Thursday, January 17, 2019

Three writing contests and two paying markets for your short prose


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Accenti, the magazine with an Italian accent, considers unsolicited articles for publication. These can include news items, commentaries, works of fiction, non-fiction, etc. Photographs and illustrations can accompany submissions. Submissions must be in English and be between 500 and 2,000 words.
Accenti also considers unsolicited cartoons for publication. 
Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines here
Accenti is also accepting submissions for their annual prose contest. Entries can be fiction, non-fiction or creative non-fiction. Maximum length: 2,000 words. No poetry, plays, reviews, and scholarly essays. No footnotes and endnotes. No pseudonyms. The contest is open to all writers, established and emerging, worldwide. Entry Fee: $30. Top prize: $1,000 (CDN) and publication in Accenti. Three runner-up prizes: $100.00 (CDN) each and publication in Accenti.
Deadline: February 1, 2019. Guidelines here.

The First Line The purpose of The First Line is to jump start the imagination – to help writers break through the block that is the blank page. Each issue contains short stories that stem from a common first line. First Line also provides a forum for discussing favorite first lines in literature. 
The First Line is an exercise in creativity for writers and a chance for readers to see how many different directions we can take when we start from the same place. To celebrate 20 years of the journal, they are inviting writers to select any one of the first lines from their previous journals. 
Pays $25-50 for fiction, $5-10 for poetry, $25 for nonfiction. Length: 300-5,000 words. 
Deadline for spring issue: February 1, 2019; for summer issue: May 1, 2019; for fall issue: Aug 1, 2019. Guidelines here.

Every Day Fiction publishes a work of flash fiction {up to 1,000 words} every day. “There’s no such thing as too short — if you can do the job in 50 words, have at it! — but our readers prefer pieces that tell or at least hint at a complete story (some sort of action or tension rising to a moment of climax, and at least a clue toward a resolution, though it doesn’t have to be all spelled out).Pays $3. 
Send them any flash fiction any time, but also, they’re looking for stories suitable for February, including themes such as Groundhog Day, The Day the Music Died, The Super Bowl, Valentine's Day, getting tired of winter / cabin fever. Deadline: January 27
And for March, including themes such as Ash Wednesday, Spring Break, International Women's Day, Purim, Daylight Savings, Ides of March, St. Patrick's Day, first day of spring (Vernal Equinox), Feast of the Annunciation. Deadline: February 24, 2019.
Guidelines here.

The Writers' Union of Canada is seeking submissions for its 26th Annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, which invites Canadian writers to submit a piece of fiction or nonfiction of up to 2,500 words.
$2,500 prize will be awarded to the winner, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration. 
The Competition is open to Canadian citizens and residents who have had no more than one book published and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher for a second book. Authors not published in book format are also eligible. Members of The Writers Union are not eligible to enter.
Deadline: February 15, 2019. Guidelines here.

Anastasia
The 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize is now open for submissions.
Canadian writers can submit original, unpublished memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing and feature articles until. Your entry can be up to 2,000 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.
The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, will have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and will have their work published on CBC Books. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.
The entry fee is $25, which covers the costs of administering the prize.
Last year's winner was Sandra Murdock for “Easy Family Dinners.” Some Quick Brown Fox readers will know one of the finalists, Anastasia McEwen, from Intensive classes in Burlington and will recognize her winning story, “Acceleration.” You can read all the 2018 finalists' stories here.
Deadline: February  28, 2019. Guidelines here.
The 2019 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2019. The 2020 CBC Short Story Prize will open in
September 2019.

See Brian Henry’s schedule hereincluding Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Two great workshops this month: How to Build Your Story and Writing and Revising

Her Secret Son, Hannah Mary McKinnon's
third novel, is due out in May

The Oakville Public Library presents…
How to Build Your Story
Plotting novels & Writing short stories
Saturday, January 19, 2019
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oakville Central Library, Auditorium, 120 Navy Street Oakville, Ontario (Map here
)
This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel and will give you the best tips on writing short stories. We’ll also look at where to get your stories published and how to win contests. Best yet, you’ll see how to apply the story-building techniques you’ve learned to your own writing.
Guest speaker Hannah Mary McKinnon is the author of The Neighbors, a dark, suspenseful  woman’s fiction novel published in March 2018 by MIRA (HarperCollins USA) and Time After Time, published in June 2016 by AVON (HarperCollins UK), a novel about love, loss and second chances that’s full of humour. Hannah’s third book, Her Secret Son(MIRA), launches May 28, and her fourth book, The Other Sister (MIRA),will come out in 2020.
At the workshop, Hannah will speak about the different approaches she’s used to plot her novels and short stories. She’ll also be sharing her story of her writing career so far.
Visit Hannah’s website here.
Fee: $43.36 + 13% hst = $49  in advance or $46.90 + 13% hst = $53  at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Writing and Revising
Saturday, January 26, 2019
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Albion-Bolton Branch, Caledon Public Library, 150 Queen Street South, Bolton, 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: You’re invited to bring the first 500–1,000 words of one of your pieces of writing. You don’t need to bring anything, but if you do, three copies could be helpful.
Fee: $37.17 + 13% hst = $42 paid in advance or $39.82 + 13% hst = $45 at the door
To pay in advance, make your cheque out to the Caledon Public Library and mail it to:
Attention:  Megan Renkema , Caledon Public Library, Albion Bolton Branch, 150 Queen Street South, Bolton, ON, L7E 1E3
Or you can pay in advance in person at any Caledon Library branch. 
To reserve a spot now, sign up online here.

