Thursday, May 23, 2019

Congratulations to Monica, Jill and Cheryl for getting published and to Heather for her contest win!

Yo!  If you’ve had a story (or a book!) published, if you’ve won or placed in a writing contest, if you’ve gotten yourself an agent, or if you have any other news, send me an email so I can share your success. And be sure to let know if you're looking for a writers' group or beta readers; a notice in Quick Brown Fox, will help you find them. Email me at

Hello, Brian!
You were the first person I thought of with my good news! In my last session of Intensive Writing, I did a piece titled “The Firing of Number Forty.” I submitting it to the Globe and Mail's “First Person” and I just learned today that they want to publish it!
It was just the pick me up I needed; work sucks and my writing has been nearly non-existent because of it. But this – yahoo!!
Monica Catto
Read Monica’s story “It’s time to say goodbye to my hair dye” in the Globe and Mail here.
For information on submitting an essay to the Globe and Mail’s “First Person” feature – plus 21 other places that want your personal essays, see here.
For information about upcoming creative writing classes see here.

 I’m pleased to let you know that my short story, “Sick Day,” has been published online in Entropy magazine.
Thank you for your expert support. 
Jill Malleck
Read Jill’s story here.
And for information on submitting to Entropy, see here.

Hi, Brian.
Have won 3rd place prize in the Niagara CAA’s 15 Stories High Contest with my entry: “Someone I Used to Know”.
Am honoured and excited to share this news with you.
Heather Rath

Hi, Brian.
Hope this finds you and yours happy and healthy.
It has been a number of years since I took any courses with you but thought you might be interested to know I submitted a story to Chicken Soup for the Soul last fall and it was chosen. My story, The Cat Reader, will be on bookshelves May 19 in the volume called Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Cat.
Take good care,
Cheryl M. Taylor
For information about submitting to the Chicken Soup series of books, see here.

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, May 22, 2019

Three agents at Corvisiero Literary seek Middle Grade, Young Adult and Adult fiction

The Write Escape by Charish Reid,
represented by Corvisiero Literary

Corvisiero Literary Agency
275 Madison Avenue
14th Floor
New York, NY  100016

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The Corvisiero Agency bills itself as a New York City boutique agency founded by Marisa A. Corvisiero. Here’s what they have to say about themselves: “This agency is a place where authors can partner with professional and experienced representation, who will value and guide them toward a successful career in publishing. We offer international literary representation and management services to fiction and non-fiction authors of all ages, for all ages, in a wide spectrum of genres. We pride ourselves in our expertise and tailor fit approach to helping authors reach their maximum potential.”
The agency has ten agents, including three who are actively looking for new authors:

Kaitlyn Johnson was recently promoted from Apprentice to Associate Agent. She received a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College. As well as being an associate agent for Corvisiero Literary Agency, she is also a freelance editor at her own company, K. Johnson Editorial, and has worked as a copyeditor for academic publisher codeMantra, a YA editor for Accent Press, and a Conference Assistant for GrubStreet, Boston. She has written various articles for Writer's Digest and has had a flash fiction story published in the anthology A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed.
Kaitlyn is seeking upper middle grade, young adult, and new adult fiction. She is not accepting nonfiction. She particularly adores fantasy works (yes, that very much includes urban fantasy) and time travel, General Romance (erotic elements OK) and Contemporary Romance,  Historical Fiction: anything other than Henry VIII, Shakespeare, American Civil War, Greek gods/myths, Contemporary can grab her attention only if the concept is unique and well-executed. LGBT (as well as characters questioning their sexuality) welcome in all above genres
Her favorite authors/books include the following: Cornelia Funke (Inkheart series); Michael Buckley (Undertow series);  John Green (more Looking for Alaska, less An Abundance of Katherines); Gayle Forman (Just One Year and Just One Day); Lois Lowry (The Giver series); Scott O’Dell (Island of the Blue Dolphins). Her favorite tv shows are Doctor Who, Buffy, Supernatural, Firefly, basically the nerdier the fandom the better.
Query Kaitlyn through this query manager here.
Include a five-page sample and a 1–2 page synopsis.

Kortney Price is an Associate Agent. She was (and still is) that person in the bookstore who recommends books to strangers based on what they're buying. When she realized that she could make a career out of helping authors and getting excited over books, she decided to pursue a career in agenting. So, after graduating with a B.A. in English from Greenville University in 2014, she started out with her first agency internship. Since then she has interned with Andrea Hurst & Associates, Amphorae Publishing Group, and Inklings Literary Agency. She was an associate agent at Holloway Literary before finding her home with Corvisiero. 
Outside of her world of books and publishing, Kortney can typically be found attending musicals, meandering through art museums, watching an absurd amount of movies, pretending she understands and can teach sports at her aunt's special needs nonprofit, exploring the city, catering to her diva dog's every whim, and trying to rein in her new puppy.
Having grown up in a small town, Kortney has always valued the stories that allow readers to escape into fantastic worlds and visit far away places. She loves reading about the things she loves so stories featuring an awesome sense of humor, art and artists, antiques and old buildings, and strong and quirky families are always welcome. Because of her 15+ years working in the special needs community, Kortney is always looking for stories featuring characters with special needs. #OwnVoices and diverse books are always welcome in her inbox.

