Monday, September 28, 2015

Love letters - where your fellow writers are getting published and winning contests, plus a talk on taxes for writers

Yay, Gord!
Congratulations to all the semi-finalists in the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award. This short story contest pays a grand prize of $2,000, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for all of you, but most especially for the half-dozen semi-finalists who have taken part in my classes or workshops: Gord Miller, Judy Millar, Aldona Kaulis-Barry, Alan Buchanan, Kevin Montgomery, Heather Rath, Beverly Burgess Bell, and Bruce Madole. Best of luck! ~ Brian
For information about submitting to this annual contest, see here.

Hi, Brian.
A short story I wrote from a prompt during your “How to write a bestseller” workshop with Kelley Armstrong was selected as a Fringe Contest winner and I was invited to read that short story at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival. The story, “Dearly Beloved,” was also published in a chapbook. And as if that wasn't exciting enough, I also got to hobnob a bit with some of Canada's elite authors at a private dinner party the night before.
Yay, Catherine!
The second short story I wrote, “Alba's Tree,” which I read at the CJ's Cafe farewell night has been published to CommuterLit. You can see it here.
I know I've said it before, but thanks for everything you do.
Catherine
For information about the Eden Mills Festival and its annual short story contest, see here.

Hi, Brian.
I hope all is well with you. I am pleased to announce that my short story "Unclaimed" will be featured in CommuterLit. Thank you for all that you do! This should be the link to my story here.
Cheers,
Tres Vassel
For information on submitting to CommuterLit, see here.   

Hi, Brian.
I miss your classes and I want to thank you for all your wisdom and support for my writing. Quick Brown Fox is a constant source of information. I followed up on one of the leads for publishing and this week, an autobiographical piece of mine “Bang Up Wedding” was published in the magazine “One Thousand Trees”. Please feel free to share the link with other writers:  www.onethousandtrees.com to check it out.
Susan McCrae

Hey, there!
I want to share some exciting news: Today I am a published author! Yayy!  
Chocolate & Diamonds for the Woman's Soul is a book anthology featuring 104 women from all over the world, who decided to raise their voice.
My story, "Remembering Me and Breaking Free" speaks to the knowing that something more was possible and the courage I mustered to break free from my marriage.  It's really short (less than 1,500 words), so there's a lot that this story doesn't tell or go into (I haven't yet figured out how to put 23 years into 1,500 words, but maybe for my memoirs).  
My hope is that other women (and men) reading this story will have the courage, and LOVE, to be free to be themselves, no matter what, or that they'll be inspired by other beautiful heart-felt stories in the anthology.  
So, get your copy, download it, sit in your favorite spot (for me, that's curled up on the couch in front of the fireplace) and get reading.  Or, share it with someone you love.  Getting your copy of this diamond is easy - just visit my page and order your Kindle version through Amazon.com for only US$1 (or on Amazon.ca for CDN$1.32 here) – and you don't need a Kindle to get it, just the Kindle app downloaded to you device.    
If you'd rather have a paper copy, it's coming - Oct 4th :)
Happy reading!  
Linda J. Spencer

Writer to Writer
Doug Griswold color illustration for annual tax guide for 1999
from Vancouver Sun
Hi, Brian.
If it's too late for your next “printing” of Quick Brown Fox, would you mind including this:
When she's not writing, Anitha Robinson works as a Chartered Accountant. She's giving two Tax Talks for Writers, Illustrators, and Artists:
Wednesday, September 30
 6:30 pm
Hamilton Public Library, Sherwood Branch, 467 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton, Ontario
To sign up, call 905 546-3249.
And
Wednesday, October 28
6:30 pm
County of Brant Public Library, Paris Branch, 12 William Street, Paris, Ontario
To sign up, call 519 442-2433.
Come armed with questions!
Thanks and I hope to see you soon. Maybe at Jennifer's launch party for Speechless!
Anitha

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

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