Friday, November 29, 2019

Markets and contests for your short fiction, poetry and reviews


Quick Brown Fox Quick Brown Fox welcomes your short stories, poems, and essays about reading, writing, favourite books, and libraries. Read a few pieces on the blog to get a taste of what other writers have done (see here and scroll down). Quick Brown Fox also welcomes book reviews – or reviews of anything, of anywhere, or of anybody. If you want to review your favourite coffee shops or libraries, babysitters or lovers (no real names please), go for it. See examples of book reviews here (and scroll down); other reviews here (and scroll down).
Include a short bio at the end of your piece and attach a photo of yourself if you have one that’s okay.


Close to the Bone aims to bring you gritty and interesting short fiction across multiple genres from a range of talented writers. 
“We are looking for bank robberies gone bad, double-crossing bastards going at it, serial killers with a heart (maybe literally), redemption and revenge. We like it violent, thoughtful and well written. We will consider other genres such as western, science fiction and maybe fantasy, as long as they fit in with the grit theme we are looking for. Please take the time to edit— look over your story for spelling, grammar, and flow.  We want to publish you. If it’s good but needs work we’ll let you know, if you don’t like criticism and are happy to stay as you are, then don’t submit.  As we said, we like to publish you and will offer help with advice.”
Submit a well-written story of 3,000 words or lessPost the title of the story and the word count in the subject lineThe story must be attached as a .doc or .docx — if submitted in any other fashion the story will not be considered. Also, please provide a short bio along with your submission.
Send your story to: close2thebone@hotmail.com
Always accepting submissions. Guidelines here.

Prime Number Magazine is a quarterly online journal that seeks to publish distinctive poetry and short fiction, regardless of theme, form, or style. Contributors will include both emerging and established writers as selected by our guest editors. Submissions for poetry and short fiction are always open. Guidelines here.

53-Word Story Contest: It's free, it's fun, and the winner gets published in Prime Number Magazine and receives a free book from Press 53. Stories must be exactly 53 words long. New theme announced at the start of each month {so put this in your “to do” list for Dec 1].} Entries are due by the 21st of the month. Guidelines here.

The Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Contest runs quarterly . The reading fee for entry is a low $7 (a prime number) per submission, with the following payouts for winners:
First Prize: $353 (a prime number) and publication 
Second Prize: $151 (a prime number) and publication
Third Prize: $53 (a prime number dear to us) and publication
Winners will be announced no later than one month following the close of submissions and th e stories will appear in the quarterly issue of Prime Number Magazine. Guidelines here.

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is looking for, as you might guess, compressed creative arts. A  publication of Matters Press.
“We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way. Work is published weekly, without labels, and the labels here only exist to help us determine its best readers.” 
Pays $50. 
Deadline: December 15, 2019. Guidelines here.

Grey Borders Books is interested in works that confront and challenge contemporary social norms. 
“We are looking for works of poetry, fiction (all genres) and nonfiction. There are no length restrictions; however, we are looking for full manuscripts for trade publication as well as smaller works for chapbook publication. We encourage simultaneous submissions. Our reading period is year-round.
"We also accept submissions for Grey Borders Magazine and Daddy: a cultural anthology for which you may use the submission forms on this site, or email Grey Borders Books directly.
Guidelines for Grey Borders books here. 
For magazines, here


Arc Poetry Magazine accepts unso­licited sub­mis­sions of pre­vi­ously unpub­lished poetry in English, or translations of poetry into English, on any sub­ject and in any form. Pays $50 per page. 
Deadline: December 31, 2019. {Note: Arc does not accept general submissions from January 1 to March 31 and from August 1 to August 31.} Guidelines here.