Middle Grade: Adventure or Survival stories; Mysteries –The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin or 39 Clues; Historical; Science Fiction – shenanigans on the space station or a space colony please! Steampunk; Fantasy; Contemporary – Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff;
Graphic Novels
Young Adult: “Geeky” or “artsy” romance; Magical realism that is just dripping with atmosphere; Historical; Psychological thrillers- The Cellar by Natasha Preston; Fantasy of any kind – Atmospheric historical or retellings of unique myths, culture based high fantasy are her favorites; Science fiction – especially near future, but space opera is also welcome; Steampunk -Airborn by Kenneth Oppel and The Finishing School series by Gail Calliger
New Adult/Adult: For adult, Kortney is only looking for select sweet romances that are light and so funny she can't even stand it or romantic suspense with just a little bit of grit and a whole lot of intrigue.
To learn more about Kortney, and what she’s looking for, visit her website
Query Kortney through her query manager here.
Include a 5-page sample of your work. 

Cortney Radocaj is an Agent Apprentice. She has spent her life eating and breathing literature. From the time she could hold a pen in her hand, she’s been writing everything possible, from journal entries to poetry to works of fiction. When Cortney’s not working, she spends her time spoiling her Labrador-mix, Rhaegar. She also enjoys consuming copious amounts of chocolate and binge-watching TV shows (particularly Supernatural and The Office).
As a member and advocate of both the LGBT and neurodiverse communities, Cortney adores seeing works that celebrate and normalize these experiences, particularly in YA. For Cortney, compelling characters are what grab her the most; she loves books with strong, dynamic, complex characters that have complicated and nuanced relationships with other—especially romances! She loves romantic threads that weave in seamlessly with the plot and characters’ motivations, particularly in SFF. In regard to POVs, the closer, the better; she wants to live inside characters' heads when she reads, and loves as little distance as possible. She enjoys when authors break stereotypes and tropes, and she loves when plots and characters surprise her, leaving her breathless on the edge of her seat. 
Some of Cortney’s favorite books: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas; City of Bones by Cassandra Clare; The Shining and IT by Stephen King; Tithe by Holly Black; Skinned by Robin Wasserman; This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Cortney is seeking: YA, NA, and Adult; LGBT (particularly F/F) in all of the following genres; Neurodiversity in all of the following genres; Fantasy of all shades (dark, low, high, urban—ALL OF IT); Sci-fi (character-centered; lots of tech is fine, but focus on the characters, not the tech!); Steampunk (gritty and NOT inventor-centered; think aesthetic, atmosphere, and world building); Cyberpunk; Mythology/fairytale retellings (BE SUBTLE); Gothic fiction, particularly Southern gothic; Paranormal (but if it's vampires/werewolves, there NEEDS to be a twist or something unique!); Contemporary (needs to have a STRONG, unique hook); Horror (more psychological than gory, think The Shiningthe book, not the movie!); Magical realism 
Query Cortney through her query manager here.
Include 1 5-page sample and a 1–2 page synopsis

Full submissions guidelines here.

Meg Wheeler
If you’re interested in getting published, soon or somewhere down the road, don’t miss the How to Get Published workshop, Saturday, June 8, in Waterloo with literary agent Meg Wheeler (see here). 
For updated listings of How to Get Published workshops see here (and scroll down). 

Coming this fall: Writing for Children and for Young Adults at the Burlington Central Library, Saturday, Oct 5 – put the date aside; details including guest speakers coming soon.  

And don’t miss these other great workshops coming soon: Plotting Novels and Writing Short Stories, Saturday, May 25, in Niagara on the Lake (see here), How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, June 22, in Oakville, (see  here), and Finding Your Voice, Saturday, July 13, in London (see here).    

But the best way to grow as a writer may be with a weekly course. Here’s what’s coming this summer:
Oakville Woodside Library: Exploring Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, July 2 – Aug 13. See here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing,  Wednesday afternoons, July 3 – Aug 21, 1st readings emailed June 26. See here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing,  Wednesday evenings July 3 – Aug 21.  1st readings emailed June 26. See here.

In the fall, join us at the ... 
November at the Briars Writing Retreat
Friday, November 1 – Monday, November 4; four days of creativity in a setting that provides the warmth of a country estate steeped in history while providing all the benefits of an extensive, modern lakeside resort. Details here.

