Monday, June 25, 2012

Love letters

Mazel tov - congratulations - to 
Gila Green for her first novel contract!

Dear Brian,
Your blog has often encouraged me to continue on my search for publication when I was about to give up or at least take an extended break. I am happy to announce that my first novel, a futuristic satire, King of the Class, about a post-civil war Israel has been accepted to Vancouver press: Now or Never Publishing due for a spring 2013 release.
Thank you for creating this online community of Canadian writers, so that even ex-pats in faraway Israel can receive encouragement.
Gila Green
Beit Shemesh, Israel
For information about submitting to Now or Never Publishing, see here.

Hi, Brian.
Great news: my short story, "With Regret" won first prize in the Elora Writers' Festival Short Fiction Contest. I owe much of the success for the story to two sources: criticism by my fellow scribblers at the Brampton Writers Guild, and especially to your workshop on editing and revision which I attended in January. Thanks for the invaluable instruction on ripping out and rebuilding, renovator-style, and rewriting an already perfect story to make it better.
Please let me know when you will be putting on an Intensive or Extreme writing course somewhere west of Yonge Street – I’d love to attend.
Michael Joll
Read Michael’s award-winning story here. The Extreme Creative Writing courses are both full for the fall, but the slightly less intensive Next Step in Creative Writing has spaces open in the  Thursday afternoon course in Mississauga (details here) and in the Thursday evening course in Georgetown (details here).

Hi Brian,
I've had 3 more poems published in Commuter Lit - thanks again for the tip!
Erica Richmond
Read Erica's 3 poems and her short story, "Worry Dolls," here. For information on submitting to CommuterLit, see here.

Hi, Brian.
First a phone call and then this email. It is for real. “Ginette” found a home! Thank you for helping me to make this possible.
I’m pleased on behalf of the Canadian Authors Association, Niagara Branch to advise that you have won Honourable Mention for your story – The Last of Ginette. We have enjoyed reading your story and are looking forward to having the printed version in our Ten Stories High 13th Edition Anthology.
For information about all the annual writing contests in Canada, order the Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar, now $5 off the regular price: just $18.50 including all taxes and shipping. For details, email

Hi, Brian!
I took a couple of your writing workshops a few years back. The last one I attended was at Westdale library (which is kind of funny since I now work there!) and you had a local lawyer turned romance author come to speak to us. At the time I was trying to get my erotica work published. I thought it was a pipe dream.
Still, I worked on it slowly over the past few years and had a number of short stories published. Then this year HarperCollins UK launched their new erotica imprint the same week Fifty Shades of Grey blew the erotica market wide open. Their editor asked me to be a contributing author. I published a few more short stories with them and now they've offered me a contract for a single author title. It is due out March 2013.
Thanks for your support!
Paula Culp
For information about submitting to HarperCollins’ erotica imprint, Mishief Books, see here.

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond. 

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