See Brian Henry's 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.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

This weekend: Writing Conflict; and Secrets of Writing a Page-turner

Writing Conflict: Fight scenes, Dialogue scenes & Love scenes
Saturday, November 30, 2019
1 – 4 p.m.
London Central Library, Stevenson & Hunt Room B, 251 Dundas St, London, Ontario (Map here).
This workshop is geared to both beginners and more experienced writers. We'll look at how to create the most difficult scenes of all: the fight scene, the dialogue scene, and the love scene.  You’ll learn how to use great dialogue and how to mix it with your narrative so that the interaction between your characters comes alive, and you'll go home with some of the best tricks of the trade so that you'll never write a lifeless scene again.
Fee: $37.17 + hst = $42 paid in advance or $39.82 + hst = $45 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Secrets of Writing a Page-Turner
Sunday, December 1, 2019
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Includes lunch!)
Arrive at 9:30 to check in and for coffee and snacks
Sho – Art Spirit & Performance Centre, 628 Monmouth Road, Windsor, Ontario. (Map here)
Ever stayed up all night reading a book? In this workshop, you’ll learn you how to build that kind of tension.  And we'll help you put into practice the techniques professionals use – on every page and in every kind of story – to create drama and tension.
Fee: $65 in advance or $75 at the door (Registration includes lunch)
Register online here.
Or reserve a spot now by emailing brianhenry@sympatico.ca
And mail a cheque to:
Windsor International Writers
c/o Sho
628 Monmouth Road, Windsor, ON  N8Y 3L1


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, he's led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown, and he's the author of a children's version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors. 
See reviews of Brian's classes 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.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Seven great gifts to put on your wish list or to get for a writer you love {NB This posting is shameless self-promotion}

Seven great gifts for the writer in your life
Can you get a fancy gift certificate for any of these? You bet!
(Also check out 77 more gifts for writers here.) 

1) A weekend writing retreat at the luxurious Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park – get two, one for you and one for your spouse, sibling or best friend, because this is going to be a wonderful weekend. In 2020, the retreat runs Jun 5 – June 8. See here
Then in November 2020, we'll have a weekend retreat at the Briar's Resort on Lake Simcoe. Check out the details of the 2019 retreat here, and if you want to reserve now for 2020, just email me at: brianhenry@sympatico.ca


2) A manuscript critique: You (or your spouse has spent a couple years writing a manuscript, and now she’s pretty sure it still needs work, but doesn’t know how to proceed. Time to give it over to a professional for a critique. Brian will explain what’s working, what’s not, and how to fix it. See details of manuscript critiques and consults here

3) For a smaller investment, get a gift certificate for a short consult. Maybe the love of your life has a picture book manuscript, a short story, or an opening chapter that needs professional critiquing. Or maybe they're working on a query letter – odds are they'd love to have a professional rewrite that query and make it irresistible. Or maybe they’d just like to have a chat about their career. These are all things that can be done in about an hour and are ideal candidates for a consult. A consult is just $75/hour (plus hst). To arrange a consult, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

4) For a great stocking-stuffer, give a gift certificate for a Saturday workshop. See what’s coming soon here or just give a certificate for your special someone to hang on to until that special workshop they’re looking for comes around.

5) Or get them The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar. This is a book giving the details for all the annual writing contests in Canada, listed by deadline date. The 2020 edition will be available soon. See details of the 2019 edition here, and to pre-order for 2020, just send me an email.

6) For a really special present, get a gift certificate for a weekly course. See details of classes starting in January here.

7) Or you might just give one of these presents to yourself. It’s a good time of year to consider what you want. Have you been thinking about writing? Well, it’s time to start! So give yourself that most important gift – which happens to be entirely free  space and time to get your creative self in gear.

P.S. Check out 77 more gifts for writers here

See Brian Henry’s 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, November 25, 2019

Literary Agent joins Lutyens & Rubenstein

Melmoth by Sarah Perry,
represented by Jenny Hewson

Lutyens & Rubenstein Literary Agency
  and Book Store
21 Kensington Park Road,
London, UK
W11 2EU

Lutyens & Rubinstein was set up in 1993 by former publishers Sarah Lutyens and Felicity Rubinstein who brought together their shared experience of publishing and bookselling on both sides of the Atlantic. They were joined in 2006 by Jane Finigan who has been signing her own authors to the list since 2010, she became a partner in 2016. Daisy Parente joined the agency in 2008. 