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University, and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to St. John. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published, including guest speaker Hannah Mary McKinnon.
Read reviews of Brian’s workshops, retreats and classes here (and scroll down).

See Brian’s full schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

You're invited to an Author Reading, Sunday, Jan 20, in Burlington


Author Reading
Sunday, January 20, 2019
12 noon – 4 p.m.
Barra Fion Restaurant, 1505 Guelph Line, Unit 10A, Burlington, Ontario (at the corner of Upper Middle Road  in Burlington Heights Plaza. Map here.)

At this reading, graduates of my writing classes get to strut their stuff. Come hear some of the most amazing emerging writers in the Toronto area reading some of the best work you’ll hear this year. These will be a fun get-together and everyone’s invited. Don’t miss it!
Doors open at 12 noon. Arrive for lunch by 12:15, or if you’re just having a drink or coffee and a snack, please arrive by 12:45. But you can’t order just a coffee (or they’ll lose money by hosting us). Check out the Barra Fion's menu here. The actual readings will start at about 1:30.
If possible, RSVP and let me know you’re coming and how many will be in your group, as the restaurant would like to know how many to expect. If you can’t let me know in advance, though, please feel free to just show up – I’d love to see you there. (Though if you can't let me know in advance, please try to show up early so the staff will have enough time to take care of us all. 

If you'd like to read your work to an audience, there are still some spots on the roster! Just send me an email at: brianhenry@sympatico.ca ~ update: the roster is now full; email me if you'd like to be on the waiting list in case anyone who plans to read has to cancel. 
(But do send me an email. You need to get on the roster in advance; you can’t just show up with a piece you want to read.)

I look forward to seeing you all there! ~Brian

This winter, join us for weekly classes. A full roster of courses is on offer, Introductory to Intensive, and including Writing Kid Lit (See all five courses here): 
Exploring Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Jan 24 – April 5 (no class March 14), in Burlington. Details here.
Writing Kid Lit, Thursday evenings, Jan 24 – March 28 (no class March 14), in Oakville. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, Jan 22 – April 2 (no class March 12); first readings emailed Jan 15, in Burlington. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings Jan 23 – April 3 (no class March 13); first readings emailed Jan 16, in Burlington. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Friday mornings Jan 25 – April 5 / 12 (10 or 11 weeks, no class March 13); first readings emailed Jan 16, in Toronto. Details here.
            Details of all 5 classes here.

Read reviews of Brian’s courses, retreats, and workshops here.

 
See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Spring writing courses: Introductory, Intensive & Writing Personal Stories

Welcome to Creative Writing
Nine weeks of discovering your creative side
Offered in two locations:
Thursday afternoons,12:45 – 2:45
April 18 – June 20 (No class May 30)
St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church, 5324 Bromley Rd, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
And
Friday afternoons, 1:15 – 3:15
April 26 – June 28 (No class May 31)
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room, 1 Glenview Ave, Toronto, Ontario (Map here.)
This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. This course will open the door to writing short stories and writing dialogue, writing in first person and writing in third person, writing just for fun and writing all kinds of things. 
You’ll get a shot of inspiration every week and an assignment to keep you going till the next class. Best of all, this class will provide a zero-pressure, totally safe setting, where your words will grow and flower.
Fee:  $176.11 plus 13% hst = $199
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Writing Personal Stories
9 weeks of sharing and writing
Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
April 18 – June 20, 2019 (No class May 30)
Oakville Central Library, Auditorium, 120 Navy Street, Oakville, Ontario (Map here.)
If you've ever considered writing your personal stories, this course is for you. We’ll look at memoirs, travel writing, personal essays, family history ~ personal stories of all kinds. Plus, of course, we’ll work on creativity and writing technique and have fun doing it. 
Whether you want to write a book or just get your thoughts down on paper, this weekly course will get you going. We'll reveal the tricks and conventions of telling true stories, and we’ll show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. Weekly writing exercises and friendly feedback from the instructor will help you move forward on this writing adventure. Whether you want to write for your family and friends or for a wider public, don't miss this course.
Fee: $167.26 plus 13% hst = $189
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Intensive Creative Writing
Ten weeks towards becoming a better writer
Offered in three locations:
Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45 p.m.
April 16 – June 25; no class June 4
First readings emailed April 19
St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church, 5324 Bromley Rd, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
And
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
April 17 – June 19
First reading emailed April 10
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street, Georgetown, Ontario (in the village of Glen Williams (Map here.)
And
Friday mornings, 10:15 – 12:30
April 26 – June 28 (No class May 31)
First reading emailed April 9
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room, 1 Glenview Ave, Toronto, Ontario (Map here.)
Intensive Creative Writing isn't for beginners; it's for people who have been writing for a while or who have done a course or two before and are working on their own projects. Over the ten weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in five pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on. 
Besides critiquing pieces, the instructor will give short lectures addressing the needs of the group, and in addition to learning how to critique your own work and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that the greatest benefits come from seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write. This is a challenging course, but extremely rewarding.
Fee: $184.96 + 13% hst = $209
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada's most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. Brian is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing). But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published. 
Read a review of Brian's various courses and workshops here (and scroll down).

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.