To reserve a spot in any upcoming weekly course, weekend retreat, or Saturday workshop, email Brian at:
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.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Intensive Creative Writing course offered at 2 times this summmer: Wednesday afternoons or evenings

Intensive Creative Writing
Offered at two times:
Wednesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45
 July 3 – August 21, 2019
1st readings emailed June 26. Details to come.
St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church
5324 Bromley Rd, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
 July 3 – August 21, 2019
1st readings emailed June 26.
St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church, 5324 Bromley Rd, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
Note: For information about the introductory creative writing class offered this summer, see 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 eight weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in three 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: $176.11 + 13% hst = $199
To reserve your spot,

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. 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.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Blogs, Journals and Contests looking for your short prose and your poetry, including a poetry contest with a $20,000 prize

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Hi, Brian.
Love (and appreciate) your blog. I recently started a blog of my own where I review northern books – specifically, those set in or concerning the NWT or Nunavut.
I've posted just a handful of reviews so far, but if you'd care to give a shout-out, I'd be thrilled!
About the blog:
Northreads features articles and reviews of books, new and old, that are about Canada’s North, with a heavy emphasis on the Eastern Arctic and the NWT. The goal is create the ultimate reading list for people who want to know more about Canada North of 60.
About me:
A farm kid from Saskatchewan, I moved north to Iqaluit in 2004, then west to Yellowknife in 2013. I’ve been reading about the North ever since. I’ve also worked as a reporter in print, radio and (yes, it’s true) television, including a long stint with CBC North. @writer_minogue
Sara Minogue

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is happy to announce our 2019 Literary Contest!
Contest Categories:
·         Short Story: 2500 words maximum
·         Poetry: A poem or collection, no more than five poems
·         Creative Non-Fiction: 2500 words maximum
Open to new, aspiring and modestly published writers.
Prizes: The best entry in each category will win a $250 prize. Winning entries will be published on the EMWF website and the names of the winners will be included in the festival weekend program.
Entry Fee: $15 Canadian per entry. Cheque or money order payable to: Eden Mills Writers’ Festival
Deadline May 31, 2019. Guidelines here.
The Eden Mills Festival is also running poetry contests for teens and for children. See here.

Entropy Magazine is currently and indefinitely open for submissions of Reviews (collaborative reviews, video reviews, & non-traditional reviews are welcome), Interviews, Conversations, Discussions, Roundtables & Articles, Essays, Notes, Rants, Lists, Writings related to or following into any of the following categories: Creative Nonfiction, Lyrical Essay, Personal Essay, Literature, Experimental Writing, Small Presses, Translation, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Games (Video games, board games, computer games), Science, Digital & Interactive Literature, Travel, the Paranormal, Television, Film, Music, Food, Culture & Art.
Guidelines here. 

New literary journal Slippage Lit seeks writers
“As writers and fans of literature, we realise that every writer has a work or two that they know is of high quality, but is also a little out there (more than literary magazine content usually is) or not in the style of the time.
That’s the stuff we want you to submit to us!
At Slippage Lit we don’t want our contributors to feel restricted by form or genre. As such we don’t distinguish submissions by genre. We want your writing that slips between poetry and fiction, weaves together more than one genre. Have you written a memoir in verse? Fantastic, we want it! Have you written a science-fiction sonnet? Awesome, send it our way! Have you written a Horror Comedy that will have us in hysterics? That sounds like something we would like! Is what you’ve written like none of these examples, and like nothing else out there? Submit it to us!
Length 500 – 5,000 words.
Submission guidelines here.
Submissions currently open for the second issue of Slippage Lit

The biennial Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize seeks to recognize Canadian poets whose work wrestles with the beauty and complexity of religious faith. In 2019, the winner and runner-up will be awarded $20,000 and $5,000 respectively, by a panel of three celebrated writers: Lorna Goodison, Chelene Knight, and Scott Cairns.
There is a $25 USD entry fee to be paid upon submission. The fee includes a one-year digital subscription to Image (4 issues), as well as access to the journal's digital archives (50 issues) for one year.
Poets engaged with all faith traditions are encouraged to submit work, however this prize is not designed to erase distinctions or paper over conflict. There are meaningful differences between Muslims and Christians, Hindus and Orthodox Jews that cannot, and should not, be erased, suppressed, or ignored. Instead, this prize seeks to honor writing that explores the distinctive contours of belief and the shape it gives to modern life.
The 2019 Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize will be awarded to a poet who is hammering out new forms and new language to express the ineffable today. The prize seeks to encourage writers whose poems provide access to spiritual experience, awakenings that cast light on the world and make it known. We want to hear from poets who are grappling with transcendence and the divine, those for whom poetry is—as Christian Wiman would describe it—a form of theology.
The 2019 Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize invites writers to submit poetry suites, collections of poems unified and organized by a central theme or idea. All poetry genres are welcome, however your suite may be no fewer than 200 lines and no more than 500 lines. 
 Launched in 2016, the Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize is presented by Image journal, with support from Cardus. It’s open to all writers currently living in Canada and Canadian citizens living abroad. All shortlisted nominees will have their work considered for publication in Image.
Deadline: June 30, 2019. Guidelines here.

Quick Brown Fox always welcomes your book reviews – or any kind of review. If you want to review your favourite coffee shops or libraries, babysitters or lovers (no real names please), go for it. You can read an essay about how to write a book review here and see guidelines about submitting reviews of any kind to Quick Brown Fox here
QBF also welcomes essays about a favourite book or about your experience of reading or writing. Read a few essays on the blog to get a taste of what other writers have done (see here and scroll down), write your own, and submit it to me at

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.