In 2009 Lutyens & Rubinstein became the first literary agency to own an independent bookshop when they opened their doors in Notting Hill.  The shop is a general bookshop stocking fiction and nonfiction and gives the agency a unique insight into what readers and book-buyers are looking for.
The agency accepts submissions of fiction, nonfiction, cookery, children’s, YA and illustrated
Jenny Hewson became the newest member of the team in September 2019. She was previously with Rogers, Coleridge and White for 13 years. Jenny represents a wide range of award winning & bestselling authors from around the world, including Sarah Perry, Melissa Harrison, Amy Sackville, and Alexander MacLeod.
Jenny is interested in literary fiction, historical fiction (in the vein of Helen Dunmore, Kate Mosse, Elizabeth Gifford), book club fiction, gothic fiction (in the vein of The Turn of the Screw, Rebecca, Melmoth), narrative nonfiction, memoir and writing from academics and experts of all kinds who can present brilliant nonfiction ideas to a general readership, especially in the field of popular science.
She Tweets here.
Please send your material (up to 5000 words or the first three chapters) by email to: submissions@lutyensrubinstein.co.uk  
Include a short synopsis. To address your submission to someone in particular, please mark it for the attention of Susannah Godman.
Full submission guidelines here.

Two great writing workshops coming soon: Writing Conflict: Fight scenes, Dialogue scenes & Love scenes, Saturday, Nov 30, in London (see here) and Secrets of Writing a Page-Turner, Sunday, Dec 1, in Windsor (see here).

This winter, a full range of weekly courses is on offer:
Burlington: Exploring Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Jan 23 – March 19. Details here.
Oakville: Writing Personal Stories, Thursday evenings, Jan 23 – March 19. Details here.
Burlington: Next Step in Creative WritingTuesday afternoons, Jan 21 – March 31. 1st emailing Jan 16. Details here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings , Jan 15 – March 11. 1st readings emailed Jan 8. Details here.
Toronto: Intensive Creative Writing, Friday mornings, Jan 17 – March 13.  1st readings emailed Jan 10. Detaihere.
    See details of all winter courses here.
To reserve a spot, emailbrianhenry@sympatico.ca

Also in the new year, check out Writing Conflict: Fight scenes, Dialogue scenes & Love scenes,  Saturday, Jan 18, in Oakville (see here) and Raising the Stakes ~ How to Increase Your Story's tension, Saturday, Jan 25, in Toronto (see here).

Plus …
Algonquin Writing Retreat, Friday, June 5 – Monday, June 8, 2020. Four days of luxury and writing in one of most beautiful spots in Ontario. This is the area that inspired the Group of Seven; come and let it inspire you, too. Still lots of room. Details here.

To reserve a spot in any upcoming weekly course, weekend retreat, or Saturday workshop, email Brian at: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
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, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Navigation tips: Always check out the Labels underneath a post; they’ll lead you to various distinct collections of postings. If you're searching for more interviews with literary agents or a literary agent who represents a particular type of book, check out this post. 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

A new book of poetry by Elizabeth Crocket: Wondering What's Next


Hi, Brian.
My latest poetry collection is out! And I also found out that my picture book, Happy Haiku, is available in Central Library in Burlington. A good day!
Anyway. here's the info….
Elizabeth's latest poetry book, Wondering What's Next, published by Cyberwit.net is a compilation of her short form poetry, including haiku, senryu (a "cousin" of haiku, but more about human behaviour) and haibun (prose that is accompanied by a haiku).  
In this poetry collection we find that several poems reveal a passionate concreteness of imagery and a rich allusiveness. The poetic qualities that touch the human heart are visible here. The poet's ardent romantic imagination and tones of passionate feeling are evident in this remarkable collection.
It is available through Cyberwit.net here
or can be pre-ordered worldwide on Amazon here
This is the bio from Cyberwit:

Elizabeth Crocket is a Canadian author and poet. Her Japanese short form poetry has been published in many outstanding journals, including Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Mayfly, The Heron’s Nest and more {including her very first piece in Quick Brown Fox}. Elizabeth has two Japanese short form chapbooks published with Red Moon Press. One of them, Not Like Fred and Ginger, was shortlisted for the prestigious American Haiku Foundation Touchstone Distinguished Book Award.
Elizabeth also composes photo-haiga, and won the 2nd Annual Jane Reichhold Memorial Contest in the photographic category. She has a children s picture book, Happy Haiku, published with Crimson Cloak Publishing, that is available worldwide. She has a page in the American Haiku Registry, The Living Senryu Anthology, and The Haiku Living Anthology. Elizabeth also writes women s fiction, and has six grandchildren she loves to the moon and back.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support and interest, Brian. It is so very appreciated.
Best always,
Liz
(Elizabeth Crocket)

See Brian Henry’s 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.