (Quick Books).

Eric is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in Young Adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), New Adult and Literary and Commercial fiction (especially sci-fi and fantasy and thrillers and mysteries).

In nonfiction, Eric is interested in Cookbooks, Pop Culture, Humour, essay collections, and blog to book ideas.

Query Erica at: query@psliterary.com 
Query on. No attachments unless specifically requested.

Kurestin Armada ~ Associate Agent
Kurestin began her publishing career as an intern with Workman Publishing and spent time as an assistant at the Lofts Agency before joining P.S. Literary.

She holds a B.A. in English from Kenyon College and a publishing certificate from Columbia University. Kurestin is based in New York City.

Kurestin is actively acquiring Upmarket and Commercial Fiction, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternative History, Historical Fiction LGBTQ (any genre), select Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Mystery, including mystery with element of science fiction or fantasy, and Romance. She has a particular affection for science fiction and fantasy, especially books that recognize and subvert typical tropes of genre fiction.

In nonfiction, Kuristin is looking for Design, Cooking, Pop Psychology, Humour, Narrative Nonfiction, Photography, and Pop Science.

Query Kurestin at: query@psliterary.com 
Query on. No attachments unless specifically requested.

The other three other agents at P.S. Literary are also looking for authors:

Carly Watters ~  VP, Senior Literary Agent. 
Carly is actively looking for Literary and Commercial fiction, World literature, Women’s fiction, Literary thrillers, high concept Young Adult novels and Picture books, and up-market nonfiction in Health, Wellness, Pop science and Pop psychology.

Carly also represents select titles in North America for the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency. Carly did her MA in Publishing Studies at City University London in the UK where she worked in the publishing industry at the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency, and Bloomsbury PLC before returning to Canada in 2010 to join the P.S Literary Agency. She blogs here.

Many readers will know what a treasure Carly is from when she’s been my guest speaker at “How to Get Published” workshops.

Maria Vicente ~ Associate Agent
Maria began her publishing career an intern with Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency and then interned at P.S. Literary before joining the agency as an associate agent. Maria has a B.A. in English Lit from Carleton and a Bachelor of Education from Western. She blogs here.

Maria is actively looking for Literary and Commercial fiction, New Adult, high-concept Young Adult, Middle Grade, high-concept Picture Books, and nonfiction in the Pop Culture, Pop Psychology, Design and Lifestyle categories.

Maria was my guest speaker at a How to Get Published workshop Sunday, June 22, in Ottawa.

Curtis Russell ~ President & Principal Agent
Curtis began his publishing career nearly a decade ago as proprietor of a micro press. In 2005 he crossed to the other side of the desk and founded the P.S. Literary Agency. He has a wide-ranging and diverse client list, and is interested in discovering writers with unique ideas, no matter what the category.

Curtis is currently acquiring both fiction and nonfiction. In terms of fiction, he is seeking Literary, Commercial mainstream, Women's fiction, Romance, New Adult, Young Adult and Middle Grade novels, and Mysteries & Thrillers.

In terms of nonfiction, he is looking for Business, History, Politics, Current Affairs, Memoir, Health, Wellness, Sports, Humour, Pop science and Pop psychology.

Query any agent at P.S. Literary at: query@psliterary.com 
No attachments unless specifically requested.  Limit your query to one page and include...
Paragraph One – Introduction: Include the title and category of your work (i.e. fiction or nonfiction and topic), an estimated word count and a brief, general introduction.
Paragraph Two – Mini-synopsis: A concise summary or overview of your work.
Paragraph Three – Writer’s bio: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background (awards and affiliations, etc.).

Full submission requirements here
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Martha Magor Webb
Brian Henry will lead "How to Get Published" workshops in Windsor (for my American readers, that's just across the river from Detroit), on Sunday, May 31, with Martha Magor Webb of the Anne McDermid Agency (see here) and in Mississauga on Saturday, June 20, again with Martha Magor Webb (here).  

Brian will also lead a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop with Anne Shone, Senior Editor at Scholastic Canada, on Saturday, May 2, in Oakville (see here).

