Monday, June 4, 2018

Congratulations to Emily and Cate for getting published and to Mark and Michelle for winning contests, plus beta readers wanted

Yay, Emily!
Hi, Brian.
Understorey Magazine bought a piece from me called "Mom-Friend" and it's in their current issue. I've also sent out a ton of writing to other magazines so I'm hoping to get a second piece (and third, and fourth) published soon. 
Emily Zarevich
Read Emily’s story here, For information on submitting to Understorey, see here.
And you can join me and Emily and lots of other great writers for lunch on Sunday, June 10, in Toronto. See here (and join me again for lunch and to hear some great writing on June 24 in Burlington see here). 

Hi, Brian.
Just thought I’d drop you a note to let you know that my short story "The Cattle," has been selected as the runner-up in the 2018 J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction from Dappled Things.
Mark Baker
See details of Dappled Things' two annual free contests, one for short fiction, the other for nonfiction, here.

Hi, Brian.
I read your blog every day, and daydream about attending your classes. Unfortunately my living in Nova Scotia makes that quite difficult. Your blog and writer testimonials inspired me to submit my short story "Scar Tissue" to Feminine Collective and it has now been published. Thank you for your informative site!
Cate Carlyle
Read Cate’s story here. For information about submitting to Feminine Collective, see here.

Yay, Michelle!
Hi, Brian.
I wanted to share my excitement with you!
I won – for both pieces I submitted to the Ontario Writers Conference contest!
Michelle Dinnick
Here’s the email from the contest organizers:
Chosen from a very high calibre of written pieces (180 in total submitted), The Ontario Writers Conference has 4 winners to announce for our 2018 Story Starters Contest, all chosen by our guests at Friday night’s Festival of Authors in Pickering, Ontario. Many thanks to Story Starters Judge, Canadian author, teacher, poet James Dewar for narrowing a long-list of 32 pieces down to 3 per month or 15 finalists. Congratulations and much success to our winners:
Michelle Dinnick for October and  February
Jan Wood & Wendy Barrick Rhead (tied) for November
Kevin Craig for December
Ruth E. Walker for January
We know that you join us (virtually) to congratulate these fine writers for their talents, bravery and stamina.

Writer to Writer
I’m looking for beta readers for my novel The System. If you like people-focused stories about the human spirit then this will be an interesting read for you. It is a memoir about my time working in the Ontario shelter system with marginalized women. My manuscript is only 153 pages, but I am hoping to find readers who are willing to give it a thorough look. But, if you’re interested in participating, but only have time to give general feedback then any help you can offer is appreciated!
If you are interested you can contact me at

See Brian Henry’s schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, 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.

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