Sunday, January 22, 2012

Love Letters and Writer to Writer

Hi, Brian:
I have some great news: Canadian Stories magazine will be publishing my memoir of Weyburn ("A Pretty Little Town With a River Running Through It") that I read in the Tuesday afternoon class in Oakville. They’re also publishing a pen and ink sketch that I did of a grain elevator to go with the story.

I'm so happy!!! Thanks for telling us about that magazine and for encouraging us to submit.

Kind Regards,
Oksanna Crawley

For information on submitting to Canadian Stories, a literary folk magazine, see here.
For information about upcoming weekly creative writing courses, see here.

Hi, Brian.
I’ve had another short story, "Entertaining Stranger" published on, and I’ve also published another short story, "Afterwards," on Chapter and Verse.

I love writing short stories and because as a writer I often feel that I work alone in a vacuum. To have someone else like what has been written feels just like receiving a breath of fresh air, a pat on the back, encouragement to continue.

Your encouragement and support means the world to me. Thank you. :-)
Audrey Austin

To read Audrey's stories on CommuterLit, see here. To read her story on Chapter & Verse, see here.For information about submitting to CommuterLit, see here.

Writer to writer:

Attention Writers Aged 16-25:
Open Call for Diaspora Dialogues Shorthand Zine

Diaspora Dialogues is inviting young writers between 16 and 25 to submit original short-form writing (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, graphic fiction, or drama) to publish in Shorthand, our new online zine.

Submission deadlines for Shorthand will be rolling. Each submission must be in by 5pm on the 10th of the month previous to the month of publication. (February 10th for the March issue, March 10th for April issue, etc.)

Please send submissions electronically to
with ‘Shorthand Open Call Submission’ in the subject line.

Diaspora Dialogues supports the creation and presentation of new stories, poetry and drama that reflect the complexity of Toronto through the eyes of its richly diverse writers. For more information, please visit us here.

Hi, Brian.
I’m looking for test readers for feedback on my recently completed adult literary novel about 2 writers; working title, "Rough Draft." Anyone interested should please email me at:

I'm compiling a list of publishers to submit my work to as well, thanks to your blog. Some want cover letters, some want synopsis, some want 10 pages, some want 30... it's madness!

Thanks for the support!
P.S. I might come down and see you in Kingston in April for the Bestseller Seminar.

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, 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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