For more information or to register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Other upcoming workshops, include “Writing great characters,” Saturday, March 28 in Brampton (see here) Saturday, July 11, in Burlington (here), and Saturday, July 18 in Kitchener (here), “Secrets of Writing a Page-turner,” Saturday, April 11, in Peterborough (here), Saturday, May 11, in Barrie (here) and Saturday, June 6, in Georgetown (here), “Writing & Revising” Sunday, April 12, in Ottawa (here),  and “How to Build Your Story,”  Saturday, April 25, in Thessalon (here), Saturday, May 9 in London (here) and Saturday, May 30 in Guelph (here).

Anne Shone
The spring session of Brian’s weekly creative writing courses begins in April See details of all five weekly courses, for beginning to advanced writers, here.

Exploring Creative Writing” will be offered Wednesday evenings in Burlington (see here), “Writing Personal Stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Mississauga (here), “The Next Step in Creative Writing” on Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here) and “Intensive Creative Writing” on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (here) and Thursday afternoons in Burlington (here).

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
For more information or to reserve a spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Two new books: A Day on the TTC by Ali Lawati and Tranquility by Laurie Gardiner

Hi, Brian.
Here's wishing you and the family a fabulous 2015!
My latest book is A Day on the TTC. This is my second picture book. The book aims to be engaging and educational children's story meant to create awareness about safety when taking public transit. 
Now awailable at www.lawatibooks.com
Thanks,
Ali


Hi, Brian.
I've attended a few of your workshops over the past few years. I thought you might be interested to know that I’ve self-published my book, Tranquility! It's available now as an ebook on Amazon and the paperback release will follow shortly. Here's the link in case you'd like to check it out here.
Thanks!
Laurie Gardiner


See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Oakville, Orillia, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Love Letters ~ Hannah McKinnon's latest story on CommuterLit and three self-published novels.

Yay, Patricia!
Hi, Brian.
I would be very grateful if you would post a notice about my newly published book, Liam, An Irish historical novel, on your blog. 
The book traces the growing up years of Liam, a young boy, who lived in Ireland during the time of the Great Famine (1845-1849). He witnesses starvation, cruelty and deprivation at the hands of the English. Can he surmount his problems? The New World beckons on him. Beset by conflicting emotions, he is forced to decide between remaining in a famine-ridden country or emigrating to a strange country and taking his chances.
Sincere best wishes,
Patricia Hegarty
Patricia's novel is available through iBooks and Smashwords (here). Check it out. She's a magical writer. ~ Brian

Dear Brian,
Several years ago I attended your seminar about writing memoirs and other personal stories. You had Ross Pennie as a guest speaker and he talked about his experience and shared his memoir, The Unforgiving Tides. Your workshop proved significantly helpful. I took copious notes and went back to them again and again.
Because of health and other issues, my book was delayed, but these very things which interrupted my writing became some of my material, and I’ve now self-published my In Other Worlds with Westbow Press and it’s receiving very great reviews as a page turner.
Thank you for being a help to me and many other aspiring writers. Though I had written dozens of articles for journals and a couple of short stories, writing a book was a new kind of project, and your seminar and the example of Ross Pennie were a huge stimulus.
Regards,
John Wilson
Check out John’s memoir of his time in Papua Inodnesia here.
Note: I have an eight-week course in writing memoirs and other personal stories starting in April. Details here. ~ Brian

Hello, Brian.
I like to pass on, that I’ve self-published my book The English Professor with Friesen Press.   Check it out here.
I wish you well,
Gina Iafrate

Hello, Brian.
Here’s my latest story on CommuterLit, ‘The Icing on the Cake” (here).
I wrote it during Brian’s dialogue workshop in Georgetown. The assignment was to write a piece of dialogue in which someone attempted to convince someone else to do something (or not to do something).
Hope you like it!
Hannah McKinnon
You can find links to all seven of Hannah’s stories on CommuterLit here.
For information about submitting to CommuterLit, see here.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.