Saturday, January 9, 2021

Congratulations to Alan, Ellen, Heather, Robin, Christine, and Sharon and Dennis!

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. 

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Hey, Brian.

Not sure if you remember my story, “The Girl Who Didn’t Know What She Knew,” but I got input from several class members in our Tuesday night class. The story just won a prize in the Dreamers Flash Fiction Contest.


Alan Macleod

Read Alan’s story here.

For information on submitting to Dreamers {and several other places to send you stories, essays and poems}, see here.

For information on upcoming creative writing classes, see here.  


Hi, Brian. 

One of my tales is in the latest Toronto Writers Collective anthology. The story, called "Tick-Tick," is, like almost everything I've been writing for longer than I'd like to admit, based on my high school teaching experiences. This tale features both a Steven Spielberg movie and a lockdown.

The anthology is called Front Lines: Bent Not Broken. It, and the other two TWC anthologies, can be ordered via this link.

All the best,




Have just received some good news which I would like to share with the rest of your followers. Placed first in the Ligonier Valley Writers flash fiction contest. See here.

Thank you.

Heather Rath


Hi, Brian.

I’ve had luck recently placing two short stories.

“Tongue Twister” was published in Backchannels Journal online, and “I Would Cy a Jewel for You” is upcoming in COLP: Treasure, a hard copy Australian anthology.



Read “Tongue Twister” here.

Note: Colp and Thuggish Itch are both published by Gypsum Sound Tales. Colp is currently seeking short fiction (1,000–5,500 words) on the theme “Underground.” Pays AU$5 for stories under 2,500 words; AU$10 for longer stories. Guidelines here. Deadline Jan 17, 2021.

Submissions for Backchannels are currently closed, but give it a while, then check back here.


Hi, Brian. 

My flash horror story of 776 words, “The Blood Vial Attack,” has been published by White Cat Publications.

Christine J. Whitlock

Read Christine’s story here

For information on submitting stories and books to White Cat, see here.


Hi, Brian. 

For Christmas last year my daughter gifted me with your 2020 Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar. That’s where I discovered contests I’d never heard of – and submitted to them. 

Pleased to report that my short story, “A Symphony of Sparrows,” took second place in Askew’s Word on the Lake contest. Then “The Neighbour” made the shortlist for the FBCW BC & Yukon Short Fiction contest, formerly called Literary Writes. Early this month the same story took second place in the Melody Richardson Memorial Contest. And another short story, “Various Functions of Fire,” placed first in the fiction category of the Victoria Writers Society annual contest.

Also, I told my husband, Dennis Johnston, about the Acrostic Story Contest in the calendar because he loves a challenge. He entered and got an honourable mention.

It’s been a good year! Will you be doing a 2021 calendar?

Sharon McInnes
Cumberland, BC  

The 2021 Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar is currently available. Details here.


See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding online and in-person 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, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Southampton, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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