Diaspora Dialogues invites submissions to its annual publishing/mentoring program from emerging GTA writers of short stories or creative non-fiction less than 3,000 words in length; or up to 5 poems, with each poem being no more than 75 lines. Applicants are welcome to enter more than one category, but no more than one submission per category, please.
Diaspora Dialogues is committed to supporting a literature of Toronto that is as diverse as the city itself. The setting of the works must be, at least in part, the greater Toronto region. First and second-generation immigrants and First Nations writers are especially welcome.
Approximately 15 writers will be chosen and each assigned (free of charge) to an established writer in a mentoring capacity to gain feedback on their work. The writers will each be given an opportunity to read their work in Diaspora Dialogues’ popular multi-disciplinary performance series, which takes place across the city throughout the year in partnership with venues like Luminato, The Word on the Street, Nuit Blanche, Harbourfront, Toronto Public Library and others.
Writers may choose to submit the finished pieces to be considered for publication in TOK: Writing the New Toronto, the annual Diaspora Dialogues anthology available in bookstores across the country.
Writers must not have been previously published in a full-length manuscript of their own (although appearances in magazines and/or anthologies are acceptable).
You must be living in the greater Toronto region, which includes York, Halton, Peel and Durham.
Deadline is May 16, 2011. Full submission guidelines here.
See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener, Orangeville, Gravenhurst, Muskoka, Peterborough, Kingston, London, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.