Friday, November 21, 2014

Journal pays $50 for poems, $100 for prose; anthology pays $5 for speculative fiction; plus calls for submissions & contests

Redwing, an e-book anthology, is looking for speculative fiction between 1,500 and 6,000 words, particularly urban fantasy and space opera. Payment: $5 CAD per story, payable by PayPal.
Deadline: December 1, 2014.Guidelines here.

The Humber Literary Review is seeking submissions of prose, poetry, artwork, and comics for their third issue, scheduled for release in Spring 2015. Pays $60 per poem, and $100 each for essays, fiction, and reviews. Also pay our feature and comics artists. Contributors also receive two copies. Deadline: December 8, 2014. Guidelines.

Digital short fiction magazine Nonlocal Science Fiction seeks work for its debut issue (2015). Pays via profitsharing.The pub date for the first issue hasn’t been set yet, but get your work in fast! (And if you’re slow, don’t worry; they plan to come out quarterly.)

The Fiddlehead
Campus House, 11 Garland Court
UNB PO Box 4400
Fredericton NB E3B 5A3
http://www.thefiddlehead.ca/
Canada's longest living literary journal, The Fiddlehead is published four times a year at the University of New Brunswick. First published in 1945, The Fiddlehead is known as a WHO'S WHO in Can. Lit.
The Fiddlehead is open to good writing in English from all over the world, looking always for freshness and surprise. “Our editors are always happy to see new unsolicited works in fiction and poetry.”
Work is read on an ongoing basis; apart from the annual contest, there are no deadlines for submissions.
Submissions by mail only. Full submission guidelines here.
The Fiddlehead invites entries to its 24th annual poetry and short story contest. Short stories should be a maximum of 6,000 words. A poetry submission may be up to 3 poems, a maximum of 100 lines.
Entry fee: $30 for Canadians; $36 from elsewhere in the world. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription.
Winning entries will be published in the spring 2015 issue of The Fiddlehead (no. 263) 
and on the magazine’s website. The winning authors will be paid for publication in addition to their prizes!
Prizes: $2,000 Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem
$250 each for Two Honourable Mentions

$2,000 for Best Story
$250 each for Two Honourable Mentions
Deadline: December 1, 2014. Full guidelines here.

The Capilano Review 
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC  V7J 3H5
https://www.thecapilanoreview.ca/
The Capilano Review publishes venturesome experimental writing and art. Submissions by mail only; no email submissions. For poetry submissions, send up to 8 pages; for fiction, a maximum of 5,000 words. The Capilano Review buys First North American Serial Rights and limited, non-exclusive digital rights. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. Contributors are paid $50 per published page to a maximum of $200.
Full submission guidelines here.
The Capilano Review invites entries for the 4th annual Robin Blaser Poetry Award to be judged by renowned poet, dramatist, and novelist Daphne Marlatt. Daphne Marlatt is the recipient of the international Uchimura Naoya Prize (2008), the Dorothy Livesay Award (2009), and the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award (2012).
Award: 1st prize – $750 + publication in the Winter issue, TCR 3.24.
             2nd prize – $250
Fee: $35 for Canadian entries and $45 (USD) for non-Canadian.
Maximum 8 pages per entry.
Each entry includes a one-year subscription to The Capilano Review. If you already have a subscription, your subscription will be extended or you can sign up a friend.

Deadline: December 15, 2014. Full guidelines here.

See Brian Henry’s schedule hereincluding 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, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Writing and Revising workshop, Sunday, April 12, in Ottawa


Writing and Revising
Sunday, April 12, 2015
10:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Nepean Sportsplex, Hall E, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario (Map here.)

If you want to refine your story-telling skills and cut the time you will need to spend editing, this workshop is for you. You'll learn how to step back from a manuscript in order to find – and fix – flaws in your plot, structure, characterization and style. You'll learn how to rethink, rework and rewrite so that your manuscript will live up to your vision.

Special option: Participants are invited to bring a piece of their own writing (though you don’t have to!) If you do bring a piece, bring 3 copies of something short (1,000 words absolute maximum, though 750 words works better).

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing teacher for more than 25 years. He teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published.

Fee: 40.71+ 13% hst = 46 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 43.36 + 13% hst = 
49 if you wait to pay at the door

To reserve a spot now, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s full schedule hereincluding 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, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Three literary agents at Jane Rotrosen Agency seek new authors

Rebecca Scherer
Jane Rotrosen Agency 
318 East 51st Street 
New York, NY 10022 

The Jane Rotrosen Agency specializes in commercial fiction: thrillers, mystery, suspense, woman’s fiction, romance, historical novels, mainstream fiction, and young adult fiction. The agency also represents authors of memoirs, narrative nonfiction, and prescriptive nonfiction.

The newest member of the team is Rebecca Scherer. Rebecca started at Jane Rotrosen Agency as a part-time intern and is now full time and actively seeking authors. Rebecca is looking for women’s fiction, mystery, suspense/thriller, romance, and upmarket fiction at the cross between commercial and literary.

Query Rebecca at: rscherer@janerotrosen.com
Put “Query: [Title]” in the subject line. Send a query letter, brief synopsis (1-2) pages, and the first three chapters. Please paste the letter and synopsis in the body of the email, though the chapters can either be pasted or attached.

The Jane Rotrosen agency also has two other newish agents, actively looking for authors:

Amy Tannenbaum started her publishing career at Harlequin and was more recently an editor at Atria Books, a Simon and Schuster imprint. At Atria, her areas of interest were memoir, self-help, celebrity, popular culture, quality commercial women's fiction, romance, and erotica. 

Amy’s authors included Jamie McGuire, Lorna Byrne, Barbara Reich, Laurie Davis, Gavin Edwards, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, Tina Reber, and Cyndi Lauper.

Amy is looking for contemporary romance, new adult fiction (i.e., fiction for 18 to 20-somethings), and women's fiction that falls into that sweet spot between commercial and literary fiction.

Include a brief synopsis and up to three chapters of your novel. Your query letter should include a concise description of your work, relevant biographical information, and any publishing history.

Agent Christina Hogrebe is also accepting new authors as clients. Christina grew up on a diet of Anne of Green Gables and Sweet Valley Twins books. Inspired by her favourite chick lit heroes, she left her native Pennsylvania and in 2003 signed on with the Rotrosen agency as an assistant. She was soon promoted to agent. She continues to pursue “three hanky” reads and “read with the lights on” books.

Query Christina at chogrebe@janerotrosen.com
Include a brief synopsis and up to three chapters of your novel. Your query letter should include a concise description of your work, relevant biographical information, and any publishing history.

Complete agency bios here. Full submission guidelines here.

On Saturday, Nov 29, Brian Henry will host "From the Horse’s Mouth: Strategies for Getting Published" at Ryerson University in Toronto, with literary agent Rachel Letofsky of the Cooke Agency, senior editor Anne Shone of Scholastic Books, and Marketing and Publicity Manager Stephen Myers of Penguin Books (see here).

Kelley Armstrong, a New York Times
#1 bestselling author and one of
Brian's former students
And Brian will lead a "How to Get Published" workshop in Niagara on the Lake on Sunday, March 1, with literary agent Olga Filina (see here).

Other upcoming workshops, include: “How to Write a Bestseller" with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, Nov 22, in Burlington (see here) and Saturday, Dec 6, in London (see here), Secrets of Writing a Page-turner, Saturday, Jan 17, 2015, in Toronto (see here), and "How to Write Great Dialogue," Saturday, Jan 24, in Georgetown (see here).

Weekly courses: Whether you're looking for an introduction to creative writing or you're getting your manuscript ready to submit to an agent, your best bet is a weekly course. Starting in the new year, Brian will be offering classes for beginners through advanced writers. See details for all six courses here.

For details of “Welcome to Creative Writing” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington see  here, for “Writing Your Life & Other Personal Stories” on Tuesday mornings in Oakville see here, for “The Next Step in Creative Writing” on Wednesday evenings in Burlington here, on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga hereand on Thursday evenings in Georgetown here, and for “Intensive Creative Writing” on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington here.

For details of any course or workshop or to register, 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, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Love letters ~ Where your fellow writers are finding an agent and getting published

Rachel Letofsky
Hi, Brian.
I wanted to say thanks for giving me an opportunity to connect with Carly Watters of P.S. Literary Agency at your How to Get Published workshop. She asked me to submit a full manuscript. As a result of that, I also pitched to two other agents (Sam Hiyate at The Rights Factory and Rachel Letofsky at the Cooke Agency) and both asked for full manuscripts, as well.
It is an exciting time for me, and I would not have had these opportunities without your classes. 
I'll keep you up to date on what happens,
Jeanette
Note: Literary agent Rachel Letofsky will be one of my three speakers at the From the Horse’s Mouth seminar at Ryerson University on Saturday, November 29 (see here). Then on Saturday, March 7, I’ll have Olga Filina from the Rights Factory at my How to Get Published seminar (see here). – Brian

Hi, Brian.
I had a new story published on CommuterLit today, “Vigilante.” It's my first published story since last fall. I'll see you at you "How to Build Your Story," workshop in Peterborough to help get those creative juices flowing some more. See you then.
Nancy Boyce
Read Nancy’s story here.  
For information about submitting to CommuterLit, see here, and to read about their new contest, see here.

Note: See my 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, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

We're reading aloud at CJ's Cafe, Tuesday, December 9 ~ don't miss it!

But Tonight, poetry by our hostess,
CJ Martin
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
CJ’s Cafe, 2416 Lakeshore Rd W, Oakville
(On the south side of Lakeshore, just east of Bronte Road, across from a big grocery store. Lots of parking around the back. Map here.)

Start the festive season off right. This is the night that graduates of Brian Henry’s “Next Step,” and “Intensive” creative writing courses get to strut their stuff. We’ll have a line-up of the most amazing emerging writers west of Toronto, and they’ll be reading some of the best work you’ll hear this year. Don’t miss it!

Meanwhile, be sure to check out all the other great stuff going on at CJ’s, home of the best lattes in North America here.

Note: The new year is coming soon and we’ll be starting six new courses. Read details of all the weekly courses starting soon here.

Here’s the line-up:
Welcome to Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, Jan 20 – March 31, Burlington. See here.
"Writing Your Life & Other Personal Stories," Tuesday mornings, Jan 27 – March 17, Oakville. See here.
“The Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, Jan 21 – March 25, Burlington. See here.
“The Next Step in Creative Writing," Thursday afternoons,  Jan 22 – March 26, Mississauga. See here.
“The Next Step in Creative Writing," Thursday evenings, Jan 22 – March 26, Georgetown. See here.
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, Jan 20 – March 31, Burlington. See here.
To register, 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, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.